At 7/18/10 09:44 AM, Auz wrote:
I gotta make another small post after this.
I'd like to state that I love how each conversation with you turns out to become something huge. Hence the fact that I still need to catch up on those other posts...
At 7/14/10 03:19 PM, Sir-Nuts wrote:
At 7/11/10 06:12 AM, Auz wrote:
Sneijder? It was Robben wasn't it? :pI don't care, I just don't want to see that ever again. =P
I'm afraid you might threaten me with watching the final over and over again, so maybe it's best if I don't harass you too much with it.
Heh, that is a good idea to threaten you with. :P
Either way, I'm already out of the World Cup mood. Internacional has a huge game this Wednesday in the Copa Libertadores semi-final, which is like your UEFA. First game is at home so we have to get some advantage for the next game!
Yeah, I guess he was more "practical" back then. He would have an objective, and not just mess around while playing. He's kinda like Beckham - He gets more with his image than with his football. Although Beckham is a nice guy.Indeed. He was still playing for the team and not for himself. Beckham indeed seems to be much nicer. I liked how he was still on the bench for the English team and provided moral support.
Yeah, Beckham is a great player and a great guy. He cares a lot more about his team than Ronaldo does, I believe.
Have you ever heard of a Colombian (I think) player that scored an own goal in a World Cup, and was murdered when he got back home? THAT is a little too much.Never heard of that story, but I think I have heard other stories about players who got tortured or killed for playing poorly.
I've found him - Andrés Escobar. Give that a quick read.
I guess they're really serious about football in South-America, but I know there are lots of football fanatics in Europe too.
Football is the major sport here in South America, for most countries, at least. Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia... We take it with a real passion in here. And the Copa Libertadores is the main club tournament, so my team winning it again would be awesome. :)
But yeah, it's what I've said - It doesn't matter if we lost only 5 matches before if we lose one in the knock-out stage. You can make as many mistakes as you wish during qualifying matches, as long as you don't repeat them in the World Cup.Yep. It's too bad for him, but hey, he'll get over it. I'm sure they'll give him another chance.
Speaking of which, our new coach was announced a few days ago, and announced the team that will face USA in New Jersey.
Do you know anyone from there?
And everyone now claims that they deserved it. What, a team that passes the ball the entire game and scores only one goal almost every match? Come on now...I expected a lot more from them, and it's kinda lame to win a cup while you've lost a match along the way. I wouldn't say that they didn't deserve to win the final as both teams were about equally matched, but over the entire tournament they were very disappointing.
Yeah, everyone had huge expectations over Spain, and they didn't do half of the expected, IMO.
In Holland they were very angry with Howard Webb after the match, and rightfully so in my opinion. I bet it was the worst match in his referee career. He made big mistakes on both ends though, but I had a feeling he was stricter towards Holland than towards Spain.
I was mad at him as well. I don't even know why he was called to be the referee to the final match. His two previous matches weren't very good, they could've even called the Brazilian trio, which did quite well.
And hey, Spain's goal? It came from that foul that hit a Spanish player, but they still had the ball after.
And yeah that fucking octopus >=|Some people want to buy him. I'd say we should fry him. ^^
Oh well, he's only a prophet. It's not his fault that things turn out the way he says.
Apparently, he's "a symbol of all that is wrong with the western world".
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnew s/europe/germany/7912418/Mahmoud-Ahmadin ejad-attacks-Octopus-Paul.html
Jeez, let the octopus have some fun! :P
Anyway, I think the media played a big influence on this tournament. You could see that there were some countries were the media was more than ready to burn down the team as soon as they were eliminated, and they were (Brazil, England, Italy). I don't know if it effected the performance of the team, but it does raise the pressure on them.
Dunga was already pretty mad at some journalists who asked some pretentious questions towards him. I'm not sure if that affected the way he coached, but it shows how the media influences it...
At 7/14/10 03:22 PM, Sir-Nuts wrote:
There's a small debate going on FIFA about whether or not South America should have another spot in the World Cup, since Brazil is already there and such...I can live with SA getting an extra spot. I believe there was some debate somewhere about all the little countries participating and if we shouldn't let Europe get a few extra spots. It's a little silly that Sweden and Czech Republic aren't participating while Honduras, New Zealand and North-Korea are.
True, but how fair would that be? Each continent has their number of spots in the world cup (excluding play-off matches), if we want to see more European countries or any other countries, they would have to change the qualifying system. otherwise, it would be unfair to those countries.
But it would be cool to have some "world groups" like qualifying method. Gather all the teams, split them in random groups... It would be expensive, but way more entertaining. :)
I think they do have a point somewhere. The tournament might be more interesting with less little countries from non-football continents and more underdogs from Europe and SA. Although the diversity is nice too.
I could care less about the diversity, honestly. If those countries go to the cup just for "touring" around, then it isn't worth it. We want to always have a better cup, why not having better teams?
It wouldn't be fair to them, but we would love it. :P
Not to sound like an annoying grammar prick, but... why Londen, and not London? =P Is it the local way you write it in the Netherlands?Oh yeah sorry. Londen is what we write in Holland, but it's pronounced about the same. So I confuse them sometimes.
Ah right. The same way we write and speak "Londres". There's even a city here called "Londrina", as a reference to "Londres". My aunt is from there, actually.
Not gonna tell you ;) We wouldn't want to attract paparazzi.
I'm not gonna tell you about the super secret Icon Mod lounge with swimming pools, jacuzzis, minibars, Vietnamese massage chicks and adjustable beach chairs.Hey, where is that? :P