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‘Simpsons’ fans dream of a Mexico and Portugal World Cup final

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Fans of The Simpsons will never forget its classic parody of soccer. 

From 1997, the episode “The Cartridge Family” poked fun at the sport with its meaningless but exotic player names (“Ariaga! Ariaga II! Bariaga!”) and the impatience Americans had for the sport.

In that fictional match (which ended in a riot), Mexico and Portugal battled it out to “determine once and for all which nation is the greatest on earth.”

For followers of the sport, the inclusion of the two countries was a bit of a joke in itself at the time. When the Season 9 episode aired, Portugal’s team was on the slide, ranking 30th in the worldMexico, however, managed to reach a much more respectable 5th.  Read more…

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This country’s prime minister intervened because people couldn’t watch the World Cup

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Never get between fans and the World Cup.

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has stepped in after people complained of streaming issues with Optus, which holds the right to locally broadcast all the games at the tournament.

On Twitter, Turnbull said he had spoken with the telecommunications company’s CEO, Allen Lew, who reassured the problems would be fixed by Monday night.

I have spoken with the Optus CEO, Allen Lew. He assures me he is giving the World Cup streaming problems his personal attention and he believes it will be fixed this evening.

— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) June 18, 2018 Read more…

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Nifty Spanish reporter gets around French-only rule with phone translator

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As the French national soccer team gears up for this week’s World Cup, speculation continues to mount over the playing future of one of the team’s star forwards, Antoine Griezmann.

And journalists want to know what the heck is going on — in any language.

Griezmann, who plays for Spanish team Atlético Madrid, is rumoured to be moving to rivals FC Barcelona next season. The striker has so far confirmed that he’s made up his mind, although he stopped short of revealing where he’s going to.

To stop Spanish reporters from constantly bothering Griezmann about his plans, team France’s press officer only allowed questions to be asked in French during a conference on Tuesday. Read more…

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