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That disallowed goal for England remains quite irritating, and it'd be about time to allow videos to arbitrate matches, as it's already the case for some tennis tournaments. The football world is lead by too old entreaties. The rules must evolve. There's nothing more exasperating than arbitrament mistakes in sports.

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From an outsider's POV, the Premier League is a destination for imported talent, rather than a susbstandard elite league. What is the ratio (this might require speculation) of foreign to domestic talent on the top levels?
37% domestic apparently.

But my point is that really that very top level is above the best of the premier league. There have been various years that the Prem League sides have done well in the Champions League but not won it. Only once in my life time (or at least as far as I recall) has the world player of the year been a player for an Premier League side. It's a very strong league, but the best sides are not quite elite. And why do so few English players get drawn abroad?

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That disallowed goal for England remains quite irritating, and it'd be about time to allow videos to arbitrate matches, as it's already the case for some tennis tournaments. The football world is lead by too old entreaties. The rules must evolve. There's nothing more exasperating than arbitrament mistakes in sports.

There's a crane behind each goal for Pete's sake! It would seem to me that an official in a booth above the pitch could question a limited group of calls or no-calls. It appears to me that the worst officiating as the tourney has progressed, have come from goal calls and bad offsides calls. The U. S. goal that was dissallowed showed clutchingand grabbing as the cross came within range. If the outside official inserts himself into such calls, it will slow the game down badly. 10 minutes of stoppage anyone? What could be overruled from above would be goals declared that do not cross the line, or dissallowed goals that do. Also, bad offsides calls that lead to goals otherwise not scored had offsides legitimately been called.

What's the name of the head of FIFA. He seems hidebound. Maybe the time for rules changes at FIFA will be when he retires. Early in the tournament, the cry was over bad handball calls and phantom fouls. As the better teams have risen to the knockout stage, looking back, it is the issue of goals that seems to be more meaningfull. Are Americans the only ones complaining about lack of scoring (I don't, but I don't like obvious groaners of bad judgement like both goals in question on Sunday. One wouldn't really need to stop play to correct either of them. There is typicaly, what, 30 seconds to a minute of celebration after a successful shot? Plenty of time to overrule the obvious. The obvious is all I am talking about. Second guessing judgement calls is where time will slow to a crawl. That's what happens in American professional Football and to a lesser extent in NCAA Football.

Edited by Rich Kennedy

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FWIW whilst it's odd that football is one of the few sports these days not to embrace technology for key moments, I can't get too worked up about the disallowed goal. Firstly, these things happen. In the 1966 final the linesman called one in that wasn't and it won us the World Cup. What goes around comes around. Secondly the more fixated England chiefs get about that goal the less they will focus on the real failings at this tournament. There's no doubt we would have lost yesterday even if that goal had gone in. They were just better than us, and the more we moan about the goal the less likely we are to see any meaningful improvement in the years to come.

Matt

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I agree as far as it goes, Matt. I think back to the tie-that-wasn't-supposed-to-be against Slovenia. Maybe the disallowed goal was a makeup at the end of the game in exchange for not sending Dempsey off in the first minute!? There's a different game if ever! But the U.S. won the Group anyway. But that is too narrow a view of this. It isn't about the U.S., England, Mexico, or anyone single team, or game. It isn't even about the best teams winning last Sunday. Great games have been won by the lesser team. We have a saying here about the NFL, "on any given Sunday..." It is about easily correctable misjudgement.

Human error is and should always be part of the game (world class strikers put free kicks into the wall all the time, why can't a ref be allowed the same?). But groaners obvious to everyone but the decision maker? Instantaneous proof of a wrong goal call? That's different. Different issue for the Lords of English Football too. It's only about you guys in that instance and I hope something is done to correct the larger matter. Do we have to wait for Kaka to be red carded for an inadvertant handball (not an issue I'm arguing, but a likely gaffe in the next few games), or Suarez flagrantly offsides in the 91st minute on July 11 scoring the winner from Forlan against Germany or Argentina for those other than skeptical Americans, who OD on "going to the tape", to see the possible problem?

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Wow! Rich will be happy today.

Edited by Darrel Manson

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Yes great result. Good to have at least one European team in the semis. Hoping for Ghana tonight and Germany tomorrow. Can't see Paraguay troubling Spain though.

Matt

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Indeed I am. I kinda knew that Brazil would win. Watching the Uruguay game live after work I screamed and scared everyone in the house when ther announcers carually mentioned the previous outcome.

As for today, I knew as well as you can know these things, that Germany would win. Argentina had no real defense except for their excellent goalie. Germany would certainly solve that problem. I wasn't predicting 4-0 though. As I've told others here in Detroit, watching Germany is like watching the Von Schlieffen Plan unfold on the pitch.

Holland Germany final. Won't dare say who wins.

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The team that impressed me the most was Spain when they beat Portugal. Against Paraguay, though, I thought they'd do better. It's unfair that Muller will be off for the match against Spain. He didn't deserve that yellow card. When I tell you that arbitrament mistakes suck...

Holland should beat Uruguay. I'm not sure for Germany vs Spain. I think I still support Spain since their stunning performance against Portugal.

And I can see Spain win this World Cup.

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Holland should beat Uruguay. I'm not sure for Germany vs Spain. I think I still support Spain since their stunning performance against Portugal.

And I can see Spain win this World Cup.

There is an odd statistic I discovered in the WSJ's daily coverage. Euro Cup and Copa America current champions (Spain, Brazil this time) never succeed in the World Cup. Sometimes they don't even qualify. If Spain beats Germany, they will be the first to make the final game. This has nothing to do with my predictions.

Germany, for example, would madly rush Argentina's defense. Argentina's quick strikers and forward midfielders would counter, but by the time they were in range of the goal, all of Germany's back men would be crowding the space. Fastest defense I've seen in this tournament. Everybody knows how fast Germany's offense is. Spain has a better defense than Argentina, but Spain will be frustrated by their lack of one touch passing. German players seem adept at closing while one attempts to control the ball. I'm desperate for revenge for 1974 (the first final game I ever watched), but I'm not betting on it. I'm afraid that Holland's only chance will be one touch passing and the self confidence their rivalry with Germany gives them.

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Oh. YEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHH!

This was tough despite my declared loyalty. Uruguay was tied with the U.S. for second fave team in the Cup and Forlan is my favorite player in the tournament. The international feed showed the look on his face at Nederland's first goal. It only set the hook even more. I LOVE this guy. He never gives up. He's a killer with both feet. I hope he beats Spain with feeds to Suarez all day on Saturday.

But Sneijder has to get the Golden Boot. Oh. And the Cup.

EDIT: I'm just a fanboy kid. aren't I.

Edited by Rich Kennedy

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...and why not?

So the World Cup in which the South American teams were supposedly really dominating will have a European winner. I think I want the Germans to win tonight, preferably by 3+ goals.

Here's a good quiz question, however. If the Dutch do not win it, then who will be the only team to make it through the tournament unbeaten?

Matt

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My pre-tourney pick to win was Spain, but I'd really like to see a Dutch/Deutsch final.

I've already picked Uruguay to lose the 3rd place game.

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Mine too until they lost to Switzerland...

I think I want the Dutch. I think...

Sometimes I can't really tell until the match starts.

Matt

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Oh I want the Dutch. I'm never sure if they can do it. I'm still reeling from yesterday.

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I've enjoyed watching both teams throughout the World Cup, but I'd like to see Spain win it.

Paul the Octopus has chosen Spain as well:

http://www.theglobea...093895895253914

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GO ORANJE!

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What a dismal final, and yet another English shocker - the British ref was terrible.

My friend (a sports psychologist) is coaching referees in body language. He was all set to use Webb as a prime example. I imagine he's hastily re-writing that.

You can blame him too much - the Dutch decided to go out and play like that, and whilst it was his bad decisions at the other end that gave the right result - it was a poor spectacle.

Nice to see Forlan get the golden ball - he's been great.

So congrats Spain who (contrary to a post above) are the second team to progress from being Euro champions to World Champions. It's just a shame that the only two games that I saw of theirs were this and their defeat to Switzerland.

And so the only unbeaten team in the tournament was ...New Zealand ranked 78th in the world.

It's a funny old game.

Matt

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And so the only unbeaten team in the tournament was ...New Zealand ranked 78th in the world.

It's a funny old game.

:blink:

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UGGGHHH. Second time in a row that Holland decided to spend all potential yellow cards on its last game. That red was pathetic though, but live by the sword, die by the sword. They must have thought they couldn't win straight up. Not good.

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I supported Spain all the way. It's such a great team, their game reminds me of the French one around 1982-1986 (remember Platini, Giresse, Tigana? No? Nevermind).

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I thought the referee did pretty well considering the circumstances. Ultimately this was a real stinker of a match, but I don't think you blame the ref. The Dutch aggression put him in a difficult spot. In fact maybe his worst decision was not red carding Nigel De Jong's kung fu kick to Xabi Alonso's heart:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTFsl8WEw1U

Unfortunately, for a neutral observer this was the most exciting thing about the final:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PeM8CuH28M

Edited by du Garbandier

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