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!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Brasil 2014 - Day 1!

Here we go, lads! The day is finally upon us. The festivities all get started today at 3pm with the opening ceremonies, followed by the opening match (Brazil v. Croatia) at 4pm.

The Gooner, MUR, West Ham Rising and I will all be meeting up at The Grill from Ipanema today to sample the atmosphere and kill off some Brazilian barbeque and caipirinhas. Enjoy it!


Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Some of the headlines from the morning papers:

* The pitch in Manaus is apparently rubbish, even according to the groundskeeper! Even more reason that Saturday evening's match-up with Italy will be a tense, cagey affair.

* The US are complaining about the traffic in Sao Paulo, after Klinsmann had to abandon a scheduled scrimmage with the Belgium squad yesterday.

11:50 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I am home ready to watch the WC finally start!!

I am jealous about not being with all of you but I would prefer to be watching it at home instead of a bar

3:40 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I hope I get credit for my prescient call of Marcelo scoring the first goal of the world cup.

5:03 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Croatia take a shock lead when Marcelo does his best Gareth Barry impersonation… no one picked him for the first goal of the tourney!!

Neymar opens his account with not a well but very well placed shot

Will Brazil go on to win it?

I have the ITV coverage of the match for the half time stuff on the computer… I will definitely be watch the Beeb too

I have to leave before the end of match
Hope you had a good time boys

5:03 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

I guess that penalty was awarded for 'unwanted touching'? Pretty weak, but frankly, I am sick and tired of all the pulling that goes on just to throw people off their balance. There was no need for him to be pulling back Fred.

I guess Croatia will feel hard-done by, but as a neutral, this will really open up the game in a good way.

5:44 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

You guys are all EPL fans. That challenge on the keeper by Olic looked like nothing.

5:47 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Closer than the final score would suggest. Brazil plays fairly controlled, yet they allow the opponent to create chances. I am not totally sold on the hosts, yet.

6:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Thanks for the comments, lads. We were all out at the Grill from Ipanema, a nice Brazilian joint here in DC.

Yes, Red Devil, you'll be happy to know that I'll be adding two points to your account for the Marcelo o.g., but it's not without controversy. We had a vigorous discussion about the matter in the bar today. But I'm sticking to my guns. The first goal of the tournament was scored by Marcelo, regardless of intent.

Here's an interesting philosophical question, though. If someone happened to score, say, seven o.g.s in a World Cup tournament, would that put them in line for the Golden Boot? Discuss....

12:01 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Completely agree with all of your comments. All of the post-match comment has been about the dire refereeing by the Japanese official Nishimura and certainly he'll be banged up for FIFA for that.

I do agree with you Red Devil that there was a lot of pushing and pulling on jerseys throughout the match, mostly by Croats. I actually thought that up until the penalty, the ref was pretty lenient on Croatia. Corluca, in particular, could have easily gone off for two yellows.

Still, the penalty was a bit soft and then Pletikosa probably should have saved Neymar's weak penalty as he got two hands to it. Lucky boy.

Totally agree that the 3-1 result flattered the hosts. I'm sure that they'll just be happy to get this one done and to move on to the next one with a heavy sigh of relief. They looked uninspired for long stretches and their defense, particularly the fullbacks were really ropey at times. Julio Cesar's handling, including on the disallowed goal in the second half, was alarmingly bad. Some of the big sides they'll meet down the road may well have been taking notes about how to get around the sides and break them down.

12:18 AM  

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