I hate the French but like sizzling hot redheads

I need to open with a couple of points of clarification. I hate the French for not beating Spain, and the bit about redheads was only lobbed in to garner hits.

Now I have to admit that due to other commitments, I only watched ten minutes of the France-Spain encounter, however, I was bored rigid. If the Spanish pass, pass, pass, pass, pass game is any way the apex or ultimate variant of the Barca Style, then I want “out” now.

When we at The Arsenal play our intricate little passing triangles with 70% possession, while camped in the final third and the opposition with the bus firmly parked, quite often the most exciting moments of the game are when said oppo. break free and counter.

Back in the day, when DB and TH graced the hallowed green meadow at Highbury, we would power away up field from defending a corner with such electric pace and fluidity that the opposition would be transfixed like a rabbit caught in the headlights.

By all means let’s hog possession, but can’t we do it lower down and save the high line for taking the mick once we are two up after ten minutes.

Look at the times we were undone at home last season, by whom, and playing what system?

What I will now call the “Sparca Style” lacks pace, expansiveness and above all excitement. It has become, to my bright eyes at least, a bus parky variation. Simply, they are parking further up the road.

The only times we get to Ooo and Ahhh during Barca play is when we witness moments of magic from a Messi or an Iniesta. What I’m saying is, would those moments simply be magnified if played at high speed and in wide open spaces.

“This is rubbish” I said to myself while watching my whole ten minutes. It’s like a game of pass the bloomin’ parcel where the host Mum has left the cd playing and buggered off outside for a fag or two.

What I am saying is let’s mix it up. Not long ball, but just remember it’s a long pitch so let’s use it.

Oh, and who I am I kidding, I really do hate the French (I had a wee bet on the soap dodgers to win), and I also do like sizzling hot redheads (although “did like” would be slightly more accurate).

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114 Responses to I hate the French but like sizzling hot redheads

  1. Rhyle says:

    Morning all

    Couldn’t agree more, Micky – the Spanish tremendously gifted, amazing technique…dull as dishwater. Good to see Kos do well, though, last night.

    Back in the day’s of DB and TH we’d invariably get the job in the 1st half – sometimes to the tune of 3 or 4 goals, then come off the gas in the 2nd half and only score 1 or 2! It’s not fair to compare anything to that…lol…

    Lastly – no matter how much you hate the French you’ll never hate them as much as they clearly hate each other…

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  3. @babakrdaemi says:

    I think Spain’s passing game is only boring because the opposition don’t try and attack. If arsenal and barca play each other and both play well it would be a spectical of fine football. Counter attacks are great to watch. But counter attack as a strategy is what Chelsea play.

    Fuck that

    Come on the gunners

  4. Rhyle says:

    The football Spain play is the ugly sister of Barca’s Cinderella style. The two are clearly related but there ain’t no way I’m taking the Spain version to bed…unless it’s 2 o’clock, the last song’s playing and I’ve not pulled…in which case…I’ll make the odd allowance :-P

  5. What u guys think about Nasri comments

  6. Scott says:

    Their tactic of “passing a team to death” translates to “boring the shit out of them”.
    But hey,it works.

  7. Scott says:

    Nasri,who’s he :)

  8. Shard says:

    It’s kind of funny how the perception of Spain has changed in the past few years. During the World Cup it seemed people couldn’t stop gushing about Spain’s football. Now, it seems everyone finds them ‘boring’..
    They are very good at keeping the ball and finding space, and in that they have an inherent advantage of drawing their players largely from 2 teams. Their defense, however, is no great shakes. Neither of those teams are probably used to being challenged much anyway. The way to play Spain is to attack them. Getting the ball can be problematic, especially with referees rewarding their propensity to go down at the slightest touch. But, France, despite playing like sleep deprived zombies (except Kos), still caused Spain a few problems. Portugal might actually beat them, if they can get some end product from Cristina and co. I would definitely back Germany to beat them.Of course the Germans might come a cropper against Italy or England.

  9. barumgooner says:

    Couldn’t agree more. I’ve watched 3 of the Spanish games now and they are awful, the commentators keep drooling at the passing on show but its just bowlax to watch. The Arsenal have been known to play this way but not so-much since Cesc left.

  10. glic says:

    If you think Spain are boring, be prepared for football induced sleep tonight !. Red Bull XXXX and matchsticks essential !.

  11. Scott says:

    We had moments,plenty of them,last season when we were guilty of passing for the sake of it,all the while we were going nowhere.
    We always looked good when ur tempo was high,and had numbers going forward.
    Simple,really.

  12. Chas says:

    Really really dull, bang on the money, Micky.

    The only team that out passed us last season that i can remember was Swansea and that was a poor overall performance from the team. I really think Giroud and Podolski are part of a realisation that we have to have a little more variety to seriously challenge for the title.

  13. oz gunner says:

    well said Micky, i hate watching them, and it says it all really when they are going into matches not playing strikers, or taking off torres so they have a bunch of midfielders running around.

    On the transfer front the modric to madrid rumours are ramping up, and Arsene said on TV the other day that Madrid and Arsenal were the two in contention to sign Ozil a couple of years ago. Come on Modric you hideous monster we want a AM!

  14. Dreep says:

    U must be kidding me. Boring style of play? Why are there 22 players on the pitch?

  15. kelsey says:

    I blame Wenger, we have gone from the Invinsibles to the Invisibles, and I don’t like red heads especially men. Spain are great and I love them as for the French there is something inbred in the nation that they all hate each other.

    ,Talk about a North South divide, I think they invented it .Can’t even make decent international football shirts unless ripped down the seam is a new fashion, and who wants to eat bloody frogs legs.

  16. Rhyle says:

    I think the main reason people’s opinion has changed, Shard, is because the way they play has changed

    Look back to ’08, ’10 and both times their play had a focal point – in ’08 it was Torres, in ’10 it was Villa – and they were a bit sharper and more forceful (powerful?) going forward.

    Now it’s all about changing the tempo of the game, slow, slow, quick, quick, slow (lol!) and bursts of explosive movement designed to ruin their opponents shape…see the first Alonso goal yesterday. It’s amazing, you can’t help admire it but, if you’re being honest, you’re only entertained for about 10 mins of the 90. How many times did they get into a position to cross or play a ball into the box only to play it backwards?

    Think you’re right about their defence – it’s more like a deep lying midfield in terms of style…I can honestly I’ve never seen anything like this Spain team…

    While I do agree that the way to beat Spain is to really open up, I’d suggest you’d have to rely on the wings and big balls into a No.9…not long ball football by any means…but Spain are also very good at covering the space and very compact down the middle.

    Of course, you need the ball to attack…which, as you acknowledge, has been problematic for most…

    Glic…what are you on about..? This game as all the hallmarks of an end-to-end classic! I’m backing 5-4 England…(on penalties…after a dull 0-0)… :-P

  17. oz gunner says:

    kelsey you’ve woken fired up!

  18. goonermichael says:

    Last night’s game was the most boring I’ve seen so far in this comp (haven’t seen them all). I’d rather be playing Spain than Italy tonight. I don’t think Spain will win this.

  19. goonermichael says:

    I love frogs legs (and the other bits, except the head)

  20. goonermichael says:

    I think tonights game will be exciting for non football reasons. Lots of handbags an a couple of red cards.

  21. Mark says:

    Shame you ruined a good post with some not- so-casual racism. I know you’re joking, especially being an Arsenal fan, but why is saying bad stuff about the French so acceptable?

  22. glic says:

    Rhyle
    I`m off to see Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter @ 6:25pm, but just in case none of you lot have fell asleep watching Engerland, I shall record It !. :)

  23. evonne says:

    GM – I think English will attack, attack, attack and Italians will defend, defend, defend. Resulting in nil all, extra time and penalties. Then we will :)

    Mark – it is a joke, there is no racism in traditional “dislike” of everthing that is French.

  24. JonR says:

    May I recommend to all the dinosaurs on here who hate the pass-pass-pass game, to quietly F*** off and go watch Stoke City instead. No pass-pass-pass there. Just hoof-head. Much better for idiots like you.

  25. chas says:

    Welcome to site, JonR and Mark, two fine additions.

    JonR,
    Have you heard?
    There are an infinite number of shades of grey between black and white.

    Mark,
    Lighten up mate.
    You’ll be telling me that all Jocks aren’t tight and the Welsh aren’t sheep-shaggin leek-munchers next!

  26. Rob Lucci says:

    I agree with Rhyle.. I don’t remember they were this weak in ’08.
    By weak I mean their lower body strength. They go down easily with a slightest touch..

    How can you win the ball if you can even touch them? and everytime the referee will pathetically bought their dive and playacting.

  27. tissiam says:

    as frenchman arsenal fan i didn,t find i hate the french comment funny at all!and i bet you were one of the first ones to get on gary “big ears”lineker when he mocked arsene wenger!so what does that say about you?hypocrite thats what you are

  28. tissiam says:

    and kesley how can you blame wenger when he,s the one who put the invincibles together in the first place you muppet!!

  29. Welsh Gooner says:

    chas
    Your just a Sheepist. If you saw some of my Sheep scrubbed up, you`d probably be begging for a date. Dont judge a Sheep by it`s woolly jumper !.
    That TMHT is always after a bit of Mutton dressed as Lamb !.

  30. Rasp says:

    Hi tissiam,

    Do you really think any Arsenal fan could hate the French when we have a French manager and numerous French players.

    The author only writes with humour.

  31. chas says:

    tissiam,
    Having read the post in full, you will have realised that the comment was made because the author of the post had enough faith in the French football team to have placed a bet on them winning the whole tournament.

    Therefore, he would, quite justifiably, be hacked off that they bowed out with no more than a whimper and the author lost his money. Comprenez-vous?

    The very idea that any Gooner could be racist towards a country that gave us Thierry, Patrick, Bobby, Sylvain and Pascal is completely and utterly absurd.

    I doubt there was anyone on this site that thought Lineker was being racist with his moronic, arm-waving impersonation of Arsene. Surely only a complete idiot would think like that?

  32. chas says:

    Succinct and to the point, Rasp.
    I didn’t copy you, honest.

  33. oz gunner says:

    some people are so bloody touchy. Micky i thought it was hilarious. I really dislike international football, it could be because my country are quite dismal but it really is boring! The quicker I see Arsenal play again the sooner I can rid myself of these terrible games. Even watching the highlights are terrible (unless its an Arsenal player of course)

    Micky I won’t let you go down in the burning ship alone my scouting friend:

    Whats the best place to hide your money?
    A. under the soap of a frenchman

    How do you get a Frenchman out of a bath tub?
    A. Throw in a bar of soap.

    Why does Nike like the French Army?
    Because, in war time, they are the biggest buyers of running shoes.

    French firing squad stands in a circle, then surrenders.

    Why do the French cook with lots of garlic?
    A. To improve their breath.

    Come on guys they are just jokes, every country has them

  34. Rasp says:

    Hi chas, there are certain Frenchman I’m not so keen on – Le Pen and Platini to name 2, but I could say that for any nationality particularly the brits.

  35. evonne says:

    Piss off Chas and Welsh! I’ve been called mutton dressed as lamb once too often. i am reporting you, just not sure where

    I really think that Rasp should put a sign somewhere on the web page that nothing on any blog should be taken seriously.

    So, are you cold, reserved, introvert and arrogant English going to win tonight or what?

  36. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Micky, funny and well written post. No surprise there! :)

    I loved: ““This is rubbish” I said to myself while watching my whole ten minutes. It’s like a game of pass the bloomin’ parcel where the host Mum has left the cd playing and buggered off outside for a fag or two.”

    Barca and Spain have lifted football to another level in the last few years, and it is for other nations and clubs to break the mould. I think they deserve a lot of respect for this and I cannot agree with you that their football is boring. Sometimes it just does not come off as well as other times and that goes for any other system of football.

    Whether this system works/ is achievable for Arsenal under Wenger remains to be seen indeed, but I am not going to join you in dishing their football.

  37. Rasp says:

    :lol: evonne, we’re all a bunch of mongrels anyway

  38. Rasp says:

    Hi TA, I’m afraid I too am beginning to find a bit Spain boring. Predictability is seldom inspiring. Spain has excellent world-class players, they of all sides can afford to have a player up front surely.

    4:6 is only just better than Stoke’s formation of 10 :?

  39. evonne says:

    Oz – You really do have to hand it to the French…After all, they won’t fight for it.
    Last night was just another example, waving the white flag from the start to the end

  40. evonne says:

    Rasp – woof woof :)

  41. glic says:

    chas
    I`ve seen that 2nd picture in Terry`s wallet, with a Red lipstick mark !.

  42. kelsey says:

    Obviously my sense of humour is lost on some :)

  43. Pepe Le Pew says:

    Oz
    So we stink, but how do you expect us to attract ze stinky gorgeous hairy french women !.

  44. mickydidit89 says:

    Lunatics,
    I guarrantee that those who run this site would never allow a racist post.
    Oh, and the French are not a race. Oh, and I wanted them to win the sodding competition.
    Never mind eh.

  45. mickydidit89 says:

    Kelsey,
    Speaking as a man who wrote a post writing off a footballing nation on the basis of watching a full ten minutes, I think I may be in the same boat as you :-)

  46. mickydidit89 says:

    Do the Italians play 3-5-2?
    I was only half listening to the radio as I drove along this morning, and I missed whether they were were referring to that formation being used now or in the qualifiers.

  47. glic says:

    Not sure Micky, but I know their Tanks have one forward gear and ten reverse gears !.

  48. glic says:

    Puppy walking in the sunshine, I shall use the 2-4 formation, my 2 legs and his 4, later !

  49. mickydidit89 says:

    GliC,
    The first part of that statement is news to me :-)
    (Think we had better watch it, or it’ll be the wheeley bin for the pair of us!)

  50. mickydidit89 says:

    Indeed GliC,
    Sunshine and the great outdoors beckon. A very rare event.

  51. evonne says:

    Lunatics :) :) OMG, some people

  52. Reddawn says:

    For a change, instead of watching the ball last night, I watched the Spanish players movement off of the ball. I believe it will give you a good insight to why they are such a good team. I know there is a bit of jealousy here because English players just don’t have the quality on control that the Spanish have. That said, I’ll dive for cover.

  53. chas says:

    Reddawn,
    Football-wise, everybody in England and the rest of the world know that Spain are far superior to England in a technical sense and in most other footballing senses too.
    Why would you think it a controversial thing to say?

    Oh, and I agree, the passing game is nothing without that magnificent movement off the ball to make sure the person in possession always has an option. When Arsenal play with confidence this happens, but when things start to go against us players hide and the person with the ball finds himself under pressure.

  54. Reddawn says:

    Hi Chas…..I just thought the boot and run boys would get me!

  55. Rasp says:

    I agree Reddawn, movement whilst not in possession of the ball is the area where we have he most scope for improvement. Not only movement when we’re not in possession, but also when we (Arsenal) are.

  56. Rhyle says:

    Glic – did I tell you I went to see Abe Lincoln on Friday?! My memory’s suffering in me dotage…enjoy, ‘cos I certainly did…although it’s pretty much a waste of 3D, tbh. Nonsense played straight and magic for it!

  57. glic says:

    Cheers Rhyle, I shall look forward to it.
    Back from walkies. I`ve been here for about ten years ( at this address, been in Cornwall for 20 years ) and I saw a neighbour for the first time for a chat, I said, ” Hello, technically I`m your nearest neighbour to your left, half a mile up the lane, may I say thankyou for being such a quiet neighbour ” !.
    Then there`s my Manc loving mate , a stones throw over the lane, whose always shouting out arghhhh !.

  58. Red Arse says:

    I have been watching a brilliant T20 this afternoon, Rasper, and the star was Alex Hale with 99, and what’s more he is a Gooner! :-)

    Really enjoy this form of the game, and 50 Overs – not sure about the 5 day stuff!

  59. jnyc says:

    Spain are a bunch of divers obviously, but also have a ton of talent, im tired of watching them, so i will cheer for anybody against them. :-)
    Rasp haha stoke 10- 0-0 formation – i love that :-)
    —— by the way, i like what i see of mvila. He also put through a gorgeous through ball yesterday. Too Bad it came to nothing.

  60. Rhyle says:

    RA – gutted for Hale…99 and done….so unlucky…

  61. Red Arse says:

    Hi Rhyle,

    I love watching the 6′s sailing away into the crowd. The Windies played some beautiful stuff too six hitting stuff towards the end of their go, even tho’ Finn and Broad, lanky guys like me bowled well, but Hales looks the biz opening.

    [I must sound like I know what I am talking about -- not bad for a MLB man!!] :-)

  62. Red Arse says:

    Hi JNYC,

    I liked the look of M’Vila too. Not bad for a 21 year old rookie.

    I doubt we will sign him tho’, because with PingPong, Le Coq and Ramsey not to mention Diaby, Jack, Theo, Ox, and Arteta etc, there would not be enough room for all of them in the squad.

    Actually, me trying to second guess Arsene is not too smart. :-)

  63. Rhyle says:

    I’m by no means a cricket fan – like you, prefer the short form of the game as it’s a bit more aggressive (I wonder that says about me?!).

    Bit of a fan of MLB / US sports in general. Big hockey fan (Devils) but like football (Jets) and MLB (Yankees :redface: ) to…although I have to admit to being more an internet fan than anything on the baseball these days as I refuse to pay the extra for ESPN America!

  64. johnnie nyc says:

    RA, I really do wonder what Arsenes got on his mind also- alot of decisions and variables, with guys like rvp, song and theo—
    I hope we do get Mvila because, of those you listed, Frimpong is not ready yet, too raw a talent, needs at least a year in pl on loan..also to show he can stay fit… and i’m sad to say Ramseys not the answer now, even though i like him alot..— and im curious how Jack will be used??
    my new thinking, is, if we dont add at AM, we can move arteta up also, i think he would do nicely for us there.. alot more to work with than he had at Everton. –

  65. mickydidit89 says:

    Well, apart from my insightful ten minutes last night, I haven’t watched a game since ages, so I’m right up for this one. Any team news?

  66. Rhyle says:

    England unchanged, Micky

  67. chas says:

    Bore them to death and strike from the bench if we’re still in it with 20 to go?

    Italy team: Buffon, Abate, Barzagli, Bonucci, Balzaretti, Pirlo, Marchisio, De Rossi, Montolivo, Balotelli, Cassano. Subs: Sirigu, Maggio, Chiellini, Ogbonna, Thiago Motta, Di Natale, Giaccherini, Borini, Giovinco, Diamanti, Nocerino, De Sanctis.

    England team: Hart; Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole; Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Young; Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Green, Kelly, Walcott, Henderson, Carroll, Baines, Jones, Jagielka, Downing, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Defoe, Butland.

  68. mickydidit89 says:

    Cheers Rhyle,
    Although I wouldn’t start Milner, Roy does appear to know what he’s doing in terms of getting the results.
    He’s also very good in terms of his use of substitutions.

  69. mickydidit89 says:

    Pepperoni Pizza with Chili Sauce for this one!

  70. mickydidit89 says:

    I bet you’ll all be interested to know that Dr Oetker Pizzas made right here in Engerlaaand are the biggest selling Pizzas in Italy. Appropriate info :-)

  71. tissiam says:

    ok i admit that i jumped to conclusion too quick but it might be because it infuriates me to see people making jokes about racism or other subjects which i found to be sensitive therefore should be taken seriously &not joked about..then again i could be the only one or may be it is because im french:)

  72. mickydidit89 says:

    Hi Tissiam,
    I’ll whisper something to you. I lived in France for four years. I have a French Goddaughter and bloody love the place, but please don’t tell anyone ok :-)

  73. mickydidit89 says:

    Right here we go. Back at half time. Enjoy the game.

  74. tissiam says:

    ok micky no worries man,let see how many times shearer is going to interrupt poor lee:)

  75. kelsey says:

    Former England defender Lee Dixon for MOTD in Kiev:

    “When Ashley Cole first came back to Arsenal after being out on loan he was raw and he learnt the art of defending off Tony Adams. He was an unbelievable learner. His talent is there for all to see.

    “His biggest asset is not his pace or reading the game but that he just knows his job. He is very rarely out of position. He has no fear of wingers. He’s dominated Cheryl Cole and Cristiano Ronaldo down the years. His consistency has been brilliant.”

  76. kelsey says:

    Sorry to upset you tissiam but I have only been supporting Arsenal for a few years.By the way are you related to will i am :)

  77. Irishgunner says:

    That was some shot from De Rossi

  78. Irishgunner says:

    How did Johnson miss? :lol:

    Already better than last night’s pile of crap

  79. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh Irish,
    Please stop using such coarse language when describing that silky smoothe Spanish stuff :-)

  80. Irishgunner says:

    Ha ha ha MIDI

    This is a top game to watch – MIlner needs to come off though, he adds nothing

  81. evonne says:

    here comes Ox !!!

  82. mickydidit89 says:

    Subs.
    England need to win this inside the 90 with so little time to the semi. Germans have 2 extra days rest.
    Well played Roy.

  83. evonne says:

    ….in your dreams Evonne

  84. mickydidit89 says:

    I’m thinking we need someone with a beard.
    Anyone particularly virile on the bench who could knock one up for extra time?

  85. mickydidit89 says:

    Mark Lawrenson is very dull indeed. He’d make a brilliant doomer.

  86. TotalArsenal says:

    hahahahaha Rasp, I never thought I would see somebody – let alone somebody of your calibre – make a comparison between Stoke and Spain/Barcelona. It is like comparing Ann Widdecombe with Nigella. Yes they both have a pulse. :)

  87. TotalArsenal says:

    It must be the Chinese year of the bus :)

  88. TotalArsenal says:

    England will win the pen shoot out – it is written in the stars!

  89. mickydidit89 says:

    Well….fair result, and I really couldn’t see England being ready for Germany in three days after an extra half hour.
    Must say goodnight. A son to calm down!!!

  90. Shard says:

    I think Pirlo won Italy the penalty shootout with his cool/arrogant chip.. Italy were behind at that point and I think he gave the Italians confidence.

  91. Shard says:

    It also probably robbed the English of confidence because it made Hart’s Haka-esque attempts just look silly from then on.

  92. Irishgunner says:

    Joe Hart deserved to be made a mug of by Pirlo with those stupid faces he was pulling – he was sticking his tongue out and smiling like a plum. Smile now you gobshite.

  93. TotalArsenal says:

    I thought the same Shard, and Pirlo had one of the best individual performances I have seen for some while. What a player! The Italian FA should freeze his DNA. :)

    England’s defence (including DM) was absolutely brilliant. I don’t think I have seen Johnson ever play so well as in this tournament. Lescott has also been superb. England was totally lopsided to the left and Theo might as well not have come on. No creativity in midfield is a real issue and England really needs JW and the OX to come good.

    Always cruel to go out on penalties but best team went through. At the start of the tournament I said Spain was the favourite with Holland and Italia close behind them. I got it totally wrong with Holland, but I reckon Spain – Italy will be the final.

  94. Shard says:

    TA

    You think Italy will beat the Germans? I don’t know. I think the Germans might find it tough to play against the Italians, but Germany are the stronger team. I think it’ll be the Germans who win the whole thing.

  95. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Shard :)

    You might know I am Dutch and I don’t like the Germans when it comes to football. So, I am very biased, but I don’t rate them as much as many others do.

    I think this Italian side is very well balanced, and the wall of Di Rossi, Montilivo and of course Pirlo will be a real match for the in my view slightly overrated Khadira, Ozil and Schweinsteiger. I have not checked either, but I think the Italians also have a very good record against the Germans historically. Without any doubt, it will be a super match, at least from a tactical point of view. :)

  96. TotalArsenal says:

    Just checked: they have played each other 29 times. Italy won 14, Germany 7, and 8 draws. Italy have never lost to Germany in a major tournament apparently. Auf wiederschnitzel?! :)

  97. Shard says:

    TA,
    I thought your Dutch loyalties had something to do with it :) All good points, but I still think this German team is a little different from previous ones, and Italy will need a lot of luck if they are to beat them. But we’ll see :)

    Now I’m off to bed. It’s really late in my part of the world.

  98. Rhyle says:

    Italy surprised me tonight…very different animal to what I was expecting. Thought the England midfield was very poor – far too deep, gave Italy far too much time and space. Defence did well primarily ‘cos they had too but did everything that was asked of them. Some very important blocks from the CBs. Johnson’s block late on was immense.

    All in all…the right team won. 36 shots to 9 tells it’s own story, as does 68% possession to 32% over 120 minutes.

    Gutted.

  99. goonermichael says:

    Funny how people are wanking over pirlo’s penalty. When Robin did that the wanky press were calling him disrespectful

  100. goonermichael says:

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  101. chas says:

    What a relief that such a shite team are now out of the tournament.
    Now we can sit back and enjoy the rest.
    Extra time should be 5 minutes each way. Utterly pointless.

  102. mickydidit89 says:

    Hi Chas,
    I really think England would have been embarassed by Germany. Those extra days rest on top of them being better and it could have been a very bad night.
    Who do we want to win now?
    Italy or Portugal for me, mmmmmm…..
    Portugal it is.

  103. chas says:

    Morning Micky.
    I enjoyed my trip to Munich and the Germans I spoke to were very friendly. I’d like to see them win it in recompense for the CL final debacle. (Bayern Munich without Robben and Ribery suddenly becomes a team you could quite like!)

  104. kelsey says:

    Morning Lads.

    Beforehand the expectancy was quite rightly low and bar a few minutes in each game England didn’t perform well as a unit. Have we moved on in two years since the last WC.
    One can only chose the players available and it is fairly obvious that at this moment of time we don’t have enough quality in the squad to really change a game.

    Many of the the so called high profile players either didn’t play to their best or were just too tired.

    Hodgson has his cautious approach but ball retention let us down time and time again and we never reached over 48% possession in any match.

    For some this will be the last major tournament and we have some bright prospects coming through. All in all didn’t expect us to go further but our general quality of play was poor.

    I can’t see pass the Germans now.

  105. mickydidit89 says:

    Chas,
    I like your thinking, and its along those lines that I want Portugual to win. Went on holiday to a very poor part of Portugal and the people were just so friendly. There is an issue over Ronaldo and Nani, but when are they ever going to win it. Would be nice for a nice people who I suspect are about to have a very hard time.

  106. mickydidit89 says:

    Hi Kelsey,
    Totally agree with all of that.

  107. mickydidit89 says:

    School running. Later.

  108. Gooner In Exile says:

    Will Roy now have the chance to do the necessary and rebuild from the ground up (as in my opinion he should have done before this tournament as we got what we deserved last night.

    It’s not difficult to see what the problems are. For the WC qualifiers we should only pick players under the age of 26 (maximum) and give them a chance to play better football, most can do it for their clubs but it has to start now.

    It proved last night just how lucky Chelsea were to win the CL…as the performance was no different.

    Pirlo = pure class.

    Joe Hart behaved like an idiot, he hardly looked at the sheets showing which way and spent more time concentrating on how he was going to psyche out his opponents, and it was embarrassing.

  109. Rasp says:

    Morning all……

    ….. New post …….

  110. Rhyle says:

    GiE – I agree with the sentiment and that Hodgson now needs to build a new side, although with only a few weeks between his appointment and the competition, it was a case of needs must as to the squad we took. Best of a bad situation.

    Hart didn’t come near one of those pens…as you say, mugged himself off a bit.

    Be interested to see people’s thoughts as to who’s coming through. Think there are some very talented young midfielders, but this tournament highlights the lack of young CBs, young strikers…and young full backs…coming through.

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