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Re: World Cup thread

Postby JP » Sat Jul 03, 2010 6:19 pm

lets put this one to bed, what does spug say about urugyay spain?

(bookmakers make it pretty one sided)

predictions get tough from now on i think :D
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Re: World Cup thread

Postby SpugFab » Sat Jul 03, 2010 6:48 pm

Going on your results, predicting games got tough a while back :)

But predicting football is always tough, because the margins are so small. That doesn't mean it was tough to see that the South American "dominance" of this world cup was being over-emphasised after wins against poor teams (I'll include Chile in that, I couldn't believe some of the plaudits they were getting).

I hope Torres plays himself into some form today and goes into the semi final on a high. He's been dire so far. It would be nice to see Spain find some pace in their attack too. They have a bit too much confidence in their ability to break down defences to me, sometimes they delay the ball in and lose the opportunity.
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Re: World Cup thread

Postby tal » Sat Jul 03, 2010 7:20 pm

[quote="JP"]lets put this one to bed, what does spug say about urugyay spain?


Aren't Uruguay playing the Netherlands?

Spain vs Germany is going to be a cracker. Provided Spain get the invitation.
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Re: World Cup thread

Postby SpugFab » Sat Jul 03, 2010 7:30 pm

I figured the big man meant Paraguay - Spain. All these South Americans look the same :wink:

Spain are terrible at the moment. So slow. I despair when I see them get the ball wide with a bit of pace, fake the cross, recycle the ball around, look for the killer pass through the middle once Paraguay are back in. Why not get the ball in at pace? Torres is decent in the air, give him some stuff to feed on that doesn't require him to control it, turn, beat someone, make space, shoot. That's a tough ask when you're not on form :(

I still fancy them for a 1-0, but they're poor value for it.
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Re: World Cup thread

Postby tal » Sat Jul 03, 2010 7:38 pm

[quote="SpugFab"]Spain are terrible at the moment. So slow. I despair when I see them get the ball wide with a bit of pace, fake the cross, recycle the ball around, look for the killer pass through the middle once Paraguay are back in.


Agreed. I don't think Germany would be worried at all with these proceedings.

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Re: World Cup thread

Postby JP » Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:16 pm

aye one of them guays :D

i dont predict, i support & wish :D
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Re: World Cup thread

Postby Johnboy74 » Sun Jul 04, 2010 11:49 am

The spug got the Argentina sussed, I was surprised how easy they we're to beat.

Germany look like a good team, emphasis on the TEAM, makes you realise the superstar individuals
can't perform to there best unles in a good solid team. Like Ronaldo, at Man Utd he was unbelievable,
for Portugal so so, so many superstars have under performed individually and because the squad
didn't play like a well drilled team, like germany.

Alot to learn from the way germany function as a team.
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Re: World Cup thread

Postby tal » Sun Jul 04, 2010 12:04 pm

[quote="Johnboy74"]The spug got the Argentina sussed, I was surprised how easy they we're to beat.

Germany look like a good team, emphasis on the TEAM, makes you realise the superstar individuals
can't perform to there best unles in a good solid team. Like Ronaldo, at Man Utd he was unbelievable,
for Portugal so so, so many superstars have under performed individually and because the squad
didn't play like a well drilled team, like germany.

Alot to learn from the way germany function as a team.


Germany must be glad they don't have to play Serbia again, Spain might do well to watch that tape.
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Re: World Cup thread

Postby SpugFab » Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:30 pm

That game had a very dodgy sending off in the first half and a missed German penalty. I'm not sure it can be used as a blueprint to beat Germany.

First goal is crucial between Spain and Germany. Germany look like the best counter-attacking team in the tournament at the moment, Podolski in particular amazes me the way he tracks back then bursts forward to join in. Muller is suspended though, that might blunt them a bit. Regardless, Spain don't want to be chasing the game.

Spains defence looks solid (I think I remember saying this about England). JP - I think this is your "toss a coin" game here. I've done so and it came up Germany, but you can see the road to victory for Spain. In the end I go with the team that's on form.
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Re: World Cup thread

Postby SpugFab » Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:30 pm

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Re: World Cup thread

Postby chloe » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:40 pm

oh lordy lordy lord!!!
as a massive germany supporter,yesterday was a brilliant day,took the afternoon off work and got myself over to a german friends house and woweee,what an afternoon
come wednesday evening though,im going to be hiding under a table peering out through my fingers,im sooo nervous,plus i bet 20 quid with my co worker that germany will win!!
i think im betting with my head just as much as with my heart on this one!!
come on germany,..!!!
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Re: World Cup thread

Postby SpugFab » Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:20 am

GOAL OF THE TOURNAMENT last night.

Love Van Bronckhorst's strike - right in the top corner.

He must've learned that during his years in Glasgow...
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Re: World Cup thread

Postby SpugFab » Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:12 pm

Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast has moved to Man City. I just heard his wage - £220,000 a week. Incredible.

Split on tonight's match. I have Spain in the work sweepstake but I predicted a German victory earlier in this thread. For me, it is money vs honour.

I'll be cheering on Spain. Money ftw.
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Re: World Cup thread

Postby bob_summers » Thu Jul 08, 2010 10:16 am

looks like spain have woken up. can't see holland beating them, unfortunately.

interesting attitude here (basque country) to the 'national' team. so far this tournament, i've seen a total of two españa shirts in the street, and one flag. the flag was being carried/worn by a drunk tourist so doesn't really count.
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Re: World Cup thread

Postby runner » Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:24 am

Don't drink, but do feel like I have a hangover.

so close, but doesn't count.

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