Gerry Canavan

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Žižek on the World Cup

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July 2, 2010 at 12:43 am

World Cup Day 1

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That was a great South Africa-Mexico match today, and the last ten minutes or so of the otherwise dull Uruguay-France match (after Uruguay stopped trying to do anything but defend) were pretty thrilling too. But tomorrow is the big one: US-England! 1950 was the last time we beat England! Doesn’t look good! USA! USA!

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June 11, 2010 at 4:56 pm

World Cup Groups

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UPDATE: Paul Campos and Nate Silver are already hard at work spinning this out.

Following up on yesterday’s post, the World Cup groups have now been announced. The U.S. drew Group C: England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia.

The World Cup draw 2010 could have been much worse, as the U.S. and England will meet right off the bat, and will then be favored against Slovenia and Algeria. The path for the United States won’t be extremely easy, since they are capable of going far, like in 2002, or tanking completely, like in 1998. But for the moment, they got what they wanted—though they could meet Germany from Group D in the next round, if they aren’t careful.

Group G is apparently this year’s group of death. I missed it yesterday, but Nate Silver crunched some numbers on the various possibilities. More here, and I’m sure more still coming soon.

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December 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Confederation Cup Finals

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Confederations Cup liveblogging: I’ll be watching the finals of the Confederations Cup in a bit and posting excited exclamations whenever the U.S. scores against the hated and villainous Brazilians. (Early projection: 10-0 U.S.) Game starts at 2:25 EST.

2:13 Summary of ESPN pre-show: “U.S., you need to play good.”

Spoiler alert and assorted observations behind the [+/-].

0:00 And we’re off.

1:00 Congrats to the U.S. for keeping Brazil scoreless through the first minute of the game.

9:38 DEMPSEY SCORES! Dempsey again, God bless ’em. U.S. 1-0.

10:00 Announcers say that this is the first time Brazil has trailed in the entire tournament. I suspect their spirits may have been broken.

12:00 Nice save from Howard. U.S. putting the pressure on—they barely stopped Davies on a breakaway.

21:00 More informed match-tracking from the New York Times.

24:00 Another nice save from Howard. Things are getting physical.

26:00 U.S. defense generally looking good under pressure.

26:52 Donovan scores! Up 2-0!

34:10 Another miraculous save from Howard. He’s doing great today.

45:00 + 1 Brazil having terrible luck with their shots so far today. U.S. very lucky. Game goes into the half with the US up by two.

45:45 Brazil scores 45 seconds into the second half. That’s a bad sign.

58:00 U.S hurting, though still up by one. Lucky save just now.

60:00 EVEN MORE LUCKY SAVE FROM HOWARD. God. That really looked like it was in. (On replay it looks like it was kind of definitely in.)

63:30 Two good shots from the U.S., but no dice. U.S. fans on Twitter seem a little embarrassed about The Save. I make no apologies.

70:30 Howard again. Hero of the match.

73:31 Time to break Fabiano’s leg. 2-2. Ugh.

84:00 Brazil gets its third goal off a header. Looking very bad. It’s clear now that God is punishing Tim Howard for The Save.

89:30 U.S. just can’t find the equalizer.

90:00 Three minutes stoppage time.

90:00 + 3 Amazing first half balanced by a terrible second half. At least we made Brazil work for it. See you in 2010.

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June 28, 2009 at 6:02 pm

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Euro 2008 Starts Today

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Longtime readers know that international soccer is the one sport I really get excited about. I spent a lot of my last summer before Duke blogging pretty obsessively about the World Cup—you can relieve the magic in the June 2006 and July 2006 archives—and so I’m pretty excited that the other quadrennial soccer tournament, UEFA Euro 2008, begins today. As is the case with the World Cup, my knowledge surrounding the European championship is spotty, hilariously incomplete, and primarily keyed to old nationalistic hatreds: that’s part of what makes it so fun.

Most of the games will be aired on ESPN Classic; you can find a good schedule here.
And if you’re really feeling ambitious you can build a fantasy team here and construct your bracket here.

I’m using this program to help me keep track of everything; it’s available for both Mac and Windows.

Some uninformed bloviations about Group A in a little bit…

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June 7, 2008 at 12:20 pm

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