The opening game of the World Cup was yesterday between Brazil and Croatia.
Brazil is the hosting nation this year if you didn’t know. They won the match against Croatia 3-1.
While that’s a pretty big win as soccer games go, it went poorly in my opinion.
The goal for Croatia was actually an own goal by one of Brazil’s defenders.
The own goal wasn’t the usual type where it bounced off him and went in. He seriously just messed up and kicked the ball into the goal instead of away from it.
One of the goals Brazil got against Croatia was off a penalty kick as well. One they didn’t deserve…
A Brazilian player took a dive in the box and convinced the referee that he had been fouled for real to get the penalty kick.
Brazil’s star forward, Neymar, also got a yellow card early on in the game.
There isn’t any punishment for him yet, but if he gets another then he’ll have to sit out the game he received it in and the next game after that.
Losing Neymer wouldn’t be the end of Brazil’s team, but it wouldn’t be a good thing. It would certainly hurt fan enthusiasm.
So now Neymar needs to play a super careful game or risk leaving the field.
I haven’t had a chance to see any other games yet.
The games are all broadcast between 9 and 5 Pacific time.
ESPN is carrying the games in English, but I don’t get ESPN.
Fortunately, I do get Univision in my cable package which is broadcasting the games in Spanish. I speak Spanish, so I should be good (I also don’t really care what the announcers say whatever language they’re speaking).
The games are also broadcast over ESPN’s radio stations. The local one for Davis and the surrounding area is 1320AM.
So if you’re into soccer/football like I am you should check out some of the games!
The USA plays Ghana at 3:00PM Pacific time on Monday July 16th. I expect them to win that match, but not make it out of the group stages of the tournament.
That’s all for now!