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Old 11-12-08, 11:56 AM   #1
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2010 fifa world cup

Is it too early for a World CUP 2010 thread? I think not, here is why

I'm not going to left in the dark again when the international soccer community competes for the 2010 World Cup title.

I still remember the first time I was exposed to the FIFA World Cup. It was 1994, I was hanging out at Colorado State University when all of sudden tons people started racing up and down the streets carrying strange flags and yelling in a strange language. I thought to myself “get the guns, we are being invaded” No, we were not being invaded, Brazil had just won the World Cup Title.

Once in college I developed friend base that included many international students, however I was playing baseball and had no interest in soccer.

Now with 573 days until the next World Cup, I fear I may not have enough time to do all the things I need to do to take part in this experience.

1. I have no idea how to watch soccer, I don't understand it. So I need to study up on basics of soccer strategy, how it is played correctly, and how it is play on the international scene. Also, learn how to talk soccer (maybe I should be calling it football now, I have no idea)
2. Who's who, time to refresh my geography knowledge or lack of.
3. Read up on the history, what where the moments of greatness, what are the traditions.
4. Plan to attend at least one of the games in a international stadium, I'm going to need a passport and cash. (come on GM stock don't fail me now)

So much to do, so little time.
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Sigh...if only Bafana Bafana are good this iteration. A whole bunch of my old crew/colleagues are heading down...should be a blast.
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Is it too early for a World CUP 2010 thread?
yes.
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Is South Africa safe these days? People keep telling me no but I don't want to believe them.
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Define "safe". Crime level is relatively high.
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Is South Africa safe these days? People keep telling me no but I don't want to believe them.
I have a friend that works with the different Governments there. He said everything thing will calm down enough so they don't hurt their opportunity to capitalize on tourism. Who knows.
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World Cup soccer is great. However, it is too early to pay attention to. For me anyway.
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Ok, maybe it is a bit too early to discuss the standings. But I have a lot of self educating to do in a 1 1/2 years time.
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I have a lot of educating as well.

Here in Texas, soccer tends to be for people with large SUVs, who drop off kids, pop their Xanax, then randomly scream or yell while trying to keep a cellphone call maintained.

It just as bad when they leave their vehicles and go to the field.
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I have a lot of educating as well.

Here in Texas, soccer tends to be for people with large SUVs, who drop off kids, pop their Xanax, then randomly scream or yell while trying to keep a cellphone call maintained.

It just as bad when they leave their vehicles and go to the field.
i did not realize that migrant workers drove large SUVs, popped Xanax, and randomly screamed/yelled at people while taking on a mobile phone.
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http://www.amazon.com/History-Soccer..._img_8_rsrsrs0


This is a well-done introduction. It used to be offered on Netflix.

Sounds like OP needs to find a club and get up to speed. Way too early to sweat the '10 Cup.
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No, it's not too early. I was just about to check on how the World Cup was shaping up.

I'm looking forward to 1) watching a World Cup held in Africa, 2) rooting for England, 3) the inevitable English loss, 4) cheering like an idiot anyway.

And I don't understand much at all about footie. But it's in the blood (Portuguese stock).
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My girlfriend grew up in South Africa and gets frequent updates on the status of the country. She is not hopeful for 2010. Last I heard, the government had not even begun to build stadiums (this was a while ago). The crime rate in Joburg and Cape Town is also one of the highest in the world.

Let's not forget that they recently forced their president to step down. When I was there in 2006, the only thing the government seemed to be accomplishing was re-naming all the streets and towns.

If everything does work out ok, I hope someone upstages the most amazing headbutt I have ever seen.
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Old 11-13-08, 11:31 AM   #14
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Go Bafana Bafana!
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http://www.amazon.com/History-Soccer..._img_8_rsrsrs0


This is a well-done introduction. It used to be offered on Netflix.

Sounds like OP needs to find a club and get up to speed. Way too early to sweat the '10 Cup.

Thanks, I'll see if I can get it on Netflix.
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My girlfriend grew up in South Africa and gets frequent updates on the status of the country. She is not hopeful for 2010. Last I heard, the government had not even begun to build stadiums (this was a while ago). The crime rate in Joburg and Cape Town is also one of the highest in the world.

Let's not forget that they recently forced their president to step down. When I was there in 2006, the only thing the government seemed to be accomplishing was re-naming all the streets and towns.

If everything does work out ok, I hope someone upstages the most amazing headbutt I have ever seen.
That's too bad, it is a bummer that the Dakar Rally had to move as well.
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This should stir the pot, just a bit.
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Haha, it would be great if the US played them.
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The way the USA is playing in qualifying, they may not make the finals in S.A. If they do make it there it will be 3 and out anyway. I have little hope they can turn it around.
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You are correct. I'm interested to see how they do tomorrow (today) against Brazil.
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The way the USA is playing in qualifying, they may not make the finals in S.A. If they do make it there it will be 3 and out anyway. I have little hope they can turn it around.
I imagine the US will make it because they're a member of a crappy region. However, they will almost certainly be 3 and out. Will be interesting to see which team brings home the cup from the first World Cup on African soil. Of course it will be either a UEFA or CONMEBOL squad.
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I have a lot of educating as well.

Here in Texas, soccer tends to be for people with large SUVs, who drop off kids, pop their Xanax, then randomly scream or yell while trying to keep a cellphone call maintained.

It just as bad when they leave their vehicles and go to the field.
I'm not sure what age group, level, or region of Texas soccer you attend but my daughter has played here for well over 14 years almost year round and played tournaments in California, North Carolina, Florida, Colorado, Oklahoma, Tennessee, New Mexico, Maryland, and all over the state at home. She will continue on next year in College, all be it quite a ways from home.

Yea, the sidelines get passionate, but the folks watching have spent hundreds, if not thousands, of hours at practices, games, and tournaments. It's a very educated crowd as far as the game goes. The folks who have kids playing city league recreational soccer are a different breed all together.

As far as being too early for the World Cup, yep. It only gets interesting after the groups are selected.
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The way the USA is playing in qualifying, they may not make the finals in S.A. If they do make it there it will be 3 and out anyway. I have little hope they can turn it around.
Yep. I caught the last FIFA game: USA vs. Italy. Italy made it look easy.
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Is it too early for a World CUP 2010 thread? I think not, here is why

I'm not going to left in the dark again when the international soccer community competes for the 2010 World Cup title.

I still remember the first time I was exposed to the FIFA World Cup. It was 1994, I was hanging out at Colorado State University when all of sudden tons people started racing up and down the streets carrying strange flags and yelling in a strange language. I thought to myself “get the guns, we are being invaded” No, we were not being invaded, Brazil had just won the World Cup Title.

Once in college I developed friend base that included many international students, however I was playing baseball and had no interest in soccer.

Now with 573 days until the next World Cup, I fear I may not have enough time to do all the things I need to do to take part in this experience.

1. I have no idea how to watch soccer, I don't understand it. So I need to study up on basics of soccer strategy, how it is played correctly, and how it is play on the international scene. Also, learn how to talk soccer (maybe I should be calling it football now, I have no idea)
2. Who's who, time to refresh my geography knowledge or lack of.

3. Read up on the history, what where the moments of greatness, what are the traditions.
4. Plan to attend at least one of the games in a international stadium, I'm going to need a passport and cash. (come on GM stock don't fail me now)

So much to do, so little time.
Best way to learn about WC football (quickly) is "Pro Evolution Soccer 2009".

Although I don't play video games any longer, I used to play P.E.S. (a.k.a. Winning Eleven) with my buddies when I was at university back in 2000 and it was fun (at the time) and I got all the players, teams, strategies into my head pretty quickly.

After getting some knowledge, I highly recommend watching Turkey vs. Croatia QF Match from Euro 2008. It's readily available because it's fairly recent and it's pretty epic (it was better live).
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You are correct. I'm interested to see how they do tomorrow (today) against Brazil.
The US didn't do so well against Brazil. Now I have hear it from my programmer in Brazil.

Looks like I'm becoming an Argentina fan
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