The World Cup

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I'm interested to hear from the non-English moms on here too. Does anyone understand it? Is anyone watching it? Have any of you English moms got the football fever or are you getting on Circle of Moms to get away from it?

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Shaunte - posted on 06/28/2010

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i was surprised to find out from my new boss that there are 210 teams (all from different countries) involved in the world cup. it is the most watched sport around the world. america does not publicize it as much as other countries do. im afraid were the slow ones here! lol
i have watched some games and attended some local teams matches, and it seems like a very fun sport to play. our womens soccer team has been kicking butt and taking names nationally for quite a number of years. the usa team's rank was somewhere in the 40's last time i heard.
its better to watch than golf or fishing that is for sure!!!! lolol

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lol. The funny thing is that all the attention will turn to Wimbledon now so the TV shows will still be moved to make room for the tennis. I feel a little bit sorry for people who don't like sport. At the weekend there was the grand prix followed by daytime and evening football and loads of tennis. My poor mom hated the weekend.

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Alison I heard they were out boohoo...lol! Wimbledon is on but didn't actually realise because of the world cup hype.

Lady - posted on 06/28/2010

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I think the World cup is only on every four years so I don't mind my hubby watching it or the fact that other programmes are moved, and even though I don't like football I will watch the odd game here and there because it is quite a big deal all these countries comming together - it's like the olympics, I wouldn't normally watch any of the sports featured in the olympics at any other time but will watch then because again it's only every four years - Eastenders is on every week of the year and my hubby has to put up with me watching that - so fair's fair lol!!!

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Germany were on fire yesterday and they deserved to win. I'm so embarrassed, I changed my profile pic. I'll still be watching the rest of it though.

@ Jennifer, England are out now. As a general rule the tornament only lasts for a month (about half that time if you're England). It'll still be on, but only for a couple more weeks then everyone will move on and the regular shows will be back on. I've been away from the UK for so long that I don't know who's who in Coronation Street anyway.

Nikki - posted on 06/27/2010

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I live in Canada and love watching the EURO CUP AND WORLD CUP but during the year I`m a huge hockey fan. But I do get into both of them with alot of passion about my team. I am half greek half german so I cheer for both, but more so Germany because I know about the team more and right now I couldnt be happier that they are going to the quarter finals!!!!!!! I have flags up on my balcony, on my car, I have a jersey for both myself and my son, we go all out!!!

Elisabeth - posted on 06/27/2010

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@ Jean. Sorry when I was asking about how many tackles I meant American Footy. Sorry I should of worded it better. BTW very good effort from NZ in soccer world cup, when aus was knocked out I was rooting for NZ, shame you missed out but was so close, and love that you kicked italy's arse!

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I live in England and I HATE football with a passion. I'm lucky to have a husband who doesn't like football and a son who's 7 months old so hasn't a preference yet lol!

What annoys me about the world cup are the pathetic people who don't take an interest in football any other time but "have to" take an interest in the world cup - they should just get a life! And the second annoying thing is programmes being cancelled/postponed for the football! I'd rather watch paint dry than watch football!

Sarah - posted on 06/27/2010

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it was a dissapointing loss, mostly b/c i think if we had played to capacity, we would have won. :( Now I have to wait another 4 years!
Oh well, I will be rooting for the brits today!!

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@Elisabeth, I'm not sure, I think Rugby Union is unlimited (just asking my fiance who used to play rugby), unless the rules have changed. I see Sonny Bill Williams has just joined my provinicial team.

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Sorry about the USA game, but it's good to see an African side doing well in an African tornament and they deserved to win. I'm torn about the result because on one hand I wanted America to go far, but I didn't want them putting the English to shame by getting further than us. I'm realistic about England's chance of being beaten today.

Elisabeth - posted on 06/26/2010

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@ Jean. I'm with you on the Rugby, I like to watch Leage though. The main differance between American Footie and Rugby (Leage anyway) is that Rugby don't wear all the protective gear because we're tough! Haha nah just joking, the other differance is that NRL (Rugby) are allowed 5 tackles instead of 3 (is that how much you are allowed or do I have my facts wrong?) and we have a much bigger play area. BTW anything is better then GAFL, I mean AFL

Elisabeth - posted on 06/25/2010

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Haha, I don't usually watch it, in fact I tease people for watching soccer (as a joke not serious) but when the world cup comes around I like to watch it, it's the world cup. It's pretty easy to understand. I'm Australian and soccer is def not a big thing here, but if the world cup ever comes here I would like to go to some games, I think the atmosphere would be amazing.

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I have to say I HATE football but there is something about the World Cup (maybe the fact my hubby has it on evrytime he is in the house) that has got me kind of loving it...I watch pretty much every match (being the good little wife I am I have Sky plused the ones that are when he's at work for him to watch when he gets home).

I am really pleased England actually played like a professional football team yesterday and so managed to get through the qualifiers woohoo (and well done US too).

Even though I do not like football I still know all the rules including the offside rule (I impressed my hubby's mates the other day with that little gem in very basic terms).

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Congrats to USA on winning the group. I don't mind that England came second because we didn't deserve it. I'm happy that both teams made it made it out of the group stage. Hopefully England and the USA will meet again in the finals, but I highly doubt either team will get there. I'm sure more Americans will get into it after this World Cup.



Australia and New Zealand only narrowly missed out and I'm sure they'll qualify for the next one in four years time without too much difficulty. Perhaps we'll see Canada in the next one too. Not sure where everyone else is from, but I'll post the link just in case some of you are vaguely interested in your country's progress.



http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/standings/i...

Sarah - posted on 06/24/2010

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GO US!!!!!! First group win since 1930, YAY!!
I've played since I was a girl (5) and I can honestly say that every year more and more people here in the states seem to watch and get it! This is my favorite time of year b/c otherwise I end up watching it on the spanish channel LOL!
Favorite sport!! Can't wait for my LO to get big enough to play!

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Here in New Zealand, it's huge because the last time we had a team in the world cup was 28 years ago, and we are doing well, hopefully we win (although I won't be getting up to watch the game at 2m), or draw again.

Lyndsay - posted on 06/15/2010

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I don't like soccer (football to the Brits), I think its boring and I HATE the frenzy of the world cup. I swear, people just go nuts. They attach flags to their cars and drive down main streets with all of their friends, also with flags, honking their horns and screaming. My neighbours are mostly foreigners, from one European country or another, and they've all gone nuts. They blare their music and throw game parties where they drink beer and scream and yell and cause a general commotion. Urghh.. can't wait for it to be over.

LaCi - posted on 06/14/2010

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Those silly americans and their hatred for brain injuries. ;p



Seriously though, 300 pound men running full force at each other and colliding with force equal to a car crash every two minutes requires some padding. They end up with enough brain, spine, and knee injuries with the padding. Without it they'd just die.



That being said, some of these rugby players are out of their minds and if I had the opportunity I would watch it as well. Unfortunately, until I get satellite that isn't going to happen ;/ Same with Hockey. *sigh*



But soccer is still totally lame.

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True, but I have to admit that American football players are a lot prettier than our Rugby players because they are better protected from loosing teeth and broken noses.

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Lol, Allison, thats why they wear pads in american football because they can't handle playing with out them, Rugby is just as hard core and you don't see them wearing pads (in their jersey's) lol

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I'm glad to be back in England for the World Cup. I watched the last one in the USA and it wasn't the same. I live in America for most of the year, but I just can't get into the sports over there. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if Americans start wearing pads to play chess (just kidding). My husbands sport is fishing and I suppose that's even worse. He actually watches it on TV and gets excited about it. I just don't get it myself, but if it makes him happy then I try to act interested.

Kylie - posted on 06/13/2010

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I'm Australian but live in England, and up until now was very excited. Tonight has managed to quash this. Never mind.

Our house has an Aussie flag in one window and an English on in the other.

Kathy, I'm a Tigers fan!!! Glad you support a proper team!!! I wouldn't wish being a Tigers fan on anyone!

Rosie - posted on 06/13/2010

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i simply cannot get into soccer. i tried watching the usa vs england game yesterday and don't get it, was bored, and don't see the big deal. give me good old american football anyday of the week and i'm a happy happy girl!!

Becky - posted on 06/12/2010

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I'm American living in England and it is crazy here. I always knew about it but where I am from back in the states it was never this big of a deal but I guess its just like the super bowl for football, how everybody goes crazy. I thinks its lots of fun and I love trash talking with my English friends about tonights game USA vs. England..

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My son is American and English. I'm supporting the USA and it's a shame we'll have to beat em, but I'll always be England first. My husband is American and doesn't understand it, doesn't care and didn't even know the USA were in it.

Lady - posted on 06/12/2010

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I'm Scottish but living in England so having to put up with being drowned in world cup fever - my hubby watches it every time anyway but now my son is in on it too - we're having real trouble because as a rule Scots DO NOT support England in any sport but of course my son was born in England and all his friends are English - in fact we are having one of his friends and his dad over to watch the match tonight. As much as we may love to support America and wear our ABE (Anybody But England) shirts, it may put my son in a rather akward postition. lol:-)

Sarah - posted on 06/12/2010

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I'm all set to become a World Cup widow! My husband is off out to the pub later to watch the England match.
I don't really bother with it to be honest, if they get to the semi finals or something I might start watching it. It's not the same if I can't go down the pub! hahaha :)

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I think there is a difference in Aussie Rules, Rugby and Rugby league- or so I'm told. I live in New Zealand.

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Australian football sounds a bit like rugby. It's similar to the American football, but without all those pads. Rugby is big in England too, but not as big as football (soccer to the Americans and Canadians).

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I proberbly won't watch it, although I'll hear about it at work as I work in a tourist store. I think this is the first time in 20 years that my country has played in the world cup.
I'm looking forward to rugby world cup next year (abit like american football without the head gear and the padding in the tops- more hard core) as its also in my country/city.
Rugby is our national sport.

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Australia's got a team playing tooand I'm trying to understand the game, but not having much success! My sport of choice is Australian Rules football (go Saints!!) but I'll be following Australia's soccer team.



I certainly won't be getting up at all hours of the night to watch though!

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