Friday, June 16, 2006

The dust settles, some

Well, I do not have the leisure that my colleague does to hang around in all sorts of European dives to watch the games. Heck, he even got time to go from atrocious fucsia to conservative white in the blog design. Still, I will give my opinion on some of the teams and the tourney so far.

I have not really liked any team. I mean some are good, etc... but none of them has inspired me though I have been impressed by the tenacity of Trinidad and Tobago (the only game I watched today for about 40 minutes). As small country of not even 2 million people has been able to keep in check fearful England for most of one game. Chapeau! I did like this pic of Sancho flying over Rooney, which manages to bring together football, Port of Spain Carnival and a hint of voodoo. For me the only surprise has been Ecuador which qualifies at the second match with results much better than expected considering that their South American qualifications was more difficult than the one of 5 years ago. Will Brazil ensure its pass at the second match? Maybe if Ronaldo remains vaporous...

After today Ecuador, England and Germany do deserve to go to the next round. The Spaniards and Czech are a sure bet to follow which leaves us with nine more spots. Who deserves them? Not an idle question, and one that I really cannot dare guess at this point. The good thing is that it makes this world cup more interesting to follow as we will have the opportunity to observe some teams improving as the cup rolls, something always nice to watch. Last time the inconvenient schedule only allowed us to see teams collapse...

One disappointment came from Africa which looks like it will not place a single team in the second round. Hope is not over yet, and I sure wish one to qualify in the prevision to the next World Cup, but I do not see it. On the other hand, if Paraguay is out (and probably Costa Rica) it seems that LatAm will do good when it places Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Ecuador. So it will end up once again Lat Am versus Europe with the possible lonely intrusion of South Korea and/or Australia. Ah! I wish the US would get serious about soccer and try once again a major league. For the time being it is the only hope I see on triangulating football. In two Cups maybe?

6 Comments:

Blogger Francisco said...

Argentina vs. Serbia today should answer a lot of questions...

I will be out of internet range for the next couple of days, though...so may not post much...

3:49 AM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

Argentina's rippin' Serbia apart, it's painful to see a weak team get crushed like that, they just aren't in the same league.

VIVA ARGETINA!!!!!

10:18 AM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

Danel - re your point about the US - the US doesn't have any fans! No one cares over here! Just a few cornerz over here and we are all cheering for other teams - soccer is something we pick up abroad.

It's seems like maybe it's hard to field a world class team without that kind of fan glory. Or am I wrong? When the US does well in the cup nobody cares.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Mora

The US is very self centered on sports. They really do not care much about the other countries sport performance or competing against them. The only high tension events were Hockey against the Soviets and such political tinted games. Even great US athletes in sports not too "american" (think biking) tend to be more famous and respected outside the US than at home.

But the killer for soccer in the US is that the TV will not show the games because they are 45 minutes straight without advertisement. All US major leagues have games suitable for lots of adverstising here and there. The only way is for somethign as ESPN to make on cable a real comittment to soccer, or a future soccer league to have its cable channel.

The potential is there, the US world cup did fill up its stadiums.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Alfredo Octavio said...

You are mixing things in your last paragraph. There are Six zones for qualifying: Concacaf (NorthAmerica + the Caribbean), Comebol (Southamerica), UEFA (Europe), Asia, Africa and Oceania (no idea how those conferences are called). For this cup there came 14 teams from UEFA, 4 each from Asia, Concacaf, and Comebol, 5 from Africa (one has has to doa repechaje with one from Asia), and one from Oceania (had to do repechaje with one from Africa). Hence, with more cups than anyone Comebol sends the same amount of participants as Concacaf and Asia, less than Africa. Funny that from those 4, three seems poised to reach the next phase, The europeans will have more than half in the next round. If they have more and Asia and Concacaf has only one or two, Africa only one, we should push to have MORE Coembol and Europeans teams in order to have the best teams in the final. And no more cups in weird places like South Africa or Korea. Only conferences with a Champion get to have a World Cup.

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Alfredo Octavio said...

Sorry, the one from OCeania (Australia) had to do a repechaje with one from COmebol (Uruguay). Too excited by the argentinian game (I'm just watching now, to write properly).

7:11 PM  

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