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epicSocialism4tw
07-02-2010, 12:51 PM
Forlan is my player of the tournament so far. No other player has had as much individual impact on every game he has been in. He's like a one man attack.

brncs_fan
07-02-2010, 01:40 PM
Forlan is my player of the tournament so far. No other player has had as much individual impact on every game he has been in. He's like a one man attack.

He has been BRILLIANT today for sure.

epicSocialism4tw
07-02-2010, 01:48 PM
He has been BRILLIANT today for sure.

He's everything that England wished Rooney would have been and everything that Argentina wanted out of Messi.

If Uruguay go through, Forlan is the undisputed king of the tourney, IMO.

epicSocialism4tw
07-02-2010, 02:06 PM
Wow!

A last second free kick by Ghana is headed into the goal, but is handballed off of the line by Suarez. Straight red to Suarez. Gyan steps up to take the PK, and slams it off of the crossbar!

Extra time ends. On to penalties we go.

What a great game. Unbelievable. All time classic World Cup match.

Meck77
07-02-2010, 02:17 PM
The agony of defeat......What a game!

gyldenlove
07-02-2010, 02:17 PM
Wow!

A last second free kick by Ghana is headed into the goal, but is handballed off of the line by Suarez. Straight red to Suarez. Gyan steps up to take the PK, and slams it off of the crossbar!

Extra time ends. On to penalties we go.

What a great game. Unbelievable. All time classic World Cup match.

The games today is exactly what the world cup is about, don't tell me that kind of exitement exists in other sports.

epicSocialism4tw
07-02-2010, 02:18 PM
The agony of defeat......What a game!

Wow.

epicSocialism4tw
07-02-2010, 02:19 PM
Diego Forlan = World Cup MVP.

epicSocialism4tw
07-02-2010, 02:20 PM
http://www.noticiassudafrica2010.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/forlan12.jpg

Bronco Boy
07-02-2010, 02:21 PM
The games today is exactly what the world cup is about, don't tell me that kind of exitement exists in other sports.

uhh...what?

Miss I.
07-02-2010, 02:25 PM
That was an amazing game. Quite enjoyed it.

epicSocialism4tw
07-02-2010, 02:37 PM
uhh...what?

He's right.

In no other sport will you see a chain of events like that (what amounts to two two touchdown leads changing hands at the end of the game) followed by players at midfield openly praying to God for the victory for themselves and their country (in the case of Ghana, an entire continent). You have the hopes and fears of two rival countires pitted against each other. You have their histories, their people, their national tragedies, their national victories, their hopes and their fears all bundled up in paralyzing moments of prayer and supplication...asking God to give their people hope...to give them victory. To have it end like Ghana/Uruguay is something else.

This is as close as nations get to war without the violence. The World Cup is the apex of all competitive sport on the planet.

epicSocialism4tw
07-02-2010, 02:41 PM
L E G E N D
http://www.iwebie.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/forlans-merger-with-manchester-city.jpg

Bronco Boy
07-02-2010, 02:50 PM
He's right.

In no other sport will you see a chain of events like that (what amounts to two two touchdown leads changing hands at the end of the game) followed by players at midfield openly praying to God for the victory for themselves and their country (in the case of Ghana, an entire continent). You have the hopes and fears of two rival countires pitted against each other. You have their histories, their people, their national tragedies, their national victories, their hopes and their fears all bundled up in paralyzing moments of prayer and supplication...asking God to give their people hope...to give them victory. To have it end like Ghana/Uruguay is something else.

This is as close as nations get to war without the violence. The World Cup is the apex of all competitive sport on the planet.

That's all just a show for the fans. If there's one thing I've learned from watching some games this year, it's that soccer is as much about acting as it is about anything else.

epicSocialism4tw
07-02-2010, 03:06 PM
That's all just a show for the fans. If there's one thing I've learned from watching some games this year, it's that soccer is as much about acting as it is about anything else.

Well, there's alot more to learn than that. If that turns you off, you must absolutely loathe basketball where "superstars" need wheelchairs to take them off the court for shoulder injuries.

Baba Booey
07-02-2010, 05:02 PM
http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/4868/suarezc.jpg

BlaK-Argentina
07-02-2010, 05:09 PM
http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/4868/suarezc.jpg

LOL That play was so bizarre.

WABronco
07-02-2010, 05:10 PM
Suarez is gone for the Semifinals, correct?

Also can someone refresh my memory as to why the ruckus was brought after last WC's Ger-Arg game?

BlaK-Argentina
07-02-2010, 05:13 PM
Suarez is gone for the Semifinals, correct?

Also can someone refresh my memory as to why the ruckus was brought after last WC's Ger-Arg game?

Ruckus?

Baba Booey
07-02-2010, 05:17 PM
http://media.egotastic.com/media/pictures/1006/larissa-riquelme-football-36.jpg

Marry me.

epicSocialism4tw
07-02-2010, 05:37 PM
Suarez is gone for the Semifinals, correct?

Also can someone refresh my memory as to why the ruckus was brought after last WC's Ger-Arg game?

There was talk from the German camp that the Argentine mullets were not classic mullets. The Argentines, who see their hairstylists as demigods, took offense in the worst way. Its a serious offense to insult a mans hair like that in Argentina.

http://www.whoateallthepies.tv/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/SPORT-18s25-maradona-386_368.jpg
Maradona says: Dont efront on a mi a mullet, holmes.


But mullets had been a staple in Germany for so long that this disagreement was bound to happen.

http://www.eltworld.net/rantaboutfootball/paninilegends/wgermany-1990(name-erazed).JPG
Germany: Greatest mullets in Europe?

http://www.goalkeepersaredifferent.com/images/haraldschumacher.jpg
I believe that this is Christopher Guest playing as German keeper Harald "Toni" Schumacher

BlaK-Argentina
07-02-2010, 05:39 PM
There was talk from the German camp that the Argentine mullets were not classic mullets. The Argentines, who see their hairstylists as demigods, took offense in the worst way. Its a serious offense to insult a mans hair like that in Argentina.

http://www.whoateallthepies.tv/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/SPORT-18s25-maradona-386_368.jpg
Maradona says: Dont efront on a mi a mullet, holmes.


But mullets had been a staple in Germany for so long that this disagreement was bound to happen.

http://www.eltworld.net/rantaboutfootball/paninilegends/wgermany-1990(name-erazed).JPGGermany: Greatest mullets in Europe?

http://www.goalkeepersaredifferent.com/images/haraldschumacher.jpg


Wow I had forgotten how freaking fat Maradona was for a while there. What a disgrace that guy was. He seems to be a lot better now but still embarassing. ;D

epicSocialism4tw
07-02-2010, 05:44 PM
Wow I had forgotten how freaking fat Maradona was for a while there. What a disgrace that guy was. He seems to be a lot better now but still embarassing. ;D

Yeah...he's a former great player who has been reduced to a chubby mulleted mascot who likes to snort cocaine off of prostitutes' butts. Its cute when he gets all excited and jumps around like the penguin from Batman (the Devito penguin) hopped up on crack. I wonder how many diseases he has passed on to his players.

WABronco
07-02-2010, 07:03 PM
Ruckus?

Ruckus aka rough housing aka shenanigans aka tom foolery

I forget why they got into a shoving/slapping match in '06.

BlaK-Argentina
07-02-2010, 08:35 PM
Yeah...he's a former great player who has been reduced to a chubby mulleted mascot who likes to snort cocaine off of prostitutes' butts. Its cute when he gets all excited and jumps around like the penguin from Batman (the Devito penguin) hopped up on crack. I wonder how many diseases he has passed on to his players.

LOL and you have no idea how people worship the guy here. It's sad... I get extremely embarassed every time I realize the whole world knows where he is from.

About the ruckus... I have no idea. But the german players still remember.

epicSocialism4tw
07-02-2010, 08:43 PM
I just saw that this is the 4th largest thread on this website.

Pretty impressive for a sport that nobody likes. ;D

Homer Simpson
07-02-2010, 08:49 PM
I just saw that this is the 4th largest thread on this website.

Pretty impressive for a sport that nobody likes. ;D

It's such a boring sport! ROFL!

^5

azbroncfan
07-02-2010, 09:41 PM
I just saw that this is the 4th largest thread on this website.

Pretty impressive for a sport that nobody likes. ;D

Well this thread kind of proves it because 5 guys have half of the posts on this thread. It's more of a circle jerk with only those 5 guys. That being said I have watched some soccer because their isn't any other sports to watch of late and it's been on at breakfast time in the am.

Homer Simpson
07-02-2010, 09:48 PM
Well this thread kind of proves it because 5 guys have half of the posts on this thread. It's more of a circle jerk with only those 5 guys. That being said I have watched some soccer because their isn't any other sports to watch of late and it's been on at breakfast time in the am.

I wish I loved all sports. I'd never be bored!

Miss I.
07-02-2010, 09:48 PM
Well this thread kind of proves it because 5 guys have half of the posts on this thread. It's more of a circle jerk with only those 5 guys. That being said I have watched some soccer because their isn't any other sports to watch of late and it's been on at breakfast time in the am.

I would just like to say, I had nothing to do with any circle jerk because um, I don't think I am equipped for that, unless it means something other than what I think it means. ;D

Besides, its 92 pages at this point, it can't be just 5 guys. Can we not just enjoy our soccer moment in peace and harmony. :peace:

Orange4Life
07-02-2010, 11:22 PM
http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/4868/suarezc.jpg

My mom was feeling sorry for this guy because he won't be able to play in the semi-final. I told her not to worry about him, he will be worshiped in Uruguay forever. He guy just became a living legend.

Meck77
07-02-2010, 11:25 PM
Argentina!!!!!

Atwater His Ass
07-03-2010, 01:55 AM
My mom was feeling sorry for this guy because he won't be able to play in the semi-final. I told her not to worry about him, he will be worshiped in Uruguay forever. He guy just became a living legend.

Truth.

AlienBronco
07-03-2010, 06:20 AM
My mom was feeling sorry for this guy because he won't be able to play in the semi-final. I told her not to worry about him, he will be worshiped in Uruguay forever. He guy just became a living legend.

Best stop in the World Cup so far not done by a goal keeper.

Dutch
07-03-2010, 07:03 AM
Anyone else see the irony in the Germans holding the sign that says "Just say no to racism"?

Dutch
07-03-2010, 07:03 AM
Germany Scores!!!!!!! 3 min in 1-0..

rmsanger
07-03-2010, 07:03 AM
Germany with the header with 1-0...

Dutch
07-03-2010, 07:08 AM
Germany looking very good with the ball, Argentina scrambling. Now we will see if Maradona can coach without a lead.

Kid A
07-03-2010, 07:11 AM
Anyone else see the irony in the Germans holding the sign that says "Just say no to racism"?

Um, not anymore ironic than an American or person from any other country holding the same sign. Slavery, trail of tears, segregation. England currently has many more neo-nazis than Germany.

I get that the Nazi history will always be close to peoples' minds, but Germany is hardly alone in having a shameful racial history, and it shouldn't be used to reflect poorly on modern Germans.

Dutch
07-03-2010, 07:13 AM
Well this thread kind of proves it because 5 guys have half of the posts on this thread. It's more of a circle jerk with only those 5 guys. That being said I have watched some soccer because their isn't any other sports to watch of late and it's been on at breakfast time in the am.

Guess I'd be one of the five. Course 3 games a day for the first two weeks of a month long tourney wouldn't have anything to do with it. Don't recollect any circle jerking going on, could be wishful thinking on your part.

Dutch
07-03-2010, 07:14 AM
Um, not anymore ironic than an American or person from any other country holding the same sign. Slavery, trail of tears, segregation. England currently has many more neo-nazis than Germany.

I get that the Nazi history will always be close to peoples' minds, but Germany is hardly alone in having a shameful racial history, and it shouldn't be used to reflect poorly on modern Germans.

Lighten up McKid, It was sarcastic humor. :thumbsup:

Kid A
07-03-2010, 07:16 AM
Lighten up McKid, It was arcastic humor. :thumbsup:

This means war, Dutch! (Hopefully in the final. I would love a Holland-German matchup).

Dutch
07-03-2010, 07:25 AM
This means war, Dutch! (Hopefully in the final. I would love a Holland-German matchup).

:thumbs:;D

Dutch
07-03-2010, 07:30 AM
:thumbs:;D

This game has the feel of a semi-final or final. Such great matchups by this point of the Cup. I'm very impressed with the overall quality of the German team. They are the first team to play Argentina in this tourney that doesn't appear to have the "deer in the headlights" look on defense against the Argentinian attack.

Kid A
07-03-2010, 07:37 AM
Bull**** to card Muller for that.

The Dutch have an easier path to the final with Uruguay. Germany still has to survive this one and then tackle Spain.

Dutch
07-03-2010, 07:42 AM
Bull**** to card Muller for that.

The Dutch have an easier path to the final with Uruguay. Germany still has to survive this one and then tackle Spain.

Agreed on that crap card. Can't take anything for granted as far as who will get through. Ghana should be playing the Dutch, but not happening. I'd love to see Spain get upset this afternoon, but probably not going to happen. Teves needs to quit his crying and just play.

gunns
07-03-2010, 07:44 AM
I would just like to say, I had nothing to do with any circle jerk because um, I don't think I am equipped for that, unless it means something other than what I think it means. ;D

Besides, its 92 pages at this point, it can't be just 5 guys. Can we not just enjoy our soccer moment in peace and harmony. :peace:

Well I guess we could team up.....for a "box jerk"???

Plus I believe we are going for the same team to win it all....ahh peace and harmony.

Dutch
07-03-2010, 07:46 AM
well i guess we could team up.....for a "box jerk"???

Plus i believe we are going for the same team to win it all....ahh peace and harmony.

hup!

Kid A
07-03-2010, 08:24 AM
Yes! Klose!

Kid A
07-03-2010, 08:31 AM
Haha. 3-0. Adios Maradona.

GreatBronco16
07-03-2010, 08:31 AM
Go Germany!!!!!!

gyldenlove
07-03-2010, 08:32 AM
That is that then, if Spain wins later today it will be 3 European teams and Uruguay in the semis, if not it will be 2 European teams and 2 guay teams.

Dutch
07-03-2010, 08:33 AM
Wow. Kind of what I felt could happen in this game if the Germans scored first. They couldn't have scripted it any better than this. 3-0, who would have expected this.

Kid A
07-03-2010, 08:33 AM
Germany is ripping through the elimination rounds in style. Wow.

Dutch
07-03-2010, 08:42 AM
Germany is ripping through the elimination rounds in style. Wow.

Looking at this point to be the best and most ballanced team in the tourney. Schweinsteiger has been fantastic in this one as has Muller. They will miss Muller in the next round.

gyldenlove
07-03-2010, 08:52 AM
Klose needs 1 more goal to tie Ronaldo for most career goals at Fifa world cup tournaments, and 2 more to take the record.

epicSocialism4tw
07-03-2010, 09:07 AM
Great win by Germany. That win quieted the Argentinians like the German soldier quieted Mellish in Saving Private Ryan.

http://chud.com/articles/content_images/5/mellishdeath.jpg


Argentina has no claim to superiority. That was as clean of a kill as one can possibly conceive.

baja
07-03-2010, 09:08 AM
what an ass whooping

baja
07-03-2010, 09:10 AM
Where are the inglorios Bastaards when yo need them

Liquid Courage
07-03-2010, 09:21 AM
If ever there was validation for the team concept that McD is working towards, Germany was it today. Unselfish, scrappy and DOMINANT!

baja
07-03-2010, 09:31 AM
If ever there was validation for the team concept that McD is working towards, Germany was it today. Unselfish, scrappy and DOMINANT!

Excellent point

Jason in LA
07-03-2010, 09:52 AM
Wow, I'm in a soccer thread. ;D

Anyway, the dude who saved the goal, you know, the guy who wasn't a goalie, so he clearly cheated. The punishment seems really light. They really stole that game. Instead of a penalty kick the rule should just award the team the goal outright. Kind of like in basketball. They don't give you free throws for a goal tend. They give you the basket.

epicSocialism4tw
07-03-2010, 09:58 AM
Wow, I'm in a soccer thread. ;D

Anyway, the dude who saved the goal, you know, the guy who wasn't a goalie, so he clearly cheated. The punishment seems really light. They really stole that game. Instead of a penalty kick the rule should just award the team the goal outright. Kind of like in basketball. They don't give you free throws for a goal tend. They give you the basket.

Well, consider that he was ejected. His ejection results in a suspension, meaning that he misses the next game which is the most important game in the history of his country since they won some early world cups. The most generous thing that the officials can do is to give a penalty kick. The official made the right choice. The Ghanaian player just choked and lost the game. All he had to do is make a free throw. He missed it.

Jason in LA
07-03-2010, 10:09 AM
Well, consider that he was ejected. His ejection results in a suspension, meaning that he misses the next game which is the most important game in the history of his country since they won some early world cups. The most generous thing that the officials can do is to give a penalty kick. The official made the right choice. The Ghanaian player just choked and lost the game. All he had to do is make a free throw. He missed it.

That's still a light penalty. Because if Ghana was awarded the goal, there would be no next game for what ever team that was that won the game. So the penalty doesn't really fit at all.

I still say the goal should have counted. That would have been fair. My point about basketball is that they don't make you shoot free throws when a player goal tends, they give the team the basket. It's automatic. There is no worry about hitting the free throws. If basketball had the same rule as soccer, where a team was awarded free throws instead of the basket, there would be goal tending calls all game long.

So really looking at it, in a tight world cup game, where one goal could knock your country out, play hand ball and take the one game suspension. It's worth it.

brncs_fan
07-03-2010, 10:42 AM
That's still a light penalty. Because if Ghana was awarded the goal, there would be no next game for what ever team that was that won the game. So the penalty doesn't really fit at all.

I still say the goal should have counted. That would have been fair. My point about basketball is that they don't make you shoot free throws when a player goal tends, they give the team the basket. It's automatic. There is no worry about hitting the free throws. If basketball had the same rule as soccer, where a team was awarded free throws instead of the basket, there would be goal tending calls all game long.

So really looking at it, in a tight world cup game, where one goal could knock your country out, play hand ball and take the one game suspension. It's worth it.

The difference being that scores come at a regular clip in basketball where they are pretty rare in soccer. It would be equivalent to every pass interference call in the endzone resulting in the other team getting a free touchdown out of it.

AlienBronco
07-03-2010, 10:43 AM
The penalty seems light since it was seconds before game time expired, if it happened say before the 1st half then the team would be one player short.

brncs_fan
07-03-2010, 10:50 AM
The penalty seems light since it was seconds before game time expired, if it happened say in the 1st half then the team would be one player short.

Not really. Consider this scenario:

One team is down by 4 with seconds remaining on the clock. They throw up the Hail Mary pass in the endzone and the receiver going for the ball is clearly going to come away with it and get the win. The defender, realizing this, blatantly interferes with the receiver so he can't win the game. The NFL doesn't award him the touchdown. They say that the play was unfair so we will give you one more play from the two yard line. If you can't score from two yards out with the game on the line then you don't deserve to win.

This was the same deal. If you can't score on a penalty kick in the elimination round of the FIFA World Cup Tournament to win the game then you don't deserve to win. I think was Suarez did was pretty lame, especially considering he could have gotten his head on it without getting a card, but I don't think that they should just have given Ghana the game.

epicSocialism4tw
07-03-2010, 10:52 AM
That's still a light penalty. Because if Ghana was awarded the goal, there would be no next game for what ever team that was that won the game. So the penalty doesn't really fit at all.

I still say the goal should have counted. That would have been fair. My point about basketball is that they don't make you shoot free throws when a player goal tends, they give the team the basket. It's automatic. There is no worry about hitting the free throws. If basketball had the same rule as soccer, where a team was awarded free throws instead of the basket, there would be goal tending calls all game long.

So really looking at it, in a tight world cup game, where one goal could knock your country out, play hand ball and take the one game suspension. It's worth it.

Well, considering some of the officiating gaffes that cost teams in this tournament, the decision made by the ref in the Ghana/Uruguay match is perfectly legit. The US team had two goals taken away for no apparent reason. England had a goal taken away. Mexico were dealt a blow when the refs gave Argentina a goal.

I would be hard pressed to say that as bad as FIFA officiating is, it is no worse than the NBA...where officials have free license to call games in certain ways that could benefit one team or the other, and they are directed by the league to call different games in different ways.

baja
07-03-2010, 10:53 AM
Well, consider that he was ejected. His ejection results in a suspension, meaning that he misses the next game which is the most important game in the history of his country since they won some early world cups. The most generous thing that the officials can do is to give a penalty kick. The official made the right choice. The Ghanaian player just choked and lost the game. All he had to do is make a free throw. He missed it.

Making it harder for the offending to win in their next game dosn't help the team going home, thay are the ones that should be actually playing in that next game. Soccer rules need some work IMO.

epicSocialism4tw
07-03-2010, 11:00 AM
The penalty seems light since it was seconds before game time expired, if it happened say before the 1st half then the team would be one player short.

Ghana had every advantage in both the penalty kick and then the shootout.

They choked immensely.

baja
07-03-2010, 11:06 AM
Ghana had every advantage in both the penalty kick and then the shootout.

They choked immensely.

Bad rule and here's why game ending winning goal coming down the chute the opposing team will take that penalty every time. Taking a penalty for the win is no penalty at all. Cheat to win is what it amounts to.

Dutch
07-03-2010, 11:41 AM
Be interesting to see how Paraguay do against the Spanish who are the best ball control team in this tourney (68% possession average per game, highest in tourney by a large amount). If Paraguay could get a goal early in this one it would serve to open it up in a big way. Pleased to see that the Paraguayans appear to be pushing forward and not just setting back in defense. I'll laugh my butt off if Paraguay wins this and we end up with Uraguay and Paraguay representing South America in the Semis instead of Brazil and Argentina.

epicSocialism4tw
07-03-2010, 11:43 AM
Be interesting to see how Paraguay do against the Spanish who are the best ball control team in this tourney (68% possession average per game, highest in tourney by a large amount). If Paraguay could get a goal early in this one it would serve to open it up in a big way. Pleased to see that the Paraguayans appear to be pushing forward and not just setting back in defense. I'll laugh my butt off if Paraguay wins this and we end up with Uraguay and Paraguay representing South America in the Semis instead of Brazil and Argentina.

This certainly has been a World Cup where parity has been a story.

Dutch
07-03-2010, 11:45 AM
Ghana had every advantage in both the penalty kick and then the shootout.

They choked immensely.

This^^^^^^. No excuse for the misses, pure chokage! ugh!~

Dutch
07-03-2010, 11:50 AM
This certainly has been a World Cup where parity has been a story.

I think it also speaks to the fact that the world's top players are playing so many games now. Maybe there is something to be said for the quality and health/fitness of the players that are coming out of leagues that don't have the demanding FIFA schedule of the top world players.

epicSocialism4tw
07-03-2010, 11:52 AM
Paraguay are on a mission. This could be another great game.

epicSocialism4tw
07-03-2010, 11:54 AM
I think it also speaks to the fact that the world's top players are playing so many games now. Maybe there is something to be said for the quality and health/fitness of the players that are coming out of leagues that don't have the demanding FIFA schedule of the top world players.

I think that its more due to the fact that so many players from these smaller nations are playing in competitive leagues.

Dutch
07-03-2010, 12:01 PM
I think that its more due to the fact that so many players from these smaller nations are playing in competitive leagues.

I agree completely, but I also think there may be something to the number of matches the top guys are now playing. There are certainly some new faces from these smaller/less know national teams that will be getting a look from the larger leagues.

epicSocialism4tw
07-03-2010, 12:11 PM
I agree completely, but I also think there may be something to the number of matches the top guys are now playing. There are certainly some new faces from these smaller/less know national teams that will be getting a look from the larger leagues.

I dont even think its about getting looks lin bigger leagues. Some of the issues with transfers to bigger leagues have to do more with where you are from than how good you are. The mid-level players in the prem could easily be switched out with top MLS players and you wouldnt know the difference. I have heard several coaches say this, including Moyes the Everton coach who is trying to get Donovan on a permanent basis at Everton right now.

epicSocialism4tw
07-03-2010, 12:12 PM
Paraguay just had a legit goal taken away.

epicSocialism4tw
07-03-2010, 12:14 PM
Paraguay are incorporating Bob Bradley's tactics against Spain...just like the Swiss did.

Hercules Rockefeller
07-03-2010, 12:50 PM
Insane sequence there

epicSocialism4tw
07-03-2010, 12:50 PM
Wow!

Paraguay gets awarded a PK, and Casillas makes the save.

Then immediately at the other end, Spain gets awarded a PK, and Paraguay's keeper digs it out of the corner!

Still 0-0.

Crazy stuff.

Dutch
07-03-2010, 12:53 PM
Wow!

Paraguay gets awarded a PK, and Casillas makes the save.

Then immediately at the other end, Spain gets awarded a PK, and Paraguay's keeper digs it out of the corner!

Still 0-0.

Crazy stuff.

Missed it all putting the top down on the Jeep 8'), grrrrrrrrr. Got a pool party to head out to after the game. Didn't want to miss this game, so fashionably late today!:wiggle:

epicSocialism4tw
07-03-2010, 12:55 PM
Missed it all putting the top down on the Jeep 8'), grrrrrrrrr. Got a pool party to head out to after the game. Didn't want to miss this game, so fashionably late today!:wiggle:

Spanish fans have to be soiling their drawers right about now.

Dutch
07-03-2010, 12:59 PM
Spanish fans have to be soiling their drawers right about now.

No doubt. This game is slowly starting to play out the way Paraguay would have wanted it. Longer it goes without a goal the more I think the Spanish will try to press. Could get very interresting......:thumbsup:

Dutch
07-03-2010, 01:09 PM
Off the post, then off the post and in....wow!

epicSocialism4tw
07-03-2010, 01:23 PM
Off the post, then off the post and in....wow!

That goal will go down in legend for Spain.

baja
07-03-2010, 02:00 PM
Damn I fell asleep even with all the horns

Broncos_OTM
07-03-2010, 02:56 PM
Thanks germany I am now a hundred bucks richer

Dutch
07-03-2010, 08:06 PM
Tuesday for the Dutch...all good!

HUP!

Kid A
07-03-2010, 09:34 PM
Great win by Germany. That win quieted the Argentinians like the German soldier quieted Mellish in Saving Private Ryan.

http://chud.com/articles/content_images/5/mellishdeath.jpg


Argentina has no claim to superiority. That was as clean of a kill as one can possibly conceive.

It read like a repeat of the England game...except with fewer offensive chances for the opponent. Early lead followed by a competitive stretch followed by an absolute disemboweling of the opposing defense in the final 20.

epicSocialism4tw
07-03-2010, 09:50 PM
It read like a repeat of the England game...except with fewer offensive chances for the opponent. Early lead followed by a competitive stretch followed by an absolute disemboweling of the opposing defense in the final 20.

Maradona was the downfall of Argentina.

From the first whistle, you could tell that a few Argentine players were trying to steal the show for themselves. Tevez especially. Higuain to a lesser extent. These morons were leaving Messi out! Messi! They were trying to take on the disciplined German back line on their own. They werent being patient and letting the shapes develop in front of the ball. An absolutely moronic display worthy of scorn. Those guys were more interested in basking in stardom than playing to win. A bunch of fleet-footed narcissists. It was a pleasure watching the fundamentally committed Germans surgically take them apart.

Oh, and I was right about the Argentine keeper...he is a clown.

dumpy
07-03-2010, 10:24 PM
Paraguay are incorporating Bob Bradley's tactics

What? Not allowing the forwards to score (in two world cups)? Bradley is done. He can go focus on ODP. Have fun! The German's showed what a good program looks like. Klinsmann should now be the coach with the access to MLS players at anytime (like he wanted). 2014 will look a lot better with him at the helm.

epicSocialism4tw
07-03-2010, 10:31 PM
What? Not allowing the forwards to score (in two world cups)? Bradley is done. He can go focus on ODP. Have fun! The German's showed what a good program looks like. Klinsmann should now be the coach with the access to MLS players at anytime (like he wanted). 2014 will look a lot better with him at the helm.

Wow...that was quite a whiff.

Bob Bradley's tactics were copied by both Switzerland and Paraguay. Literally. The Swiss coach admitted it. Look it up.

They played the flat back four with two withdrawn defensive mids infront of the center backs who tracked the central mids and forced the ball to the wings, where Spain were not playing from their strengths. Then they played a direct counter attacking style that relied on a holding forward.

dumpy
07-03-2010, 10:34 PM
Wow...that was quite a whiff.

Bob Bradley's tactics were copied by both Switzerland and Paraguay. Literally. The Swiss coach admitted it. Look it up.

They played the flat back four with two withdrawn defensive mids infront of the center backs who tracked the central mids and forced the ball to the wings, where Spain were not playing from their strengths. Then they played a direct counter attacking style that relied on a holding forward.

Sorry, I know Paraguay played a good defense (and was an incredible game). Just bitter that the US could have played better on offense (and have the opportunity to do so in the future).

epicSocialism4tw
07-03-2010, 10:39 PM
Sorry, I know Paraguay played a good defense (and was an incredible game). Just bitter that the US could have played better on offense (and have the opportunity to do so in the future).

That's not Bradley's fault.

That's Altidore's fault who blew several chances over the course of this World Cup. That's Findley's fault who also missed chances (including a one-on-one that would have beaten Ghana). To a lesser extent, its Gomez and Buddle who are to blame as well.

I would have liked to have seen more of Feilhaber who is obviously our most creative attacking player, but otherwise I think that Bradley did just fine.

epicSocialism4tw
07-04-2010, 11:48 AM
I just saw a video entitled "Soccer: Our First Love" or something like that where Dwight Freeney talked about how he was a goalkeeper in high school before he played football. He liked soccer better, but he couldnt beat out the starting keeper. So the football coaches swept in and convinced him to try football. Then he found a career in it.

So...maybe the athletes who excel in other sports wouldnt be as good of soccer players as some people would like you to think.

DBruleU
07-04-2010, 12:03 PM
I just saw a video entitled "Soccer: Our First Love" or something like that where Dwight Freeney talked about how he was a goalkeeper in high school before he played football. He liked soccer better, but he couldnt beat out the starting keeper. So the football coaches swept in and convinced him to try football. Then he found a career in it.

So...maybe the athletes who excel in other sports wouldnt be as good of soccer players as some people would like you to think.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5351779

epicSocialism4tw
07-04-2010, 12:20 PM
http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5351779

Since I started at keeper in my first year of high school for a competitive 5A school, I must be a better athlete than Dwight Freeney, right? Since I was a better athlete, if I would have played defensive end I probably would have been the best defensive end of all time, right? ;D

Ha!

Broncoman13
07-04-2010, 12:26 PM
Since I started at keeper in my first year of high school for a competitive 5A school, I must be a better athlete than Dwight Freeney, right? Since I was a better athlete, if I would have played defensive end I probably would have been the best defensive end of all time, right? ;D

Ha!

Trevor Pryce's first love was soccer as well and I'm pretty sure he still plays quite a bit. But really, how many players are out there that are 6'5 and 260-290 lbs? Trev, even in his HS days was running around at about 260. The height would be nice to have though.

epicSocialism4tw
07-04-2010, 12:30 PM
Trevor Pryce's first love was soccer as well and I'm pretty sure he still plays quite a bit. But really, how many players are out there that are 6'5 and 260-290 lbs? Trev, even in his HS days was running around at about 260. The height would be nice to have though.

Pryce was pretty slim in high school, wasnt he?

Broncoman13
07-04-2010, 12:51 PM
I thought he was running around at 260 in his HS days... Freeney was on the smaller side though at about 220.

Jason in LA
07-04-2010, 06:52 PM
The difference being that scores come at a regular clip in basketball where they are pretty rare in soccer. It would be equivalent to every pass interference call in the endzone resulting in the other team getting a free touchdown out of it.

I'd say that's even more of a reason to reward them with the goal. A goal means so much that it should be given to the team when a player brakes a rule on that level.

Jason in LA
07-04-2010, 06:54 PM
Well, considering some of the officiating gaffes that cost teams in this tournament, the decision made by the ref in the Ghana/Uruguay match is perfectly legit. The US team had two goals taken away for no apparent reason. England had a goal taken away. Mexico were dealt a blow when the refs gave Argentina a goal.

I would be hard pressed to say that as bad as FIFA officiating is, it is no worse than the NBA...where officials have free license to call games in certain ways that could benefit one team or the other, and they are directed by the league to call different games in different ways.

I'm not questioning whether the call was legit or not. The refs have to follow the rules. I'm questioning the rule.

epicSocialism4tw
07-04-2010, 07:37 PM
I'm not questioning whether the call was legit or not. The refs have to follow the rules. I'm questioning the rule.

Its like anything else. You cant project future events with officiating. You cant say that it would or could or should have been a goal, because it hadnt crossed the line. So you do the next best thing, which is give the team a free shot at goal.

Ghana choked and thats that.

uplink
07-04-2010, 08:31 PM
Germany is the only team left playing up to the level expected of a cup champion IMO, too bad it didn't end up Germany-Brazil in the final. I'd like to see a new team win it but they have to deserve the win. The Dutch and Spanish performances seem to be nothing special and they got lucky to advance.

brncs_fan
07-04-2010, 08:36 PM
I'd say that's even more of a reason to reward them with the goal. A goal means so much that it should be given to the team when a player brakes a rule on that level.

They don't hand out touchdowns in football. They also don't hand out goals in soccer. If this World Cup has shown us anything it is that sometimes don't give you the goal even when it is legit.

brncs_fan
07-04-2010, 08:37 PM
Germany is the only team left playing up to the level expected of a cup champion IMO, too bad it didn't end up Germany-Brazil in the final. I'd like to see a new team win it but they have to deserve the win. The Dutch and Spanish performances seem to be nothing special and they got lucky to advance.

Germany is by far and away the most impressive team of the tournament so far. I don't see where any of the remaining teams would give them a serious challenge for the cup.

epicSocialism4tw
07-04-2010, 09:15 PM
Germany is by far and away the most impressive team of the tournament so far. I don't see where any of the remaining teams would give them a serious challenge for the cup.

Youre mistaken if you dont think that Spain can challenge them. Spain have two of the worlds best players right now. Xavi and Villa. Not to mention their arsenal of other talent. That team is loaded, and they play great soccer. Theyre disciplined and play team ball...just like Germany...except that Spain has better players.

brncs_fan
07-04-2010, 09:25 PM
Youre mistaken if you dont think that Spain can challenge them. Spain have two of the worlds best players right now. Xavi and Villa. Not to mention their arsenal of other talent. That team is loaded, and they play great soccer. Theyre disciplined and play team ball...just like Germany...except that Spain has better players.

Except that Germany has put their teams away and Spain has simply gone through.

Spain = 1.2 goals per game
Germany= 2.6 goals per game with a +8 goal differential in their last two games.

Homer Simpson
07-04-2010, 10:01 PM
Except that Germany has put their teams away and Spain has simply gone through.

Spain = 1.2 goals per game
Germany= 2.6 goals per game with a +8 goal differential in their last two games.

It's actually +7 and should be +6.

JPEZ
07-04-2010, 10:19 PM
The over-achievers (Germany) face the under-achievers (Spain) look for Spain to have a breakout game! :believeit

Atwater His Ass
07-04-2010, 10:37 PM
Germany is the only team left playing up to the level expected of a cup champion IMO, too bad it didn't end up Germany-Brazil in the final. I'd like to see a new team win it but they have to deserve the win. The Dutch and Spanish performances seem to be nothing special and they got lucky to advance.

Only that, Germany wasn't projected to make it beyond the second round in this WC.

Jens1893
07-05-2010, 03:32 AM
Only that, Germany wasn't projected to make it beyond the second round in this WC.

People always write Germany off before tournaments. Always.

Kid A
07-05-2010, 05:31 AM
Anyone have video of Martin Tyler's call on the last Klose goal? It was epic and kind of hilarious: "Brilliant! Wonderful! Glorious! Germany!"

gyldenlove
07-05-2010, 07:09 AM
Interestingly, Holland is the only team in the tournament to win all their games (5-0).

brncs_fan
07-05-2010, 09:02 AM
Anyone have video of Martin Tyler's call on the last Klose goal? It was epic and kind of hilarious: "Brilliant! Wonderful! Glorious! Germany!"

ESPN3 has the replay up and you can click right on that part of the game.

brncs_fan
07-05-2010, 09:03 AM
It's actually +7 and should be +6.

My bad +7.

Anyways...Go Germany!!!

Dutch
07-05-2010, 06:02 PM
Germany is the only team left playing up to the level expected of a cup champion IMO, too bad it didn't end up Germany-Brazil in the final. I'd like to see a new team win it but they have to deserve the win. The Dutch and Spanish performances seem to be nothing special and they got lucky to advance.

Yeah. All the Dutch have done is win every game they have played to this point and knocked off the pre-tourney favorite and world #1, Brazil. As for the Spanish, anyone who counts that squad out is plain foolish. Germany is definately the class of the field to this point, but they still have to play and win. Spain will not go down easy and are a great possession team (best in tourney at 68% to this point). I do like the Dutch against Uraguay. Set pieces will be the difference in that one, I think.

Homer Simpson
07-06-2010, 10:50 AM
http://www.imagehut.net/images/p497k5rym0d1v3lpcy9x.jpg

Smiling Assassin27
07-06-2010, 10:58 AM
Yeah. All the Dutch have done is win every game they have played to this point and knocked off the pre-tourney favorite and world #1, Brazil. As for the Spanish, anyone who counts that squad out is plain foolish. Germany is definately the class of the field to this point, but they still have to play and win. Spain will not go down easy and are a great possession team (best in tourney at 68% to this point). I do like the Dutch against Uraguay. Set pieces will be the difference in that one, I think.

Dutch should win this 3-1, maybe 3-0, IMO. Uruguay is missing some serious talent for this one.

As for tomorrow, I'm going against the tide here. Everyone has made Germany the flavor of the tourney but soccer's still a game of matchups. Argentina matched up terribly v the Germans and got trounced. Spain matches upwell v the Germans in talent level and in style. Torres likely won't be a factor and this makes it a toss up. If he were healthy, Spain gets the nod in terms of overall playmakers. Still, the Spanish backs are underrated and if Puyol's ok, they'll make Germany fight for every scoring chance. If Fabs gets on the field, Spain wins 1-0, maybe 2-0, especially with the kid out for Germany.

Smiling Assassin27
07-06-2010, 11:01 AM
..and for some pre-match levity:

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:SA9RyLcknJozeM:http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3154/2564780021_a07ed1b3eb_o.jpg

how can you not see this guy and smile? ;)

Dutch
07-06-2010, 11:39 AM
Dutch should win this 3-1, maybe 3-0, IMO. Uruguay is missing some serious talent for this one.

As for tomorrow, I'm going against the tide here. Everyone has made Germany the flavor of the tourney but soccer's still a game of matchups. Argentina matched up terribly v the Germans and got trounced. Spain matches upwell v the Germans in talent level and in style. Torres likely won't be a factor and this makes it a toss up. If he were healthy, Spain gets the nod in terms of overall playmakers. Still, the Spanish backs are underrated and if Puyol's ok, they'll make Germany fight for every scoring chance. If Fabs gets on the field, Spain wins 1-0, maybe 2-0, especially with the kid out for Germany.

Agree with everything you posted. Sounds like Torres won't start, but he could provide a spark for them late off the bench. HUP HUP HUP! Let's go get 'em Oranje!

Dutch
07-06-2010, 11:49 AM
Wow! What an FN strike from Van Bronckhorst! Man.......Sweeeeeeeeeeet!

Homer Simpson
07-06-2010, 11:49 AM
Wow. Wow.

Homer Simpson
07-06-2010, 11:50 AM
Holland look like they are about to take Uruguay apart.

Dutch
07-06-2010, 11:52 AM
Holland look like they are about to take Uruguay apart.

I Hope!LOL

That One Guy
07-06-2010, 11:55 AM
Uruguay really needs some lucky breaks to hang in this one.

That One Guy
07-06-2010, 11:58 AM
What a kick to the face! Ouch!!

Dutch
07-06-2010, 12:09 PM
Should end up being a very interresting/good game to watch with the Dutch being up. Forcing the Uraguayans to go on the offensive should open up some counter opps for the Dutch. I hope, anyway! :yayaya:

That One Guy
07-06-2010, 12:11 PM
Since they've gone to attacking, they're actually getting something.

Nice goal, lets see how this game goes now. Forlan is pretty awesome.

Kid A
07-06-2010, 12:11 PM
Holy ****! Forlan. Probably should have been saved, but two nice long strikes this game.

Dutch
07-06-2010, 12:12 PM
Nice shot. The Dude just keeps bringing it game after game. God I despise Harkes. I was afraid we would be stuck with him, he's got a burr up his arse over the Dutch.

That One Guy
07-06-2010, 12:56 PM
Robben could've broke their hearts.

Homer Simpson
07-06-2010, 12:57 PM
http://www.b3ta.cr3ation.co.uk/data/gif/a095b62ba601cdf2e9b5ff3d0e9c8069_moodyforlan.gif

That One Guy
07-06-2010, 12:58 PM
I don't know how that wasn't offsides. What a lovely redirecting touch.

Correction: He didn't touch it but he definitely interfered. That keeper had to consider him redirecting it. If that was their justification, horrible call.

gyldenlove
07-06-2010, 01:02 PM
I don't know how that wasn't offsides. What a lovely redirecting touch.

Correction: He didn't touch it but he definitely interfered. That keeper had to consider him redirecting it. If that was their justification, horrible call.

He was just onside, he had a Uruguay player draped on his back when Sneijder hit the ball, the assistant ref was in an excellent position to see it.

crush17
07-06-2010, 01:02 PM
3-1 wow.

Homer Simpson
07-06-2010, 01:03 PM
Well that will alleviate the controversy.

Holland Germany possibly coming up!

http://www.mediastorehouse.com/image/johan-cruyff-holland-1974-world-cup-final-holland-west-germany-football_63797.jpg

gyldenlove
07-06-2010, 01:04 PM
The first European world cup win outside of Europe will happen this weekend.

Kid A
07-06-2010, 01:13 PM
Looking forward to the Euro 08 rematch tomorrow. Either another classic Germany-Holland final or a battle between two great soccer nations that have never won the cup.

uplink
07-06-2010, 01:16 PM
can't believe they took Forlan out when they need 2 goals! How stupid is that, just giving up.

uplink
07-06-2010, 01:19 PM
They guys that run this site should change the tags for the site for a few weeks so it comes up on searches for the orange. Many people would think orangemane could be for the Dutch soccer squad. I guess internet hits adds up to site value.

LordHelmchen
07-06-2010, 01:23 PM
Well that will alleviate the controversy.

Holland Germany possibly coming up!



well, there it's back again, the controversy ;D

Smiling Assassin27
07-06-2010, 01:25 PM
nice effort by the uruguay side, but Holland's got too much for them. nice win, oranje.

LordHelmchen
07-06-2010, 01:26 PM
just hope that Paul got the result of the match tomorrow as wrong as he did for the final in 08

SonOfLe-loLang
07-06-2010, 01:28 PM
Oranje Boven!

gunns
07-06-2010, 01:36 PM
YES! The guys here at work are hating me! I love it!

AlienBronco
07-06-2010, 01:38 PM
A repeat of 1974 World Cup held in Germany, where Holland lost to Germany 2 to 1 in the final.

AlienBronco
07-06-2010, 01:42 PM
No home field advantage this time for Germany!

LordHelmchen
07-06-2010, 01:42 PM
I wouldn't mind that... that is, if we get past Spain. But alas... if Germany went on to win the WC... knocking off England, Argentina, Spain and Holland... that would be the best one ever. Only thing that could have made that sweeter, if Italy would have been among the victims ;D

If we happen to lose, a loss to Spain would be much more tolerable than losing to the dutchies. Oh, and I happen to work for a Dutch company

AlienBronco
07-06-2010, 01:55 PM
Holland getting its first World Cup Championship by beating Germany would be awesome! Icing on the cake:yayaya:

Oranje Boven!

Miss I.
07-06-2010, 01:58 PM
Holland getting its first World Cup Championship by beating Germany would be awesome! Icing on the cake:yayaya:

Oranje Boven!

This.

also being in Berlin when Germany beat Argentina did not suck ;D

Dutch
07-06-2010, 02:05 PM
This.

also being in Berlin when Germany beat Argentina did not suck ;D

Been wondering when we would hear from you. Figured the party and the hangover might have both been multiday affairs!:yayaya:

Miss I.
07-06-2010, 02:13 PM
Been wondering when we would hear from you. Figured the party and the hangover might have both been multiday affairs!:yayaya:

mmm, my head does still hurt, but I have to be back to work tomorrow so had to come back, damn it. ;D

Jens1893
07-06-2010, 03:11 PM
I wouldn't mind that... that is, if we get past Spain. But alas... if Germany went on to win the WC... knocking off England, Argentina, Spain and Holland... that would be the best one ever. Only thing that could have made that sweeter, if Italy would have been among the victims ;D

If we happen to lose, a loss to Spain would be much more tolerable than losing to the dutchies. Oh, and I happen to work for a Dutch company

History COULD repeat itself on Sunday.

Germany/Netherlands WC Final, an Englishman in charge (Jack Taylor 74, Howard Webb 2010) and Müller to score the 2-1 winner.

Homer Simpson
07-07-2010, 10:06 AM
Torres dropped to the bench for Spain tonight.

GreatBronco16
07-07-2010, 10:28 AM
Go Germany.

I say 3-1.:)

Homer Simpson
07-07-2010, 10:59 AM
http://i30.tinypic.com/2howjdv.png

Smiling Assassin27
07-07-2010, 11:09 AM
Torres dropped to the bench for Spain tonight.

He'll get on the pitch eventually, as Del Bosque is pretty stingy with Fabregas' minutes. He's probably about 80%, so a reserve role might be the ticket after the Germans have chased for an hour or so.

ETA: Wow, it's Rodriguez starting and not Cesc. That worries me.

gyldenlove
07-07-2010, 11:29 AM
Why the hell do the Spanish players not sing their anthem? are they not proud of their country?

Miss I.
07-07-2010, 11:30 AM
Egads...Mueller is out? Crikes! Oh well, we shall see.

Miss I.
07-07-2010, 11:34 AM
that was hysterical. some drunk fan ran onto the field. ;D

LordHelmchen
07-07-2010, 11:41 AM
Egads...Mueller is out? Crikes! Oh well, we shall see.

how could you miss that, Miss .. must have been quite the party :wiggle:

LordHelmchen
07-07-2010, 11:41 AM
Why the hell do the Spanish players not sing their anthem? are they not proud of their country?

ummmm... because there is nothing to sing?

LordHelmchen
07-07-2010, 11:42 AM
can't believe I'm posting here.. .. am in a conf call :/ no party for me

gyldenlove
07-07-2010, 11:49 AM
ummmm... because there is nothing to sing?

That is a weak excuse.

Dutch
07-07-2010, 11:49 AM
can't believe I'm posting here.. .. am in a conf call :/ no party for me

Bummer Dude!:pity:

Dutch
07-07-2010, 11:53 AM
A goal either way will blow this game open. Got a feeling it could come in OT. Both teams playing solid D. Germany is so confortable passing in front of their own net.

Miss I.
07-07-2010, 12:00 PM
how could you miss that, Miss .. must have been quite the party :wiggle:

yeah, it was a bit hard to see anything in a crowd of 500K. mostly I could tell they were winning by the amount of happy horn honking and dancing about. Also um perhaps the beer I drank had something to do with the missing that whole being ejected bit..oops. ;D

Smiling Assassin27
07-07-2010, 12:03 PM
Germans seem content to let Spain knock it around and rely on counters, though they've definitely upped the pressure on the ball carrier in the last 5-10 minutes.

Dutch
07-07-2010, 12:17 PM
This is the kind of game I expected, honestly. I really won't be surprised if we end up in penalty shoot out at the end. Germany is a very disciplined/confident defensive team and seemto be willing to let the Spanish run around and then wait to counter. Be interresting to see the substitutions after the half. Entertaining game so far, second half should pick up a bit.

Dutch
07-07-2010, 12:22 PM
yeah, it was a bit hard to see anything in a crowd of 500K. mostly I could tell they were winning by the amount of happy horn honking and dancing about. Also um perhaps the beer I drank had something to do with the missing that whole being ejected bit..oops. ;D

So. Were the non-footy friends glad they went with you?:wiggle: Jealous of the life memories you are bagging on this one, Miss I.:thumbs: You'll remember this time period the rest of your life, and every four years you'll get to crack a little private smile remembering it. Well played.:yayaya:

Homer Simpson
07-07-2010, 12:25 PM
It's a chess match out there alright.

Meck77
07-07-2010, 12:59 PM
GOAL!!!!!!!! Suck it germany!

Smiling Assassin27
07-07-2010, 01:00 PM
Bam! Finally kicked the door in.

Dutch
07-07-2010, 01:01 PM
Fantastic send into the box, and what a brilliant finish with the header!

Homer Simpson
07-07-2010, 01:02 PM
Didn't know the lead singer of Anvil played for Spain...

http://i.thisislondon.co.uk/i/pix/2010/02/anvil-500.jpg

Dutch
07-07-2010, 01:03 PM
Germany will have to open up now....they should have done more to possess and push forward earlier.

Smiling Assassin27
07-07-2010, 01:03 PM
No time to pack it in...Get Cesc and Torres ready for another push.

Smiling Assassin27
07-07-2010, 01:04 PM
Didn't know the lead singer of Anvil played for Spain...

http://i.thisislondon.co.uk/i/pix/2010/02/anvil-500.jpg

Metal on Metal! :yayaya:

Dutch
07-07-2010, 01:09 PM
Can't believe he didn't pass to Torres....What the F Pedro? If Spain lose this game, he will be the goat....

Smiling Assassin27
07-07-2010, 01:12 PM
Can't believe he didn't pass to Torres....What the F Pedro? If Spain lose this game, he will be the goat....

Yeah, that was a done deal. Tried to draw a penalty when he just needed to pass into space and let torres finish it

Dutch
07-07-2010, 01:14 PM
Same score as Euro 2008 and frankly almost an identical game.

LordHelmchen
07-07-2010, 01:21 PM
bummer.. but hey, it was fun while it lasted. it's a very young team, and a lot more young talent coming through. the future looks bright :) thank the lord I'm not drunk now.. lol

baja
07-07-2010, 01:23 PM
bummer.. but hey, it was fun while it lasted. it's a very young team, and a lot more young talent coming through. the future looks bright :) thank the lord I'm not drunk now.. lol

So are you a square head than? ;D

LordHelmchen
07-07-2010, 01:25 PM
oh absolutely .. though mine is actually rather round ;D

Dutch
07-07-2010, 01:25 PM
Spain goes through. Exactly what I expected out of this game. Germany didn't learn a thing from Euro 2008. Played it the same way with the same result. The Dutch will have a tremendous challenge ahead of them Sunday. I'll be looking for a good game Saturday, but you never know in a conciliation game. One team may not even show up. Germany should win. Spain will probably be the favorite on Sunday, but my heart is with the Oranje. Then they can hang the "Best team to never win a Cup" on Spain. HUP! Back out on staining the deck...getting closer.

epicSocialism4tw
07-07-2010, 01:30 PM
Where are those guys who said that Spain didnt have a chance in this game?

Spain is the best team in the world. Their intelligence in midfield is something that we may never see again.

epicSocialism4tw
07-07-2010, 01:30 PM
There will be a new name written on the World Cup.

I'm glad.

SouthStndJunkie
07-07-2010, 01:31 PM
I'll be rooting for the Dutch to win it all now that Germany is out.

epicSocialism4tw
07-07-2010, 01:35 PM
Viva Espana!

Smiling Assassin27
07-07-2010, 01:45 PM
Where are those guys who said that Spain didnt have a chance in this game?

Spain is the best team in the world. Their intelligence in midfield is something that we may never see again.

Yeah, they are surgeons and creative as the day is long. I gotta think Spain will be the favorite, but based on not much more than reputation on paper. The Dutch are every bit Spain's equal, IMO. Let's get to Sunday!

Kid A
07-07-2010, 01:47 PM
Damn it. Another tourney, another loss at the end. Would have loved to see some of those 1st half counters with Mueller in, but Spain looked like the clearly better side most the game. It will be cool to see a new champion. Hopefully the young core can get Germany over the hump finally in either Euro '12 or WC '14.

Beantown Bronco
07-07-2010, 02:11 PM
Gotta call you on this one:

Spain just seems to wilt on the big stage.

Garcia Bronco
07-07-2010, 02:12 PM
Down with Spain!

Smiling Assassin27
07-07-2010, 02:30 PM
Gotta call you on this one:

Fair enough, though historically that's correct. We Spain fans are like Wile E. Coyote, just waiting for the anvil. But this generation has done well to wipe the slate clean. Let's hope they don't see this win as the pinnacle.

BlaK-Argentina
07-07-2010, 03:00 PM
oh absolutely .. though mine is actually rather round ;D

So... you eliminated us for THAT?!?

ROFL! Just kidding. I was rooting for Germany.

Now go Holland!!!

brncs_fan
07-07-2010, 03:39 PM
Where are those guys who said that Spain didnt have a chance in this game?

Still here and rooting for Holland.

epicSocialism4tw
07-07-2010, 04:55 PM
Still here and rooting for Holland.

Holland is definitely more equipped to cause Spain problems than Germany was.

gyldenlove
07-07-2010, 05:19 PM
Holland is definitely more equipped to cause Spain problems than Germany was.

Absolutely, Spain is a very good team at controlling the ball and preventing the methodical buildup offense that Germany runs, the run and gun style that Holland uses should cause them more problems.

It was also pretty clear today that the Germans didn't have that true midfield general to take over the game and calm everything, but Wesley Sneijder will definitely do that for the dutch.

The keys for Holland to win will be the matchup between Robben and Capdevilia and wether Van Der Wiel can contain Iniesta, if Robben can control that matchup and force the Spain left side to play very defensively that will leave room for Sneijder and Van Persie to do a lot of damage in the middle.

Swedish Extrovert
07-07-2010, 05:26 PM
Go Netherlands. Too bad the World Cup will be over when I move there next month.

Kid A
07-07-2010, 06:54 PM
Probably pulling for the Dutch. There is one slightly annoying habit they have, though...

http://www.thespoiler.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/robball.jpg

http://www.thespoiler.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/robbasket.jpg

http://www.thespoiler.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/robbengreen.jpg

epicSocialism4tw
07-07-2010, 07:18 PM
Probably pulling for the Dutch. There is one slightly annoying habit they have, though...

http://www.thespoiler.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/robball.jpg

http://www.thespoiler.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/robbasket.jpg

http://www.thespoiler.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/robbengreen.jpg

Thats pretty funny!

Sneijder is by far the worst. Probably the most likely player in the entire tournament to dive in any given scenario.

gyldenlove
07-07-2010, 07:20 PM
Thats pretty funny!

Sneijder is by far the worst. Probably the most likely player in the entire tournament to dive in any given scenario.

He doesn't come close to Christiano Ronaldo, that boy falls over from a light breeze or even if anyone mentions a light breeze within earshot.

epicSocialism4tw
07-07-2010, 07:34 PM
He doesn't come close to Christiano Ronaldo, that boy falls over from a light breeze or even if anyone mentions a light breeze within earshot.

Being a more egregious offender at the embarrassment of diving than Sneijder would be quite an accomplishment.

Dutch
07-08-2010, 09:32 PM
Caught this on ESPN2 night before last and it was great. The program had the same feel and quality as the "30for30" film/documentaries. It is cool to hear the interviews with these guys now that they are in their later years coupled with the original footage of the matches. The game between Brazil and Italy in Rio had over 165,000 people in attendance, amazing. Same with the scenes from Argentina's win over the Dutch in '78. It will re-air on Sat evening 5-6 PM on ESPN Classics. Well worth the watch. You can also catch clips at: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/i-scored-a-goal?cc=5901&ver=us

dumpy
07-08-2010, 10:32 PM
Caught this on ESPN2 night before last and it was great. The program had the same feel and quality as the "30for30" film/documentaries. It is cool to hear the interviews with these guys now that they are in their later years coupled with the original footage of the matches. The game between Brazil and Italy in Rio had over 165,000 people in attendance, amazing. Same with the scenes from Argentina's win over the Dutch in '78. It will re-air on Sat evening 5-6 PM on ESPN Classics. Well worth the watch. You can also catch clips at: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/i-scored-a-goal?cc=5901&ver=us

Did you mean Urugauy v. Brazil in Rio? I've been in Maracana stadium when I was playing down in Brazil. It blows any stadium away that you have been in (or ever will be) . The thing holds 200,000 people. It's incredible!

Dutch
07-09-2010, 05:59 AM
Did you mean Urugauy v. Brazil in Rio? I've been in Maracana stadium when I was playing down in Brazil. It blows any stadium away that you have been in (or ever will be) . The thing holds 200,000 people. It's incredible!

Yep, that was it. Flippin amazing!

gyldenlove
07-09-2010, 08:21 AM
Yep, that was it. Flippin amazing!

and 195.500 of the people there are ****ing crazy.

LordHelmchen
07-09-2010, 12:22 PM
So... you eliminated us for THAT?!?

ROFL! Just kidding. I was rooting for Germany.

Now go Holland!!!

I can always go back and relive the round of 16 and the quarters ;D definitely soothes the pain ... elimination is putting it pretty mildly though :afro:

Kinda beginning to root for the Dutchies as well.. oh crap, what's going on with me... I'm gonna be hanged as a traitor if someone gets to know ROFL!

LordHelmchen
07-09-2010, 12:23 PM
Go Netherlands. Too bad the World Cup will be over when I move there next month.

where exactly are you moving again? I'm in Holland about once a month

epicSocialism4tw
07-09-2010, 12:37 PM
Van Bronckhorsts goal is the goal of the tourney. That was probably the greatest goal in the history of Dutch football as well.

Miss I.
07-09-2010, 12:51 PM
Go Holland! ;D

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00299/102712825_10_299662s.jpg

epicSocialism4tw
07-09-2010, 11:16 PM
It looks like NY Red Bull of MLS have signed Thierry Henry.

Dutch
07-10-2010, 11:53 AM
Mueller up to five, just iced the "Young Player" award. Third place games are usually among the highest scoring and most entertaining of the whole tourney. Pressure off, players in who are seeing their first action (therefore it is their Cup moment), generally more open play. So far, this one is following suit.

epicSocialism4tw
07-10-2010, 11:55 AM
Go Uruguay!

epicSocialism4tw
07-10-2010, 11:55 AM
Oooh! Forlan almost had one there.

To me, Forlan is the player of this tournament. Nobody else has had more of an impact on the tourney.

Dutch
07-10-2010, 11:58 AM
Uraguay just refuses to quit! 1-1, nice goal!

epicSocialism4tw
07-10-2010, 11:58 AM
Goal Cavagni!

Dutch
07-10-2010, 12:00 PM
Oooh! Forlan almost had one there.

To me, Forlan is the player of this tournament. Nobody else has had more of an impact on the tourney.

Agreed. He has been Brilliant. Fun game, actually. My wife couldn't believe I was looking forward to this match, but I felt like this could be a great one.

epicSocialism4tw
07-10-2010, 12:00 PM
This game is wide open.

epicSocialism4tw
07-10-2010, 12:03 PM
This game could end 3-2 or 4-2 with the winner being the team that makes less mistakes in midfield.

Dutch
07-10-2010, 12:07 PM
This game could end 3-2 or 4-2 with the winner being the team that makes less mistakes in midfield.

I honestly could see 5-4 or 6-4 by the end. I'd love to Suarez get a goal (heck two) just to poke the boo-birds in the eye. The play he made on the line with the hands is exactly what you would want out of any of your players if you are a coach. It work as Ghana choked on the PK. Pretty classless to boo him at every touch.

Dutch
07-10-2010, 12:09 PM
3-2 or 4-2 probably more like it with the rain (and the fact that 40 mins are gone in the game.....man it is cruising by, no diving helps)....

Homer Simpson
07-10-2010, 12:09 PM
I honestly could see 5-4 or 6-4 by the end. I'd love to Suarez get a goal (heck two) just to poke the boo-birds in the eye. The play he made on the line with the hands is exactly what you would want out of any of your players if you are a coach. It work as Ghana choked on the PK. Pretty classless to boo him at every touch.

Very simply put every professional player who was asked about the incident has said if someone said they wouldn't have done that they wouldn't want them on their team. The rules were obeyed. It is not Uruguay's fault Ghana bottled it.

epicSocialism4tw
07-10-2010, 12:16 PM
Forlan just almost scored on a corner kick.

epicSocialism4tw
07-10-2010, 12:17 PM
That was an extremely fun half. Its too bad that the monsoon hit....it took the players awhile to get a handle on the ball. Should be a great second half.

Dutch
07-10-2010, 12:30 PM
That was an extremely fun half. Its too bad that the monsoon hit....it took the players awhile to get a handle on the ball. Should be a great second half.

Very entertaining. What a great shot of the Berlin Mile with all the fans out there. I'm still envious of Miss I. My older brother took me to the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid back in '80. He was on DU's hockey team at the time. We road tripped with five other players and stayed with one of his team-mates folks right in Lake Placid, and yes we were in attendance for all of the USA games. My ticket stubs are all in a safe deposit box. Ever since then I have looked for events of this nature to attend...was the whole reason we went to Mexico City for the Cup in '86. Still PO'ed we didn't get to Salt Lake City or Vancouver for the Winter Olympics. Great time to be had at those as well.

Dutch
07-10-2010, 12:35 PM
Suarez blew that one...

epicSocialism4tw
07-10-2010, 12:38 PM
Very entertaining. What a great shot of the Berlin Mile with all the fans out there. I'm still envious of Miss I. My older brother took me to the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid back in '80. He was on DU's hockey team at the time. We road tripped with five other players and stayed with one of his team-mates folks right in Lake Placid, and yes we were in attendance for all of the USA games. My ticket stubs are all in a safe deposit box. Ever since then I have looked for events of this nature to attend...was the whole reason we went to Mexico City for the Cup in '86. Still PO'ed we didn't get to Salt Lake City or Vancouver for the Winter Olympics. Great time to be had at those as well.

Wow! Great story.

I attended almost all of the 1994 WC games in Dallas, including the great Brazil/Holland game and the 2-2 Spain/S.Korea match. Theres nothing like it in al of sports. Being part of something like that US Hockey run or the run that the US had in 2002 is something that those who witnessed it will always remember. Much of America will remember 2010 as the year they became soccer fans, and they'll remember Donovan's goal as a great sports moment.

epicSocialism4tw
07-10-2010, 12:38 PM
What a goal by Forlan!

Dutch
07-10-2010, 12:39 PM
BANG! Golden ball has to go to Forlan at this point....what an FN shot!!!!

Orange4Life
07-10-2010, 12:39 PM
The Legend!

epicSocialism4tw
07-10-2010, 12:40 PM
That was one impressive volley. Brilliant.

Dutch
07-10-2010, 12:42 PM
Goal of the tourney to this point. Uraguay has really picked it up and are playing inspired football right now. This has been a great game to this point...

epicSocialism4tw
07-10-2010, 12:42 PM
Would a full-strength Uruguay have been in the final?

epicSocialism4tw
07-10-2010, 12:43 PM
Goal Germany!

Another keeper mistake. This Uruguayan keeper is still struggling.

Dutch
07-10-2010, 12:44 PM
This is going to be a barn burner coming down the stretch! 2-2!

Miss I.
07-10-2010, 12:44 PM
Bam. There goes Germany.

Dutch
07-10-2010, 12:48 PM
Bam. There goes Germany.

Hey there you. Wondered if you would show up today. I'm really impressed with the way these players are giving it up like it was an elimination game and not the consolation game.

Dutch
07-10-2010, 12:50 PM
Alright, I'm officially rooting for Suarez to get a goal...come on kid, do it!

epicSocialism4tw
07-10-2010, 12:50 PM
That was a solid strike by Suarez. What a fun game.

epicSocialism4tw
07-10-2010, 12:52 PM
Schweinsteiger is turning the ball over too much.

Dutch
07-10-2010, 12:53 PM
Schweinsteiger is turning the ball over too much.

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. He's been sooooo sharp this whole tourney, got to wonder if fatigue is setting in.

epicSocialism4tw
07-10-2010, 12:54 PM
Muller with a ridiculous dive there

epicSocialism4tw
07-10-2010, 12:54 PM
Germans starting to dive like theres a sniper in the stadium.

Dutch
07-10-2010, 12:55 PM
That was a solid strike by Suarez. What a fun game.

This has been a very fun game. Amazing what happens when you don't have the diving and the players are much more focused on making plays. There has been a nice flow to this game with very little stoppage time.

Miss I.
07-10-2010, 12:56 PM
Hey there you. Wondered if you would show up today. I'm really impressed with the way these players are giving it up like it was an elimination game and not the consolation game.

Indeed. It's fun to watch and I think I am rooting for Germany, but at this point it's just for fun. My heart currently lies in Holland, but as an American of German descent I have a bit of love in my heart for them too. I may be here tomorrow, but unlikely as I am going to a friend's to watch the game and be generally obnoxious.