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Here is my world cup greatest 11 team from the bbc site.
But in my heart I wanted Roger Mila in.
Coolest motherfucker to ever kick a football
Free-scoring goal bastards.
so I reckon there's a good chance Chelsea will try to bury the news with an announcement of their own.
Just looked at the fixtures and realised I definitely can't watch two Belgium games. ffs.
Are you A) more, B) less or C) the same enthusiastic about England's chances following the three warm up games? I only saw the second half of the Ecuador game. I'm feeling pretty B) right now.
My enthusiasm has also been dampened by the realisation that I agreed to visit a friend this weekend. She hates football. Boooooooooooooo.
Feeling that very peculiar British smugness you get when you realise everything's going to be as rubbish as you thought it was.
I'm feeling pretty, pretty good about half of that prediction
Soccer Aid was surprisingly fun
was towards the end, when he had the ball and signalled to Jonathan Wilkes (!) to challenge him, then just did some skill and took it right past him.
Just genuinely wanted to make him look a prick. Great stuff.
such a keen-o. Loved when he moaned at the lino after taking a really shit corner. He was kicking Davids all game so great to see Davids get him back.
Also was genuinely impressed with Whitehall's backheel attempt.
Think next year they might need to tone down the 'legends' - Seedorf was just exceptional all game.
Clarence Seedorf - a real class act.
Good to see Mourinho have a bit of banter and live up to his villain like persona. We'd all like to half Olly Murs wouldn't we?
Davids absolutely ripping the pish out of Jonathan Wilkes in the last 5 mins was brilliant.
Good bants and a fair whack raised for charity, can't argue with that really can you?
is that he reigned it in for about 70 minutes, and even in that time looked like a dad having a kick about with his toddler kids, and then clearly got bored and decided he fancied winning towards the end
at Barnet during his time there.
vuvzelas, hornms and flags and also a full size replica World Cup, so it's safe to say i'm a little excited. Went for coffee with italian godfather last night, both of us wearing our italia tops <3 *crashing out of group d dramatically*
and get yourself 14 samba drums. I recommend it. Or come up to glasgow and have your photo taen with my world cup.
I'm off to have coffee with some of the celtic guys now to get the gossip on the crazy stripper we seem to have just hired.
What are the chances that Roy does select an English Park Ji-Sung to sit on Pirlo all night? Seems to me that it's essential when playing Italy. Who do you think is best suited to play that role?
I think he will, and I think it will be Welbz.
Best bet would be getting Lambert to sit on him.
Having one of the attacking players on a midfield fulcrum type is fairly 101 stuff. It's a role I've seen Rooney perform for Man Utd plenty of times, so I'd not be surprised to see him do it. If Italy play with wing-backs again, Welbeck may have enough on his plate down the side.
but I remember distinctly that it wasn't done two years ago. Pirlo was strolling around like he was the only player on the pitch. Whether that was just Rooney being ineffectual I'm not sure.
I think Welbeck has the discipline and stamina to do it properly. If that means he starts in the middle and Rooney is on the left (at least without the ball) so be it.
that Rooney had been told to stay close to Pirlo in 2012, and just didn't really do it. I'd put John Flanagan on him.
let's pick an attacker for his man-marking abilities!
welbeck depresses me a bit
and still be an attacking threat is what makes Welbz great.
Rooney, Sterling, Barkley et al aren't going to do that job and it's crucial to England's success.
but each to their own I guess
but he gets goals for England and against Honduras he played well and was at the heart of our best attacks.
Regardless of position
would'st thou clip the wings of a Dove? how i weep
I'd clip the fucker's wings and then murder its young right in front of its own pinned-open eyes
It wouldn't be complete madness to have him as an aerial outlet and tied to Pirlo.
will be a turgid affair. The way we have lined up in the friendlies suggests it will be all about us stopping them playing and then looking to nick a goal with a moment of inspiration/injection of pace/spawny fluke. I get why Roy wants to do this, but it ain’t gonna be pretty.
It won’t be like watching one of Capello’s teams, but could well be like watching one of Sven’s.
Chile vs. Netherlands in the final group B game, loser goes out, winner gets Braazil in the 2nd round
both will lose by 1 to spain
(pele was shite etc)
they scored the sexiest goal of all time to cap off a 4-1 win in the final, so that's generally what people are going to remember
they had a scary amount of possession/chances which eventually leads to something good
I stopped caring the moment I pressed "Post Reply" and even then it was a struggle
If they win it again this time round?
was one the best performance from a national team since we spanked the dutch in '96
Lambert has gone to Liverpool? Shaw has gone to Man U? Soton need a new manager? Non Saints related stuff? Ta
Yep, No, Yep
Luiz to PSG, Inzaghi new Milan manager
and Cesc Fabregas's girlfriend or something, haven't followed it that closely tbh
All to be announced after the World Cup
My thinly veiled's work is doing a points based sweepstake, pick 10 teams who you think will win the most games and you receive points depending on how highly you've ranked them (so your top team gets 10 points for a win) or half for a draw.
Essentially, it's asking who you think will get to the Quarter Finals and which other two teams will have the easiest groups.
I went with this order:
had Falcao stayed fit I'd have put Colombia in 6th or 7th given their fairly easy group, but not convinced now, you?
it's obviously asking more than QF's, it's ultimately asking who you think will come 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc
I'm thinking at least 2 draws in the first round.
it probably happened the year Italy won it tbh
that's a better sweepstake thing than just picking a team
Or wished Whigfield would review God Save the Queen?
The Guardian's pre-World Cup coverage scrapes the bottom of the barrel so long and so hard it finally hits gold.
that doesn't seem right.
"It was composed in the 1800s, and I could tell it was in the time of Tchaikovsky"...chinny reckon.
then Ed Harcourt of all people finally reviewed Algeria’s anthem, but they’d already asked Brookstein at that point so just put his in as well.
I guess if you add them together it’s almost like having one famous person.
that could genuinely be a stag #ladsontour pic in benidorm
but that's not important right now.
TANCREDI PALMERI HAS SPOKEN
about whether the approbrium surrounding Qatar 2022 is motivated by racism a bit.
I think we decided that no it wasn't and Sepp Blatter continues to be one of the worst human beings on the planet.
Just had a watch of my favourite ever 3 and half World Cup minutes...
Everything about that clip gives me goosebumps. 'Andiamo Berlino'
and Victor fucking Moses is getting a start!