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World Cup Day 20: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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by Thomas Hautmann

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Tuesday was a day of mixed emotions at the World Cup, to put it lightly. First, we watched a snooze-fest of a quarterfinal between European foes Germany and France; then we took in an absolute thriller between Brazil and Colombia. On the one hand, we got the dream semifinal match-up we hoped for; on the other, we lost arguably the two best players of the World Cup to get there. 

Fourth of July provided plenty of fireworks, albeit in Brazil. To recap what you may have missed, check out our “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” from Day 20:

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Brazil vs. Germany for the right to play in the World Cup final. Do we need to say more?

#BRA vs #GER . That’ll work.

— Rob Stone (@RobStoneONFOX)

July 4, 2014

Brazil v Germany: Bravo FIFA Screenwriters, Bravo

— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers)

July 4, 2014

Remarkable that #BRA and #GER have met only once at a World Cup (02 final) considering they always contend. Rematch on tap.

— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus)

July 4, 2014

Just has to be #BRA and #GER in the semifinal, two teams with most wins in World Cup history. Combined 127 wins!

— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari)

July 4, 2014

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How did we get to this tasty treat of a semifinal?

First, Germany toppled rival France on Mats Hummels’ textbook header in the first half. And when we say textbook, we mean Germany literally wrote the book on headers. “Fact of the Day:”

Most header goals in the World Cup [43] #GER [25] #BRA [24] #ITA [19] #ARG [17] #ENG [14] #NED and Sweden [13] #ESP and Yugoslavia/Serbia

— MisterChip (English) (@MisterChiping)

July 4, 2014

So Germany, again, “head” to the semifinals. In fact, it is the first country to reach four straight World Cup semis.

The thing about the Germans is that they’re Germans.

— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)

July 4, 2014

#GER's World Cup record is ridiculous: 3rd, 10th, banned, 1st, 4th, 7th, 2nd, 3rd, 1st, 6th, 2nd, 2nd, 1st, 5th, 7th, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, ?

— Dale Johnson (@dalejohnsonESPN)

July 4, 2014

Must be nice to be German. Strong economy with durable manufacturing base, excellent public services, great cars, World Cup semis a given

— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceIndy)

July 4, 2014

Oh yeah, and this is still happening:

Congrats #GERMANY

— Rihanna (@rihanna)

July 4, 2014

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Later, Brazil and Colombia collided (literally) in what was one of the most wide-open, free-flowing games of football we’ve seen thus far. It was chaos, it was physical, and it was A LOT of fun:

Martial Arts movie more than a football game. Love it

— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers)

July 4, 2014

This is soccer interpreted by a bunch of angry six-year-olds in bumper cars.

— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell)

July 4, 2014

This is insane. Like a Rocky Movie, all uppercuts with no blocking whatsoever. #WorldCup2014

— Kyle Martino (@kylemartino)

July 4, 2014

Big Phil. David Luiz. Neymar. It’s anarchy out there. #BRAvCOL pic.twitter.com/bKvQLTsAp5

— Soccer Gods (@soccergods) July 4, 2014

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World Cup Day 14: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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by Thomas Hautmann

Need note to get out of work Thurs? @J_Klinsmann has you covered. Show your cool boss. It will def work! #LetsDoThis pic.twitter.com/i2oCZmGAGZ

— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer)

June 25, 2014

First thing’s first: make sure you all print out the sick note courtesy of USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann so that you can watch the big game on Thursday. Do it! 

And don’t forget to wear your jersey !! #businessattire RT @ussoccer: Need note to get out of work Thurs? #LetsDoThis pic.twitter.com/fa49OKM0hu

— Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann)

June 25, 2014

Got it? Okay, cool. Now let’s see what happened Wednesday in another edition of World Cup: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly:

THE GOOD

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Did you need any more proof that this is Lionel Messi’s tournament? You got it on Wednesday.

Messi left it late before winning Argentina’s first two games with a pair of superb goals, but he wasted no time against Nigeria. La Pulga went for pure power scoring his first in the third minute, then produced a signature free kick for his second before halftime.

I can’t think of another man that excites me quite as much as Messi does.

— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)

June 25, 2014

Messi now on four. Maradona got five in 1986. (If you’re into that kind of thing… which I am.)

— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney)

June 25, 2014

So much for Messi not being the same player for Argentina. Reckon he’s been saving himself for this.

— Ian Darke (@IanDarke)

June 25, 2014

I think Lionel Messi wants to win the World Cup, you guys.

— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT)

June 25, 2014

Messi and Neymar living up to their billing. Fantastic free kick by the Argentine.

— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl)

June 25, 2014

@RayHudson no that’s Suarez

— Tom Steigerwald (@T_Stagzxo)

June 25, 2014

And because Nigeria also had their scoring boots on, the World Cup of Goals continued:

When Argentina play Brazil in the final, the score will be 5-7. #EarlyPrediction

— Dan Colasimone (@ArgentinaFW)

June 25, 2014

Goals for all! #NGAvsARG

— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas)

June 25, 2014

One of the joys of this tournament is wondering how many goals Messi would score if he got to play against the Argentinian defense.

— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell)

June 25, 2014

When people talk about how there is no scoring in soccer, I honestly don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.

— Sam Borden (@SamBorden)

June 25, 2014

Quiet, Rio:

Both teams defending is abysmal !

— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5)

June 25, 2014

Even Iran scored on Wednesday, which is significant because…

1 - This is the first #WorldCup since 1998 with all teams scoring at least one goal. Satisfaction. #IRN

— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz)

June 25, 2014

In the late games, Xherdan Shaqiri lit it up for Switzerland.

Xherdan Shaqiri is the 2nd ever #SUI player to score 3+ goals in a #WorldCup match. (Previous was Josef Hugi on June 26, 1954. Also had 3.)

— FOX Sports Live (@FOXSportsLive)

June 25, 2014

"Shaq Attack" scored the 50th hat trick in World Cup history and the second of 2014 after Thomas Muller, his Bayern Munich teammate. 

Shaqattack!!! Class 👌@XS_11official #Shaqattack #HONSUI #WorldCup2014

— Jerome Boateng (@JB17Official)

June 25, 2014

Shaqiri has scored more goals in just one game than England

— Fisnik Jashari (@FisnikJashari)

June 25, 2014

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USA vs. Germany - As it happened on Twitter

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by Thomas Hautmann

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We did it America! We lost to Germany! (And still advanced! Just like we drew it up.)

It certainly wasn’t easy on our hearts or our nervous systems, but Jurgen Klinsmann’s boys got the job done. The USA advanced to consecutive World Cup knockout stages for the first time in history thanks to Ghana and Portugal knocking each other out.

Relive the drama, as it happened, via our Twitter timeline:

Time for a pregame message from Hulk Hogan …

#LetsDoThis! RT @WWE: Whatcha gonna do, #GER, when @ussoccer and #Hulkamania run wild on YOU?!?! http://t.co/hRaPzs5zNi @HulkHogan #USA

— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer)

June 26, 2014

…. and the POTUS:

Ready. #LetsDoThis #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/AgNq9veoqG

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama)

June 26, 2014

The referee ruins the USA’s best chance of the first half!

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Great ball by Bradley to spring Johson. Cuts it back for Jones! He runs into the ref and goes down! No call. Get outta here, Ref! #USAvGER

— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer)

June 26, 2014

That HAS to be a yellow on the ref.

— Rob Stone (@RobStoneONFOX)

June 26, 2014

Referee fouled Jones in the box. That’s a penalty. Harsh but fair.

— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell)

June 26, 2014

The referee is a better German holding player than Lahm.

— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)

June 26, 2014

Let’s check in on the Obama …

President Obama watches the USA vs Germany World Cup game aboard Air Force One enroute to Minneapolis. #worldcup pic.twitter.com/bK2OGz5Xnd

— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt)

June 26, 2014

It’s HALFTIME!

Use Halftime wisely. Pray to the Old Gods and the New

— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers)

June 26, 2014

Meanwhile, in Copacabana… pic.twitter.com/2qYZZeJAU0

— Matty Vieira (@Gooneratic)

June 26, 2014

Why does Rihanna hate America!?

Germany come onnn!!!

— Rihanna (@rihanna)

June 26, 2014

Afraid to say anything …

USA! USA! USA!!!! pic.twitter.com/eqbI5b6oKE

— Hope Solo (@hopesolo)

June 26, 2014

Klose is coming on for ze Germans

Klose: by far the most boring thing I’m absolutely terrified of.

— Brian Phillips (@runofplay)

June 26, 2014

Germany shouldn’t be allowed to bring on all-time greats as subs

— netw3rk (@netw3rk)

June 26, 2014

But America has an ace up their sleeve, as well!

Possible sub for #USAvGER off the bench in the second half. #LetsDoThis#USAvGERpic.twitter.com/fEg2Up5dpa

— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer)

June 26, 2014

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World Cup Day 12: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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by Thomas Hautmann

Monday kicked off the final round of group stage games in Brazil, which meant we all had to suddenly change the way we watch the World Cup.

Gone are the marvelous triple-headers that distracted us from our work occupied us throughout each day. Arrived is carpal tunnel syndrome, a side-effect from the frantic remote-clicking that comes with the trouble of trying to watch two games simultaneously (If you’re not one of the lucky ones with two-monitor set-ups at home or in the office). Still worth it.

Though we have slightly less football to watch, Monday certainly didn’t disappoint. Here is “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” from Day 12:

THE GOOD

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With apologies to Neymar, Monday was all about one person: Mexico coach Miguel Herrera. If you’re not a fan of this contagiously passionate and charming, triple-chinned man, you most likely don’t have a soul.

Herrera, for those who don’t recall, became El Tri’s fourth manager in the span of just six weeks last October, after his three predecessors combined to put Mexico on the brink of failing to even qualify for this summer’s extravaganza.

Herrera stepped in and helped secure El Tri’s ticket to Brazil in a playoff against New Zealand, and the team has never looked back since. On Monday, Herrera led his country to its sixth straight World Cup knockout stage, fist-pumping and player-hugging and shouting all the way. It was glorious. There is no discussion he is the most exciting manager in all of sports, today:

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Miguel Herrera the greatest coach cutaway shots ever.

— MikeTirico (@miketirico)

June 23, 2014

Mexico’s coach: essentially Diego Simeone without a neck. Incredible emotion.

— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy)

June 23, 2014

PLEASE Mexico, score again and again… just for Miguel Herrera celebrations. #cantgetenough

— Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy)

June 23, 2014

Loving Herrera. It took them four tries, but I think Mexico finally found a coach we can all get behind.

— Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT)

June 23, 2014

Herrera. Wet, Dry or Hot Herrera. Give us Herrera or give us Death

— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers)

June 23, 2014

If you needed any more reason to love Herrera, this is what he looked like as a player for El Tri:

The Young mulletted Miguel Herrera » pic.twitter.com/YOIe0JnoNr

— Football’s a Country (@FutbolsaCountry)

June 23, 2014

Last Miguel Herrera related tweet for today pic.twitter.com/7supaGuA6T (via @nonleggerlo)

— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan)

June 23, 2014

We can all count ourselves lucky that Mexico remains in the tournament.

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