Sunday, June 25, 2006

Who are folks rooting for in the World Cup now?

At the moment, I have to go with Ecuador, since my boss's wife is from Ecuador. I assume bdelphine is rooting for France. Any other teams I should be pulling for or against?


Blogger Ben said...

Well, too bad for Ecuador. As they were the underdog, I was rooting for them too. I'm not sure I have a favorite this year now that the US is out.

It'd be nice to see Ghana do well, but probably they'll be overmatched when they start hitting some of the real soccer powerhouses.

6/26/2006 03:07:00 PM  
Blogger Vincent said...

I'm not emotionally invested in any team. I just want to see good soccer, like the game between Côte d'Ivoire and Serbia and Montenegro, or the goal that Argentina scored to advance past Mexico. I'd rather not see another game as ugly as Portugal vs. the Netherlands unless a hockey game breaks out in the middle of it.

6/26/2006 07:19:00 PM  
Blogger finou said...

FRANCE! all the way :)

6/26/2006 10:13:00 PM  
Blogger finou said...

My lab is pretty cool btw. We are having our annual party tomorrow so that we can watch the Frenchies :) I hope they do ok (really, I want them to win but as long as they don't totally disgrace us all I'm good with a solid performance whatever the outcome of the game)
Just to have more football discussions: The refs have been a little weird for the a lot of the games no?
and finally although the English totally did not play their best, I am glad I got to see the free kick! Bending it like Beckham indeed ;)-

6/26/2006 10:21:00 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

I have to say that I've found it very difficult to enjoy most of the World Cup games that I've been able to see because of the quality of the referees. They seem to be having far too much impact on the games this time around.

6/27/2006 03:12:00 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

Congratulations France & Finou!

6/27/2006 05:01:00 PM  
Blogger Qian said...

France vs. Brazil next. That's a must see. Ghana's played pretty well against Brazil but was quite unlucky. Brazil needs to bring their 'A' game or it's going to be a repeat of '98. This year Germany is playing like Brazil and vice versa. What's up with that?

6/27/2006 05:16:00 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

I'll be cheering for Italy, since I'll be in Sicily during the Ukraine game and hopefully their next match, too.

6/28/2006 09:31:00 AM  
Blogger Vincent said...

Eric: Where in Sicily?

6/28/2006 09:44:00 AM  
Blogger finou said...

Go France!!! Did people watch the game today? :)
Zidane rocks! Overall, all the Frenchies played well and I glad to see the commentators eat their words. mwahahaha! (at half time, it was tied, France had the ball more and more scoring opportunities and the commentators were still saying that there was no way France would beat Brazil. Well they showed them!).

7/01/2006 05:35:00 PM  
Blogger Vincent said...

That was a great game, and Zidane really showed off his skills.

My prediction: a European team will win the World Cup. :-)

7/02/2006 02:45:00 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Wow - France looked strong in the Brazil match.

I hardly know what to watch these days as my Tivo is happily recording tons of soccer as well as the Tour de France. Amazingly, both Basso and Ulrich were kicked out only a day before the first stage for alleged doping. At any rate, I'm rooting for Landis who had a bit of drama at the start of the prologue.

7/03/2006 09:46:00 AM  
Blogger Qian said...

And Wimbledon is on as well, although there's only one American left in the draw.

I'm going to go out on a limb and predict France 2-1 over Italy in the final. If Zizou keeps it up and Ribery and Henry continue to play well, I don't see anyone beating them. It'd be a nice way for Zidane to go out.

7/03/2006 10:44:00 AM  
Blogger Vincent said...

The Tour de France has provided its share of excitement this year. Who can forget the sight of Thor Hushovd with blood all over one side of his body? And as usual, the cycling advertisements aren't bad.

7/04/2006 01:17:00 PM  
Blogger Qian said...

Happy 4th, everyone! Now if France will come through then my prediction's still got a chance. I wonder if any team had ever beaten two Portugese speaking teams back to back in WC before?

It certainly didn't look good for Italy when the game looked to be headed for PKs. I think my predicted score of 2-1 in the final might be too high given how good Italy's defense has been in this WC. So my backup prediction is 1-1 with France winning on PKs 4-3.

7/04/2006 05:54:00 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

That was quite a game today! So far, the only team that can score on Italy is Italy. Britta-boy, we'll hold you accountable for that 1-1 prediction! :)

Yeah, Hushovd seemed to make a miraculous recovery. It's been a very exciting tour so far with another surprise stage winner. I guess that hill at the end threw the pure sprinters off a bit.

7/04/2006 10:29:00 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

Has anyone found a good online Tour tracker? I don't get OLN and I haven't found anything really good to follow the Tour this year. I recall there being some great tools last year...

7/05/2006 11:29:00 AM  
Blogger Vincent said...

jocave: There's always the canonical

7/06/2006 12:38:00 AM  
Blogger finou said...

back to football though (I have football fever... I seem to get it every four years or so)
ok so the game against Portugal wasn't their best but they are in the finals :)
I know I'm biased but did it seem like the Portugese were diving a lot instead of concentrating on playing?
Also, why was the crowd booing C. Ronaldo every time he had the ball? I don't agree with the commentators saying that it was because they were mad at him from the England game... That seems highly unlikely since French fans were the majority of spectators.

7/06/2006 09:12:00 AM  
Blogger Qian said...

Man, I was so close!! But no cigar. I guess that's fitting for a soccer prediction. :)

Buffon totally ruined the Zidane header that would have made my original 2-1 prediction good. And what got into Zidane anyway? If he had been the 3rd PK instead, they might have had a chance. Buffon did great though. I think France needs more height across the board, starting with keeper. If Barthez (and Ribery) were taller, the Italy goal might have been saved. They were both in good position and were just too short.

Good game. Congrats to Italy and her fans.

7/09/2006 04:57:00 PM  
Blogger finou said...

I know what got into Zidane?? Arg... He usually seems pretty level headed. As I said before, all I really wanted the Frenchies to do was play well and not embarass themselves. well... so much for that. It was really nice up until Zidane went bonkers...

7/09/2006 05:29:00 PM  
Blogger Qian said...

I know how you feel, Delphine. He was the captain of the team, too. I think maybe there's been some rough play that wasn't called by the ref that finally got to him. Seems like he went down several times and no fouls were called. I thought that in the first half the Italians were diving most heinously and maybe that was a contributing factor, too. Plus he was really robbed on that header, but it was a great play. After Buffon blocked the shot, Zidane looked like he was going to charge him and strangle him. Too bad he's retiring on a very different, but no less memorable header. C'est la vie.

7/09/2006 06:51:00 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

So close! France played well, and probably deserved to win - they had the better chances in the second half. That's quite the way for Zidane to go out. The head-but was probably the most coldly calculated thing I've seen in the world cup.

On the bright side, an Italian co-worker of mine is practically singing in the halls...

7/10/2006 09:27:00 AM  
Blogger Vincent said...

So... any predictions for 2010? Is it the year we make contact?

7/10/2006 11:24:00 PM  
Blogger Mwal said...

In the experiment I work on there are numerous French and Italian peoples. So discussions on the social mailing lists sometimes got a bit heated. :-) I did see a pointer to a nice flickr photoset: [the link]

7/13/2006 02:20:00 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

We were in Sicily during the quarterfinal (Agrigento) and semifinal (Catania) games. We watched the end of the finals standing on the sidewalk outside a London pub.

Those Italians get very excited about their football. We were eating dinner at a sidewalk Cafe in Catania that was a few blocks away from a square where they had multiple projection TVs projecting the game on to the sides of churches. We could clearly tell the score from the roars of the crowd. And they must have honked nearly continuously for over an hour after the semifinal game.

7/14/2006 06:13:00 PM  
Blogger Vincent said...

Eric: Were they projecting in the Piazza del Duomo? And do you remember which restaurant you ate at? I remember a couple of places along and near Via Etnea that were pretty good.

7/15/2006 12:25:00 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

Yes, we were eating near Piazza del Duomo. I don't remember the name. It was some place that an Italian participant led us to.

7/16/2006 12:50:00 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

A coworker recently pointed me to this clip of the headbutt. (I'm not sure it's as good as mwal's though...)

7/19/2006 03:38:00 PM  

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