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Today we get to see just how good Netherlands are, and just how bad Italy are. Or not.

Netherlands v Denmark kicks us off at 1230 BST, then it's Japan v Cameroon at 1500, with Italy v Paraguay finishing us off at 1930 BST.

How are you liking the show so far?

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posted Jun 14, 2010

Hansen should thank his lucky stars he's being paid to watch football, New Zealand or not!

I'm in work from 9.30 - 8 tomorrow so will see precisely zilch footy.

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comment by RT74 (U14493412)

posted Jun 14, 2010

you mean this??
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_bkFIPLIOGL8/TAWLfiTkWKI/AAAAAAAArgw/wpAfJRyYNsI/s1600/southafrica.jpg

laugh!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Typical WGN. Rubbish new station, where the anchors act as if they're drunk half the time. <laugh>

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comment by Karl (U12619555)

posted Jun 14, 2010

enjoy as long as it lasts... the Motty man on BBC Match of the Day (sorry his real name is not featured) had a an insightful comment on the Dutch players' attitude at World Cup 2006. They paraded wives and kids on the pitch after the groups stage. For the Dutch, "gezelligheid" (something like conviviality and sharing everything with friends and family) means more than excelling in anything and becoming a winner. They just lack the killer instinct...

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posted Jun 15, 2010

Where is the link for day 5?

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posted Jun 15, 2010

Translation ?

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comment by JIM (U14518069)

posted Jun 15, 2010

The Danes are not that bad.

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posted Jun 15, 2010

For the Dutch, "gezelligheid" (something like conviviality and sharing everything with friends and family) means more than excelling in anything and becoming a winner. They just lack the killer instinct...

Fair point (and one reason why it's still a nicer way of life than in parts of england)and they would also rather lose beautifully than win ugly which has something to do with it. Read the book Brilliant orange-it explains a lot!

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posted Jun 15, 2010

Thanks for the link, Hugrrr

Here is one for you. The MLS, Major League Soccer, is the equivelant (sigh) of the English PL.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/worldcup/live?deepLink=2

It's highly reminiscent of the American football leagues site www.NFL.com

The MLS site has some links to stories about how Americans are watching this World Cup. Viewing is up from Germany 2006 because a major network, ABC (a normal commercial cop and law drama, sitcom and news channel network) decided to show ALL of the matches live. How they're doing that I wonder. How they're dealing with two 45 minute halves with no commericials also makes me wonder. American football has commercials every 10 minutes. ESPN the US' premier cable sports network, is also showing ALL the World Cup matches live and don't have commercials. They get it. I think both for the first time.

They've also been showing EPL matches for a couple of years now and there are Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea fan clubs that meet up at sports bars to watch the weekend matches.

The USA team was highly touted by the MLS crowd before the World Cup and the new young coach Bob Bradley has gotten them into shape. And a growing number of young fans has helped boost their popularity. Many of them foreigners and Brit and Irish and Mexican and South American expats are driving this interest. Beck's on and off tenure at the LA Galaxy, between his day job at AC Milan, has also created a new fan base though he's failed to win a Cup or even impress. Yet after Capello dumped him from Madrid he was big news in the MLS. <doh>

And when the NBA finals are over this week, more people will be watching the USA-Algeria match. And as the Cup progresses and the USA do well, more new fans jump in. When the USA went through to the quarterfinals in 2002, beaten by who else, Germany, die hard fans went wild. New fans jumped in. But if they go out early like in Germany 2006 interest will fall. They were physically (literally) bloodied by Italy in the 2006 World Cup in a group match. So was Australia in the quarters. They went out and Americans tuned out.

It's like with the Tour de France. The American Greg LeMond won 3 Tours in the 80s and suddenly Americans discovered the Tour de France. Last one LeMond won was in 1989 in a breakneck race to the finish line. It wasn't for 10 years that Americans started watching it again cos of Lance Armstrong. After Floyd Landis was disgraced in 2006 interest fell off again.

It's like that at Wimbledon too. The glory days of McEnroe, Sampras and even Aggassi are long over. America has lost it way in the men's game.

That's the way Americans are, mate. Unless they've got a star in a foreign sport away from home, they ain't interested. They have enough fish to fry at home. And are happy in their sublime ignorance of the outside world, and like it that way. Not me. I'm an expat and live in football mad Europe, and like it that way. Every two years is paradise. :)

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posted Jun 15, 2010

Portugal and Ivory Coast seem to be happy to draw with each other and see who scores most against PRK and concedes least against Brazil, to decide who goes through with Brazil. But they are both decent sides, and we've had a few surprises in the early games, so perhaps they could both go through and see the Brazilians off.

It will happen one day!!

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