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Re: Where the heck is our WORLD CUP TOPIC

Post by Dragonite » Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:38 am

No great matches today, france-germany was rather tame, and columbia-brazil.. The referee was rather soft, people fouling all over the place. Don't have much love for Neymar, but that knee was brutal. As was was the keeper tackle from earlier, but that was a penalty at least.

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Re: Where the heck is our WORLD CUP TOPIC

Post by McGuest » Sat Jul 05, 2014 3:30 pm

Watching that Brazil/Columbia match, who would've thought the US would take the dignity of the cup with them

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Re: Where the heck is our WORLD CUP TOPIC

Post by Dragonite » Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:00 pm

I hope our match against Costa Rica is good. They are a team I wouldn't mind suffering a fair loss from. Also, Brazil is screwed for the next match. They lost their best attackers, and Germany is no cakewalk.

Seeing thay match yesterday.. It isn't just merely critical decisions of the ref that sometimes go wrong. It's the entire overview that's lacking. How is a match with fouls like these even possible? I would like a more modern system for big matches to be honest. Would help against diving too.

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Re: Where the heck is our WORLD CUP TOPIC

Post by monkymeet » Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:30 am

i was expecting a reenactment of early 19th century europe with francevsgermany but it was such a yawnfest.

belgium in the second half was exciting. oh well
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Re: Where the heck is our WORLD CUP TOPIC

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Re: Where the heck is our WORLD CUP TOPIC

Post by Joey » Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:07 am

ohhhhhh crumpets

rooting hard for costa rica
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Re: Where the heck is our WORLD CUP TOPIC

Post by Joey » Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:10 am

Netherlands are easily my second favorite team left, though. fudge Brazil, fudge Argentina, fudge Germany.
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Post by Joey » Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:19 am

ugh
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Post by Dragonite » Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:28 am

yay

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Post by Joey » Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:05 am

to those wanting a boring quarterfinal outcome, congrats
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Re: Where the heck is our WORLD CUP TOPIC

Post by Dragonite » Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:32 am

>_> Well, don't blame our team for that..

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Re: Where the heck is our WORLD CUP TOPIC

Post by Joey » Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:51 am

i'm not, considering i like the netherlands' team more than every round of 16 team that isn't USA, mexico, costa rica, algeria, nigeria
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Post by HPD » Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:37 pm

unorthodox tactics and psychological warfare

i love it
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Post by Terragent » Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:50 am

Germany all the way. For srs.

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Post by Linkman » Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:27 am

I don't get why the Colombian team is arguing about the ref after Captain Falcon knee'd Neymar to hell.
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Post by Joey » Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:57 pm

fascinating http://www.theguardian.com/football/blo ... on-tactics
“I psyched them out,” Krul said after the game. “You try to do everything you can without being too aggressive. I tried to get in their minds. I watched them [Costa Rica] against Greece and studied them and I told the players that I knew where they were going to shoot to make them a bit nervous. Maybe it worked.

“It happened before when I played against Frank Lampard: I told him that I knew and I saved it. I just tried that again. I’m so happy it worked today.”
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Krul approached each penalty taker and not only stared them down, but preyed on their nerves by yelling at each man that he knew which way they were going to go. Even after one of the penalties that went in, Krul continued to hammer the message home and made everyone aware that he had not been out-thought, letting the scorer Giancarlo González know in no uncertain terms that he still knew.
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On all five occasions Krul moved in the correct direction before the ball was struck, and whether that was down to guesswork, brilliant preparation or old fashioned mind-games is quite possibly moot, but it is highly unlikely that his actions did not at least have an effect.
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Each player probably did know exactly where he wanted to put his kick, but after a 6ft 4in goalkeeper bears down on you shouting that he knows exactly what you are about to do, it creates doubt. Does he really know? Is this a bluff? Has he been studying? Is my body language too obvious? Am I telegraphing the kick? Is the best course of action to stick with the original plan or to change my mind?

If those questions appear in the mind of a penalty taker in the moments before striking the ball, even if they don’t change their mind, then it is enough to create a moment of indecision that could prove crucial. Indeed, the two that Krul saved, from Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umaña, were not those of particular conviction, with neither right in the corner of the goal and Umaña’s at the archetypal “nice height” for Krul to paw away to make him look like Lev Yashin and Van Gaal a genius.
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On this occasion the whole thing was a psychological trick, started by Van Gaal in bringing on Krul in the first place, making him seem like an intimidating penalty-saving king even if he wasn’t one, and continued by the goalkeeper by playing with the minds of his opponents.
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Post by Linkman » Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:15 am

SO!

Brazil v Germany is a bit of a toss-up I think. However I don't see Argentina beating the Netherlands.

That said if it was bought out, clearly it was bought out for a Brazil-Argentina final
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Re: Where the heck is our WORLD CUP TOPIC

Post by Gentleman of Dread » Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:01 am

sorry linky but i want a german-netherlands final
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Post by Linkman » Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:05 am

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What's that I don't think Seppbucks here can hear you
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Post by Gentleman of Dread » Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:10 am

damn it seppbucks
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Re: Where the heck is our WORLD CUP TOPIC

Post by McTool » Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:11 am

I want a Messi vs. Neymar-less Brazil final

Let's be real here, it is not "Argentina" it is "Lionel Messi and some other dudes who are not nearly as good as Lionel Messi"

Here, read a fascinating statistics article
I arrived at a conclusion that I wasn’t really expecting or prepared for: Lionel Messi is impossible.

It’s not possible to shoot more efficiently from outside the penalty area than many players shoot inside it. It’s not possible to lead the world in weak-kick goals and long-range goals. It’s not possible to score on unassisted plays as well as the best players in the world score on assisted ones. It’s not possible to lead the world’s forwards both in taking on defenders and in dishing the ball to others. And it’s certainly not possible to do most of these things by insanely wide margins.

But Messi does all of this and more.
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Re: Where the heck is our WORLD CUP TOPIC

Post by Dragonite » Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:18 am

This tournament is probaby a setup to get revenge for about anything, Spain, Penalties, Argentinia, and most likely Germany. >_>

I have to say I'm starting to root for Brazil more against Germany because they are denied their top strength.

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Post by Joey » Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:06 am

I'm not sure who I want to lose more, Germany or Brazil.
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Post by Joey » Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:13 am

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Post by MysteriousLad » Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:37 pm

If germany and argentina loose holland has secured victory.
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Re: Where the heck is our WORLD CUP TOPIC

Post by Dragonite » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:57 pm

The dutch web is overloading with jokes about our king and his Argentinian wife, the queen.

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Re: Where the heck is our WORLD CUP TOPIC

Post by Gentleman of Dread » Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:58 am

RIP Brazil.
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Re: Where the heck is our WORLD CUP TOPIC

Post by Dragonite » Wed Jul 09, 2014 5:59 am

3 points in like 2 minutes? What the hell is going on here?

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Post by MysteriousLad » Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:05 am

Cough 5 points
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Post by Joey » Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:41 am

i'm dead
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Post by onewaystreet » Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:03 am

Oops. Poor Brazil.
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Post by Alecat » Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:08 am

Been seeing people alluding to this match all morning and finally looked up the scores.
WHAT.

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Re: Where the heck is our WORLD CUP TOPIC

Post by Terragent » Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:03 pm

I told you Germany were good for it. ;)

That said, five goals in under twenty minutes is pretty ridiculous.

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Re: Where the heck is our WORLD CUP TOPIC

Post by Linkman » Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:13 pm

Jerome Valcke called Dilma today.

"Yeah. I'm sorry hon. Your check bounced."

:( :(
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Re: Where the heck is our WORLD CUP TOPIC

Post by monkymeet » Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:04 pm

apparently this is a stupidly record breaking defeat for brazil

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Post by Lambda » Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:07 pm

Brazil still has those things working in its favor, even without Neymar.
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Post by MysteriousLad » Thu Jul 10, 2014 3:54 pm

*hurts* :|
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Post by McTool » Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:29 pm

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Re: Where the heck is our WORLD CUP TOPIC

Post by Linkman » Thu Jul 10, 2014 11:51 pm

okay so we can all agree now

GO GERMANY
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Post by AzureTranquility » Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:47 am

More like "Go Green Earth", amirite? :p

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