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Tigers_eye
June 1, 2006, 10:08 AM
The 32 teams participating in the WC has started their preparation for the 2006 WC. There have been some eye-opening matches that express their form. Expectation is high on some. Since these are friendly matches, for what its worth, some team may only work on strategy rather than showing their entire bag of tricks. But here are some interesting results from the past month. (What I mean is right before the ICC trophy we played a friendly match against Holland and lost, but in the knockout stage we beat the crap out of them when it mattered the most - 1997)

This should be good barometer on everyone's favorite teams are preparing.

April 12 - USA 1:1 Jamaica

May 9 - Japan 1:2 Bulgaria

May 11 - Belgium 2:1 Saudi Arabia

May 13 – Japan 0:0 Scotland

May 14 – Saudi Arabia 1:0 Togo

May 23 – Korea Rep 1:1 Senegal
Austria 1:4 Croatia

May 24 – USA 0:1 Morocco

May 25 – Australia 1:0 Greece

May 26 Korea Rep 2:0 Bosnia-Herzegovina
Saudi Arabia 0:2 Czech Republic

May 27 – Germany 7:0 Luxemburg
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<st1:country-region w:st="[/IMG]USA</st1:country-region"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Netherlands</st1:country-region> 0:0 Cameroon </st1:country-region>
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<st1:country-region w:st="[/IMG]USA</st1:country-region">May 29 – <st1:country-region w:st="on">Jamaica</st1:country-region> 1:4 Ghana</st1:country-region>
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<st1:country-region w:st="[/IMG]USA</st1:country-region">May 30 – Czech Rep 1:0 Costa Rica </st1:country-region>
<st1:country-region w:st="[/IMG]USA</st1:country-region"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Germany</st1:country-region> 2:2 Japan</st1:country-region>
<st1:country-region w:st="[/IMG]USA</st1:country-region">Argentina 2:0 Angola</st1:country-region>
<st1:country-region w:st="[/IMG]USA</st1:country-region">England 3:1 Hungary</st1:country-region>
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<st1:country-region w:st="[/IMG]USA</st1:country-region">May 31 - Iran 5:2 Bosnia-Herzegovina</st1:country-region>
<st1:country-region w:st="[/IMG]USA</st1:country-region">Switzerland 1:1 Italy </st1:country-region>
<st1:country-region w:st="[/IMG]USA</st1:country-region"><st1:country-region w:st="on">France</st1:country-region> 2:0 Denmark</st1:country-region>
<st1:country-region w:st="[/IMG]USA</st1:country-region">Saudi Arabia </ST1:p0:1 Turkey </st1:country-region>
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<st1:country-region w:st="[/IMG]USA</st1:country-region">Interesting is there has yet to be a Brazilian friendly game within the last month or so. I have made bold on the countries that interest me or I want to keep an eye on.<O:p
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Miraz
June 1, 2006, 10:14 AM
The 32 teams participating in the WC has started their preparation for the 2006 WC. There have been some eye-opening matches that express their form. Expectation is high on some. Since these are friendly matches, for what its worth, some team may only work on strategy rather than showing their entire bag of tricks. But here are some interesting results from the past month. (What I mean is right before the ICC trophy we played a friendly match against Holland and lost, but in the knockout stage we beat the crap out of them when it mattered the most - 1997)

This should be good barometer on everyone's favorite teams are preparing.

April 12 USA 1:1 Jamaica

May 9 - Japan 1:2 Bulgaria

May 11 - Belgium 2:1 Saudi Arabia

May 13 – Japan 0:0 Scotland

May 14 – Saudi Arabia 1:0 Togo

May 23 – KoreaRep 1:1 Senegal Austria 1:4 CroatiaMay 24 – USA 0:1 Morocco May 25 – Australia 1:0 Greece May 26 KoreaRep 2:0 Bosnia-Herzegovina Saudi Arabia 0:2Czech Republic May 27 –Germany7:0 Luxemburg Portugal 4:1<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comhttp://www.banglacricket.com/alochona/ /><st1:City w:st=Cape Verde Islands</st1:City> <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = " /><st1:country-region w:st="[/IMG]USA</st1:country-region"> 1:1 <st1:country-region w:st=" /><st1:country-region w:st=" on?>France</st1:country-region> 1:0Mexico <st1:country-region w:st="on">Spain</st1:country-region> 0:0Russia <st1:country-region w:st="on">Netherlands</st1:country-region> 0:0Cameroon May 28 – <st1:country-region w:st="on">Croatia</st1:country-region> 2:2 <st1:country-region w:st="on">Iran</st1:country-region> May 29 – <st1:country-region w:st="on">Jamaica</st1:country-region> 1:4GhanaMay 30 – Czech Rep 1:0Costa Rica <st1:country-region w:st="on">Germany</st1:country-region> 2:2IranArgentina 2:0AngolaEngland 3:1HungaryMay 31 -Iran5:2Bosnia-HerzegovinaSwitzerland 1:1Italy <st1:country-region w:st="on">France</st1:country-region> 2:0DenmarkSaudiArabia</ST1:p0:1Turkey Interesting is there has yet to be a Brazilian friendly game within the last month or so. I have made bold on the countries that interest me or I want to keep an eye on<O:p
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Brazil played a friendly match with a club side of Switzerland and thrashed them 8-0 with couple of strikes from Adriano and Ronaldinho.

Sam
June 1, 2006, 11:40 AM
Today Korea and Norway are going to play the warm-up match at 17:00 GMT. Hopefully Korea shine there with a convincing win!

Sam
June 1, 2006, 03:04 PM
Ultimately Korea have drawn the match with Norway 0:0.
In another match Nederlands beat Mexico 2:1.

ialbd
June 1, 2006, 04:19 PM
Argentina & England performed as expected.

USA teamta ke aro strong bhabsilam (after their last WC performance) but nothing special I guess...

Australia seems stronger than expected (but they'll be underestimated anyways)

Japan keeps disappointing

where as IRAN (as I mentioned in some other thread) is capable of doing a lot of things in this WC........(Germany 2:2 Iran)

These are just my comments based on the scorelines, couldnt watch any of those friendly matches.
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abdulw11
June 1, 2006, 05:47 PM
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<st1:country-region w:st="[/IMG]USA</st1:country-region">May 30 – Czech Rep 1:0 Costa Rica </st1:country-region>
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I thought Germany drew 2-2 with Japan, not Iran. Also it would be suicide if Iran played on the 30th of May and then once again a day after. The players would suffer from burn out, wouldn't they?

ialbd
June 1, 2006, 08:04 PM
Thanks for pointing that out abdulw11, yea i was going through some other news on the net, and it was Japan who drew with the Germans. And Iran defeated BH.
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Mr-Cricket
June 1, 2006, 10:32 PM
Iran has a very real chance of progressing through to the 2nd Round. Group D (Angola, Mexico, Iran, Portugal) is not exactly a 'Group of death'. Iran will most likely battle out 2nd place with Mexico. Here is the recent form of both sides:

Iran

Croatia 2-2 Iran
Iran 5-2 Bosnia

Mexico

France 1-0 Mexico
Holland 2-1 Mexico

Mexico has done tremendously well to pull off two respectable results over two World Class sides. Australia plays Holland this Sunday night (AEST). It will give us all a real indication as to where they are at in their World Cup preparations.

Tigers_eye
June 2, 2006, 08:39 AM
I thought Germany drew 2-2 with Japan, not Iran. Also it would be suicide if Iran played on the 30th of May and then once again a day after. The players would suffer from burn out, wouldn't they?
You are absolutely right. I am going to change it asap. The problem was when I typed the thread opener post in word and then tried to post it said I had 146 images and I was allowed only 4??? So I had to delete the paragraphs, make everything in one paragraph and the post it and then edit the page. In the process of editing, Japan may have been deleted.

Sam
June 3, 2006, 03:48 PM
Here are some latest results (with some repeatation also):

England 6:0 Jamaica
Switzerland 4:1 China PR
Czech Rep 3:0 Trinidad & Tobago
Poland 1:0 Croatia
Portugal 3:0 Luxemburg
Spain 1:0 Egypt (After 33 min. of play)

Mr-Cricket
June 4, 2006, 10:27 AM
Netherlands 1 - 1 Australia

IanW
June 5, 2006, 02:01 AM
And the game wasnt that friendly ...

But I'll take a point off the Dutch, any day of the week.

And as long as &^%$&^ FFA listens to Guus - when he says someone is good enough, they are good enough.

Ian Whitchurch

Rabz
June 5, 2006, 02:44 AM
the game wasnt friendly ...well at least for Aussies..
the Dutch looked more relaxed and was looking for a cheeky win...
i don think they played even thier 80% and was more concerned to save thier legs once realising Aussies were getting very physical...and i'd give them that..
Aussies made few really unnecessary fouls...like what was Luke (forgot his last name) thinking ??

that was his first major apperance for the socceroos after a shock selection...!!

lucky we got a great goalie, or else the score card cud hv looked embarrasing...
aussie defence didnt look that good to me...
i mean when they play teams like Brazil.. they seriously need to gear up their game...

IanW
June 5, 2006, 03:32 AM
Sydney, mate,

In world soccer, there are two basic classes of teams.

Brazil.

Then daylight.

Then everyone else.

Australia are happily back in the pack, among "everyone else".

Do I expect us to beat Brazil ? Nope. I'd be ecstatic if Australia played as well against Brazil in soccer as Bangladesh have played against Australia in cricket, except the quality gap is actually, in my opinion, bigger.

But Croatia and Japan ? Thats another story.

And I'm more than happy to walk away with 1-1 against Holland, who are not expected to bow out in the Group stage.

Ian Whitchurch

PS At the moment, Luke Wilkshire plays occasionally for Bristol City, back in what used to be called the Third Division of the English FA. However, Guus Hiddink reckons he's good enough for first grade. This is a subtle and understated hint that PSV Eindhoven will be making an offer soon, just like they did for Archie Thompson - and Micheal Beauchamp wont be playing for the Central Coast Mariners for too long either.

Rabz
June 5, 2006, 06:09 AM
Ian, i completely agree with u mate..
but as with u... my main concern is with Croatia and Japan...
i might hv used a bad example naming Brazil, but from what i saw last night, i will be quite tensed when the socceroos plays the japanese...
now i havent seen Japan playin for ages, but from what the warm up games results giving me, they must hv a good attack, strinking twice against Germany...

i strongly believe we have a good chance of making it to the 2nd round...
reckon the first game against Japan would be the most crucial one..

Mr-Cricket
June 5, 2006, 06:45 AM
i might hv used a bad example naming Brazil, but from what i saw last night, i will be quite tensed when the socceroos plays the japanese...
now i havent seen Japan playin for ages, but from what the warm up games results giving me, they must hv a good attack, strinking twice against Germany...
A measly 1-0 win against the lowly Malta, overnight, doesn't exactly help Japan's cause. Ok, Australia's defence can learn from their errors from the Netherlands game - but don't forget - they did improve as the match progressed. In reference to Japan "striking twice against Germany" - Australia put 3 past Germany & 2 past Argentina during the Confederations Cup, in Germany, last year (with Farina in charge). To escape with a 1-1 draw (with 10 men) is a tremendous effort - given the strength of the opposition. With Hiddink in charge & with Schwarzer in goals - anything is possible. :)

AsifTheManRahman
June 5, 2006, 10:53 AM
Netherlands 1 - 1 Australia

yeah, this one was pretty disappointing. the dutchmen could really have done a lot better than just nistelrooy @ 9'. hope this was just an odd ordinary day.

Tigers_eye
June 5, 2006, 04:53 PM
Brazil 4 - 0 NZ.
Hmm! both side substituted 6 players. I guess in friendly you can do that. Ronaldo scored a goal on the 9th minute, didn't play the second half. This is the last warmup match for Brazil.

IanW
June 6, 2006, 01:30 AM
Loved the Dutch coach's comment about the Australia "friendly".

"It was a game for men"

tiger_man
June 6, 2006, 06:43 AM
Australia's journey to the World Cup has been a tough and emotional one...

first they had to play twice world champion uruguay in the qualifying rounds...in the extremely tough game australia made it having secured the required goals in the penalty shootout..

then they had to play euro cup champion greece in the qualifying round....they won that game...

then world number 3 netherland....after suffering inital blow nd a red card, australia have managed to draw that game...

while the road has been tough...it none the less made australia powerful opponent which can cause few upsets coz not many teams out there are aware of australia's potential. :flag:

IanW
June 6, 2006, 06:56 AM
I'm not denying that Uruguay home and away was tough ... but both Greece and Holland were friendlies.

In as much Australians understand "friendly" international matches, anyway.

Sam
June 6, 2006, 07:33 AM
I was watching I-Channel on the other day, where BD Cricket Celebrities were talking about the FIFA WC and their favourite teams. Aminul Islam Bulbul told that he is very fond of Brazil, but this time he has a very soft corner for the Aussies, because he is an Australian, and he feels proud for that team. Nice gesture, I liked it.

IanW
June 6, 2006, 07:49 AM
Oddly enough, Australia against Brazil in soccer is a lot like Balgladesh vs Australia in cricket.

Both teams have supercoaches, with a respected track records who have adopted minnows - Bangladesh have Dav Whatmore, Australia Gus Hiddink.

Bangladesh have some pretty good players Rafique, Masrafee, Bashar, Pilot and Ashraful, while Australia have Kewell, Grella, Viduka, Schwartzer and Cahill. I'm not pushing things too far when I'll pair Sharihar Nafees with Luke Wilkshire (who, I'm going to repeat, is a regarded by his coach at Bristol City, in the old English Third Division, as a bench warmer. On the other hand, Guus Hiddink - who hasnt done anything as a coach other than a UEFA Cup, and taking Holland and South Korea to the semis of the World Cup - was happy to slot him starting at central midfield against Holland).

And Brazil are, well, Brazil.

Ian Whitchurch

Rabz
June 6, 2006, 09:29 AM
then they had to play euro cup champion greece in the qualifying round....they won that game...


mate..the game against Greece was a friendly, not a qualifier...

Tigers_eye
June 7, 2006, 10:41 AM
Ukraine beat Libya 3-0.

Korea Rep lost to Ghana 1-3 ???? This is a shocker.

Tonight Australia face Liechtenstein.
France vs China, and Spain takes on Croatia.

tiger_man
June 7, 2006, 10:50 AM
Oddly enough, Australia against Brazil in soccer is a lot like Balgladesh vs Australia in cricket.

Both teams have supercoaches, with a respected track records who have adopted minnows - Bangladesh have Dav Whatmore, Australia Gus Hiddink.

Bangladesh have some pretty good players Rafique, Masrafee, Bashar, Pilot and Ashraful, while Australia have Kewell, Grella, Viduka, Schwartzer and Cahill. I'm not pushing things too far when I'll pair Sharihar Nafees with Luke Wilkshire (who, I'm going to repeat, is a regarded by his coach at Bristol City, in the old English Third Division, as a bench warmer. On the other hand, Guus Hiddink - who hasnt done anything as a coach other than a UEFA Cup, and taking Holland and South Korea to the semis of the World Cup - was happy to slot him starting at central midfield against Holland).

And Brazil are, well, Brazil.

Ian Whitchurch

oh please dont compare Australia with our damned cricketers....
ya both have some similarities but Australia isnt such a shocker as BD.....i dont expect them to win against brazil but i do expect them to put up a big fight....unlike our "wannabe" tigers who dont know how to hold a winning game...