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Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:17 pm
by Sir Bolt the Dragoon
What happened to CONCACAF?

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:39 pm
by Calamity Panfan
Costa Rica is probably my #3 because CONCACAF, but Germany is automatically my #2 because heritage/I **** love Germany/I have a lot of German friends and my social media will be significantly more pleasant if they win

Posted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:48 pm
by Softguitar
GO BELGIUM. When can I stop saying this?

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 4:19 pm
by Deku Tree
Super Germans took care of business today. Feels good, man.

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:01 pm
by I am nobody
Germany 1-0 France

Not as decisive as most of Germany's previous games were, but France never looked like they had a serious chance of winning.

Brazil 2-1 Colombia

Colombia, on the other hand, easily could have won this. Brazil's second goal was off a free kick that the goalkeeper did an absolutely terrible job defending, and Colombia had several chances that barely missed.

Germany looks like a strong favorite for the semifinal.

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 6:56 pm
by Deku Tree
Brazil will also be without Silva.

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:16 pm
by I am nobody
They'll be without Neymar as well:

http://www.espnfc.com/story/1932881

That hit near the end of the game broke a vertebrae. It doesn't require surgery, but he'll obviously be out for much longer than the time they have.

Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:53 pm
by LOOT
I already watched the World Cup and it was amazing.

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Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 12:54 pm
by Softguitar
Belgium. :bored2:

Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 1:55 pm
by Softguitar
Oh well, going for the Netherlands now. HUP HOLLAND HUP.

Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 2:00 pm
by Calamity Panfan
go costa rica CONCACAF PRIDE

Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:48 pm
by Softguitar
This match wasn't good to my heart.

I'm glad the Netherlands got through. Both teams did well.

Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:49 pm
by I am nobody
Argentina 1-0 Belgium

Costa Rica (3) 0-0 Netherlands (4)


All the interesting teams are out now. Guess I'm going for Argentina or Germany.

Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:49 pm
by Calamity Panfan
rip in peace costa rica :(

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:09 am
by I REALLY HATE POKEMON!
Soccer seems to be more popular in America now.

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:54 am
by Calamity Panfan
Soccer always gets a giant boost in America during the World Cup because everybody can rally behind the national team.

Caring about soccer during the World Cup, but I won't really think it's catching on unless people start watching more often than every four years.

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:18 pm
by I REALLY HATE POKEMON!
True, true.

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:34 pm
by I am nobody
It's getting more popular in general as well now that it's actually possible to watch the EPL without extra subscriptions, but the numbers from that aren't going to be anything like what the World Cup draws. It's still going to be a while before it stops being a niche sport to watch, I think.

Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 11:44 pm
by Calamity Panfan
I could eventually see soccer becoming the fourth-most popular sport in America, beating out hockey, but it'll still be a few years before that happens.

Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:03 am
by Sir Bolt the Dragoon
I don't think soccer is long-term marketable in the US since networks can't run enough commercials during a match.

There's also a catch-22. Our best athletes will only go to pro soccer if there's more money in it than the NBA/NFL/MLB. And that won't happen until the sport can be more commercialized. And sponsors won't care to find a creative way of doing this until more people watch. And more people won't watch until our best athletes go pro. And so on and so on.

And the American macho man attitude is the antithesis to soccer. We like seeing quick bursts of guys CRASHING INTO EACH OTHER vs. non-contact continuous sprinting where if someone gets tripped and grimaces they are a WHINY BITCH. Even baseball is losing ground to American football.