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

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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*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!)

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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... )
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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:

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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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