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no - it was Germany's ability to press in the midfield that gave them possession in a place where they could then depants the Bra Defense. Watch the first half hour - its really amazing.   The only

Qatar seems like a mistake; I don't know how fans can be expected to make it through an entire soccer game sober.

The fans? What about the athletes before and after a game? They aren't known for being teetotalers. And then there are the 100+ degree temperatures they could face...

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Information that follows is from a friend who has put in significant time working in Qatar. It's not completely illegal to drink alcohol in Qatar although it's not easy to come by (swanky nightclubs, bars in the top hotels, low profile private clubs, etc. and these few and far between especially outside of Doha). But, public drunkenness is a crime with fairly harsh penalties. No doubt over the next few years some 'accomodation' will be made, some work-around engineered, for the World Cup.

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Information that follows is from a friend who has put in significant time working in Qatar. It's not completely illegal to drink alcohol in Qatar although it's not easy to come by (swanky nightclubs, bars in the top hotels, low profile private clubs, etc. and these few and far between especially outside of Doha). But, public drunkenness is a crime with fairly harsh penalties. No doubt over the next few years some 'accomodation' will be made, some work-around engineered, for the World Cup.

Perhaps they can pass a law against vuvuzelas.

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So it comes around again, that month where it's impossible to watch a game of baseball in a bar because everywhere is crowded with American "soccer" fans, mangling the language of the game, befuddled by the US team's zero chance of glory, and desperately pretending that we don't already know who's going to win.

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I find that it's the hipsters who really love soccer. It's one of the truly artisanal sports. Last time around I was invited down to the City Winery to watch a game. It was a gingham explosion.

 

I look forward to all the newspaper reports about how America is finally getting interested in soccer as something more than the game children-of-over-protective-parents play. And then another bunch of millionaires will throw their millions into the black hole that is MLS.

 

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