Footballing superpowers clash when Costa Rica meet England in a meeting of one already qualified and one already eliminated nation. Yes, respectively. Well, at least Super Frankie Lampard will captain England in his final (?) international cap. Meanwhile, Italy and Uruguay battle for the second spot in the group; a draw helps the Azzurri.
In Group C, Colombia have already qualified, while everybody else still has a chance, most of all Ivory Coast. So come on you Didier Drogbas!
In other news...
Lampard meets his Brazilian namesake | The FA
Remember that story about the dude in Brazil naming his kid after Lampard? The kid finally gets to meet Super Frank after missing the connection last summer during the Confeds.
Miguel Herrera is the head coach that Maradona always wanted to be | SB Nation
Dry or west, Herrera rules all. Cue Super Saiyan GIF.
Here's what the rest of the world thinks about American soccer fans | SB Nation
Funny stuff from Andi Thomas.
USA-Portugal sets ratings record for soccer on ESPN | SB Nation
Anecdotal, but my (non-SBN) coworkers are hosting a viewing party at 9am on Thursday for USA-Germany. That has not only never happened before, I never thought I'd live to see this much interest and passion for the game around these parts from casual observers.
Last Ship, new show on TNT, is dumb and cliched but kind of fun | io9
Watched it last night. Decent entertainment, with a fairly terrible script. Filmed on an actual destroyer! Woo! And it's got Adam Baldwin, though I fail to see why he's not used in a more comic relief role like in Firefly or Chuck.
FOOTBALL (all times BST):
17.00: World Cup, Group D, 1st vs. 4th: Costa Rica vs. England
17.00: World Cup, Group D, 2nd vs. 3rd: Italy vs. Uruguay
20.00: World Cup, Group C, 4th vs. 2nd: Greece vs. Ivory Coast
20.00: World Cup, Group C, 3rd vs. 1st: Japan vs. Colombia