Well, yesterday's semifinal wasn't close, but you can't say it wasn't surprising and compelling to watch. Today pits the Netherlands and Argentina to see who will face Germany for eternal glory and who will take on Brazil as the Selecao try to save a bit of dignity.
Kickoff time: 4:00 PM EDT
Venue: Estádio Corinthians, São Paulo
TV/Streaming: You should know by now but if not: ESPN and WatchESPN for English-language, Univision and Univision online for Spanish-language.
Cliff's notes: The Dutch come into the semis buzzing along, though the question of whether or not they were an Arjen Robben dive in the area away from it may still persist. Still, manager Louis van Gaal may be the manager of the tournament; he provided tactical change information during the Mexico match during water breaks (that he may have lobbied for?) and his last minute, extra-time substitution to introduce Tim Kruh who subsequently dispatched the Costa Ricans in kicks was also a master stroke. The Argentines looked excellent against the Belgians (despite losing Angel Di Maria to injury) and have been surprisingly organized defensively, though this may be their hardest test yet. There are reports of a minute of silence to be observed for Alfredo Di Stefano and the Albiceleste will wear black armbands in tribute today.
Who should I root for? Those of you rooting for an Argentina-Brazil third place match are crazy, give me the Argies for a potentially cracking final.
What are you drinking? Bottled water for the first half, whatever tickles my fancy at the World of Beer for the second for this guy.
As always, go forth and comment friends.