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  1. outerspacedout
    July 17, 2011

    EGH I just KNEW it would go in the moment he took that kick and it DID. DON’T BREAK MY HEART CHILE

  2. outerspacedout
    July 17, 2011

    F*** THIS

    Argentina already caused me enough hurt for a summer why Chile now why

    • July 17, 2011

      I laugh at your pain. 😆

      In all seriousness, according to FIFA ranking, every single quarterfinal tie would be classified as an upset.

      Hope Peru makes the final, at least.

      • outerspacedout
        July 17, 2011

        Paraguay, Venezuela and Peru all caused upsets. I think Uruguay was an ‘upset’ cos they have less of a reputation, they’re a quality side and all factors considered not just talent of individuals, a better side than Argentina/Brazil arguably and one of the best in the world. I didn’t consider it any more an upset than if say Holland beat Germany or the like.

        • outerspacedout
          July 17, 2011

          Yeah I know, my comment was more along the lines of ‘yeah and of those, these three were the ones I see as upsets, even though the media takes all of them as upsets’. I knew how you meant it.

          • July 17, 2011

            Yeah, even with their performance over the last year or so, Uruguay still don’t get no respect.

  3. Judas Pissed
    July 17, 2011

    Good. Get Sanchez announced tomorrow now…

  4. mei
    July 17, 2011

    Great. Now well know in a couple of days if we get sanchez or not!

  5. outerspacedout
    July 17, 2011

    Now no team I feel any emotion for is left in the Copa.

    So what now. Do I root for Uruguay cos they’re a good side and I like many of their players? Do I root for Paraguay so Larissa Riquelme gets naked on the pitch?

    • Nav
      July 17, 2011

      I’m pretty sure Ms Riquelme has nudies floating around on the web.

    • Dani_el
      July 18, 2011

      you’re awesome kari, eres pue LA voz! vamos Perú!

  6. mom4
    July 17, 2011

    Everybody we care about is outta this crazy Copa. Get everybody home/signed for a decent preseason. Messi due back August 3rd; I don’t begrudge him some extra rest.

    • outerspacedout
      July 17, 2011

      Yeah I’ll just console myself with well at least they’ll be better rested.

      I’ll just fantasize about our team next season- able to reach the same insane peaks as we did October to January last year, but with the Spanish half of our starting XI having a summer of rest after 2008 09 and 10 of international competitions, more signings and promotions for depth, and so on, so that we can keep up our peak for the whole season! Excited!

  7. Barcaleya
    July 17, 2011

    I think it’s the goalkeepers here (of some teams – Uru, Par, Vez) who have distinguished themselves.

    Amazing results

    • July 17, 2011

      Well, Muslera (URU GK) has always been a boss. I’ve liked him since I saw him pwn in the Roma-Lazio Derby for Lazio.

      • Barcaleya
        July 17, 2011

        I don’t follow Seria A now that I’m in the US so I haven’t seen him. He was really good against Arg. Too bad for us 🙁

  8. Lev
    July 17, 2011

    Although I am happy I must admit that Chile deserved better. First time ever vinotinto reached the semis 🙂

  9. outerspacedout
    July 17, 2011

    Wow Argentina must be miserable now that they didn’t do a spot-kick better, if they’d gone through they’d have had to go against Peru and then Venezuela or Paraguay in the final… but then again considering how crazy the Copa has been overall and that Peru and Venezuela beat- and not too undeservedly either- two arguably better teams than Argentina this Copa in Chile and Colombia, probably not.

  10. mom4
    July 17, 2011

    So every team I cared about failed this summer.
    USMNT in the Gold Cup final.
    USWNT in the WWC final.
    Argentina- but I really only cared about Leo and Masche (and yes, Milito).
    Brazil Dani and Adriano- I couldn’t have cared less about the rest of Brazil NT

    Good thing I have Barca.

    • outerspacedout
      July 17, 2011

      Argentina and Chile in the Copa. Japan in the WWC is my only NT consolation.

      I’ll just cheer myself up by thinking about the well-rested, deep, brilliant side we will have for next season…

      • mom4
        July 17, 2011

        No small consolation this. Remember how our Spanish NTers suffered in the beginning of last season? Avoiding that will be priceless!

        • Ryan
          July 17, 2011

          Yes… but our Spanish NTers were ultimately more successful when they won Euro08 (el triplete!) and WC10 (Mou Res! menys la copa) than when they were defeated in the Confederations Cup in 09. So I’m not sure how much effect it really has in the end.

  11. Barcaleya
    July 17, 2011

    Our penya had a Copa America challenge.

    By the time I was told – Arg, Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Ecuador (because that’s her country) were already chosen. So I had to choose amongst the remaining teams.

    Therefore, I chose Uruguay. And who would have thought that all those chosen teams will be eliminated so soon – so I won! I’m the champion of the challenge! Just like in the WC. I chose Spain too.

    Think I’m getting good at this…

    • Barcaleya
      July 17, 2011

      Oh – and I also supported Mexico in the Gold Cup.

      And Japan in the WWC.

    • July 17, 2011


      Only if you want to, of course. (DO IT. DO IT NOW.)

      • Barcaleya
        July 17, 2011

        Haha. And why were you cheering for Peru again? I know I’ve read it somewhere but I forgot why….

        • July 17, 2011

          It started at the beginning of the Copa when I wished Peru luck in their first game and they went on to score and win the game. 😀

  12. July 17, 2011

    I was Mexico for the Gold Cup, Japan for WWC, Argentina/Peru for the Copa, Spain for the U-20 WC in Colombia.

    Peru’s still alive so I haven’t given up on the Copa as of yet. We goin’ all da way, hey!

    • outerspacedout
      July 17, 2011

      Mexico, Japan, Argentina and Chile, Spain.

  13. mom4
    July 17, 2011

    Oh, I just remembered. Spanish U21 world cup win. I’m not a jinx. One of my teams did win!!!

    happy happy joy joy!

  14. Barcaleya
    July 17, 2011

    And of course I supported La Rojitas in the WC U-21.

    So there you go. If Uruguay wins this thing, I could be the next Paul the Octopus.

    • Barcaleya
      July 17, 2011

      And I mean Euro U-21 too! Haha. Just made the same mistake as mom4

  15. outerspacedout
    July 17, 2011

    My estimations before the knockout ties were percentages wise, as in just how likely I thought it was. Based almost entirely on unscientific things such as- okay, entirely- how strong a feeling/certainty I had that they would go through.

    Uruguay 60-40 Argentina
    Colombia 80-20 Peru
    Paraguay 40-60 Brazil
    Chile 85-15 Venezuela

    I was right only once, about Uruguay.

  16. Barcaleya
    July 17, 2011

    By the way, I got this from “con la roja.”

    There is more football! (I highlighted Kiko – since he was still at Hercules when Una wrote this item)

    “The RFEF has released the list of players called up for the U-20 World Cup, to be held in Colombia from July 29 to Aug. 20. Martín Montoya is the only U-21 player participating. The players will begin their concentración at Las Rozas on July 16, and will leave for Manizales, Colombia on July 19. They’ll first play a friendly in Lima before returning to Manizales. In the group stage, they’ll play Costa Rica on July 31, Ecuador on Aug. 3 and Australia on Aug. 6.

    Atlético: Jorge Pulido, Jorge “Koke” Resurrección Merodio

    Athletic: Aitor Fernández

    Barcelona: Martín Montoya, Marc Bartra, Marc Muniesa, Oriol Romeu, Sergi Roberto, Cristian Tello

    Benfica: Rodrigo

    Betis: Ezequiel Calvente

    Espanyol: Jordi Amat, Álvaro Vázquez

    Hércules: Kiko Femenia

    Liverpool: Dani Pacheco

    Málaga: Recio (José Luis García del Pozo)

    Real Madrid: Fernando Pacheco, Sergio Canales

    Sevilla: Antonio Luna Rodríguez

    Valencia: Isco (Francisco Román Alarcón)

    Zaragoza: Álex Sánchez”

    • July 17, 2011


      Koke’s last name is Resurrection! As for the squad list, I’m not surprised. Sergi’s gonna tear it up. Tello’s promising as well, was the third best forward after Soriano and Nolito, although with the forwards succeeding him it’s not really saying much.

      • Barcaleya
        July 17, 2011

        And there’s also the U19 European Championships starting this Wednesday where the following Barca boys play for Spain:

        Barcelona: Sergi Gómez, Gerard Deulofeu, Rafa Alcántara, Javier Espinosa

        • July 17, 2011

          Dude, I swear, we’re totally stacking Spain’s team at all levels. Seriously.

          • Barcaleya
            July 17, 2011

            I know! More credit goes to us 😀

  17. outerspacedout
    July 17, 2011

    Some consolation:

    More rest for Messi and our South American players. Along with the Spaniards in our side getting a summer break for the first time since August 2007.

    Also, signings like Sanchez, plus the fact that new signings like Afellay and Adriano became fully trusted in the latter stages of last campaign and can now be called upon with confidence from the start, unlike most of last year. So more depth, allows us to rotate more and stay fresh.

    That and the signings of someone like Fabregas- as much as I wish it were not gonna happen, it seems likely- means that we can rest our starters and still have enough quality to beat almost anyone. Whenever we played with most of our starters, we’ve hardly ever lost- so the big risk I see standing in the way of us winning any competitions are those games where we need to rest starters or are forced to play without ones due to injury, where we may drop points or get knocked out of the Cup or CL. Those buys will at least account for that contingency.

    And the likes of Villa will integrate into the side better, now it’s his second season and not his first.

    So… we’ll have the same talent that reached the insane peaks of Oct-Jan last year when we were slapping manitas on teams like it was cake- but more experienced, fresher, and fitter. Perhaps enough to sustain it over the year (customary February dip aside) instead of being worn out and exhausted as we limped (by the standards of mid-season) to the finish line in the last few months of last season.

  18. Anonymous_69
    July 19, 2011

    I’m officially a big fan of Venezuela. And Salomon Rondon. We should buy him. Seriously.

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