Saturday, June 21, 2014

Game Du Football?

I did not fall in love with French class or soccer but I did learn to conjugate verbs a little better, thanks to French clasees.  I distinctly remember game du football which has nothing to do about American football.  It was about the world's view of football, a round one you kick with your feet.

The World Cup is so big on Google and TV right now that I had to take a look:

The FIFA World Cup is actually a multiyear tournament. The month-long finals occur every four years and 2014 is a championship year. Brazil is the host country and 12 of its largest cities are supplying venues for the various matches, which begin June 12 and end July 13.
Since the last Cup in 2010, soccer teams from around the world have competed in the qualification phase — a series of tournaments that determine the final field of 31 teams. (Thirty-two teams actually compete, but the host country’s team is guaranteed a spot.)
Once the finalists are decided, FIFA divides the competing teams into eight groups of four each.
When the soccer teams that compose these groups converge on Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, they’ll be competing in a multilayered tournament:
  • Intra-group competition: The soccer action kicks off with a nearly two-week long series of matches to determine a winning team and a runner-up team from each group. No one is eliminated from competition until the end of this round. At this point, everyone is just jockeying for position in the next phase of the Cup. Only the top two teams in each group move on to the Round of 16.
  • Round of 16: The winning team and runner-up team from each group advance to the Round of 16. During this phase, each winning team competes against a runner-up team from a different group. From here on out, competition is said to be at the knockout stage.
  • Quarter-finals: The eight winners from Round 16 battle it out in the quarter-final round.
  • Semi-finals: The four quarter-final round winners play in the semi-finals.
  • Third-place playoff: The losers of the quarter-finals compete for third place.
  • Final match: The top two teams vie for the FIFA World Cup title
How did they come up with the three letter codes for countries?
 
Ed

5 comments:

  1. Haha, yes, soccer is HUGE in Europe, like American football or hockey are in the U.S.
    It's just called "football" there because American football is not practiced at all. Both American top sports seem way more dangerous than rugby, a mainstream sport in my home region, South Western France.

    And we'll be bothered with it on Google until the final game on July 13, unless they switch to the Tour de France on July 5, when it starts from Leeds, Yorkshire, and goes through York and Cambridge before crossing the Channel, touring France and arriving on July 27 in Paris Champs-Élysées.

    Talking of which, here's a kitch 60-70s French song from an American born singer:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7-UcdcK4AA
    Very popular song during my childhood.

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  2. I've actually been watching and trying to learn their love of game du football!

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  3. It's just called "le foot" in France, and strangely enough, the word used for "game" is English, but it's not "game", a soccer game is "un match de foot."
    I didn't watch any, how was Portugal against the U.S. yesterday? I see it was a draw 2-2.

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  4. We came so very close to winning! 30 seconds!

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