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Thank you Cormack, that was very kind of you pre-match. 🙂
It wasn’t to be with the outright win, and for now I’ll leave others to dissect the match as I didn’t see it all!!
I laid off, "went green", "traded" and all the other things that betting involves these days to make a profit but still had plenty riding on the outright win, so a little gutted to be honest 🙁
All in all happy with the analysis, but look at that pattern for 2010—- lay Italy, lay lay lay!! :biggrin:
Day of reckoning for that pattern.
Since when was football a contact sport? Outrageous that legitimate tackles and muscular challenges were left unpenalised thus contributing to a game far too fluent and honest, with far too much ball-playing quality that was left unhindered and allowed to flourish for 120…pulsating…minutes. Great climax, the Italians will be nice and "tired" (English-ism) for the final now :biggrin:
What I need now is a comfortable victory over a distinctly average Portugal side, but Henry needs to knock in a couple…imo 😉
France were outstanding vs Spain and Brazil and it is fair to say they have met all my pre-tournament expectations!
Less of an acid test, more of Ph 5.5 test against Brazil, who were snuffed out as easily as the young spaniards.<br>Still obstacles in the way, but i remain hopeful that they will keep their concentration levels very high. Here’s hoping…
My selection is still on and looks okay to me, I was quite happy with them in the group even if others weren’t; acid test against Brazil, but I thought France snuffed out all the fuss being made about Spain rather easily. I’m hopeful that France will concentrate just as well against Brazil- looking forward to it; could do with a t.henry hat-trick though!
I won very small! Asked for big odds the 3 draws, not matched, bailed after 5 mins, went ht/ft the argies, bish bash bosh. Let’s go 3-3 Holland/IC :biggrin:
Nice analysis there David and I would agree (I think Holland looked better than they actually were, but are still up there), but after Sweden gave me and most people a fright I’m going to duck out completely and do my stupid 3 draws again at 54/1 :biggrin:
A fun bet which I shall enjoy after Marcus Allback’s hideous attempts at strikering! 😉
As a Liverpool fan FSL, this is the man that Utd need. Everyone tried to buy him before he’d even got to 17, but there was no dice at all from Atletico’s presidento.
Have watched him many times (only once live), fast, unselfish, mentally alert at all times, great spring to win headers, can obviously hit a ball – people will go over the top about Spain after the 4-0, but at 22 this guy is a steal at any lavish price imo.
LMAO !!!!!!!!! 😮
Ukraine were turgid. A long time since I got that word in anywhere. 😉
I’m on France and they were fine for me, just a shame their wide players were awful – Ribery? Who? Wiltord, could he be arsed? The over-reaction to their performance bordered on xenophobia 😎 consider Brazil were v.average, England v.average, was all a bit strange. Only worry was that, of all people, Henry didn’t look arsed, maybe he was just hot, he did Senderos thrice and poor old Philippe didn’t quite cotton on to the old "run in behind off the shoulder"!!
Well done FSL with the goals bet, good call – why didn’t I cover my treble with a France draw? Don’t know!
Few nervous moments with Korea david 😉
Can understand the France scepticism and there’s a bit of wait and see for me, their players are still a lot better tha the Swiss though. Trying to see if Croatia can hold Brazil, but doubt it, so it’s Korea/France/Brazil for me @7/2
Well done IRSH, a good shout 😉 <br>I’m on the Czechs for top euro team @ 22/1. They look good early doors…<br>Hope France perform to a decent level against the Swiss…
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After the PhD on human-animal relations, I’m considering covering war and Iraq in particular. My own limited thoughts centre on a situation that has a certain amount of structural regularity, above and beyond the influence of any one person or group.
Whatever life under Saddam was like, the nation had a fairly strong central authority and a relatively stable social code of conduct, however different it may have been to our own.
Time and again history shows that when such a central authority crumbles away, is severely weakened or is "removed" by force, so the opportunity arises for violence to escalate and for forms of "civilized" human conduct to "regress". Iraq’s infrastructure is shot to pieces amid what seems to be a frightening sectarian cycle of violence. It shows no sign of abating, I agree.
One individual’s influence can be great, Max Weber talked about charismatic leaders and their influence, but this should be tempered in that the development of cycles of violence such as exists in Iraq often have a structure and a regularity of their own; the development of Iraqi society is at the moment beyond any one individual or group’s control, and as such I can only see the violence – not to mention the climate of fear and distrust between all parties – escalating or becoming even more cemented in those areas where there is no strong central authority in evidence.
The removal of Saddam has led to a whole tangle of problems that barely anyone gave thought to in the "rush" to use military and physical force (imo, of course).
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Yet to back Baros and he’s now 100/1 but with a slight injury – will replace him with Marek Heinz @ 1000/1 if he starts 1st game. Attacking centre-midfielder or forward can play alongside or off Koller and can take free-kicks (not sure about pens, think that’s Nedved but he’s got a knock, too). Heinz had a tough time earlier in his career at German clubs and may be all out to make a mark in what is probably still one of the world’s best 6 teams. Not a prolific scoring record 6/28 but lots of sub apps and often behind Baros/Koller in pecking order. Chance to shine built into the price and he’s becoming an influential member of the team.<br>Henry had at 14/1.
Good luck all.
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…and with none forthcoming I’ll stick rather than twist, they may meet England in the latter stages and despite some reservations I may wade into the 40-year wait boys…:cheesy:
Time is upon us FSL, and I’ve swayed towards Japan to ruffle some feathers. Japan 21/1. Here’s hoping at big odds :biggrin:
So close! A big shame really, IMHO, i won the stake money back on both with cover bets but I just thought Japan were far better than Australia and would have had more chance of ruffling Brazil’s feathers. Still, all the best to Australia – they looked a lot short (for 85 minutes) of what is required and were basically lucky to win, but I have them and they have 3pts so we’ll see…
(Edited by Interested Academic at 11:52 pm on June 12, 2006)
Not many opinions about pre kick-off; a pity as some of the cases made on a certain other forum have been bizarre – Sweden to win the World Cup was one of them, fair enough :no:, but solely on the basis that the "strikers may knock a few in"! Ah well, Iran are into 15.5 on betfair, let’s hope they perform and who cares if they don’t as it’s the world cup and there’ll be plenty of simpler and shorter-priced opportunities later on 😉
Shorter price? 18/1 treble nailed on england/sweden draw/argentina.
IRAN – a shame and my reservation was their muppet like defensive performances; things looked tasty at 1-1, then they go and produce that gash! oh well, I tried….
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