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12-07-2014, 11:51 PM #381
12-07-2014, 11:57 PM #382
Oh, and the Brazilian players did not wait for the 3rd-place medal ceremony, which is an awful faux pas. Ugh.
13-07-2014, 12:30 AM #383
Chelsea must be laughing their asses off selling Luiz for £50m. Meanwhile somebody in Paris is looking for the receipt... I mean, you can buy Ron Vlaar 10 times with that money.
Also, the referee was once again terrible. Arguably the second worst after the Colombia game. I sincerely hope we will see professional referees for 2022.
13-07-2014, 11:20 AM #384
13-07-2014, 01:37 PM #385
I found it hilarious that in an interview after the match, Netherland's Robben stated that NE would have deserved to play in the finals after showing such a good performance. They played well, granted, but apparently not good enough to beat Argentina.
Last edited by Squiz; 13-07-2014 at 01:43 PM.
13-07-2014, 03:45 PM #386
But anyway, the match between The Netherlands and Argentina was one of extreme defensiveness. Neither side impressed me much, and even the supposed best footballer in the world, Lionel Messi, only touched the ball in the Dutch goal area once - to take his penalty kick after extended time.
In a way coming third is the second best result for the Dutch team. Winning the championship would have been great, of course, but winning against the host nation Brazil to take 3rd seems more satisfying than what would probably have ended up in a loss against the German favourites.
Here's hoping the Argentinians can surprise to give the audience a competitive game - and maybe even win!
13-07-2014, 04:30 PM #387
I won't be writing any "preview" today as I'm going outside. They have been getting shorter as tournament progressed so writing none seems like an apt conclusion.
13-07-2014, 04:56 PM #388
Well, good luck to all the Germans, but also to the Argentinians. Unlike most of my countrymen, I'm not automatically rooting for the Germans. I just want the team who plays the best football to win.
13-07-2014, 11:21 PM #389
It went okay.
13-07-2014, 11:33 PM #390
I'm one of those horrible people who're not really into soccer (that's my GF's job) but will watch most international games with interest. Tonight was a bit tense, to say the least, the game really showed how differently semi-finals and finals can go.
13-07-2014, 11:53 PM #391
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13-07-2014, 11:56 PM #392
3 little interesting tidbits:
- 3 teams went undefeated in the tournament (remember that losing a penalty shoot-out isn't officially a loss, it's a tie): Germany, the Netherlands and... Costa Rica.
- 3 countries have won the WC more than 3 times: Brazil, Italy and now Germany. For each of those countries, the 4th title came 24 years after the 3rd. (Brazil 70-94, Italy 82-06, Germany 90-14).
- This is the first time that a continent has won 3 Cups in a row (Europe: Italy 06, Spain 10, Germany 14). South Americans need to step it up.
14-07-2014, 04:01 AM #393
That goal was amazing btw, the control of the ball was just wow.
14-07-2014, 07:45 AM #394
Sadly (but as expected), the performance of the referees was once again disappointing. The second foul against Schweinsteiger was more than a bit obvious and could have decided the match much sooner. Also, poor Kramer who substituted for Khedira - a wish coming true for sure - just to get knocked out after a couple of minutes.
14-07-2014, 08:00 AM #395
Too bad Argentina didn't win, that would've been nice. At least second is a lot better than they've been able to do in recent FIFA World Cups.
Agreed with the criticism of the referees in general. It seems that pretty much everything goes these days - from shirt pulling to blatant acts of violence.
14-07-2014, 10:08 AM #396
In the meanwhile I was cheering for Germany (and I'm Italian, go figure), I think they deserved the win.
14-07-2014, 01:46 PM #397
15-07-2014, 02:01 AM #398
Bye, World Cup thread! I'll miss you. I miss the Cup. The Brazilian league resumes in two days. Two days. It's going to be a system shock (ha. ha). Just shoot me :(
16-07-2014, 09:14 AM #399
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Some of the German celebrations have been hysterical, I gotta say that they know how to celebrate in style:
16-07-2014, 09:14 AM #400
some german festivities are getting out of hand and overly nationalist, mind.