The Super Bowls of Futbol
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Its World Cup time, and I’ve been watching. Why? First of all, although I am not a Soccer fan I played it as a youth. More importantly though, even the first games in the numerous “Group” competitions have been amazing.

I haven’t been able to stop watching! Right now, I’d say this this event is truly the best ever Super Bowl of Futbol! Unlike our Football Super Bowl, however, there are tons of games to watch, and every one just keeps getting better and better.

Instead of boring hours watching people running, seemingly purposelessly, back and forth all over the field, I have been spellbound as these players have scored the most amazing goals through shear physical prowess and Olympic-quality gymnastic moves.

Each and every one of the team matchups have produced every possible upset, and every most unlikely scenario. Almost every “Round of Sixteen” game has gone at least into extra time because of ties, and several have gone all the way to penalty kicks to settle the matches.

Now, eight national teams remain. Four of these teams will go onto the Quarterfinals in several days, but only after beating their opponents in today and tomorrows “Round of Eight” games.

Today’s games include the “European Elimination” at noon between Futbol (read Soccer) powerhouses France and Germany, while 4 p.m. has a “South American Showdown” between the World Cup host-country Brazil and neighboring Colombia.”

Then tomorrow, at noon, its Argentina versus Belgium in a most-unexpected matchup between a team known for its regular quarterfinal appearance and a team many people were laughing at until two or three weeks ago.

At 4 p.m. Netherlands versus Costa Rica, a matchup between the team that stunned Mexico, a perennial favorite in Futbol, and another South American team that no one expected to get this far.

The United States is out, having been defeated by the remarkable German team. Our guys did great! According to the Futbol experts the American team played one of the hardest fought games the Germans (one of the best teams ever assembled) have had in the last several World Cup competitions, and almost pulled it off at the very end of the game.

That being said, with no American team in the mix, why should anyone care? Simply stated, because these games during the 2014 World Cup have been nail-biters with so many twists and turns as to make one dizzy.

I challenge everyone else to tune in, and see if you also find it impossible to change the channel. Personally, I can’t wait until the Semi-Finals and then the Finals, because whichever two teams make it to these games will certainly not want to go home empty-handed.


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Passinthru commented on Monday, Jul 07, 2014 at 19:36 PM

I will go even farther than you, Regional, and say that what is referred to by the strange name Soccer here at home is by far the most exciting and totally engrossing team sport on the planet – after all, the whole world can’t be wrong can they?

Just about every country in the world is represented, so many that it takes four years to eliminate all but the last 32 for the final playoffs of the World Cup….unlike the World Series which has how many? Oh, yes, one country taking part.

I thought that team USA did really well getting through to the playoff rounds and were a bit unlucky not to have gone even further, thanks to the incredible goalkeeping of Tim Howard. I expect to see Brazil win the cup as the home team, though would give almost anything to see Germany take it from them, and will keep dreaming that one day, after America joins the rest of the world in embracing the “Beautiful Game”, Team USA will win the World Cup.

By the way, Regional, internationally it is spelled “Football”, as in FIFA.

Regional commented on Tuesday, Jul 08, 2014 at 18:47 PM

Hey passinthru....getting in the spirit I spelled as it is in the language of the home country, Brasil, "Futbol"...

now as to Brasil getting through to the finals...they just got hammered by Germany...who beat them 7-1....giving Brasil their worst defeat since being beaten by Uruguay in 1950....there were over 100 worldwide tv stations covering the game live ......which was seen by almost everyone around the globe...

sorry Charlie....you aint getting your wish there....loks like in the finals itll be Germany versus......I don't know...Argentina???

Now for the second world cup semifinal game tomorrow (Wednesday)...Netherlands versus Argentina....and in case you didnt know passinthru.....these two teams played against each other in the 1978 world cup finals in of all places Argentina...where the Argentinians beat the Dutch by a score of 3-1.....so who will win that game eh???

Passinthru commented on Wednesday, Jul 09, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Yes I did see that amazing game, who could have possibly have forecast such an incredible score with the home team favorites getting totally hammered by Germany……I loved it.

Maybe instead of reporting yesterday’s news again you could give your forecast for today’s game and the final?

Everything tells me that Argentina, as the favorites, should win but I’m going with Holland for an all European final with Germany winning 3-2 to take the cup.

Regional commented on Wednesday, Jul 09, 2014 at 18:51 PM

OK...as it is Argentina's Independence Day they couldnt have a better present than a chance to play in Sundays game for the 2014 world cup finals.....as its going to be Germany against Argentina I am going to have to say I would like Argentina to win in a hard-fought low-scoring battle.


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