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  1. #121  
    Overall Italy deserved that win, but Germany must be gutted to go out so close to the end of the cup and the match.
    Animo et Fide
  2. #122  
    Quote Originally Posted by PeterBrown
    Overall Italy deserved that win, but Germany must be gutted to go out so close to the end of the cup and the match.
    You think so? my impression was that germany was in controll most of the game..
    Though it was tight..
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  3. #123  
    I thought Italy created more chances on the whole, don't know whether that is backed up by the stats.
    Animo et Fide
  4. #124  
    Italy prob. had more shots at the goal but germany had more ball posesion so it all de pends what you look at

    In the end the only thing that counts is that germany scored 2 more goals than germany.. and pretty fine ones too..
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  5. #125  
    Someone said the German fans were openly crying after the game? Like, full on sobbing? Hehe.
  6. #126  
    Quote Originally Posted by theBlaze74
    Someone said the German fans were openly crying after the game? Like, full on sobbing? Hehe.
    I seem to mis the joke here
    They were openly very disappointed and showed their emotions, is that funny?
    Or the fact that they lost...
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  7. #127  
    In the words of Brian Clough - football isn't a matter of life or death, it's much more important than that.
    Animo et Fide
  8. #128  
    Quote Originally Posted by PeterBrown
    In the words of Brian Clough - football isn't a matter of life or death, it's much more important than that.
    talking about football quotes, here are some classics too:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johan_C...ruijff_himself
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  9. #129  
    Quote Originally Posted by ToolkiT
    I seem to mis the joke here
    They were openly very disappointed and showed their emotions, is that funny? Or the fact that they lost...
    From an American perspective, it is like this.

    I have been to many sporting events where the home team ( our team ), lost the biggest game of the year. I still remember when Michael Jordan eliminated our Pistons in the late 80s. Mannnnnn that sucked!

    But in this case, I was on the phone with a friend of mine, who had also never watched soccer, and she was telling me, that there was a game, and the german team lost, and they were on TV openly crying. From her point of view, they were crying because their favorite team doesn't kick the ball in the net as well as the other team. She was laughing when she told me, and it was a bit funny in this context, and I wouldn't say I am too cruel for saying so.

    Again, I think it is just a cultural thing, and perhaps a product of the international nature of soccer (or rather the teams being divided by nation ), as opposed to popular American sports. I have seen a tear or 2 at the Olympics, but I think more often when a proud athlete or athlete's mother rises above all obstacles to achieve the greates acheivment, perhaps remembering all those who said it could not happen. But tears shed by fans after their team loses, is a bit newer to american eyes.
  10. #130  
    Well from this American's eye, I can understand why the Germans would tear for a loss so huge. I've seen American's cry when their favorite sports team looses that one last game of the championship (I came from University of Florida, and fans were definetly emotionaly involved with their team). The World Cup is the Grand Daddy of all championships. This is a Chamionship that comes around once every 4 years and pits many of the worlds greatest athletes against each other. When you loose such a heated match as the Italy Germany Semi-Final, it crushes.

    I think this isn't so much Americans not understanding the heart break of having their favorite team loose, as Americans not "getting" soccer/football. The only sport I played as a kid was Soccer and later again in college. I have a love for the sport and wish it was more popular professionaly here in the States. I also know that I'm in a minority here.

    Anyways, Go Italy! After the US was knocked out, I decided to support Italy for the remainder of the Tournament. Man did they draw out that game, but those final two minutes, nice!
  11. #131  
    Quote Originally Posted by ToolkiT
    talking about football quotes, here are some classics too:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johan_C...ruijff_himself
    Colemanballs are my favourites.
    and theBlaze, to us if a player is crying it either shows that a player has given it their all and is genuinely gutted that they've lost, or that they're a big girl's blouse. Depending on whether you like the player or not. If fans are crying that's entirely understandable and either you join in or taunt them, depending if you support the same team or not. I get more emotionally involved in club football than international but as we've never really had a good chance of a major trophy in Stockport I couldn't say whether or not I'd cry if we lost it.
    Animo et Fide
  12. #132  
    Quote Originally Posted by PeterBrown
    Colemanballs are my favourites.
    and theBlaze, to us if a player is crying it either shows that a player has given it their all and is genuinely gutted that they've lost, or that they're a big girl's blouse. Depending on whether you like the player or not. If fans are crying that's entirely understandable and either you join in or taunt them, depending if you support the same team or not. I get more emotionally involved in club football than international but as we've never really had a good chance of a major trophy in Stockport I couldn't say whether or not I'd cry if we lost it.
    Maybe you should move to Reading, we finally got our year in the premier league
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  13. #133  
    Quote Originally Posted by ToolkiT
    Maybe you should move to Reading, we finally got our year in the premier league
    If I moved to Reading I'd still come from Stockport, I'd just be in exile. Our kid has a Stockport season ticket and he lives in Grimsby. Not that Grimsby are more successful than Stockport. But I'm sure you get my point.

    Anyway, this world cup lark, every time Ronaldo gets the ball he gets booed, I wonder if there are a load of English fans in the stadium? lol
    Animo et Fide
  14. #134  
    Quote Originally Posted by PeterBrown
    Anyway, this world cup lark, every time Ronaldo gets the ball he gets booed, I wonder if there are a load of English fans in the stadium? lol
    Or dutch fans either way, he made himself very unpopular very quickly..
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  15. #135  
    Italy.
  16. #136  
    Indeed!
  17. #137  
    Go Italy! Though man they were looking warn down towards the end. They weren't playing like they really wanted it (or were worn out from playing Germany where they did a great job of staying in the game all the way to the end).

    And what is the deal with the head ramming? Did his braim turn off and he needed to hit something to turn it back on? That was the stupidist thing I've seen in a long time. he deserved the red just for being stupid.
  18. #138  
    Forza Italia
  19. #139  
    Quote Originally Posted by D-Caf
    Go Italy! Though man they were looking warn down towards the end. They weren't playing like they really wanted it (or were worn out from playing Germany where they did a great job of staying in the game all the way to the end).

    And what is the deal with the head ramming? Did his braim turn off and he needed to hit something to turn it back on? That was the stupidist thing I've seen in a long time. he deserved the red just for being stupid.
    I reckon Materazzi said something especially nasty which prob. should have resulted in a yellow card too..
    But it was a very stupid reponse by Zidane indeed..

    Or a very clever one.. it was his last game, maybe he had a long grudge against him he could finally act on but in that case he should have finished the job
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