San Nicolas and Santa Teresita: Historic and Folkloric Notes about some of its Barrios

Exploring forgotten stories about the barrios of San Nicolas and Santa Teresita.

Balandis: the Slanted Houses Along a Road in Cuenca/Alitagtag

Exploring this quaint area in Cuenca and Alitagtag where the houses are slanted away from the road.

Mataasnakahoy: Historical and Folkloric Trivia about some of Its Barrios

Revisiting obscure barrio histories of the barrios of the Municipality of Mataasnakahoy.

An Old Tourist Spot in Taal Called the Pansipit Fishery

A throwback to a by-gone era, when tourists around Luzon visited this resort in Taal and Lemery.

The Hitchhiker who Gets on at the Zigzag in Cuenca Batangas Lipa

A tall tale familiar to all who drive through this curving road in Cuenca. Is it really a tall tale, though?

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29 June 2014

PBB’s Idiotic Football Juggling Challenge


Those of you who watched last night the supposed Eviction Night when nobody was evicted – duh! – would have seen this football challenge that Big Brother gave the housemates. They were desperate to win because they had apparently been surviving for the past fortnight on vegetables. Win the challenge and they would finally get meat back in their diets.

And as Toni Gonzaga explained the mechanics of the challenge, I finally somewhat understood what I had been watching on-and-off in the 24/7 stream of the same show. Daniel Matsunage, Brazilian-born that he is and a semi-professional football player in the UFL, had been busy teaching the other housemates some basic football skills.

If I understood Toni right, the housemates all had to do a football-based dance choreography which basically entailed each of them touching the ball without it dropping to the ground. When everyone had touched the ball at least once, then the dance would culminate in the ball being shot at a goal brought inside the PBB House’s activity area.

28 June 2014

PFF Receives AFF US$100K Donation for Typhoon Haiyan Victims

The Asean Football Federations (AFF) yesterday donated US100,000 (roughly PHP 4.4M) to the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) to help in the ongoing rebuilding efforts for the victims of last year’s super-typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda.

The donation was formally handed over to the PFF at the federation’s House of Football in Pasig yesterday.

Representing the AFF were its Vice-President, the Honourable Kalbuadi Lay; Lieutenant General Secretary Dato’ Azzudin Ahman (retired), General Secretary; and Datuk Sri Prof. Dr. Ir Djohar Arifin Husin, President of the Football Association of Indonesia.

Receiving the donation on behalf of the Philippines were PFF President Mariano Araneta and General Secretary Atty. Edwin G. Gastanes.

27 June 2014

WC Diary 6: South Americans Well-Placed to Win the 2014 World Cup

Too Much Football

So the group stage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is over. I have missed just one of the 48 matches across eight qualifying groups – that first round encounter between Colombia and Greece. This means that I have watched 4,230 minutes of World Cup football, the most I have done of any World Cup.

Now ask me if it has been fun.

Do not anyone get me wrong. This has been the most fun World Cup for me since I started watching World Cups. It is just that, put things this way, I have come to the point in the tournament when I am starting to get not just a little bit confused.

Especially in the third round of group matches when I watched four football games a day for three straight days, it was – like – who scored what? Or which game was that? Or who kicked who?

23 June 2014

The Shameless 1982 World Cup Match Between Germany and Austria

Younger football fans will probably be wondering why matches from the same group in the first two rounds have different kick-off times but the final two matches from each group kick off simultaneously. The reason for this is to prevent the result of one match influencing what goes on in the other.

The scheduling change was implemented in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico after an infamous game that was played in the Spain World Cup held four years earlier. The game was in Group 2 which was made up of West Germany, Austria, Algeria and Chile.

The first round of matches saw West Germany lose to rank African outsiders Algeria in what was considered a colossal upset. Rabah Mudjer put the north Africans ahead in the 54th minute. Although Karl Heinz Rummenigge equalised for the Germans in the 67th minute, Algeria went ahead for good inside a minute through Lakhdar Belloumi.

22 June 2014

WC Diary 5: Choosing Potential Champions

The Synergy of Los Ticos

Synergy. The whole is greater than the sum of all the parts. To my mind, no other word can accurately capture Costa Rica’s sensational run in the 2014 World Cup. I will be honest and admit that I thought their 3-1 opening game victory over Uruguay was a one-off, a flash in the pan that they would not be able to replicate against the wily Italians.

Bryan Ruiz’s late first half goal ensured that the fairytale run continues; and in a group that contains three former world champions, the unfancied rank outsiders are the first to qualify for the Round of 16.

Perhaps the eccentric Mario Balotelli could have done so much better than his Dios-ko-‘day lob earlier in the first half, a chance that my cat would have effortlessly scored. And I do not even own a cat.

20 June 2014

WC Diary 4: Adios España! End of the Line for the Golden Generation?

Raise your hand if you saw that coming! Because I certainly did not! Chile 2 Spain 0 meant that the Spaniards have been dumped out of the World Cup at only the second round of group matches; and now hold the dubious distinction of being the first defending champions to ever lose their first two group matches.

The ridicule and criticism of the Spaniards on social media after their unceremonious exit can be seen as either harsh or deserved, depending on one’s point of view.

On the one hand, it is now three of the last four World Cups when the defending champions have failed to even get out of their qualifying groups: France (2002), Italy (2010) and Spain (2014). This is indicative of two things: first, how formidably strong the field has become; and second, that there is more pressure now than there used to be on the defending champions to retain their titles.

17 June 2014

WC Diary 3: The Climate, the Asians, the Germans, the Americans and the Thugs

The Climate

I have never been to Brazil. But then the geeks invented this thing called Google Earth. So now I can fly to Brazil faster than the Concorde ever could; and the Concorde does not even fly these days, anyway.

The reason I say all these is that I used to teach during my high school Social Science classes in the old days that the seasons in the southern hemisphere are the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere.

Thus, my assumption was that it would be winter in Brazil; which it officially is, by the way. Only that we have seen tropical rains pouring like there was no tomorrow in certain televised World Cup matches and heard the commentators talk about the oppressive heat and humidity. Not to mention the unusual number of players getting leg cramps long before the endgame.

16 June 2014

Drowned by the WC, Another Philippine Football Team Finished 2nd in an AFC Tournament

Almost drowned out by the cacophony of noises being generated at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil has been another portentous if low-key achievement that shows that Philippine football, indeed, is on the rise.

First half goals by Ratchaphan and Dassama won the Asian Football Confederation U-14 Girls’ Regional Championship for Thailand, despite Arantxa Trebol’s 51st minute consolation goal and a late flourish by the Filipina girls.

It was the second consecutive runners-up finish by the Philippines in an AFC organised tournament, one separated by a mere two weeks from the other. However, the girls’ achievement is the clearest indicator yet that confidence gained from the senior men’s team’s exploits is beginning to filter down to youth level.

15 June 2014

WC Diary 2: Messi and Argentina Looked Pedestrian Until the Goal of the Tournament

Day 4 done at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Eleven matches have been played. A total of 37 goals has been scored for an average of 3.36 goals per game. The lowest scoring match was Mexico’s 1-nil win over Cameroon when the winning team had two legitimate goals wrongly ruled out as offside.

No game has been drawn; and neither have there been any party blowouts with volleyball scores. The stadiums are magnificent. The fans are enthusiastic. The shortage of sleep apart, I am truly loving this World Cup!

But of course I am also annoyed that the English have lost to the Italians yet again! The Italians did not defeat England in a full international until 1973; but in recent decades, and especially in competitive matches, the English have not really enjoyed the rub of the green against the Azzurri.

13 June 2014

WC Diary: Flying Dutchmen and the Goal Nobody Blamed Scholes For

Day 2 of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Four matches played. Fifteen goals scored. All but one of the eight teams that played in the opening fixtures have scored. And no draws. I cannot quite remember a World Cup as open as this. Long may it continue!

Of course, the main talking point of the opening two days is that shocking scoreline at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. Netherlands 5 Spain 1. The reigning world champions were made to eat humble pie.

I did not get up for that one, I have to admit. And I have no remorse. The match was scheduled at 3 a.m., when the body rhythm is said to be at its lowest ebb. The World Cup is always a hazard to the health of the Filipino football fan.

10 June 2014

PBB All In’s Nude Challenge and the MTRCB Summons

Yup! It was bound to happen. The MTRCB has summoned the producers of the ABS-CBN reality show PBB All In to explain the nude challenge after a complaint was filed by one women’s rights group.

For the benefit of those who do not really watch the show, the nude challenge was part of a game that Big Brother had arranged for all the housemates. The housemates were given a series of challenges which they could accept or refuse.

There was a catch, of course; as there is always wont to be inside the PBB House.

The housemates were collectively allowed to refuse only three times. At the fourth refusal by any of the housemates, they lose the game and with it, the budget for the next week’s food allotment.

09 June 2014

DLSU Rips San Beda for the Fil-Oil Premier Cup; but Something Did Not Feel Right

There is something not quite right about they way the DLSU Green Archers defeated the San Beda Red Lions, 71-66, in the final of the Fil-Oil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at the Fil-Oil Flying V Arena in San Juan yesterday.

The game was fine. San Beda looked good three-fourths of the way until going cold in the endgame, thus allowing the Green Archers to claim their third Fil-Oil championship since the pre-season tournament began in 2006.

I watched the Green Archers in this summer’s Premier Cup whenever I could; and while still obviously in pre-season mode, the team managed to hold off spirited rallies by opposing teams in two of the matches that I watched.

07 June 2014

Aina Solano’s Eviction from PBB All In No Surprise


Santa Maria ng Kadramahan! I still cannot quite come to terms with the binatog of PBB All In’s 4th Eviction Night last night.

The choices were severely limited after Quezon’s Ranty Portento had given Batangas’ Joshua Garcia a free ride out of the eviction voting via Kuya’s intense if unoriginal get-out-of-jail challenge. Try as I would, I cannot recall where I saw a similar challenge before; but I had, methinks in a foreign-made show.

So, for the public, eviction voting was a straightforward choice between Ranty and the Filipina-Swiss Aina Solano from Boracay.

06 June 2014

Tom Cruise Provides Great Entertainment in Edge of Tomorrow

And because there was – yet again – another 8-5 scheduled outage yesterday, I did the sensible thing and went to the mall for a movie. As I usually do because I am not particularly fond of queuing up, I went for the opening show.

I actually wanted to see ‘Maleficent,’ but arrived at the movie house to find myself in something of a conundrum. I did not know that Tom Cruise’s ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ was already showing.

Chances were that I would find myself in the company of giggly teenagers with Maleficent; and because it was too early to be annoyed, I thought that Edge of Tomorrow would be the better way to pass the morning.

03 June 2014

2014 World Cup Brazil Complete Squad Lists of Qualified Countries

To help football fans around the world who will be following the 2014 FIFA World Cup, due to begin on the 12th of June in Brazil, Life So Mundane makes available complete lists of players selected to represent the countries who have qualified to play in the finals. The qualified countries have been divided into eight groups as seen below.

Clicking on each group's hyperlink takes the reader to a specific page on this web site allotted for that particular group. Clicking on each hyperlinked country's name takes the reader directly to player list of the country that the reader wishes to see.

The lists have been culled from various Internet web sites and are collated here for the convenience of World Cup fans.

Group A: Brazil, Cameroon, Croatia, Mexico

Group B: Australia, Chile, Netherlands, Spain

Group C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan

Group D: Costa Rica, England, Italy, Uruguay

Group E: Ecuador, France, Honduras, Switzerland

Group F: Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria

Group G: Germany, Ghana, Portugal, United States of America

Group H: Algeria, Belgium, Korea Republic, Russia

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Group A Squad Lists for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Qualified Countries


To help football aficionados follow the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Life So Mundane makes available these squad line-ups which have been collated from various sources around the Internet. Here are the squad line-up for the qualified countries in Group A:

Brazil

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Toronto FC), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Atletico Mineiro)

Defenders: David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern München), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Henrique (Napoli), Maicon (Roma), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Maxwell (Paris Saint-Germain)

Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Paulinho (Tottenham), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Ramires (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Hernanes (Inter Milan)

Forwards: Hulk (Zenit St. Petersburg), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Neymar (Barcelona), Jo (Atletico Mineiro), Fred (Fluminense)

Cameroon

Goalkeepers: Charles Itandje (Konyaspor), Sammy Ndjock (Fetihespor), Loic Feudjou (Coton Sport)

Defenders: Allan Nyom (Granada), Dany Nounkeu (Besiktas), Cedric Djeugoue (Coton Sport), Aurelien Chedjou (Galatasaray), Nicolas Nkoulou (Marseille), Henri Bedimo (Lyon), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Eyong Enoh (Antalyaspor), Jean Makoun (Rennes), Joel Matip (Schalke), Stephane Mbia (QPR), Landry Nguemo (Bordeaux), Alex Song (Barcelona), Edgar Salli (Lens)

Forwards: Samuel Eto'o (unattached), Eric Choupo Moting (Mainz), Benjamin Moukandjo (Nancy), Vincent Aboubakar (Lorient), Pierre Webo (Fenerbahce), Fabrice Olinga (Zulte-Waregem)

Croatia

Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (Rostov), Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Oliver Zelenika (Dinamo Zagreb)

Defenders: Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Dejan Lovren (Southampton), Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Gordon Schildenfeld (Panathinaikos), Danijel Pranjic (Panathinaikos), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev), Sime Vrsaljko (Genoa)

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dynamo Kiev), Ivan Perisic (Wolfsburg), Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan), Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivan Mocinic (Rijeka), Sammir (Getafe).

Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich), Ivica Olic (Wolfsburg), Eduardo (Shakhtar Donetsk), Nikica Jelavic (Hull City), Ante Rebic (Fiorentina)

Mexico

Goalkeepers: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)

Defenders: Paul Aguilar (Club America), Andres Guardado (Bayer Leverkusen), Miguel Layun (Club America), Rafael Marquez (Leon), Hector Moreno (Español), Diego Reyes (Porto), Francisco Javier Rodriguez (Club America), Carlos Salcido (Tigres)

Midfielders: Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul), Hector Herrera (Porto), Juan Carlos Medina (Club America), Luis Montes (Leon), Carlos Pena (Leon), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon)

Forwards: Giovani Dos Santos (Villarreal), Javier Hernandez (Manchester United), Raul Jimenez (Club America), Oribe Peralta (Santos), Alan Pulido (Tigres)

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02 June 2014

Group B Squad Lists for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Qualified Countries


To help football aficionados follow the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Life So Mundane makes available these squad line-ups which have been collated from various sources around the Internet. Here are the squad line-up for the qualified countries in Group B:

Australia

Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan (Club Bruges), Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund), Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United)

Defenders: Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo), Matthew Spiranovic (Western Sydney Wanderers), Ivan Franjic (Brisbane Roar), Bailey Wright (Preston North End), Ryan McGowan (Shandong Luneng), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)

Midfielders: Oliver Bozanic (Luzern), Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa), James Holland (Austria Vienna), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), Dario Vidosic (Sion), Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar), James Troisi (Atalanta), Massimo Luongo (Swindon)

Forwards: Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Matthew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt 1899), Tommy Oar (Utrecht), Ben Halloran (Fortuna Duesseldorf), Adam Taggart (Newcastle Jets)

Chile

Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo (Real Sociedad), Johnny Herrera (Universidad de Chile), Cristopher Toselli (Universidad Catolica)

Defenders: Gary Medel (Cardiff City), Jose Rojas (Universidad de Chile), Eugenio Mena (Santos), Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest)

Midfielders: Arturo Vidal (Juventus), Mauricio Isla (Juventus), Marcelo Diaz (Basel), Francisco Silva (Osasuna), Felipe Gutierrez (FC Twente), Jose Pedro Fuenzalida (Colo Colo), Carlos Carmona (Atalanta), Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic), Charles Aranguiz (Internacional), Miiko Albornoz (Malmo)

Forwards: Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona), Eduardo Vargas (Valencia), Jorge Valdivia (Palmeiras), Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari), Esteban Paredes (Colo Colo), Fabian Orellana (Celta Vigo)

Netherlands

Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax Amsterdam), Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Michel Vorm (Swansea City)

Defenders: Daley Blind (Ajax Amsterdam), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Terence Kongolo (Feyenoord), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Paul Verhaegh (FC Augsburg), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Joel Veltman (Ajax Amsterdam)

Midfielders: Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea City), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Leroy Fer (Norwich City), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven)

Forwards: Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Robin van Persie (Manchester United)

Spain

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Napoli), David de Gea (Manchester United)

Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Juanfran Torres (Atletico Madrid).

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Koke Resurreccion (Atletico Madrid), David Silva (Manchester City), Juan Mata (Manchester United), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

Forwards: Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), David Villa (Atletico Madrid), Fernando Torres (Chelsea)

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Group C Squad Lists for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Qualified Countries


To help football aficionados follow the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Life So Mundane makes available these squad line-ups which have been collated from various sources around the Internet. Here are the squad line-up for the qualified countries in Group C:

Colombia

Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Nice), Faryd Mondragon (Deportivo Cali), Camilo Vargas (Santa Fe)

Defenders: Camilo Zuniga (Napoli), Pablo Armero (Napoli), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Mario Yepes (Atalanta), Carlos Valdes (Philadelphia Union/San Lorenzo), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Eder Alvarez-Balanta (River Plate)

Midfielders: James Rodriguez (Monaco), Abel Aguilar (Toulouse), Carlos Sanchez (Elche), Fredy Guarin (Inter Milan), Juan Fernando Quintero (Porto), Aldo Ramirez (Morelia), Alexander Mejia (Atletico Nacional), Victor Ibarbo (Cagliari), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina)

Forwards: Jackson Martinez (Porto), Teofilo Gutierrez (River Plate), Carlos Bacca (Sevilla), Adrian Ramos (Borussia Dortmund)

Greece

Goalkeepers: Orestis Karnezis (Granada), Panaglotis Glykos (PAOK), Stefanos Kapino (Panathinaikos)

Defenders: Kostas Manolas (Olympiakos), Giannis Maniatis (Olympiakos), Jose Holebas (Olympiakos), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund), Giorgios Tzavellas (PAOK), Loukas Vyntra (Levante), Vasilis Torosidis (Roma), Vangelis Moras (Hellas Verona)

Midfielders: Alexandros Tziolis (Kayserispor), Andreas Samaris (Olympiakos), Kostas Katsouranis (PAOK), Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham), Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Torino), Ioannis Fetfatzidis (Genoa), Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (Bologna), Panagiotis Kone (Bologna)

Forwards: Dimitris Salpingidis (PAOK), Giorgios Samaras (Celtic), Konstantinos Mitroglou (Fulham), Theofanis Gekas (Konyaspor)

Ivory Coast

Goalkeepers: Boubacar Barry (Lokeren), Sylvain Gbohouo (Sewe Sport), Sayouba Mande (Stabaek)

Defenders: Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro (Toulouse), Serge Aurier (Toulouse), Souleyman Bamba (Trabzonspor), Arthur Boka (VfB Stuttgart), Viera Diarrassouba (Caykur Rizespor), Constant Djakpa (Eintracht Frankfurt), Kolo Toure (Liverpool), Didier Zokora (Trabzonspor)

Midfielders: Geoffroy Serey Die (Basel), Ismael Diomande (St Etienne), Max Gradel (St Etienne), Cheick Tiote (Newcastle United), Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Didier Ya Konan (Hannover 96)

Forwards: Mathis Bolly (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Wilfried Bony (Swansea City), Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Gervinho (AS Roma), Salomon Kalou (Lille), Giovanni Sio (Basel)

Japan

Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Standard Liege), Shusaku Nishikawa (Urawa Reds), Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo)

Defenders: Masahiko Inoha (Jubilo Iwata), Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka), Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan), Masato Morishige (FC Tokyo), Atsuto Uchida (Schalke), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Hannover), Gotoku Sakai (Stuttgart)

Midfielders: Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka), Makoto Hasebe (Nuremberg), Toshihiro Aoyama (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka)

Forwards: Keisuke Honda (AC Milan), Yoshito Okubo (Kawasaki Frontale), Shinji Okazaki (Mainz), Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United), Hiroshi Kiyotake (Nuremberg), Yoichiro Kakitani (Cerezo Osaka), Manabu Saito (Yokohama F Marinos), Yuya Osako (1860 München)

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Group D Squad Lists for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Qualified Countries


To help football aficionados follow the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Life So Mundane makes available these squad line-ups which have been collated from various sources around the Internet. Here are the squad line-up for the qualified countries in Group D:

Costa Rica

Goalkeepers: Keilor Navas (Levante), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense), Daniel Cambronero (Herediano)

Defenders: Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Columbus Crew), Michael Umana (Saprissa), Oscar Duarte (Club Bruges), Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew), Heiner Mora (Saprissa), Junior Diaz (Mainz 05), Cristian Gamboa (Rosenborg), Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls)

Midfielders: Celso Borges (AIK Stockholm), Christian Bolanos (FC Copenhagen), Oscar Esteban Granados (Herediano), Michael Barrantes (Aalesund), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Diego Calvo (Valerenga Oslo), Jose Miguel Cubero (Herediano)

Forwards: Bryan Ruiz (PSV Eindhoven), Joel Campbell (Arsenal/Olympiakos), Randall Brenes (Cartagines), Marco Urena (FC Kuban Krasnodar)

England

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)

Italy

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain)

Defenders: Ignazio Abate (AC Milan), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Torino), Mattia De Sciglio (AC Milan), Gabriel Paletta (Parma)

Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain), Marco Parolo (Parma), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain)

Forwards: Mario Balotelli (AC Milan), Antonio Cassano (Parma), Alessio Cerci (Torino), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli)

Uruguay

Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama), Rodrigo Munoz (Libertad).

Defenders: Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica), Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Sebastian Coates (Liverpool), Martin Caceres (Juventus), Jorge Fucile (Porto).

Midfielders: Alvaro Gonzalez (Lazio), Alvaro Pereira (Sao Paulo), Walter Gargano (Parma), Egidio Arevalo Rios (Morelia), Diego Perez (Bologna), Cristian Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid), Gaston Ramirez (Southampton), Nicolas Lodeiro (Botafogo).

Forwards: Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Edinson Cavani (Paris St-Germain), Abel Hernandez (Palermo), Diego Forlan (Cerezo Osaka), Christian Stuani (Espanyol)

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Group E Squad Lists for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Qualified Countries


To help football aficionados follow the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Life So Mundane makes available these squad line-ups which have been collated from various sources around the Internet. Here are the squad line-up for the qualified countries in Group E:

Ecuador

Goalkeepers: Maximo Banguera (Barcelona), Adrian Bone (El Nacional), Alexander Dominguez (Liga de Quito)

Defenders: Gabriel Achilier (Emelec), Walter Ayovi (Pachuca/Mexico), Oscar Bagui (Emelec), Frickson Erazo (Flamengo), Jorge Guagua (Emelec), Juan Carlos Paredes (Barcelona, Ecuador)

Midfielders: Segundo Castillo (Al Hilal), Carlos Gruezo (Stuttgart), Renato Ibarra (Vitesse Arnhem), Fidel Martinez (Tijuana), Edison Mendez (Santa Fe), Christian Noboa (Dinamo Moscow), Luis Saritama (Barcelona), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)

Forwards: Jaime Ayovi (Tijuana), Felipe Caicedo (Al Jazira), Jefferson Montero (Morelia), Joao Rojas (Cruz Azul), Enner Valencia (Pachuca), Michael Arroyo (Atlante)

France

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Stephane Ruffier (Saint-Etienne) Mickael Landreau (Bastia)

Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United), Lucas Digne (Paris Saint-Germain), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (FC Porto), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint-Germain), Clement Grenier (Lyon), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), Loic Remy (Newcastle United), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)

Honduras

Goalkeepers: Noel Valladares (Olimpia), Donis Escober (Olimpia), Luis Lopez (Real España)

Defenders: Brayan Beckeles (Olimpia), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic), Juan Carlos Garcia (Wigan), Maynor Figueroa (Hull), Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes), Osman Chavez (Qingdao Janoon), Juan Pablo Montes (Motagua)

Midfielders: Arnold Peralta (Rangers), Luis Garrido (Olimpia), Roger Espinoza (Wigan), Jorge Claros (Motagua), Wilson Palacios (Stoke), Oscar Garcia (Houston Dynamo), Andy Najar (Anderlecht), Mario Martinez (Real España), Marvin Chavez (Colorado Rapids)

Forwards: Jerry Bengtson (New England Revolution), Jerry Palacios (Alajuelense), Carlo Costly (Real España), Rony Martinez (Real Sociedad)

Switzerland

Goalkeepers: Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg), Roman Buerki (Grasshopper), Yann Sommer (Basel)

Defenders: Johan Djourou (Hamburg), Michael Lang (Grasshopper), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg), Fabian Schaer (Basel), Philippe Senderos (Valencia), Steve von Bergen (Young Boys), Reto Ziegler (Sassuolo)

Midfielders: Tranquillo Barnetta (Eintracht Frankfurt), Valon Behrami (Napoli), Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli), Gelson Fernandes (Freiburg), Goekhan Inler (Napoli), Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern München), Valentin Stocker (Basel)

Forwards: Josip Drmic (Nuremberg), Mario Gavranovic (Zurich), Admir Mehmedi (Freiburg), Haris Seferovic (Real Sociedad), Granit Xhaka (Borussia Moenchengladbach)

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Group F Squad Lists for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Qualified Countries


To help football aficionados follow the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Life So Mundane makes available these squad line-ups which have been collated from various sources around the Internet. Here are the squad line-up for the qualified countries in Group H:

Argentina

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Monaco), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Agustin Orion (Boca Juniors).

Defenders: Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Federico Fernandez (Napoli), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon), Jose-Maria Basanta (Monterrey), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City).

Midfielders: Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Maxi Rodriguez (Newell's Old Boys), Ricardo Alvarez (Inter Milan), Augusto Fernandez (Celta Vigo), Enzo Perez (Benfica).

Forwards: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Goalkeepers: Asmir Begovic (Stoke City), Asmir Avdukic (Borac Banja Luka), Jasmin Fejzic (VFR Aalen)

Defenders: Emir Spahic (Bayer Leverkusen), Sead Kolasinac (Schalke 04), Ermin Bicakcic (Eintracht Braunschweig), Ognjen Vranjes (Elazigspor), Toni Sunjic (Zarya Lugansk), Avdija Vrsajevic (Hajduk Split), Mensur Mujdza (Freiburg)

Midfielders: Zvjezdan Misimovic (Guizhou Renhe), Haris Medunjanin (Gaziantepspor), Miralem Pjanic (AS Roma), Sejad Salihovic (Hoffenheim), Senad Lulic (Lazio), Izet Hajrovic (Galatasaray), Senijad Ibricic (Erciyesspor), Tino Sven Susic (Hajduk Split), Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros), Anel Hadzic (Sturm Graz)

Forwards: Edin Dzeko (Manchester City), Vedad Ibisevic (VfB Stuttgart), Edin Visca (Istanbul BB)

Iran

Goalkeepers: Daniel Davari (Eintracht Braunschweig), Rahman Ahmadi (Sepahan Isfahan), Alireza Haqiqi (Sporting da Covilha)

Defenders: Hossein Mahini (Persepolis), Jalal Hosseini (Persepolis), Amir Hossein Sadeqi (Esteghlal), Hashem Beykzadeh (Esteghlal), Mehrdad Pouladi (Persepolis), Ahmad Alenemeh (Naft Tehran), Pejman Montazeri (Umm Salal SC), Steven Beitashour (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh (Zob Ahan Isfahan)

Midfielders: Reza Haghighi (Persepolis), Andranik Teymourian (Esteghlal), Ghasem Hadadifar (Zob Ahan Isfahan), Bakhtiar Rahmani (Foolad), Javad Nekounam (Kuwait SC/KUW), Ehsan Hajsafi (Sepahan Isfahan)

Forwards: Khosrow Heidari (Esteghlal), Karim Ansarifard (Tractor Sazi), Reza Ghoochannejhad (Charlton Athletic), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (NEC),Masoud Shojaei (UD Las Palmas), Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham)

Nigeria

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille), Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be'er Sheva), Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United)

Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Monaco), Efe Ambrose (Celtic), Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor), Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves), Kenneth Omeruo (Chelsea), Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod), Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce), Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars)

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea), Ramon Azeez (Almeria), Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio), Reuben Gabriel (Waasland-Beveren), Michael Babatunde (Volyn Lutsk)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow), Shola Ameobi (Newcastle), Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce), Peter Odemwingie (Stoke), Michael Uchebo (Cercle Brugge), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Uche Nwofor (Heerenveen)

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Group G Squad Lists for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Qualified Countries


To help football aficionados follow the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Life So Mundane makes available these squad line-ups which have been collated from various sources around the Internet. Here are the squad line-up for the qualified countries in Group G:

Germany

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Howedes (FC Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Julian Draxler (Schalke), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)

Forward: Miroslav Klose (Lazio)

Ghana

Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates), Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset), Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars)

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Platanias), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege), Harrison Afful (Esperance), John Boye (Rennes), Jonathan Mensah (Evian), Rashid Sumalia (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Midfielders: Michael Essien (AC Milan), Sulley Muntari (AC Milan), Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese), Afriyie Acquah (Parma), Christian Atsu (Vitesse Arnhem), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough), Andre Ayew (Marseille), Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan)

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain), Kevin-Prince Boateng (Schalke), Abdul Majeed Waris (Valenciennes), Jordan Ayew (Sochaux)

Portugal

Goalkeepers: Beto (Sevilha), Eduardo (SC Braga), Rui Patricio (Sporting)

Defenders: Andre Almeida (Benfica), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe), Fabio Coentrão (Real Madrid), Joao Pereira (Valencia), Neto (Zenit), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Costa (Valencia)

Midfielders: Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahce), Ruben Amorim (Benfica), William Carvalho (Sporting), Rafa (SC Braga)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Eder (SC Braga), Helder Postiga (Lazio), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Nani (Manchester United), Varela (FC Porto), Vieirinha (Wolfsburgo)

United States of America

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nurnberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

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Group H Squad Lists for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Qualified Countries


To help football aficionados follow the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Life So Mundane makes available these squad line-ups which have been collated from various sources around the Internet. Here are the squad line-up for the qualified countries in Group H:

Algeria

Goalkeepers: Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche (USM Alger), Rais Mbolhi (CSKA Sofia), Cedric Si Mohamed (CS Constantine)

Defenders: Carl Medjani (Valenciennes), Aissa Mandi (Reims), Madjid Bougherra (Lekhwiya), Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli), Rafik Halliche (Academica), Essaid Belkalem (Watford), Liassine Cadamuro (Real Mallorca), Djamel Mesbah (Livorno), Mehdi Mostefa (Ajaccio)

Midfielders: Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia), Saphir Taider (Inter Milan), Medhi Lacen (Getafe), Abdelmoumen Djabou (Club Africain), Yacine Brahimi (Grenada), Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham), Hassan Yebda (Udinese), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester)

Forwards: Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon), Hilal Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb), Nabil Ghilas (Porto)

Belgium

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Sammy Bossut (Zulte-Waregem)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Vanden Borre (Anderlecht), Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munich), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Laurent Ciman (Standard Liège)

Midfielders: Axel Witsel (Zenit Saint Petersburg), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Steven Defour (Porto), Moussa Dembélé, Nacer Chadli (both Tottenham Hotspur), Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg)

Forwards: Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea), Divock Origi (Lille), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Kevin Mirallas (Everton), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United)

Korea Republic

Goalkeepers: Jung Sung-ryong (Suwon Bluewings), Kim Seung-gyu (Ulsan), Lee Bum-young (Busan IPark)

Defenders: Kim Jin-su (Albirex Niigata), Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Yoon Suk-young (QPR), Hwang Seok-ho (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Hong Jeong-ho (Augsburg) Kwak Tae-hwi (Al Hilal), Lee Yong (Ulsan), Kim Chang-su (Kashiwa Reysol)

Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Sunderland), Ha Dae-sung (Beijing Guoan), Han Kook-young (Kashiwa Reysol), Park Jong-woo (Guangzhou R&F), Kim Bo-kyung (Cardiff City), Lee Chung-yong (Bolton Wanderers), Ji Dong-won (Augsburg), Son Heung-min (Bayer Leverkusen)

Forwards: Koo Ja-cheol (Mainz), Lee Keun-ho (Sangju Sangmu), Park Chu-young (Watford), Kim Shin-wook (Ulsan)

Russia

Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Yury Lodygin (Zenit St Petersburg), Sergei Ryzhikov (Rubin Kazan)

Defenders: Vasily Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Georgy Shchennikov (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Dynamo Moscow), Alexei Kozlov (Dynamo Moscow), Andrei Yeshchenko (Anzhi Makhachkala), Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak Moscow), Andrei Semenov (Terek Grozny)

Midfielders: Igor Denisov, Yury Zhirkov (both Dynamo Moscow), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Roman Shirokov (FC Krasnodar), Denis Glushakov (Spartak Moscow), Viktor Faizulin (Zenit St Petersburg), Oleg Shatov (Zenit St Petersburg)

Forwards: Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit St Petersburg), Alexei Ionov (Dynamo Moscow), Alexander Kokorin (Dynamo Moscow), Maxim Kanunnikov (Amkar Perm), Alexander Samedov (Lokomotiv Moscow)

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De Jong’s Foul, Amani and Other Final Discussions on the Challenge Cup

Sunday futsal, and naturally among the hot topics for discussion among my club mates – all of whom played at least high school football under me – was the previous day’s AFC Challenge Cup championship game.

Karl, on the matter of Jason de Jong’s foul which led to the freekick which led to what would ultimately be the winning goal, noted how he was immediately filled with dread the moment the foul was committed.

His face cupped between his palms, he inched closer to the television set at home nervously waiting for the freekick to be taken. It did not take long for his fears to be confirmed as soon the ball whizzed past Roland Müller to hit the back of the net.