I have watched every single minute of the last few matches. By my count, I have now sat through two full games through regulation and two full overtime periods without a single goal being scored.
That would be 90 minutes x 2 games of no goals and 30 mins overtime x 2 of no goals. By my count that is 240 minutes of NO SCORING in one of soccer's premier events.
Then we get this goofy penalty kick finish, which has been poorly regarded for as long as I can remember watching soccer, which is usually once every four years for the World Cup (now every 2 years due to some mild interest in the EURO Cup). Back to the penalty kick finish- the world's greatest player Ronaldo did not even get to participate yesterday given the poor decision by Portugal to save him for last kick.
Well, today is the other semi final match between Germany and Italy. Hopefully, someone will score a goal.
The Germans are notorious cheaters who will always lay down for a price.
Last time that I was in London, they played a closing game vs. a small country that had never won a game
in the tournament. A lifetime ofer. The Germans played stall ball throughout, and it was blatantly obvious.
Ended 0-0, with everyone who played the Germans losing huge $$.
Investigation revealed that a major fix had taken place. Dozens were implicated and banned.
Bookie shops made out huge.
It was the Saturday night of the last day of the Royal Ascot meet.
I had bet the races at Billy Hill's, went back to cash, and put 200£ on
Germany to make a little getaway money. Will never forget those crooked bastards.
Spider , I remember that game well but if it is the same game (fits in with Royal Ascot timetable) Germany actually won. Here's the details
West Germany versus Austria was a 1982 FIFA World Cup game played at the El Molinón stadium, Gijón, Spain, on 25 June 1982.
In German, it is known as Nichtangriffspakt von Gijón (lit. Non-aggression pact of Gijón)or Schande von Gijón (lit. Disgrace of Gijón).
The match was the last game of the first-round Group 2, with Algeria and Chile having played the day before. With the outcome of that match already decided, a win by one or two goals for West Germany would result in both them and Austria qualifying at the expense of Algeria, which had beaten West Germany in the first game. After 10 minutes, West Germany took the lead. Thereafter, neither team scored, and few scoring chances were created. Onlookers noted that both teams played as though they were content with the result, giving the impression of them having an unspoken agreement to play for a 1-0 German win.
After 10 minutes of furious attack, West Germany succeeded in scoring through a goal by Horst Hrubesch. After the goal was scored, the team in possession of the ball often passed between themselves in their own half until an opposition player came into the vicinity of the ball. The ball was then passed back to the goalkeeper. Isolated long balls were played into the opposition's half, with little consequence.
This performance was widely deplored by all observers. German ARD commentator Eberhard Stanjek at one point refused to comment on the game any longer. Austrian commentator Robert Seeger bemoaned the spectacle and actually requested that the viewers should switch off their television sets.
Likewise, many spectators were not impressed and voiced their disgust with the players. Chants of "Fuera, fuera" ("Out, out") were screamed by the appalled Spanish crowd, while angry Algerian supporters waved banknotes at the players. The match was criticized even by the German and Austrian fans who had hoped for a hot rematch of the 1978 World Cup match, in which Austria had beaten West Germany; one German fan burned the national flag in protest.
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Oddly enough, Kraft went on to say he didn't want HIS New England Patriots to move across the pond.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft may have no interest in owning an English soccer club, but he definitely wants to see someone own an English NFL franchise.
According to Neil Reynolds of Sky Sports, Kraft has said during a speaking engagement in England he believes the NFL should have a team in London.
I personally think we should have a franchise in London and that is something I am going to push for, Kraft said. I think I said that the last time we were over here in 2009 and before this next decade is out, I hope we have a team here. I think that would be right for the NFL and this fan base has proven they deserve it.
Honestly, can you really ever get enough NFL football? Do the fans still show up with those nerve rackin' horns or whatever they are? Try bringing that noise to Cowboys Stadium and Bubba will not be happy!
If Lincecum is indeed "back" then Jints will be contendahs. Not entirely convinced, however. Let's see a few more. The Dodgers going Ofer here, even in their injury riddled state, is sweet music, though.
You're memory is correct Spider as Germany drew 0-0 with lowly Latvia in the Euro championships of 2004. Not sure about cheating though as their failure to win got them knocked out of the tournament but it was still a shocking result.
My memory is also correct on the rest of the story.
A while after getting home, I read about the wide-spread scandal involving the
German team, coaches and officials. It was a very big deal, and obvious to the
un-trained soccer(I can't call it football) eyes in my head. Would have loved to penalty
kick those kraut cheaters. Hate that game.
Much more exciting today. Italy dominated the first half and part of the second half. Germans rallied furiously to score a goal and take many other quality shots. Not to be. Actually looking forward to Sunday's finals.
Forza Azzuri!! Exciting game by world class competitors, and the good guys winning! Like Jason, I only get interested for World or Euro Cups with an occasional shot of Champions League. So I haven't seen that much over the years. However, whenever I do see it at a world class level, I marvel at the skill and athletic ability of the players, along with their incredible endurance. Coupled with the passion of the crowd, it's an awesome event. Beats watching Tim Tebow throw knuckleballs or Beanie Wells dive into the line, that's for sure. OK, Spanky, I teed it up for you. have at it.