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BS: World Cup

Q (Frank Staplin) 03 Jul 14 - 12:35 PM
gnu 03 Jul 14 - 04:02 PM
MikeL2 04 Jul 14 - 02:12 PM
gnu 04 Jul 14 - 06:43 PM
gnu 04 Jul 14 - 06:44 PM
Ebbie 04 Jul 14 - 06:52 PM
GUEST,dick greenhaus 04 Jul 14 - 07:45 PM
gnu 05 Jul 14 - 07:11 AM
Stu 05 Jul 14 - 10:00 AM
Jim McLean 05 Jul 14 - 10:24 AM
gnu 05 Jul 14 - 10:56 AM
MikeL2 05 Jul 14 - 10:58 AM
MGM·Lion 05 Jul 14 - 11:10 AM
The Sandman 05 Jul 14 - 12:57 PM
gnu 05 Jul 14 - 02:07 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 03 Jul 14 - 12:35 PM

Barcelona is attempting to hire Luis Suarez away from Liverpool, who paid him $75 million to sign in 2013.


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: gnu
Date: 03 Jul 14 - 04:02 PM

"The chess analogy from Gnu is interesting." It surely is. The game of Yankee football is very much so and, as such, involves the fans more so than most sports. AS for cricket, even tho I love watching, I cannot comment as we simply get little of it on the TV here. What I have seen is entertaining. Here is how little we get... One hour of highlights from a 6 year old game and a half hour "round-up of 'this week in cricket'. Pffft! Not worth my time. Regarding the earlier comment of football not making it to TV in NA due to the advertising, they are working around that by screen splitting. MLS is on some sports channels but I prefer the real deal, The Premiership. We do get other leagues' games but who has the time to watch more than the best?

Same with rugby. The TV coverage sucks here. Same with Aussie Rules witch I thoroughly enjoy... ONE game a year at zero dark hundred hours? If I forget to record it, I go another year without it unless I You Tube it and that is a challenge.

In the end, I've watched near them all. The World Cup is my fav. But, after that... GO NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS! https://www.flickr.com/photos/15565423@N05/8475316641/

That is a game Jersey from the AFC Championship game two years ago. Olddude got it signed by Brady for me. I was never into such but when it arrived in the mail, I felt like a little kid at Kissmeass.


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: MikeL2
Date: 04 Jul 14 - 02:12 PM

Hi

Just watched Germany v France. Not the most exciting or attractive game of the tournament by a long way.

Germany scored early and the proceeded to do what they do best....protect a lead. France strived to get back into the game but they were a very disjointed team.

Germany's performance was very workmanlike but nobody stood out. I suppose this was to be expected if what the media announced 24 hours before the game....that Germany has 7 players who were suffering from flu.

I am looking to a much better game tonight.....please.

Cheers

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: gnu
Date: 04 Jul 14 - 06:43 PM

A fun day for me. My earlier post (which I posted and checked to see if it posted... and it did???) is gone. Odd, but I am not the only one it has happened to in the past while.

So, it will be interesting next round. Of course, I shall again be glued to the screen tomorrow. I shall be rooting for two teams which are underdogs IMO.


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: gnu
Date: 04 Jul 14 - 06:44 PM

Right. I posted. I checked. It's there now.


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: Ebbie
Date: 04 Jul 14 - 06:52 PM

The older I get, the freer I am! Now, isn't that nice?

Instead of going to our traditional July Fourth parade, I walked with my dog to the staging area, noted a half dozen of the entries, came home and watched Brazil last out Colombia instead. Enjoyed it.

In an hour or so, I'll be picked up and taken to a backyard picnic with music inside the house. Always fun.

I think I'm having a good 4th.


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: GUEST,dick greenhaus
Date: 04 Jul 14 - 07:45 PM

It's been said that soccer (which I happen to enjoy watching) is the next big sport to reach the US. And lways will be.


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: gnu
Date: 05 Jul 14 - 07:11 AM

Naymar (spg?) has a fractured spine. Damn! This is just horrible. And Silva out on cards too.


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: Stu
Date: 05 Jul 14 - 10:00 AM

Bloody ridiculous tackle on Neymar. At first I thought he was crying wolf but the replay shows how bad the tackle was: he kneed him intentionally in the small of the back.


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: Jim McLean
Date: 05 Jul 14 - 10:24 AM

I don't really watch much football so my comments are probably not very valid, however this World Cup came as quite a shock. The violence, the barging, shoving, grappling elbows in the face, body grabbing, histrionics by the players and some very bad refereeing. The Beautiful Game? I don't think so.


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: gnu
Date: 05 Jul 14 - 10:56 AM

Jim... it doesn't a true and devoted fan to be shocked at the MANY goings-on in this tournament. I am damn near hoarse.

Even the camera work is atrocious. Every few minutes I end up watching a close-up shot of one or two players and I just can't see what is going on the rest of the field of play. Although, I must say the camera team knows how to pick out the babes for cameo appearances. >;-)

Looking forward to another entertaining day... I hope.


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: MikeL2
Date: 05 Jul 14 - 10:58 AM

Hi Jim

<" The Beautiful Game? I don't think so">

I agree with you. I have seen it coming over the years. But last night's Colombia v Brazil was full of spoiling tactics (fouls) by both sides.

Plenty of violent tackles went unpunished. Also we have seen diving, not only to get a penalty, but all over the pitch go on generally unpenalised but not unseen by the referees. If the refs would penalise with at least a yellow card it would soon stop. It seems that almost every coming together is either a vicious foul or a dive. What ever happened to the humble ( but fair ) shoulder charge - that is shoulder to shoulder competing for the ball??
Get a grip refs.

That said, the game was interesting in phases and again a team with a two goal lead had to hang on for dear life. Phew !!

Getting ready for tonight's matches. I will naturally be shouting for Holland as their Manger is now the boss of my team, Manchester United. Difficult decision this one as it would be of more benefit if he was with United now and not go on to the World Cup Final.

cheers

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 05 Jul 14 - 11:10 AM

Got to the point now of being difficult to call. But just suppose if Costa Rica were to astonish us all -- yet again!

You Never Can Tell!


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: The Sandman
Date: 05 Jul 14 - 12:57 PM

argentina.but dont cry for me ,if i am wrong


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: gnu
Date: 05 Jul 14 - 02:07 PM

"... difficult to call."

As I have said earlier, the reffing staff only have their eyes from their vantage point in real time. I can see more clearly and from multiple angles on my 47" LCD TV in my living room than they can... in slo-mo too! And I can see it over and over because I can record the works. I have seen poor reffing but a percentage of it must be be ignored because of this.

Are we witnessing 'more' violence or do we now have the tech to view the violence? Of course, no matter because it is shocking and I wish there was a way to stop it. Good sportsmanship seems to be a way of the past. Ya know... I hear a lot of people condemn hockey because of the fighting but if ya think on it... not allowing a man (or his tem mates) to 'defend himself' is near the same given what I have seen in the Cup. Cracked back. That kinda shit would be settled in like fashion on the ice.


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: GUEST,MikeL2
Date: 05 Jul 14 - 02:39 PM

Hi

Just watched Argentina v Belgium. Not a great game but a great goal by Higuain. A first time touch volley on the turn hit with great skill and accuracy.

Unfortunately the rest of the game did not live up to this.

I think Argentina just about deserved to win and they seem to be playing progressively better in each round. Messi was made to appear ordinary by the close marking Belgium defence. The Argentine defence kept Belgium quiet and limited their chances on goal.

Fellaini was tireless and covered lots of ground. Unfortunately the ground he was covering was never quite in contact with the actual play.

As Michael says.....anyone can win this now.....it's difficult to call. As for Costa Rica beating Holland....er I think not.....make that hope not !!!....gulp.

Cheers

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: gnu
Date: 05 Jul 14 - 08:14 PM

The Nether Regions prevail! And I shall take the moment to share my absolute respect for Robben. I love to watch that old man play football. BRAAAAVO!


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 06 Jul 14 - 02:04 AM

So the Dutchies just scraped it, and the glorious underdogs were just barely pipped, thanks to one man who didn't even play in the actual match at all but was just brought on for the shootout.

So all honour to Newcastle's Tim Krul, the goalkeeper who saved the day for his native country [but not the one where he plays!].

And little honour to any other in the old firm of Robin & Robben Inc, I fear...

SO WELL DONE, COSTA RICA. HOME YOU MUST GO, ALAS: BUT COVERED IN GLORY!

~M~


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: GUEST,Musket
Date: 06 Jul 14 - 03:05 AM

Brave decision? I have always said a goalkeeper has nothing to prove in penalty shoot outs and the pressure is on the taker.

But er..

Interesting times for Man Utd next season....


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: gnu
Date: 06 Jul 14 - 07:19 AM

"... WELL DONE, COSTA RICA." Agreed!

"... a goalkeeper has nothing to prove in penalty shoot outs and the pressure is on the taker." Agreed!

Come on Tuesday! Schweinsteiger!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: MikeL2
Date: 06 Jul 14 - 07:57 AM

Hi

I watched all the Holland v Costa Rica game.

Quite exciting at times and with extra time & penalties I go to bed very late!!!

I thought the Holland were the much better team for most of the game. They just didn't get it together and make the best of van Persie. Robben was his usual irrepressible self. Though I thought at times he tried too often to score when he should have passed.

Costa Rica tried very hard and made occasion counter attacks, especially towards the end. So we went to penalties. Yes a very controversial and interesting change by van Gaal....but hey....it worked. We have discussed earlier about penalties not being a very good way to finish a game. However I think that justice was done as Holland hit the woodwork a few times and brought many good saves from the goalkeeper. If they had used the number of corners (say) as the means of deciding the winners then Holland would have run out comfortable winners.

Chers

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: MikeL2
Date: 06 Jul 14 - 08:14 AM

Hi Musket

<" Interesting times for Man Utd next season..">

Sure looks like it. I am a keen supporter of Man U and have a Season Ticket and go to as many away games as I can so I hope to see a change in the way the team plays this year.

van Gaal does not suffer fools gladly and is reported to be a very stiff disciplinarian so I look forward to seeing him.

I was not happy in the way that United treated David Moyes. I believe he is a very good manager, I think he was over-awed in trying to manage this huge Club. He tried to stamp his own methods on United too soon and it rebounded against him.
Many excuses have been made for him but the fact was that he inherited a side that had won the Premier League by 13 clear points and only finished 7th is undisputable.

I believe in spite of that they should have given him another season.

Moyes is a good manager and although his time at Old Trafford was not a good one, he will have learned some valuable lessons from it. He will be back I am sure and will prove himself with another club.

Cheers

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 06 Jul 14 - 08:26 AM

"I thought at times he tried too often to score when he should have passed."

,..,

That might have been so in this instance. Generally, tho, the fault is the other way. So often, Emma & I will yell together, "Shoot!", as there is a perfect opening, even if sometimes at a slight angle to the goal; but, no, he is just somehow, it appears, obligated by convention to cross to another player a bit nearer the goal, only to have the pass intercepted & the ball cleared. Happens all the time. Seems a sort of etiquette not to shoot when one has the chance, but to try to donate the honour to a team-mate. Why do they keep doing this?

~M~


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: Musket
Date: 06 Jul 14 - 12:09 PM

He proved himself adequately a few miles to the West, hence got the job. If you do anything less than the triple, following his predecessor, you would be on a hiding to nothing. But, he is gone and van Gaal is in.

van Gaal is either a genius or reckless judging by his last minute substitution. Which is it I wonder?



(As Michael is having a bit of a sulk and pretending I don't exist, can someone please remind him it is a team game? In answer to his question above.)


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: MikeL2
Date: 07 Jul 14 - 03:29 PM

Hi Michael

<" Seems a sort of etiquette not to shoot when one has the chance, but to try to donate the honour to a team-mate. Why do they keep doing this?">

I think there are a number of contributory reasons.

You will of course remember when " Johnny Foreigner" came over here and inflicted a first ever victory over England on their own soil at Wembley. It was no fluke 3-6 we lost and were given a lesson in football. It was in 1953 and it was Hungary that was guilty of that heinous crime.

Since then we have been always playing catch up and in doing so we have tried to copy the foreign teams. They all play possession football and over the years since then different nations have all had their own brand of this type of game.

To achieve this, teams need to be extremely skilful in ball control and passing rapidly to create openings.

In trying to demonstrate this skill teams tend to overdo the passing and try to walk the ball into the net. What has developed is that the skill of sharp shooting has been affected.

Another possible reason is that the art of goalkeeping has improved greatly and long distance shooting tends not to trouble the keepers these days.

I agree with you that players do not shoot as often as they could do.
Shooting and missing gives possession and control to the opposition. So a player is on a hiding to nothing if he does so. It is easier to pass the buck - literally.

In the individual case of Robben he is a very clever player and runs at defences causing panic. He can be deadly when he gets a shooting opportunity ( as I know only too well when he knocked Man United out of the European Cup two years ago!!!!). But in The World cup this year he is trying just that bit too much and makes some marvelous runs but takes it just too far and runs into trouble. He would be better shooting or passing earlier to the likes of van Persie who can and does shoot and score - especially with that deadly left foot.

I am hoping that Holland can pick up their game and beat Argentina Argentina are improving with each game, The news that Aguero will be back to be in partnership with Messi will give them much more firepower up front.

Aguero is in player Michael, who does shoot and scores from any angle.

My heart says Holland but my head says Argentina.

Cheers

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 07 Jul 14 - 05:50 PM

Thanks for response MikeL. Not sure it provides a complete explanation for this eccentric fashion in perverse 'etiquette', as I view it; but no doubt a fair bit of truth in it.

Disagree absolutely, however, with your opinion that "the art of goalkeeping has improved greatly"; and feel qualified particularly to pronounce on this aspect as I was a goalkeeper myself way back when -- 65 or so years, in fact. I OPd a thread a while ago on how IMO goalkeeping had deteriorated since my day. Not "old man's nostalgia", honest. I am grieved that a goalkeeper is nowadays praised for a good save for stopping a shot by sticking a foot out -- absolute anathema, in my day; uncontrollable and liable to give a dangerous rebound. One was expected to get down & catch it to one's body, or handle it, if necessary, round the post -- far easier to control. One just did NOT use one's feet. Today's best goalkeepers, eg Hart, Cech, Courtois, do not ever try to go the wrong, uncontrollable, feet-first way, but tend always to get the hands to the ball, & body behind it where possible. Just watch carefully & I think you will find I am right about that.

~M~


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: gnu
Date: 07 Jul 14 - 06:05 PM

One does what one can. Unless one gets a chance to do what one cannot do unless it's pure luck and does it, well, it's chance. And the keeper is on the VERY short end of the stick in shootouts. Fact is, the keeper may as well shove that stick up his ass, spread eagle whilst jumping into mid air left or right and close his eyes, hoping that the taker f***s up.


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: Brian Peters
Date: 07 Jul 14 - 07:57 PM

So the 'Best World Cup Ever' came down to four dour, dull and (in one case) really quite unpleasant QFs, featuring the Usual Suspects in place of the unfancied but refreshing teams (Algeria, USA, Mexico, Switzerland) that made the early stages interesting. Sad but predictable. I'm afraid I don't expect anything wildly exciting from the remaining ties.


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 07 Jul 14 - 08:28 PM

Yes Michael but you're harking back to when the rain-sodden ball weighed as much as a shopping bag full of nutty slack and when the general idea for attackers for keeping fit was to not exceed forty Park Drive plain and six pints of Tetley's per day. The goalie had all the time in the world to get down there with his hands, etc. Today, the game is three times faster, the forwards are as fit as Olympians and the lightweight ball flies at twice the speed. Distance is lending enchantment to your rose-coloured view, old bean. You'll be telling us next that Stan Mortensen was greater than Messi.


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: GUEST,big al whittle
Date: 07 Jul 14 - 09:47 PM

yes that's the game we invented and was a source of local pride to every town in England. foreigners have perverted it.

similarly cricket was agame with stumps just 22yards apart. the intention was never for murderous fast bowlers to treat the batsman's head as a coconut shy.

still Brazil v Germany = sounds pretty good to me!


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: GUEST,MikeL2
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 05:05 AM

Hi Michael

I expected your disapproval of my comment about improvements in goalkeeping knowing about your goalkeeping days of yore.

I too had a spell between the posts many years ago before moving on to rugby, and my son still plays at a reasonable standard as goalkeeper for a local amateur club.

My reasons for my claim are that today the ball is much lighter and modern players have learned the skill of swerving and dipping the ball.
This did not happen so much in my day ( and yours).

Also the game is faster and the goalkeepers have to be much faster too. Also they have to be able to pass and distribute the ball more than we did.

IMHO the keepers today are subjected to much more blocking and obstruction when going out for crosses etc.

I do agree with you that it is much safer if the keeper tries to catch the ball or get his body behind it rather than just stick out a foot or whatever part of their anatomy they can.

I realise I have not mentioned the hazards of playing when we did heavy,wet slippery ball, having to bounce the ball after three paces ( or was it two?). The pitches too were much inferior. Many times the goal area was like a swamp.

I know that we will probably not agree about this and I fully understand and respect your view. I know that there are many others who share your view so it will always be a point of discussion.



Regards

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 06:03 AM

Steve & MikeL: Take your points to great extent; do realise that both ball & techniques have changed. Disagree entirely, however, with "keepers today are subjected to much more blocking and obstruction when going out for crosses etc." Keepers today are absurdly spoiled; seems to me sometimes that a player is liable to get a red card if he so much as gives a goalkeeper a dirty look from the ½·way line [ok: I exaggerate - but not much]. Why, I remember once being shoulder charged by a large forward - even remember his name: Alfred Young - as I caught the ball so was off-balance, stumbling back into the goal, whither Alfred, propelled by impetus, staggered after me, stumbled & sat on my head; and a goal was given! Try that on one of today's pampered poor-ickle-darlings of goalkeepers and see where it gets you!...
Whatever I tell you next, Steve, you better believe that even that 15 ton ball could move thru the air quite fast when the fit came on it. Stan Mortensen was indeed v good; but I always preferred Tommy Lawton myself for effectiveness. Messi? - who he?

~M~


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: MikeL2
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 07:00 AM

Hi Michael

I agree that goalkeepers were challenged by centre-forwards usually and the challenge was supposed to be shoulder to shoulder but seldom was. Nat Lofthouse was famous for his "heavy" challengers on the keepers.

What happens now though is that the attackers deliberately obstruct, push and even wrestle with the keeper even before the ball is kicked for corners and free kicks. It is a minefield in the penalty area these days and often the referees allow it to let the game flow.

A case in point is when David Gea came to Man United as a callow youth from Spanish football where keepers are more protected. The opposition soon realised his inexperience and continually took him out. Teams were queuing up to get at him and at one stage it was talked about him being sent home. He then had special training to toughen him up and to get him used to the rough and tumble. Now he is recognised as one of the best goalkeepers in the league.

I will watch tonight's game with more attention to goalkeeping..lol

Regards

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 11:17 AM

As to the penalty area cuddling on corners, shirt & short-elastic & arm holding ~~ when are FIFA going to get the guts to instruct referees that any hand to body or clothes contact must be immediately penalised with a card, however anxious refs may be to keep games flowing? This is genuinely something that one just didn't think of doing in my day. Till this abuse is properly addressed, the game is going to continue on its downward trajectory till it really does cease to be worth watching at all.

Thus Spake Nostra-mike-us...

~M~


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: Musket
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 12:32 PM

It must have been a weird day, this day of yours Michael. Back in the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth and you were coaching Frank Swift, collared shirts went out of fashion as players were dragging each other over with them and it was felt a few necks might get snapped...




Are you talking to me yet? Officially that is. The mask has slipped a few times already..


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: gnu
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 12:34 PM

"Nostra-mike-us" Hahahhaa! Good one.

What about the use of judges watching multiple camera angles and, upon seeing something untoward, simply speak into their mic "Germany 9."? The ref, who may not have seen the foul, acts accordingly. Or is that just too high tech?

Germany 2, Brazil 1.


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: GUEST,MikeL2
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 03:01 PM

Hi gnu

We already have two officials running the lines with the direct instructions to see the things the ref misses. They are in direct contact with the ref by radio. Surely that's enough?
No I don't think we need judges and TV replays to decide.....yet.

I agree with Michael the refs should get out the cards. That would soon stop em.

Cheers

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: gnu
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 03:38 PM

Almost time to play Schweinsteiger!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: GUEST, gnuonlaptop
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 04:37 PM

Holy shit Batman! 5-0 already? I am lovin it!


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 04:42 PM

Good grief! Has someone tied the Brazilians' legs together? This is a massacre!


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 04:50 PM

Rio Ferdinand has just said during half-time that Brazil "have come up against a well-oiled clinical machine..." How true!


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: GUEST,gnuonlaptop
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 05:21 PM

The Germans are being gentlemen now. Two obvious chances and flubbed them both. Looked like they did.


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 05:43 PM

SEVEN-NIL???? Heavens above! My husband has just said that even our village football team (which he plays for) could do better than this! What a humiliation for the Brazilians, poor things.


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: michaelr
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 06:04 PM

W O W ! ! !    It's hard to imagine either of the remaining sides beating Germany after this performance. Sure, Brazil played poorly, but Germany's possession and passing game was textbook, no matter who the opponent. Kudos to Brazil for not resorting to fouls, a very clean game.


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: GUEST,Triplane
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 06:12 PM

Great German performance , Danke schön
Sad for Brazilians but pride comes b4 a fall

Also great to see the pundits faces.
Rio Ferdinand came out smelling of roses and Alan Hansen wasnae even at the dancin, Alan Shaerers bum was covered in splinters sittin on the fence.


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 06:27 PM

blimey!


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 07:03 PM

Did it distress you that Longshanks defenestrated his son's same-sex lover?


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: GUEST,Schweizer
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 07:52 PM

Brazil without Neymar and Silva was just not going to win.
Surgical passing by the Deutsch made it a rout.


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: GUEST,Hulk
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 08:09 PM

Neymar is in a gay bar, drinking his troubles away.


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Subject: RE: BS: World Cup
From: GUEST,Michael Ballack
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 08:15 PM

Brasil played like girlie men today. Then they cried. Pele is supremely pissed. Ha ha ha.


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