General Chat Thread, World Cup! in General; Never again do I want to watch such a shambles of an opening ceremony....
13th June 2014, 09:01 AM #181
Never again do I want to watch such a shambles of an opening ceremony.
13th June 2014, 09:02 AM #182
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!
Originally Posted by rickjames
I've never seen a decent FIFA or UEFA opening ceremony! Perhaps they need to give Danny Boyle a call!
Originally Posted by SiliconAlley_Sam
13th June 2014, 09:07 AM #183
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!
13th June 2014, 09:09 AM #184
I missed the opening ceremony as they are usually dull affairs but looks like the lunacy of this one would be quite entertaining
13th June 2014, 09:24 AM #185
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.
13th June 2014, 09:50 AM #186
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.
13th June 2014, 09:51 AM #187
I don't blame them!
Originally Posted by sparkeh
13th June 2014, 10:14 AM #188
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.
13th June 2014, 10:43 AM #189
You say this like you are surprised?
Originally Posted by Hefferzzzz
13th June 2014, 12:04 PM #190
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
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.
13th June 2014, 12:20 PM #191
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!
13th June 2014, 12:28 PM #192
Pele done the "Cruyff turn" 14 years before Cruyff and smashed it into the net against Juve.
Originally Posted by Earthling
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 12:33 PM.
13th June 2014, 12:46 PM #193
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.
13th June 2014, 02:32 PM #194
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.
13th June 2014, 02:34 PM #195
Amazing that Spain only scored 8 goals in the last world cup and were champions.
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