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July 8, 2014
 

Semifinal BOOTROOM: Day One – Back to 2002

Would be way better if it was day TWO, back to 2002. Anyways, our first semifinal features the two countries that met in the final back in that glorious year when Nelly and Celine Dion topped the charts. It’s Germany v. Brazil, here in the Bootroom (sponsored by CHEVROLET)

CHEVROLET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Disclaimer: Not affiliated with GM in any way.

Disclaimer: Not affiliated with GM in any way.

I remember watching the 2002 final early in the morning and feeling so bad for Oliver Kahn, who had played so well in the run up to the final and even for most of the game itself. His costly fumble overshadowed a not-that-great-anyways German performance if I remember correctly, although I know the Germans got close, hitting a post and forcing a few great saves from Brazilian keeper Marcos.

Brutal. Like Ronaldo's hair.

Brutal. Like Ronaldo’s hair.

So here’s a chance to rewrite history for Germany, a loaded sentence if there ever was one. This is only a semifinal but Germany like, the Netherlands, is seeking to be the first European champion on South American soil, and they find themselves up against a beatable Brazil side.

Neymar is out. Thiago Silva suspended. This has not been a particularly great Brazil side as it is.

I know which way I’m leaning in this one. The Germans haven’t been overwhelming either but they’ve been efficient and mostly in control. Still, it’s hard to ignore the fact that the match isĀ in Brazil. The atmosphere should be great but I have some fears over Mexican Referee Marco Rodriguez, the guy who officiated Uruguay v. Italy. Am I crying conspiracy? No. I am questioning his competence, and therefore his selection.

Brazil v Croatia: Group A - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Deuces.

After a great group stage these knockout games have not lost drama but for sure some quality, let’s hope this first titanic semifinal can raise the bar. It’s one of the last Bootrooms (CHEVROLET) to enjoy kiddos, so get in!



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