not all who wander are lost

not all who wander are lost

Monday, June 05, 2006

World Cup 2006

With only a few more days until kick-off, World Cup fever is heating up. If you haven't heard the FIFA 2006 World Cup is in Germany this year, and leave it to the Americans to screw it up before it even starts. Budweiser is the official beer of World Cup this year. Now, my understanding of what this means is that only Budweiser can be sold at the games, in Germany. Did I mention that World Cup is in Germany and the only beer available is Budweiser?!? What is wrong with that scenario? No wonder Americans get such a bad rap outside of the States.

Beer talk aside, the US National Team has faired well in the rankings leading up to the tourneament. As of this month, the US team is 5th in the FIFA rankings. An impressive feat, now the question lingers as to how long the US team will last. They did really well in the 2002 World Cup in Japan/Korea by making it to the quarterfinals, the best the US had done since 1930. They were knocked out of the tournament with a 1-0 loss to Germany. The pressure is on this year. Regardless of how well the US team does the excitement of World Cup is truly fun.

Rank Team
1 Brazil
2 Czech Republic
3 Netherlands
4 Mexico
5 Spain
7 Portugal
8 France
9 Argentina
10 England
11 Nigeria
11 Denmark
13 Italy
14 Turkey
15 Cameroon
16 Sweden
17 Egypt
18 Japan
19 Germany
20 Greece


Matthew said...

Interesting to see Germany in 19th position. As hosts, they should do well. Read my latest blog entry to find out why.

Chaz said...

Leo, don't pay attention to the FIFA rankings - they're a joke. While the US team is much improved, we're in a really tough group - I doubt if they advance this time around.

I'll be watching the games on the new telly, raising my glass to you!

That being said, Wij houden van Oranje!!!

Nederland oh Nederland.
Jij bent de kampioen.
Wij houden van Oranje.
Om zijn daden en zijn doen

Chaz said...

Didya catch either game today? I watched at work in our President's office - nice perk eh? How bout Ecuador! Awesome! And that first and last goal from Germany! Sick!