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Leafovic
05-07-2014, 07:50 AM
Just over a month to ago until the 2014 WC in Brazil. The season is winding down in the big5 leagues and everyone is hoping there are no major injuries. Unfortunatley for Chile, it was announced today that Vidal will have to have surgery and might be out of the WC. Few months back Netherlands lost a big player when Strootman went down for Roma. Falcao (for Colombia) also suffered a pretty big knee injury awhile back but there is a slight chance he may be ready. (at least he thinks so) Walcott is out for England. Oviedo should miss for Costa Rica. And Valdes will miss for Spain. Maybe I'm missing someone big but feel free to update.

Who will you be supporting?

Who will win it?

MindzEye
05-07-2014, 08:09 AM
http://clutch.mtv.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/funny-sports-pictures-college-football-texas-tech-bell-ringer.gif

Unfortunately my national team sucks and isn't in it. Haven't decided who I'll band wagon for yet.

Leafovic
05-07-2014, 08:10 AM
I wanted to do a small preview of Bosnia (my country), and I hope others can do the same for nations like Italy, England, France, as we have posters who support those nations.

BOSNIA

Key players:
Dzeko(F), Man City - 29GP, 14G,7A(EPL)
Pjanic(CM), Roma - 34GP, 6G, 6A (Serie A)
Lulic(W/LM), Lazio - 29GP, 7G, 3A (Serie A)
Misimovic, (AM), Guizhou Renhe - 8GP, 2G, 4A (Chinese Super League)
Spahic, (CB), Bayer Leverkusen - 26GP, 2G, 1A (Bundesliga)
Kolasinac (LB), Shalke - 23GP, 2A (Bundesliga)
Besic (DM), Ferencvaros - 23GP, 1A
Begovic (GK), Stoke - 32GP, 1G, 9 clean sheets (EPL)

Strengths:
- Scoring goals (4th in GS in WC qualifiers)
- Strong in set-pieces (Pjanic, Salihovic, Misimovic)
- Plenty of technical skill across line-up

Weaknesses:
-Depth (a competitive 11, but depth especially in defence is weak)
- Vulnerable defence (because of the very offensive oriented nature of team, and depth issues)

There is one young player that could make the biggest difference for BIH and that is Muhamed Besic. A DM, 21yrs old, and for now playing in Hungary. (but considered by many the best player there). He played one game for Bosnia and was really good but after that because of an injury and issues with U21 coach, he wasn't called. But if he plays well, he really has the chance to make Bosnia a lot stronger in the defensive end, something BIH struggles with.

http://muhamedbesic.ba/en/images/slike/vijesti-naslovna/intro/biogra2.jpg
Scouting Report for him
http://www1.skysports.com/FIFA-World-Cup-2014/news/23827/9299984/world-cup-scout

Killer93
05-07-2014, 08:27 AM
Forza Azzuri!

CTheBigPicture
05-07-2014, 08:55 AM
Team Iran

Key Players/Personnel:

Carlos Queiroz - Manager (former assistent at Man U, former world cup coach at Portugal, former manager Real Madrid)
Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham)
Reza Ghoochannejhad (Belgium)
Steven Beitashour (MLS - San Jose)
Masoud Shojaei (Las Palmas, former team Osasuna)
Javad Nekunam (Former team Osasuna)
Andranik Teymourian (Former teams incl. Bolton and Fulham)

Overview
- Team Iran's historically weak defence seems to have gotten much better under Queiroz
- They just lost two games in the qualification round
- They had to win all three final games to qualify. These games included two against Arab nations who normally play their best against the Persians, and one at South Korea.
- Starting goaltender had a fall out with the coach and was left off the squad for the final three games and the WC
- Influx of Euro players has helped the team compete for 90 minutes

Expected finish:

Last in a group which includes Argentina, Nigeria, and Bosnia


http://youtu.be/8Ia6ea9fSLA

Deckie007
05-07-2014, 09:17 AM
Denmark didn't make it, so looking for another team. Half Italian but loathe the Azzuri. Think I'm going to cheer for Uruguay as they're in Italy and England's group as I dislike both sides.

trujaysfan
05-07-2014, 09:27 AM
Want Brazil to win it... It would be exceptionally cool to see a "TFC" player start and win the World Cup. Unfortunately I will probably also cheer for all CONCACAF sides, the better they do the more respect the federation will get .

Leafovic
05-07-2014, 10:31 AM
Team Iran
So you def expect 4th? Certainly looks like it. Nigeria and Bosnia should be fighting for 2nd.

I had an Iranian friend long time ago and I remember the generation of Daei, Karimi and Mahdavikia. Very strong team. I'm glad that they are nowhere near that strong anymore.

TheCountofMonteCristo
05-07-2014, 01:48 PM
Team Cameroon ;)

TimHorton
05-07-2014, 01:49 PM
Euro teams are normally awful in South America. Back the Argies or Uruguay.

TheCountofMonteCristo
05-07-2014, 01:55 PM
They usually don't win outside their hemisphere (cue the Spain won Africa reset)

CTheBigPicture
05-07-2014, 03:04 PM
So you def expect 4th? Certainly looks like it. Nigeria and Bosnia should be fighting for 2nd.

I had an Iranian friend long time ago and I remember the generation of Daei, Karimi and Mahdavikia. Very strong team. I'm glad that they are nowhere near that strong anymore.

Well. I'm not really a huge soccer fan so don't take my word for it.

As your said, past Iranian teams had a few significant players who played on significant teams. Mahdavikia was a long time starter at Hamburg, Daie and Karimi played for Bayern, etc. Current team has euro players but not ones that can compete on teams like that (as of now)

Having said that, past national teams, aka "Team Melli", historically had issues on Defence (I've always attributed that to lack of respect for defenders in the country. We always wanted to be the goal scorer growing up playing street soccer).

The difference this time around is the manager. CQ has been the right hand man to Sir Alex, he has lead a Portuguese side to the world cup as the manager, and he has been the manager at Real Madrid. Players respect him.

He seems to have changed the culture on D, which is giving some people hopes of succeeding in the world cup this time around.

With the powerful Argentina, physically overpowering Nigeria, and euro tested Bosnia, I don't see how they'll survive. You never know I guess.

CTheBigPicture
05-07-2014, 03:06 PM
Euro teams are normally awful in South America. Back the Argies or Uruguay.

I think team Germany is traveling to Brazil a Month earlier to get used to the weather. That should give them a good boost

Leafovic
05-07-2014, 03:20 PM
The heat will play a pretty big role unfortunatley.

voyager
05-07-2014, 03:24 PM
Can't ****ing stand the faux national pride that takes place during the World Cup. Especially from the Italians, Christ so god damned: annoying driving around, half outside their cars waving a flag of a country half have never even been to.

trujaysfan
05-07-2014, 03:29 PM
Can't ****ing stand the faux national pride that takes place during the World Cup. Especially from the Italians, Christ so god damned: annoying driving around, half outside their cars waving a flag of a country half have never even been to.

which is a great reason to cheer against the Azzurri

Volcanologist
05-07-2014, 03:30 PM
yeah, we might see some bad games. hard to run around for two hours in jungle temperatures.

MindzEye
05-07-2014, 04:16 PM
which is a great reason to cheer against the Azzurri

Yeah, I have countries that I actively cheer against (Italy, Spain, Argentina, France, a few others), teams that I enjoy watching (Germany, Brazil), and a few clubs that I'm mildly fond of because they have players who play for my club side both now and historically (England, Holland)

I spend a lot more time cheering against than cheering for.

lecoqsportif
05-07-2014, 08:43 PM
I think team Germany is traveling to Brazil a Month earlier to get used to the weather. That should give them a good boost

They built their own hotel/accommodations and training facility.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/german-national-football-team-builds-camp-for-world-cup-a-938942.html

Leafin'
05-07-2014, 08:46 PM
Germany for the win!

I hope they make an example out of the Portuguese in the group stage.

Hoss
05-09-2014, 07:04 PM
I am legitimately 1/2 spanish from Spain (mother born there) and 1/2 Uruguayan (Father born there and brother)

I was taught to play like a Uruguyan, always on the edge of dirty and clean play. The Spaniards are definitely my second team, as for years they were always not good enough, but the last 4 years have been amazing for Spanish football. But my heart still cheers for Uruguay. A country where cows out number people in population. A place were I spend the 2-3 years growing up. I first started playing soccer on some "community centre" fields in Uruguay. Even my mom, who was born in Spain, has a special place in her heart for Uruguay.

Suarex has slowly turned himself into the top goal scorers in the world. And the last world cup really brought some of the top Uruguayans into the top leagues. I fear that the last world cup was the peak of Diego Forlan. (should have gotten the golden boot in the last world cup, with the tie for most goals, but IMHO had some of the best goals) With their performance they moved up in the fifa rankings like crazy.

I cheer for Spain for my mom's side of the fam. .. but "la celeste" and the "sangre Charrua" runs through my veins.

PKForce81
05-09-2014, 09:57 PM
I am legitimately 1/2 spanish from Spain (mother born there) and 1/2 Uruguayan (Father born there and brother)

I was taught to play like a Uruguyan, always on the edge of dirty and clean play. The Spaniards are definitely my second team, as for years they were always not good enough, but the last 4 years have been amazing for Spanish football. But my heart still cheers for Uruguay. A country where cows out number people in population. A place were I spend the 2-3 years growing up. I first started playing soccer on some "community centre" fields in Uruguay. Even my mom, who was born in Spain, has a special place in her heart for Uruguay.

Suarex has slowly turned himself into the top goal scorers in the world. And the last world cup really brought some of the top Uruguayans into the top leagues. I fear that the last world cup was the peak of Diego Forlan. (should have gotten the golden boot in the last world cup, with the tie for most goals, but IMHO had some of the best goals) With their performance they moved up in the fifa rankings like crazy.

I cheer for Spain for my mom's side of the fam. .. but "la celeste" and the "sangre Charrua" runs through my veins.


Didn't know that about you Hoss. That's interesting. After Bosnia and Croatia i would pick Uruguay as the next country i hope does well. Diego Forlan was pretty awesome...Suarez, not a big fan only cause he seems like an ass. lol..Good player though. :)

There's a nice video talking about Uruguay and Bosnia(roughly 30 minutes long) on cbc website. Not sure how they put those 2 in that video(not like they're in the same group) but anyways...

Do you ever visit Uruguay?

Leafovic
05-09-2014, 10:03 PM
I'd like to see Belgium do well, aside from Bosnia of course.

Hoss
05-09-2014, 10:18 PM
I have a pretty cool story of why my parents left Uruguay for Canada... but it's a pretty long one.

My mom's side left Spain when she was 14 because my grandfather owned a shoe factory, and Franco labelled him a socialist. So one day my gramps just went missing. 6 months later he showed up at my moms house 20lbs lighter from jail, and he basically took my family and left for Uruguay. At that time many spaniards left spain for Uruguay. While there she met my dad and they hit it off and got married. Had my brother and then in Uruguay the CIA and the JUNTA govt's that spread from Brazil to Chile to Argentina, made their way into Uruguay. My dad's sister married this guy that ended up being a member of the CIA's death squad. He was responsible for planting explosives on cars. My dad who worked as an autobody guy was asked to drive some dignitaries to something got all scared because he actually saw some CIA head honchos with my "uncle" (they were divorced shortly after)

My dad was asked to drive some guys and he knew it was a set up. The junta/cia would pretend to be revolutionaries (tupamarus) and kid nap gov't officials and torture them. My dad new this and literally took my mom and brother out of the country the next day.

Lived in Canada for a few years, and had me. When I was 2, my dad thought it'd be cool to go back, but things were not good yet. So we came back. Then at the age of 4 I went back for 2 years and lived there. We had a house and everything thinking we'd live there for good. This is also where my dad instilled the love of having two boys support rival teams. In Uruguay the two main teams are Penarol and Nacional. When my brother was about 4 my dad got him the full Nacional uniform and took pictures with it and all. But when I was born, he bought me a full Penarol uniform. He loved watching us fight and argue.

When we finally came back to Canada, my dad declared it was our home from now on. Because he knew how important soccer was to south America, he understood the importance of hockey. We watched HNIC every Saturday. My dad and brother supported the Habs, because he told me that they reminded him of the way the Brazilians played (this was the lafleur robinson era of les canadiens) but in typical fashion, he told me that I had to cheer for the leafs because I was born here in Toronto. He also just wanted my brother and I to be rivals. Funny man that way.

Sorry for the long post, but I've had some drinks, and I love that story because it's all true, and I know if I press for more info from my mom, the story is probably even more interesting.

Volcanologist
05-09-2014, 11:20 PM
well you obviously get significant points for the CIA death squad.

CTheBigPicture
05-10-2014, 07:14 AM
I have a pretty cool story of why my parents left Uruguay for Canada... but it's a pretty long one.

My mom's side left Spain when she was 14 because my grandfather owned a shoe factory, and Franco labelled him a socialist. So one day my gramps just went missing. 6 months later he showed up at my moms house 20lbs lighter from jail, and he basically took my family and left for Uruguay. At that time many spaniards left spain for Uruguay. While there she met my dad and they hit it off and got married. Had my brother and then in Uruguay the CIA and the JUNTA govt's that spread from Brazil to Chile to Argentina, made their way into Uruguay. My dad's sister married this guy that ended up being a member of the CIA's death squad. He was responsible for planting explosives on cars. My dad who worked as an autobody guy was asked to drive some dignitaries to something got all scared because he actually saw some CIA head honchos with my "uncle" (they were divorced shortly after)

My dad was asked to drive some guys and he knew it was a set up. The junta/cia would pretend to be revolutionaries (tupamarus) and kid nap gov't officials and torture them. My dad new this and literally took my mom and brother out of the country the next day.

Lived in Canada for a few years, and had me. When I was 2, my dad thought it'd be cool to go back, but things were not good yet. So we came back. Then at the age of 4 I went back for 2 years and lived there. We had a house and everything thinking we'd live there for good. This is also where my dad instilled the love of having two boys support rival teams. In Uruguay the two main teams are Penarol and Nacional. When my brother was about 4 my dad got him the full Nacional uniform and took pictures with it and all. But when I was born, he bought me a full Penarol uniform. He loved watching us fight and argue.

When we finally came back to Canada, my dad declared it was our home from now on. Because he knew how important soccer was to south America, he understood the importance of hockey. We watched HNIC every Saturday. My dad and brother supported the Habs, because he told me that they reminded him of the way the Brazilians played (this was the lafleur robinson era of les canadiens) but in typical fashion, he told me that I had to cheer for the leafs because I was born here in Toronto. He also just wanted my brother and I to be rivals. Funny man that way.

Sorry for the long post, but I've had some drinks, and I love that story because it's all true, and I know if I press for more info from my mom, the story is probably even more interesting.

Cool story. Thanks for sharing.

MindzEye
05-10-2014, 08:02 AM
Political stability is something a lot of Canadians just flat out take for granted. My significant other is Mexican and some of the stories about government corruption, cartels, etc she tells, I simply don't have a personal reference point for.

Bleedsblue&white
05-11-2014, 12:14 PM
Yeah, I sometimes get into arguments with war-hawks who talk a big game as long as the fighting is far away. Imagine sending your kids to school while gunfire is just down the road? We don't get it.

Leafovic
05-11-2014, 07:39 PM
One of the songs for the WC. I like this one the best.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rymGU5ydhsY

trujaysfan
05-12-2014, 12:34 PM
England squad for world cup... Defoe didn't make cut and it appears will not be heading to the pre world cup training.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bnb9wUYIIAAcWgR.jpg:large

Leafovic
05-12-2014, 02:52 PM
Sturridge and Sterling have had amazing seasons with Liverpool, should be interesting to see how they do.

Volcanologist
05-12-2014, 03:27 PM
good news for TFC if Defoe isn't on the WC squad.

Leafovic
05-14-2014, 01:14 PM
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1979844-france-world-cup-roster-2014-full-30-man-squad-and-starting-11-projections

France squad is out. No Nasri, Abidal, Payet,Clichy,Diaby or Gignac.

Looking forward to seeing a Pogba led France.

TheCountofMonteCristo
05-14-2014, 02:23 PM
Nasri's old lady is quite upset

Metalleaf
05-21-2014, 01:09 AM
yeah, we might see some bad games. hard to run around for two hours in jungle temperatures.

Which is why I think we'll see a lot of warm weather teams do very well this year....and Belgium.

Metalleaf
05-21-2014, 01:19 AM
I'll be cheering for a likely disappointing English team. They do have three Toffees...so they can't be all bad.

Leafovic
06-01-2014, 11:31 AM
bump

Metalleaf
06-01-2014, 11:43 AM
http://assets.vg247.com/current//2014/03/pikachu_japan_soccer.jpg

Killer93
06-01-2014, 11:49 AM
Montolivo out for Italy after fracturing his tibia in yesterdays friendly versus Ireland

Jeremy
06-01-2014, 04:23 PM
I have a bit of Portuguese and Spanish in me from my mom's side, so will be cheering for them. My dad's Slovenian but they didn't qualify. Will also be cheering for Bosnia, Croatia, and Italy.

Jeremy
06-01-2014, 04:29 PM
I am legitimately 1/2 spanish from Spain (mother born there) and 1/2 Uruguayan (Father born there and brother) So you're half white, eh?

Nice!

KingTucker
06-02-2014, 06:14 PM
I'll be cheering for a likely disappointing English team. They do have three Toffees...so they can't be all bad.

Two Gunners as well, would be nice to see them get a second trophy this year, but not betting the house on this one.
Feel bad for France having to carry Giroud around, at least he can kiss his wrists after every failed attempt. :p

Metalleaf
06-05-2014, 07:44 PM
http://www.sbnation.com/soccer/2014/6/5/5777778/world-cup-2014-kits-jerseys-best-worst-photos

Best to worst of the 32 world cup kits.

Volcanologist
06-06-2014, 07:53 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2648733/Cristiano-Ronaldo-injury-claims-Ghanaian-witch-doctor-Portugal-ace-struggles-fitness.html

:lol

Bleedsblue&white
06-06-2014, 09:13 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeNLVEyXbGI

Metalleaf
06-06-2014, 12:18 PM
We'll he looks the part. Guess he could be Baron Samedi.

Metalleaf
06-06-2014, 06:49 PM
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BpaS3HJCYAASpNN.jpg:large

lecoqsportif
06-06-2014, 08:26 PM
lol @ Dalmatian. Nice historical reference.

And Mexico... well. lol

corksens
06-06-2014, 08:53 PM
Poor mexico...

lecoqsportif
06-06-2014, 08:59 PM
Dingos are waaaaaaaaaay more fierce than the Socceroos, frankly.

Hoss
06-06-2014, 09:03 PM
I don't understand the constant lack of representation of Uruguay.

Volcanologist
06-06-2014, 09:30 PM
bahahahaaa Mexico

Metalleaf
06-07-2014, 09:59 AM
@FIFAWorldCupTM: Marco Reus has been ruled out of the World Cup after suffering an ankle injury in Germany's 6-1 friendly win over Armenia.

That's a blow....

JaysCyYoung
06-07-2014, 03:31 PM
As the owner of a Saint Bernard I feel compelled to point out the sheer lunacy of not having a Saint represent Switzerland when it is clearly indelibly linked to that country. They're its national dog for ****'s sake.

KingTucker
06-10-2014, 05:15 PM
As the owner of a Saint Bernard I feel compelled to point out the sheer lunacy of not having a Saint represent Switzerland when it is clearly indelibly linked to that country. They're its national dog for ****'s sake.

Plus they carry around small barrels of brandy (allegedly). Love a pet that carries booze around for its friend/master.

Leafovic
06-11-2014, 11:24 AM
Tomorrow is the opener.

Any predictions for the opener?

Where the hell are zeke, ptbnl, pq, and all the other footy dudes?

Metalleaf
06-11-2014, 11:36 AM
I see zeke on twitter, guess he's taking a break from this place.

I think Brazil makes the finals and I have a feeling that Spain will get upset by someone. I expect a strong showing from Belgium.

Bleedsblue&white
06-11-2014, 12:47 PM
As the owner of a Saint Bernard I feel compelled to point out the sheer lunacy of not having a Saint represent Switzerland when it is clearly indelibly linked to that country. They're its national dog for ****'s sake.

They split ownership with Italy, maybe that's why.

TheCountofMonteCristo
06-11-2014, 12:52 PM
I see zeke on twitter, guess he's taking a break from this place.

I think Brazil makes the finals and I have a feeling that Spain will get upset by someone. I expect a strong showing from Belgium.

what is Zeke's handle on twitter?

He pretty much disappeared from here after the Leaf 8 game losing streak.

trujaysfan
06-11-2014, 12:57 PM
I see zeke on twitter, guess he's taking a break from this place.

I think Brazil makes the finals and I have a feeling that Spain will get upset by someone. I expect a strong showing from Belgium.

Haven't heard do you know the extent of Lukaku's injury?

Metalleaf
06-11-2014, 12:58 PM
Ankle strain, day to day I'd guess.

trujaysfan
06-11-2014, 01:01 PM
okay cool, I want them to do well but missing their top 2 strikers would be devastating.

Leafovic
06-13-2014, 06:36 AM
But damn, Croatia got robbed. What a horrible call. You don't call a penalty in that situation, for god's sake the Brazilian players back was towards goal.

MindzEye
06-13-2014, 11:13 AM
It was a flop, but as soon as the Croat defender wrapped his left arm around Fred's shoulder and pulled, it was going to be a pen.

Killer93
06-13-2014, 03:27 PM
Being reminded how dumb soccer can be, bunch of diving ****ing pansies which draw penalty kicks.

Killer93
06-13-2014, 03:45 PM
RVP what a goal

Volcanologist
06-13-2014, 03:49 PM
Brilliant equalizer for the Dutch. Casillas was helpless.

Leafin'
06-13-2014, 03:52 PM
I hate Spain. Not for the country, not for the team, but only for the sole reason that they always get the benefit of the calls.

Refereeing in this sport is disgusting. NBA level bad.

Killer93
06-13-2014, 04:15 PM
Beauty again 2-1 Holland, definitely backing them after that disgusting penalty kick call

Leafin'
06-13-2014, 04:21 PM
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOO

Leafin'
06-13-2014, 04:21 PM
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO 3-1!!!!

Killer93
06-13-2014, 04:22 PM
3-1!

Metalleaf
06-13-2014, 04:23 PM
I thought Spain would be upset...but I don't think losing to Holland is an upset.

Leafin'
06-13-2014, 04:29 PM
4-1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BEST GAME EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Killer93
06-13-2014, 04:30 PM
Didn't know Spain started Toskala today

Metalleaf
06-13-2014, 04:35 PM
CBC's ****ing useless...it went black on me and I can't watch the game now.

Volcanologist
06-13-2014, 04:35 PM
Wow, did not see that scoreline coming...

Killer93
06-13-2014, 04:37 PM
5-1

Metalleaf
06-13-2014, 04:38 PM
Good night, Madrid.

Leafin'
06-13-2014, 04:38 PM
5-1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Killer93
06-13-2014, 04:47 PM
“@strombone1: I don't like to make fun of other goalies. I really feel terrible for CA5ILLA5.......”

Metalleaf
06-13-2014, 05:11 PM
https://scontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/t1.0-9/10345980_533983970041077_4742872924384165609_n.png

Deckie007
06-13-2014, 06:16 PM
Chile up 2-0 on the Aussies already, 14 minutes in.

Leafovic
06-13-2014, 06:17 PM
Chile looking good. The best of all is that they play really nice technical footy.

the_undead
06-13-2014, 06:30 PM
https://scontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/t1.0-9/10345980_533983970041077_4742872924384165609_n.png

Haha! :lol

That Van Persie header was beautiful. The Dutch made Spain look absolutely silly today. They were in another league altogether.

the_undead
06-13-2014, 06:35 PM
Sweet goal for the Aussies!

Deckie007
06-13-2014, 06:36 PM
Beauty cross and header.

Metalleaf
06-13-2014, 06:40 PM
Not at home, who scored? Cahill?

Deckie007
06-13-2014, 06:42 PM
Not at home, who scored? Cahill?

Good guess.

Metalleaf
06-13-2014, 06:42 PM
I hope he shadow boxed the goal post.

TimHorton
06-13-2014, 06:45 PM
Cahill is a beast. This has been a brilliant day of football so far.

Deckie007
06-13-2014, 06:47 PM
Cahill is a beast. This has been a brilliant day of football so far.

He's the only Aussie soccer player I know, but he's a good one. Still waiting to see the Dutch-Spanish highlights. Also, for team nicknames, Socceroos >*

the_undead
06-13-2014, 06:57 PM
The highlights to the Dutch v Spain game are plentiful. You might wanna do yourself a favor and just find the game to download and watch from the beginning. It started out innocently enough, but once RVP got the first Dutch goal, the wheels fell off for Spain. The second half was just pure Dutch domination.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsNlOFXE_xE

Leafovic
06-13-2014, 08:07 PM
Good game between Chile and Australia. Australia weren't too bad.

Chile showed some good technical skill but were pretty dissapointing in the final third (funny to say since they scored 3, and could have had a 4th), but game was tight right until the end. Also, that defence looked shaky. No real balance between attack/defence. Not sure they are the dark-horse people said they would be.

Metalleaf
06-13-2014, 08:12 PM
Dunno how Chile gets by Holland or Spain. Unless Spain has another collapse vs. Chile.

CRL
06-13-2014, 08:13 PM
Good game between Chile and Australia. Australia weren't too bad.

Chile showed some good technical skill but were pretty dissapointing in the final third (funny to say since they scored 3, and could have had a 4th), but game was tight right until the end. Also, that defence looked shaky. No real balance between attack/defence. Not sure they are the dark-horse people said they would be.

Chile newer had good defence

Leafovic
06-13-2014, 08:18 PM
Chile newer had good defence

Yeah I know but it shouldn't look that shaky against Australia.

CRL
06-13-2014, 08:19 PM
Yeah I know but it shouldn't look that shaky against Australia.
they have tendency to fold under the pressure

Deckie007
06-13-2014, 08:31 PM
https://i.imgur.com/NYZoobB.jpg

Bleedsblue&white
06-14-2014, 08:23 AM
https://scontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/t1.0-9/10345980_533983970041077_4742872924384165609_n.png

Lol, anyone playing Fifa online knows this one.

Killer93
06-14-2014, 09:21 AM
Buffon has a sprained ankle and may not start for the Azzuri today

Killer93
06-14-2014, 12:06 PM
Colombia!!!!!

Leafin'
06-14-2014, 01:45 PM
Buffon has a sprained ankle and may not start for the Azzuri today

Good!

Hopes they suffer the same fate Spain did yesterday.

Deckie007
06-14-2014, 01:52 PM
If it was anyone but England, I'd say it's possible.

Metalleaf
06-14-2014, 02:05 PM
Excellent result for Columbia and I have them in my team pool, hope they get to the QF.

Killer93
06-14-2014, 04:17 PM
Costa Rica!!

Deckie007
06-14-2014, 04:18 PM
Holy shit, 2-1 Costa Rica. Two beautiful goals to start the 2nd half.

Volcanologist
06-14-2014, 04:41 PM
https://twitter.com/strombone1/status/477901313682849792

Deckie007
06-14-2014, 04:44 PM
:lol

Awesome.

Volcanologist
06-14-2014, 04:45 PM
wow, 3-1 Costa Rica

Deckie007
06-14-2014, 04:46 PM
Goals weren't cheapies either. Full value for the win.

Hoss
06-14-2014, 04:47 PM
I guess the rule seems to be don't score first on a penalty shot. Uruguay looks bad, no control over their passes. Sloppy sloppy. Forlan has to play in the midfield and he hasn't and so there is no skill on the ball. Just brute force. Not a good sign at all.

Metalleaf
06-14-2014, 04:54 PM
**** Suarez!! Biting rascist bastard!!

Hoss
06-14-2014, 04:57 PM
That red card was bull shit, I hate the rolling around after a kick on the shin pads. Bot a red card FFS... those two footed tackles in the first half completely uncalled. Peireira is one of the only players with some touch on the Uruguay squad. Brutal.

Volcanologist
06-14-2014, 06:49 PM
Great first half in the England-Italy match, good chances at both ends and two class goals.

Leafin'
06-14-2014, 06:51 PM
Great game so far.

Killer93
06-14-2014, 07:01 PM
Amazing game between Italy/England; hoping Azzuri pull it out

the_undead
06-14-2014, 07:23 PM
Rooney is snake bitten!

Leafin'
06-14-2014, 07:24 PM
I like some of the young guys on England. Sterling and Sturridge are nice.

the_undead
06-14-2014, 07:32 PM
Yeah, Sterling has been impressive from the start for Liverpool and has impressed so far this game. He's so composed for a 19 year old kid playing on the biggest stage in the world! As for Sturridge, I'm a Chelsea supporter, so I've been a fan of his since his Chelsea days. I always found myself defending his talents when a friend of mine (a ManU supporter) cuts him down. His talent has really been apparent since his move to Liverpool.

the_undead
06-14-2014, 07:36 PM
Wtf was the deal with that corner kick by Rooney?????

Metalleaf
06-14-2014, 07:45 PM
#FreeRossBarkley

Bleedsblue&white
06-14-2014, 07:56 PM
Italy looked better than I'd hoped.

Metalleaf
06-14-2014, 07:57 PM
England needs to use less Rooney and Gerrard and more younger players. Those two were terrible when it counted.

Killer93
06-14-2014, 08:01 PM
Azzuri! Great start for them

JaysCyYoung
06-14-2014, 08:14 PM
Really good game from England. If they play half as well as they did today against Uruguay and Costa Rica they should breeze into the elimination round. Great passing and a lot more offence than I'm used to watching. Barkley and Sterling were awesome.

Italy played well too. They commanded the passing game beautifully and had the highest completion percentage (93%) since 1966. Great technical effort from them. If they played as consistently clean and with as minimal theatrics as they did today I dare say they'd be likeable. Really good sportsmanship from them. I was impressed.

And Pirlo is so, so good.

the_undead
06-14-2014, 08:17 PM
England needs to use less Rooney and Gerrard and more younger players. Those two were terrible when it counted.

After that performance, I'd agree with you about Rooney (who I like at the club level even though I detest United), but I have confidence that Gerrard can bounce back. And not to defend their poor play at the end of the game, but it wasn't just those two down the stretch. Johnson put a cross well behind the goal, so did Sterling (who was exceptional the entire game aside from that poor cross at the end). Then when a decent cross was put into the box, no white shirts were there to bang it in. Lallana played pretty poorly from the moment he was brought in. Wilshere had a terrible pass that went out of bounds for an unforced turnover. And even Joe Hart, at the end of the first half when Italy was REALLY pressing, pulled toward a ball to his right and then hung still in no-man's land, rather than making his way back to goal. He was just lucky to have a defender there to make a goal line clearing header.

As a whole... England played a decent first half, but looked like shit from somewhere around 60' and beyond. Italy did play a pretty good game, though. Can't take away from their performance.

JaysCyYoung
06-14-2014, 08:20 PM
Hart should have had that Balotelli goal though. You're right there at your bloody close post. For a 6'5 man there's no excuse not to use your arms to bat that away from that close. Instead he was standing kind of awkwardly on the line away from the post and let Mario get the inside.

the_undead
06-14-2014, 08:23 PM
I agree with you on that, for sure. Not to mention, the defense just kinda let him slip in the back as if they didn't know Balotelli was capable of such a thing.

JaysCyYoung
06-14-2014, 08:25 PM
I agree with you on that, for sure. Not to mention, the defense just kinda let him slip in the back as if they didn't know Balotelli was capable of such a thing.

Cahill was absolutely atrocious on his coverage of that goal. It's like he didn't see the cross developing and notice the massive black Italian slip in behind him for the header.

CH1
06-14-2014, 08:35 PM
Pirlo attempted 108 passes, completed 103.

Italy played with a lot of composure. England had some nice spurts but looked out of sorts in dead ball situations.

MindzEye
06-14-2014, 08:38 PM
Ummm...missed the match and all but regarding the Shrek bashing...his set up of Sturridge was ****ing spot on, how bad could he have been really?

JaysCyYoung
06-14-2014, 08:40 PM
Ummm...missed the match and all but regarding the Shrek bashing...his set up of Sturridge was ****ing spot on, how bad could he have been really?

People's expectations of Rooney are too high for his calibre of player IMO. He almost equalized the game in the box around the 75th minute with a really close strike that was two inches away from a 2-2 match.

But the hilariously awful corner that went into the crowd is going to have Twitter aflame for days.

That pass to Sturridge was world class though. Gorgeous play-making.

And I still maintain that Pirlo must be a cyborg or some illegal robotic specimen sent from the future. The man does not age. He's master class at the international level every time. That little fake before the Marchisio goal was brilliant.

CH1
06-14-2014, 08:41 PM
Yeah. Rooney's setup was great. He also had a great chance to equalize it later.

England needed to neutralize Pirlo a little more. And show a little more focus during the final 20 mins.

Metalleaf
06-14-2014, 08:41 PM
All the best Italian players come out of Juventus. This is a fact.

CH1
06-14-2014, 08:43 PM
People's expectations of Rooney are too high for his calibre of player IMO. He almost equalized the game in the box around the 75th minute with a really close strike that was two inches away from a 2-2 match.

But the hilariously awful corner that went into the crowd is going to have Twitter aflame for days.

That pass to Sturridge was world class though. Gorgeous play-making.

And I still maintain that Pirlo must be a cyborg or some illegal robotic specimen sent from the future. The man does not age. He's master class at the international level every time. That little fake before the Marchisio goal was brilliant.

Teeds' got this.

Metalleaf
06-14-2014, 08:51 PM
I wore my Rooney shirt today...didn't help.

the_undead
06-14-2014, 09:00 PM
Cahill was absolutely atrocious on his coverage of that goal. It's like he didn't see the cross developing and notice the massive black Italian slip in behind him for the header.

This is true. I like Cahill, but he's spotty from time to time. That was definitely one of those times. He did, however, have a class tackle at the end of the game, but it was too little too late by that point.

Though I have to ask, what do you mean by peoples' expectations of Rooney are too high for his calibre of player? Rooney is a world class player and a work horse, he's been unsuccessful with his scoring touch in World Cup play, though. I'd say the high expectations of him are justified considering what he's capable of. Though I'll admit, I was a bit short-sighted by the end of the game due to England's poor play and put aside the absolute top quality service on the Sturridge goal. That was a thing of beauty, no doubt. Rooney didn't play TOO poorly, but he DEFINITELY didn't have shit for a scoring touch. Close is close, yeah, but he's more than capable of finding the back of the net. He simply couldn't get it on target against Italy today.

Also, hi JCY!

JaysCyYoung
06-14-2014, 09:03 PM
I mean to suggest that Rooney is unquestionably a dominating presence at the club level, but that his work at the international level has been seriously deficient to date (at least compared to what it could be), and I think you'll find few people that would seriously challenge that assessment. I've resigned myself to the fact that he simply isn't going to be a consistent impact player at this level by this point, but then he'll show a little touch of magic like that pass to Sturridge and you'll find yourself questioning if the assessment is too harsh. He lacks consistency from game to game for England, at least in actual World Cup matches, and we probably have a large enough sample size of his play at this point to draw that conclusion. I just would like for him to start taking over games, especially given his talent level and work ethic, but it doesn't seem to happen. He's perpetually snake-bitten or something for whatever reason.

Metalleaf
06-14-2014, 09:06 PM
England have the skill necessary to play Dutch style football, yet they try to play like they are Italy and they aren't.

the_undead
06-14-2014, 09:06 PM
Ahhh... that, I'd agree with 100%. I thought you were questioning his abilities as a whole, rather than more or less at the international level.

^ I meant that I agreed with JCY's last post, but I agree with yours as well, Metalleaf. :D

JaysCyYoung
06-14-2014, 09:07 PM
I'm curious what you mean by England's poor play though. I haven't seen very many games against such a high-calibre opponent like Italy where England were in it right to the final whistle. Things got a little unhinged with fifteen to twenty minutes left in terms of their attacking play, but they still got their chances and could have equalized it.

Even as things stand I think it probably should have ended in a draw if we're being fair with our assessments. Possession was almost 50/50, England got six more shots on goal, took seven more corners. But for Hart/Cahill's screw-up we're looking at a 1-1 draw (I predicted that in my WC pool), so you'll find few England fans that would take umbrage with a draw against Italy.

CH1
06-14-2014, 09:12 PM
Both teams were gassed at the end.

De Rossi:

“I don’t think it came across on television how hard it was to play in these conditions, how tough to breathe and continue with that humidity. There were moments when it was really difficult to run two metres, as we were suffocating. “It’s a shame, as that affected the tempo of the match and we wanted to go faster, but it was tough in those conditions."

the_undead
06-14-2014, 09:14 PM
Italy just looked far more composed than England in the second half. I think England got too comfortable in the idea that they had plenty of time to equalize and then tried to do too much too late. Italy seemed to have a more controlled touch, where England seemed to have kind of a scurried look to their play. I'd agree that England fans would have accepted a draw in that game, but they didn't muster a draw. They came out with a loss and I have a feeling there were several key moments that England fans will be more than critical of.

the_undead
06-14-2014, 09:19 PM
I actually thought that England looked the better side for most of the first half, with exception of the Marchisio goal and a couple lapses by the backs/midfielders in leaving Marchisio unmarked on more than one occasion.

eason97
06-15-2014, 06:03 AM
If Sturridge's right leg can be half as good as his left, he'll be in the same tier as RVP, Aguero and Suarez. A tad below at the moment.

CH1
06-15-2014, 11:52 AM
I'm liking this site called Zonal Marking.

This site does a does good job of breaking down all the matches with charts. http://www.zonalmarking.net/2014/06/...p-stage-day-3/

The guy also writes for the Observer (without graphs) http://www.theguardian.com/football/...-italy-tactics

Bleedsblue&white
06-15-2014, 01:24 PM
Maybe the Vuvezela's affected my memory, but so far this opening round seems way more exciting than last WC.

CH1
06-15-2014, 01:45 PM
Maybe the Vuvezela's affected my memory, but so far this opening round seems way more exciting than last WC.

part of it that is no draws early on -- Ecu-Swi will be the first one if that 1-1 scores hold.

CH1
06-15-2014, 01:49 PM
Dramatic finish by the Swiss -- still no ties.

Deckie007
06-15-2014, 03:46 PM
This France-Honduras match has been spicy. 1-0 on a penalty and Honduras is now a man down.

Volcanologist
06-15-2014, 04:13 PM
interesting goal-line technology kerfluffle there on France's second goal. although I do think it was in.

Metalleaf
06-15-2014, 04:33 PM
interesting goal-line technology kerfluffle there on France's second goal. although I do think it was in.

It went in after the goalie knocked it in. Hence it was a own goal and Benzema only has 2

Metalleaf
06-15-2014, 05:58 PM
This game should be good.

Metalleaf
06-15-2014, 06:03 PM
Own goal on Bosnia, nightmare start.

the_undead
06-15-2014, 06:43 PM
Yeah, terrible way to start, but since then they've settled down a bit. Bosnia's actually had some good chances on goal.

Volcanologist
06-15-2014, 06:47 PM
really tough bounce for Bosnia. Argentina can be had.

Metalleaf
06-15-2014, 07:01 PM
Bosnia have Dzecko and Argentina's goalie is Monaco's backup. Its wide open.

Leafin'
06-15-2014, 07:36 PM
Messi with a beauty.

lecoqsportif
06-15-2014, 10:34 PM
Argentina's keeper is horrible. Weak link.

lecoqsportif
06-15-2014, 10:36 PM
This France-Honduras match has been spicy. 1-0 on a penalty and Honduras is now a man down.

Honduras really play like bunch of pricks. Geezus are they dirty.

Metalleaf
06-15-2014, 10:38 PM
So Tony Pulis will sign every Honduran?

lecoqsportif
06-15-2014, 10:44 PM
lol

Leafovic
06-16-2014, 09:13 AM
Proud of Bosnia :) I thought we played pretty damn well considering it is our first tourney vs a giant like Argentina. We got really unlucky with that own-goal, and so early on as well. I found neutrals opinion mostly positive in terms of Bosnia's performance, but there was some criticism, which I found sort of odd. There were some people that seemed to criticize that we seemed to lack pace, and that we should have attacked Argentina more because their defence is the weakness. But we don't really lack pace, why it looked that way is pretty obvious...

First, you have the Argies defending with five defenders and playing pretty defensive, especially in the first half. Dzeko is the lone man upfront, not getting match space (he has 3 CB's on him), so he's not finding any room to run on to. If you can't find your striker with any regularity, it makes more sense to play with more possesion (and find holes through patience) as opposed to rushing plays.

Second, Bosnia was probably cautious to not get caught out of position. It is easy to lose tactical discipline if you start playing a high tempo game against a strong counter-attacking team like Argentina. Sure, you could argue that you should attack the Argentine defence, the weaker portion of their team, but that is also the most vulnerable part of our team. On top of that we had players like Misimovic and Hajrovic in the lineup, while both skilled, Misimovic especially, isn't the most fit guy.

At the end of the day, if not for that own-goal, Bosnia probably tie the game. To play in your first ever tourney, against an opponent like Argentina, and do what we did, is pretty great imo. We didn't get hammered by a big score, and we certainly didn't just sit back either. Sure, we could have done more, but all things considered, I thought we were pretty good.

Besic was great, as was my expectation. Pjanic was also phenomenal.

CRL
06-16-2014, 09:47 AM
Honduras really play like bunch of pricks. Geezus are they dirty.

Cocks were diving and simulating like there is no tomorrow

trujaysfan
06-16-2014, 12:31 PM
I don't think you will be hearing too many Portuguese driving around honking horns today. :couch

Metalleaf
06-16-2014, 12:36 PM
Pepe gets a red card for being a moron.

Killer93
06-16-2014, 12:56 PM
Fail Portugal lol

CRL
06-16-2014, 01:06 PM
I don't think you will be hearing too many Portuguese driving around honking horns today. :couch

amen to that

TheCountofMonteCristo
06-16-2014, 02:28 PM
Cocks were diving and simulating like there is no tomorrow

Hardly. Furthermore, you are the only person who is making that claim of all commentary I have heard on that game.

Germany sliced through Portugal more easily today than it did Poland in 1939.

BTW, where the German fans at the game from Germany or of German descent from 1940s immigration?

CRL
06-16-2014, 02:31 PM
Hardly. Furthermore, you are the only person who is making that claim of all commentary I have heard on that game.

Germany sliced through Portugal more easily today than it did Poland in 1939.

BTW, where the German fans at the game from Germany or of German descent from 1940s immigration?

maybe coze I did play for 10 years and watching replays closely?

Deckie007
06-16-2014, 07:37 PM
Ghana is banging on the door....can't imagine the US holding out much longer.

Deckie007
06-16-2014, 07:57 PM
Wow, what a finish! Gutsy win by the States.

Metalleaf
06-16-2014, 07:58 PM
USA plays like that vs Portugal/Germany and they are ****ed.

Deckie007
06-16-2014, 08:04 PM
Yeah, 'cause Portugal looked outstanding themselves today.

lecoqsportif
06-16-2014, 08:43 PM
Cocks were diving and simulating like there is no tomorrow

#agendaalert

Even the Brits said the Hondurans played like lunatics.

Volcanologist
06-16-2014, 08:52 PM
Credit to the States for scoring that clutch header, but Ghana's finish was laughable and why they lost this one.

trujaysfan
06-16-2014, 08:52 PM
USA plays like that vs Portugal/Germany and they are ****ed.

Portugal will be missing 2-3 starters for that game and a draw basically puts USA through. The Americans should be able to handle the pressure and score at least 1 goal, it will depend on how world class Ronaldo can be on his own.

Metalleaf
06-16-2014, 08:55 PM
Credit to the States for scoring that clutch header, but Ghana's finish was laughable and why they lost this one.

Yep, I cringed every time Muntari took a shot.

Metalleaf
06-16-2014, 10:26 PM
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BqR6qJxCcAAlyxu.jpg:large

Leafovic
06-16-2014, 11:13 PM
Portugal is a much worse team this time around than in past competitions. Many of their players are in a downtrend (older, etc).

I wouldn't be shocked if they finished 4th.

Deckie007
06-17-2014, 12:16 AM
maybe coze I did play for 10 years and watching replays closely?

Nope.

https://i.imgur.com/CA7MvnH.gif

Metalleaf
06-17-2014, 12:28 AM
I played baseball as a kid for 10 years, doesn't mean anything.

Deckie007
06-17-2014, 12:40 AM
https://i.imgur.com/Ikj3i30.gif

Metalleaf
06-17-2014, 01:09 AM
Its like a P84 argument.

zeke
06-17-2014, 10:51 AM
This world cup has been just epic so far. It's like every team got infected by the local sambaing and is playing like brazil. great stuff to watch.

Especially love seeing this latin and southern american teams getting some much crowd support, whcih they never get in most world cups. Teams like Chile and Costa Rica and Colombia have obviously been inspired by it.

I thought England looked damn good against Italy. Best England team I've ever seen. Wellbeck/Sterling/Sturridge were just dynamic, and I don't really get the Rooney hate - he created their only goal and had their other 2-3 best chances. If one of those near misses goes in he's man of the match.

Italy, though, looks to be heavily underrated.

Funnily enough, their two major injuries I think might have actually helped them.

Montolivo is a great club player but he's never impressed with the national team, and IMO has always been miscast in his attacking midfield / trequartista role with the azzurri. He's just not that kind of player and our reliance on him in that role has always hurt us, IMO. Not only did his injury free up the more dynamic Marchisio to move forward (and he was great), but it also allowed the supremely talented 21yr old Verratti to move into the lineup behind him, giving us two pirlos in the middle. Even though Verratti didn't have a great game, this is a much better setup for Italy. It doesn't hurt that Candreva joined Marchisio in a similar role and had a fantastic game too. Not sure if he can keep it up but he looked damn good.

And then there's the injury to Buffon. Buffon is awesome. Legendary. But I'm entirely scared that at his age he's going to slip up and cost us a big game. Maybe that's just paranoia but he's not the same goalie he was in his prime, even if his leadership is a huge factor. Sirigu is a fantastic goalie (and Italy has more of them, too), and just entering his prime. He looked a bit tentative on a couple early balls in the box but overall had an amazing game. I'm not so sure Buffon would serve better.

There is one injury that really did hurt them this game, surprisingly, and that was the injury to 21yr old left back DeSciglio. As great a game as 24yr old Darmian had at right back, DeSciglio by most observers is even better. And it looks like Prandelli made one big screwup in roster selection, because he had no real left back to sub in for DeSciglio, and his plan was to move Chiellini out to the wing (which he hasn't been able to handle since his much younger days), and put that bald pylon Palletta in central D. Chiellini was ineffective both ways, while Paletta was just out and out abused by England's speed. He probably should have conceded a PK for that body check in the box in the second half. Getting DeSciglio back will be huge for Italy, not just because the kid is awesome, but because Chiellini has to be moved back to central D alongside his partner Barzagli.


All in all I love the setup that Prandelli went with, and I love the young roster he brought.




Balotelli 23
(Immobile 24)

Marchisio 28 ------------------------ Candreva 27
(Cassano 31 ------------------------ Insigne 23)

Verratti 21 ------------ Pirlo 36
(Aquilani 29 ----------- Cerci 26)

DeRossi 30
(Motta 31)

DeSciglio 21 ------------------------------------------------------- Darmian 24
(Parolo 29 ------------------------------------------------------- Abate 27)

Chiellini 29 -------------- Barzagli 33
(Paletta 28 ------------- Bonucci 27)



those subs don't actually fit perfectly as backups in those roles (i.e. Parolo is a central defensive mid, Insigne more of a striker, and cerci more of a winger) but close enough.


I don't think that lineup misses Montolivo even one little bit, and is probably better off without him (though I'd like him over Aquilani as a backup).

And I'm comfortable no matter which goalkeeper is in net.


Hopefully DeSciglio is healthy soon, because his absence caused us a whole lotta trouble against England.

CRL
06-17-2014, 12:41 PM
I played baseball as a kid for 10 years, doesn't mean anything.

same stupid statement as "I have drivers license for 40 years, doent mean anything "

Deckie007
06-17-2014, 12:42 PM
same stupid statement as "I have drivers license for 40 years, doent mean anything "

So you're agreed then. :lol

Metalleaf
06-17-2014, 12:43 PM
You seem tense, you should relax man. Stop being so angry.

Deckie007
06-17-2014, 12:52 PM
I'm assuming once he watches the Russia/South Korea game and gets some Vodka or an apple martini or a pina colada or whatever into him he'll relax.

Metalleaf
06-17-2014, 01:26 PM
Fellaini stopped playing like Man U Fellaini and started playing like Everton Fellaini.

Metalleaf
06-17-2014, 01:36 PM
Good, I didn't want Algeria's shitty brand of football to win. Score a goal then park a bus? Awful.

Metalleaf
06-17-2014, 01:57 PM
I still don't understand why Moyes played Fellaini as a defensive holding midfielder when he's much better on the attack.

trujaysfan
06-17-2014, 04:34 PM
I still don't understand why Moyes played Fellaini as a defensive holding midfielder when he's much better on the attack.

Moyes was stupid?

Killer93
06-17-2014, 04:50 PM
Brazil and Mexico tie

MindzEye
06-17-2014, 05:29 PM
Ochoa was a pimp.

Artnes
06-17-2014, 05:43 PM
Wonder where he lands for the 14-15 season.

Metalleaf
06-17-2014, 07:24 PM
Akinfeev is going to the gulag...that's awful goaltending.

MyNameIsJonas
06-17-2014, 07:31 PM
reprieve for that muppet tender, Russia ties it

MindzEye
06-17-2014, 07:33 PM
I was so looking forward to posting Sad Putin pictures...

Killer93
06-18-2014, 12:19 PM
Holland up 1-0 on Australia

Leafovic
06-18-2014, 12:24 PM
1-1

Metalleaf
06-18-2014, 12:25 PM
Tim Cahill with the goal of the World Cup so far. Love that guy.

MyNameIsJonas
06-18-2014, 01:12 PM
2-1 Aussies off a penalty kick

MyNameIsJonas
06-18-2014, 01:16 PM
2-2

Van Persie

Metalleaf
06-18-2014, 01:29 PM
Australia concedes a 3rd goal, then subs Cahill off, its like they are conceding the victory.

trujaysfan
06-18-2014, 01:33 PM
Lots of speculation that Ronaldo is out of the tournament due to injury

Metalleaf
06-18-2014, 03:18 PM
Spain looks awful...

Killer93
06-18-2014, 03:19 PM
Wow Chile owning Spain so far

Killer93
06-18-2014, 03:42 PM
2-0 Chile wow

Metalleaf
06-18-2014, 03:45 PM
-6 goal differential...barring a miracle, Spain are done.

Volcanologist
06-18-2014, 05:07 PM
abrupt end to a hell of a run by Spain. 3 tourneys in a row is ridiculous, a fourth would have defied belief.

Jeremy
06-18-2014, 06:43 PM
Damn, Spain was my 2nd team after Portugal. Tough to see them lose.

lecoqsportif
06-18-2014, 08:02 PM
abrupt end to a hell of a run by Spain. 3 tourneys in a row is ridiculous, a fourth would have defied belief.

Yup. That was a great generation, and they stuck to their guns re: tiki taka. Good for them, even if they eliminated Germany twice. They influenced the game enormously and forced the more direct teams to be (much) tehnically better. The sport in general is better for their dominance and the way they played, especially after the goatf@ck that was 2004 and the circus in 2006.

They'll be back with a new generation of talent.

TheCountofMonteCristo
06-19-2014, 02:13 PM
Yup. That was a great generation, and they stuck to their guns re: tiki taka. Good for them, even if they eliminated Germany twice. They influenced the game enormously and forced the more direct teams to be (much) tehnically better. The sport in general is better for their dominance and the way they played, especially after the goatf@ck that was 2004 and the circus in 2006.

They'll be back with a new generation of talent.

You mean you didn't like the 1-9 the Greeks employed where they did nothing but waited for a header late in the game to win 1-0?

Metalleaf
06-19-2014, 03:15 PM
England look good on offence, but nervous as hell on defence.

Metalleaf
06-19-2014, 03:45 PM
If England didn't have bad luck they'd have no luck. Rooney hits the bar, and then that racist douchebag puts them up 1-0 one Uruguay's few chances.

Volcanologist
06-19-2014, 03:54 PM
Lol poor Roons. Not even his new hair could put that ball in the net on that header.

Hoss
06-19-2014, 04:05 PM
If England didn't have bad luck they'd have no luck. Rooney hits the bar, and then that racist douchebag puts them up 1-0 one Uruguay's few chances.

You keep calling him a racist douchebag. In Uruguay the term "negro" is used all the time as a nothing word. My great grandmother was black and so many of our relatives we call "negro" as a nickname.

Suarez himself has black/African blood in his veins as do many Uruguayans. When he said "come on negro" or whatever he said, he might as well have been saying it to a team mate cuz it literally is used as "come on buddy".

The biting. Well that's just funny

Metalleaf
06-19-2014, 04:10 PM
Nah he's a douchebag.

Bleedsblue&white
06-19-2014, 04:16 PM
Ouch.

Metalleaf
06-19-2014, 04:30 PM
Rooney!! Get in!

Volcanologist
06-19-2014, 04:32 PM
Shrek finally scores! pretty crap backline for Ooroogwai on the play though.

Bleedsblue&white
06-19-2014, 04:42 PM
The World Cup is to England as the Stanley Cup is to the Maple Leafs.

Volcanologist
06-19-2014, 04:52 PM
Except England don't have the second most championships, of course.

Bleedsblue&white
06-19-2014, 04:53 PM
Still...

TheCountofMonteCristo
06-19-2014, 04:54 PM
Except England don't have the second most championships, of course.

Trut they have that one bastardized one where they won on an illegal goal that never crossed the line.

The English Maple Leafs go down to defeat again.

If Costa Rica and Italy play to a tie tomorrow, England is gone.

Metalleaf
06-19-2014, 04:59 PM
This game just furthered my hatred for anything Liverpool, Suarez for being Suarez, Gerrard for being terrible, and Hodgson's over-reliance on Henderson and Sterling who had no effect in this game. England's midfield had the creativity of a potato.

Volcanologist
06-19-2014, 05:03 PM
Sturridge is pretty much the only guy who inspired any fear when he got the ball.

Metalleaf
06-19-2014, 05:05 PM
Too bad Seamus Coleman is Irish, England need a roving back like that.

Killer93
06-19-2014, 05:07 PM
This game just furthered my hatred for anything Liverpool, Suarez for being Suarez, Gerrard for being terrible, and Hodgson's over-reliance on Henderson and Sterling who had no effect in this game. England's midfield had the creativity of a potato.

Agree 100%. Being Italian we have been absolutely spoiled by having a mid-fielder like Pirlo for the past 10 years

Metalleaf
06-19-2014, 05:13 PM
Love the media, lumping this loss at Jagielka's feet, while Gerrard gets off absolved of any blame.

Bleedsblue&white
06-19-2014, 05:21 PM
England last won in 66, Leafs in 67.
Both fan groups are die-hards who know they are the center of their universes, they fill up the stands, buy the merchandise...and never win.

Metalleaf
06-19-2014, 05:23 PM
Only 8 teams have ever won a World Cup, odds of winning it vs. a cup are much different.

TheCountofMonteCristo
06-19-2014, 05:26 PM
Love the media, lumping this loss at Jagielka's feet, while Gerrard gets off absolved of any blame.

Gerrard is a golden boy

Metalleaf
06-19-2014, 05:35 PM
Mario Balotelli
If we beat Costa Rica i want a kiss,obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen.������.

TheCountofMonteCristo
06-19-2014, 05:46 PM
lol

Italy and Costa Rica should play for a 0-0 tie just to piss off the English media

or better yet, beat Costa Rica and then play for the 0-0 tie against Uruguay :)

Bleedsblue&white
06-20-2014, 11:57 AM
This is awesome. When I planned out my surgery, having the summer off was definitely part of that plan, but I had forgotten about the WC.
Not only am I home, but I'm not working in Vaughan, so no Woodbridge... nor am I driving through any other areas of the GTA while the Cup is going.

It's like adding bacon to your peameal on a bun.

trujaysfan
06-20-2014, 12:51 PM
COSTA RICA!!!!!!!

Metalleaf
06-20-2014, 01:08 PM
Wouldn't it be funny if both England AND Italy went out in the group stage...cause it could happen.

trujaysfan
06-20-2014, 01:13 PM
Wouldn't it be funny if both England AND Italy went out in the group stage...cause it could happen.

would be hilarious if this score line holds it all comes down to Italy - Uruguay

CONCACAF> lol

CRL
06-20-2014, 01:55 PM
such a nice afternoon, would be nice to see Italy lose next game too

Killer93
06-20-2014, 01:55 PM
Congrats to Costa Rica! Absolutely disgusted with Italy's performance, completey dis-interested play. Don't like there chances against Uruguay

Volcanologist
06-20-2014, 01:57 PM
Turrible game by Italy. yikes.

TheCountofMonteCristo
06-20-2014, 01:58 PM
Wouldn't it be funny if both England AND Italy went out in the group stage...cause it could happen.

would be poetic justice given the way England and Italy fans were laughing at Spain

Killer93
06-20-2014, 01:59 PM
Gotta feel for England fans, Italy's performance against them was night/day compared to today's performance when they needed the Italians to pull out 3 points.

TheCountofMonteCristo
06-20-2014, 01:59 PM
If only Uruguay didn't give up that late goal in the first game to lose 3-1, they would only need a tie to advance on goals for but alas now Italy only needs a tie to advance on goal difference. Look for Italy to play for 0-0 tie next game.

TheCountofMonteCristo
06-20-2014, 02:00 PM
Gotta feel for England fans, Italy's performance against them was night/day compared to today's performance when they needed the Italians to pull out 3 points.

why, it's their own fault, they played like shit for two games and are out

Killer93
06-20-2014, 02:01 PM
why, it's their own fault, they played like shit for two games and are out

Good point. And absolutely agree that Italy will likely park the bus next game...sigh.

trujaysfan
06-20-2014, 02:05 PM
Spain out - Chile in
England out - Costa Rica in

This has to be one of the most entertaining tournaments for a neutral of all time.

Not even mad that my job start date was pushed back 3 week now.