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Old June 14, 2014, 06:38 PM
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sturridge off lallana on .... rooney should have been off
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Old June 14, 2014, 06:40 PM
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Old June 14, 2014, 06:44 PM
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lallana has two different colors of boot
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Old June 14, 2014, 06:45 PM
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Old June 14, 2014, 06:51 PM
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looks like Italy have this one in pocket
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Old June 14, 2014, 06:53 PM
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Rahim Sterling booked.
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Old June 14, 2014, 06:54 PM
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italy did the job .... but needs to improve a lot
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Old June 15, 2014, 01:48 AM
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italy did the job .... but needs to improve a lot
Indeed. Agree with you 100%. The Italians have such a defensive mindset that their offensive forays look good and organized only when they're on the counterattack. When not, they seem to be lacking imagination when putting together a string of moves. They tend to play the low percentage long ball hoping for a lone striker to do something with it. Boring. They had a much more organized and exciting offense in 2006 with Toni, Gilardino and Iaquinta being fed by Pirlo at his most imaginative.

I thought the English offense looked way better in comparison whenever Sterling and Sturridge were involved.
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Old June 15, 2014, 08:32 AM
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The Italians have always gone for the catenaccio defense, especially when they have a lead -- it saps the opponent's energy and leaves them open to a counterattack. I thought they were getting over it after the last WC when they showed a much more sparkling attack, but it seems like they'll never give it up. Yes, it's boring -- one of the reasons I can't bring myself to really support them, despite having brilliant players like Pirlo -- but one can't deny that it's effective.
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Old June 15, 2014, 09:55 AM
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The Italians have always gone for the catenaccio defense, especially when they have a lead -- it saps the opponent's energy and leaves them open to a counterattack. I thought they were getting over it after the last WC when they showed a much more sparkling attack, but it seems like they'll never give it up. Yes, it's boring -- one of the reasons I can't bring myself to really support them, despite having brilliant players like Pirlo -- but one can't deny that it's effective.
It's effective but negative soccer like Tiki-effing-Taka and I hate it. Don't get me wrong, I love watching good defensive units and appreciate the skills involved. Those skills are less flashy because they prevent rather than result in goals, but they are no less incredible. Think of guys like Beckenbauer, Matthaus, Baresi, Bossis, Maldini, Davids, Dunga, Zidane, Riquelme, Ronaldinho, Xavi, Iniesta, and Essien. Each was physical with the ability to win and then hold the ball with minimal touches that create space and passing lanes. Some attack more than the others but all are solid 2-way players with vision. Watch Messi play defense and win balls. It's beautiful.

I played defense and holding midfield for my high school in Europe and in college. Also played in the highly competitive Latino league in the Bay Area before I stopped playing at a high level around 1998.

But negative soccer is about deliberately subverting the defense-offense balance which makes the game truly beautiful. Gotta plan on the fly and execute whilst trying to score and preventing your opponent from scoring. Like Ali before he discovered rope-a-dope out of the necessity of fighting a bigger, stronger and younger opponent in Foreman.
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Old June 15, 2014, 11:18 AM
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No disagreement there, Sohel. Part of the reason why we play football and also watch is because of the sheer aesthetics; and Italy's catenaccio robs the game of that pleasure.
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like the way team played against Eng.
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Old June 18, 2014, 07:46 PM
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^Hello brother.

Uruguay might trample England tomorrow.
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Old June 19, 2014, 12:58 PM
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Don't really care who wins this one, but England would probably lose due to one of their traditional gaffes at a critical time.
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Old June 19, 2014, 02:22 PM
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Bilati defense is suspect. Amazing how technically excellent the Uruguaso defence is!
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Old June 19, 2014, 02:23 PM
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Ingrej central defenders are especially narbhas. Kichhukkhoner moddhei hishi kore dibe.
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Old June 19, 2014, 02:28 PM
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Welbek: one touch too many and not a good passer under pressure.
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Old June 19, 2014, 02:33 PM
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Rooney: ball beautifully headed onto the bar. That's the type of skill that has kept him scoreless in the World Cup for a century. Bravo!
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Old June 19, 2014, 02:39 PM
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And there you go! Another reality check for England, this time delivered by Cavani and Suarez. 1-0 Uruguay.
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Old June 19, 2014, 02:42 PM
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Sturridge: the new Shearer. A genuine striker, unlike Welbek and Rooney at this level. Not talking about the EPL here.
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Old June 19, 2014, 03:05 PM
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Arekta khaite nisilo ...
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Old June 19, 2014, 03:07 PM
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Suarez misses. Good way to keep playing in England.
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Old June 19, 2014, 03:08 PM
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Now Cavani misses to make his case for a contract in the EPL.
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Rooney: skilled at not scoring in the World Cup. He should play for Mohammedan.
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Old June 19, 2014, 03:11 PM
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Welbek: why be on time? Why score?
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