Friday, September 2, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Germany still under fire for 2006 World Cup bid

New York City 3-2 D.C. United
(Villa 79', Lampard 85', 90+3')

World Cup Qualifying- CONMEBOL
Bolivia 2-0 Peru
(Escobar 38', Raldes 88')

Colombia 2-0 Venezuela
(Rodriguez 45+2', Torres 81')

Ecuador 0-3 Brazil
(Neymar PK 72', Jesus 87', 90+2')

Argentina 1-0 Uruguay
(Messi 43')

Paraguay 2-1 Chile
(Romero 6', Da Silva 9')-(Vidal 36')

South America's marathon of qualifying is now seven rounds deep. The top four of the ten nation league will head to Russia in 2018 while the fifth place finisher will take on a team from Oceania for the final place. So far, the usual suspects of Argentina, Uruguay, and Colombia are all set to advance. Brazil would have to go through a playoff at this point, as they sit in fifth. Chile is the current surprise omission. They are two points back of Brazil.

World Cup Qualifying- AFC
Australia 2-0 Iraq
(Luongo 58', Juric 64')

Japan 1-2 United Arab Emirates
(Honda 11')-(Khalil 20', PK 54')

South Korea 3-2 China
(Zhi OG 20', Chung-Yong 62', Koo 66')-(Yu 73', Hao 76')

Uzbekistan 1-0 Syria
(Geynrikh 74')

Iran 2-0 Qatar
(Ghoochannejhad 90'+4', Jahan Bakhsh 90'+11')

Saudi Arabia 1-0 Thailand
(Al Abid PK 85')

This was the first matchday of the final round of Asian qualifying. The top two finishers of two groups of six will head to Russia in 2018. Group A consists of Iran, South Korea, Uzbekistan, China, Syria, and Qatar. Group B has Australia, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Thailand, and Iraq.

Germany is still being looked at for its likely shady 2006 World Cup bid. The head of that bid was Franz Beckenbauer and he is currently being investigated by Swiss authorities for various counts of fraud, criminal mismanagement, and the rest of the standard FIFA crimes in relation to that bid. He supposedly bought votes in order to secure the hosting rights to the tournament. Germany won the bid in a 12-11 vote over South Africa. For what it's worth, Beckenbauer has denied any wrongdoing.

Today's Matches
World Cup Qualifying- CONCACAF
St. Vincent and the Grenadines v. United States- 3:30pm- beIN
Honduras v. Canada- 5:06pm- NBC Universo
Trinidad and Tobago v, Guatemala- 7:06pm- NBC Universo
Haiti v. Costa Rica- 8pm- beIN
Panama v. Jamaica- 9:30pm
El Salvador v. Mexico- 10:06pm

Ottawa Fury v. FC Edmonton- 7pm- ESPN3

Seattle Sounders 2 v. Vancouver Whitecaps 2- 10:30pm- YouTube

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