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Old 06-18-2014, 03:37 PM   #101 (permalink)
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Why the fuck isn't Xavi starting, also it sucks Villa doesn't get to play too much anymore after that injury he was my favourite player
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Old 06-18-2014, 03:51 PM   #102 (permalink)
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Old 06-18-2014, 04:02 PM   #103 (permalink)
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Casillas is playing like shit, he should be benched
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Old 06-18-2014, 04:56 PM   #104 (permalink)
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lol soccer announcer: how to fill 90minutes:cookie:

I feel like he spent the entire second half looking for different ways to say spain was gonna loose
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Old 06-18-2014, 04:59 PM   #105 (permalink)
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wtfffffffffffffff, wow fuck spain god damn
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:10 PM   #106 (permalink)
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the colours in this croatia-cameroon game are making my head spin. shoulda done mushrooms for this one.
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:11 PM   #107 (permalink)
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huge 1st goal by croatia. great awareness.
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:55 PM   #108 (permalink)
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Why the fuck isn't Xavi starting, also it sucks Villa doesn't get to play too much anymore after that injury he was my favourite player
the reason spain failed is that they didn't play like they use too, since the arrival of the fake spanish man who is actually brazilian diego costa all the mid-fielders have been passing to him and failed to shoot, they should of just play all mid fielders to score.
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:17 PM   #109 (permalink)
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Xavi was invisible the first game and hence why he didn't play this game.

The bigger gaffe in my view was not playing Cesc and Cazorla. Once Cazorla came in they had some life. Cesc can play that faux 9 quite well. Costa obviously isn't healthy.

del Bosque was trying to be the smartest man in the room instead of playing his best eleven.

And nice win for my Croatian boys. Good game just get out of the way and build some confidence heading into the match against Mexico. Some big misses though by Rakitic and Mandzukic.
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Old 06-19-2014, 04:16 AM   #110 (permalink)
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the colours in this croatia-cameroon game are making my head spin. shoulda done mushrooms for this one.
Im going to download it and do that just because you said it.
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Old 06-20-2014, 01:31 PM   #111 (permalink)
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I always enjoy seeing Italy loose
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Old 06-20-2014, 01:54 PM   #112 (permalink)
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Costa Rica playing amazing football, glad to see italy shut down :mu:
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that was just great.
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Old 06-20-2014, 03:55 PM   #114 (permalink)
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France killing it! Cheering for the the last couple world cups was a nightmare.
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Old 06-20-2014, 04:57 PM   #115 (permalink)
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Old 06-21-2014, 02:35 AM   #116 (permalink)
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Old 06-21-2014, 11:24 AM   #117 (permalink)
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Old 06-21-2014, 11:57 AM   #118 (permalink)
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Well if it wasn't for La Decima this year I would have been crying after the Chile loss. I missed the first game thankfully because it was the same time as my undergrad graduation ceremony.

Everything that could've gone wrong with the team went wrong.

The 30 man selection should've been better including guys like Fernando Llorente, Carvajal, Inigo Martinez and Isco and excluding guys like Torres, Villa, Albiol and Juanfran. The starting XI selection was not up to par. Lots of players were recently injured/not match fit (Diego Costa, Busquets, Alba, Pique).

Iker not playing in La Liga really f**ked up with him as evidenced by his last 3 games. However, despite that, in the Copa del Rey and UCL (aside from the final) he was pretty phenomenal and had crazy statlines (ridiculously low goals condeded average and really good saves/goal and per game). But to be a goalie you really need to play every week.

Xavi had a horrid season with Barca and it clearly showed. Physically he has lost a lot. And he can't pressure and defend like he used to. Alonso looked horrid against Chile, had a pretty big part unfortunately in both of the Chile goals. The d was horrid. A goalie is only as good as his defence.

Tactically VDB got it wrong in both games. Losing 2-1 vs Holland and he switches strikers (smart choice), but he takes out a CDM in Xabi for a winger in Pedro, leaving in Xavi. 1 minute later Holland scores. Then 2 more goals. Busquets alone cannot shield a back four. Then in the Chile game he took out Xavi (rightfully so), put in a winger in Pedro but had Silva in front of Xabi. I really thought he was going to put in Koke as Koke is much better defensively and we'd lose some possession/offense but be much more solid defensively.

The great thing about all of this is that now changes must be made. The future still looks bright - Jese, Isco, Thiago, Carvajal, Oliver Torres, Deulofeu, Inigo Martinez, Morata, Bartra, Iturraspe, Illarra, etc.

I think the 2016 Euros can be defended with an interesting mix of current players (Ramos, Iniesta, Silva, Cesc, DeGea, Diego Costa, Javi Martinez, Busquets, Mata, Koke, maybe Pique, maybe Azpi, and maybe Alba) and some of the above mentioned players plus some others.

Xabi just announced his intl retirement and Xavi will probably announce it soon. Reina will probably be no longer recalled to the squad and it'll be interesting to see what happens with Casillas - very big year coming up for him. I have very big doubts he'll start in 2016 but maybe he'll be the backup or 3rd choice. Valdes will probably be in a similar situation to Iker. De Gea is obviously the future.
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Old 06-21-2014, 12:02 PM   #119 (permalink)
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Sorry for the long post.

Also, I must agree with Xabi - mentally, they were not prepared. They lacked the hunger that other teams have. + I do also think they got unlucky playing in the revenge group.

Physically I think all these guys have taken massive tolls. Most of them play 3 competitions with their club teams, plus, international friendlies and non-friendlies, plus these major tournaments.
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Old 06-21-2014, 12:03 PM   #120 (permalink)
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And I hope Ecuador can make it to the next round but their last game is vs. France and the Swiss face Honduras. Still possible but it'll be tough.
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