Day 14.... the day where the World Cup innocence died. Not only did we have one of the most nefarious display of football in history (France vs Ecuador), now it seems the Ghanian camp has imploded, here's a run down of the events:
- Sulley Muntari sent home for 'unprovoked physical attack on GFA member'.
- Kevin-Prince Boateng also suspended for 'vulgar verbal insults' aimed at coach.
- A cash shipment has arrived to avert the squad's threatened boycott.
This recent implosion (it all happened yesterday at 11PM Local Time) just leaves Ghana's National Team in shambles and have made Portugal's job a bit easier. Paulo Bento's boys now need to win by a margin of five or more goals, and hope Germany beats the USA.
Lionel Messi showed why the Argentinian team relies so much on his talents, cause for the third time in a row he single-handedly dismissed Nigeria by scoring two goals in yesterdays 3-2 win for the Albiceleste.
Ecuador doesn't deserve to be in the World Cup, nor Honduras... and serves them right they got eliminated. Both teams exhibited the worst display of negative football, and yet Ecuador's manager, Reinaldo Rueda, was applauding his players when the referee blew the whistle. Honduras, on the other hand, managed to surpass their World Cup records! Yes back in 2010 they made it to the World Cup, failed to record points and goals. Yesterday they scored their first World Cup goal in history! Rejoice!
Moving on to Day 15...
On unrelated news, it's Team USA once again, and what better way to end the group stage than a meeting with the almighty Germany. Rumour has it this match is already fixed, but both parties have denied it. Joachim "Jogi" Löw (pictured below) has claimed even his injured players want to take part of The Battle of the Nations (trademarked by Nach).
Jurgen "Die Golden Bomber" Klinsmann, who once was the most prolific goalscorer for the 1990s German team and also managed Die Mannschaft in 2006 with his apprentice and good friend Joachim Löw, stated that he is excited by the prospect of seeing the players again and will be hugging them before "getting down to business" in his most perfect American accent.
Not only that but he also issued a "Get out of work letter" for all the Americans who are going to be stuck at work during the 12PM EST Kickoff:
I love certain omissions in this letter. The reluctance of referring to the team as a Football or a Soccer team, instead they use U.S. Men's National Team; and addressing Herr Klinsmann as a Head Coach, when the proper term is Manager, cause he really does much more than coaching.
So far the U.S. Men's National Team, Nationalist Propaganda seems to be working... as they expect the ratings for today's game to surpass the 25million viewers from the USA vs Portugal match four days ago.
To make things more interesting, aging train wreck and former champion of fake sport/soap opera, Hulk Hogan, has taken it to social media to cheer up the spirits of the U.S. Men's National Team:
Also on the celebrity bandwagon, Will Ferrell appeared on stage in front of fans gathered in Recife, and told them he would be playing in the game and promised: "I'm not in the best shape, but I will try my best" and "I'm going to bite every German player If I have to."
Group H, just like Group E before them, is the other group where all the contenders still have a chance to make it to the second round, here's to avoid another disastrous display like yesterday's 4PM kickoffs:
- Belgium doesn't need to even show up in the pitch to make it to the second round, as their two victories has already put them through.
- Russia needs a victory against Algeria and hope that S. Korea doesn't win by a large margin against the Belgians.
- S. Korea need to win their game by a large Margin and hope that Russia beats Algeria by only one goal.
- Algeria depends only on themselves, a win will secure their place in the knockout stage, even a draw and S. Korea losing against Belgium will help the North African Nation.
Matches for today:
- 12:00 PM EST: Portugal vs Ghana @ Estádio Nacional de Brasilia, Brasília.
Portugal 2 - 1 Ghana
- 12:00 PM EST: USA vs Germany @ Arena Pernambuco, Recife.
USA 2 - 2 Germany
- 4:00 PM EST: Korea Republic vs Belgium @ Arena Corinthians, São Paulo.
Korea Republic 1 - 2 Belgium
- 4:00 PM EST: Algeria vs Russia @ Arena da Baixada, Curitiba.
Algeria 2 - 1 Russia
To make things a bit more interesting... a point will be awarded to those who get the results right and two extra points for each correct scoreline. Feeling lucky? Then make a bold prediction and win an extra point for each one you get right. Like Will Ferrell reprising his role as cheerleader as he stands in the sidelines of the pitch while chanting "USA! USA!" or the Ghanian players getting mugged as soon as they receive their bonus payment.
So TAY what are your predictions for today's matches?
I took the liberty to create a spreadsheet (still on the early stages) to make it easier to keep track of our records... anyway, if you want to access it, just click here.