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FINAL – The Netherlands versus Spain

Van Bommel apparently is a sweetheart off the field...douche on it!

Executive call…not going to blog unless it’s really crazy…Enjoy the game.

TWEEEEEEEEEET and the Dutch kick it off

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PUYOL IN HD…he’s up there with Tevez and Ribery.

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There is an Italian still in world cup as Cannavaro brings it out and kisses it one last time.

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The trophy is in a Louis Vuiton case!

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Will Paul go through the world cup undefeated?

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11:00- Blood Mary number 1 in the books.

10:48 - Our first Guinness spill of the World Cup.

Line ups

Spain: 1-Iker Casillas; 15-Sergio Ramos, 3-Gerard Pique, 5-Carles Puyol, 11-Joan Capdevila; 14-Xabi Alonso, 8-Xavi, 6-Andres Iniesta, 16-Sergio Busquets; 18-Pedro, 7-David Villa.

Holland: 1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 2-Gregory van der Wiel, 3-John Heitinga, 4-Joris Mathijsen, 5-Giovanni van Bronckhorst; 7-Dirk Kuyt, 6-Mark van Bommel, 10-Wesley Sneijder, 8-Nigel de Jong, 11-Arjen Robben; 9-Robin van Persie.

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Nelson Mandela will make an appearance before the game (but watching it from home). It will probably be one of his last public appearances. I have no idea what to say about this amazing man.

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Back soon with the lineups

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Interestingly it turns out that everyone’s favorite Sneijder is a bit of a dick where as Van Bommel calls his wife and children before every game and tells them he loves them and thst he is trying to win the game for them….AWWWWW.

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We’re at the Phoenix for this one but we would like to thank both Danny Coyles and Phoenix for hooking us up and providing excellent venues to watch these wonderful games. If you are out of town and ever come to beautiful SF, be sure to check out these two bars!

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This is it. Game number 64, the final one, the big one. Spain versus Holland.

Group E Game 1 – The Netherlands versus Denmark

San Francisco resident and Dutch national Ben Oude Kamphuis with "ol nellie" is a happy man after todays game

PEEEEEP PEEEEEP PEEP. A clinical game by the dutch though Denmark were unlucky to give up the own goal, the second goal was always coming.

3 minutes of added time

88:00 - An excellent clearance by Poulsen as Afellay volleys in a cross that is past Sorenson but an outstretched Poulsen lunges forward and clears the ball of the line.

85:00 – GOOOOOOOOOALLLL – Kuyt but Elia does all the work as he skips into the box and latches onto a Sneijder through ball, one times it passed Sorenson but it bounces of the post right Kuyt who just taps it in for the goal. The Netherlands 2 – Denmark 0

82:00 – Sneijder takes a shot that bounces of Agger and Sorenson has to push it onto the bar. Another corner for the Dutch but nothing comes off it.

76:00 - RVP off, Afellay on.

73:00 – Elia has been a live wire down the left wing since he has come on and sends in a dangerous cross that is punched clear by Sorenson, Van Bommel collects the rebound, bumbles it around but then strikes a fierce shot into the side netting.

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Amsterdamned: Yanks Cue Attack Too Late

Robben 1, Donovan 0 today...

You may now call him King Jonathan of Holland.

In a game that could have used a little bit of Red Bull to push the excitement, the States succumbed, 2-1, to a Dutch squad that was allowed to dictate the tempo and run of play as they saw fit for nearly the entire competition.

While the Yanks did keep shape well, it came at the expense of creating any sort of attack as the front line for the Yanks was starved of capable service until around the 76th minute. The Yanks played to many of their stereotypes.

Kuyt, playing the roll of Dr. Evil....

A first half that saw the Dutch own possession and consistently threaten the US flanks was deadlocked through the first 40 clockturns, however in a blink of an eye a blown defensive assignment had Jonathan Bornstein reaching for an answer on defense and finding Arjen Robben’s Wesley Sneijder’s jersey as the wrong one. Penalty kick awarded, States down one heading into the break.

The 2nd half started out much the same for the Yanks only now it was Klaas Von Huntelaar playing the role of Robin Van Persie and causing havoc as a hub in the Yank’s defensive kitchen. A failure to close the Milan man down by sub Maurice Edu and Mike Bradley led to an errant Huntelaar shot….that unfortunately redirected off the star-crossed Bornstein. States, two-nil for the worse.

At this point, Bradley abandoned his Findley experiment up top and introduced Alejandro Bedoya for the RSL star. The entrance of Bedoya reconfigured the States to somewhat of a 4-4-1-1 with Donovan pushed to the role of CAM. With Beasley and Bedoya able to turn their men on the wing and Donovan able to make smart passes with Mike Bradley who joined the attack party from midfield, the Yanks sprung to life and displayed some of the offensive aptitude that you knew was lurking.

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Oranje Wedges: US Takes On The Netherlands

Orange Wedges is TSG’s “gameday” post that  is updated until kick-off.

Game faces?

The last international date before the World Cup features a full slate of friendlys with 70 teams taking to the pitch around the globe. Of course the game to watch will take place in Amsterdam where the United States will take on The Netherlands.
The match kicks-off from Amsterdam ArenA — the first European stadium with a retractable roof — at 11:30am Pacific on ESPN2.

The game represents the last national team data points for Bradley & Co. prior to selecting the World Cup roster. It could also be a confidence booster if the big boy squad gets a favorable result on the road against a top international side.

  • Don’t look for the US to depart from their counter-attacking ways. Said Captain Carlos: “We’re going to need to show a lot of patience and discipline. We know the Dutch are good on the ball, and they’ll probably have a bit more possession than us, so we need to be patient defending but still be able to get after them in a smart way.” (quote via ESPNSoccernet) Continue reading
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