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06-21-2008, 03:27 PM
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And as I sit back down: VINTAGE RUDE!!

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06-21-2008, 03:28 PM
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Match of the tourney so far.

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06-21-2008, 03:30 PM
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Match of the tourney so far.
looks to be a great finish!

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06-21-2008, 03:34 PM
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Ya it looked good

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06-21-2008, 03:36 PM
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looks to be a great finish!
Van Nistelroy still amazes me. He will score in every game I see him play. This is a forgone conclusion for me.

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06-21-2008, 03:55 PM
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15 more minutes of extra time. Russia has emerged the faster attack but not been able to score.

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06-21-2008, 04:03 PM
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Torobisnki. ADV. RUSSIA

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06-21-2008, 04:06 PM
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Arshavin. What a defining game by him. Absolutley terrifying all night.

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06-21-2008, 04:08 PM
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Oranje crushed!

turned on the TV and saw that 3rd goal

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this sucks. always coming up short, it's the Dutch way.

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06-21-2008, 04:20 PM
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Russia can win this tournament. They are not a favorite but they could win it.

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06-21-2008, 04:37 PM
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The Russians blew me away today, tremendous skill.

Arvashin is a ninja, what is he 14 years old?

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06-21-2008, 04:59 PM
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Great all around display by Russia and well deserved win.

Two factors that, IMO, proved decisive a) Russia's mobile midfield that prevented the Dutch team to make quick transition plays and b) a superior level of fitness that became particularly obvious in the extra time.

Not sure about the long term prospects of this squad, but within a framework of a short tournmenent, they have as good a chance to take it all as any remaining team.

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06-21-2008, 05:03 PM
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Way to Go Russia!


I was hoping for Italy, Russian, Czech Republic and Germany as the final 4.

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06-21-2008, 06:04 PM
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Guus Hiddink could possibly be the best tactition in the world as coach. Ridiculous. Go Spain. lol.

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06-21-2008, 06:14 PM
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Great all around display by Russia and well deserved win.

Two factors that, IMO, proved decisive a) Russia's mobile midfield that prevented the Dutch team to make quick transition plays and b) a superior level of fitness that became particularly obvious in the extra time.

Not sure about the long term prospects of this squad, but within a framework of a short tournmenent, they have as good a chance to take it all as any remaining team.
They have one starter over the age of 30. This is easily an arrival in the truest sense of the terminology.

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06-21-2008, 06:19 PM
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Guus Hiddink could possibly be the best tactition in the world as coach. Ridiculous. Go Spain. lol.

As I mentioned before, because of the events of the early 1990s, I never cheer for Russian soccer team, but I have to give them all sorts of credit this time around.

Hiddink is the main reason behind their recent success, but it is not fair to say that it's all because of him. The truth is he does have some nice pieces to work with.

Arshavin should have been playing in one of Europe's top clubs for a few years now. Too bad, he will never leave RPL.

Zhirkov is another exceptional player. Good veterans Semak and Zyrianov.

Finally, the heretofore unspectacular Pavliuchenko has been playing the best games of his life.

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06-21-2008, 06:20 PM
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They have one starter over the age of 30. This is easily an arrival in the truest sense of the terminology.


Not true.

Semak--32, Semshov 30, Zyrianov 31.

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06-21-2008, 06:23 PM
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Not true.

Semak--32, Semshov 30, Zyrianov 31.
Todays starters. Semak was the oldest.

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06-21-2008, 06:34 PM
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I also wonder if Van Basten's decision to rest most of his regulars in the game vs Romania came back to haunt them. Just like some Portuguese players a few days earlier, some Dutch players today did not look like they were into the game mentally.

I wonder if Spanish squad will experience similar problem tomorrow.

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06-21-2008, 06:40 PM
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I also wonder if Van Basten's decision to rest most of his regulars in the game vs Romania came back to haunt them. Just like some Portuguese players a few days earlier, some Dutch players today did not look like they were into the game mentally.

I wonder if Spanish squad will experience similar problem tomorrow.
I didn't see evidence of a team that was not mentally sharp. I saw a Russian team that was better conditioned. Russia built better runs as the game went on.

The Dutch were never the better team today. It wasn't a case of making mistakes or having an off day. Believe what just happened.

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06-21-2008, 06:49 PM
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I didn't see evidence of a team that was not mentally sharp. I saw a Russian team that was better conditioned. Russia built better runs as the game went on.

The Dutch were never the better team today. It wasn't a case of making mistakes or having an off day. Believe what just happened.
Kuit, Van der Waart.

Russians were indeed a fitter group. I would say of the remaining teams they have the best conditioning, which might have something to do with the RPL timetable. Russian clubs do not play during the winter (for most clubs season started in mid March). With the exception of Zenit players, Russians played only a dozen games or so since the winter break.

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06-21-2008, 07:00 PM
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Kuit, Van der Waart.

Russians were indeed a fitter group. I would say of the remaining teams they have the best conditioning, which might have something to do with the RPL timetable. Russian clubs do not play during the winter (for most clubs season started in mid March). With the exception of Zenit players, Russians played only a dozen games or so since the winter break.
Russia's gained unthinkabkle amounts of purchase on runs late in each of their last 2 games. Pavlyuchenko runs more as the game goes along...Arashavin...the same today. If what you say is true...Russia can only be beaten with a far more possesive team than what they have went through so far.

Netherlands had several dangerous free kicks and they held an understanding of their plans on stopped balls...but when the game is running...it belongs to Russia very much.

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06-21-2008, 07:10 PM
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Russia's gained unthinkabkle amounts of purchase on runs late in each of their last 2 games. Pavlyuchenko runs more as the game goes along...Arashavin...the same today. If what you say is true...Russia can only be beaten with a far more possesive team than what they have went through so far.

Netherlands had several dangerous free kicks and they held an understanding of their plans on stopped balls...but when the game is running...it belongs to Russia very much.
I think one team that Russia will struggle against is Italy, because of their style and ability to clog up midfield. But then the Dutch who play a similar style to Hiddink's team ran over Italy. So who knows...

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06-21-2008, 07:39 PM
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I was looking forward to this game in anticipation of watching Holland's offense go to work again. I guess they were on strike.

The ruskies kicked butt though, I couldn't believe how much of the game they controlled and how much legitimate offense they created. Well deserved win.

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