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    Quote Originally Posted by biased indian View Post
    Any body else here supporting Germany ?
    Only on the proviso that they smash Ghana. Otherwise they can go and GTFO (except Ozil )

    Folks, what do you reckon our starting XI should be:

    Does this sound right?

    Kennedy
    Cahill
    Bresciano Holman Emerton
    Valeri
    Carney Beauchamp Neill Wilkshire
    Schwarzer

    Subs to come on (assuming no injuries/cards):
    Rukavytsya
    Chipperfield
    Vidosic


    Culina has been utter gash this WC IMO, lost a lot of ball in midfield and lucky not to have been punished (ala Grella vs the US in preWC friendlies). Valeri has been fairly solid and should maintain his spot - he will have a big job on one of Serbia's prime movers (maybe Stankovic)

    Beauchamp should replace Moore to combat Zigic's aerial threat. Don't forget it was Zigic's header that led to the Serbian winner against the Germans.

    Holman more ideally suited playing the hole behind Kennedy but with Cahill coming back I can see him being pushed back a little and filling in the gaps when Cahill surges forward.

    Bresciano looked a little sluggish and slow on the turn against Ghana but without a genuine left winger in sight aside from the suspended Kewell I think he should start there. We need him more for set pieces one feels. Great free-kick (height-wise) that led to our opener v Ghana.

    Maybe if we are struggling for goals we can get rid of one of the mids and unleash Ruka to run at the Serbs. Chipperfield should also be used as a reserve striker if need be and not just a replacement for Carney as he was involved in the two biggest chances in the 2nd half versus Ghana.

    Wouldn't mind Kennedy playing a more defensive role by taking Vidic, Ivanovic out of the play so the rest of our mids can run at the other Serbian defenders.

    Will kick my plasma down if I see Garcia anywhere near the starting XI, isn't that guy meant to be in Oceans XI

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    I quite like that side mate, but I'll be very surprised if Pim picks it - it looks far too attacking for his tastes. I'd imagine that only 3-4 of that front five you select there will actually start the game, with the others being brought on as subs. Or not, given how baffling some of our substitutions have been in this tournament so far.
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    Kennedy will start, surely. And Beauchamp better be in the XI aswell. Anddddd, would love some Vidosic minutes, but it probs won't happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sean View Post
    I quite like that side mate, but I'll be very surprised if Pim picks it - it looks far too attacking for his tastes. I'd imagine that only 3-4 of that front five you select there will actually start the game, with the others being brought on as subs. Or not, given how baffling some of our substitutions have been in this tournament so far.
    You're right about Pim's philosophy towards Australian players are but the strange thing is that the team I selected is a 4-5-1 (or a 4-4-1-1) which would be considered as a "defensive" formation for most other countries where the current trend is more of a 4-2-3-1 or your standard 4-4-2.

    I really hope Pim goes all guns blazing, I don't care if we get smashed on the counter trying to win the game by a few goals because atleast the intent was there. I hope to god he doesn't employ the offside trap as that's a dangerous approach in a game where we are trying to make up a large goal deficit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post
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    'Mon Ghana. 0-0 here would be ripping.
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    Ozil really should've scored there.

    &, feck me, Lahm clears off his own line. Jerry nervous, tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duffer View Post
    Bloody hell, this was a brutal wake up. So so cold and my bed was so warm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Rest watching tennis?
    This.

    Still up tbh, was going to go to bed, but started watching/listening to that stupid tennis match.

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    Ozil diving again then, why oh why? Why won't he let me love him?

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    Goddamit someone score a goal please.

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    Strong suspicion of hands about Lahm's goalline clearance, tbh.

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    Yeah, was wondering if any of our Australian counterparts might have something to say about it after Kewell's dismissal... then I realised their eyes will be elsewhere.

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