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Friday, June 01, 2012

OT: The Soccer Thread: June

Euro 2012 Kicks Off!

Notable Early Round Matches:

Basically anything in Group B, which features teams currently ranked second, fourth, fifth and tenth in the FIFA rankings. That’s insane. Matchdays are June 9 (Saturday), 13 (Wednesday) and 17 (Sunday—Father’s Day). Don’t miss ‘em.

 

 

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   901. Bowling Baseball Fan Posted: June 12, 2012 at 02:58 PM (#4154847)
And of course, Poland is looking stronger on offense to start.
   902. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: June 12, 2012 at 03:01 PM (#4154851)
The massive "This Is Russia" banner with the medieval soldier on it will not go down well in Warsaw (or my office, for that matter).
Speaking as someone with no real national identifications at stake in this, that was sort of terrifying. I'm not used to seeing fascist aesthetics on that scale.
   903. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: June 12, 2012 at 03:06 PM (#4154861)
"You can't be kickin' players in the face in the box."

And people say American soccer commentators can't provide insight or artful turns of phrase.
   904. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 12, 2012 at 03:07 PM (#4154866)
Speaking as someone with no real national identifications at stake in this, that was sort of terrifying. I'm not used to seeing fascist aesthetics on that scale.


Don't you live in the US?

*ducks*
   905. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: June 12, 2012 at 03:11 PM (#4154869)
Not to go too off-topic, but while the US has a lot of ugly stuff, classical fascism and its aesthetics are extremely marginal in this country.
   906. Swedish Chef Posted: June 12, 2012 at 03:14 PM (#4154872)
Don't you live in the US?

Ssssh. Greece-Czech Rep was bad enough for morale today, we don't really want a troll invasion too.

EDIT: Of course, every regular customer here is a reasonable person who doesn't have to justify their beliefs at length at every slightest provocation. No offense meant to anybody in particular.
   907. Bowling Baseball Fan Posted: June 12, 2012 at 03:15 PM (#4154873)
Not to go off subject? This is BBTF. Its required.
   908. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 12, 2012 at 03:19 PM (#4154880)
Not to go too off-topic, but while the US has a lot of ugly stuff, classical fascism and its aesthetics are extremely marginal in this country.


That's not much of defense of neo-fascism...

Per Wikipedia: "Neo-fascism usually includes palingenetic ultranationalism, populism, anti-immigration policies or, where relevant, nativism, anti-communism"

Ok, ok, I'll stop no Chef.
   909. Swedish Chef Posted: June 12, 2012 at 03:21 PM (#4154885)
For some inscrutable reason I seem to have bet some money on Poland winning this game. That is quite stupid, I was probably sniffing glue or something.
   910. Bowling Baseball Fan Posted: June 12, 2012 at 03:22 PM (#4154889)
And there is the Russian goal.
   911. I am going to be Frank Posted: June 12, 2012 at 03:29 PM (#4154893)
I love the contrast of the play-by-play guy emphasizing and enunciating his pronunciations while Keller keeps butchering it.
   912. DA Baracus Posted: June 12, 2012 at 03:32 PM (#4154900)
I thought Keller was okay in the studio, although the bar has been set really low by Ballack and Rossi, but he's just horrible doing a game. He offers no insight, he laughs at things that he says that aren't funny and he just drags down the broadcast.
   913. I am going to be Frank Posted: June 12, 2012 at 03:34 PM (#4154902)
Is Ballack gone or did they give him a day off to sample Bristol's sausage selection?
   914. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: June 12, 2012 at 03:36 PM (#4154906)
Anyone else worried that this Russia/Poland match will result in deaths tonight?
   915. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 12, 2012 at 03:39 PM (#4154908)
Keller sounds like he should be announcing a dodgeball tournament on ESPN 8, The Ocho.
   916. Swedish Chef Posted: June 12, 2012 at 03:39 PM (#4154909)
Anyone else worried that this Russia/Poland match will result in deaths tonight?

Hey, maybe I can get back my money by betting the O/U on deaths in the aftermath!
   917. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: June 12, 2012 at 03:41 PM (#4154912)
Also, come on Poland!
   918. DA Baracus Posted: June 12, 2012 at 03:46 PM (#4154915)
Is Ballack gone or did they give him a day off to sample Bristol's sausage selection?


He probably just got the day off, like Bob Ley did yesterday.

Also, I never want to hear anyone speak positively about the quality of Reddit.
   919. Tike Redman's Shattered Dreams (shayborg) Posted: June 12, 2012 at 03:59 PM (#4154925)
What a goal!
   920. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: June 12, 2012 at 03:59 PM (#4154926)
What's Polish for golazo?
   921. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: June 12, 2012 at 03:59 PM (#4154927)
yaaay! poland!
   922. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: June 12, 2012 at 04:01 PM (#4154929)
Seriously, #### Russia.
   923. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 12, 2012 at 04:01 PM (#4154930)
Kuba Kuba Kuba!
   924. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: June 12, 2012 at 04:02 PM (#4154931)
That replay was great: you could see the one russian fan rolling his eyes as the ball went in the net.
   925. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: June 12, 2012 at 04:12 PM (#4154940)
This game has been wide open and tons of fun. It looks like both sides are totally gassed, though. There's a big opportunity here for the deeper squad (presumably the Russians) to get quality, fresh legs on the field.
   926. President of the David Eckstein Fan Club Posted: June 12, 2012 at 04:15 PM (#4154943)
Pavlyuchenko on to save the day!
   927. Swedish Chef Posted: June 12, 2012 at 04:17 PM (#4154945)
A draw is useless for the Poles, they need a win against the Czechs whether they draw or lose.
   928. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: June 12, 2012 at 04:17 PM (#4154946)
Also, I never want to hear anyone speak positively about the quality of Reddit.


Ballack has been pretty bad but I thought he was very insightful pre-match yesterday talking about Schevchenko's time at Chelsea. He really humanized the guy I thought. It was the sort of thing that only an ex-player and teammate could have done.
   929. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 12, 2012 at 04:25 PM (#4154957)
A draw is useless for the Poles, they need a win against the Czechs whether they draw or lose.

Not entirely useless. A Russia win opens the door to a "We're qualified and don't give a rat's ass" performance against Greece. Which could put Poland out even if they beat the Czechs.
   930. DA Baracus Posted: June 12, 2012 at 04:51 PM (#4154977)
Every Group A team will advance with a win. Saturday could be pretty fun.
   931. Swedish Chef Posted: June 12, 2012 at 04:56 PM (#4154981)
EDIT: Oops, applied wrong tiebreakers...
   932. Mattbert Posted: June 12, 2012 at 05:01 PM (#4154990)
Just got around to reading Wilson's dispatch from Donetsk that Shooty linked yesterday. With respect to the disconnect I noticed between the ESPN and Guardian live text accounts of the ref's performance in the FRA-ENG match...
Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli was appalling, resulting in the messiest game of the tournament so far.
Wilson doesn't seem like the sort to have especially St. George-tinted spectacles on. Maybe he was just really cranky about the overall experience. He sure came loaded for bear with his criticism of those responsible for hosting this tournament.
   933. ursus arctos Posted: June 12, 2012 at 05:15 PM (#4155001)
Hmmmmm. Jonathan and I actually get on quite well . . .
   934. ursus arctos Posted: June 12, 2012 at 06:30 PM (#4155047)
Don't let the door hit you on the way out, 'arry.

This just in. The Twatball commissioners have awarded Cassano points for his homophobic press conference today.
   935. Mefisto Posted: June 12, 2012 at 06:45 PM (#4155057)
Not one comment on the fact that they assigned a German referee to a Poland/Russia match? Where's your sense of historical irony, people?
   936. Swedish Chef Posted: June 12, 2012 at 06:53 PM (#4155063)
Not one comment on the fact that they assigned a German referee to a Poland/Russia match? Where's your sense of historical irony, people?

There's far too much historical irony around in any European competition to bother much with it, including Sweden getting beaten up in Ukraine.
   937. Juan V Posted: June 12, 2012 at 06:58 PM (#4155067)
Not one comment on the fact that they assigned a German referee to a Poland/Russia match? Where's your sense of historical irony, people?


Add some Austrian linesmen and the set would be complete.
   938. Mattbert Posted: June 12, 2012 at 07:06 PM (#4155069)
Don't let the door hit you on the way out, 'arry.

It's all a grand experiment to see if Steven Pienaar's mojo is soulbound to Everton or David Moyes.
   939. Mefisto Posted: June 12, 2012 at 07:18 PM (#4155080)
There's far too much historical irony around in any European competition to bother much with it, including Sweden getting beaten up in Ukraine.


Oooh. A Charles XII reference. I like it.
   940. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 12, 2012 at 07:27 PM (#4155088)
It's all a grand experiment to see if Steven Pienaar's mojo is soulbound to Everton or David Moyes.

Let's not jump the gun. The Guardian is just printing the ITK's and twitters I've been seeing all day. They don't mean much. And the one name that has come up as a possible replacement is...Didier Deschamps.
   941. Mattbert Posted: June 12, 2012 at 07:31 PM (#4155090)
I figured if anyone would be jumping the gun on that rumor it would be you, Shooty. Or am I thinking of someone else who wanted to have David Moyes' babies at some point?
   942. President of the David Eckstein Fan Club Posted: June 12, 2012 at 07:33 PM (#4155091)
Redknapp saying that the lack of an extension would distract the team after having claimed all along that the England job situation wasn't a distraction at all is funny.
   943. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 12, 2012 at 07:48 PM (#4155103)
I figured if anyone would be jumping the gun on that rumor it would be you, Shooty. Or am I thinking of someone else who wanted to have David Moyes' babies at some point?

I like David Moyes a lot, but I'm not in charge! Deschamps is who, supposedly, Levy likes. As for Harry, he won at San Siro with these guys:

01 Gomes
13 Gallas
20 Dawson
22 Corluka (Woodgate 59)
32 Assou-Ekotto
07 Lennon
11 Van der Vaart (Modric 62)
12 Palacios
30 Sandro
40 Pienaar (Kranjcar 76)
15 Crouch

If he's really going, I won't kick him on the way out. We've had some great times. The win at Etihad, the win at San Siro, winning the group in the CL, thumping Liverpool 3 times in a row, the 10 wins from 11, not to mention where we were when he took over. He was the right guy at the right time, but he's got a bit of Billy Martin about him--I think he wears clubs out after a while with his schtick.
   944. Bowling Baseball Fan Posted: June 12, 2012 at 07:56 PM (#4155107)
I like that I called the 1-1 tie. Too bad that wasn't my primary bet. Would have been a nice pay.
   945. Mattbert Posted: June 12, 2012 at 08:00 PM (#4155115)
He was the right guy at the right time, but he's got a bit of Billy Martin about him--I think he wears clubs out after a while with his schtick.

I agree. All managers, save a handful of the all-time greats, have a shelf life. Harry's expiration date is just about up with this club. I wouldn't be dead-set against giving him another year to demonstrate whether or not he's possibly learned from his mistakes these last two seasons. On the other hand, he's 65 and hasn't really given much of an indication that he's going to change the way he does business at this stage of his career.

I reckon Levy would have been content to let Harry see out his contract too, but that doesn't seem to be good enough for Harry.
   946. The Kentucky Gentleman, Mark Edward Posted: June 12, 2012 at 10:35 PM (#4155229)
Re. Poland- Today's results were probably the best I could've hoped for as a Poland fan. At the very least, they control their own destiny headed into Saturday. Unfortunately they'll need to play for a win as the Czechs can make it through with a tie. Hopefully Smuda realizes this. I thought they played much better in the second half against Russia; they look pretty decent when playing attacking soccer, it's the back four (well, not so much Piszczek, he's fine) that's problematic. Obraniak was my man of the match, and what a strike from Kuba!

Re. US-Guatemala- The turf appears to be ####### horrible. Aside from that, not a very good start from the US. Right now I'm almost hoping they'll be able to leave Guatemala with a draw.
   947. The Kentucky Gentleman, Mark Edward Posted: June 12, 2012 at 10:43 PM (#4155235)

Clint! Nice finish.
   948. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: June 12, 2012 at 11:11 PM (#4155256)
DEMPSEY!
   949. Baldrick Posted: June 13, 2012 at 12:23 AM (#4155300)
Ack, totally forgot about the US game tonight. For those who watched, how did it go? 1-1 away against the toughest team in our group is a perfectly acceptable result. Though you'd have to think the US should just be winning every game at this point.
   950. President of the David Eckstein Fan Club Posted: June 13, 2012 at 12:37 AM (#4155307)
Pretty blah performance. Altidore could have scored one but it was called back for a free kick (no advantage given seemed silly..) but Carlos Ruiz missed a near point-blank chance on a rebound. Not really what you'd hope to see, but given it was away and the pitch wasn't in great condition, it's an acceptable result i guess.
   951. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 13, 2012 at 09:20 AM (#4155416)
Looks like Michael Laudrup is getting the Swansea job. Doesn't seem like he has the greatest of records as a manager but Swansea seem to know what they're doing.

No news on Redknapp except from all the usual garbage news outlets. BBC reporting Giroud to Arsenal is about done for a 12 million Euro fee. That's good business for the Arse.
   952. DA Baracus Posted: June 13, 2012 at 09:37 AM (#4155430)
Another uninspiring result for the US. They really should have won 3-1: the ref had a very quick whistle on an advantage where Jozy would have scored, and later he just stopped running trailing Bradley on a nice breakthrough. Even then though it would have been three nice runs and 87 minutes of lackluster play. At least they scored in open play for the first time in three games.
   953. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 13, 2012 at 09:56 AM (#4155446)
I'm impressed you guys watched the game. The Guatemala FA did their best to make it as difficult as possible. I think Deportes is going to show the replay tomorrow but it sounds like it's not really worth bothering. So...I'm guessing if they win at Jamaica next go round that pretty much puts us through.
   954. ursus arctos Posted: June 13, 2012 at 10:32 AM (#4155482)
I happen to rate Laudrup quite highly as a manager. He's had bad luck with the clubs he's been given responsibility for, but Swansea's record gives one hope that he may finally have both time and resources to show what he can do.
   955. CWS Keith plans to boo your show at the Apollo Posted: June 13, 2012 at 10:38 AM (#4155492)
A draw was more than fair, perhaps even flattering to the US. DA is not kidding when he says the US essentially had those three chances(*) sandwiched between 87 minutes of "lackluster play". Guatemala, OTOH, had a few point-blank opportunities as well as a couple shots a foot or two wide. I was, admittedly, only half paying attention, as I also had the NBA Finals game on, but I don't think any of the US players put in a noticeably good performance.

(*)And Dempsey's goal was the only real chance, as with the other two, (a) play was already dead, and (b) the US didn't get a shot-on-goal because Altidore inexplicably stopped his run.
   956. DA Baracus Posted: June 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM (#4155496)
I'm impressed you guys watched the game. The Guatemala FA did their best to make it as difficult as possible. I think Deportes is going to show the replay tomorrow but it sounds like it's not really worth bothering. So...I'm guessing if they win at Jamaica next go round that pretty much puts us through.


Really easy to find an illegal stream of it.
   957. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM (#4155500)
Really easy to find an illegal stream of it.

Was it decent quality? Last time they did this--the Honduras qualifier, I think--I had no luck at all. It was also past my bedtime. It's probably a game I would have sucked it up and stayed up late and fought with an illegal stream if it had been a hexagonal match. Hopefully Traffic lost a lot of money on this deal.
   958. DA Baracus Posted: June 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM (#4155506)
It was good. The feed stayed up the whole time and the quality was good. That's all i ask for out of my illegal viewings. The announcer was awful but I can live with that.
   959. DA Baracus Posted: June 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM (#4155510)
I was, admittedly, only half paying attention, as I also had the NBA Finals game on, but I don't think any of the US players put in a noticeably good performance.


Nobody stood out to me in a good way, other than Jones was tested with fouls a lot in the first 20 minutes and kept his cool all night. Jozy had a rough game but game on as a sub, he isn't used to that so I can give him a little bit of a pass, although his play on Bradley's chance was inexcusable. At least he was noticable: Gomez did nothing but in fairness nobody did anything to get him the ball. Landycakes was back, the defense was shaky, Goodosn picked up a card and then played noted diver Carlos Ruiz tight and hard and gave away a free kick, can't play like that with a card against someone who draws them, have to be smarter.

They once again played down to the level of the competition, just like they have for years.
   960. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: June 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM (#4155513)
Not that the US should have much problem getting out of this group but it's nice to pick up the quick 4 points. No reason to make things anymore hairy than they need to be. Winning last night would have been nice but a point in Guatemala is a reasonable result.
   961. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 13, 2012 at 11:12 AM (#4155518)
The loneliest blog in the world?

I admire the tenacity.
   962. ursus arctos Posted: June 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM (#4155520)
Russia has been fined Euro 120,000 and given a suspended six point penalty for the next Euro qualifiers for their fans' antics in Warsaw.

They have three days to appeal.
   963. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 13, 2012 at 11:18 AM (#4155523)
Russia has been fined Euro 120,000 and given a suspended six point penalty for the next Euro qualifiers for their fans' antics in Warsaw.

A suspended 6 point penalty? That basically means nothing, right?
   964. Swedish Chef Posted: June 13, 2012 at 11:22 AM (#4155529)
A suspended 6 point penalty? That basically means nothing, right?

Having that hanging over them is a pretty nasty threat, especially by UEFA standards.

EDIT: I actually can't remember if UEFA has threatened some team with a points penalty in the qualifiers before. It has mostly been fines and venue changes.
   965. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: June 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM (#4155545)
Thing I learned this morning, walking the dog while listening to the Guardian podcast:

The modernist image on that huge banner the Russian fans unfurled was not of a generic Russian warrior, but of Dmitry Pozharsky, a Russian noble and general who defeated the Polish/Lithuanian empire in the 17th century to win independence for Russia.
   966. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM (#4155548)
The modernist image on that huge banner the Russian fans unfurled was not of a generic Russian warrior, but of Dmitry Pozharsky, a Russian noble who defeated the Polish/Lithuanian empire in the 17th century to win independence for Russia.

Why was it in English? I thought that was...interesting.
   967. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM (#4155554)
Why was it in English? I thought that was...interesting.

Probably a "This is Sparta" reference.
   968. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM (#4155558)
It was good. The feed stayed up the whole time and the quality was good. That's all i ask for out of my illegal viewings. The announcer was awful but I can live with that.


I actually kind of enjoy it, when the stream I open comes in a language I don't speak. You can still make out the names being said, which is really all you need from announcers. And you don't have to put up with the constant idiotic, inane drivel that you know they are spouting...
   969. The Kentucky Gentleman, Mark Edward Posted: June 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM (#4155566)

The two biggest things I took away from the US game last night was-
1. The lack of creative play in the final third, and
2. The midfield was kind of a mess. Bradley should've played up a bit more and putting Jones & Edu out there at the same time is redundant.

I love those Portuguese warm-up jackets. Actually I like a lot of the warm-up jackets I've seen this tournament.
   970. Swedish Chef Posted: June 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM (#4155583)
Victories for Portugal and Holland would set up the group nicely for the last game.
   971. ursus arctos Posted: June 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM (#4155623)
Good God, Pepe scores.
   972. Swedish Chef Posted: June 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM (#4155624)
And that's why you really shouldn't leave a guy unmarked at the first post.
   973. Mattbert Posted: June 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM (#4155629)
Dammit, Pepe!
   974. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM (#4155630)
Meireles lucky to still be on the pitch there...
   975. Randy Jones Posted: June 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM (#4155633)
Damn ref making reasonable calls. A red to Miereles there would've really helped my twatball team.
   976. Swedish Chef Posted: June 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4155635)
Meireles lucky to still be on the pitch there...

There's a Scottish ref, it probably takes a decapitation to get sent off.
   977. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4155636)
They sure love showing Ronaldo in super slo-mo...
   978. The Kentucky Gentleman, Mark Edward Posted: June 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM (#4155650)

Oh that was pretty.
   979. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM (#4155651)
Denmark look sleepy today. I can't believe Pepe is COSTING me points. I think my problem is that I picked players who are so twattish they are able to employ some kind of cloaking device to diguise their twattishness. Supertwats, you could say...
   980. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM (#4155658)
Boy, I hope Postiga can survive that. It looked brutal!
   981. Baldrick Posted: June 13, 2012 at 12:48 PM (#4155660)
Great first half. Really fun to watch, goals galore (even if one of them was from F-ing Pepe) including a lovely finish from Ronaldo.
   982. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 13, 2012 at 12:52 PM (#4155662)
goals galore (even if one of them was from F-ing Pepe) including a lovely finish from Ronaldo.


...what you think you saw, you did not see.
   983. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 13, 2012 at 12:57 PM (#4155671)
Sky/Fox hold onto the EPL rights until 2015/16. No more games on ESPN.
   984. ursus arctos Posted: June 13, 2012 at 01:02 PM (#4155676)
Those are only the UK rights; the auction for the overseas rights has yet to happen.
   985. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: June 13, 2012 at 01:02 PM (#4155677)
Sky/Fox hold onto the EPL rights until 2015/16. No more games on ESPN.


That bothers me less now that FSC has gotten their #### together and gone HD. It'll be fun watching ESPN forget about soccer again though.
   986. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 13, 2012 at 01:04 PM (#4155681)
Those are only the UK rights; the auction for the overseas rights has yet to happen.

Ah. They're paying that much just for domestic? Man City and Chelsea might meet FFP after all!
   987. Baldrick Posted: June 13, 2012 at 01:09 PM (#4155689)
...what you think you saw, you did not see

Heh. Yeah. In my defense, I did know that it was Postiga at one point, but am apparently unable to connect the pieces of my brain together.

It was a lovely finish, though.
   988. ursus arctos Posted: June 13, 2012 at 01:11 PM (#4155692)
986, exactly.

If the overseas rights also go for more (as expected, in part because of Al Jazeera), they will really be rolling in it.
   989. I am going to be Frank Posted: June 13, 2012 at 01:12 PM (#4155695)
Every time I watch Bendtner I'm shocked that he's not a top striker. Tall, can hold up the ball, works reasonably hard and has a lot of technical skill. I understand his brain doesn't function well but there are so many prima donnas in soccer that it shouldn't matter this much.

Nani looks good and has seen (and done) much more with the ball than Ronaldo has. Why haven't Portugal naturalized a Brazilian striker yet?

Eriksen hasn't done much of anything in these two games. It seems the Dutch and Portugal are keying on him.
   990. Mattbert Posted: June 13, 2012 at 01:16 PM (#4155698)
Every time I watch Bendtner I'm shocked that he's not a top striker. Tall, can hold up the ball, works reasonably hard and has a lot of technical skill. I understand his brain doesn't function well but there are so many prima donnas in soccer that it shouldn't matter this much.

The knock on him in league play is that his first touch is often horrible, and his finishing is erratic.

Okay, those are two knocks.
   991. RobertMachemer Posted: June 13, 2012 at 01:18 PM (#4155700)
I don't know whether it's their style or the defenses playing against them, but Denmark never looks dangerous on offense. Their goals always seem to come against the run of play.
   992. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 13, 2012 at 01:23 PM (#4155706)
I don't know whether it's their style or the defenses playing against them, but Denmark never looks dangerous on offense. Their goals always seem to come against the run of play.

If the run of play is always against you, your goals are always against the run of play.
   993. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 13, 2012 at 01:27 PM (#4155713)
Mikkelson looks really good. He's done more since coming on, than Rommedahl did all game.
   994. ursus arctos Posted: June 13, 2012 at 01:28 PM (#4155714)
Glendenning stealing FPH's insights on the Guardian MBM.
   995. ursus arctos Posted: June 13, 2012 at 01:29 PM (#4155717)
Great.

Blocked at first for posting twice in 10 seconds, and then a double.
   996. I am going to be Frank Posted: June 13, 2012 at 01:35 PM (#4155723)
Ronaldo has been Torresed.
   997. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 13, 2012 at 01:36 PM (#4155724)
Fernandoed!
   998. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: June 13, 2012 at 01:36 PM (#4155725)
Gotta put that in the net, CR
   999. Baldrick Posted: June 13, 2012 at 01:36 PM (#4155726)
Speaking of lovely finishes from Ronaldo...that really wasn't one of them. Hilarious.
   1000. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 13, 2012 at 01:36 PM (#4155727)
Christiano Ronaldo: Worse looking than Fernando Torres... and worse finisher.
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