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FIFA World Cup Picks!!!

 
 
salima
 
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Reply Sat 12 Jun, 2010 10:37 am
@CalamityJane,
thanks! not only the answer but a good explanation for my friend who wants to know who was watching that world cup if americans dont know about soccer.
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 12 Jun, 2010 10:42 am
@salima,
salima, I don't know where you live now, but Americans have become quite
engaged in soccer in recent years, perhaps due to their own team entering the
FIFA cup. Most children play soccer (my daughter did) nowadays and it
seems to be a good sport for girls who are mostly excluded from football and
baseball.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 12 Jun, 2010 10:53 am
@CalamityJane,
I agree that there is a lot of interest now, compared to years ago. Once, back in the early seventies, I brought a soccer ball back from Guatemala for my cousins' boys and they were un-thrilled. On the other hand, I have american friends who were soccer (aka futbol, football) coaches as early as the eighties. And didn't a2k's George coach soccer? On the name soccer, I've been under the impression that only americans call it that, likely because of the americans having american style football.
George
 
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Reply Sat 12 Jun, 2010 03:23 pm
@ossobuco,
The name "soccer" is British in origin. I believe it dates from the nineteenth
century. The two big games were rugby football and association football, the
latter being the game we in the States call soccer. In the slang of the time,
the two became known as "rugger" and "soccer".
George
 
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Reply Sat 12 Jun, 2010 03:24 pm
And, yes, I was a "soccer-dad" coach.
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George
 
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Reply Sat 12 Jun, 2010 03:25 pm
@salima,
Hello, Salima! Welcome to A2K.
George
 
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Reply Sat 12 Jun, 2010 03:52 pm
. . . and to England, thanks ever so much.
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salima
 
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Reply Sat 12 Jun, 2010 06:31 pm
@George,
thanks!
seems to be a place for everything and everyone here...havent bumped into any bogeymen yet...
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Ionus
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 07:05 am
@George,
The origin of the game may well lie in late medieval times...there is a reference to the clergy wanting a game declared illegal because everyone wants to play it on Sunday....it sounds similar to a game of soccer. They had their way and the King banned it. Rather hard to imagine these days.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 11:23 am
@Ionus,
That rings a bell; I'm going to look back on some of my old piazza notes. I'm thinking about the Campo in Siena, about which I've read much but didn't notate every aspect.

OK, I looked, it's not in my notes, and I don't have time in life to hit the bibliography.
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Irishk
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 11:38 am
Stole this from another site Smile

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4017/4696056147_79e6692b86_b.jpg
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 12:21 pm
Good luck, Aussies - you'll need it! Very Happy
Dutchy
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 03:35 pm
@CalamityJane,
CalamityJane wrote:

Good luck, Aussies - you'll need it! Very Happy

You can say that again, 4-0, what a drubbing, congratulations to the Germans they were the better team. Will front up again tonight and support the Dutch. Smile
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 13 Jun, 2010 04:25 pm
@Dutchy,
It was a good game regardless, Dutchy! The Aussies played a civilized game.
We miss the Dutch game due to the time difference (too early for us) but
I am sure the Dutch will play exceptionally well. Very Happy
mars90000000
 
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Reply Mon 14 Jun, 2010 07:10 pm
south africa vs germany for the world cup final! Surprised
Dutchy
 
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Reply Mon 14 Jun, 2010 07:58 pm
@CalamityJane,
Dutch played and won C/J, 2-0, but not very impressive, can do much better. They play Japan next Saturday, two contrasting styles, will be interesting.
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Mon 14 Jun, 2010 08:16 pm
@Dutchy,
Every goal and every point counts, Dutchy - congratulations!!
I haven't been able to see any soccer today, hopefully tomorrow - on Thursday
we'll fly over to Europe anyway then we'll be in soccer headquarters Laughing
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Mon 14 Jun, 2010 08:16 pm
@mars90000000,
mars90000000 wrote:

south africa vs germany for the world cup final! Surprised


That would be too easy!
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 14 Jun, 2010 08:24 pm
@CalamityJane,
So, will you have access to the internet? (Enquiring minds want to know)
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Mon 14 Jun, 2010 08:53 pm
@ossobuco,
Yes definitely, osso, although I will use it only occasionally.
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