I guess I'm left with rooting for the Dutch.
The only guy left in the tournament from Fulham, Everton, NE Revs or Pachuca--Johnny Heitinga. And, since Heitinga sort of rhymes with Nanninga (who, was credited (by most people with the last goal scored by Holland in a WC Final)*, then I guess I'm expecting a Dutch win. This theory, of course, only applies ... 11 Jul 2010 10:32
96 percent of WCup referee calls correct
http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/story/_/id/5368989/ce/us/match-officials-big-success-fifa-says?cc=5901&ver=us DERDEPOORT, South Africa -- Despite complaints about game-changing mistakes and FIFA's agreement to revisit how technology can help officials, the head of refereeing for soccer's governing body sa... 10 Jul 2010 22:39
FS: 2006 Panini FIFA World Cup German Per Mertesacker (Deutschland) Autographed Soccer Card
2006 Panini FIFA World Cup German Per Mertesacker (Deutschland) Autographed Soccer Card I have for sale the 2006 Panini FIFA World Cup Germany Per Mertesacker (Deutschland) Autographed Soccer Card #78 in MINT condition. The card is autographed "Per Mertesacker" in black felt-tip marker. Price $12. US plus pos... 10 Jul 2010 06:16
Odd scientific researches about football
1. How to rate a single player's performance? Applying the kinds of mathematical techniques used to map Facebook friends and other networks: http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0010937 2. Countries with greater incidence of a parasitic infection in their populations tend to win more Worl... 9 Jul 2010 23:53
FIFA Investigation into Spain Allegation
Befoe the WC began am allegation was made that SPain would bribe refs at this world cup. FIFA said they woould investigate. What happened with this??? I find it hard to beleive that a team that only scores 1 goal a game ... 10 Jul 2010 07:20
RSS scouting report for Sunday's match
Feel free to add more. I've cherry-picked the easy ones. Netherlands-- Kuyt - Works hard. Runs around energetically. Van Bommel - Brings much needed steel to the midfield. Spain- Alonso - Useless square-passing merchant. ... 10 Jul 2010 18:17
Quality of football is low for WC2010!
Most people were saying that the quality of football played in the last WC was low and that Italy was an average team. Well...looking at the quality of football played in this WC, Italy or any other team could have won it! If Italy would have made it out of the group stages, (with Cassano, Borriello - and w... 10 Jul 2010 09:29
The John De Lange Sophisticated Prediction Contest - ECQ 2012
"anders t" <anthu_001(a)no_-_spam_.hotmail.com> wrote in message news:12jc365e7ihtfti7eidfabolvs603ddrf6(a)4ax.com... Download the spreadsheet at: http://hem.bredband.net/b143990/sophcon/SophisticatedPredictionContest_ECQ2012_AGNOSTIC.xls Use the address in my usenet profile (you know what you must do firs... 11 Aug 2010 11:31
Strange stuff happend this year: -Müller suspension is ridiculous and thus distorted the complete match. -Ramos foul on Podolski was exactly the same as Ribery foul in CL semis. Ribery was red-carded and missed the final against Inter while the Ramos foul wasn't even a freekick! Podolski was injured and thus ... 10 Jul 2010 16:05
"Jersey Swaps, a Ritual With a Story"
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/w/world_cup_soccer/index.html Jersey Swaps, a Ritual With a Story By BILLY WITZ The United States had lost to Brazil, 1-0, in the 2003 Confederations Cup, but when the final whistle blew that night in Lyon, France, the American defender Gregg Berhalt... 8 Jul 2010 22:37