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blaise213
San Francisco CA
Post #16
Saturday June 15, 2013 9:56pm

Joined Sep 2012
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Original post from admsghs27

I have japan winning the cup...


good luck with that

Ian Darke compared US to the Japan team saying how they are both trying to break into the elite category

Still upset about Gotoku Sakai not playing for the US. He doesn't even start for Japan and would be a starter over dolo, chandler, etc, That kid has game changing ability.

Also, the Confederations Cup is less appealing with the US not being in it!

admsghs27
Post #17
Saturday June 15, 2013 11:36pm

Joined Nov 2012
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@blaise.. anything is possible, they lost to brazil, usa lost their first game also and also lost to brazil in group stage easily . And went to the final and nearly won it.. Im still sticking with japan to win it...

blaise213
San Francisco CA
Post #18
Sunday June 16, 2013 12:17am

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 1,351
@ admsghs27

Yeah i remember but japan looked worst than did in the first game vs Italy

At least landon got that late goal off a penalty !

and f**k Guiseppi Rossi !

MSantoine
Post #19
Sunday June 16, 2013 1:19am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 2,187
Japan is awful. I still dont know how they qualified already. I think they scored like 4-5 goals after the 80th minute including a couple of PKs. Those kinds of late game heroics are not sustainable

skangles
DC
Post #20
Sunday June 16, 2013 6:51am

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 1,974
Tahiti qualifying for the Confederations Cup instead of New Zealand bodes well for whichever CONCACAF country finishes fourth.

New Zealand will surely schedule some decent friendlies ahead of the OFC vs. CONCACAF playoff but they haven't played a meaningful game since March and the Confederations Cup would have been an opportunity for them to refine their game against quality competition when it matters.

chillguy1992
Post #21
Sunday June 16, 2013 9:06am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 447
Original post from MSantoine

Japan is awful. I still dont know how they qualified already. I think they scored like 4-5 goals after the 80th minute including a couple of PKs. Those kinds of late game heroics are not sustainable


The group they qualified in is extremely weak this year. Australia is having one of their worst qualifying sequences they are very old team with not much talented youth coming up which doesnt bode well for when the world cup comes up. Oman is literally only in the running because ,Jordan is not a good team they have gotten this far thanks to excellent coaching talent wise really bad think of a poor mans canada. Iraq talent wise and coaching wise is in shambles no stability. There is a reason why japan was one of the first teams to qualify. I wouldnt say japan is awful but I remember reading an espn article suggest them as a darkhorse to win the world cup and I nearly died of laughter.

Truth is japan this cycle is a first round knockout waiting to happen. Endo is getting to old he is very vital piece in world cup qualifying and their centerbacks and goalkeeping is really bad. But they do have kagawa, honda, nagamoto, and okazaki when played at right wing unlike today where he was played centrally and was useless for japan today. So in theory japan does have some very skilled players but not enough and are really weak at the back. Picking japan to win the confederations cup is bold however one has to wonder how they get points against italy because if they dont they are pretty much toast. USA got very lucky 4 years ago that they only needed 3 points and goal diffrental to go through. Plus you can thank egypts players for getting involved in a prostitution scandal right before they played the United States. In the end USA deserved to be in the final but it was deffently lucky to get out of the group stage.

unitedfc6
Post #22
Sunday June 16, 2013 6:52pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 90
Japan arrived in Brazil only 2 days before the game so maybe that had something to do with their performance.

I still think they have a strong team with 8 bundesliga players 2 premier league players and a serie a player all whom are starters, or get regular minutes for their club. they also have Honda. Also if they can get Ryo Miyaichi healthy for next season they will have a legitimate threat on flanks for the World Cup next year

admsghs27
Post #23
Sunday June 16, 2013 7:54pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 3,181
Damm I really miss usa not being in the confederations cup.. It hurts not seeing them in one of the best tournaments of the world.. Qualifiers don't even compare or have half the excitement as these tournaments.. Cant believe we blew that 2-0 lead vs brazil last final, Sucks to that we blew that 2-0 lead against Mexico if not we would be playing Italy today.. Ohh well that's how soccer is hopefully we get back and play better than ever..

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #24
Sunday June 16, 2013 8:57pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 5,045
Italy pretty much dominating Mexico. But the Italians felt like gifting Mexico a PK.

Italy should of had a PK as well.

I don't usually root for Italy even though I have Italian ancestry, but today I will because Mexico is the enemy.

skangles
DC
Post #25
Sunday June 16, 2013 10:01pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 1,974
De la Torre has to be under the gun. All this talk about this being Mexico's first loss of 2013 is nonsense. Mexico has three draws at el Azteca against Jamaica, the US and Costa Rica. For Mexico that's unacceptable, they've dropped 6 points at home and to argue that this is ok because they weren't losses is silly.

On top of that, they're playing uninspiring ball. For a team that has a lot of talent blindly sticking with De La Torre at the helm is irrational. I would argue you hat he needs to get a result against Brazil to keep his job but I also expected him to be gone by now.

unitedfc6
Post #26
Monday June 17, 2013 12:28am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 90
he needs to bring carlos vela into the team no matter how arrogent he is. he has proven over this past seasin that he is mexico's best attacking option. to me this is worse than jurgen not bringing donovan into the U.S. team

EKneezy
Post #27
Monday June 17, 2013 1:00am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,858
Spain wins 2-1. Classic Spain game with dominance then a late goal from Suarez. That free kick was awesome Casillas could do nothing about.

Also Chepo better get some kind of result vs Brazil or else.

Branquinho
Ballerado
Post #28
Monday June 17, 2013 5:52am

Joined Jun 2013
Total Posts: 20
I can't wait to see Brazil whip Mexico on wednesday. France got it... japan got a warm welcome... scolari is earning his checks putting this team together and there's still plenty of room for improvement. 22 in the fifa rankings is a joke. david luiz is just the man to give up shots to giovanni and chicharito but they haven't produced much of anything from the run of play in a while.

MSantoine
Post #29
Monday June 17, 2013 3:27pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 2,187
Original post from Branquinho

I can't wait to see Brazil whip Mexico on wednesday. France got it... japan got a warm welcome... scolari is earning his checks putting this team together and there's still plenty of room for improvement. 22 in the fifa rankings is a joke. david luiz is just the man to give up shots to giovanni and chicharito but they haven't produced much of anything from the run of play in a while.


Every host plummets in the FIFA rankings. Since the rankings are heavily weighted towards official competitions and erase the previous cycles resutls. Brazil has lost its 2006 cycle results, decreased the weight of 2010 cycle, while at the same time not adding anything until now. If they win or makes the finals here they'll move back up. If it makes you feel better ESPN (not perfect but better) rank them 4th while ELO ranks them 3rd

CBoyd3142
Probably far from where you are...
Post #30
Monday June 17, 2013 6:23pm

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 320
Anybody tuning in to see the soccer madness that is Tahiti? I can't wait....
Toffee Fan....for the moment
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