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So using the standard formula, that means over 3 million knock offs were sold in the same time period.
Yes, the 10th place medal syndrome.... The system is based on the European model in that at younger ages (under 12) the focus is on skill development and not games or caring too much about the outcome. In Europe formal games often come at a later age and are fewer in relation to training sessions. In Canada all we really did was same game/training ratio - same lack of focus on skills, over emphasis on buidling a team & strategy to win on Saturday - but lets not keep...
@romafan - see you guys got some inspiration from Cagliari's away kit - couldn't resist. @MrGimpy - ya that was in Ontario if I recall. The sentiment to develop skill first and outcomes second is totally spot on. eliminating scores was unnecessary and distracted from the real issue so it is a disaster all around. The core of the problem in Canada is that we put together kids teams to win games and not focus on skill development. At the ages of 4-10 that is complete...
I am pretty "tribal" when it comes to my football allegiances. MLS - Vancouver Whitecaps (birthplace and current home) Serie A - Calgiari Calcio (parents hometown) Juventus (relative worked for club, distant relative played there) La Liga - Barcelona (family tree goes back to Catalonia) non-tribal: EPL - Spurs - chose them in the 1981 FA Cup which was one of the first live broadcasts of the event on regular TV in Canada. SPL - Celtic - had a childhood aquaintance...
Well a good end to a great tournament. As pretty much neutral (preferred Argentina to win) it was actually a pretty decent game. Argentina had it's chances but Germany was better on the day and for the whole tournament. Argentina never really a had a complete good game, in fact yesterday was probably the closest they came to a performance. I know Messi was not particularily good but lets be honest. No Messi no hope in hell of this squad getting to the final 8. So...
As a Barca supporter, not impressed with pickng up Suarez. As a player he is very talented but since the Evra incident I would never want him part of my roster. Don't care if he took a selfie eating a banana after the Alves incident. So I have taught my son to not believe everything that comes across his Facebook news feed, so he calls me up in a panic asking if it is true we got Suarez - yes, son I am not impressed either - devastated silence on the other end....then...
Well Argentina won in 1986 with a Brazilian of all people officiating and 1978 with an Italian. The latter had a real strong reputation but was generous to Argentina to put it mildy. I think he feared for his life as did a lot of people at that WC, and well can't blame them.
Congratulations to El Arg and any other real Argentines on this board. Condolences to the Dutch and their supporters here! Take it out on Brazil Saturday. While I generally wanted a Euro winner, my intense loyalty to Italians worldwide will have me cheering for Argentina like I did in '86 ('90 was too raw for me). Plus the added pain to Brazil will make me happy.
Still struggling to choose a winner for today, but ever so slightly leaning toward Netherlands. Partialy because a third place game between Brazil and Argentina would be too funny, especially since Argentina would surely win in my opinion. We had been talking about how poor Brazil were in defence and midfield defending for a couple of years now and finally someone took them on in that regard. Had Chile and Colombia played with confidence instead of crumbling to the...
In theory this nightmare could get worse for Brazil. Argentina could win it. So their most hated rival wins on Brazilian soil and Brazil are humiliated against a team that didn't even win the tournament.
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