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Thu, Jul. 6th, 2006, 04:35 pm

Not updated here for ages..i guess there has just been far too much to keep me occupied, what with 3 games a day during June, fabulous weather and exams all out the way :oD

A few observations on the tournament though.

1) After half time in the stadiums when the camera gives a wide picture of the pitch and opposite stand, there are hundreds of empty seats where the "suits" are away troughing into prawn sandwiches and beer. Who let them in? If you dont want to watch the game...get out.

2) Why do players not sing their national anthem? If that was me, id sing as loud and long as i possibly could. I dont think id ever have a prouder moment than singing my national anthem before a world cup match for my country

3) The german squad still annoy me more than ever; cold, wooden, emotionless and starey-eyed who were cleary playing a different game from the one i watched! "it was our game. Germany deserved to win it" sayd one if the players in a post match interview. Ok, whatever you say. I thought the Italians show much more passion and determination to get there in the end. Grow up and stop sulking germany.

4) And the one that annoys me most. Diving never used to be a part of the game. The players a such a bunch of pansies these days. Whingeing big girls.

Uch well. Thats about all that was bothering me.

Thu, Jul. 6th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)

It bugs me that people think diving is for "girls". It's really fucking insulting, especially since "girls" or women don't get the £100,000 a week salaries that these men do. They dive because they are cheating scumbags, - like most men are.... (Doesn't sit so easy now does it? That kinda idle sexism could get on your nerves eventually if you heard it over and over again couldnt it?)

As for their national athems: I think most don't sing because they are sick with nerves and trying desperately not to piss their pants. Or it could be that these guys, like most men, are too scared of commitment to admit to feelings of love for their country. Typical.

Thu, Jul. 6th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)

No they say they dive like girls not because girls dive. It is because diving is sub-manly which then falls to women. And generally they dive as if they are hurt when the majority of them aren't however if the same challenge was too be inflicted on a female they wouldnt dive as they would in reality be injured... Long line of argument. Girls shouldn't play football fullstop!

Thu, Jul. 6th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)

I thought footballers would be nervous, but Alan Shearer said on this week Sportsweek (5Live) that the players are generally always more excited, rather than a bag of nerves. Not quite sure i believe that though :oD

Thu, Jul. 6th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)

1, yeah definatly too many corprate "fans"...but i feel that there were a good amount of fans in stadia this time around..although too many times they resorted to the dreaded mexican wave, usually a sign of a boring game.....also the fan zones seemd a cool idea as so many fans travel without a ticket.

2, yeah i am always baffled by the lack of passion from players at the national anthem (gary neville).......i always used to love to see ivan zamorano going ballistic and singing at the top of his lungs for chile...although most of the england team were singing this time around...and eve nthe fans sing in time now.

3, Italy definatly deserved the win...ill be cheering them on in the final...as i was for the semi....they have been pretty impressive really...without hitting top gear....i think the match fixing scandal in italy at the moment has bought them together and made em play...."backed into a corner" style.....yeah italy for the world cup.

4, Yeah, the diving and feigning injury has hit epidemic levels...its become ridiculous...although in that italy germany game players seemed to get up and jsut play..which was refreshing.....portugal were shameful though against england and france....although Henrys feigned facial injury against spain was also terrible and shoula been punished....

kind of an underwhelming world cup all told.....feels like it never really got started due to most players not really seeming all that hungry for wins........afterall...englands hungriest looking player was Owen Hargreaves......

so yeah i agree with everything you said

Thu, Jul. 6th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)

Ah yes....the infamous Mexican wave. Along with the "look mum, im on the telly" when the TV camera pans onto the croud.
I've notice as the tounament goes on, the time spent focused on individuals in the crown has decreased in order to give them less time to realise the are being filmed. Where as we got the whole 'look at the screen and wave to it', now all we get is the startled look as the person suddenly realises that they are on the screen!!

We want to see the game - not the crowd!! :oD

Thu, Jul. 6th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)

yeah i find that pretty funny..the realisation and then the camera shot is gone...except for aime jaquet the ex france manager last night they jsut kept showing him all the time.....the part i find strange is when the person who sees themselves on the big screen has jsut witnessed their team loose and still waves frantically at the camera......they should feel disspondant but they go mad and happily wave at seeing themselves on the big scren.

come on italy!!!!

also spurs for top 4 this season!!!! hopefully....back in europe at least...i can't believe arsenal got outta that illegal funds to beveran thing so easily...or maybe i can believe it too easily....damn cheats.

Fri, Jul. 7th, 2006 07:55 am (UTC)

I remember during one of the Italy games, the camera panned round onto David Badiel and Frank Skinner. Now, you'd think that after so many years on the telly that they would be used to it - but no!! They waved as madly as ever and made themselves look like idiots :oD Haha!

Fri, Jul. 7th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)

Spurs will not be in Europe for long.

Fri, Jul. 7th, 2006 06:59 am (UTC)

United should sack their chase for carrick and sign Hargreaves. The guys a legend. I was so impressed with him he looked the most determined england player out there. Lennon is also a big one for the future. Next world cup Becks can forget it coz this wee man is englands answer to Chrissy Burke :p. Fansastic speed, dribble and enthusiasm that lacked from the likes of Becks, Lampard! et al.

Spurz can have hope. Robinson, Carrick, Lennon and Defoe should have been in there 2. Martin Jol is working wonders for them. V Impressed.

Fri, Jul. 7th, 2006 07:50 am (UTC)

And dont forget that Jermaine Jenas was also there!!

Fri, Jul. 7th, 2006 07:55 am (UTC)

He Made less impact than Walcott...

Thu, Jul. 6th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)

I agree with everything you said as well, especially the singing bit. At the pub people were singing the anthems of their respective countries at the top of their lungs, sometimes by themselves. Seattle fans can give Glaswegians a run for their money in enthusiasm.

Fri, Jul. 7th, 2006 07:48 am (UTC)

Haha!! I dont think I've ever been inside our national stadium, even on a wet february wednesday night playing switzerland, and not had the roof lifted off the place. Maybe its just the Scottish people, but i seem a lot more used to a more vocal and obvious type of patriotism.

Fri, Jul. 7th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)

Oh absolutely. It's a shame we seem to be the only ones these days.