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  1. Got my ticket confirmation today. I did get everything I requested. The OC glitch was caused by my credit card being red flagged when they thought somebody in Canada was making fraudulent charges on my account. According to the csr I spoke to today, it was a frequent occurrence.

  2. Of course I have a full day planned for the 6th already and will have to DVR the draw (workday,weekend, it doesn't matter, I can never seem to catch one live) as I believe I heard one of the FOX stations will be showing it.

    Ecuador and Trinidad & Tobago drew 0-0 in the first leg of their playoff today in Quito. T&T endured the altitude today and has to feel good about it's chances heading home for the return tie on December 2nd.

  3. Eugene would be a nice departure from normal, a bucolic college setting in a beautiful part of our country. Hayward is near a number of interstate highways so it is not out there in the middle of nowhere and the stadium could easily be expanded to achieve the same attendance numbers that Osaka and Daegu drew during their championships. It might be "roughing it" by international event standards but it would be a refreshing change, if only for one time.

  4. New Zealand is #22 to qualify after dominating the OFC Women's Championship. This is the third consecutive appearance for New Zealand and 4th overall. Personally I hope New Zealand and Australia get drawn into the same group, that would be one fun matchup.

    Italy and Ukraine drew 2-2 so Italy advances to the European playoff final, 4-3 on aggregate. Netherlands and Scotland play their second leg tomorrow.

  5. Mexico became the 21st team to book its spot in Canada with a 4-2 extra time win over Trinidad and Tobago, who now face Ecuador in the the CONCACAF-CONMEBOL playoff. The first match is in Ecuador on 8 November, with the second match in T&T now scheduled for 2 December (the original date was 23 November). Now that will determine the final qualifier and not the European playoff as stated previously.

    Mexico will be making its second consecutive appearance and third overall.

  6. Nigeria and Cameroon qualified today with 2-1 wins over South Africa and Cote d'Ivoire in the semifinals of the African Women's Championship. The semifinal losers meet on Saturday for the third African spot in Canada. Nigeria maintains its perfect WWC attendance record while Cameroon are through for the first time.

    CONCACAF's Women's Championship is down to the semifinal stage on Friday as Costa Rica face Trinidad and Tobago and the USA meet Mexico . The winners qualify for Canada as does the third-place winner. Fourth place faces Ecuador in a playoff.

  7. I can sympathize with Durban, for the longest time Moscow 1980 was like a forbidden frontier. Yes, you could read snippets about it in books and old magazines and newspapers. But video was largely impossible to view for the longest time. I bought Bud Greenspan's Olympiad series and there are only a few seconds of 1980 footage in the whole series. I don't think I ever saw the cauldron lighting until youtube came into being and now finally the whole OC is getting pieced together and I'm grateful for that, so much that the poor video quality doesn't bother me.

  8. The ticket request phase is now closed. Now the waiting begins to see if we get everything on our wish list. For the record I requested the OC on the 10th. BMX and Judo on the 11th. Rugby on the 12th Field Hockey and beach volleyball on the 13th. Canoe sprint on the 14th, Badminton on the 16th and archery and team handball on the 17th.

    Ticket sales will resume December 8th.

  9. I'm surprised to see soccer at the top, given that the Women's World Cup and Copa America end the weekend prior to the Games and the CONCACAF Gold Cup is scheduled during the Games. That's not to say there will not be any top players participating but the schedule (and the U22 age limit for men) works against it.

  10. Colombia qualify even before the kickoff of their match vs Brazil. Ecuador defeated Argentina in the first match today to claim the spot in the CONMEBOL vs CONCACAF #4 playoff, thus relegating Argentina to the bottom of the group. Colombia is making its second WWC appearance after debuting in Germany 2011.

    October will see qualifying tournaments in Africa (3 spots, 11-25 October), CONACAF (3 spots plus one playoff qualifier 15-26), and OFC (1 spot, 25-29 October), plus the aforementioned European playoff semifinal round.

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