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By nebbish (Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 01:32:33 AM EST) World Cup, football, footy, footie (all tags)
A peacunt


I find that joke a bit offensive to be honest. I'm going off the word "cunt", though it does have its uses (eg "Sven you cunt")

New Phone

Well, new to me. I lost my phone a couple of months ago, a pay-as-you-go sim that had seen a succession of friends' hand-me-down phones since 1999.

Managed OK without it really. My friends all know each other, so messages got passed on through my mates about parties and pubs and barbecues and stuff. It was like being twenty-two again.

Anyway, I've scrounged another hand-me-down, a Sony Ericsson Super Estelle Deluxe with 2 pixel camera and (brilliant this) mini golf game. Bought a dodgy sim card from the corner shop and landed a phone number with 007 in it. Result!

Football

Very disparaging report on yesterday's match in the Guardian here. I'm a bit more positive than they are (though not much more). Things really seemed to come together after the substitutions were made in the second half. Rooney wasn't quite sharp but he was sharper than Owen, and Lennon was a revelation (LEEDS! LEEDS! LEEDS!).

I'm hoping to see Walcott and Lennon get a decent period of play against Sweden. I think the real problem (apart from Sven) is Owen. He just can't cut it, and he's had a lot of chances to prove himself. It's harsh, but I think he needs to be dropped. Shame - I've always liked him.

Anyway, enjoy the match next Tuesday, because barring a string of good decisions from Sven, I think we'll be out in the second round. We haven't been very good at all.

Watched the match in a ropey pub in Streatham Hill. Tucked ourselves away in a corner with one of the smaller tellies because of the gnarly atmosphere around the big screen. It actually got pretty scary before we scored. Going for a piss I realised why - big queue for the cubicles and everyone coming out sniffing and wiping their noses (and handing wraps to their mates). I wonder if trouble nowadays is more coke-fuelled than lager-fuelled?

Me

It's all been a bit tentative and still might not happen, but I've been asked to conduct an email interview with Will Self for the ballardian.com website, which will probably go ahead next week. I'm staying in this weekend to get my questions together. The questioning is exclusively about JG Ballard, and although I'm a bit of a Ballard obsessive it's still going to be pretty tough.

I'm a bit nervous about it - strangely, I would have preferred to meet up with him in person, I think I deal with things a bit better face-to-face.

Was actually meant to get the questions together last Sunday, but considering I was still up gurning at midday after eating pills all night it didn't come to pass. I think Will would have approved though.

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Yeah, some of the more disreputable and by jump the ladder (4.00 / 2) #1 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 01:47:18 AM EST
Agressive Chelsea supporters I know are big fans of powdering their noses before matches as well as going on the lash. Coke and alcohol seems to make some people very aggressive.

I disagree with the negativity about England's chances. They tend to play a lot better against decent teams, Sven actually made good subsitutions for a change and orc-boy is getting very close to match fitness. Think we can beat either of the opponents we could meet in the next round so the quarter finals is crunch time.

I hope so by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 01:54:52 AM EST
A big positive about yesterday's match was that we do seem to be able to pull ourselves together. I'm still unsure about Owen, but you won't find a happier man than me if I'm proved wrong and he wups Sweden's ass.

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Oh come on. by Breaker (4.00 / 2) #2 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 01:47:32 AM EST
Sven made a good tactical decision last night, looked like we went 3-5-2 as T&T went 11 men behind the ball.  And we won.

So, that's 2 games, 6 points and a clean sheet.  Roonchild's back again and is only going to get fitter.  Owen's going to find his form against Sweden and Sven has the opportunity to rest some defenders and midfielders.

England always play at the level of their competitors.  I have no doubt that we can Germany or Ecuador in the second round.

What more do you want?


This is what I wanted by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 01:52:26 AM EST
Cheering up :-)

I've decided to be the Bad Ship Negativity...

We're going to have to get a lot better, is all I'm saying. I think we can do it as well, but I don't want to get too excited.

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Oh we will. by Breaker (4.00 / 1) #13 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 02:08:28 AM EST
As I say, we can beat Germany or Ecuador.

Is it not popular in footballing circles that it's not a measure of a team that wins and plays well, but can win when having an off day?

Two matches in, and yes we're not playing as well as we ought to.  But that'll change vs Sweden.  2-1 to  Engerlandland!


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We've been bad, Sweden have been even worse by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #15 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 02:11:09 AM EST
We're not going to have a real test until the second round. Still, it'd be nice to see us play well against Sweden.

Another thing I meant to mention in my diary - T&T have been surprisingly good, it's not all about us being rubbish.

I'm feeling a bit more positive after speaking to you guys :-)

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They were OK by Breaker (4.00 / 1) #18 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 02:18:18 AM EST
But watching the game they were playing 2 men to all of our strikers and wingers.  It's hard to beat any team that plays so negatively.

We will have Sweden 2-1 and progress to the next round.  And we'll break Ecuador like tweeg!


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Earth calling Breaker by yicky yacky (4.00 / 2) #9 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 02:00:20 AM EST

I don't know which games you've been watching recently, sir, but:

Owen has been shit.

'Glad we could clear that up for you.


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It makes me sad by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #12 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 02:05:47 AM EST
He's a great footballer and a lovely bloke (well, compared to the rest of them). He must be gutted.

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Harsh! by Breaker (4.00 / 2) #14 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 02:10:08 AM EST
He's not scored but he's been in the right place and is causing defenders problems.  Which in turn distracts them from the Crouchosaur.

Last night he had a couple of good runs past defenders.  He'll come good in the Sweden game, you just watch.


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That's one way of looking at it by yicky yacky (4.00 / 1) #17 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 02:14:35 AM EST

Another is that he's had numerous chances to kill-off both games and singularly failed to do so. My 4-year-old niece could have scored that near-post header.

We shouldn't have to be relying on boys to show adults how they ought to be playing.


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Patience, young padawan by Breaker (4.00 / 1) #19 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 02:19:53 AM EST
He'll score against Sweden in the first half.


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Point is. by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #32 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 05:36:19 AM EST
Owen is not shit in general.

He probably shouldn't have been substituted in the first game, it wasn't really needed, and he didn't look tired. It would have been nice to show some trust.

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He was appalling in the first game by yicky yacky (2.00 / 0) #35 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 06:05:45 AM EST

I had no qualms with Sven's decision to take him off – I might not have done the same at that point, but could completely see why he did it – it was "what happened next" which was much more concerning. He'd been played through perfectly well three or four times but was far too late on his turn and was at least two yards shy of where he should have been.

These guys aren't entitled to play. And yes; Owen can be shit in general. When he's sharp and fit, he's a very good striker, but I can give you half a million scousers who'll testify to him having worrying "spells" of crapness too frequently for comfort. He's not sharp and nothing he's done so far indicates he's anywhere near it. Breaker may be right; he may come good (he tends to), but hitherto he's been crap. That's just an empirical fact.


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England are going to win it by yicky yacky (4.00 / 4) #4 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 01:52:44 AM EST

and here's why: They're shit, they don't deserve it and yet they (so far) keep getting the results.

Barring the '70 and '02 Brazil squads in the World Cup, and the '88 Dutch squad in the Euros, which team has actually won these championships and been the best team?

After having waited over thirty years, it'd be bloody typical for England to win the World Cup playing football I can't possibly approve of. Bastards.


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We're having incredible luck with the draw by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #8 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 01:57:34 AM EST
so far. Playing Ecuador will be no pushover but it's preferable to Germany and could have been ten times worse if we were in any other group.

Having watched Ecuador though, I think we've got our work cut out.

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Soccer question. by Evil Cloaked User (4.00 / 1) #6 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 01:55:09 AM EST
So when does all of this end?

Ages yet by nebbish (4.00 / 4) #7 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 01:55:38 AM EST
Wahey!

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2010 by bob6 (2.00 / 0) #33 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 05:54:10 AM EST


Cheers.
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Heh by Cloaked User (2.00 / 0) #38 Sun Jun 18, 2006 at 11:17:07 AM EST
My boss asked one of my coworkers what the earliest possible date England could be knocked out by was, as he was already sick of all the talk about football.

I'm just used to tuning it out; I really can't see the appeal of it.


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I hope England win by hulver (4.00 / 3) #10 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 02:01:03 AM EST
Because then maybe people will shut up about 1966.

It was forty fucking years ago, stop harping on about it you dolts, it's embarrassing. Forty years without a result.
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Earth calling England by TurboThy (4.00 / 1) #20 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 02:20:53 AM EST
I was actually alive when my team last won a major tournament. How many of you can say that?
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Try living in Boston by joh3n (4.00 / 1) #29 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 05:07:14 AM EST
prior to 2004

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One Tea Party and 5 World Series, by ambrosen (4.00 / 2) #31 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 05:33:57 AM EST
doo dah, doo day.

Yeah, sounds like a rubbish chant.

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Two world wars and one world cup by jump the ladder (2.00 / 0) #30 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 05:11:35 AM EST
Doo-dah, doo-dah
Two world wars and world cup

Repaet adnauseum...

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Banging the same old drum again by R Mutt (4.00 / 1) #11 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 02:05:09 AM EST
I don't think it was nearly as bad as the Guardian said.

As I see it, England's strategy/nature/spoilt laziness always means they don't attack much, just rely on lucky lobs and set-pieces.

That doesn't quite mean that they play better against better teams; but it does mean they're almost as effective against good teams as bad teams. They're as likely to get a lucky bounce against a good team as a bad one. So, I don't think it bodes particularly badly for the later stages.

Bah. Really meant to not get sucked into the football this time....

Join usssss.......... by Breaker (4.00 / 3) #16 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 02:14:00 AM EST
Plenty of room on HMS Good Ship Mindless Optimism.  Especially seeing as nebbish and yicky_yacky seem to have jumped over the side after reading a harsh writeup in the Grauniad.


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We need three ships by nebbish (4.00 / 7) #21 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 02:22:04 AM EST
The Good Ship Mindless Optimism, the Bad Ship Negativity, and HMS Realistic. We can flit between them in the Dinghies of Indecisiveness.

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ObBattleOfJutlandReference by TurboThy (4.00 / 2) #22 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 02:23:40 AM EST
The Germans will sink the lot of ya!
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hey! by yicky yacky (2.00 / 0) #23 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 02:48:10 AM EST

I haven't even read that article!


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My footy thinkings: by Alice Pulley (4.00 / 2) #24 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 03:16:03 AM EST
Good news:

1 - We would have bought 2 wins in 2 games before the tournament, regardless of how we played.

2 - Sven made good substitutions at the right time when he realised we needed to win the game and weren't going to with the team on the pitch.

3 - Rooney looks pretty close to being on the ball and he is our best player so that has to be good news.

4 - Lennon looks like an excellent secret weapon style sub as he naturally pushes us further up the park before we deliver final balls (rather than those fucking annoying long diagonal balls from half way line).

Bad news

1 - Still not convinced by BFF and Gerrardinho in midfield. They looked great against strategical naive Jamaica because they didn't need to be disciplined. By holding Gerrard back, we are putting reins on the best midfielder in the world incl BFF.

2 - Owen is not on his game yet, Rooney looked miles ahead of him in match sharpness.

3 - Crouchys miss, hats off to him he has scored goals. BUT that miss is just a bit of a clue as to his limitations. Against the top sides, you get one chance like that and you have to take it.

4 - Sven taking Walcott when he has no intention of playing him.

All in all, we certainly could have started worse, we generally do raise our game against better sides, we have our best player coming back into the side. I'd say we're doing pretty well. Good luck with the Will Self thing.

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'But they're adults and perfectly capable of working it out themselves. And if not, well, fuck em.' - Nebbish '06.

The Gerrard conundrum by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #25 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 03:26:19 AM EST
I think he's the best player in the world full stop, though I sometimes get shouted down for saying so. Trouble is he needs to be the dominant player on the pitch like with Liverpool to play to his full ability. He's been pretty underwhelming for England because no-one's going to give him that authority, players and management alike.

I read an interesting piece by Mark E Smith of The Fall about how you'll never make a great team out of great players, you need to take players with potential and mold them, and discard them as you see fit, like he does with his band. He cited Supergroups and their universally crap music as evidence. Not sure about it but you know, it's a theory.

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I certainly think... by Alice Pulley (4.00 / 1) #26 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 03:35:24 AM EST
...Gerrard is up there with the best, his ability to win a game on his own is comparable to Ronaldinhos or Rooneys, in some ways even more impressive because he does everything including driving on his team mates. He's had an amazing season and we have to capitilise, BFF, for all hes a great attacking midfielder (a la Platt???) is limited in the rest of his game. A-licensed-to-run-the-game Gerrard is absolutely awesome.

I like the analogy from Mark E Smith but like any rules, theres always plenty of exceptions.

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'But they're adults and perfectly capable of working it out themselves. And if not, well, fuck em.' - Nebbish '06.

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Mark E Smith, by ambrosen (3.00 / 3) #28 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 04:48:43 AM EST
he's certainly someone who knows the subject of primadonnas pretty well.

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I gave you a 1 by MohammedNiyalSayeed (2.00 / 0) #36 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 11:41:25 AM EST

But I still love you.


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fer sure by clover kicker (4.00 / 1) #37 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 03:29:14 PM EST
> you'll never make a great team out of great
> players, you need to take players with potential
> and mold them, and discard them as you see fit

When they allowed NHL players into Olympic hockey, you might say the Canadians had high hopes. Nope, the superstars utterly failed to play as a team, and came back with nothing in '98.

The USA Olympic basketball team full of superstars had similar problems in 2004, the dream team scraped out with a bronze.

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thank you for all this everybody by GoStone (4.00 / 2) #27 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 04:38:00 AM EST
I needed cheering up too.

sniff

you'd have thought we lost it feels so bad.



Super Estelle Deluxe! by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #34 Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 06:00:28 AM EST
Man, gimme some of that rear engined fun!

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