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Friday, July 04, 2014

France v Germany

And Brazil v Colombia. Two big games. While I really like the way the French have been playing, the Germans regularly raise their game and I expect them to be able to hold off the very good French attack UNLESS they play the same high offsides-trap that they featured against the USA. That's simply not going to work when France can throw three fast strikers against it, particularly given a French midfield that actually believes in providing its attackers with through balls.

I'm expecting the big upset in the later game. Brazil has not impressed me, not even a little bit. Fred has shown nothing, Hulk is a brute who tries hard and bears absolutely no resemblance to the Romarios and Ronaldos of World Cups past, and Neymar is clearly struggling with the weight of having to carry the nation's expectations very nearly on his own. Colombia isn't afraid of anyone and they are playing very well as a team. I think they'll win and they won't even need extra time or penalties to do it.

Germany 1 France 0. Frankly, a rather boring game. Germany scored early on a set piece, France never seemed to feel much sense of urgency, and I didn't see a single through ball attacking Germany's high defensive line. France had a chance or two, but nothing too crucial, and neither team seemed to have much in the way of energy. Rather disappointing from the same French team that crushed a good Swiss team 5-3.

FIRST HALF: Brazil 1 Colombia 0. This is the best Brazil has looked all tournament. The goal was a bit lucky, since Thiago Silva caught the Colombian defender sleeping on the far post, but Brazil has had most of the good chances. Colombia has a 4-on-2 that is so inept they don't even manage to get a shot off. At this point, Brazil looks capable of winning by three.

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Anonymous MK July 04, 2014 1:05 PM  

Brazil has a problem in the midfield. Oscar is good but the scheme is not favorable to him.

Anonymous castricv July 04, 2014 1:05 PM  

Virtually all of my picks have been holding up. Germany is on track, but as I've said since last week. Brazil 3-1 and almost easy at that. Chile was the best chance to pip Brazil early, now it seems almost ordained that Germany will play Brazil. As for the other side, I am one of the few that think the Netherlands has trouble with teams like Costa Rica, Mexico, and especially Chile. If Robben can get past the new guy for CR, they should win, but don't be surprised if Costa Rica finishes the 1-0 that Mexico could not. As for Argentina and Belgium, location and history would pick Argentina, but I don't trust either squad. Belgium were wasteful and if WOndo didn't stink, the US would have taken a ridiculous 1-0 win at the death.

Still my gut says Argentina vs. Costa Rica. But the winner is coming from Brazil-Germany.

Anonymous zen0 July 04, 2014 1:12 PM  

Damn!. Vox picked Colombia. I was hoping they would win.

Neymar may have a right knee issue.

Anonymous wEz July 04, 2014 1:15 PM  

I think Germany win this 2-0. France looks vulnerable, and they'll get caught pressing for the equalizer.

Anonymous MK July 04, 2014 1:42 PM  

French players should be accelerating at full right now, but they are still saving their energy.

Anonymous wEz July 04, 2014 1:49 PM  

Not much of a sense of urgency from France. Pretty soft team.

Anonymous AlteredFate July 04, 2014 1:51 PM  

Does Vox have a Facebook page now? Vox Day came up as a suggested friend and I thought that was strange...and probably not legit.

Anonymous Bobo July 04, 2014 1:52 PM  

Vamos Le Sele!!
Ticos! Ticos!

(Sorry, getting ahead of myself. Hard not to when the whole country is already sitting infront of a blank TV screen, drinking)

Anonymous wEz July 04, 2014 1:54 PM  

God has France been poor. Very lackluster. To think they nearly tied. Boring, tight game.

Anonymous Anonymous July 04, 2014 1:55 PM  

FIFA carries Brazil through this one. Columbia is better, but not three goals better, and that's what they'll need to win 2-1. Extra time, 2 funky offsides, and, hopefully from FIFA's perspective, one or fewer scandalous calls should do the trick. But I don't even think it will get to that. I bet FIFA keeps Columbia at zero if at all possible, and it should be possible if Brazil just sags back and plays the ball.

Anonymous zen0 July 04, 2014 1:57 PM  

the last save by the german goalie was described as "firm wristed". this was the second time in the game that phrase was used.

This is evidence that soccer is not gay.

Anonymous Pat Hannagan July 04, 2014 2:10 PM  

A win for Germany, a victory for the White race. I'm sure the majority White people of France will feel content with that result.

Would be grand to see Argentina and Netherlands both get up tomorrow, and Germany to knock out either Brazil or Colombia to set up a White vs White final.

Oh, and let's not forget; Le Tour starts tonight.

Anonymous Peter Pan July 04, 2014 2:23 PM  

Damn!. Vox picked Colombia. I was hoping they would win.

Exactly what I was thinking--he's had a lot of bad predictions about the World Cup so far. Even his France-Germany prediction was incorrect, despite favoring Germany overall:

"I expect them to be able to hold off the very good French attack UNLESS they play the same high offsides-trap that they featured against the USA."

Well, turns out Germany did play the high offside trap... and then they held off the French attack just fine to win it. Still, I'm hoping he's right about the next one... I want Columbia to squash Brazil.

Anonymous MK July 04, 2014 2:43 PM  

I think Brazil will win. Colombia has been playing well but this time they will have the fans in the stadium against them. It makes a lot of difference.

Anonymous MK July 04, 2014 3:00 PM  

Maicon will replace Daniel Alves (defense on the right wing). This was one of the most evident vulnerabilities of Brazil.

Anonymous Porphyry July 04, 2014 3:00 PM  

"I want Columbia to squash Brazil." Seconded

Anonymous Peter Garstig July 04, 2014 3:12 PM  

5-2

Blogger ErisGuy July 04, 2014 3:20 PM  

Which French team would show for this game, the team that scored eight goals in the opening two games or the team that drew at nil in the third game? Now we know.

Anonymous MK July 04, 2014 3:36 PM  

Neymar is worried. Who is going to play the supporting role of his dancing coreography when he scores, now that Daniel Alves is out?

Anonymous VD July 04, 2014 3:53 PM  

Brazil looks tight. The Colombians are smiling and relaxed.

Blogger Tank July 04, 2014 4:01 PM  

What is with the say no to racism?

In English !

Blogger Raggededge July 04, 2014 4:10 PM  

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Blogger Raggededge July 04, 2014 4:10 PM  

Nice defense...

Anonymous zen0 July 04, 2014 4:12 PM  

#6 Sanchez looked a little tooo relaxed in defense on that goal.

Definitely not the way to start if one wants to upset Brazil.

May it not become boring like the last game.

Anonymous smart ass July 04, 2014 4:15 PM  

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Let me guess.............. "Nice defense....."?

Blogger Tank July 04, 2014 4:42 PM  

Seems like a lot of cheating in this game.

Anonymous mrglobal July 04, 2014 5:25 PM  

"What is with the say no to racism?
In English !"-Tank

I have been thinking the same thing for the whole tournament Tank. Why not have that stupid ad in Spanish, Swahili, Zulu...oh, that's right, only English-speaking people are capable of being raciss...

Blogger Raggededge July 04, 2014 5:26 PM  

My wife lived in Brazil for a period of time and always said that Brazilians were stupid. It didn't get more stupid than that Silva foul to get a yellow. What a dumbass.

Anonymous The CronoLink July 04, 2014 5:41 PM  

You can do it, Colombia!! C'mon!!

Anonymous Viking July 04, 2014 5:47 PM  

BRA owns the refs :(

Anonymous NateM July 04, 2014 5:48 PM  

Not sure the ref could more transparently favor the home team

Anonymous Mavwreck July 04, 2014 5:54 PM  

Why was the Brazilian goalie's clearance against Rodriguez a penalty? I have to admit that I'm no soccer fan, but it looked like he was going after the ball.

Anonymous zen0 July 04, 2014 5:58 PM  

Neymar looked like he got his back broken.

Should be match fit by the next game.

Anonymous NateM July 04, 2014 5:58 PM  

Maybe David Luiz was pointing at the officials?

Anonymous MK July 04, 2014 5:59 PM  

Brazil won the game but may have lost Neymar for the game with Germany.

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Blogger rcocean July 04, 2014 6:02 PM  

Looked like Australian Rules football. A lot of holding and climbing the back - reminded me of Dave Cowens and Kareem.

Anonymous MendoScot July 04, 2014 6:03 PM  

Dirtiest game I've seen in the tournament. The refs fault for not pulling the yellow half way through the first half.

Brazil took three dives in the penalty box, and got two free kicks outside for dives, including their winning goal.

Mavwreck, the goalie was carded for taking out the man who had already beaten him. Had the attacker not played the ball first, it would have gone the other way.

Neymar may be out of the tournament. That knee went into his kidney, if I'm not mistaken. In any case, I'll bet he's pissing blood tonight.

The Brazzers showed their quality - not much.

Anonymous zen0 July 04, 2014 6:03 PM  

> Why was the Brazilian goalie's clearance against Rodriguez a penalty? I have to admit that I'm no soccer fan, but it looked like he was going after the ball.

But he missed it, knew it, and hacked Rodriquez down. TV commenters thought it should have bee a red.

Blogger rcocean July 04, 2014 6:13 PM  

Both teams deserve a yellow card and an Oscar for dramatics.

Blogger rcocean July 04, 2014 6:14 PM  

And why is the added time such a secret?

Anonymous MendoScot July 04, 2014 6:18 PM  

It's a secret? It's put up on the board at the end of regulation time. Or are you asking who calculates it?

Anonymous VD July 04, 2014 6:19 PM  

Hell of a free kick from David Luiz. Best game Brazil has played, but they still aren't the Brazil of World Cups past.

Blogger yonose July 04, 2014 6:27 PM  

Hello Vox,

Let me introduce myself.

I've been commenting for a while in Atheism-Analyzed Blog. I also see your blog contents which are insightful and insteresting, nonetheless.

I may be biased (Being a colombian native), but I see Brazil in one of its dirtiest ways of playing a soccer match. Colombia's team was not the best, I admit, but Brazil's ways of winning the match are just hackish beyond belief, as they had better times indeed. Not a very fair game, at all.

I don't think that with such hackish way of playing should they deserve this year's World Cup. Germany Should!!

Kind Regards.

Blogger rcocean July 04, 2014 6:28 PM  

"It's a secret? It's put up on the board at the end of regulation time. Or are you asking who calculates it?"

You mean at the 90 minute mark? Then why isn't it shown on the TV? Maybe its just ESPN.

Blogger rcocean July 04, 2014 6:29 PM  

It'd make more sense to have a timekeeper stopping the clock but I guess that would be too sophisticated for the World Cup.

Anonymous MendoScot July 04, 2014 6:35 PM  

No, at the end of both halves. The same guy who shows the substitutions comes to the sideline and holds up a board with the injury time shown. It used to be the referee's call (he had a stopwatch so only he knew how much injury time would be played) which, to my mind, had advantages.

Anyroads, now I'm against the rotten eggs for the rest of the Cup.

Anonymous MendoScot July 04, 2014 6:38 PM  

I agree completely about Luiz's kick - a classic. Shame the well was poisoned.

Anonymous zen0 July 04, 2014 7:26 PM  

> The same guy who shows the substitutions comes to the sideline and holds up a board with the injury time shown.

Also, on the CBC (canadian) broadcast, there is a bug in the top left corner that shows regulation time to the second, and stoppage time declared PLUS the stoppage time clicking down to the second.

The referee's discretion is cut down to 15- 30 seconds, depending on what happens during stoppage time.

No mystery at all.

Blogger F. Lionheart July 04, 2014 7:35 PM  

Frankly, a rather boring game

Fuck me! I never expected this to be such a cake walk. You know what, after the positively horrible first half vs Algeria, I feared the worst. Praise God for a boring win.

I feel we can go the distance now. I wasn't confident before.

Anonymous MK July 04, 2014 7:51 PM  

Neymar is out of the world cup. Without its best player,Brazil cannot be considered favourite for the next games.

Anonymous VD July 04, 2014 7:52 PM  

Neymar is out for the tournament. That should finish off Brazil's chances.

Mondiale finito per Neymar: per il campione brasiliano frattura della vertebra.

That knee to the back was even worse than it looked.

Blogger yonose July 04, 2014 8:20 PM  

Vox,

Not a pun, not an intention of karma. It is a bad thing something like that happened to Neymar. Hope he gets better.

Kind Regards.

Anonymous Barko Ramius July 04, 2014 8:23 PM  

Say no to racism.. heheh.., Siriusxm radio fired that idiot Anthony from the Opie & Anthony shoe for tweeting insensitively about his encounter with a pack of apes in Times Square.

Anonymous Barko Ramius July 04, 2014 8:28 PM  

Shoe/show. whatever.. Just say no to racism you white devils. Now take home a lice infested turd as proof of your allegiance to transformationalism

Anonymous MendoScot July 04, 2014 8:43 PM  

Captain suspended, crack sidelined, and their assassin won't work against the Teutons. Home advantage, which favours their tactics.

Advantage Germany, but not defintive.

If they lose one, they'll come back. But if they lose a second, I think they'll fall apart. I'm still debating whether Zuñinga wasn't revenge for the Hulk's dive. This is, after all, South America.

Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey July 04, 2014 8:59 PM  

Well done, Germany.

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Anonymous zen0 July 04, 2014 9:45 PM  

That knee to the back was even worse than it looked.

Until he does actually not show up in the roster in the semi's I will have to regard it as more deception.

If it proves true, then I will send the "Get well after a couple of weeks" Hallmark special.

Anonymous YIH July 04, 2014 11:10 PM  

zen0:
It does look bad. Rumor has it, broken vertebra. If true, he's not only done for the cup he could well be out for 6 months or so.

Anonymous Jonathan July 04, 2014 11:12 PM  

Between Neymar's broken back and Suarez biting opponents like they're slathered in chocolate it's clear that no one can ever refer to soccer as a non-contact sport again.

Anonymous MendoScot July 04, 2014 11:24 PM  

You'll know when FIFA bans Zuñinga for life. Suarez was a nibble next to this.

Anonymous Jonathan July 05, 2014 12:30 AM  

You'll know when FIFA bans Zuñinga for life.

If they do it was because of the identity of the injured not the recklessness of the challenge. De Jong's drop kick to Alonsa in 2010 was far, far, far worse. Zuninga is not known as a hitman and the results were a freak accident. I have been hit like that without any real damage so this was just a one in a thousand sort of event.

Suarez, OTOH, has a history of biting people and that sort of thing could lead to bench clearing brawls. Frankly, it didn't look like the Brazilian players even thought the challenge egregious and weren't looking to fight over it.

Again, if Zuninga gets a lifetime ban it is only because the injured player is Neymar. IIRC, Keane only received a five match ban after admitting that the challenge on Haland was a premeditated assault.

Anonymous MendoScot July 05, 2014 12:57 AM  

Again, if Zuninga gets a lifetime ban it is only because the injured player is Neymar.

That was my point.

He's doing the mediatic mea culpa and I'm prepared to believe him. Still, FIFA has lost a moneyspinner and will have it's pound of flesh.

Provided the Brazilians let him leave the country alive.

Anonymous MendoScot July 05, 2014 1:22 AM  

Nothing on the news. Rather odd.

Anonymous Mavwreck July 05, 2014 3:45 AM  

MendoScot, zen0, thanks for the explanations.

Anonymous zen0 July 05, 2014 6:26 AM  

If Neymar was an NFL player, he would have been immobolized in a blow-up body cast and put on a wheeled stretcher.

Instead, they flung him around like a rag doll and ran him off the field in that discount stretcher they use and bounced him around all the way to x-ray.

Barcelona paid £71.5m. for this guy. They must be pissed.

Meanwhile, if Neymar recovers, he has a new teammate:

Liverpool agree £63 million deal to sell Suarez Despite his four-month worldwide ban from the game, Suarez has apparently agreed a five-year contract worth £9.5 million-a-year. Or £185,000 per week at the Camp Nou.

He will become the fourth highest paid player at Barca behind Lionel Messi, Neymar and Andres Iniesta. But the deal is also set to include a "bite clause" which will see the player hammered with financial penalties if he steps out of line.


Anonymous castricv July 05, 2014 12:01 PM  

Zeno Suarez is going anywhere until 80 million is reached or Alexis is thrown into the mix and he doesn't seem eager to go.

If LFC can get ALexis and offload Suarez for an additional 50-60 million that will be a great bit of business.

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