Tag Archives: Watishista Correspondents

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

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

A tired Norway is out; England on to the Semis

1 Jul

This was not the game I expected. I thought that this would be a hard fought match. However, the Norway we saw against Australia was not the Norway that showed up here. (And to be honest, that exhausting game may well have been the reason for Norway’s performance.) It’s a shame for many reasons. But the one reason I want to mention is that this result may give England a false sense of confidence. Yes, they won 3-0. However, their play continues to be sloppy and their defense is questionable. They just have been lucky that they have not had to pay for their iffy play. 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

Italy Gets the Job Done and Move onto the Quarterfinals

27 Jun

Anyone who has known me for any length of time knows I’m a die-hard Italian fan. The Azzurri and the Azzurre both hold a strong place in my heart. But sometimes even I have to question some of their decisions. Like Tuesday night. The Macarena? Really? Continue reading