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He has a couple of lines through the rest of the article On Alf Ramsay: ’He didn’t know the players like Walter Winterbottom, he was a bit naive at first. To be honest, the lads took the pis

Great piece in The Times today talking to England players from 1954 until 2014. Bryan Douglas talks about ‘58 and ‘62. It’s probably behind a paywall, so:      

Bullshit. They were nasty and tried every dirty trick in the book. Got what they deserved - out. 

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Mexico played the game of their life vs. Germany imo.

Sweden played one of their best ever as well......today versus Mexico.

Serbia today? I give them a chance.

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There's a lot of parity, read equality in these teams, that's why Iceland did well at the Euro, that's why Sweden came back despite the heartbreaking loss to Germany. That's why South Korea played so well versus Germany.

If England play Japan, I think there's a good chance of that, assume nothing,

And that's who I assume will be England's opponent, Japan. very methodical.

 

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3 hours ago, AllRoverAsia said:

It started way before Maradona had arrived on any scene.

In 1966 Argentina, by then an established retirement home for runaway Nazis, arrived for the WC in England and proceeded to give a shameful and brutal display of thuggery against their hosts moving Sir Alf to call them animals setting off a political crisis and fanning Argie anger. Not the main reason for Thatcher's later triumph but a part of it.

Still having said that they had great teams when winning their World Cups and in Messi have the best current player in the world.

Maradona, great player that he was, becomes more and more a figure of ridicule which is sad. Suffice to say his offer to give a team talk was not taken up.

Brilliantly summed up. 

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37 minutes ago, Tom said:

Germany gone 

And people doubted VAR

It would have been interesting what they would have given if the German player hadn't kicked it. As the scorer looked as onside as Harry Kane for his hat-trick goal the other day.

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33 minutes ago, Ewood Ace said:

The South Korea goalkeeper was excellent and not for the first time in the tournament. A good shot stopper and commanding on crosses. Mowbray sign him up.

I think Liverpool might just get in there first.

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Haven't seen the first Korean goal, but on radio they said without VAR wouldn't be given?

 

And then we all know the Germans would have nicked one.

So maybe it's actually going to work?

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Just now, Baz said:

Haven't seen the first Korean goal, but on radio they said without VAR wouldn't be given?

 

And then we all know the Germans would have nicked one.

So maybe it's actually going to work?

Flag went up for offside then VAR showed the ball came off a defender so no it wouldn’t have been given otherwise.

In fairness Germany never looked like scoring 

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It's nice to see Germany out. However they are probably the most liked out of all the dislikeable teams. To their credit they do far less moaning and diving than the dirty lot like Brazil, Argentina, Portugal etc.

Ironically Germany played better than all the dislikelables that have luckily all gone through (so far).

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We’re among the favourites to win it now, one of our strengths was coming into it with no real expectations so let’s hope we stay grounded. 

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Didnt fancy Germany as much as usual but amazed that they didnt grind out a win today, Sweden really are poor so equally surprised by that result.

Did think that they were relying too much on experience, Loew didnt seem to know his best team, and obviously Sane's well publicised exclusion plus Brandt being underused was puzzling in that they were crying out for pace, width and energy.

Not sure Werner is a top striker either.

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Just now, Tom said:

 

In fairness Germany never looked like scoring 

They did miss at least a couple of sitters in the air. The one that hit Hummel's shoulder was particularly bad.

Also the South Korean keeper was most people's man of the match. So although Germany weren't very sparky, they did have some chances and could easily have ragged it.

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You always go out to win but it does look like the runners up in our group will get the rub, the right hand side of this looks a much easier path than the left 

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Potentially the next 2 rounds could be Japan and then the winner of Sweden v Switzerland, you couldn’t ask for a kinder path to the semi final 

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Just now, Tom said:

You always go out to win but it does look like the runners up in our group will get the rub, the right hand side of this looks a much easier path than the left 

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Potentially the next 2 rounds could be Japan and then the winner of Sweden v Switzerland, you couldn’t ask for a kinder path to the semi final 

Belgians looking at resting Lukaku and Hazard. 

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