World Cup Football

Considering that half the Australian team is also Croatian, it is nice to see that their match had a sort of fitting end, a tie. Of course in a slightly grander scheme of things it wasn’t a tie, Australia advanced and Croatia didn’t. But, in the end Australia didn’t make it very far. Sadly, of course many other teams are now out of the tournament, notably the USA, which finally scored their first and only goal of the tournament in their losing game against Ghana. The US was ranked 5th going into the tournament, so we might have had some hope, but I hear those rankings aren’t very meaningful. Of course if we had won we would have advanced to play Brazil in the round of 16, the conclusion of which is probably inevitable (Brazil has won more World Cups than any other country and the US has never come close to winning.)

Speaking of which… Jeremy has some recent comments on his blog about his fondness for the “overdog”, and just today at lunch I happend to read about overdogs in a slightly more prestegious source, National Geographic magazine. I am one of those “stupid” people who has no problem rooting for the underdog, but according to John Lanchester, if you have to root for the overdog then you should probably choose Brazil. National Geographic brought together a flock of short essays about the significance of the World Cup as a whole and the meaningfulness of soccer to people in countries around the world. It is a really great feature that I couldn’t stop reading. I was using the dead-tree version today while I enjoyed some buns at iced tea at Eastern Accents, but the web site has even more content.

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  1. giulia said,

    July 12, 2006 @ 1:44 am

    CAMPIONI DEL MONDO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Allez les bleus … a la maison !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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