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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Haha, oh ok, even so, it's a fairly moot point tbh. Though he arguably might be better, I would still say he is hardly whiter than white.
    You just have to be whiter than black when compared to Ronaldo in that regard though.
    Sreesanth said, "Next ball he was beaten and I said, 'is this the King Charles Lara? Who is this impostor, moving around nervously? I should have kept my mouth shut for the next ball - mind you, it was a length ball - Lara just pulled it over the church beyond the boundary! He is a true legend."


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    There is no football tomorow.....

    Think I might cry to be honest, no idea what to do with myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pothas View Post
    There is no football tomorow.....

    Think I might cry to be honest, no idea what to do with myself.
    Always hate this part of the tournament. Always feels like it is now coming to an end which is dire. Not sure what I will do myself. Probably piss all.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pothas View Post
    There is no football tomorow.....
    Tre Fiori play Rudar Pljevlja in the Champions League.

    Probably a better watch than Paraguay v Japan
    Messi scores on the rebound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Always hate this part of the tournament. Always feels like it is now coming to an end which is dire. Not sure what I will do myself. Probably piss all.
    I know only 8 games left.

    What do we do for the 3 years and 11 months when the world cup is not on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pothas View Post
    I know only 8 games left.

    What do we do for the 3 years and 11 months when the world cup is not on?
    Watch England beat Australia at cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Watch England beat Australia at cricket.
    Dunno, gets a bit boring after a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    Dunno, gets a bit boring after a while.
    I know, it is just not the same now that I know we are going to win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pothas View Post
    There is no football tomorow.....

    Think I might cry to be honest, no idea what to do with myself.
    Am planning on actually getting some sleep tbh, don't think I can live function properly on 3 or 4 hours a night 5 days in a row anymore
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    Round of 16 – No Real Upsets



    Round of 16 finished yesterday with the match I enjoyed watching the most so far in this tournament – Spain v Portugal. Spain played possession football and in a style I enjoy watching the most passing beautifully. Both teams created chances but Portugal fell off the boil in the second half. Iniesta and David Villa – both will be considered all time great footballers once their career is all said and done. The better teams went through with possibly the only (slight) upset in Ghana defeating USA. Ghana weren’t all that flash in Round 1 but passed superbly and played at a fast pace against the US playing much better.

    From what I find so far, there are two kinds of teams left in the last 8 and there is a big difference between them –

    1) The great which have a real chance of winning the tournament – Brazil, Spain, Argentina and Germany
    2) The good teams who are a notch below and I hope they don’t create any upsets – Uruguay, Holland, Paraguay, Ghana.

    On Ghana, I have fallen in love with them. Their jersey is bloody awesome and I am tempted to buy it. If they defeat Uruguay (which would be tough and unexpected – Uruguay is by far the better side), I will rejoice as one of the things I hoped before this tournament was an African team reaching the semis.

    Some people will be surprised I don’t rate Holland that highly but I think that despite being a very good team, it lacks the flare and character of Dutch teams of the past.

    One major topic of eternal distress – penalties. The Japan-Paraguay match was riveting. Two evenly matched sides giving it their all. These two teams aren’t as gifted as Brazil or Argentina and have literally no chance of winning the tournament but it was an awesome game of football to watch because the teams gave it their all. It didn’t deserve to end in penalties. Play 30 minutes over times for eternity till a team out does another in a knock out scenario like the world cup of domestic Cup matches. Let football have it’s own Isner-Mahut classic. It is never going to happen but one can hope.

    Regarding the technology debate, I have always held the view you should use it in all sports where possible. It is stupid not to.

    Given the draw, 99% Brazil will reach the final. Whether they play Argentina or Spain, either ways, it is going to be great to watch. I have really enjoyed this tournament so far and the deeper it goes, the more pulsating it becomes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kweek View Post
    Yes, Holland have won all their games by playing boring but effective football.
    I truely think that if Robben is a bit more fit and van Persie gets a bit more space (space Brazil will create because they will want to attack, unlike all other teams that played Holland)
    we will show that we are the better team.

    This Brazil is way worse then 94 or 98s Brazil, the midfield is not very good, they have 3 or 4 players that can an individualistic action, but I truely believe van Bommel will take a lot of that pressure away, and so far the Dutch defense haven't made huge errors, and if they did Stekelenburg was there to save it(Man Utd...are you watching?)

    I still think that Spain will win it, so far (bar the Switserland game) the best football.

    Portugal is a one man ego team named Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Germany is a contender as well, but they will need to beat Spain to make it to the final.
    Holland has to beat either Ghana or Uruguay.
    I think the Brazilian team is under rated. A mate cried foul when I called them favourites before the tournament started. They are a very fine group of players which play like a team.

    I also think Spain has a very good chance to win. Really nice football they have played so far.
    Last edited by Pratters; 29-06-2010 at 05:30 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post
    Japanese coach has the best facial expression ever.
    AWTA so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    Per BB's informative post, Spain would be India...which would make the smaller country to the west Pakistan....
    Which post?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sean View Post
    I'd ordinarily say that spending £35m on a bloke only a few months short of his 29th birthday would be madness, but I reckon Villa is worth every penny of what Barca just spent on him.
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    It's a scary thought that they could conceivably add Ozil to that attacking line yet.

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