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GROUP STAGE: Switzerland v France – Post-game

Second Half 46 – Swiss start off where they ended. Attacking ideas but no end product. 47 – Monster challenge from Sakho. 48 – France looking to add to their tally, but a corner kick instead. 49 – Not a very good corner. Out for a Swiss throw. Again, the French just shooting for fun. Hard to think it could cost them at this point. 52 – Foul here....

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GROUP STAGE: Switzerland v France Half-time Report

Pre-Game With Ecuador’s loss and the demolition of Honduras, you have to think this will decide 1 and 2 for the group. Of course, Ecuador could still beat France. I have a hard time thinking Honduras is going to beat the Swiss, though CONCACAF is currently 4-1-1. As far as my games go, this qualifies as a big one. Not only is it a...

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GROUP STAGE: Japan v Greece Post-Game

First Half I noticed just before the game that Ninis didn’t make the final squad. Disappointed! 1 – And we’re off. Japan with some early possession, but long through ball intercepted. 2 – Foul by Japan just about at midfield 3 – Kagawa on the bench, I just realized. BOO! 4 – People like to hate on Greece for playing defensively, but they are...

GROUP STAGE:  Luis Suarez knocks out England (Maybe) 0

GROUP STAGE: Luis Suarez knocks out England (Maybe)

Wow.  What a return for Luis Suarez.  I didn’t see this coming, as much as I hoped it might.  I always want to see Suarez perform well and be healthy, but I just didn’t see this coming. 2 shots, 2 goals, one 2-1 win for Suarez. Let’s get this out-of-the-way. Congrats to Rooney for scoring his first World Cup goal. Well deserved for him....

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GROUP STAGE: Japan v Greece Pre-Game

I was really disappointed in Greece against Colombia. I picked Greece to hunker down and get out of the group. We’ll see night whether they redeem my faith. They could still get 6 points! I’m a bit torn whether I should cheer for Samaras and my bracket or Kagawa, MUFC, and Asia. A draw keeps both teams alive, but makes it more likely both...

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Podcasts to Get You Through the Rest of the World Cup

We hope you follow TINT during the World Cup (returning this Saturday), but in case you need more, here’s what I’m listening to to keep me informed: 5 Live’s World Football Daily ESPN FC (not the old one, sadly) Filibuster Guardian’s Football Weekly Men in Blazers NASLcast March to the Match Last summer, I brought you a list of my sports podcasts, so you...

GROUP STAGE:  England v. Uruguay PreGame 0

GROUP STAGE: England v. Uruguay PreGame

England:  Needs to use the speed down the sides of the pitch.  There shouldn’t be any changes from the game against Italy.  Truthfully, England outplayed Italy for most of the game, but couldn’t get the right combination to score.  Wayne Rooney needs to be in the center of the field, not the left or the right.  Use Rooney to feed Sturridge, Sterling, and Welbeck....

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GROUP STAGE: Colombia v Ivory Coast – Post-game Thoughts

You can also check out my first half thoughts. Second Half Lineup Changes: none so far 47 – somewhat reckless challenge as Colombia try to make it out of the back. No card. 48 – Easily could have been a yellow on Zapata going the other way. Lots of empty seats I noticed. I was thinking there were just a lot of people in red Colombia...

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