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Chubby



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm truly enjoying a WC for the first time since France '98, maybe even as much as Italia '90. There has been some extraordinarily exciting games of football, I've watched most of them.

On England vs Colombia, for 90 mins England controlled the game, just missed a bit of guile in and around the final 3rd but Colombia didn't have a sniff. The momentum then shifted with their goal and I think for the next 15 minutes we were there for the taking. We then got control back. Hats off to Harry Kane, he led by example and showed there is so much more to his game than goals, a real leaders performance by him I thought. Penalties are always a lottery, and with the exception of the dipper, our penalties were brilliant and gave the keeper little chance.

I was actually very impressed by the audacity and abandon of the dark arts of football that the Colombian's displayed - I honestly can't remember the last time I witnessed such a set of downright dirty bastards and unsporting shit-housing. They used every trick in the book, and probably invented some new entries. How at least 3 of them weren't sent off I'll never know, it was like watching a team from the 60's at times, must have been fucking horrible to play against them. Even Falcao, who has always struck me as a sporting gentlemen, was at it. There is a karma to them being knocked out, because as impressive as their cuntishness was, it shouldn't have won the day.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chubby wrote:
I'm truly enjoying a WC for the first time since France '98, maybe even as much as Italia '90. There has been some extraordinarily exciting games of football, I've watched most of them.

On England vs Colombia, for 90 mins England controlled the game, just missed a bit of guile in and around the final 3rd but Colombia didn't have a sniff. The momentum then shifted with their goal and I think for the next 15 minutes we were there for the taking. We then got control back. Hats off to Harry Kane, he led by example and showed there is so much more to his game than goals, a real leaders performance by him I thought. Penalties are always a lottery, and with the exception of the dipper, our penalties were brilliant and gave the keeper little chance.

I was actually very impressed by the audacity and abandon of the dark arts of football that the Colombian's displayed - I honestly can't remember the last time I witnessed such a set of downright dirty bastards and unsporting shit-housing. They used every trick in the book, and probably invented some new entries. How at least 3 of them weren't sent off I'll never know, it was like watching a team from the 60's at times, must have been fucking horrible to play against them. Even Falcao, who has always struck me as a sporting gentlemen, was at it. There is a karma to them being knocked out, because as impressive as their cuntishness was, it shouldn't have won the day.


watching them try to scuff up the penalty spot was unbelievable ........like watching the Dog and Duck keeper on a sunday do it.

the type of team you just fucking love to beat Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saturday's game will be interesting. England haven't beaten Sweden since Stan and Ulrika were an item.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I usually support most teams that play against England but with Colombia I made an exception - dirty bastards.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And so it continues. A fine display against Sweden, controlled football, great set pieces and some very good performances out there. Fingers crossed for Russia in the semi.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would be tempted to say if Russia make the semis without the use of organophosphates I would be very afraid.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder how many of his mates in Ramsbottom pronounced Keiran Trippier as Trip-ee-ay?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's from Ramsbottom ?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stig wrote:
He's from Ramsbottom ?


He was born in Bury, grew up in Ramsbottom. Think I'm right in saying he was at Ciddy until they released him and then became a bit a loanee journeyman. He's in his late 20's so he's a late bloomer in the footballing sense of the word.

I like him, he's a good player and his idol was Beckham, so good chance he's a red.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me this WC has been a joy to watch minus a couple of South, and Central American countries who dive, and cheat all the time. Some great football and think Russia did a great job.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

eyes again wrote:
For me this WC has been a joy to watch minus a couple of South, and Central American countries who dive, and cheat all the time. Some great football and think Russia did a great job.


So true, Eyes. This has been the first WC since 1998 that I've enjoyed.

Disappointed that England didn't quite have enough to make the final but for the first time since 1998 I actually enjoyed and was entertained watching England at a major tournament, and indeed by the tournament itself. Well done Russia.

Everyone played their part, the media didn't proclaim England champions-elect before a ball had been kicked, or slaughter a player if he made a mistake, they actually supported the team for once.

The nation came together for 4 glorious weeks of sun and football, forgetting all about Brexit etc. A young team performed brilliantly when nobody thought they could, in fact most were hoping that England simply avoided the usual humiliation.

For England to stay in the tournament until the day before the final is a great achievement for a very young team, 3rd or 4th doesn't really matter, both are memorable achievements. The manager was great too, keeping everything low-key, calm, dignified and sporting.

Whisper it quietly but England could actually win a major tournament in the next decade with the young talent we have, and the young talent we have coming through. The media need to make the manager's job easier by continuing to support the team in the right way, letting young players play, make mistakes etc.

I was proud to be an Englishman during this tournament, which makes a welcome change.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fair play to Croatia too. The better team yesterday. So much for exhaustion! England undid themselves by going back to the long ball game after going ahead but that was the result of unwilting pressure from their wide men. I can see why Jose was after Perisic now.

I feel France may be a bridge too far for either side but I would not back against the Croatian determination.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's been a great world cup. Twists and turns, shocks, drama.... It's had it all. Off the pitch, Russia seem to have done a decent job. Supporters have been allowed to enjoy it, no reported trouble and overall a great atmosphere.

As for England... I'm gutted. It's the hope that kills you. And after seeing the Germans, Spainish and Brazilians etc drop out that hope had turned to expectation. Pleased to see Southgate prove the doubters wrong (I was one of them). The players were a credit to the country and the shirt. Something we've not been able to say for over a decade. For a team so young, carrying the burdens of past failures, nobody expected them to achieve what they have. With the success of the unders over recent years the future is bright for English football.

And if you thought it was all over... Pre-season is just around the corner
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone catch Wright doing his Oirish accent to Keene?

Imagine the roles were reversed. I hope Roy battered the dim witted little cunt after
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tafkaf wrote:
Anyone catch Wright doing his Oirish accent to Keene?

Imagine the roles were reversed. I hope Roy battered the dim witted little cunt after


They kissed and made up, apparently. Wright was always a gobshite and will always be a gobshite. Keane was 100% right in what he said, take one game at a time and don’t look too far ahead - he learned that from SAF - and between them they knew a thing or two about winning trophies.
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