Small boys in the park, jumpers for goalposts, rush goalie. World cup thread.
Oh, those Brazilians, you know? Circa 1970? Broke the mould. Theory out the window. Free expression of football. Uncategorisable. Is that a word? It is now! You know? Far cry from small boys in the park, jumpers for goalposts, rush goalie. Two at the back, three in the middle, four up front, one’s gone home for his tea. Beans on toast? Possibly, don’t quote me on that. Marvellous.
Watched the France vs Italy match last night, quite an entertaining game, got me in the mood for the world cup. I might avoid watching England this year, enjoy the football rather than getting emotionally invested in the results.Posted 3 months ago
Cant wait, utterly love the World Cup . Cycling, summer ,cricket and and a WC summer what more is there. I actually really like the England team on paper. But then I usually do.
My adopted homeland of Sweden are in too so will be football madness for the next 6 weeks, although their group is pretty tough. Iceland will be watched as well as the big teams. The opening game doesn’t exactly fill me with excitement but, dear God I love itPosted 3 months agoGarry_LagerMember
Hoping Belgium can finally get it together and win – some beautiful footballers, plus Feli, be a travesty if this generation of players doesn’t win a major tournament.
That being said, I’m not optimistic. They’ve been the most talented squad for a while now and done nothing, e.g. getting shelled out by Wales in the last Euros. Clearly they’re missing some leadership / psychological components and I’m certain that Roberto Martinez is bringing nothing in this regard. If Kompany is match fit that will be massive.
Counter argument to this is that the players are used to psychopaths like Mourinho and Conte screaming bollox at them all season, so having an actual nice bloke like Martinez telling them they’re all awesome might actually be a good thing. We shall see.Posted 3 months ago
I watched Belgium verse Portugal last night, started off quite well but went downhill after 15 mins, for all the technical quality of both teams there was little quality on offer for most of the game. Hazard needs to lean to be a team player rather than just playing for personal glory (despite his recent comments about himself).Posted 3 months ago
Just created a telegraph league if you want
Passcode the imaginative 1234Posted 3 months ago
As it’s aproaching the actual business end of international football i’m Breaking my golden rule about wasting 90 minutes of my life watching Engerland friendlies.
The one thing that is absolutely apparent so far is that the FA need to snatch that blokes bloody hand off who wants to buy Wemberley! And never ever host an Engerland game there ever again! Play American football there, and host Rolling Stones concerts.
Let the squad go back on the road again again and play at Anfield, Turf Moor, Old Trafford, St James’s Park, Goodson… proper grounds….. and have them play in a proper atmosphere in front of proper fans
….and spare us all the frankly embarrassing sight of all the best seats in the house being left empty for the first 10-15 minutes of the second half while their corporate occupants decide whether they can be arsed forsaking their lavish hospitality to bother themselves to re-take the seats that a lot of football-loving kids would give their right arm for.
On the footy front… I wish Jose would give Rashford the freedom to play like this! This is what he can do. He’s having a blinder!Posted 3 months agojohndohMember
Has anyone had got a bet on Spain? They’ve just sacked their manager the day before the competition starts.
Like you do
I have them in the office sweepstake 🙁
To be fair they had little choice really – I mean, WTF, who* in their right minds announces their new manager in this fashion just days before the World Cup – couldn’t they have embargoed the announcement until after the tournament?
*Real Madrid evidently.Posted 3 months agoRockape63Member
So the day is finally upon us….not sure I’ll bother to watch much of the game though as I’ve got a few things to do. I’m hoping we can avoid the usual disappointing opening England match, where we snatch a draw from the jaws of a nervous win. If and its a big IF, we can put away Tunisia with some panache, I have hopes for getting some way into the comp…….maybe as far as the KO stages even! 🙂Posted 3 months agoDracSubscriber
That opening ceremony was so bad.
Boris: “We got everything ready?”
B: “Great the opening ceremony is?”
A:”Ah! Errr Wait We don’t have one”
B: “What about Robbie Williams he is the icon of football”
A: “Good call comrade and maybe some dancing clowns”Posted 3 months ago2tyredMember
This is disgusting to watch, on several levels.
Great to have the proxy war in Syria proxied again!
All the dignitaries look like Bond villains.
FIFA couldn’t give a toss about football.
VAR, jesus wept.
Ad breaks – BET BET BET BET BET BET BET
Scotland would gub both these teams.
On top of all that, Robbie Williams!Posted 3 months ago
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