Lakenheath Old Boys

We are all former students at Lakenheath High School and other public schools in East Anglia. We were in school in the 70s and 80s and drank deeply from the well of British culture of those decades - the pints, the telly, and of course the footie!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Brasil '14 - Day 4

Morning, chaps - welcome to Day 4 of the big tournament. After yesterday's action, I'm feeling a wee bit hungover. Half of the groups (Groups A-D) have now played, so it's time to check in with our Predictions Game. I've assigned two points for a correct prediction of the top two teams in Groups A-D, as well as a bonus point for the correct order (i.e., Brazil in 1st place in Group A). Red Devil FCK1 gained two points for correctly predicting that Marcelo would be the opening goalscorer (albeit, with an o.g.) of Brasil '14. Sadly no one predicted that Martin Pereira would be the first player sent off, so no points on that one. Here are the current standings:

1. The Red Devil FCK 1 - 18 points
2. Blue Devil - 17 pts
- Gooner71 - 17 pts
4. Chelskilad - 14 pts
- Swansong - 14 pts
6. AZ Kicker - 13 pts
- Man Utd Rules - 13pts
- United We Stand - 13 pts
- West Ham Rising - 13 pts
10. What's Up Wheaton Simon - 12 pts
11. Matt - 10 pts
- The Red Dragon - 10 pts
13. Yellows - 9 pts
14. Someone - 7 pts


Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Despite the hangover, we're all feeling exhilarated by the quality of the football in this tournament. It's been positively exceptional, with 28 goals so far in 8 matches. That compares with 11 goals in 8 matches at South Africa 2010.

9:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The answer of "What on earth happened to Gary Lewin," has been answered. The England physio was dramatically stretchered off after overcelebrating England's goal against Italy. Apparently, Sturridge rushed over to the bench and a dogpile with Lewin on the bottom quickly ensued.

9:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Paul Scholes has criticized Roy Hodgson's positioning of Wayne Rooney on the left side of midfield in last night's match, saying: "If you want a left-sided midfielder, pick a left-sided midfielder; if you want Wayne Rooney, play him where he plays best."

True - but that "left sided midfielder" would almost certainly be James Milner. No thanks, Neviller.

9:42 AM  
Anonymous Swansong said...

Sure was a fearless performance from Sterling -- you have some terrifically dynamic young talent with he and Barkley! Liverpool fans must be rejoicing with half their starting 11 out there last night (Suarez might get confused next match).

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Swansong said...

Btw -- any explanation for all those corners that sailed wildly behind the goal? Seemed like 5 or more down the stretch.

10:21 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hi there, Swansong - thanks for the comments. Feel free to live blog with us during the matches today. Alex (Red Devil FCK1) has been blogging into the wee hours in Tuscany.

I was very happy to see all of that young talent on display for England - and with the game in general but not the result. On to Uruguay, as you say. I think that in the 90 degree heat and humidity of Manaus, the English players ran out of gas around 75 minutes in and the passes became more wayward.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Swansong said...

It was a really spectacular game -- and I never felt like England was out of it. They came back with such vigor after each concession -- it showed impressive determination -- until that ending stretch. I felt the commentators were really overplaying Italy's dominance in the end.

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Swansong said...

La Suisse! But Ecuador has to be favored going in.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Swansong said...

Drmic! Interesting. Maybe they can join in the goal scoring frenzy...

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Swansong said...

And there's one for Ecuador...

12:22 PM  

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