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#41 [url]

Jul 3 17 8:55 AM

The point is: if you work well, you deserve to win. The Germans deserve an applause for the fantastic work they're carrying on with their youth system. Between the end of the 1990s and the beginning of the 2000s, their football was in bad condition. In 15 years, through competences, organization, structures and investments, they've built probably the best mine of talents in Europe. Maybe nobody, in this generation, is kissed by the football gods and will ever be able to win the Golden Ball. But in the important tournaments Germany will be protagonist again for many years.

As to Chile, yesterday they played a very good final. They were condemned only by an individual error. But in 3 consecutive finals and in 330 minutes they did not score a goal.

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Jul 4 17 7:19 PM

Chile should employ an out-of-work English football manager, the more amateur and agricultural the better. His only job will be to stand behind Bravo's goal and be ready to shout "F**KIN' HOOF IT!" whenever one of the Chilean midfielders attempts to dither needlessly in the vicinity of his own goal area. There will also be a translator employed to translate "F**KIN' HOOF IT" into Spanish. And the Chilean players will be drilled in hoofing practice. The only one who showed a clear hoofing ability was Angelo Sagal, but unfortunately he showed his talents in the wrong goal-mouth. The Germans were much better at hoofing, and that is the only reason they won.

The refereeing in the final and 3rd place match was shockingly bad. Not just the arbitrary choices of when to use VAR, but the bog standard officiating. Yellow card for Jara flagrantly elbowing Werner in the face *even after the referee has looked at it* ? Bottled. Also the general poor work of the linesmen in giving extremely soft free-kicks to defenders shielding the ball from attackers trying to pinch it. But this is ubiquitous in football.

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Jul 5 17 6:51 PM

nfm24 wrote:
Chile should employ an out-of-work English football manager, the more amateur and agricultural the better. His only job will be to stand behind Bravo's goal and be ready to shout "F**KIN' HOOF IT!" whenever one of the Chilean midfielders attempts to dither needlessly in the vicinity of his own goal area. There will also be a translator employed to translate "F**KIN' HOOF IT" into Spanish.
First of all they already do something like that in blind football (although in that case it's the sighted goalie doing the yelling and a guy with a metal pole behind the other goal to help the attackers), and secondly I looked it up on Google Translate and they'd have to yell "¡Puta pezuña!", one of those words FIFA has been cracking down on recently from Mexican fans, so to have it yelled pitchside would be inadvisable.

Meanwhile, I would have enjoyed watching the 3rd Place Play-Off, but ITV despite having the live rights (which for football is in rare supply for them now) somehow contrived to not show it on any of their channels or even put up a live stream on their website. Instead, of the two channels previous matches had been on, one was showing the Tour de France (fair enough), and the other showing repeats of Bear Grylls Survival School, The Voice Kids, and some gameshow called Babushka, so I guess they get points for being kind of on-theme with the third one?

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Jul 5 17 7:45 PM

"¡Puta pezuña!" would actually be the equivalent of calling someone a "f**king hoof". Hey, you, you f**king hoof. Or possibly "b.itch hoof". Intriguing insults, but not sure they're going to have the desired effect.

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Jul 8 17 3:51 PM

TheRoonBa wrote:
Or possibly "b.itch hoof".
Sounds like one of those bizarre American attempts to incorporate 'European culture' into their chants that gets stuck somewhere inbetween the real thing and not wanting to drop their vocabulary from it either...

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