• sar posted an update 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    I always look forward to the World Cup but I’m starting to think that football has become a non-contact sport.

    Get near the competition and they seem to fall over without any difficulty. I wonder if any of these big strong men would fall on the floor like a big girls blouse if they were hit in the street.

    My 10 year old daughter can take more punishment than these bunch of embarrassments. Managers need to stamp it out and threaten to withdraw their place in the next game of they continue to cheat this way or better still, FIFA disqualifies the game against the cheat retrospectively.

    Why is diving or feigning injury to get an unfair advantage any better than taking steroids, blood doping or roughing up a cricket ball with sandpaper? It drives me nuts to see these so called…[Read more]

    • What about all the attackers being literally wrestled to the ground at set pieces? At least the referees appear to have been instructed to take a more severe view.

      • I agree that should be stamped out too and given the introduction of VAR and a 3rd ref I was hoping that this could be dealt with during the game. I agree that there has been lot of this going on (with the striker sometimes going down a little too easily) but Im talking about the stuff which isnt that easily identified where diving or acting are being used as tools to cheat the ref and ultimately the watching public out of a fair result.

        I would rather England lose fairly than win unfairly.

        • This World Cup has been helped but also hindered by VAR. Now we have players screaming at the ref to review every little thing. Injuries are exaggerated even more as an attempt to get VAR to look at things and hopefully get a decision.

          While there have been some things that VAR has helped with, there are many other behaviours that it seems to be encouraging.

          I do like the fact that Gareth Southgate seems to be drumming into the England players that they should do their damnedest to avoid getting hold of anyone in the penalty area and risking a penalty. The Tunisia one went against them – good reason to make sure they keep their discipline.

        • Copy cricket and tennis. Each team can request 2 vars per half. Or similar.

    • I would argue the officials need to stamp it out. It still goes largely unpunished.

      If you very rarely get booked for diving but you often win a free kick, you’re going to dive, aren’t you?

      Refs need to get better at giving free kicks where the fouled player *doesn’t* fall over, and also give more yellows/reds for simulation.

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  • sar replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Well, I was looking forward to the Belgium v England game but its now become a bit on an anticlimax, talk is of both teams trying to lose – which is rather disappointing.

    Never mind, it all gets real from now on – lets hope the referee’s also get real and waken up to the criticism they are getting – lets play football!

  • mel replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    I’m not sure why all the gloating over Germany’s exit. Borne out of jealousy for a country with a much better structured football set up which almost always out performs ingurland, maybe ? I doubt whether our humiliation to Iceland two years ago hardly registered in Germany.

  • sar replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 weeks ago

    And Germany leave Russia in disarray…not for the first time.

  • cat replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    Host broadcaster, I don’t think either BBC or ITV have much choice about the pictures they get. I suppose they could cut to the studio, but would probably require showing the game with a few seconds delay.

  • mel replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    It is turning into a fascinating World Cup (France/Denmark aside). There is a quarter of the draw that now contains France, Uruguay, Portugal and Argentina!

    As for Maradonna – an utter embarrassment. I think the BBC will be a little more circumspect about using his images during the games now, after having to cut away last night during the idiot’s one-fingered salutes.

  • tigg replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    Glad I did watch the Argentina Nigeria game….fantastic match. Felt a bit sorry for Nigeria, they play some great football.

    How embarrassing is the cheating Argentinian Gazza? Unveils a flag of himself, swears at opposing fans, falls asleep then gets led away by doctors…probably a bit too late but the man needs help!

    Some interesting games today…Brazil Serbia and Germany S. Korea would be amazing if Brazil and Germany failed to qualify.

    Loving this world cup!!!

  • bosworth replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    Two things have struck me so far. The first is probably not surprising. The foreign pundits like Fabregas and Zabaleta can speak in a more grammatically correct manner than most of the native English speaking ones. Secondly, I am amazed at the numbers of fans from supposedly poor countries who are able to afford a trip to Russia. I know that Colombia has a flourishing export sector but still………

  • skipper replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    I enjoyed it too and have the same good feeling about our youth and lets not forget that until the senior age is reached, England have been the best team in the world recently. I wonder how well that will ultimately translate to the senior squads.

    Sterling is confounding. He has great skill and is super fast and slippery but when wearing the three lions has not performed. I wonder if he can continue to bother the players with his running and make space for Kane to get close to the goal then this combo might work.

    Perhaps its time to try Vardy. Another super fast runner and skillful operator, who is also deadly in front of the net. If Kane gets injured we will struggle without another good striker and so we need to see if Vardy or someone else can act as a credible…[Read more]

  • beckyE replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    England 6 Panama 1! I quite enjoyed yesterday’s game, obviously having stuffed possibly the weakest team in the competition (I’m not sure just how bad Saudi Arabia are), I can confidently say we are going to win the World Cup!

    Seriously though, great to see a young team playing with confidence and plenty of ability. Lingard’s goal was wonderful. Stones first goal was the first England goal by a Manchester City player in about 35 years apparently, which says a lot about Stirling’s contribution to England.

  • Jessica P replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    Neymar was brilliant yesterday.

    Serbia were robbed……how that wasn’t a penalty when their forward was wrestled to the floor by two defenders was even more baffling than the penalty that never was against Harry Kane.

    Nigeria finally showed what African Football is capable of in this World Cup. As good as Iceland were in the first half Nigeria were superb and I hope they qualify from the group.

    A great day for the World Cup.

  • skipper replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    I agree. Croatia is the class act in that group. Iceland are tough opponents but may not get a result.

    As for Messi. He is exceptionally talented and the statistics do not lie. But they also bear witness to the exceptional Barcelona team, possibly the best club side ever, raising him on their shoulders. But I question his character.

    Maradona lifted poor sides (Napoli as well as Argentina) to Scudetto and World Cup glory. And he did so as if singlehandedly with display after display of indomitable character. We see the same determination in Ronaldo. He may have played a small part in the final game, but his play and goals took Portugal to the decider two years ago. Messi’s skills rival both, but, when it comes to the crunch, Messi falls short of either.

  • sophie replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    I’m not sure, right now there’s a good chance that a 1-0 win in there last game will get them second place.

  • beckyE replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    Argentina 0 – Croatia 3

    The end of an era? Argentina were terrible. Lethargic, sloppy, lacking imagination, unable to string two passes together, crosses going clear over the head of everyone. Messi was peripheral, and infected by the same sloppiness as the rest of them.

    It will take a miracle for them to get out of the group now, so we are probably looking at the final international games in the career of one of the greatest players ever. A sad end, the brilliance of his Barcelona performances never replicated on the biggest stages of all.

  • sophie replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 4 weeks ago

    I imagine neither side would really want to win, but is it against the rules to deliberately try to lose by scoring loads of own goals? Or would they have to pretend to not be trying to lose?

  • Kelly replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 4 weeks ago

    Here’s an interesting conundrum for you all to consider

    If England and Belgium win their next games and so both qualify before the final game, which merely becomes a question of who tops the group. Brazil and Germany improve on initial matches and qualify, but the latter is second to Mexico and so play Brazil in the last 16. This is known before the Eng-Bel match, whilst the winners of Group H (Japan, Poland, Senegal, Columbia) isn’t known but isn’t exactly terrifying.

    Now then the winners of Eng-Bel, if they win their R2 match, will face Germany or Brazil. The losers, again if they win in R2, would face someone like Mexico or Switzerland.

    Will either side try to win?

  • mighty replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    I wouldn’t play Vardy with Kane and Lingard, Rashford and Sterling are more fluid and dynamic. They can play outside or as a number 10.

    I agree Kane doesn’t offer much but goals. He can be an outlet and play the target man but he scores. That wasn’t an easy second goal.

    England deserved to win. They ran, they created chances. It’s the first team in a one time which has an identity, a style of play not just big names, square pegs in round holes.

    I’m a big fan of 3-5-2 at international level, it’s a gamble as we don’t play as a back 3 much domestically but it lets us dominate the midfield.

  • bosworth replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 1 month ago

    Sterling was poor, Loftus Cheek looked good for the limited time he was on against a tired team.

    Thought Trippier was the best player on the park – apart from his two goals (which is why he is in the team) thought Kane was invisible, especially in the second half.

    One question – can Vardy and Kane play in the same team? Know that Vardy is good in counter attack, which wasn’t required against Tunisia, just wondering if teh two can play together?

  • connie replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 1 month ago

    Thing is with one of the Kane corner tussles, just before that disgraceful rugby tackle, Stones, also waiting for the corner to swing in, pushed a Tunisian in the back and he fell to the ground. So if the VAR were to give it to Kane, they’d have had to have given the Stones foul moments prior to it. So they left it all well alone. Wise.

    Not sure about the other one.

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