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  1. #151
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kinnikinnick View Post
    Suck a dick FIFA and Germany
    How much did the no penalty call cost?
    Didn’t even use VAR. what is the purpose of having the VAR if you don’t use it?
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    The purpose of not using VAR is to piss off internet whiners like you - for the fun for everyone else.

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    Columbia put on a good performance this afternoon. I really enjoyed that game, other than the commentary from Mary Carillo, I mean Stuart Holden. His commentary about Lewandowski stepping on the Columbians fingers purposely infuriated me. He thinks every little touch is a vicious foul.
    I think it stems from his early years when when he was signed by Sunderland, fresh out of college. He was in a Newcastle pub spouting off his mouth that he was a Sunderland player, he was knocked out and and ended up with a fractured eye socket. By the time he recovered from his eye injury, 2 months later, he sustained an ankle injury, ending his possibility of playing the rest season of that season with his premiere league club. Sunderland eventually released him without him ever playing. Stuart returned to the USA for some quality MLS action for the Huston Dynamo.
    He is little gun shy with his commentary and calls every physical play as a near death experience for one of the players.
    But hey, the one World Cup match he has played for Team USA has given him plenty of experience to deem him an expert commentator.

    Have I mentioned how much I hate the FOX coverage. And what a disservice to the MLS to broadcast a match directly following a Word Cup match of 8th and 16th ranked teams in world. It would be like playing a regional little league baseball game following a MLB game.

    End rant.

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    The fox commentators are fairly awful but it has to be said that a lot of wc football is pretty boring. The format encourages timid play, and sometimes the people calling the game are forced to conjure interest in matches which lack quality and intrigue.

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    Hmmm, RSA v. EGY seems to have intrigue


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    Quote Originally Posted by plugboots View Post
    Hmmm, RSA v. EGY seems to have intrigue
    Thats a "K"SA, as in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cono Este View Post
    This could be the yr.
    Kane is clearly a world class and classy player on a rich vein of form. But I really have my doubts.. Southgate's "system" is being talked up so much and his selection of players who will conform to it. Smells of unable to adapt to me.

    I thought they were deeply unimpressive against Tunisia and were very lucky to not stumble out of that game 1-1.

    Yeah they scored lots of goals against the 55th ranked country in the world... with the help of two stupid penalties. But at times they looked troubled with counterattacks and pace and there was some very nervous defending under pressure. the few times that Panama did get some possession going England reverted to their old habit of chasing. Also talking of old habits a general lack of confidence on the ball and tendency to just get rid of the thing to anyone rather than to gain tactical advantage with their pass. Clearly they're dangerous at set pieces (which top team isn't - that's the easy bit) but they only really looked to make headway on the right wing in open play.

    I think Belgium are going to be a very nasty surprise for them and highly likely they'll carry a defeat into the next round... to admittedly what looks a softish draw for the 16s.

    My money is on them going out hard in the quarters.

    It could have been the year with far better England teams than this.. and never was.

    Never the less COME ON ENGLAND !!!!
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    I agree. They gave up a stupid goal, were given penalties, and kane scored one off his heel. All against a banana republic. I favor Belgium, itís going to be a good test.


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    Could also say that there were several near misses and a phantom penalty against England in the Tunisia game. That game could have easily been 4-0 with better luck and officiating. Haven't looked at possible knockout brackets, but England is final 4 at best. Better teams out there planning better ball. I have Mexico going deep, possibly all the way.

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    This last minute has been rather eventful in this afternoons games
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    Safe to say Spain gets biggest disappoint award? Looks like they ran into a tough keeper today. Dominated every stat except the score.

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    This VAR system seems to be a nightmare for everyone. Causes way too much stoppage in play.....and gives the players too much opportunity to complain, whine, etc....instead of just playing on.

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    Iran vs Portugal was totally out of control. Iranians in tears. WC madness! That ref will have a hang over tomorrow.


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    vuvuzelas are a crime against humanity. should have been banned by the nuclear deal. thanks obama.

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    Did Ronaldo punch that nice Iranian fellow in the jaw?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruiser View Post
    Did Ronaldo punch that nice Iranian fellow in the jaw?
    No.

    The guy who deserves to get socked in the jaw is Ronaldo's Real Madrid teammate Sergio Ramos. A dirty player and a sneaky scumbag. It was great seeing him fuck up today.

    What Ronaldo did was very minor, the Iranian embellished the fuck out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SumJongGuy View Post
    Could also say that there were several near misses and a phantom penalty against England in the Tunisia game. That game could have easily been 4-0 with better luck and officiating. Haven't looked at possible knockout brackets, but England is final 4 at best. Better teams out there planning better ball. I have Mexico going deep, possibly all the way.

    If Mexico won that would truly be amazing. No non-power has won since Uruguay eons ago.

    I would agree that Kane is world class, and I think Sterling is terrific, but other than that there are guys who are very good and young, guys who need to take the next step. If Kane and Sterling can maintain their play and Rashford/Alli/Lingard and the rest of their young guysdevelop as much as they COULD then England could be really good in 2022.

    The 2006 England team had seriously great talent. An argument could be made that they had more talent that year than anyone except Brazil. But Rooney was coming off an injury, Owen was coming off an injury and got hurt, and Gerard and Lampard were simply never able to play well together. Still, look back at England's 2006 roster, that was some serious talent. In a sense, where England really fucked up during those years was in the use of Paul Scholes. They played Scholes out of position to accomodate Lampard and Gerard, and Scholes was EXACTLY the type of player that team needed, a ball-control/point guard type midfielder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old goat View Post
    vuvuzelas are a crime against humanity. should have been banned by the nuclear deal. thanks obama.
    Yes.

    That hand ball was questionable on Portugal...not that it matters in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tri-Ungulate View Post
    Nice work by the Kosovo national team, showed those Serbs a thing or two.

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    I didn't know these guys were Albanian. Huh...
    Also, they got fined for those sweet gestures.

    "The gesture is likely to inflame tensions among Serb nationalists and ethnic Albanians.

    Shaqiri was born in Kosovo, the former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008. Serbia doesn't recognize Kosovo's independence and relations between the two countries remain tense. Xhaka's parents are originally from Kosovo and they are of Albanian heritage. His brother plays for Albania's national team.

    Years of war in Balkans sent many families to western European countries, including Switzerland. The Swiss have dozens of ethnic Albanians in their national soccer program."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Long duc dong View Post
    Sergio Ramos
    break his fucking leg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grape_Ape View Post
    https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/201...itzerland.html

    I didn't know these guys were Albanian. Huh...
    Also, they got fined for those sweet gestures.

    "The gesture is likely to inflame tensions among Serb nationalists and ethnic Albanians.

    Shaqiri was born in Kosovo, the former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008. Serbia doesn't recognize Kosovo's independence and relations between the two countries remain tense. Xhaka's parents are originally from Kosovo and they are of Albanian heritage. His brother plays for Albania's national team.

    Years of war in Balkans sent many families to western European countries, including Switzerland. The Swiss have dozens of ethnic Albanians in their national soccer program."
    thanks for explaining, i was curious when i saw it but forgot.
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    Yeah, and the Swiss striker (pretty mediocre, and all but invisible during the match) is Bosnian. You can bet the game against Serbia meant a lot to the team.


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    Been a hoot of a WC so far. I'm enjoying every moment.

    Now the Mannschaft just needs to beat S. Korea by 2 and I'll be a happy bratwurst eater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tippster View Post
    Been a hoot of a WC so far. I'm enjoying every moment.

    Now the Mannschaft just needs to beat S. Korea by 2 and I'll be a happy bratwurst eater.
    So if South Korea fiercely kicks the Germans' ass - which could easily happen - will the brat then get stuck in your throat?

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    Simultaneous games where the announcers keep telling the score of the other game. Have they never heard of DVR? Ruined Spain v Morocco for me yesterday, expecting the same today with ARG vs NGA vs CRO vs ICE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old goat View Post
    Simultaneous games where the announcers keep telling the score of the other game. Have they never heard of DVR? Ruined Spain v Morocco for me yesterday, expecting the same today with ARG vs NGA vs CRO vs ICE.
    Yeah, that is a bit f'd up. Who can't switch channels or Google it to find out?

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