June 12, 2014

The 2014 World Cup is Here: Twelve stadiums will host 64 football matches during the month long World Cup tournament in Brazil, which begins today. The Telegraph has prepared this Google Earth flyover of each stadium. Use this discussion for today's World Cup talk.

posted by rcade to soccer at 02:49 PM - 13 comments

Not being a subsidizer of ESPN, glad to be watching the Copa on Univision.

Even better to get to a computer to check the score of the opening match and find Croacia up 1-0 just 11 minutes in. (Own goal or not).

posted by beaverboard at 05:00 PM on June 12, 2014

That penalty call leading to Neymar's PK goal was a traveshamockery.

posted by rcade at 06:46 PM on June 12, 2014

I'm glad Oscar toe poked that third goal in so that the penalty wasn't the only goal Croatia lost by.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 08:11 PM on June 12, 2014

Hmmm .. is that a +1.5 gladness or a it would suck if Brazil won because of an NBA-like homer call? Or both?

posted by cixelsyd at 09:41 PM on June 12, 2014

That was a fun game to watch.

If the whole Croatia/Serbia thing wasn't so politically charged, I'd be tempted to buy a Croatian national team jersey. I really like that red/white checked design, and the alternate one (blue with checked shoulders) is also nice.

posted by grum@work at 12:46 AM on June 13, 2014

If you don't want the national jersey for those reasons, check out Dinamo Zagreb's kit.

My daughter played as a junior in this kit because one of the parents was a crazy Dinamo fan, and bought the shirts for us one year. He hated when they temporarily changed the club name to Croatia Zagreb.

posted by owlhouse at 07:41 AM on June 13, 2014

The only time I like that jersey is when it's atop a table at a quaint Southern diner.

posted by rcade at 09:39 AM on June 13, 2014

Some years ago, I found that folks in various places in the South were genuinely upset that Yasser Arafat had taken what looked to them like a perfectly good tablecloth and turned it into a head scarf.

I was not impressed with the Neymar PK. I wish the keeper had gotten just a bit more of it and turned it away. Valiant effort - the keeper deserved to prevail.

posted by beaverboard at 10:15 AM on June 13, 2014

I didn't think you were allowed to stop, like Neymar did, once you started moving toward the ball.

posted by bender at 10:46 AM on June 13, 2014

I like to collect sports jerseys, and I've added a couple of WC2014 ones to my "wish list": I really like those intricate designs on the Cameroon and Ghana ones, the German away jersey is striking, as is the Belgium one.

I already have the national jerseys for Argentina and Denmark, plus club jerseys (Barcelona, Monaco, Chelsea, Charlton Athletic, Ajax Amsterdam, AEK, Inter-Milan, Toronto FC), and other sports (Michigan football, Buffalo Bills football, India ODI cricket, All-Blacks rugby, West Indies rugby, two Toronto Maple Leafs hockey jerseys, Toronto Blue Jays baseball jersey, and a Chennai Super Kings IPL jersey on the way). My parents just headed over to Portugal today and will be in Lisbon for the country's first WC game, and they might pick me up a national jersey or Sporting Lisbon jersey.

I'm looking to add something from Bundesliga, Scottish League, and other European football leagues.

posted by grum@work at 10:51 AM on June 13, 2014

I didn't think you were allowed to stop, like Neymar did, once you started moving toward the ball.

I don't think you want to. Apparently that's his thing if I heard Ian Darke right, but I always think, "This is going to miss" when someone does that.

I'm looking to add something from Bundesliga

They're not in it right now, but you gotta go St. Pauli; my brother-in-law is threatening to bring a baby onesie back from the club shop this week.

posted by yerfatma at 11:14 AM on June 13, 2014

I added a chat room here. I don't know if it will hang around if I close the window, but it's an open room named "Spofi".

posted by yerfatma at 12:29 PM on June 13, 2014

That would be a no, but you can always recreate it.

posted by yerfatma at 01:46 PM on June 13, 2014

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