not since Skywalker faced Vader have the stakes ever been higher. Can Ronaldo put together a Denard-vs-Notre-Dame performance today?
Or will Darth Casillas and the Spanish Empire prevail? DUN DUN DUN
Not a futbol buff by any means butI'm taking "Portgual" though. That Ronaldo, he's so dreamy.
But I love sports and Ronaldo is one helluva player.
The physical gap between Ronaldo and the rest of the players on the pitch is just ridiculous. At the highest level of play, he still has the ability to make other guys look silly. He and Messi are in another world and its not really that close.
I don't understand...... Skywalker is fighting against the Rebels? When did he turn?
whoops - fixed that.
Is Spain's national anthem the only one worldwide without lyrics?
If you watch the fans, they're all singing "lo-lo-lo."
Kosovo's also has no lyrics. They couldn't write any that wouldn't have potentially offended one ethnic side or the other, so they decided to simply not.
I can see how "Kosovo has number one potassium, all other countries have inferior potassium" would've infuriated both Serbia and Albania.
Any analogy in which Ronaldo is the good guy is an inaccurate analogy.
Ronaldo is the man! I'm still pulling for Germany to win it all, though.
Well, if you also think the Germans are the Good Guys, then that explains it ;)
and I watched a couple matches of this Euro thing over at the Irish themed place on Main. I can't deny soccer is entertaining. Every time I think I might actually become a fan, though, one of these clowns fakes a broken femur and gets carted off resulting in a penalty shot to tie the game. Instead of getting an update from the hospital, we are then treated to femur's gallant, rye-smiled return to the pitch. Ronaldo is not only a great perpetrator of fake injuries, he's also the vainest human alive. May he contract untreatable acne.
Well, I haven't recall a flop that has significantly affected Euro 2012 so maybe the time has come at last.....
Watch closer. He is constantly flopping and crying like and entitled little bitch. He deserves all of the ample hate he receives. No, it may not be a deciding factor in the tournament - but it's sure good enough reason to hate him.
The post I responded to was very generic and didn't refer to any player specifically and just said he's about to start following soccer until "one of these clowns" flops. I am indifferent about Ronaldo and have no opinion on his flopping as I don't follow La Liga closely. But my point about no flops significantly affecting Euro 2012 stands.
but it's not so much the "flopping" part that gets me. It's the writhing around in unspeakable pain, the stretchers, and the little cans of cold spray. For all the talk of the beauty of soccer(and it can be very pretty even to my untrained eye), an instance or two of world class athletes trying to remember which knee to grab as they hit the ground spoils the whole thing for me (whether it effects the outcome or not. I've made similar complaints to soccer fans adn a common retort is something akin to "we need better refs" or "not the players fault if the refs suck". Refs can be blamed for a lot, but they can't be blamed for this. Soccer could stop this if it wanted. It would require fines and suspensions, but they could make it go away. I can only conclude that the centers of the soccer world find the behavior acceptable and part of the game.
A big part of it is the American perspective. "Toughness" (ie. staying on your feet when fouled) is the ultimate physical attribute in the US.
In Europe and South America, diving is seen as strategic and even "cunning." (except when the opponents do it) While it is frowned upon over seas, it's not as frowned upon as it is in the US.
For the record though, I'm gonna take the American route and place emphasis on toughness and bravery over cunning and strategy for my son.
While I agree that it can be annoying.....you'd have to change an entire culture of soccer worldwide to suit your fancy. As was stated above, we're one of a few countries that doesn't appreciate it. It's hard to criticize players for mirroring the the players they grew up watching and how they were taught.
Not really that hard for me and the main reason I don't "fancy" soccer.
There are many reasons to hate Ronaldo. I don't think he flops significantly more than other players... and not nearly as much as Sergio Biscuits or anyone from Italy...ever.
Very interesting from Portugal so far. They're really pressing Spain high up the field, trying to choke off the midfield. It's denying the ball to Xavi and Iniesta so far, but Spain's already come close to springing something on each wing. Spain's actually been forced into a couple long balls.
There's what Portugal's trying for. Midfield turnover from high press given quickly to Ronaldo who almost picks Nani out with the cross.
Because if there's one parallel between C Ronaldo and Luke Skywalker, it is humility......
Portugal is controlling this match so far. Huge credit to the Portugal midfield for defending aggressively and keeping the ball.
This has the feeling of an instant classic.
Portugal are doing a great job not allowing Spain time on the ball. That's a dangerous way to play against a team that can pass as quickly as Spain, though.
It is a novelty to see Spain counterattack... They are just so damn talented that I could easily see them scoring a goal or two on one of these counters.
For once, a team is playing as if they aren't afraid of Spain. This isn't the same level of talent that won the WC two years ago. Still dangerous of course, but Portugal is talented enough to win this match.
I don't think Portugal's strategy of trying to kick the ball into Spain's net is quite working; they probably need to re-assess at the half. However, Spain's gameplan of not letting Portugal get the ball in their net was a brilliant tactical move by their coach so far. Kudos to him.
Spain's back four has looked pretty sloppy to me. A few too many turnovers. But at the same time, they haven't let Portugal take advantage of them. Don't foresee a goal in this first half, but it should be a very entertaining second half.
With as sloppy as they've looked and the way Ronaldo and Nani are running at them, 50 minutes is going to be a long time for Sergio Ramos to play with a yellow.
I am surprised Spain isn't critisized more regarding their center backs. With all their possession-related talent, Pique and Ramos (a fullback playing out of position) are inconsistant at best at marking and taking away runs. Could be a factor in this game or especially against a team like Germany.
Would Puyol be starting if he were healthy?
Puyol would go where Ramos is and Ramos would move to the outside to his normal position.
I would assume so. If for no other reason than his hair.
Not too sure. I actually like Ramos at CB. He actually played CB several times for Real Madrid throughout the season. I think his defense is underrated compared to his other skills.
I really don't understand why Daniel Negredo gets the start over Fabregas, Torres, and Fernando Llorente.
Yeah, he hasn't added much. I'd expect him to be subbed off at 60 unless something happens in the next few minutes.
EDIT: and by 60 I meant 53.
I don't understand that sub. Portugal's surrendering the wings to contest all the passes through the middle, so del Bosque puts in Fabregas and further congests the center of the field.
Me too. I always like having a striker. I say put in Torres or Llorente. I don't understand not giving Llorete a chance. You never know what he can produce if you don't give him a shot. I would have given him the start over Negredo today.
If Llorente really so fatigued that he can't even play him as a sub, why was he brought?
Xabi Alonso tries to beat the keeper from his own half. He might have had him if the shot had been on target.
Xabi Alonso is prone to getting flying kicks in major tournaments.
Spain are really not looking dangerous at the moment. They've got 5 guys who all want to play within 10 yards of each other.
All they want to do is pass and play with the ball at their feet. It seems like none of them want to make the run to get behind the defense.
It's amazing. They'll have the ball 40 yards out and won't have anyone lined up to challenge the Portugal back 4.
Alright, I've never heard this explained: why are soccer teams referred to as a plural entity? As far as I know, no other sport does that (you wouldn't say "Michigan are playing well today," or "Detroit are looking really bad," for instance).
It's a British English thing, I believe.
Teams, in whatever sport, are plural in England, and both these announcers are English.
You hear the same thing in hockey.
i enjoy the company of women, but i would sleep with mr. ronaldo if propositioned. he is dreamy.
he's got a heinous underbite. my wife and i spend all portugal games talking about how ugly he is. do you people really think he's attractive?
Geez, Spain are a bunch of pussies. Breathe on them wrong and they scream and writhe in agony. Slightest challenge and they not only fall, but they stay down. I don't care how efficient their passing is, I have no respect for most of the players on the pitch, today.
Wow, Spain take off Xavi. Will be interesting to see how they run their attack now. They're going to go the rest of the way without a striker, too.
Has there been a shot on goal by either team yet?
Each team has had two shots on goal.
If this goes to PKs, Portugal is undefeated all-time in them - but all their wins are against England (seriously) so maybe that doesn't count.
England is 1 of 6 in major tournaments when decided by PKs.
Only win against Spain.
Was that before Iker?
go portgual!!!! rooting for portgual germany final......
Great save after a terrific move by Spain.
Why in the hell would Barca want Gareth Bale?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2J5erK1tlSk is a good start. He has the athletic ability to change games, even if he tends to disappear. Barca would be giving up very little athletically on that side of the field when defending C Ronaldo up his favored right channel. Not that it matters anymore, but I was in favor as a Barca fan.
How is that not a back pass?
Ref ruled that it was unintentional. Looked like the right call. Patricio's second great save of extra time.
You know what's useful when you're trying to win a header off a corner kick?
Or a tall center back. They might wish they could run one of the Gasol brothers out for the last few minutes here.
I want to add that Michael Ballack has been fantastic.
While Kasey Keller has been a huge douche when he's been on IMO
Bad move by the Porteguese manager not letting Ronaldo take one.
Spain, man . . . Lady Luck has been on their side for a few years.
There is some luck involved, but it would be wrong to say that they got to where they are by being lucky.
They've obviously been a great team during this run, I'm not saying otherwise. But they've won two PK shootouts ('08, '12), won in extra time in the '10 WC final (after Robben missed the open goal), maybe got away with a penalty against Croatia and then scored on a possibly offside goal - a lot of 50-50 stuff has gone their way over the past four years.
To be fair, they did create the bulk of the chances in extra time.
Wow wow wow.
Still a stupid way to decide an important match.
does Portugal not send Ronaldo to the penalty spot before the 5th shot???? That is just a horrid decision...
I guess the, "save your best for last" didn't work out too well for them.
There are going to be a lot of questions asked about whether that was the coach's choice or Ronaldo's.
I thought everyone hated Ronaldo. Why is he Ronaldo Skywalker now?
Well, at least he lost. I've heard criticism of Spain's style of play (pass pass pass pass pass) but Ronaldo is a deplorable scumbag, whiner, and hateable in every way. I'm glad he's gone
The OP likes him?
Love Soccer, hate the PK Shootout in tournament play. Let 'em run 30 minute periods until it's settled. One sub per period.
Spain wins... germany italy should be a dandy tommorrow. I like Germany winining the Euro....
anyone else like penalty kicks in sudden death? I wish they just play sudden death OT til first goal or golden goal as the winner....
Bring back the golden goal and get rid of PK's to settle games. It's as god awful as the shootout in the NHL.