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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

OT: The Soccer Thread: August 2012

Welcome to August! Notable Events:

Olympic Women’s Gold Medal Game: August 9
Olympic Men’s Gold Medal Game: August 11

(Both will be aired by NBC on or about August 15)

EPL Kick-Off: August 18
La Liga Kick-Off: August 19
Seria A Kick-Off: August 25

Let the excitement begin!

RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:35 AM | 1942 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: August 04, 2012 at 04:49 PM (#4200590)
Just put on the replay of PSG v Barca and ... holy bleeding eyes, Batman ... those Barca kits are a hippy's bad Hemsley flashback ... part LSD, part Tequila Sunrise ... all wrong.
   102. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: August 04, 2012 at 04:58 PM (#4200595)
Well, either an LSD flashback ... or a popsicle ...
   103. JH (in DC) Posted: August 04, 2012 at 05:05 PM (#4200598)
Brits in a penalty shootout in a quarterfinal....this seems familiar.
   104. Mefisto Posted: August 04, 2012 at 05:58 PM (#4200617)
Only if they lose it.
   105. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 05, 2012 at 09:35 AM (#4200789)
The English are even tainting the Welsh with their quarterfinalitis.
   106. Swedish Chef Posted: August 05, 2012 at 10:50 AM (#4200814)
Harry blathering about Modric and Real.

Seems like everything that is going on is just for show at this point.
   107. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 05, 2012 at 11:09 AM (#4200827)
Seems like everything that is going on is just for show at this point.

I've already gone through the 5 stages of grief with Modric so if he stays it's going to be a weird emotional hangover. I find it hard to imagine he's a Spurs player in September.
   108. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: August 05, 2012 at 06:09 PM (#4201089)
I find it hard to imagine he's a Spurs player in September.

Didn't we kind of feel that way last year as well, though?
   109. I am going to be Frank Posted: August 05, 2012 at 11:25 PM (#4201220)
Who would schedule a friendly in Las Vegas in August?
   110. Juan V Posted: August 06, 2012 at 06:43 AM (#4201291)
Where's Juan?


On holiday, but I'm back now.

I might be a bit disappointed in Rondon going to freeze his balls off in Kazan, but at least he'll be going to a consistent European contender whose cheques don't bounce. That's a victory, isn't it.
   111. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: August 06, 2012 at 12:03 PM (#4201469)
These white French uniforms are weird and confusing.
   112. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 06, 2012 at 12:33 PM (#4201501)
That's a real howler by the French keeper.
   113. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: August 06, 2012 at 12:35 PM (#4201503)
Awful error by Bouhaddi. Japan gets the goal on their first shot(!). I think there are still a couple of goals in this one, though. Delie in particular has been pretty big up front for France.
   114. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 06, 2012 at 12:46 PM (#4201505)
Commentators keep bemoaning how the World Cup doesn't produce new stars anymore, because we know all the players. Well, the Olympics is producing new stars! (maybe just Senegalese ones.) and the football podcasts and columnists have all shut up shop for the summer.
   115. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: August 06, 2012 at 12:57 PM (#4201513)
A few comments on the first half (I'm going to miss the second [unless it goes to penalties] and probably the US-Canada game too, but I'll watch the replays hopefully):
- Elise Bussaglia might be the most underrated player in women's football. She's really good at those Xabi-Alonso-style diagonal balls and her field vision is excellent. I actually really like that comp, because I've used Mesut Ozil-Louisa Necib before :p
- Miyama vs Bompastor has been really fun to watch. Right now the French left back is winning.
- That was an awful error. Every time they showed a replay it just seemed worse.
- Gaetane Thiney is doing pretty much nothing on the left side. I'd love a substitution of Le Sommer for her, but I doubt Bruno Bini is going to bring on another fast, attacking striker, especially given that Elodie Thomis hasn't been particularly good either.
- Sakaguchi and Sawa are controlling the pace of the game, but the Japanese wingers (particularly Miyama) need to get involved a lot more. There's a lot of "pass through Bussaglia-Soubeyrand line, player surrounded by French defenders, no width or support" and if Kawasumi and Miyama can provide either/both of those, you'd get a lot more pressure on the French goal.

I think there are a couple more goals in this one, but only if France score the next one. Japan are really, really disciplined at the back.
   116. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 06, 2012 at 01:04 PM (#4201520)
That's that. Gotta hope for the rematch of the World Cup final now.
   117. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 06, 2012 at 01:32 PM (#4201548)
Maybe I spoke too soon. France is creating a ton of chances and they only need the equalizer now.
   118. I am going to be Frank Posted: August 06, 2012 at 01:35 PM (#4201551)
Wow missed a PK and another chance after a goalie flap!
   119. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 06, 2012 at 01:36 PM (#4201553)
This is going to be a bitter loss if the French don't equalize. So many chances.
   120. President of the David Eckstein Fan Club Posted: August 06, 2012 at 01:37 PM (#4201555)
I don't think I've ever seen a missed PK like that before.

Game's really opened up and Japan is really shaky.
   121. I am going to be Frank Posted: August 06, 2012 at 01:38 PM (#4201556)
I'm now convinced every women's game would be 1-0 or 0-0 if they were allowed to have a male goalkeeper.
   122. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: August 06, 2012 at 01:59 PM (#4201575)
Just based on the eventual result/your comments:
Gaetane Thiney is doing pretty much nothing on the left side. I'd love a substitution of Le Sommer for her

I'm a genius!
I think there are a couple more goals in this one, but only if France score the next one. Japan are really, really disciplined at the back.

No. No, I'm not.

Time to see if I can sneak-watch USA-Canada or instead have to settle for the replay!
   123. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 06, 2012 at 03:31 PM (#4201675)
Canada looks good and the US is still hoofing it too much.
   124. I am going to be Frank Posted: August 06, 2012 at 04:14 PM (#4201705)
Apparently the US team doesn't know how to mark Canada's best player on anything...
   125. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: August 06, 2012 at 04:16 PM (#4201706)
US central defense has been disastrous, but it's made the game really exciting.
   126. Howling John Shade Posted: August 06, 2012 at 04:21 PM (#4201710)
Just a fantastic game so far.
   127. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 06, 2012 at 04:21 PM (#4201711)
This game is going the bizarre route. So lucky for the US there. Lucky lucky lucky.
   128. I am going to be Frank Posted: August 06, 2012 at 04:21 PM (#4201712)
Gift PK. Much better taken then both of Ramsey's and obviously the Frenchwoman.
   129. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: August 06, 2012 at 04:22 PM (#4201715)
This is killing my nerves.
   130. DA Baracus Posted: August 06, 2012 at 04:24 PM (#4201717)
The IFK was the right call and should have been called earlier, but the PK was a joke. Exciting game though.
   131. I am going to be Frank Posted: August 06, 2012 at 04:24 PM (#4201718)
Wow how do you not give it to Sinclair? US does not know how to play with 3 people at the back.
   132. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: August 06, 2012 at 04:29 PM (#4201728)
US does not know how to play with 3 people at the back.

Kelley O'Hara, the starting left back, is actually a winger/attacking midfielder/wide striker by trade, who has been forced progressively further and further back due to competition for the attacking midfield positions. She's currently playing as a center back. That's pretty much all that needs to be said.
   133. I am going to be Frank Posted: August 06, 2012 at 04:30 PM (#4201730)
The biggest gap is on the US right side. This game is so open.
   134. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: August 06, 2012 at 04:32 PM (#4201733)
Woah, Leroux touched the ball!

yeah, it's like they're playing a four-back, but given that they subbed their right back, there's nothing there.
   135. DA Baracus Posted: August 06, 2012 at 04:40 PM (#4201741)
Stupid me. IFK was a bad call, it should have been a yellow.
   136. A Random 8-Year-Old Eskimo Posted: August 06, 2012 at 04:42 PM (#4201745)
That free kick was an absolutely terrible decision. It gifted the US that goal.
   137. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 06, 2012 at 04:57 PM (#4201761)
That free kick was an absolutely terrible decision. It gifted the US that goal.

I'm still a piker with soccer, but I've never seen that indirect free kick given like that. To be fair, this referee has been pretty bad all game.
   138. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: August 06, 2012 at 04:57 PM (#4201762)
The ref seems overmatched by the speed and power of these two teams. Most of the benefit in the second half (the half I've watched) has gone to the US, but that was a total phantom foul on the last play of the first extra time, with a free ball and an open goal.
   139. DA Baracus Posted: August 06, 2012 at 04:59 PM (#4201765)
This ref is the cosmic balance to Koman Coulibaly.

Brandi Chastain is a terrible announcer.
   140. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:00 PM (#4201766)
That free kick was an absolutely terrible decision. It gifted the US that goal.

I'm still a piker with soccer, but I've never seen that indirect free kick given like that. To be fair, this referee has been pretty bad all game.
Piker likewise, but I've seen yellow cards given for time-wasting in that scenario a bunch, never an IFK.
   141. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:12 PM (#4201776)
Canada barely surviving here. What a game!
   142. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:12 PM (#4201777)
wow, sooooooooo close on the header
   143. I am going to be Frank Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:12 PM (#4201779)
Wow, Alex Morgan and Rapinoe are really skilled.

Can we get any random English lady to replace Chastain?
   144. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:14 PM (#4201781)
who is the euro guy doing the play by play? he's a lot of fun
   145. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:14 PM (#4201782)
canada with late unexpected pressure
   146. DA Baracus Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:15 PM (#4201785)
WOW. What a game.

   147. President of the David Eckstein Fan Club Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:15 PM (#4201786)
Great header. I hope Canada win the bronze, they deserve a medal.
   148. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:15 PM (#4201787)
So what's the deal with the Men's Olympic Soccer. Do people actually care? I never noticed it getting much attention. I'm pulling for Mexico to bring it home for CONCACAF!
   149. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:15 PM (#4201788)
oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
   150. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:16 PM (#4201790)
HOLY COW!!
   151. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:16 PM (#4201791)
that's awesome

shut up brandi
   152. I am going to be Frank Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:16 PM (#4201792)
Great cross, climb and header.

He does the MLS games for NBC. Chastain invoked Roger Bannister for some odd reason.

   153. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:17 PM (#4201794)
this euro guy is killing me. does he have flash cards with these comments?
   154. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:17 PM (#4201795)
Wow, I am a huge USMNT fan but I actually am finding myself sad for Canada here instead of happy.
   155. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:18 PM (#4201797)
almost speechless? strike the almost and go with it brandi
   156. DA Baracus Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:18 PM (#4201798)
What a game. I feel bad for Canada, who got robbed, and Arlo White, who had to put up with Chastain for over 2 hours.

“I’m almost speechless.” Please be.
   157. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:18 PM (#4201799)
Man, I feel Canada were cheated a bit tonight. I think in the end the US created more chances but they don't equalize if not for the ref. Still, what a game. Holy toledo!
   158. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:18 PM (#4201800)
Has anyone ever scored a hat trick in a loss in international play? That seems unbelievable.
   159. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:19 PM (#4201801)
Hmm. Well. That was fun. Thoroughly excited, really happy, looking forward to the final.
   160. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:19 PM (#4201803)
Are the Women's Squads the same as for the World Cup or do they force them to play juniors like the men?
   161. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:19 PM (#4201804)
"Effortless drive to win". Stop shouting at me, Brandi.

Amazing game. I feel for Canada too - they were the better side for 90 minutes, and the equalizer was doubly gifted to the US by the ref. Once it got to extra time, though, the Canadians obviously had nothing left, and they nearly managed to get it to penalties anyway.

Megan Rapinoe is a lot of fun to watch on the ball.
   162. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:21 PM (#4201806)
So what's the deal with the Men's Olympic Soccer. Do people actually care? I never noticed it getting much attention. I'm pulling for Mexico to bring it home for CONCACAF!

Sure, especially in the countries that are in it. The difference with the women's game is that all the best players are here. None of this U-23 ghettoization of the tournament and because there's no real club tradition, the national teams are THE action for the women's game.
   163. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:21 PM (#4201807)
Are the Women's Squads the same as for the World Cup or do they force them to play juniors like the men?

They're full national teams. This is the second-most prestigious women's tournament besides the world cup.

Still can't believe that happened, I love this team.
   164. I am going to be Frank Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:22 PM (#4201810)
Men's team didn't make it. I can't remember exactly but it would be safe to assume that Honduras took US spot, after Mexico winning the qualifying tournament.
   165. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:23 PM (#4201811)
but it would be safe to assume that Honduras took US spot.

That is correct.
   166. DA Baracus Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:24 PM (#4201812)
I'm pulling for Mexico to bring it home for CONCACAF!


Traitor.
   167. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:24 PM (#4201813)
OK, I missed it. How did Canada get robbed?
   168. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:26 PM (#4201816)
Traitor.

What. Shouldn't one root for one's continental federation? Do it for the pride of CONCACAF, I say! Screw COMNEBOL and UEFA!
   169. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:27 PM (#4201819)
OK, I missed it. How did Canada get robbed?
Ref inexplicably gave an indirect free kick for time-wasting, then a penalty was given when the free kick hit a defender in the elbow. The defender was raising her arm to protect her face, and her arm was directly in front of her body. Wambach hit a perfect PK to equalize.
   170. PepTech Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:27 PM (#4201820)
It's been Arlo White, who announced the Sounders for two seasons before taking the NBC gig - and he said that the opportunity to call the Olympics in London was what clinched the deal. I will wager a tidy sum he would love for someone to Gillooly Chastain in the throat. He called the Sounders matches solo, on the radio/TV simulcast, and was always entertaining.

Heck of a finish...
   171. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:28 PM (#4201822)
I'm with WJ. The USA-Mexico rivalry is one of those where you root for the other team once you're out.
   172. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:30 PM (#4201827)
SOme final thoughts:

I checked a soccer message board of hard core soccer fans and none of them has seen an indirect free kick given for that. They all thought Canada was robbed on that one. It did look like a handball off the kick--twice actually--but the rewarding of the kick seems to be universally considered a bizarre decision.

The women in this tournament have been hard as nails. No flopping around like fish when they're tackled and when they do go down the replay almost always shows some hard contact caused it. I wish the men were this straightforward.

If any of you guys with much more experience want to chime in on the indirect kick, I would love more insight on it. I'm guessing that may be technically a correct call, but like the phantom tag at second base on a double play, it's never called like that?
   173. DA Baracus Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:31 PM (#4201828)
I'm with WJ. The USA-Mexico rivalry is one of those where you root for the other team once you're out.


Traitor.

What. Shouldn't one root for one's continental federation? Do it for the pride of CONCACAF, I say! Screw COMNEBOL and UEFA!


You sound like the mouth breathers that chant "SEC! SEC!"
   174. Langer Monk Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:33 PM (#4201830)
it's never called like that


I'd be shocked if anyone can find an instance of that call being made. Really unfortunate for Canada.
   175. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:34 PM (#4201831)
I like Mexico the country just fine, but I loathe the Mexican men's soccer team. What a bunch of primadonnas, even by soccer standards.
   176. I am going to be Frank Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:36 PM (#4201832)
Due to Marquez's dickishness (and crapiness) I refuse to root for Mexico.
   177. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:38 PM (#4201834)
I caught the final 10 minutes of extra time- that was awesome.
   178. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:40 PM (#4201835)
The Chastain thing is especially annoying because the other two NBC colour people (Cat Whitehill and Kate Markgraf) aren't all that bad. I personally really enjoy Markgraf, who isn't particularly articulate, but is normally intelligent, does the whole "ex-player-perspective" thing without getting annoying, and often gives useful tactical insight.
   179. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: August 06, 2012 at 05:48 PM (#4201843)
The women in this tournament have been hard as nails. No flopping around like fish when they're tackled and when they do go down the replay almost always shows some hard contact caused it. I wish the men were this straightforward.


I actually really appreciate this aspect of women's soccer vis a vis some of the men. Those dudes need to grow some ####### ovaries and just play.
   180. Howling John Shade Posted: August 06, 2012 at 06:36 PM (#4201870)
Due to Marquez's dickishness (and crapiness) I refuse to root for Mexico.


For what it's worth, the Mexican fans I've talked to didn't much like Marquez either (although I think their reasons were quite different from ours).

I have mixed feelings about the Mexican team. I went to the 2009 world cup qualifying game in Mexico City, and it was easily the most memorable sporting experience of my life. It's a hell of a rivalry. I love Mexico as a country, and I've had almost nothing but good experiences with the people there. The players are often dickish primadonnas, but they're also talented and exciting. I generally root for Mexico whenever they're playing a big name European team, and could go either way when they play south american teams.

I'd like to see Brazil/Mexico in the finals, but that's mainly because I know those teams better than Japan/S. Korea.
   181. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: August 06, 2012 at 06:46 PM (#4201878)
What. Shouldn't one root for one's continental federation? Do it for the pride of CONCACAF, I say! Screw COMNEBOL and UEFA!

Well, there aren't any UEFA teams left in the tournament, so there's that.
   182. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: August 06, 2012 at 06:54 PM (#4201886)
Why the hell was there so much angst about a Great Britain soccer team? The British are weird. Is it mostly the non English fans that care?
   183. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: August 06, 2012 at 08:10 PM (#4201922)
Why the hell was there so much angst about a Great Britain soccer team?
Imperialism and identity.
   184. Swedish Chef Posted: August 06, 2012 at 08:18 PM (#4201934)
Imperialism and identity.

And more practically, a fear that FIFA would use a British team as an excuse to do away with the Home Nations.
   185. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 06, 2012 at 10:45 PM (#4202026)
Why the hell was there so much angst about a Great Britain soccer team? The British are weird. Is it mostly the non English fans that care?


To expound on what Swedish Chef said:

It's all about the International Football Association Board, the board that decides the rules of the game. To quote wiki:

The laws that govern football, known officially as the Laws of the Game, are not solely the responsibility of FIFA; they are maintained by a body called the International Football Association Board (IFAB). FIFA has members on its board (four representatives); the other four are provided by the football associations of the United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, who jointly established IFAB in 1882 and are recognised for the creation and history of the game. Changes to the Laws of the Game must be agreed by at least six of the eight delegates.


In other words, there are eight countries on the board at any time - the four countries of the UK, and four countries for the rest of the world. This gives the British federations an amazing amount of power. Since any changes to the Laws of the Game must be approved by six of the eight members, the British voting as a block can veto anything they don't want.

The fear is that a unified Great Britain team, as seen in these games, will weaken the individual football associations of the four individual countries, and lead to a slippery slope that ends in the four British Federations losing their permanant seats on the board. That's why the Scottish and Northern Irish fderations let none of their players play for Team GB. They felt that any consolidations of the Home Counties' teams could have consequences in the future.
   186. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 06, 2012 at 10:56 PM (#4202029)
Oh, and in honor of the Japan/US women's final, I honestly don't remember if this was covered when it happened in January, but here's Homare Sawa picking up her FIFA World Women's Player of the Year Award. Hope Solo couldn't carry that look off in a million years...
   187. Topher Posted: August 07, 2012 at 01:01 AM (#4202077)
Just watched the replay. Wow.

I'd be shocked if anyone can find an instance of that call being made.


As a referee, I've made that call myself. Granted I was 13 years old and in retrospect it was very silly of me and I deserve all the hostility from the fans for making the decision. But that 8 year old keeper had the ball for almost a minute and refused to do anything with it!
   188. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 07, 2012 at 04:45 AM (#4202094)
Just in case anyone mistakes the tone of my previous post, put a mental smiley face after "Hope Solo couldn't carry that look off in a million years..."
   189. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 07, 2012 at 09:11 AM (#4202130)
I would love to see Usain Bolt's tryout for Man U. Speed kills but these instances of sprinters trying their hand at other sports often doesn't work out. I wonder if he has any technical skill at all.

In other news...PSG are blowing everyone out of the water for Lucas Moura for some reason. They could get any number of bona fide stars at the peak of their talent for 45 million Euros so I have no idea what they're doing here. Insane.

Man City keep pushing for De Rossi from Roma but I can't see how Roma can sell him without causing riots.

And in news that makes me very happy, Leandro Damiao's agent is making news about a move to Spurs for his client. He'd be the perfect #9 for Spurs and they've been after him for almost 2 years, so I'm hoping this is true and that Chelsea don't come to their senses and realize he's a perfect replacement for Drogba.

Still can't get over that USA-Canada game yesterday. I didn't think there could be nuttier games than the ones we had during the Women's World Cup last summer.
   190. DA Baracus Posted: August 07, 2012 at 09:25 AM (#4202136)
I would love to see Usain Bolt's tryout for Man U. Speed kills but these instances of sprinters trying their hand at other sports often doesn't work out. I wonder if he has any technical skill at all.


It can't be any worse than Ochocinco with Sporting KC, he at least has some experience:

“My friend Jermaine Gonzales (a Jamaican 400m runner) has a six-a-side team that play in a community league in Kingston and when I’m home, I play in his team, defence or midfield mostly. I’m not really a forward guy, I can’t get the ball into the net. I dunno why!”

Bolt’s agent pales visibly at the mention of him swapping running spikes for football boots, and the prospect of ankle tendons and knee ligaments popping. “But it’s easier now than when I was at high school. That was rough, man. We used to play against teams who knew I was quick [Bolt was a world junior champion in 2002 at just 15, winning against sprinters four years older than himself] and I had my legs taken away lots of times before I got to the ball. At least, until I figured out what they were going to do.”


I doubt he's any good, but Bolt is 6'5", imagine him at centerback chasing down an attacker.
   191. zack Posted: August 07, 2012 at 09:58 AM (#4202149)

a penalty was given when the free kick hit a defender in the elbow. The defender was raising her arm to protect her face, and her arm was directly in front of her body.


I remember giving up a PK as a stopper in house league when I was 12 for this exact reason. Is that not the rule? I always thought it was unfair. Stupid ref.
   192. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 07, 2012 at 10:07 AM (#4202152)
Some more Malaga insight.

Maybe. I haven't been able to find an English language story about what's going on there in a mainstream outlet. This article employs the sheik was only using Malaga as a means to getting a larger real estate deal done and when that deal was rejected he cut off the cash to Malaga. If true, they could be in a lot of financial trouble.

I remember giving up a PK as a stopper in house league when I was 12 for this exact reason. Is that not the rule? I always thought it was unfair. Stupid ref.

On the replay it looked like it hit the outstretched hand of one defender before it hit the elbow of the defender trying to protect her face. I actually don't have a problem with the handball call, but the indirect free kick remains baffling to me. Also, thinking more about the game, Tancredi was really allowed to get away with murder all game and should probably have been sent off so, while I do think Canada deserved better, I'm not going to cry for them as much as I might have yesterday in the heat of the moment. The ref was terrible all game and made baffling decisions that benefited and hurt both teams.
   193. Mattbert Posted: August 07, 2012 at 10:08 AM (#4202153)
And in news that makes me very happy, Leandro Damiao's agent is making news about a move to Spurs for his client.

Until there's a picture of this guy posing alongside Villas-Boas in a Tottenham shirt, I am going to stick to my default interpretation that this is just another round of Lucy van Pelt and the handegg.
   194. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 07, 2012 at 10:11 AM (#4202155)
Until there's a picture of this guy posing alongside Villas-Boas in a Tottenham shirt, I am going to stick to my default interpretation that this is just another round of Lucy van Pelt and the handegg.

The dream of Leandro is like the dream of finishing above Arsenal...it seems realistic enough to hope for, but alas. Less that 2 weeks until Newcastle and I guess it will be Defoe leading the line. Blargh!
   195. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: August 07, 2012 at 10:20 AM (#4202159)

I would love to see Usain Bolt's tryout for Man U. Speed kills but these instances of sprinters trying their hand at other sports often doesn't work out. I wonder if he has any technical skill at all.


Sam Graddy was awesome in Tecmo Bowl.
   196. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: August 07, 2012 at 10:24 AM (#4202162)
The British fans are looking at this all wrong. If they had a Team UK maybe they'd win a few more trophies. What the #### do the Welsh and Northern Irish fans get to root for come Euro and World Cup time? England to lose? At least they would have a team worth a ####. I guess I could see the Scots caring.

I'm actually kind of bummed that GB didn't win the olympics gold. That really might have been a wakeup moment for the FA that maybe this idea isn't so bad after all/
   197. Mefisto Posted: August 07, 2012 at 10:24 AM (#4202164)
That was quite a game. I've never seen that IFK call either, but the goalie was certainly holding the ball far too long and had done it the previous time too. As for the PK, on first replay I thought it hit Naulte's right elbow which was protecting her face. On second replay, I thought it hit her left hand which was away from her body. If the second replay is right, then the PK was harsh but justified.

I really don't like Sundhage's tactics, but the team does work incredibly hard and never gives up. I hope they have enough left for Japan.

Can we start a FireBrandiChastain website?
   198. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 07, 2012 at 10:26 AM (#4202165)
The British fans are looking at this all wrong. If they had a Team UK maybe they'd win a few more trophies. What the #### do the Welsh and Northern Irish fans get to root for come Euro and World Cup time? England to lose? At least they would have a team worth a ####. I guess I could see the Scots caring.

You crazy WJ. I'll give you 20 bucks to go to a pub in Wales and try that logic out on them!

Wales actually has a good team for the next WC cycle led by Ramsey, Allen, Bale and Bellamy. They are dark horses to qualify and are better than Scotland right now.
   199. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: August 07, 2012 at 10:35 AM (#4202170)
You crazy WJ. I'll give you 20 bucks to go to a pub in Wales and try that logic out on them!

Wales actually has a good team for the next WC cycle led by Ramsey, Allen, Bale and Bellamy. They are dark horses to qualify and are better than Scotland right now.


Maybe they just need to get used to the idea, is what I'm saying. I get that the Scots hate the English....but do the Welsh and the Northern Irish? Hell, the Northern Irish are actually actively pro-English as a political reality, if I understand things correctly. I think my point was that if at least other home nation fans got to see Team GBR win a major international trophy they might warm to the idea a bit. I figure most English fans don't really know the difference anyway, and would love to have some of those Welsh and Scottish players come World Cup time.

   200. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 07, 2012 at 10:36 AM (#4202171)
Leandro is already practicing for his inevitable Spursdom

He and Bale will be ####### adorable!
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