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Re: Football corner

Postby 300CE » 25 Jun 2018, 19:51

Apart from the fabulous England display, this is my view of the World Cup so far:

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VAR is as inconsistent as the referees - load of codswallop.
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Re: Football corner

Postby kevtherev » 26 Jun 2018, 12:38

For me VAR is working and will get better.
Penalties are up and players are finding out you can't do stuff any more.
I agree a small amount of decisions are not right
..like why Ronaldo wasn't sent off..but I think the ref bottled it..not VAR
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Re: Football corner

Postby Mr Bean » 27 Jun 2018, 06:53

Not into football as I got fouled off the sport as a lad being more Stanley Mathews than a Hulk Hogan.
So I totally agree re VAR and but wonder how long it will be before some "Smart ass" will "Smarten" up the software with little dots on the players and clever algorithms with the aim of removing the human completely in line with current practice elsewhere. :roll:
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Re: Football corner

Postby DoubleOSeven » 04 Jul 2018, 12:17

England Vs Sweden

I’m just throwing out all my IKEA furniture and ABBA records in preparation for Saturday. Not sure what to do about all the Volvo’s in my town yet, but as they are not mine - best leave alone.
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Re: Football corner

Postby kevtherev » 04 Jul 2018, 14:36

Member Bernie inn wrote..

"Well done England on a number of levels:

Gareth Southgate for his dignified, calm, professional management.
For;
Demonstrating a mature and balanced approach and not allowing the media to dictate the odds.
For having the courage to pick a young, ambitious and skilled team- despite perhaps a lack of experience
For elevating selection into the national team as a privilege and an honour
For having the courage to do away with the circus of;
wags
Old boys club forming the nucleus of the team
Acceptance of inappropriate “off the field “ behaviour of players representing the country

The players - for playing with passion, courage, flair, creativity and in the spirit of the game, despite poor refereeing and against a team
for whom constant arguing with, and intimidation of the ref, is an acceptable part of their strategy

I’d like England to go through to the remaining matches and win the tournament- who wouldn’t ?

But for me they’re already the victors. They’ve demonstrated to young players looking to learn from example that fairness, integrity and playing within the rules matters

Well done, a refreshing and much needed approach"

Sums it up for me

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Re: Football corner

Postby 937carrera » 04 Jul 2018, 17:19

DoubleOSeven wrote:England Vs Sweden

I’m just throwing out all my IKEA furniture and ABBA records in preparation for Saturday. Not sure what to do about all the Volvo’s in my town yet, but as they are not mine - best leave alone.


I have Swedish friends, should be fun, some of them being English man / Swedish wife (normally that way round for some reason).

Please leave the Saabs alone too
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Re: Football corner

Postby tforturton » 04 Jul 2018, 19:00

Why were they wearing the Wales kit?
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Football corner

Postby DoubleOSeven » 05 Jul 2018, 13:54

937carrera wrote:
DoubleOSeven wrote:England Vs Sweden

I’m just throwing out all my IKEA furniture and ABBA records in preparation for Saturday. Not sure what to do about all the Volvo’s in my town yet, but as they are not mine - best leave alone.


I have Swedish friends, should be fun, some of them being English man / Swedish wife (normally that way round for some reason).

Please leave the Saabs alone too

I’ll leave the 99 turbo’s with red brick interiors, possibly some 900 turbos but the rest, by the end were running on GM Vauxhall chassis’, so don’t deserve to be saved.
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Re: Football corner

Postby DoubleOSeven » 05 Jul 2018, 13:56

tforturton wrote:Why were they wearing the Wales kit?

...because Wales had no use for it (absent).
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Re: Football corner

Postby 937carrera » 05 Jul 2018, 14:05

DoubleOSeven wrote:I’ll leave the 99 turbo’s with red brick interiors, possibly some 900 turbos but the rest, by the end were running on GM Vauxhall chassis’, so don’t deserve to be saved.


That's what GM thought too, they were mistaken :rofl
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Re: Football corner

Postby nesty » 08 Jul 2018, 12:13

I do remember watching the 1990 Semi final, it was pain, then additional to rub salt in the wound, I had to attend a friends Italian wedding on the day of the 3rd/4th place off, which England lost to Italy!

In 1990, we were the best side IMHO. The Krauts got a lucky goal and we could of beaten Argies in the final.

This campaign is completely different as the expectation has now been surpassed. You can could say it's a free hit on Wednesday with no shame in losing, but naturally we want to go further & set new ground in this generation.

Despite being in the semi's, still a way to go. Croatia will not be easy, other teams have stifled them defensively, but we are more open style of play, which Croatia will thrive on. It will be a different Croatia than last 2 games. We are better defensively & in attack than them, but their midfield is by far stronger, will Henderson be able to cope defensively solo there, is my concern? Though fatigue will be a factor in the game more from Croatia side, despite what the Croatia manager says.
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Re: Football corner

Postby kevtherev » 08 Jul 2018, 15:14

Yes even though we could lose we already have victory.
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Re: Football corner

Postby skysurfin09 » 11 Jul 2018, 06:19

Later today England will be victorious regardless of the scoreline. This team has reminded us of what it means to wear the England shirt, a desire to win playing the game and not resort to gamesmanship or thuggery. It's not the team I expected but how they've displayed a 'team first' approach and a desire that has been missing in recent squads. There are no Primadonnas in the side and how Garethh Southgate has more than made up for his appearance in 'That Pizza' advert with the paper bag on his head.
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Re: Football corner

Postby kevtherev » 13 Jul 2018, 10:25

One day soon I believe it will now
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Re: Football corner

Postby tforturton » 15 Jul 2018, 09:54

Okay, I’m going to put the cat amongst the pigeons here. With all the fuss in the media, about the returning heroes, and how they did us proud, etc., I’m starting to wonder if I’ve been watching a different team. Yes, I’m Welsh, not English, but I watch a lot of football, at different levels, and I thought England were poor. Slow, indecisive, and lacking in ideas. I’m also not sure that Southgate (who admittedly has been a breath of fresh air off the pitch) knows his best team, and he certainly can’t spot and react to a clear problem with his midfield.
I can’t understand what all the fuss is about. England got through the group stage because they were playing two very poor sides, and lost as soon as they played a half-strength Belgium. Columbia were poor again, and then we had Croatia. The first half-decent side they come up against, and England lose again. Who was surprised? Well, not me. I thought England were a pretty average side, who got where they did due to a very favourable draw. Sure, they’ll improve - they’re all youngish - but to put them up there with some of the great teams is ludicrous.
The difference seems to be that the media is for some reason reluctant to criticise any part of the team or its management. Only Ian Wright was prepared to point out what we could all see - they weren’t that good. In the Croatia game, they had two shots on target. Two.
Okay, you can only play what’s in front of you, and sometimes you get a good draw. But world-beaters? Hardly.
Still, well done for getting as far as they did.
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