World Cup Quarterfinals Preview

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With only 8 teams left in the World Cup, it is only fitting that I give you a few random lists of top 8’s.

Eight Reasons to keep watching the World Cup post-USA:

  1. From here on out there are no longer any lopsided match-ups. Any team is capable of winning it all at this point. Make sure to call off of work for Germany vs. Argentina on July 3 at 10 a.m. (ET). This game is going to be the match of the tournament thus far. It’s a shame this isn’t the final. Then again, that would mean Argentina’s manager Diego Maradona would be that much closer to streaking…..
  2. No longer are the games at 7:30 a.m. There are two more 10 a.m. games, while the rest are at 1:30 p.m. It’s no longer possible to use the excuse of sleeping through a game. If 10 a.m. is too early, then you have serious issues.
  3. With only one African team left in the World Cup, Ghana, the vuvuzelas have quieted down a bit. They are still able to be heard, but aren’t as annoying. Just when I was starting to like them…..Just kidding.
  4. There won’t be any instant replay, at least for the rest of this year’s World Cup, but the refs can only get better. FIFA has apologized to Mexico and England, which are baby steps considering how they handled the U.S.-Slovenia game.
  5. No more ties. This is probably my favorite reason, because it just isn’t right to end any game in a tie. There has to be a winner and a loser. Granted, I don’t like how penalty kicks can decide the outcome of a game either, but beggars can’t be choosers. Can someone explain what is wrong with just playing extra time until a team scores?
  6. Jim Rome, the soccer scrooge, is talking about soccer. He admits he doesn’t necessarily like it, but just the fact that he’s talking about it is revolutionary. If he can watch it, anyone can.
  7. Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Netherlands and Germany. What do they all have in common? They all love to score goals, and lots of them. The goalies will be busy going forward.
  8. Whether it’s a controversial call, a flopping player or a close game, there will be plenty more drama from here on out.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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World Cup Group G Preview: Who will survive the “Group of Death”?

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Every year there is a “group of death”. This year’s “group of death” is hands down Group G. Three of the four teams are some of the world’s best (Brazil, Portugal and Ivory Coast). Unfortunately, only two can advance. Not only are there great teams in this group, there are world-class players as well. In this group, are the 2007 and 2008 FIFA World Players of the Year, Kaka (Brazil) and Christiano Ronaldo (Portugal) respectively.

Though there are great players in this group, there are also some stars that have been left out. Most notably left out is the aging Ronaldinho of Brazil, who has been the face of Brazilian soccer for years. Brazil’s Alexandre Pato, a man who left his family at age 11 to play soccer, was a surprise cut from the roster. He was not only expected to make the team, he was thought to have a large role. Also, Questionable to play in this year’s World Cup, because of a broken arm is Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba. He is one of the most potent scorers in the world and would be sorely missed for Ivory Coast.

by Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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