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The Socceroos have a new-look side and coach. This year’s World Cup will certainly be interesting…
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They were cruelly eliminated by Italy with a VERY dodgy penalty call in the third minute of stoppage time.
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Players like Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka, Tim Cahill and John Aloisi were all involved.
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Ange Postecoglou cut his teeth in the Australian A-League. He favours an attacking brand of football with plenty of passing and movement. Before coaching The Socceroos, Postecoglou coached the Brisbane Roar to a remarkable 37 game unbeaten streak, an Australian sporting record.
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Bailey Wright of Preston North End was mostly unheard of for a lot of Australian football fans before his selection in the World Cup squad.
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Injury stopped the selection of Socceroo hopefuls Trent Sainsbury, Rhys Williams and Robbie Kruse. Robbie Kruse in particular is a major blow.
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Oh the pain of ‘06.
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The Socceroos are constantly clashing with the Blue Samurai in the Asian Cup.
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There were totally no suspect things going on behind closed doors that may have contributed to how the voting turned out…
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For a fast food chain, this is a pretty high level of sass.
We don't believe in Belgium waffles
The folks over at TMZ noticed that the Waffle House social media team was mobilizing and asked a representative for the chain what the deal was.
“We support a boycott on Belgian Waffles,” the spokesperson said. “We support America. We don’t support Belgian Waffles.”
so we are giving every customer a free Belgian Style wafel in the 15min after a Belgian World Cup goal
AND a free scoop of ICE CREAM after an Americal World Cup goal!!
So dear Wafeloons, cheer your favorite team on to victory and start dreaming of your favorite Wafel or ice cream for FREE!
These are basically all the ways Team USA can move on to the next round.
– Portugal wins by four or less.- Or Ghana wins 1-0.
– Portugal wins by four or less.- Or Ghana wins 2-1.
– Portugal wins by four or less.- Or Ghana wins 3-2.
– Portugal wins by four or less.- Or Ghana wins 4-3.
– Portugal wins by two or one.- Or Portugal wins 3-0.
– Portugal wins by one.- Or Portugal wins 2-0.
– Portugal wins 1-0.- Or Portugal wins 2-1 and USA wins a lot drawing (like a coin flip between Portugal and USA to see who moves on).
– You want USA to win or tie and Portugal to win by less than three goals. Basically.
Major h/t to Reddit
Among his other numerous attributes, Stephen Hawking is also apparently a big soccer fan.
In this ad for Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, Hawking notes that as a theoretical physicist, he is “marginally more qualified to make predictions than Paul the Octopus.” Hawking then employs general logistic regression modeling to offer the best conditions for an England World Cup win: England should use a 4-3-3 formation, hope for a European referee and a 3:00 kick-off. Hawking acknowledges, though, that when it comes to penalty kicks, “We couldn’t hit a cow’s arse with a banjo.”
Will England heed Hawking’s advice? Perhaps the team should. Paddy Power places England’s odds of winning the World Cup at 28:1. England last won the prize in 1966.
Most Americans aren’t paying that much attention to the World Cup taking place in Brazil. But the rest of the world is glued to their televisions, especially South America. The moment Chile beat Spain was a great moment indeed in Santiago.
Mamu Vásquez took out his camera the just as Chile beat Spain and captured the intense moments that followed. You can literally hear the city cheering in delight! This video has instantly gone viral with over 700,000 hits!
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Kramer suffered a head injury against Argentina and attempted to keep playing.
Germany’s Christoph Kramer leaves the field in a daze after suffering a head injury vs. Argentina.
“I don’t know anything at all about the first half. I thought later that I left the game immediately after the tackle. I have no idea how I got to the changing rooms. I don’t know anything else. In my head, the game starts from the second half.”
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FIFA says reported incident “is not considered insulting in this particular context.”
FIFA clears Mexico in case of homophobic chanting. No punishment.
In clearing Mexico for homophobic chants, FIFA says incident “is not considered insulting in this particular context.”
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Instagram user selma_slim, who attended the World Cup, uploaded the picture on Saturday with the caption: “So far I’ve counted 8 Germans in black face. Worst, people are lining up to take pictures with them. Poor form, #Germany. #racism #racists #worldcup”
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Police scattered about 3,000 Argentina fans with pepper spray and batons Saturday in the Copacabana area of Rio de Janeiro.
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Argentine soccer fans in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday.
Final del himno en el banderazo. #Brasil2014
Banderas y polics = el banderazo argento en Río de Janeiro. #brasil2014
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Argentina’s World Cup team on Saturday.