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  • Feanor 6 Jul 2014 15:36:26 14,175 posts
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    wogsy81 wrote:
    Hodgson got a 0-0 against Costa Rica with his reserve team and no one was calling him a genius after it.
    Costa Rica had nothing to play for in that game.
  • kalel 6 Jul 2014 15:43:21 87,933 posts
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    It's not even about whether LVG is literally a genius or not. Even using the the word in the hyperbolic sense, he still isn't one, or at least not for that substitution.
  • FWB 6 Jul 2014 15:46:43 44,671 posts
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    If he was a genius he'd have won that game in 90mins. Not like CR offered that much.

    And if he wins the WC he still won't be a genius. That Dutch side - compared to everyone else - are more than capable of winning it under him or someone else.
  • kalel 6 Jul 2014 15:49:59 87,933 posts
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    I'm not really shitting on LVG generally. Excellent manager, and Netherlands are the most convincing team in the tournament thanks to him.
  • Tuffty 6 Jul 2014 16:03:08 1,612 posts
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    Germany v Holland would probably be the best football for a final, but Brazil v Argentina would have the most drama. The host nation on the verge of winning the tournament or their most hated rival winning the tournament from them on their home soil.
  • superbob85 6 Jul 2014 16:19:30 2,150 posts
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    Im hoping for a brazil v argentina final that really would be a battle.
  • Bremenacht 6 Jul 2014 16:38:44 18,459 posts
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    It would be tense, cagey and fairly boring as a result for neutrals. The Netherlands are the team who seem most capable of providing the dynamic, entertaining football most would hope for in a WC final.

    Netherlands -v- Argentina is quite exciting for me 'cos it reminds me of '78 - the first time I became aware of the WC and what a big thing it was.
  • superbob85 6 Jul 2014 17:29:10 2,150 posts
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    I dont think argentina have been boring they have played some decent stuff in spells. The big test will be the dutch they look dangerous.
  • FWB 6 Jul 2014 18:46:41 44,671 posts
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    So Brazil are appealing Silva's yellow. Pretty spot on card given what he did. But expect it to be rescinded. The FIFA gods have spoken as to who they want to win this tournament.
  • DanB24 6 Jul 2014 18:50:55 2,039 posts
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    FWB wrote:
    So Brazil are appealing Silva's yellow. Pretty spot on card given what he did. But expect it to be rescinded. The FIFA gods have spoken as to who they want to win this tournament.
    Hopefully Germany will destroy them regardless.
  • superbob85 6 Jul 2014 18:54:23 2,150 posts
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    I think brazil will miss neymar massively fully expect germany to win. In 2 minds about who i want in the final germany v holland or brazil v argentina.
  • Shephard 6 Jul 2014 19:04:28 226 posts
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    superbob85 wrote:
    I think brazil will miss neymar massively fully expect germany to win. In 2 minds about who i want in the final germany v holland or brazil v argentina.
    If those are the match ups you want, I would hope for a Germany vs Holland final? I can see Brazil and Argentina battling it out just as fanatic when it is for the honor of finishing third only, but maybe I am mistaken. Holland and Germany could not care less about the 3rd or 4th place.
  • superbob85 6 Jul 2014 19:11:46 2,150 posts
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    That's a good point the massive rivalry between holland and germany would be make for a great final. Been the 2 stand outs in the tournament.
  • Gunzberg 6 Jul 2014 19:20:06 1,738 posts
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    I hope Germany v Brazil is decided in the 90min of usual time chop, chop. I have lengthy work travel and a 3 hour presentation to do the next day and considering the match starts at 2200 local time, I would be really fatigued watching that.

    But one must watch if German, the WC is only every 4 years after all!

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  • superbob85 6 Jul 2014 19:49:08 2,150 posts
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    Im pleased theres no more 11pm games. Felt shocking all week after that.
  • fletch7100 6 Jul 2014 20:07:05 7,331 posts
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    Brazil are certain to be knocked out after their star player is banned

    Brazilian teams press officer suspended for 3 games. Picked up the ban after shoving a Chilean player at half time during their match
  • superbob85 6 Jul 2014 20:15:54 2,150 posts
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    And silva is suspended cant see the ban getting overturned looked a clear as day card.
  • Bremenacht 7 Jul 2014 00:42:10 18,459 posts
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    I agree with everything superbob85 says on this page, particularly this

    superbob85 wrote:
    That's a good point the massive rivalry between holland and germany would be make for a great final. Been the 2 stand outs in the tournament.
  • Shephard 7 Jul 2014 01:23:04 226 posts
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    Bremenacht wrote:
    I agree with everything superbob85 says on this page, particularly this

    superbob85 wrote:
    That's a good point the massive rivalry between holland and germany would be make for a great final. Been the 2 stand outs in the tournament.
    When is superbob wrong? Open door...
  • Ka-blamo 7 Jul 2014 02:00:31 7,368 posts
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    Apparently Neymar is going to risk coming back if Brazil make the final....I'm sure Barcelona are thrilled with that news.
  • spindizzy 7 Jul 2014 10:44:29 6,533 posts
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    Everyone seen this (amazing) analysis of the (impossible) Messi?
    http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/lionel-messi-is-impossible/#shotlocation
  • DreadedWalrus 7 Jul 2014 11:15:35 354 posts
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  • Bremenacht 7 Jul 2014 12:08:43 18,459 posts
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    spindizzy wrote:
    Everyone seen this (amazing) analysis of the (impossible) Messi?
    http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/lionel-messi-is-impossible/#shotlocation
    That article is insanely detailed.
  • Bremenacht 7 Jul 2014 12:10:14 18,459 posts
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    DreadedWalrus wrote:
    :- D
  • DanB24 7 Jul 2014 13:29:29 2,039 posts
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    Brilliant quote! Good to see that he can laugh about it. :D
  • kalel 7 Jul 2014 13:34:16 87,933 posts
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    Love him.

    I was watching one of those BBC best bits of the 2006 world cup they keep showing. In retrospect Germany were a much more exciting team under him, and I think he did a great job with USA as well. His time at Bayern didn't go brilliantly but I do think he's a manager with a lot to offer. Hope he does make to Spurs at some point. I can certainly see it happening.
  • Dougs 7 Jul 2014 13:54:16 68,063 posts
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    Low was his assistant wasn't he? Seen some suggestion that he was behind that team more than Klinsmann...
  • Tom_Servo 7 Jul 2014 14:08:04 17,990 posts
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    He seems like he might be a flashier foreign version of Harry. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
  • RedSparrows 7 Jul 2014 14:22:01 22,911 posts
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    I don't instinctively loathe him, so he's got that over 'Arry.
  • kalel 7 Jul 2014 14:23:51 87,933 posts
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    How's he like Harry?
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