How Is Your Country's Team Described by Internet?

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    Jul 12, 2014 2:05 AM GMT
    NYT: Linguists at Cambridge University Press have mined a multibillion-word database of written and spoken English language sources to identify the words that media websites used most frequently in connection with each of the 32 national teams in the tournament. The words, mostly nouns and adjectives, range from “woeful” for South Korea (which lost two games and drew one) to “powerful” for Germany, which upset home-country favorite Brazil (“emotional”) in a semifinal this week and faces Argentina (“confident”) on Sunday.

    Look at the teams that won every match in their groupings, for example, and how they were most frequently described: The Netherlands (“rampaging”), Colombia (“unpredictable”), Argentina (still “confident”) and Belgium (also exhibiting “flair”).

    And consider the losers of all three games at the group stage: Cameroon (“hapless”), Australia (always stiff upper lip “positive”) and Honduras (“spirit,” which demonstrates gumption, at least).

    Other favorites included Colombia (“unpredictable,” “exciting” and “attacking”) and Costa Rica (“dynamic”), while Uruguay — whose star player, Luis Suárez, has been suspended for chomping on an Italian defender — was characterized by words like “bite” and “disgrace.” Spain, the 2010 champ, which didn’t get past the group stage this year, was most associated with “defensive,” “poor” and “humiliation.”

    Italy, another big disappointment, was described as “slow,” “vulnerable” and marked by “pessimism,” and Russia was pegged as “drab.”

    Despite the United States’ loss to Belgium in the Round of 16, the American team was described as “determined,” “heroic” and “courageous.” Brazil, not surprisingly, was perceived as “popular” and “emotional” but also “desperate” in its quest to win its first World Cup since 2002.
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    Jul 26, 2014 7:32 AM GMT
    Yeah yeah Urguay got the worst words because of Suarez but what else could be expected from an english nwespaper?! icon_lol.gif Losers. Suarez eliminated them and they will never forget icon_cool.gif