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Posted by rainbow on July 4, 2014, 12:45 am
For all its never-say-die spirit, Team U.S.A. was eliminated by Belgium at the World Cup. Michael Bradley ran a marathon in midfield and Tim Howard was heroic in goal for a reason ¡ª the Americans were being pounded by the Belgians, who forced the keeper to make 16 saves.[b][url=http://www.nikeairmaxschuhe90.de/]kaufen nike schuhe online[/url][/b]

But beyond the euphoria, the new reality is the old reality: This World Cup is going the way of every World Cup since the tournament started in 1930. It is coming down to South America vs. Europe, with only ¡°little¡± Costa Rica showing the class and the defiance of an upstart outsider.[b][url=http://www.nikeairmaxschuhe90.de/]nike schuhe billig kaufen[/url][/b]

A question for everyone to ask might be how come Costa Rica, with a population under five million, can help knock out three former world champions, and do it with style, with only native-born players and with no great resources thrown at grass-roots programs or a pro league to rival those in Europe or even Major League Soccer?[b][url=http://www.nikeairmaxschuhe90.de/nike-air-max]nike air max herren billig[/url][/b]

That, of course, is universal. Germany is blessed with Mesut ?zil, Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose in its ranks. France won a World Cup, in 1998, thanks to Zin¨¦dine Zidane, Patrick Vieira and others. The Swiss at this tournament owed much to Xherdan Shaqiri, Blerim Dzemaili and Granit Xhaka, whose families left the Balkans.

The loosening of FIFA rules over dual-passport representation has become global ¡ª and not the least to benefit from that trend has been Switzerland, where FIFA has its headquarters and is led by a Swiss, Sepp Blatter.

It is another reason, maybe, to tone down the nationalistic rhetoric that has grown like a disease around sports. Yes, the World Cup is huge. Certainly it can make nations feel proud.But for all the billions banked by FIFA, and for all the promise to spread the good fortune around the globe, the flip side of euphoria is recrimination and shame.[b][url=http://www.nikeairmaxschuhe90.de/nike-air-max]nike air max schuhe damen[/url][/b]

¡°The World Cup has been a joy to watch,¡± reads the current Asian Football Confederation website. ¡°Unfortunately for the Asian confederation, the journey has come to an abrupt end.¡±Asia and Africa lament every four years about being sleeping giants waiting to unleash enormous potential on the world. But the money is squandered, the players migrate abroad, and the opportunities to organize for the next World Cup go to waste.[b][url=http://www.nikeairmaxschuhe90.de/nike-blazer]nike blazer online verkauf[/url][/b]

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