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Postby gopherguy06 » Fri 7/29/11 11:56 am

I didn't see a soccer or World Cup thread other than the women's one.

US Men's National team fires coach and replaces with Jürgen Klinsmann as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team.

http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Mens-Natio ... S-MNT.aspx
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Re: Soccer

Postby Chris83 » Fri 7/29/11 12:24 pm

gopherguy06 wrote:I didn't see a soccer or World Cup thread other than the women's one.

US Men's National team fires coach and replaces with Jürgen Klinsmann as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team.

http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Mens-Natio ... S-MNT.aspx


I like it!!! :thumbup:
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Re: Soccer

Postby Neely » Fri 7/29/11 2:03 pm

Doesn't this say everything we need to know about US Soccer? We can't even find an American to coach our National team? Kind of like when France brings in a US guy to coach their hockey team. Not saying he isn't the right guy (I would have no idea) but you would think as long as soccer has been played in this country there would be at least a few qualified people that could run the national team.
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Re: Soccer

Postby george » Fri 7/29/11 2:19 pm

Neely wrote:Doesn't this say everything we need to know about US Soccer? We can't even find an American to coach our National team? Kind of like when France brings in a US guy to coach their hockey team. Not saying he isn't the right guy (I would have no idea) but you would think as long as soccer has been played in this country there would be at least a few qualified people that could run the national team.


I think there may be, but they wanted someone with international experience who would bring some relevance and reputation to the team.
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Re: Soccer

Postby Neely » Fri 7/29/11 4:00 pm

george wrote:
Neely wrote:Doesn't this say everything we need to know about US Soccer? We can't even find an American to coach our National team? Kind of like when France brings in a US guy to coach their hockey team. Not saying he isn't the right guy (I would have no idea) but you would think as long as soccer has been played in this country there would be at least a few qualified people that could run the national team.


I think there may be, but they wanted someone with international experience who would bring some relevance and reputation to the team.


I completely understand the logic of hiring someone like this. I guess my point was that it is sad that as long as we've been playing "futbol" in this country that there isn't an American that can fill that role.
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Re: Soccer

Postby Ben » Fri 7/29/11 10:32 pm

First of all, Jay Goppingen has been here in the US since about 1998. He knows that the system here is broken (look up his comments on ESPN after the US lost to Ghana in the last World Cup.) and how he thinks we should fix it.

And Neely, do you know who England's manager is right now? :wink:
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Re: Soccer

Postby Snowcool08 » Fri 7/29/11 11:31 pm

The Bradley firing was expected after the world cup showing last year and I'm surprised it took this long. I think the Gold Cup final against Mexico sealed the deal. I read this article saying that he wasn't coaching with an eye to the future. He was playing older guys in the Gold Cup final that would be too old to play in the next World Cup. It would be more acceptable to lose the match so poorly if he was playing younger guys trying to gain experience instead of playing old guys that will lead the team to nowhere. If this article represents the thinking of higher ups in the US Soccer organization, then it's completely understandable why he got fired.

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Re: Soccer

Postby Neely » Sat 7/30/11 8:48 am

Ben wrote:First of all, Jay Goppingen has been here in the US since about 1998. He knows that the system here is broken (look up his comments on ESPN after the US lost to Ghana in the last World Cup.) and how he thinks we should fix it.

And Neely, do you know who England's manager is right now? :wink:


Nope, I don't. I have zero knowledge of international soccer other than I watch the World Cup when it is on. Again, I have no issue with hiring this guy and I'm all for getting the best guy to give yourself a chance to win, but, I'll say it again, find it interesting that you cannot find an American to run the team. It's actually no different at the youth level. My daughter has played in two different soccer associations and in each the person running it is from another country and her coaches have primarily been from outside the US. I cannot stress enough that it's not a problem for me as her experiences have been nothing but positive, just interesting. It says to me that despite the number of people play soccer in the US this country just cannot seem to catch onto the passion for this game that exists in other countries.
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Re: Soccer

Postby Viking » Tue 8/09/11 12:08 pm

Neely wrote:
Ben wrote:First of all, Jay Goppingen has been here in the US since about 1998. He knows that the system here is broken (look up his comments on ESPN after the US lost to Ghana in the last World Cup.) and how he thinks we should fix it.

And Neely, do you know who England's manager is right now? :wink:


Nope, I don't. I have zero knowledge of international soccer other than I watch the World Cup when it is on. Again, I have no issue with hiring this guy and I'm all for getting the best guy to give yourself a chance to win, but, I'll say it again, find it interesting that you cannot find an American to run the team. It's actually no different at the youth level. My daughter has played in two different soccer associations and in each the person running it is from another country and her coaches have primarily been from outside the US. I cannot stress enough that it's not a problem for me as her experiences have been nothing but positive, just interesting. It says to me that despite the number of people play soccer in the US this country just cannot seem to catch onto the passion for this game that exists in other countries.

Having a national team coach from another country is quite common.
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Re: Soccer

Postby gopherguy13 » Fri 9/02/11 11:30 pm

Soccer had REALLY grown on me in the last couple years.

Friend of mine got me into it during the World Cup in '10, and now I really enjoy watching soccer.

USA is dominating Costa Rica tonight (despite a couple runs that CR made at the end of the first half), and should be leading 1-0, but all knotted at 0.

Anybody else watching?
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Re: Soccer

Postby CollegeHockeyAddict » Fri 9/02/11 11:39 pm

gopherguy13 wrote:Soccer had REALLY grown on me in the last couple years.

Friend of mine got me into it during the World Cup in '10, and now I really enjoy watching soccer.

USA is dominating Costa Rica tonight (despite a couple runs that CR made at the end of the first half), and should be leading 1-0, but all knotted at 0.

Anybody else watching?


I am now as a result of seeing your post.
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Re: Soccer

Postby gopherguy13 » Fri 9/02/11 11:56 pm

CollegeHockeyAddict wrote:
gopherguy13 wrote:Soccer had REALLY grown on me in the last couple years.

Friend of mine got me into it during the World Cup in '10, and now I really enjoy watching soccer.

USA is dominating Costa Rica tonight (despite a couple runs that CR made at the end of the first half), and should be leading 1-0, but all knotted at 0.

Anybody else watching?


I am now as a result of seeing your post.

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We dominated the first 40 minutes, but Costa Rica has taken some control back. Defensive breakdown gives up the goal. 1-0 CR :anger:
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Re: Soccer

Postby gopherguy13 » Sat 9/03/11 12:01 am

"Let's get chippy!" :lol:
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Re: Soccer

Postby Ben » Sat 9/03/11 12:02 am

gopherguy13 wrote:

We dominated the first 40 minutes, but Costa Rica has taken some control back. Defensive breakdown gives up the goal. 1-0 CR :anger:


Timmy got hung out to dry on that goal. Great 1st save, no help from the defense to avoid the easy finish. :ahhh:
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Re: Soccer

Postby gopherguy13 » Sat 9/03/11 12:09 am

Ben wrote:
gopherguy13 wrote:

We dominated the first 40 minutes, but Costa Rica has taken some control back. Defensive breakdown gives up the goal. 1-0 CR :anger:


Timmy got hung out to dry on that goal. Great 1st save, no help from the defense to avoid the easy finish. :ahhh:

Yep, it's a shame, he almost saved the second one, too!
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Re: Soccer

Postby gopherguy13 » Sat 9/03/11 12:14 am

FK in the 91st minute. This would be clutch...
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Re: Soccer

Postby gopherguy13 » Sat 9/03/11 12:14 am

gopherguy13 wrote:FK in the 91st minute. This would be clutch...

Terrible FK :lol:
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Postby Jupiter » Sat 9/03/11 12:15 am

The U.S. just can't finish. Deserve their fate tonight.
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Re: Soccer

Postby gopherguy13 » Sat 9/03/11 12:17 am

Jupiter wrote:The U.S. just can't finish. Deserve their fate tonight.

Agreed. All goes back to that Landon Donovan miss. 10th minute I think? If he scores that I think this is a VERY different game. Gotta convert on those chances....
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Re: Soccer

Postby gator » Sat 9/03/11 7:05 am

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Postby gobig6 » Sat 9/03/11 3:17 pm

Jupiter wrote:The U.S. just can't finish. Deserve their fate tonight.


That is what it is all about, you don't take your chances to finish when they are there it will come back to bite you in the end. With that being said I really enjoyed their play most of the game. It was good to see the US play some free-flowing attacking soccer for a change. If they can find a true goal scorer they could be a good team.
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Re: Soccer

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Re: Soccer

Postby Slap Shot » Sat 11/19/11 1:30 am

Sweet!
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Re: Soccer

Postby davescharf » Tue 12/13/11 1:16 am

looks like the EPL thread may be gone now, but this could be one of the goals of the year in the Premier League. Robin van Persie has just been electric for Arsenal this year.

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Re: Soccer

Postby Slap Shot » Tue 12/13/11 10:08 pm

I mentioned that goal at another goal.

Also loved seeing Chelscum beat City. :mrgreen:
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Postby gopherguy13 » Tue 12/13/11 10:22 pm

davescharf wrote:looks like the EPL thread may be gone now, but this could be one of the goals of the year in the Premier League. Robin van Persie has just been electric for Arsenal this year.


SUCH a sick goal!!!

That's like stuff you do on FIFA 12 :shock: :lol:
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Re: Soccer

Postby Slap Shot » Tue 12/13/11 10:38 pm

That announcer sounded so much like Michael Paliln I have expted him to say, "Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony".
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Re: Soccer

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:shock: :shock:

How does this happen? :lol: :lol:
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Re: Soccer

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Slap Shot wrote:That announcer sounded so much like Michael Paliln I have expted him to say, "Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony".


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Postby gopherguy13 » Thu 2/16/12 12:43 am

Milan all but eliminated the Gunners from the Champions League today, dominating 4-0 victory. Robinho had two beauties!
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Postby davescharf » Thu 2/16/12 7:32 am

gopherguy13 wrote:Milan all but eliminated the Gunners from the Champions League today, dominating 4-0 victory. Robinho had two beauties!


Arsenal just hasn't been that good all year outside of Van Persie
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gopherguy13 wrote:Milan all but eliminated the Gunners from the Champions League today, dominating 4-0 victory. Robinho had two beauties!

AC or Inter?
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gopherguy13 wrote:Milan all but eliminated the Gunners from the Champions League today, dominating 4-0 victory. Robinho had two beauties!

AC or Inter?

AC Milan. Inter plays next week.
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Postby gopherguy13 » Wed 2/22/12 4:01 pm

Good game so far between Basel and Bayern Munich. First half had some great scoring chances, hard to believe it's still nil-nil.

I love having a middle of the day break on Wednesdays, lines up perfectly with these Champions League matches :D
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Postby gopherguy13 » Wed 2/22/12 4:27 pm

Wow.

Basel up 1-0 on Bayern with a few minutes to play. Didn't see that coming!
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Postby davescharf » Wed 2/22/12 11:39 pm

gopherguy13 wrote:Wow.

Basel up 1-0 on Bayern with a few minutes to play. Didn't see that coming!


Beating Man U and Bayern in the span of a couple months is a pretty good run for anyone, let alone a team from the Swiss leagues.
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Re: Soccer

Postby gopherguy13 » Thu 2/23/12 2:37 pm

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gopherguy13 wrote:Wow.

Basel up 1-0 on Bayern with a few minutes to play. Didn't see that coming!


Beating Man U and Bayern in the span of a couple months is a pretty good run for anyone, let alone a team from the Swiss leagues.

No kidding!

And one of the commentators said 9 of their 14 (not 100% of the numbers) Champions League goals have come on the road. I would be a little worried if I was Bayern Munich!

Although I think Bayern can win by 2 at home, especially if Schweinsteiger is back (no idea how long he is out for)
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Re: Soccer

Postby Jrman » Thu 2/23/12 5:47 pm

gopherguy13 wrote:
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gopherguy13 wrote:Wow.

Basel up 1-0 on Bayern with a few minutes to play. Didn't see that coming!


Beating Man U and Bayern in the span of a couple months is a pretty good run for anyone, let alone a team from the Swiss leagues.

No kidding!

And one of the commentators said 9 of their 14 (not 100% of the numbers) Champions League goals have come on the road. I would be a little worried if I was Bayern Munich!

Although I think Bayern can win by 2 at home, especially if Schweinsteiger is back (no idea how long he is out for)


Last I heard from Schweinie's ankle issue was mid march so I don't see him back for the home leg of this tie (Heard from semi-reliable friend). Basel should be given a lot of credit for attacking the weaknesses of both Man Utd and Bayern. Both back lines they have faced have been suspect and Basel has gotten behind the defenses fairly easily.

As a Bayern fan my concern is on the eventual return of Van Buyten. He was the steadying force in central defense that allowed Bayern to advance in my opinion. If Badstuber can't mesh with Boatang then I think Bayern may see the dream end in this competition.

The most interesting thing so far to me will be how well the French clubs do away from home. OM squeaked by Inter and Lyon should have done more at home to Apoel. I had thought that the French were on the up with increased spending but looked lackluster in finishing.
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Re: Soccer

Postby Viking » Wed 2/29/12 4:41 pm

USA defeats Italy for the first time ever 1-0 in Genoa. Even though it was a friendly, it is a huge win.
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Re: Soccer

Postby Jupiter » Wed 2/29/12 4:45 pm

NICE!!!!
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Re: Soccer

Postby kmd » Wed 2/29/12 5:54 pm

I liked the factoid that Dempsey is only the 4th American to score against Italy...ever.
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Re: Soccer

Postby gopherguy13 » Wed 2/29/12 9:52 pm

Great win!

I was able to watch most of it before going to class. I think I left in the 80th minute, Italy was putting on some great pressure, I was pumped when I saw that they won!

Dempsey's goal was nice. Hopefully him and LD will be able to play together soon.
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Re: Soccer

Postby GrandForksGopher » Thu 3/01/12 1:37 am

I'm a huge soccer fan. I watched the first half of this game and decided to take a nap at half because the US should have been down about 6-0. When I woke up and saw they won I was pumped.
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Re: Soccer

Postby gopherguy13 » Wed 4/18/12 1:54 pm

Barca and Chelsea are playing on FX right now in the first leg of the CL semi-finals.

Chelsea has looked pretty solid so far, but I don't think Barca will have too much trouble.

edit: as I hit submit, Sanchez hit the bar for Barca, glorious chance.
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Re: Soccer

Postby h8red » Wed 4/18/12 2:41 pm

GrandForksGopher wrote:I'm a huge soccer fan. I watched the first half of this game and decided to take a nap at half because the US should have been down about 6-0. When I woke up and saw they won I was pumped.



The win doesn't count because there wasn't a riot to make it official. Sorry.
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Re: Soccer

Postby gopherguy13 » Wed 4/18/12 2:45 pm

SWEET goal for Chelsea right at the break! Fantastic assist from Ramires! :dup:
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Re: Soccer

Postby Viking » Wed 4/18/12 2:59 pm

gopherguy13 wrote:SWEET goal for Chelsea right at the break! Fantastic assist from Ramires! :dup:

Outstanding pass from Lampard to spring Ramires open too.
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Re: Soccer

Postby Snowcool08 » Wed 4/18/12 11:02 pm

Drogba was flopping all over the place today. Kind of pissed me off that he ended up getting all the praise for getting the goal. He must have hit the pitch a dozen times without anything resembling a hit that would put him down. Messi has to be the best player in the world with 4 guys surrounding him. Whenever he gets the ball it seems like he has no chance, but he still makes something happen more times than not.
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Re: Soccer

Postby gopherguy13 » Wed 4/18/12 11:25 pm

Snowcool08 wrote:Drogba was flopping all over the place today. Kind of pissed me off that he ended up getting all the praise for getting the goal. He must have hit the pitch a dozen times without anything resembling a hit that would put him down. Messi has to be the best player in the world with 4 guys surrounding him. Whenever he gets the ball it seems like he has no chance, but he still makes something happen more times than not.

Agreed. I was cheering for Chelsea to avoid a Barca-Real final, because I hate all the flopping that the Spanish teams do, but Drogba was giving them a run for their money today.

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Re: Soccer

Postby Jaykay3 » Thu 4/19/12 12:03 am

gopherguy13 wrote:
Snowcool08 wrote:Drogba was flopping all over the place today. Kind of pissed me off that he ended up getting all the praise for getting the goal. He must have hit the pitch a dozen times without anything resembling a hit that would put him down. Messi has to be the best player in the world with 4 guys surrounding him. Whenever he gets the ball it seems like he has no chance, but he still makes something happen more times than not.

Agreed. I was cheering for Chelsea to avoid a Barca-Real final, because I hate all the flopping that the Spanish teams do, but Drogba was giving them a run for their money today.

Still cheering for Bayern and Chelsea!


It wasn't easy but I was happy that the Blues pulled it off today. I agree that I would love to see Bayern vs. Chelsea but the Spanish teams are incredibly tough to stick with when they're at home.
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Re: Soccer

Postby davescharf » Thu 4/19/12 1:16 pm

Barca and Real are both certainly tough at home, but now that Chelsea held Barca to no away goals that's a big tiebreaker in their favor. Even losing 2-1 allows them to advance now.
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Re: Soccer

Postby Viking » Thu 4/19/12 1:50 pm

davescharf wrote:Barca and Real are both certainly tough at home, but now that Chelsea held Barca to no away goals that's a big tiebreaker in their favor. Even losing 2-1 allows them to advance now.

Chelsea is going to have to score at Camp Nou to go through. There is no way they keep a clean sheet on Tuesday.
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Re: Soccer

Postby gopherguy13 » Thu 4/19/12 2:23 pm

davescharf wrote:Barca and Real are both certainly tough at home, but now that Chelsea held Barca to no away goals that's a big tiebreaker in their favor. Even losing 2-1 allows them to advance now.

What are the tie break rules? I thought there would be penalties to break the tie if Barca wins by one goal in the next game.
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Re: Soccer

Postby Viking » Thu 4/19/12 2:55 pm

gopherguy13 wrote:
davescharf wrote:Barca and Real are both certainly tough at home, but now that Chelsea held Barca to no away goals that's a big tiebreaker in their favor. Even losing 2-1 allows them to advance now.

What are the tie break rules? I thought there would be penalties to break the tie if Barca wins by one goal in the next game.

Away goals is the tiebreaker. So if Barca wins 1-0, they go to extra time. If no one scores in extra time then it goes to penalties. If Barca wins the game 2-1, Chelsea advances on away goals.
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Re: Soccer

Postby gopherguy13 » Thu 4/19/12 3:23 pm

Got it. Thanks for clarifying!
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Re: Soccer

Postby davescharf » Thu 4/19/12 4:01 pm

Viking wrote:
davescharf wrote:Barca and Real are both certainly tough at home, but now that Chelsea held Barca to no away goals that's a big tiebreaker in their favor. Even losing 2-1 allows them to advance now.

Chelsea is going to have to score at Camp Nou to go through. There is no way they keep a clean sheet on Tuesday.


Agreed...this is the type of game where Messi can go off for 3 or 4 in a half if Chelsea isn't careful. However, not conceding a goal at Stamford Bridge was huge for them.
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Re: Soccer

Postby h8red » Thu 4/19/12 4:07 pm

davescharf wrote:
Viking wrote:
davescharf wrote:Barca and Real are both certainly tough at home, but now that Chelsea held Barca to no away goals that's a big tiebreaker in their favor. Even losing 2-1 allows them to advance now.

Chelsea is going to have to score at Camp Nou to go through. There is no way they keep a clean sheet on Tuesday.


Agreed...this is the type of game where Messi can go off for 3 or 4 in a half if Chelsea isn't careful. However, not conceding a goal at Stamford Bridge was huge for them.


Messi's speed and skill could definitely bury Chelsea quick-like but I think this will be a tightly contested match, probably 1-0 in the extra session. That would rock!
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Re: Soccer

Postby Viking » Thu 4/19/12 4:09 pm

davescharf wrote:
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davescharf wrote:Barca and Real are both certainly tough at home, but now that Chelsea held Barca to no away goals that's a big tiebreaker in their favor. Even losing 2-1 allows them to advance now.

Chelsea is going to have to score at Camp Nou to go through. There is no way they keep a clean sheet on Tuesday.


Agreed...this is the type of game where Messi can go off for 3 or 4 in a half if Chelsea isn't careful. However, not conceding a goal at Stamford Bridge was huge for them.

True on both counts. I just don't know if they can withstand the pressure that Barcelona will bring for a second time. They did a damn good job yesterday, but also got lucky. Can that luck hold out for another 90 minutes?
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Re: Soccer

Postby h8red » Thu 4/19/12 4:21 pm

Viking wrote:
davescharf wrote:
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davescharf wrote:Barca and Real are both certainly tough at home, but now that Chelsea held Barca to no away goals that's a big tiebreaker in their favor. Even losing 2-1 allows them to advance now.

Chelsea is going to have to score at Camp Nou to go through. There is no way they keep a clean sheet on Tuesday.


Agreed...this is the type of game where Messi can go off for 3 or 4 in a half if Chelsea isn't careful. However, not conceding a goal at Stamford Bridge was huge for them.

True on both counts. I just don't know if they can withstand the pressure that Barcelona will bring for a second time. They did a damn good job yesterday, but also got lucky. Can that luck hold out for another 90 minutes?


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Re: Soccer

Postby davescharf » Thu 4/19/12 7:03 pm

Viking wrote:
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davescharf wrote:Barca and Real are both certainly tough at home, but now that Chelsea held Barca to no away goals that's a big tiebreaker in their favor. Even losing 2-1 allows them to advance now.

Chelsea is going to have to score at Camp Nou to go through. There is no way they keep a clean sheet on Tuesday.


Agreed...this is the type of game where Messi can go off for 3 or 4 in a half if Chelsea isn't careful. However, not conceding a goal at Stamford Bridge was huge for them.

True on both counts. I just don't know if they can withstand the pressure that Barcelona will bring for a second time. They did a damn good job yesterday, but also got lucky. Can that luck hold out for another 90 minutes?


I read somewhere that Messi hasn't scored in his last 6 or 7 games against Chelsea. Given his skill and unbelievable finishing ability that's actually a shocking stat to me.
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Re: Soccer

Postby dxmnkd316 » Thu 4/19/12 8:28 pm

Snowcool08 wrote:Drogba was flopping all over the place today.


That's the African style of play. They are just as bad as the South Americans. Those two continents are the absolute worst. I wish FIFA would put a worldwide ban on players from those continents.
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Re: Soccer

Postby Snowcool08 » Thu 4/19/12 9:11 pm

Viking wrote:
gopherguy13 wrote:
davescharf wrote:Barca and Real are both certainly tough at home, but now that Chelsea held Barca to no away goals that's a big tiebreaker in their favor. Even losing 2-1 allows them to advance now.

What are the tie break rules? I thought there would be penalties to break the tie if Barca wins by one goal in the next game.

Away goals is the tiebreaker. So if Barca wins 1-0, they go to extra time. If no one scores in extra time then it goes to penalties. If Barca wins the game 2-1, Chelsea advances on away goals.


I did not know this so thank you. I just assumed that if the aggregate was tied it would go to penalties to decide it. The game is on the Fox Soccer Channel on Tuesday. I don't understand why they just couldn't put it on FSN or FX like Wednesday's game was. I don't have it, but a friend does. I'll have to avoid all sites until the nighttime when he gets off work so we can watch a DVRed version of it.
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Re: Soccer

Postby davescharf » Fri 4/20/12 6:40 am

dxmnkd316 wrote:
Snowcool08 wrote:Drogba was flopping all over the place today.


That's the African style of play. They are just as bad as the South Americans. Those two continents are the absolute worst. I wish FIFA would put a worldwide ban on players from those continents.


I know that's your snark, but can we make an exception for Messi? For as much 'attention' he gets from defenses he is hardly ever on the ground. I wish the Brazilian style of soccer was how it used to be because that was so fun to watch. Now more than half of them are crybabies and floppers
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Re: Soccer

Postby h8red » Fri 4/20/12 7:25 am

davescharf wrote:
dxmnkd316 wrote:
Snowcool08 wrote:Drogba was flopping all over the place today.


That's the African style of play. They are just as bad as the South Americans. Those two continents are the absolute worst. I wish FIFA would put a worldwide ban on players from those continents.


I know that's your snark, but can we make an exception for Messi? For as much 'attention' he gets from defenses he is hardly ever on the ground. I wish the Brazilian style of soccer was how it used to be because that was so fun to watch. Now more than half of them are crybabies and floppers


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Re: Soccer

Postby Border Gopher » Fri 4/20/12 10:31 am

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Snowcool08 wrote:Drogba was flopping all over the place today.


That's the African style of play. They are just as bad as the South Americans. Those two continents are the absolute worst. I wish FIFA would put a worldwide ban on players from those continents.


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Postby Border Gopher » Fri 4/20/12 10:34 am

Worst diving nations are Italy and Spain by the way. And many African nations don't dive. The Ivory Coast is an exception.
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Re: Soccer

Postby gopherguy13 » Sat 4/21/12 2:35 pm

Ronaldo scores 2 minutes after Barca ties the game. His celebration made me :lol:

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Postby gopherguy13 » Sat 4/21/12 2:37 pm

And then he does that. :censored: you, Ronaldo.

I want to like him but I just can't. What a diving baby.
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Re: Soccer

Postby GrandForksGopher » Mon 4/23/12 12:01 am

Border Gopher wrote:Worst diving nations are Italy and Spain by the way. And many African nations don't dive. The Ivory Coast is an exception.

Ghana's performance against the US in the last World Cup was the single worst match I've ever witnessed for diving. It was unreal, far worse than anything you normally see. I remember towards the end one guy stayed on the ground so long they took him off on a stretcher and as soon as they got to the sideline he got up and walked to the bench
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Re: Soccer

Postby Snowcool08 » Mon 4/23/12 12:08 am

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Border Gopher wrote:Worst diving nations are Italy and Spain by the way. And many African nations don't dive. The Ivory Coast is an exception.

Ghana's performance against the US in the last World Cup was the single worst match I've ever witnessed for diving. It was unreal, far worse than anything you normally see. I remember towards the end one guy stayed on the ground so long they took him off on a stretcher and as soon as they got to the sideline he got up and walked to the bench


I'd have to say the worst display I have seen was the US women vs Brazil in the most recent World Cup. It got to a point where the ref wouldn't stop play for an injured player. It worked out well for the US as that was a play where they scored the tying goal with about a minute remaining. I have rarely seen flopping and faking treated like that where the ref just has had enough and doesn't stop play.
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Border Gopher wrote:Worst diving nations are Italy and Spain by the way. And many African nations don't dive. The Ivory Coast is an exception.

Ghana's performance against the US in the last World Cup was the single worst match I've ever witnessed for diving. It was unreal, far worse than anything you normally see. I remember towards the end one guy stayed on the ground so long they took him off on a stretcher and as soon as they got to the sideline he got up and walked to the bench


I'd have to say the worst display I have seen was the US women vs Brazil in the most recent World Cup. It got to a point where the ref wouldn't stop play for an injured player. It worked out well for the US as that was a play where they scored the tying goal with about a minute remaining. I have rarely seen flopping and faking treated like that where the ref just has had enough and doesn't stop play.

This should be done more in men's play
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Postby gopherguy13 » Mon 4/23/12 2:43 pm

2nd legs coming up!

Barca vs. Chelsea tomorrow and Bayern vs. Real on Wednesday :dup:

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Postby Reg Dunlop » Mon 4/23/12 2:53 pm

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Re: Soccer

Postby h8red » Mon 4/23/12 4:56 pm

Reg Dunlop wrote:GO MUNICH!!!



Go Munich...GO HOME! DOWN WITH MUNICH! It's a revenge game since they beat'em 2-1 a week ago.

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Re: Soccer

Postby davescharf » Mon 4/23/12 5:52 pm

Call me in the minority, but I think Chelsea gets it done on aggregate at Camp Nou. The Blues have been playing really well of late and they've seemed to figure out how to handle Messi over the past few years.

As for the other semi, I just think Real Madrid is too talented for Bayern.
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