Biggest Disappointment Ever?

With today’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of South Africa, France’s dismal World Cup run has come to an end.  The only reason this makes me sad is because of the insane drama they brought to this year’s edition of the World Cup.  Sending home a star striker?  Refusing to train the next day?  Having the head director of team quit and fly home early?  Having the President of the country call the team out publicly?  Yeah, that’s drama.

But first let’s start at the beginning.  The French team struggled through qualifying, finishing second in UEFA Group 7 to Serbia.  Then, they only secured a qualification through Thierry Henry’s double handball during the playoff against the Republic of Ireland.

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USA Sucks Again

South Africa US Brazil Confed Cup SoccerI watched the Americans’ second game in the Confederations Cup from work this morning.  I’ve had several hours to let the debacle sink in.  I’ve decided that I can accept losing.  What I cannot accept is not giving effort.  For the last four US games they have shown absolutely no effort what so ever.  They’ve been blown out by Costa Rica, scraped by an inferior Honduras team, got slaughtered by the Italians and have now been plastered by the Brazilians.  In those four games, we’ve been outscored 10-4.  Three of our goals have come from the penalty spot.  The other came from a corner kick.  That means we have not scored a goal during the run of play in over four games.  That’s pathetic.

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