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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Herring View Post
    And in Germany there are claims about a correlation between electoral outcomes and the national teams success. So yes, it is "just" a sport, but due to it´s public appeal it is also easily turned into something political
    Really? There are similar claims about New Zealand and rugby. There were other claims that a win or loss by our national team effected the stock market and the economy in general.

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    You had to feel badly for the North Korean players' families.

    Hopefully their executions will be swift and pain-free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Herring View Post
    And in Germany there are claims about a correlation between electoral outcomes and the national teams success. So yes, it is "just" a sport, but due to it´s public appeal it is also easily turned into something political.
    No they said, because so many people are intrested in football, current pressuring political issues, like our momentary government which is a coalition at odds with each other, could become less important. Current issues are for example the government destroying our social system to give a credit to rescue the euro. That credit is necessary but they are taking away the money for it from the wrong people like families, students and flat broke people.

    On the other hand tho they lower the tax rate on high incomes and voices are already raising speaking of a crime, cause it appears to be a lobby action from hotel owners, who are member of the current party sitting in the government.


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    (Am I really the only one who thinks the vuvuzela's not that bad?)

    Two of my favorite teams in this world cup - France, and Portugal failed to impress with their performances so far. Let's hope they put up a winning performance - especially Portugal whom I'm beginning to doubt.

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    Default [Spain VS. Switzerland.]

    (1-0 to Switzerland.)

    My my, not surprising at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcda View Post
    How did they qualify then?
    Its easier to do well against Asian teams than against an average bunch of world cup teams.

    Quote Originally Posted by tcda View Post
    btw Honduras has a regime installed by a coup and illegitimate elections. I'm wondering if a success for them would only help the govt. ...

    I don't take that view because hwile governments try to take ownership of these things, the people will generally udnerstand it as their triumph, not that of the government. Whereas int he case of a defeat, they will udnerstand it as their own defeat, not the governments, lowering their confidence even further.

    Likewise Chile is hardly a saintly ruling class despite the facade of democracy. (Same goes for Brazil and Portugal, and I imagine the Ivory Coast). So if a victory for the national team strengthens the govt., I wouldn't want them to win either...
    That's oranges and apples. The North Korean people have long been indoctrinated into a personality cult severest variety. They by default praise Kim for all of their country's fortune, however, that is not the case with Brazil, Portugal or Ivory Coast, at least not to the same extent. The people of those countries may know better than to attribute the success of their soccer team to the virtues of their government, but we can't say the same about the North Koreans.
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    Asia has some decent teams who didn't qualify. If you were talking about Oceana fair enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tcda View Post
    Asia has some decent teams who didn't qualify..
    At any rate, facing 'some decent teams' is easier than facing Brazil, Portugal and Ivory Coast.
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    Ivory Coast aren't that special. Maybe 4 years ago. N Korea will give them a run for their money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tcda View Post
    Ivory Coast aren't that special..
    I don't know, their defense seemed pretty solid as they contained Ronaldo very well. They also have some monster forwards like Kalou and Drogba.
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