Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by El Argentino, May 22, 2012.
What an opening game.
If nothing, it's Greece's most exciting match in ages.
Ferdinand didn't get picked because he isn't good enough and is too old, not because Hodgson is a racist. If he were a racist he would not pick so many black players. Your bias is astounding, absolutely astounding.
Greek manager looks a bit pissed, wonder if he's going to get paid.
I never said that Hodgson was a racist. Only Hodgson knows why he didn't pick Ferdinand. What I do know is, the fact that he didn't pick Ferdinand --and took John Terry--shows he's a poor manager that deserved to be scrapped by Liverpool. The fact that you can't see that Ferdinand should be on the team just shows you don't know much about football--which is nothing new.
Are we back to the "Rio Ferdinand is the bestest defender evar!!!11!!!!!!!!one!!!" argument? It would be useless to call Ferdinand, England has a pitifully small chance of going anywhere this year (5.3% to win) so with a new coach and only the future to think of, why would you bring on half dead has-beens?
TBF, John Terry is in that same category.
But the fact of the matter is neither he nor Ferdinand are great defenders. Burton is just a ManU homer.
Obviously I am a Chelsea fan, but I will say at least John Terry puts his body on the line in every match. Yes, I may be bias, but I did not see the same type of commitment from Rio in the ManU matches I saw this season.
Personally would take Terry over Rio for sporting reasons every time. Rio's just been too injury prone forever.
But agreed - I wouldn't have taken either one for this tournament. Time's past on both.
I'm not saying that I like Terry, but you still need some experience even on a young team and he is a much more dependable player than Ferdinand (except when he inexplicably flops while already outpaced on a breakaway)
Part of that is the style of player they are, though. Each at their peak, Rio is without a doubt the better player, but both are past it now.
The Czech defense is terrible.
Russia is dismantling the Czechs..
Second goal: brilliant touch.
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