World Cup 2006 Thread

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Who will win? (Entrants listed in FIFA Ranking Order)

Brazil
5
14%
Czech Republic
1
3%
Netherlands
1
3%
USA
3
8%
Spain
2
6%
France
2
6%
England
4
11%
Germany
1
3%
Wyoming
11
31%
NOTA
6
17%
 
Total votes: 36

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World Cup 2006 Thread

#1 Post by JJ » 05 May 2006, 07:29

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Haw. Haw. You care.
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#2 Post by Steel Frog » 05 May 2006, 08:06

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#3 Post by JJ » 05 May 2006, 08:09

:lol: I am looking forward to the Wyoming-Holland match.
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#4 Post by Batman » 05 May 2006, 08:53

Shouldn't the poll be titled, "Who Will Care?"
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#5 Post by Vampz_xXx » 05 May 2006, 08:56

Batman wrote:Shouldn't the poll be titled, "Who Will Care?"
:clap: Well said, though I would be interested to see how England do with a major player injured...
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#6 Post by Nunis » 05 May 2006, 09:13

I care. The football world cup is the only major sporting event I really follow, except maybe the summer olympics and some golf majors.

I doubt Sweden will do too well, but the match against England should be a cracker to watch down the pub.

I can't believe I'm excited about football.

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#7 Post by Batman » 05 May 2006, 09:18

Nunis wrote:I doubt Sweden will do too well, but the match against England should be a cracker to watch down the pub.
Tell me why a woman who possesses one of the most brilliant minds of this Forum can't say her *prepositions*! "Down AT the pub," Ms. Nunis!
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#8 Post by Nunis » 05 May 2006, 09:24

Don't blame me. Blame the Irish; they've poisoned my mind.

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#9 Post by Batman » 05 May 2006, 09:37

Nunis wrote:Don't blame me. Blame the Irish; they've poisoned my mind.
I'm familiar with the colloquialism, but I am going to call you Ms. Wang from now on.
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#10 Post by Nunis » 05 May 2006, 09:38

Batman wrote:
Nunis wrote:Don't blame me. Blame the Irish; they've poisoned my mind.
I'm familiar with the colloquialism, but I am going to call you Ms. Wang from now on.
I live with that. I go home now.

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#11 Post by Batman » 05 May 2006, 09:39

Nunis wrote:
Batman wrote:
Nunis wrote:Don't blame me. Blame the Irish; they've poisoned my mind.
I'm familiar with the colloquialism, but I am going to call you Ms. Wang from now on.
I live with that. I go home now.
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#12 Post by Nunis » 05 May 2006, 09:47

Batman wrote:
Nunis wrote:
Batman wrote:
Nunis wrote:Don't blame me. Blame the Irish; they've poisoned my mind.
I'm familiar with the colloquialism, but I am going to call you Ms. Wang from now on.
I live with that. I go home now.
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#13 Post by F.N.G. » 05 May 2006, 10:28

Lets not get into the entire 'who cares' debate because let me tell you Americans something - everybody else in the entire world cares! The most followed sport in the world, the most watched event in the world!

I can't see any further than Brazil to be honest, although their defense is a bit dodgy and their normally reliable 'keeper Dida has had a poor season. England - no chance. We never had a chance, but now have less with no Wayne Rooney and a half fit Owen.
Germany, Holland and Czech Republic should also do well.
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#14 Post by Toasty » 05 May 2006, 10:34

USA's ranking is Buuuuuuuuull.
But that's cool.

I pick Italy.
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#15 Post by Toasty » 05 May 2006, 10:37

F.N.G. wrote:Lets not get into the entire 'who cares' debate because let me tell you Americans something - everybody else in the entire world cares! The most followed sport in the world, the most watched event in the world!

I can't see any further than Brazil to be honest, although their defense is a bit dodgy and their normally reliable 'keeper Dida has had a poor season. England - no chance. We never had a chance, but now have less with no Wayne Rooney and a half fit Owen.
Germany, Holland and Czech Republic should also do well.
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I think it's pretty horrendous how we Americans view the game.
It's clear to me it's due our inability to perform well in it.
Much like the way we poo poo'd the Basball Classic when it became evident we were getting outclassed...
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#16 Post by Toasty » 05 May 2006, 10:39

Better Poll question would, who is going to be the surprise of the Tournament...
Remember S. Korea in '02?

Why is no one talking about Portugal this year?
(they were pretty great in the early stages of '02).
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#17 Post by F.N.G. » 05 May 2006, 11:35

Toasty wrote:Better Poll question would, who is going to be the surprise of the Tournament...
Remember S. Korea in '02?

Why is no one talking about Portugal this year?
(they were pretty great in the early stages of '02).
I doubt there will be any major surprises, but keep an eye out for Ivory Coast and Australia.
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#18 Post by Wes » 05 May 2006, 11:42

F.N.G. wrote:
Toasty wrote:Better Poll question would, who is going to be the surprise of the Tournament...
Remember S. Korea in '02?

Why is no one talking about Portugal this year?
(they were pretty great in the early stages of '02).
I doubt there will be any major surprises, but keep an eye out for Ivory Coast and Australia.
Ivory Coast do have a very strong team. Australia does not really, but they got Hiddink like in 02 with S.Korea.

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#19 Post by Toasty » 05 May 2006, 12:34

I wish there were more decent coaches on this side of the pond. Only comes with time and influence, I know but... so many youth coaches are just terrible here. No experience worth learning from.
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#20 Post by Wes » 05 May 2006, 12:39

Toasty wrote:I wish there were more decent coaches on this side of the pond. Only comes with time and influence, I know but... so many youth coaches are just terrible here. No experience worth learning from.
We got four Dutch coaches in Germany. Hiddink - Australia, Beenhakker - Trinidad, Dick Advocaat - S.Korea, and ofcourse Van Basten.

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#21 Post by F.N.G. » 05 May 2006, 12:42

Wes wrote:
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Toasty wrote:Better Poll question would, who is going to be the surprise of the Tournament...
Remember S. Korea in '02?

Why is no one talking about Portugal this year?
(they were pretty great in the early stages of '02).
I doubt there will be any major surprises, but keep an eye out for Ivory Coast and Australia.
Ivory Coast do have a very strong team. Australia does not really, but they got Hiddink like in 02 with S.Korea.
yeah, I was thinking the Hiddink effect, and Schwarzer, Viduka and Kewell are all on form.
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#22 Post by JJ » 05 May 2006, 16:56

Toasty wrote:
F.N.G. wrote:Lets not get into the entire 'who cares' debate because let me tell you Americans something - everybody else in the entire world cares! The most followed sport in the world, the most watched event in the world!

I can't see any further than Brazil to be honest, although their defense is a bit dodgy and their normally reliable 'keeper Dida has had a poor season. England - no chance. We never had a chance, but now have less with no Wayne Rooney and a half fit Owen.
Germany, Holland and Czech Republic should also do well.
Word.
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It's clear to me it's due our inability to perform well in it.
Much like the way we poo poo'd the Basball Classic when it became evident we were getting outclassed...
Actually, the way we view soccer is a triumph. Whenever I get into one of those "everything in Europe is superior" moods, I have this game to rely on so that things can get put back into perspective.

Sometimes the United States is smarter than the rest of the world.
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#23 Post by Gren » 07 May 2006, 10:01

I was making some purchases in Virgin today, and they totalled to £29.99. They have a promotion where for every £10 you spend you get a stamp, and 10 stamps gets you a £10 voucher (therefore 1 stamp=£1). As I didn't want to miss out on my potential saving I invested 35p in a pack of World Cup stickers. So if anybody needs #3, 133, 323, 356 or 567 (how many stickers are in a book these days?) let me know.
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#24 Post by Punisher » 07 May 2006, 16:36

I really don't like football, but for some reason during World Cup season I am absolutely transfixed by it - even the random matches between Outer Mongolia and Uzbekistan. Hopefully work won't get in the way of me catching a few matches. No idea who'll take it but I hear Germany are looking pretty strong this year.
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#25 Post by JJ » 07 May 2006, 22:12

Punisher wrote:I really don't like football, but for some reason during World Cup season I am absolutely transfixed by it - even the random matches between Outer Mongolia and Uzbekistan. Hopefully work won't get in the way of me catching a few matches. No idea who'll take it but I hear Germany are looking pretty strong this year.
Home team always does better than expected. Fix is in and shit. I'd make Germany the favorite, FIFA rankings be damned.
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