Tag: United States of America

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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The 200% World Cup: Ghana vs the USA Live!

Sixty-four years on, football supporters in the United States of America will be hoping that this summer brings something approaching a repeat of what remains this nation’s greatest single result in the World Cup. In Brazil in 1950, the USA team was unable to get through the group stages of the competition, but they did at least have the supreme consolation of beating England – who were making their first appearance in the World Cup finals, having fallen out with FIFA over payments to amateur players – by a goal to nil in Belo Horizonte, thanks to a goal...

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The 200% World Cup: Dotmund’s Red Card Frenzy, Parts 20 To 25

It’s time for the final instalment of Dotmund’s Red Card Frenzy this morning, and this finale features Spain, Switzerland, the United States of America and Uruguay, as well as a very peculiar concept called “no red cards.” The cards featured in this set are available to buy over the internet. If you’re a fan of stupidity and/or myopia, you can buy them by visiting here. Or, you can follow the artist on Twitter by clicking here. OR, you can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking here....

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The 2011 Womens World Cup Final: USA 2-2 Japan (Japan Win On Penalties)

It started slowly, before rising to a beautiful tumult and ended with a penalty shoot-out which ended in a victory for the team of the aesthetes. And then, on top of that, the crowd had the good sense to roundly boo Sepp Blatter. To that extent, this evening’s Women’s World Cup final was, in other words, a series of small victories for football and the end of a tournament that has been a credit to its host nation, Germany, and to the womens game in a more general sense. This was a tournament that could have fallen flat after the surprise exit of the hosts at the quarter-final stage, but instead it picked a different momentum with Japan, playing sometimes beautiful and occasionally vulnerable football and containing a team featuring some players with back-stories that would break the stoniest of hearts, giving it a new narrative which sustained it through two thrilling semi-finals as well as this evening’s high drama. All of this is to perform a disservice to an American team that played a full part in this evening’s match to the extent that each Japanese goal came as a bolt from the blue. Ultimately, however, the United States of America were too one-dimensional and over-reliant on their greater strength and other physical attirbutes. They were, ultimately, unable to work their way through a Japanese game-plan that seemed...

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The 2011 Womens World Cup: A Possible Revolutionary Encounter

Back in 1950, Harry Keough perhaps summarised best the general attitude toward the quality of the American game that might still hold true in some quarters of the international football community. After the postal worker and semi-professional defender considered England’s now legendary 1-0 loss to the US in Belo Horizonte, he quipped, “Boy, I feel sorry for these bastards. How are they ever going to live down the fact we beat them?” The sentiment has remained somewhat applicable historically, as the US failed to qualify for another World Cup for another four decades, seemingly comfortable to allow the world’s game to pass it by while busy playing baseball, basketball, and its own variety of football. Of course, this strictly pertains to the national men’s team, as the women’s program has been one of the most dominant in the history of international women’s football. Currently ranked the top nation by FIFA and with two World Cups on their mantle, we have come to expect the US women to be successful at an international event much as we anticipate the Spanish men’s program to win everything in sight. Considering the Americans have more World Cups than England overall, perhaps those bastards are still sorry they lost back in 1950. For in this 2011 Women’s World Cup, the Lionesses were unable to chance adding to England’s 1966 men’s trophy after they lost...

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