We had our first summer day here in Brussels and people were everywhere outside watching the games. And what a day!!! Eight goals and plenty of excitement. Here are some quick thoughts on Day 1.
Kudos to German coach Jurgen Klinsmann's strategic ephinany. Realizing he has zero World-Class defenders, he threw everything into attack. Couple that with playing a shaky offside trap and you get a 4-2 game. Wow, the German WC adventure will be fun and looks as if they are headed to an epic 9-6 loss in the quaterfinals.
Poland-Ecuador was another surprisingly fun game. More importantly, it sets up a mouthwatering must-win game for Poland vs Germany. Here is my first-round viewing game:
June 11: Portugal-Angola. Former colony gets its chance at revenge. This could be brutal.
June 12: USA-Czech Republic I think Czechs are ripe to be beaten.
June 13: Brazil-Croatia Samba, soccer and goals aplenty. Beautiful game at its finest when Brazil plays.
June 14: Germany-Poland Just a wee bit of a history between these countries. And now its a must-win game for Poland. Biggest potential for hooliganism in 1st round.
June 17: USA-Italy Can USA shock the world?
June 21: Argentina-Netherlands Two cup favorites clash.
June 22: USA-Ghana Hopefully it won't be a must-win game for USA.
One other thing. Apparently FIFA has messed around with the ball a bit. Supposedly its harder and lighter making it easier to hit and put spin on. Germany did score two-long distance goals yesterday, maybe a sign of things to come.
And finally, just what does a supermodel think about the WC? http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/060609/1/78w9.html