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WC 2006: Match chat, Germany vs. Costa Rica, 9 am PT
2006-06-09 07:00
by Bob Timmermann

Live from Munich!

Die Mannschaft takes on Los Ticos. Germany has won the World Cup three times (1954, 1974, 1990). Costa Rica has been twice (1990 and 2002), making it to the Round of Sixteen in 1990.

Michael Ballack will be out for this match for Germany with a leg injury.

2006-06-09 08:46:14
1.   Sam DC
cross-commented from Dodger Thoughts:

And Ed Zwick is part of a World Cup blog?

2006-06-09 09:12:47
2.   Ken Arneson
A goal at six minutes in? That didn't take very long...
2006-06-09 09:13:50
3.   Bob Timmermann
And the Ticos didn't waste time either getting on the board.
2006-06-09 09:19:26
4.   Bob Timmermann
What the heck is going on here? Did some replace the stadium in Munich with Coors Field?
2006-06-09 09:21:47
5.   Ken Arneson
Final score at this pace: 9-8.
2006-06-09 09:32:04
6.   Bob Timmermann
Costa Rica should take heart in that they have a better shooting percentage.
2006-06-09 09:49:42
7.   Sandus
The German team must've been taking lessons from their neighboring country, because their defense is like Swiss cheese.
2006-06-09 09:51:30
8.   Bob Timmermann
Since I'm not watching this match and just reading about it, does Germany have a static defensive line?
2006-06-09 09:56:48
9.   Bob Timmermann
In the NY Times blog about this game:

Although host nations usually do very well at World Cups, Germans are downbeat about their chances.
Part of the problem is the unpopularity of their coach, the great 90's striker Jürgen Klinsmann. He has benched Oliver Kahn, their virtually deified goalkeeper, and, worse, has been commuting to his job — from Los Angeles.

Klinsmann doesn't live in Los Angeles. He lives in South Orange County.

The guy writing it must be British because he uses plural verbs with "Costa Rica" and "Germany"

2006-06-09 10:23:28
10.   Ken Arneson
That oughta do it, I'd guess.
2006-06-09 10:24:47
11.   Bob Timmermann
Back to reading "Library Journal" and finding out what it's like to be a professional at age 28.

Since I'm 40, I need to find out what happened to the last 12 years of my life.

2006-06-09 10:32:05
12.   Bob Timmermann
You've got to appreciate Costa Rica's shooting percentage!
2006-06-09 10:41:49
13.   Ken Arneson
Not so fast, my fine little friend.
2006-06-09 10:45:39
14.   Brendan
Jürgen Klinsmann lives in Huntington Beach.
2006-06-09 10:46:15
15.   Ken Arneson
4-2 with 3 minutes left. Now it's certainly over.
2006-06-09 10:47:10
16.   Bob Timmermann
Torsten Frings is a really cool name.
2006-06-09 10:47:46
17.   Bob Timmermann
As is Bastian Schweinsteiger!
2006-06-09 10:52:44
18.   Bob Timmermann
Ken, being a fan of Sweden, is unfamiliar with scoreboards at soccer matches that have numbers like 4 and 2 available to use.
2006-06-09 10:58:54
19.   Sandus
That fourth goal was unstoppable.

I actually give a lot of credit to the Costa Rican team for putting up a good fight (even though the second goal was clearly offsides). In the first 10 minutes all I was saying was "this team is terrible." Now, I think they actually have a decent chance of getting out of this group if they can beat Poland without conceding too many goals.

2006-06-09 11:01:59
20.   Kayaker7
9 Further support for Arte Moreno's notion that it's all LA to non-Californians.
2006-06-09 11:57:48
21.   Linkmeister
11 You mean Will Manley hasn't already explained that to you in the back pages of American Libraries?

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