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2010 World Cup Soccer - Discussion

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by JACKIEGAGA, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. Chandu

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    In my case, the logic is anyone other than Mexico or England.

    Should Argentina go down, then my next choice is Brasil. ;)
     
  2. Chandu

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    Now that I had bit more time to digest this: I went back and looked at that incident again, this time a bit unemotionally. This time I think you're right. Tim Howard is to blame on that incident as well. Sure Ricardo Clark choked badly. But that shot on goal by Kevin Prince Boateng wasn't a high percentage shot. It was a shot on near post. No goalkeeper at this level should get beaten on their near post. Far post is understandable, but getting beaten on the near post is one of the most embarrassing things for a goalkeeper. (I recall Brasil's Maicon scored a weird goal beating North Korean goalkeeper on his near post.) Had Howard saved it, who knows maybe Clark's confidence level could've gone up. So it is not a blame on a single player alone.

    I still go back to my original point that the real person to blame here is the coach. This team established a pattern of giving up early goals. (England - [on a Ricardo Clark stinker as well], Slovenija, Ghana) and then trying to crawl out of them. A consistent pattern like that shows proper lack of fearless attitude and succumbing to dumb plays like today by Clark. That is a clear blame on the coach.

    I found something to slightly feel better after that crap. It was Thierry Henry actually owning up to the football sins he committed.

    More from Thierry Henry and his dysfunctional France

     
  3. GrumpyBear

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    Messi? Isn't he another one of those hand of god, goal scoreres?:eek2::lol::eek2:
    Come on Germany, a team that doesn't need to use a hand on top of thier heads to score.:hurah::hurah::hurah:
     
  4. Chandu

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    Ahem, anything done in club football against Espanyol, Real Madrid, whatever. It's forgotten at international level. :sure:

    OK, how about this. If all of Argentina, Brasil or Nederland are eliminated, then I might think about it!!! :p
     
  5. texasmoose

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    :nono2:Some horrible officiating in both matches today. England got robbed! Ok, so FIFA doesn't want to have "Replay" or any other available technologies to help prevent this travesty from happening, they should be ashamed of themselves. If they must do things old school then the least they should do is put a goal judge behind the net, just like they do in the NHL. England lost all momentum it could've captured going into the half. The end result might have turned out differently, but we'll never know. Here we are in 2010 & these shanannigans keep happening. Unreality!:mad:
     
  6. Chandu

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    Sunday has been a horrible day for FIFA, an utter meltdown to their image. The England goal not given, and the first goal Argentina were awarded was bogus - clearly offside.

    I wanted England and Mexico to lose more than anybody. But FIFA Fair Play is an utter joke. (As if we didn't know that from USA's 2 last group matches already.) There are billions of dollars spent on sponsorship, advertising, TV broadcasting rights, people's travel budgets, vacation time and what not. It is incomprehensible that FIFA cannot upgrade the standard of refereeing. FIFA is looking like a joke.
     
  7. GrumpyBear

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    Yesterday's games were so good, and todays games were so bad, in the Ref'ing dept.
    I am glad it happened to other teams than the USA though. My Bracket is still looking strong.
     
  8. Chandu

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    World Cup credibility on the line

     
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    I agree. It's time to do something about this.
     
  10. Lee L

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    And FIFA has done something. They decided to not allow any controversial replays to be shown in the stadium. ;)
     
  11. Chandu

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    Heads need to roll very quickly. Specifically Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, they both need to be kicked out. The sport, the tournament structure, everything is fantastic. But its implementation is rotten. Today was the first day actually I didn't feel it worth watching any matches. (Partially because of USA disappointment hangover, but also because I'm ****ed off with such corrupt idiots remaining tight-lipped about important issues.)
     
  12. yosoyellobo

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    Question about the draw. I notice that Spain rank 2 and Portugal rank 3 meet tomorrow. Are the drawing for the brackets random?. Thanks.
     
  13. sigma1914

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    No, it's determined before by groupings 1st & 2nd place teams.
     
  14. Chandu

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    The ranks on the other hand are the notorious FIFA rankings.

    http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/ranking/lastranking/gender=m/fullranking.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIFA_World_Rankings

    BTW, in other news:

    FIFA apologizes, says will revisit use of technology in July

    So hopefully sanity may prevail this time.
     
  15. Chandu

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    This is how I spent my Monday BTW, watching following video in protest instead of watching any matches:

    [youtubehd]tkhJKAkau2A[/youtubehd]

    :D :lol:

    No, in all seriousness I did end up watching replays of both matches. And very glad to have a day without any controversies, and very good results at that. Happy with both the Brasil and Nederland results, will root for Brasil to win that quarterfinal matchup.
     
  16. Chandu

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    And the last Asian team Nippon went down as well, heart-breaking on penalties against Paraguay.

    I wonder if all 4 semi-final teams could end up being South American. If that happens, it would be quite something.
     
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    "The seeded teams forming Pot 1 were selected based on their standing in the October 2009 FIFA/Coca-Coal World Ranking"

    http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/tou...91/fwc2010_final_draw_procedure_en_021209.pdf

    The Portuguese had improved their ranking recently. They got screwed into the Brasil group and then they had to play Spain. The results from those matches seem to indicate that maybe their ranking is the result of a period of overachieving rather than real improvement on the team performance.

    Portugal ranking history:

    http://www.fifa.com/associations/association=por/ranking/gender=m/index.html
     
  18. HarryD

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    Spain totally dominated... Portugal looked awful.
     
  19. Chandu

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    Good riddance. I for sure won't miss not seeing Cristiano Ronaldo's ugly attitude for few more days.
     
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    Chandu

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    The TV ratings have been great for both ESPN family and Univision family so far.

    World Cup Ratings Certify a TV Winner

     

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