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« on: June 08, 2012, 01:19:33 PM »

You know what to do here.

I feel bad for the Greek after Sokratis Papastathopoulos got sent off for two undeserved yellows, but the equalizer a few minutes ago is letting me root for Polska once again.

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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2012, 01:44:26 PM »


Yeah, the red card was harsh, and then Szczęsny shows us the talent he is with a red card  Roll Eyes. At least now Tytoń stopped Karagounis' penalty.  Still, last few minutes have been hard to watch, for me that is!
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2012, 01:51:07 PM »

This has certainly been a dramatic game.
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2012, 02:00:14 PM »

Czech Russia up next excellent
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2012, 02:30:58 PM »

So exciting match! All these shouts in my housing estate when Levandowski scored the goal... And Tyton definitely is our new hero. I was shocked by the situation with Szczesny, as he was one of the pillars of the team...
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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2012, 02:59:52 PM »

I'm disappointed that Putin isn't playing at least three positions on the Russian team.












I KEED I KEED
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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2012, 03:07:05 PM »

List of notable Czech defenders:
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« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2012, 03:08:23 PM »

And believe it or not, Gebre Selassie IS a Czech national and always has been.
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« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2012, 03:09:22 PM »

That goal was in slow motion.
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« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2012, 03:11:46 PM »

Really entertaining game.
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« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2012, 03:42:47 PM »

And believe it or not, Gebre Selassie IS a Czech national and always has been.

Does anybody know if he is Orthodox because of Ethiopian origin?
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« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2012, 04:26:22 PM »

Gonna end 5-1, book it
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« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2012, 04:34:55 PM »

Game over  Grin
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« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2012, 02:02:07 PM »


Denmark 1 - Holland 0. Certainly didn't predict that result.  Have to give it to the Danes.  They took their chance and then produced a solid defensive display.  Denmark seemed to play better as the match progressed, and Holland couldn't break them down.  Agger and Kjaer were quite impressive.  Germany and Portugal the next match in Group B.
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« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2012, 07:29:18 PM »

You smart people who have the time to follow this stuff, mind making suggestion for matches to see on the weekends?
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« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2012, 08:13:40 PM »

You smart people who have the time to follow this stuff, mind making suggestion for matches to see on the weekends?
In the euros? only one match played at a time, so whoever is playing.

In general? Wigan.
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« Reply #17 on: June 11, 2012, 10:09:11 AM »

Anyone else notice the one commenter during the Germany/Portugal match could not say "L'viv" to save his life?  He attempted at least twenty times and came close only twice.  And it wasn't a question of the stereotypical Englishman not being able to say non-English words because he went out of his way to pronounce "Coentrao" with a proper Portuguese accent.

That game alone made up for the loss of my beloved Dutch team.  Also seeing Ronaldo shut down yet again in international competition.  I was also pleasantly surprised to see him and Pepe not doing any diving. 
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« Reply #18 on: June 11, 2012, 12:29:28 PM »

Alt for Skandinavia! Alt for Danmark og Sverige! Norge er tigge for deg å vinne!

All for Scandinavia! All for Denmark and Sweden! Norway is begging for you to win!

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« Reply #19 on: June 11, 2012, 04:39:13 PM »

Andriy Shevchenko, at 35 years old, scored a brace of goals to win for Ukraine in what is arguably the most exciting match of the tournament, so far.  Ibrahimovic managed to go a game (and score a goal!) without biting someone's head off. Wink

This match made up for the mediocre soccer we've seen so far.
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« Reply #20 on: June 11, 2012, 04:46:00 PM »

Thrilled for Sheva
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« Reply #21 on: June 12, 2012, 01:16:47 AM »

Ukraine was meant to win on this day... Sweden had 3-4 shots that should've went in that for whatever reason did not...

Sweden 1 - 2 Ukraine

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« Reply #22 on: June 13, 2012, 03:41:32 AM »

Czech Republic 2 Greece 1.  10 minutes in and Czechs were up 2 nil.  Greek defence was re-organized due to suspensions and injuries, and initially was really shaky. I didn't know Katsouranis was able to play central defence :-). Chalkias substituted for Sifakis early, and he did well. Fotakis had a goal called for offside, though he looked to be level. Gekas scored for Greece, thanks in large part to Cech's mistake.  Still, after bringing on Mitroglou, the Greeks couldn't break down the Czechs.

Poland 1 Russia 1. There was as much 'action' outside of the stadium as inside Sad. Always going to be a tense match, Poland especially was feeling the pressure early on. Arshavin started really well, and his free kick lead to Alen Dzagoev heading in for the opening goal.  Second half was more animated, Poland pulled back an equaliser through a well struck Błaszczykowski shot. Both sides were going for the win, though it seemed that either team was not willing to take too many risks.

All teams in Group A need a win in their next matches as they all have a mathematical chance of advancing.  Should be interesting.
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« Reply #23 on: June 13, 2012, 11:20:44 AM »

Cant wait for the England vs. Sweeden match to be over so Wayne Rooney can come back in the lineup.

Glory Glory.

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Poland 1 Russia 1. There was as much 'action' outside of the stadium as inside Sad. Always going to be a tense match, Poland especially was feeling the pressure early on. Arshavin started really well, and his free kick lead to Alen Dzagoev heading in for the opening goal.  Second half was more animated, Poland pulled back an equaliser through a well struck Błaszczykowski shot. Both sides were going for the win, though it seemed that either team was not willing to take too many risks.


Easily the most interesting match both on and off the pitch.  Will be incredibly interesting if hell freezes over and they end up meeting each other in the final.
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« Reply #25 on: June 13, 2012, 01:36:18 PM »

It is patently obvious that God does not want Ronaldo to score.   Wink
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« Reply #26 on: June 13, 2012, 02:41:30 PM »

Cant wait for the England vs. Sweeden match to be over so Wayne Rooney can come back in the lineup.

Glory Glory.

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Me too, as long as Sweden wins.  Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: June 13, 2012, 02:41:30 PM »

Danmark 2 - 3 Portugal. So the Danes lost a close, and hard fought match. It'll be tough, but if they can get a result against Germany they could make it to the knock-out rounds.
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« Reply #28 on: June 13, 2012, 03:43:51 PM »

Cant wait for the England vs. Sweeden match to be over so Wayne Rooney can come back in the lineup.

Glory Glory.

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Me too, as long as Sweden wins.  Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: June 13, 2012, 04:18:37 PM »


Go Ukraine!!!

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« Reply #30 on: June 13, 2012, 06:01:44 PM »


Go Ukraine!!!



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Cant wait for the England vs. Sweeden match to be over so Wayne Rooney can come back in the lineup.

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« Reply #33 on: June 14, 2012, 01:29:45 PM »

lmao at these flares.
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« Reply #34 on: June 14, 2012, 01:59:39 PM »

lmao at these flares.

I still can't imagine having to play dodging flares and through smoke.  Insane.

That was a great Italy/Croatia game.  I thought it would be a boring one, but I'm quite glad I was proved wrong. 

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« Reply #36 on: June 15, 2012, 12:00:03 PM »

jeez how hard is it raining
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« Reply #37 on: June 15, 2012, 12:05:52 PM »

rain delay, what is this baseball.

omg this rain.
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« Reply #39 on: June 15, 2012, 12:18:47 PM »




HAHAHAH!  BEST ANIMATED GIF IVE SEEN IN A WHILE!!!
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And the conclusion to that gif


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WOW. ^
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« Reply #43 on: June 15, 2012, 04:37:32 PM »

By far, the most exciting day of the tournament.  Both of today's matches were fantastic to listen to, let alone watch.
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« Reply #44 on: June 15, 2012, 04:53:44 PM »

Poor Sweden. I wanted England in Rooins
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« Reply #45 on: June 15, 2012, 05:05:32 PM »

Poor Sweden. I wanted England in Rooins
Or if you're the Sun, in Wooins.
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« Reply #46 on: June 15, 2012, 06:42:04 PM »

Norwegian pulling for Sweden because our national team didn't qualify, so I'm both a Swede and a Dane for the month lol

More like 2 weeks at this rate.
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« Reply #47 on: June 16, 2012, 03:02:44 AM »

Sweden 2 - 3 England.  Angry

Well Sweden is out, but Danmark still has a shot!
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« Reply #48 on: June 16, 2012, 10:08:21 PM »

Official thread for all things soccer, outside of a general sports thread. Anyone watching the European cup?  Fav teams? Fav players?
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« Reply #49 on: June 16, 2012, 10:17:19 PM »

Mourinho
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« Reply #50 on: June 16, 2012, 10:28:51 PM »

Russia lost.  Cheesy

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« Reply #51 on: June 16, 2012, 10:32:02 PM »

Cobi Jones? Wait, that's not right...  Grin   I've been watching on and off, but I don't have any favorites. I guess whichever team flops least is my favorite for that match. Is it called a match? I dunno. Anyway. GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL
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« Reply #52 on: June 16, 2012, 10:33:28 PM »

Russia lost.  Cheesy

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« Reply #53 on: June 16, 2012, 10:56:04 PM »

seriously Sweden, why have you failed me?


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« Reply #54 on: June 16, 2012, 11:06:28 PM »

Woah, I didn't even see this thread, but I guess mine got merged. Smiley

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« Reply #55 on: June 17, 2012, 12:18:03 AM »

Mou owns
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Le Coq Gaullois!
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« Reply #57 on: June 17, 2012, 12:52:12 AM »

Woah, I didn't even see this thread, but I guess mine got merged. Smiley
Yeah, two concurrent threads discussing the same subject do tend to get merged around here. Wink
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« Reply #58 on: June 17, 2012, 01:47:32 AM »

Woah, I didn't even see this thread, but I guess mine got merged. Smiley
Yeah, two concurrent threads discussing the same subject do tend to get merged around here. Wink
I adore Mourinho.

Who else is an entertaining personality in the sport?

And how long do you think it took Ronaldinho to be able to bounce a ball against the goal post and catch it back and repeat?
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« Reply #59 on: June 17, 2012, 09:27:59 AM »

seriously Sweden, why have you failed me?


cant beat the stupid English

I know right? =/
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« Reply #60 on: June 17, 2012, 06:31:46 PM »

Damark 1 - 2 Germany. No Scandinavian team will advance. :/
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« Reply #61 on: June 18, 2012, 04:33:06 AM »

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HAHAHA fantastic.

So glad Rooney will be back.

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« Reply #63 on: June 18, 2012, 05:24:38 PM »

seriously Sweden, why have you failed me?


cant beat the stupid English

I know right? =/

now all i need is for the Ukrainians to beat the english, and france to beat those swedes.


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seriously Sweden, why have you failed me?


cant beat the stupid English

I know right? =/

now all i need is for the Ukrainians to beat the english, and france to beat those swedes.


Vive la France!


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« Reply #65 on: June 19, 2012, 11:09:11 AM »

The average annual wages for footballers (aka soccer players for the Americophiles here) since 1984 in the top 4 professional leagues in England (Premier League, Football Championship, League One, League Two). Remember £1 = $1.5

Premier League's average is: $1,823,378
Football Championship's average is: $331,102
League One's average is: $115,017
League Two's average is: $60,935

Now this is from the 2009/10 seasons, so the numbers are slightly off heading into the 2012/13 seasons. Salaries have actually continued to increase, so the average has actually risen from what I have stated.

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« Reply #66 on: June 19, 2012, 12:44:43 PM »

The average annual wages for footballers (aka soccer players for the Americophiles here) since 1984 in the top 4 professional leagues in England (Premier League, Football Championship, League One, League Two). Remember £1 = $1.5

Premier League's average is: $1,823,378
Football Championship's average is: $331,102
League One's average is: $115,017
League Two's average is: $60,935

Now this is from the 2009/10 seasons, so the numbers are slightly off heading into the 2012/13 seasons. Salaries have actually continued to increase, so the average has actually risen from what I have stated.


Which is another reason why I am in the wrong business Smiley

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« Reply #67 on: June 19, 2012, 05:27:26 PM »

Euro 2012: Sweden 2 - 0 France!

Sweden were already out of the tournament, but they went out in style, beating the French!
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« Reply #68 on: June 21, 2012, 02:41:32 AM »

On the special one:

http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/blog/dirty-tackle/post/horde-of-justin-bieber-fans-attacked-jose-mourinhos-car?urn=sow-wp6576
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« Reply #69 on: June 21, 2012, 04:57:49 AM »

The average annual wages for footballers (aka soccer players for the Americophiles here) since 1984 in the top 4 professional leagues in England (Premier League, Football Championship, League One, League Two). Remember £1 = $1.5

Premier League's average is: $1,823,378
Football Championship's average is: $331,102
League One's average is: $115,017
League Two's average is: $60,935

Now this is from the 2009/10 seasons, so the numbers are slightly off heading into the 2012/13 seasons. Salaries have actually continued to increase, so the average has actually risen from what I have stated.


Which is another reason why I am in the wrong business Smiley

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« Reply #70 on: June 21, 2012, 04:57:49 AM »


Mourhinho > Beiber

C'mon gals, you should know that Jose has accomplished more in the past 12 months than Beiber has in his entire life.
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« Reply #71 on: June 22, 2012, 08:52:40 PM »

Badgers do the England song!

http://www.weebls-stuff.com/songs/footy/
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« Reply #72 on: June 27, 2012, 03:30:10 PM »

Gosh this Portugal/Spain game is so boring.
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Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Gosh this Portugal/Spain game is so boring.

Predictably why I didn't decide to watch, these otherwise boring semis, even though I am on summer vacation, when school teachers revert back to more recluse habits of having nothing to do..

 I hope Sunday will a bit more exciting.  Honestly, I hold out for the World Cup, the Eurocup is more glitz and glam, but doesn't always deliver exactly as it could, sort of like the mid-2000s NBA.  I did enjoy the Americas Cup, and I might get into the Africa Cup, but really, I didn't get to involved in the Euro this year aside from keeping up with scores here and there.

I really enjoy national level futbol, but the Euro this year was kinda meh..

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« Reply #74 on: June 28, 2012, 01:22:55 AM »

Got a phone call from Western Sydney Wanderers (the new A-League club I said I would hate) about possibly playing football there. Oh the irony. Seems like I'm going to be a Western Sydney fan now.  Wink

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« Reply #75 on: June 28, 2012, 10:21:07 AM »

I was really hoping Portugal would knock out Spin *sigh*

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Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Gosh this Portugal/Spain game is so boring.

Predictably why I didn't decide to watch, these otherwise boring semis, even though I am on summer vacation, when school teachers revert back to more recluse habits of having nothing to do..

 I hope Sunday will a bit more exciting.  Honestly, I hold out for the World Cup, the Eurocup is more glitz and glam, but doesn't always deliver exactly as it could, sort of like the mid-2000s NBA.  I did enjoy the Americas Cup, and I might get into the Africa Cup, but really, I didn't get to involved in the Euro this year aside from keeping up with scores here and there.

I really enjoy national level futbol, but the Euro this year was kinda meh..

stay blessed,
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Not if you're a German fan Wink
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Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Gosh this Portugal/Spain game is so boring.

Predictably why I didn't decide to watch, these otherwise boring semis, even though I am on summer vacation, when school teachers revert back to more recluse habits of having nothing to do..

 I hope Sunday will a bit more exciting.  Honestly, I hold out for the World Cup, the Eurocup is more glitz and glam, but doesn't always deliver exactly as it could, sort of like the mid-2000s NBA.  I did enjoy the Americas Cup, and I might get into the Africa Cup, but really, I didn't get to involved in the Euro this year aside from keeping up with scores here and there.

I really enjoy national level futbol, but the Euro this year was kinda meh..

stay blessed,
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Now that England is out, go Germany!

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« Reply #79 on: June 28, 2012, 04:33:08 PM »

Wow.  Just wow.  This was a surprising game, both at how well the Italians played and how poor the Germans fared.

Viva Espana!
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« Reply #80 on: June 29, 2012, 06:16:57 AM »

Got a phone call from Western Sydney Wanderers (the new A-League club I said I would hate) about possibly playing football there. Oh the irony. Seems like I'm going to be a Western Sydney fan now.  Wink

C'est La Vie, time to go running!

That's great news.  A foot in the door is a foot in the door.  You'll be bouncing around top clubs in no time just like the top flight pros Wink

To be honest, I'd rather stay in a mid-major club in a country like Australia and actually play (which still pays handsomely), than bounce around a bunch of really good clubs in England, Germany, or Spain and never see the pitch. lol
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Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Got a phone call from Western Sydney Wanderers (the new A-League club I said I would hate) about possibly playing football there. Oh the irony. Seems like I'm going to be a Western Sydney fan now.  Wink

C'est La Vie, time to go running!

That's great news.  A foot in the door is a foot in the door.  You'll be bouncing around top clubs in no time just like the top flight pros Wink

To be honest, I'd rather stay in a mid-major club in a country like Australia and actually play (which still pays handsomely), than bounce around a bunch of really good clubs in England, Germany, or Spain and never see the pitch. lol

For the world's sport, footballers don't seem to get paid very well aside from a few huge phenoms.. Maybe if they paid better folks would abandon the dreaded flop Wink

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For the world's sport, footballers don't seem to get paid very well aside from a few huge phenoms.. Maybe if they paid better folks would abandon the dreaded flop Wink

It's weird, because the flopping seems to increase proportionate to the rate of pay.

Transitioning from watching League 1 and Championship (not Champions League) matches to International tournaments; it's almost like a different sport with different rules and objectives.  I'm not saying that flopping doesn't occur in the lower leagues, but these superstars flying about are something to watch. 
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« Reply #83 on: June 29, 2012, 05:13:34 PM »

Got a phone call from Western Sydney Wanderers (the new A-League club I said I would hate) about possibly playing football there. Oh the irony. Seems like I'm going to be a Western Sydney fan now.  Wink

C'est La Vie, time to go running!

That's great news.  A foot in the door is a foot in the door.  You'll be bouncing around top clubs in no time just like the top flight pros Wink

To be honest, I'd rather stay in a mid-major club in a country like Australia and actually play (which still pays handsomely), than bounce around a bunch of really good clubs in England, Germany, or Spain and never see the pitch. lol


There are good clubs in Europe too, where you can stay as a regular player, such as mid-rank clubs in countries like Spain, Italy or Germany ; the level is, still, demanding ! And if you're willing to stay in the club, your place in the club will be secured, as you have "seniority" (some players are not great soccer stars but they are still crucial for the team) !  Grin


PS : Or a French club if you plan to stay for a long time  Cheesy
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For the world's sport, footballers don't seem to get paid very well aside from a few huge phenoms.. Maybe if they paid better folks would abandon the dreaded flop Wink

It's weird, because the flopping seems to increase proportionate to the rate of pay.

Transitioning from watching League 1 and Championship (not Champions League) matches to International tournaments; it's almost like a different sport with different rules and objectives.  I'm not saying that flopping doesn't occur in the lower leagues, but these superstars flying about are something to watch.  

True.  Of course, I don't think its the actual individual pay of players, but the overall average salary as a whole.  Role players take flops in big games because it can change the game by giving injury time or a corner kick.  The big name players with big salaries flop too, but I think that its the smaller fish who do the majority of flopping, though as you've said, more so in the bigger leagues.

That is why I particularly enjoy Mexican League soccer because there is such a sense of pride and machismo, that Mexican footballers not only do NOT flop, Lord have His mercy, they don't even acknowledge serious injuries! I've seen dudes get serious laid out and jump back up in a hot second as if a beautiful woman had just knocked them down and not a freight train of a driving play at the goal Wink

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« Reply #85 on: June 29, 2012, 06:54:54 PM »

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/18653453

For U.K. fans: No Scottish or Northern Irish players were selected for the U.K. team in the Olympics.
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« Reply #86 on: June 29, 2012, 07:11:46 PM »

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/18653453

For U.K. fans: No Scottish or Northern Irish players were selected for the U.K. team in the Olympics.

But two Welsh, Giggs and Bellamy, if I'm not mistaken. 
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« Reply #87 on: June 29, 2012, 07:24:13 PM »

True.  Of course, I don't think its the actual individual pay of players, but the overall average salary as a whole.  Role players take flops in big games because it can change the game by giving injury time or a corner kick.  The big name players with big salaries flop too, but I think that its the smaller fish who do the majority of flopping, though as you've said, more so in the bigger leagues.

That is why I particularly enjoy Mexican League soccer because there is such a sense of pride and machismo, that Mexican footballers not only do NOT flop, Lord have His mercy, they don't even acknowledge serious injuries! I've seen dudes get serious laid out and jump back up in a hot second as if a beautiful woman had just knocked them down and not a freight train of a driving play at the goal Wink
I agree.  The truly great have no need for it, and make every effort to avoid falling down (and to actually play the sport).  That said, there are a lot of big name superstars out there, cough, C. Ronaldo, cough, S. Gerrard, who have developed pretty bad reputations in this regard.

That's why I really came to appreciate Germany's team in the last World Cup.  They rarely fell down, screaming and moaning, but kept attacking and playing.  They couldn't pull it out in the end, but it was a delightful team to watch.

Perhaps the machismo isn't as prominent a factor in lower league English matches, but there still must be a bit.  Either that or the refs just have less interest in awarding bogus free kicks to see Bend-it-Like-Beckham set pieces.  But at some of these smaller grounds, it's a bit more intimate.  Even Highbury v Emirates is a huge transition.  If people think you're a diver, you'll hear about it up close and personal.

I'm with you though.  Even if the quality is a bit less, I appreciate the matches where they play the game the way it was supposed to be played.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/18653453

For U.K. fans: No Scottish or Northern Irish players were selected for the U.K. team in the Olympics.

But two Welsh, Giggs and Bellamy, if I'm not mistaken. 

Yep!
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« Reply #89 on: June 29, 2012, 07:40:55 PM »

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/18653453

For U.K. fans: No Scottish or Northern Irish players were selected for the U.K. team in the Olympics.

But two Welsh, Giggs and Bellamy, if I'm not mistaken. 

Yep!

Sorry, just clicked on link, and they're mentioned in the first bit.  Smiley Some good independent investigation on my part.  police

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I agree.  The truly great have no need for it, and make every effort to avoid falling down (and to actually play the sport).  That said, there are a lot of big name superstars out there, cough, C. Ronaldo, cough, S. Gerrard, who have developed pretty bad reputations in this regard.

That's why I really came to appreciate Germany's team in the last World Cup.  They rarely fell down, screaming and moaning, but kept attacking and playing.  They couldn't pull it out in the end, but it was a delightful team to watch.
was supposed to be played.

Indeed, come to think of it the Germans did remind me of sans flop Mexican soccer albeit if on steroids Wink

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Whose the coach for the Germany team?
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« Reply #92 on: June 29, 2012, 11:39:58 PM »

Got a phone call from Western Sydney Wanderers (the new A-League club I said I would hate) about possibly playing football there. Oh the irony. Seems like I'm going to be a Western Sydney fan now.  Wink

C'est La Vie, time to go running!

That's great news.  A foot in the door is a foot in the door.  You'll be bouncing around top clubs in no time just like the top flight pros Wink

To be honest, I'd rather stay in a mid-major club in a country like Australia and actually play (which still pays handsomely), than bounce around a bunch of really good clubs in England, Germany, or Spain and never see the pitch. lol


There are good clubs in Europe too, where you can stay as a regular player, such as mid-rank clubs in countries like Spain, Italy or Germany ; the level is, still, demanding ! And if you're willing to stay in the club, your place in the club will be secured, as you have "seniority" (some players are not great soccer stars but they are still crucial for the team) !  Grin


PS : Or a French club if you plan to stay for a long time  Cheesy

I'd like to go to England if I could. I have European citizenship, so I don't need the dreaded work permit. Smiley
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« Reply #93 on: June 29, 2012, 11:50:20 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Got a phone call from Western Sydney Wanderers (the new A-League club I said I would hate) about possibly playing football there. Oh the irony. Seems like I'm going to be a Western Sydney fan now.  Wink

C'est La Vie, time to go running!

That's great news.  A foot in the door is a foot in the door.  You'll be bouncing around top clubs in no time just like the top flight pros Wink

To be honest, I'd rather stay in a mid-major club in a country like Australia and actually play (which still pays handsomely), than bounce around a bunch of really good clubs in England, Germany, or Spain and never see the pitch. lol

For the world's sport, footballers don't seem to get paid very well aside from a few huge phenoms.. Maybe if they paid better folks would abandon the dreaded flop Wink

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That's because there are thousands of professional clubs in the world. All the world famous, big, clubs (Man United, Chelsea, Man City, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Milan, etc) pay all of the players about as much as NFL or NBA players make in America.
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« Reply #94 on: June 30, 2012, 04:33:12 AM »

Whose the coach for the Germany team?

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« Reply #95 on: June 30, 2012, 01:12:19 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Got a phone call from Western Sydney Wanderers (the new A-League club I said I would hate) about possibly playing football there. Oh the irony. Seems like I'm going to be a Western Sydney fan now.  Wink

C'est La Vie, time to go running!

That's great news.  A foot in the door is a foot in the door.  You'll be bouncing around top clubs in no time just like the top flight pros Wink

To be honest, I'd rather stay in a mid-major club in a country like Australia and actually play (which still pays handsomely), than bounce around a bunch of really good clubs in England, Germany, or Spain and never see the pitch. lol

For the world's sport, footballers don't seem to get paid very well aside from a few huge phenoms.. Maybe if they paid better folks would abandon the dreaded flop Wink

stay blessed,
habte selassie

Tye two highest paying sports teams in the world are football clubs.


1    Barcelona    La Liga    avg. yearly salary: $7,910,737    avg weekly salary: $152,130
2    Real Madrid La Liga    avg. yearly salary: $7,356,632    avg weekly salary:$141,474
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« Reply #96 on: June 30, 2012, 01:38:19 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!


Got a phone call from Western Sydney Wanderers (the new A-League club I said I would hate) about possibly playing football there. Oh the irony. Seems like I'm going to be a Western Sydney fan now.  Wink

C'est La Vie, time to go running!

That's great news.  A foot in the door is a foot in the door.  You'll be bouncing around top clubs in no time just like the top flight pros Wink

To be honest, I'd rather stay in a mid-major club in a country like Australia and actually play (which still pays handsomely), than bounce around a bunch of really good clubs in England, Germany, or Spain and never see the pitch. lol

For the world's sport, footballers don't seem to get paid very well aside from a few huge phenoms.. Maybe if they paid better folks would abandon the dreaded flop Wink

stay blessed,
habte selassie

Tye two highest paying sports teams in the world are football clubs.


1    Barcelona    La Liga    avg. yearly salary: $7,910,737    avg weekly salary: $152,130
2    Real Madrid La Liga    avg. yearly salary: $7,356,632    avg weekly salary:$141,474

You know I was sarcastically trolling Wink

stay blessed,
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« Reply #97 on: June 30, 2012, 07:04:18 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!


Got a phone call from Western Sydney Wanderers (the new A-League club I said I would hate) about possibly playing football there. Oh the irony. Seems like I'm going to be a Western Sydney fan now.  Wink

C'est La Vie, time to go running!

That's great news.  A foot in the door is a foot in the door.  You'll be bouncing around top clubs in no time just like the top flight pros Wink

To be honest, I'd rather stay in a mid-major club in a country like Australia and actually play (which still pays handsomely), than bounce around a bunch of really good clubs in England, Germany, or Spain and never see the pitch. lol

For the world's sport, footballers don't seem to get paid very well aside from a few huge phenoms.. Maybe if they paid better folks would abandon the dreaded flop Wink

stay blessed,
habte selassie

Tye two highest paying sports teams in the world are football clubs.


1    Barcelona    La Liga    avg. yearly salary: $7,910,737    avg weekly salary: $152,130
2    Real Madrid La Liga    avg. yearly salary: $7,356,632    avg weekly salary:$141,474

You know I was sarcastically trolling Wink

stay blessed,
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Oh, my bad.  laugh
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« Reply #98 on: July 01, 2012, 02:49:29 PM »

ole' ole' ole' ole'  Grin
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« Reply #99 on: July 01, 2012, 02:59:47 PM »

 viva espana goooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllllllllllllllll
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« Reply #100 on: July 01, 2012, 03:27:10 PM »

another beauty!!!!!
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« Reply #101 on: July 01, 2012, 04:26:15 PM »

Torressssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #102 on: July 01, 2012, 04:31:05 PM »

ole' ole' ole' ole' hahahaha
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« Reply #103 on: July 01, 2012, 04:33:19 PM »

Vamos Espana!!!
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« Reply #104 on: July 01, 2012, 04:56:11 PM »

great game, sad to see  it end,  angel
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« Reply #105 on: July 01, 2012, 05:39:27 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

This was predictable, Italy was the Cinderella of this ball and the thing about Cinderella is she was never supposed to be there in the first place, and aside from the Kings this year, very rarely win it all because of the sheer difficulty it takes in beating so many superior teams consecutively.  Italy didn't have enough gas or real potential to compete at that level, they just got lucky in upsetting Germany.  If anything, it seemed at in the semis and Final in the Euro the common theme amongst most teams was exhaustion and lack of urgency.  Maybe they all put too much into the group stages, or maybe it was a dive, either way, I feel meh about all this aside from having a new respect for Spain.


Now that Espania has achieved winning three consecutive international championships for the first time ever, the Phil Jackson Threepete era has finally come to soccer.  Pat Riley may have coined the term, but only Phil Jackson's Bulls and Lakers have ever clinched three consecutive championships for any team of any sport, aside from Spain now with international soccer.  Congrats, I really never liked Spain but now I truly tip my hap to them and respect their phenomenal game, they deserve it fi real!!



That is THIRTEEN championship rings by the way, and the only coach to threepete not once, not twice, but THREE times!!

People big up Jordan and Kobe, but the secret to those players is not their inherent talent, it was Phil Jackson, simple as that.  What was the secret to Lebron finally getting his? The second best coach in the modern era.. Pat Riley



having a brass knuckles set of championship rings for both hands are unique accomplishments, something only the Spaniards are coming even remotely into that level in soccer for the first time.  I expect the beautiful game to change forever.  It is not about winning one, it is about winning several now, and consecutively, or its worth nothing.  Perhaps this is the beginning of the end or the beginning of the best ever, we will see.

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« Reply #106 on: July 02, 2012, 07:58:43 AM »

*sigh* So now I get to see a bunch of kids around my town wearing Spain kits and yell about how great they are, yet could not tell me 3 members of their national team.....

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« Reply #107 on: July 02, 2012, 08:09:14 AM »

Same here  Grin
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« Reply #108 on: July 02, 2012, 01:16:18 PM »

*sigh* So now I get to see a bunch of kids around my town wearing Spain kits and yell about how great they are, yet could not tell me 3 members of their national team.....

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LOL. I was doing that with my Norway jersey the other day.
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