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Just like Italy needed to win in 2006, Brazil needs to win this year, and FIFA will make sure it happens.

The system works through undeserved penalty kicks.

In 2006, Italy was facing a massive corruption scandal. Italy was nearly eliminated by Australia but FIFA gave the game to Italy with an undeserved penalty kick, which is a near guarantee of a goal. This video tells the soccer story from 2006.

FIFA will hope that a tournament win for Brazil will silence the street protests that have even Pele saying that some of the money spent to host the tournament should have been spent on schools and hospitals.

Brazil's politicians are anxious. But a notorious FIFA organization, one whose leaders are leaving steadily under a cloud of corruption can deliver.

And as I write this, the referee (Japanese), after giving Brazil a goal they did not deserve, just took a goal away from Croatia.

We'll be seeing more of this in the tournament.

2014: As corrupt as 2006.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    "Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place." -- Mandela

    by agoldnyc on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 02:44:20 PM PDT

  •  Why insist on corruption when incompetence (1+ / 0-)
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    is as easily possible? Now, no doubt FIFA is rotten to the core, but quite simply I think you saw referee intimidated by the crowd.

  •  So, without the penalty kick (2+ / 0-)
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    Rich in PA, Mindful Nature

    Brazil would have won 2-1, as the whistle had clearly blown before your "disallowed" Croatian goal because a foul had been committed against the keeper. You see this in hockey all the time. There's a LOT not to like about FIFA, but really . . .

    If Brazil plays this badly against Mexico and wins, I'll reconsider. I'd be more inclined to think that the Croatian keeper had been paid to throw the game, but whatever.

    All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 03:21:50 PM PDT

    •  That assumes of course the game would (4+ / 0-)
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      PatriciaVa, cryonaut, shaso, agoldnyc

      would have unfolded the same way without the penalty, that's doubtful.

    •  That was no foul..shit. No wonder Americans (0+ / 0-)

      don't like the game. In no other sport can a ref turn the game so much. And, nobody pays to see the ref....

      •  u never noticed greg maddox' 3ft wide strike zone? (1+ / 0-)
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        decent wages don't eliminate jobs. Republicans eliminate jobs; and workers, and prospects, and then excuse it all and call for more austerity. there is no end to their ignorant, arrogant avarice. only political dinosaurs support their treachery.

        by renzo capetti on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 04:50:16 PM PDT

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        •  More accurately Don Denkinger (0+ / 0-)

          And in 1972 or so Bill Conlin wrote that Nielson should not publish the ratings of individual NFL games because it would grant an incentive to fix games to guarantee that popular teams make the playoffs.
          That year we learned that when the Dallas Cowboys were the home team their ratings were 15% higher than any other games. (credited to the Kilgore Rangerettes, a small college band that performed at Dallas home games. The Cowboys then asked Kilgorre to travel to away games as well. They refused, and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders were formed.)
          But that's not the story. That year the Cowboys had a  4 game winning streak where the winning points were scored in the last 2 minutes - after a pass interference call where the defender called… well, in one case the defender was called for getting his head in the way of Drew Pearson's fist. In one case the defender tripped and wasn't within 30 yards of the play. In one the ball was thrown so far out of bounds it landed in the cheap seats, and on the fourth the defender blew coverage and could not be seen on a wide angle shot of the play. Local tv news shows began showing highlights and openly joked about it.
          BTW, the Cowboys lost in the first round that year.

          •  u couldn get to 1st base with don (0+ / 0-)

            denkinger. the game 7 anduhar meltdown was even better.
            but sports is all honest all the time
            and we know it and nobody would ever doubt that.
            like elections and laws enforcement and taxation. all straight arrow pursuits.
            and that's why we're us.

            decent wages don't eliminate jobs. Republicans eliminate jobs; and workers, and prospects, and then excuse it all and call for more austerity. there is no end to their ignorant, arrogant avarice. only political dinosaurs support their treachery.

            by renzo capetti on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 08:21:14 PM PDT

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          •  In a game where there are only a few goals, a (0+ / 0-)

            blown call is huge. I remember two bad calls ( among many over the years ) against the US in road qualifying, one where Ruiz shoved Casey Keller to score a goal in Guatemala ( ref was about to disallow but looked at the screaming mob and said screw it, the goal counts or I won't get outta the stadium in one piece )and in Costa Rica, the famous phantom hand ball PK against Berhalter. Those could have cost the US a trip to the 02 WC, the only they went on to perform decently in. Both calls changed the game results, Us had a win in Guat and a tie in CR before that.

      •  FIFA president Blatter vetoed video replay. . . (1+ / 0-)
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        "Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place." -- Mandela

        by agoldnyc on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 05:17:23 PM PDT

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        •  go read the article on Chuck Blazer in Buzzfeed (0+ / 0-)

          him and former pal Jack Warner put soccer on the map in America and Concacaf, but they skimmed a lotta dough doing it. FIFA is corrupt. And who was Blazer's good buddy from the ole days? None other than Sunil Gulati, current US Soccer pres, who gave Klinsmann an unprecedented multi million contract extension before we even got to the Cup. Now when we blow out after 3 games we are stuck with this nutjob of a coach.

        •  Sepp can retire well on all that money Qatar (0+ / 0-)

          put in his Swiss bank accounts, I'm sure.

    •  When a team falls behind they have to take more (2+ / 0-)
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      PatriciaVa, agoldnyc

      risks, and goals allowed after that point probably wouldn't have been scored. The one thing most ( impartial) fans want to see is a good game that isn't ruined by the ref. unfortunately, a lot of high profile games are ruined.

  •  And just prior to the "penalty" (0+ / 0-)

    A Croatian player was tripped up in the box on a break way. No penalty.

    The ref had a good pay day.

    "The good Earth — we could have saved it, but we were too damn cheap and lazy." Kurt Vonnegut - "A Man Without a Country", 2005.

    by BOHICA on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 03:22:45 PM PDT

  •  Actually, the most implausible things in the game (0+ / 0-)

    ...were the early own-goal by Brazil and the dribbler that Croatia's too-slow goalie let by.  The things you've cited are way more common and way less deserving of recourse to conspiracy theory. Overall this is a stupid diary and the people who tip/rec it don't know anything about soccer.

    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 03:43:57 PM PDT

  •  It was such an obvious non-call (0+ / 0-)

    And Univision is streaming all first and second-round games (no authentication necessary).


    Will Mexico beat Croatia.

    Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project.

    by PatriciaVa on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 03:44:30 PM PDT

    •  Mexico is fairly weak this time around (2+ / 0-)
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      PatriciaVa, roberb7

      Not that they ever were that strong. I think Croatia still has a good chance of coming in 2nd in this group. They did quite well today.

      •  Mexico (3+ / 0-)
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        PatriciaVa, nookular, cryonaut

        It was touch and go for a while whether they would even qualify for the World Cup.  Didn't they have to win a play off against New Zealand after barely finishing 4th in the hex?  And I don't think they've sorted out all their problems.  Of course the same argument could be made about Uruguay who I do think are a strong team.

        •  The US kept them in by scoring a goal (0+ / 0-)

          against Panama- in a game that we didnt need to win. I hope having Mexico in the competition doesn't come back to haunt us !

          •  Don't worry the US has virtually no chance of (1+ / 0-)
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            getting out of its group. What a clusterfuck to have Germany and Portugal in the same group, almost as bad as Spain and Holland. There are a number of teams the US could beat in this tournament, convincingly. But they ain't in this group.

            •  By the numbers, the toughest group is (0+ / 0-)

              the England Italy Uruguay Costa Rica with the US group a very close second. This is just adding up the rankings for the group members. The Italy group comes out at 54 and US group at 57 and the next closest groups are in the 80s.
              US has a tough road but Ronaldo icing his knees yesterday is a good sign!  Also Getmany without Reus and Batstuber improves the chances a tiny bit.  

              •  well, look at that Spain Holland result! (0+ / 0-)

                A complete ass kicking. Still. Spain has the star on its shirts, Holland, still left at the altar 3 times....but what a game! I'm sure the US could have put up a better fight than that...

  •  overall the refereeing was too friendly (0+ / 0-)

    to Brazil, but it is to be expected. I am not sure it was overly so.

  •  also (3+ / 0-)
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    PatriciaVa, nookular, killjoy

    If Brazil keeps playing the way they played today against stronger teams, they won't come close to winning anything. But it's just the first game.

    Still I felt bad for the underdogs.

    •  True, it's just the first game. (0+ / 0-)

      However, I was not impressed with the way Brazil played at all. They will get out of the group, but with all the pressure on them, they are ripe for a quarterfinal ouster.

      I still think a South American team will win, but I'm going for the SA team with the least baggage heaped upon them. I think Chile may end up winning it all. Yes, it's a stretch, but as they say, go big or go home.

      "Do they call you Rush because you're in a rush to eat?" -"Stutterin' John" Melendez to Rush Limbaugh.

      by Nedsdag on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 06:08:36 PM PDT

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      •  Hard to say. Germany is due, and look good too. (0+ / 0-)

        Italy has been down for awhile but can always come outta nowhere and win the whole thing. Argentina and Uruguay could take it. Freakin Belgium looks good. I don't expect Spain to repeat, they might be a bit long in the tooth. And Holland can always manage to get to the final. I'm just pissed the US got such a tough group, they won't get to show much. They might play well and still lose all 3. Croatia did not look bad, for example. They had pretty good skills. The game could have gone their way.

  •  no,no/no,no. no. (0+ / 0-)

    decent wages don't eliminate jobs. Republicans eliminate jobs; and workers, and prospects, and then excuse it all and call for more austerity. there is no end to their ignorant, arrogant avarice. only political dinosaurs support their treachery.

    by renzo capetti on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 04:46:48 PM PDT

  •  Referinho played well for Brazil today..... (5+ / 0-)
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    roberb7, Nedsdag, nookular, agoldnyc, killjoy

    Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man; we shall this day light such a candle by God's grace in England as shall never be put out.

    by Bollox Ref on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 05:23:01 PM PDT

  •  I am curious (1+ / 0-)
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    How many of your have eve been a CR?

    Yes, it was a weak PK but when defenders grab attackers and pull backwards, no matter how fast they release they are playing with fire.   I would not have called it but there are those who would.  Bad call, but not Coulibaly level.  There was holding but that is far too tight a standard and wasn't called that way the rest of the match.   Then again if you see the grab and pull and the forward falls, the explanation for how he got there is clear.

    I'd be more interested to see replays of how Brazil sprung the ball for the third goal.

    Regardless, Brazil played well for about twenty minutes and Croatia was predictably toothless.  A terrible match frankly

    •  The third goal came when Brasil stripped (0+ / 0-)

      the ball off a Croatian defender with what looked like a pretty hard tackle- maybe should have been a call, but I haven't seen a good replay. Then Oscar picked up the loose ball and sprinted through two defenders and toe poked it in. I thought the keeper looked slow to react but that easy to say after you which  direction the ball is going to go. When you have that attacker coming at you it's a crap shoot- the ball could go anywhere along that 24 foot net.



    "Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail." - My President

    by Fordmandalay on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 07:45:24 PM PDT

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