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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:02 PM

íViva la furia roja!

What a boring 90 minutes, but holy cow, the extra time and PKs were so exciting that I a)cursed like a well-salted sailor and b) scared the shit out of my dogs and neighbors.




íViva Espa˝a! íViva Cesc!

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Reply íViva la furia roja! (Original post)
a la izquierda Jun 2012 OP
many a good man Jun 2012 #1
Ron Obvious Jun 2012 #2
T_i_B Jun 2012 #3
Rambis Jun 2012 #4
T_i_B Jun 2012 #5
Rambis Jun 2012 #6
a la izquierda Jun 2012 #7
T_i_B Jun 2012 #8
a la izquierda Jun 2012 #9
a la izquierda Jul 2012 #12
T_i_B Jul 2012 #13
a la izquierda Jul 2012 #14
VWolf Jun 2012 #10
Marooned Jul 2012 #11

Response to a la izquierda (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:05 PM

1. Bodes well for the final

It looked like they awoke from a long slumber and finally started playing with real intensity. They'll have to keep it up in the Final if they want to win. Anybody dare to guess Del Bosque's starting lineup on Sunday?

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Response to many a good man (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 01:58 AM

2. I think..

I think Del Bosque is going to try something radical. Not only play without any forwards but without fullbacks as well, in a daring, ground-breaking 0-10-0 formation. They'll just pass the ball around to each other in midfield until the Germans fall asleep and then... pass it around to each other some more.

Remember, you read it here first!

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Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 07:50 AM

3. Yep

If the other team don't break up Spain's play then we are going to see the same old routine.

Technically outstanding but hoo boy it's boring to watch. You'd hope they play a type of player known as a "striker" in the final. No strikers means no goals.

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Response to a la izquierda (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 09:14 AM

4. I dumped direct tv

went with a local cable company (I know the owner) match taped extension didn't so I missed extra time etc. ***********

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Response to Rambis (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 10:34 AM

5. Speaking of TV covergae

BBC commentary was pretty rubbish. Martin Keown doesn't half talk a load of rubbish.

In fact come to think of it ex-Arsenal players tend to be really poor as pundits. Ian Wright, Tony Adams and Lee Dixon are all dreadful as well.

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Response to T_i_B (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 11:10 AM

6. They could always have Piers as a fallback option

He should be looking for work soon. Gooners who should be goners-

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Response to a la izquierda (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 04:50 PM

7. And now it's time to destroy the Italians.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #7)

Fri Jun 29, 2012, 02:43 AM

8. I can imagine the Spanish tut-tutting about last night

Teams playing with strikers. How very dare they!

Plus scoring with a long ball over the top rather then playing endless tippy-tappy stuff in front of the opposition defence without getting in behind the opposition defenders will never do.

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Response to T_i_B (Reply #8)

Fri Jun 29, 2012, 01:47 PM

9. Jaja

they win how they win
Funny thing, my ancestry is mostly Irish and the rest Italian, French & Spanish. I root for Spain every time (unless it's against the US).

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Response to T_i_B (Reply #8)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 06:11 PM

12. Tut Tut, I think we destroyed the Italians.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #12)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 07:21 AM

13. No doubt about that

Looks like the Spanish saved their best performance for the final.

If the score by half time hadn't settled it Italy's 3rd substitute going off with a hamstring injury minutes after coming on made it a guaranteed big win for Spain.

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Response to T_i_B (Reply #13)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 10:49 AM

14. I've followed Spain for a long time...

as well as Real Madrid and Barcelona when I can. I knew that Del Bosque had something up his sleeve. The whole tournament felt as though Spain simply went through the motions to ensure they'd get to the final.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #7)

Fri Jun 29, 2012, 02:57 PM

10. Should be a good match,

especially on the heels of the 1-1 group stage draw.

I'm Azzurri through and through, so I'll be on the other side.

Wouldn't be surprised to see this one go 0-0 or 1-1, followed by the crapshoot.

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Response to VWolf (Reply #10)

Sun Jul 1, 2012, 05:49 AM

11. Forza Italia!

 

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