Friday, June 16, 2006

That's it! I'm never watching another futbol match again!

Sometimes, futbol just crushes your soul. Tonight we saw what was probably the best game of the World Cup so far. The Ivorians were stupendous against an alarmingly leaky Dutch defense. I can't explain why they couldn't tie. I'm tempted to blame it on the TERRIBLE refereeing. I don't know what happened. It drained the will to watch futbol out of me...

The bitter, bitter taste of this thoroughly unfair result almost washed away the memories of Argentina's spectacular drubbing of the Serbs. Who could care? The Ivory Coast is out. Oh, the unfairness of it all.


Anonymous Domingo Ruiz said...

Great game indeed! Although I had the impression the Dutch were playing really dirty. Makes me feel bad for the Ivorians.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous JD said...

It was completely the TERRIBLE refereeing. The Dutch could have pulled a knife on the Ivorians not drawn a yellow card. It was disgraceful.

3:14 PM  
Blogger A.M. Mora y Leon said...

The Ivorians are an impulsive, impetuous team. They just need to develop a tiny bit more staying power, they fly off the handle at the last second. It's the exact same problem the Argentine team had in 2002. They're youthful, they'll improve. Don't worry, the Ivorians are impressive, they will be back.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other thing I noticed is that Robben and Van Persie seemm to take turns being good. The first game was all Robben, yesterday all Van Persie. Maybe it's Van Nistelrooij's turn to not suck next time. I dunno.

Still, the three Dutch attackers don't seem to work together that well - I mean, there's no comparison with the near extra-sensorial cohesion of the Argentina attackers.

I disagree that the Ivoreans were impulsive. They did very well to unbalance the Dutch defense. They made the chances, but somehow just couldn't close the deal.

That ref, btw, should be investigated...

Quico, posting from the road

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(also, the weird lack of cooperation up front may have to do with Van Basten's odd-ball 4-3-3 formation, which is the only one he uses. Most clubs rely on 4-4-2, so attackers aren't usually used to or comfortable striking in a threesome...)

Quico, on the road

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Final thing: The Ivoreans will have to be consoled with the knowledge that they would have certainly qualified if they'd played in any other group...

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, so I'm watching the Italy and US game
WTF, is up this this ref? I think he is a chavista.


4:09 PM  
Blogger ow said...

Well today we are seeing a clear example of why a lot of people don't pay attention to soccer in the first place - this yellow card/red card system, and the faking of injuries that it promotes, really undermines what could otherwise be a fun sport.

Of course, once we get to the second round we'll see the other big turnoff, deciding games with penalty shots.

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OW I agree the penalty shots thing I have never liked, its a cheap way to determine who is "better". well the ref in this game seems a little to willing to pull out cards in my opinion but they are a necessity, to keep the thugs in line.

4:48 PM  
Anonymous sire said...

No comments for today's games?

Any relation with "I'm never watching another futbol match again!"? ;-)

8:08 PM  
Blogger JPJP0883 said...

the cards are really useful, if I try to imagine a game without them the only thing it comes to my mind is a bloodbath (yes a bloodbath!! because in the WC we have what are supossed to be the best teams in the world and yet we see some actions that just bring shame to a country), what you are complaining about! is the referee fault and yes there are many divers... (for further references and examples of both cases check USA-Italy).
and wtf is that about penalty shots?? what do you expect them to do? you run 12-15 km in 90 min, then they tell you to play what can be extra 30 min, plus the extra bits added at the end of each time! it could go to big total of 130min!! the penalties are a necessity and they can be cool sometimes!, besides if the team you support couldn't get a goal when they were fresh they are not going to improve much afterwards.
this is what I think so no one should feal insulted may the case be you don't share my opinions!!

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jpjp, I see your point but I still think it is sort of a dumb way to determine the winner. Correct me if I am wrong but don't they keep playing in the finals vs. shoot out?

sire, in the US vs. Italy game I thought the US played pretty well, I never thought they would win but I think they held there own against Italy.

8:45 PM  
Blogger ow said...

My problem with the cards isn't with the cards themselves but with the penalties being too severe and altering the outcome of the game. Having a team play down a player hte whole rest of the game is simply giving the referees too much influence on the outcome of the game.

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL, I guess sports do bring people together. I agree OW not being able to bring another player into the game to substitue the red card player seems a little to harsh and like you said it can totally change the game. Especially if the ref. makes a bad call either willingly or not.

11:14 PM  

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