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is there a DiS fantasy world cup this year?
with exposed nipples is NOT one of them.
but I just made a team on the FIFA.com one. Fucking impossible to do a 23 man squad without picking a shitload of Iranians/Algerians/Hondurans.
Also Vela back to Arsenal apparently? Hope he adjusts to English football as well as last time
and sorry if it's already been posted. But John Oliver tears into FIFA, and it's brilliant:
But YAYYYY WORLD CUP!!!!!!!
the pointer sisters played on my headphones really quietly
IT'S TOTALLY AUTOMATIC!
Such a tune.
Guy Mowbray didn't say 'A goal for all of africa', he said 'A goal for all Africa'
makes me sad to have been getting it wrong for about 4 years :(
it's very annoying.
it's just the sound of his voice. The way it seems to get bigger at the end of sentences. I can't describe it. In my head I know exactly what I mean.
(By the way, my laptop wants to spell check the word "sentences" up there to "sen4ences"…)
Jonathan Pierce has this incredible ability to make everything sound pretentious and stupid at the same time
honestly outside of him and Motty I can't tell any other current BBC commentator apart
this is good news
what are the other countries' world cup songs like? Do they have them? Designated fanboys, ho?
...but prefer him with a beard
"aye, and what?"
Seems like the mere mention of Pirlo's name elicits gleeful squeels in grown men.
Anybody read 'I Think, Therefore I Play'?
It doesn't quite convey quite how much of a bellend Joe Hart was during that shootout and how great it was to see Pirlo rip the utter pish out of him.
What an absolute masterclass, the whole game!
Guaranteed CL qualification
he's not been assessed yet and it's currently 6am in Brazil. More news later in the day apparently.
added to United's list of signings that are definitely going to happen with the 160 million that is definitely going to be spent.
when he expresses absolutely no interest in joining us.
I want to see where I went wrong!
eat shit, valenci
Who gives a fuck about mascots? (3 wrong answers, mutter mutter)
This is just wrong.
when you were in Oranje and they were in Blue
But at least one of the two teams should play in their traditional colours.
should be the first classic game of the tournament, can see italy v england being a bit of a damp squib and finish either 0-0 or 1-0 either way with some scrappy late goal for one of the teams deciding a rather drab affair where both teams melt in the heat.
whats the reasoning? just that they want to show off their new away kits?
and their away kit is black? madness.
surely unless they play AC Milan they'll be fine with these 2 kits?
where's the blue shorts?
i think they've just fucked the colours up. Spain didn't play in black in 2010, whereas that page says they did.
you right, looked at that link and really like the Mexico home kit for this world cup.
asking teams to play all in one colour.
what *won't* you ruin?
as from a quick glance at that guardian page Australia, Brazil, Cameroon and Chile just from the first few teams in the alphabetical list are not sticking to that rule
they just decided to make their strips uniform this year I guess to vaguely tie in to the "All in or nothing" campaign?
The teams that aren't playing in a single colour kit are those that told FIFA where to stick their request.
about Johan Cruyff refusing to wear the Adidas three stripes because he was sponsored by puma or someone.
in Inverting the Pyramid on the way to work this morning. It's mentioned in that. Cruyff wore a two stripe kit in the '74 world cup.
Cruijff: 2 stripes
has been the number of newspaper articles headlined with variations of "The Kids Are Alright" or "Roy's Young Guns" headed by a photo of 26-year-old Adam Lallana.
He'll be in his thirties if he makes the next tournament ffs
just presumed by all the stuff written about him he was 22 or 23, the papers should make more of a thing of the fact only 6 of the squad have World Cup experience which could be fantastic as none of them have the experience of failure which has dogged previous squads, or it could be a terrible thing as the players get done over by the far more savvy Uruguayan and Italian teams.
he has failed to adapt to sleeping on different mattresses or to develop a resistance to dust/microbes
2/1 on brazil to wear yellow? Am I reading this right?
Seems like free money?
If so, soz...
My mate said to me he thinks Henderson is nowhere near good enough to be starting at a World Cup. He said he has a lot of potential and does a good job for Liverpool, but it gives him no confidence to see him in the middle for England.
I like him for Liverpool, but I think he’s still got a couple of mistakes in him that could cost us in Brazil. I also think that if he’s anywhere near a shoot-out, he’d be looking at clearing the stadium. I don’t think his confidence is there yet, but given the season he’s had – and the competition – he has to play. Could still definitely see him being this tournament's England scapegoat.
calls him "england's rose" and reckons he is "too legit to quit"
Sterling - Rooney - Sturridge
Wilshere/Milner - Henderson
Bit lost in a 2 man midfield, or at least has looked like he is so far.
every time I've seen him play for England he looks a little out of his depth, i really think Roy made a huge mistake not picking Ashley Cole.
Wish we'd delay parliament for the World cup.
What are people doing for the first game?
Pub? Brazilian bar? Home? Mates?
everyone hates him.
Think I'm going to end up missing most of the 5 o'clocks due to work, which is rubs.
Has had the genius plan of leaving work early to get back in time for the England 5 o'clock kick off, and the roads will be lovely and clear.
My girlfriend is looking forward to the opening game, so I'm going to make the most of this enthusiasm which will wane as the group stage continues.
we've actually hired Craven Cottage for it. Should be good. Unless they've just hired some really shit conference room at Craven Cottage.
beer, possibly burritos
I kind of want to pay attention to the first game/soak up all the pre-tournament hype as i'll probably spend the rest of the tournament pished and although I have Friday off I still have to get up at around the normal time I would for work to get my train up to Glasgow.
But home will still mean big beers and projector, so aye.
got uninvited from watching England Italy when I get back to London cuz I said I'd be supporting Italy
English people who make a big deal of not supporting England are pretty tiresome.
besides, all I said was "I'll come if you don't mind me supporting Italy"
Between not supporting England and actively supporting the opposition because they're playing England.
being the country I feel most strongly attached/proud and have done my entire life.
I just really like Germany and Ghana for a combination of reasons including having spent a lot of time in the former, enjoying watching their squads and both generally having beautiful strips (and of course Scotland being too shite to qualify for such things.)
I don't actually care if England win and certainly not enough to be a dick about it to friends or otherwise, there are just lots of countries I prefer when it comes to watching football. But it's fun that I constantly feel the need to justify that eh
and I'd rather they won the game
For the most incredibly tedious attention needy people, tbh tbf pal
One on Friday one on Monday. Normally this would be ace. I'm obviously still psyched, but still. Sad times indeed.
Apparently the Friday one will let me know on the day (which means I could sack off the Monday one), so if you could all kindly cross everything, then I'll be able to enjoy a wonderful weekend of football #prayforpeter
Haven't finished reading all the newspaper WC supplements yet.
Definitely won't be packing the TV until *late* on Thursday.
Might not have a TV signal or internet connection for a while after moving in - could be a very nomadic start to the World Cup.
Should be absolute shabs, can't wait.
it would be folly to overlook the fact that the capital one cup draw is next tuesday.
it might be too much excitement
don't waste it!
Wonder where he's off to.
What is your coping strategy? I've been briefing extremely heavily in advance that I will watch every game I possibly can, that this is totally acceptable and I am not ashamed, and that all other other potential engagements will be vetted against the fixture list before confirmation.
This is all in exchange for missing England vs Costa Rica for her birthday (not even a landmark birthday).
My key messages do appear to be getting through, but I just know that when it actually comes to the crunch, there'll be a lot opposition to watching a lot of the games.
meths always seems very excited about the World Cup on here.
I've done my due diligence and watched a load of her shite to build up some good will. We watched a lot of the Euros together so I think it will be fine, she tolerates football rather than being a full-on #hater.
I'll probably watch a lot of it round mates' houses to give her evenings off too.
but I too wonder how things will actually go when the world cup starts. I can see her asking, "you're not *really* going to watch all of the matches are you?" YES, YES I AM, THAT'S WHY I'VE BEEN SAYING "I'M PLANNING TO WATCH ALL OF THE MATCHES" FOR THE PAST SIX MONTHS!
i remember the ex just presuming I wouldn't be able to do it. "you don't even know who's playing tonight!". Bore off, I'm busy.
i will be watching the world cup, all of it, and so to spend time with me, you'll need to do that too.
She's got well into the Panini stickers as well, which means she probably has a broader knowledge of players than Alan Shearer.
Think she hates Brazil though, ever since I took her to the Olympics QF between them and Honduras and we ended up sat in front of half of the Carnaval's drums.
Was deaf for about two weeks after
Clear and advance briefing that football will be taking over for a month, and in return I have ceded the remote control for the previous month. The things I've seen, Smee. The things I've seen.
Missing England on Saturday for her birthday, too. ffs.
...but to specify games I actually want to watch and explain that. Usually works out just fine but to be honest I'm pretty busy during the week. Will probably get to watch 1 or 2 matches a week which aren't England. Every weekend during the World Cup is a wedding/stag do/birthday anyway so watching opportunities will be at the whims of those events.
She's on board when England are playing. Although I'm dragging her to a BBQ/party on Saturday to watch the match which starts at 2pm and which I've just been informed that 3 bottles of Jager and a crate of Red Bull has been purchased in order to provide some pre-kick off refreshment.
It's not going to end well.
Anything. Tennis, snooker, whatever. She's accepted it takes precedence over all other events and will be on telly for most of the next month.
Still going to watch most of it at #thepub with #thelads.
She's no fan of the soccerball and is resigned to the fact that it'll be on most evenings. There will no doubt be some huffing and pouting throughout the month. The later kick offs should help a little as we'll still be able to get out and chase inevitably glorious sunny days, particularly on the weekend.
As above, she has a birthday that falls mid tournament. This day will have to be sacrificed for the greater good.
For you kids that like a flutter... her pre tournament selections for the golden boot and WC winners... Zidane and Barcelona.
We're doing stuff on the days when there's a gap in the schedule or during the day when we both have the time off but other than that it's accepted I will be watching everything. Things are complicated slightly by me disappearing off on a LADS holiday part way through the group stage.
Let her have a go in our prediction league, she'd never heard of Uruguay or Costa Rica so her England predictions were very optimistic.
playing Sterling against Italy isn't going to help, assuming that #Welbz was in for the anti-Pirlo, defensive-forward role. Who else can do this?
"I haven't got one to be honest."
Golden Boot (top scorer)?
"If Argentina do well then it's got to be (Lionel) Messi."
Golden Ball (best player)?
"I don't know, there could be a surprise here, someone could come out of nowhere and play well, so that's a tough one."
Young player of the tournament?
"That's another tough one, there are so many young players at the World Cup that it could be someone that nobody knows that well yet."
Leighton Baines is Leightardo….
My 1970 Brazilian footballer name might have been Danialdo, but in 2014 it'd just be plain Dan.
I'd expect the tabloids would have a fucking field day!
PUN INTENDED!!!!! Orks!
it didn't come up on that site.
that's good i sound like a tough tackling energetic CM
why do they more flair based players have more exciting names?
Ronaldinho (must take the biscuit for most exciting name)
But was the football equivalent of an Argos delivery man.
what about bebeto?
Sort it out, Seito.
and I am so fucking close to jacking my job and going. I'll get in about 8am tomorrow and i have friends i can stay with.
I won't do this (maybe) but i'm enjoying the daydream.
It is, right?
Might be losing my mind...
the World Cup starts tomorrow
to go with the pj's (official)
and it was the last day of school ever and we all got trashed then france lost and it was amazing. WORLD CUP
shit the bed
probably never wanted him in the first place.
it's quite funny watching spanish journalists come up with anything increasingly stupid explanations as to why fabregas hasnt gone to chelsea yet.
ps i am excited for the world cup that starts tomorrow, how about you?
Yesterday it was temporarily 'Chelsea are adamant Arsenal will not receive the £1.63 and Freddo bar they'd be entitled to and are restructuring payments', which morphed into the more empowering 'Arsenal are using their first refusal period to delay Chelsea's announcement for 6 extra minutes'. This morning it all hinged on Barca announcing Rakitic, which they were LITERALLY about to do until the part-exchange loan deal they have with someone fell through BLAH BLAH BLAH.
Kinda hope they never announce it and Fabregas just turns up on the opening day of the season.
at the moment it's 'chelsea have to wait for a week until arsenals first refusal period runs out'
It's been splashed all over the big Spanish outlets, couple of stories a day stuff. Here it's hardly been touched, certainly not in comparison to other TRANSFER SAGAS!!!
Maybe they just aren't that bothered by the World Cup in Spain.
it's world cup time.
Search: Drowned In Samba
jackson martinez as captain in a 3-4-3. Big.
Maybe this is my anti-bbc pundit bias, but it feels a bit like he's just lazily made some predictions and reasonings here
Japan are fairly exciting to watch. Aren't Russia a fairly lightweight team.
"I've heard of more of their players so they'll win"
don't want the license fee paying for them
ooh, you're hard, Mark
As the awful shower he supports have been reinstated to the Conference.
Hard not to feel sorry for the Hereford fans.
The memories are too fresh from when it happened to us, it was only 4 years ago when we didn't just drop down a league but lost the entire club.
I feel for Hereford, league placings should be sorted by football results not off the field finances, the situation is actually becoming a joke.
Got a long rant post in me but in summary: not feeling all pleased by conf footie at the expense of the better team; we're not all that ready to compete at this level; lower league football finances are pure criminal; the FA are fucking incompetent.
Normally we just have to play loads of teams I don't give a fuck about and Sweden. This time we get to see uruguay AND italy, and if we get through Colombia, Iv Coast or Japan! (I refuse to accept we live in a world where Greece can do well in this world cup)
I can't remember playing any of those teams. Apart from Rene Higuita doing that weird showoffy clearance from a Jamie Redknapp punt actually. But that was years ago and a friendly. Wooohoooooo!
Time to accept you've lived in that world for a long time!
I am investing all of my hope for humanity in the next four weeks
Only 1 of which needs to be club trained. Means we get to register every one of our foreign players we used last year. Win.
"Blatter proposed managers be allowed two challenges to refereeing decisions during a match with immediate television reviews"
pretty, pretty certain he wanted to come to us. For better or worse, wenger didnt want him, but still people are well angry at cesc for some reason.
I've rationalised it enough that i'm kind of ok with it but if we don't buy a properly world class holding midfielder then i'm prepared to retract that.
Still don't think he'll do that well at chelsea tbh but we'll see.