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Brazil falls way short again

For the second World Cup in a row Brazil fails to reach the semi finals of the tournament with Dunga’s team being booted by a resilient Dutch side.

Brazil, the favorites to win the tournament almost every year, outplayed the Netherlands in the first half and took a 1-0 lead into the dressing room thanks to a brilliant one touch strike by Robinho. They deserved to be winning with great play, specially by Kaka and the entire defense.

The second half was a complete turnaround for Holland where they dominated the Brazilians and consistently turned to Robben on the right hand side to mount their attacks. Robben was handcuffed however, with two Brazilians always marking his left foot. Robben didn’t manage to get a single whiff on goal as he constantly had his shots blocked the guys marking his cuts towards the center. Still the Dutch did not quit and saw their efforts rewarded with a fluke goal by Sneijder on a cross (it was officially awarded to Felipe Melo as an own goal).

Kuyt got more involved after the first goal, when Brazil was forced to open up and the Liverpool man saw more touches and between him and Sneijder the Dutch attack seemed a lot more menacing. The second Dutch goal came off a set piece, a rarity against a Brazilian defense. Kuyt flicked it on to Sneijder who headed in it.

Brazil ended up playing with 10 men after a bonehead tackle by Felipe Melo and the rest is history.
Dunga, Felipe Melo and Julio Cesar must be disappointed.
Heitinga’s mistake will be forgotten for now but the Dutch advance with several ineligible players.


Julio Cesar and Felipe Melo suck

A bad horrible day by Felipe Melo and Julio Cesar give the Netherlands a huge win in the first World Cup quarter final matchup.

Great games by Kaka and Robinho were eclipsed by amazing performances by Arje Robben and Wesley Sneijder.

Florentino Perez must feel like an idiot for selling them on the cheap when they were at Real Madrid.

In a related note, there is now a surplus of huge World Cup trophy replicas on the market

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Brazil vs Holland; Uruguay vs Ghana

The World Cup quarterfinals start today.

A Brazil side with doubts in their midfield lineup face Holland who will be guided by the magic of Robben. The late game features Uruguay against Ghana.

May the best teams win.

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Group E done. Brazil and Portugal advance.

Brazil and Portugal drew 0-0 in an extremely boring game that isn’t worth talking about really.

The Ivory Coast improved their image with a win over North Korea, but it amounted to little since the team didn’t come through in the games that mattered most. They leave South Africa with 4 points, but with disappointment.
Final standings:

Round of 16 Matchups

Most of the Round of 16 matchups are now set, only two more remain and they will be decided tomorrow.

26 June: Uruguay vs South Korea
26 June: USA vs Ghana
27 June: Germany vs England
27 June: Argentina vs Mexico
28 June: Holland vs Slovakia
28 June: Brazil vs ….
29 June: Paraguay vs Japan
29 June: … vs Portugal

Luis Fabiano and Brazil beat the Ivory Coast

After a tough first match against North Korea in where it seemed the sky was falling, the Brazilians went back into gear with a comfortable 3-1 win over Didier Drogba and the Ivory Coast.

Luis Fabiano was spectacular, even if he used his arms more than whats ruled legally. Great game from Elano, Kaka and Lucio as well.

Ivory Coast did score, and they seemed up for it towards the end but the result was never in danger. Kaka’s red card will be a footnote that will be easily forgotten when the cup is over.

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North Korea fans, Chinese actors?

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The folks at ESPN commentated during the game that the North Korea fans at Ellis Park (watching the 2-1 loss against Brazil) were actually Chinese actors hired by the government of North Korea.

As absurd as it sounds, it might not just be counter-propaganda by us evil capitalists. Look at their clothing, it resembles a uniform more than actual fangear. Maybe its the commie version of a ‘soccer fan uniform’.

Very surreal, much like the actual game itself where the refrigerator-less koreans put on a huge test for the ultra wealthy and spoiled Brazilian footballers. Joga Bonito can be declared dead.

Korean fans or Chinese actors?


Asian Rooney crying

I’d cry too if I didn’t have a tv and refrigerator.