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Cameroon v Holland Open Thread (+ Japan v Denmark lookins)

June 24, 2010 — by Sean5

The Flying Dutchmen and the Indomitable Lions facing off right now! Open thread for comments, with Mr. Ganguli here in the second half to walk us through every pass.

[Update: Mr. Ganguli is here, but he most certainly will not be walking us through every pass. It’ll be more forest than trees..see below.

[2nd Update: Final scores:

Japan 3, Denmark 1
Netherlands 2, Cameroon 1

The Dutch finish 1st in the group & Japan advances in 2nd place, with the resulting Round of 16 matchups:

Netherlands v Slovakia (on 28-June)
Japan v Paraguay (on 29-June)


Digging Europe’s Dark Vision of Futbol: The Unsettling Language of UK Futbol Announcers

June 22, 2010 — by Ryan1

It's really not all that bad.

One of the best side benefits of World Cup soccer has been the chance to listen to non-American announcers cover the games. It’s not so much that the U.S. seems to have few legitimate broadcasters who can competently, unpretentiously offer their opinion, which is basically a true statement, no it’s more about the subtle nuances like terminology. Take the following examples:

1) “the smash and grab” – in the overwhelming cluster$#%k that was Switzerland’s goal against Spain the UK announcer repeatedly described it as a “smash and grab” goal. Likewise, Paraguay’s set play success against Italy received the same moniker. I swear no American announcer would ever imply both theft and violence in the purest of all things a world cup goal. No, our man would say the Swiss were “gritty”, “dogged” or “had a nose for the goal”. I’d say the “smash and grab” is all those things and more.