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Jul 9, 2014, 02:02 AM
 
The WWII jokes are a bit obvious, but this is pretty good...

     
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Jul 9, 2014, 02:12 AM
 
Did anything go wrong for the Germans? It seemed that every pass was perfect, people were always available - and the Brazilians decided to not bother with defense.

Germany have now had two high scoring games. Wonder if that bodes well for the final.

Oh and no German player had a stupid haircut.
     
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Jul 9, 2014, 05:29 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
The WWII jokes are a bit obvious, but this is pretty good...

Best one I've seen so far. Shared to the Facebook.
     
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Jul 9, 2014, 07:22 AM
 
Can't link from work : YouTube vid called "Germany vs. Brazil - How It Ends"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLZUKqpXYzU
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Jul 9, 2014, 07:28 AM
 
I am really sorry for Brazil!

It was a great game and very weird as well!

Felt like:
1:0 Goal!
2:0 Goooooaaaaal!
3:0 Oh yeeessssssss!!!!!!
4:0 Bam!!!
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7:0 That's a bit too much now!!
7:1 Doesn't help anymore
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Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot View Post
Best one I've seen so far. Shared to the Facebook.
Also good:

"WE WERE THIS KLOSE"
     
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Jul 9, 2014, 08:24 AM
 
Wow, that was the match of a lifetime.

I watched it with a Brazilian friend of mine. He didn't say anything -- and I didn't know what to say to him. What hurts even more for the Brazilians is that Germany has broken two of Brazilian records during the game:

- Klose is the top scorer now with 16 goals over Ronaldo.
- Germany has 223 goals vs. Brazil's 220 goals in total.

That's like adding mutilation to devastating injury.
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Jul 9, 2014, 11:12 AM
 
If all games had that much scoring, the majority of the US could probably get into it.
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Jul 9, 2014, 11:14 AM
 
Couldn't believe what I was watching.
     
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Jul 9, 2014, 05:39 PM
 
WWE commentator Jim Ross calling the Brazil-Germany World Cup highlights.

Wrestling Legend "J.R." Jim Ross Calling The Brazil-Germany Highlights

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Jul 10, 2014, 07:18 AM
 
Originally Posted by Shaddim View Post
If all games had that much scoring, the majority of the US could probably get into it.
Hah...figures, considering it might have been the worst soccer game of the tournament.

NED-ARG was a disappointment of course, but I cannot help but be happy for Messi. Argentina effectively wiped out van Persie (not that he's done anything in the last few games) and gave Robben no space to work with. He missed one great chance near the end (amazing defensive block by Mascherano I think), but otherwise was pretty stifled. Of course, the Dutch did much the same to Messi, but overall my impression was that Argentina had the more potentially dangerous possessions.

I think van Gaal outsmarted himself in the penalties - putting Vlaar first was a mistake. van Persie was already off, but in that instance I think you go with better bets like Robben or Schneider to get your first goal and put pressure on Argentina.

Of course, Argentina's real weak spot was Romero, and he saved Vlaar AND Schneider...pretty awesome story, so maybe it was just not meant to be. Always the bridesmaid, the Dutch....
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Jul 10, 2014, 07:36 AM
 
Originally Posted by Shaddim View Post
If all games had that much scoring, the majority of the US could probably get into it.
While I understand this viewpoint, it completely misses what soccer is about!
Scoring might be the most important factor for the result of a game but it is way less important for the joy of watching a game!
There are boring games without goals but there are also very good games without goals!
Games with results like 7:1 are usually rather boring than exciting, because with results like this, there are usually two teams playing against each other which do not play in the same league.
That's why this result was such an historic one - both teams are considered to be among the best of the world and a result like this is then something rather impossible!
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Jul 10, 2014, 09:30 AM
 
Originally Posted by ShortcutToMoncton View Post
Hah...figures, considering it might have been the worst soccer game of the tournament.
The worst game of the tournament? The game was historic and will be remembered in 50 years. As badiea points out, it's exceedingly unlikely that two top teams ever get a score like that.
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NED-ARG was a disappointment of course, but I cannot help but be happy for Messi.
I didn't think the game was disappointing, it was obvious that both teams' defenses would be able to neutralize the big players from the other team. The joy of watching soccer does not lie in the goals but in teams trying to control the flow of the game.
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Jul 10, 2014, 10:46 AM
 
Originally Posted by OreoCookie View Post
The worst game of the tournament? The game was historic and will be remembered in 50 years. As badiea points out, it's exceedingly unlikely that two top teams ever get a score like that.
Well of course it was historic - but it was still a terrible game. Brazil was a shambles and Germany could do no wrong. Certainly historic for the scoreline, epic beatdown in play, and surrounding circumstances, but the fact remains that it was a terrible game of soccer and not one that anyone likely wants to see repeated.

I didn't think the game was disappointing, it was obvious that both teams' defenses would be able to neutralize the big players from the other team. The joy of watching soccer does not lie in the goals but in teams trying to control the flow of the game.
Disappointing outcome - Holland is my team.
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Originally Posted by ShortcutToMoncton View Post
Certainly historic for the scoreline, epic beatdown in play, and surrounding circumstances, but the fact remains that it was a terrible game of soccer and not one that anyone likely wants to see repeated.
Speak for yourself
We still have Argentina to beat.
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Jul 10, 2014, 11:42 AM
 
Originally Posted by ShortcutToMoncton View Post
Well of course it was historic - but it was still a terrible game. Brazil was a shambles and Germany could do no wrong. Certainly historic for the scoreline, epic beatdown in play, and surrounding circumstances, but the fact remains that it was a terrible game of soccer and not one that anyone likely wants to see repeated.
I agree, a 4:3 game would have been far more interesting.
     
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Jul 10, 2014, 11:52 AM
 
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Jul 10, 2014, 11:54 AM
 
There a an image that keeps popping up in my FB feed right now, and it's one of those that is only worth it for the captions:

Portugal has Ronaldo
Argentina has Messi
Brazil has Neymar
Germany has a team
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Originally Posted by OreoCookie View Post
We still have Argentina to beat.
If you don't beat the Argies, it'll be worse than your performance against Italy in 2012 after such a good tournament.
     
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Originally Posted by mattyb View Post
If you don't beat the Argies, it'll be worse than your performance against Italy in 2012 after such a good tournament.
I think our prospects are good, the German team managed to neutralize important players in previous games and the big advantage Germany has is that many players can and do score goals not just Müller and Klose. I don't think it's in the bag, though.
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Jul 11, 2014, 06:26 AM
 
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Jul 11, 2014, 04:43 PM
 
Originally Posted by OreoCookie View Post
We still have Argentina to beat.
My oldest son (lives and works in London is on his way to Berlin right now with his wife, to watch the game on Sunday. I'm sure it'll be wild. (Since my wife and I will be seeing them in Iceland in 2 weeks, he'll tell us all about it).
     
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My oldest son (lives and works in London is on his way to Berlin right now with his wife, to watch the game on Sunday. I'm sure it'll be wild. (Since my wife and I will be seeing them in Iceland in 2 weeks, he'll tell us all about it).
Public viewing in Germany is great, the atmosphere is amazing when the emotions roll across thousands of people. Usually I'd watch the games in a beer garden, but these don't have a tradition in Berlin, though. In any case, your son will have a great time.
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Originally Posted by OreoCookie View Post
Public viewing in Germany is great, the atmosphere is amazing when the emotions roll across thousands of people. Usually I'd watch the games in a beer garden, but these don't have a tradition in Berlin, though. In any case, your son will have a great time.
On the day before our son got married in Prague in May 2011, I was strolling through the city, and I came upon an area where there were 3 HUGE TVs, and a mass of people watching a hockey tournament match between the US and the Czech republic. It was truly a site! (I did hear some of them remark that the Czech team was missing some key players due to the Stanley Cup playoffs that was also still going on in North America).

But yeah, I suspect my son will have a great time! Fortunately, his wife (my wife and I adore her! She is a wonderful woman, and she comes from a good family) is Czech and German, and has been to Berlin a number of times in the past. She will be showing him around tomorrow, and also whatever any free time they have.
     
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Originally Posted by OreoCookie View Post
Public viewing in Germany is great, the atmosphere is amazing when the emotions roll across thousands of people. Usually I'd watch the games in a beer garden, but these don't have a tradition in Berlin, though. In any case, your son will have a great time.
The game will start after 10pm in Germany correct?
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The game on Saturday will begin at 10 p.m. German time.

The final on Sunday begins at 9 p.m.
     
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Jul 12, 2014, 02:30 PM
 
Will Brazil bounce back and claim 3rd? I have serious doubts.
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Jul 12, 2014, 04:07 PM
 
Brazil 1-0 down under 2 minutes from a penalty. Uh oh...

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Jul 12, 2014, 04:19 PM
 
2-0, yikes.
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Jul 12, 2014, 04:22 PM
 
Yeah, maybe the final isn't a forgone conclusion after all...
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Yeah, maybe the final isn't a forgone conclusion after all...
I don't know what you mean. How is this a surprise ?
After the Semifinal, it was clear that Brazil is a weak team. I expected the Dutch to beat them.

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Jul 12, 2014, 05:36 PM
 
So did I but after being 2 up in 17 minutes it looked like they might thrash them. Which would imply that Germany weren't so great, it was more Brazil being dire.

I still fancy the Germans to win, but if Argentina's players step up, they are very much capable of beating them.
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Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep View Post
So did I but after being 2 up in 17 minutes it looked like they might thrash them. Which would imply that Germany weren't so great, it was more Brazil being dire.

I still fancy the Germans to win, but if Argentina's players step up, they are very much capable of beating them.
I think it's going to be another blowout tomorrow. 4:1.

Argentina has a stronger defense than Brazil, but once you break them with two goals, it's going to be game over.
The only offensive force is Messi. He's no miracle worker any more. He'll get one goal, but that's it. The German defense is going to neutralize him for the most part.

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Aguero and Di Maria are supposedly available.
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Jul 13, 2014, 02:46 PM
 
I predict the final score will be Germany 4, Argentina 1. What about others?
     
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Jul 13, 2014, 03:39 PM
 
Germany by an odd goal I reckon.
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Jul 13, 2014, 04:37 PM
 
Looks like penalty kicks are in the future.
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Jul 13, 2014, 04:37 PM
 
What an awesome game. Absolutely proof that goals are irrelevant to a good sport. Except of course to avoid the penalty-kick extension, which would suck.
     
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Germany by an odd goal I reckon.
Did you put a bet on that?

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Jul 13, 2014, 05:54 PM
 
Well, it's over. Germany wins, 1 to 0:

Germany 1-0 Argentina - Mario Gotze seals fourth World Cup triumph - ESPN FC

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Did you put a bet on that?
Alas, I did not.
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Jul 13, 2014, 10:38 PM
 
Argentina played the game they needed to play and shut Germany down, if they hadn't missed that open shot on the goal near the end of regular play they would have won, but I guess that was nerves. Oh well.
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Jul 14, 2014, 01:41 AM
 
And if Germany hadn't missed that header, they would've won earlier.

Or the two other shots they had. Argentina had another opportunity that went wide.

Saying that somebody "would've won" if they hadn't missed is...well.

The teams were well-matched, and it was a awesome game. Germany put a LOT of pressure on towards the end, though, and came through deservedly.
     
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Jul 14, 2014, 04:59 AM
 
Nice when you get a game where the momentum swings back and forth a bit. Some good spells of possession though neither side really ramped up the pressure particularly high I thought.
Seemed they were both happy to settle for a shootout by the time Gotze scored.
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Originally Posted by Shaddim View Post
if they hadn't missed ...... they would have won
Yes, that typically tends to happen.

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Except for the overblown uproar over Nibbler.
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