19 June 2014 - World Cup special
Up in Arms Over ‘Soccer’ vs. ‘Football’
Sarh Lyall (The New York Times)
The letter writer was incensed, as so many people so often are, by America’s insistence on using its own special word to describe the game that almost everyone else calls football.
“It seems a thousand pities that in reporting Association football matches The New York Times, in company with all the other newspapers, should persistently call the game ‘socker,’ ” the writer, one Francis H. Tabor, said in The Times. “In the first place, there is no such word, and in the second place, it is an exceedingly ugly and undignified one.” That was in 1905, and it was proof that the perennial debate on the topic of “What is America’s problem?” began not in this World Cup, or in the one before that, but a full quarter of a century before there was such thing as a World Cup. Ranting irritably about American usage — only to have Americans rant right back — turns out to be almost as popular a sport as soccer (or football) itself.
Dominic Fifield (The Guardian)
Roy Hodgson has vowed to “use any weapon we’ve got” as England seek to revive their World Cup group campaign by defeating Uruguay, while Steven Gerrard has warned his team-mates there will be no hiding place if they are knocked out of the competition prematurely.
The manager is expected to field the same line-up that lost to Italy last weekend, with England’s leading scorer, Wayne Rooney, operating as a central playmaker. He will also attempt to implement the same quick, attacking style at the Arena Corinthians to unsettle Uruguay. Hodgson has conceded that the defeat by Italy has left England in effect playing knockout football as they attempt to qualify from Group D. But while there is an acceptance they must defend better as a team, their bold approach will be maintained.
“We saw the other night that even a top team like Italy were tested by the quality of our attacking play, so we’re not going to put any of our weapons down,” said Hodgson, aware that Uruguay will be without the suspended Maxi Pereira and the injured Diego Lugano. “Any weapon we’ve got, we are going to try and use. We have to make sure that, when we get the ball, we use it because the sort of players we’ve got are capable of hurting the opposition. I thought we did that quite well on Saturday but, when the other side has the ball, we’d better make certain our defending is spot on.
Glenn Moore (The Independent)
From almost the moment it kicked off, this World Cup has been a roaring success.
With the exception of Iran and Nigeria's turgid 0-0 draw, almost every game has provided excitement of some kind. But what are the reasons behind this tournament's success?
1. The Ball
A good football, like a good referee, goes unnoticed. After the disastrous Jabulani ball spoiled the 2010 finals the pressure was on adidas to deliver. They have.
Aside from complaints over the £100 price tag there has been barely a mention of the Brazuca, but it is a fundamental part of this tournament’s success. Wheras in 2010 crosses and free-kicks were constantly over-hit as the Jabulani took flight this time there have been an unusually high proportion of goals from crosses with players able to drop the ball exactly
David Pilditch (The Express)
As supporters began flooding into Sao Paulo for tonight’s crunch match against Uruguay, bookmakers revealed that the staggering sum has been wagered on the Manchester United striker to hit the target.
Alex Donohue, of Ladbrokes, said Rooney was the “most popular goal-scorer bet of all time”.
And he added: “England fans have given Wayne the ultimate vote of confidence.
"He will carry more of their cash to break his World Cup duck than ever before.”
The 28-year-old has so far failed to score in nine matches in the finals, including Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Italy.
But manager Roy Hodgson has ignored pressure to drop the out-of-form player and instead will return him to his favourite central striking role.
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"19 June 2014 - World Cup special", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2014. Consulté le 11/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2014/19-june-2014-world-cup-special