And the Tournament goes on

We know that we have been a bit World Cup heavy in the past few weeks and that will stop soon we promise.

Last night the final game of the second round was played, so all the Quarter Final games are now set.  The Second round was not filled with many surprises,  most of these teams would have been expected to be here at this stage except for Colombia and Costa Rica perhaps.

Chile played well but just couldn’t overcome Brazil

Uruguay didn’t show any teeth against Colombia (sorry for that really bad pun)

France over powered Nigeria, wearing them down

Germany rode their luck against a fantastic Algeria team

Holland borrowed the German’s lucky horse to ride it past Mexico – more on this game in a minute

Costa Rica took penalties to put Greece out of the cup

Argentina against Switzerland, I think the commentators even fell asleep.

Then came the game of the second round, Belgium vs Tim Howard!  The US might have opened up the Americans to enjoy how much fun a 0-0 game can be but it seemed that when needed, the German’s horse just needed a rest.

So we are left with

Brazil v Colombia
France v Germany
Holland v Costa Rica
Argentina v Belgium

There are hopefully a few upsets in the Quarter Finals as that makes it all the more interesting, only time will tell.

Now quickly back to the Holland Mexico game and now we come to the controversy of the round.  Robben must be a two sport athlete as his diving is as well if not more renowned as his football skills.  FIFA, UEFA and all the league bodies want to get rid of this kind of behavior and there is only one way.  A dive anywhere on the pitch,Yellow Card, in the penalty box however, instant Red Card.  The game, spectators, sponsors etc are trying to be cheated by that player.  If a straight yellow is something that Refs are not willing to give, then anytime a player rolls around as if their leg has just stabbed should be ushered off the field to be brought back on at the next opportunity, this would also stop the time wasting.  This needs to be stopped for the betterment of the game.

Final point here, if a player then admits to the dive after the game, it should be treated as if he has elbowed someone and he should face a ban, if it has changed the outcome of the game, it might be that the win should be awarded to the other team.  Harsh…but everyone wants diving out of the game.

While the Football has been going on there have surprisingly been many other sports events going on, including Wimbledon.

Wimbledon suffered it’s own upsets yesterday when Rafa Nadal went out to Krygios and Sharapova went out to Kerber.

If all this talk about sport has you chomping at the bit to play just Get in the Game at One Player Down

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It starts now

The group qualifiers are now in the past and it has been quite the ride so far.
We have had upsets, predictable scores – at least by the One Player Down team on Facebook – and a few controversies.

First the upsets and like a Rioja, Spain did not travel well. A tournament too far for some, a real shame for it to end like that for Casillas in particular.

Portugal proved that without Ronaldo is not a top team at the moment, lots of individuals.

In general it has been a bad cup so far for the European, African an Asian teams.

This has so far been the World Cup of the Americas, but the fun starts now.

For the top predictions follow One Player Down on Facebook, we have surprised ourselves with our accuracy. Yes that is us patting ourselves on our back that you can here.

To the controversies and there have been a few…the big one aka Count Suarez need not be approached here. The others have been some referee decisions, a few offside goals, some dubious penalties etc but these things happen. Brazil might have benefited more than others but a tournament with the home nation not getting a few calls is impossible and the World Cup is always richer with Brazil in it.

We predicted an Argentina win and we are gonna stick with that, there are shades of Mexico 86 and the one man show that Maradona put on then with Messi being the difference in all the games so far.

Just one side note, the support for the US team has been a massive surprise at this tournament. It can only be good for the game in general to have the US take to the beautiful game.

Now it is time to get behind your team and support them to the final.
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World Cup Fever – Brazil 2014

The World Cup in Brazil is just around the corner,starting with Brazil vs Croatia on Thursday.

It is time for predictions, fantasy teams, completing your Panini sticker album, following everything with a World Cup wall chart and beer, friends, shouting, chanting, excitement and tears.

Let’s get the One Player Down Predictions out to the way.

France and Belgium are the Dark Horses of the Tournament

Spain would be a great as we would have been part of viewing history

Brazil as the hosts are a good pick too but…

Argentina is the pick from One Player Down as Messi and Aguero clicking will be near impossible for any defense to stop.  The fact that they have one of the easier groups also allows the to work their way into the tournament too.

Back to professional opinions.

These events are all about the fans around the world, as we have heard on occasions that the players themselves get bored, something as as fan it is hard to fathom.

We are going to present some of the fantasy team leagues, share some professional predictions – some not so professional – and talk about some great places to view with games in Vienna.

 

Fantasy Teams:

Guardian
TelegraphMcDonalds

The Guardian have also added a nice twist by allowing people to pick their dream XI, have you ever wanted Zidane passing balls through to Maradona, see what Zico could have done with Ronaldo and Pele in front of him?  Here is your chance.

Predictions:

ESPN – here you can fill out your own predictions and see who will win
Sportsnet – Offers up their group predictions, from a Canadian perspective
BBC – British ex-pros opinions of how the world cup will turn out
Bleacher Report – Odds, Table Predictions and FIFA Tournament Preview

Where to watch the World Cup in Vienna:

Strandbar Herrmann
Wuk – FM4 WM-Quatier
Flex
Shebeens
Almost every bar in the city

It would be callous not to add a little about the political upheaval that the World Cup has caused in Brazil and the Manaus Stadium “White Elephant” issue.

John Olivier of the Last Week Tonight show has a comedic look at the situation, it has to be said that the views expressed in the clip are not the views of One Player Down

Though One Player Down is mostly for organizing to play sports, it can also be used to organize where you will view the games over the next month with friends, colleagues or fellow country men and women.

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