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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-25 15:37:48 Reply

At 6/25/10 03:35 PM, C-Hawk wrote: Mismanagement and dubious sources of income are one thing, but i still think we're a loooooong way from "Lokomotiv Cairo" or "Real Moscow". Spawning more than one team per town is pretty common, but i don't think that (other than Dallas FC moving out of San José, again in the US) there's ever been a football team that was bought and moved.

Maybe not moved, but bought? Oh yes, that has happened.


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-25 15:41:51 Reply

per town is pretty common, but i don't think that (other than Dallas FC moving out of San José, again in the US) there's ever been a football team that was bought and moved.

Milton Keynes from Wimbledon, Livingston from Edinburgh.


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-25 15:48:43 Reply

At 6/25/10 03:37 PM, Haggard wrote: Maybe not moved, but bought? Oh yes, that has happened.

Ah yes, forgot about them. They also own NYC's FC. Which brings up another issue: WAY too much advertising, franchising, merchandising, marketing, labelling, branding, and other assorted neologisms for barefaced profiteering in not only US sports, but just about everything west of the Atlantic. Mexican and Argentinian football matches are the only ones where i remember watching an in-game commercial, like a banner ad, WITH AUDIO, nonetheless.
When you eliminate things like naming a stadium "The Coca-Cola Center" (i know, might have happened here or there in Europe, but nowhere near as prevalent as in the US), the "adidas PLAY OF THE MATCH", the "Sony CORNER KICK", the "Subway SUBSTITUTION", and leave a sport to its raw essence, you tend to take it a lot more seriously. Specially when compared to a NASCAR driver racing in a car sponsored by Tide.
Tide.
Has oh-so-much to do with driving, doesn't it? Like NASCAR doesn't have enough credibility issues.
In fact, i vividly remember a Porto striker getting into some serious trouble about a t-shirt he wore under his kit jersey to advertise a soft drink. And i agree with that, suspend him for a few matches, there's already enough advertising from those sideline boards and on the club kits. Keep the sport pure, or at least as pure as possible. This comes from legislation on a federation level, so it is fair, all the clubs get the same amount of advertising opportunities. The federation says what's OK and what's not.
To tie it all up with my initial point, keeping the sport pure means it gets taken seriously, and it's a lot easier to listen to a player who doesn't mention his sponsorship in the interview.


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-25 16:20:51 Reply

Bah..the second half was nothing like the first one, both teams were basically wasting time on purpose...
Oh well, so now it's Spain vs Portugal and Chile vs Brazil.
Lol.

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-25 16:23:21 Reply

At 6/25/10 04:20 PM, HeavyTank wrote: Bah..the second half was nothing like the first one, both teams were basically wasting time on purpose...

Yeah, once both teams in a match realize they're through, they pretty much park the bus and play like Italy until it's all over. (except with less theatrics)

Oh well, so now it's Spain vs Portugal and Chile vs Brazil.

Battle of the Empires... Spain vs Portugal should be more fun to watch, though.


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-25 16:26:08 Reply

At 6/25/10 04:23 PM, C-Hawk wrote: Yeah, once both teams in a match realize they're through, they pretty much park the bus and play like Italy until it's all over. (except with less theatrics)

It's sad, but at the same time I kinda understand that they want to be sure that they'll pass without any unpleasant surprises...
At least from now on everyone will be going for the win.

Battle of the Empires... Spain vs Portugal should be more fun to watch, though.

Well yeah, Chile has a good team, but...eh.Then again, you never know.

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-25 16:33:55 Reply

At 6/25/10 04:26 PM, HeavyTank wrote: At least from now on everyone will be going for the win.

Yessssssssssssssss fucking love knock-out stages in tournaments, it's like "alright, gloves off, time for some blood". If anyone has said the words "this is what the World Cup is all about" in the past few days, swallow those words, 'cause "what it's all about" starts now.
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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-25 16:39:41 Reply

At 6/25/10 03:11 PM, Auz wrote: I don't really see the point in such a conversation, other than hoping to satisfy/please the Italian and French people who were angry and disappointed with their teams.

Precisely it. Make a public speech, accept blame but imply that you made the right choices and that it wasn't REALLY your fault, shake hands with the prez.

That's how they do it.

Maybe the Italian government can put restrictions on the Serie A clubs, that they have to put more talented Italian players on the field and keep foreign players out

Neeeeeever gonna happen. Rich, influential clubs aren't going to stop putting their star players out there, leaving the Italian second-line on the bench. Because they want to win. NOW.

They couldn't give a rat's ass about the long-run, or about the national team. They're running a business.

And the Italian government is currently run by the president of Milan, so...nope. Ain't gonna happen.

I fucking WISH it would, but no.

I don't know, I just don't think the government should spent much time on it and try to meddle with it when they probably don't really know much about it.

Sadly, that's one of the few things the government is good at...chatting about soccer and shit.


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-25 16:40:45 Reply

At 6/25/10 04:33 PM, C-Hawk wrote: Yessssssssssssssss fucking love knock-out stages in tournaments, it's like "alright, gloves off, time for some blood". If anyone has said the words "this is what the World Cup is all about" in the past few days, swallow those words, 'cause "what it's all about" starts now.

Agreed...
So, tomorrow we'll have Uruguay vs Korea (I am predicting an easy win for Uruguay) and USA vs Ghana (no idea, really).

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-25 16:43:57 Reply

Well I guess Spain and Chile deserved to top this group. It was nice to see Switzerland beat Spain in the first game, but that defensive football style they use is kinda boring to watch. So I'm happy Spain and Chile are through actually.

And now we get some more interesting matches in the second round too. Spain - Portugal should be great and I expect a lot from Brazil - Chile as well.


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-25 16:44:40 Reply

Yeah i think Uruguay has the edge and I doubt USA will lose.

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-25 17:15:19 Reply

At 6/24/10 07:12 PM, HeavyTank wrote:
At 6/24/10 06:30 PM, jonthomson wrote: meaningless game that'll probably be a draw. spain/chile where it's at obv
No chance in hell this is going to be a draw...and Spain/Chile..well, it might be interesting, but it might also be pretty one-sided...nevertheless I'm gonna watch them both, so..

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-25 17:35:32 Reply

At 6/24/10 01:27 AM, Haggard wrote:
At 6/23/10 09:43 PM, tyler2513 wrote: GHANA VS GERMANY
OK the Serbia 1-0 win was OK, you know, it's a pro mistake it happens. But now that Ghana 1-0 win!?
Have you even watched the game?
The guys that played in black where Germany, so it's Germany 1 - Ghana 0.

Your right YES I WATCHED THE DAMN GAME I forgot I was thinking about the serbia game I tricked myself.
Portugal Vs Brazil
I can not believe they tied 0-0 that was a pretty interesting game they both played awesome defense sides and I gotta say Portugal came so close to loosing. it was a pretty good overall game though.
Ivory Coast Vs Korea DPR
That was a really interesting game especially because I was cheering for Ivory Coast since they tied Portugal but Ivory Coast was controlling the ball the hole time but Korea DPR's goalie did alright I guess.
Chile Vs Spain
That was a close match I was going for Spain but I thought Chile was getting some really close chances around there. Spain did pretty well but I'm glad Chile made it they worked really hard.


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-25 17:43:28 Reply

Just saw a lipreader's transcriptions of what Queirós was shouting into the pitch, and he was constantly ordering the players to win the midfield war.

"Tiago! We can't lose the ball there, okay? We can't lose the ball there. We need to be more aggressive."

"PEPE! OVER HERE" (gesturing to "zone 6" [defensive midfielder] line - note that Pepe is a centre-back and later almost broke a Brazilian player's ankle)

Violent football gets the job done in midfield, and when a team dominates midfield, that's half the game. It's not pretty, but these aren't friendlies either.
On that note, i am very surprised at Bruno Alves being quite efficient and not fouling nearly as much as expected. In his club, he's known for being a real tractor of a centre-back, excessively violent, which is part of the club's tradition, to have one of those and one very clean and efficient centre back.
For the national team, though, it's like he's a whole different person.


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-25 19:15:57 Reply

Just watched Chile vs. Spain. I was pretty sure that they were going to tie, but with that ref who expelled Estrada with no reason at all, i was expecting maybe a 3-0 for Spain. Luckily, Chile knew how to stand up and keep playing without a player.
I didn't even see a foul before Estrada's expulsion. The spanish guy tripped with the field.


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-25 19:25:11 Reply

may have been posted before. if it has, pretty sure people won't mind me reposting.

korea hwaiting tomorrow.

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-25 19:28:42 Reply

Afraid Ze Germans will get you?

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-25 19:38:21 Reply

The way i see it.

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-25 19:57:18 Reply

At 6/25/10 07:38 PM, Molotov wrote: The way i see it.

I think something like that, but with Portugal winning instead of Spain.


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At 6/25/10 07:57 PM, monkeymadeline wrote: garbage

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-26 02:50:49 Reply

At 6/25/10 07:38 PM, Molotov wrote: The way i see it.

I could live with that, since Germany beats England. But I don't think Spain will make it, propably it's Brazil again that wins the WC... :/


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-26 02:53:07 Reply

At 6/25/10 07:28 PM, Slightly-Crazy-Dude wrote: Afraid Ze Germans will get you?

Not really. Teams change over time and strictly speaking our team is made up of better players on paper then the current German team is. If we play more like we did the other day then I'm not worried too much.

Good luck to USA though. I hope they get far.


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-26 03:12:36 Reply

At 6/25/10 07:25 PM, jonthomson wrote: may have been posted before. if it has, pretty sure people won't mind me reposting.

korea hwaiting tomorrow.

Eh, she's wearing a Paraguay jersey so she's not Korean. Nonetheless still pretty fucking hot!

At 6/25/10 07:38 PM, Molotov wrote: The way i see it.

I can see that too, though Uruguay and US can go either way and Brazil is going to win it. No European teams has won when the World Cup hasn't been hosted on their continent. I don't see that changing seeing the way they have played so far.


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-26 04:16:13 Reply

At 6/25/10 07:38 PM, Molotov wrote: The way i see it.

I wouldn't trust Spain going all the way. Their group play didn't impress me one bit and I don't think they can stack up to quality teams like Netherlands, Argentina, Brazil. The Netherlands are a surprisingly talented side that could pose a serious threat against Brazil assuming the two meet each other. I think if they meet that would be the game of the tournament.

And Argentina despite having a somewhat shaky defense are still my picks to reach the finals on the other half of the bracket. I think they can easily handle Mexico, a weak Germany/England, and have a good enough team to match Spain, assuming they play them.

But the knockout rounds are when all of the pretenders get eliminated and now we finally get to see some real intense, quality playing. There's no more playing for ties and everything is on the line in these games. I can't wait for the matches to start.

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-26 04:17:02 Reply

i think canada will win


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-26 04:19:57 Reply

team with the most fans that consist of big ass titties paired with wristbands

so much enthusiasm over kicking a ball

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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-26 04:36:12 Reply

At 6/26/10 04:16 AM, Ship wrote: But the knockout rounds are when all of the pretenders get eliminated and now we finally get to see some real intense, quality playing.

I wouldn't count on that. We can't expect "fireworks" from either team, as no team wants to lose. So they will try to have a strong defence to not concede any goals.


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-26 04:54:36 Reply

At 6/25/10 07:38 PM, Molotov wrote: The way i see it.

That would make for a pretty uninspiring tournament, without a single shock along the way (except arguably the USA beating Uruguay). I'd like to see at least one unfancied side dishing out an upset to one of the big guns.

Also I missed the games yesterday as I was stuck on the M25 for hours... and hours, but I am really glad Chile got through- they played some excellent and exciting football, despite only needing a draw to progress. That red card was an absolute farce and I wish there was a way to appeal it and avoid the ban.

Off to Turkey now for 2 weeks, so I'll be back for England vs the USA in the world cup final!


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Response to 2010 Fifa World Cup Thread 2010-06-26 04:58:58 Reply

At 6/25/10 07:38 PM, Molotov wrote: The way i see it.

Looks good to me, although I would put Argentina in the finals instead of Spain and would put Uruguay in the semi-finals instead of the USA.

Also, maybe Chile can surprise by beating Brazil, but I wouldn't bet on it.


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