WOW!!!

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

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