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Old 06-22-2008, 09:44 PM   #451
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No, no.

Italy's strategy is: get a goal, then pull all 10 men back and pray that the score stays 1-0.
That's partly correct.

Italy's strategy is: defend, defend, hit them on the counter, get a goal, pull all 10 men behind the ball.

Italy are Greece with more skillful players.
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Old 06-22-2008, 09:45 PM   #452
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Italy's strategy, in my opinion, is to play 'not to lose' instead of 'playing to win.' This style includes, again in my opinion, a penchant for holding on for a shootout. Me thinks they rely on Buffon's heroics too much.
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Just finished watching the game (replay). Did they even broadcast it live here in the US? I couldn't find it on any channel.

Anyway, man... will Italy's bad luck with penalty shootouts ever end??? Every time it's the same story. Remember the USA94 final?

It's such a horrible way to determine the winner. Putting so much weight on the goalkeeper's shoulders and nobody else to help him. I wish there was a better way.
It's already a great improvement. Before penalty shootouts a coin was going to decide which team to advance.

I find them quite okay. Better than letting the teams play till Saint Glinglin's day, and in some games that's the only tension of the entire match. I just don't understand how the teams in so many matches seem to just wait for this unpredictable way to decide the winner.

Italy's bad luck with penalties took a substantial break in 2006.
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Oh, and Zoots, the game was on ABC.
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That's partly correct.

Italy's strategy is: defend, defend, hit them on the counter, get a goal, pull all 10 men behind the ball.

And yet they were the highest scorers of the last World Cup......
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Dalton, you just got Toscano'd!
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Old 06-23-2008, 03:31 AM   #457
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I saw the game last night and all I can say is:

GO AUSTRALIA!!!!! You have been AVENGED!!!!!!.....YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

I waited since the beginning of Euro 2008 for the right moment to say:

ARRIVEDERCI ITALIA!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!






Btw - I apologize for being obnoxious.....lol.
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Old 06-23-2008, 04:29 AM   #458
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Dalton, you just got Toscano'd!
not quite.

WORLD CUP 2006 STANDINGS

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1.Italy 12- 2
2.France 9- 3
3.Germany 14- 6

As you can see, Germany was the topscoring team of the 2006 world cup.
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No, no.

Italy's strategy is: get a goal, then pull all 10 men back and pray that the score stays 1-0.


but the thing is, why was Di Natale again in the team...he was bad since the first match! and the same for Quagliarella, such a useless player! yes, and there's Toni
And bringing Del Piero in 117 min., I mean this is a joke or?!
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not quite.

WORLD CUP 2006 STANDINGS

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1.Italy 12- 2
2.France 9- 3
3.Germany 14- 6

As you can see, Germany was the topscoring team of the 2006 world cup.
And three of Italy's goals came in extra time or added extra time one of those was the dubious penalty against Australia. 3 of Italy's 4 knockout stage games went to added extra time. Really goes to prove my point more than disprove it.
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Italy were certainly not the best (or fairest) team at Germany '06. but they sure did what needed to be done and for that they deserved the World Cup.

Italy's most convincing performances at Germnay '06 were against the Czech Rep (fair effort) and Ukraine (who should never have got to the Quarter Finals anyway - cursed Tunisia)
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Now that the semis candidates are known, who will win this Euro ? I say Germany.
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Germany v Russia final

Germany will have the edge.
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I want Russia-Turkey for the final. I mean, it's the euro!
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Italy were certainly not the best (or fairest) team at Germany '06. but they sure did what needed to be done and for that they deserved the World Cup.

Italy's most convincing performances at Germnay '06 were against the Czech Rep (fair effort) and Ukraine (who should never have got to the Quarter Finals anyway - cursed Tunisia)
The best game by far of the whole tournament was the Semi with Germany

If they weren't the best team in 06 then who was ? And PLEASE don't say Brazil, "best" teams don't fall asleep on set pieces.
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