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elsid13
06-27-2010, 08:28 AM
I am still pissed about yesterday. 3 years we had to find and establish a strong mid field and we failed. Still joggling with the line up at the World Cup is a disaster.

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 08:32 AM
Germany Goal! Dude they are kicking the crap out of England.

Kid A
06-27-2010, 08:32 AM
A measure of redemption for Podolski. This is an exhibition so far.

Broncoman13
06-27-2010, 08:33 AM
England is getting handled right now...

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 08:37 AM
Goal england!

Kid A
06-27-2010, 08:37 AM
Got a game again now.

Broncoman13
06-27-2010, 08:38 AM
This England/Germany game is actually kind of fun to watch.

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 08:38 AM
was it a goal? WTF?

Kid A
06-27-2010, 08:38 AM
Holy ****! Was that in?

Kid A
06-27-2010, 08:38 AM
That was a goal. How do they miss that?

Broncoman13
06-27-2010, 08:39 AM
Holy shiat how do they miss that... Not a couple of inches in... Three feet in !!!

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 08:46 AM
I am deeply disturbed that they didn't give them that goal. Bastages. Let me just tell you, they are pissed in England. can barely hear anything above the boos.

FADERPROOF
06-27-2010, 08:50 AM
Seems like baseball isnt the only sport that needs replay

MplsBronco
06-27-2010, 08:50 AM
Pele, Beckham(sp)just keep trying to feed us americans soccer(futball) were Not buying. Never will

oh ok tough guy.

gyldenlove
06-27-2010, 08:55 AM
I am deeply disturbed that they didn't give them that goal. Bastages. Let me just tell you, they are pissed in England. can barely hear anything above the boos.

They have been waiting for nearly 50 years to disallow that goal to make up for 66.

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 08:56 AM
They have been waiting for nearly 50 years to disallow that goal to make up for 66.

probably so. ;D

eddie mac
06-27-2010, 09:00 AM
England need width and the defence needs to stop man marking because they cant.

Orange4Life
06-27-2010, 09:05 AM
I don't know if I can continue watching soccer with these officiating errors. Scoring a goal is soccer is a minor miracle. Then you have this crap?

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 09:21 AM
The goal thing sucks, but the other thing is Germany is playing better for the most part so even if they earn the win, which they are outplaying England, it will never sit well. Now I know why all my English friends are calling for use of instant replay.

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 09:22 AM
Goal Germany....ouch.

Kid A
06-27-2010, 09:23 AM
Beautifully executed 3 on 2. 3-1 Germany.

Kid A
06-27-2010, 09:26 AM
4-1! Germany are just murdering them on the counter. Great finishes.

Dutch
06-27-2010, 09:26 AM
That was a nice goal, and possibly a back breaker for England. Still trying to get over my hangover from yesterday's game. That final goal for Ghana was a pretty play by the goal scorer.

Germany have scored another 4-1...bye bye England. Guess the missed call didn't matter much anyway....

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 09:27 AM
wow, again. that is just painful. What is England doing out there? way too much open for the Germans.

Orange4Life
06-27-2010, 09:31 AM
The rout is on. So much for the missed goal. Although you could argue if the score was two all the English would not be pressing so much and exposing themselves defensively. That said, Germany is playing the counter beautifully and is thoroughly destroying England

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 09:31 AM
ouch, this is not good. worst loss before this was 4-2 in 1954. This is awful. Come on, men, at least get another goal and stop giving up the field to Germany. Still was fun to watch, those these announcers are really pessimistic. for the last 10 minutes, it's all "England's world cup hopes are over." while true it's still kind of morbid to keep saying it over and over again.

Kid A
06-27-2010, 09:42 AM
for the last 10 minutes, it's all "England's world cup hopes are over." while true it's still kind of morbid to keep saying it over and over again.

Well, they are English commentators. It's in their blood to talk gloomily about their country's team.

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 09:46 AM
guess so. maybe they have a mojo thought that if they say one thing, the opposite will happen. Dunno, but Germany is playing exceptionally well.

gyldenlove
06-27-2010, 09:48 AM
ouch, this is not good. worst loss before this was 4-2 in 1954. This is awful. Come on, men, at least get another goal and stop giving up the field to Germany. Still was fun to watch, those these announcers are really pessimistic. for the last 10 minutes, it's all "England's world cup hopes are over." while true it's still kind of morbid to keep saying it over and over again.

That is how it goes every 2 years, just wait until Euro 2012, there will be no limit to just how amazing the team is before the tournament and how they are going to just walk straight to the final before pistol-whipping whatever poor hapless opponent they end up facing into submission. Then when they realize that they just aren't that good the doom and gloom will be on full force.

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 09:49 AM
hey, hey, there are hot naked guys on the field. this is the best game ever. ;D

Dutch
06-27-2010, 09:50 AM
England's age showed up in this match. That team is in need of a full makeover. They need to get younger. So the USA goes 1-2-1 scoring 5 allowing 5. England goes 1-2-1 scoring 4 and allowing 5. Maybe tha EASY tag the UK media put on our group was acurate after all. We were both EASY pickings in the round of 16.

Dutch
06-27-2010, 09:52 AM
Germany into the final 8 in every cup since 1954. Impressive. I, for one, would be pleased to see Klinsman as our national team coach.

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 09:53 AM
Germany into the final 8 in every cup since 1954. Impressive. I, for one, would be pleased to see Klinsman as our national team coach.

I agree with both of your last posts.

Dutch
06-27-2010, 09:54 AM
Looking forward to Mexico-Argentina. They really don't like each other. I believe the result could be very similar as this game. If Mexico doesn't hold their shape defensively Argentina could turn this into a goal fest.

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 09:59 AM
okay their commentary on the coach was kind of funny, "when he said we played well that was nonsense." it was pretty funny.

anyway, it was entertaining. Going to start going to some live matches when it picks back up over here again. It should be fun. I can't recall being this excited about soccer since 1994.

gyldenlove
06-27-2010, 10:04 AM
okay their commentary on the coach was kind of funny, "when he said we played well that was nonsense." it was pretty funny.

anyway, it was entertaining. Going to start going to some live matches when it picks back up over here again. It should be fun. I can't recall being this excited about soccer since 1994.

You in London? then definitely go to Highbury and watch Arsenal or if you are by the river you can watch Fulham.

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 10:05 AM
You in London? then definitely go to Highbury and watch Arsenal or if you are by the river you can watch Fulham.

thank you, I was trying to figure out which team might be closest and or most fun to watch.

LordHelmchen
06-27-2010, 10:24 AM
Revenge for Wembley, how sweet ;D And, behold.. it's very clear the ball wasn't in..

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs019.ash2/34328_432739259975_615014975_5757057_6094600_n.jpg

gyldenlove
06-27-2010, 10:37 AM
Revenge for Wembley, how sweet ;D And, behold.. it's very clear the ball wasn't in..

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs019.ash2/34328_432739259975_615014975_5757057_6094600_n.jpg

From that angle the goal looks perfectly legit.

LordHelmchen
06-27-2010, 10:38 AM
it doesn't cross the white line ;)

epicSocialism4tw
06-27-2010, 10:39 AM
Congrats to the Yanks for a fun, entertaining tournament where they fought to the end. Some changes are needed...we need a couple of forwards to materialize out of the ether (we missed ya Charlie Davies).

What on earth happened to england? Yikes!

The Germany/Argentina match should be one of the best world cup matches in years.

BlaK-Argentina
06-27-2010, 11:47 AM
Congrats to the Yanks for a fun, entertaining tournament where they fought to the end. Some changes are needed...we need a couple of forwards to materialize out of the ether (we missed ya Charlie Davies).

What on earth happened to england? Yikes!

The Germany/Argentina match should be one of the best world cup matches in years.

Man I hope Argentina isn't looking past Mexico. This will be a dogfight.

SoCalBronco
06-27-2010, 12:04 PM
Hopefully Mexico can pull off the upset. I doubt it, though.

Kid A
06-27-2010, 12:14 PM
Hopefully Mexico can pull off the upset. I doubt it, though.

I'm kinda pulling for Mexico too. Argentina-Germany would be a great game on paper, though.

Kid A
06-27-2010, 12:57 PM
Good god, the refs have ****ed it up again. Messi offside by a few yards, no flag goes up.

Meck77
06-27-2010, 12:58 PM
Argentina goes up 1-0 even though it was clearly offsides. Suck it mexico!

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 01:03 PM
Deeeammmmmm....good job Argentina...GOAL!!!!

DHallblows
06-27-2010, 01:03 PM
Welp...Mexico going home with us

Meck77
06-27-2010, 01:08 PM
Welp...Mexico going home with us

If this keeps up Mexicos players might have to sneak into America as they won't even be allowed back! Hilarious!

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 01:18 PM
fight! fight! fight! ;D

epicSocialism4tw
06-27-2010, 01:20 PM
Mexico just doesnt have the strikers to compete with Argentina.

Strikers are extremely important at this level.

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 01:22 PM
so who do you guys think is going to go all the way to the finals?

And BTW, kidding about the fight. that is the last thing I would want. I only like going to a fight and have a hockey game break out. ;D

DBruleU
06-27-2010, 01:27 PM
Mexico just doesnt have the strikers to compete with Argentina.

Strikers are extremely important at this level.

Someone should tell the US that.

Requiem
06-27-2010, 01:29 PM
so who do you guys think is going to go all the way to the finals?

And BTW, kidding about the fight. that is the last thing I would want. I only like going to a fight and have a hockey game break out. ;D

I'm goin' with the Dutch, cause I'm rollin' a Dutch.

FADERPROOF
06-27-2010, 01:33 PM
I feel like all those people who do well in the march madness bracket that don'tfollow the sport.

I don't follow soccer much at all, but I filled out an ESPN bracket and I'm 4-0 now with this Argentina win.

Dutch
06-27-2010, 01:36 PM
I'm goin' with the Dutch, cause I'm rollin' a Dutch.

This^^^^^:wiggle:

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 01:39 PM
I can go with the Dutch. They were a ton of fun to dance and drink with on Thursday when celebrating their victory. Plus they all seemed to really like my Denver Bronco jacket (which as it is orange like their team probably makes sense).

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 01:40 PM
um, freakin Argentina is rolling over Mexico. GOAL!!!

Dutch
06-27-2010, 01:40 PM
I think Germany will give Argentina all they can handle from what I'm seeing here. The Germans are much better with the ball than Mexico appear today.

Wow! Great goal by Argentina....3-0!

Dutch
06-27-2010, 01:43 PM
I can go with the Dutch. They were a ton of fun to dance and drink with on Thursday when celebrating their victory. Plus they all seemed to really like my Denver Bronco jacket (which as it is orange like their team probably makes sense).

They are a fun bunch to hang out with. The potential 1/4 final match with Brazil could be a very wide open high scoring affair as both teams face questions about their play in their own 1/3.

Dutch
06-27-2010, 01:47 PM
Mexico is coming unraveled.....

LordHelmchen
06-27-2010, 01:48 PM
Argies will be the clear favorite in the game against Germany, that much is clear. But you should never count out ze Germans.

Now, the 2nd most disastrous event in a world cup has been prevented, England becoming champs. The worst would be Holland winning it all of course ;D

epicSocialism4tw
06-27-2010, 01:48 PM
Mexico is coming unraveled.....

They do at every World Cup or in any big game.

At some point in this game, they'll inevitably mentally crumble and begin trying to hurt Argentine players.

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 01:49 PM
Argentina is just impressive. Mexico is not able to match them on defense or offense.

Yes, I think you are right about the 1/4 final match.

I don't recall feeling this excited about a World Cup that wasn't actually in the US (and I got to go to a game in LA). Something about the feeling about it over here is so infectious.

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 01:50 PM
Argies will be the clear favorite in the game against Germany, that much is clear. But you should never count out ze Germans.

Now, the 2nd most disastrous event in a world cup has been prevented, England becoming champs. The worst would be Holland winning it all of course ;D

Hey now. I am going to be Berlin in a week, don't make me come kick your butt. The Dutch are lovely people. ;D Of course Stuttgart is nowhere near Berlin, but I would make an extra stop. ;D

Dutch
06-27-2010, 01:51 PM
They do at every World Cup or in any big game.

At some point in this game, they'll inevitably mentally crumble and begin trying to hurt Argentine players.

Yeah, I should have added "as usual"....
You're right about the hatchet work when out of it as well. It has been one of the main reasons I refuse to pull for them.

Dutch
06-27-2010, 01:52 PM
Argies will be the clear favorite in the game against Germany, that much is clear. But you should never count out ze Germans.

Now, the 2nd most disastrous event in a world cup has been prevented, England becoming champs. The worst would be Holland winning it all of course ;D

Explain?

LordHelmchen
06-27-2010, 01:57 PM
uh well, yes they are. I'm actually working for a Dutch company and am in Amsterdam and Utrecht quite often... but... the football rivalry between the Netherlands and Germany is for real, even more so than with Ingerland. Really, we just get up that much for a match with England because they start with their jingoistic WWII bull**** every time. And, when you are in Berlin, don't miss out to go to the public viewing with 500000 crazy ppl. How long are you staying?

LordHelmchen
06-27-2010, 02:00 PM
Explain?

some background info here:

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

epicSocialism4tw
06-27-2010, 02:01 PM
Someone should tell the US that.

We just havent developed any who have the ability to make the most of their opportunites. Our best two strikers are midfielders. Charlie Davies is our best striker, but he couldnt get fit in time. He's young and on the rise if he can get healthy.

In fact, our striker pool was decimated by injuries. Kenny Cooper, Brian Ching, Charlie Davies, etc. Not that any of them are top-level, but theyre all better than Robbie Findley.

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 02:01 PM
uh well, yes they are. I'm actually working for a Dutch company and am in Amsterdam and Utrecht quite often... but... the football rivalry between the Netherlands and Germany is for real, even more so than with Ingerland. Really, we just get up that much for a match with England because they start with their jingoistic WWII bull**** every time. And, when you are in Berlin, don't miss out to go to the public viewing with 500000 crazy ppl. How long are you staying?

huh, the map made the two cities look really far apart. good to know that I could get there easily. ;D

OOOH, Mexico scored. Good job.

Anyway, will be in Berlin only a long weekend for 4th of July. fly in on the 3rd, fly out on the 6th, coming from Heathrow so not a terrible flight. Tomorrow I go to Norway (and of course last week was Eindhoven). I travel a lot for work, though Berlin is for fun.

Dutch
06-27-2010, 02:02 PM
Mexico gets one. Could make that missed offsides huge if they get another. The blown call in the England game hurt, but ultimately they lost 4-1 and Germany was the more quality side. If the Mexicans get to 3-2 that call will be huge.

epicSocialism4tw
06-27-2010, 02:04 PM
Mexico gets one. Could make that missed offsides huge if they get another. The blown call in the England game hurt, but ultimately they lost 4-1 and Germany was the more quality side. If the Mexicans get to 3-2 that call will be huge.

The overriding story of this WC is bad officiating that effects the outcomes of games.

Its time for FIFA to move into this century and begin cleaning up their mess.

WABronco
06-27-2010, 02:05 PM
RAGGGE

http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/3673/rad7d8d0.gif

Dutch
06-27-2010, 02:05 PM
some background info here:

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

Gotcha.;) I knew of the football rivalry and that many of the Dutch play in Germany and vice-versa. I missed your location in your sig and was afraid you had an issue with them as a people. I don't recall ever meeting anyone who did.

Dutch
06-27-2010, 02:09 PM
The overriding story of this WC is bad officiating that effects the outcomes of games.

Its time for FIFA to move into this century and begin cleaning up their mess.

I agree completely. A chip in the ball to validate goals would be a no brainer to me. What kills me is the FIFA president making all of these excuses for the lack of technical assistence. Lame. There are going to be a ton of howls go up after this cup to improve everything from an officiating standpoint.

epicSocialism4tw
06-27-2010, 02:09 PM
Well, there's Marquez' first visible cheap shot...an elbow to Heinze's face.

Dutch
06-27-2010, 02:11 PM
Well, there's Marquez' first visible cheap shot...an elbow to Heinze's face.

Any odds on it not being the last in this game? Unless he comes out in the next 1 min.

LordHelmchen
06-27-2010, 02:11 PM
huh, the map made the two cities look really far apart. good to know that I could get there easily. ;D

OOOH, Mexico scored. Good job.

Anyway, will be in Berlin only a long weekend for 4th of July. fly in on the 3rd, fly out on the 6th, coming from Heathrow so not a terrible flight. Tomorrow I go to Norway (and of course last week was Eindhoven). I travel a lot for work, though Berlin is for fun.

which two? Utrecht and Amsterdam? That's just really a 20 min train ride (if you get the express train)

Well, ARG - GER (presuming Mexico doesn't turn it around) should be on Sat 3rd so be sure to soak in that experience

epicSocialism4tw
06-27-2010, 02:12 PM
Argentina's keeper will be their undoing. This guy's a clown.

epicSocialism4tw
06-27-2010, 02:13 PM
Any odds on it not being the last in this game? Unless he comes out in the next 1 min.

He just delivered another elbow to Heinze...this one to his kidney.

I cant stand Marquez for that crap. He'll get tossed from this game at some point Im sure.

Dutch
06-27-2010, 02:13 PM
which two? Utrecht and Amsterdam? That's just really a 20 min train ride (if you get the express train)

Well, ARG - GER (presuming Mexico doesn't turn it around) should be on Sat 3rd so be sure to soak in that experience

I'll second that one Miss I. What a great opportunity, enjoy!

Dutch
06-27-2010, 02:14 PM
He just delivered another elbow to Heinze...this one to his kidney.

I cant stand Marquez for that crap. He'll get tossed from this game at some point Im sure.

I feel the same way. Marquez has talent, but he's a punk.

LordHelmchen
06-27-2010, 02:14 PM
Gotcha.;) I knew of the football rivalry and that many of the Dutch play in Germany and vice-versa. I missed your location in your sig and was afraid you had an issue with them as a people. I don't recall ever meeting anyone who did.

na, the relations between the Dutch and the Germans (in German die Deutschen, notice a similarity ;)) ) have been improving anyway, it's more like good-natured banter in general.

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 02:15 PM
which two? Utrecht and Amsterdam? That's just really a 20 min train ride (if you get the express train)

Well, ARG - GER (presuming Mexico doesn't turn it around) should be on Sat 3rd so be sure to soak in that experience

okay see now I got all confused. I thought you meant Stuttgart and Berlin were close together (though that appears to me like a 6 hour drive). I should stop drinking belgium beers while typing. I just took the train from Eindhoven to Amsterdam, I love public transport in the Netherlands, it's so easy.

God, I can't wait to soak in that game. I had so much fun in the Netherlands doing that. Germany should be interesting, though not sure my friends really want to see the game I think they can live without me while I go watch it.

Dutch
06-27-2010, 02:16 PM
na, the relations between the Dutch and the Germans (in German die Deutschen, notice a similarity ;)) ) have been improving anyway, it's more like good-natured banter in general.

Cool. :thumbs:

Dutch
06-27-2010, 02:17 PM
okay see now I got all confused. I thought you meant Stuttgart and Berlin were close together (though that appears to me like a 6 hour drive). I should stop drinking belgium beers while typing. I just took the train from Eindhoven to Amsterdam, I love public transport in the Netherlands, it's so easy.

God, I can't wait to soak in that game. I had so much fun in the Netherlands doing that. Germany should be interesting, though not sure my friends really want to see the game I think they can live without me while I go watch it.


Stongarm 'em into it and they will thank you later!

LordHelmchen
06-27-2010, 02:21 PM
okay see now I got all confused. I thought you meant Stuttgart and Berlin were close together (though that appears to me like a 6 hour drive). I should stop drinking belgium beers while typing. I just took the train from Eindhoven to Amsterdam, I love public transport in the Netherlands, it's so easy.

God, I can't wait to soak in that game. I had so much fun in the Netherlands doing that. Germany should be interesting, though not sure my friends really want to see the game I think they can live without me while I go watch it.

ah, I see.. yeah, STR and BER are a bit further away.

Like Dutch said, strongarm them :D

and make sure you won't get lost ;)

http://www.spox.com/de/sport/fussball/em2008/0806/Bilder/berliner-fanmeile-514.jpg

Dutch
06-27-2010, 02:21 PM
Argentina drama flopping all over....

Dutch
06-27-2010, 02:22 PM
ah, I see.. yeah, STR and BER are a bit further away.

Like Dutch said, strongarm them :D

and make sure you won't get lost ;)

http://www.spox.com/de/sport/fussball/em2008/0806/Bilder/berliner-fanmeile-514.jpg

I am sooooo jealous Miss I.!

Dutch
06-27-2010, 02:23 PM
Thought Marquez was going to throat punch the ref there at the end!

Miss I.
06-27-2010, 02:26 PM
ah, I see.. yeah, STR and BER are a bit further away.

Like Dutch said, strongarm them :D

and make sure you won't get lost ;)

http://www.spox.com/de/sport/fussball/em2008/0806/Bilder/berliner-fanmeile-514.jpg

That looks freaking awesome. They had a similar thing in Eindhoven and I loved it. mmm, I am going to start my own crazy pub in the US that puts up big TVs in the parking lot and throws a party for Broncos games and Netherlands football
;D

SouthStndJunkie
06-27-2010, 02:35 PM
I'll be rooting for Germany to win it all now that we are out of the tournament, as that is where most of my lineage is from.

BlaK-Argentina
06-27-2010, 03:11 PM
We looked good today. I'm glad Tevez scored twice.

I would have liked more goals though. As to leave no doubt that the stupid no call wouldn't have mattered anyway. I didn't like the fact that they went into a defensive plan later on in the game. Let the goals pour down on them!!!

Bring on Germany!

epicSocialism4tw
06-27-2010, 03:13 PM
We looked good today. I'm glad Tevez scored twice.

I would have liked more goals though. As to leave no doubt that the stupid no call wouldn't have mattered anyway. I didn't like the fact that they went into a defensive plan later on in the game. Let the goals pour down on them!!!

Bring on Germany!

Tevez's second goal was outstanding.

SoCalBronco
06-27-2010, 03:14 PM
Since the US is out, I will be rooting for Brazil to win the Cup. I enjoy watching them play.

Regarding the Argentina/Germany match in particular...I'll definitely be rooting for the Germans.

BlaK-Argentina
06-27-2010, 03:16 PM
Tevez's second goal was outstanding.

Yes it was! I was really pulling for Messi to score one though. He's gotta be frustrated.

BlaK-Argentina
06-27-2010, 03:17 PM
Since the US is out, I will be rooting for Brazil to win the Cup. I enjoy watching them play.

Regarding the Argentina/Germany match in particular...I'll definitely be rooting for the Germans.

Man you're rooting for freaking Brazil and against Argentina?? :nutkick

SoCalBronco
06-27-2010, 03:19 PM
Man you're rooting for freaking Brazil and against Argentina?? :nutkick

I don't care for Maradona and his drug-abusing, communist glorifying, attention whoring ways. That guy just disgusts me.

If it makes you feel better.....every time I look at your avatar, I become an even bigger fan of Pampita, though. :)

epicSocialism4tw
06-27-2010, 03:23 PM
I don't care for Maradona and his drug-abusing, communist glorifying, attention whoring ways. That guy just disgusts me.

If it makes you feel better.....every time I look at your avatar, I become an even bigger fan of Pampita, though. :)

Maradona is certainly a punchline. No doubt.

I think its funny that people are saying that he's a success because his presence has taken the attention off of the players...like that is literally his only contribution. He doesnt do the coaching, he's just a short, fat, mulleted, messed-up, boisterous cheerleader.

BlaK-Argentina
06-27-2010, 03:29 PM
Oh I hate Maradona too, no doubt. I am extremely ashamed that he is the most known argentinean. No argument there.

But this team... I really like. Except for a couple of players the rest are very likeable. I'm finding it easy to root for them.

gyldenlove
06-27-2010, 03:39 PM
okay see now I got all confused. I thought you meant Stuttgart and Berlin were close together (though that appears to me like a 6 hour drive). I should stop drinking belgium beers while typing. I just took the train from Eindhoven to Amsterdam, I love public transport in the Netherlands, it's so easy.

God, I can't wait to soak in that game. I had so much fun in the Netherlands doing that. Germany should be interesting, though not sure my friends really want to see the game I think they can live without me while I go watch it.

Germany is awesome, I love spending time there. Everything works, everything is clean and everyone is nice.

München is f-ing awesome, if you go in the summer the weather should be great, the people are nice, the beer is delicious and the forel is Müllerinart.

epicSocialism4tw
06-27-2010, 09:35 PM
USA/Ghana is the most watched football match of all time in US (ESPN + Univision):

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-06-27/world-cup-loss-to-ghana-is-most-watched-u-s-men-s-soccer-match-in-history.html

Kid A
06-27-2010, 09:54 PM
I'll be rooting for Germany to win it all now that we are out of the tournament, as that is where most of my lineage is from.

Same boat. German name, strongly German background on one side. Always been my European team of choice since I started following back soccer in 02 (even if they did knock of the US that year). Always seem to show up for tournaments and rarely bow out early, even if they have come up just short several times in recent history.

Personally, I find them easy to root for. Low seems more likable than 90% of the managers out there, and they have a lot of exciting players up front. I guess I didn't grow up following the stereotypical, "mechanical" German style soccer teams, but what I've seen in recent years seems to be as interesting and forward thinking as any other team out there.

Very young team now, that might be a couple years ahead of schedule. The entire roster comes homegrown from the German Bundesliga this year, which doesn't get as much attention as the EPL, so the names are a little lesser known on the international scale (particularly in the US). Which made it even more satisfying when they embarassed the Premier League all-stars this morning. Also very diverse looking team that reflects a lot of recent German immigration, with players of Turkish, Polish, Brazilian, Ghanaian, Spanish, Nigerian, Tunisian, descent all on the roster.

Kid A
06-27-2010, 09:55 PM
Germany is awesome, I love spending time there. Everything works, everything is clean and everyone is nice.

München is f-ing awesome, if you go in the summer the weather should be great, the people are nice, the beer is delicious and the forel is Müllerinart.

Visited once for a couple months, would love to return for longer. München was a highlight.

epicSocialism4tw
06-27-2010, 10:26 PM
Same boat. German name, strongly German background on one side. Always been my European team of choice since I started following back soccer in 02 (even if they did knock of the US that year). Always seem to show up for tournaments and rarely bow out early, even if they have come up just short several times in recent history.

Personally, I find them easy to root for. Low seems more likable than 90% of the managers out there, and they have a lot of exciting players up front. I guess I didn't grow up following the stereotypical, "mechanical" German style soccer teams, but what I've seen in recent years seems to be as interesting and forward thinking as any other team out there.

Very young team now, that might be a couple years ahead of schedule. The entire roster comes homegrown from the German Bundesliga this year, which doesn't get as much attention as the EPL, so the names are a little lesser known on the international scale (particularly in the US). Which made it even more satisfying when they embarassed the Premier League all-stars this morning. Also very diverse looking team that reflects a lot of recent German immigration, with players of Turkish, Polish, Brazilian, Ghanaian, Spanish, Nigerian, Tunisian, descent all on the roster.

This team is diverse. The past incarnations not so much. The only thing I dont like about German football is that the clubs are overly nationalistic in their handling of players similar to the Mexican league.

epicSocialism4tw
06-27-2010, 10:30 PM
Ha! This ad was on my facebook page: http://usa.tommy.com/tommy/browse/productDetailWithPicker.jsp?productId=0883522211&categoryId=08PL&parentCategoryId=&colorId=403&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=display&utm_content=Soccer_Fan_Polos&utm_campaign=Country_Polos

Tommy Hilfiger is trying to cash in on the US team momentum!

And its working well, I might add. The shirts are sold out.

epicSocialism4tw
06-27-2010, 10:43 PM
It looks like Landon Donovan is getting interest from some of the top teams in Europe (according to Ives Galarcep), and is confirmed to be one of Manchester City's top targets for their summer transfer window. Everton are interested again of course.

If Landon goes back, he'll go back to Everton I'm sure...even for less money.

ZachKC
06-27-2010, 10:57 PM
Video I took from our equalizer from the Power and Light District here in Kansas City. Wish we could have gotten this win but it was a fun ride!

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SonOfLe-loLang
06-27-2010, 11:19 PM
Its been amazing how America has responded to the World Cup. But hey MLS ... before you go thinking otherwise, America doesnt love soccer. They love the World Cup.

strafen
06-27-2010, 11:22 PM
I'll be rooting for Germany to win it all now that we are out of the tournament, as that is where most of my lineage is from.

Brazil is my team to win the Jules Rimet this year
As long as Brazil is still in it, the Jules Rimet belongs to them :thumbsup:

epicSocialism4tw
06-27-2010, 11:38 PM
Its been amazing how America has responded to the World Cup. But hey MLS ... before you go thinking otherwise, America doesnt love soccer. They love the World Cup.

I dont know...Philly just opened up a beautiful brand new soccer park on the Delaware River to a sold out, raucous bunch of fans. Seattle brings in 35k+ per game, and new franchises are opening up in Portland and Vancouver that are expected to fill their stadiums as well. New York just opened up a great soccer park. The infrastructure of MLS is growing steadily...that means that people are buying the product.

There was a big turn during this world cup. People began understanding the power of a goal. A goal in soccer is by far the most significant in-game achievement in all of sports. They saw what build up was, and they saw what a goal is. To an extent, the general public became educated on soccer. That hasnt happened here before.

That will carry over.

LordHelmchen
06-28-2010, 02:17 AM
Brazil is my team to win the Jules Rimet this year
As long as Brazil is still in it, the Jules Rimet belongs to them :thumbsup:

Jules Rimet belongs to them anyway.. not that they where able to protect it though :D

strafen
06-28-2010, 06:18 AM
Jules Rimet belongs to them anyway.. not that they where able to protect it though :D

Yeah. :D
I always feel like Brazil is one of those teams that don't make much wave during tournament playing time, but when everything is on the line, they always play their best.
Go Brazil!

gyldenlove
06-28-2010, 07:40 AM
Its been amazing how America has responded to the World Cup. But hey MLS ... before you go thinking otherwise, America doesnt love soccer. They love the World Cup.

Its the same as Olympic hockey, every so often it gets some really goot attention going, but it doesn't translate.

That One Guy
06-28-2010, 07:45 AM
They just mentioned on ESPN that they will no longer show replays on the stadium screens after showing the goal for which no point was awarded yesterday. I think this is gonna be a huge learning experience and I'll be interested to see how FIFA grows between now and 2014.

LordHelmchen
06-28-2010, 08:19 AM
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_3-J3kPFgKG0/TCioXKe0liI/AAAAAAAABFI/jQU5Mv8umC0/s1600/Yd4xq.JPG

LordHelmchen
06-28-2010, 08:20 AM
Yeah. :D
I always feel like Brazil is one of those teams that don't make much wave during tournament playing time, but when everything is on the line, they always play their best.
Go Brazil!
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coupe_Jules_Rimet
that's what I was referring to ;)

gunns
06-28-2010, 08:41 AM
I'll be rooting for Germany to win it all now that we are out of the tournament, as that is where most of my lineage is from.

I'm going with Netherlands. Look like a fun bunch.....pass it on..."ere". :puff:

Dutch
06-28-2010, 09:01 AM
Alrighty then. Work finally finished. Dutch up on beautiful outlet pass, followed by a brilliant run, then a sweet shot by Robben. All is good this AM! Morning Maners! Go Oranje!

That One Guy
06-28-2010, 09:04 AM
I haven't been impressed by anyone's attack this game. That shot that did score doesn't 80% (or better) of the time. Really expected at least more shots on goal.

Dutch
06-28-2010, 09:06 AM
Robben's left foot nearly finds home again!

Dutch
06-28-2010, 09:09 AM
I haven't been impressed by anyone's attack this game. That shot that did score doesn't 80% (or better) of the time. Really expected at least more shots on goal.

The Dutch are playing a very controlling (read boring) style of game against Slovakia. If the Dutch manage to get another goal, things will really open up as the Slovaks will have no choice but to commit more to the attack. This favors the style of the Dutch in a big way. I'm not sure they will be able to get past Brazil playing this way.

Dutch
06-28-2010, 09:11 AM
Ouch! That looks like an Achilles injury.

That One Guy
06-28-2010, 09:13 AM
The Dutch are playing a very controlling (read boring) style of game against Slovakia. If the Dutch manage to get another goal, things will really open up as the Slovaks will have no choice but to commit more to the attack. This favors the style of the Dutch in a big way. I'm not sure they will be able to get past Brazil playing this way.

Makes sense. They said before the game that the best chance for Slovakia was to lock down and hope to get to a shootout. Maybe the Dutch realized that and if they weren't going to be getting many points, figured to play it slower and safer to not give a counter-attack goal. Just definitely isn't the type of game I had expected to see. There's a lot of teams that could really need to cut things loose and play if they're gonna go places in the next few days.

Dutch
06-28-2010, 09:18 AM
Makes sense. They said before the game that the best chance for Slovakia was to lock down and hope to get to a shootout. Maybe the Dutch realized that and if they weren't going to be getting many points, figured to play it slower and safer to not give a counter-attack goal. Just definitely isn't the type of game I had expected to see. There's a lot of teams that could really need to cut things loose and play if they're gonna go places in the next few days.

You've got it on the on the head. The coach stated as much in a couple of interviews the last day or two. The Dutch were concerned with the Slovaks counter after watching what they did to Italy. I think, if anything they may have overvalued what the Slovaks did in that game as the Italians weren't the team everyone expected them to be. I'm looking for this to be a 2-0 or 3-1 type finish (I hope, anyway).:thumbs:

Dutch
06-28-2010, 09:22 AM
Whew! What a save! Dutch better get their act together on defense or the Slovaks are going to get that shootout!

That One Guy
06-28-2010, 09:22 AM
Wow, what a point blank shot by Slovakia. Dutch better pick it up or this could be a tie game very easily.

Dutch
06-28-2010, 09:39 AM
Nice! Would have been great to see the buildup instead of a replay of the Slovak player! 2-0 sweeeeeeeeet!

That One Guy
06-28-2010, 09:40 AM
Nice! Would have been great to see the buildup instead of a replay of the Slovak player! 2-0 sweeeeeeeeet!

Smart and disciplined play to pass that rather than fire a shot when the lane wasn't there.

Dutch
06-28-2010, 09:45 AM
Smart and disciplined play to pass that rather than fire a shot when the lane wasn't there.

Agreed. Had they played that unselfishly earlier they might have a 4-0 lead in this game. I've seen a couple of instances with the Dutch strikers where an easy pass would have scored but they fire an impossible shot instead. Striker's mentality I guess.

Dutch
06-28-2010, 09:47 AM
Man are the Dutch flirting with disaster on those offsides....

That One Guy
06-28-2010, 09:48 AM
Hahahaha Penalty 4 seconds before the game ends.

Dutch
06-28-2010, 09:50 AM
Game. Over. Whew!

That One Guy
06-28-2010, 09:52 AM
Netherlands didn't dominate but it was a solid win.

That One Guy
06-28-2010, 09:54 AM
All the talk about that Robbin guy's left foot won't bode well for him. Defenders next game should be on his leg like a horny dog.

epicSocialism4tw
06-28-2010, 12:13 PM
Its hard not to pull for Brazil.

They play with such love for the game despite knowing that they are the best. They have many of the best players in the world, and they still play like they are getting out on the field for the first time.

Plus their fans are an absolute blast at the WC. I got to hang with 'em when they were in Dallas in 1994. They are literally a mobile mass of party.

epicSocialism4tw
06-28-2010, 12:21 PM
FIFA to censor in-stadium replays! Seriously? Maybe this is a communist sport. Sheesh. They keep piling tragedy on top of tragedy and then they respond by tightening the noose. Im getting more and more convinced that FIFA influences these matches.

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/story/_/id/5335440/ce/us/fifa-censor-stadium-replays?cc=5901&ver=us

gyldenlove
06-28-2010, 12:31 PM
FIFA to censor in-stadium replays! Seriously? Maybe this is a communist sport. Sheesh. They keep piling tragedy on top of tragedy and then they respond by tightening the noose. Im getting more and more convinced that FIFA influences these matches.

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/story/_/id/5335440/ce/us/fifa-censor-stadium-replays?cc=5901&ver=us

Say thank you to emperor Bladder, he is without a doubt the biggest dickhead in the world.

gyldenlove
06-28-2010, 12:37 PM
Its hard not to pull for Brazil.

They play with such love for the game despite knowing that they are the best. They have many of the best players in the world, and they still play like they are getting out on the field for the first time.

Plus their fans are an absolute blast at the WC. I got to hang with 'em when they were in Dallas in 1994. They are literally a mobile mass of party.

Actually I would say this year Brazil is underpowered when it comes to super stars, aside from Kaka and maybe Robinho they don't really have any world class players. I would say Argentina (Messi, Higuain, Milito), Spain (Villa, Iniesta, Alonso) and Holland (Sneijder, Robben, Van Persie) all have more super stars, you could maybe even argue that England with Rooney, Gerrard and Lampard should be up there as well.

Brazil is still a great team, I am not going to argue that but I think compared to previous teams this years team is not as star studded.

SonOfLe-loLang
06-28-2010, 12:40 PM
Actually I would say this year Brazil is underpowered when it comes to super stars, aside from Kaka and maybe Robinho they don't really have any world class players. I would say Argentina (Messi, Higuain, Milito), Spain (Villa, Iniesta, Alonso) and Holland (Sneijder, Robben, Van Persie) all have more super stars, you could maybe even argue that England with Rooney, Gerrard and Lampard should be up there as well.

Brazil is still a great team, I am not going to argue that but I think compared to previous teams this years team is not as star studded.

Luis Fabiano and Maicon called to tell you they're hurt you didnt include them.

epicSocialism4tw
06-28-2010, 12:44 PM
Actually I would say this year Brazil is underpowered when it comes to super stars, aside from Kaka and maybe Robinho they don't really have any world class players. I would say Argentina (Messi, Higuain, Milito), Spain (Villa, Iniesta, Alonso) and Holland (Sneijder, Robben, Van Persie) all have more super stars, you could maybe even argue that England with Rooney, Gerrard and Lampard should be up there as well.

Brazil is still a great team, I am not going to argue that but I think compared to previous teams this years team is not as star studded.

Some you forgot: Fabiano, Maicon, Julio Cesar, Lucio...that team is absolutely stacked.

The Joker
06-28-2010, 12:44 PM
Actually I would say this year Brazil is underpowered when it comes to super stars, aside from Kaka and maybe Robinho they don't really have any world class players. I would say Argentina (Messi, Higuain, Milito), Spain (Villa, Iniesta, Alonso) and Holland (Sneijder, Robben, Van Persie) all have more super stars, you could maybe even argue that England with Rooney, Gerrard and Lampard should be up there as well.

Brazil is still a great team, I am not going to argue that but I think compared to previous teams this years team is not as star studded.

Maicon and Dani Alves are both among the best players in the world at their positions, and Luis Fabiano is just a beast of a center-forward.

Maybe they don't have quite the superstars of years passed when the likes of Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho were in their peaks, but there's still an awful lot of quality in their side.

Can't believe you left Xavi off your list for Spain btw, best midfielder in the world by quite some distance.

epicSocialism4tw
06-28-2010, 12:45 PM
This is a great game so far...these teams are trying to out-skill each other and its probably the most attractive football we'll see in this tournament.

Requiem
06-28-2010, 01:06 PM
GoallAOnAOsnOnoooooooooooo!

That One Guy
06-28-2010, 01:08 PM
Oh how this game turned quickly.

Requiem
06-28-2010, 01:17 PM
It's gonna be sad having to root for both my favorite teams, Brazil and Netherlands. WHY GOD WHY!

Dutch
06-28-2010, 01:28 PM
It's gonna be sad having to root for both my favorite teams, Brazil and Netherlands. WHY GOD WHY!

I'm soooo feeling the same way, Req. If the Netherlands don't capitalize on the few opportunites they get, it could be a long day for the Oranje. Wish if they had to face each other it would have come later as I enjoy watching and rooting for both. Great fans and great football culture in both countries. Been fortunate enough to visit both and party with them as well. Much fun had by all!

Dutch
06-28-2010, 01:46 PM
Was just a matter of time.....3-0

That One Guy
06-28-2010, 02:03 PM
Kaka looks like another one that is hellbent on getting a goal for himself.

strafen
06-28-2010, 02:15 PM
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coupe_Jules_Rimet
that's what I was referring to ;)
With Italy out, is Brazil's world cup to lose...

That One Guy
06-28-2010, 02:19 PM
With Italy out, is Brazil's world cup to lose...

With Italy out?

I know they physically sent a team but were they really ever in it once the games started?

epicSocialism4tw
06-28-2010, 02:37 PM
With Italy out?

I know they physically sent a team but were they really ever in it once the games started?

Ha!

I think they were out when the retirement started kicking in.

WABronco
06-28-2010, 02:45 PM
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gyldenlove
06-28-2010, 02:52 PM
Some you forgot: Fabiano, Maicon, Julio Cesar, Lucio...that team is absolutely stacked.

It takes more than 15 goals in la liga to be a superstar, so Fabiano is out. Maicon isn't even the best back on his club team, although he is very good, there are several who are better. Lucio I can partly agree with. Julio Cesar is not as good as Cassilas and I would even venture that Butt is better as well, Buffon seems to have lost a bit of his magic.

For Spain: Xavi, Puyol, Cassilas, Sergio Ramos. For Argentina: Tevez, Burdisso, Mascherano, Demichelis.

SonOfLe-loLang
06-28-2010, 03:08 PM
It takes more than 15 goals in la liga to be a superstar, so Fabiano is out. Maicon isn't even the best back on his club team, although he is very good, there are several who are better. Lucio I can partly agree with. Julio Cesar is not as good as Cassilas and I would even venture that Butt is better as well, Buffon seems to have lost a bit of his magic.

For Spain: Xavi, Puyol, Cassilas, Sergio Ramos. For Argentina: Tevez, Burdisso, Mascherano, Demichelis.

it seems like, in international play, all Fabiano does is score goals. what is it, 28 in 42 matches?

Jens1893
06-28-2010, 07:30 PM
FIFA to censor in-stadium replays! Seriously? Maybe this is a communist sport. Sheesh. They keep piling tragedy on top of tragedy and then they respond by tightening the noose. Im getting more and more convinced that FIFA influences these matches.

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/world-cup/story/_/id/5335440/ce/us/fifa-censor-stadium-replays?cc=5901&ver=us

That´s common practice in football leagues around the world. In fact, I am surprised they have the game on the big screen. It´s for the better when the teams, the referee and especially the fans don´t immediately see how someone ****ed up and screwed them with their own eyes.

epicSocialism4tw
06-28-2010, 08:48 PM
That´s common practice in football leagues around the world. In fact, I am surprised they have the game on the big screen. It´s for the better when the teams, the referee and especially the fans don´t immediately see how someone ****ed up and screwed them with their own eyes.

Yeah, you'd hate it if the little people...your patrons...were impowered by information.

FIFA had an opportunity to break into the biggest sports market on the planet, and they left a taste of corruption in the mouths of a huge swath of new viewers.

That's bad business.

Kid A
06-28-2010, 09:33 PM
Okay, after watching Arjen Robben carry Bayern to the champions league final and pickup where he left off today...where do they larger soccer aficionados on this board rank him on the world scene? He seems as dangerous as anyone I watch right now at scoring from distance. Clutch SOB too.

epicSocialism4tw
06-28-2010, 09:52 PM
Okay, after watching Arjen Robben carry Bayern to the champions league final and pickup where he left off today...where do they larger soccer aficionados on this board rank him on the world scene? He seems as dangerous as anyone I watch right now at scoring from distance. Clutch SOB too.

Freakish left foot.

Van Persie is unbelievable as well, and Sneijder can kill you.

I cant stand De Jong though...that guy just about makes it impossible to pull for them.

strafen
06-28-2010, 11:53 PM
With Italy out?

I know they physically sent a team but were they really ever in it once the games started?

They stunk. Yes, they did!

Italy is one of those teams that seem to give Brazil a hard time.
That said, Italy always brings a quality team to the world cup.
I was quite frankly shocked they didn't do so well this time around..

FireFly
06-29-2010, 02:47 AM
Okay, after watching Arjen Robben carry Bayern to the champions league final and pickup where he left off today...where do they larger soccer aficionados on this board rank him on the world scene? He seems as dangerous as anyone I watch right now at scoring from distance. Clutch SOB too.

For my money his probably top 20, top 5 at his position. Thing is, there are a lot of good players at his position - he's just a cut above most

Dutch
06-29-2010, 08:15 AM
Morning Maners :sunshine:! Hoping for a Japan win this morning as we still have many friends over there who I'm sure will be gathered together watching the game. This afternoon's game should be one of the best of this round. Last day of this round, then down to the 1/4 finals and all the matchups are looking like quality matches.

The Joker
06-29-2010, 08:27 AM
Morning Maners :sunshine:! Hoping for a Japan win this morning as we still have many friends over there who I'm sure will be gathered together watching the game. This afternoon's game should be one of the best of this round. Last day of this round, then down to the 1/4 finals and all the matchups are looking like quality matches.

You guys are really going to have to step it up a notch if you're going to give Brazil a real challenge on Friday.

Argentina-Germany is the one I really want to see though.

Homer Simpson
06-29-2010, 08:31 AM
I'm stunned that the MLS has started up again during the last 16 of the world cup.

Dutch
06-29-2010, 08:35 AM
You guys are really going to have to step it up a notch if you're going to give Brazil a real challenge on Friday.

Argentina-Germany is the one I really want to see though.

Agreed! I'm looking forward to all of the 1/4 finals. Should be some great matchups.

Dutch
06-29-2010, 08:48 AM
Looks to me like this could be the first game to go to penalty kicks. Be interresting to see if fatigue becomes a factor in the second half. Nice to see a high level of creativity and execution from the Japanese.

That One Guy
06-29-2010, 09:12 AM
Considering the Brazil game eventually opened up, none of the games have been snoozefests in the way this one has. Silly giveaways, no real quality opportunities, etc.

There was almost a good Paraguay opportunity but, as usual, someone blocked it and it didn't go anywhere. Ugh.

The Joker
06-29-2010, 10:08 AM
Awful, awful game.

Hope we at least get the excitement of penalties to make up for this.

Dutch
06-29-2010, 10:12 AM
Awful, awful game.

Hope we at least get the excitement of penalties to make up for this.

Not suprised at all as neither team wants to give up a cheap one. I'm still thinking penalty kicks.

Meck77
06-29-2010, 10:32 AM
Looks to me like this could be the first game to go to penalty kicks. Be interresting to see if fatigue becomes a factor in the second half. Nice to see a high level of creativity and execution from the Japanese.

Good call considering you made it during the first half. :thumbsup:

Dutch
06-29-2010, 10:32 AM
No suprise here. Penalty kick time. They need to get this done so I can finish with the last go round of bleaching my deck! The bummer about it is that I will have to spend Friday-Sun/Mon staining it in the AM hours. Going to have to listen to the games on the outdoor speakers and look through the back window to see the replays on the tele.:pfbbt:

Dutch
06-29-2010, 10:36 AM
Good call considering you made it during the first half. :thumbsup:

Not that tough a call to make based on the way both teams were so focused on not allowing any space in their own third. Now, Japan needs a save against/gack on the part of Paraguay.

Dutch
06-29-2010, 10:39 AM
Crossbar...done Japan

Dutch
06-29-2010, 10:41 AM
Game over....Deck time! Need to get this whipped out in time for the Portugal vs Spain game. Should be a good one. Back in a bit.....

Requiem
06-29-2010, 11:29 AM
Don't like either Spain or Portgual, but rooting against Portugal because I like to piss my friend off.

That One Guy
06-29-2010, 11:31 AM
The wife wanted to do lunch so I suffered through the first 55 mins of play just to miss the shootout.

Booooooooooooooooooo.

At least the afternoon game has promise to be a good one.

Smiling Assassin27
06-29-2010, 11:35 AM
Viva Espana.

Let's put a whooping on our little brothers to the west.

BlaK-Argentina
06-29-2010, 11:58 AM
I hate Spain. I would be rooting for Portugal but I hate C. Ronaldo... so I don't really care who wins. :D

Dutch
06-29-2010, 12:50 PM
Much as I dislike both squads (a 0-0 tie with shootout ending and several yellow cards would be fine with me!), I can't deny the tallent out there. Whether or not either side can play as a team well enough to get on goal remains to be seen, but I would expect scoring in this one. Wow, close chance by Portugal....

Smiling Assassin27
06-29-2010, 12:51 PM
Iker saves their bacon.

Smiling Assassin27
06-29-2010, 12:52 PM
Spain's looking a little loose with their ball control. Nerves?

Dutch
06-29-2010, 12:58 PM
Nice save after a brilliant strike on the PK.

Smiling Assassin27
06-29-2010, 01:09 PM
That shoulda been in the net for Portugal. They've come out like Chile did--pressing Spain to make perfect passes in small spaces by marking tight, then waiting for a counter.

cutthemdown
06-29-2010, 01:49 PM
They need to change rules make more shots on goal. Something!!!

Dutch
06-29-2010, 01:50 PM
That shoulda been in the net for Portugal. They've come out like Chile did--pressing Spain to make perfect passes in small spaces by marking tight, then waiting for a counter.

Pretty much been their MO all through qualifying. Fantastic save by the Portuguese Keeper.....

Dutch
06-29-2010, 01:52 PM
Great follow through on the goal by David Villa

Dutch
06-29-2010, 01:52 PM
Now Portugal will have to shift to the attack. This game will open up in a big way now....

That One Guy
06-29-2010, 01:54 PM
Now Portugal will have to shift to the attack. This game will open up in a big way now....

And I'm very thankful. Actually dozed off for the first half and now I'm excited to see the second.

Dutch
06-29-2010, 01:55 PM
Only the 2nd goal allowed in the last THIRTEEN international competitions by Portugal.

Smiling Assassin27
06-29-2010, 01:56 PM
torres just ain't quite right yet. villa is in his prime, for sure. it'll be nice to see portugal open it up as they have some skill on the attack.

That One Guy
06-29-2010, 02:06 PM
Villa has an amazing shot. Hits like a hammer and on target. Very impressive.

Smiling Assassin27
06-29-2010, 02:14 PM
Spain now doing its Harlem Globetrotter imitation...I'm waiting for the yo-yo ball.

Dutch
06-29-2010, 02:18 PM
Red card to Costa, you could see that coming for a while...

Dutch
06-29-2010, 02:24 PM
Spain is through to the 1/4's. USA only group winner not to advance (not that I give a dang about that). Feel bad for the Portugeuse Keeper. He did all he could in that game.....

bfoflcommish
06-29-2010, 02:40 PM
http://www.abload.de/img/ndarz1rp3f.gif

Smiling Assassin27
06-29-2010, 02:43 PM
http://www.abload.de/img/ndarz1rp3f.gif


lol

epicSocialism4tw
06-29-2010, 03:52 PM
torres just ain't quite right yet. villa is in his prime, for sure. it'll be nice to see portugal open it up as they have some skill on the attack.

Villa is fantastic. Xavi is maybe the best player in the world.

Spain may just win this thing. When you have two players in form like that, good things happen.

Smiling Assassin27
06-29-2010, 03:56 PM
Villa is fantastic. Xavi is maybe the best player in the world.

Spain may just win this thing. When you have two players in form like that, good things happen.

They'll have trouble with the likes of Germany, Argentina, and Brasil but are capable of beating them all. Now's the time if they're gonna surpass their 4th place WC finish.

Requiem
06-29-2010, 04:12 PM
torres just ain't quite right yet. villa is in his prime, for sure. it'll be nice to see portugal open it up as they have some skill on the attack.

Villa has shined for sure. Very impressive. Wasn't Torres hurt and rushed before the WC? He hasn't played as well as I thought he would, but he's still a phenomenal player. Slick ball moves, I thought that kick around the right and fake to the left was gonna work for a while.

Smiling Assassin27
06-29-2010, 04:21 PM
Yeah, he's coming off a couple of knee operations, and they probably did rush him back. He's not stinking it up by any means but at Euro 08 he was on another level. His replacement, Llorente looks more dangerous at this point.

The Joker
06-29-2010, 04:53 PM
It's absolutely insane how good Barcelona are going to be next year.

Front 6 is shaping up something like this.

---------------- Busquets

------- Xavi -------------- Iniesta

Messi -------------------------------- Villa

---------------- Ibrahimovic

If Ibrahimovic has a better season in his second year in the league, they'll be pretty much unstoppable. Talk is that they'll add Fabregas as well, which will give them frightening depth as well.

gyldenlove
06-29-2010, 06:12 PM
They'll have trouble with the likes of Germany, Argentina, and Brasil but are capable of beating them all. Now's the time if they're gonna surpass their 4th place WC finish.

I do believe those 4 teams are the cream of the crop right now, they have all earned their spots in the quarters and it should be some really intense games.

gtown
06-29-2010, 06:21 PM
Yeah, he's coming off a couple of knee operations, and they probably did rush him back. He's not stinking it up by any means but at Euro 08 he was on another level. His replacement, Llorente looks more dangerous at this point.

It's too bad about Torres. The guy was unstoppable at the last WC. In addition to the knee surgeries, he had a hernia in his groin and ankle surgery. He might, unfortunately, be on his last legs, no pun intended.

Dutch
07-01-2010, 12:13 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/100701

Smiling Assassin27
07-01-2010, 01:30 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/100701

i was gonna post this as well...very clever.

Champagne Powder
07-01-2010, 04:20 PM
This thread brings a tear to my eye. 89 pages deep!!! I just want to thank everybody for posting here about football, which shows you how healthy the world's greatest sport is doing.

BTW, has anybody seen the Baseball Thread on here? The interest and page count is not even close to this thread! **** Bud Selig, **** baseball apologists and **** all those lame ass ****s that post in that thread to begin with.

FantomForce
07-01-2010, 05:20 PM
Just watched this looks like Adidas FUBAR'd the game ball http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/world-cup-ball-whats-wrong-with-it/p4cn7p8?from=en-us_msnhp&gt1=42007

epicSocialism4tw
07-01-2010, 10:23 PM
I have noticed that it has been difficult for players to get the ball to dip on the back half of its trajectory. Instead of having a spin that causes momentum to drop the ball sooner, it wobbles and goes relatively out of control.

Homer Simpson
07-01-2010, 10:44 PM
It's been a tough two days, 2 days cold turkey. Phew for 8am tomorrow.

Homer Simpson
07-01-2010, 10:56 PM
I shan't apologise for the giant picture.

(i will if y'all get mad!)

http://www.insideview.com/images/productivity-infographic.png

Dutch
07-02-2010, 07:53 AM
Well Folks, God decided that he would rain on my deck this morning. So I now have to watch the games instead of listening to them while I stain and waterproof the deck!ROFL! Looking forward to a great match...Go Oranje!!!

Miss I.
07-02-2010, 08:13 AM
Go holland!

gyldenlove
07-02-2010, 09:13 AM
We have a game now!

Dutch
07-02-2010, 09:27 AM
Wow. Should be a frantic end to this one.......2-1 ORANJE!!!!

That One Guy
07-02-2010, 09:47 AM
I slept in as I forgot about the games and woke up to 2-1 dutch. Wowzers. Did not expect that.

SonOfLe-loLang
07-02-2010, 09:57 AM
ahhh, i win a lot of money if the Dutch can win this whole thing.

AlienBronco
07-02-2010, 09:58 AM
....ORANJE BOVEN!!!!! Holland wins 2-1!!

Great game.

Dutch
07-02-2010, 10:04 AM
If you had watched the first half when the Bazilians were up 1-0 and carrying the play, you'd be even more surprised by the end result. In the end the lack of discipline shown by the Brazilians cost them the game. Way to much diving by both squads, but far to much berating of the officials and the opposing players by Brazil. The red card was warrented, but what a stupid foul! Frankly the Dutch should have scored at least two more.

AlienBronco
07-02-2010, 10:21 AM
True, but 2 big errors in defense cost both teams, and like you said when Brazil's goalie made that costly mistake that tied the game Brasilians started to lose their composure.

At this level of play you will pay for you errors stupid foul included.

DenverBrit
07-02-2010, 10:23 AM
Congratulations, Holland. :thumbsup:

gunns
07-02-2010, 10:59 AM
WOOT! I took so much crap this week because I was going for the Netherlands. Only bad thing is I don't go back to work till Tuesday to give them that crap back.

Champagne Powder
07-02-2010, 11:06 AM
Anybody worried about Felipe Melo's well being when he returns to Brasil?

gyldenlove
07-02-2010, 11:17 AM
Anybody worried about Felipe Melo's well being when he returns to Brasil?

Well he could just go back to Torino and rejoin his club, although he is not really super well liked there either.

SonOfLe-loLang
07-02-2010, 11:20 AM
Anybody worried about Felipe Melo's well being when he returns to Brasil?

I think that was going in anyway. Bad job all around on that play.

Hulamau
07-02-2010, 11:30 AM
Well Folks, God decided that he would rain on my deck this morning. So I now have to watch the games instead of listening to them while I stain and waterproof the deck!ROFL! Looking forward to a great match...Go Oranje!!!

Fantastic!! Oranje Crush wins!!! WOke up early in Hawaii right now to catch the second half.

Nederlands is in Pandamonium, in Amsterdam Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein are a ocean of Oranje and thunder right now! If they can some how win it all would be AWESOME.

Go Oranje!!!

BlaK-Argentina
07-02-2010, 11:50 AM
BYE BYE BRAZIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Eat it!!!

That One Guy
07-02-2010, 12:06 PM
Fantastic!! Oranje Crush wins!!! WOke up early in Hawaii right now to catch the second half.

Nederlands is in Pandamonium, in Amsterdam Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein are a ocean of Oranje and thunder right now! If they can some how win it all would be AWESOME.

Go Oranje!!!

I have to ask, who vacations from a soccer nation during the World Cup? I'd think you soak in every moment of that.

DivineBronco
07-02-2010, 12:10 PM
I have directv and espn seems to have gone dark.......anyone else having this problem?

Miss I.
07-02-2010, 12:13 PM
I have to ask, who vacations from a soccer nation during the World Cup? I'd think you soak in every moment of that.

Indeed, it's addictive over here. Was in Holland a week ago for their last victory and it was brilliant, drinking and dancing in the streets and people were so friendly and fun. Tomorrow I leave for Berlin and hope to see the Germany v Argentina game..should be interesting.

So happy for Holland. Since the US is out, I've adopted Holland (at least partly because their primary color is orange, I guess it's a thing for me). ;D

epicSocialism4tw
07-02-2010, 12:22 PM
I think that was going in anyway. Bad job all around on that play.

The red card was worse.

Homer Simpson
07-02-2010, 12:22 PM
Dunga's resigned already.

Smiling Assassin27
07-02-2010, 12:31 PM
Wooo! What a game! Brazil's arrogance got the best of them today and the Dutch were right there to give 'em the steaming crapburger.

The one thing Brazil rarely has to deal with is adversity, as most teams that fall behind them either burn out or over-press. The Dutch got a good bounce on the first goal and then played an ingenious corner play to punch 'em in the gut. From then on, Brazil's arrogance got them a red card and a loss of poise. Props to the Dutch and it's nice to see some of the old guard head home early (France, Italy, Brazil).

Alleged Triggerman
07-02-2010, 12:32 PM
Indeed, it's addictive over here. Was in Holland a week ago for their last victory and it was brilliant, drinking and dancing in the streets and people were so friendly and fun. Tomorrow I leave for Berlin and hope to see the Germany v Argentina game..should be interesting.

So happy for Holland. Since the US is out, I've adopted Holland (at least partly because their primary color is orange, I guess it's a thing for me). ;D

Me too. Go Holland Halloweens!

Isn't there a Dutch connection to the Broncos anyway?

epicSocialism4tw
07-02-2010, 12:39 PM
I thought that Brazil was the better team. They had the game by the horns and dictated play in all three thirds. I really only felt that the teams were evenly matched when Felipe Melo got sent off and Brazil was playing 10 on 11. The first Holland goal came from a goalkeeping mistake. The second was earned from a set piece, and Holland really didnt threaten the goal much from the run of play. You really have to say that Brazil lost this game rather than Holland winning it.

Kaka was the best player on the field. I was disappointed in Van Persie, who I thought was embarrassingly bad. Brazil made Robben look like he could only drive his one-footed dribbling straight into turnovers. Sneijder never was able to really get the attack linked from the middle third to the front third.

Something about Holland that bothers me...they are the worst diving and whining European team by a country mile...competing with the Argentinians for the Unfair Play award. The Dutch may take the award because they have a few dirty players who will try to break your leg on one play and then flop like a fish without contact and roll around like their genitals had been ripped off by hand on the next play (De Jong, Im talking about you).

Alleged Triggerman
07-02-2010, 12:43 PM
Soccer: The WWE of professional sports.

Miss I.
07-02-2010, 12:52 PM
Soccer: The WWE of professional sports.

See, it's stuff like this that always makes me tell my sister, "Fetal Alcohol syndrome really does impact you for the rest of your life." ;D

Smiling Assassin27
07-02-2010, 01:01 PM
Me too. Go Holland Halloweens!

Isn't there a Dutch connection to the Broncos anyway?


harald hasselbach, dude...

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:gJiwbJ6c7FJDOM:http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/football/nfl/players/2981.jpg

Miss I.
07-02-2010, 01:05 PM
Anybody watching the Uruguay v Ghana game?

Meck77
07-02-2010, 01:06 PM
Sure am Miss! Ghana looking pretty strong so far! Just about ready to load up the smoker with some mesquite and kick off the 4th of July weekend!

epicSocialism4tw
07-02-2010, 01:18 PM
Anybody watching the Uruguay v Ghana game?

This has been an awesome game so far. Alot of action on both ends. Much more fun than the Brazil/Holland.

Prince Boateng just about scored a bicycle. Nice.

epicSocialism4tw
07-02-2010, 01:19 PM
What a goal!!!

Meck77
07-02-2010, 01:20 PM
Wow!!!!!!

Ghana can just toy with Uruguay now.

epicSocialism4tw
07-02-2010, 01:21 PM
Muntari just drilled in a 35 yard bending blast. One of the best goals of the tournament.

epicSocialism4tw
07-02-2010, 01:22 PM
Wow!!!!!!

Ghana can just toy with Uruguay now.

This is playing to Ghana's strengths. They can drop a midfielder back in front of the center defense and play counterstrike football.

Alleged Triggerman
07-02-2010, 01:24 PM
See, it's stuff like this that always makes me tell my sister, "Fetal Alcohol syndrome really does impact you for the rest of your life." ;D

I'm sorry that your sister has FAS. :sunshine:

Those Ghana dudes are pretty tough. Them and Holland will be a great match if it holds up.

Miss I.
07-02-2010, 01:25 PM
Good game indeed. Now I must go pack for Germany tomorrow. Got me a game to go watch with a bunch of drunk Germans and 3 other non-football loving Americans. Man I hope they are nice in Germany. :-)

Alleged Triggerman
07-02-2010, 01:46 PM
I hope your German friends wear their daisy dukes to the party! If the football hating U.Sers don't have a good time then...GOOOOOOOOOOAALLL...there is no pleasing them.

epicSocialism4tw
07-02-2010, 01:47 PM
Awesome goal from Forlan!

This is turning into a classic. Much better than the earlier game.

brncs_fan
07-02-2010, 01:49 PM
It was a brilliant goal. Ghana looks to be losing the momentum now and losing their head a bit.