…world cup, so soon? er, no…

…this time, rugby and couple minnows tumble couple sharks…

Those moments of leisure. We had Japan catspraddling the Springboks. Now Wales upends, yes, England, England captain Chris Robshaw: we let Twickenham crowd down. Now the USA, for the moment, looking good, 10-6, against Scotland?

…of course, those especially lacking in essential avoirdupoids would settle for their much played football

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…39 steps? nope, tiki-taka, 13 passes…

…in four to six years some names world famous?…

Some Ipswich Town youngsters treat us to some almost Barça-like football: The Guardian treats us, Ipswich Town Under-14s score great 13-pass goal against Millwall

…nice start to a weekend…


…saturday silliness…

…after all it’s the World Cup…

The Guardian, who else, take us on a trip, spectacular, and even hilarious. In one case, we see our inferior skills superior to those of one defender or even his goalie; or some players are meant to be spectators.

The gifs that keep on giving: Robin van Persie, Cristiano Ronaldo and diving. It also makes one tear up – from laughter…


…shock, yes; awe, no…

…tenacity and teamwork…

As they say, ‘Many a slip twixt the cup…’. The Black Stars against the US? No contest. Third meeting, at least three goals! That would have been so, if the US were not a team, and a tenacious one at that. And that was sufficient for the shock to Ghana with its galaxy of stars that performed as a team only sporadically, and when it did there was that nettlesome US defense, yet it did with solid success when its teamwork appeared. But why Prince Boateng brought on so late, would be the question of many an even mediocre arm-chair expert (and others).

And, yes, quite a merry party of US team supporters, and quite sizeable at that, considering a country whose oftimes ill-informed US MSM is jingoistically ecstatic in coverage only if the team wins.

So it is a clinical Germany for the unfortunate loser, and a confused Portugal for the US. The question then, Germany and the US advance? Just a joke, Cristiano. Or is it?…


…in brasil today, brasil plays. o jogo bonito!…

…for all countries of the world, less so the US, the game’s afoot…

Those who remember Brasil (won) of ’70, Holland (lost) of ’74, Brasil (lost) of ’82 can hope for wonderful treats to dazzling brilliance this time around. As ‘warm up’, a look back at dizzyingly dazzling wizards of Brasil ’82 with its Philosopher,

 


…no, no, enough! not un oeuf…

…it just keeps coming, the drivel…

Random ruminations…

The NYT does it again. At Rio’s Beaches, Kicks Go Over the Net. The nugget,

Futevolei is a Brazilian version of volleyball in which players use any move that would be legal in soccer to get the ball back over the net. A soft touch and powerful legs are critical.

Now, what if we were to tell these latter day neo-Columbuses that the head also features, not the hands nor the feet, using the same net. Then again these folk must keep ‘discovering’ the long existing; and for that the world being ‘discovered’ must be ever grateful. The prerogative of the exceptionalists is noted, neither respected nor feared. Read the rest of this entry »


…to whom the world cup 2014…

…’as the days dwindle down to a precious few…’

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

We have The Guardian doing its part, World Cup 2014 countdown – live!

As is TeleSur,  España ya está en Brasil con la ilusión de ganar su segundo título. Spain is looking for a repeat of their victory.

So far, so good. [HT. This we would have missed.] And when dumb is a severe understatement, enter Huffington Post, and into, of all areas, football. This ‘nugget’, a bit of infantile nonsense on the subject of dumb and dumber – the Huffington Post (HuffPo) deserves a special nod. Now a chaotic, confused and confusing website, shill for one of the political duopoly, it presumes to cover everything and classify everything into categories, compartments and sub-compartments, on and on. Read the rest of this entry »