…d-day, 6jun13 – no, no, football – champions league…

…as the us doj rids the grateful world of all that is bad and naughty (except in the us), we can indulge, safely…

Secure in the knowledge that the US is to rendition Fifa to the US (and for the US and England) and the good of mankind and womankind, with such great serenity, we can reminisce a tad. This surely would have, and still has, the football/‘soccer’-crazy US dumbstruck in amazement,

Now that bears investigation by the US Crime Busters (USCB). There  has to be skulduggery involved here. Nobody from planet earth can do what that gentleman did, Illegal alien? Clearly, for starters…And just when composure seeks to return and memory can recover, calls with a reminder, ‘Remember when…’

Yes, today, Juventus of Tevez and Pirlo but no Chiellini and company meet the Barcelona of MSN with Dani. Champions League Final. If Barça can and did get by Bayern, and if, if today Juve is even ever slightly off…

…ergo, that is why fifa should be us-owned, and wc 2018 and 2022 should be in the us and england. logic? made in us…

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…the schooling of scolari…

…reputation truly löwered…

As Felipao Scolari continues to bemoan his personal embarrassment and loss of prestige, news continues to surface that his coaching decisions, obvious to even the non-expert, had led the Brasil team to Lamm to be slaughtered, needlessly. The results, not even close, yet certainly  Klöse as Ronaldo knows. As the Telegraph reports, The inside story of what went wrong for Brazil. Brief excerpts,

However, the backlash against him has become increasingly angry with Scolari having apparently changed his team selection and tactics at 11am on Wednesday – just six hours before kick-off in Belo Horizonte – much to the astonishment of the players.

Brazil had trained with three powerful midfielders in Luiz Gustavo, Fernandinho and Paulinho to try and combat the strength of the formidable German midfield of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos.

But then Scolari shocked his players by changing his line-up – bringing in the diminutive winger Bernard and leaving out Paulinho and attempting to attack the Germans. It is understood Brazil did not even try this formation in training and Bernard’s inclusion, plus the persistence with the out-of-form striker Fred, left some players bewildered.

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…the brew, brazilian, the optimism, undiminished…

…as the Cup is yet within grasp…

As the diminutive Ticos withstood the mighty Holland and its galaxy of stars, only to fall to the reality of the Dutch sang-froid in penalties, we learn the meaning of ‘Against All Odds’. Costa Rica? Yes, Costa Rica, ‘bloodied’ but unbowed. That epic saga will be recounted for generations. And Robben hugging and chatting with the Costa Rica coach during the match?

And how best to celebrate, amid the lamenting of the absence of the formidable Di Maria of Argentina through an accidental thigh injury and the magician Neymar of Brasil through an obvious but unbooked damaging foul that went far beyond the irritants of shirt pulling or tripping and even further beyond that earlier attack on his right knee. And Neymar had exchanged jersey with an ‘opposition’ player at the half-time as they walked off chatting?

In appreciation of those who fought the good fight and lost or won, and fairly, we summon a neutral party, the voice of one whose country watched the World Cup games − just as most of us did and are doing.


…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 »