Thursday, July 03, 2014
Man. OK. Well, that was something. The staff here at SSN Headquarters needed over a day to recover. But, recover we have and now it's time to look back and reflect and also to look forward. Tomorrow the schedule is this:
Really lovely stuff for the Fourth of July. Barney Ronay is looking ahead to the second match of the day and the hype surrounding James and Neymar. France might get lucky in their clash with Germany because a lot of Germans are sick.
Martin Rogers is looking forward and wondering about the international future of some of the U.S. players. Will Deuce and Timmy stick around or has Father Time called time on their careers? Liviu Bird has a prediction on the 23 who will be in Russia for the next go round for the Yanks. Jeff Carlisle is looking back: Klinsmann's promise not yet delivered. We agree.
Speaking of careers, the silly season is getting pretty nutty. It looks like The Cannibal is moving from Liverpool to Catalonia. Here's all of that fun stuff: The Mill. Plus One.
What else? Phil McNulty is curious about the Europe vs. Americas dynamic. Who will reign supreme?
OK, we're going to ease into the holiday weekend with an abbreviated post today. Enjoy the matches and have a good one.
Posted by The Editor at 11:00 AM
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Today is the day, peeps! The Yanks take on The Waffles down in Salvador. Before we dive into all those previews, however, we must address yesterday's action. Here:
France 2 - 0 Nigeria
Andy Brassell: Forget the narrative, Giroud was key in France victory
Amy Lawrence: Griezmann stakes claim for place
John Brewin: Pogba lives up to the hype
Germany 2 - 1 Algeria
David Ornstein: Germany & Algeria deliver 'beautiful story'
John Ashdown: Algeria fail to find revenge
Ready? OK. Go.
Switzerland vs. Argentina
Marcus Christenson: Shaqiri takes on Argentina for Switzerland (and Kosovo)
Gabriele Marcotti: Messi, Maradona and the Maracana
USA vs. Belgium
Roger Bennet: U.S. face their biggest game ever
Jeff Carlisle: How the U.S. will deploy Jozy Altidore
Chris Jones: Do you believe?
Brian Straus: Belgium has high expectations, golden generation
Ben Smith: The quirks of football that baffle Americans
Doug McIntire: Beasley resurrected under Klinsmann (includes interview)
We've not heard from Marcela Mora y Araujo in a while so it's nice to see she's got an article out today. She's reporting on an Argentinian paper that's reporting on the World Cup from the favelas. Have a read.
The Mill. Plus One. And Liverpool have purchased Lallana from Southampton for for £25m.
African football is still just can't get over the hump. The talent is there, but, as filmmaker and columnist Farai Sevenzo writes, African football remains bedevilled by the perennial problems of poor organisation, tactical indiscipline and rows over money.
And finally...we know this World Cup has been good. It's easily the best anyone at SSN Headquarters has ever seen. The Telegraph's Henry Winter has been to seven World Cups, and agrees that this has been the most magnificent.
Posted by The Editor at 11:09 AM
Monday, June 30, 2014
Brazil Edge Chile, Costa Rica Edge Greece, Colombia Defeat Whiners, Robben & Holland Fly On, Water Breaks = Bullshit
Happy Monday, Campers! Loads to get through today, but let's begin with this: Water Breaks. They are, quite simply, bullshit. They are an opportunity for additional advertising. If
OK, that's done. The Round of 16 gave us much Drama over the weekend. Here's your lot:
Brazil 1 - 1 Chile (Pens 3-2): Daniel Taylor at Estádio Mineirão
David Ornstein: All hail Cesar
James Young: Brazil survives
Colombia 2 - 0 Uruguay: Owen Gibson at the Maracanã
Phil McNulty: James Rodriguez joins the perfect 10s
Gabriele Marcotti: Colombia exorcise ghosts
Uruguay President Jose Mujica: Fifa "a bunch of old sons of bitches"
Holland 2 - 1 Mexico: Sid Lowe at Estádio Castelão
Andrea Canales: Mexico's dream dies
Jeff Carlisle: Robben playing to his strengths
Grant Wahl: Five Thoughts
Costa Rica 1 - 1 Greece (Pens 5-3): Paul Wilson at Arena Pernambuco
Costa Rica 1 - 1 Greece (Pens 5-3): Mark Ogden at Arena Pernambuco
Rumors! Gossip! Rumours! Speculation! The Mill. Plus One. Plus Plus One.
France vs. Nigeria
Germany vs. Nigeria
Gabriele Marcotti: Midfield dilemma for Low
Raphael Honigstein: Germany’s Schweinsteiger and Khedira conundrum
We'll conclude with Five Crazy Things You (might have) Missed.
Posted by The Editor at 11:30 AM