June 30, 2010 5:58 PM
The day before the match, I went in search of the good luck baguette and had no problem
finding one. On game day, I had my baguette in hand, my jersey, scarf, flag, arm bands and
face paint and I was ready to go.
June 30, 2010 5:38 PM
We won, we won, we won! What a game...I probably have a new ulcer.
Surprisingly, there were more Spanish fans yesterday than I expected and I even saw more flags on the road, I'm not alone!
June 30, 2010 5:09 PM
It is classic Slovak fashion to make things difficult for each other. If we had won one or both of the first two group stage matches, the hard-fought win against Italy wouldn't have been as sweet or as exciting. Honestly, I will never forget that day. For Slovakia, winning that game was like winning the World Cup.
June 30, 2010 4:26 PM
Finally received some news from my Dad in South Africa. My father and his wife, Dianne who live in Winnipeg Manitoba traveled to South Africa for the World Cup. I grew up in Holland and immigrated to Canada in the 80's. My Dad was in Stuttgart, Germany for the final game of Holland vs Germany. Dianne retired last year and on his wish list, he wanted to watch Holland play in the World Cup again. Hence the trip to Africa.
June 30, 2010 4:02 PM
My Car is loaded with Brazilian Flags but on Canada Day I do not drive it. If I Do! I take down the Brazilian Flags and put up a Canadian Flag on the Hood,
I love Canada and it's been my Home for 15 years I am a proud Canadian and I will defend and fight for Canada because this is my Country and my Home.
June 30, 2010 3:41 PM
Anyway, its done, and there's nothing we can do now, but enjoy the remaining games, slowly but surely the slime bag teams are going out.
Now, we have to hit all the pubs in our England shirts and cheer the Germans on to win, then the king of the slime bags can go home.
June 30, 2010 2:50 PM
It might have been a different game had we have gone in tied at the half, if,if,if....
The only gripe I have is we should have had at least goal line cameras ages ago, the game has progressed, the ball technology has progressed, even football boot technology has changed.
June 30, 2010 2:17 PM
Monday was my last day in Toronto before heading to São Paulo for my summer vacations. Monday, as we all know, was also the date of Brazil's amazing victory against Chile.
In the midst of packing and last minute arrangements, I spared some time to gather with friends and watch the game. There could not have been a better way to say good-bye to my buddies and to prepare myself for the World Cup environment in Brazil.
June 30, 2010 1:19 PM
Due to Serbia's elimination, along with my good friends Juan Carlos and Matias Cazal, I will now be cheering for Argentina, led by a living legend, the great Diego Armando Maradona. Argentina overcame Mexico on Sunday to qualify for the quarterfinals, where they will face a difficult challenge against Germany on Saturday.
June 30, 2010 12:50 PM
Many in Serbia, including some of the players themselves, blamed "bad luck" and "bad refereeing" for the national team's failures. The simple fact is that against a team like Australia, a team that played the likes of the Fiji Islands in their World Cup qualifiers, luck should never enter into the equation!
June 29, 2010 1:26 PM
It started with a cab ride from a guy named Winston. I don't know if there is a more a British name in the books. My cab came to pick me up at six in the morning to drop me at the bus station, where I would start my journey from JoBurg to watch the epic match that was to start at four in the afternoon at the beautiful Free State stadium in Bloemfontein.
June 29, 2010 12:18 PM
We drove up and down the main strip numerous times, getting out at stop lights to wave and jump and screaming the ever popular "Ole Ole Ole Ole" song.
What a sight for outsiders I can only imagine. 50-60 German fans in schwarz, rot und gelb gear, faces painted, flags waving, screaming obnoxiously in the middle of the road...and our actions seemed to bring out smiles from onlookers.
June 29, 2010 11:13 AM
I went onto South Korean internet sites, commentators had pointed out that the North Korean players' shoes did not have the metal studs to prevent them from slipping, which also made them difficult to direct their movements. When I saw this comment, I realized that my concern wasn't without reason. If the shoes have plastic studs, obviously they would slip in the rain.
June 29, 2010 10:48 AM
So now the stress is on...I'm back to freaking out...a huuuuuge game today. I'll be watching with my neighbours but I feel that there are way more Portuguese flags in Winnipeg than I can take.
June 28, 2010 6:02 PM
I had a dream that I was in South Africa heading to the next game, draped in a Swiss flag, while singing our soccer songs. We came across fans from other nations that made it to the second round - some Dutch, some Brazilians and some Germans. It was a wonderful fraternity. But then I had the inevitable wake-up call and the realization that it really was just a dream.
June 28, 2010 1:24 PM
The round of 16 has been very exciting so far. Some electrifying games have taken place over the weekend. And I believe the reaction worldwide is unanimous: FIFA needs to implement video replay!!!!! I am not a ref but I feel extremely sorry for the refs and linesmen and I find it so stupid if people throw all the blame on them for the mistakes their making. Why in the world can't the FIFA allow video replay if the technology is there?
June 28, 2010 12:39 PM
Everything I read is about obsessions over past Germany vs. England encounters or England's penalty taking history and how bad it is.
Yes England has been knocked out by 3/ 3 penalties, and Germany has won 4/4.
But this England team is not that England team, and this German team is not that German team.
June 28, 2010 12:14 PM
My family and I went down to Jane & Wilson in Toronto (which is pretty much Ghana central) and Ghanaians were out in their numbers! There was a huge street party and people were going crazy! I've never seen so many Ghanaians in one place apart from Ghana.
June 28, 2010 11:51 AM
On Monday June 21, my husband YongHo and I headed out from Los Angeles in a recreational vehicle, RV. First stop, the Wal-Mart parking lot in Las Vegas. We went to sleep with our plan of action for the next day.
We headed to the Korean restaurant on the main strip. While waiting for our soup and rice, YongHo was browsing the local Korean newspaper. He found that as the game was going to be during regular waking hours, 11AM, there was an advertisement for an organized event.
June 28, 2010 11:23 AM
While I'm obviously disappointed that Serbia was eliminated, I'm still pleased with the way my team fought hard to the bitter end. Their surprising victory over Germany showed they can play with anyone in the world, and the way they refused to give up against Australia was very encouraging.
June 28, 2010 11:12 AM
Rushing to the Duke, hoping to grab a seat before kickoff, I tingled with anticipation and anxiety. This is it, I thought, England has to perform well today. They don't really have a choice because Germany will eat them alive if the Three Lions are slow out of the gates.
June 28, 2010 10:49 AM
We have already beaten the odds, and the nay sayers, are now saying "maybe", it's a step up anyhow.
After the Italians went down, all the papers had to say was "how lousy the Italians played" and "how shameful they should feel", nothing about the strength and fortitude of our nation of heroes...we've done it in the Olympics, and in hockey.
June 27, 2010 8:39 PM
Portugal's opening draw against Ivory Coast, thunderous 7-0 win over North Korea and recent draw with the great Brazil have demonstrated different facets of the Portuguese team.
June 27, 2010 7:31 PM
Paraguay was so proud to tie Italy in the group stage, but now it seems like such a small thing when the team went on to subsequently tie New Zealand 0-0. I found that very disappointing
June 27, 2010 6:11 PM
Yesterday was one of the greatest days in Slovak sport's history. No
one believed it would or COULD ever happen, but it happened. We defeated the reigning World Cup Champs from Italy. Although I may be biased, I believe that it was by far the most exciting and dramatic game of the tournament so far.
June 27, 2010 1:53 PM
At around the 68th minute, a penalty kick was awarded to the US, which made me thank God! But as we were watching Landon Donovan set up the ball for his shot, we realized how much pressure was on his shoulders. My mom commented that she couldn't imagine what his mother would be feeling. I definitely wouldn't want to trade places with him at that moment.
June 26, 2010 1:59 PM
As crazy as this might sound, a few of us stood up in support with our hands on our hearts as the Ghana National Anthem was played. At that moment, I was filled with great pride to be a Ghanaian; looking around my living room, I noticed I was not the only one. In our minds, we knew someway, somehow it was going to be a GOOD DAY!
June 25, 2010 4:10 PM
Greece posed an entangled game. Argentina with 7 changes and Veron back in the field had the ball control. Argentina was trying to shoot to the net with
the best thing that knows to do: make short passes. Never lost the patience with long passes.
June 25, 2010 3:22 PM
Uruguayans don't even call many of their players by their names, but by their nicknames, which are not necessarily complementary, but are always a way of getting closer to our heroes.
In the current squad, Maxi Pereira is called Mono (monkey), the not exactly follicle-challenged Martin Caceres is Pelado (bald), Alvaro Pereira is Palito (little stick), Diego Forlan is Cachavacha (named after a children's cartoon witch) and Sebastian Abreu is Loco (Crazy).
June 25, 2010 1:49 PM
Looking ahead and assuming that I'm right, I'm hoping for a fantastic effort next Friday. As I write this with still the final grouping to play Friday afternoon, there is a likelihood our next opponent could be Brazil, Spain or Portugal. Hmmmm; exactly the way FIFA ranked those 3 teams heading into the World Cup.
June 25, 2010 1:19 PM
Considering the close links between Ghana and German over the past few decades Ghanaians and Germans had both been eagerly waiting this clash.
This connection seemed to be in every Ghanaian home as many Ghanaians migrated in the late 70s and early 80s to Germany. My little cousin in Berlin called me to warn me that the German Machine would not have mercy on Ghana, which caused me to laugh and whole heartedly accept the challenge he lay down.
June 25, 2010 1:09 PM
The Blues succeeded in taking apart the Danish defence and holding of their strikers in a fantastic win to move on to the sweet 16. Japan got early goals from place kicks from both Honda and Endo before the half was over. We were so very excited by that time, seeing that Japan should surely advance.
June 24, 2010 9:15 PM
Of course in the midst of the G20 Summit, wedding beauty prep and shopping...I'm dragging all my friends to see the game! I'm packing at least 3 spanish jerseys!
My only hope is that at least in Toronto I may find some fellow Spanish followers.
June 24, 2010 7:27 PM
his morning started off well, I arrived at Giobean Espresso Bar, was
hooked up with a fresh chocolate cornetto and Italian cappuccino.
Italian fans slowly started arriving 1 by 1, filling up the place,
then a couple of guys with drums arrived as well, and a camera crew from
the local news too.
June 24, 2010 6:26 PM
I am not going to lie. I was quite nervous going into the game yesterday. Not because Ghana is a better team - mind you they did hold their own throughout the first round, but because I don 't think Germany has been playing to their full potential.
With all the injuries and yellow cards, I really thought it would be a tough match. To an extent I was right, as we only slid by Ghana with one goal but it did prove to be a great day to celebrate!!
June 24, 2010 5:46 PM
I had mentioned in one of my previous reports that I enjoy history, and I am very excited about the history that exists between England and Germany.
I think that when these 2 teams play there is also more than just a result of a soccer game at stake, and that they both play with enormous passion as to represent their country with pride. I look forward to a great match........ Two World Wars and One World Cup!
June 24, 2010 5:16 PM
This morning we got another break. With Italy being eliminated that makes it one less dominating team to go through to make it to the final 2.
My local sports pub, Dave Doolittles' in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia are really getting behind us. It is decorated up with all of the 32 FIFA countries small flags. Plus we have flags from the Netherlands and other fans have put up the English flag and New Zealand.
June 24, 2010 3:50 PM
Is it because I couldn't leave work to go root like a proper fan should? But the military members here at 435 Squadron - though not all were Azzurri fans like me - were fantastic fans of the Vuvuzelas!!!! And let me watch the full game without interruption.
June 24, 2010 3:28 PM
I nearly fainted when Serbia missed that empty net to almost give them the equalizer. The final whistle blew and it was all over! What a relief! GHANA IS THROUGH TO THE ROUND OF 16!!! Yes!!!!! My mom called from work wanting to know the results but I was breathing heavily and she couldn't understand what I was saying so she was forced to hang up. I was an emotional wreck after the game and extra-strength Tylenol wasn't enough to relieve my massive migraine.
June 24, 2010 2:34 PM
This is unprecedented, our nation of Slovakia, small but proud 5.5 million strong! Have just "killed" the giant!! We come off a victory, which sprung us to the round of 16 for the first time since the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1994.
June 24, 2010 2:04 PM
Finally, a minute or so into injury time, the ball was shot on net and
stopped by the goalie, shot again and stopped. Then Donovan came in for
the rebound and SCORED!!! I jumped up and screamed with my mom,
cheering and clapping, just the two of us in our basement.
June 24, 2010 1:31 PM
Carlsberg beer was consumed along with akvavit, Danish meatballs with red cabbage, smashed potatoes and gravy. Great time was had and nothing but positive comments from the large crowd attending the Midsummer Fest.
June 24, 2010 1:15 PM
Too long have the clouds of frustration hung over our beloved team. Twice we have engaged with adversaries from the Southern Hemisphere and twice we have been held to stalemate. But, as ever, we have borne our disappointment with a stout heart.
June 24, 2010 11:26 AM
I noticed this today when I got together with a couple of friends to watch a few of World Cup matches. As we gathered around, I slowly came to the realization that we were all cheering on different teams.
June 24, 2010 10:36 AM
I'm sitting tight with my fingers crossed, counting down to game day. The defending champions can play better than what they've shown - it's just a matter of whether or not they will do it.
June 23, 2010 7:48 PM
A lot of people have been saying that England doesn't deserve to be in the last 16, but lest we forget that England has not lost yet in this World Cup. Germany, however, lost to Serbia, which is honestly a team they should have thrashed.
June 23, 2010 6:45 PM
Not exactly sure I want the US to play Ghana, given that they knocked the Americans out of the 2006 World Cup! But winning the Group should give the US lots of confidence going into the knockout game on Saturday!
June 23, 2010 6:11 PM
It's a tough pill for me to swallow as such an avid Nigerian fan. For all of my loyalty and green and white pride, I couldn't help feeling as though all of my cheering has been in vain. In fact, at times throughout the tournament, I've felt like the solitary voice of support for the Super Eagles, as fans from other countries dismissed their chances. Now that our campaign is over, you probably think that I should heed my father's advice and join him and the legions of disillusioned Nigerians who are jumping ship to support other teams.
June 23, 2010 4:37 PM
Denmark must win against Japan in order to advance. Japan holds the tie breaker on goal differential. Denmark wasted a few opportunities against Cameroon to score an extra goal. Here is hoping that the Danes bring the same free flowing attack that they displayed against Cameroon, and here is praying that our defence plays a little better.
June 23, 2010 3:51 PM
It is 4:30 and game time in Port Elizabeth at the Nelson Mandela Stadium! With approximate 300 plus people here at the Vancouver Alpen Club, I am excited and takings pictures during the game...this will be the 94th match for Germany in a World Cup.
June 23, 2010 3:26 PM
Today's game was do or die. Arguably the most important game England has played in the last 4 years (if not longer)- and it's Wednesday.
What do I do? Do I find some convenient excuse that would allow me to "be a little late" for work this morning, nip off down the pub and watch the game? What could I possibly have come down with so suddenly as to merit "bed rest"? Think Chris, and fast...
June 23, 2010 1:16 PM
I have no doubt that Winnipeg will be a buzz here, as if we were at the match ourselves without the Vuvuzela horns. Look out Sargent Ave.
June 23, 2010 12:53 PM
Today I am sad, but I will continue to yell the popular creed: ONE, TWO, THREE, VIVA L'ALGERIE!
June 23, 2010 11:39 AM
We all know the officials are human and make mistakes, but that's the beauty of having instant replay to correct those kind of errors. With so many major sports now using video replay, it seems that soccer is "behind the times" in that regard.
June 23, 2010 10:05 AM
"Come on England we need to sort it out, Set aside your ego,
We're tired of bragging about 40 odd years ago,
We need a victory, quick, fast,
Surely it's the right time, I wanna see you win it in my lifetime"
June 22, 2010 3:41 PM
Soccer has absolutely changed my life and allowed me see the world while playing a sport I love. In my travels, I've met new friends, saw places I probably would of never seen and it has given me the opportunity to educate and tell my stories to Aboriginal youth.
June 22, 2010 2:42 PM
I got decked out in Spanish paraphernalia down to my red undies, and made my way to what turned out to be a pretty quiet venue.
I dragged a couple of my friends who had a great time listening to my swearing, praying and yelling...all in Spanish!
June 22, 2010 1:53 PM
All week we had been psyching ourselves up. We knew that Ghana was going to have one foot in the Round of 16 by winning against Australia, but as we would find out 105 minutes later, Ghana came away with only a point as opposed to the three we were anticipating.
June 22, 2010 1:39 PM
Someone who saw me on the news, found me on the street and said "I have a TV for you! It's an old TV, but it works". And, here it is! This is my TV. Don't you think that is the most amazing TV ever? I mean, there are plasma TV's, LED's, 60 inches....but they do not have this sort of charm...and they are not IN MY HOUSE.
So for the Spanish match, I will prepare some "tapas", some "tinto de verano" which means Summer's red.
June 22, 2010 1:12 PM
The Uruguayan team sang the anthem loudly and clearly, bringing back to memory words and a tune I hadn't heard since I was a second grader in Montevideo. In matches past, I saw players' mouths moving but never heard the words. I was certain that this was the most enthusiastic anthem I had heard yet.
June 22, 2010 1:05 PM
So many close calls but we could not break through. My son asked me why I was shouting, I told him you think I am shouting, then he should go over to watch the game with his Nonno, then he would see some real shouting.
June 22, 2010 11:20 AM
We are a nation that loves football and we show it passionately either in support or in criticism of our team. We have experienced greatness in football and I do not see a reason why this version of the Super Eagles can not overachieve from henceforth.
June 21, 2010 8:20 PM
Here in Toronto, it's different because most of the countries are represented in one City. During the first round everybody gets excited. Everybody has mathematical chances to move forward. On such days, there are celebrations from every Nation. You can hear horns every single day. So, Toronto becomes a Colourful Nation where fans from all Countries experience the greatest sport "party" in the World.
June 21, 2010 7:32 PM
Will this be a difficult game to win? Of course. Is everyone expecting Italy to destroy us? Probably. Are ALL the odds against us? For sure. But if there is any nation that is consistently unpredictable (both in a good and a bad way) it's Slovakia.
June 21, 2010 6:50 PM
It all comes down to Thursday. Let's assume Paraguay beats or draws New Zealand during their final match, that would leave second place and a passing grade to the round of 16 in Group F up for grabs.
June 21, 2010 6:22 PM
I wish everybody would start paying a bit more attention to the smaller soccer nations. Maybe they will now. They deserve a lot more respect than they're getting. I wish so much that we will have an unexpected team win this time around. If that actually happened, if you thought you had heard a lot of whining from certain countries and their fans now, just imagine what it would be like then!
June 21, 2010 5:41 PM
In the first seven minutes, I was immersed in my morning cup of caffeine, pleasantly surprised that the All Whites were up in the Italian half. And of course, I wasn't expecting anything more to happen. But suddenly, there was a goal! Just like that, 200 Italians were quiet and 20 Kiwis were ecstatic.
June 21, 2010 4:40 PM
The goal was so fantastic that his arm's help didn't matter. Even the French referee Stephane Lannoy saw it and smiled. But perhaps, like millions around the world, he was so astonished with Fabiano's astuteness that he decided to let it go. After all, it was an incredible display of guts and skill.
That play reminded me why I enjoy soccer so much. Those few seconds can bring me as much excitement and joy, as an incredible guitar solo or the ending of an opera.
June 21, 2010 4:11 PM
We need some pizzazz, keep the opposition on their toes - we play so predictably. I thought we would lose the game against the U.S.,and would wake us up...nope! But that's OK.
I shall still be screaming at the tele on wednesday. I have my new haircut, courtesy of Katrina(I can't advertise for her but she's in Market Mall Calgary). So I'm looking good for the game. The boss probably won't like it, but, priorities man.
June 21, 2010 3:48 PM
Standing nearby was a volunteer who was in charge of watching the pitch. Naturally I asked the gentleman if I could go for a run around the field. He looked left and right then said," I don't see why not?"
My eyes lit up and I jumped the first row to the grass, made my way to the field! It was surreal to be standing on the World Cup pitch with nobody else on it but me only an hour after a match was played. After all I was just going out for a stroll.
June 21, 2010 3:10 PM
After all these years of rebuilding the national soccer program, Serbia looks ready to take that plunge back into the stratosphere of a 'legitimate threat' at the international soccer level.
With Wednesday's big game fast approaching, if nothing else, Serbia can take comfort in knowing that it controls its destiny.
And as long as our boys play their hearts out, you can't ask for anything more than that.
June 21, 2010 2:58 PM
I was waiting on the street for a friend. It was Canada Day 2008 and I was going to a Toronto FC match that day. It had just been a few days since La Roja won the European Cup and I was wearing my España T-shirt. I was celebrating and red was a requisite colour for the day.
Then, I saw an athletic-looking man with clear eyes. The face looked familiar. It was Amado Guevara, former TFC midfield maestro and captain of the Honduran National Team.
June 21, 2010 2:34 PM
And the All Whites do hold on for a tie. The Kiwigoths sack Rome. Against all the odds. It's as if Caesar's army was defeated by a bank teller using only a sharpened slice of kiwifruit as a weapon. What a splendid day. We won't forget that for a while.
June 21, 2010 2:01 PM
do strongly believe Japan will clear group stages and make the round of 16. Japan is such a fast attacking team, something they have not used yet in this 2010 Worldcup, though the defence they are currently playing is first class.
June 21, 2010 1:27 PM
Following the final whistle of today's Slovakia game against Paraguay game, all hope seemed to be lost. We had been out played, out worked and most importantly, out scored. For all intensive purposes, Slovakia was down and out of the 2010 World Cup.
June 21, 2010 12:49 PM
It seems like we'll be awarded a penalty in every game...as in the 2006 World Cup, we were awarded a penalty in the games vs Czech Republic and the USA.
If we go through the World Cup on penalties alone I wouldn't care.
June 21, 2010 11:31 AM
We want to sit back, relax and watch our Azzurri go out on the pitch, play a good game, score a couple of goals and simply win.
Instead, we get a performance today that's the equivalent to a piece of construction paper decorated with lots of glue and some scattered elbow macaroni.
June 21, 2010 11:05 AM
We definitely need to gain some ground and hop into that drivers seat. I know that our congregation of Slovaks and honorary Slovaks has grown exponentially in the last week. We too in Thorold are growing in numbers to support the fight of a nation with the weight of the world on its shoulders. We will stand tall and proud waving our flags and cheering our boys on from Canada. They will hear our support and we will lift their spirits on to victory!
June 21, 2010 10:44 AM
Slovaks are a people who look out for one another, and never leave a fellow countryman down and out. Coming together Sunday morning at Cherry Hill, we are not going to leave our boys in South Africa out to dry.
June 21, 2010 10:40 AM
I have several theories about what happened last game, such as massive conspiracies against futbol's greatest, as well as black magic and voodoo dolls wearing the Spanish, French, Italian and German flags.
June 21, 2010 10:28 AM
According to Wayne Rooney, Algeria is a team that can be beaten even with a "sub-par English team." After that comment, millions of soccer fans were left bewildered and wondering how a star-studded English line-up could be shut down.
June 20, 2010 6:13 PM
While it may be bold, the Portuguese community in Toronto is notoriously fickle about the National team. No one doubts their passion or determination when times are high. However, after speaking to friends and colleagues, there remains tremendous doubt that Portugal can advance far.
June 20, 2010 12:47 PM
Confidence is high for Azzurri. We're not worried, but we're not cocky either. The Italian flag is first on the pitch. This is a great Father's Day sign in my books!
June 20, 2010 10:39 AM
But how do you prime your competitive drive for... New Zealand? They're just so cute! They're a country with more sheep than people, for crying out loud. And we're supposed to pummel them in soccer? For what reason? When we think of Clouseau's team we think of haughtiness, headbutts and handballs. With New Zealand, we think of hobbits, for heaven's sake!
June 19, 2010 7:48 PM
Sundays are when the famous Argentinian passion for the soccer flows. Sundays
are when Argentina builds up great athletes who impressed the World with their play. Sundays are sacred. Sundays are all about soccer!!
June 19, 2010 7:14 PM
Happy Birthday Fabio Capello and Grandma Simpson.
Friday June 18, 2010 was the birthday of these 2 people, both of which desereved a better performance from their England national team, however I would have prefered my old English granny pick the starting lineup rather than Capello.
June 19, 2010 5:57 PM
I took the day off work figuring we would celebrate England's victory all day and night, I was optimistic. In retrospect I was delusional. Instead of sleeping in on my day off I was up at the crack of dawn watching the Germany game, I should have known it would be an off day when they lost Serbia.
Nevertheless I figured it's a fluke result; similar to the Spain defeat by Switzerland. A lot of people lost a lot of money on these two games, and a select few hit the Jackpot.
June 19, 2010 5:27 PM
A friend of mine and I were standing on King St. West going over today's "disaster" against Algeria when all of a sudden a gentleman, a stranger to us, sporting a Neil Young t-shirt walked out of the bar and, seeing another cluster of distraught England fans dissecting the match, walked over and struck up a conversation with us.
June 19, 2010 4:56 PM
We're a special breed us England supporters -you could say we're the European equivalent of being a Maple Leafs fan.
We're stubborn in the face of adversity, stiff upper lip and all, a fraternity of cautiously optimistic football fans who revel in the game's highs and console one another when we're brought low. But through it all, we stick together - and that's part of what I love about following the Three Lions.
June 19, 2010 1:50 PM
So I paired my #13 jersey with my pajama bottoms and sat myself down in front of the big screen. First half was an eventful one, but I knew my boys wouldn't let me down. I mean, come on! We're one of the best in the world. We haven't lost a game in group play in 24 years! Foot in mouth today after 94 minutes of game play, we were unable to come back from Serbia's lone goal.
June 19, 2010 12:40 PM
I am happy that I was able to share this game over breakfast with my family, including my eight week-old son, Fransz Borsboom IV.
June 19, 2010 12:03 PM
Well, well, well. Aren't we in a jam. England must now beat Slovenia to qualify, which isn't going to be the simpliest of tasks.
June 19, 2010 11:33 AM
I had a feeling Capello would feel compelled to change the keeper, but
I had really hoped the coach would stick with Green. If
Capello had enough faith to start the tournament with Robert Green in
the first place, then I believe the Italian should have kept that same
faith, despite the one costly error on Green's part.
June 19, 2010 11:28 AM
Cameroon has got the quality of players to challenge any of the World's
best teams - Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina etc but from what I saw
them play last Monday, I doubt their conviction.
June 18, 2010 7:08 PM
When the slow motion replay was shown though, the only dirty play that could be seen was on the part of the Slovenians! I saw one Slovenian defender with both his arms wrapped around an American striker's waist. You can't do that in soccer!! Somehow, though, the Americans still managed to score an amazing goal!
June 18, 2010 6:19 PM
Some people are making fun of the overly optimistic prediction I had made for Brazil's first match last Tuesday. I feel that I need to address this issue and defend myself and my team.
As we have seen, the game ended with a meager 2 x 1 victory for us. I admit it, Brazil created few chances to score and overall it was a rather boring game. Nevertheless, I believe the whole world saw North Korea's objective: to secure a 0 x 0 draw.
June 18, 2010 5:35 PM
This result has brought Group D back to life in a big way, and all eyes will be on tomorrow's match between Ghana and Australia; if Ghana wins they'll be well on their way to qualify to the next round, but if Australia wins then all 4 teams will be tied at 3 points a piece.
June 18, 2010 4:42 PM
Friday Afternoon and I can barely wait for Saturday. Like a kid at Christmas, here is hoping that tomorrow brings me everything I have wanted.
Denmark needs a big win against Cameroon, lots of goals, but more importantly we need to see our team playing the free flowing game that they are capable of. Coach Morten Olsen and his team(Olsen Banden) will need to be ready. Any player not giving his all need not apply.
Cameroon is in the same desperate situation so us fans will hopefully see a great game.
June 18, 2010 4:09 PM
Monday afternoon, YongHo and I will be picking up an RV motorhome and heading out on our road trip to the Grand Canyons. First stop; Las Vegas! With the Tuesday game being later and a 1 hour time zone shift, the match will be airing at Noon. There is a Korean restaurant right on the main Vegas strip, so this is where we are heading. We are packing our red shirts, have a flag for the RV, and will be there in time to crack open a nice cold beer.
June 18, 2010 3:44 PM
We have been witnessing celebrations all over the planet, either in our hometown Toronto, Canada, in the Italian Plaza in Santiago of Chile, or in the great beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema, Botafogo, in Rio de Janeiro.
June 18, 2010 11:53 AM
We are loud now - Swiss cowbells are ringing (our answer to the Vuvuzela). Really, we only came alive at the 52nd minute when Fernandes somehow flew over everyone and kicked the ball into the net - stunning everyone on the Spanish side, and throwing the Swiss into a wonderful delirium. Until then, we had been strangely quiet, waiting for the inevitable defeat (or so we thought).
June 18, 2010 11:46 AM
With perhaps the only other big team that's flexed its muscles losing today (Germany), the tournament's a mess! Maybe we don't want to win the group!? Interesting stuff happening in South Africa.
June 18, 2010 11:39 AM
When Robert Vittek scored for Slovakia in the 50th minute, the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church Hall erupted with cheers and excitement. Hearing ? Nad Tatrou sa blýska?, the Slovak national anthem, was a surreal enough moment, so when Slovakia scored their
first ever World Cup goal, it was a very special moment. The Slovensko chants continued on as the game came to a close. When the match hit the 90 minute mark, we all thought we had this win in the bag. It was in this moment that the Referee decided to add three minutes of
June 18, 2010 11:29 AM
But before the half, South Korea did not have answers with a quick goal at 45' minutes after a Dimechelis naive mistake. Argentina went to the half with some heads down and sad faces. It's possible that the South Korean goal probably gave Argentina the chance to bring up its soccer fire and show why they are considered one of the best powerhouses in soccer history.
June 18, 2010 11:07 AM
So what should we do? Keep Green in. He will work harder to prove he deserves the spot. What a lot of people failed to notice was the second half of the opening game for England, Green made some impressive saves. He did not look shook up or nerve wrecked, instead he did his Job. The USA did not even come close to scoring a second goal. Want to blame someone? Blame the other 10 players on the field who failed to score a second goal.
June 18, 2010 10:16 AM
This week, the drums of candombe, our national rhythm, will be heard throughout the world. The beats brought from Africa by slaves, the same sounds that kept African culture alive in a small corner of South America, will thunder across the world in Stockholm, New Jersey, Melbourne, Amsterdam and, of course, Canada.
June 17, 2010 9:22 PM
The community here in Toronto immediately hit the streets --remember, it's Etobicoke.. Sunday, barely 9 AM, there wasn't much to shut down.
June 17, 2010 9:02 PM
I love watching/reading/listening to the ego-centric English announcers about their team. They list excuses and contemplative reasons for not getting full points against the US, but I don't think I've heard that England just did not play to a level that equals Argentina or Germany, the two most impressive teams to have played thus far (to be fair, neither did the US).
June 17, 2010 8:34 PM
The irony of the moment is that now all teams in Group F have had a 1-1 all draw. So, they are all equal on standings. Will we see the unlikely scenario that all teams will be tied at the end of the group stage?
Will Article 39.5 of the official tournament rules need to be invoked?
June 17, 2010 8:16 PM
The above figures certainly tell two quite different stories. On the way to the FIFA 1982 World Cup, the All Whites set many world records. Then they were drawn in the same group as Brazil (say no more). This time around, they are grouped with Italy, the defending champions.
June 17, 2010 8:07 PM
After scoring first and ultimately tying Italy, Paraguay should just play Slovakia and New Zealand at the same time and get on with the next round!
June 17, 2010 8:03 PM
I strongly Believe that the final will be against an unexpected team, a team in the lower Rankings it could Happen
And if I am wrong there is always another World Cup coming up in 2014 to try out this theory .
June 17, 2010 8:02 PM
Overall, comments worldwide say that Paraguay's futbol is not the most impressive or the best looking one, but, hey, if it results in ties with the reigning world champions (Italy) and even victories over teams like Brazil and Argentina, Paraguay supporters won't complain about it at all!
June 17, 2010 7:42 PM
Italy will develop into a stronger outfit, with players recovering from injury and others being played more and in different positions. We will wait in anticipation for the next match counting down the minutes. I for one maintain confidence in Marcello Lippi and see where he is trying to go with this squad.
Aww who am I kidding anyway, I'm Italian! Is there any other way!
June 17, 2010 7:09 PM
Our chances for advancing are slim but they are still there. I am an optimist by nature and thus think that we can still make it to the next round. For this to happen, we need to be way more disciplined and energetic against South Korea. We will also need a lot of luck. Argentina must win and keep Greece of the score sheet and we have to beat South Korea by at least three goals without conceding any.
June 17, 2010 6:48 PM
I look for Nigeria to play better and win the match against Greece but it will not be easy. The Greek team was embarrassed by their loss to South Korea and will come out on Thursday with more fire under their boots.
In the spirit of the World Cup tournament, I say good luck to both sides but I will toss a horse shoe and a couple of four leaf clovers on the Super Eagles side.
June 17, 2010 6:34 PM
NZ's 1-1 draw with Slovakia gives them a chance to emulate our efforts last time out. And if we don't beat Ghana and the All Whites continue on their merry way, we might be eating humble pie for four more years.
June 17, 2010 6:20 PM
Did you know that most of the Argentina players have Nicknames? Some of them
are related to animals or insects. For example, Messi is "La pulga,"
which means flea.
June 17, 2010 6:15 PM
As natives and ex-pats of Africa's most populous country, there are plenty of us Super Eagles right here in Toronto, and around the world. Get out there and make some noise!
Who knows? Maybe they'll hear you down there in South Africa.
June 17, 2010 5:53 PM
I've seen more Slovenian flags flying around Toronto this week than I did in 1991 when the battle for independence from Yugoslavia was being waged. And that is saying something! It's a galvanizing time for the community.
June 17, 2010 5:49 PM
I crank the radio and the Italian announcer informs us that it's been raining apocalyptically in Cape Town all day long. Good. The soccer players always did pay too much attention to their hair. But not good. That toy ball they're using this year is only going to be more mischievous if its slick.
June 17, 2010 5:17 PM
Last Sunday Serbia was playing and that morning before the game I held our six-month-old daughter Nina and said to her "We are playing an important game today my dear. Let's hope we win".
June 17, 2010 4:32 PM
They have to look back and learn from the mistakes they've made against Ivory Coast. The Portuguese nation all over the world is with them, but we are expecting a better attitude. The players have to show us that they have pride in wearing Portugal jerseys.
June 17, 2010 4:04 PM
I've spoken with the Managers there and they tell me they had 800 people last weekend there at their club!! WOW...they have also sent me a World Cup menu...pretty traditional!
June 17, 2010 3:28 PM
Well the first round of games has been exciting with some very low key teams trying, at least, to get that crucial first point and not give up a loss which would make it difficult to come back. England, my team, looked very good at times but sometimes, very average.
June 17, 2010 3:03 PM
I had this sent to me today and it is a conversation between an American who knows nothing about soccer and someone who does (let's say for our purposes he is an Englishman).
I found it very amussing from an English point of view because I feel it speaks honestly about USA soccer knowledge.
June 17, 2010 2:53 PM
The Spanish press is shocked by the loss and wonders how a dominant performance went unrewarded. I really hope that media scrutiny doesn't get to the players and coach. Spain was frustrated, humbled and unlucky against a Swiss wall of defence. Switzerland's resilience exposed some Spanish players' lack of form and revealed a loss of the team cohesion that won it the European Cup in 2008.
June 17, 2010 2:20 PM
While everyone else around me, including other students from Korea, were cheering for Brazil, I was alone focused on the North Korean team's every move.
It was a strangely isolating experience, a kind of loneliness in the moment that I find difficult to explain. It made me feel a little cold inside for a moment to see that how indifferent South Korean people were toward North Korea, perhaps even more than I expected.
June 17, 2010 12:54 PM
Our defence is still struggling. It just doesn't look tight. The goal that Demichelis gave away today is the best example of it. To make things even worse, Walter Samuel got injured and Maradona had to resort to sending Burdisso in just 20 minutes into the game. Our midfielders run all over and fight very hard, but everything is confusing and the ball rarely gets to the forwards following a clean pass.
June 17, 2010 12:38 PM
Here's as quick a recap of the French World Cup so far as I see it:
Team arrives in South Africa for the World Cup and mutiny rears its ugly head. A training session row between the coach and Florent Malouda leads to the French changing their system to a 4-4-2 at the last minute and sliding in Alou Diaby, a defensive midfielder, in Florent's stead.
June 17, 2010 12:17 PM
My children thought this was the best morning party they have ever seen, being 7 and 4, they ate up donuts and loved having friends over with us. Since that game, they are looking forward to Japan's next game. Hmmm now that sounds familiar - I wonder where they get that from.
June 17, 2010 12:04 PM
the Aussies need to remain positive and not let the defeat cloud their approach to future matches. The equation is simple: defeat Ghana and Serbia.
June 17, 2010 11:23 AM
WE'RE RED, WE'RE WHITE
WE'RE DANISH DYNAMITE
WE'RE RED, WE'RE WHITE
TOGETHER WE UNITE
June 17, 2010 9:53 AM
As I always am, I was so proud of our small nation, which is known for more than tulips and windmills.
June 16, 2010 7:31 PM
Moments like this I almost wish I didnt watch futbol. I don't know what to do with myself...I just know I'm nauseous.
June 16, 2010 7:15 PM
So for us, the tie was an epic victory. And for the Slovakians, too, the game had Shakespearian proportions: their coach Vladimir Weiss described it as a "minor sporting tragedy." Splendid. We don't just tie teams, we tragedize them. In a minor key.
June 16, 2010 6:40 PM
I will wear my España t-shirt, scarf and will have my blue horn in tow. (It doesn't sound like a vuvuzela) I will blow my horn after every Spanish goal - and hopefully startle my neighbours. I predict a 3-1 scoreline with a Spain side that improves as the match progresses.
June 16, 2010 5:08 PM
Worldcup is for me one of those moments every 4 years when I cry. For real. I can cry at any given moment. I really do. But there is a difference. You don't know when your girlfriend is gonna kick your ass, or when someone is gonna drive over your dog.
But you know that every 4 years, in some moment in June or July, Spain is gonna lose one match in ¼ final and you are going to cry. You know it, you accept it, and you kind of love it.
June 16, 2010 1:32 PM
Our next match is against the English and the world is expecting a drubbing. In past World Cups, there has always been one team that has taken the world by surprise. This Algerian team is made up of warriors who will fight for their country.
June 16, 2010 1:22 PM
This is not to say that we we didn't attracted attention...that we did! My son was the watch dog and he reported to me on everything: "Dad! Everyone is looking. Dad! Someone just gave us the finger. Dad! What does %$##@ means? Dad! I am Embarrassed. Where are the others? It's been 3 hours, a half tank of Gas. Dad! I am bored!"
June 16, 2010 1:15 PM
Looking on as the players celebrated on the screen, we saw the fans in the stands, who were decked out in the striking national colours of green, yellow and red, burst into rapture as the South African vuvuzela trumpets played in rhythm.
June 16, 2010 12:45 PM
If you had no idea what was going on over in South Africa, judging by the noise you'd think there was a tragedy or some form of extreme calamity.
June 16, 2010 10:52 AM
I guess we were all having that "sick feeling" around noon Winnipeg time, which forced us to leave work. And, yes, the traffic was bumper-to-bumper.
June 16, 2010 10:25 AM
Soccer is an easy game to play. You only need one ball, a couple of shirts for goal posts and a few players willing to run up and down a field. Watch some people playing a game of pick-up soccer and you're sure to be invited to join in. It doesn't matter what country you're from, what language you speak or what job you have. All you need is love for the beautiful game.
June 16, 2010 10:12 AM
I believe South Korea's second goal clearly showed the world that South Korea is a dominant force and a contender for the World Cup 2010. I know they can capture the Cup.
June 15, 2010 7:22 PM
Our living room erupted with shouts and hugs!! I rushed over to close the patio door as the excitement resonated in the apartment courtyard before 6:00 AM. I'm sure we will soon become the not-so-beloved neighbours in our complex.
June 15, 2010 5:43 PM
The German team being the youngest in the 2010 World Cup has people stating they are depleted, and or inexperienced. Australia is to have the oldest squad in this 2010 World Cup.
June 15, 2010 5:41 PM
We sat with Canadians, Native Americans, Africans, Germans, Italians, even an Englishman made his way in to tip a pint and possibly check out the competition, maybe not, but the point is, we all have come together under one roof in the name of great food, great drink, and great sport.
June 15, 2010 4:18 PM
Sitting in the first row of the second level in the brand new Moses Mabhida Stadium, I felt privileged to have witnessed the first meaningful game played on the grounds. It was a surreal feeling, to look around and think of how hard the Durban people have worked to prepare for that opening match. It really was a night I will never forget. The greatest thing about the stadium is the symbolism of the arch that towers over the stadium.
June 15, 2010 3:46 PM
Brazil Must Win I took the day off just for this. I've been driving in Winnipeg today and No one seems to be on the street i felt like the only one out there today.
June 15, 2010 2:32 PM
Well, Argentina has come and gone. And opinions are as divided and as
unexpected as I have ever seen. Many are pointing to this
Nigeria performance as the best the team has produced in five years.
Some are "positively disappointed", feeling that the team played well
but was unlucky not to get a result.
June 15, 2010 12:21 PM
I watched the game with friends at the Serbian Centre in Mississauga. I was happy to see that almost 300 fans came out to watch the match. The tension was so thick you could slice it with a knife and serve it with a soup and salad. Any remotely interesting development brought people to their feet. When Ghana scored it literally gutted every single one of us. You've never heard a quieter group of 300 soccer fans.
June 15, 2010 11:18 AM
The vuvuzela are driving many fans (including myself) nuts. The clip of the little Italian fan wearing the large construction earplugs, and the ladies with earmuffs demonstrates how bad it must be there for fans and players.
I have a strong headache from it and I am thousands of miles away. Put down the vuvuzela; bring back the singing, chanting, the ooooes and ahhhhha's. Bring back the Atmosphere. Well, at least the earplug salesmen are making a killing.
June 15, 2010 10:14 AM
I got up at 3 a.m. after a restless night to meet up with eight other
Danish fans near Granville Island market in Vancouver. With Nicklas
Bendtner in the line-up for Denmark, we felt much better about our
June 14, 2010 10:19 PM
Most importantly, the North Korean team needs at least one win before North Koreans back home even find out that their soccer team participated in the World Cup. If they win this game, North Korean people can know that their soccer team played in the 2010 World Cup, but if they lose in their first try, North Korean people can never know about them.
June 14, 2010 10:02 PM
I must say that in terms of getting ready for our World Cup debut, I cannot claim any true pre-game ritual. The closest thing to it though, has to be the priest in church tacking onto his weekly announcements that there will indeed be a screening of the game in the church hall Tuesday morning. This of course evoked smiles and giggles, as this medium tends to be the primary source for some of the most serious and pertinent information in our community.
June 14, 2010 9:30 PM
We have waited since 1994 for an opportunity to bear up our colours and let them be challenged by the world in an arena of football! I have, up until now, put up with the pain of being on the outside for every World Cup, I've never had a chance to support my home nation of Canada or my country of lineage Slovakia!
June 14, 2010 8:53 PM
I never wore my team's jersey because back then it was simply "a boy thing." But this is 2010! Instead of taking dancing classes for the lack of other option, like me, every year more little girls have been joining soccer groups in schools.
It took female professional soccer players 61 years more than the boys, but they also got their own FIFA World Cup in 1991. Since then, regardless of gender, millions of viewers in the world are glued to their television sets every four years to see the beautiful game being played by the even more beautiful women.
June 14, 2010 8:41 PM
Well, after watching a few games, South Africa looks like a contender, the Argies should go out early, along with French, they shouldn't be there anyway, should be the Irish. And being a die-hard England fan, not only did I think the U.S. would actually beat us, but I got the time wrong and watched the wrong game, had to try and keep my breakfast down watching the Argies.
June 14, 2010 8:00 PM
I watched this game in a sports bar in the northern USA, as the USA border is only a few hours away I thought it would be exciting to wear my England colors in the USA on day of "the most important game is USA soccer history".
June 14, 2010 7:40 PM
The place was packed with Italian fans young and old. It was great to see kids who were about to witness their first World Cup games. I was that kid two decades ago and know that they're about to get their first taste of the Azzurri; it's an experience that will effect them for life.
June 14, 2010 6:36 PM
As things stand, Serbia's in big trouble, but it's in a football fan's blood to hope for and believe in miracles. Needless to say, after today's match the White Eagles owe their fans nothing short of a miracle, and they're certainly due for one. On June 18th, it's go hard or go home!
June 14, 2010 4:50 PM
The Ghanaian community came together again in another show of unity in support of the Black Stars of Ghana. People put aside their religious, political, and socio-economic difference to come together in front of 'The Point Restaurant' on Jane and Wilson Plaza to celebrate once again.
June 14, 2010 3:27 PM
Like a hunk of well aged blue cheese, the Danes also left remnants of a stinker on the pitch Monday morning. Although the first half gave the red and white the better scoring chance, an early blunder in the second half put he Danes behind and they never recovered.
June 14, 2010 2:44 PM
Ronaldo still number one. Cristiano Ronaldo was voted last year the second best player of the world. During 2009 the best player elected by FIFA was Messi from Argentina but...Ronaldo still is the best. Why?
June 14, 2010 2:17 PM
For Brazil, the ends should not justify the means: good results are to be achieved by a joyful style of playing. Despite this worry, vamos lá Brasil! I already put up the Brazilian flag on my window (neighbors asked me if there wasn't a smaller one available at the flag store).
June 14, 2010 2:07 PM
Ghana is officially the first African team to win on African soil! Words cannot express the pride I have for my team!
I could not sleep well yesterday - I was dreaming about the game. Even eating a heavy Ghanaian meal (banku) was not enough to knock me to sleep. Oh boy! I started the day by watching the Algeria-Slovenia match and preparing my mind, body and soul for the match.
June 14, 2010 1:46 PM
Sunday was a big day for Australian soccer.
The last time we played Germany in the World Cup reunification hadn't even happened. We lost 3-0 to West Germany and 2-0 to East Germany. This time, well 4-0 wasn't so bad. The problems were Cahill's red card and our obvious personnel issues.
June 14, 2010 1:35 PM
When Rafael Marquez struck in the 79th minute, it ultimately denied South Africa a victorious opening to the World Cup. Despite the valuable points earned, it was still hugely disappointing.
June 14, 2010 1:00 PM
*sigh* As a Ghanaian, I am extremely nervous about my team. First, the controversy with Michael Ballack and Kevin-Prince Boateng, and then our injury woes involving Essien and Badu. Our only defensive midfielder left is Anthony Annan.
June 14, 2010 11:12 AM
I sat with my friends Jerry, Rich and Jeff and made my rounds visiting Oma, Opa and my Cousins Dieter, Natasha and Cody. Dad of course making sure everyone was comfortable and happy. It was amazing, such a lively, excited, passionate crowd. Upon game time, I would estimate there were probably a good 200-250 people that showed up for this first round game ... and what a game it was!!
June 14, 2010 10:58 AM
My dad, one of my neighbours (who is English, ironically enough) and I spent the better part of an afternoon hammering a flag holder onto our house. We now have a massive Slovak flag waving high and proud above our garage and it's very difficult to miss! If everyone didn't know who we were cheering for before, they sure do now.
June 14, 2010 10:51 AM
I started my FIFA World Cup 2010 adventure on Friday June 11th in
Downtown Toronto at the CBC Soccer Nation World Cup Kick Off event with
my son. We were both dressed up in our Italia gear, participated in the
Many events and games, were interviewed, and photographed as well.
June 14, 2010 10:47 AM
Meet my dog Joey.
He's bright, affectionate, and basically amazing. And everyone who meets him loves him. Although this will just be Joey's first World Cup, I have been taking him for many tune-up walks to soccer fields around town and on these visits he's definitely shown me that he has excellent instincts for 'the beautiful game'. He's normally a dog of few words, but his actions speak loudly.
June 14, 2010 9:18 AM
I knew I could count on Podolski to put one in the net soon. When he did score, I cheered sooo loud, maybe even did a little bit of a dance (maybe) and I simply couldn't get enough of the replay! That kick was sooo hard! Amazing!
June 13, 2010 3:13 PM
I knew before today's game even started that it would be a good one. The plan was to watch it at my boyfriend's house, where he and his parents (who are from Northern Ireland) would be cheering for England, and my family and I would be cheering for the good ol' US of A.
Beforehand I told my mom to be sure to deck herself out in red, white and blue, as we would be outnumbered - some of my boyfriend's friends and cousins would also be there to cheer for England.
June 13, 2010 2:58 PM
As the match ended in a draw, the curtain of tension lifted and I could see the beautiful month ahead for what it was again. I would delight in Saturday's games peacefully and unaffected, enjoying pure skill for its own sake.
June 13, 2010 2:53 PM
As the game went on, some yellows were given out - a couple deserved, a couple not. Overall it wasn't a too rough a game in my opinion, but there were something like 6 yellows handed out. Before the first half ended, Dempsey took a hard shot that the English goalie Greene should've had, but it bounced out of his hands and dribbled into the net. The English fans I was with couldn't believe it, as I'm sure English fans around the world joined in cursing Greene's name.
June 13, 2010 2:28 PM
Wooowww!, such amazing beginning the first 10 minutes for Argentina. Again
Argentina takes advantage from stop ball. And this time was a corner kick
from Veron placed in the right head at 8 minutes. It was "gringo" Heinze,
who elevated, head the ball right into the net corner. Unstoppable!
Argentina 1 Nigeria 0.
June 13, 2010 1:30 PM
It's the online profile - Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Messenger. All great mediums to show your pride for your side. I am definitely no exception.
June 12, 2010 8:31 PM
The crowd at the Duke of Richmond was settling in, anticipating the start of the England v USA match. I was nervous and restless and couldn't sit at my table for more than two minutes.
June 12, 2010 7:44 PM
I hate the word Soccer, I hate being forced to call it by its North American name so that people don't get confused in conversations. The sport is called Football by the majority of the World. Football is the #1 sport in the world. When the world cup comes around it truly is a WORLD cup, over 200 hundred nations compete for a spot in the top 32, and its watched all over the world. Will North American persist in calling it soccer?
June 12, 2010 7:05 PM
I watched this game in a sports bar in the northern USA, as the USA border is only a few hours away I thought it would be exciting to wear my England colors in the USA on day of "the most important game is USA soccer history".
June 12, 2010 6:57 PM
The atmosphere in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) has really been amplified, especially with the anticipation of the first Ghana match. Ghanaian flags have been popping up on flags, homes and even on body parts.
June 12, 2010 4:43 PM
Just wanted to say that I am so proud of South Africa and feel honoured to be part of this phenomenal moment in African history! The opening ceremony was amazing and so was the vibrant and energetic concert the night before. K'Naan sure rocked the stage and it was nice to have a Canadian on that stage! The game between South Africa and Mexico was really thrilling. I never thought I would burst into tears when South Africa scored the first goal of the 2010 World Cup.
June 12, 2010 4:16 PM
On Saturday June 19 the Danish Canadian Club in Calgary is showing Denmark vs Cameroon.
You can also bring your dad for a Fathers Day Brunch....yummy.
Peter Christensen the general manager will be happy to cook your dad an omelette to order. Partake in a great meal and then partake in the celebration in the TIVOLI Room.
If you live in Calgary, come on down!
June 12, 2010 3:44 PM
I want the USA to do well as I feel success for the USA team will mean football in North America will become a real contender. I want the MLS to succeed, I want Football to become a mainstream sport I'd like to say I predict a 1-1 draw... But the English in me cant. I see it going 3-0 England with Rooney going on a rampage.
Let the games begin!
June 12, 2010 11:24 AM
The leadership from Gerrard through his experiences will be a great asset to England. He has proven he can lead a team to glory and I firmly believe Gerrard is the man that will take England to World Cup glory.
June 12, 2010 10:16 AM
Warmed up last night with a party in our cul-de-sac to say farewell to a trusted neighbour and his wife.
Naturally the topic of the W.C. of the real game came up and we now have 20 people supporting Denmark after a small presentation of our Danish soccer gear, clap-hat, soccer-hat and of course the Danish Dynamite flag.
June 12, 2010 9:13 AM
Argentina is in the countdown to play the first game.
Argentineans feelings are really mixed up: on one side count on many of the best players in the World. On the other side qualification results have not been good. People are so sceptical about Maradona coaching.
June 11, 2010 8:34 PM
I've been waiting for this day for the last four years and I'm so excited. It's amazing to see how a community can truly come together because of one sport. There are so many flags waving, people cheering and countries being represented - I love this season!
June 11, 2010 7:48 PM
If Serbia wins, we'll probably hop in our cars and go cruising; honking, waving flags and whatever else we can do to turn heads. And if we lose, well...our community centre does have a bar. First and second rounds are on me. And maybe a third, depending on how badly we lose.
June 11, 2010 7:10 PM
It's World Cup time! Emotions are at fever pitch. I can't wait to watch
Ghana's first game against Serbia on Sunday, June 13 at 9:00 a.m. ET. My
housemates and I are bursting with excitement and anticipation at the
thought amidst the various setbacks the Black Stars have had to endure
during the past several weeks.
June 11, 2010 6:47 PM
As I browsed the CBC World Cup website yesterday, I bumped into five or six lists of World Cup top 10 moments, goals, teams and players. Check them out! It's good stuff.
Recently, Jian Gomeshi proposed the adoption of a new calendar based on the World Cup. Well, I wouldn't go that far, but that is more or less how I refer to moments past.
June 11, 2010 5:27 PM
I had to work at 7am in the bush, but not wanting to miss this match I loaded my work gear up and a few other planters from camp and we drove 3 hours to the nearest town and rented a hotel room. We got up early watched the game. I can remember watching Ronaldinho score from a free kick like it was yesterday, and once again England was out. We loaded up my truck drove back to camp and made it just in time to start a full day of tree planting.
June 11, 2010 5:22 PM
With just a few days to go before Algeria makes a triumphant return to the World's stage, allow me to set the scene for you. Algiers, the capital of Algeria, is drenched in green, red and white. New-borns and new streets are bearing the names of World Cup heroes.
June 11, 2010 4:55 PM
As we get closer to the games that matter, one thing is for sure. Just when you think you have them where you want them, Italy will show you just how much they've grown. For some reason, they always show up when least expected. I truly believe that in the end, our quiet confidence will continue to grow and take us deep into this beautiful tournament.
June 11, 2010 4:22 PM
It really is so amazing and wonderful to get together with a group of serious football lovers and share all of these opinions with each other. For us all to sit around and play coach for a while is wonderful, however, at the end of the day the man who really does get to make these choices probably wouldn't mind getting some breathing time. In the end we all await, flags in tow, whistles ready, and opinions sharpened to see what happens next!
June 11, 2010 4:07 PM
He warned us that the next time we skipped school, we would be in big time trouble. So for the following game I brought my radio to school and set it up on my desk. From there, I pulled a wire through the window and chucked it high up into a tree so that I would have enough reception.
June 11, 2010 2:48 PM
Eight years ago, my husband and I went to Daegu, South Korea to: a) visit his parents and; b) go see the final game for third place against Turkey. That morning, on the way to the stadium, we learned of something not too funny. The North Koreans had targeted a South Korean submarine and soldiers on the South side had died. The game opened with a moment of silence and the players wore black armbands in support of the fallen soldiers.
June 11, 2010 2:40 PM
Arrangements are now in place for 7 or 8 of us to get together at 4:15 a.m. Vancouver time on Monday to watch Denmark and Holland do battle. For sure it will be colourful and noisy and most certainly the breakfast will be true to Danish standards with a good supply of Gammel Dansk!!
June 11, 2010 2:23 PM
Much like Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, the World Cup is also a time to reflect on the family that's not around. I have three aunts and an uncle that grew up in France, but they'll be cheering for Uruguay. Their experience as immigrants is very similar to my own, and as much as we have assimilated our adopted cultures, there are obviously certain things that will always have a stronger pull. Soccer is one of them.
June 11, 2010 2:11 PM
The American squad is often viewed as part of the world's elite class of teams. While this is sometimes true, it's clear they are often over-ranked. While beating the US won't be easy, this glorified MLS squad could give three points to Slovenia.
June 11, 2010 1:53 PM
Since I was old enough to plop in between two ice cream pales and kick a ball at, my ten year older brother had me wearing the Deutscher Adler. In 1990, I was five years old when my family had a huge bratwurst and potato salad barbeque for all my extended relatives and cousins to come watch the World Cup final against Mr. Diego Maradona.
June 11, 2010 1:17 PM
Alas, while all the fancied nations' jerseys were in stock, I was their first Socceroos fan and had to place a back order. If the jersey inventory of local soccer stores is a reflective community yardstick, I guess there are more Ivory Coast fans in London than Aussie supporters!
June 11, 2010 1:11 PM
The part I enjoyed was the chants. There were lots of England supporters with nearly everyone wearing a jersey! It's a great feeling being among a good fan base, especially when it was a friendly. I can only imagine how intense it gets here during the actual World Cup.
June 11, 2010 11:07 AM
I moved to Winnipeg recently and I dont know any Spaniards here...but not to worry I'm dragging my husband, all of my friends and my dogs to cheer for Spain at every game! Not that he has any choice.
June 11, 2010 9:30 AM
I have just been informed by my dear, sweet friend that she will be holding her civil ceremony a mere 15 minutes after the kick-off of Nigeria's opening match against the Albiceleste.
June 11, 2010 9:05 AM
World Cup stage fairly recently, then our early record has been pretty respectable.
Although no one knew what to expect of us in USA '94 when we faced Argentina, Bulgaria and Greece in the Group of Death, we managed to capture the imagination of even the neutral international supporters with our quick pace, stylish individual play and cannon-like goals.
June 11, 2010 7:51 AM
The bad news about Rio Ferdinand's training injury broke. Bye bye England Captain. I couldn't believe my eyes and ears. Is this a string of horrible English luck continuing?
June 10, 2010 10:04 PM
England players are a bunch of celebrities and are too prone to distractions, lack of concentration and focus; and their lifestyle has softened their approach. The players on other teams (especially Slovenia) have something to prove, are hungrier, are more desperate, and will catch England players off guard... even the exhibition game last summer between England and Slovenia was won by a massively bogus penalty call for Rooney and a deflected shot by Defoe. The Slovenes were much better with their attack and moved the ball more fluidly that game.
June 10, 2010 9:47 PM
Kdo ne skace ni slovenc - The literal translation is "who doesn't jump, isn't Slovenian - hey, hey, hey" ... sometimes literal translations don't work do they? ...but to have a whole stadium jumping and chanting the same words is priceless... makes you realize what "mob mentality" really is...
June 10, 2010 9:01 PM
With only one day until Argentina's first game in the World Cup against Nigeria, many wonder what is coach Diego Maradona going to do. Particularly, who are going to be the starting 11 that will come out of his feeble mind.
June 10, 2010 8:28 PM
Beckham, Well he does what he does best. Dressing up in fancy suites or attire alike. He looks good but he is too old now. 35 yrs in football terms spells out retirement or even injury. Even if he was fit, he cannot play the whole game due to stamina, he has no left foot, he is not fast enough and he cannot head the ball to save his life. When he is given space he does well. But that is when he is given space......... He needs to get in top space first!
June 10, 2010 8:14 PM
Plans - Buy a bigger Spanish flag, buy my husband Dave a Spanish jersey!
He is cute, the other day he said "I think I'm gonna cheer for Spain with you this year", buddy..as if you ever had a choice!!!!
June 10, 2010 8:04 PM
While many former colonial powers like England, Spain and Italy have managed to separate themselves from its colonies, Portugal tends to keep a close connection with many nations. A quick look at their roster reveals a multitude of nations being represented - Brazil (Deco, Pepe, Liédson), Canada (Daniel Fernandes), Cape Verde (Nani), Venezuela (Danny) and Mozambique (Carlos Queiroz). With Toronto being one of the most multicultural cities in the world, the national team is representative of this.
June 10, 2010 6:37 PM
The man who exemplifies Uruguayan football better than anyone else: Obdulio Varela, the Black Chief. A strong player in the true sense of the word, Obdulio built a mystique around him that is unrivalled in Uruguayan football lore. A cross between Edgar Davids and Yogi Berra, he was both a relentless competitor and a psychological master of the game.
June 10, 2010 4:55 PM
This is one of the few times I wished I was an England fan, so I could use the old chestnut "Two World Wars and One World Cup, doo dah, doo dah". Australia just can't compete with that one.
June 10, 2010 4:05 PM
So there we have it, a short rundown of what we have to look forward too, though I would love to do an in-depth descriptive for every player, that is simply not possible so I chose my favourites. With that, I am going to rest my mind, and my fingers until I write my pre-game blog. With all this hype, I am exhausted already and the World Cup hasn't even started.
June 10, 2010 3:49 PM
The first game it's getting closer... and the Portuguese fever its already on the streets. Meanwhile every soccer fan is invited to drink a coffee and eat a "pastel de nata" at little Portugal.
June 10, 2010 3:30 PM
Several of the Chelsea boys are in the England squad, I love my club games, but the World cup is truly amazing, I go to the pub and watch games whenever I can, with or without friends, it's just the passion, gets a bit touchy now and again, as they allow other fans in, I used to be a West Germany fan, unless they played England, so the '66 final was a beauty.
June 10, 2010 2:53 PM
I'm the SUPERFAN for France and should probably be a little bit more of a homer when picking these games, but my gut tells me to be very leery of the Uruguayans. A draw would be nice and I wouldn't be shocked if the South Americans beat us. So let's call it 1-1 and hope I'm just being pessimistic.
June 10, 2010 1:04 AM
There is a buzz in this small community leading up to Sunday's kick-off against Algeria. It's going to be an early morning for Slovenia fans who will no doubt flock to the Slovenian hall on Brown's Line to watch the 7:30 a.m. match.
June 10, 2010 12:35 AM
Drama: Even if you are not a soccer fan, the infamous head-butt of Zidane is etched in your mind.
June 9, 2010 9:02 PM
Ghana will be a formidable opponent for Serbia and I'd be lying if I said I'm not just a little bit "on edge" heading into this match. I don't know if there is such a thing as an easy match at the World Cup, but I do know that this won't be one of them. Will the White Eagles soar higher than the Black Stars?
June 9, 2010 8:07 PM
What I want to know - as I'm sitting here whistling our fan song (darn, it's catchy): Do other teams have a fan song?
June 9, 2010 7:58 PM
The World Cup is not a Disney movie; in the last 30 years the same 5 teams - Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy - have played every Final, and this not likely to change any time soon. On any given day there are 20 to 30 teams that can give any of those 5 teams a run for their money.
June 9, 2010 7:34 PM
If you are joining these Chileans, you better be prepared to sing something like "!Vamos/ vamos chilenos que esta vez tenemos que ganar!" (Go Chileans go, that this time is for us to win).
June 9, 2010 7:24 PM
Remember the D&G campaign that
used the Italian Soccer team as underwear models? One word: amazing!
June 9, 2010 6:47 PM
Italy's first game will be on Monday 14 June at 1:30 PM and I have every intention of sporting my new Italian jersey - thanks Sal - while munching on some Italian eats and taking in the game, the crowd, and the good friends in both Africa and Italy that will share with us insight on the crowds' reactions from their corners of the world.
June 9, 2010 6:28 PM
I will be in the city of Mississauga over the world cup and plan to watch all 64 games live!!! Unless I win the loto super max this Fri, then my son and my self and a few friends will be in South Africa. I am a huge Brazilian fan, I love the way they play soccer. Go BRAZIL Go.
June 9, 2010 6:00 PM
Is it just me, or is the hype over the US-England game just a bit much? If I hear another reference to that World Cup game in 1950.......I know it was a huge upset, but it was 60 years ago!
June 9, 2010 2:08 PM
During World Cup 2002 in Japan, we were the host country at the time. I was 18 years old at the time and for me, it was an unforgettable, impressive sight and memorable for all Japanese.
June 9, 2010 1:55 PM
As I watched fans storm the field, only one thought came to my mind. Where in Toronto was I possibly going to find a Slovak flag to put on my car?
June 9, 2010 1:18 PM
The beauty of World Cup time in Toronto is the plethora of joyous and peaceful rallies and street parties that break out all over the city. Azzurri fans are proud to have begun this wonderful tradition with Italy's huge win in 1982 and we're itching to take to the streets again- peacefully, respectfully, joyously, and...victoriously.
June 9, 2010 12:36 PM
Then the girl of my dreams calls to invite me out on a date that night. I guess things are turning around for me. But the invite is to take her downtown Toronto to attend a Brazilian celebration, I "respectably" declined.
June 8, 2010 6:58 PM
I'm a bit disappointed that Benni McCarthy (Porto, Blackburn and now at West Ham) did not make the final South African squad after failure to fully recover from his injuries this season. He's been a great ambassador for South African soccer.
June 8, 2010 6:41 PM
Algeria has not qualified for any World Cup since 1986, so it is no surprise that citizens are celebrating the simple fact that their country will be represented in South Africa.
June 8, 2010 6:25 PM
Yes, we Argentines don't 'enjoy' watching the World Cup games, we just go through them jumping from panic to joy, then back to anguish and then to exhilaration as the final whistle is blown and our team wins... when it does win!
June 8, 2010 6:18 PM
Many fans of Italian descent painted half their face in the Italian flag, the other half in Australian colours.
June 8, 2010 5:59 PM
I like Neill's cautious optimism, as the World Cup is rarely won by teams showing over-confidence in the tournament lead-up.
June 8, 2010 3:51 PM
The World Cup is a great time to get together and form bonds with not only members of my community, but also with those of other communities.
June 8, 2010 2:37 PM
With Canada not having made the World Cup this year, and being a Yank by birth, it is only natural that I would cheer for the good old U.S. of A!
June 8, 2010 2:05 PM
I have probably spent over $1000 in the last 15 years on World Cup product. Hats, jerseys, t-shirts, sweatpants, wristbands, flags of all sizes, scarves, posters, face paints, tattoo's etc ... but nothing compares to the infamous German "Cat in the hat" headpiece dad got me from Germany.
June 8, 2010 11:47 AM
I have made plans, along with the Kiwi Expats Association in Vancouver, to watch the match against Italy on the big screen...at the Italian Cultural Centre.
June 8, 2010 11:00 AM
When Mexico wins, our chests are ruptured by the explosive "ay, ay, ay" of our bottled up emotions. The tequila flows, the soulful trumpets give us the bumps, and we welcome the vanquished enemy to our debauchery. When Mexico loses, our chests swell up with sadness, the tequila flows and the soulful trumpets rip out a soothing "ay, ay, ay" that paves the way for our debauchery.
June 8, 2010 10:40 AM
Wonder what kind of drinks and snacks will be served at 4AM.
June 7, 2010 9:46 PM
It will be a boisterous turn out, and with this first victory, we plan to shut down Browns Line!!
June 7, 2010 9:09 PM
Following the game from Victoria, BC, makes it awkward to commit to the tradition of downing a beer or two while watching the game, but I rate this as a top notch excuse for starting to drink at 7 a.m.
June 7, 2010 8:30 PM
Every day I see a different flag attached to a car on the streets, not to say the variety of different jerseys I have already witnessed walking around.
June 7, 2010 5:28 PM
The thing about Brazil is that they have awesome Jersey's to go along with their FIFA World Cup.
June 7, 2010 2:48 PM
I know that many Paraguayos might be content with just making it to the 'finals' in South Africa ... and why not? Paraguay is a small and relatively poor country and for it to make it to the 'finals' four times in a row is a huge achievement.
June 5, 2010 3:12 PM
I was up late last night, sending invitations to every Dane in my network inviting them and their Danish network to watch our group games at our Danish WC HQ - Brazenheads in Liberty Village.
June 4, 2010 6:52 PM
Now I seldom play or watch soccer but when the world cup rolls around and Paraguay qualifies more often than not, I bring out my patriotism for my birth country.
June 4, 2010 4:43 PM
Passion for soccer runs in my family - everyone loves soccer including my great grandfather.
June 4, 2010 4:23 PM
Have your doctor check your heart condition if you choose to cheer for Uruguay. Because it will be a bumpy ride.
June 4, 2010 4:00 PM
On game day, the only tradition we follow is that we buy a baguette and usually carry them around wherever we watch the game. I just hope we can find some baguettes in South Africa!
June 4, 2010 3:34 PM
They won 1-0 and the player who scored the only goal was Josip Katalinski. Josip, or Skija as fans called him, immediately became a national hero. Although I never met him, I felt like I knew him. His niece Vera was my classmate and was sitting next to me. She was so proud of her uncle and I felt special because I knew her. I was only 7 years old then.
June 4, 2010 2:41 PM
Soccer doesn't require a lot of money, just a group of kids and one ball. I even remember lying to my mom and telling her I was studying with friends, when in actuality I was on the soccer pitch. We were so dedicated, that we would travel two hours on public transit to get to the pitch to play. That's called commitment.
June 4, 2010 2:14 PM
During the last World Cup in this town at least, you had to come early in order to get a good seat at your local pub for a match. Friendly rivalries were made; flags and banners were flying; pools were formed and I think this year will be even greater although many of the broadcast times for live matches at least, are not the best for North American audiences
June 4, 2010 2:00 PM
You see, Denmark and Sweden has always had a rivalry alas Calgary, where I now live, and our enemies to the north, Edmonton. At that time, Denmark had never qualified for the World Cup, and with the exception of a silver medal at the Rome Olympics in 1960, we had never attained any real international recognition.
June 4, 2010 1:40 PM
Capello has provided us with the 23 man squad that he will be taking to South Africa. All I have to say is Heskey, really?!?!?!?
June 4, 2010 11:15 AM
After a couple years of house-league, I played a year of all-star before training with a rep team in Mississauga. Playing for my high school as well as a club team, I was practicing many hours a week and my ultimate goal was to be awarded a scholarship to play in the States at a University.
June 4, 2010 10:59 AM
Nobody is talking about the Dutch team which is great. All they are talking about is the new Adidas World Cup ball with the dimples. Seems many players and goalies don't like it because it supposedly changes direction while in the air.
June 4, 2010 10:18 AM
My most painful World Cup memory came only four years ago in Germany when we lost in the knockout round against the Ukraine...
June 4, 2010 9:56 AM
I am actually a former player myself, having played in the US on Soccer Scholarship at the Long Island University as well as representing South Africa at the Maccabiah Games among other teams.
June 4, 2010 9:42 AM
I was in South Africa last summer, and I was lucky enough to see a few of the stadiums being built...
June 4, 2010 9:08 AM
I have completely given up on trying NOT to kick a ball as I walk past it, but it's hopeless. As any player will tell you, it is impossible to walk past a ball, any ball, and not kick it, or even just put your foot on it.
June 3, 2010 4:32 PM
As a New Zealander in exile, I'll be cheering for All Whites. This isn't a racial thing
June 3, 2010 4:05 PM
Two weeks from now, I'll be shutting down the computer and head out to ... well, maybe not to celebrate a victory (oh, I wish) but to watch my team. That's when Switzerland's 2010 tournament begins.
June 3, 2010 3:37 PM
Slovenia already made headlines by defeating powerhouse Russia just to qualify for the World Cup. For a nation of only 2 million, it is quite the feat just to qualify
June 3, 2010 3:22 PM
We plan to shut down Browns Line (somewhat of a Slovene base) here in Toronto with our parade of 20-or-less vehicles.
June 3, 2010 3:17 PM
Never really knowing who I should cheer for, whatever support I do hold for a team usually leans towards whichever country is both in the World Cup and closest to my country of origin, Slovenia (since they never seem to make it in)
June 3, 2010 3:03 PM
"So... your last name is Slovak, and you are Slovak?"
Well, it's not a joke. My last name is ACTUALLY Slovak, as in Slovakia.
June 3, 2010 2:53 PM
The Summit Place Tavern, dubbed World Cup HQ. At the outset, Football (Soccer) was not the most popular sport in our community, but after viewing matches on the big screen, with nail-biting late-deciding goals, our audiences kept increasing in size - pretty soon we had people showing up to watch a match regardless of who was playing.
June 3, 2010 2:18 PM
The raw energy and devotion I saw in Montevideo - at a meaningless summer exhibition tournament rivalled the pride that swept Canada as Crosby brought us the gold just a few months later.
June 3, 2010 2:10 PM
Having grown up playing competitive soccer in Montevideo, Uruguay before heading to university in Canada, I have considerable knowledge of the sport, it's people and the passion all Uruguayans share for their national soccer program.
June 3, 2010 2:03 PM
As expected for the World Cup in South Africa, Portugal's fight to the finale will surely tug at the heartstrings of the strong Portuguese community in Toronto.
June 3, 2010 1:50 PM
Portugual's may be in the group of death, but it doesn't matter when you have the world's greatest footballer; CHRISTIANO RONALDO!
June 3, 2010 1:28 PM
As the great Ronaldo so eloquently put it, "I'm sure sex wouldn't be as rewarding as winning the World Cup. It's not that good, but the World Cup is every four years and sex is not."
June 3, 2010 1:00 PM
Ever since I was young, I have had aspirations of playing for the Super Eagles, although I moved to Canada that dream layed dormant yet alive. I enjoy watching teams compete because it creates an atmosphere in my reality that really brings the game alive in my eyes
June 3, 2010 10:58 AM
Spain played Korea in the quarter finals. The game started at 3am because of the time difference and we got absolutely robbed! cheated out of the World Cup by a referee who invalidated our goal (probably paid off by the Koreans if you ask me)
June 3, 2010 10:35 AM
The political and social turbulence of the last 20 years gave Serbian football a powerful new dimension; far from being a mere pastime, football in Serbia is war by other means; a spectacle of selfless sacrifice and bitter rivalries; a source of honour and national pride!
June 3, 2010 9:47 AM
Soccer to me is almost as necessary as the air we need. It's a love, it's a hobbie, it's a passion, it's a way of life.
June 3, 2010 9:28 AM
Am I a soccer fan? No, I am a 'futbol' fan and a 'Fussball' fan because that's what they play worldwide and that's what they play in Paraguay.
June 3, 2010 9:13 AM
FACT: Italians are capable of getting up, covertly walking through a very crowded room, making their way to the bar, ordering a beer, and paying for it without taking their eyes off the screen...ever!
June 3, 2010 9:00 AM
Salutations everyone! My name is Ghislain Courcelles and I am the SUPERFAN of just about everybody's favourite head-butters and hand-ballers at the tournament - France!
June 3, 2010 8:40 AM
I always find myself routing for Brazil to win World Cup soccer - an attitude that began in 1982 when I lived in the Kensington Market-hood. I believe that the major reason, apart from an environmental vibe in these small streets during soccer season, is the fact that I was born on the north coast of South America, and my memories of Brazil are the soulful sounds of Samba and stadium echoes of "Viva Brazil".
June 3, 2010 8:22 AM
As my adopted second home after Canada, I became a committed Socceroos fan when the Football Federation of Australia announced it was hiring super-coach Guus Hiddink. It was a clear sign the FFA were committed to international success for Australia.
June 2, 2010 4:55 PM
I have played with and against many of the players in the All Whites squad during my playing days in New Zealand
June 2, 2010 4:41 PM
Attending the games LIVE is a life long dream come true!!
June 2, 2010 4:13 PM
A group of us Dutch people get together in Tillsonburg and wear our colours eat cheese and drink Heineken and watch the games
June 2, 2010 3:54 PM
Wilmar Kortleever is a freelance sports reporter and current president of Dutchtreat.ca (Dutch community organization).
June 2, 2010 3:47 PM
Raphael has his own online soccer store...
June 2, 2010 3:39 PM
We did not have the luxury of grass fields, cleats, shin guards, but we played and played hard.
June 2, 2010 3:09 PM
We do cheer for Japan and the Blue Samurai provides a very fast paced exciting game, that often has Japanese fans up and cheering with amazing goals
June 2, 2010 2:02 PM
Even though we don't have a trophy to show for it, we are one the most dangerous team in Africa.
June 2, 2010 1:37 PM
I have a love affair with the Italian national soccer team. We share a passionate relationship that at times has me wallowing in anger but has also delivered me to pure ecstasy.
June 2, 2010 1:27 PM
As a Chinese Canadian, there are two teams that I would typically gravitate towards: Canada and China - two teams that don't fare well on the World Cup radar. So I divert to Italy.
June 2, 2010 1:11 PM
When Italy the world cup of 1982 with Paolo Rossi and Dino Zoff`s exploits I was a 1 year old being carted around on St.Clair. W, along with the other 450,000 Italians
June 2, 2010 12:47 PM
I couldn't believe that my team, who had suffered such a tragic experience in Korea/Japan in 2002, would go undefeated to win the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
June 2, 2010 12:11 PM
Imagine what a mess I will be if we lose the game on Sunday.
June 2, 2010 11:43 AM
In Honduras we consider it bad luck...
June 2, 2010 11:34 AM
I am the son of an immigrant family from Greece. This opportunity caught my eye, as I am very passionate about this game. I have played it for over 30 years and have followed the Canadian men's, women's teams and more recently the Greek national team.
June 2, 2010 11:13 AM
Ghana can boast of stars such as Tony Yeboah, Kwame Ayew and Abedi Pele Ayew
June 2, 2010 11:01 AM
Being born in Ghanaian family football was not a hobby or another activity to pass time, but it was a way of life
June 2, 2010 10:42 AM
Before any game I have to prepare; whether doing necessary chores, assignments or other tasks, in order for me to not be distracted while watching a game. I also make sure I say a prayer and I sing patriotic songs to warm me up and to release nervousness and pre-game anxiety
June 2, 2010 10:17 AM
What makes someone a Super Fan? Is it how much they watch the sport, how much they know about it or is it how much they spend on paraphernalia? If any of those makes someone a Super Fan, then I have the title by a long shot.
June 2, 2010 9:53 AM
I was born in Germany and my entire family grew up playing soccer - it's in our German blood! Despite the fact that I am now living in Canada and have dual citizenship, I can't help but cheer on my native home land...
June 1, 2010 4:47 PM
I'm proud of all the joys and pains this team has given me over the years
June 1, 2010 3:51 PM
Even though my parents are South African, they were married in England and lived in Bristol for almost ten years. I always feel like I should have been born in England, and my parents have never questioned my undying and unwavering interest in and support of English culture
June 1, 2010 3:37 PM
The last time I cried was on Canada Day in 2006 when England fell to Portugal in the quarters.
June 1, 2010 3:15 PM
1966 was a good year.
June 1, 2010 2:52 PM
I have used soccer as a way to promote my first nation native ancestry for all my life and have used it to build a career in sport and promote access, equity, health and wellness for aboriginal people in Canada.
June 1, 2010 2:38 PM
It's a ritual/superstition of mine to wear the same shirt as the players do when they're on the pitch, I feel connected and I feel they have 100% of my support.
June 1, 2010 2:23 PM
I even named my dog after Wayne Rooney. So it's kind of funny when we are watching the game and the announcer shouts out "Rooney!"... My dog slowly leaves the room for he thinks he just got yelled at...
June 1, 2010 1:28 PM
Growing up in Manchester (being Home to one the worlds largest football Clubs Manchester United) football culture has been ingrained into my life since birth some of my earliest memories are of traveling to Old Trafford and the training pitches for a sight of the world's football legends; Cantona, Beckham, Giggs, Scholes, Schmeichel and Neville etc
June 1, 2010 1:11 PM
I shall fully support Denmark as long as they are still in the competition.
June 1, 2010 12:46 PM
A Colombian-Canadian cheering for Chile and its beautiful game
June 1, 2010 12:36 PM
August 27, 1988 - Cameroon Vs Nigeria in Yaoundé: Cameroon needed a win against Nigeria to qualify for the next round of world cup qualifications for the 1990 world cup - Nigeria needed a tie.
June 1, 2010 12:21 PM
Je suis William Cédric, et je suis ancien joueur de futbol
June 1, 2010 12:02 PM
I was born In Rio de Janeiro and moved to Canada in 1995 I have been a soccer fan since birth! It's true...
June 1, 2010 11:45 AM
Every four years, I have a cruel dilemma: do I cheer for my motherland, Chile, or I do root for Brazil, the five-time world champions...
June 1, 2010 10:53 AM
In 1998, I met some people online from Brazil at the time of the World Cup. They sent me an official team jersey, and since then, I took up an interest in football.
June 1, 2010 10:46 AM
A Cup beyond this World: My name does not sound Brazilian, but my love for the sport definitely brings to me the Brazilian identity which my name lacks. I was born in Brazil and lived around 12 years of my life there, which means that I also have been contaminated with the soccer fervor....
June 1, 2010 10:33 AM
When the seleção is playing in the World Cup, Brazil literally comes to a halt. Decorated with green and yellow ornaments, flags painted onto walls and sidewalks, the streets turn into an apocalyptical deserted scene.
June 1, 2010 10:21 AM
Such is the Australian population's devotion towards sport that it is sometimes humorously described as "Australia's national religion." While it might be surprising to some who consider Australians to be major supporters of Australian Rules Football, Rugby Union and Rugby League, it is soccer that actually enjoys a strong lead in the number of Aussie participants.
June 1, 2010 9:49 AM
My name is Antonio Hernandez and I am from El Salvador and currently living in Toronto. I am a huge futbol fan, and it is my favourite sport. For me, futbol means so much, it's more than just a passion...