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Re: FIFA World Cup 2019
« Reply #75 on: June 12, 2019, 01:20:47 AM »
I think and England vs USA matchup in the semis is on the cards.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2019
« Reply #76 on: June 12, 2019, 01:43:21 AM »
The USWNT are excellent, both physically and technically...and Alex, Kelley and Christine are very easy on the eye.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2019
« Reply #77 on: June 12, 2019, 04:17:02 AM »
Tobin Heath is underrated.  Others get the headlines, she puts in a shift and has some good skills.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2019
« Reply #78 on: June 12, 2019, 09:27:59 AM »
The divide between the haves and have nots seems to be far greater in ladies football. Can't think of a single poor country that are any good.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2019
« Reply #79 on: June 12, 2019, 12:12:25 PM »
Also the US team seem be getting a bit of stick for "running up a score", with a few saying they should have eased up as thrashing teams is considered poor sportsmanship in American sporting culture.

I think they're right to do it, though. Intimidate future opponents.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2019
« Reply #80 on: June 12, 2019, 12:31:20 PM »
Have you seen the latest 'Charlie Hebdo' cover, dedicated to the Women's World Cup?

I retweeted it with a literal translation:
https://twitter.com/BadEnglish_/status/1138768629980438529?s=19

It is probably NSFW.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2019
« Reply #81 on: June 12, 2019, 12:39:26 PM »
Also the US team seem be getting a bit of stick for "running up a score", with a few saying they should have eased up as thrashing teams is considered poor sportsmanship in American sporting culture.

I think they're right to do it, though. Intimidate future opponents.

I have no problem with the scoreline, I am not so sure about the level of celebration for goals 8 and above.

Offline luke:lamf

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2019
« Reply #82 on: June 12, 2019, 02:03:36 PM »
I like running up the scoreline when it is between rivals, or teams of a similar level of which one is inexplicably having an off day. I like to think it serves to check say, Arsenal fans egos, when their team gets humped 6-0 by Manchester City (annoyingly referred to by French commentators as simply 'City', despite the fact they've been succesful for about 20 minutes). That would also intimidate future opponents.

However, the best women's team in the world humping a team of amateurs in only their second World Cup isn't really impressive, especially given the apparent ecstatic celebrations for even the later goals. Hopefully the increasing professionalisation of the women's game will eradicate such things in the future, as they largely have in the men's game.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2019
« Reply #83 on: June 12, 2019, 02:11:42 PM »
It did have a bit of the 'medal of honour for flattening a small South Asian fishing village' feel to it.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2019
« Reply #84 on: June 12, 2019, 02:34:35 PM »
I don't mind the scoreline - I think the keeper could have got to a couple of those. They won't get given the freedom of the park against others but they look like finalists.

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« Reply #85 on: June 12, 2019, 05:59:19 PM »
I really want to like it, and have tickets to the England game on Friday, so that my daughter might get into football more easily and also so I don't feel like a terrible misogynist when forced to confront the obvious truth that the standard is absolute pish.

The matches so far have reminded me of schoolboy internationals, half-empty stadiums, mostly filled by schoolkids / family, and with only maybe 2-3 players on the park capable of anything of interest, just much more slowly than you are used to seeing. I desperately hope the game on Friday is different, but don't expect so. Though I think it will be a lot better at the QF / SF stages.

I was just about to write pretty much the same thing. It is like watching kids football. The pitch just looks far too big for them. I wanted to get into it and enjoy the games, but it's just not for me unfortunately. Hope we do well though.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2019
« Reply #86 on: June 12, 2019, 06:53:31 PM »
Germany - Spain has been a pretty good game. Ze Germans don't seem all that. Would appear to be between the US and France so far.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2019
« Reply #87 on: June 12, 2019, 06:54:37 PM »
I think France and America meet in the Quarters if they both top their groups and get through. That could be better than the actual final.

Fancy Germany and England to show a bit more than they have so far and be competitive, too.

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« Reply #88 on: June 12, 2019, 08:17:25 PM »
The divide between the haves and have nots seems to be far greater in ladies football. Can't think of a single poor country that are any good.

I think it is relative. I recall the daughter of some friends of my parents who moved to the states playing football when she was a kid whilst no girls I knew were playing football in England at school or anywhere else. So many countries are way behind the USA when it comes to female football. Also, given how far behind African countries were at football until more recent times I would imagine their women footballers are now laying catch u with the rest of the world as their male counterparts had to in the eighties and nineties.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2019
« Reply #89 on: June 12, 2019, 08:38:21 PM »
Hope they catch up, as you say. I wonder if there may be cultural elements to some countries not bothering too much about encouraging female sport. Not sure, but the present discrepancy between "Economic North" and "South" countries is striking.