2014 FIFA World Cup

#1 Posted by Aljosa23 (24996 posts) -

Group A
Brazil
Croatia
Mexico
Cameroon

Group B
Spain
Holland
Chile
Australia

Group C
Colombia
Greece
Cote d'Ivoire
Japan

Group D
Uruguay
Costa Rica
England
Italy

Group E
Switzerland
Ecuador
France
Honduras

Group F
Argentina
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Iran
Nigeria

Group G
Germany
Portugal
Ghana
USA

Group H
Belgium
Algeria
Russia
Korea Republic


Without a doubt the biggest sporting event in the world kicks off (pun intended) in... about 54 hours from now with the hosts Brazil facing Croatia in Sao Paulo. Who are you cheering for? Who do you think will win it?

and how badly will the US get beaten?

#2 Edited by GazaAli (22858 posts) -

I used to care so much and get all worked up for world cups and football in general. Not anymore though. In fact its been quite the time since I gave a fuck about sports.

With that said, I hope Belgium and Algeria will at least go far in the competition.

Edit: I just found out that Belgium and Algeria are in the same group. Coincidence? I think not!

#3 Posted by Aljosa23 (24996 posts) -

@GazaAli said:

With that said, I hope Belgium and Algeria will at least go far in the competition.

Edit: I just found out that Belgium and Algeria are in the same group. Coincidence? I think not!

Belgium will advance unless they collapse horribly somehow. Now Algeria... no idea lol. Russia and South Korea are both stronger teams.

Why don't you care about sports anymore? For me it's one of the best distractions from the tedium of daily life.

#4 Edited by themajormayor (25797 posts) -

Finally. The only sporting event worth caring about except for Champions League, Europa League and Euroleage.

I'm supporting Germany cause I'm German.

I will be surprised if Algeria even manages to get a draw.

#5 Posted by Aljosa23 (24996 posts) -

@themajormayor said:

Finally. The only sporting event worth caring about except for Champions League, Europa League and Euroleage.

I'm supporting Germany cause I'm German.

I will be surprised if Algeria even manages to get a draw.

How much do you think Germany will beat the US? 4-0? 5-0?

#6 Posted by GazaAli (22858 posts) -

@Aljosa23 said:

@GazaAli said:

With that said, I hope Belgium and Algeria will at least go far in the competition.

Edit: I just found out that Belgium and Algeria are in the same group. Coincidence? I think not!

Belgium will advance unless they collapse horribly somehow. Now Algeria... no idea lol. Russia and South Korea are both stronger teams.

Why don't you care about sports anymore? For me it's one of the best distractions from the tedium of daily life.

I don't know about that, Algeria is not a football team to be taken lightly I think. They're not among the top echelon of football national teams granted, but they're good nevertheless.

I think my mind has become too occupied and my worries and concerns, struggles and battles have intensified over the years to such a point where I could no longer continue to care about sports and other trivialities. Having fun is not enough of a good reason for me to commit to something and invest in it, it needs to serve a higher purpose, a purpose that would be conducive to a better future.

#7 Posted by VaguelyTagged (10172 posts) -

as i stated before, just want our national team destroyed.

#8 Edited by GazaAli (22858 posts) -

@themajormayor said:

Finally. The only sporting event worth caring about except for Champions League, Europa League and Euroleage.

I'm supporting Germany cause I'm German.

I will be surprised if Algeria even manages to get a draw.

The real question is: What is Israel's group?

#9 Edited by GazaAli (22858 posts) -

@VaguelyTagged: I see you're still stuck in that phase of loathing and condemnation the prejudiced and unjust homeland. Make the transition bro, transcend beyond the physical and leave it behind.

#10 Posted by VaguelyTagged (10172 posts) -

@GazaAli said:

@VaguelyTagged: I see you're still stuck in that phase of loathing and condemnation the prejudiced and unjust homeland. Make the transition bro, transcend beyond the physical and leave it behind.

you're right but i feed off of it. hatred is what keeps me alive. lol

#11 Edited by SaintLeonidas (26284 posts) -

Don't watch Soccers.

#12 Posted by indzman (17833 posts) -

Go Argentina , Go Messi !!!

#13 Posted by pepsisafc (474 posts) -

an England fan but Germany or Brazil is gonna win

#14 Posted by GazaAli (22858 posts) -

@SaintLeonidas: yea you come off as a handegg kind of a guy

#15 Posted by 4myAmuzumament (1750 posts) -

Brazil will probably win it all. I would like an African team to win just cuz, but that prob won't happen. I would be ecstatic if the USA even placed.

#16 Edited by themajormayor (25797 posts) -

@Aljosa23 said:

@themajormayor said:

Finally. The only sporting event worth caring about except for Champions League, Europa League and Euroleage.

I'm supporting Germany cause I'm German.

I will be surprised if Algeria even manages to get a draw.

How much do you think Germany will beat the US? 4-0? 5-0?

I think it will be more even. 3-1 maybe. But I definitely hope for more.

#17 Edited by themajormayor (25797 posts) -

@GazaAli said:

@themajormayor said:

Finally. The only sporting event worth caring about except for Champions League, Europa League and Euroleage.

I'm supporting Germany cause I'm German.

I will be surprised if Algeria even manages to get a draw.

The real question is: What is Israel's group?

Ohohoho you shouldn't be talking

#18 Posted by GazaAli (22858 posts) -

@themajormayor said:

@GazaAli said:

@themajormayor said:

Finally. The only sporting event worth caring about except for Champions League, Europa League and Euroleage.

I'm supporting Germany cause I'm German.

I will be surprised if Algeria even manages to get a draw.

The real question is: What is Israel's group?

Ohohoho you shouldn't be talking

But I don't have a state to begin with. In fact I don't have one because of the state that does not belong to any group

Burnnn :3

#19 Posted by themajormayor (25797 posts) -

@GazaAli said:

@themajormayor said:

@GazaAli said:

@themajormayor said:

Finally. The only sporting event worth caring about except for Champions League, Europa League and Euroleage.

I'm supporting Germany cause I'm German.

I will be surprised if Algeria even manages to get a draw.

The real question is: What is Israel's group?

Ohohoho you shouldn't be talking

But I don't have a state to begin with. In fact I don't have one because of the state that does not belong to any group

Burnnn :3

Yeah well you have a football team. And it sucks. SNAP!

#20 Edited by GazaAli (22858 posts) -

@themajormayor said:

@GazaAli said:

@themajormayor said:

@GazaAli said:

@themajormayor said:

Finally. The only sporting event worth caring about except for Champions League, Europa League and Euroleage.

I'm supporting Germany cause I'm German.

I will be surprised if Algeria even manages to get a draw.

The real question is: What is Israel's group?

Ohohoho you shouldn't be talking

But I don't have a state to begin with. In fact I don't have one because of the state that does not belong to any group

Burnnn :3

Yeah well you have a football team. And it sucks. SNAP!

And our football team is the best one among those with no states

"FIFA’s latest rankings released late last week showed Palestine up to 94th in the world, having moved up 71 places. That was on the back of four wins and one draw, which included victory over the Philippines in the final of the Asian Football Confederation’s Challenge Cup in the Maldives on May 30. The final was watched live by thousands in Ramallah and other Palestinian cities on giant screens set up in town squares and other public areas. Afterwards, the Palestinian Football Association president, General Jibril Rajoub, hailed the victory as “the best day ever in Palestine football history.” The victory will also see the Palestinians go to their first continental soccer tournament in January in Australia—if they can afford the costs of travelling there.

The Palestinian national soccer team is now at its highest-ever showing in the world rankings since it was officially recognized by FIFA in 1998, following the Oslo Accord with Israel and the formation of the Palestinian Authority. The team didn’t play a home match in the Palestinian territories for a further 10 years. Many players come from as far away as Chile and other parts of the Palestinian diaspora due to travel restrictions imposed by Israel on travel between itself and the West Bank and Gaza Strip."

Considering what we have been and are still subjected to by the state that has no group, I say we're doing quite good. Look we're going to our first continental football tournament but the team may not afford it lol

Palestine FA says official's Brazil trip blocked by Israel

Shame on you major, you want us to stay down :(

#21 Edited by noolli (10 posts) -

Anyone feel like making a fantasy football league? I'm English and an England fan but we are not making it out of the group stages. I cant be supporting another team as that is not what we won WW2 for. So instead I am just going to support other players from all other teams.

#22 Posted by LoG-Sacrament (20397 posts) -

i'm rooting for USA but uruguay is my second pick "just in case."

#23 Posted by deeliman (2432 posts) -

I'm gonna be rooting for holland, but I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't even make it out of the 1st round.

#24 Posted by thehig1 (2074 posts) -

I'm English So I will be supporting England, being realistic getting out of our group would be an achievement with Italy and Uruguay being very tough.

I expect Brazil to win it with the home advantage, and my dark horse outsider for a win is Portugal, if Ronaldo actually has a good World Cup Portugal could go all the way.

As devastating as Messi is, when both players are top of their game Ronaldo is a bigger threat, more raw pace, power and all round game, he scores and creates goals from every possible avenue.

#25 Posted by playmynutz (5983 posts) -

I hope Ecuador loses, all I know

#26 Posted by evildead6789 (7743 posts) -

Belgium wins of course, since I'm belgian and we have the best team

#27 Posted by GazaAli (22858 posts) -

@deeliman said:

I'm gonna be rooting for holland, but I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't even make it out of the 1st round.

What are you talking about the Dutch team is quite good.

#28 Posted by hippiesanta (9868 posts) -

football is sooooo boring ...... I rather play candy crush

#29 Posted by Master_Live (14671 posts) -

I'm going to pick a team from a Central/South American country 5 minutes before the first game and that will be my team.

#30 Posted by sukraj (22861 posts) -

I support England but i dont think they will win it and i think Spain or Germany could win it.

#31 Posted by deeliman (2432 posts) -

@GazaAli Considering that spain is just a really good team, and that we have never won a game against australia, it isn't looking too bright for us.

#32 Posted by Jeager_Titan (947 posts) -

Goooo Netherlands.

#33 Posted by Iszdope (10014 posts) -

Vamos Rafa (Spain)!

#34 Posted by Aljosa23 (24996 posts) -

@GazaAli said:

@deeliman said:

I'm gonna be rooting for holland, but I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't even make it out of the 1st round.

What are you talking about the Dutch team is quite good.

lol

no man lol just no. They might be good on paper but as a team they're pretty meh. Just like England

#35 Posted by GazaAli (22858 posts) -

@Aljosa23 said:

@GazaAli said:

@deeliman said:

I'm gonna be rooting for holland, but I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't even make it out of the 1st round.

What are you talking about the Dutch team is quite good.

lol

no man lol just no. They might be good on paper but as a team they're pretty meh. Just like England

Really? I always though the Netherlands is good at football. Odd. But maybe it suffers from England syndrome after all.

#36 Posted by Aljosa23 (24996 posts) -

The Economist put up two great articles in this week's issue related to FIFA (and football in general) and I'd say this one is worth a read. Just scratches the surface on how corrupt and mismanaged FIFA is.

link

#37 Edited by Storm_Marine (10979 posts) -

NATO should airlift tens of millions of vuvuzelas to Brazil and just drop them everywhere.

#38 Edited by Aljosa23 (24996 posts) -

FIFA banned vuvuzelas earlier this week.

#39 Posted by Korvus (3860 posts) -

@deeliman said:

I'm gonna be rooting for holland, but I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't even make it out of the 1st round.

It's my first world cup in the Netherlands....I'm even seeing orange when I close my eyes. The stores are orange, the supermarkets are orange, the house windows are orange, cars are orange and there are orange flags every-freaking-where....Holy overreaction batman >_< Is it like this every time?

#40 Edited by Aljosa23 (24996 posts) -

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/11/upshot/world-cup-opinions-in-19-countries-likes-dislikes-predictions.html?_r=4

Neat

lol the US's answer

#41 Posted by deeliman (2432 posts) -

@korvus Yes it's always like this, dutch people even go in groups to the host country and set up oranje camps and march through the streets blowing horns and wearing all orange.

#42 Edited by GazaAli (22858 posts) -

@deeliman: sometimes I wonder how the Netherlands is a functioning developed state. It appears as if you guys are in a perpetual state of partying and celebration. I have no idea how you find time and energy to labor for you know, other things.

I guess meer Marokkanen after all :3

#43 Edited by Korvus (3860 posts) -

@deeliman said:

@korvus Yes it's always like this, dutch people even go in groups to the host country and set up oranje camps and march through the streets blowing horns and wearing all orange.

I'm being given orange world cup hamster figures every time I go shopping...

Hamstereeeeeen!

#44 Posted by GazaAli (22858 posts) -

@Aljosa23 said:

FIFA banned vuvuzelas earlier this week.

I'm fucking appalled. I love vuvuzelas. Nothing speaks rooting and cheering like a vuvuzela :(

+1 reason not to care about world cup.

#45 Posted by Korvus (3860 posts) -

@GazaAli said:

@deeliman: sometimes I wonder how the Netherlands is a functioning developed state. It appears as if you guys are in a perpetual state of partying and celebration. I have no idea how you find time and energy to labor for you know, other things.

I guess meer Marokkanen after all :3

You have no idea....I'm used to Portugal, where everything opens at 6:30 in the morning and closes at 10/11 at night, monday to sunday....here things open between 9 and 10 am, close at 5pm, sometimes close for 2 hours at lunch time and don't even open at all on sundays and monday mornings, sometimes even closed on wednesday mornings too.

Half the time I want to go shopping somewhere it's closed. The minimum wager is also 3 times higher than in Portugal. Lots of time and money to party!

#46 Posted by deeliman (2432 posts) -

@GazaAli Well, we do have the least work hours per week of all European countries (probably of all developed countries, but i"m not 100% on that). So i guess my answer is that we don't work :P

#47 Edited by deeliman (2432 posts) -

@korvus You better get used to getting them during wc/euc, and ah isn't the only store who gives things like that when you shop there, pretty much every big supermarket chain does it :P

#48 Posted by Korvus (3860 posts) -

@deeliman: I know, it's contagious. Even Germany had a fully orange supermarket yesterday. Oops? =P

#49 Edited by GazaAli (22858 posts) -

@korvus said:

@GazaAli said:

@deeliman: sometimes I wonder how the Netherlands is a functioning developed state. It appears as if you guys are in a perpetual state of partying and celebration. I have no idea how you find time and energy to labor for you know, other things.

I guess meer Marokkanen after all :3

You have no idea....I'm used to Portugal, where everything opens at 6:30 in the morning and closes at 10/11 at night, monday to sunday....here things open between 9 and 10 am, close at 5pm, sometimes close for 2 hours at lunch time and don't even open at all on sundays and monday mornings, sometimes even closed on wednesday mornings too.

Half the time I want to go shopping somewhere it's closed. The minimum wager is also 3 times higher than in Portugal. Lots of time and money to party!

It's mind boggling really. I mean, where does all that money come from? How is the Dutch economy able to sustain such prosperity while allowing for all this laxity and labor privileges?

It must be nice living there.

#50 Edited by Korvus (3860 posts) -

@GazaAli: It is indeed great living here, especially if you come from a country in such a bad shape as mine is...

Of course I still have to deal with the discrimination, but it's bothering me less and less, especially now that I can speak the language.