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(Metro)   Reporter asks American folk on the street about the impending World Cup, with predictably unpredictable results   (metro.co.uk) divider line 71
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2014-06-02 09:15:54 AM  
It's a big country, you can find (and cherry-pick edit) answers to fulfill just about any prior expectation.


That's been J.D. Power and Associates business model for 50 years now.
 
2014-06-02 10:09:35 AM  
^^This.

Well, that, and not many people in the US give a river rat's arsehole about soccer.

/included
 
2014-06-02 10:16:50 AM  

TsarTom: ^^This.

Well, that, and not many people in the US give a river rat's arsehole about soccer.

/included


Nationwide probably true, in certain locations it really is a thing. World Cup bars were everywhere four years ago, nothing like 7 am day drinking while walking to work.

But you won't know that going out to interview Mr. and Ms. Derp.
 
2014-06-02 11:55:25 AM  
I will watch what I can and every goal will be off-sides, every fall will be a flop, and every game will go to some sort of picky, kicky choosy thingy.

/If only there was a website where people who are interested in football could go and learn the basics of the game.
/like swearing, groin-kicking and flopping
 
2014-06-02 12:02:14 PM  
/If only there was a website where people who are interested in football could go and learn the basics of the game.
/like swearing, groin-kicking and flopping



but enough about healthcare.gov
 
2014-06-02 12:08:38 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: /If only there was a website where people who are interested in football could go and learn the basics of the game


Everything I know about football I learned from "You Are the Ref" comics.
 
2014-06-02 12:09:52 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: /If only there was a website where people who are interested in football could go and learn the basics of the game.
/like swearing, groin-kicking and flopping


You misspelled "basketball."
 
2014-06-02 12:17:42 PM  
That was painful. What a dork.
Told the wife that I will be at the bar for a month or so during the World Cup.

So, Landycakes didn't make the cut. Boo-hoo.
I hope Klinsmann figures out the D.... like, TODAY!!!
 
2014-06-02 12:20:54 PM  

Pinner: That was painful. What a dork.
Told the wife that I will be at the bar for a month or so during the World Cup.

So, Landycakes didn't make the cut. Boo-hoo.
I hope Klinsmann figures out the D.... like, TODAY!!!


This sounds like every conversation i've had in the last few weeks talking about the world cup.
 
2014-06-02 12:26:24 PM  
static.fjcdn.com
 
2014-06-02 12:27:10 PM  
I could make the same video in London, England today.
 
2014-06-02 12:30:42 PM  
when does it start and did the US make it ?

I havent been following anything except hockey so I have no clue about any other sports soccer included.

The only thing I have heard about the world cup is all the slave labor dying to build the stadiums.
 
2014-06-02 12:37:44 PM  
Actually soccer is the most commonly played youth sport in the U.S.  Mostly because it's the default sport for kids who didn't make their pee-wee, middle-school, high school, or college football teams.  Unless you're talking about girly-soccer.  In that case it's made up of young women who weren't butch enough to cut in either field hockey or lacrosse.
 
2014-06-02 12:38:54 PM  
Too much nil in soccer.
 
2014-06-02 12:39:05 PM  
The L.A. Kings are about to win their second World Cup in the coming weeks.   New York is going to get crushed.
 
2014-06-02 12:40:37 PM  

kindms: when does it start and did the US make it ?

I havent been following anything except hockey so I have no clue about any other sports soccer included.

The only thing I have heard about the world cup is all the slave labor dying to build the stadiums.


Yep, USA is in. Same group as Ghana, Portugal and Germany
Talked to Brian Dunseth a few weeks ago (He calls Salt Lake Real games) He was pretty candid about the issues with the games in Brazil. The fans will be the most vulnerable, since they won't be in a security bubble like the athletes and celebs. Lots of potential for muggings, robberies, etc. Pretty much, don't walk around in your NASCAR hat holding a map and scratching your head.
We'll see if the news out of the country gets sugar coated in the next few weeks.
 
2014-06-02 12:41:36 PM  
Yay for human foosball
 
2014-06-02 12:43:20 PM  

kindms: when does it start and did the US make it ?

I havent been following anything except hockey so I have no clue about any other sports soccer included.

The only thing I have heard about the world cup is all the slave labor dying to build the stadiums.


We made it into Group G.  Which is populated by us (ranked 16), Germany (ranked 2) and Portugal (ranked 3), and Ghana, who is pretty much our kiss-of-death no matter what their rank.
 
2014-06-02 12:44:50 PM  

Driedsponge: kindms: when does it start and did the US make it ?

I havent been following anything except hockey so I have no clue about any other sports soccer included.

The only thing I have heard about the world cup is all the slave labor dying to build the stadiums.

We made it into Group G.  Which is populated by us (ranked 16), Germany (ranked 2) and Portugal (ranked 3), and Ghana, who is pretty much our kiss-of-death no matter what their rank.


And Ghana is 38, which isn't exactly terrible in their own right (regardless of their ability to own us).
 
2014-06-02 12:50:35 PM  
Since  midpoint isn't in thtis thread yet, let me post the details of the World Cup prediction mini-league he's set up for soccer/football Farkers:


"The Fark Fitba Prediction League for the World Cup is now open - all welcome. A simple fun game to fill in the excitement gaps in [say] Switzerland Vs Ecuador, or

Go to:http://predictor.talksport.co.uk

Please join under   your Fark name or closest possible. Slapdash amateurism is very much in our idiom.

Search for our private mini-league:   FD3AE-RFX

See the Talksports pages for help on making predictions.

We'll take scores from the   1st round of games commencing   12th June. If you miss this deadline don't worry, you won't be far behind the leaders.."
 
2014-06-02 12:56:26 PM  
USMNT games in the 2014 World Cup, Group G:

June 16  Ghana 6p ET
June 22 Portugal 6p ET
June 26 Germany 12p ET

Don't expect us to get out of the Group this year...
 
2014-06-02 01:02:07 PM  

KingKauff: Yay for human foosball


I like soccer. I would like it even more if the various lines had to do backflips in unison.
 
2014-06-02 01:02:18 PM  

Rent Party: The L.A. Kings are about to win their second World Cup in the coming weeks.   New York is going to get crushed.


LA Kings... so good they barely beat teams in every round. So far, they are 12-9 in the POs. Thats not exactly dominating.
 
2014-06-02 01:03:05 PM  

KJUW89: USMNT games in the 2014 World Cup, Group G:

June 16  Ghana 6p ET
June 22 Portugal 6p ET
June 26 Germany 12p ET

Don't expect us to get out of the Group this year...


The US usually wins vs. the Germans.
 
2014-06-02 01:06:21 PM  
How much soda does this cup hold, exactly?
 
2014-06-02 01:09:18 PM  
I just want to see teams make hard fouls on Suarez and Cristiano and actually legitimately hurt them. Is that wrong?
 
2014-06-02 01:09:51 PM  

KJUW89: USMNT games in the 2014 World Cup, Group G:

June 16  Ghana 6p ET
June 22 Portugal 6p ET
June 26 Germany 12p ET

Don't expect us to get out of the Group this year...


I think the US can do it. They can beat Ghana and get a lucky bounce against Portugal.

Maybe a meteor can drop on the German team.
 
2014-06-02 01:10:08 PM  

rjakobi: I just want to see teams make hard fouls on Suarez and Cristiano and actually legitimately hurt them. Is that wrong?


Since Suarez already has a slight knee injury, maybe a little bit.
 
2014-06-02 01:11:13 PM  

LemSkroob: Rent Party: The L.A. Kings are about to win their second World Cup in the coming weeks.   New York is going to get crushed.

LA Kings... so good they barely beat teams in every round. So far, they are 12-9 in the POs. Thats not exactly dominating.


How is everyone else in the west doing?   You can probably reach them at home to find out.
 
2014-06-02 01:11:21 PM  

mainstreet62: KJUW89: USMNT games in the 2014 World Cup, Group G:

June 16  Ghana 6p ET
June 22 Portugal 6p ET
June 26 Germany 12p ET

Don't expect us to get out of the Group this year...

I think the US can do it. They can beat Ghana and get a lucky bounce against Portugal.

Maybe a meteor can drop on the German team.


We get the Germans last. If they've secured 6 points, maybe they let their guard down enough for us to pip them. Also, Europeans have a notoriously tough time winning outside of Europe.

/So I'm saying there's a chance!
 
2014-06-02 01:11:59 PM  

HaywoodJablonski: I could make the same video in London, England today.


They've beaten you to it.
 
2014-06-02 01:13:50 PM  

HaywoodJablonski: mainstreet62: KJUW89: USMNT games in the 2014 World Cup, Group G:

June 16  Ghana 6p ET
June 22 Portugal 6p ET
June 26 Germany 12p ET

Don't expect us to get out of the Group this year...

I think the US can do it. They can beat Ghana and get a lucky bounce against Portugal.

Maybe a meteor can drop on the German team.

We get the Germans last. If they've secured 6 points, maybe they let their guard down enough for us to pip them. Also, Europeans have a notoriously tough time winning outside of Europe.

/So I'm saying there's a chance!


Hey, I'm forever an optimist, so I like what you're saying. ;-)
 
2014-06-02 01:18:24 PM  
Of all the things that Americans look stupid about, soccer is the absolute least of my worries.
 
2014-06-02 01:18:26 PM  
Aww, someone's bitter they lost the group last time.
 
2014-06-02 01:32:44 PM  
One fan backed Fernando Torres to claim the Golden Boot, while nearly everyone fell for Salamah's claim that he had been called up to the US side, with one supporter even attesting to have seen him play.

I have no idea what this says.
 
2014-06-02 01:35:27 PM  

French Rage: Aww, someone's bitter they lost the group last time.


1) The US didn't lose the group last time, they just didn't bribe Koman Coulibaly (enough) for the game against Slovenia.

2) How did France do in 2010?
 
2014-06-02 01:41:29 PM  

mainstreet62: French Rage: Aww, someone's bitter they lost the group last time.

1) The US didn't lose the group last time, they just didn't bribe Koman Coulibaly (enough) for the game against Slovenia.

2) How did France do in 2010?


FTFM

The US actually won the group. I thought they lost.
 
2014-06-02 01:50:23 PM  

mainstreet62: mainstreet62: French Rage: Aww, someone's bitter they lost the group last time.

1) The US didn't lose the group last time, they just didn't bribe Koman Coulibaly (enough) for the game against Slovenia.

2) How did France do in 2010?

FTFM

The US actually won the group. I thought they lost.


The someone I was referring to was England, as the article is from an English site.
 
2014-06-02 01:50:52 PM  
I saw one of these on The Soccer Gods on Fusion. The people they went to (on a red carpet) had trouble even with the 'who are you rooting for' question. Cringes all around.
 
2014-06-02 01:52:51 PM  
I'm pretty confident most people where I work even know there will be a World Cup in a couple of weeks.
 
2014-06-02 01:56:32 PM  

French Rage: The someone I was referring to was England, as the article is from an English site.


Yeah....my bad.
 
2014-06-02 02:02:35 PM  

Rapmaster2000: One fan backed Fernando Torres to claim the Golden Boot, while nearly everyone fell for Salamah's claim that he had been called up to the US side, with one supporter even attesting to have seen him play.

I have no idea what this says.


1 guy thought Fernando Torres would score the most tourney goals. This isn't a ridiculous statement.
Nearly everyone believed the interviewer when he said that a player named Salamah (the interviewer's name) had been called up to the US team. This is amusing because Salamah is not a professional soccer player.
 
2014-06-02 02:03:58 PM  

LucklessWonder: Since  midpoint isn't in thtis thread yet, let me post the details of the World Cup prediction mini-league he's set up for soccer/football Farkers:


"The Fark Fitba Prediction League for the World Cup is now open - all welcome. A simple fun game to fill in the excitement gaps in [say] Switzerland Vs Ecuador, or

Go to:http://predictor.talksport.co.uk

Please join under   your Fark name or closest possible. Slapdash amateurism is very much in our idiom.

Search for our private mini-league:   FD3AE-RFX

See the Talksports pages for help on making predictions.

We'll take scores from the   1st round of games commencing   12th June. If you miss this deadline don't worry, you won't be far behind the leaders.."


Oh, I would be remiss if I didn't get in on this.
 
2014-06-02 02:13:06 PM  
Look, I don't care if you call it soccer or football.
Just stop, stop, stop calling it footie.
 
2014-06-02 02:25:29 PM  

This Looks Fun: Rapmaster2000: One fan backed Fernando Torres to claim the Golden Boot, while nearly everyone fell for Salamah's claim that he had been called up to the US side, with one supporter even attesting to have seen him play.

I have no idea what this says.

1 guy thought Fernando Torres would score the most tourney goals. This isn't a ridiculous statement.
Nearly everyone believed the interviewer when he said that a player named Salamah (the interviewer's name) had been called up to the US team. This is amusing because Salamah is not a professional soccer player.


Thank you. I actually read that twice having no idea what it said.

Why the hell do people pretend to know things they don't?  It only gets you into trouble.  People will find out.
 
2014-06-02 02:27:08 PM  

Gonz: KingKauff: Yay for human foosball

I like soccer. I would like it even more if the various lines had to do backflips in unison.


Every time I see a soccer highlight video with a bicycle kick, I shout "NO SPINNING!"
 
2014-06-02 02:35:45 PM  
"I've never been out of the country but I like Italy France Germany Spain Brazil Argentina Whoever's got the best chance of winning" 

nobody says England though not even the English
 
2014-06-02 02:41:33 PM  
One of the greatest things about this country is our rejection of the rest of the world's favorite sport.
 
2014-06-02 02:55:39 PM  

AllYourFarkAreBelongToMe: Actually soccer is the most commonly played youth sport in the U.S.  Mostly because it's the default sport for kids who didn't make their pee-wee, middle-school, high school, or college football teams.  Unless you're talking about girly-soccer.  In that case it's made up of young women who weren't butch enough to cut in either field hockey or lacrosse.


And yet, somehow, generations of youth soccer players has never lead to any real interest in professional soccer in the US.
 
2014-06-02 03:02:41 PM  

Great_Milenko: AllYourFarkAreBelongToMe: Actually soccer is the most commonly played youth sport in the U.S.  Mostly because it's the default sport for kids who didn't make their pee-wee, middle-school, high school, or college football teams.  Unless you're talking about girly-soccer.  In that case it's made up of young women who weren't butch enough to cut in either field hockey or lacrosse.

And yet, somehow, generations of youth soccer players has never lead to any real interest in professional soccer in the US.


Yeah. Just think, if there was interest, there would be a professional league.

If there was REAL interest, it would have better league-wide attendance than the NHL or NBA.

//Someday...
 
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