2014-2015 OFFICIAL FOOTY THREAD (+ Brazil 2014) - Football, Soccer, Calcio, Voetball, Fútbol, Futebo

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  1. masaccio

    masaccio Senior member

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    Did they play like s**t or is Germany just a much better team? I can think of a few individual instances of poor play (starting w/Gonzalez' fluffed clearance early in the first half) but otherwise I thought Germany were simply a better team.

    I think Klinsmann's critics will be silenced a bit by this game and by the first round in general. He made a tactical switch with Zusi and Davis early on which addressed and largely neutralized Germany's main threat down the right in the first half. I think that Jones, in particular, and Johnson have performed very well and we will likely hear less about JK's alleged favoritism toward German-Americans.

    But I was frustrated by how much respect and space they gave the Germans early on, and really to a lesser degree throughout the match. They allowed the German defense to play an extremely high line with Neuer effectively playing the sweeper role. The US didn't have anybody capable of getting in behind the defense.
     
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    I thought they did the best job at keeping possession I've seen in the entire tourney in the first half, and some excellent defensive plays to frustrate the fearsome German attack. The offense was in shambles so it's by no means a complete game, but there were some good things there. They held the Germans to their lowest score and came within an unlucky (or perfect, depending on what side you're on) rebound from a scoreless draw
     
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  3. ridethecliche

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    The unlucky part was the head on collision.

    The refs also seemed to favor the germans quite a bit.
     
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  4. the shah

    the shah Persian Bro #2 and enabler-in-chief

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    red devlis have a much stronger lineup but whether they can perform as a unit is another question. plenty of talent but no cohesion won't do a lot of good against a US side that is arguably stronger than any opposition they faced so far. and Hazard hasn't looked so dangerous [yet] !
     
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    Ann Coulter says...

    :facepalm:

    I'll generally defend this woman to a point, but this is just batshit crazy talk. Not every shadow in your bedroom at night is a socialist boogeyman out to get you, Coulter.
     
  6. ridethecliche

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    Defend her to what point? Free speech?

    She's an idiot.
     
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    No doubt Belgium have the players and it takes one breakout game to make a player a huge story and everyone forgets what he didn't do in the first three games.
     
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    Belgium has a sick lineup on paper. In the inevitable World Cup video game it would be a great side to play as. But I agree with you guys who said it doesn't seem to be coming all together
     
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    The Americans are hoping for the same from Bradley.
     
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    Already getting tired of the American soccer haters' talking point that celebrating a loss seems "un-American." Saw someone from the New Yorker with that theme, and even @voxsartoria played that tune on Twitter.

    Perhaps it would be better for them to think of the first round as the regular season and the knockout stages as the playoffs. Though to make that analogy work, the first round may need to be expanded so that teams play 80+ games prior to eliminating only half of the field.
     
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    NickCarraway Senior member

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    Click bait.

    Particularly humorous since the US team has almost exclusively Anglo-Saxon surnames: Dempsey, Howard, Jones, Beasley, Bradley, Johnson, Davis, Beckerman, ...
     
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    If only they'd held it against portugal :/
     
  13. the shah

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    Who cares what they think I'm watching the games for entertainment and appreciation of the beautiful game not to know what a bunch of weirdos think after completely misunderstanding everything

    Same kind of drivel was thrown around in 06 on espn who has now totally adopted it in it's own channel as espnfc
    And I'm pretty sure it's surpassed or will soon that hopeless mlb
     
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    I call Netherlands over Mexico by 3-0. Just Saiyan
     
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    ^ Haven't heard much of the anti-celebrating a loss thing, but it seems to me that we Americans would be celebrating making it to the final 16, not the fact that we lost. Same way American football fans would celebrate making the playoffs if their team lost on the final day of the season but another team they might have lost in a tiebreaker too also lost.
     

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