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Newby

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Enjoying it so far now that the football has actually started. Fantastic win for England, game of two halves for Wales. I was never going to watch the game this morning but Saudi Arabia beating Argentina certainly wasn't on the cards.

4 matches a day seems a bit much, even for the most ardent football fan.
 

byased

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We had a second team wicket keeper who used to drink his own urine as a part trick. He was generally as mad as a hatter
 

Newby

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We had a second team wicket keeper who used to drink his own urine as a part trick. He was generally as mad as a hatter
I think drinking urine is a thing that some people claim has some health benefits, but it really has to be your own.
 

Donnylad

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As you know, I am not watching the World Cup because ... well I have said it all before.

However 3 things have given me some joy, well 4 actually.

1 Argentina getting duffed.
2 Germany getting duffed
3 the Japanese fans who cleaned up parts of the stadium after the match ... and number 4 ..

the hand over mouth gesture from the German Team before the match today .... 10/10 for that one mein herren.
 

byased

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I guess there are reasons for not taking interest in a lot of things. I tend to watch little premier league football due to the corruption and overpaid players. I do like the world cup though, as to me it is the only proper world cup. Around 25 countries have reached the semi finals over the years. Cricket and rugby just seems like the same old teams playing each other with a choice of three or four to win it. I enjoyed the early cricket world cups in the 70s and 80s, but not since. You could argue the cricket world cup is a celebration of the old empire, as the countries involved all play because of our enforcement, the East India Company etc. Where do you draw the line|? Qatar owns half of London, but we still go there and enjoy the facilities.
My money is still on Brazil and Argentina, and they could now meet each other in the final following the first result. Surely not a plan?
 

Hawke

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I guess there are reasons for not taking interest in a lot of things. I tend to watch little premier league football due to the corruption and overpaid players. I do like the world cup though, as to me it is the only proper world cup. Around 25 countries have reached the semi finals over the years. Cricket and rugby just seems like the same old teams playing each other with a choice of three or four to win it. I enjoyed the early cricket world cups in the 70s and 80s, but not since. You could argue the cricket world cup is a celebration of the old empire, as the countries involved all play because of our enforcement, the East India Company etc. Where do you draw the line|? Qatar owns half of London, but we still go there and enjoy the facilities.
My money is still on Brazil and Argentina, and they could now meet each other in the final following the first result. Surely not a plan?
Indeed soccer is the world game and I read that no country has retained the WC since Brazil in 1962. Yes this is a very open competition, and yes curbing Qatar's advertising seems self-defeating for 'Global Britain'. Ha!
 

Newby

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Early days but I think France have a good chance of emulating Brazil. I'm not sure if it's possible given the way the draw works out, but a Brazil v France final might be worth a watch.

Less and less coverage of the 'issues' surrounding the WC thankfully and football is taking centre stage. Listened to quite a few of the day-time games on Radio 5, credit where credits due Vicky Sparks is the standout commentator in my view. Mind you I've always had a problem listening to middle-aged men getting over excited whether it be commentating on football or T20 cricket.
 

Capybara

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As you know, I am not watching the World Cup because ... well I have said it all before.
Neither am I, although I haven't said it.

Anyway, I went to Dorking yesterday to see them play York City. It wasn't a great match. In fact it wasn't much of a match at all with Dorking scoring the only goal.
 

Karma

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Well done you Capybara! As a York City season ticket holder, I'm getting concerned that the new owner of the club seemed to be the cause of friction with the recently sacked manager

Before the the club were playing well and in the playoff zone .Now heading towards the relegation zone. Affects players and whom I understand really didn't 'show up' yesterday.

I'll still go on Saturday to York home to top 'Hollywood Glamour' team Wrexham . Should be a sell out crowd ( but not in the way of cricket's 'The Hundred' definition)
 

byased

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York in freefall at the moment. Hope it is only temporary. Funny how we all view things differently. I have to turn Vicky Sparks down to mute level, her mangling of vowels etc, are simply too much for me.
Yes Hawke, Global Britain is a joke, no wonder no one likes us.
 

Newby

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Well done to England, never really in doubt that they would get out of the group stage after their first match but the win over Wales looked very straightforward. It's the quality of the squad that gives me hope, mind you, finding the best starting XI is a nightmare.

The USA also qualified which makes the draw against them look a little better than it felt at the time.


Yma o Hyd, as the Welsh might say.
 

Karma

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Yma o Hyd, that's easy for you to say. But yes, a good win, quite enjoyed the game and the first one I've felt compelled to watch right through.

Three very good goals, numerous intentional fouls and bad tackles. I know we want the game to flow but early action by referees can lead to an even better game of football and less injuries. Well done Marcus Rashford, pleased your form has returned (could have been a hat-trick but I'd be fussy if I demanded more)
 

Newby

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Yma o Hyd, that's easy for you to say. But yes, a good win, quite enjoyed the game and the first one I've felt compelled to watch right through.

Three very good goals, numerous intentional fouls and bad tackles. I know we want the game to flow but early action by referees can lead to an even better game of football and less injuries. Well done Marcus Rashford, pleased your form has returned (could have been a hat-trick but I'd be fussy if I demanded more)
Rashford had me screaming at the Telly in the first half, he couldn't find a pass to save his life. If I'd been Southgate I would have hooked him off, luckily I'm not.
 

Newby

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This World cup just keeps on giving with Germany and Belgium packing their bags after today's dramatic games.

It wasn't meant to be, but a winter World cup now seems like a genius idea, at least to me.
 

Karma

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I don't want to celebrate at Germany's demise (amongst others) and Italy not even being in the starter's blocks.

Oh alright then, I do . This World Cup has been full of shock results, bore draws (not just limited to cricket) and hard work and belief overcoming some footballing titans.

I've no idea who is going to win the Cup , could be England with three lions on their shirts and lion-hearted performances but it's the team that scrapes through and peaks at the right time.

Sod's law it'd be the so-far underwhelming Argentina. There's still 21/2 weeks to run
Come on England.
 
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Hawke

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The WC is certainly interesting....lots happened in the final group matches, lots! Less or no alcohol may be helping with the atmosphere. Glad the USA are out to rest LUFC players. Glad Argentina went through for Messi.
 

Newby

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The WC is certainly interesting....lots happened in the final group matches, lots! Less or no alcohol may be helping with the atmosphere. Glad the USA are out to rest LUFC players. Glad Argentina went through for Messi.
Very impressed with Tyler Adams and I think we (LUFC) have a gem there. On transfer deadline day we were within a gnats whisker of signing Gakpo, who was also impressive for the Dutch.

Looking forward to the England game tonight, love those Senegal fans who spell out the team's name. Hope England win but I'm not that bothered if they don't, however, if they do reach the quarter-finals I might start taking their chances more seriously and get anxious.
 

Capybara

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Who's the Forest Green Rovers fan on here? Anyway, that's where I was yesterday. Not a great game and very cold but an exciting finish. And a lovely couple of pints in the Village Inn, home of the Nailsworth Brewery, afterwards.
 
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