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Re: WORLD CUP 2014
« Reply #80 on: June 20, 2014, 11:53:58 PM »
People like being part of a successful group

Human beings are very social creatures. We evolved as part of communities, and much of who we are and what we think is based on how others in our groups behave and act towards us.

People also want status: we feel better if the group we're part of is demonstrably better than other groups that we're not part of. One way in which people can both belong to a group and experience group success is by showing support for a football team. Anyone who identifies as part of the group known as "England supporters" is going to be invested in them succeeding no matter what their chances, or who plays where, and will react accordingly when the team succeeds or fails.

The exact neurological mechanisms behind this are tricky to pin down, but some studies implicate parts of the brain such as the cortical midline structures, temporo-parietal junction and the anterior temporal gyrus, all brain regions that can show increased activity when processing social stimuli. However, this is an incredibly nuanced and complex process, as well as being hard to study in the first place.

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Re: WORLD CUP 2014
« Reply #81 on: June 20, 2014, 11:55:23 PM »
Emotions are stronger when you're part of a group

People prefer to watch major games like England World Cup matches as part of large groups; if they can't go and physically be present for the game in the venue, they'll congregate in pubs or each other's houses. While this may sound like just an excuse to hang out and drink, being part of an emotional group can have genuine psychological effects.

As mentioned, people are already emotionally invested in being part of the group and seeing their team succeed. But if you're surrounded by others who feel the same in an uncertain situation (eg watching a football match) this can make things far more intense.

People in highly aroused groups (eg angry mobs) undergo a process called "deindividuation", where the emotional state of the immediate group overrides our own judgment and thinking, making us more impulsive and less self-aware. That explains normally quite meek fans screaming horrible abuse at the TV in a crowded room.

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Re: WORLD CUP 2014
« Reply #82 on: June 20, 2014, 11:56:18 PM »
When your team scores

So those watching the football are already in a state of high arousal. The body's biological control systems, not quite grasping what's going on, can flood the body with adrenaline, as part of the fight-or-flight response. We become flooded with the hormones and glucose necessary for quick action, and this needs to be expressed somehow.

This is why the anticipation of football can be so aggravating: fans are physically primed for action, but can't vent it. If a goal is scored, as well as the select dopamine release associated with anticipation and reward, there's the relief of finally being able to vent your excitement. This may be why celebration of a goal can seem so hysterical to the uninvolved observer.

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Re: WORLD CUP 2014
« Reply #83 on: June 20, 2014, 11:57:16 PM »
When the other team scores

The same physiological mechanisms apply, but this time it's disappointment, not happiness. Disappointment has been associated with a brief decrease in dopamine activity. This then spreads through the "group mind", amplifying the grief. There's also the effect of cognitive dissonance: everyone in the room is emotionally invested in England being the best team, and their losing would undermine that. The human brain doesn't deal well with information that contradicts its previously held views, so this adds to the general anger and confusion.

Add the depressant effects of alcohol, and any loss can hit people pretty hard.

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Re: WORLD CUP 2014
« Reply #84 on: June 20, 2014, 11:58:45 PM »
People who aren't interested

Much of the above can help explain why enthusiastic football fans end up behaving as they do, but if the effects are so fundamental, why isn't everyone caught up in it? The obvious answer is that people are different. Some people define themselves by the group they're part of (eg football fans, England supporters etc), others define themselves by actively rejecting such groups.

Some people don't grow up with any particular positive association with football, and thus lack the emotion or enthusiasm that makes people fans of the game. They may enjoy different sports, or their interests may lie elsewhere. Perhaps they have a passing interest in football, but the media saturation means they've become habituated to it (ie it's so constant and familiar that they've stopped responding to it).

Whatever the reasons, for those involved, watching football can cause a dizzying range of experiences. And that's meant literally, as adrenaline can lead to dizziness.

There's a remedy for this affliction of course: just don't watch the World Cup. But then this is one sickness that millions of fans don't seem to want to be without.

http://www.theguardian.com/

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Re: WORLD CUP 2014
« Reply #85 on: June 21, 2014, 03:59:03 AM »
friday, june 20

Group D
Costa Rica - 1
Italy - 0
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Re: WORLD CUP 2014
« Reply #86 on: June 21, 2014, 04:00:46 AM »
Bryan Ruiz's headed goal helps Costa Rica qualify from Group D and end England's chances of making next round

Paul Doyle
Friday, 20 June 2014

   

Costa Rica's forward Bryan Ruiz celebrates after scoring the opener. Photograph: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images

Costa Rica have deservedly beaten Italy thanks to a goal by Bryan Ruiz, a player deemed unworthy of the Premier League last season. Los Ticos stride into the last 16 while England head for the nearest airport and a flight home. Italy were out-fought and out-thought today and Costa Rica fully deserve their place in the last 16. They have made the so-called Group of Death seem a doddle: and now Italy face a do-or-die showdown with Uruguay, who, as you may be aware, of good recent experience of such clashes. Hats off to Costa Rica: in their two matches at this tournament, the happiest country on the planet has given joy to the rest of the world.


Giancarlo Gonzalez celebrates after an historic victory for Costa Rica which also confirms England's elimination. Giancarlo Gonzalez celebrates an historic victory for Costa Rica which also confirms England's elimination. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty

more at http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jun/20/italy-v-costa-rica-world-cup-2014-live-england

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Re: WORLD CUP 2014
« Reply #87 on: June 21, 2014, 04:11:43 AM »
Bryan Ruiz drives Costa Rica past Italy – and England out of tournament


Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz, right, heads home the opening goal past the Italy goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

David Hytner at Arena Pernambuco
Friday 20 June 2014


Costa Rica saved the Queen. But there was no saving England. The end of the World Cup dream has been confirmed. England needed Italy to win here in order to cling to the most slender of lifelines, yet the hope was snuffed out by Costa Rica, the tournament’s most romantic surprise. The only consolation was for Her Majesty. Mario Balotelli had demanded a kiss from her if Italy triumphed.

Costa Rica have qualified from the “group of death” that was supposed to eat them alive, and nobody can say that they do not deserve it. After last Saturday’s 3-1 win over Uruguay, they went toe to toe with the four-times world champions and they were the better team.

They shrugged off the harsh decision not to award them a 43rd-minute penalty for a barge by Giorgio Chiellini on Joel Campbell to strike the decisive blow through the captain Bryan Ruiz. The Fulham forward, who spent the second half of last season on loan at PSV Eindhoven, can cherish one of the goals of his life.

more at http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jun/20/italy-costa-rica-world-cup-group-d-england

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Re: WORLD CUP 2014
« Reply #88 on: June 21, 2014, 04:27:24 AM »
FOOTBALL TRIVIA

The Craziest World Cup Fans



Japanese fans cheer during a Group C football match between Japan and Greece at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 19, 2014.



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« Reply #89 on: June 21, 2014, 04:40:28 AM »
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« Reply #90 on: June 21, 2014, 04:42:52 AM »

No bones about it: This fan at the Italy vs. Costa Rica match has serious team spirit.

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Re: WORLD CUP 2014
« Reply #91 on: June 21, 2014, 04:45:09 AM »

These Japan supporters use actual diapers in their sumo wrestler costumes.


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« Reply #92 on: June 21, 2014, 04:47:07 AM »

Are they the face of Team Britain? Apparently not.

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« Reply #93 on: June 21, 2014, 04:49:19 AM »

Chile fans seemed to find a superhero in their midst!

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« Reply #94 on: June 21, 2014, 04:52:20 AM »

It's obvious the competition is getting a tad hairy at the England vs. Uruguay match.

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Re: WORLD CUP 2014
« Reply #95 on: June 21, 2014, 04:54:32 AM »

Knight time is the right time to play soccer!

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Re: WORLD CUP 2014
« Reply #96 on: June 21, 2014, 04:57:52 AM »

This fan of Team Mexico flies like a golden eagle (the bird on Mexico's coat of arms).

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Re: WORLD CUP 2014
« Reply #97 on: June 21, 2014, 05:09:52 AM »

This Colombia fan dons a brightly colored balaclava. You do realize it gets hot in Brazil, right?

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Re: WORLD CUP 2014
« Reply #98 on: June 21, 2014, 05:14:03 AM »

This United States fan is having a scream watching his team beat Ghana.

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Re: WORLD CUP 2014
« Reply #99 on: June 22, 2014, 12:16:44 AM »
friday, june 20

Group E
Switzerland - 2
France - 5
(fulltime)

Ecuador - 2
Honduras - 1
(fulltime)

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