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05-26-2010, 07:07 PM
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lol Italy has lots of very talented players and are the world champions and I know diving is part of football but the Italians bring this aspect to a whole new level! you can't disagree with that...

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lol Italy has lots of very talented players and are the world champions and I know diving is part of football but the Italians bring this aspect to a whole new level! you can't disagree with that...
It's pretty tough though, between them and the Portuguese.

Worst part is, I'm 5 minutes away by walk from Little Italy AND Little Portugal. Any time either team wins, there's a parade and all I hear is loud cars and arrogant Italians/Portuguese.

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05-26-2010, 07:24 PM
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It's pretty tough though, between them and the Portuguese.
Wait, wha....? The Portuguese dive?! Thankfully Reuters website has a 'contact us' page. You should let them know so they can break this news to an unsuspecting world.

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05-26-2010, 07:27 PM
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Wait, wha....? The Portuguese dive?! Thankfully Reuters website has a 'contact us' page. You should let them know so they can break this news to an unsuspecting world.
Oh that's right, wasn't there a particular English sports news cast that had a special on the Portuguese and their diving? I remember them going into specifics about his head-bob motion, whilst in mid-air.

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Oh that's right, wasn't there a particular English sports news cast that had a special on the Portuguese and their diving? I remember them going into specifics about his head-bob motion, whilst in mid-air.
I can't recall a specific news report, but I remember that after we got knocked out of a few recent tournaments, there was a lot of discussion that we shouldn't try to play the game so fairly, that we should try and con the officials more as that is what a lot of teams do. We do it a little bit (or almost never if Gerrard isn't playing ) but I'd hope we never resort to such tactics (and with Capello in charge, it seems highly unlikely). I don't know if people from other nations find this to be the case with their team/nation, but in a similar way that Canadians take pride in their hockey teams/players playing the game the 'right' way, the English are the same about football. Just because some people resort to cheap tactics to try and gain an advantage, it doesn't mean that this is how the game should be played.

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Changed my avatar for the tournament.

Yep. Still, go Portugal

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Yep. Still, go Portugal
What do you make of the group they are in? Feeling confident/nervous/anything else about your chances of making it through the group stage? Can't say I know a lot about N. Korea as a team but Ivory Coast may cause some problems for Brazil and Portugal. I'm looking forward to seeing how that group unfolds.

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I can't recall a specific news report, but I remember that after we got knocked out of a few recent tournaments, there was a lot of discussion that we shouldn't try to play the game so fairly, that we should try and con the officials more as that is what a lot of teams do. We do it a little bit (or almost never if Gerrard isn't playing ) but I'd hope we never resort to such tactics (and with Capello in charge, it seems highly unlikely). I don't know if people from other nations find this to be the case with their team/nation, but in a similar way that Canadians take pride in their hockey teams/players playing the game the 'right' way, the English are the same about football. Just because some people resort to cheap tactics to try and gain an advantage, it doesn't mean that this is how the game should be played.
That's what the game has become, at least for some teams. Con the referees into believing something and get the calls to turn momentum. And if you don't get your way? Put your arms in the air, scream at the referees and cry.

It's why I'm so proud of the German soccer club. They don't dive, they play hard, they play gritty and they are in it to win fairly. The English play that style too, which is why I enjoy watching them play. Spain plays with a lot of heart and passion and I don't see diving from their part too much.

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05-26-2010, 08:19 PM
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One of the youngest team of the tournament. They have good prospects in Kroos, Özil, Badstuber and Müller. They will get experience and it's looking good for 2014.

Usually they are able to make a good run in the tournament due to their collective game but the loss of Ballack can hurt this young team.

Good tournament to you all!

If you are interested, they put nice pictures of the stadiums in South Africa on the FIFA site :
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/
1.Ghana
2.Serbia
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05-26-2010, 08:23 PM
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What do you make of the group they are in? Feeling confident/nervous/anything else about your chances of making it through the group stage? Can't say I know a lot about N. Korea as a team but Ivory Coast may cause some problems for Brazil and Portugal. I'm looking forward to seeing how that group unfolds.
I really don't know what to think about it. If the Portuguese play to their potential and have a healthy Pepe back in the D they could get out of the group. However they did draw 0-0 against Cape Verde on Monday. They are and have been inconsistent so it's difficult to grade the team.

The key might be the latest Portuguese Liedson; he's been very good with Sporting in the Portuguese league and is the striker that Portugal needed back in '08. Obviously Cristiano Ronaldo will be the offensive weapon but he usually sucks in these tourneys, I hope Nani will be able support him in this aspect.

All in all, we'll see what game they will bring into South Africa when the tournament will start.

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Not a huge soccer fan, but my dad was a huge England fan, and on my moms side they like France.

Netherlands and Germany were my two favorite countries by a huge margin during my eurotrip.

So go all of those four! Plus they're all in diff. groups.

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Even though Domenech is an idiot.
Domenech an idiot?

Without Valbuena, they would've end the game as a 1-1 draw against friggin Costa Rica earlier today...

Maybe take Benzema (had a bad season with Real) over Govou, but I don't like Benzema for his bad attitude.

He was the one who discovered André-Pierre Gignac and he was their top goal scorer (along with Henry) in the qualifications. He's a warrior, just like Valbuena.

You could argue that Viera could've been picked, but I prefer Toulalan, Lassana Diara (injured ;() or even Diaby (who made a great play today for the Valbuena goal) over him.

Nasri could have been there, but he would've never played. Gourcuff is their general in the middle and plays all 90 minutes most of the time. He's still really young (like Benzema) and inexperienced.

Remember, it's not about making an all-star club. It's about forming a team.



Henry - Gignac

Gourcuff
Malouda - Ribery
Toulalan

Evra - Abidal - Gallas - Sagna

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I really don't know what to think about it. If the Portuguese play to their potential and have a healthy Pepe back in the D they could get out of the group. However they did draw 0-0 against Cape Verde on Monday. They are and have been inconsistent so it's difficult to grade the team.

The key might be the latest Portuguese Liedson; he's been very good with Sporting in the Portuguese league and is the striker that Portugal needed back in '08. Obviously Cristiano Ronaldo will be the offensive weapon but he usually sucks in these tourneys, I hope Nani will be able support him in this aspect.

All in all, we'll see what game they will bring into South Africa when the tournament will start.
I'm scared

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Forza Italia.
Iaquinta is a stud. Italy is always stacked!

I still hate them though...

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Anyone but Brazil or (France who shouldn't even be there)

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1.Ghana
2.Serbia
3.Germany
4.Australia
Germany is solid. Serbia could be a big darkhorse, but so can Ghana. Australia is decent too. Group D will be pretty interesting. I also think this group is tougher than Group G.

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Nice to see a fan of the Ivory Coast here. Good luck this year




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Germany is solid. Serbia could be a big darkhorse, but so can Ghana. Australia is decent too. Group D will be pretty interesting. I also think this group is tougher than Group G.
Group of death IMO

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