World Cup 2014

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art, Monday, 21 April 2014 00:55 (six years ago) link

Still find these things charming somehow
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XviR7esUvo

tsrobodo, Friday, 25 April 2014 14:50 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

Mexico's Luis Montes broke his leg in a friendly vs Ecuador this evening

dan m, Sunday, 1 June 2014 03:51 (six years ago) link

Quite enjoying The Guardian's profiles for this World Cup. The Ramos one is entirely unsurprising

Sergio Ramos

Of all the Twitter accounts managed by Spanish internationals, Sergio Ramos's one shines with its own light. In its history there is a bit of everything, especially blunders. On an American tour, he dubbed the San Antonio Spurs with the name of San Francisco and posted a picture of Las Vegas when the message that accompanied it was 'What a spectacular city is New York'. Also widely commented on was his congratulations to the women's water polo national team 24 days after their victory in the World Cup final held last summer in Barcelona. The reason for the delay in his message was that the game he watched was deferred, while he thought it was live. Finally, last September, the same day that Tokyo beat Madrid for the right to host of the 2020 Olympics, he hung a picture of him eating sushi in a Japanese restaurant. Fortunately, his distraction only affects his relationship only with social networking, because Ramos looks in good shape heading into the World Cup.

They may want to edit the Jesus Navas one considering it starts with this

That Jesus Navas is a must for Vicente del Bosque is evidenced by the consecutive calls for the South Africa World Cup , the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine and the Confederations Cup last summer. He will also be at the World Cup in Brazil, this time as a new champion of the Premier League with Manchester City.

Navas didn't make the 23 man squad.

pandemic, Sunday, 1 June 2014 10:28 (six years ago) link

england team sticker is the worst panini sticker

boj (anky), Monday, 2 June 2014 05:18 (six years ago) link

do kids buy them of their own volition or all panini sales either parents reliving their childhoods vicariously or childless guys just going for it?

ogmor, Monday, 2 June 2014 05:22 (six years ago) link

dunno, Hannah went thru a serious unprompted Match Attax phase a couple of years back

Misandry Rooney (Noodle Vague), Monday, 2 June 2014 06:14 (six years ago) link

I think the England team might be unauthorised - all the players look like they've been wonkily cropped from other pictures, which does nothing to flatter their already wonky faces.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Monday, 2 June 2014 07:17 (six years ago) link

England have a deal with someone other than Panini, hence the wonky photoshops. The England shiny, with a hastily cobbled together MS Paint St George's cross, is the worst of all stickers.

Matt DC, Monday, 2 June 2014 09:20 (six years ago) link

any wall-chart recommendations? fear i may have left it too late to get a good one

Misandry Rooney (Noodle Vague), Monday, 2 June 2014 09:58 (six years ago) link

Want one of the England players to not sing the national anthem just to see if any of the tabloids campaign for him to be dropped,

pandemic, Monday, 2 June 2014 10:40 (six years ago) link

the Observer are doing one next week NV

Number None, Monday, 2 June 2014 11:02 (six years ago) link

I usually rock the When Saturday Comes wallchart, but it's a bit of a half-assed effort this time round.

Prostitute Farm Online (Bananaman Begins), Monday, 2 June 2014 11:05 (six years ago) link

yeah i used to love the WSC charts but i'm a bit tired of their shtick tbh, guess this weekend's papers will be worth perusing

Misandry Rooney (Noodle Vague), Monday, 2 June 2014 11:08 (six years ago) link

Frank Lampard: Bastille – Pompeii
Wayne Rooney: The Lumineers – Ho Hey
Jack Wilshere: Sam Smith – Money On My Mind
Gary Cahill: John Newman – Love Me Again
Phil Jones: Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones – I Got U
Steven Gerrard: Avicii – Wake Me Up
Glen Johnson: Naughty Boy – La La La
Rickie Lambert: OneRepublic – Counting Stars
Raheem Sterling: Drake – Started From The Bottom
Danny Welbeck: Chase & Status – Blk & Blu
Ross Barkley: Ben Pearce – What I Might Do
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Fuse ODG – Antenna
Daniel Sturridge: Banks – This Is What It feels Like
Chris Smalling: Sub Focus – Turn Back Time
Joe Hart: Klangkarussell – Sonnentanz
Michael Carrick: Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines
James Milner: Avicii – I Could Be The One
Tom Cleverley: Disclosure – You & Me

Merdeyeux, Monday, 2 June 2014 14:35 (six years ago) link

leighton baines: conscientious objector

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 2 June 2014 14:40 (six years ago) link

*cough* Golden Generation players still knocking around have comfortably the worst choices there.

Matt DC, Monday, 2 June 2014 14:43 (six years ago) link

Never have I been so glad of John Terry's international retirement.

Matt DC, Monday, 2 June 2014 14:44 (six years ago) link

Carrick subtly commenting on his exclusion from the squad

Misandry Rooney (Noodle Vague), Monday, 2 June 2014 14:57 (six years ago) link

Falcao OUT

Number None, Monday, 2 June 2014 22:53 (six years ago) link

some amazing clips in this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b045q1dd/world-cup-brush-up-with-danny-baker

NI, Tuesday, 3 June 2014 00:18 (six years ago) link

^the clip of Jimmy Greaves' angrily letting off steam about weathermen on TVAM in post-Great Storm 1987 was certainly something.

I've been watching the vintage FIFA documentaries on each World Cup that are going up on the iPlayer. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b045p4tb/fifa-world-cup-official-film-4-1962 They're a bit creaky and quaint, but contain some wonderful footage. Just watched the one on the bad tempered 1962 WC in Chile - so many punch-ups it's crazy ("Sanchez, whose father is a boxer, knocks him out with a beautiful left hook!"), players being escorted off the pitch by police, and Jimmy Greaves grappling with a runaway dog during the England-Brazil match.

painfully alive in a drugged and dying culture (DavidM), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 19:10 (six years ago) link

it didn't occur they'd get an iPlayer airing, i caught the 1958 one on TV then waited in vain for more. i like the quaintness and find it less off-putting than any 2014 pundit wd manage.

arid banter (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 19:12 (six years ago) link

James Milner will get a chance to press his claims for a place in England's World Cup starting line-up in an unfamiliar right-back role against Ecuador in Miami.

England manager Roy Hodgson has seen enough from the 28-year-old Manchester City player to try him out as a potential alternative to first-choice Glen Johnson.

Frank Lampard will captain an experimental England side which is set to include Wayne Rooney in a left-sided role.

Number None, Tuesday, 3 June 2014 22:46 (six years ago) link

xxpost crying laughing at all the blue peter bits, from demon keegan through to 'the dog deserved to die'

NI, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 01:30 (six years ago) link

another good ye olde world cup british clips show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMuDqAJW3AE&feature=kp

NI, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 03:13 (six years ago) link

think the hardest I laughed at the danny baker one was the bulldog mascot bit

xelab V¸¸ (imago), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 03:16 (six years ago) link

U.S. soccer coach Juergen Klinsmann says American players can have sex during World Cup

boj (anky), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 04:39 (six years ago) link

Can't be bothered to poll it, but who do we think will win?

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 07:32 (six years ago) link

Argentina

arid banter (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 07:37 (six years ago) link

okay, partly hope they will win and partly clearly they have a shout

arid banter (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 07:40 (six years ago) link

I'd like to see Argentina or Brazil win but i have a feeling it could be Spain again.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 07:42 (six years ago) link

Depends on the draw and I haven't looked clearly at it, but Spain are on paper the best, but could be taken down by a determined and/or inspired performance from Germany, Brazil or Argentina. Argentina's squad is lopsided but their attacking options are better than anyone else's.

I don't really think that looks like a World Cup-winning Brazil squad, midfield in particular, but, still home advantage. Something at the back of my head keeps saying Germany though.

I've barely watched any international football in four years so stoked for all this.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 08:09 (six years ago) link

It's certainly very open. Germany have been fairly underwhelming in a string of recent friendlies and look quite light in terms of striking options, but obviously have a great midfield.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 08:19 (six years ago) link

Hopes for the WC:

- Messi to have at the least a good WC.

- See an interesting team - e.g. Belgium, but any others too do well

- See a team or a player surprise/come out of the blue

The last two items is what most would want out of any WC.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 08:46 (six years ago) link

It's possible that I'm fatigued by seeing most of them play week in week out in the Premiership but Belgium strike me as a team who will utterly fail to justify any of the hype.

There's nothing more exciting than seeing a great young player explode onto a World Cup though.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 08:53 (six years ago) link

Same here, what are the other teams beyoond the top 4-5 people are looking at?

Mostly want to see Eng utterly humiliated at the group stages but I do like Woy...

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 08:57 (six years ago) link

dunno if England humiliation is fully enjoyable when it leads to the same old point-missing autopsies, but usually after a couple of truly cynical displays of boredom and self-aggrandisement from the usual suspects i'm ready for the coup de grace

arid banter (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 09:05 (six years ago) link

there are players in the England squad who i'd like to get a chance to do something constructive, i guess

arid banter (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 09:06 (six years ago) link

They have a tough group but i'd love Bosnia to do well.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 09:08 (six years ago) link

don't feel like there's much potential for surprise packages in this lot. i like to see the West African teams do well.

arid banter (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 09:11 (six years ago) link

There's definitely a part of me which would just love to see Messi take the tournament by storm and outscore everyone en route to the Cup, if only to settle all the debates about his status as the GOAT.

Starting to get irrationally hopeful about England's prospects as well, I never learn.

Windsor Davies, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 09:12 (six years ago) link

i think Ladbrokes spike the water around now

arid banter (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 09:13 (six years ago) link

Yeah I don't think Eng we'll be humiliated really. The last WC might be a one-off.

It'll be some 'heroics' to another pen failure instead. The usual nonsense.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 09:22 (six years ago) link

If I had to put money down, I'd say Spain, theyve got the best squad. Uruguay have potential too, they could go all the way. I can't see England getting out of their group but I've no idea what Italy are like right now, but its Italy, theyre always decent.

everyday sheeple (Michael B), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 09:23 (six years ago) link

Italy tend to start slow but yeah i wdn't put my own money on England getting out of the group

arid banter (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 09:25 (six years ago) link

team of tournament

lloris
ekotto
vertonghen
zokora
bentaleb
chadli
paulinho
prince boateng
dembele
postiga

blap setter (darraghmac), Monday, 14 July 2014 12:53 (six years ago) link

Lloris, "Why did I believe them when they said it was still a big club?"

Tommy McTommy (Tom D.), Monday, 14 July 2014 12:59 (six years ago) link

Still no Dos Santos!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pandemic, Monday, 14 July 2014 13:01 (six years ago) link

That's just cruel in that company.

pandemic, Monday, 14 July 2014 13:02 (six years ago) link

ah yeah dos Santos

we did sell him didn't we?

blap setter (darraghmac), Monday, 14 July 2014 13:06 (six years ago) link

amped for the women's cup next year :)

goole, Monday, 14 July 2014 13:34 (six years ago) link

lehmann

dixon
hanson
cannavaro
keown

seedorf
pnev
hoddle
oneill

henry
lineker

a hoy hoy, Monday, 14 July 2014 13:50 (six years ago) link

no Giles? fuck off.

blap setter (darraghmac), Monday, 14 July 2014 14:00 (six years ago) link

Nobody riding for Ochoa huh

, Monday, 14 July 2014 14:03 (six years ago) link

good WC for gk position tbh he'd be in most top threes I guess but neuer is the standout in that he stops chances before they turn into shots. Howard lloris and Ochoa after that, then lehmann

blap setter (darraghmac), Monday, 14 July 2014 14:05 (six years ago) link

still think Lloris is one of the greats, but not based on what he's displayed at this WC (although no fault of his own).

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 14 July 2014 14:09 (six years ago) link

congratulations to germany on their first world cup win, big moment for any country

agree that messi doesn't feel right for best player. for a tournament with a lot of goals it is interesting that a lot of goalkeepers really stood out. neuer was exceptional, shout out to navas too. i thought khedira (autocorrect suggestion in chrome: dickhead. why is that even in its dictionary?) who i have had doubts about in the past was really good when he played, but i am sure he'd have been miles away from winning even if he had played the final and scored. of the teams that reached the semis, and really you can only pick from them, i do think robben was as visibly impressive as anyone and have a better shout than messi. i saw that di maria is getting widely mixed reviews for his tournament but i think he was the guy that provided a spark for arg more than messi a lot of the time. i think losing the ball a lot can be a product of being the only guy on a team who is consistently, energetically trying to make something happen.

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 14 July 2014 15:18 (six years ago) link

sure this has been covered before but is the "Golden Ball" - best player of the World Cup - actually a different thing from the the "FIFA Ballon d'Or" - best player of the previous year? if so that's fucking stupid

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 14 July 2014 15:33 (six years ago) link

I don't ever remember a Golden Ball being a thing before, except dimly remember Zidane getting some award in 2006. In any event it doesn't matter, nobody's memory is going to be shaped by Fifa approval however much Blatter'd like it that way.

Best player this time was definitely James Rodriguez fwiw. Loads of honourable mentions but he stood out.

Ismael Klata, Monday, 14 July 2014 15:54 (six years ago) link

Mods, the World Cup is over, please lock this thread. Thanks in advance!

Immediate Follower (NA), Monday, 14 July 2014 15:56 (six years ago) link

Messi winning that trophy was a classic Borgesian "inversion" (cf. Stanislaw Lem article in Microworlds) and underneath the thousand yard stare with which he accepted it one might interpret the stoic, world-weary fatalism that is his birthright. Perhaps a tango lyric or two was going through his mind at the time, but who can say.

Albiceleste Square Mall (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 14 July 2014 16:04 (six years ago) link

congratulations to germany on their first world cup win, big moment for any country

Eh?

sure this has been covered before but is the "Golden Ball" - best player of the World Cup - actually a different thing from the the "FIFA Ballon d'Or" - best player of the previous year? if so that's fucking stupid

Eh?

ewar woowar (or something), Monday, 14 July 2014 16:42 (six years ago) link

Germany != W. Germany, apparently

Albiceleste Square Mall (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 14 July 2014 16:43 (six years ago) link

Messi had a good World Cup, goals at the start to carry Arg, then that pass from the moon for ADM, pretty good final, marked out the game in the Semi. He doesn't look athletically like he once did. Don't know why. But a good tourn. Didn't act like a moron in the final, diving everywhere like some Germans.

Raccoon Tanuki, Monday, 14 July 2014 16:59 (six years ago) link

Götze boner all over my feed atm

, Monday, 14 July 2014 17:04 (six years ago) link

But you didn't have to cuuut me ouuut...

Mark G, Monday, 14 July 2014 17:27 (six years ago) link

Messi's been injured all season on and off, vomited on the pitch during the final (admittedly not unusual for him, apparently), and his friend died a few days before the final.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 14 July 2014 17:38 (six years ago) link

The Castrol index (on the official FIFA website) says Toni Kroos was the best player of the tournament, followed by Robben and De Vrij. Messi's not even in the top ten. http://fifa.to/1sTLV4p

In the airplane over the .CSS (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 14 July 2014 17:49 (six years ago) link

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/full-time-fading-images-of-the-world-cup/

^^ this is a lovely way to cap it off

Plasmon, Monday, 14 July 2014 18:43 (six years ago) link

It is, thanks for the link. Great photos, too.

In the airplane over the .CSS (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 14 July 2014 18:51 (six years ago) link

so which club side had the most scorers at the world cup?

john wahey (NickB), Monday, 14 July 2014 19:01 (six years ago) link

Must be one of Utd, Bayern, or Madrid. I know Utd had six

Number None, Monday, 14 July 2014 19:45 (six years ago) link

yeah, Bayern had seven

Number None, Monday, 14 July 2014 19:47 (six years ago) link

just creeping over the line with that Julian Green goal

Number None, Monday, 14 July 2014 19:48 (six years ago) link

I would like imago to present my FF world cup trophy to me plz

I was surprised by how aggressive argentina were yesterday, I expected them to hang back more but they got forward quite a lot. ridiculously fine margins in the end, more than any other final I can remember

ogmor, Monday, 14 July 2014 20:57 (six years ago) link

fine margin was higuain being a choke artist

a hoy hoy, Monday, 14 July 2014 21:13 (six years ago) link

if ye signed him tomorrow you'd be gargling out of him

blap setter (darraghmac), Monday, 14 July 2014 21:23 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Belgian 15 minutes of fame hunter girl is back, she did the celeb kickoff for a match in the Belgian competition.

http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/949/Belgisch-Voetbal/article/detail/1979320/2014/08/03/WK-babe-Axelle-verzorgt-aftrap-in-Brugge.dhtml

StanM, Sunday, 3 August 2014 20:08 (six years ago) link

fittingly, that link took me to an advertisement for the newspaper :D

Ludo, Monday, 4 August 2014 11:04 (six years ago) link

Remove your hln.be cookie & try again

StanM, Monday, 4 August 2014 13:12 (six years ago) link

nine months pass...

Ismael, you're not really worried about LFC are you? They'll be fine.

― pandemic, Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:41 (10 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

thread is a total fucking joy obv

thoughts you made second posts about (darraghmac), Monday, 25 May 2015 23:30 (five years ago) link

We hadn't sold Suarez then had we?

pandemic, Tuesday, 26 May 2015 10:17 (five years ago) link

I miss IK :(

pandemic, Tuesday, 26 May 2015 10:23 (five years ago) link

Darragh got me going thru that thread now.

poor old kuyt y'day, first half patrolled the wing with no shade, then 2nd half LVG had him swap wings so he was doing it again!

― pandemic, Monday, June 30, 2014 9:50 AM (10 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

no point coddling a workhorse

― do u like green ez & jam (darraghmac), Monday, June 30, 2014 9:55 AM (10 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

noticed that, like his whole job was to soak up the u/v

― clockpuncher (Noodle Vague), Monday, June 30, 2014 10:56 AM (10 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

bit of the old u/v, a clockworkhorse oraanje

― do u like green ez & jam (darraghmac), Monday, June 30, 2014 11:01 AM (10 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

our old friend louis van, rvp all nonsense now

― Ismael Klata, Monday, June 30, 2014 11:17 AM (10 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

pandemic, Tuesday, 26 May 2015 10:40 (five years ago) link

my god what a post by me there

thoughts you made second posts about (darraghmac), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:11 (five years ago) link

i just spent an hour reading this thread, cheers guys

gong mad (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:13 (five years ago) link

feel like a bergkampesque revisitation of what I was thinking as I typed it, my process etc is in order

thoughts you made second posts about (darraghmac), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:13 (five years ago) link

deems ilx is just an extension of fives for u isn't it

an absolute feast of hardcore fanboy LOLs surrounding (imago), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:18 (five years ago) link

give me the tools and I'll finish the job

thoughts you made second posts about (darraghmac), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:20 (five years ago) link

the lads at footy dont believe for a second about the brilliance of my message board posts obv

thoughts you made second posts about (darraghmac), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:21 (five years ago) link

ha

an absolute feast of hardcore fanboy LOLs surrounding (imago), Tuesday, 26 May 2015 12:22 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

https://youtu.be/Yc76VhT2a6U

The Perks of Being a Wall St R (darraghmac), Saturday, 4 March 2017 17:00 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

rte2 ran a very fine programme today with every goal from this excellent tournament

ole uncle tiktok (darraghmac), Monday, 6 April 2020 01:37 (four months ago) link


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