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philsick
15-06-2014, 09:30 PM
I think this has been so good compared to south africa.All the teams apart from honduras have looked to attack.Loads of goals and chances and the good players playing well.Even england look positive.

Why do people think this is? I think one of the reasons is in south africa alot of teams were full of oldies reaching the end of their careers,whereas most of the teams seem to be blooding plenty of youngsters playing without fear.

Plus i suppose nobody wants to go to brazil and stick 10 men behind the ball.

Louis
15-06-2014, 09:37 PM
I was thinking about this. Through an interest in betting, I remember well that nearly every 'first round' game in South Africa had few goals - 0-0, 0-1, 1-1 type scorelines, and here it's almost the opposite - goals flying in everywhere. I suppose which continent it's hosted on could be a factor, and African teams are generally more defensive, but surely there's a lot more to it than that?

Hibernator
15-06-2014, 10:34 PM
The atmosphere at games here is great. Probably because the crowd noise isn't being drowned out by the constant drone of those bloody vuvuzelas!

The Omen
15-06-2014, 11:13 PM
Cameroon were shit too. Other than that it has been excellent

Funk Butter
15-06-2014, 11:21 PM
CkzA_bdTCMU

Colombia has the best goal celebration music.

west country boy
15-06-2014, 11:31 PM
There have been relatively few terrible haircuts. I'm unsure if this is a good thing or not.

Vince Hilaire's Afro
16-06-2014, 12:59 AM
The beaches are ******* great, so all the players are in a good mood, whereas in South Africa they were wracked with anxiety and fear.

Far East Eagle
16-06-2014, 01:44 AM
The atmosphere at games here is great. Probably because the crowd noise isn't being drowned out by the constant drone of those bloody vuvuzelas!

The Ivory Coast game brought back some of those memories, though. Vuvuzelas ruined the last WC for me

kolinkins
16-06-2014, 09:35 AM
Generally, defending is a lost art. This World Cup is confirming that.

EagleSE24
16-06-2014, 09:37 AM
The ball probably has something to do with it too. This time round it actually goes where a player wants it to.

davematt
16-06-2014, 12:13 PM
I am loving the contrasting styles and tactical set up of teams.

Chile at times were absorbing to watch, especially early in the game against Australia. They moved the ball around at such a great speed.

France were very impressive yesterday. A lovely fluidity to their passing, with Cabaye the centre piece. Valbuena & Griezmannn either side of Benzema were a joy to watch at times, with their movement and ability on the ball.

Also really enjoyed Switzerland & Colombia in their respective games.

The Dutch were obviously devestating on the counter attack.

And despite not being the most convincing of performances, seeing Messi score that goal just made me think "Yep, we are in for a very special four weeks here. This will be a World Cup for the ages".

Long may it continue!

firesign
18-06-2014, 12:08 PM
it's been great

49 goals in the first round of games compared to 25 in 2010

and there''s the Brazilian beauties too

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2659963/Silly-wigs-lashings-facepaint-TINY-hotpants-Female-football-fans-battle-crowned-queens-World-Cup.html

hilairehair
18-06-2014, 12:16 PM
Best since '82?

hilairehair
18-06-2014, 12:19 PM
There have been relatively few terrible haircuts. I'm unsure if this is a good thing or not.

Neymar manages the seemingly impossible feat of simutaneously looking like a grumpy old man and a Hoxtonite hipster. It's fascinating.

Gooders
18-06-2014, 01:07 PM
I'm quite enjoying it.

But it's a big shame that the crowd at nearly every game seems to be close to 100% prawn sandwich brigade.

Where are the local Brazilians?

El Aguila
18-06-2014, 01:11 PM
I'm quite enjoying it.

But it's a big shame that the crowd at nearly every game seems to be close to 100% prawn sandwich brigade.

Where are the local Brazilians?

They can't afford it.

Dave
18-06-2014, 01:29 PM
Cheapest tickets are 9 pounds (give or take) the average take home in rio is 180 pounds per month (give or take)

Save up already

Big-Griff
18-06-2014, 01:32 PM
I'm enjoying it

El Aguila
18-06-2014, 01:37 PM
Cheapest tickets are 9 pounds (give or take) the average take home in rio is 180 pounds per month (give or take)

Save up already

Well, if Portugal were playing Bosnia in Madrid, in some group game, and it would cost me a seventh of my take home pay for a month to go along with the boys and sit in the worst seats, I have to admit - I wouldn't bother.

CT_Palace
18-06-2014, 02:27 PM
I'm quite enjoying it.

But it's a big shame that the crowd at nearly every game seems to be close to 100% prawn sandwich brigade.

Where are the local Brazilians?

Not sure where you get the prawn sandwich brigade analogy from.
I've never met a Brazilian from any walk of life that's not football crazy. (note: and I've met a few having lived in Sao Paulo for 2 years).

Dave
18-06-2014, 02:33 PM
Well, if Portugal were playing Bosnia in Madrid, in some group game, and it would cost me a seventh of my take home pay for a month to go along with the boys and sit in the worst seats, I have to admit - I wouldn't bother.

9/180*100 = 5%

El Aguila
18-06-2014, 02:40 PM
I would like to take my two children along to this putative fixture, if I were to go, if that's all right with you, Dave.

PeterH
18-06-2014, 02:40 PM
They might need that 5% to pay for the ever increasing transport costs that they have been protesting about.

Although TBF they don't help themselves if they go about burning all the buses that need replacing.

What FIFA seem to have got wrong again is filling the stadiums.

PalaceMonkey
18-06-2014, 02:58 PM
I would like to take my two children along to this putative fixture, if I were to go, if that's all right with you, Dave.

when you said boys, I assumed you meant the top boys and you'd be planning a tear up.
nawty.

El Aguila
18-06-2014, 03:10 PM
I see now that my choice of phrase was ambiguous.
I hope, as the tournament goes on, that working class Brazilians will prioritise their expenditure as Dave sees fit.

Dave
18-06-2014, 03:24 PM
You are a bit odd when it comes to matters monetary

Just a thought

El Aguila
18-06-2014, 05:19 PM
Like, thrifty? Prudent?

Fair enough.

3 Beers at HT
18-06-2014, 09:44 PM
I think this has been so good compared to south africa.All the teams apart from honduras have looked to attack.Loads of goals and chances and the good players playing well.Even england look positive.

Why do people think this is? I think one of the reasons is in south africa alot of teams were full of oldies reaching the end of their careers,whereas most of the teams seem to be blooding plenty of youngsters playing without fear.

Plus i suppose nobody wants to go to brazil and stick 10 men behind the ball.

Bearing in mind your 'right-on', anti-establishment (:rolleyes:), pro-anarchistic (:clown:) drivel you sentence us to have to read.....what are your thoughts on all of your ilk protesting at the World Cup?

Funk Butter
27-06-2014, 09:35 PM
Much better than 2010.

http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--SCwi3Fb4--/786715120816893355.png
http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--NbnG1HpV--/786715120684366251.png

Funk Butter
02-07-2014, 08:36 PM
https://espngrantland.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/chart1_1152.jpg

Funk Butter
02-07-2014, 08:39 PM
https://espngrantland.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/chart2_1152.jpg

philsick
02-07-2014, 08:53 PM
Best world cup i can remember for yonks.Hats off to nearly all the managers who have gone for it with attacking football whether it has been underdogs expected to shut up shop,or teams known to be pragmatic,but have joined in the positive fest.Hardly any teams have been negative and those who have,have not got through,like the swiss last night.

I hope that this filters down into club football next year with teams with so called lesser known players,playing without fear .Although i suppose there is more financial pressure to grind out results in order to survive.

philsick
02-07-2014, 08:56 PM
Bearing in mind your 'right-on', anti-establishment (:rolleyes:), pro-anarchistic (:clown:) drivel you sentence us to have to read.....what are your thoughts on all of your ilk protesting at the World Cup?

The protesters have perfectly valid reasons for being pissed off with FIFA etc and they have my full support,you piss taking bellend:p

Funk Butter
03-07-2014, 04:04 PM
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/statistics/players/distance.html

Amazingly, Lionel Messi is pretty much at the bottom of non-GKs list for distance traveled per minute. Only ahead of Victor Bernardez, Didier Zokora and Thiago Silva.

L'kooch
03-07-2014, 04:21 PM
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/statistics/players/distance.html

Amazingly, Lionel Messi is pretty much at the bottom of non-GKs list for distance traveled per minute. Only ahead of Victor Bernardez, Didier Zokora and Thiago Silva.

it aint amazing

http://www.101greatgoals.com/blog/lionel-messi-slammed-for-only-running-6-8km-v-atletico-only-a-little-more-than-keeper-pinto-5-3km/

Funk Butter
03-07-2014, 04:35 PM
it aint amazing

http://www.101greatgoals.com/blog/lionel-messi-slammed-for-only-running-6-8km-v-atletico-only-a-little-more-than-keeper-pinto-5-3km/

David Luiz is down the list as well as Joel Campbell. Although, they probably didn't include the distance he rolled.

Bones14
04-07-2014, 07:52 AM
Been brilliant from the outset. Great goals, great saves, plenty of attacking and tactical football on offer. Just hope the last 8 don't go into their shell now and become negative. Thank god Italy are out for that sole reason.

kayjay
04-07-2014, 08:29 AM
Love to see Colombia knock out the hosts

mrgins
04-07-2014, 03:50 PM
the cameraman has a wonderful knack of finding the babes in the crowd!

Far East Eagle
04-07-2014, 04:09 PM
Less crowd shots (and the uber irritating slowmo crowd shots)and more replays, please!

mrgins
04-07-2014, 05:24 PM
Wonder how often the water breaks will be in quatar

Funk Butter
05-07-2014, 12:55 AM
So far, I think the bugs are the big winner.

http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--ydVxgV7S--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/v1zcu8wmhe17ha6h7wf1.jpg
http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--kfY4RDWI--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/780771400369852964.jpg

3 Beers at HT
05-07-2014, 01:27 AM
The protesters have perfectly valid reasons for being pissed off with FIFA etc and they have my full support,you piss taking bellend:p

:hi:

Honestly, I'd like to know, specifically, one reason that the Brazillian protestors have against FIFA?

Funk Butter
06-07-2014, 10:53 PM
It turns out Carballo wasn't at fault for all the problems in the Brazil/Colombia match. He's just the World Cup's version of HAL9000.

http://www.espnfc.com/blog/name/62/post/1934334/headline

Before we crucify him, we need to consider the directive that FIFA gave referees ahead of this World Cup. Busacca asked them to use yellow and red cards only as a last resort and to try to let the game flow as much as possible -- a suggestion that's been heeded.

Good referees know that FIFA directives aren't gospel. Gospel are the laws of the game and their own common sense and experience. Yet, at the same time, the referees are stuck in a conundrum between what they believe is right and what they're asked to do and, sometimes, they conflict. In Velasco's case, he embraced the "shy away from cards" directive but not the "match management through communication" order.

dougief
07-07-2014, 10:11 AM
I was wondering who everyone would back should we get a Germany v Argentina final???

JDawg
13-07-2014, 09:41 AM
Just shows what an opportunity was blown.

Brazil got through to the semis having beaten Costa Rica, the supposed whipping boys of our group. Costa Rica having heated Greece in the round of 16. Easy route.

Mind you we'd have been blown away by the Germans.

But if the Brazilians were shite, what does that make us?

1_Neil_Warnock
13-07-2014, 10:02 AM
Just shows what an opportunity was blown.

Brazil got through to the semis having beaten Costa Rica, the supposed whipping boys of our group. Costa Rica having heated Greece in the round of 16. Easy route.

Mind you we'd have been blown away by the Germans.

But if the Brazilians were shite, what does that make us?


Would have been a good point if Brazil had actually beaten Costa Rica.

eaglejez
13-07-2014, 10:37 AM
I know we don't take these international tournaments seriously but I think we should. They look fun

Funk Butter
13-07-2014, 04:06 PM
Was anything made of this Vlaar near-goal anywhere? All I remember is the Romero celebration.

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Kylie_Tracey
13-07-2014, 05:28 PM
I think its been ok, better then 2010 which was dreadful, I think every single game sees a blatant offside given when players are still level or even non goal side,far too much diving still, but teams seem to have gone out to attack far more especially in the group games, England have deteriorated as expected, knock out games poor IMO , Argentina/Holland possibly one of the very worst games in history.

cpfc4evandeva
13-07-2014, 09:55 PM
What an absolutely wonderful World Cup. It says it all that the final was the same as last one in terms of results (1-0 AET), yet it was so much more enjoyable to watch.

This will live long in my memory :)

Joooe
13-07-2014, 10:20 PM
Will miss this World Cup, it was mostly fantastic from start to finish.

The next month is just gonna seem so boring.

Halftime Gold
14-07-2014, 03:25 PM
Its definitely been more entertaining than the last 3 WC's but I still can't help but feel its further evidence that international football isn't the top level of the sport anymore.

Kirby
15-07-2014, 02:58 PM
Plenty of opportunities for photoshopping as well :D

http://www.thegliff.com/the-2014-world-cup-photoshopped/