June 2014

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1st – Brazil ‘Brasil’, to football hipsters. ‘The Selecao’, to pretentious football hipsters. I can’t wait to watch The Selecao – at home, in a World Cup, with gold emblazoned shirts – playing dynamic, powerful, expressive, samba football.  It really represents triple grade A purity from a sporting point of view. Really, they should win…

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It’s been labeled ‘the group of death’ – which isn’t nearly as realistic a moniker as what some participants at this year’s World Cup may actually face when they get home after an unsuccessful campaign. Nevertheless, a group with Germany, Portugal, Ghana and the USA could prove to be the most fascinating of this year’s…

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PREDICTIONS 1st – FRANCE (FIFA Ranking: 16. GDP: US$2.6 trillion) It is a given that France will progress through to the second round. Historically, France, unlike Switzerland, is a perfect example of a country tailor-made for football. Here’s why: 1)   French intellectuals were pivotal in the European movement known as the Enlightenment; therefore the French have a…

Read More TPA’s Wacky World Cup Previews: Group E

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“Of all the groups in all the World (Cup), you had to walk into this one?” …is a sentence that none of the teams in Group C will be saying to one another. I see no footballing or historical rivalries in this group and quite frankly it disappoints me. Four countries from four completely different…

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A Melbourne man reportedly took a two-hour lunch break today in order to catch game one of the 2014 NBA Finals. The man, 28, arrived conspicuously early at work today in order to take care of “all the things he needed to do” before lunchtime. This proactive approach, he believed, thereby entitled him to an extended…

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