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Post Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 3:52 pm 
 

Best of luck - Ghana were fantastic against the Czechs - you are still in with a chance!


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 3:53 pm 
 

Ten men each now so should be n interesting 2nd half! I hope the Americans go on and win as it makes things much more fun!

  

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:10 pm 
 

Lewisexi wrote:Ten men each now so should be n interesting 2nd half! I hope the Americans go on and win as it makes things much more fun!


er well it was...til another US player went and got himself sent off!

what a bizarre game!

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:13 pm 
 

I think the Americans will need to score from a corner or throw as the Italians look very strong defending from open play so far...

  


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 4:24 pm 
 

Oh!!! Bad luck - I think you guys are doing quite well - two good shots in the last two minutes...


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 6:04 pm 
 

The U.S. showed once again they have an incredible instinct to compete.  I'm not being patriotic, that' definitely not my style.  I'm just impressed how hard they played from the very beginning.  It was a very exciting match.  

And huge congrats to Ghana!


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 6:09 pm 
 

Ok American guys, let's be honest. Every Italian fan was pretty certain to send you back homewith very grim faces, all the while holding our breath. Clearly, no one thought of the generosity of one of our players. Well, you know, we Italians are well-known for out generosity, but we did not think it would have been applied on the World Cup field. However, a war you wanted, and a war it was. To the point of sending three players out and innumerable WIAs.

Now we got this slight vantage, which will allow us to go on even on a draw... possibly even if we lose against Czech Republic, provided that you win against Ghana. So come on and teach those Africans a lesson... but don't score too many goals, or you will pass in our place if we lose.

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 6:52 pm 
 

'twas quite a nailbiter!

The thing I always remember about the World Cup is that it takes time for the teams to really get into the tournament - so you never know how the next few games will go...


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 7:26 pm 
 

I didn't think Italy played at all well. Defensively they looked solid enough with the defenders playing very well. Not much going forward though. The less experienced players for Italy had a bad time time tonight. It wasn't helped by De Rossi's sending off and Totti having a poor game. Totti has always been a great player in Europe and Serie A but he never seems to do well as well on international games. At 29 this is his last chance really. A shame as I'm afraid he'll be remembered as a nearly great player as his injury before this World Cup was as much of a worry as Rooney has been to us I'd imagine?

Anyway fantastic to watch Ghana earlier! I love to watch 11 guys genuinely enjoy playing football and working so damn hard, competing so well and playing really attractive football.

  

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 8:10 pm 
 

It isn't clear to me...an American Football fan...why a soccer player can have a "good" or "bad" game.  

Players don't score every game...so how is one player's game, "off" or "on?"

It seems like each team is just a kick away from a win or a tie every game.   :?

Also, how much is officiating (good or bad) a part of championship soccer?

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 8:11 pm 
 

well i did say before the game that italy are notorious slow starters and well there you go.

thats not to take anything away from the americans. that was one of the gutsiest performances that i have seen in a while. great stuff to watch and i really was cheering them come the end.

in the UK, we know mcbride as he plays here, but that donovan lad - great effort by him - always looked dangerous.

definately a moment to be proud of! all you can do now is go out and win the last match well and hope the other result goes favourably and well, funnier things have happened!!!

well done indeed! now all we need is australia to play the game of their lives tomorrow and REALLY cheer us up :D

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 8:14 pm 
 

hey you know what, i just noticed...

i am still long-winded collector and i am over 4000 now....awww phooey and here was me thinking there would be another title :(

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 8:22 pm 
 

This is such a quality tournament it's hard to miss a game. Argentina have been extremely impressive.

I find it extremely patronising of the BBC pundits to constantly voice surprise when an african side does well.  :evil:

It's a shame the Ivory Coast are out, they have been almost good enough in a group which included Argentina (rated 6th on ELO) and Holland (rated 2nd). England and Italy would struggle in that group.

Ghana are a quality outifit. Essien has been the best holding midfielder in the English premiership (well Keano and Viera have left).

Good to see the US get a point (I'd backed them to qualify from the group with the Italians).

I wonder how Scotland will get on against Paraguay??? :wink:


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 8:34 pm 
 

forgot to mention

our "one and only" Lloyd Owusu would have made the Ghana team if it hadn't been for a hamstring injury

Oh, and Status Quo wrote a song about him ....

http://www.legendspublishing.net/owusu_no2.mp3/

Not quite Tragically Hip & Bill Barilko but ..


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 9:05 pm 
 

obiter wrote:I wonder how Scotland will get on against Paraguay??? :wink:

We'd be slaughtered, IMHO. *

Paraguay underperformed this time, having lost in the knock-out stages to the eventual champions and runners-up in the past two World Cups.
To say nothing of beating Argentina at the end of last year as revenge for losing the Olympic Final (1-0 yet again) in 2004.

Seemed like fairly good value for the 400-1 odds, to be honest. Oh well... :roll:


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 9:31 pm 
 

Jason Scotland plays for Trinidad & Tobago ....

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/shared/bsp ... 275674.stm


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 10:08 pm 
 

obiter wrote:Jason Scotland plays for Trinidad & Tobago ....

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/shared/bsp ... 275674.stm

One against eleven? Probably about the same odds as our national team.

  

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Post Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 5:30 am 
 

sorry guys i cant even take scotland seriously anymore, after their two awesome teams of '78 adn '82 where they were meant to win the world cups easily, only to be humbled both times.

best player ever to come from them there shores on the world stage? Archie Gemmill by a long stretch.

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Post Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 5:53 am 
 

I've always been curious about something: the fact that the UK countries are allowed to qualify separately and compete with their own teams (and perhaps even face each other in competition) ... is that considered at all controversial, or is it pretty much just accepted and no one gives it a second thought?

Is there ever any international outcry for the UK to have just one team (which, in theory, would be three less teams for other countries to worry about, right?) Would a UK "all-star" team even work, or would the players and coaches just brawl with each other the whole time?

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Post Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 6:03 am 
 

Xaxaxe wrote:I've always been curious about something: the fact that the UK countries are allowed to qualify separately and compete with their own teams (and perhaps even face each other in competition) ... is that considered at all controversial, or is it pretty much just accepted and no one gives it a second thought?

Is there ever any international outcry for the UK to have just one team (which, in theory, would be three less teams for other countries to worry about, right?) Would a UK "all-star" team even work, or would the players and coaches just brawl with each other the whole time?

I am one curious 'Mercan ...


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if i was forced to follow ONE uk team i would pack my bags and never look at football again mate.

your "states" are like "countries" to us. we all have our own national teams and it will always be that way. you would never get scots following england, wales pretty much neither. thats like blasphemy man! :)

its the same in rugby - we have england, ireland, wales, scotland etc...but then every so often we have the great britain lions. its a tradition thing.

nope its always been the seperated countries and it will always be that way.

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ps. and tbh, none of the other teams have got anything to offer england right now :D except maybe ryan giggs of wales (outstanding talent)



  
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