WC10 @Spinstripe – snippets

Does whiskey (and cheap Rs700/- a bottle ones) increase ones humour levels? You might have seen these on my tweet stream already, but I will nonetheless put them here so I can admire them later. Self-glorification, thy name is Godof86.

The answer to the ‘why tweet’ question; or even to the ‘why tweet now’ question:

Blessed are the ones who type without looking at the keyboard, for they shall tweet the #worldcup

On Raymond Domenech:

@acommonfan Zizou, Titi, Ribery, Desailley, Thuram, Trez on one side of the balance, Domenech on the other. He balances out the genius.

Pre-game commentary on stereotypes: This one’s on Argentina:

#arg stereotype-skilful Fds cynical defs. messi can win it on his own. Diego can lose it on his own. correctness-100% #worldcup

The Iconic World cup song:

Awesome! Futt-ball eej awar laaiph.. #worldcup RT @roshnimo @Spinstripe Here, your icon sings the world cup anthem

Interruption before the Korea Greece match:

Raining. #Tatasky not working. Don’t the rain gods know there’s a #worldcup going on?

Footballing names, and their pronunciations:

#gre names ending in -as are pronounced -aas, not -ass, pl confirm, knowledgeable ones. Gekas sounds like geek-ass. Not, right? #worldcup

Greece’s football in the first match:

@SpiceBoxofEarth More than anti-football (which involves time wasting and tough snide defending), it’s no-football by #gre .

#gre has, as of now, rolled over and allowed itself to be tickled #worldcup

Argentina vs Nigeria. Chinedu Obasi, and his bollocks, and Jonas Gutierrez:

Chinedu Obasi gets it on his nuts now. or at least acts as is he does. Wasn’t touched, as the replays show #nga #worldcup

5 minutes later:

Jonas’ love affair with Obasi’s nuts continues. And he’s shown a yellow for that now. #arg #worldcup

On Diego:

Oh Diego you loon! We’ve missed you. we’ve missed you lots! Welcome back, god. #arg #maradona #worldcup

Acomonfan mentions that Lars Lagerback (the Swede NGA coach) seems almost uncommonly happy. He must have received his paycheque. Response:

@acommonfan On Lars Lagerback – Or probably they told him that he is to pay $50 into a bank account, when they will pay him the full amount.

Veron Subed after a poor game. Maxi comes in.

Thanks, El Brujita, but the game has passed you by. Hi Maxi. #arg #worldcup

A visual appreciation of the ARG defence line:

Doesn’t Martin Demichelis look like a porn star? and Walter Samuel like an extra in a gangster movie #arg #worldcup

An appreciation of Jamie Carragher:

Carra is a walking red card. #eng #usa #beatengland #worldcup

KOR vs GRE @Spinstripe

Here’s the second match.. Korea vs Greece. Read from reverse please… You can find this live during the matches @Spinstripe

Please note, I will not be doing every match. I will possibly be too drunk during the ENG vs USA match. Will try to finish the ARG match!
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#kor wins! Go Asia! Comprehensive! 2-0 #worldcup

Park ChuYoung taken off. Played very well, can be a handful if he improves his finishing. #kor #worldcup

Lee ChungYoung almost!!! Ehhh….. good save by the GK. C’mon Lee. #worldcup #kor Bad miss on the corner by #kor

#gre Gekas nice try, forst proper chance to #gre . great stop by the #kor GK Corner. offside. #worldcup

The game’s drifting. I like the #kor team’s composure on the ball. Almost surely their match now #worldcup

Kim Nam Il comes in for #kor . he plays for a team called Tom Tomsk. I find that funny. You don’t? Okay then. #worldcup

next 7 minutes are everything for #gre . Get a goal, you have a chance. Not, you don’t. Corner to #gre . Goes abegging. #worldcup

some signs of #gre waking up. two decent moves.. 3 now. all wide of goal. #worldcup

#gre another comedy defending piece… almost a kamikaze backpass by the RB. GK just aobut manages to hold on #worldcup

RT @eyepeeyell This is the sort of Greece that women named Helen serve divorce and leave #gre #worldcup

#kor another miss! Park Chu Young… come on! reminds me of .. ahem.. Giorgios Samaras #worldcup

#gre has, as of now, rolled over and allowed itself to be tickled #worldcup

SpiceBoxofEarth @Spinstripe True, they haven’t even got close enough to the Koreans to play their usual cynical game. Am still bitter about the Czechs(2004)

@SpiceBoxofEarth More than anti-football (which involves time wasting and tough snide defending), it’s no-football by #gre .

SpiceBoxofEarth Korea have done Asian football proud, but Greece’s anti-football has been even more pitiful than usual. #worldcup

Goal at the 52nd min #worldcup

Awesome. awesome terrier spirit. great job, ParkManU. Dreadful defending by #gre . #Kor 2-0 #gre Go Korea!

BTW here’s a nice hashtag #beatengland . Go for it! U-S-A, U-S-A #worldcup

Talent note. Cha Du Ri has been superb so far. #kor #worldcup

2nd half starts. # gre needs to do much better. # kor needs to finish well. Domination like they had needs more golas to show #worldcup

Overhead picture… Fuck, Port Liz is beautiful. #worldcup #rsa

Halftime

Nice center. #gre freak chance by Gekas, #kor GK collects.

Park Chu Young #kor . Talented. Good movement, speed, agility. Poor composure. #worldcup

will the Park Chu Young miss (27th min) become important in the end #worldcup #kor

#kor captain and #fra captain are best friends. Any other team apart from ManU has 2 captains? #worldcup

LeeChungYong is such a classy player. Can Bolton keep him next year? Does he deserve a better team? #kor #worldcup

# kor Goal- 7th min. ParkCY miss 27th min. FTM #worldcup

Graet pass by ManUPark. Park ChuYong miss it. Sitter, it was. #kor #worldcup

Mistake. LeePyongYong is in the rightwing, not ManUPark. #worldcup #kor

Lee Young Pyo is courageous. Even close to his pen box, he is quite composed on the ball, & does not hoof the hail-mary ball #kor #worldcup

#gre names ending in -as are pronounced -aas, not -ass, pl confirm, knowledgeable ones. Gekas sounds like geek-ass. Not, right? #worldcup

BTW, #kor playing neat passes, dominating. right wing, with ChaDuRi+ParkJiSung is alive, #worldcup

Ooh, seemed like some activity, but wasn’t. Crossfield ball. nothing happens. #kor

Okay, 10 minutes is about the time I take to decide on which team to support. it’s #kor for this match.

Park Ji Sung’s rather easy to go down, eh? I am pretty much ABU, so… #worldcup #kor

Torosidis shows good skills #gre corner. Nothing happens

Lee Jung Soo. Set piece. 2 yards. Pathetic set piece of defending by #gre .

1-0 to #kor

Good bit of skill by #kor down left flank. with Pyo involved. #worldcup

Samaras is excellent for Football Manager 2006, did you know? By 2010, he always becomes very nearly tops #worldcup #gre

Torosidis… almost. #worldcup #gre

#gre Rehhagel becomes oldest coach ever at WC finals. 71. Beating Maldini Srs record.Doesn’t look 71.Doesn’t look any more than 60 #worldcup

#kor Look out for Park Chu Young of Monaco. heard good things about him. And of course Chung-Yong Lee of Bolton, I like him a lot. #worldcup

Who’s girl on ESPN? seems too used to IPL. Flow of conversation: G: Mase, what’s ur prediction? M: Draw. silence.. silence. G:okay #worldcup

Okay ladies and gentlemen, going ahead forgive the typos. #gre vs #kor starts soon. Ditto my tweeting. #worldcup
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World Cup starts – FRA vs URU @Spinstripe

I’d suggest read from the reverse please, folks. This is from my tweets @Spinstripe
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That’s that, ladies & gentlemen. Till tomorrow. #worldcup

0-0. Fair enough, I suppose.

That’s what Diaby can do. He’s diabolical most often, but he can do this & draw foul. Absolute velcro touch and close control #worldcup

That’s what Diaby can do. He’s diabolical most often, but he can do this & draw a foul. Absolute velcro touch and close control#worldcup

Not given of course. Some corner, throw etc happen to no avail#worldcup

Not given of course. #worldcup

Titi claims a handball. Guess what the commentators say?#worldcup

Lots of buzzing around the URU pen box. nothing happens. 0-0 surely. #worldcup

Gignac in. Now we’ll see some proper 4-3-3. Gignac no9, with Ribery & Titi supporting. #worldcup

FTM, why do #Arsenal players get so many flying tackles against them? Sagna here. #worldcup

Lodeiro… That wasn’t long. Reminds me of Marco Etcheverry at ’94 (was it?) #worldcup

@sidvee Even Greece can. Even Germany can. France cannot though. FTM Italy scored every match, won only one through pens in ’06 #worldcup

sidvee +Germany RT @bigfatphoenix France has no hope. Only Italy can win a world cup despite being largely rubbish.

Libbit of comedy defending at URU penalty box. Nothing happens. Titi’s still not warmed up. #worldcup

And Gourcuff’s has done the corner-flag threatening for the day. Malouda comes in. #worldcup

Suarez gone. Abreu in. Gourcuff threatens the corner flag.#worldcup

Oiiiiii that was a sitter. Forlan misses. Created by Suarez.#worldcup

Le Sulk off, Titi in. And is greeted by the handball reference. Charming, English commentary. #worldcup

Le Sulk off, Titi in. And is greeted by the handball reference. Charming, is English commentary. #worldcup

Let’s have a punchup, Jeremy. #worldcup

Ah, ah, now now now… heating up… #worldcup

@SpiceBoxofEarth BTW, on your comment. “Any coach who thinks……” reminds me, it’s Dommenech after all.

SpiceBoxofEarth @Spinstripe Of course, Domenech is the genius who couldn’t find a place for Samir Nasri. So much for bloody Gallic flair.33 minutes ago

And Evra should remember he is not playing for ManU here. These fouls WILL be given now. No Fergie / ENG referees #worldcup

@SpiceBoxofEarth Toulalan is known 2b not-so-good without another defensive-ish midfielder. Ideally LassD (who’s crocked). Thus, Diabolical

SpiceBoxofEarth @Spinstripe Valbuena’s a wonderfully creative player. And play Cisse. His finishing may be erratic, but he’s quick enough to harry defenders

@SpiceBoxofEarth Agree about Govou. Just that they have got no other right winger. Time for li’l Valbuena? #worldcup

SpiceBoxofEarth Also, if Sidney Govou is the second-best forward in France, then they have real issues. He was never top-drawer.

URU first yellow at less than the hour mark. Victorino even got the ball #worldcup

SpiceBoxofEarth @Spinstripe The formation should be fluid so that your best players play. Diaby can barely pass the ball 10 yards. He’s awful.

@SpiceBoxofEarth about Diaby/Malouda. Wrong. Different positions/different tasks. If FRA gets Gignac for Anelka, then yes. Else no.#worldcup

SpiceBoxofEarth Any coach who thinks Diaby is better than Malouda is clearly either an imbecile, or on some mind-altering substances. #worldcup

Naah, Gourcuff will not work for my team, #arsenal. He took a shot at goal (a rasping drive at that) from outside the penalty box#worldcup

Gallas seems to be crocked. Just like he always is, for #arsenal.#worldcup

Forlan’s a little bit special, no? #worldcup

Lugano tries a Dario. Not to be. #worldcup

Are these Vuvuzelas? Thy sound like there’s a wasp buzzing around my ears. #worldcup #vuvuzela

Top two were/are Argentines though #worldcup

And the third best dribbler of all time that I have seen, was an Uruguayan. And his name was Enzo Francescoli. #worldcup

And here come the stereotypes. Uruguay = Thugs. Needn’t be.#worldcup

Uruguay flag has a sun, just like Argentina flag. #worldcup

Raw power of Rooney okay. Creativity of Lampard willy-nilly. Composure of Terry???? What? redo the ad. Fighting Spirit of terry? #worldcup

BTW, I will put up this series of tweets on my blog too.

Let’s tell you. Mr sneeze, Gourcuff might win France Brazil 2014#worldcup

Thumbs-up to Shakira’s Waka-waka… She has this delightful south-american spanish accent when speaking in English.#worldcup

Getting a little tired of Sharman in the #Airtel ads. Never felt it with Irrfan and #hutch #vodafone

Heard pre-match on ESPN: Dykes: Shebby do u think Forlan&Suarez can be stopped by French CBs? ShebbySingh No, John. #worldcup

I mean the false 9 structure is not robust with Govou and Ribery along with Anelka. Anelka has the skill sets for false 9 though#worldcup

Anelka cannot play lone forward. Not strong enough for Drogba role. And he can be false 9, but not Govou+ribery. #worldcup

Will post this on blog later #worldcup

Will post this on blog later.

Let’s do Uruguay-France. First half almost over BTW.

1. Mexico vs SA was a good match, from the highlights. Did you see the SA goal?

@prempanicker Listen carefully, Prem. What you think is sneeze, is actually Gourcuff. Not oohlala, its Toulalan, another guy. U missd these.

Folks, i am planning to provide some entertainment to you by providing commentary to the world cup.
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Winners’ Luck? Naah…

You want to see ridiculous? Here’s ridiculous. At the Times, what’s more.

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In the seven World Cup Finals England have played in since 1966 they have never gone out by more than a single goal. In 1982 they were unbeaten. In 1990, 1998 and 2006 they went out on penalties. Of the rest Sir Alf Ramsey made a bad substitution, Maradona cheated and Ronaldinho scored a freak-cum-wonder goal.

The margin between success and failure is clearly very small when you are one of the best eight sides in the world, as England routinely are, and so it stands to reason that the role of luck will be amplified. So forget the debates about Walcott and Lennon and 4-5-1, the question Fabio Capello needs to ask himself is does he feel lucky.

Of course, any sane individual would know that the writer is over-reaching. One cannot say with a straight face that England had been unlucky for 44 years. Nobody is unlucky for 44 years. In most cases, they had not been good enough. I believe what the writer is really complaining about, is that for the last 44 years England has not fluked a win.

Here’s something most sports fans know. Nobody ever flukes a win in the world cup. One of the top two or three teams invariably win the WC/ Euro cup (and I agree that it might not be the best team every time, but definitely one of the best).

Here’s the easy parallel, if the third seed wins Wimbledon, it’s not a fluke. If an unseeded Boris Becker wins in ’85, it’s not a fluke because he was a soon-to-be-great, and if an unseeded Ivanisevic wins Wimbledon, it was a well-deserved (and a long time coming) win for a perennial runner-up.

England was one of the top three teams in ’66, so they had a streak of luck with the phantom 3rd goal in the final, and won. Fair enough for me (not for the Germans maybe). England were probably one of the top three teams in the ’70 WC, but did not win. Indeed, two better teams played in the finals. That’s okay, it happens. Nobody would have said that they have fluked it, even if they would have beaten that Brazil team. For all the brouhaha about the Maradona handball at the ’86 World Cup, there were many better teams than England that year.

Italy were not an excellent, exciting, swashbuckling team, but they still were one of the top three teams in the last world cup. In a very average Euro’04, Greece shaded as one of the top three teams that year, primarily because they were the most organized defensively and gave it all for each other.

England is probably not one of the top three teams in the world cup. But you only get to know this once the tournament starts. But I hope they are not, because for them to be, Argentina will have to implode. And I support Argentina in World Cups.

Jaxx view 2 – South Africa

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…This is for Nigel, London . If I play a pedant, I will agree that Hull might be safer than Soweto. But is the parameter for hosting the WC that the country will have to be as safe as the UK? You will be left with only a handful of countries. Europe. US and Canada maybe, and a handful of countries in Asia. That’s that. Let’s see – One of the best world cups ever has been the one in Mexico ’70, and I cannot believe that Mexico in ’70 (why, even ’86) was more safe than South Africa in 2010, in terms of violent crimes as a ratio of population density. Similarly the Indian sub-continent and the cricket world cups and similar events. They do a good job, don’t they? And South Africa is a reasonably rich country, they should have enough money to ensure complete security.

Oh, and John Nich’s article is a must read to address this kind of sentiment.

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