It's another day of world cup action, and my time for writing one more football related post has arrived earlier than expected. It cannot be that fans interest has waned since England were dumped out of the competition can it? Still, less of England means we'll see a better class of football, but before we talk about that, let us discuss typography.
I have been informed by numerous sources that these typographic t-shirts from Didi are the epitome of cool. I'll be honest with you, it looks like lists of player names on a variety of coloured material to me. However, they are football related and contain something of a typeface, so they'll do for me. Do feel free to make up your own jokes about the England team having sold out.
Second confession of the day - I have no idea what Tipp-Kick football is, nor do I know if it was Michael or Nico, pictured in the photograph above, who won the match. I do however know that it's not the first time Michael has played a teammate at table football in the middle of the F1 paddock. It must be a World Cup thing.
About those games
Just two games make up today's kick-about action, and they line up as follows:
- Paraguay versus Japan at 15:00 (GMT+1)
- Spain versus Portugal at 19:30 (GMT+1)
The first game is a tough call, with Paraguay surely being the logical favourites. Japan though, have been playing a very impressive game of football up until now.
Meanwhile the second match of the day is slightly more predictable, I'm pitching for a Portugal win over Spain in that one. Enjoy!
I saw a link to those t-shirts somewhere a few days ago, and I don't really understand why they are so exciting.
I do kinda want an F1 one though.
very easy to do that :-)
I wish I could watch the first game, I bet it's an interesting one.
Sepp Blatter is 'sorry' about the disallowed goals: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2010/8771294.stm
So are we!
Why did the chicken cross the road?
According to FIFA it didn't.
Apologies are useless. This bit is important, though: "It is obvious that after the experiences so far at this World Cup it would be a nonsense not to re-open the file on goal-line technology."
They set up an investigation panel after the Irish game and basically said 'no', so I doubt it would be any different.
I think this is like the FIA, until Sepp moves on we won't see anything happen...
Woman bursts her Windpipe blowing a Vuvuzela horn: http://failblog.org/2010/06/28/epic-fail-photos-vuvuzela-fail/
Should I laugh or cry at this?
Yesterday friend of mine returned from South Africa after almost three weeks of World Cup experience and 11 games live. Went through an amazing collection of photos he took (he takes great pics) but unfortunately I also experienced first hand the unbearable noise he recorded on his video cam. It is much much worse than it feels on TV, especially if you have 2-3 vuvuzelas right next to you ...
Mr C... this is the same Portugal who bored us all against Ivory Coast and Brazil, and the same Spain who play the best football in the world.
Japan to win in the first game.
yep. where's the issue? :)
by a margin of?
I think you may have over priced Portugal a bit ;)
a spanish victory would cheer up a miserable alonso, so lets go with that.
But it is a 'local rival' kinda game so could get a bit fiesty.
I would like Paraguay and Spain to win today - my quite nice colleague has Paraguay in the Sweepstakes and I have Spain to win in my tips...
I am going for Paraguay and Holland so we can say that only the best of the best managed to beat us :-) I just have to be careful to make sure my Japanese friends do not find out :-)
A sea of blue seats in the stadium there.
5 mins till kick off... and the intro to the Paraguayan national anthem is looong.
Got home just in time!
Hey Gavin, who you going for in this one?
Both teams going ridiculously close
I have no idea what's going on as I'm really busy but I just wanted to say - go Japan! I've liked their attitude throughout, and I haven't really watched Paraguay...
Ooh tough one. My colleague has Paraguay in the sweepstakes and she's quite a nice person, so I'll go with them I guess...
Is Honda out there?
Paraguay (just) and Portugal (just) but they're both pretty close to call IMHO.
In other news, I actually have one of those T-shirts but from a different source, and with the England 1966 team names ("bobby, alan, nobby, geoff" :)
I've of course gone Spain and Japan... I had to back Japan... because I have them in the sweepstake and therefore they WILL WIN THE WORLD CUP!!!
I used capitals a lot too, but it didn't help France any. :)
Spain, because I have so many Spanish and Hispanic colleagues (plus I like the way they play)
Not up to the standards of the rest of the knockout games so far. Poor.
You've gotta say that the Spain-Portugal winner should make it to the semis on the form we're seeing now.
Car related football stat: http://twitter.com/InfostradaLive/status/17334946741
Japanese player on the ground, flattened by his own keeper.
(it wasn't honda was it?)
As Games go, this is the Bahrain Grand Prix...
I wish the Japanese would 'Endo' it now...
This has 'Penalties' written all over it...
More Spanish... something happened. Now France v Uruguay, that was the Bahrain GP
I was lucky enough to be eating dinner in a restaurant for that one...
30 more minutes required.
and this match will have penalties to save it from utter boredom.
HT in ET, 0-0. Still no fun.
Japan.... that was just rubbish!
Its the P word
first time this cup?
Just checking, Isner and Mahut aren't playing are they?
P*** poor performance pertaining to the players?
The face of the Japanese coach perfectly sums up this game...
Paraguay to take first penalty.
Bottom corner, perfect.
FBFB would be perfect for this...
Yep. Japan score. 1-1
That was lucky
Paraguay make it 2-1, just out of keepers reach.
Smashed it, keeper goes right way, 2-2.
Paraguay seem to like just rolling it in. That will cost them if they keep doing it
3-2, calmy taken penalty...theres going to be a miss soon, there has to be
I hate penalty shoot outs...
First miss Japan
Komano misses! Hits the bar, 3-2.
Rifles it down the middle, 4-2. If Japan miss they are out.
If Japan miss this one it is game over
Honda scores. 4-3, if Paraguay score, they win.
If Paraguay score now it is game over
Goal. Paraguay win on penalties.
Five penalties and five scored
Sweet. Well done Paraguay. Now I'm off for Sausages and Chips ;9
The Uruguay v Brazil, Argentina v Paraguay semi final is still on.
I didn't realise Spain and Portugal played in tonight's match. That could get a bit lively
More England coverage. Awesome
Pondering Capello's fate, I presume?
No just showing a 5 minute package of their matches and interviews
Trust Roy Keane to sprout some genius
Steven suggested I should "Film Watch" a match. Maybe I should FBFB one instead.
That's an interesting idea. Just like a live film watch
It was my sister's boyfriend's birthday last week, so she made World Cupcakes. :)
Hopefully this will be a good game
Subbeteo cakes! Win!!
It'll be terrible...
I am being blindly optimistic ;)
Perfect, if we discount the Arsenal player.
I'm being ultra pessimstic after my previous attempts of optimism ;)
I'm looking at you Brazil v Portugal
This one could go either way. Could be a feast of football could be dull and could be a battle
That never happened :)
Torres playing, can he finally get somewhere near the goal today?
Portugal are in green? Does not compute.
Portugal have 5 yellow cards
Normally they play in red but Spain are in red so Portugal changed to white. Neither team is in green
White with green/red stripe
I see green.
Spanish goalkeeper is the captain. Is he wearing green?
They do have weird green shorts. Not a good look.
They stole Ireland's shorts
Casillas is wearing blue. Maybe some of the players had green track suit tops on?
Spain getting chances on goal here, forcing some saves...
They have white tops and green shorts.
I thought you were talking about shirts not shorts
This has started off as a decent game
I do like the blue of the goalkeeper though.
Not a fan, light green all the way.
It stands out from the grass which I approve of.
Lawro seems surprised that a keeper has his name on his gloves...
...erm, yeah, its not like hes the only one.
Sondico has it as well
I have it. Most keepers with half decent gloves have it.
Mark lawrenson is worse than Legard, to be fair. I realy wish they'd get rid of Lawro, he adds nothing and complains and moans and just has a nasty attitude to anything he commentates on, plus he's totally useless at his role as a commentator
I thought you at least would get that joke
Right over the head...?
Ah right. Don't usually go with them and don't appear in the keepers catalogue i get. Which explains why I didn't get it.
A lot of top keepers use them which is the only reason I have heard of them
Good refereeing to let that go
They are nice though.
The white ones seem to be taking shots from miles away.
I don't think they are confident of getting past the Spanish defence and Christiano Ronaldo expects to be able to shoot from anywhere on the field and score
blooooomin' good passing
We need a safety car to come out and liven this match up
Ooooh, Casillas, dodgy.
At least his technique was good and he got his chest behind the ball.
Yep, can't argue there.
Does he keep saying 'chavvy'?
It's Xavi but I always think it's chavvy. especially on the FIFA games
Ah! Phew :)
It's a Spanish player who is known only as Xavi. There is another one called Xabi Alonso
My mum wondered why Aston Villa was playing for Spain so you're doing well in comparison
So chavvy and shabby
Ronaldo not happy that he is not getting fouls for his dives
Ronaldo is getting nothing tonight, love it.
Mrs. Goat thinks it's funny there's a Piquet and an Alonso playing tonight...
That's not confusing at all.
Bless his little sulky face.
Almeida should have left that to Ronaldo
Well done Casillas
Quick keeping that, impressive.
Cor, the goalie had to come out a long way.
Half time 0-0
Think I'll do some blogging instead, am bored by this game. At least it's not as bad as Portugal vs Brazil
Told ya, Portugal should be banned.
I wrote the daily during the first half ;)
I think it is OK. Both teams are trying to play and it has not had many fouls. I think it will be an interesting second half. I am definitely not moving
They don't have a chavvy or a shabby so they can go.
I'm just waiting for Lawro to say 'The keeper looks like he swallowed a wasp!'
I cooked dinner.
Heikki predicting a Portugal win but Argentina to win the tournament
Someone on Twitter has pointed out that Jürgen Klinsmann is turning into Barry Manilow...
Second half just started
Portugal nearly sneaked a goal there
Substitutes for both teams
time is running out. more penalties today?
Torres off for Spain and replaced by Llorente. Portugal replace Almeida with the mono-named Danny
Still an hour possible to play
just back in the door - had me a haircut
has the game been any good?
There is half an hour to go yet before we even get to extra time. Making substitutions 10-15 minutes aft half time is a cliche
Both teams are trying to go forward but it hasn't been great.
I do believe thats a replay
Esta juego es crappo!
eh? oh boo.
Goaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalalaaaa Espania, Villa!
1-0 Spain. Villa
Tried to nutmeg the keeper with the first shot
must've been my presence that inspired the spanish...
Interesting Spain score as soon as Torres gets subbed
Sid Lowe reckons Torres is like Heskey...
I thought Ramos had blown that with his first touch but so close
Final two subs for Portugal
Yellow card for Alonso. I guess we will get a lot of whingeing after the game about how the match was rigged and how football isn't a sport now
Did Piquet dive to help him?
Will this Alonso apologise too?
Great shot and save
Portugese keeper having a good game.
Tweetdeck is running 20 minutes slow for some reason, I've just got lots of people shouting GOOALLL!!!
Must be delayed video somewhere. Seems odd that people watching delayed video would be on twitter
No the updates are actually timed at 20 minutes ago, I'm just getting them now.
Nah, twitter is broke again
Just checked my twitter feed and the last tweet I have was from Gavin 16 minutes ago. Twitter is broked again
I broke twitter? Awesome :D
Just got another on from 17 minutes ago saying SCORCHIO
Was it aided by GP2 driver Javier Villa?
I love to see a ref giving Ronaldo absolutely nothing
Ronaldo, that serves you right for crying wolf all the time!
Had to be offside
Red card for Costa of Portugal
Did he even touch him?
I am waiting for a good replay.
interesting indecision even with tv replays.
They are starting the replays too late. They need to start a couple of seconds earlier
Spain are through, 1-0.
bye bye portugal
job done. a great ending.
FT Spain 1 - Portugal 0
Not a great game but some drama. Glad Spain won, all of Portugal's games have been dire & my sister lives in Spain.
And we all hate Ronaldo ;)
Uruguay v Ghana
Brazil v Holland
Germany v Argentina
Paraguay v Spain
Now, some bad news.
There's no football until Friday.
He doesn't seem like a pleasant chap.
He is quite annoy-*falls over*
I dislike his cry-baby mentality and his paparazzi personality. He's everything that's wrong with football in a nutshell, IMO...
Gonna miss the last two, thanks Mrs. Goat's herd!
I like it when the goal scorer slides all along the grass, leaving knee tracks everywhere.
world cup off-season?
It's so funny to see a ref give him absolutely nothing. Normally he gets loads of free kicks as a result of diving and cheating
Will also miss the last two, with mate's Ikea visit and Goodwood.
His inabilty to drive a new Ferrari on a motorway without hittin a wall
I have a feeling Paraguay were saving themselves a bit against Japan, but TBH I can't see them troubling Spain...
I don't think there is the slightest chance of them beating Spain but given my tennis predictions today my opinion is dubious
BBC's commentary is so much better, BTW.
I know ITV's is pretty bad... but...
I just thought they covered the Paraguay versus Japan game better...