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I had to hook myself up with a new dish (Dish network) so I could actually catch my Super Eagles (Nigeria) playing in Egypt and avoid having to drive to Chicago this year.  I was impressed that Telesud actually has the commentary in English even though its a French channel.

Back to the tournament.  Cameroon is the best team that I've watched so far.  They have totally been dominating and have been in control of every game they've played.  The game against Cote d'Ivoire on Saturday will be a cracker because Cameroon definitely has something to prove.  Then again, Cote d'Ivoire really didn't deny them a trip to the World Cup - they couldn't beat Egypt at home.

Nigeria looks like a team that feels that they can turn it on whenever.  There is a lot of talent on this roster, probably one of the best I've seen in a long time.  Nigeria's weakest link (in my opinion) has been the lack of a true defensive midfielder - this kid Aliyu is the real deal though.

Not trying to look ahead, but if both Nigeria and Cameroon win their next games, they'll meet in the semi-finals.  That will be one heck of a game as both teams want to win to make up for not making the World Cup.

Having to watch these games during the day make me wonder what my summer will be like.  With the time difference between Indiana and Germany, it's going to be interesting juggling work and watching the world's finest footballers play the greatest game on earth.

If you've got any thoughts, as always feel free to share.

Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2006 1:36 PM Football (Soccer) | Back to top

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