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Gadgety
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FIFA/Sepp Blatter took ages to introduce goal cameras
Gadgety   6/16/2014 8:05:51 AM
So your suggestions will not bear fruition in another 100 years or so. That said did you see the Netherlands-Spain 5-1 score? Not a final, but hardly the 1-2, 2-1 dance. Or worse 0-0.

hotellyon
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Soccer...
hotellyon   6/16/2014 10:30:02 AM
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Soccer's fundamental problem is that it's not fun to watch. It's maddening with suspense...
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Susan Rambo
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Re: Soccer...
Susan Rambo   6/16/2014 10:40:17 AM
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Suspenseful, yes. I was also in suspense waiting for them to use the goalline technology, which they did yesterday finally.

tangey
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A fair knowledge ?
tangey   6/16/2014 10:54:45 AM
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"I say this despite a fair knowledge of soccer. " "...after two brief over times" It's not soccer, its football. And whatever you want to call it, nobody calls "extra time", "overtime" I think its best we leave your expertise there.

waaromikke
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Dull and Predictable?
waaromikke   6/16/2014 11:12:43 AM
Talking about predictable and dull; maybe you did not see the Spain - Holland match. The World champion suffered a 5-1 knock out loss.

As a European I find [American] football dull. Within a minute the game is halted.

rob18767
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Re: FIFA/Sepp Blatter took ages to introduce goal cameras
rob18767   6/16/2014 11:41:39 AM
Soccer is so dull it became, by far, the most popular sport on earth? 

Rishiyur.Nikhil
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Re: A fair knowledge ?
Rishiyur.Nikhil   6/16/2014 12:01:18 PM
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> "It's not soccer, its football."

"The term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford "-er" abbreviation of the word "association""

[from it's official name, "Association Football"; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soccer]

The term "soccer" also appears in many places on the FIFA website.

rick merritt
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Lively analysis
rick merritt   6/16/2014 12:06:11 PM
This blog is more exciting than any soccer game I ever watched.

To be fair I have only tried to watch a few but they just didn't hold my attention.

I am in Greece watching people in cafes watch the World Cup and trying to watch myself. Their home team lost yesterday in I think a 2-0 match to Columbia. Must have been considered a wipe out. Boring!

My hat's off to the athleticism of the lean soccer players who run their buts off while most of our stocky football players just smash into each other repeatedly. I guess they kill themselves for our benefit so we can go home quietly--the modern equivalent of sacrifical lambs ;-)

 

pd99
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Football dull?
pd99   6/16/2014 12:11:12 PM
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I think this is a cultural thing. I would quite literally prefer to watch paint dry than watch American football and the verbal diarrhea from the commentators is worse than toothache. If you want a blow by blow account of the match, in the UK, listen to the radio commentary; if you want to watch the match watch it on television.

There are dull matches however, in most matches, everytime the ball gets into the penalty area there is the chance the ball will go in the net. A battle of minds between the defender and striker. This is good in premier league and at it's best in the world cup. Your local Sunday league game does not quite reach the same level of artistry.

Whether it is being British, but the only thing which annoys me is the deliberate cheating (handball, deliberate fouls).

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Lively analysis
Max The Magnificent   6/16/2014 12:22:55 PM
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@Rich: This blog is more exciting than any soccer game I ever watched.

It's just a case of "different strokes for different folks" -- I'm not a huge soccer fan myself, but I think it can be quite exciting (especially if you've bet money on it :-)

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