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EURO 2016 how come there is no such thread?

Poll: who would be the champion? (9 member(s) have cast votes)

who would be the champion?

  1. Germany (3 votes [33.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  2. Italy (2 votes [22.22%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 22.22%

  3. Spain (1 votes [11.11%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

  4. France (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. Belgium (2 votes [22.22%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 22.22%

  6. Others (1 votes [11.11%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

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#1 User is offline   sakuragi 

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Posted 2016-June-11, 06:22

2nd day of the championship. :lol: :lol:
身體健康! 如意吉祥! 事事順利! 生意興隆! 財源廣進! 一本萬利!
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#2 User is offline   Cyberyeti 

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Posted 2016-June-13, 02:58

At least we haven't had any refereeing howlers as bad as this one, Brazil getting knocked out of the copa America:

https://www.youtube....h?v=M-b8lAf0Ec0
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Posted 2016-June-13, 04:32

I have no sympathy CY:
Rivaldo
Fred
(-: Zel :-)
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#4 User is offline   Cyberyeti 

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Posted 2016-June-13, 05:38

View PostZelandakh, on 2016-June-13, 04:32, said:

I have no sympathy CY:
Rivaldo
Fred


Oh I agree, I just thought it was a refereeing decision so bad it deserved more people to be aware of it.
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Posted 2016-June-13, 05:50

View PostCyberyeti, on 2016-June-13, 05:38, said:

Oh I agree, I just thought it was a refereeing decision so bad it deserved more people to be aware of it.

Conspiracy theorists might suggest that a 0-0 draw would not have suited the host nation. Probably why the ref chose to uphold the on-field decision despite extensive consultation with the other officials.
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Posted 2016-June-13, 06:40

View Postshyams, on 2016-June-13, 05:50, said:

Conspiracy theorists might suggest that a 0-0 draw would not have suited the host nation. Probably why the ref chose to uphold the on-field decision despite extensive consultation with the other officials.


Since it disadvantaged one of the big nations against a comparative minnow, expect FIFA to change the rules to let the 4th official sneak a look at a replay.
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Posted 2016-June-18, 03:49

Copa America is playing a format where they do not have extra time. Instead they go straight to a penalty shoot out after the regular 90 minutes....

Sounds like a good idea to me.
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Posted 2016-June-21, 10:29

Most matches so far have begun in a boring fashion,

In most cases, you wouldn't miss much if you didn't watch the first half.
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Posted 2016-June-24, 10:49

I must admit I find football boring to watch, even the "exciting" matches. It doesn't help that my "local"* team's story has been "are we sure to be relegated this year, or are we just in danger" for the last 3-4 years.

I also must admit that I find penalty shootouts a "not football" way of ending a match (similarly hockey).

I've always wondered whether reduced player overtime (as we do in hockey - was 4 on 4 (rather than normal 5 on 5), now 3 on 3) would work; we'll play the 10-minute OT period with 9 players a side, and sudden death. Or progressive reduced player - we'll start OT 9 players a side, and at the nearest whistle after every 5 minutes, pull a player.

*My family moved from Sunderland in 1947.
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Posted 2016-June-25, 16:40

This EURO sucked on all fronts. Here is anything more to say,
Preempts are Aberlour's best bridge friends
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Posted 2016-June-27, 17:37

Iceland-England was a great example of how an inferior team can give themselves a chance by playing simple football - skipping the midfield, direct high balls to the frontline, relying on set pieces, etc. Unfortunately for them, Iceland defended just too well to allow the storybook ending.
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Posted 2016-June-28, 06:48

View Postcherdano, on 2016-June-27, 17:37, said:

Iceland-England was a great example of how an inferior team

As an Englishman, I have to say that they were not the inferior team on the day. We completely stopped playing football. You could perhaps rephrase "an inferior team" as "a team made up of inferior players" but we should be clear that they functioned as a team much more effectively.
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Posted 2016-June-28, 07:39

View PostZelandakh, on 2016-June-28, 06:48, said:

As an Englishman, I have to say that they were not the inferior team on the day. We completely stopped playing football. You could perhaps rephrase "an inferior team" as "a team made up of inferior players" but we should be clear that they functioned as a team much more effectively.

Who do you mean by "they"? If you read Aberlour10's [sorry, cherdano's] post carefully it seems clear that he is referring to England as the inferior team.
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Posted 2016-June-28, 07:57

View PostZelandakh, on 2016-June-28, 06:48, said:

As an Englishman, I have to say that they were not the inferior team on the day. We completely stopped playing football. You could perhaps rephrase "an inferior team" as "a team made up of inferior players" but we should be clear that they functioned as a team much more effectively.

I always enjoy reading your posts - that makes it particularly heart-breaking that you didn't get my joke :-)

[To avoid any further misunderstandings, the first part of the previous sentence is not a joke, the second part is. Better be safe these days.]
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Posted 2016-June-28, 15:31

View Postcherdano, on 2016-June-28, 07:57, said:

I always enjoy reading your posts - that makes it particularly heart-breaking that you didn't get my joke :-)

I guess I rather walked into that one. :P :ph34r:
(-: Zel :-)
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Posted 2016-July-01, 13:24

I guess most soccer fans know about "home field advantage". In summary, researchers have identified two component factors of it: (a) Support/uplift of crowd for the home team, and (b) an unconscious bias of the referres that favours the home side

While watching the Wales-Belgium match, I am getting a sense that the Welsh Brexit vote is giving Belgium a bigger home field advantage from (b) above.

I am only half-joking here :)
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Posted 2016-July-02, 17:20

Must have been two football gods fighting. One in charge of the "Germany doesn't lose penalties" policy, the other taking care of the "Germany doesn't beat Italy in big tournaments" ordinance.
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Posted 2016-July-02, 17:50

View Postcherdano, on 2016-July-02, 17:20, said:

Must have been two football gods fighting. One in charge of the "Germany doesn't lose penalties" policy, the other taking care of the "Germany doesn't beat Italy in big tournaments" ordinance.


Germany missed more penalties (3) than they have in the history of penalty shootouts (2) but got away with it.
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