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    the ref just sent off the coaches from both Austria and Gemany at the same time...weird **** going on there...

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    Haha, particularly that Austrian coach protesting by standing in the German team area! Too funny!
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    Even though they won, to me it somehow seemed that Germany played with the absolut minimum of effort..I don't know but I have expected more!

    If they play like this against Portugal, they won't have any chance..

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    well its settled - Germany Vs. Portugal
    Germany has been subpar with their performance in the last 2 matches...at this pace Portugal will take 'em out without too much of a sweat...

    and Croatia continues to get the victories..

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    NEVER count Germany out. Ever. They have a huge history of sucking BADLY early on and gaining momentum through tournaments. I aggree that rightnow Portugal looks like by far the superior side to them, but it's just one match and everyone can have a collective off-match.

    That goes for Holland, Portugal, Germany, everyone .

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    Deserved? Well.. IF we go along that line. We deserved to be the 1974 and 1978 World Champions, especially the 1978 game. In 1994 in the quarter finals of the World Cup we went from 0-2 to 2-2 and were clearly the better side in the last part of that match against Brasil, but Brasil got a free-kick and had the ball ricochet a little and bounce before our keeper and in our net the ball went, losing the game for us. Kluivert deserved to have his header go into the net in the semi-finals of the World Cup of 1998 in France against Brasil, which would have been the decider and send us to the final. We deserved to have won the 2000 semi-final against Italy handsdown, but somehow the penalties and chances we got didn't go in.

    There's so many games we deserved to have won, but didn't always do in the end, because we got the chances but in the end had badluck or couldn't finish the chances we got.

    I consider it a sort of justice, especially against the likes of Italy and France. Particularly Italy with their truthfully ugly soccer of 2006 and several other tournaments. Scared of taking the initiative against sides such as Albania and so on. Placing a huge focus on defense and preventing the other team from playing and disrupting play as much as possible. I don't think Italy deserved the World Championship in 2006 in the least.
    Agreed.

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    I think the Australians got royally screwed by the referee against Italy in I think the quarter finals when that Italian player made a blatant dive and got a penalty for it.
    I remember. It was Grosso, right? I thought that was a penalty...

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    Looking at it more widely I'm VERY, VERY happy that most initiative aborting and "sitting back and letting the other teams play, while we just defend and make one or two counter attack during the whole game, score one goal and win the game"-teams are getting eliminated at a high rate in the first round.
    Me too.

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    About France getting 1-1. Sure, could have happenned, but didn't. Also maybe France should have had a player send-off in the first half for striking one of our players in the face. That's a redcard according to rules, so if applied strictly I dare say that the French wouldn't have had that penalty you think they deserved.
    True, Makelele should've been sent off. No idea why he was doing that...

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    I'm not sure about it, really. Ooijer held his hands near his body, not high or aimed towards the ball. To give a penalty for someone literally shooting on your hands (not pointing out) from 2-3 meters away is a bit weird, as was that rule that Panucci was not off-side in the first match against Italy. To me he was off-side and there's a gap in rules concerning that that needs to be addressed, just like I think Ooijers 'hands' ball should not justify a penalty kick.
    Agreed. It's only hands if you make a movement towards the ball with your arm, as far as I'm concerned (and the van Nistelrooij goal should not have counted, but it was well deserved at the time, so I didn't really mind ). But in the same action, Ooijer hit it twice with his hand. One time with a cross, and once with Henry's shot. I don't know if both were involuntary, I would have to see it again. In the end, Henry just should've scored there.

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    None the less looking at the whole game I think the victory against France was a deservedly one. Like I wrote before 4-1 was flattered, but certainly 2-1. Then again I am Dutch, so what do I know? .
    2-1, I can live with
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    Oranje continues to roll
    Italy got friggin' lucky tonight...thats all I could say about that game...

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    Italy is toast.
    It's a good thing I like bread so much.


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    It's a good thing I like bread so much.


    If flopping is an art, Italians are masters.
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    Russia's playing great. Some beautiful combinations. A well deserved 1-0 at half time.
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    Yup Russia seems to have gotten it's stuff together well after that horrible opening game for them against Spain. Very good 2-0 victory over Sweden and it could have easily been more.

    Not a team you want to underestimate, especially since they have a very good coach who always seems to get the best out of his teams in major tournaments.

    Sweden... they looked so slow and I was a bit dissappointed by their speed. I would say that they definitely need to infuse some younger players in their team who can throw up the pace a little and can get past a few opponents when asked to do so.

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    I don't think they played that bad against Spain. The combinations were already there, they had some chances but didn't convert. Also, the return of their playmaker Arshavin was huge.

    But their defense was really awful that game. That's why I think the Netherlands will beat them in the end - let's hope Russia scores first though, then we'll see a great game...
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    But their defense was really awful that game. That's why I think the Netherlands will beat them in the end - let's hope Russia scores first though, then we'll see a great game...
    Yeah, true they did create a number of good chances against the Spanish team, but were a bit unlucky and their defense REALLY stunk in that game.

    And, no, let's not hope Russia scores first .

    Either way not an easy opponent IMO, but then again there aren't any easy teams left anyway.

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    congrats to the Russian U-17 team for beating the Swedish national team...seriously how old are these guys?

    the quarter finals is set...and will kick off tonight...big game for sure...I'm actually rooting for Germany cause in case Turkey does manage to beat Croatia...I'd rather play against the Germans instead of Scolari...we just have a horrid track record against his teams...

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    Yikes. I am not a happy man right now. I kind of expected Greece to bottom out but it's kind of a revelation to see Sweden's team age in front of me.

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    Sorry Rex. I always have felt some sympathy for the Swedes and Danes (but, not for the Norwegians and their UBER-defensive tactics that would make Greece look like an attacking team ).

    On to the first quarter final:

    GO GERMANY!!! I refuse to cheer for Portugal for years to come... I promis .

    Anyone else think we have some exciting team matchups for the quarter finals?

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    G E R M A N Y !

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    2 - 0 !!!

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    Congrats to Germany. That first goal was a sweet one for sure .
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    No, not Germany....
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    I'm not terribly upset about sweden just because this goes along with what I expected us to do. The media, and by extension most of the population here, has an almost god-like infatuation with Zlatan and him solely being on the pitch should be enough to take us anywhere.

    Well, anyone with half a brain or understanding of soccer knows it doesn't work that way. Even so it's almost funny to see how surprised the media is that we got kicked out.

    We're aging something fierce and the next few years should be tough. End rant.

    For now I'm rooting for Germany. My wife is rooting for Holland.

    Should be fun!

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    big match tonight...atleast for me...i'm a bit nervous...ok...very nervous...we'll see what happens

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    I think Turkey's goalie being out will hurt them. Moreover, Croatia is really good. That being said, you gotta like the Turks going into this match with a "nothing to lose" attitude. ALL the pressure is on Croatia and this isn't a veteran team used to dealing with that pressure. Fun game tonight - I wouldn't be surprised to see Croatia pulling a Spain here.

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    This guy in goal is certainly shaky, but he's gotten the job done so far.

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