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In the first bye day for Groups C and D, teams from the first 2 groups played their third consecutive game in as many days, with USA and Argentina remaining perfect despite the former being pushed to the brink by oversized Brazil, while Angola was easy for the Argentinians. Serbia bounced back from that double overtime loss while Germany couldn’t continue its winning ways by falling to Australia. Iran found its first win, keeping Tunisia winless and Slovenia held off Croatia at the end for its second win.

The Americans started the game expecting a tough challenge from the Brazilian side, and as they expected, the Brazilians were firing on all cylinders and managed to stay on top for the first quarter making 12 of their first 16 shots with the help of NBA star Leandro Barbosa. The Americans never really got into the game until the third quarter, where they finished up by 2 points. The 4th quarter was easily the worst scoring quarter in this World Cup, with both teams being unable to exceed the 9 point limit and each commited several turnovers and made crucial defensive stops. In the end, the score was 70-68 USA’s way, and Brazil’s Marcelo Huertas got fouled with 3 seconds left. He didn’t make the first and missed the second on purpose, catching his own rebound and passed it to Barbosa, who missed the last shot, keeping the Americans perfect while ensuring that if their big man Anderson Varejao is back, Brazil will be tougher than ever on the American team. Kevin Durant had 27 points in 39 1/2 minutes for the U.S. with Chauncey Billups’ 15 points while Leandro Barbosa had 14 points for Brazil.

Serbia took note of what went wrong in their double overtime loss to Germany and came out strong on the Jordanians, handing them their third straight loss 112 – 69 with Dusko Savanovic and Marko Keselj having 21 points eachand Kosta Perovic’s 20 points while Jordanian Omar Daghles had 19 points as his team yet has to win a game.

Germany couldn’t form a winning streak as Australia manhandled them with a lack of focus displayed by the Germans, losing their game 78-43, with the Aussies dominating the game from start to end, never trailing after a German 2-0. Patrick Mills led the Australians with 16 points and 7 asssists, while  Robin Benzing had 11 points for Germany.

Other Results:

Angola 70 – 91 Argentina

Slovenia 91 – Croatia 84

Tunisia 58 – Iran 71

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España

As I type this post up, the whole world now knows that Spain have been crowned as World Champions, over the Netherlands, at the 19th edition of the FIFA World Cup, held in South Africa.
The whole world now knows that for a moment there, it really didn’t feel as though this was the very-much hyped final between two possible first-time winners.

Robben, one of the many recipients of a yellow card

As a matter of fact, the game was a race to see who would collect the most yellow-cards, a feat accomplished by the Dutch in the 120-minute game.
And after the whole world had accepted the fact that yet another World Cup would determined by penalty-shootouts, Andres Iniesta, the little Barcelona midfielder, worked his magic thanks to a pass from Cesc Fabregas, and ensured that the Spaniards would lift that glorious cup that evening.
But everyone knows that, and if you don’t, I suggest you read a sum-up right here You know, just in case it comes up in a conversation sometime this week.
And it will.
As many have established by now, no one gets caught up in World Cup fever the way the Lebanese do. All the buzz surrounding Paul the Octopus’ predictions pale in comparison to what’s been going on here.
The streets of Beirut have been decked out in other nations’ flags for around three months now.

One of many flag-sellers on the Lebanese streets


Wild enthusiasts have taken over Facebook and other social networking websites to show unyielding support for their team of choice. Fireworks have been blasted in the sky whenever a team won, or even lost, and celebration parties have gone on all night long. That’s not mentioning the most incredible ability that emerged this year: instantly organizing conveys that trekked most, if not all, the Lebanese roads.
And here’s something else.
The Lebanese are so passionate about football, that they have gone out of their way to create a non-existing rivalry between Brazil and Germany, and even raise their children upon that. In fact, if one of these teams loses, which happened to both this year, fans would rather support the team the entire world considers to be complete opposites, than cheer on the other of the two.
To everyone elsewhere in the world, the final was Netherlands versus Spain, but right here, it was the classic (Really?) Germany versus Brazil, decked in different kits.
Which brings me to my point.
Football is exciting. Rooting for a team and witnessing their triumphs is gratifying. Which is why I can understand this sort of behavior, to a certain extent, of course.
But this over-hyping fad just needs to go away, now, and the English are the greatest testament to its consequences.
I’m no expert on soccer, but last time I checked, Lebanon doesn’t even have its own national team that can compete along with the Brazilians and the Germans.
If we did, would we really stand behind them as we do for the others? I’m going to go out on a limb here and say, no. No, because being patriotic is an awfully hard thing to do for us and we’d rather support anyone that doesn’t evoke memories of our own country.
I only wish that we receive some form of gratitude for all the support we pour in to those countries, like facilitating visa procedures, though that is a long shot.
The World Cup is over now, and won’t be back for another four years. During that time, only a quarter of those who tuned in for the “Mondial” will watch club matches, while the greater majority will remain in oblivion. It’s a sad, sad fact, but at least in the meanwhile, we can assume that nothing of what went on this past month has ever happened.