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World Cup Madness

Uploaded: Jun 23, 2014
Apologies - I haven't had a chance to go to the movies or do anything I would write about in-depth here. Why? World Cup! My husband and I are both fanatical World Cup viewers. The World Cup is one of my favorite events—when it rolls around, I'm pretty much glued to the games.

We've picked who we think is going to get out of the groups, which is not necessarily who we want to get out of the groups. Although we're both rooting for the U.S. team to get out of the group (and after Sunday's game, it looks like that's possible), we both have other teams we follow. Mine are France and the Netherlands, the former because I'm a Francophile whose favorite city is Paris, and the latter because I've lived in the Netherlands and like the way they play. His are the African teams—Ghana, Nigeria, Algeria and Ivory Coast—because he prefers teams that are economically and historically underdogs.

Which teams are you rooting for, besides the United States team?

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Posted by Member, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Jul 13, 2014 at 4:59 pm

What did you think about Germany's win? And Brazil's loss?


Posted by Anita Felicelli, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Jul 13, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Anita Felicelli is a registered user.

Member - I think Germany is an amazing team, but its style of play is probably my least favorite of all the teams, including Brazil's. When Jozy Altidore got injured, I knew the U.S. team was going to face a truly uphill battle, not just because of losing a player but because of the toll the loss of a star player takes on the team psyche. I had the same feeling when Neymar couldn't play due to his back - to me Brazil as a team this year didn't look strong enough to withstand the loss of a star player. I found the score of the GER v BRA game horrifying, especially in light of all the human rights abuses etc. that occurred in Brazil to accommodate the World Cup being there.

I was rooting for Argentina today right to the bitter end. What did you think?


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