The Wonders of the World Cup

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Re: The Wonders of the World Cup

Post by paranoid marvin » Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:44 pm

A European team has never won the World Cup in North or South America; that's 7 World Cups, and every time a South American team has Won it. By the time the get to the final, any European team that has played for several weeks in South America, including playing 6 competitive games, will be absolutely exhausted.

What will be interesting is the start of next season. The Prem teams that haven't had players in the World Cup (or at least not those past the first round of games) should have a major advantage over their rivals, at least for the first month or so of the season.
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Re: The Wonders of the World Cup

Post by sscott » Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:01 pm

I'll be watching it, fearing the worst, hoping for the best etc...

Think Germany will win and break the duck of European countries abroad.
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Re: The Wonders of the World Cup

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Re: The Wonders of the World Cup

Post by pratty » Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:12 pm

That really was a sweet goal by Platty.

That's one of the things I look forward to about the world cup, there always seems to be quite a few special goals.
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Re: The Wonders of the The World Cup

Post by Spector » Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:42 pm

In an interview for FourFourTwo magazine this month, Brazil 1970 great Rivelino described Germany as "doing what Brazil should be doing. And Brazil are doing what Germany stopped doing to reinvent itself." Evidence for that came tonight, with Brazil grinding itself to a 1-0 victory over Serbia while a hodgepodge German side in Mainz beat Armenia 6-1. It was 0-0 at half-time! They play so openly, whereas Brazil are functional and mechanical with the odd bit of flair. The more i think about it, the more I want Deutschland to win. I just hope the BBC "pundits" aren't so xenophobic towards them this time. Alan Hansen was accidentally caught in 2002 on a digital channel referring to them as the "f****** krauts". I mean, come on: WWII's over!
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Re: The Wonders of the World Cup

Post by che_don_john » Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:01 pm

The Hardest of All Freds wrote:Milner is NOT a right back (some may say he shouldnt be there at all)
If he's good enough for City then he's certainly good enough for England. Hugely underrated player, almost laughably so at times.
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Re: The Wonders of the World Cup

Post by Sputryk » Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:34 pm

Rik Mayall's gonna have a hand in this years tournament, at least for us: http://news.uk.msn.com/uk/fans-push-los ... owards-no1

Let's hope there's some copycat chanting on the terraces in Brazil to help spur our chaps on.

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Re: The Wonders of the World Cup

Post by crusto » Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:46 pm

Looking at Brazil tonight they are a shadow of the team I remember. Where has all the flair gone? The Ronaldinhos etc are sorely missing. Very ordinary, they look like England...
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Re: The Wonders of the World Cup

Post by Liamh1982 » Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:51 pm

crusto wrote:Where has all the flair gone?
This is a SCOLARI team, remember. Sure his 2002 squad had a few shining lights but they worked their magic despite his tactics not because of them.

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Re: The Wonders of the World Cup

Post by Sputryk » Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:57 pm

They've finally realised that flares have been out of fashion for a long time....

Brazil should also be down to 10 - use of elbow is a straight red. How galling that the offender then scores the equalizer. Can't have the star player of the star nation red carded, though; can we? :roll:

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Re: The Wonders of the World Cup

Post by Hiro » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:00 pm

Well, Zidane was red carded back in 1998... I can't stand Neymar but in this case I think ref Nishimura got it right, a yellow card was the best decision. Brasil have one of their weakest, if not the weakest, teams ever... Croatia is a good team anyway, especially in midfield.
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Re: The Wonders of the World Cup

Post by crusto » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:06 pm

Very true, I have never seen such an ordinary Brazil team. No interplay, direct, lacking flair.

They should have white shirts on lol :lol:
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Re: The Wonders of the World Cup

Post by Spector » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:19 pm

They're really mechanical, but when you look at the management, it's no surprise. I'd love to see them go out in the first round.
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Re: The Wonders of the World Cup

Post by Hiro » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:52 pm

To think that before the penalty I was thinking the ref was ok.
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Re: The Wonders of the World Cup

Post by Sputryk » Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:18 pm

Agreed. Don't know which player, but went down like a wet lettuce. Pathetic. Disappointed by the Japanese ref - they are not known to be sold fakes and flakes. The decision leeched all life out of the game for me. And that the penalty was scored by the villain of the game - bah!

So, that's Brazil into the next round to face either Spain or Holland. That should prove to be a good game, especially if it is Spain as they may just get their comeuppance. Though that puts Spain into the same position as Brazil is now in - we don't want you as you cheat! Bah! Can't win, sometimes.

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