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Old 06-21-2010, 11:02 AM
 
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What a letdown! The last time Portugal met DPRK in a WC match (1966), the game produced 8 goals.
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Old 06-21-2010, 11:42 AM
 
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What a letdown! The last time Portugal met DPRK in a WC match (1966), the game produced 8 goals.
No Eusebio = less than 8 goals!
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Old 06-21-2010, 11:46 AM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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People here were cheering as if we had won the cup already They might be in for a surprise when they meet a team that can fight back...
I like the North Koreans, very fair and friendly players
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Old 06-23-2010, 12:13 PM
 
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Now that almost all African teams have failed, maybe that will have a sobering effect on Africans regarding superstition. There was a short doc on TV recently on all the mumbo jumbo they were practicing before the game, e.g. sacrificing animals, employing voodoo guys etc.

I hope Ghana will win today, though.

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Old 06-23-2010, 01:27 PM
 
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I like the North Koreans, very fair and friendly players
Agreed. And although they were drawn in a group with Brazil and Portugal (ranked world no. 1 and 3 at the time, respectively, IIRC) and a strong Ivory Coast, they never 'parked the bus' a la Greece, Switzerland and Algeria. They tried to attack, were rewarded with a marvelous goal against Brazil, and can go back with their heads held high. Hopefully no repercussions from Kim Jong Il's regime

I've been hoping one or two of the African teams does well this year, and provides an inspirational 'underdog' story like Senegal, Turkey and Korea in 2002 (or Cameroon in 1990). It's been disappointing to see Cameroon, SA and probably IC go down without more of a fight. But Algeria have been the most negative team at this year's WC. They never scored a goal, and honestly didn't even come close on too many occasions. IDK what their strategy was, it seemed they were playing for a (goalless) draw all the time, even though that would never have helped them qualify.

Who comes to the WC hoping to play out 3 consecutive 0-0 games? Why even come at all?
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Old 06-23-2010, 02:37 PM
 
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As a Germany fan, I find their lack of speed extremely concerning.

They’ve never been a team with a lot of speed- traditionally, they like to play through the air by sending balls into the box- but the absolute lack of speed this WC is going to be trouble.

And Michael Ballack's absence (due to injury) is becoming more and more significant.
He controls their entire game and takes nearly all of the set pieces- they look disorganized without him.

I'm worried.


Andrea Pirlo's absence (due to injury) has bothered Italy the same way, IMO.
He, too, controls the entire game for them and takes nearly all of the set pieces.

But word is he will be back if Italy can advance to the 2nd round.
If that is the case, watch out for Italy.
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:43 PM
 
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Agreed. And although they were drawn in a group with Brazil and Portugal (ranked world no. 1 and 3 at the time, respectively, IIRC) and a strong Ivory Coast, they never 'parked the bus' a la Greece, Switzerland and Algeria. They tried to attack, were rewarded with a marvelous goal against Brazil, and can go back with their heads held high. Hopefully no repercussions from Kim Jong Il's regime

I've been hoping one or two of the African teams does well this year, and provides an inspirational 'underdog' story like Senegal, Turkey and Korea in 2002 (or Cameroon in 1990). It's been disappointing to see Cameroon, SA and probably IC go down without more of a fight. But Algeria have been the most negative team at this year's WC. They never scored a goal, and honestly didn't even come close on too many occasions. IDK what their strategy was, it seemed they were playing for a (goalless) draw all the time, even though that would never have helped them qualify.

Who comes to the WC hoping to play out 3 consecutive 0-0 games? Why even come at all?
I think ties should be prevented. People don't travel half way around the world and spend 4-digit sums just to watch boring strategic ties. Let teams play 90min followed by sudden death in every match during the first round
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:45 PM
 
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As a Germany fan, I find their lack of speed extremely concerning.

They’ve never been a team with a lot of speed- traditionally, they like to play through the air by sending balls into the box- but the absolute lack of speed this WC is going to be trouble.

And Michael Ballack's absence (due to injury) is becoming more and more significant.
He controls their entire game and takes nearly all of the set pieces- they look disorganized without him.

I'm worried.


Andrea Pirlo's absence (due to injury) has bothered Italy the same way, IMO.
He, too, controls the entire game for them and takes nearly all of the set pieces.

But word is he will be back if Italy can advance to the 2nd round.
If that is the case, watch out for Italy.
I was hoping Ghana would win...
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Old 06-23-2010, 04:35 PM
 
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I think ties should be prevented. People don't travel half way around the world and spend 4-digit sums just to watch boring strategic ties. Let teams play 90min followed by sudden death in every match during the first round
Let's not go overboard just because a few teams like Algeria and France had idiotic coaches who didn't realize rules were changed some 20 years ago (3 points for a win, instead of 2). Back in the day, 3 ties sometimes got you to advance as you had the same points as any team with a 1-1-1 record; not any more as the latter team will have 4 points
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Old 06-25-2010, 08:00 AM
 
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According to sports commentators what promises to be the first highlight of that WC will start any minute now, the match between Brazil and Portugal. But it might as well be a rather boring match if they cancel each other out I can't decide whose side to be on
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