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Croatia - 2014 World Cup

Croatia Routs Cameroon

This was going to be a tough match for Cameroon from the start, and it didn’t take long for Croatia to get on the board. Ivica Olić received a pass from Ivan Perisic and neatly placed it into the back of the net to put Croatia up 1-0.

 

Cameroon certainly didn’t make things easy on themselves as Alex Song decided it was a good idea to elbow a Croatian player in the back in the 40th minute. He received a red card for the act and put Cameroon down to 10 men.

 

The Cameroon keeper, Charles Itandje, made two mistakes which lead to Croatia’s second goal. Firstly, a poor kick giftwrapped the ball Ivan Perisic on the left side with only clear space between him and the goal. Secondly, Itandje anticipated a cross to the middle, but Perisic instead tucked the ball into the open space left behind by the keeper.

 

Mario Mandzukic scored the last two goals of the match. In the 61st minute, he sent home a powerful header off a corner kick and in the 73rd minute, a juicy rebound bounced right to him which he calmly just tapped in to make it a 4-0 game.

 

 

Netherlands - 2014 World Cup

Netherlands Wins Exciting Match Against Austrailia

Arjen Robben opened the scoring in the 20th minute. It started when he took a pass in the midfield, shook off a challenge in the process, ran the ball upfield all by himself and put a shot into the lower right corner past the keeper.

 

That goal was very short lived as right off the ensuing kickoff, a cross to Tim Cahill was perfectly struck in mid-air over the outstretched hands of Jasper Cillessen, off the crossbar and into the net. Brilliant efforts on both sides.

 

The score remained even until the 54th minute when Australia’s Mile Jedinak took advantage of a penalty kick. Australia couldn’t hold the lead for long though as Robin van Persie was able to even the score again in the 58th minute. He received a nifty little pass behind Australian defenders while staying onside and sent a laser of a shot into the top left corner.

 

A giveaway to the Aussies gave them a golden opportunity to take the lead, but couldn’t capitalize. Instead, the Dutch turned back the other way and Memphis Depay put a great amount of curl on the ball and found the back of the net, just out of reach of Mathew Ryan’s hands.

 

Tim Cahill and Robin van Persie both received yellow cards during the match and will miss their next game.

 

 

This Irish Lad Can’t Say ‘Specifically’

His friend was left in stitches and rightly so. The man was asked to say one ‘specific’ English word, but failed in epic fashion. Forget crazy tongue twisters, this was just one word, but the poor lad couldn’t get it which led to his friend bursting out in laughter while recording this hilarious video. After the first fail, the man became even more frustrated as he tried over and over again, but failed to correctly say the word ‘specifically’.
 

Belfast lad attempts to say 'specifically'…This is absolutely hilarious!

Posted by Meanwhile in Ireland on Saturday, January 16, 2016

 
The video that has now been viewed more than 1.3 million times since it was shared and shows the Irish man known as Tommy trying to correctly pronounce the word for close to two minutes. While he appears to give it a shot to the best of his ability, Tommy just can’t seem to grasp it and is captured mispronouncing the word as ‘sepifically’ and ‘pacifically’ – making the one recording his trials to explode in a fit of laughter.
 

Sitting on a chair in the living room, Tommy is encouraged by his lady friend to say ‘specifically’, but shyly smiles to the camera and challenges the woman to say it first. He instead stutters on the first attempt saying ‘sepifically’ with the woman giggling from behind the camera. After further encouragement, Tommy gives it another try, but magnificently fails with every attempt. The friend is so awestruck and bursts in laughter to an extent that she cannot pronounce it herself.
 
Even though Tommy’s gaffe has now become an Internet joke, pronouncing the word is not as easy as it sounds as it was named on the list of the most challenging English-language words to pronounce in 2015, alongside phenomenon, brewery and squirrel.
 
Tommy is so frustrated that he even starts swearing, but he should take heart that he is not alone in this difficulty. There’s probably many out there who would struggle with some of these words, it’s only that he got his match in failing to pronounce ‘specifically’ and it was recorded on camera, making it pretty hilarious for everyone watching!
 

 

Upsets - 2014 World Cup

Top 10 Biggest Upsets In The World Cup (Part 1)

The World Cup comes once every four years and it brings out the best in all the teams. Most of the time, it’s the powerhouse teams who prevail, but there are always opportunities where the underdogs have surprised the world with shocking wins. Here are our top 10 biggest upsets in World Cup history.

 

10. USA defeats Portugal at the 2002 World Cup

 

USA finished last in the 1998 World Cup. Therefore, nobody expected them to cause any trouble with Portugal in 2002. The Portugal team was loaded with stars and they were expected to easily win over the United States. However, Team USA had other plans. USA scored first in the game with a goal from John O’Brien in the fourth minute. This lead was increased to 3 goals to nil by the 36th minute, with another goal from Brian McBride. Portugal was not just a spectator as they scored one goal in each of the two halves, but that was not enough, with USA winning the game 3 to 2.

 

9. South Korea defeats Italy at the 2002 World Cup

 

Even though South Korea was hosting the World Cup in 2002, nobody expected them to win against Italy. Italy scored first in the game and they managed to maintain the lead for quite some time, but South Korea scored in the 88th minute to tie the game at 1-1. In the extra time, South Korea stunned the world by scoring the golden goal and the Italians lost the match. South Korea went on to reach the quarter-finals, the furthest the country has ever advanced in World Cup history.

 

8. Northern Ireland defeats Spain at the 1982 World Cup

 

This was the last match for Spain in the group stage and they were easily expected to win against Northern Ireland. Spain had already qualified and they did not need a win to move to the next round whereas Northern Ireland needed to win to move to the next round. Spain were the favorites as they were not only the better team on paper, but they were also hosting the World Cup that year. However, Gerry Armstrong from Northern Ireland had other plans and he scored the lone goal of the game and Northern Ireland managed to beat Spain, 1-0.

 

7. Bulgaria defeats Germany at the 1994 World Cup

 

Germany was expected to win this game and though the Bulgarians were not expected to give up easily, nobody expected them to defeat the powerhouse of football at that time. Germany scored first in the game when they were awarded a penalty. However, Bulgaria managed to equalize the score later in the game with a beautiful free kick. Three minutes later, they extended the lead with a perfect header and then played out the rest of the game to beat Germany.

 

6. Senegal beats France in the 2002 World Cup

 

France had just won the World Cup in 1998 for the first time. Inspired by the maverick Zinedine Zidane, France was expected to put up a great show in the 2002 World Cup. However, Zidane suffered an injury before the World Cup even started and had to sit out for the first few matches. This proved to be crucial as they played Senegal in the opening match of the 2002 World Cup. France was stunned when Papa Bouba Diop of Senegal scored in the 30th minute to take the lead. France made some amazing attempts, but could not score a goal for the remainder of the game. They also failed to move beyond the first round. Senegal finished 7th in their one and only appearance in the World Cup tournament.

 

 

Move on to Part 2 HERE!

 

 

This Man Gets Into A Fist Fight With A Monkey!!

A video emerged over the weekend of a man getting into a vicious brawl with a wild monkey. The clip showed the scrap between the man and monkey coming after the primate had urinated on the seat of the man’s motorbike, something that did not go down well with the owner.
 
The video, which is believed to have been shot over a week ago in the Thai province of Chachoengsao, began when the cheeky, but seemingly harmless monkey, perched on top of the bright red motorbike. That is until the man is infuriated when he realizes that the monkey has urinated on the seat of the motorbike before proceeding to bite it. He throws his shoe at the monkey in show of disgust, but the creature retaliates and flies into an uncontrollable rage.
 

The monkey instantly leaps off the motorbike and attacks the man before their pair began throwing punches at each other in a heated exchange. The flurry of punches escalates when the man takes a kick at the monkey as they roll on the ground at the edge of a river. Even though it has been reported that neither the man nor the monkey was injured, many would not agree with that view. This is because the madness continues as the man and the monkey roll in the dirt with the man throwing a handful of dirt at the monkey, perhaps hoping that it would help him win the fight against this spirited creature.
 
The man is apparently seen tossing the primate into the water, but it’s not yet clear who came out the winner. This is obviously a spirited and heated exchange that would not sit well with animal rights activists. The person taking the video finds it hilarious though!
 
What do you think?
 

 

Mexico - 2014 World Cup

June 17 – Recap

Belgium snatches victory from Algeria, 2-1

 

The game started out well for Algeria as Jan Vertonghen pulled down Sofiane Feghouli in the penalty area to give Algeria a chance to score the game’s first goal.
Feghouli made no mistake on the penalty and scored Algeria’s first goal in 28 years!

 

As Algeria led into the halftime, Belgium finally started to press the issue midway through the 2nd half. A cross by Kevin De Bruyne was headed home by Marouane Fellaini to tie the match at one in the 70th minute.

 

Algeria looked to attack late in the match, but a no call by the referee for Algeria led to a dangerous counter-attack for Belgium. Dries Mertens took a pass from Eden Hazard in the 80th minute and was all alone on the right side when he sniped a shot past the goalkeeper to put Belgium ahead for good.

 

 

Mexico puts on a fine effort to draw with Brazil 0-0

 

This match was very exciting despite it being a goal-less draw!

 

Brazil should have scored multiple times had it not been for the stellar play of Mexico’s goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa.

 

With saves like this, Mexico deserved the tie at the very least.

 

 

 

Russia and Korea play to a 1-1 draw

 

It was a pretty even first half with both teams playing patient and waiting for the best opportunities to present themselves.

 

Lee Keunho of Korea opened the scoring in the 68th minute with a long shot that was rather poorly handled by Russia’s Igor Akinfeev. The shot was directed straight at Akinfeev from outside the box, but the keeper couldn’t stop the ball properly. It bounced off his hands, over his head, and into the net.

 

The Russians answered very quickly as they scored the equalizer just 6 minutes later. Alan Dzagoev first fired a shot on goal, which was initially stopped by Jung Sung-Ryong, but the resulting rebound was not cleared by the defence and Aleksandr Kerzhakov capitalized on the mistake.

 

Both teams should be satisfied with one point for the draw since Algeria lost to Belgium earlier in the day.

 

 

Top 7 Favorite Celebrity Winter Vacation Spots 

When the cold and dreadful wintery months hit us, nothing feels better than a warm blanket and a drink of hot chocolate. Celebrities though, whether they’re television stars, singers, or movie stars, have the enviable option of going on vacation to any place they want to hit either the sand for some tan time, or the slopes for some ski time.

With money to spend and hot bodies to show, celebs love to kick back and relax even during the bleak winter months. Check out this very impressive list of where your favorite celebrities go to take their well deserved breaks.

1. Round Hills Hotels and Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica

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We all drooled at the love scenes in the movie ‘How Stella got her groove back’ because the beautiful scenery and the sweeping ocean views were just as tempting. The picture perfect villas with horizon swimming pools are just what is needed to make this a perfect celebrity getaway. Some famous people who got their mojo back in this beautiful setting include Gabrielle Union and Sir Paul McCartney. If it’s good enough to impress him, it’s certainly good enough for us!

2. St. Moritz, Switzerland

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Known for it’s perfect weather condition, dry and sunny climate all year round, St. Moritz is a little piece of heaven that is 1,856 m above sea level and is located in Europe right in the middle of the Engadin valley. An example of a fabulous and celeb worthy places to stay is the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains. This winter haven has played a perfect host to global stars such as Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and the possible future king of England, Prince Charles.

3. Hawaii, USA

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Celebs love showing us their bodies, and what better place to do that than on the beautiful, stunning and sandy beaches of Hawaii. A perfect blend of islands, volcanoes, mountains, the heavenly ocean views, and a unique and interesting culture, this a piece of Eden right there. With Hotels such as the Four Seasons offering unrivaled comfort and activities to engage in, it’s not surprising that super hot celebrities who are far from shy about their winter bodies head there for some sun and sand.

4. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
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When they are not entertaining us, celebs relish their privacy. Jackson Hole is one of the very best kept secrets for winter holidays and escapes. Located in Wyoming, it has a ski area rising 4193 feet from the base of the valley. Surrounded by picturesque and breathtaking views, this is an ideal location for a downhill adventure with a perfect blend of luxury and a rustic feel to it. A perfect place for some winding down.

Funny man Jim Carrey and Matthew McConaughey have been spotted on this exclusive property.

5. Aspen, Colorado, USA

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Known all over the world for it’s winter sports, it’ s a no brainer that Aspen made it to this list. Aspen is at the top of a pristine mountain valley with four top class mountains within that area. It offers a very diverse selection of snow experiences. Skiing has never felt as wonderful the slopes Aspen offers. Most hotels are very pet friendly and we all know how celebs love travelling with their pets, thus making it a heavenly spot for celebs and their favorite animals.

Long and winding trails are present throughout the four mountains and visitors are nothing but thankful for the lavish and stunning panoramic views.

Bill Clinton and Mariah Carey are some of the famous people that have made their way to this winter sports heaven.

6. Los Cabos, Mexico

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Jennifer Lopez, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio have all packed up their bags and headed to this beautiful location that is located between the pink mountains and the desert.

The alfresco massages are not the only thing to love about this location and with exquisite accommodations such as Las Ventanas al Paraiso, you are guaranteed of having the best holiday ever. While everyone else is stuck at home, you can come back with a tan to die for that will make all of your friends green with envy.

7. St. Barts (Saint Barthélemy)

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Winding down this mega list is St. Barts. This sophisticated and saintly island is one of the most stunning and beautiful places on earth. With celeb worthy places such as Eden Rock St Barths, this is where the rich and famous go for some down time. With activities such as swimming in the picture perfect beaches, to the excellent French inspired dining, to sailing on a yacht, it’s no wonder the elite of this world come out to play here. If you are looking for romance, nothing beats watching sunset in Lurin with the gorgeous island panorama.

Did we mention that you can also shop for high end designer pieces and possibly rub shoulders with Beyoncé or the Black Eyed Peas, if not Harrison Ford himself?

 

 

Netherlands - 2014 World Cup

Netherlands Win Big

If you’re a fan of the Dutch, this was certainly a game to watch! The Oranje scored 5 unanswered goals to defeat Spain in shocking fashion, avenging their World Cup loss from the previous tournament.

 

Actually, fan or not, these goals by Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben just need to be admired.

 

 

 

 

Indie Showcase: Dear Esther

It’s always nice to find a game that has a bit of controversy surrounding it, and few games have as odd of a discussion surrounding them as Dear Esther. You see, there’s quite a few who have played it that wonder if the game can even be considered just that – a game. So, let’s take a look at this odd little game and you can be the judge of whether or not it’s a game or something else entirely.
 
Now, after games have been played for decades, and have created an entire community about themselves, I think it’s safe to assume we have a fairly solid definition of what it takes to be a game. First and foremost, it has to have some electronic portion to it – console, PC, or any of the countless hand-held devices floating around. Second, it has to have some sort of story attached to it, though the story can be as in-depth or shallow as the creators need it to be. Three, there has to be conflict – this can be a part of the story, or just something happening within the game that has no connection to the overarching tale. And four, there has to be obstacles to overcome, in some manner or other. While this may not be the most comprehensive list of items to measure something’s ‘gamitude’, it will work well enough for our purposes. So, now we get down to the brass tacks of the matter – how does Dear Esther meet these requirements?
 
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Well, it immediately meets the first two requirements. For an indie PC game, it has a very striking setting and story line. When you enter the game, you find yourself on the decrepit and forgotten docks of some remote shepherds’ island staring at a radio tower far off in the distance. As the waves crash on the beach and the clouds swirl stormily about, a narrator begins talking to someone b the name of Esther. From what you are able to gather, there’s nothing linking you to either the narrator or this ‘Esther’ person.
 
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As the game progresses – and you quickly discover your only controls are the WASD keys, the mouse, and a zoom function – it becomes apparent that, as you choose various paths on your unspoken journey to the radio tower, the narrator will continue talking, at random, to this Esther person (after a while, it becomes apparent that the format of the narrations is a letter – hence the game’s title). And it’s on this rather surreal journey that the certainty of the game’s qualifications become muddled.
 
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For one, there’s no outright conflict within the game. It seems that, for all intents and purposes, your only goal is to reach the distant radio tower and listen to the narrator while you do just that. While the game has a very tangible, eerie vibe to it, there’s really nothing to be worried about. There are no enemies, no puzzles, not even an out of the blue jump-scare like in the similar game Gone Home. In these respects, the game seems much more like an interactive movie than an actual video game.
 
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However, while the action may be rather lacking – and while the gamitude may be questionable – it is certain that it is a compelling experience. As you grow closer to your goal, the world around you becomes more surreal, the narrator more frantic, and the story a bit clearer. What’s more, after completing the game (roughly about an hour, depending on how much you explore) there’s a lot of incentive to play again. Apparently the game chooses the narrations given to the player somewhat randomly – giving up more information with ach play through.
 
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Whether or not this experience can really be called a game is up to each individual player. That being said, if you love a good story, music, or atmosphere, then this game is certainly made for the likes of you. For $10, it’s quite the ride.

 
 

Germany - 2014 World Cup

Germany Dominates Portugal

Portugal fans were definitely disappointed to see their team fall 4-0 to start their World Cup campaign. For German fans, though, what they saw was nothing short of a brilliant performance defensively and offensively.

 

Things started out poorly for Portugal as Joao Pereira received a yellow card in the penalty area only 11 minutes in. Thomas Muller scored on the ensuing penalty kick to get things rolling for Germany. Mats Hummels made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute.

 

It only got worse for Portugal when Pepe was sent off with a red card for a headbutt on Muller. Pepe’s temper certainly got the best of him and this just made things harder for Portugal.

 

Muller added his second of the match after a poor clearing attempt by Portugal with just minutes to go in the first half. He completed his hat-trick in the 78th minute of the second half.

 

Only four teams have failed to score at the World Cup so far: Greece, Honduras, Cameroon, and now Portugal.