Sunday, June 18, 2006

The New Group of Death

This is what I love about the World Cup...it's so short, it's just unpredictable. Before the tournament Group E looked so straightforward...a walk in the park for Italy and the Czechs. Who could've known the Ghaneans would humiliate the Czechs? Who could've imagined the US fighting Italy to a draw with one fewer player? Total zaniness...

(One thing I noticed from last night's game, however, is that the stereotype of the clueless gringo supporter still stands: five minutes from the end, with the US on the verge of taking a point and scoring a stunning success against a top team, the German cameras were picking out SAD LOOKING US FANS ON THE STANDS!!!! Do these people understand NOTHING? Van p'al cielo y van llorando...)

Yeah, Daniel, predictions are very hazardous at this point. I sort of think the Ghaneans and the Italians will go through at this point, because the Czechs are useless with both their top strikers injured. But anything could happen. I certainly wouldn't count the gringos out at that point...they were fantastic on the right side of the field, and pretty good everywhere.

4 Comments:

Blogger Miguel-O-Matic said...

Quico, this clip should provide some clues to understanding the Gringos' take on "soccer"... ;->

9:52 AM  
Blogger bruni said...

It is very difficult to be an italian tifosa. Gli azurri made us suffer all the way until by some magic trick they get into the semifinals or even finals. It is always the same. I think it must be the good ol'italian motto:

Why make it simple if it can be complicated?

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Krupa said...

not sure what you mean by clueless gringos... a reuters story I read said the gringos were actually out-shouting the italians... plus if you flew for the USA to europe to watch football, it's a pretty good bet you know what's going on ;-)

2:52 PM  
Blogger Boli-Nica said...

(One thing I noticed from last night's game, however, is that the stereotype of the clueless gringo supporter still stands: five minutes from the end, with the US on the verge of taking a point and scoring a stunning success against a top team, the German cameras were picking out SAD LOOKING US FANS ON THE STANDS!!!! Do these people understand NOTHING? Van p'al cielo y van llorando...)

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Well put, you should have heard the English commentary on ABC/ESPN ..wrote about it here.
http://bolicarreras.blogspot.com/2006/06/rant-world-cup-us-soccer-espnabc.html
A Fox Sports announcer (they try hard to not publically criticze ESPN/ABC) cited an example of how the commentators were talking about the sports scandal in Italy the last 20 minutes - which had no place at that stage of the game.

2:55 PM  

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