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#1 of 124 Walter C

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Posted June 10 2010 - 11:00 PM

Well, the first match (South Africa vs. Mexico) is only a few hours away, so I figure, let's get a thread started.


I will admit, I am a bit of a newbie when it comes to soccer (or association football), and only follow it when the World Cup rolls around. But I can't help but get caught up in the hype.


I believe the time zone difference between Philly and Jo'berg is 6 hours, so that will mean watching a bunch of games at work.


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Posted June 11 2010 - 01:04 AM



Originally Posted by Walter C 



I believe the time zone difference between Philly and Jo'berg is 6 hours, so that will mean watching a bunch of games at work.


Regarding the time. That is correct. I thought South Afrca was an hour or two different but it is the same time as in Germany, France,Spain for example. The times for most games are 13:30, 16:00 and 20:30 (7:30 AM, 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM NYC time). The USA games are:


Sat,   June 12 England  20:30/2:30PM

Fri,    June 18 Slovenia  16:00/10:00 AM

Wed, June 23 Algeria    16:00/10:00 AM


I am not really a great soccer (fussball) fan. At times I get more enjoyment watching a tree grow!/img/vbsmilies/htf/laugh.gif


In the past, Hollywood should watch the germans play, They can sometimes fall dramatically! From what I have read, top favorites seen to be Spain and Brazil.



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Posted June 11 2010 - 04:16 AM

^^^

Yeah, with ESPN/ABC airing all the games live, which means watching majority of them on ESPN 3 (formerly ESPN360.com). Also, I hear USA could go very far in this WC.


Just watched the opening game, with Mexico being robbed of a goal. I would have liked to see the host nation win it, but they ended in a draw.


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Posted June 11 2010 - 04:23 AM

Don't count England out (my homeland, my team) - they have a real chance this time (as long as they can avoid penalty shoot-outs). The Mexico-S. African result is a bit surprising, but nice that the host nation didn't lose in the opening game. I expected more from Mexico though.



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Posted June 11 2010 - 07:00 AM



Originally Posted by Neil Middlemiss 

Don't count England out (my homeland, my team) - they have a real chance this time (as long as they can avoid penalty shoot-outs).


Who is going to win tomorrow?????/img/vbsmilies/htf/patriot.gif



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Posted June 11 2010 - 07:30 AM

I think we both know the answer to that /img/vbsmilies/htf/drool.gif


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Originally Posted by Sumnernor 



Who is going to win tomorrow?????/img/vbsmilies/htf/patriot.gif




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Posted June 11 2010 - 08:06 AM

I'm expecting the US to get 2nd in our bracket and the Germans to get 1st in theirs, which means our first game out of this bracket would be USA vs Germany.



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Posted June 11 2010 - 09:32 AM


Originally Posted by Neil Middlemiss 

The Mexico-S. African result is a bit surprising, but nice that the host nation didn't lose in the opening game. I expected more from Mexico though.



It's always nice to see the host nation do well in the World Cup, and I really hoped they would pull off the win. Good luck to Bafana Bafana and all the other teams. /img/vbsmilies/htf/smile.gif


I'll be rooting for the 2 Koreas and the US, although not much is expected for either of the Koreas.


With the 2nd game (Uruguary-France) ending in a draw as well, all the teams in Group A having 1 point each. One of the announcers was saying that the tie was a letdown for France.


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Posted June 12 2010 - 04:04 AM

Just watched the 2 games from Group B, and glad to see South Korea come away with a win. With a win over Nigeria, I think they can make it to the knockout stage.


2 hours until the first game for Team USA.


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Posted June 12 2010 - 06:55 AM

Why do they call it the FIFA World Cup? Are there other World Cups out there that people were confusing it with?



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Posted June 12 2010 - 07:17 AM



Originally Posted by Chris Lockwood 

Why do they call it the FIFA World Cup? Are there other World Cups out there that people were confusing it with?

I assume that there are other sports such Alpine and nordic sports that use the term "World Cup".



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Posted June 12 2010 - 08:25 AM

I thought England was supposed to win? Will they make the 2nd round??? /img/vbsmilies/htf/laugh.gif



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Posted June 12 2010 - 08:34 AM

Exciting game. England's vastly superior offense against Howard's rock solid goalkeeping after that opening shot from Gerard. Poor Rob Green. ABC's broadcast was the first time I got to experience football/soccer in HD, which was an exciting experience.


Question: What is that buzzing noise in the background constantly over both ABC and ESPN's broadcasts? It almost sounds like a horn section, but it never lets up.


Originally Posted by Sumnernor 


I assume that there are other sports such Alpine and nordic sports that use the term "World Cup".


Rugby too I believe.



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Posted June 12 2010 - 09:24 AM



Originally Posted by Adam Lenhardt 



Question: What is that buzzing noise in the background constantly over both ABC and ESPN's broadcasts? It almost sounds like a horn section, but it never lets up.


I couldn't hear it on German TV as I have low-fi ears but there is, I believe, a horn peculier to South Africa - it looks like a long bent tube  and is played by the locals. If I hear more about it - will post here.


In regards to the game. I can not claim to be a soccer expert except the US,being the underdogs, were up for the game while England was unorganized - no comparison to the earlier Argentina game, The announcers said at the end of this game that England cannot be one of the favorites to win the world cup, I thought that South Korea, Arg. amd Nigeria were all much better than England.



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Posted June 12 2010 - 09:25 AM

Originally Posted by Adam Lenhardt 
Question: What is that buzzing noise in the background constantly over both ABC and ESPN's broadcasts? It almost sounds like a horn section, but it never lets up.


Vuvuzelas.


http://www.freep.com...e-the-vuvuzelas


http://blogs.wsj.com...oody-vuvuzelas/



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Posted June 12 2010 - 09:48 AM

Awfully annoying.



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Posted June 12 2010 - 12:56 PM

     Quote:

Originally Posted by Chris Lockwood 

Why do they call it the FIFA World Cup? Are there other World Cups out there that people were confusing it with?


I believe there is also one for ice hockey as well.



Originally Posted by Adam Lenhardt 

Awfully annoying.


Definitely, and driving me nuts when trying to watch the games.


Glad to see the US pull off a draw, with goalie Howard being the difference, even after taking a nasty hit by one of the English players.


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Posted June 12 2010 - 04:37 PM



Originally Posted by Chris Lockwood 

Why do they call it the FIFA World Cup? Are there other World Cups out there that people were confusing it with?


http://en.wikipedia....t_of_world_cups



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Posted June 12 2010 - 11:50 PM



Originally Posted by Adam Lenhardt 

Awfully annoying.


From wikipedia:


"During the last quarter of a match, supporters blow vuvuzelas frantically in an attempt to "kill off" their opponents."


Sounds like it would work quite well!!!


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Posted June 13 2010 - 02:42 AM

I talked to a friend near Poughkeepsie and he didn't like the sound of the horns. Today I watched the 1st game ALG - Slov and I sortof heard the horns. Currently in the SRB-GHA game I don't hear the horns very much. I assume the background level in the US is higher than in Germany.


Before the World Cup I didn't realize that South Africa was so horny. /img/vbsmilies/htf/laugh.gif