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Old 05-18-2006, 12:46 AM   #196
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Croatia? Ivory Coast? USA?
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Yeah...Ivory Coast would be a great team to root for. After the USA of course.
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Yeah...Ivory Coast would be a great team to root for. After the USA of course.
Ivory Coast sucks...

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Old 05-18-2006, 08:22 AM   #199
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I still haven't decided who to root for yet, seeing as Ireland didn't make it.

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Canada!


Oops, they're not qualified! What a pity!





I suggest Ivory Coast, I think they will be the surprise of the championship. And they're a pretty likeable team, they're definitely my second team this year!
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Italy?

We have "clean" players too.. !
And our shirt is
Is this enough?
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I was just informed that I am being sent to India on the first week of June so I will be forced to watch Argentina - Ivory Coast alone in my hotel at 12:30 a.m.
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I was just informed that I am being sent to India on the first week of June so I will be forced to watch Argentina - Ivory Coast alone in my hotel at 12:30 a.m.



And you can neither shout if you score a goal!
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Where will you be when you play against Serbia?
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And you can neither shout if you score a goal!
Oh, I am so waking up the whole hotel if there is one...
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Rooney (who is overrated anyway), has messed up his foot and is in doubt for the opening game. A great situation for a striker to be in in the lead up to a world cup
So a player gets injured & that makes him shite, & there's me thinking it was mainly down to a lack of ability all this time, thanks aussie you've opened my eyes to this thing in England we call football, were the fuck would us English be without you cultured, eloquent, articulate, sophisticated, intellectual, lovely people, must rush got to go tell my eldest son where we've been going wrong all the time, thanks once again.
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Croatia? Ivory Coast? USA?
i wouldn't choose to root for the USA unless you want to be dissapointed.

of course if you listen to one of their top players, Donavon ( ) he said the other day they could beat Brazil!

in the build up to the world cup i've been thinking at least the USA had a really good keeper...then i find out Friedal has retired from the national team he was the main reason they got out of their group last time...and it was easier than the group they have this time.



Croatia and the Ivory Coast could do well though although i really don't know which 2 to pick from the group of death.
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i wouldn't choose to root for the USA unless you want to be dissapointed.

of course if you listen to one of their top players, Donavon ( ) he said the other day they could beat Brazil!

in the build up to the world cup i've been thinking at least the USA had a really good keeper...then i find out Friedal has retired from the national team he was the main reason they got out of their group last time...and it was easier than the group they have this time.

Well, it's about damn time people started trashing the USA. I was wondering if it was ever going to start up.

Ask Romario what he thinks about Kasey Keller (granted, this was 8 years ago, but still.)

You're right, the USA has a tough draw to get to the prequarters match with Brazil, but I don't think Italy and the Czech Republic relish having to face them (or Ghana, for that matter).

I won't argue that the USA deserved a top seed, but Mexico definitely didn't deserve to get it ahead of them, given that the USA has pretty much owned Mexico the last few years. (There's a tasteless quip that's begging to be said here, but I ain't saying it.) But if you want to be one of the best teams, you have to beat the other best teams somewhere along the line.
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Well, it's about damn time people started trashing the USA. I was wondering if it was ever going to start up.
well i had to do something to distract from all the trashing of England

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Ask Romario what he thinks about Kasey Keller (granted, this was 8 years ago, but still.)
yes, the 8 years ago sums that up. he was a good goalie at one time, although i never rated him that highly. Friedal was/is far better.

is Keller even the #1 goalie? or is Howard?



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You're right, the USA has a tough draw to get to the prequarters match with Brazil, but I don't think Italy and the Czech Republic relish having to face them (or Ghana, for that matter).
the USA may very well beat Ghana. although i expect them to have lost the first two games rendering that result meaningless.

and i don't think Italy or the Czechs will relish it that much...but they wont underate the US like Portugal did last time.

Italy & Czech Rep. are better than the USA.

but then football's a funny old game...



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I won't argue that the USA deserved a top seed, but Mexico definitely didn't deserve to get it ahead of them, given that the USA has pretty much owned Mexico the last few years. (There's a tasteless quip that's begging to be said here, but I ain't saying it.) But if you want to be one of the best teams, you have to beat the other best teams somewhere along the line.
good, cause they didn't deserve a top seed.

Holland aren't seeded either, i'd rate them above the US easily.

and the USA being better than Mexico in games against them doesn't mean much, the seeds are given based on all around performance, not head to head against 1 team.

as to wether Mexico deserved to be seeded i'm not sure, time may well tell us that one.
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yes, the 8 years ago sums that up. he was a good goalie at one time, although i never rated him that highly. Friedal was/is far better.

is Keller even the #1 goalie? or is Howard?
I'm pretty sure it's going to be Keller; I think he's been getting most of the work for the USA in the last couple years.

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Holland aren't seeded either, i'd rate them above the US easily.

and the USA being better than Mexico in games against them doesn't mean much, the seeds are given based on all around performance, not head to head against 1 team.

as to wether Mexico deserved to be seeded i'm not sure, time may well tell us that one.
The USA and Mexico play pretty much the same teams in the same tournaments in the Americas. They were basically dead even. I agree that the Netherlands got jacked, but assuming that the decision for the final top seed had to come down to the USA and Mexico, the USA should have won the tiebreaker head to head.
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The USA and Mexico play pretty much the same teams in the same tournaments in the Americas. They were basically dead even. I agree that the Netherlands got jacked, but assuming that the decision for the final top seed had to come down to the USA and Mexico, the USA should have won the tiebreaker (something like 1 loss in the last 10 matches against Mexico). The Netherlands definitely got jacked though.

it's wasn't between US & Mexico. here's the table of scores for the draw rankings...no clue how they figure these out...

Brazil 64
England 51
Spain 50
Germany 48
Mexico 47
France 46
Argentina 44
Italy 44


the USA had 43, Holland had 38.

i never pay attention to any of the FIFA rankings...and this is no exception.

but with the system they used, Mexico got more points.


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I'm pretty sure it's going to be Keller; I think he's been getting most of the work for the USA in the last couple years.
he has experience.

you should have had big petitions to get Friedal to reconsider his retirement
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