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2010 Football World Cup - Various Comments & Stories
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:51 pm    Post subject: Simulation: Spain to win 2010 World Cup Reply with quote

Any Spaniard fan in the house?

Simulation: Spain to win 2010 World Cup
By Mark Smith


According to most experts, the result this year's FIFA World Cup will likely come down to a toss-up between closely matched favorites Spain and Brazil.

But ask EA's best-selling 2010 FIFA World Cup, and you'll get a more precise answer: the rivals will meet in a nailbiting final game that sees Brazil take a 30th minute 1-0 lead -- only to be beaten by their European adversaries 3-1.

According to the simulation, "Brazil put on a dazzling display of free-flowing samba style soccer early on against the Spaniards," said EA, "taking a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute with a Felipe Melo strike from just inside the box."

"It didn't take long for Spain to level the score after a goalie error that left striker David Villa in the clear. He tapped in his 6th goal of the tournament in the 42nd minute. The second half saw fortunes turn in favour of Spain, as their disciplined build up play and domination of possession paid off with a goal in the 61st minute when Villa connected for his second goal of the match, off of Andres Iniesta's driven cross. "

The coup de grace -- "a splendid counter attack goal from Cesc Fabregas" -- will come in the 88th minute. According to the game, of course.

England will take the third place trophy, EA predicts, after losing to Brazil in the semi-final on penalties and beating Argentina 2-1 in the third-place game. That'd be England's best World Cup result snce winning the tournament in 1966.

As for the USA, expect a second-place finish in Group C, and a dramatic exit in the Round of 16 at the hands of Germany, again on penalties. You can see the predicted results of every single game right here.

EA's sports games have a pretty credible record of calling major sporting events: earlier this year, Madden NFL correctly predicted the surprise outcome of this year's Super Bowl, making it the sixth time in the last seven years the game has got it right.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:39 am    Post subject: Shall we set up a poll? Reply with quote

Inkling or Tygol suggested it some time ago, asking which teams were whose favourites.

We may perhaps set up a poll, with bets about who will get to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and who will be the two finalists and the ultimate winner?

Losers will pay a round of drinks to winner in the Meet and Greet Pub.

But it may be better to wait until the first couple of rounds are over, then we can see who may have a chance? What do you all think?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 11:20 am    Post subject: Re: Shall we set up a poll? Reply with quote

Wildflower wrote:
Inkling or Tygol suggested it some time ago, asking which teams were whose favourites.

We may perhaps set up a poll, with bets about who will get to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and who will be the two finalists and the ultimate winner?

Losers will pay a round of drinks to winner in the Meet and Greet Pub.

For that, check out that other football site that I posted in the other thread. We can start our own poll, actually. Have fun!

WC Prediction Game

Note: Send me a PM if you want access to that site. I can help you register and log in. wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 9:05 am    Post subject: Today's the day!!! Reply with quote

In a few hours... It will start!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:42 am    Post subject: Own Goal and Tap-In for the Netherlands Reply with quote

June 14, 2010
Own Goal and Tap-In for the Netherlands
By JEFFREY MARCUS


Dirk Kuyt, second from left, scored past Denmark’s Lars Jacobsen to seal the victory for the Netherlands. The two countries squared off in the first World Cup match of the day on Monday

JOHANNESBURG —The Netherlands has the win it wanted, and some of its big-name players may even now be thanking Dirk Kuyt, the son of a fisherman, for putting the finishing touches on a 2-0 victory over Denmark at Soccer City stadium on Monday.

Kuyt is the player whose work ethic coaches love but whose skills were disparaged by members of his own team leading up to this World Cup. Well, bully for Kuyt. He is a modest man, like his late father, also Dirk, who died of cancer three years ago. But it is the Kuyt belief that you work, you persevere and you believe in yourself, even if those who share your labor are not quite convinced about you.

You will not hear the son say this, but inside he must be fulfilled knowing that he was still on the field, still running and still in position to tap in the decisive goal when Robin van Persie, the striker who had so openly questioned Kuyt’s right to share the attack, had been withdrawn to the bench.

It was not much of a goal, knocked in from less than a meter after wing Eljero Elia, who came on midway through the second half as a substitute, did all the creation. Elia, quick and slippery like a lizard between rocks, had beaten Danish keeper Thomas Sorensen with his low shot, which bounced as a gift off the far post into Kuyt’s path.

That goal at least had a Dutch name to it. The first one was cruel, but almost comical. Van Persie can claim the assist because he made the cross from the left flank. But Simon Poulsen made a pig’s ear of an easy clearance. The ball struck him on his shaven scalp above the right temple, ricocheted the opposite way from the one he intended, struck the back of his fellow defender Daniel Agger, and trickled across the goal line.

What does a coach say to a defender as hapless as that? “I said to him it happened to me a lot in my career; it can happen to anyone,” Denmark’s manager, Morten Olsen, said.

He was possibly telling a white lie. Olsen was more than a competent defender, one of the most accomplished players in Denmark history. But it is in a coach’s interests to be kind to his player, and Olsen told Poulsen, “Forget about it and think of the next game, because you played a good game today.”

A good game is the faint praise of the performance, and the win its merit. Players are saying that the atmosphere at matches is surreal, that the tuneless din of the vevezulas gives them little feeling of normal soccer audiences. But these are the multimillion-dollar players of world fame. If the crowd doesn’t give them energy, they have to create it for themselves.

Too few of the games so far are not doing enough to grab the undivided attention of the spectators. This one was better than, say France-Uruguay or Serbia-Ghana, but for long spells it was a highly orchestrated stalemate.

The Danes confessed beforehand that a tie would be the summit of their ambition, and set out a seven-man rear-guard action to try to achieve it. The onus was on Holland to break that organized resistance, but though it had far more of the ball, it lacked ideas on how to penetrate.

Denmark absorbed the blows, and counterattacked. And once, at 37 minutes, Denmark’s lonesome striker Nicklas Bendtner beautifully spun with the ball and passed it into the stride of Thomas Kahlenberg. The latter shot for goal, but Maarten Stekelenburg got both hands to it to claw it down.

The Dutch were by then wary of Denmark’s swift and sudden raids down the wings, especially the pace of Dennis Rommedahl on the right.

And in a tournament thus far refereed to the highest standards, the Dutch more than once got away with rugged fouls that surely deserved censure. Nigel de Jong’s hack at the heels of Martin Jorgensen, clearly seen by the French referee Stéphane Lannoy, went unpunished even though it threatened the limb of an opponent.

Referees have been instructed to clamp down on those, as the arbiter had the previous night when Australia’s Tim Cahill was shown a straight red card for a similar foul, on Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger.

With that caveat, the Dutch deserved their win. Elia deserves more game time. Wesley Sneijder, who combines industry with art, deserved a goal when his left-footed shot glanced off a defender and struck the crossbar.

Most of all, Kuyt deserves to be praised, not mocked. Perseverance is his virtue, and Holland’s game winner.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:12 am    Post subject: Fans warned vuvuzelas could damage hearing Reply with quote

I dunno about the rest of you, but that buzzing sound in the background of every game has been driving me bananas. crazy

World Cup 2010: Fans warned vuvuzelas could damage hearing
Be careful who you sit next to...
By Zack Wilson
15 Jun 2010 14:10:00

Supporters at the World Cup have been warned about the potential dangers of over-exposure to vuvuzelas, with the plastic instrument being found to be louder than either a chainsaw or a lawnmower.

The instrument has been the subject of much opprobium from television spectators around the world, with others concerned that safety announcements will not be heard in the stadia due to the noise the instrument generates.

Some players have also hinted that the sound levels make on-field communication very difficult.

Tests conducted by the leading hearing system manufacturer Phonak have shown that the vuvuzela emits a noise as loud as 127 decibels.

That is also louder than an air horn (123.6 decibels), as well as a drum, which reaches 122 decibels.

A lawnmower registers at 90 decibels whilst a chainsaw blasts out 100 decibels. A cow bell scores 114.9 decibels.

"To put it in perspective, when a sound is increased by ten decibels our ears perceive it as being twice as loud so we would consider the vuvuzela to be more than double the volume of the cowbell," Robert Beiny, UK and European Audiologist of the Year, told The Daily Telegraph.

“It’s not just while sitting in the stands at a match that hearing damage can happen.

"Our ears can be exposed to damaging noise levels when in the pub surrounded by excited cheering fans, or even while at home, with people often turning the sound on their television up very loud in order to create an atmosphere when watching from their sofa."

A person's hearing is put at risk by prolonged exposure to sounds louder than 85 decibels, whilst hearing damage can occur after just 15 minutes of exposure to volume levels of 100 decibels or more.

There are no plans to ban the vuvuzela from the grounds in South Africa.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:07 am    Post subject: Vuvuzelas Reply with quote

Yes it was OK when there were just a few of them but now it seems every man and his dog has one and methinks that FIFA could do something about it somehow..... Maybe limiting the number of them in each certain amount of area so each group of supporters are limited to how many are allowed to bring them into the stands. GEEZ one noise maker and one drum each group of fans per large square area so groups of fans who want to be near each other - can't be if they want to make a noise. That should make them reconsider - especially if they all want to sit together....
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:00 pm    Post subject: World Cup - booooooring!!!!! Reply with quote

This World Cup is Soooooo boring - most teams are drawing with each other and most teams don't seem to like this new ball at all.....

My other fanatic Futbal half has slept through most matches and has said how boring they all have been and I must admit - what I have seen has hardly inspired me to stay up late to watch after tonight. SO unless things pick up soon we prolly won't bother with it all.... Sad really....... Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:31 pm    Post subject: Re: World Cup - booooooring!!!!! Reply with quote

inkling7 wrote:
This World Cup is Soooooo boring - most teams are drawing with each other and most teams don't seem to like this new ball at all.....

My other fanatic Futbal half has slept through most matches and has said how boring they all have been and I must admit - what I have seen has hardly inspired me to stay up late to watch after tonight. SO unless things pick up soon we prolly won't bother with it all.... Sad really....... Sad

Aw come on now inkling7, it's not that bad. Some matches were boring, true, and there haven't been many goals scored - but some of those goals were beauties. South Korea was great, and the Aussies held bravely against a superior adversary. Japan did pretty well too.

I guess the fact that there are so many ties means that the teams are well-matched (with some unfortunate exceptions), and at least the Kiwis held their own. Tonight's Brazil vs. North Korea should be worth watching - I hope! And I certainly hope that the French will wake up for their match against Mexico. Their first match - that, I grant you, was a boring one.

Right now with all those ties it's difficult to see who's going to advance to the next round and who will pack up and go home... Have to wait and see...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:52 pm    Post subject: The blaring vuvuzela buzz: broadcasters double audio filters Reply with quote

June 16, 2010 - 10:26AM

Host Broadcast Services, the company that provides the broadcast feed for the World Cup, says it has doubled its audio filters to reduce the constant blaring buzz of vuvuzelas.

TV viewers around the globe have complained that the sound from the plastic horns is stinging their ears.

"Despite HBS' core philosophy, which is to provide 'realistic' host broadcast coverage reflecting the ambiance in the stadiums, additional audio filtering has been implemented," the daily newsletter given to rights holders said.

Carlos Tevez ... says Vuvuzelas are extremely bothersome.
The filters will also minimise other crowd noise in the stadiums, such as chants and cheers. HBS said it had increased the level in the ball microphones to provide some balance.

Several broadcasters have already taken their own measures to reduce the drone. French broadcaster TF1 changed its microphones after the opening match between Mexico and host South Africa, replacing them with microphones commentators hold close to their mouths that better filter sound.

The BBC, which had received 545 complaints from viewers as of Tuesday morning, said it was considering giving viewers the option of muting ambient noise while maintaining game commentary through its "red button" digital service. Viewers would push a red button on their remote control to receive the quieter broadcast on a separate channel.

"We have already taken steps to minimise the noise and are continuing to monitor the situation," the BBC said in a statement.

"If the vuvuzela continues to impact on audience enjoyment, we will look at what other options we can take to reduce the volume further."

The noise of the vuvuzelas has been the talk of the World Cup, so much so that British bookmaker William Hill is now taking bets on whether the horns will be banned at Premier League stadiums next season.

"The vuvuzela certainly polarises opinion, and we suspect that individual clubs will want to put a rule in place to enable them to ban them should they threaten to become widespread," William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said.

William Hill is also taking bets that the vuvuzelas will be banned by the end of the World Cup. But FIFA president Sepp Blatter has strongly backed the use of the horns since they were introduced to the wider football world at the Confederations Cup in South Africa last year, and he said again on Monday they're here to stay. The vuvuzelas are something African, and Blatter said he was not about to ban the music traditions of fans in their own country.

Several players said the din of the horns was having an impact on the field. Netherlands striker Robin van Persie avoided a second yellow card - and a ban from the next game - by blaming the vuvuzelas for failing to hear an offside whistle. Argentina striker Carlos Tevez said the din of vuvuzelas made it hard for players to communicate with each other on the field.

"Those sirens or trumpets - I don't know what they are - make it very difficult to speak on the field," Tevez said after Argentina's training session on Tuesday at the University of Pretoria. "You have to shout and sometimes you run out of breath, you get a bit more tired. They are extremely bothersome."

But Van Persie said he did not want to see vuvuzelas banned.

"I think we have to respect it, because we are in South Africa, and we need to respect where we are," the Dutchman said. "This is their tradition. This belongs to them."

AP

Bugger tradition if it's spoiling the game for everyone else....
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