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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #150 on: June 14, 2014, 07:44:33 PM »
So why is Urukhai vs Costa Rica on at a time that everybody can see it but nobody will, and England - Italy, which everybody wants to see is in the middle of the bleeding night. They clearly didn't think that through :D

Then again.. it's FIFA... what did I expect...

Oh :P As far as I'm concerned nearly every game is on in the middle of the bleeding night!

For me, all the games are on at 01:30, 04:30, 7:30. CIVvJAP is one of two games I think that actually starts at a civilised hour (11:00)

Then again, Australians are used to it. Stupid GMT +10 :)

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #151 on: June 14, 2014, 08:12:12 PM »
Is anyone else as amused as I am that Costa Rica is sitting on top of group D right now?  ;D

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #152 on: June 14, 2014, 08:13:13 PM »
So why is Urukhai vs Costa Rica on at a time that everybody can see it but nobody will, and England - Italy, which everybody wants to see is in the middle of the bleeding night. They clearly didn't think that through :D

Then again.. it's FIFA... what did I expect...
Uruguay's game was very interesting to watch.

Also, England and Italy game happened at 7 PM, so perfect time for us Brazilians...

Remiel: It amuses the hell out of me *grins*

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #153 on: June 14, 2014, 08:14:42 PM »
 :-) :D ;D

Italia!  ;D

Great start for us! Though some promise for England, probably the best they've played at a tournament since Euro 2004!

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #154 on: June 14, 2014, 08:14:57 PM »
Is anyone else as amused as I am that Costa Rica is sitting on top of group D right now?  ;D

If not for Spain being demolished by the Dutch it would be the upset of the tournament right now... even with that match it still might be.

Ivory Coast vs Japan is quite good fun with IC having a slight edge so far. That said I'm switching between it and some MMA right now so I'm not watching too closely.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #155 on: June 14, 2014, 08:17:54 PM »
What a goal by Honda...

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #156 on: June 14, 2014, 08:18:11 PM »
Beautiful goal by Honda. Arguably one of the most underrated players of recent times even if he's struggled in the pretty awful AC Milan team this season.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #157 on: June 14, 2014, 08:19:42 PM »
What a goal by Honda...

Agreed, that was brilliant.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #158 on: June 14, 2014, 09:19:27 PM »
Drogba! Welcome!

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #159 on: June 14, 2014, 09:23:26 PM »
Anyone else getting a sense of Deja-vu here?

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #160 on: June 14, 2014, 09:27:51 PM »
I know it's only 3 days in, but how many times already have we seen a team go 1-0 up and look in control, only to then get turned on in the second half?

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #161 on: June 14, 2014, 09:53:35 PM »
As an Aussie, I think I'd have preferred one more example ;)

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #162 on: June 14, 2014, 09:59:57 PM »
*chuckles* Indeed...

I was actually thinking about how Costa Rica did something quite similar just this afternoon...

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #163 on: June 14, 2014, 10:01:43 PM »
Group C: Ivory Coast vs. Japan

The Better Team Was...  Ivory Coast.  I liked Japan in the first half, but Ivory Coast clearly had the superior performance in the second. 

Man of the Match: Gervinho (CIV)

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #164 on: June 15, 2014, 04:48:31 AM »
Drogba may not be what he was in all round play... but in one very important aspect he is.

He's a talisman.

Looked at pure in statistics, Drogba only really had two great seasons for Chelsea, 2006-7 and 2009-10. Outside of those two years he finished each season with between 5 and 12 league goals which frankly would be pretty awful for the leading striker for a mid-table (or even relegation threatened) team, let alone the leading striker for a team with the ambition to challenge for the quadruple each year. But I don't think anyone would deny that Drogba was a central part of the Chelsea team and a huge reason for its success. He's the sort of player who makes everyone around him play better and we saw that last night. As soon as he came on the pitch the Ivory Coast lifted their heads and took control. Roy of the Rovers style things might be overplayed in football... but Drogba tends to do it every season.

This was a great result for the Ivory Coast. Their defence, collectively and individually, may be a bit of a shambles but they have the attacking players to pull them through... except last night they didn't. Bony wasted a host of chances while both Toure and Gervinio were far from their best. Going 1-0 down and missing all those shots with two key players looking off the pace? It was the sort of match where you'd expect them to fall apart. But they didn't. They kept plugging away and they pulled through. And I don't think both Toure and Gervinio will be as bad as they were last night (or at least for the opening part of last night). In a competitive group I still think they're the team to beat.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #165 on: June 15, 2014, 10:28:59 AM »
Yeah, that's exactly for that very reason why so many American supporters were dismayed when Landon Donovan was left off our squad.  He may have been out of shape, he may have taken a year sabbatical, but his very presence would have bolstered and inspired the other guys.  Klinsmann didn't have to start him, but not even to bring him to Brazil?  There had to have been something personal there.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #166 on: June 15, 2014, 10:35:29 AM »
Heard on the BBC, a reporter speaking from Manaus:

"I was making a round of the bars here last night - for professional reasons naturally - and talking to the fans..."

 :D

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #167 on: June 15, 2014, 12:29:58 PM »
Another ridiculous offside decision disallows a legitimate goal.

If Switzerland don't win this match they can feel rightfully aggrieved.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #168 on: June 15, 2014, 12:49:53 PM »
Justice in the last minute!

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #169 on: June 15, 2014, 01:11:22 PM »
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Yeah, that's exactly for that very reason why so many American supporters were dismayed when Landon Donovan was left off our squad.  He may have been out of shape, he may have taken a year sabbatical, but his very presence would have bolstered and inspired the other guys.  Klinsmann didn't have to start him, but not even to bring him to Brazil?  There had to have been something personal there.

Totally agree there.  His characterization of expectations for the American squad is absolutely correct though, they aren't going to win.  IF they make it out of the group, to me that's a win.  What I get tired of is the American press attacking Klinsmann for what he said.  Coaches everywhere around the US say this all the time, but Klinsmann of all people, is the one that gets killed for it.

On another note, what in the world was Ecuador doing throwing so many people on their last attack in the 93rd minute?  That totally opened them up to the attack that the Swiss launched successfully immediately after.  It looked like they had four men back when the Swiss counter strike had 6-7.  Amazing finish to that game.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #170 on: June 15, 2014, 01:30:43 PM »
Onto to Group E, which I think I shall call Group Snore.  I was going to give that title to Group C, but it's really hard to get excited about any of the teams in this group (honestly, how far can France go without Ribéry?)

Group E: Switzerland vs. Ecuador.

The Better Team Was...  Switzerland.  Not by much, but they were the better-disciplined team.  Any team can concede a goal to a set piece, and Ecuador's pulling all of its midfielders forward in stoppage time gave Rodriguez and Seferovic all the opportunity they needed.

Man of the Match: Xherdan Shaqiri (SUI)

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #171 on: June 15, 2014, 01:32:57 PM »
Honestly though, I think out of the 9 matches we've had so far, 5 of them have had the first team to score go on to lose the game?  What a strange, but exciting and wonderful, World Cup.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #172 on: June 15, 2014, 02:20:59 PM »
*giggles*

Just because I'm so tired of Spanish football.... :)


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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #173 on: June 15, 2014, 03:04:08 PM »
LOL.  Nice, Dashenka.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014
« Reply #174 on: June 15, 2014, 04:27:46 PM »
Group E: France vs. Honduras

The Better Team Was...  France.  I wonder if there would have been much of a difference in the final score if Honduras had kept all eleven of its men, but there really was no contest.

Man of the Match: I really liked the grit and tenacity of the Honduran defenders, but this one's a no-brainer.  Karim Benzema (FRA)