First thing's first: I still don't support my own team (Portugal) because i believe we don't deserve to be in this WC. I hate our "manager", most of the players are too young and there are too many nationalized Brazilians for my taste.
At 6/22/10 05:42 AM, LinkSilvermane wrote:
Also: Portughese players were dicks, man. You could see the sheer panic the North Korean players had gone into, around the 4 - 0. Portugal just kept going at it, like bullies on the pitch, scoring and laughing their asses off.
And don't tell me about "points" or "scoring deferentials". The SECOND they interviewed Ronaldo, he said "We did it 'cause it was fun."
No mercy for the weak, tears taste best when they belong to your opponent. Bwahahahaha.
But yes, it does come in very, very handy to have a huge goal differential during a group stage. Example, if PT ties with BR, the Ivory Coast will have to win against North Korea by a difference of TEN GOALS in order to beat Portugal to the second place spot.
Analysing the goalfest, all i can say is "lrn2Jabulani". Notice that Portugal, aside from Germany, were the first teams to finally attempt some consistent wing-play, bringing the ball up the sideline and crossing the ball. Other teams seem to fear doing this because the Jabulani is "too light" and they miss their crosses by far (instead of by near). Same goes with long range shooting: most teams fear doing this because the Jabulani is "too light" and because it doesn't have stitches, it just keeps on accelerating and gaining altitude until well after it's passed the goal line, meaning players shoot over the bar most of the time. "Featherfooting" the ball makes for very precise play and more teams need to do it. Portugal, along with a few other national teams, have a bit of an advantage since we've been using the Jabulani's ancestors for years now. Ever since the adidas Teamgeist, the Portuguese League has asked adidas to make us a new ball every year, so the Jabulani isn't very surprising to us. It's just a sort of 5th generation Teamgeist, where we've used all 4 previous generations before this one.