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Posted by John (Sivan John) Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Go To Comments

A Milestone For Mascherano
With the ongoing debate on what should be the best formation or approach by Alejandro SABELLA, all eyes could also be on player who is bound to reach personal milestone for the National Team.
 
Should SABELLA name Javier MASCHERANO in the starting line-up in this weekend match against Iran, he will officially gain membership into the Club 100 for Argentina. Yes! It will be his 100th cap ever since making his debut against Uruguay on the 16th of July 2003.
 
In the history of the Albiceleste, only three players has achieved this feet; Javier ZANETTI (145 Caps), Roberto AYALA (115 Caps) and Diego SIMEONE (106 Caps).
 
As Diego MARADONA once said  "the Argentinian player who is closest to the idea I have about the Argentinian shirt – sweat for it, sacrifice for it, being a professional, being close to the team-mate".
 
All I can say is that MASCHERANO has been one of our best servants to wear the blue and white shirt for the past 11 years and here’s hoping for more great years from him especially in the six matches 



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Dë§TìñY2018
(Kenya)
Posted on 6/20/2014 at 1:38 PM
0
is costa rica the BLACK HORSE??? 77TH MIN!!!!!


Dë§TìñY2018
(Kenya)
Posted on 6/20/2014 at 1:06 PM
0
in this circumstances (wc)


Dë§TìñY2018
(Kenya)
Posted on 6/20/2014 at 1:05 PM
0
no update on posting since 18th, its taking too long especially in circumstance


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 6/20/2014 at 12:27 PM
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Marcos
Your "wild" predictions are just winging it with no real thought. Then why don't you pick Iran to win it all. Oh, I see you must have something against Muslims. Moron.


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 6/20/2014 at 12:24 PM
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@marcos rojo
Really dude you are going to bring race into this discussion? That is dispicable. I lost all respect for you.


GAB
(Australia)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 3:28 PM
1
@TheThinker, regarding your Messi question, here's my response:

Messi is a football genius and I feel grateful and privileged that he's an Argentine. Me personally, I have never criticised Messi for his passion or lack thereof for Argentina so I simply shake my head and get very annoyed when people in Argentina criticise him.

I do think Maradona at this stage is superior to Messi because of the fact Deigo has won a World Cup and Messi has not. The legacy of Deigo has made it very hard for any Argentine player wearing the #10 for the Albiceleste because they invariably get compared to Deigo and ask the question 'will they be the next Deigo'. Messi is by far the closest and best player Argentina has had to compare to Maradona and IS Maradona's successor.

See the Messi Vs Maradona argument in Argentina is partly based on how both have grown up. Maradona grew up in the slums of Argentina and was a battler - a street kid, so Maradona represents the lower class and poverty stricken part of Argentina (the majority). Messi on the other hand did not have to endure the street life that Deigo did and the fact that Messi left Argentina at the age of 13 for Spain, a lot of Argentines in Argentina felt betrayed because they felt Messi chose Barcelona over River Plate. In essence, the Argentines felt Messi chose Spain over Argentina, hence, the heavy criticism towards Messi.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 12:57 PM
0
Kid and others who are interested

You guys read this by Maru (a poster here in 2011). She wrote this in 2011 before you even discovered this site. I posted it below, but here I post again. For me it is one of the best articles ever written about Lionel Messi.

http://www.mundoalbiceleste.com/Article.aspx?id=2482&title=messi-sings-the-anthem-on-the-field#comments

That's what a real Argentina fan right there.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 11:53 AM
0
@Dan: When I said Ghana would make the final,I already said it was a joke on another post. I was playing with the bracket and stuff, so I decided to make Ghana, Argentina opponent at the world cup final in that instant, it was never anything serious when I said Ghana would make the Final, I've made tons of wild predictions even Colombia vs Argentina..But it seems like everyone on here is always tense, miserable and mean...You guys need to lighten up,and stop taking everything that as to do with football personal on this forum....So Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria etc should never ever be predicted as a world cup finalist, why? Because they're black teams and they don't have a bunch of blonde hair European players on there teams?

Bro if you and San Isidro have a problem with me recognizing the African teams then you both must have serious racial problems..I see the guy come on here the other day attacking shoWar for no reason, this guy have serious problems man...


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 11:13 AM
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@The Thinker n Julker9

I have no idea why that Maru girl is not here anymore. She was here for a short time only in 2011. I think she is a girl. I can tell from the way she writes.

That article is one of the best articles I have ever read in my entire life. Very passionate. It comes from the pure love to the Argentina and Messi.


vish
(India)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 10:37 AM
0
Maradona is bigger. Pele is beggar


joesoccers
(Canada)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 10:32 AM
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messi showed xavi, iniesta et al, how to play football, not the other way around.


Julker9
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 10:19 AM
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@el principe

Your response to 'The thinker' was awesome! Believe me, i never read such an article on that matter before. Though my kudos goes to Maru girl but i appreaciate for the response you made here!

Btw, was she really a girl or not? :)


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 9:45 AM
0
very insightful post that was,, el principe... i wonder why did the girl stop writing??? she should write now,, the WC which messi will light up and bury all these doubts regarding him once and for all...

Messi is going to win the Golden Ball not the Boot... Golden Ball is the most prestigious individual award in the WC but people put more emphasis on the Boot because they like QUANTITY of goals rather than the QUALITY of goals... That Lanky Muller scored the most cheapest hattrick ever... he is simply a poacher,, he can't dribble past two players and nor can he deliver a defense-splitting pass... he just knows how to get into the right place in the right time and that is why he scored 8 WC goals at the age of 24... but he can never score a goal like messi's against bosnia,, and that is the reason he will never win Golden Ball.. Messi is far more than just a goalscorer,, he gives assists,, he creates spaces for his teammates and when he scores,, he scores a Wonder goal and not a tap-in... that is difference between a Poacher and a LEGEND...

as argentina will reach the semifinal with relative ease,, i see Messi winning Golden Ball already and Muller will win the boot but he will not touch the Cup...


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 9:43 AM
0
god.... what language is that...!!!!!! :-/


Julker9
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 9:38 AM
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Argentina's Sergio Romero has paid tribute to coach Alejandro Sabella for helping him secure a starting spot at the FIFA World Cup.

Read more at http://www.fourfourtwo.com/news/romero-hails-sabella-influence#P42UxwG5VYy2EvvT.99


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 9:21 AM
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Great Mascherano's interview. He talks about tactics here.

http://www.ole.com.ar/mundial/argentina/titulo_0_1159684041.html


argentine
(Ghana)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 8:54 AM
0
felicitaciones marcharano


baker
(India)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 8:33 AM
0
See my take is , if we want to go for 5-3-2 it should be in the case of messis absence. Messi need some one to make one on one passes with him. But with 5-3-2 he looks isolated .
Problem with that is if messi become isolated and couldn't contribute much he will be getting demotivated easily honestly thats not a good sign from a captain but cant help that because messi is like that.

But who should decide the formation...? sabella is the boss he has to decide which is best for the team. it is not that messi is just thrown in to 5-3-2 set up all of a sudden ,this might have been discussed well before and practiced for sure .

anyway i just hope these things didnt affected the relationship between our coaching staff and player that is the last thing i want to see.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 8:30 AM
0
I think by far, that Maru girl is the best member we have ever had here. I think many will agree with me.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 8:25 AM
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@The Thinker

I would answer your question about Messi with this:

http://www.mundoalbiceleste.com/Article.aspx?id=2482&title=messi-sings-the-anthem-on-the-field#comments

That was posted by an ARGENTINE girl named Maru here. She was extremely intelligent pure Argentine girl who used to be here 3 years ago. Unfortunately she is not here anymore. She gained a lot of respects from everyone, including the senior memberes while she was here because she did really represent Argentina... and she is number one Messi fan.


Sorin'sCurls
(India)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 8:24 AM
0
Good stuff El Principe . Not sure what's the reason, but perhaps with the current squad characteristics and players, we haven't been too effective in certain formations. We seem to lack offensive fluidity in this case for instance.

Just 1 other point - " Neymar & Fred...."
I think even the brazilians will agree that a traffic cone placed up front will be more effective than FRED! :-) I kid I kid!


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 8:10 AM
0
Oh sorry correction one other match vs. Bosnia in friendly with 5-3-2 and we won that one 2-0 without Messi. So the record with 5-3-2 is: 3-2-1


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 8:06 AM
2
Now I know why Messi is unhappy with 5-3-2 formation. Sabella team played 5-3-2 five times during the WCQ + friendlies:
1. Venezuela - Argentina (1-0) lost
2. Argentina - Nigeria (3-1) win
3. Ecuador - Argentina (1-1) draw
4. Bolivia - Argentina (1-1) draw
5. Argentina - Slovenia (2-0) win

The result is 2 wins, 2 draws, and 1 loss (the only loss of Sabella's team using an A team was with 5-3-2 against Venezuela).

Messi played in 4 of them and just scored once (against Slovenia). As you know Messi has like what? 21 goals in 23 matches or something under Sabella. Well something like that. To score just one in 4 games means the tactic does not fit Messi.

That's a BAD record for us! No wonder why Messi, Zabaleta, Rojo, Palacio all said how unhappy they were playing 5-3-2.

Now this is interesting. Sabella's domestic team played Brazil a couple of times against the Brazilian domestic team. The Brazilian domestic had Neymar and Fred. The result is one win and one loss for us (home and away). Both ended up 2-1 for the home teams. That's not bad considering Brazil had stronger squad.

Guess what? Sabella used 5-3-2 in both matches. Who were playing for us? Some blue collar players like Brana, Guinazu, Burrito Martinez, Lisandro Lopez, Dominguez, Peruzzi, Clemente, Desabato, Barcos, Maxi, and Orion/Ustari.

So the conclusion is:
1. Sabella is a master when it comes to using 5-3-2 with mediocre players.
2. The only two victories of his 5-3-2 with our A team were in two friendlies: vs. Nigeria and Slovenia.
3. Messi is way below par in 5-3-2.
4. Our goal difference in 5-3-2 in 5 matches is (excluding Argentina domestic based matches): 7-4. Messi just scored ONE of them.

So what do you guys say?


Sorin'sCurls
(India)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 8:02 AM
0
Good one Dan. let's not have this trigger-happy mentality of over-reacting to practically anything that happens. 1 emphatic win doesn't mean anything - as Holland showed. 1 nervy win doesn't mean that we throw the coach and players under the bus either. Let's have a little faith in the coach who navigated through the rather arduous SA qualifiers, and the players who got us there. There are weaknesses . Every team has it. But we have some tremendous strengths too! Keep calm, keep the faith and GO ARGENTINA!


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 7:51 AM
0
Well, argentina fans are most passionate there is no doubt about that... But one thing i would like to question to the True argentines here (GAB,el principe)-- what do the argentines truly think of messi now??? Do they think of him as Maradona's successor,, the ultimate pibe de oro???? or do they still have that negative attitude towards him,, an Argentine who betrayed his country and went to spain at an early age and doesn't want to sing the national anthem???? there are many Contrasting articles written about argentinians attitude towards messi,, some claimed that Argentines will never accept messi as their own unless he wins the WC.. and other articles said that argentines have finally began to appreciate him and now supporting him fully to win the WC..I know this fact that three or four years ago,, Argentines had a hugely negative attitude towards messi... It pissed me off very much because messi could've easily played for spain in 2005 but instead he chose argentina,, his motherland... But argentines always brought up pathetic issues like he doesn't sing national anthem,, he doesn't perform well...I want an HONEST and UNBIASED answer from any true argentines here...


Dan
(United States)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 7:33 AM
3
@Marcos Rojo

Not at all man....not I am not trying to be negative or make enemies. I just think that its important to have some level of accountability and standing behind what you say.For example, somebody here said Iker Casillas was a great goalie for their "fantasy" team. Well he got all offended when I jumped his shit and his response was that I don't have to read his posts. Well, where is the poster now? Where is Casillas now? Then another guy predicted Ghana would be in the finals. Really? Is that the kind of garbage you want posted on this site...Ghana????

I just think it shows how little people know when they post shit like that, and they need to be exposed for their lack of knowledge. This is my 10th World Cup. I was at the World Cup final in 1978 and in 1986. I love Argentina, but some Argentina fans here are ridiculous with slamming the team after 1 half of bad showing where the coach made a mistake he admitted to.

If EVERYBODY on this site held each other accountable for some of the nonsense posts we could actually have intelligent conversation instead of throwing shit against the wall to get "thumbs ups" from other members.


Rahat
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 7:29 AM
1
My hate for Brazil will never end. Their supporters are always Over-confident & Arrogant. I hope these 2 things will let them down in future.

@Aslam, hope your predictions are gonna be correct brother.


Rahat
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 7:24 AM
0
@el principe, I totally agree with you. This Brazilian team is too much over-hyped being the host nation. They are gonna be beaten by Netherlands in the 2nd round, not sure about Chile though.

It will be shame for football if this Brazilian team make it pass the Semi-final. It is really disguisting to listen from Brazilian fans that they are going to be the champion. I wish they get eliminate in the 2nd round. This Brazilian team is one of the worst teams in their football history.



dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 7:02 AM
0
look at copa

we were poor in group, beat an under level costa rica and lost penalties in Uruguay

players play well when confidence is high, that's the most important thing
if a team feels they CAN'T win then the WILL NOT win.any doubts and you will lose. confidence comes from good performances.

look at England even though they lost they know how well they can play

we don't know how well we can play we just think and assume and feel we can improve but until we actually show it it will not happen


MS
(India)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 6:47 AM
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Congrats Mascherano. A true warrior.


MS
(India)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 6:45 AM
0
What happens to Spain is now history. When you lost first game in a world cup by a huge margin it mentally and psychologically kills the players confidence and the whole team affects it. That is why first game is always important. If not win at least don't get lost. A draw will be even a fairer result.
Many fans here trolled Sabella for using five backs in the first match of us. {Yes, Maxi in the first eleven ahead of Enzo or Gago or Biglia was a bad call. May be he thinks of his experience in WC's than the other two.} This is the one of the reason why he chosen that line up. To a big sized opponents who plays aggressively it is good to make it safe first then attack. After the first half when we lead we back to 4-3-3 and played better than them.
The greatness of our team is that we are the only team with great defensive strategy that too multi dimensional.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 6:28 AM
0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58w9Lkses10&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Oh cr7, what a s***er you are... Watch it guys, i dnt know whether to laugh or cry... Ridiculous....


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 6:19 AM
0
I don't think Brazil first two games against Croatia and Mexico can be used as a measurement that they are impossible to beat at the back.

I see the other way around. This Brazil is too cocky and too rookie. They have the electric youth and they are hungry to prove to the world. That factor can go against them.

Mexico had the cojones not to play park the bus against them, BUT they are not the world greatest counter attack team. Mexico lacks of finishing touch. They are just a resilient team.

I say if Brazil meets a team as strong as them who's good at counter attack, I am convinced that their weakness will be exposed.

Now I am rooting for anybody Brazil will meet in the second round, QF or SF.

Netherlands defense is weak, but they are good at counter attack. They have a shot. Chile players are short, but they are fired up. They have a chance, although a small.

Their possible opponent in the QF Colombia is the South American best defensive team coached by Pekerman. I hope they can beat Brazil if Brazil wins their second round.

I am confident that if there is a match of Brazil vs. Real Madrid (let Marcelo plays for Brazil and Coentrao plays for Madrid). I am sure the counter attack Madrid at their peak would beat this Brazil EASILY!

I mean if they were helped by referee to beat Croatia and they could not beat Mexico nor score against Mexico, don't dream to be the strongest in the world.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 6:00 AM
0
Argentina fans are considered the best and most passionate ones in the World Cup:


Jun 18, 2014 12:00:00 PM

With the FIFA 2014 World Cup™ in Brazil under way, Goal takes a look at the fan culture of the competing countries. Here we explore Argentina
More than perhaps any other country in the world, the music of the Argentine football stadium is the raucous music of the street.

The Argentina national team provides an outlet for national unity which is reflected in the chorus which booms out from the terraces when Lionel Messi and the Albiceleste take to the field. Chants are often spontaneous, appearing in the heat of the game in praise of a certain individual, but there are old favourites as well.

Rivals such as England and Brazil are in the firing line rather often when Argentina are in full flow. A century of fierce rivalry with the English is borne out in song and a new chapter in terrace folklore emerged after the infamous 'Hand of God' goal scored by Diego Maradona in 1986.

The Brazilians, and more specifically Pele, are cheekily treated to their own ditty with hardy Argentina fans inclined to proclaim: "Maradona is bigger, much bigger than Pele.”

The Albiceleste also gives fans a chance to be positively nationalistic and indulge in one of the most vibrant, lively supporter cultures around.

When Messi finds his scoring boots and the nation are on their way to victory, watch the whole stadium rip off their shirts as one and whirl them feverishly over the heads. The chorus will make the hairs of your arms stand up, as for once Argentina join in unison: “Ole ole ole, ole ole ole ola, ole ole ole, I love you more with every day, I am Argentina, it is just a feeling, that I cannot stop.”


------the bottom line is we are called ARGENTINA!


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 5:37 AM
0
"He is out f this world"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7PlBKfInAM&feature=youtube_gdata_player


pepe_Argentina
(India)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 5:30 AM
0
Agreeing With GAB! Aguero & MEssi both were off colors!! but they will be back with a bang next match!! Trust me!


pepe_Argentina
(India)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 5:29 AM
0
For me Robben's run for the second goal he scored against Spain is one of the Moments to admire in this World cup so Far!! He was atleast a Yard behind Pique and ran him out and then controlled the ball and made casillas dance!!
And please dont forget Higuain's ever so accurate back heal to set up Messi! it isnt such an easy skill either!!


GAB
(Australia)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 5:29 AM
0
@Dammage7, what makes you say Argentina won't improve much from the 2nd half of the Bosnia game?

See I think Argentina have a lot more room for improvement because players like Aguero , Di Maria and Messi (with the exception of the fantastic goal) in particular we're way off their game. Furthermore, with Messi scoring his goal and seeing the huge weight lifted from his shoulders, he is going to take his game to another level. He is going to be freakishly good again. That's at least an improvement of at least 30-40% just waiting to happen.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 5:23 AM
0
Confidence booster... "Are you kidding me"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q7ZAnCFzI0&feature=youtube_gdata_player


pepe_Argentina
(India)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 5:21 AM
0
@Day: Love to see this.. it's not gender biased r8!! Argentine football is something that give us plethora of Joy! when Di maria lobs a cute pass and Kun nudges towards Messi and he flicks it delicately into the Net!! We do scream like anything! And it comes so generously sometime we don't even realize how loud it can be for the neighbors!! :D :D But You & I and Every Argentine Football lover should do it without any Shame!! VAMOS ARGENTINA!!


JZ4
(India)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 5:02 AM
0
IMHO we should bench kun in the R16 and play Palacio along side Leo and Pipita.. unlike Kun the guy will die for Messi and the team.
Against the swiss 433 Romi,Zab,FF,Gara,Rojo,Gago,Masch,DiMa,Higu,Messi,Palacio


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 5:00 AM
0
Rvp n cahill technically de best... Messi pure footballing brilliance...
I rate rvp n messi #1, cahill #2...
N marcelo #3.....!!!!!!!
Ha ha ha ha.... :-P


dollon
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 4:38 AM
0
thanks aslam[qater] for your right thinking.......nice to read that,


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 4:36 AM
0
spain showed that form doesn't change in a world cup

i don't think Argentina will improve much from the 2nd half vs Bosnia but i hope im wrong


LM10
(Macedonia)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 4:29 AM
0
No I didnt LM10 is our iing Leo


cleanball
(Indonesia)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 4:19 AM
0
LM10
you missed our King Leo



LM10
(Macedonia)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 3:54 AM
1
The best team that Arg currently has and would lead balance between atack and defence:
Romero
Zab. FF Garay. Basanta
Gago. Mach
Perez. A.Dimaria
LM10. Aguero/Higuain (change depend of opponent)


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 3:52 AM
0
so far the best goals are cahill vs holl, rvp vs spain and messi vs bos
also any one who scored vs the yellow team and England.

best quote: a German newspaper "ronaldo is a super hero as he managed to vanish almost all game"

funny moments: listening to the crowd boooos at cr every time the ball actually got near him, how noisy was the crowd booooos-very.


baker
(India)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 3:39 AM
0
i dont think so


travis
(Japan)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 3:35 AM
0
is it messi's goal the best so far at world cup??


chejose
(Canada)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 3:25 AM
0
IMO, Brazil have looked ordianry. They have a great defence but no attacking options other than Neymar and Oscar (My Brazillian wife will hate me for saying this) Argentina's attack is our greatest strength as we all know. 433 is the formation we should start a match with. This is the world cup, the time for experimenting is over. I have faith in Sabella because he turned this ream around big time from the German destruction of 4 years ago. We have a defensive weakness but not as poor as some of the other teams in this tournament, even Germany's D made a few mistakes against Portugal. We are Argentina, We attack, Its our style and we have all the fire power to do it. If we are leading by 2 goals then we can start changing the formation around and/or bring on Lazezzi or Palacio as forwards who have a tremedous defensive work rate. We need to utilize Messi to his full potential now and giving him Higuain and Gago are must's in this tournament. Iran will park the bus against us but they will not hold off for 90 minutes against this attack. Lets get 2 quick goals and then rest our starters and bring in the subs to close out the match. Our DT was nervous in the first match but now that we control our own destiny the team will be alot more comfortable. In Sabella I trust. I will be sending positve energy from Porto Alegre on June 25th, Hopefully I'll be able to get my hands on some tickets.


travis
(Japan)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 2:42 AM
0
i hope one of this argentinian will be a winner for golden boot should argentina go further:

messi
kun
higuain

i can feel that messi will win it, if argentina can reach to at least semi final.



SulaV
(Canada)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 2:40 AM
0
i have a feeling that Chile might upset holland.. with van persie out ..half of their fire power is cut off .. so if the Chilean defense can clip robben's wings then i dont see the dutch giving too much trouble to chile,, Brasil vs Holland is going to be a nightmare for the samba team.. they dont have enough fire power to score and their defense wont hold the dutch attack for too long.., Go chile!!

Spain was a laughing stock today,,, when they couldnt create too much inside the box why didnt they try to score form outside the box? Carzola tried one and it resulted in a corner,,, Diego Costa was patetic today,,, he had one real good chance from a pass from inesta and he blew it away... he is going to stuggle big time in chelsea,,, Another striker in a line to flop at chelsea...



Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 1:47 AM
0
Louis vaan gaal close to his first signing for man utd... Man utd put on £20m bid for benfica argentine winger nicolas gaitan...


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 1:45 AM
0
Mexico weren't dangerous at all apart from 2 long shots they couldn't break the line. However Croatia took advantage with Their creative players but their finishing was off.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 1:21 AM
0
The worst is yet to come for spain... As per present stats australia look better than spain... Lucky get rid f cahill... I dont feel de only reason is tiki taka, if they gone for their young guns, it wud not be this worse... De gea n kiko casilla were their best GKs this season, still sticking with old players lead to their downfall... Aftr all you cant acheive with a same 2008 team n style in 2014 WC... If vincent stick with de same team will suffer against australi too...


theophilos
(United States)
Posted on 6/19/2014 at 12:28 AM
0
ayr18 you hit the nail right on the head. The one thing you can definitely take away from Brazil's first 2 games - even going back to last year's Confederations Cup - is that their back line is impossible to score against. I don't think Germany's offense is good enough. I see a ton of midfield play in a Germany Brazil semifinal matchup.
I think Argentina is the only team in the tournament that has the firepower to break through Brazil's defense so thats why I am hoping as many of us here for a Brazil - Argentina final.


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 11:52 PM
0
the thing about Brazil they press hard with all their players and its hard to break their line. I hope England tie with Uruguay and give Costa Rica a Chance they can beat England and come Costa Rica can come second in their group. I despise England they play like a 10 year old playing Fifa nothing but run down the line and cross.


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 11:17 PM
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When Brazil won the Confederation Cup by defeating world champion Spain 3-0 they thought OK..we are the world's best now. Oh ya..we are the best now...!

But they are wrong...Just see how Spain lost to Netherlands..5-1 and against Chile it is s 2-0. Still Brazil will not look at these result...because they are on moon..and overconfidence...and still believe they are the world's best..only because of they defeated Spain in Final..!


They will find out where they are..after this WC finish..and they will remember the history...oh yaa....No team won the World cup right after the Confederation Cup victory..!

And the last point they will note...oh ya...Argentina was not there in the confederation cup...that's why we won..it...!!!


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 11:02 PM
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San Isidro: Seems like you're only here to make enemies on Mundo.. You always have this negative vibes about you..


argentuban
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 10:55 PM
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Lugano is out and Suarez is not fully fit - I think England takes it today against Uruguay.

@San Isidro: Agreed. A lot of people make 10 different predictions of varying iterations then only reference the one that was actually correct.


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 10:52 PM
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Holland


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 10:51 PM
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@aslam
I always usually like your posts. I think they are smart, insightful and well thought out.
However, don't ever lump yourself with kidadulthood. He is the same guy predicting Ghana winning the group and making the finals. If you gave me 32 guesses I too could predict the winner. Also, don't hook yourself up with tibezoule. He is the German and Dutch loving douche bag that's nowhere to be found after australia put 2 goals on


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 10:48 PM
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If USA beat Portugal and Germany which they should beat Ghana then byebye Portugal lol..Ronaldo is going to injure imself more if he plays.


GAB
(Australia)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 10:38 PM
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@el principe, thanks for your kind words muchacho :)

Ditto mate


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 10:37 PM
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gab: i know what you are saying as i was screaming worse then girls at a 1d concert and as for the new jacket ill sleeping with it until we win this years w.c :)

the game was 10 am here but the good lady and my wee lad (hes 2.5) were looking at me thinking call arkham aslyam (fans of batman know what it is)as i was running abound the room screaming, waving the flag, kissing the badge, yelling some more and other language i cant repeat on here like but it was all for a good cause.


day
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 10:31 PM
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lol i was crying before messi scored, and then i was screaming my head off, luckily no-one heard me they were all fast asleep or my mum would have come down and given me a right old bollicking, she says girls don't scream they just watch quietly:P not nowadays mum!!! especially if argentina score i will scream so loud they will hear me for miles lmao.


GAB
(Australia)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 10:14 PM
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@Pablo.d....you and me both my friend.

I actually woke my whole family up screaming like a girl for Messi's goal....and I will keep on doing it for each Argentina goal to come :)

How's your new Argentina jacket coming along? Great strike rate already with it - 1 fo1 and 100% success. Just make sure you wear it for each game!


GAB
(Australia)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 10:10 PM
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@TheThinker, my bad mate. I went too far with that whole post especially the petition part, hence why I deleted the comment within 5 min of posting it. I recognise it was a bit too harsh and example of when my passion for Argentina goes too far.

Look, I'm more than happy to forget about the past as I definitely see your value to this site. To answer your question, I actually read only the first part of your post when I went off and posted what I did, but then when I read it in full, I realised the friendly tone you were using and got that you were referring to England as the inferior team.

I did like your comment about the women though :)

Let's bury the hatchet my friend, move on and enjoy the further banter that awaits us all :)

We are all amigos here in one way or another!


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 9:55 PM
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@Kid,

I think you and Me are the only 'two persons' predicted Chile to SF. I think you kept Chile on same bracket of us..but i kept them in the other bracket.

SF1 : Chile Vs France
SF2 : Argentina Vs Italy

This was my prediction...just my 'prediction'...my thought were Chile will beat Brazil in PQ....France will beat Germany and Italy will beat Netherlands...in QF.

I still hope the same will happen...!


wavingflag13
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 8:50 PM
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batigol tell me all about Estonia ;)


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 8:30 PM
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el principe: i tip my hat to you sir and let the screaming continue for us.


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 8:23 PM
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SAO PAULO – Tim Howard was walking through a back area of Arena das Dunas late Monday night after the goalkeeper helped the United States defeat Ghana 2-1 in the teams' World Cup opener when whatever euphoria he was feeling was jarred by a simple question.

How are you going to stop Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the world's best players and star of Portugal, the Americans' next opponent this Sunday?

Howard let out a half laugh, half sigh before looking at the questioner and shrugging his shoulders. "I don't know, you have any ideas?" he joked.

How about have Ronaldo not play due to injury?

[Related content: Portugal's loss to Germany boosts World Cup hopes for U.S.]

The U.S. will continue to plan to face the reigning FIFA World Player of the Year, as he'll likely make a go of it no matter what. However, in what would be the biggest bit of good fortune yet for the Americans, media speculation in Portugal continues that Ronaldo could drop out of the World Cup because of a patellar tendon injury in his left knee. The injury has limited his preparation but has not healed.

Right now, the plan to play seems intact. Ronaldo participated in a light, 45-minute practice in Campinas, where Portugal is based during the World Cup. As befitting his famed good looks and status as a top talent, his appearance was met by wild cheers from onlookers, according to Reuters, including screams from dozens of young women who watched through a fence as he ran laps.

His knee was iced after practice, which has been a common occurrence as doctors and trainers try to keep him on the field.

Meanwhile, dire stories continue in Portugal. The El Confidential newspaper ran a story Wednesday quoting Ronaldo's own doctor saying he shouldn't continue because further injury could threaten his career.

Surgeon Jose Carlos Noronha told the newspaper that an MRI of the knee shows significant pressure on the tendon and that further play could cause a tear that could be devastating. He said he personally recommended to Ronaldo that the 29-year-old forward immediately take two months off from all activity to let the knee heal.

[Photos: Custom cleats of World Cup stars]

Ronaldo has an $11 million-per-year contract with Real Madrid, where he scored 31 goals in 30 games last season.

"Let your knee rest, or your future is in danger," Noronha told Ronaldo, according to El Confidential.

The paper wrote that Ronaldo told the doctor, "I'm the one that says whether I'm playing or not."

Portugal lost its opener 4-0 to Germany in an infuriating, frustrating and humiliating result for a world power. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann made note that an angry Ronaldo might play even better than ever against the Americans. He was already concerned with the Portuguese attack.

"Portugal is definitely a different caliber than Ghana," Klinsmann said Tuesday. "It's one of the favorites, actually, for the tournament and has very exceptional players. We are well aware of that, but we are not comparing them to Ghana."

[Photos: U.S. players injured during opening match at World Cup]

Even a limited Ronaldo is a benefit to the Americans, as he is the kind of talent that can score goals singlehandedly and would put considerable pressure on a U.S. defense that is still proving itself at the elite level. He did not stand out against Germany, which doesn't mean the defense isn't focused on constant improvement.

"We all believe in each other," American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya said. "We all deserve to be here, we've earned that right to play here. [We're] more than capable of handling different things. We have size, strength, speed back there as well. … So we have a good group, and everybody's strong."

No one on the U.S. side would shed a tear if Ronaldo heeds the advice of his doctor. A victory would assure advancement out of the group and into the round-of-16 knockout stage, and even just a tie would put the Americans in terrific shape heading into their final group game next week against Germany.

The U.S. is already benefitting from a red card given to Pepe, Portugal's best defender that will make him miss the match.

As for the Portuguese top offensive threat, it'll be wait and see


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 8:22 PM
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I didn't even realize that Song got a red card, no wonder why Cameroon were under so much pressure..

Chile only had three players playing in England on their squad everyone else played in South America..So you see, this world class thing is not a guarantee that you'll succeed...Koke and Costa had one decent season and people already claiming them to be world class..This term goes around too easy by some football fans on this blog..Playing for a top club in Europe does not mean you're a world class player..


rup
(India)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 8:05 PM
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now croatia have to win to qualify mexico is not cameroon lol


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:58 PM
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Start from today, everyday there will be victims. Today are: Australia, Spain, and Cameroon.

Tomorrow there will be more victims.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:52 PM
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If Fred cant score against Cameroon then he doesn't deserve to start anymore games..lol


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:51 PM
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el principe: Mexico has the upper hand, they only need a point..Croatia is in a must win situation unlike Mexico..Mexico will go through for me..


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:49 PM
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You know Kid, I am not sure if Mexico can beat the Croats. It's a 50-50 to me.

Guess what? What if:
-Croatia beats Mexico 1-0

AND

-Brazil lose against Cameroon 0-5!

Guess what? Mexico and Croatia will go through... hohohoho...


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:44 PM
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Brazil2014>>>>1994>>>1998>>>>>2002>>>>>2006>>>>>>>2010


guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:43 PM
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Haters started that crap of messi is nothing with out xavi and iniesta the truth is they are nothing with out messi


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:41 PM
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What you post is beaaaautttiiiiful Pablo D. Really really beautifuuullll... I was doing the same thing :)


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:40 PM
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el principe This world cup is different, I have never seen anything like this before..The love for football is at a different level at this year world cup..South America have the most passionate fans..


el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:37 PM
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Kid, in every World Cup, the host would fill the stadium no matter who plays. The host fans would come to the stadium even if it's a match that means nothing. They want to pay to watch the match not just because they enjoy the match. Sometimes they just want to enjoy the rare moment that is held once in 4 years...and in their country (how rare is that?).

The atmosphere, the passion, the tears, the colorful jersey, the good looking girls, the good looking guys, the shouts etc are what they pay for.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:35 PM
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Messi cant score without Xavi or Iniesta..LOL


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:32 PM
1
"For them, Brazil loss is almost equal to Argentina win. Respect that, because that's how it is in Argentina"

very very true, i screamed like a girl when Croatia scored vs the yellow them and applauded the Italian goals vs England but as always the biggest roar as i ran around the lounge screaming goalllllllllllllll was when messi scored :)


Pino
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:25 PM
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Kidult

You forgot Bosnia in the final, LOL.

Uruguay vs England tomorrow.

I can't get enough of the WC, best ever tournament.

Vamos Argentina!



el principe
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:23 PM
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Well as for The Thinker. I know there are some fans like Gab here (really passionate die hard Argentina by blood fan) who really understands rivalry. That's why I keep saying to you, just don't mention about rivalry here unless you are on the same page with us.

As you said everyone is different. So you can't expect everyone to agree with you when you it comes to anything about our rivals.

I know some true latin soccer fans committing suicide or get heart attack when their team lose. I know some Colombian killed Andreas Escobar at the airport just because he scored an own goal for Colombia. You won't hear any Miami Heat fans committing suicide when they lost to the Spurt. You won't hear someone shoot Lebron James in the head because he lost. Americans or many other parts of the world won't ever understand this passionate fans.

I totally understand great man like Gab. I met a lot of Argentines like him. So my point is, whenever you post something, just don't say anything when it comes to our rivals because, AS I SAID, the true Argentines are here.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:22 PM
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Kid I was wrong on that one but I am
Not alone, but we will see Bosnia v france if that happens I am not underestimating Bosnia we will see , but you are not predicting Germany to get knock out any more what is going on


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:12 PM
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I have to congratulate all the Brazilian people thus far, for making the world cup this excited, even when Brazil is not partaking they're at the stadiums in numbers supporting the other small nations..


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:07 PM
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guled You told me Holland and Chile could not beat Spain..Don't under estimate Bosnia..France is not a great team my any means..


iceman
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:05 PM
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I fully agree with Kid a.k.a Marcos Rojo :D. In Sabella We Trust :)


Abs
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:04 PM
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Hopefully he reach 146 caps .. Truly deserve to be remembered for ever !!


guled
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:04 PM
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Kid you are not predicting Russia to beat Germany what happened, also Bosnia won't beat france we will see that one


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:02 PM
1
You people should give Sabella the benefit of the doubt..Argentina wins the world cup and all you critique and pessimist will be the ''FOOL'' not Sabella..Just sit back and enjoy the ride, Argentina is about to do wonders..


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 6/18/2014 at 7:01 PM
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