World Cup Thread

Jun 2006
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You rubbed 800 dollars in your neighbors face?

Is she hot?


That Ghana US game was wicked fun to watch. Sorry for the result, but what an exciting game.

My Preditiction is Argentina. Although that whalloping Germany just laid on England was pretty convincing. And I've never seen the Netherlands but they have done very well.
 
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You rubbed 800 dollars in your neighbors face?

Is she hot?
It's a he; and he had a loud party during the USA-ENG game.


My Preditiction is Argentina. Although that whalloping Germany just laid on England was pretty convincing. And I've never seen the Netherlands but they have done very well.
Definitely Argentina. Three phenomenal strikers; a mini-Maradona— it's a better version of Uruguay! Germany did well; but Uruguay should hand it to them. Netherlands is also one of my favs; I'm hoping they take out Brazil and go up against Uruguay.
 

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FIFA officiating sucks soccer balls.

grrr..whatkinda3rdworld bullshit is this. They need to let teams use instant replays to argue a referee's call.

 

Tedminator

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so it turns out that the word 'soccer' is from the brits. I was wondering about that.


It's football to you, soccer to me - International Football - Yahoo! Sports


No country has been snootier toward the USA’s use of the term “soccer” than England. Before the Group C opener between the two sides in Rustenburg, the Sun newspaper even ran a spoof front page urging Fabio Capello’s side to win the “soccerball world series.”

But let’s take a halftime break here.

Coupled with their team’s humiliating exit from the World Cup it might be another rude awakening to the Brits that soccer isn’t an American term, it is actually an English one. And it isn’t some modern fad that shows disrespect to the world’s most popular sport, it dates back to the earliest days of the game’s professional history.

Indeed, until the last few decades, even Englishmen would routinely refer to their favorite pastime as soccer, just as often as they would say football.

Clive Toye, an Englishman who moved to the U.S. and became known as the father of modern American soccer, bringing Brazilian legend Pele to play for the New York Cosmos, takes up the story.

“Soccer is a synonym for football,” said Toye, who helped launch the North American Soccer League in the late 1960s. “And it has been used as such for more years than I can count. When I was a kid in England and grabbed a ball to go out and play … I would just as easily have said: ‘Let’s have a game of soccer’ as I would use the word ‘football’ instead. And I didn’t start it.”

To trace the origin of “soccer” we must go all the way back to 1863, and a meeting of gentlemen at a London pub, who congregated with the purpose of standardizing the rules of “football,” which was in its infant years as an organized sport but was growing rapidly in popularity.

Those assembled became the founding members of the Football Association (which still oversees the game in England to this day). And they decided to call their code Association Football, to differentiate it from Rugby Football.

A quirk of British culture is the permanent need to familiarize names by shortening them. “My friend Brian Johnston was Johnners,” said Toye. “They took the third, fourth and fifth letters of Association and called it SOCcer. So there you are.”

So forget that English condescension and carry on calling it soccer, safe in the knowledge that you’re more in tune with the roots of the sport than those mocking Brits.