2014 FIFA World Cup

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#1051 Posted by Netret0120 (3290 posts) -

Semi final predictions

Brazil

Holland

France

Argentina

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#1052 Posted by sonicare (54795 posts) -

@deeliman said:

I have to say that Belgium was clearly the better team today, and really deserved that win. Also, I get 2 points for predicting the score right ^^

I agree. Was rooting for the US, but the better team won. Belgium just played a better game and certainly deserved the win. Despite that, the US still had their chances.

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#1053 Posted by sonicare (54795 posts) -

@Aljosa23 said:

@The_Last_Ride said:

Americans will now lose interest in the World Cup and be interested in football the next world cup again

I hope you are joking because this is factually incorrect.

This World Cup has done records already in the US for games when the US isn't involved and games when they are in involved eclipsed this year's NBA Finals. Ratings still aren't in for last night's games but I can already see that breaking the record set by the last two group games. Football is slowly growing in the States and NBC's coverage of the Premier League last year has brought in steady viewers and will only continue to rise next season. The MLS is also expanding rapidly with new franchises opening up like NYC FC that is being backed by Manchester City's oil sheiks.

Americans will watch until the end just like any other country.

I agree with Aljosa. Soccer has been steadily gaining popularity in the US. MLS attendance and popularity has been rising steadily. It's franchises are far more stable and financially well off then many NHL and even some NBA teams. EPL games are now readily televised in the US and the UEFA champioships are televised and getting fairly good ratings. It takes time, but it's definitely growing and becoming especially popular with the younger generations in the US.

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#1054 Posted by elkoldo (1766 posts) -

Emotionally speaking ,I would want one the low-profile teams to win the cup, i.e. Colombia ,Costa Rica or Belgium -and of course Chile and Mexico who were just as deserving if not more so- but logically thinking ,I believe a nuke is required to terminate Germany.

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#1055 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (20139 posts) -

I too will watch the World Cup til it's finished. I also want to see if a European team will win the World Cup in South American soil. Hasn't happened yet.

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#1057 Edited by hoosier7 (4166 posts) -

Awesome how open it is this year, there's not a big team that i don't think has a mistake in them. Germany look iffy every now and then, I could see Brazil being nullified vs a tactically stronger team, Holland are lacking at the back and will struggle if they can't play off the counter, Argentina have had issues getting past a few sides. I think France could be a dark horse, they haven't had the expectation or off field antics of previous years.

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#1058 Edited by Perfect_Blue (28124 posts) -

@hoosier7 said:

Awesome how open it is this year, there's not a big team that i don't think has a mistake in them. Germany look iffy every now and then, I could see Brazil being nullified vs a tactically stronger team, Holland are lacking at the back and will struggle if they can't play off the counter, Argentina have had issues getting past a few sides. I think France could be a dark horse, they haven't had the expectation or off field antics of previous years.

What about Colombia? They look really great in just about every area (striker is a little iffy though).

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#1060 Posted by PcGamingRig (7380 posts) -

goooooooooooal! 1-0 Germany.

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#1062 Posted by Master_Live (18415 posts) -

French can't stop the German blitz...sounds familiar? >_>

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#1063 Posted by deeliman (3666 posts) -

Germany definitely looks like a winner this game. But the french still have plenty of time to equalize

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#1064 Posted by The_Last_Ride (76371 posts) -

Come on Germany!!! Win this game!

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#1065 Edited by sibu_xgamer (340 posts) -

It seems France is going home. I was expecting at least over time for extra excitement. But good for Germany.

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#1067 Posted by PcGamingRig (7380 posts) -

pretty standard win for Germany in the end.

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#1068 Posted by johnd13 (8836 posts) -

I think everyone was expecting a better performance from the French.

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#1070 Posted by Perfect_Blue (28124 posts) -

Disappointing stuff. Oh well, Colombia will save us.

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#1071 Posted by The_Last_Ride (76371 posts) -

YES! Germany is through! Let's hope they can stop the curse and actually win the semifinale

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#1072 Posted by Perfect_Blue (28124 posts) -

@honigstein
#GER ran 7.5km more than #FRA. amazing stat, considering they were leading for 78 mins (via @dogfood)

holy shit

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#1073 Edited by The_Last_Ride (76371 posts) -

I think it was a nice gift from Belgium to let americans go home and enjoy the 4th of july :3

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#1074 Edited by VintAge68 (519 posts) -

I definitely would have preferred seeing France win the match against Germany... :(

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#1075 Posted by Chutebox (41051 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride said:

I think it was a nice gift from Belgium to let americans go home and enjoy the 4th of july :3

According to you, us Americans stop caring about the WC so none of us would see this post.

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#1076 Edited by PcGamingRig (7380 posts) -

1-0 Brazil, Colombia haven't really started yet.

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#1077 Posted by deeliman (3666 posts) -

@Aljosa23 said:

Disappointing stuff. Oh well, Colombia will save us.

Or not lol

1-0 for brazil

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#1079 Posted by johnd13 (8836 posts) -

Brazil is dominating so far. Colombia needs to step it up in the second half.

@Desmonic: Beautiful women need more screen time in the World Cup. ;)

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#1081 Posted by The_Last_Ride (76371 posts) -

@Chutebox: come on, it was a joke...

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#1083 Edited by The_Last_Ride (76371 posts) -

Ahahahahahahah! No Thiago Silva against Germany! :3

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#1084 Posted by PcGamingRig (7380 posts) -

Gooooooooooooal! what a goal by David Luiz!

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#1085 Posted by PcGamingRig (7380 posts) -

2-1 Colombia looking like getting another!

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#1087 Posted by johnd13 (8836 posts) -
@The_Last_Ride said:

Ahahahahahahah! No Thiago Silva against Germany! :3

If Neymar is absent from that match as well due to injury then Germany will have a clear advantage. Him and Silva the brazilian team's leaders.

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#1088 Posted by Hiddai (6109 posts) -

@johnd13 said:
@The_Last_Ride said:

Ahahahahahahah! No Thiago Silva against Germany! :3

If Neymar is absent from that match as well due to injury then Germany will have a clear advantage. Him and Silva the brazilian team's leaders.

I want Brasil to defeat Germany but it seems Germany will win if that is the situation.

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#1089 Posted by deeliman (3666 posts) -

@Aljosa23 has no teams left to root for lmfao

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#1090 Posted by johnd13 (8836 posts) -

@Hiddai said:

@johnd13 said:
@The_Last_Ride said:

Ahahahahahahah! No Thiago Silva against Germany! :3

If Neymar is absent from that match as well due to injury then Germany will have a clear advantage. Him and Silva the brazilian team's leaders.

I want Brasil to defeat Germany but it seems Germany will win if that is the situation.

Either way it's going to be an amazing encounter. Can't wait!

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#1091 Posted by Perfect_Blue (28124 posts) -

@deeliman said:

@Aljosa23 has no teams left to root for lmfao

There's Belgium and Argentina but yeah, all the good guys are out.

Messi above all

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#1092 Edited by The_Last_Ride (76371 posts) -

This shit makes me dissapointed and kind of angry as a german. Shouldn't be we above this shit?'

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#1093 Posted by sibu_xgamer (340 posts) -

Well done Brazil!! now rooting for Argentina and (of course) Costa Rica tomorrow.

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#1094 Posted by Perfect_Blue (28124 posts) -

Fernando Duarte ‏@Fernando_Duarte 34s
Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar confirms Neymar suffered a broken vertebra and is out of the World Cup.

good night sweet prince

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#1095 Posted by deeliman (3666 posts) -

So germany advances to the final.

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#1097 Edited by The_Last_Ride (76371 posts) -

@Desmonic said:

Oh! Snap! No more Neymar (for the semi-final, final or 3rd place match) and no Thiago Silva (for the semi-final)? Damn. Brasil is almost KO already...

Right now, that semi-final is Germany's to lose. Of course Brasil can still win (they still have a bunch of talented players that can make a difference) but the odd's aren't that great right now.

I think they impressed against a France that has been nothing but impressive so far. So a Brazil without those two stars are really weakened.

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#1098 Posted by The_Last_Ride (76371 posts) -

It's official, Neymar has a broken vertebra, he's out

Link

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#1099 Posted by Seabas989 (12632 posts) -

Sucks for Neymar.

I'd be amazed if Germany blew another semi final match.

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#1100 Posted by VaguelyTagged (10663 posts) -

@The_Last_Ride said:

It's official, Neymar has a broken vertebra, he's out

Link

yeah, **** that ape Zuniga.