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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 13:14:29 Reply

At 6/22/10 11:54 AM, LinkSilvermane wrote: And there it goes. Feel sorry for South Africa, but I don't feel sorry at all for France.

I don't feel sorry for France either. I'm glad that they didn't win any match because they didn't deserve to be in the WC in the first place. I was watching Uruguay - Mexico, and I wasn't expecting Uruguay to win, but we did it anyway. Go Uruguay! :D

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 13:28:20 Reply

Being a fan of Mexico this morning:

"Crap, we lost. But we advance! Yes!
Argentina next. SHIT!"

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 14:22:46 Reply

i can't imagine the party the Irish are having in Dublin after France lost.

au revoir, cheese-eating assholes.

also, did you guys know that if Greece and South Korea win by 3-0, Argentina won't make it through? lol.

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 14:30:50 Reply

At 6/22/10 02:22 PM, portalwarpedJP wrote: also, did you guys know that if Greece and South Korea win by 3-0, Argentina won't make it through? lol.

I can't see that happening :p

I think Argentina will lay back though. I doubt they're gonna go for another huge victory, unless things are going easy. I assume they don't wanna lose either, so I'm betting for a 1-0 or 2-0 victory for Argentina.


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 14:30:59 Reply

At 6/22/10 11:05 AM, Luis wrote: i just tuned in to the game. its suprising nobody is using the vuvuzelas at all for this South Africa game.

They recently started to bring them into MLB games lol


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 14:33:33 Reply

I'm not holding my breath tomorrow for the England vs. Slovenia match. The only time England were convincing IMO was the brief period that resulted in that first goal against USA. The match against Algeria was a waste of 90 minutes of my life.

Hopefully England will manage to pull it out of the bag tomorrow, but like I said, I'm not holding my breath. Any other England supporters have any comments?

I'm settling in to watch Greece vs. Argentina now.


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 14:34:50 Reply

I feel bad for South Africa. Being the absolute first host nation to be gone in group play :(


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 14:46:31 Reply

Oh my God! Goal for Nigeria!

With the current standings, Greece is gonna pass this group. That would be such a shame in my opinion, but I assume Argentina is gonna win this match. And if that happens, it is suddenly not unlikely that Nigeria passes this group :o


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 15:10:35 Reply

South-Korea just equalized meaning that SK is currently through to the next round.

Funny goal by the way. He tried to head the ball first, but as it went by him he stuck out his foot in a reflex and shot it right into the side-net.


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 15:29:50 Reply

I so want Greece out of the tournament, that defensive style of playing (6 in the back?!) is making this game dull. If I wasn't rooting for Argentina I would definitely watch the SK v Nigeria game which is probably ten times more exciting than watching Argentina TRYING to make it past the defense and then past the goalie, which by the way is doing a very good job.


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 15:34:25 Reply

I must say I have a real soft spot for this Korean team, they play fantastic passing football and just run and run and run- no wonder Alex Ferguson rates Park so highly. They were the darlings of the 2002 tournament and I feel they are a much better side now and deserve to make it to the last 16.

Greece on the other hand are as bad as Switzerland... boring!


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 15:37:06 Reply

Goal South Korea!


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 15:42:13 Reply

Agreed, this Greek defense just makes the game boring. They have so many in the backfield that Argentina is forced to just knock the ball around at midfield and hope for a hole to open up. It's very slow to watch. I thought Argentina was simply playing very laid back until I realized that there wasn't really much they could do against the million guys in Greece's backfield. Also, the Greek keeper is the reason they're still in this game. He's been lights-out.

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 15:52:00 Reply

I agree it's been a boring match so far. I guess that's what you with one very defensive side and one side that does not have to score. I wonder what the Greeks are waiting for though. They only got 30 minutes left and if they don't take action they're gonna be out for sure.

Not that I care, because I hope S-Korea passes.


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 15:53:15 Reply

At 6/19/10 04:46 AM, Auz wrote:
At 6/18/10 09:14 PM, tyler2513 wrote: Well it's pretty late to start a prediction base type thing going but I'm going to show mine.
A-France
B-Argentina
C-England
D-Australia
E-Denmark
F-Italy
G-Portugal
H-Spain
Finals: Portugal Vs England
Champions: England
Were these your predictions prior to when the WC started? Because right now you got a lot of unusual picks there.

Yes, obviously they were prediction before the WC started because at first they all seemed like good picks except Denmark (I picked them for a joke) but now I'm ashamed of these choices.

But to the rest talking about my England pick:
SHUT THE FUCK UP would you booo your home country just because they suck? Wow you guys must be pretty fucked up then. And the Portugal pick, all my friends are from there and it it weren't for brazil being in there group they'd have more finals appeareances.
So what I'm saying is fuck off I'm cheering for my home country.


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 16:09:03 Reply

At 6/22/10 03:53 PM, tyler2513 wrote: D-Australia

Gonna need a lot of help with that one.

Also, finally Argentina gets a goal. After all of those corner kicks they've had, it's about time they got one. Now I just have to hope South Korea holds out in their game.

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 16:09:05 Reply

Goal Argentina!!!

It was inevitable I guess. Greece should've started acting a long time ago, but they remained defensive. Now they are as good as eliminated.

Good thing though. The less defensive countries in the next round, the better.

At 6/22/10 03:53 PM, tyler2513 wrote:
At 6/19/10 04:46 AM, Auz wrote: Were these your predictions prior to when the WC started? Because right now you got a lot of unusual picks there.
Yes, obviously they were prediction before the WC started because at first they all seemed like good picks except Denmark (I picked them for a joke) but now I'm ashamed of these choices.

Well.. so far you are at least right about one ;)


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 16:19:43 Reply

Another goal for Argentina! And for Palermo of all people. I think he's probably the most deserving of a goal on that team. And look at how happy Maradona is. That chubby little midget.

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 16:22:33 Reply

At 6/22/10 04:19 PM, Ship wrote: That chubby little midget.

The midget dances and sings and jumps at the sight of the game. A strange sight, indeed.

And now South Korea has punched their ticket the knockout stage!

Now it's time to worry about Argentina....crap.

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 16:32:29 Reply

So the first matches of the next round will be:

Uruguay - South-Korea

Argentina - Mexico

Not very surprising in my opinion. These should be some good games with lots of offensive teams involved. I would bet on Uruguay and Argentina advancing, but I'm hoping for Mexico and South-Korea.


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 16:40:52 Reply

Well, what can I say.
Greece just really threw all of its players in defence, leaving only poor Samaras to attack...
After three early subsitutions due to minor injuries the defenders got tired, and they couldn't be replaced, so the goals were inevitable..
Nevertheless, Greece showed that they weren't afraid of Argentina, they made Messi completely disappear from the match (probably due to the three defenders watching him at all times), and held fast until a goal (that was scored after a possible foul-I know it doesn't matter, but still) made them lose heart..
The defenders and the goalkeeper did a great job, but when you have almost no offense the other team goes into full attack, and that usually isn't good...
Contratulations to both teams, and good luck to Argentina (although my personal opinion is that they don't deserve to win the cup).

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 16:50:25 Reply

Feel bad for Nigeria. All African teams are now out, unless Algeria can beat USA or Ghana gets at least a tie against Germany. Would be sweet if Germany was eliminated though.

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 16:54:32 Reply

Fuck yeah Korea.


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 17:21:42 Reply

Going off what you guys have been talking about, it seems like I made the right choice going with the Nigeria-South Korea game, which was tense and definitely worth watching through to the very end. I'm not sure if any of you saw it, but what about Yakubu's miss!!?? Sure, he redeemed himself with the penalty (sloppily given away, South Korea's dethroning moment of the game) but... wow. My Dad was going crazy at the TV, having played and watched football for the greater part of his life. The pundits shared similar feelings too, and they're mostly former players that played for a long time.

But it was a good game. I was going for SK, though again it sucks to have another African side to leave the tournament - come on Ghana! Like some of you guys here said, the SK side is fun to watch: they're fast, and they've made great work of their set pieces. They tend to run out of steam quick I've found, but I think they can still surprise in the second round.

Knowing about Greece's defensive streak and the strong possibility of an Argentine victory, I stayed away. Well done to Argentina though for the perfect nine.

For NEVR et al: England definitely have the skill to beat Slovenia, and I don't just say that because I'm English. Slovenia have likely surprised more than a few since the tournament started, but I think it's doable, if they get start fucking talking to each other and focus on playing football. I don't want another shambles match - it was almost as if they were scared to commit to anything for trivial reasons (don't want to get booked/sent off, fear of another Green mishap, worrying too much about players like Gerrard coming across too much, etc.).

Bear in mind with my predictions though, I had it in my head that the Algeria game would be a real points/goals gold mine. Whoops.

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 17:35:09 Reply

At 6/22/10 05:21 PM, Scarab wrote: I'm not sure if any of you saw it, but what about Yakubu's miss!!?? Sure, he redeemed himself with the penalty (sloppily given away, South Korea's dethroning moment of the game) but... wow. My Dad was going crazy at the TV, having played and watched football for the greater part of his life. The pundits shared similar feelings too, and they're mostly former players that played for a long time.

Yeah I've seen it and it was just ridiculous how he missed that chance. I remember in a former match some other Nigerian missed a shot at open goal as well, just after a one on one situation against the goalie.

Now I've been playing football for a very long time myself and I know everyone blunders sometimes, but... from a professional player that plays for a national team, you can at least expect them to score when they're in front of an open goal.


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 18:01:58 Reply

Im still trying to make sense of the Greek tactics, my understanding was that they needed to win 2-0 against Argentina to guarentee passage. Instead they decided to dedicate one player to smother messi and the rest to simply defend incredibly rigidly while occasionally feeding the ball to that ladyboy Samaras. At the start of the match it made sense

But why did they not modify their tactics to try some sort of dynamic offense in the 2nd half?

A team that ensures a game is destined to be extremely fucking boring even though they actually must win it should be banned from attending the world cup finals - in future if Greece qualifies for the finals of the World Cup they should be stripped of their place which should then be assigned to Scotland, for no justifiable reason!


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 18:13:11 Reply

At 6/22/10 05:21 PM, Scarab wrote: For NEVR et al: England definitely have the skill to beat Slovenia, and I don't just say that because I'm English.

Of course I agree that England have the skill deep down (perhaps very deep down, lol), but if they're struggling at the group stage then it seems to me to be an indication that either they don't deserve to go through to the knockout stage, or they simply don't have it in them this time around.

Either way, I'll be watching the match tomorrow and hoping that England can pull their collective finger out.

Bear in mind with my predictions though, I had it in my head that the Algeria game would be a real points/goals gold mine. Whoops.

As did I, man.


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At 6/22/10 06:13 PM, NEVR wrote: Of course I agree that England have the skill deep down (perhaps very deep down, lol), but if they're struggling at the group stage then it seems to me to be an indication that either they don't deserve to go through to the knockout stage, or they simply don't have it in them this time around.

Ah yes, but also bear in mind that teams have done horribly in the group stages only to scrape through and power on to get far in the last 16. I think the so called "weak" teams in Englands group have made the placid and lazy. If Holland or Argentina were in their group they'd play a lot better [I like to think] as top teams tend to bring out the best in each other, as they know they have to work harder, and thus, do.


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At 6/22/10 06:13 PM, NEVR wrote: Of course I agree that England have the skill deep down (perhaps very deep down, lol), but if they're struggling at the group stage then it seems to me to be an indication that either they don't deserve to go through to the knockout stage, or they simply don't have it in them this time around.

It's going to be very tight, definitely, and they need to start showing some consideration for that. At the third match, they really shouldn't be thinking, 'Oh, I hope we don't face Germany next!', but rather just focus on getting through! I was impressed with Slovenia and the USA in their match (as much as it should've been 3-2 of course, but we'll leave that can of worms at the side here...), and while Algeria have been less than interesting to watch for the most part, it's tricky, but not a last breath for success ordeal.

I'm expecting an American victory tomorrow. Will it be hugely influential on England? Who knows, this World Cup is full of surprises, as always!

Either way, I'll be watching the match tomorrow and hoping that England can pull their collective finger out.

Me too, if only just to get an exciting game out of it. I don't know if Capello will respond to the problems so far via formation and pickings sufficiently - as they've said, he's a picky guy. A strong manager who knows what he's doing, but stubborn also. They need to try and ignore the media and so on too, all of them. If the fans are booing you at the World Cup, then something's wrong - never mind whether or not the fans were in the right. Rooney and his outburst were just silly! I was like, 'Dude, you've just had one particularly dire game, and another subpar one, lol.' Out of frustration warranted maybe, but this stuff will be blown up. This John Terry rebel, 'revolution' business is stupid too, similarly.

Although it did introduce the thought of the England players throwing copies of The Communist Manifesto at Capello while 'psycho' Stuart Pearce goes crazy at them.

These sorts of things can be added ot my brief list from earlier, along with stupid, more general excuses like the ball and the vuvuzelas.

Bear in mind with my predictions though, I had it in my head that the Algeria game would be a real points/goals gold mine. Whoops.
As did I, man.

I think the BBC summed it up in one of their many, many montages of England playing:

'Why does it always have to be such an ordeal to watch England play?'

Credit to them for getting BRIAN BLESSED in the most recent one. That'll get them up and running!

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-22 18:54:30 Reply

At 6/22/10 06:45 PM, Viridis wrote: I think the so called "weak" teams in Englands group have made the placid and lazy. If Holland or Argentina were in their group they'd play a lot better [I like to think] as top teams tend to bring out the best in each other, as they know they have to work harder, and thus, do.

Well you never know. I'm more of a cynic and kinda think that better teams would have just crushed England more efficiently ;P


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