Here we are. Four years of talk since the infamous 2006 World Cup in Germany, four years after the Zidane headbutt, the fourteen cards between Portugal and the Netherlands and yet another England defeat on penalites. The world is invited to South Africa, 32 nations are taking part in the biggest sporting event on the planet.
Over the next month, 64 matches will take place to determine who is the best team in the world. Shocks are almost guaranteed. We start and end in Johannesburg, and the 90,000 capacity Soccer City Stadium. The first game will be between the hosts South Africa and Mexico, but it is highly unlikely we will see either of those teams back on July 11th.
The opening day usually sees some fantastic matches. 2006 saw Germany beat Costa Rica 4-2, including a goal from Philip Lahm which was a contender for goal of the tournament. In 2002, one of the biggest ever shocks took place as the reigning World Cup champions France lost 1-0 to the unlikley heroes of Senegal.
South Africa v Mexico, Soccer City Stadium, Kick Off: 15:00 BST, ITV1
The first game of the tournament. While neither team on paper are expected to go far, this is an interesting match. Both teams have had good runs in the build-up and an unbeaten run which goes back to November last year, wins include games against Denmark and Bulgaria. Mexico on the other hand have had a mixed warm up. Despite impressing against England, they lost 3-1, but, they did beat Italy 2-1. Players to watch are Steven Piennar for South Africa and Carlos Vela for Mexico
Uruguay v France, Cape Town Stadium, Kick Off: 19:30 BST, BBC1
Ask any roll of the mill football fan the list of World Cup winners, most will name the obvious, Brazil, Italy, Germany etc. But not many will remember the two wins for the once impressive Uruguay side. They aren't as good as they used to be, but along with all South American teams in the tournament they are dangerous opposition. France, only in the finals thanks to a little hand from Thierry Henry, are a shambles. The crazy coach of Raymond Domenech who is finally leaving at the end of the tournament (hooray). He is so bad, he once asked his girlfriend to marry him, live on air during a press conference, after his team had been knocked out of Euro 2008. Key players in this game will be Franck Ribery for France and Luis Suarez for Uruguay.
So those are the games today, you can follow the games on the ITV and BBC websites if you are in the UK (or if not, still follow the BBC Live Text which is awesome). If you aren't, wikipedia has a full list of stations which are airing the games in your country.
The countdown is almost finishing, the greatest football event in the world is just about to begin.
There's live text and stuff here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2010/matches/match_01
Opening Ceremony at the moment, I think.
Ops. Posted in the wrong thread a second too early.
Gooooaaaaaalllll Sebastian! :P
This is the ITV bit: http://www.itv.com/sport/football/fifaworldcup/
And if you add live on the end, I think it is live: http://www.itv.com/sport/football/fifaworldcup/live/
No wait, it might be here actually: http://www.itv.com/sport/football/fifaworldcup/watchlive/
Oh, I give up.
your world cup campaign is off to as good a start as englands...
Ooooh great post!
I think Mexico will unleash Thor's Hammer on South Africa and Uruguay will shock France...
I shall miss the first game to have beers with my workmates...
I'm getting more and more faith in South Africa, they certainly will have a twelth and quite possibly thirteenth man on their side.
itv streaming works for me. am happy now.
Scratch that - we have decided to go and watch it ;)
South Africa are definitely not the team they used to be, Mexico should win, I'm saying 2-0.
And France have massive divisions within the team which of course they should put aside once the game starts, but ultimately Uruguay might run them close, 1-1.
Those blinking vuvuzelas will be the deaf of me though...
I'm intrigued by this, because we have similar horns in NZ and they never seemed that bad.
Are they that much worse than Air Horns?
No, but not everyone in the stadium uses them.
Put 90,000 people with them in a confined space...
I Am quite liking tis opening ceremony. Is this live of am I seeing a replay?
Well let's see eh?
The stadium does not look full for the opening. I hope they get more people at the matches
AT £130 a pop down there - sounds difficult...
that's a bit crazy. Not sure why they do that
I think there are traffic problems getting there... but still quite a few missing.
it only looks bait over half full to me
The matches will be packed, they also sold seats at reduced prices for SA residents, as I understand it. Nobody cares about the opening ceremony, and the match isn't for another hour and a half.
Well that's good news
For those of you who are not regular football fans the headbutt RG mentions in the post happened in the last final. I don't think you need any specialist football knowledge to spot it.
I thought the Netherlands v Portugal match was more obscure. 14x more cards than there were goals... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI3QRErsoVk
It is more obscure but I would imagine peole who are not football fans would not have seen or have forgotten about the Zidane incident
Are you kidding?!
That's like forgetting a columbia own goal
Apparently 15 matches are going to be in 3D!
An essential Twitter feed for us football fans :
Maradona has to do that dive again if Argentina win a game.
Gosh, this is quite mega: http://twitter.com/worldcup/worldcup
Loving the flags and footballs appearing in the tweets ... but Heikki doesn't appear to be to bothered :(
Well for that reason he isn't going to be bothering for a long time...
I know! I saw your tweet and was confused about the flags. One click and a whole Twitter universe opened up.
I just tried the tags and they appeared like magic - love it!
Just about to start... come on South Africa.
THe atmosphere is incredible. Not sure I can watch this and practise at the same time
Radio 5live have the match, apparently.
did i miss it?
Just about to kick off.
I think there are 93,000 South Africans and 5 Mexicans in that stadium...
No. They are just going to the grid. I mean to kick off
I looked at the score and thought yellow flags. This is going to get confusing
Where are the wheels?
the ball is round.
Ah, that'll do.
that constant hooting isn't annoying at all.
the ref is wearing awesome renault colours
What is Bafana Bafana?
That is the nickname of the South Africa team
A lot of the African teams have weird nicknames. One is called the indomitable lions and one is something to do with elephants
that's just asking for a translation...
Ohhh, that makes a lot more sense. I saw South Africa, Mexico, and Bafana Bafana, and I thought for a minute we had three teams playing each other.
Football matches with three teams are rare
there's enough people to keep up with as it is
Why are there all of these angry bees?
had to turn it down. could be a very quiet world cup. am relying on text commentary and twitter.
I don't watch football but my brother is watching it and all I can hear is the angry bees
same to you!
I'd hate to imagine the noise if South Africa score.
why aren't ya watching? this is fun. albeit quiet.
I was trying to read my book... But I may be forced into it
Corner for Mexico... Giovani with it and Guillermo Franco gets in front of his marker to meet it - but blazes it well over. Looked like a good chance too.
Are we meant to know what all this means!!
Also, I really thought it said in front of his maker. The stakes are higher than I imagined.
It is super fun.
The opening to that wikipedia article is a bit NSFW... But it may be accurate...
Football? Are you sure?
that ball bounces a bit funny.
Didn't read it. Sory
join us. i have no idea what's going on, but a man just passed another man when the yellow flag was out.
that can't be good.
Well... I can't actually see anything. I may just have got swept up in the hype.
There have been lots of complaints about the ball
It's fun hype though!
This Giovani chap is getting a lot of mentions. Is he famous?
didn't know it affected the bounce, just thought it was an aero thing.
How glad am I that we don't do a football podcast when they have awesome but scary names like: Letsholonyane and Tshabalala.
He is supposedly a wonderkid, but hasn't really ever impressed at any team yet. Plays for Tottenham but is on loan to Galatasary in Turkey.
but imagine the four years off.
Haven't heard any complaints about the bounce. Bouncing problems tend to be more to do with the ground than the ball
I know them!!!
I have a thing to say... Apparently the USA team are quite aggressive so they are playing the Eng-ger-land team and they have all got sick notes from their mum and so they aren't feeling very well and a bit sore so there is a chance they won't be able to play the world cup after they play USA because they are all a bit mean and might hurt them... or something
i need to run away for ten minutes. no-one score or anything.
There was a really good save then apparently
Keeper made a great save there, kept himself big, very impressive.
Ooh, you're good at this :)
I have my headphones in and I'm not looking at the tv... I thought I was sunk as my brother has fallen asleep. However when something exciting happens I can hear the commentator over the music and angry bees.
Offside... quick Christine!
Ooooh, offside. Right call too.
I know that one. Someone ran too quickly.
Not like a speeding ticket, obviously.
What pace is the correct pace?
There's a speed limit?
Is it a bit like speeding in the pitlane?
No. It's like jumping the red light.
Good analagy. Never thought of it like that but it's perfect
that's right, nothing interesting happens for 90 minutes in football too.
did anyone crash?
Someone scored, but they realised you were away and called offside.
i like bees stop when people say "ooooooooh"
And I got to demonstrate my only bit of knowledge.
Are Mexico having a union meeting before they leave the pitch?
Are they having their oranges now?
hehe. returned to garages before a final last gasp run near the end.
so what to football fans do now? stretch their legs?
i feel a bit lost.
I tend to go to the toilet, get a drink, sit back down and flick the channels just to ignore the analysis.
Pie and Bovril is the tradition. Nowadays though the posh ones have prawn cocktail and wine
go to the bar for another drink
That is if you are there obviously
We have never discussed Bovril before, and now twice in a couple of weeks.
What happens if nobody scores?
Its called a draw and both teams get 1 point.
Until we get till the knockout stages, then its extra-time and penalites. Thats the bit where England usually fail at.
I missed the previous mention. Pie and Bovril is so traditional that there is a football forum by that name
at this stage, nothing.
in later rounds there's extra time, then penalties.
I have bad memories of penalties.
It is nice that the Beeb have a link to the Watch Live on ITV thing. Why didn't I see that before?
Right now you have 4 teams in each group. They get 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and none if they lose. Two highest point scorers go through
Do they give up and cancel the world cup?
Second half starts... South Africa make a change
Just like Paul di Resta doing FP1. Now Liuzzi is in
half a turn of front wing?
Gotta go now.
See ya Steven
Maybe softs and hards?
green striped boots possibly.
Ohhhhh, too many sports.
we need a tennis analogy.
SA goes nuts!
South Africa have apparently scored
you were first there!
What a strike, beautiful.
You told me to join in... I obey!
What a beauty.
Can they hang on, though?
Hey, it was my friend Tshabalala!
nope. go mexicola.
They look impressive when they have the ball to be fair to them
everyone has a cold today.
it's quite hard to look impressive with a ball, i'd imagine. it's not like a sword or anything.
am worried now.
oooh, liked that.
When are they going to come in to change their boots?
live from a village that has just got electricity? wow.
watching tv on a duvet cover.
remember 2005? well it's a bit like that, no new rubber.
As soon as the ball left the hammer like left foot of Siphiwe Tshabalala, it was only going in one place...
That sounds like an unfortunate affliction.
what kind of culture shock must that be. here's electricity, here's television, here's your national squad scoring.
Its like Senegal 2002
Should that have been a penalty?
To be clear I have no idea what "that" was.
It could have been given, a small amount of contact.
How's the match?
good. not as impressive as alex's knowledge of football though.
Better than his knowledge of push/pull rods?
They're all changing. This is more like Le Mans than F1 now.
Shaballala has a good name
franck could do the whole 90 minutes by himself, with broken ribs.
Ohh, it was catching. Sorry.
Tiny screen or full [pixellated] screen
When I hear Tshabalala from the commentator, I am reminded of a Carpenters song
TVCatchup, much better
It was bound to happen... Long way to go yet.
I have been told a stat... that the opening game has always been won by the home nation... Is this true?
There are some great names here
it's been flawless here. good picture, no buffering.
your connect must absolutely suck?
No, just unbeaten.
liking the tv overlay graphics. very fast.
I don't want to watch full screen though [20"] as I have about 4 or more things going on
Email, iTunes, internet dating, sport, commenting
Has anyone seen this calendar?
i have it in it's own tab and then zoomed a little.
How long left?
Those vesuvius things are annoying
14 mins plus stoppage time
4 minutes plus usually 3-4 minutes of stoppage time.
4 minutes (ish)
I will miss the end then. It's all bound to happen now.
off the post!!!
Oh my word, that was close.
Apparently he did well to control that with his head
Don't know where 14 came from
FP1 has killed my maths ;)
Is this noise gonna be at every match?
It's like watching The Swarm
job done. enjoyed that.
SA played better IMO, but they'll only have a point to show for it.
Probably, just be a lot worse when South Africa play.
probably only where SA plays.
Mexico dominated first half, South Africa dominated second half. Fair play.
SA locals have tickets to all the games, so...
I'll be watching the England match in Dublin
Am guessing there may be a fair bit of support for USA :)
williams hoist the flag: http://twitpic.com/1vuju0
Am guessing later tonight there will be millions of Uruguay fans too.
These graphics are good aren't they
So, who won, and more importantly, who have we managed to sign up for tomorrow's post?
i can do tomorrow's, but we're going to need a lot of help if we're doing a post per day.
I vote Giggles for at least one.
Can do. Probably not the final though. People might get upset. I can probably do Monday's if that helps.
Oooooooh, world cup thread! #awesome
Sorry f1 but I am going to watch the world cup I think...
Yay, somone else here to watch France fail, miserably.
I am *stunned* by Luis Suarez goalscoring record this season, got shown it today.
49 goals in 48 games. sensational, hope he destroys France.
Booo you too.
France have a good team but a terrible manager. They need Franck. Although they do have Franck Ribery so halfway there
Allez le bleu!!
They have a Franck?? Awesome.
And apparantly biiiiig rifts in the team.
Aaaand, have dropped Malouda too.
Too many egos I reckon, some big headed players in there
Checking in to see how things are going.
Why so down on France? They just have a bad manager. It is not as if the whole squad is useless. (Though I am still upset that Samir is at home... :()
I can do quite a few. Am doing my own preview/review anyway. ;)
I can see the #sorrychristine hashtag being prominent in the next 2 hours ;)
Wooo! Thanks Marilene :)
Seconded. William Gallas is good, but not good enough to justify the size of his ego.
I'll be happy to write threads if wanted
Yay! Maybe you don't have to be #sorrychristine then.
While you are all waiting for it to begin, here's why New Zealand shouldn't be in it: http://northernwaffler.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/we-once-beat-a-team-in-new-caledonia/
Sure tell me when and I'll get links ready. :D
I can think of quite a few teams that don't deserve to be there. #stillsupportsrussia
But I am starting to like South Africa alot.
Thierry henry is a cheat, booo.
Wales should be there
Me too, I kinda celebrated when they scored.
Ooh I forgot about Forlan too, what a legend! :D
I kinda laughed when they celebrated. But it is more interesting the English ones. :P
Is good. He + Luis Suarez is the poor man's version of Villa-Torres. :D
Oh I know! It was so preplanned I'm wondering if they practiced that more than defending.
forever a legend to me for that game against liverpool when he came on and scored twice for Man Utd despite being quite terrible.
Several years on, fantastic record in Spain. He and suarez will be very interesting
Poor man's version?... HARRY, get them will you.
I don't think their defending is the root problem as their offside trap worked most of the time. It looks more like their defenders just aren't fast enough to track back when the trap is broken. Which means they need much younger defenders.
Oh no! Mark lawrenson!
For Tottenham? But he has Roman and he didn't use him well. :(
That is an incredible stadium, wow.
Didn't use him well? He scored like 8 goals in 6 games this season, and we all love him to pieces.
When he did though, Roman showed how good he is. The 2010 part of last season was fantastic.
When Robbie Keane first stepped in, Roman got benched straight away. I think Roman has more potential. #maybejustbiased
But then Keane did the job for Celtic when he went on loan so he still is a good player
Pretty Cape Town. I have always wanted to go there because of the pirates. #isawfullychildish
Keane is I think a better player, but he lost all confidence since he went to Liverpool (#blamerafa). I think Keane will be leaving, so I'm not sure about Roman, depends on what we do with Eidur when he comes back.
Re: France, I rate Hugo Lloris as one of the best up and coming keepers at the moment. Reallly hope he has a good tournament
(despite not liking france, paradox)
I wanted to like him. But after the Liverpool flop... :(
It annoys me France struggle so much. They have a very good team on paper.
I thought the SA goalkeeper was AWESOME. France defense is usually quite solid (things breakdown in attack because there is no inspirational midfielder) so Lloris should be able to cope. ;)
Come on Uruguay.
Benzema is not in the 23 man squad?!!!!
Okay. Gotta rush downstairs for the match. catch you guys when I come back. ;)
Khune I think? He made a great close range save in the first off and a nice full stretch one in the second too. Yeah, great game for him.
hey all. did i miss the parade lap?
So slow. :P He and Samir Nasri of Awesome Arsenal were dropped for being too young and clashing with Domenech's stars.
Right. So I have video. That should make knowing what's going on a bit easier I think.
football is backwards, they start with the anthems and posing, then do the main thing, then wander about afterwards in a miss on the pitch.
I thought he would've been in, I'm shocked. Domenech continues to make me think why he's an awful manager
Thank god he's going at the end of the tournament.
if it helps christine, France best player is probably Franck
£10 says the noise annoys ya.
I'm sort of watching podcasts at the same time.
BBC pretty much got the coverage nailed on... but I think they made the info in the corner too small.
Gallas apparently doesnt live Evra being captain, nuff said about Gallas.
it clashes with their ident. i can't tell how long the match has been on.
5 of the team have once played for... that team down the road from us. Says it all....
There is some called Abu Dhabi?
Thats why I never understood why people wanted Arsene Wenger to be the French manager.
he already is :P
How annoying is it! I keep getting the two mixed up, I said Abou Diaby on a voicemail last year
Both equally rubbish as well...
Abu Dhabi was ambitious there
True to form clearly
These France people are a bit grabby.
Hugo!! That was a bit dodgy.
Modern football dictates the art of diving, as I'm sure you'll find out
Especially when portugal and italy play their matches
Evening all. Heard the start of the match on the car radio. I thought there was a huge bee in the car
Good shot and save.
ooooooooooh... I do like gourcuff, that was a quality free kick.
Yellow card for Franck. Uh oh.
Mark Lawrenson never did wallcharts and stickerbooks? I knew it. Boooooooooooo to him, that was the best part of being a football fan as a child.
He can't stand on a ball 2 Le Mans in a row
That doesn't come as a surprise unfortunately. THe closest he comes to enthusiasm is staying awake
is he mark hughes?
Way worse. He is moe like a golfer than a footballer
He is like nigel mansell comparing a grey wall to a white wall and the differences between the two
I was wondering why I wasn't enjoying it. Not much seems to be happening, but my attention is all over the place
You can probably tell by his accent he played for Ireland. I think because he overtook a Guinness truck
do we think they'll run out of breath with those funnel things?
St John's Ambulance will be busy later :)
they should put one in an f1 car engine just to see (hear?) what inhumane noise it makes
They blow them for hours
They're all in white except for all their crazy luminous shoes. It must be a French thing.
This reminds me of France v Romania in Euro 2008...
what happened then?
I can't believe you don't remember.
It's a footballer thing. Used to be everyone had black boots then a few show offs got white then it got insane. Every match will have people in stupid colours
Its one of the few matches I've ever fallen asleep watching.
assumed they would all be as good as the last one :)
[Goes back to F1 ;)]
now we know what the offside rule is. what is it supposed to achieve? aside from slowing down momentum?
To stop players from standing in front of the goalkeeper all of the time.
So you can't goalhang aka standing by the opposing keeper the whole game and just tapping it in
attempts on goal slow down the buzzing, therefore, we needs loadsa shots at the goal.
am i right?
It's supposed to stop players just hanging around the opposition's goal waiting for the ball.
"goalhang" is a good word.
I suppose. Can't have a great intake of breath and blow at the same time
Ahh to be back in school and always argue at other people for goalhanging :)
offside rules doesn't apply?
I remember that too
Depends when he gets the ball
no way! school football was something else. Good times.
Although we used to play knockout, where you had one goal you were all shooting at and you had to score to go through, person who doesnt score goes out. But you'd get people goalhanging on the line waiting to steal a goal
In a playground with no referees? It's hard enough to get agreement on what is a goal then never mind offside
We just call that singles... and still sometimes play it within our team.
Being keeper is awesome, playing all the time, yeah.
Don't forget that Mr C didn't have a childhood.
Every playground needs a Christine that knows the rules
football's would've damaged the commodores. and i don't mean lionel.
that's what happens when you're a genetically engineered assassin.
I would be a good ref.
can i be on franck's side?
If your rankings are anything to go by, definitely
oh no, another one of those break things. i need something to do if this is gonna happen every game.
my commodores ended up fine, even after many a soccer ball encounter...
Half time tends to happen in football matches ;)
Like pink wine, I suppose.
but what are you meant to do?
They've gone to refuel. With oranges. Or more likely, Powerade etc...
the fans too?
find someone to blame for whatever has happened for 15 minutes
Pie and Bovril
Usually the referee.
Relieve yourself of the beer you've been drinking, then get some more.
Have an argument with opposition fans and eventualy agreee the ref is rubbish
BBC randomly went to video of men walking down a pitch
So Gabby is like Lee.
Maybe it was a hint to Wembley of how to make a decent pitch...
If Maradona doesn't do the dive I will be seriously disappointed.
From Wembley???? They re-opened the stadium five years(?) ago and it is now on its 11th pitch cos they have all been rrrrrrrrubbish
I can hear music. Perhaps what we need is half-time Giggles Radio.
If you want to know what a goalhanger looks like he looks like Gary Lineker
rules don't apply to him?
You can be slow or fast....
Hey, I think I might have heard of John Terry too.
There are players who just stay onside but don't get involved in anything other than sticking the ball in the net from 5 yards.
He was the captain until he had a relationship(?) with the girlfriend of a team mate so he was replaced with the guy who now has a dodgy knee
He has great chocolate oranges.
the goal keeper replaced john terry? or more than one person has dodgy knees?
He must have been captain the last time I watched football.
FP2 just ended as the football guys crossed back to the stadium, good timing
The last time there was a goal between uruguay and france was 25 years ago
That could apply to Ferdinand or King...
"25 years since these two scored against each other"
It only happened about 6 weeks ago
who is fit?
Oh. The last time I watched football was a bit longer ago than that :)
Oooh, what about Frank Lampard? I just remembered him.
His name is Frank.
Matthew Upson, bringing terror to the worlds greatest strikers
Rio Ferdinand was made captain then damaged his knee so he is out and Steven Gerrard is now captain despite not being given after the Terry incident for thumping a barman on CCTV - allegedly
we did watch that saturday night programme when we fell out with f1. he was probably in that.
I've been hearing good things about some guy named "Pele".
I think they've got the whole of Ireland cheering for them too
Would that be, Match of the Day?
Last thing I remember about football was when you forced me to watch England lose on penalties to the little winker.
football highlights with THAT goalhanger.
I don't think he is fit enough to play this time
You should see the ads he did in Australia
Worth looking on YouTube
doh! it was about 6 weeks ago. we were watching a film and sulking about f1, then it finished and we watched some goals from earlier in the day.
Oh yea. That doesn't count. It was just highlights. Anyone can watch the highlights of something.
He did them all over the place
Didn't realise, that's where I was at the time
Forlan scored an amazing goal in the last world cup, cmon diego
but terry was on it (probably).
also Abu Dhabi is playing quite well
Ronaldo of the Cristiano variety
Cristiano Ronaldo. He waved an imaginary card to get Rooney sent off and then winked towards the bench after.
what does "touching one's elbow" signal?
He felt his player had been elbowed in the face
Maybe he wants to make muffins!
One of his players was elbowed by a Ururguayan and he was point this out to the ref
Or, it hurts here
:D :D :D
No, thats usually touching the hand...
...it's going to be a long two weeks
This guy is a mime artist
Longer than that, 4 weeks
You only watching half of it?
Maybe he's being realistic about Englands chances.
I find it helps, then you're pleasantly surprised if they actually do reasonably well
The bar my friends have arranged all the England maches have given us the function room, half the terrace, table service and nibblesand pizza to order
Nah, they'll go out in penalties in the quarter final, it's the law
If someone kicked a ball at me, I'd throw it at their face.
When should we aim to be there?
That's not really allowed
You'd be a wonderful goalkeeper
does the pizza come with or without plastic?
I'm the ref. I can do what I want.
I find throwing a ball to the opposition never helps.
If Mr C's cooking, I may bring sandwiches
And it's invite only so no louts
That is what most referees believe. If a football field was invaded by a convoy of nuclear missile carriers most referees would go and tell whoever was in charge that they had to leave the field until after the game
Does Abu Diaby change colour when then the ball changes hands?
Come on France, score a goal now please.
Why did he try to do that with the outside of his foot? That was crazy
Argh, sorry. doohickey refresh changed thread, my bad :(
Come on anyone, just score.
I must improve my dress sense if I look like a lout..
Post it again and I will delete from the other.
If someone falls over and stays down there should be a safety
carman to guide the players around the incident.
No, you'd be fine
I don't care anymore
Though you should probably stop carrying that flag around ;)
ah-ha. sponsor crossover. hublot make an f1 watch and also sponsor the changeover board thing.
I usually like France but the Ireland game was inexcusable
Just someone score!!
We need kent brockman.
Half back passes to centre. Centre holds it. holds it. Hoooooolds it.
Woo! I'll take that :)
Who else is in this group?
Ah. If it happened before Tuesday then I have no idea cos that's when I decided I supported them.
I think if Legard commentated this one it actually might get more entertaining
THe two teams that played earlier
There aren't any hills
Mexico, South Africa
Someone's kicked the ball, what's happening here, it's in the back of the net
What do you reckon on that Martin?
The venezualuas got louder for no apparent reason
Hurley's in this too
Is it Lost day?
Something happened to wake them up.
someone disturbed their nest?
Castrol have a lot of banners here
Do they do football ranikings too?
ooh handbbags :D
Bit of afters
I think they are trying to scare the mosquitos away by convincing them that they are a much bigger insect
Yep. They gave Algeria 0.0% chance of winning it.
did that first.
All these cards for stupidity could get expensive later in the competition
That was more predictor, but still, surely if they are in it they have a chance?!
Castrol and sense
I don't believe it
2 or 3 cards for a ban in the world cup?
Pull up your trousers man!
Wait a gosh darn minute. Is that Thierry Henry? Not only have I heard of him, I recognise him, and he doesn't play for England.
This is a great first day.
compares football players to football players. as opposed to darts players.
Sign of Mark lawrenson's lawrensonness:
Most of the game:
They should bring on henry I can't believe they haven't
Henry coming on:
Interetsing he's coming on, he's barely played
Fave tweet so far:
Hand of God
my mum is a rebel and clearly rejects most of his name by referring to him as Terry
A like for like substitution.
Tactical genius from Raymond Domenech
What did he do now?
I love him. Lots.
Terry Henry, from Basildon
Probably what his astrologer told him to do
Knocked Ireland out by handballing a goal
In times when we need a goal and to play with a different system, I won't go more attacking, I'll go the same as before and change nothing!
ooooh forlan. What a guy.
Meh. I like France. Plus I ♥ Thierry so.....
Was that the Nico Rosberg of football?
Alison, Alison, Alison, why oh why.
Start at 1 min 15. This is the match against Ireland
Alright. Enough now.
But he's beautiful. Plus he did those car adverts.
Va va voom!
Thierry henry is larger than life.
He has no honour
I'm ok, am getting over it ;)
So is Allan McNish. In his cut outs he is 6 feet tall
They were for renault right?
I'd love to see Kubica try them out.
I really don't care :P I like him and he used to be really really really good. Did I mention that he's beautiful?
He is the Michael Schumacher of football ;)
Nooooooo! I don't even remember what you're talking about but I'm sure that's going too far!
He'd moan there wasn't enough grip from the lights
Is that the F1 equivalent of Godwin's law?
I'm about to fly to Ireland, I'm getting into the spirit
It is. He onlly did it once. Schumacher is a lot worse
Is that the Nazi thing?
Two yellows make a red.
Would be a straight red in any case.
Ooooh which side?
Could have had a stright red for that
Michael Schumacher and football
Shoulda been a straight red
Who? What? Side of what?
Easily, late for the challenge, studs showing.
now it's woken up. somebody score!
So France surely have to score now right?
What was it?
Well they have an advantage, they just need to make the most of it
Do they have to use two type of boots
Primes & Options, the Newey rule ;)
heh. One of my teammates in High School had... shall we say... "anger control issues".. he got a yellow card for something and that flipped him out so he started yelling at the ref "why don't you just give me a flippin' purple card or something!!!"
He had already had one yellow card and got another for that. Two yellows make a red. For what he did he could have had a red even if he had not already had a yellow
Yes actually, studs and blades....
Ah, okay. Does it make a difference if he'd got a straight red then? Would the yellow still count or something?
Twitter broke again. Apparently this sport is popular :)
To be fair twitter breaks if someone goes to the shops let alone a world cup :)
No, he's just off. (I think?) he'll be suspended for the next match too?
Not in the world cup because he will get a suspension any way. There are some weird local rules in this area where you can appeal a straight red after the match but not a yellow
Not in the World Cup, I think they carry the same ban.
Oh! Gosh. It's all very complicated.
ooh, love this
France are really going for it now :)
So much overtaking
The time keeps going while they are faffing about and swapping over?
The rules of the game are icredibly simple but the application is ridiculously complex. Application is the football equivalent of clarification in F1
That's what stoppage time is for at the end
Tis called timewasting, to try and get to the end of the game and waste time.
Although they just add that wasted to injury time at the end
Henry cliaming for handball, hehe.
Thats why there is stoppage time. And inevitably too much is added and the other team take advantage and score in the last minute allowed and you moan all you want but noooo, nothing ever happens.
Surely not ;)
Yes. The referee will add on a little time at the end to make up for things like that then the losing team complains that he didn't add enough or added too much
In theory the ref is supposed to add this daft wasted time on the end but they rarely count it all.
Which is why we all do it.
Except when Manchester United need a goal. Then they add 8 minutes
Hated that when I played, never knew when the game was going to end until ref blew the whistle.
My twitter stream is full of comments about the irony of Henry claiming there was a handball.
#worldcup we're now entering the period where according to FIFA rules France can score with their hands
or, as I preferred, ironies.
Last lap, I mean minute
Abu Dhabi going left and right, except it was quite entertaining in this example.
Straight into the wall...
Thierry to score in the postage stamp
great camera angles
3 minutes of arguing
Get on with it!
Time is up now, surely?
That was a big jump
Since when did I get good at predicting?
It is now
Think of the goal as an envelope and picture where you would put a stamp
Henry wasted the free kick.
i like the idea of using your teammate for a boost
In the post office?
that guy was 12ft in the air though
That isn't really allowed either
Blame the French... I'll go with that. Stupid lineup, Stupid starting tactics, Stupid substitutions, Stupid finishing.
Definitely apt that Abou diaby featured in a boring game like that
Shearer was also a goalhanger
Never did like France. Good bicycle race, but that's about all they got! :)
Tweet from earlier:
Love the fact that @LeVarBurton is watching the World Cup!
Wonder if @BrentSpiner is watching
No, not a tennis fan
Don't forget the cheese!
Apart from the bikes and the cheese what have France ever done for us?
Don't think I've ever had any French cheese.
autosport not feeling any world cup love:
@eligp: Anyone still reading the site now? I like to think we are not working in vain ;)
Get some Camembert, some really ripe, smelly stuff
Brie is nice
You may have to hide it from the Feds, it's unpasteurised ;)
There is no such thing as cheese that is too strong
After that it becomes penicillin
cheers everyone for commenting. new thread goes up tomorrow for more of the same.
3 matches tomorrow
And FP3 & Qualifying
I am going to miss the football and F1 tomorrow
That's Long Street, I stayed round the corner from there!
loving the threads, thanks guys :)
It appears my players to watch... did totally nothing.
Very busy. People who want to follow lots of stuff may have to pick and choose to avoid burnout.. :)