World Cup Day 6--Belgium/Algeria, Brazil/Mexico, Russia/Korea Republic

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So, no offense to Day 6 or anything, but after Day 5 all I have to say is:

 
 
But anyway, for some reason, all these countries besides #MURICA think they get to play, so whatever. With the win by #MURICA (Fuck yeah!) we can spend a day scouting possible future opponents, as Group G (renamed from "Group of Death" to "Group of John Brooks") plays Group H in the knockout round. That likely means Belgium, but it's been a bit crazy, so YOU HAVE TO WATCH!!!
 
We've also got a very interesting game between Brazil and the rejuvenated Mexican squad (Wassup Bosoxen? I see you).
 
Interesting facts about each country:
 
Algeria: in the 1982 World Cup they upset West Germany on the very first day. However, when Germany played Austria in the final group match-up, it was known that a German win by just a single goal (or 2) would send both Germany and Austria through. After Germany went up 1-0, (to quote renowned expert on everyfuckingthing Wiki Pedia) "both teams just kicked the ball around aimlessly for the rest of the match." This result led to the rule change where final group matches are played at the same time. I don't know why anyone was surprised that Austria and Germany were conspiring, I mean they teamed up to bring the world Hitler like 50 years prior.
 
I actually don't have anything interesting about the other teams other than I may eat Mexican for lunch before they play.
 

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I know.  Nothing really happening, Russia wise.
 
http://vimeo.com/87939821
 

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Day 6 is finally here, and you are absolutely right. Nothing is really happening, Russia wise. Korea Republic will beat Fabio Capello and his Russians.
 

 
Sonsational, Koopard (c), Kirrard, Blue Dragon, Dongwon tuna, Wookie, Korea Young, KBK, the Kims, the Lees, the Parks, with MB Libero Hong in charge. We're all ready despite losing both of our final pre-World Cup friendlies.
 
Korea Republic have not lost their opening match since before 2002: 2:0 win against Poland in Korea/Japan, 2:1 win against Togo in Germany, and 2:0 win against Greece in South Africa. This continues tomorrow.
 
This happens at least twice:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYLXFOGgrgs
 
Lastly, Yuna Kim is cheering with me, and we all know how she feels about the Russians.
 

 
BEAT RUSSIA.
 

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I'm taking a half day today. I'll be leaving work at 11:00 to run up to Top Golf so I can hit some golf balls (I want to try out my new Taylor Made hybrid I got for Father's Day) and have a couple pre-game beers - Mexican beers, naturally. Then I'll be heading up to the bar to meet my brother so we can watch the game. I expect to be half in the bag come game time.
 
I'm excited and terrified at the same time. My boys looked good on Friday but one must consider the level of competition. Also, Brasil is still Brasil, so any enthusiasm must be tempered when you go up against that buzz saw. This should end up being a much closer game than I thought coming into the tournament. But I'll still be doing fucking cartwheels if we can steal a point.
 

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Expected starting XI for KOR (4-2-3-1):
 
------------------Arsenal FC------------------
--Sonsational--Koopard--Blue Dragon--
-----------Korea Young--Kirrard-----------
Mainz Park--Kim--Augsburg Hong--Lee
----------------------Jung----------------------
 

URI

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Spurs update for Belgium...all 3 are starting.

Chadli in the center behind Lukaku
Dembele at LCM
Vertonghen as left back
 
Benteleb is starting for Algeria at LCM
 
I'm pretty surprised that Chadli is starting over Fellaini.
 

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I'll talk about this coverage/game alone if I have to...
 
Ruud's laugh at that "stone in the shoe" comment was maybe the most insane thing I've ever seen.  
 

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I'm very curious to see how Belgium looks. They have a really good team on paper.
 

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Lineups:

Belgium:
Courtois--Alderweireld,van Buyten,Kompany(c),Vertonghen--Witsel,Dembele--Chadli,de Bruyne,Hazard--Lukaku.

Algeria:
M´Bohli--Mostefa,Bougherra(c),Halliche,Ghoulam--Medjani--Taider,Bentaleb--Feghouli,Soudani,Mahrez.
 

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Are we all rooting against Belgium?  Given that the US' likely opponent should we advance is the top Group H team, we'd prefer a weaker Russian or SK team to win the group?
 

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Love that Belgium has three Spurs in the starting lineup! I was expecting Vertonghen and Dembele. Didn't realize Chadli was going to get the start.

Sorry didn't realize URI was on this, although should have expected it,
 

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BigPapiLumber Co. said:
Are we all rooting against Belgium?  Given that the US' likely opponent should we advance is the top Group H team, we'd prefer a weaker Russian or SK team to win the group?
 
Yup, should definitely be rooting against Belgium here.
 

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BigPapiLumber Co. said:
Are we all rooting against Belgium?  Given that the US' likely opponent should we advance is the top Group H team, we'd prefer a weaker Russian or SK team to win the group?
 

We all root for both teams to play shit under brazilian conditions. You may also hope they do what Portugal did (get Coentrao out of the WC and get a red card), but that´s not what i prefer.
 

URI

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I would guess the Spurs fans are rooting for Belgium since we make up 30% of their outfield lineup.
 
Plus War Pigs.
 

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van Buyten is the only belgian with WC experience and the only belgian player on their entire WC roster aged 30+.
 

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Related to that, if this was 2010, we'd have Arsenal fans bitching that Wilmots should be castrated because Vermaelan is on the bench, and it would be 42-0 Belgium right now if he started.
 

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A US fan shouldn't be one to throw stones here, but just saying: nine of Algeria's starting XI were born in France.  Halliche and Soudani are the two Algerian-born players.
 
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Schnerres said:
Lineups: Belgium: Courtois--Alderweireld,van Buyten,Kompany(c),Vertonghen--Witsel,Dembele--Chadli,de Bruyne,Hazard--Lukaku. Algeria: M´Bohli--Mostefa,Bougherra(c),Halliche,Ghoulam--Medjani--Taider,Bentaleb--Feghouli,Soudani,Mahrez.
What's the L/R alignment. Hazard's playing RAMF or CAMF Or LAMF?
 
Thanks, Yuri
 
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Titans Bastard said:
A US fan shouldn't be one to throw stones here, but just saying: nine of Algeria's starting XI were born in France.  Halliche and Soudani are the two Algerian-born players.
I'm not going to blame the parents for immigration, here. I mean Algeria or France? C'mon.
 

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Dan to Theo to Ben said:
I'm not going to blame the parents for immigration, here. I mean Algeria or France? C'mon.
 
I'm only talking about a country's ability to develop its own talent.  Algeria appear to be the moochers-in-chief.
 

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Dan to Theo to Ben said:
What's the L/R alignment. Hazard's playing RAMF or CAMF?
 
Chadli is in the middle, Hazard is on the left.
 

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Titans Bastard said:
 
I'm only talking about a country's ability to develop its own talent.  Algeria appear to be the moochers-in-chief.
Switzerland has at least three Kosovars, two Macedonians, one Ivorian and one Cape Verdean. Some were developed in switzerland, but the Kosovars can't play for Kosovo since Kosovo isn't in FIFA
 
Personally, I don't mind when a country like Algeria gets leftovers from a power like France. It gets murkier when powers start getting players from minnows. Makes sense for the player but sucks for the minnow. 
 

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They are rotating and changing. De Bruyne was/is in the middle, too. And he constantly wanders into the left half, although he should be the right winger. Imagine if Robben plays there. De Bruyne plays more like a #10, not like a winger. Against a good-defending team, you will get problems, if your wingers don´t stay outside. Question: Will Witsel cut his afro above his ears? Looks strange.
 

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So far, I think all of Belgium's mids have been in the 10 role in the first 20 minutes except for Witsel.
 

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URI said:
I'll talk about this coverage/game alone if I have to...
 
 
 
I'm around, but marketing just brought up the new graphic designer for intros and she's 25 and blonde so I needed a minute.
 
 
And not relevant to today's game, but FIFA has changed Dempsey's goal to 29 seconds from 34 (you wouldn't think this would take this much deliberation).
 

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Dear Europe, 
 
The White Stripes had other songs.
 

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So, that is a real test now for Belgium.
Coming back against a decent-defending team like Algeria will show if they belong to the favourites.
 

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I love the Spurs, but any team with 3 of them in the starting 11 is well, iffy...
 

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I don't know what the actual stats are, but it feels to me like there have been an unusually high number of penalty kicks so far this tournament.
 

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DrewDawg said:
I love the Spurs, but any team with 3 of them in the starting 11 is well, iffy...
 
I know an iffy as fuck team that starts 11 Spurs players.
 

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Too many PKs this tournament, doesn't help the "PKs decide the games!" brigade.
 
Of course, maybe the players are just being too aggressively defensive in the box given the stage.