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I don't know when I've been more excited. My favourite National Team, Colombia, was magnificent yesterday in defeating the Uruguayan team, who is one of the best in the world, by a score of 4-0.


Here are some beautiful photos from the match.


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Goalscorer Teofilo Gutierrez hugs playmaker James Rodriguez.


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Results, standings, goalscorers, etc. for the Qualies can be found here:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_FIFA_World_Cup_qualification_(CONMEBOL)

I'm just going to post some pictures from Matchday Six which took place June 9 & 10.

From Bolivia vs Paraguay (not a good matchday for Paraguay). :(


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More here... )

*Argentina got a bye for this round. ;)
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Had a nice visit with my sister yesterday, who is going for hip replacement surgery on June 12th. Her birthday is June 18th, so we wanted to meet beforehand to have lunch and do a bit of shopping, because she doesn't know how long her recovery time will be and it would probably be at least a month before she's back on her feet again. She liked the presents I got her: a House of Martell T-shirt from HBO's Game of Thrones shop and a gift card. While we were shopping, we found some Game of Thrones goodies in the Chapters/Indigo bookstore. They had some coffee mugs, t-shirts, mouse pads, keychains and other 'jewelry', as well as the illustrated (as in comic strip) version of the first book in the series (I want!) and some journals with different covers. The one we liked best had the Oath of the Night Watch printed on the cover. (Want this also!)

More here... )
jenni_blog: (URU-LUIS SUAREZ)
This week most of the excitement in football has been centred around the Euro 2012 competition starting on June 8th. But at the same time, there is the intense battle going on for World Cup spaces (potentially 6) among South American teams. The battle will be long and hard, and very compelling. This weekend the matches are very interesting.

First, a little background. The 2014 World Cup will be in Brazil. Being the host country, Brazil does not need to compete for qualification. That leaves 9 teams who do. With an uneven number of teams competing, one team will get a 'bye' in each round of the qualifiers. This weekend, which is Matchday 5, that team is Paraguay. These are the matches that will be taking place:

Saturday, June 2nd:
Uruguay vs Venezuela
Bolivia vs Chile
Argentina vs Ecuador

Sunday, June 3
Peru vs Colombia

Why will it be so compelling this Matchday 5? Well, here are the standings:

1. Uruguay - 7 pts - +6 goal diff.
2. Argentina - 7 pts - + 3 goal diff.
3. Venezuela - 7 pts - 0 goal diff.
4. Ecuador - 6 pts - + 3 goal diff.
5. Chile - 6 pts - -3 goal diff.
6. Colombia - 4 pts - 0 goal diff.
7. Paraguay - 4 pts - -3 goal diff.
8. Peru - 3 pts - -2 goal diff.
9. Bolivia - 1 pt. - -4 goal diff.


My thoughts and some photos under the cut... )
jenni_blog: (bund-schalke-erwin-2)
My NEW Favourite Teams



I always like to feel good. I hate that feeling of being down when it comes to my teams' losses. I always like to have a lot of teams around me. I don't know - my feeling has always been that if I had only ONE team and they lost and made me feel bad, then I would have no other teams I could watch that might be able to cheer me up. Therefore I have always watched a lot of matches from a lot of different leagues with a view to finding teams that interest me and are fun to watch and get involved with.

And this year, at season's end for most leagues, I've decided that I am no longer going to cheer for the biggest teams. In the beginning I think I, like most people, got sucked in to thinking I had to get behind teams like Real Madrid or Manchester United because they were the ones I could see the most on TV. Or Barcelona. Or Liverpool, or Chelsea. AC Milan. Etc., etc. But once I got Pay TV and discovered streaming, there was no excuse NOT to follow other, 'lesser' teams. And once I got started doing that, what did I discover? That these teams are much more fun to follow. Their players are not the big headed 'superstars' that the BIG teams seem to swallow up like so many jelly beans until some of the disappear into what seem like black holes, never to be seen again.

It seems that these superstars are usually too 'professional' for me to like them very much. It's like they are playing only for the money and the stardom, to see how many goals they can rack up in a season, as if that is the only reason they are playing, certainly not for the team that hired them. They tend to change teams a lot as well, maybe because it's a way of staving off boredom. I don't know. To each his own, I guess. I am not knocking these teams or players, but just writing about what's interesting for me and what isn't.

So, okay. The teams I REALLY, really like based on what I've seen during the past season, are:


Below the cut )

EDIT: I forgot to mention CONCACAF! I love the Mexico NT with all my heart, and I like Costa Rica. I also like the Venezuela NT. Forgot to mention them as well. ;)
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First: Here is a link to an article in Ovacion where Uruguay NT captain Diego Lugano expresses his support for Luis Suarez and why. What a great person!♥

http://www.ovaciondigital.com.uy/120215/futinter-624724/futbolinternacional/el-capitan-respaldo-a-luis-suarez/

Diego:

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Second, National Team striker Fernando Abreu was invited to go to the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, but he said "first the Botafogo (referring to his team) and then the fun!" What a guy!♥

http://www.ovaciondigital.com.uy/120215/futinter-624718/futbolinternacional/leccion-de-profesionalismo/

El Loco with Botafogo:


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I wish I'd seen these articles yesterday on Valentine's Day. I would have posted them!
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Team Uruguay will play France later today in their opening match. This should be fascinating. While I want the Urus to win, it doesn't seem to matter if a team wins their opening match or not. Because the eventual winners of every World Cup have not necessarily won every single one of their matches in the group stage. I just want Uruguay to do well and show what they are made of!

These are training pics from yesterday.

Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez.

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I have MUCHO love for the Uruguay NT! So please enjoy these lovely photos along with me!

A teaser:

Strikers Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani.

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jenni_blog: (URUGUAY-FLAG)
Uruguay is a team with fantastically gifted players. I would not be surprised to see them go quite far, although I guess they would not be one of the favourites. But if they can get it together, defend well and let their forwards shine I think they have a pretty good chance. So in Uruguay's honour, here is a picspam of the players I think would be included in the National Team. The team has not yet been announced, but these players were the most recently called-up. There are no recent training pics, so I'll just include a photo or two of each player.

Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

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