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USA – All Hail the Four Time World Champions!

14 Jul

Vive la USA! Congratulations to the USA for winning back to back World Cups and for winning their fourth title overall. Amazing records! Is America great again now? Continue reading

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England’s tactical errors gift the USA the chance for a fourth title

6 Jul

How do I open for this match? Hmmm. How do I open? *drums fingernails on chin* Hmmm. Do I start with England’s colossal tactical failures? Hmmm. Do I start with the USA not just parking the bus but buying and decorating it as well? Hmmm. Maybe I should go with the poor sportsmanship displayed by players on both teams? Or maybe, how about … Continue reading

Google doodled the Women’s World Cup

5 Jul

I promised more on the doodles at the start of the tournament and I am finally delivering! Google commissioned 24 female guest artists, each representing one of the participating countries, to create a doodle capturing “the local excitement of the World Cup competition as well as what soccer means to the guest artist personally.” And wow, did they deliver! Continue reading

European Champions Make it to the World Cup Final; Sweden to Play England in the 3rd Place Match

5 Jul

It took nearly 100 minutes but the Netherlands have made it to their first World Cup Final. Considered the dark horse of the tournament, the Netherlands have demanded patience from their large group of traveling fans as they tend to wait until the last minute to finish out their matches. But patience is a virtue and the Oranje will meet the United States on Sunday for the final. Continue reading

Sweden get revenge on Germany, book a spot in the semi-finals

3 Jul

What. Happened. Here? I mean, I know what happened but what happened. I’ve followed Sweden throughout this whole tournament this far and I’m still a bit stunned by what transpired. Twenty-four years of never winning v Germany and Sweden pull off a decisive victory in the quarter-finals of a World Cup. RESPECT. Continue reading

Average US hold off the French press and head into the semi-finals

1 Jul

For a final match, this was a worthy quarter-final. Does that make sense? France v USA was first hyped as THE match of the tournament after the tournament draw concluded back on December 8. France, the host country v the USA, the reigning world champions. A dynamite, sure-fire sell for FIFA, the tournament organizers, and football fans the world over. Better than any possible final match-up. But when the final whistle blew last Friday, was it really THE match of the tournament? Did the execution match or exceed the hype? Hmmm, I don’t think so. Continue reading

European Champions Send Brave Italy Home

1 Jul

First things first – this match was HOT. So hot that both coaches requested that the match be moved into the later hours of the day, especially since there was no night match being held that night. Sadly, but not surprisingly, FIFA said no. However, both teams had to handle these scorching temperatures and they did have two “cooling breaks” so while it wasn’t great for either team, neither team had it worse than the other. Continue reading