Tuesday, June 27, 2006

World Cup Poetry #6

June 26, 2006

Italy vs. Australia

The Socceroos, who face the Azzurri on Monday are looking to get into the quarterfinals. Read about the match-up on FIFAWORLDCUP.COM.

Australia has been able to score often in this tournament. Italy prides itself in its defense and counterattack. Most of the games in this round have gone to the favored teams and this game might go the same way. But this is soccer, and the teams must play, and leave everything on the field, or else they'll go home.

Link to information on Italian Poetry here.

Link to Australian Literature here.

Switzerland vs. Ukraine

The Swiss came in first place of their group, leaving France in second place. Ukraine bounced back from a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Spain. These teams will fight to stay alive in this round. Read about their match-up on FIFAWORLD.COM.

This game is a tough one to predict and might be the first to come down to penalties.

Link to Swiss poet, Adolf Frey, here.

Link to Ukrainian poetry here.

June 27, 2006

Brazil vs. Ghana

FIFAWORLDCUP.COM story presented here on this fine match-ups of teams who play with speed, elegance, and beauty. Ghana has more rough edges, but are a dangerous draw for Brazil, 5-time and defending World Cup champs.

If anyone is going to upset Brazil, it could be Ghana, who disposed of Czech Republic, who were one of the favorite teams to dethrone Brazil.

Brazilian and Portuguese speaking poetry link here.

Link to Ghanaian writer, Ama Ata Aidoo, here.

Spain vs. France

This game will be one I would hate to miss. It appears I'll be at the office when these two teams square off on Tuesday. I hope to catch glimpses of this game at my lunch hour. Last week I took I walk to the Downtown underground mall, where they have Chinese Food, Mexican Food, Japanese Food, & American Food, including Carl's Jr. & other fast food restaurants. What was fantastic about that day was watching Spain take on Tunisia. There is a TV in the
lunch area, where workers, jurors, and other people were glued to the TV set, cheering and jeering the calls. I was one of them. There were people from all nationalities there. I heard many people speaking in languages I couldn't understand. I'm rooting for Spain in this one since the NSA have their money on France. {Tommy, Cunningham's NSA agent here: those cheese eating surrender monkeys better deliver, or else...}

Link to Spain's Lope De Vega, poet, playwright, and adventurer, "as famous as Shakespeare had the Spanish Armada defeated the English"

Link to famous French author, Jean Racine, here.

** posted for Luis C. Berriozabal by Christopher Cunningham**


Anonymous Anonymous said...

tommy, NSA here:

man, them winedrunk pansys did their job, huh? go you cowardly french! tommy needs a new boat!

sorry, luis. I'll tell Agent.45Freedom to send you some flowers.

not really.

end transmission

6:21 PM  
Blogger Lyle Daggett said...

Enjoying the Poetry World Cup posts.

Another good Australian poetry link:

Australian Literature Resources, recommended by a couple of poets in Australia I talk with over the web now and then. The site includes pages for upwards of 50 Australian writers, and other more general info on Australian writing. Also has links to other related material. Worth checking out.

I also read (really sort of partly read and partly skimmed) the earlier post on print vs. electronic poetry. If I can get up enough steam I'll try to come back and comment.

Continuing to enjoy what you're doing here. -- Salud --

7:54 PM  
Blogger Luis said...

Tommy thanks for commenting. I know you and Frimpie or should I say Frenchie, fixed the game today, helping France easy by Spain 3-1.

Brazil got by Ghana 3-0. & if France gets by Brazil, something will definitely smell cheesy here.

Lyle thanks for the comments and I'm sure Justin would like to have your comments on Print vs Online Journals. Thank you for the link to Australian writers as well. I enjoy your work in Blue Collar Review, perhaps we could exchange books if you'd like.

Glenn Cooper in Australia must still be fuming at the ref, who were cheated by the Russian ref, who gave Italy a penalty that did not exist. Italy won 1-0.

The only game I predicted correctly was Ukraine winning in penalties 3-0 over Switzerland.
The score ended in a tie at the end of regulation and two 15 minute over time. I didn't predict who would win. Soccer is a strange and mysterious game. Spain defeated Ukraine 4-0. Yet, Spain is going home & the Ukraine is still kicking (right Tommy).

9:06 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

Okay, I know all of you will throw rocks but what game are they playing? Soccer? Football? I'm sorry. Sports are not my thing.

*Ducks to avoid being hit with rocks*

12:02 PM  
Blogger j.b said...

Kat: "I hope they hit a grand run touchdown after they score a goal unit basket."


they're playing soccer. it's the World Cup, which is an event that happens every 4 years (like the Olympics) and is composed of a bunch of countries who must qualify to get in.

no rocks, Kat, just an undying humiliation. ;)

12:50 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

Okay, okay. So soccer was the right answer.

I kind of thought it was soccer but didn't really know.

Undying humiliation? Nah. :)

1:46 PM  
Blogger Luis said...


Do we have to start writing ovaltine poems again?

You are forgiven. Many people in this country are not too fond of soccer or even know just how seriously it is taken in other countries.

Johan Cruyf, perhaps the greatest Dutch soccer player of all time, blamed an immigration official for Netherlands being knocked out of the World Cup by Portugal.

In the LA Times: Soccer great Johan Cruyf has found a new scapegoat for the Dutch team's early World Cup exit: Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk.

"I don't want to say the minister is to blame for the Dutch team getting knocked out, but she is definitely partly to blame," Cruyf wrote in his column in the Netherlands' national newspaper De Telegraaf.

Cruyf said her decision not to grant talented Ivory Coast winger Salomon Kalou Dutch citizenship deprived the team of a strong attacking option.

He accused Verdon, known as Iron Rita, for her strict interpretation of Dutch immigration laws-of damaging the national interest when she refused to fast-track Kalou's application for citizenship.

"Anybody who watched the World Cup and saw the effect it had on the country can't convince me" that granting citizenship to Kalou, "would not have been in the national interest," Cruyf said.

Kat: this is soccer

8:37 PM  
Blogger cat said...

Ghana gave Brazil a run for their money! Brazil didn't look like they were playing Brazilian soccer (did Ghana surprise them?) I was impressed w/ the style and determination of the Ghana team...never intimidated or gave up! Exciting game!

Spain v. France - probably the best game played so far, in my humble opinion! I was hoping Spain would continue, but oh well...I guess we'll have to suffer through another game of Zidane (ugh!)

Should've seen Italy-Australia go into PK's...but we'll take it however we can get it!!

Good games coming up. Looking forward to more posts from you, Luis.

1:24 AM  
Blogger Luis said...


Thank you.
I need to get my butt in gear.
There are games tomorrow!
Argentina vs. Germany?
This could have been the final.

Ghana was great. Had that forward headed that ball in, which luckily
landed on the goalies foot, it would have been 1-1 & an entire different game.

Yes, I wanted Spain to win. I'm a Berriozabal, a Basque last name,
but Brazil should take care of them, but Henry & the French are dangerous & have the backing of Tommy & his cronies.

Australia was robbed. Perhaps the Italians made he ref an offer he could not refuse.

12:46 AM  

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