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World Cup 2014 General Discussion

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Post by Sir Bolt the Dragoon » Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:17 pm

What happened to CONCACAF?

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Post by Calamity Panfan » Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:39 pm

Costa Rica is probably my #3 because CONCACAF, but Germany is automatically my #2 because heritage/I **** love Germany/I have a lot of German friends and my social media will be significantly more pleasant if they win
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Post by Softguitar » Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:48 pm

GO BELGIUM. When can I stop saying this?
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Post by Deku Tree » Fri Jul 04, 2014 4:19 pm

Super Germans took care of business today. Feels good, man.

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Post by I am nobody » Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:01 pm

Germany 1-0 France

Not as decisive as most of Germany's previous games were, but France never looked like they had a serious chance of winning.

Brazil 2-1 Colombia

Colombia, on the other hand, easily could have won this. Brazil's second goal was off a free kick that the goalkeeper did an absolutely terrible job defending, and Colombia had several chances that barely missed.

Germany looks like a strong favorite for the semifinal.

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Post by Deku Tree » Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:56 pm

Brazil will also be without Silva.

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Post by I am nobody » Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:16 pm

They'll be without Neymar as well:

http://www.espnfc.com/story/1932881

That hit near the end of the game broke a vertebrae. It doesn't require surgery, but he'll obviously be out for much longer than the time they have.

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Post by LOOT » Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:53 pm

I already watched the World Cup and it was amazing.

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Post by Softguitar » Sat Jul 05, 2014 12:54 pm

Belgium. :bored2:
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Post by Softguitar » Sat Jul 05, 2014 1:55 pm

Oh well, going for the Netherlands now. HUP HOLLAND HUP.
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Post by Calamity Panfan » Sat Jul 05, 2014 2:00 pm

go costa rica CONCACAF PRIDE
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Post by Softguitar » Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:48 pm

This match wasn't good to my heart.

I'm glad the Netherlands got through. Both teams did well.
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Post by I am nobody » Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:49 pm

Argentina 1-0 Belgium

Costa Rica (3) 0-0 Netherlands (4)


All the interesting teams are out now. Guess I'm going for Argentina or Germany.

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Post by Calamity Panfan » Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:49 pm

rip in peace costa rica :(
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Post by I REALLY HATE POKEMON! » Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:09 am

Soccer seems to be more popular in America now.

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Post by Calamity Panfan » Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:54 am

Soccer always gets a giant boost in America during the World Cup because everybody can rally behind the national team.

Caring about soccer during the World Cup, but I won't really think it's catching on unless people start watching more often than every four years.
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Post by I REALLY HATE POKEMON! » Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:18 pm

True, true.

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Post by I am nobody » Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:34 pm

It's getting more popular in general as well now that it's actually possible to watch the EPL without extra subscriptions, but the numbers from that aren't going to be anything like what the World Cup draws. It's still going to be a while before it stops being a niche sport to watch, I think.

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Post by Calamity Panfan » Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:44 pm

I could eventually see soccer becoming the fourth-most popular sport in America, beating out hockey, but it'll still be a few years before that happens.
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Post by Sir Bolt the Dragoon » Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:03 am

I don't think soccer is long-term marketable in the US since networks can't run enough commercials during a match.

There's also a catch-22. Our best athletes will only go to pro soccer if there's more money in it than the NBA/NFL/MLB. And that won't happen until the sport can be more commercialized. And sponsors won't care to find a creative way of doing this until more people watch. And more people won't watch until our best athletes go pro. And so on and so on.

And the American macho man attitude is the antithesis to soccer. We like seeing quick bursts of guys CRASHING INTO EACH OTHER vs. non-contact continuous sprinting where if someone gets tripped and grimaces they are a WHINY BITCH. Even baseball is losing ground to American football.

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