Tag Archives: hopechaser

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

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

Rest In Peace: Florijana Ismaili

3 Jul

Sad news broke over the weekend that Switzerland international Florijana Ismaili had gone missing during a vacation in Italy. Today Italian officials announced they had recovered her body from Lake Como following a swimming/diving accident. 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

Brilliant penalty save sees Sweden advance past Canada to reach the quarter-finals

28 Jun

Let’s get the question people have been asking me out of the way: no, I’m not heartbroken Canada lost. We’re a footballing country where we practically need an act of legislation to score more than one goal in a match. Such an act would have been useful today to just get one. But I can’t be heartbroken about the match loss; the rational is overruling the romantic in this consideration. Continue reading

USA need penalties to edge past a brazen Spain

27 Jun

I had not been able to watch a full Spain match in real time until this one and wow. Worth. The. Wait. Watching Spain move in blocks around the field to stifle the US attack was grin-inducing. They showed so brilliantly a concerning issue with the US team: if they can’t stay in their predetermined lane they waffle and scramble and neutralize themselves into partial paralysis. Continue reading

Cameroon under investigation after Round of 16 match with England; England progress to the Quarterfinals

26 Jun

I have to admit. This is a rough report to write. There’s the match and then there’s what went on in the match, at half time, after the match and now the aftermath. This is a developing story so keep a look out. Teri and I both have some thoughts but I’ll start with the actual report first and then we’ll get into it. Continue reading

I Hate Penalties!

26 Jun

I don’t care who is playing. I don’t care what event it is. I don’t care how even the match is. I hate penalties. I hate them. It’s a lousy way to end a match. Period. I hate them. Continue reading