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BS: IN-GER-LAND!

alanabit 17 Jun 02 - 03:28 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: alanabit
Date: 17 Jun 02 - 03:28 PM

Can't argue with much of this. The history books say that Brazil will win easily, period. However, England's players can be cocky young sods who don't give a buggers about history. The defence looks better than it has done for years and really England have had some extraordinary luck - which is important. They have nine or ten first choice players available and they have now had a few games together. I agree that they could quite conceivably play better - and there would be no time better than on Friday. However, the hot midday temperatures will favour the experienced Brazilians, who are now clear favourites to lift the trophy. They have the firepower to win games without dominating them. The difference is, so do England this time around. The Brazilians should win, but England are unlikely ever to get a better chance against the world's greatest football nation.


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 17 Jun 02 - 12:27 PM

If they can beat Brazil they can beat anyone. If.


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: C-flat
Date: 17 Jun 02 - 11:41 AM

I think we can do better than Belgium against Brazil. Their firepower is undeniable and Juninho(who was the finest player I've ever seen in a Middlesbrough shirt) has been outstanding, but they can be un-done defensively and the way England are playing I think we're sure to score at least once. All we've got to do is stop them scoring twice! Simple really.


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Jun 02 - 05:02 AM

Come on Belgium!


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 15 Jun 02 - 04:44 PM

St Georges Flag has more associations with the Church of England than with the right wing nuts, who for the most part have tended anyway to prefer the Union Jack.

Looking at the flood of English flags fluttering everywhere this week I found myself thanking God that it hasn't been Union Jacks everywhere. The St George's Flag is a simple and essentially modest flag. The Union Jack isn't. (Yeah, and I know officially it's "Union Flag" not "Union Jack", but Union Jack is what people call it, and that's the determining factor in such things, in my view.)


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: RolyH
Date: 15 Jun 02 - 03:18 PM

Another plus point from the world cup (other than the football)is that we have got our national flag back from the fascists.


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Bullfrog Jones
Date: 15 Jun 02 - 02:44 PM

Strangely enough, I don't think that England are playing to their potential yet. The great thing is that they are coming together as a team --- playing three games unchanged has given them a real unity, particularly defensively. Ferdinand and Campbell are beginning to look like the best central defensive partnership around, but they'd be really tested against Brazil. However, the Brazilian defence is notoriously suspect, and the speed of Owen and Heskey will hopefully give them real problems. With Beckham just getting back to his best (he didn't do that much against Denmark, but everything he did was crucial)and Butt and Scholes dominating the midfield, England have a real chance in what may turn out to be a classic goal-fest --- hopefully a case of "we're gonna score one more than you".

BJ


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Les from Hull
Date: 15 Jun 02 - 11:23 AM

Well, bring on Belgium, then! I'm sure that the volume of support for Belgium will increase greatly.

That Niigata, twinned with 'ull, y'know!


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: C-flat
Date: 15 Jun 02 - 11:20 AM

I haven't forgotten.....just allowing myself to get a little carried away in the moment!


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: alanabit
Date: 15 Jun 02 - 10:54 AM

Well, C-flat, I am pleased about the result, but you seem to have forgotten what usually happens when England play Brazil in a World Cup game...


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: C-flat
Date: 15 Jun 02 - 09:57 AM

Bring on Brazil!!


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: songs2play
Date: 15 Jun 02 - 08:24 AM

3 goals for England, and only half time. What a team.


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 13 Jun 02 - 02:39 PM

And who's waiting next in line for the USA? Mexico...


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: alanabit
Date: 13 Jun 02 - 02:25 PM

Fair point Fionn, but events have overtaken me and I have had to change my mind. Still, I guess it's a fair cop! Now let's hope there is not another almighty all Brit cock up at the weekend... And while I'm at it, good luck to the Irish against Spain.


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 12 Jun 02 - 09:33 PM

Alanabit, way back on June 2 you noticed something that has been widely overlooked: "England lost! Well, the scoresheet said 1-1, but the result effectively ends England's chances in the tournament." Why would anyone want to swap places with them?


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: beachcomber
Date: 12 Jun 02 - 07:01 PM

I'm glad that England have qualified too and what a meeting it would be were they both to make it through to the FINAL!! Naw Ireland could'nt go that far not with Nationwide League players waiting as back-up, could they? Some of those, they say, are not Irish either, imagine it. We'll be giving games to NON_IRISHMEN to play for the cause when we have dozens of true-blue (perhaps green) Paddy's just dying to pull on the colours back home (Well one anyway..whose name escapes me right now!) It is easy to see how people who refuse to accept non native born players as Irish have very little experience of or knowledge of emigration and how the children of emigrants are, very often, reared.

beach


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 12 Jun 02 - 05:28 PM

Den: I don't know where you hail from, but the English team were playing an 'early' game, rather than an evening game, in temperatures of about 98 degrees (I can't find the ASCII for the degrees symbol!). The chance to play a defensive match, relying on precision passing to avoid too much running would have been a deliberate choice; Particularly against a team from the Southern Hemisphere who would have been better acclimatised. Comments made by the commentators suggested that the players may need three days to re-hydrate as it is.

Nigel.


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Den
Date: 12 Jun 02 - 04:22 PM

That had to be the dullest match of the cup so far. Nigeria played there second string team and still played better football than England. The English team had better pull their socks up I'm sure that they will find the Danes much more up for the challenge and if they play the way they did against Sweden and Nigeria then I don't hold out much hope for them. I felt sorry for Argentina they play such attractive attacking football but Sweden were resolute at the back and strong on the counter. I also feel sorry for the S. Africans what a way to go out. Anyway bring on Spain. I will be in Atlanta on Sunday anyone been to the Fado pub. I hope to watch the Ireland game there on tape delay at 2:00 pm. Den


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: alanabit
Date: 12 Jun 02 - 02:36 PM

Actually 'Spaw, I fancy the USA to beat Poland.


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: catspaw49
Date: 12 Jun 02 - 02:15 PM

alanbit says...."I bet Argentina and France would swap places with either England or Ireland - or even the USA come to that."

Yeah, I bet they would. And unless the US Team totally folds up, there are a lot of scenarios that will take them to the next round and only a few that won't. Any combination with a win or draw advances the US and one loss scenario will work as well, but the fate of the US team is in their own hands.....Win or draw against Poland and they move on and I'm dead nuts sure that that either France or Argentina would swap places with that!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Wolfgang
Date: 12 Jun 02 - 11:57 AM

Two goals is not a lot. But when I looked it up I was surprised how many teams have done that (come out successfully from the preliminary round with only two goals) before the English, among them Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

But the undisputed leader in this discipline (coming through with least goals and effort) is Italy. In 1982, they finished second in the preliminary round with no win and only two goals. In 1970, they even won their preliminary group with one single goal. They went on to win the final, later.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: BanjoRay
Date: 12 Jun 02 - 09:59 AM

Took my car to the garage this morning during the rush hour in Doncaster - the streets were totally empty, and so was the town. It was like one of those movies where there's no-one else alive in the world. Where was everybody?

Cheers
Ray


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: alanabit
Date: 12 Jun 02 - 07:49 AM

Well, it was not good, but it was good enough. I bet Argentina and France would swap places with either England or Ireland - or even the USA come to that.


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 12 Jun 02 - 07:12 AM

Saw the Eng/Nigeria match. Dull stuff mostly from England but 'the right result'. I'm concerned about the lack of goals from open play by England. BTW I am supporting Ireland too. Well played those lads.


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 12 Jun 02 - 07:06 AM

Well, we've got to put up with this for a little longer at least. Please note I am not giving away the result, there were permutations that would have England losing their last game of the group but going through. whether this was the case I'll not say.


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Jun 02 - 04:33 PM

Great employee relations decision, Linda.

Everyone will work much harder for you now...


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: AliUK
Date: 11 Jun 02 - 04:23 PM

I would pull a sickie anyway Linda.


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 11 Jun 02 - 04:21 PM

Well done Ireland!!!!! I am playing mean boss tomorrow because everyone wanted to come in late and I have told them they can't!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: AliUK
Date: 11 Jun 02 - 04:06 PM

I shall be getting upat 3a.m. tomorrow towatch England play, then off to work at 7...so they had better bloody win!


GO ON YOU LIONS!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: InOBU
Date: 11 Jun 02 - 03:28 PM

I am betting that Tristam de Cuna will take all... Unfortunatly they can only get off their island once a year, and it takes a year to get back, so it will take a while, but watch out when they do!!!! Larry


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: caz2ufolk
Date: 11 Jun 02 - 02:01 PM

Not had time to read all. Just about to watch the repeat of the Irish match.

Ard Mhacha - It's just brilliant!! Let's hope England make it too. Nigeria have some skilled players.

Nigel - Thank god! Tabloid papers don't reflect the true thoughts of the British public

Caz


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: ard mhacha
Date: 11 Jun 02 - 10:30 AM

Ireland through once again to the last 16, not bad, our third World Cup and once again the lads have done us proud. England will go through against an ordinary Nigerian side. Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 11 Jun 02 - 04:49 AM

Guest: (I rise to the bait) Was I 'facile', well, I have that 'facility' however, I just loaded the gun. But I don't think any scatological headline could have been worse than the headline used by the Daily Star.
For those who manage to completely avoid the tabloids, (or are from different shores) The Daily Star (more a porn comic than a newspaper) headlined their story of England's football victory over Argentina with the word "Gotcha" which was a repeat of the Sun's headline on the sinking of the General Belgrano.
This takes British 'jounalism' to a new all-time low!


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Jun 02 - 06:01 PM

Nigel Parsons,

Nicky Butt has often had superb, game defining performances for Man Utd.

Never, (to my knowledge) have the tabloids (mis)used his name in their headlines.

To be more facile and immature than the Sun / News of the World is quite an achievement!

Well done Nigel!


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 10 Jun 02 - 05:55 PM

The rather good BBC site has unearthed this gem:

...And finally the Daily Mirror has discovered the secret to England's success - Tord Grip's accordion.

Sven Goran Eriksson's right-hand man has been entertaining the troops with his instrument.

Eriksson said: "He's already played for the staff. They were all singing.

"You must switch and have a laugh. Life is fun," he added.

LFF


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Big Tim
Date: 10 Jun 02 - 11:45 AM

This is probably apocryphal but it's what I've been told: the longest the BBC coverage has gone without mentioning "England", even during matches not involving said country, is 7 minutes 40 seconds! The ITV figure would, I'm fairly sure, be close or maybe even "better"!


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 10 Jun 02 - 04:30 AM

I was hoping to see Nicky Butt score the winning goal; I can only imagine the headlines some of the tabloids would have used!


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Snuffy
Date: 09 Jun 02 - 07:18 PM

If Nicky Butt was head and shoulders above the rest, they must be about 5 feet tall!


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Gareth
Date: 09 Jun 02 - 06:17 PM

I am afraid that the "English" press and broadcasting are not objective in disgussing Soccer - mind you BBC Wales, and our own indigeoness press are just as bad.

Gareth


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Den
Date: 09 Jun 02 - 05:56 PM

Big Tim, I stand corrected...must have been selective memory. Is it just me or is Barry Davis the most biased commentator known to man. I'm referring to his commentry during the Italy game which was refereed by Englishman Graham Poll who I must add did a good job pity his assistant on the right: couldn't keep up with the play/new fuck all about the off-side rule. But did we need Davis to repeatedly inject England references into the game. OK its alright to make reference to Poll being English and as I said he did his job very well, as Poll usually does, now I know he's come in for a lot of critisism this past season but the guy's a pro. But we're treated to Davis' wittering about how well England is doing how they have improved while others, favourites have floundered. The guy just pisses me off. Sorry rant off. Den


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: C-flat
Date: 08 Jun 02 - 02:31 PM

Absolutely terrific performance from the whole team but, for me, Nick Butt(who I've often been a critic of) was head and shoulders above the rest for commitment and running. I've just taken England to lift the trophy at 7/1.


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 08 Jun 02 - 10:23 AM

Gareth: are you suggesting that English fans have behaved with no 'peckers' ?


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Gareth
Date: 08 Jun 02 - 09:49 AM

Actually - When England play anyone at Soccer most Welsh support the Police, though I am happy to see that so far the English Fans seem to have behaved impecably.

Gareth


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 08 Jun 02 - 09:43 AM

burl: they obviously need the Welsh support. They've even taken to playing in our colours!

Nigel


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 08 Jun 02 - 06:26 AM

Gareth, I just KNEW someone would get me on that. It must be because I am an Englishman living in Wales. BTW I,m pleased to see so many Welshmen supporting England in this World Cup.


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Aodh
Date: 07 Jun 02 - 07:45 PM

Sorey I may have missed something? England was playing Argentina you say?


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Gareth
Date: 07 Jun 02 - 04:58 PM

Oiiih! berl - What Regiment ? What Nationality at Roukes Drift ! Its the only case of the Welsh beating the All Blacks on South African soil.

However ! As our management conceeded the time off to watch, and we have now have the precedent - Roll on the next Rugby World Cup.

Gareth


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Brakn
Date: 07 Jun 02 - 04:18 PM

Pleased to see England winning! Not so pleased with the four police cars and two ambulances outside the pub across the road...........


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: Big Tim
Date: 07 Jun 02 - 03:51 PM

Shane was born in England, Kent. He was taken back to the old home place near Puckaun, Tipp when he was six months old. The family moved back to England when he was six years old, that's how he got the London accent. Both his parents are Irish.

James Connolly didn't see Ireland until he was 14, and spent less than half his life there. I love Connolly, but the best description I have seen of his is that by Kathleen Behan, the mother of all the Behans, "a wee fat man with a big moustache"!


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Subject: RE: BS: IN-GER-LAND!
From: alanabit
Date: 07 Jun 02 - 03:06 PM

God I hope England don't meet Argentina again! Those last twenty minutes were too much for my heart even once. I do not think that Michael Owen dived, but I was several thousand miles away, so I can't be sure. Neither can those who think he did be sure. However, the ref (and a very good ref at that) thought it was a foul. England deserved to win anyway and there need be no carping about it.


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