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Old 05-22-10, 04:55 AM   #11
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Arsenal Arsenal all the way !!
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Arsenal is my least despised of the big four.
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thats the spirit lol
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Well Mourinho marches on as Inter Milan win the Champions league.

The strange thing that sticks in my mind was that although the Italian champions won the competition, there was not a single Italian in the starting 11.
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Well Mourinho marches on as Inter Milan win the Champions league.

The strange thing that sticks in my mind was that although the Italian champions won the competition, there was not a single Italian in the starting 11.
This post of mine from a month ago seems all the more relevant when you consider that the reigning World Champions, Italy, were unceremoniously dumped out of WC 2010. Not only did they not make it out of Group F to the knock out stages, but they also finished bottom of the Group.

To me this is further evidence of my belief that if a nation's best club sides are dominated by foreign stars, then the local, home bred talent is starved of football at the highest level, with the end result that the international side suffers i.e. less home bred talent gets experience of top class football leading to no strength in depth in the national side.

This applies not only to Italy, but England, Scotland, France and even Germany. The latter got around this flaw in recent years by "naturalising" foreign stars, with the result that it has 2 Poles, a Ghanian, a Turk, and even a Brazilian playing international football under the German banner.
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Last 16 games:

Paraguay 0 - Japan 0

Did not see this game but saw the penalty shoot-out that Paraguay won 5-3. They sure know how to coolly put away penalties. Game had been level after 90 minutes and had still been goalless after extra time. Seems that they were just about the better team anyway.


Spain 1 - Portugal 0

The battle of Iberia was won by Spain; another Villa goal. The much vaunted Ronaldo never got a fucking kick of the ball.
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Old 06-30-10, 02:40 AM   #17
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shame about japan, i went to bed at the end of the 90 minutes, fairly even game but i tipped japan.

im always glad to hear ronaldo didnt have a good game.
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Ronaldo...more of a prima donna than footballer. Looking back, it was a good move for Alex Ferguson to get rid of this poser...good business move also as he was sold for 80 million.

Just a pity that a really great player like George Best never graced the hallowed fields of the World Cup. I am afraid his native (and my native) N. Ireland have only managed to qualify for the WC on a few occasions, never when he was in his prime. What a pity as he was one of those players who could use either foot and was also a good with his head.

It makes me cringe when I see overpaid footballers of today who use the outside of their right foot, when it would be more natural to use their left, but do not do so as "their left foot is only good for standing on". Even Maradona only used one foot all the time (his left), although he was quite useful with his hands, but that is another story. The demon drink has robbed the World of one of the greatest footballers that I have ever seen playing in George Best Best. Even the great Pele said that George was the best that he had ever seen.

Agh, but that is all spilt milk...or spilt alcohol to be more correct.
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AC Milan fan here :D
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Argentina 0 - Germany 4


Having said that Argentina would win the WC I have to hold my hands up that I was wrong and like Manuel from "Fawlty Towers" declare that "I know nothing!"

Mind you I was not alone in my belief that Argentina would win this match, as probably the best judges of all are the bookmakers who gave odds of Argentina 10/11, Germany 7/2 to win respectively. As for the odds of Germany to win 4-0 I think I would be safe enough to say that no sensible human being had a bet on that one. Little Serbia, after all beat them 1-0 in Group D. It was lucky that they lost a match then, as thereafter it would have been "sudden death" with no road back.

Where did it all go wrong for Argentina? The early goal by Mueller from a free-kick at the start proved to be their undoing. The marking by the Argentinians for this goal was school-boyish to say the least. From the moment the goal was scored Argentina were chasing the game, but unlike the Dutch against Brazil there was no road back against a well drilled German machine. The Germans sat back and soaked up the pressure for the rest of the first half and when Argentina pushed up even more in the 2nd half, the Germans scored 3 more goals "on the break." Match statistics showed that Argentina had 56% possession to Germany's 44%, yet they got thumped 4-0.

Germany will be favourites to win the WC now after this impressive win and the previous humbling of England 4-1. Yet, none of their players are particularly outstanding at club level; Klose for instance, struggles to get his place for Bayern Munich and finds the net infrequently, but put him in a German national side and he is a changed man. This team of relative unknowns performs well as a team; that is what it is all about and seems to be a typical German football characteristic. This is the key to their success and for this reason the manager, Joachim Loew, must take all the credit for piecing the jig-saw together to make a good side.

However, as I had mentioned in a previous post about Germany, they are a team that is packed with what people over here in Ireland refer to as "BLOW INS". I'll go through some of the personnel and let you judge for yourselves what I mean:

Miroslav Kloos comes from Poland.
Lukas Podalski comes from Poland.
Sami Khedira has a Tunisian dad.
Mesut Oezil is a Turk.
Cacau, who featured in earlier games is Brazilian.
Jerome Boetang is Ghanian (his brother played against him for Ghana in this WC!)
Mario Gomez has a Spanish Father.
Dennis Aogo is Nigerian.
Serdar Tasci has Turkish parents.
Piotr Trachowski is Polish.
Marko Marin is a Bosnian Serb.

Seems to me that you could have lived in Kathmandu (Nepal) all your life, but if your milkman came from Germany that would probably be enough to qualify you for the German national team.
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