Originally Posted by Texasmade
It's hard to call the US underrated when they're last 3 losses they showed no heart. Beating Egypt was nice but they're not exactly a football/soccer power. Spain has guys that win Champions League titles and contend for best player in the EPL. The US has guys that can't even start on a Portuguese club. That's why no one really thought they would win.
i'm sorry to come off this way, but:
so knowing egypt had beaten italy 1-0 even though italy has guys who win world cups
and players worth a ton more money than egypts', and knowing that in virtually every tournament ever played a team of lesser known players will defeat a team full of stars, and that this has been happening since futbol was invented, you still consider it a shocking upset for the u.s. to beat spain?
anyone who watches any soccer, or any sport for that matter, knows that good teams lose to lesser teams all the time
. you guys are acting like this was some miracle.
every world cup that is played you'll have senegal beat france or bulgaria beating germany or costa rica beating sweden or some other result that all the papers call a huge upset. they are not huge upsets if they happen all the time.
north korea once beat italy 7-0 in the world cup. mexico has beaten brazil 5 or 6 times out of the last 10 times we've played them. argentina lost 2-0 the other day to peru i think. yet everyone buys this hype that certain countries are somehow inherently better and always have a great team and if they lose it's a shocking upset. it's all bullshit. the players know it too. i guarantee the spanish players are not shocked that they lost. they know they had an off day and the u.s. was good enough to beat them when they have an off day. that's it. off days happen.
don't buy the hype. don't look at the rankings. no one from the soccer countries gives a fuck about the fifa rankings. don't listen to who the announcers say are the best. watch the games and come to your own conclusions.
this is all a round about way of saying that none of the thing you mentioned has anything to do with who will win a particular match.
i'm going to bed.