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    Never again do I want to watch such a shambles of an opening ceremony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickjames View Post
    Might as well give Brazil the trophy already, ah referees.
    Sadly, this seems to be the case in every World Cup! Also, I was watching the news after the match and they were saying that referees are gonna be inclined to give Brazil the vast majority of the decisions because the authorities biggest fear is Brazil going out early and adding more fuel to the protestor fires!

    Quote Originally Posted by SiliconAlley_Sam View Post
    The opening ceremony was so bad that it was awkward to watch.
    I've never seen a decent FIFA or UEFA opening ceremony! Perhaps they need to give Danny Boyle a call!

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    I was cringing during most of the opening ceremony but the part with the singers On the plus side I got the score spot on!

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    I missed the opening ceremony as they are usually dull affairs but looks like the lunacy of this one would be quite entertaining

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    Feeling rather smug this morning after both bets came through! Had 2/1 that brazil would play in yellow so that was a bit of a no brainer really and that both sides would score but that Brazil would win. Really surprised that one came through since technically Croatia didn't score.

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    So the Croatians are not happy with the ref: BBC Sport - World Cup 2014: Brazil v Croatia referee scandalous - Dejan Lovren

    Gotta say I'm with them on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    So the Croatians are not happy with the ref: BBC Sport - World Cup 2014: Brazil v Croatia referee scandalous - Dejan Lovren

    Gotta say I'm with them on that.
    I don't blame them!

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    Seemed almost like Blatter had told the ref 'Make sure Brazil win, we dont want anymore (escalation in the) riots.'

    Terrible referee. Very poor sportmanship from a lot of Brazil players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hefferzzzz View Post
    .... Very poor sportmanship from a lot of Brazil players.
    You say this like you are surprised?

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    Rivaldo is exactly what came to my mind when Fred fell over, too.

    It's so sad to see Brasil doing this, especially after seeing previous generations do this:

    FINAL World Cup 1970 | Carlos Alberto - Brazil vs Italy 4:1 w/ music - YouTube

    and this

    Pele dummy and miss v Uruguay - YouTube

    I know he missed but at the time, it was such an audacious move, it was still Brasilian flair at its best. Four years before Cruyff and his Turn, too.

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    Yeah, the recent Brazil teams just haven't had the class, or the flair of the 1970s group. Ronaldo was decent in his hey day. I still remember watching the UEFA Cup Final of 1998 where he completely stole the show. Some of the skills in that match were scarily good!



    Unfortunately, the Rivaldo's and Ronaldinho's have just let themselves down with theatrics and tantrums!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthling View Post
    I know he missed but at the time, it was such an audacious move, it was still Brasilian flair at its best. Four years before Cruyff and his Turn, too.
    Pele done the "Cruyff turn" 14 years before Cruyff and smashed it into the net against Juve.


    Garrincha also does many 180 flicks, leaves the ball standing and could turn like noone else (because of his twisted legs)
    Last edited by Theblacksheep; 13th June 2014 at 01:33 PM.

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    They played brilliantly in the first half. Wingers on both sides were placing the ball perfectly for the attackers, Neymar was jumping over tackles and barging about but as soon as the second half started the Brazillians were rolling around and falling over like wimpy toddlers. It can only be down to Scolari's speech at half time.

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    Link: Every World Cup goal - World Cup 2014 - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) [Interactive graphic]

    Compare the number of goals scored by World Cup finals contenders from 1930 to 2010.

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    Amazing that Spain only scored 8 goals in the last world cup and were champions.



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