Tag: United States of America

The 200% World Cup: The USA vs Belgium – Live!

I’m struggling to think of a harder working team than the USA in this tournament, sports fans. They may not be the most technically accomplished team playing this summer, but they certainly put in a full ninety minutes in every match that they play, and I even suspect that there’s a chance that they might edge past Belgium this evening. Food for thought time – there hadn’t, prior to the start of this tournament, been a quarter-finalist from the CONCACAF region since the USA were beaten at that stage by Germany in 2002. This year, if the USA win,...

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The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast – Conspiracy! Conspiracy!

So FIFA spoke, and when they did, it was with a mighty, vengeful wrath. Luis Suarez’s World Cup is over, and Uruguay is apoplectic over the decision, with both journalists and the public crying foul play over the decision to ban Suarez from all football related activities for four months and from his country’s next nine international fixtures. On the basis of evidence taken from anything like am objective viewpoint, however, there is little upon which to base a conspiracy theory of much merit. Arguing over the justice or otherwise of the length of the ban would seem to...

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The 200% World Cup: The Group G Final Round – Live!

The penultimate World Cup 2014 group finale is upon us, and it promises to be the most fascinating yet with all four teams in the mix, all four teams playing good football and all the group’s matches so far having been memorable in some way. In Recife, the United States (2nd) play group leaders Germany. There’s potential intrigue there aplenty: the US are managed by German legend Jurgen Klinsmann and five of their players were born in Germany. US midfielder Jermaine Jones has already stated that he will be singing both anthems, something which you can only imagine would...

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The 200% World Cup: The USA vs Portugal, Live!

Good evening, grapple fans. If you’re a fan of the United States of America national team, you could be forgiven a pang of deja vu about this evening’s match. The USA opened their 2002 World Cup campaign against Portugal, and their performance in a 3-2 win in that match reinvented many perceptions of America’s place in the football world. Moreover, there were parallels between the Portugal of 2012 and the Portugal of 2014, as well – a team with many desirable pieces that never quite seemed to be assembled in quite the way that they might have been, a...

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The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast, Day 5 – Portugal’s Dismal Day

It’s all a matter of the position in which you put yourself. There was much discussion last night of the incident that led to the sending off of Pepe during yesterday’s match between Germany and Portugal, and as with all arguments that take place online, there was never going to be one decisive winner. On the one hand, Robert Muller’s reaction to Pepe’s momentary lapse of reason hardly shows the game in the greatest of lights, but on the other, Pepe has a reputation for allowing his temper to get the better of him, and in any case the reality of the matter is that the ultimate responsibility for Pepe staying on the pitch for the full duration of this match rested with, well, Pepe, ultimately. It would be nice if television broadcasters could spare us the sort of moralising that we had to endure from Adrian Chiles at half-time yesterday afternoon, though. The kerfuffle surrounding Pepe’s dismissal almost overshadowed the torrid hammering that Portugal received at the hands of Germany during the first half of this match. Joao Pereira might have been sent off for the foul on Mario Goetze which led to the penalty from which Muller gave Germany the lead in the first place, but things only went from bad to worse for Portugal as the first half wore on, and by half-time the Germans led...

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