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    Yeah there's the Euro's to look forward too in 2016, though it'll be a big if as to whether England qualify for those being as bad as they are. Though my thoughts now turn away from worrying about England and international football to worrying about Liverpool and club football again, football, it's an eternal worry :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainbow Cloud View Post
    Yeah there's the Euro's to look forward too in 2016, though it'll be a big if as to whether England qualify for those being as bad as they are. Though my thoughts now turn away from worrying about England and international football to worrying about Liverpool and club football again, football, it's an eternal worry :D
    I have no interest in club football so at the moment my only concerns are passing this exam in mid August (not started revising yet i feel so bad :'( ) and hoping Scotland vote to leave UK in September.

    I think England definitely will qualify for Euro 2016, our only main competition is Switzerland, after that you have to go all the way down to Slovenia before you find a decent team. Also the top 2 of each group automatically qualify, so I think Switzerland and England should be fine, although obvs with football Slovenia sneaking up behind one of them isn't impossible, but I'd say unlikely.

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    I'm waiting now for Copa América in 2015. Every single South American team left the World Cup with a bitter taste (except Suárez who left with human flesh taste) and they're gonna seek retaliation, so I'm seeing many matches on fire. It's gonna be here, I hope to watch this in the stadium itself, and seeing us champions at home.
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    Default Re: The 2014 World Cup Thread

    Just for reference once club football comes into play in August or any transfers that may happen should go in the General Sports Thread since the World Cup is over unless you want to talk about your best XI or your best moments in this WC for example.

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    For me the best moments were

    Spain's early exit (nothing against Spain, just that they were the reigning champs and were the very first country to be told they no longer had a chance of making it to the 2nd round)

    Costa Rica's amazing surprise success, (winning their group against 3 former world champion teams despite being ranked lowest in their group, managing to beat Greece who are usually a decent team, and even forcing Netherlands to go to penalty's and even then only missing out narrowly)

    The German Blitzkreig against Brazi, went from 1-0 to 5-0 in 7 minutes. Absolutely amazing as Brazil were pre contest faves and on their home soil.

    And finally Germany beating Argentina in a nail beating finale. A European team winning on South American soil for the first time ever!

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    For me the best moments were:

    The Dempsey goal in the first 30 seconds against Ghana, the comeback against Portugal and the last stand against Belgium.

    Non American moments are pretty much the same as Solayoh's although I'd add the run by Columbia and the van Persie goal in the opener against Spain (and the resulting Dutch beating of the Spainsh)
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    For me the best moments were (nationality-biased)

    - Chile 2-0 Spain. Because this was much more than advancing to the round of 16, or beating the current (and diminished) champions. From the emotive national anthem moment, until the final whistle, it was an unforgettable party, and Maracanã was the perfect scenery to exorcize some sad and shameful history..

    - Chile's 1-1 against Brazil. Despite the defeat by penalty shoot, our men fought bravely until the end, even injured (Gary Medel had a muscle tear and still managed to nullify Neymar's presence for 110 minutes). Brazil was overconfident (even the newspapers were mocking Chile) and for the first time they seemed vulnerable. I think that struggle against a supposedly easy rival was the point when Brazil started to lose self-confidence, a first shock before the semifinals earthquake (coincidentally, at the same stadium).

    Non-Chilean moments:

    - Pirlo showing his class against England.

    - Costa Rica shocking the world with their performance.

    - When Colombian legend goalie, Faryd Mondragon, 43 years old, entered to play some minutes. His last World Cup was in 1998 and he sweared to return some day, but Colombia failed to qualify until now. He waited all this time, fought against age, kept himself active and earned the right to be in the squad. Of course he wasn't the first goalie, however the coach gave him some minutes as a very deserved prize.

    - Algeria - South Korea. A big surprise of two major underdogs giving the world one of the most entertaining matches of all the World Cup.

    - Ochoa against Brazil, Keylor Navas against Netherlands and Tim Howard against... the world.

    - Van Gaal putting Tim Krul for the penalty shoot. I had heard of this move only once, in 1992, and it was brilliant. Actually, I was expecting this move for Chile against Brazil, since our second goalie is penalty specialist. But it didn't happen.

    - And of course, these seven minutes of incredible football when Germany scored 4 goals and set the big nightmare in Brazil.
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    Default Re: The 2014 World Cup Thread

    Now to look forward to the Euros, and playing the WC champions in the qualifiers

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