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PostSubject: Re: Football   Thu 08 Jul 2010, 08:51

Ah...I thought the games were over yet, but there are still the netherlands against Spain and we against Uruguay... Embarassed
So I can hope for some elephants in the pyrotechnics depot on 10th July... Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Football   Thu 08 Jul 2010, 09:43

Bad luck to Germany and Uruguay, but I think it's great that there's going to be a new name on the trophy this time around. A final between (arguably) the two best teams never to have won the world cup should be a cracker.

It's a tough one to call, but I think I would prefer Holland to win. The country that gave the world "total football" deserves it: I'm old enough to remember '74 and '78, Cruyff, Rensenbrinck, the Van Der Kerkhof brothers and the rest....plus the footballer with the best name ever, Johnny Rep. It's strange to think that Dirk Kuyt could eclipse these greats by going that extra step and picking up a winner's medal!

The only worry would be that Spain have got to the final without ever really appearing to be playing at the top of their game: If they hit form in the final, they could be unbeatable.


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PostSubject: Re: Football   Fri 09 Jul 2010, 11:10

Perfectly put mrwoman, my sentiments entirely

Beaten finalists in '74 and '78, Holland (and Ajax at club level) were the team that everyone loved to watch when I was growing up. They should have won it then and i hope they win it now.

Speaking of Rep and Rensenbrinck (plus Socrates, Luque, Kempes, Zico, Rossi and a hundred others) wasn't the World Cup more exciting when you saw fantastic players and teams from around the world for the first time at each tournament? I remember knowing that the Brazilians would be good but not really knowing much about them until they arrived. Now that we see the players every week in the premiership & champions league it takes the edge off it. (Or is it just my age!)
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PostSubject: Re: Football   Fri 09 Jul 2010, 11:38

Bloody hell - isn't it over yet...

(expecting a barrage of abuse Wink )
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PostSubject: Re: Football   Fri 09 Jul 2010, 11:49

sparky wrote:
Perfectly put mrwoman, my sentiments entirely

Beaten finalists in '74 and '78, Holland (and Ajax at club level) were the team that everyone loved to watch when I was growing up. They should have won it then and i hope they win it now.

Well, I don't remember the '74 final, but I do remember the '78 one...
One of the few times I have actually seen my father cry! Sad
I know the football then was so much more stylish, but as Mr Robben says: "What is the point of playing beautiful football if you don't win? It's the result that matters!"
So, here's hoping!
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PostSubject: Re: Football   Fri 09 Jul 2010, 11:57

I think you're right there, Sparky. I've found myself sat there, virtually every game, thinking "He plays for Arsenal....he plays for Blackburn...wasn't he at Middlesbrough?" and so on. In some matches, half the players on the field had some connection - current or previous - with English football.

Add to this the fact that we have access to comprehensive coverage of Italian and Spanish football, all Champions League matches via the red button and even the Copa America on BBC3, and there are very few top world footballers who we haven't seen already come the big tournaments.

Familiarity via TV does take away a lot of the mystery. I remember when "Jeux Sans Frontieres" from Knokke-Heist in Belgium seemed an impossible technical marvel comparable to the moon landings.

The only magic and mystery associated with the World Cup this year is to be found wondering which psychic creature has correctly predicted the final winner? Paul the psychic octopus has gone for Spain, but Mani the psychic parakeet has gone for Holland.

And don't worry Ticky. It'll be all over on Sunday night and you've got a clear three weeks or so FOOTBALL-FREE before the 2010-2011 season starts. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Football   Fri 09 Jul 2010, 13:28

Have found myself totally underwhelmed by it all, despite it improving over the latter rounds. Familiarity breeding contempt as stated above is so correct......where are the characters ? The Roger Milla's, the Rene Higuita's, the Carlos Valderrame's, the Toto Schillachi's ?

You couldn't hear the ebb and the flow of the atmosphere or the songs sung by the fans due to those wooden/plastic pieces of shite being blown. The majority of the pundits are dull as dishwater (don't get me started on Lawrenson).........I appreciate it's different when you are younger and starry eyed but fer fucks sake.

Anyway, my season ticket for my beloved Manchester City has been purchased for about the 30th consecutive season and we're buying everyone in sight, so my hopes of us avoiding relegation have risen marginally.....sorry, conditioned to failure, that's why England going out, just felt like a size 12 to the head when yer leathered.......numb to it all, ha ! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Football   Tue 13 Jul 2010, 17:16

Nae luck Jones !!!! Sad

Your boys know how to kick - was a pretty rough game. thought it might have ended up in penalties but you got pipped at the end there. Comisserations and congrats to Spain.
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PostSubject: Re: Football   Wed 14 Jul 2010, 17:18

My favourite moment of the whole world cup, Iker Casillas breaking down when interviewed by his girlfriend for Spanish TV