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donner un colu à qqn + coupe du monde

I had no idea this would end up becoming a common subject for the weekend but, continuing on the theme of the past few days, it looks like I'm developing un béguin for someone. How did that happen? And before you ask, no, it's not who you would first think.

June no longer contains dates or days of the week but is instead measured in how far we are into the World Cup. I saw the game between England and Paraguay on a tape delay, while the match between Argentina and Côte d'Ivoire on Saturday (Day 2) was my first live match of this World Cup. Josten had invited me over to his place, and when I arrived there were two televisions set up in the living room. When Didier Drogba scored at 79' there was cheering from everyone in the room and I jumped out of my chair in excitement, but Argentina were too organized in defense to allow les Elefants a second. Full time, Argentina 2:1 Côte d'Ivoire.

I have my alarm set for 4:45 am in order to catch the game between Australia and Japan tomorrow morning. That's less than five hours away and I still need to read two articles in preparation for my research meeting later in the afternoon. There's a good chance I'll take an extended nap in the afternoon, as I'm also planning to wake up at 4:45 am on Tuesday to see South Korea take on Togo in the first game of Group G. I hate how I have to work during France - Switzerland, but at least France - Korea will be on a Sunday. Hmm. Maybe I should quit my job?


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Jun. 12th, 2006 10:31 am (UTC)
Boy, you're crazy!!
Jun. 13th, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
Football crazy! ;)
I never did get any sleep last night, and it looks like I won't get any tonight either, as I have a lot of work to do for tomorrow ...
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:13 am (UTC)
Agh! Well, I didn't get any sleep either but only because it's too damned hot.
Jun. 14th, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)
How hot has it been over there?
Jun. 28th, 2006 11:28 am (UTC)
Cooler now, but it's been 32°C for a while (sorry, Fahrenheit degrees are not my friends!)
Jun. 28th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
Sounds like the hot weather moved from there to here. If only it were possible to box it up to mail somewhere new ... I don't want to wait until October for us to get cooler weather again.

I only use Fahrenheit because that's what I grew up with; I try to use Celsius as well whenever I can.
Jun. 29th, 2006 12:00 pm (UTC)
31°C again today :/
Jun. 12th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
I don't have cable and it's killing me!!!
Jun. 13th, 2006 06:49 am (UTC)
I don't have cable either, which means I'm not only waking up early to make the 5:55 am kick-off but also walking thirty minutes to get to a house with the right channels. =\

There's a French site with videos of all the match highlights if you're interested in downloading those. Usually people there have the goals posted by the end of each half, so you don't have to wait very long, either!
Jun. 13th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
Oooh, merci!! :D
Jun. 12th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
Australia kicked Japan's ass.
Jun. 13th, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
I had to leave for work with ten minutes left in the game, but the score was Japan 1:0 Australia at the time and I didn't think there was much hope for Australia getting back into the game. Last time I make an assumption like that!

Did you watch the game?
Jun. 13th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
No, I'm such a dilettante, I heard it on the news just before reading your post and thought I'd give you the update. What channel is it on and when? I'd love to watch.

Is it extraordinary for a team to go from 1:0 losing to 3:1 winning in the last ten minutes? Or would you say it's relatively doable?

Jun. 14th, 2006 06:44 am (UTC)
All the matches are being shown on either ESPN, ESPN2, or ABC. I can't stand the American announcers though, and would recommend watching the games on Univision if you can. During the group stage there are games at 6:00 am, 9:00 am, and 12:00 pm so you have a few options available.

It's not too common for a team to turn the score around like that, and especially not in the last 10 minutes. Australia had never scored a goal in the World Cup before that match, so to get three was pretty impressive.
Jun. 14th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'll try and check it out!

Lemme guess, the American announcers are arrogant and are more like cheerleaders than commentators...
Jun. 16th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
Not necessarily arrogant, but just plain stupid.

Did you watch the Germany - Poland match? One of the post game commentators made a remark about how the Germans are always very efficient, and when he got a strange look from his partner he defended his claim with something along the lines of "it's not a stereotype if it's true!"

Oh yeah, and apparently the capital of Portugal is "Lesbiana". =\

Jun. 17th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
That is unbelievable. If it weren't so embarassing it might be funny.

Jun. 17th, 2006 04:58 am (UTC)
I watched the Women's World Cup in 2003 and the announcers were just as bad. I have a series of quotes from one match posted here on my old diaryland account. The code is messed up if you use Firefox, so you may want to use IE if it's not your default browswer. The worst from the evening was ...

"When the Chinese players came to the United States they all started learning English, so when I see them in the hotel I can ask them questions. I really respect them now."

I guess you only need to respect someone if they speak English?
Jun. 17th, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)
Jesus that is awful. America is the spoiled rich kid of the world.
Jun. 14th, 2006 06:46 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, and the games for tomorrow ...

6:00 am Spain - Ukraine
9:00 am Tunisia - Saudi Arabia
12:00pm Germany - Poland
Jun. 14th, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks, looks like I'll be able to check out Germany vs. Poland. :)
Jun. 16th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
I was beginning to wonder if anyone would score in this match, but things really picked up in the last five minutes! :P
Jun. 17th, 2006 01:15 am (UTC)
It's the Pope match! ;)
Jun. 17th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
Hey, good point!

In a result that probably didn't surprise many, Germany won. Which makes sense, considering they have the only living Pope on their side. ;) [video: match highlights]
Jun. 17th, 2006 05:37 am (UTC)
The Prada Pope, make that! :)

Thanks for the vid link, it's currently downloading.
Jun. 17th, 2006 06:08 am (UTC)
I've heard there's a website devoted to 'World Cup Voodoo' ... maybe the Pope is getting involved in the action and calling in a few divine favors of his own? ;)

No problem - if any other fixtures look interesting let me know and I can get you video highlights from them as well.
Jun. 17th, 2006 07:11 am (UTC)
lol! Well Voodoo was heavily influenced by Roman Catholicism, though I don't know how willing the Pope would be to admit that haha...

I'll let you know if I find something I'd like to see. :)
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