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Old 09-23-2006, 12:16 PM   #16
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I was surprised to see the new "Zidane Training smiley"

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The new "Italian football smiley" is not available yet
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The new "Italian football smiley" is not available yet
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That's ok, the current one will last 4 years

:WORLD CHAMPIONS
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Marseille started it, I hope you know your football well enough to know that
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If it were hockey they just could have pummeled each other for a minute or two.
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Old 09-25-2006, 03:35 PM   #21
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That's ok, the current one will last 4 years

:WORLD CHAMPIONS
Yeah, right, they're going to be known as the team who failed TWICE to make the European Championships after winning the World Cup
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An integral part of sports is trying to throw the opposition off their game, and Materazzi has shown himself to be the master at it. Michael Jordan did the same thing in nearly every match, and nobody gets in Jordan's grill the way they do Materazzi.
The difference being- Jordan was a skilled player.


In any sport, the mediocre, scrappy players will always be negatively implicated when involved in a controversy with a star performer. As well, it's difficult for folks to have respect for athletes on the Italian National Diving team... especially when tactics like those perpetrated by Materazzi (in several games) marred the entire World Cup Tournament (see Portugal as well). Italy dove to victory with White Smoke and Mirrors.

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Yeah, right, they're going to be known as the team who failed TWICE to make the European Championships after winning the World Cup
I'll take the World cup over the European Championships.

I didn't know qualifying was over though

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Italy dove to victory with White Smoke and Mirrors.

Fewest goals allowed (none from free play)

2nd Most scored

Champions through and through


Thierry Henry out dove the Italians all on his own !
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When you can't beat 'em...



Numbers aside, they were the icing on the embellishment cake. I do not contest their title, and I do not consider other teams more worthy, but I think it's well within reason to not be satisfied with their means of victory. "Whatever it takes" is an outdated mantra. If the winning example is like that of World Cup '06, futbol will continue to degrade into stalemating and conduct becoming of a lemming.

Much like the state of ice hockey ten years ago.
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Numbers aside, they were the icing on the embellishment cake. I do not contest their title, and I do not consider other teams more worthy, but I think it's well within reason to not be satisfied with their means of victory. "Whatever it takes" is an outdated mantra. If the winning example is like that of World Cup '06, futbol will continue to degrade into stalemating and conduct becoming of a lemming.

Much like the state of ice hockey ten years ago.
The final was no classic, but it wasn't the worst one by a long shot, that dubious honor goes to the '90 final.

The semi-final with Germany alone made them worthy winners, that was a classic up there with the best of them.

The most disappointing team in the world cup for me was Portugal; negative play, and diving/embellishment of the worst order.

Still, even they didn't plumb the depths Zidane did, who now holds 2 slots in the top 10 moments of 'worst behavior at a world cup'
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The most disappointing team in the world cup for me was Portugal; negative play, and diving/embellishment of the worst order.
Agreed.

As much as I like to razz the azzurri, Portugal was the most ridiculous. The absolute worst was Figo's behavior in the Holland match... 4 red cards between the teams and many more players booked. Low point indeed.

It's funny how both France and Italy struggled early in the tournament... if Italy did not hang on to draw with the Americans, there would have been a not so favorable matchup with the Brazilians. One can only imagine...




1-0 Italy in penalty kicks?



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Materazzi pulled another classic in that last Champions League match

that guy belongs on a football pitch as much as I belong in a bodybuilder of the year competition (and - yes - I am all lard)
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