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The FIFA World Cup: Which country will win & who wil be the star? 2

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7:38 am on Jun 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Anyone see Argentina - Mexico? Best match of the tournament, so far. The Mexicans didn't care about Argentina being the favourites and simply played great, offensive football. But Argentina kept cool and came back. Good referee, too. Me thinks this is how the game should be played.

Argentina - Germany could be a great quarter final!

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> The guy was too honest and manly to fall down like a girl.

Wow! I wonder what the female members will say about that.

2:48 pm on July 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I wonder what the female members will say about that.

Female? I wonder what the male members will say ;)

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No offense to the ladies, I think you know what I mean. I don't think Rooney hardly touched his groin with his foot. As men we all know how much it hurts if he had. After the red card the player got up and carried on without a wimper.

Like with Beckham brushing Simone's leg in 98 and getting a red card. Some common sense would give them both yellow cards in any normal league match.

But every world cup the real cheats never get punished. The players pretending to be hurt, diving and pressuring the referee to give a card.

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can't see ronaldo returning to old trafford. rooney would chin him wouldn't he?

oh well good luck france.

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I hope Ronaldo has to endure a whole season at Man U and in England.
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I'm really p*ssed off with all the apologists for Rooney. Especially the UK media who are all singing from the same hym sheet.

1)He was a big disappointment on the field (he may have been put in an awkward position as the lone striker but he didn't have to give the ball away every time it was passed to him)

In his international career there is little evidence that he is Englands great hope for the future.

2) He deserved to get sent off on two counts. He deliberately stamped on the guy's family jewels and he pushed Ronaldo. I know this to be true because I saw it on TV live. The other guy was able to get up again and continue because he was wearing a box which will give reasonable protection. But the attempt to hurt was there and the "Spud faced nipper" should hang his head in shame, own up and apologise.

The new England manager should now issue a statement saying that we do not want cheats in our national team and Rooney will therefore not be considered for selection for at least a year after which his recent record will be taken into account. If he can't act like a reasonable human being he will never play for his country again.

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You're right OH. Beckham got absolutely slated after the 98 World cup for something a lot less malicious than Rooney's foul. Why are the media so obviously trying to protect Rooney and use Ronaldo as a scapegoat?

The guy clearly has some talent but is also very flawed and he is not the England team, as Erickson would have us all believe.

I wonder where Rooney will be in five years time. Do you think a flake like him can hold it together that long? Watch this space ;)

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Well, was that Germany/Italy match exciting, or was it exciting!

I thought that was one of the best matches so far.

Congratulations Italy won 2 - 0

Added - Did I just see Elvis in the crowd?

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>I wonder where Rooney will be in five years time.
Remember Gazza?
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Added - Did I just see Elvis in the crowd?

Actually it was Lord Lucan, sitting on Shergar's back :)

Remember Gazza?

Remember him?

I watched him at Glasgow Rangers when he played some of the best stuff of his career and he did have a reasonably long career. (He used to stay about two miles from me and all he wanted to do at that time was go trout fishing).

What I don't like to remember is the goal he scored for England against Scotland at Euro 1996. It was a belter! :(

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He was a big disappointment on the field

He had just recovered from a broken foot.

I'm really p*ssed off with all the apologists for Rooney.

I'm not.

issue a statement saying that we do not want cheats in our national team

That would be fair to say of the Portugal team.

I wonder where Rooney will be in five years time. Do you think a flake like him can hold it together that long? Watch this space ;)

Lets hope he doesn't follow the path of Willie Woodburn ;-)

Well done Italy what a smashing game one of the best by far. Commiserations to Germany you did your country proud.

I think it will be an Italy France final. What a fantastic final that would be the way both teams are playing.

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It was a belter! :)

Flicked over the left back's head, driven into the bottom right hand corner and then he was flat out squirting water into his face - Rooney's not fit to clean his boots!

Gary McAllister's penalty miss must have given you some grief too ;-)

Certainly the best match of the tournament so far tonight, seeing Elvis in attendance just topped it off for me.

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I think it will be an Italy France final. What a fantastic final that would be the way both teams are playing.

absolutly, the way the French played against Brasil was fantastic to watch and with Italy playing as good tonight it would make an excellent world cup final

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I am done with predictions. Sadly, no matter how good you play, certain teams just know how to shut you down. Kudos to Italy and Germany, they played a great gamne and the goals were amazing! I have to wonder if Italy's defense is going to let France or Portugal play their game.
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I am done with predictions.

<strike>Brazil</strike> no, make that <strike>Germany</strike> no no Italia!

What a match. The team that plays 4-2-4 in a World Cup semi-final deserves to win. Kudos to Germany too, they've played better than most people expected.

[added]Bild.de: "Schade Jungs! Ihr habt gekämpft wie Weltmeister"

gazzetta.it: "La più bella! Fantastica! Straordinaria!"

That sums it up nicely.[/added]

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Both teams could have won last night but I do think the stronger and more agressive team did so.

What amazing goals at the end and I am pleased it did not have to be decided by penalties.

I hoping France thrash mediocre Portugal, and set up what could be a very exciting final.

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This WC unlike the previous one in 2002 is surprising me in most of the knock-out matches.
It's soccer that Italy managed to get past the round-II without much impression, won a controversial (as media says)penalty on 95th min against Australia and two successive goals in 119th and 121st min against the host (Germany) is simply unpredictable.
Portugal may surprise us, too! God knows!
However, I am enjoying it seeing from home in India!
In my opinion, the team that plays better (in respective matches) ought to win and the best team of-the-moment (9th july) should bag the trophy.
Let there be fair-play with sportsman spirit and some new hero break the jinx!
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I hoping France thrash mediocre Portugal, and set up what could be a very exciting final.

I hope Portugal win, Henry gets sent off for simulation and that Cristiano Ronaldo scores a hat trick ... stir, stir, stir ;)

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Can't wait to see Ronaldo crying his eyes out. Vive le France
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Vive le France

actually that would be Vive la France :)

could someone translate this:

Bild.de: "Schade Jungs! Ihr habt gekämpft wie Weltmeister"

gazzetta.it: "La più bella! Fantastica! Straordinaria!"

My German and Italian are rusty.

Does this mean?
Bild.de: Well played young ones - you made us proud"

Gazzeta.it: The most beautiful! Fantastic! Extraordinary!.

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stir, stir, stir

How surprising! Mind you that is exactly what Portugal will do. They could not even beat England with 10 men in regular and extra time.

I hope it is a good game and we do not see any stupid refereeing like in past games. But as you say Portugal will stir, stir, stir.....

The ref in last nights game was excellent.

I also hope if France do win, that Zidane does not get a yellow card as he would miss the final.

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wouldn't swear to it but I think

Bild.de: "Schade Jungs! Ihr habt gekämpft wie Weltmeister"

means:

'Unlucky Boys, you fought like World Champions'

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I hoping France thrash mediocre Portugal

I am hoping France goes into the game with that opinion - they may have a surprise waiting for them :)

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I definetly think the Final will be between France v. Italy
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thanks incywincy,

after reading your translation it look as if you are right = Weilt = world Meister = master

thanks for that.

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Hey Defanjos, I bet you're from New Bedford ;)
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I find it frustrating that some of the world's most talented players have to resort to diving.

I'm watching the Portugal vs France match and I would like to call, again, for a third referee, such as those used in rugby or cricket. The third referee is called upon to watch the replay and would be able to see if the player was faking it. He then reports back to the referee if it's a dive or penalty.

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engine,

are you talking about Henry or Ronaldo? My Girlfriend is screaming @ the TV while I'm working

... girl watch footy, guy work ... what has the world come down to :(

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Both of them!
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well the tv commentators here seem to think it was a real foul - but then again they're biased the lost again Portugal :)

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