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Embassies: Lone Wolves United, Unknown, The Alliance of Dictators, The Axis of Evil, The Graveyard, Ghoulsville, The Vineyard, Ille de France, the West Pacific, The Brotherhood of Malice, Same Foolish Baby Antics, Asgard, and Knights of Ren.
Today's World Census Report
The Largest Furniture Restoration Industry in Ile de France
World Census analysts spend quiet weekends in the countryside in order to determine which nations have the largest Furniture Restoration industries.
As a region, Ile de France is ranked 6,662nd in the world for Largest Furniture Restoration Industry.
|1.||The Province of Ituria||Right-wing Utopia||“peace!”|
|2.||The Foreverden of Region Takeover||Iron Fist Consumerists||“live to raid”|
|3.||The Empire of United Aincrad||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“Challenge Accepted”|
|4.||The Republic of Baldgeria||Anarchy||“A fortiori - from the stronger”|
|5.||The Incorporated States of The Grand Society of Paustria||Left-Leaning College State||“Join us, Brothers!”|
|6.||The Republic of The Empire of All Things Awesome||Left-Leaning College State||“Nous sommes les champions de la monde!”|
|7.||The Dictatorship of Kajil-Al Mahad||Iron Fist Consumerists||“If one has the power, all have the happiness!”|
|8.||The Rogue Nation of The Black Nation of Metaland||Left-Leaning College State||“Under black flag we march!”|
|9.||The Dictatorship of The Nation With A Name||Iron Fist Consumerists||“When in doubt, cheat.”|
|10.||The Cyclists of The Tour de France||Inoffensive Centrist Democracy||“The Tour”|
- : The death merchants ceased to exist.
- : Picidai ceased to exist.
- : The millenial movement ceased to exist.
- : Glory to arstotska ceased to exist.
- : Luang federation ceased to exist.
- : The Airborne Flock of Migrating Geese departed this region for Ifunny political region.
- : The Airborne Flock of Migrating Geese arrived from Illinois.
- : The Wandering Half-Wit of Naginii arrived from The Old Raiding Club.
- : The Wandering Half-Wit of Naginii departed this region for The Old Raiding Club.
- : The Sovereign General of FOREVERDEN arrived from Mesa.
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Chile 2- Colombia 0: Chile began the game on fire with multiple passes setting up a quick goal by Aranguiz at 7’. Not minutes later Fuenzalida was in the right place to tap in a rebound off an Alexis Sanchez shot the caromed off the post to make the score 2-0. For the rest of the first have each team had opportunities with no satisfaction. And then the rain came delaying the second half by two hours. Soon the fouls would build, 40 total, with six yellows in the second half to include Carlos Sanchez’ second at 57’ leaving Colombia further challenged with only 10 men. In the end Chile goes thru to set up a rematch of last year’s final with Argentina.
Hungary 3- Portugal 3: Last week I belittled Hungary and today I pen the fortitude that is the Magyar eleven. With top 10 Portugal facing elimination 37 year old Hungarian Zoltan Gera increased the pressure with a goal at 19’. At 42’ Ronaldo taps into his abilities and finds Nani to the left of the net to score the equalizer just before the break. Minutes into the second period Dzsudzsak sees his free kick skim off the wall and bring the Magyars the lead. Ronaldo finally scores as sweet back tap with his right to bring the game even anew at 50’. Not to be undone Dzsudzsak gets another strike to deflect into the net and again provide Hungary the lead. At 62’ the Peacock gets his double via a header to bring the game to 3-3. After running his mouth and tossing a microphone into a lake the game was Ronaldo’s finest moment albeit if only a third tie to see Portugal through.
Iceland 2- Austria 1: Austria’s only chance to see its way through was victory over an Icelandic eleven with two career ties. Iceland began the game in top form with a shot off the woodwork before Bodvarsson (18’) found goal on a throw in. Nevertheless Austria controlled possession 63-37 and took 23 shots as they pushed forward. Their best opportunity was a penalty at 37’ which caromed off the left post. At 60’ they were redeemed with a fine strike by Schopf to even the score. Throwing everyone forward Austria were caught on a three to one counter which saw Iceland garner their first win at 94’ off the foot of Traustason.
Belgium 1- Sweden 0: Zlatan Ibrahimovic announcing his impending retirement Sweden had to win or go home. The early stars of the match were goalies Andreas Isaksson (8) and Thibaut Courtois (4) who made quality saves to keep clean sheets. Alas, someone had to win, and it was the off the foot of Radja Nainggolan who placed a brilliant strike through at 84’. Despite their 6 points Belgium has not impressed thus far and move on as the second placed team of the group.
Ireland 1- Italy 0: Forty fouls and six yellow cards must have been a brutal spectacle to watch. With Italy resting eight starters the Irish still needed a victory to move on to the knockout round. Italy managed only one shot on goal while the Shamrocks mustard more attempts. A sweet pass from 25 meters found Italian backup goalie Sirigu coming off his mark only to be denied the save as Robbie Brady headed into the net at 85’ for the victory. Ireland thus joins England, Wales, and Northern Ireland into the next round leaving some Brits ecstatic.
Poland 1– Switzerland 1: An energetic start found Poland barely missing goal early and continued with each team having opportunities. At 39’ Poland broke to the net on a counter as Switzerland had umbers on defense but none on Blaszczykowski who struck from the right putting Poland ahead. In the second half Poland fell back into defense ceding possession of which Switzerland could accomplish nothings sans a shot off the crossbar at 80’. Nevertheless the Swiss continued their pursuit until finally, at 82’, Shaqiri gets a bicycle style kick from the top of the box to skim off the right post and level the game. With the game level into extra time Poland seemed to play for Penalty kicks while Switzerland provided relentless pressure. In penalties Xhaka misses Switzerland’s second attempt while Poland is 100% moving them on 5-4 on penalties. Of interest: Lewandowski has yet to score and the Swiss goal was the first against Poland all tournament.
Wales 1- Northern Ireland 0: Northern Ireland voted Bremain while Wales voted Brexit yet the Welsh will play another day. With Wales attacking in the 76’ Gareth Bale sent a shot across goal which defender Gareth McAuley attempted to clear but instead scored an own goal for Wales to break the drought. Unfortunately, for most fans of football the match was a dry dull affair lacking any flavor or spice. Ulster led in fouls 19 to 8 and shots on goal ~ a measly 3-1. The only redeeming factor is that the drudgery didn’t take extra time or penalty kicks to find a result.
Portugal 1- Croatia 0: A second game of little flavor until late extra time. Portugal used 28 fouls to disrupt the Croatian offense and create a brutal spectacle to watch. Whereas Croatia took 17 shots to Portugal’s 2 ~ none were on target. Croatia had her best opportunities at 116’ when shot across goal was barely missed only to then retain possession and have then next shot hit the post. A steal by Ronaldo began a counter attack with Sanches drippling through the midfield and Ronaldo streaking down the left flank unguarded. A pass to Nani who then crossed to Ronaldo led to his strike which the goaltender deflected only to be tapped in by Quaresma at 117’. Portugal gets the result and move on to face Poland.
Colombia 1- United States 0: USA decided to play more physically against a Colombia eleven leading the tournament in fouls to this point. After opportunities by both sides the 31’ mark saw two passes set up a crossing header to Bacca who scored while being taken down giving Colombia the early lead. The first half ended with 8 total shots, 17 fouls (3 yellow), and equal possession time. The USA got their best opportunity at 52’ as Ospina defiantly deflected an excellent Dempsey free kick to the upper right corner. The Colombians next hit the crossbar with a Cuadrado lob at 61’. USA recovered to attack the box with Wood hitting the post at 62’. The back and forth activity continued for the next 30 minutes with nary a goal hitting the back of the next leaving USA a fourth place finish to the Colombians third 1-0. There was some last second silliness resulting in both Orozco and Arias seeing Red and the resulting USA free kick directly to the goalie’s arms.
France 2- Ireland 0: Robbie Brady left-foots a penalty kick off the right post and into the net (2’) to tally a quick start to the match ~ the earliest such penalty kick in the tournament ~ giving Ireland a 1-0 lead. Alas, the balance of the half was a series of fouls interspersed with a few chances. France opened the second half with more intensity as Sagna sent a cross which Griezmann headed into the net for the equalizer (58’). Three minutes later Griezmann gets the double off a headed pass from Giroud. The onslaught was complete and France is through.
Germany 3- Slovakia 0: Boateng scores on a sweet strike from the top of the box at 8’ to get the Alemans going. A blatant push in the back by Skrtel in the box next led to a penalty kick by Özil which was saved Kozacik in goal at the 13’ mark. Slovakia had an excellent opportunity at 41’ with a close header by Kucka saved by Neuer. Minutes later Gomez finds net as Germany takes a 2-0 lead. Slovakia opened the second period dominating possession as Germany conserved to hold their lead until the 63’ mark when Drexler completed a corner kick for the third goal. With the third goal the cause was complete and Germany moves on.
Chile 0- Argentina 0: Argentina’s Higuain misses an open shot at 20’ as both teams begin the match with tight play and the resultant fouls. Otamendi then misses a header off a Messi free kick at 24’. Chilean Marcelo Diaz picks up a questionable second yellow at 28’ to be sent off and drop Chile to ten men. At 43’ Rojo gets a straight Red for a hard foul by a referee who seems to have had a difficult job managing the match. First half statistics: 16 fouls; 5 yellow and 2 reds. The second half began with more tentative play with Chile having the better possessions. Sergio Aguero had two opportunities as a sub for Higuain but each landed in the upper deck. The second half ends in a scoreless tie despite Argentina’s overwhelming edge in shots. Extra time became more vibrant and open as Romero makes a great save against a Chilean counter. At 100’ Messi sends a free kick that Aguero heads that Bravo finger-tips over the bar. For a while it looked as if a goal would be scored but instead the cup is to be decided via penalties for the second year in a row. In Penalties Romero saves Vidal’s first attempt only to be followed by Messi missing the goal altogether. Bravo saves Biglia’s shot and Silva’s shot seals the championship for Chile.
Belgium 4- Hungary 0: A Belgium set play at 10’ results in a solid header by Alderweireld for the opening goal. Although Hungary had the edge in possession in the first half, Belgium had three times more shots. At 35’ a De Bruyne freekick glances off Kiraly’s fingertips and off the crossbar as the Red Devils continued to press forward but still short of stretching their advantage. In the second half much the same except at 65’ when an attempt by Pinter was saved by Courtois showed some Hungarian life. And then it was over: Michy Batshuayi comes in for Lukaku at 76’ and finds himself undefended to take a crossing pass for goal at 78’. Moments later Hazard 80’ dribbles through the pitch to strike from the top of the box and net a third goal at 80’. Goal number 4 comes off Carrasco strike off a counter attack at 91’. Since the opening loss to Italy Belgium has three wins with 8 goals while ceding none.
Italy 2- Spain 0: Italy began the match as early aggressors testing De Gea twice in the first 10 minutes. At 33’ Italian Pellé gets fouled at the top of the box setting up a free kick which Éder launches and rebounds off De Gea to the foot of Chiellini and in for Italy’s first goal. The second half opened with more life from the Spanish eleven. At 55’ Éder found himself one-on-one with DeGea only to find his shot blocked for De Gea’s 4th save. Despite possession Spain found the typical Italian defense of 9+ in the box every time they threatened. Iniesta finally gets a shot on goal at 76’ which Buffon deflects. A minute later Pique’ gets rebuffed by Buffon. But the cause was lost and at 91’ Pelle’ gets a second goal to finish Spanish hopes. Of note: Spain’s play in white jerseys has ended in losses beginning with the 1-5 loss to Netherlands in the World Cup and now to Croatia and Italy in the 2016 Euros.
Iceland 2- England 1: England strikes first on a Wayne Rooney penalty at 4’ after Sterling is brought down by the goaltender Hannes Halldórsson. Moments later Sigurdsson (6’) gets an immediate equalizer on a set piece for Iceland in front of a stunned English defense. At 18’ Sigthorsson slaps a shot which Joe Hart muffs and Iceland forges to a 2-1 lead. For the rest of the half England maintained possession but could not get more than two shots on goal. At 55’ Hart avoids a third goal saving Sigurdsson’s bicycle kick in the box. England’s long day continues as Kane (66’) boots a free kick 5 meters to the right of goal as the rest of the team look on in bewilderment. Vardy finally gets a lead pass into the box only to be stealthily defended by Sigurdsson. Later Kane gets a header easily secured by Halldórsson as the Icelandic defense continues to hold. Hart again saves after some sketchy defense at 83’. Rashford comes in late but history is made as Iceland move on. PS. England wore white.
Because I think of Ronaldo as a Peacock
Long Live Poland!
Messi in seven tournaments: Four finals, three quarterfinals
Ronaldo in six tournaments: One final, two semifinals, one quarterfinal, one last-16, one group-stage exit
Portugal 1 – Poland 1: Lewandowski first shot on goal shocks Portugal as Poland takes the early lead in the opening minutes (2’). The teams then traded possessions and shots, albeit only one on goal by the Poles, until Ronaldo’s attempt at 29’ was easily saved by the goalie. At 31’ Ronaldo got knock down in front of the goal though no foul and ensuing penalty was granted. Finally, at 33’ Portugal scores a goal as 18 year old Renato Sanches delivers off a slight deflection. The second half opens with Poland on offense but a Lewandowski attempt is saved. Meanwhile Ronaldo missed on two good opportunities. A Polish combination at 69’ was also nullified. By the final 20’ Poland looked to be playing for penalties while Portugal labored on. At 86’ Ronaldo missed the ball on a one-on-one in front of the goalie. Poland’s best opportunity in extra time came at 102’ with a ball through the box that three Poles weren’t able to reach. In penalties Ronaldo took the first for Portugal and Lewandowski converted for Poland. After 5 successes Jakub Blaszczykowski’s shot got saved by Rui Patricio and Ricardo Quaresma converted the 5th to see Portugal through.
Portugal going down to penalty kicks against a fiercely determined Poland was a surprise.