This world cup is well and truly alight after Germany's comprehensive trashing of Australia. Too bad for me that the same did not occur on the Montreal track. In any case, those who wrote Die Mannschaft off can bite their tongues, while those betting on Australia making the knockout rounds will be slightly more than apprehensive. In fact, the only thing the Aussies can celebrate is the fact that not all of their sportsmen were decimated and Lleyton Hewitt recorded a rare victory over Roger Federer.

That was yesterday. Today promises more slick passing, more Total Football and hopefully, even more goals. But first, let us consider how England's precarious situation has just become even more unnerving.

You know you're in trouble when...

Slovenia, ranked 25th in the world, tops your group. The repercussions from Green's gaffe have been snowballing - a win became a draw, tied in 2nd place instead of being 1st, qualification for the knockout rounds is far from being confirmed. But the most worrying sign is the in-form Germans. Qualifying 1st in their group, and consequently beating both Slovenia and Algeria, has just become an imperative for the English.

Either that, or they can once again say goodbye to their world cup dream. And I suspect that this time Germany wouldn't need penalties to finish them off.

Talking about finishing...

If there is someone who is not delivering the goods, it would be the visitors and not hosts South Africa. We were given quality stadiums and quality (and noisy) crowds, but only a few of the visiting countries produced performances worthy of the grass they were on. And most disappointingly is the severe lack of goals. With 9 goals in 7 seven games (before the Germany-Australia clash), it was almost a 50% drop as compared to the 2006 edition (with 17 goals over the same amount of games). We have yet to come to free scoring Netherlands, silky Brazil or the European champions Spain, but the signs are worrying.

The red fury...

Another disappointing trend is the number of red cards that have been given out already. 4 in 8 matches, with one of them being a straight red for Tim Cahill, it might seem that this world cup is about to break records for the number of players seeing red. Amazingly, Wayne Rooney isn't one of the 'privileged' few, but it may just be a matter of time.

Someone deserving of a red card but who didn't receive one is Argentinian Hector Baldassi. No, he is not the heir of Maradona. Instead he was the man-in-the-middle for the Serbia-Ghana match, and endeavored to make the match less of a bore by making faulty decisions and giving out hasty cards. Even the FIFA linesmen wanted a part of the action as Algeria was on the wrong end of unfair offside decisions and a very obvious corner is called to be a throw-in. The rule for an equal number of referees to come from each confederation may be a fair decision, but doesn't seem to be a good one as many lack big-match experience and fumbled at the job.

Amazingly, the most controversial red card decision was spot on. Marco Rodriguez gave Tim Cahill a straight red card for a bad tackle on Bastian Schweinsteiger which almost immediately led to protests here on sidpodcast. But according to FIFA regulations:

[quoteexpanded]

A player is sent off if he commits any of the following offences

(cf. Law 12 of the Laws of the Game and art. 18 of this code):

h) serious foul play;

[/quoteexpanded]

And that sliding tackle from behind was definitely a dangerous tackle, whether it made complete contact or not. So that was a definite sending off (in FIFA and my humble opinion), despite Tim's expression of remorse. Much like the Schumi-saga earlier this year, if it is against the rules, it is against the rules.

Looking ahead...

But enough complaining. What lies ahead? Great football, that's what. Here are the teams in action today:

  • Netherlands v Denmark - 12:30 (GMT +1)
  • Japan v Cameroon - 15:00 (GMT +1)
  • Italy v Paraguay - 19:30 (GMT +1)

So Spyker (Oranje), Kamui Kamikaze and the ever domineering and cheating Ferrari. Well, that ought to be good. ;)

437 responses

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 11:19

    Boo. I have no chance of seeing the game live :(

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 11:22

    Fantastic post, thanks Marilene :)

  • Pat W14/06/2010 at 11:24

    Boo. I have no chance of seeing the game live :(

    But you're in Daneland!

    Not that it'll be any different for me next week and ... erm... whoever it is against England.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 11:25

    Boo. I have no chance of seeing the game live :(

    But you're in Daneland!

    Not that it'll be any different for me next week and ... erm... whoever it is against England.

    Doesn't matter. Where I am doesn't want us to see it. My wife will though :(

  • Pat W14/06/2010 at 11:33

    Has the first one started? Who is watching?

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 11:34

    Has the first one started? Who is watching?

    Boo.

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 11:35

    Has the first one started? Who is watching?

    Not watching, but keeping an eye on proceedings.

  • Pat W14/06/2010 at 11:35

    BBC live comments, unfortunately not as subtle as their usual pages..

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2010/matches/match_09

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 11:44

    Woah. No one here? Dutch is quite un-Dutch though, especially considering the show Newly Improved Germany put on yesterday.Hope they improve or this will be another let down match.

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 11:44

    There are quite a lot of "van" people on the Netherlands side.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 11:44

    Fantastic post, thanks Marilene :)

    Thanks. :D

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 11:45

    There are quite a lot of "van" people on the Netherlands side.

    Is it countered by the number of *sen's on the Danish side?

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 11:46

    There are quite a lot of "van" people on the Netherlands side.

    Maybe that's why they are moving so slowly?

  • Pat W14/06/2010 at 11:46

    There are quite a lot of "van" people on the Netherlands side.

    Is it countered by the number of *sen's on the Danish side?

    5 vans and 5 sens, and two of them are called Poulsen

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 11:46

    Is it countered by the number of *sen's on the Danish side?

    Oh yes!!

  • Pat W14/06/2010 at 11:50

    There are quite a lot of "van" people on the Netherlands side.

    Maybe that's why they are moving so slowly?

    There aren't enough racing drivers called 'van'.

    Tom Kristensen and Kristian Poulsen spring to mind for 'sen'..

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 11:50

    van der Drift is all I can think of.

  • Pat W14/06/2010 at 11:51

    BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby

    "The game is being played exactly how Denmark want it to be played so far, the Dutch want to pass the ball forward as quickly as they can but Denmark are stopping them doing that and are defending well."

  • Pat W14/06/2010 at 11:51

    van der Drift is all I can think of.

    Oh yeah. A drifting van..

    And there's Guido van der Garde.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 11:51

    van der Drift is all I can think of.

    Nice. :D

    Blegh. The shots are all going wide. Commentary blaming it on the Jabulani.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 11:53

    There are quite a lot of "van" people on the Netherlands side.

    Maybe that's why they are moving so slowly?

    There aren't enough racing drivers called 'van'.

    Tom Kristensen and Kristian Poulsen spring to mind for 'sen'..

    'van' means 'of'

    *sen refers to 'son of'. Old Norse surnames referred to whom your father was. So Larsen is 'son of Lars', while 'daughter of Lars' would be 'Larsdottir'. It's a practice only continued in Iceland...

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 11:54

    *sen refers to 'son of'. Old Norse surnames referred to whom your father was. So Larsen is 'son of Lars', while 'daughter of Lars' would be 'Larsdottir'. It's a practice only continued in Iceland...

    Thanks RubberGoat. :D

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 11:55

    van der Drift is all I can think of.

    He keeps changing his mind - he's a Kiwi one day and Dutch the next...

  • Pat W14/06/2010 at 11:56

    *sen refers to 'son of'. Old Norse surnames referred to whom your father was. So Larsen is 'son of Lars', while 'daughter of Lars' would be 'Larsdottir'. It's a practice only continued in Iceland...

    'Mc' means 'son of' but these days is just treated as a surname..

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 11:57

    Dutch seems to have no way forward. Which is really strange considering how they usually play so fluidly.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 11:57

    Dutch seems to have no way forward. Which is really strange considering how they usually play so fluidly.

    A lot of Danes play in Holland - it might help us!

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 11:58

    Bendtner missing. Nothing unusual.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 11:59

    Bendtner missing. Nothing unusual.

    Boo to Pink Boots :(

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 11:59

    A lot of Danes play in Holland - it might help us!

    But this is so boooorrrriiinnnggg. :( I am tempted to re-watch Germany to play again.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 12:00

    Boo to Pink Boots :(

    Pink is evil.

  • Nick14/06/2010 at 12:00

    BBC Radio 5 live's Jan Molby

    "The game is being played exactly how Denmark want it to be played so far, the Dutch want to pass the ball forward as quickly as they can but Denmark are stopping them doing that and are defending well."

    Maybe at half time they get to swap positions and Denmark try to pass the ball forward and Holland do the defending!

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 12:01

    A lot of Danes play in Holland - it might help us!

    But this is so boooorrrriiinnnggg. :( I am tempted to re-watch Germany to play again.

    That's the only way Denmark can stay in this - play ugly football and close them down.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 12:03

    That's the only way Denmark can stay in this - play ugly football and close them down.

    I bet yesterday's Germany will rip Denmark apart ugly defending or no.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 12:05

    That's the only way Denmark can stay in this - play ugly football and close them down.

    I bet yesterday's Germany will rip Denmark apart ugly defending or no.

    Of course they would.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 12:31

    Own goal denmark. O.o

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 12:33

    Own goal denmark. O.o

    Boo.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 12:34

    Own goal denmark. O.o

    Boo.

    Looks like he did a 'rigtig Jesper Olsen'...

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 12:36

    Looks like he did a 'rigtig Jesper Olsen'...

    :D

    Deflected off Agger but left back Poulsen gets the (dis)honour.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 12:37

    Robin! What was that? Where is your Arsenal form?

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 12:44

    Great save from van der Vaart by Sorenson!

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 12:46

    Oooooh. Robin complaining that he can't hear the offside whistle because of the vuvuzuelas.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 12:46

    Great save from van der Vaart by Sorenson!

    He stretched to 10 feet tall there!

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 12:46

    Oooooh. Robin complaining that he can't hear the offside whistle because of the vuvuzuelas.

    Rubbish.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 12:47

    yay! Bendtner off! :P

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 12:47

    Rubbish.

    :D

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 12:47

    yay! Bendtner off! :P

    The man going off is replaced by...?

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 12:48

    yay! Bendtner off! :P

    Bendtner's groin is injured. From what I read in the Danish tabloids, I'm not surprised ;)

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 12:50

    The man going off is replaced by...?

    Beckmann

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 12:50

    Bendtner's groin is injured. From what I read in the Danish tabloids, I'm not surprised ;)

    His goalscoring record is woeful. :P

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 12:52

    van der vaart also off. Replaced by elia

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 12:55

    lovely footwork by the sub. great talent there.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 12:57

    Oh come on Denmark, this is terrible!

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 12:59

    Robin's form is like - gone. :(

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 13:01

    oooh. Sorenson to the rescue there.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 13:02

    Robin is gone. :(

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 13:02

    Robin's form is like - gone. :(

    Robin's off...

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 13:07

    wow. that ball was dipping like mad. so close.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 13:10

    Dirk scores! :D

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 13:13

    Almost a third but cleared before the line.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 13:14

    Finally the Dutch are getting in gear. For the last 10 minutes. :(

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 13:18

    Game over. Full time: Netherlands 2 Denmark 0.

    Such a miss in terms of game quality. :(

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 13:22

    What are we expecting from the next match? Japan v Cameroon?

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 13:22

    What are we expecting from the next match? Japan v Cameroon?

    More goals, hopefully!

    It's Italy vs. Paraguay tonight isn't it?

  • jpancoast14/06/2010 at 13:27

    What are we expecting from the next match? Japan v Cameroon?

    I predict a player from one team will come within 10 feet of a player from the other team, then the player from the other team will throw himself to the ground with a horrible acting job and get upset when the other guy doesn't get carded. :)

  • Lynch14/06/2010 at 13:30

    What are we expecting from the next match? Japan v Cameroon?

    Lots of flying tackles... more red cards... and a screamer of a goal...

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 13:38

    btw, who is still calling for the Dutch to win the whole thing?

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 13:39

    btw, who is still calling for the Dutch to win the whole thing?

    I never did! :)

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 13:42

    I never did! :)

    Oh right. RG couldn't watch the match. :P

    I just remembered that Bloemfontein is Tolkien's hometown. Japanese hobbits FTW!

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 13:42

    I just remembered that Bloemfontein is Tolkien's hometown. Japanese hobbits FTW!

    It's my brother-in-law's too. It's very mush a Rugby town too...

  • RG14/06/2010 at 13:47

    btw, who is still calling for the Dutch to win the whole thing?

    Me, even if they did fluke it by the sounds of it.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 13:48

    Me, even if they did fluke it by the sounds of it.

    Not so much fluke as play like the old '1-0' win Germany.

    The new Germany plays Total Football. :D

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 13:48

    btw, who is still calling for the Dutch to win the whole thing?

    Me, even if they did fluke it by the sounds of it.

    I wouldn't say they fluked it. They played quite well against a Danish team that parked the bus. They certainly didn't look as good as Germany though...

  • RG14/06/2010 at 13:49

    Not so much fluke as play like the old '1-0' win Germany.

    Ahh, my dad said they scored a fluky own goal

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 13:50

    Ahh, my dad said they scored a fluky own goal

    I think he meant Denmark. Kuyt added to that own goal so 2-0 to your team. ;)

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 13:50

    Not so much fluke as play like the old '1-0' win Germany.

    Ahh, my dad said they scored a fluky own goal

    Yeah, it was. A real Jesper Olsen....

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 13:51

    Ahh, my dad said they scored a fluky own goal

    I think he meant Denmark. Kuyt added to that own goal so 2-0 to your team. ;)

    No, I think Holland played OK when you consider that the Danes just wanted to kill the ball all of the time.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 13:52

    No, I think Holland played OK when you consider that the Danes just wanted to kill the ball all of the time.

    I meant that denmark played fluky. Or boring. Same to me. :P

    Holland is not on form, that's for sure. They'll reach the knockout, but from then onwards I am not sure.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 13:53

    I meant that denmark played fluky. Or boring. Same to me. :P

    Denmark did what they always do - fall apart!

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 13:54

    Denmark did what they always do - fall apart!

    Aw.

  • RG14/06/2010 at 13:55

    Just seen the own goal... the Dutch were a bit lucky there.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 13:55

    Denmark did what they always do - fall apart!

    Aw.

    It's alright - I predicted the correct score so I'm in the draw to win a Danish shirt...

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 13:57

    Just seen the own goal... the Dutch were a bit lucky there.

    The second one is stupid. What were the Danish defence doing???

  • RG14/06/2010 at 13:59

    Hmm, Own Goal not in the Japanese squad today.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 13:59

    Just seen the own goal... the Dutch were a bit lucky there.

    you mean very lucky. Dani just got in the way of that clearance.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 13:59

    The second one is stupid. What were the Danish defence doing???

    Nothing. :D

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:00

    Cameroon sets us off!

  • RG14/06/2010 at 14:01

    Cameroon sets us off!

    With two of the best defenders in the WC too.

    #biased

  • RG14/06/2010 at 14:02

    Ahh, Sorry Rob, I may have laughed here

    http://www.offthepost.info/2010/06/useful-tips-for-robert-green-from-the-advertising-hoardings/

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:04

    Ahh, Sorry Rob, I may have laughed here

    http://www.off...dvertising-hoardings/

    :D Comedy gold.

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 14:08

    Hey all

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:10

    Hey all

    Hey steven.

  • RG14/06/2010 at 14:10

    Hey all

    Hi Steven

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 14:11

    How was the early match? Saw the score but that was all

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 14:11

    RG

    Did you see Christine's comment last night about Virgin tweeting about your championship?

    http://twitter.com/VirginRacing/status/16104888336

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:12

    How was the early match? Saw the score but that was all

    Not good. No where near what Holland's quality ought to be.

    They'll be happy with the 3 points though.

  • RG14/06/2010 at 14:13

    Did you see Christine's comment last night about Virgin tweeting about your championship?

    Oh wow. ♥ Virgin Racing

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 14:13

    They'll be happy with the 3 points though.

    That's all anyone wants from the first match. 3 points, no injuries and no red cards

  • RG14/06/2010 at 14:13

    Oh wow. ♥ Virgin Racing

    And also explains the 540 people who have viewed the site too..

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:13
  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 14:14

    And also explains the 540 people who have viewed the site too..

    Tweet Virgin about it

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:14

    That's all anyone wants from the first match. 3 points, no injuries and no red cards

    But they are the DUTCH. They are supposed to play beautiful football. Instead it is the perennial bores Germany who is doing the entertaining.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:15

    Back to the current match, Japan playing quite well. In fact, this match is already more entertaining than the previous one.

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 14:15

    But they are the DUTCH. They are supposed to play beautiful football. Instead it is the perennial bores Germany who is doing the entertaining.

    Very true and I am sure they will do that as the tournament progresses

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 14:15

    Back to the current match, Japan playing quite well. In fact, this match is already more entertaining than the previous one.

    OMG

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 14:16

    Tweet Virgin about it

    and Gascoyne since his team is winning the championship

  • RG14/06/2010 at 14:16

    and Gascoyne since his team is winning the championship

    I already told Lotus about it as well, but they didn't play ball (pun, slightly intended)

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:18

    I managed to find a youtube video on the Cameroon goalkeeper Hamidou. Spectacular stuff. I have no idea how he managed to keep standing after that.

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 14:18

    One of the tings I like about this world cup is the TV directors are not constantly shooting close ups. They give the wider view where you can see a lot of the off the ball stuff

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:19

    One of the tings I like about this world cup is the TV directors are not constantly shooting close ups. They give the wider view where you can see a lot of the off the ball stuff

    Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I like watching the big picture.

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 14:20

    I managed to find a youtube video on the Cameroon goalkeeper Hamidou. Spectacular stuff. I have no idea how he managed to keep standing after that.

    Being hit on the head with the ball is not a big deal. Very rarely does a player get knocked off his feet

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:21

    Being hit on the head with the ball is not a big deal. Very rarely does a player get knocked off his feet

    Getting hit on the back of the head is though. Plus that looked like a blaster.

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 14:21

    Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I like watching the big picture.

    Me too. You can see how the play is developing and you can pick up tactical changes. Much more like being at a game

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:22

    More interesting names. Keisuke Honda definitely deserves a place on the Sidpodcast team.

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 14:24

    More interesting names. Keisuke Honda definitely deserves a place on the Sidpodcast team.

    :D

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:28

    More interesting names. Keisuke Honda definitely deserves a place on the Sidpodcast team.

    :D

    Plus he is actually playing very well right now.

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 14:29

    Plus he is actually playing very well right now.

    I think he should go in the team until someone called Brawn or Mercedes turns up

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 14:30

    Looks like F1 people are getting into football. Edd Straw is not impressed with the geographical knowledge of the commentator

    http://twitter.com/eddstrawF1/status/16150186816

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:30

    I think he should go in the team until someone called Brawn or Mercedes turns up

    :D

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:31

    oooohh. That must have hurt.

  • Pat W14/06/2010 at 14:33

    Looks like F1 people are getting into football. Edd Straw is not impressed with the geographical knowledge of the commentator

    http://twitter...F1/status/16150186816

    This wouldn't be an ITV game by any chance?

  • RG14/06/2010 at 14:33

    This wouldn't be an ITV game by any chance?

    BBC interestingly enough... though Mark Lawrenson is one of the commentators.

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 14:34

    Honda in the team

    http://sidepodcast.wikia.com/wiki/Sidepoddreamteam_-_2010_World_Cup

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 14:36

    Honda in the team

    Hehe. I like it.

  • RG14/06/2010 at 14:36

    What has BAE done to his hair?

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:36

    Honda in the team

    Yay.

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 14:38

    Of course the Honda dream combination never delivers. Remember Earthdreams?

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:38

    HONDA SCOOOORRRREEESSS!!!!!!

  • RG14/06/2010 at 14:38

    Oh dear, woeful defending.

    Thankfully I don't think it was on the side of the Spurs defence.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:38

    Plus it is his birthday :D

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 14:39

    Of course the Honda dream combination never delivers. Remember Earthdreams?

    All these football people are out to make me look stupid

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:39

    Of course the Honda dream combination never delivers. Remember Earthdreams?

    :P

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 14:39

    That should liven things up

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:40

    All these football people are out to make me look stupid

    Aw. I'm sure things will look up for you. Sooner or later.

  • Pat W14/06/2010 at 14:42

    BBC interestingly enough... though Mark Lawrenson is one of the commentators.

    Ah

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 14:42

    Aw. I'm sure things will look up for you. Sooner or later.

    Every time I say something it has immediately been proved wrong.

    So. No team has ever scored 27 goals in a world cup match.

    Let's see one of them prove that wrong

  • RG14/06/2010 at 14:44

    I do like BAE honesty about football, only doing it for the money.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:44

    Let's see one of them prove that wrong

    #comeongermany :D

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 14:46

    Clearly Mark Lawrenson knows nothing about Paul Le Guen

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:48

    Half time. Japan leads due to a Honda goal!

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 14:48

    Time for me to disappear.

    I hope the second half is better for you

  • RG14/06/2010 at 14:49

    I hope the second half is better for you

    See ya Steven

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 14:49

    I hope the second half is better for you

    The 1st half was quite good already. Way better than I expected.

    Time for me to disappear.

    See you!

  • RG14/06/2010 at 14:58

    Oh Gazza :(

  • RG14/06/2010 at 15:00

    Oh Gazza :(

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/evening-chronicle-news/2010/06/14/paul-gascoigne-in-hospital-after-road-crash-72703-26648487/

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 15:00

    What did he say this time?

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 15:01
  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 15:03

    Japan kicks off.

  • RG14/06/2010 at 15:06

    Couldn't be closer to be a pen...

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 15:29

    Last ditch defending now. 10-0-0

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 15:29

    But Japan now gets a free kick...

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 15:30

    Last ditch defending now. 10-0-0

    Woah, for a minute then I thought that was the score.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 15:30

    ... but what a waste. :(

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 15:31

    Woah, for a minute then I thought that was the score.

    heehee. But you understand it now?

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 15:34

    heehee. But you understand it now?

    I think it means that everyone is at one end, presumably defense, rather than spread out and at the front striking or whatever it's called.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 15:39

    The post!

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 15:39

    I think it means that everyone is at one end, presumably defense, rather than spread out and at the front striking or whatever it's called.

    Yup. Smart Christine. :D

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 15:40

    Yup. Smart Christine. :D

    Woohoo! I'll be an expert by the final :)

  • RG14/06/2010 at 15:43

    Oh my.... how close?

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 15:45

    So close for both sides. On-the-seat stuff going on here.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 15:47

    Me thinks Green should learn from this Japanese goalkeeper. No way of letting the ball out of his arms once he caught it.

  • RG14/06/2010 at 15:49

    Me thinks Green should learn from this Japanese goalkeeper. No way of letting the ball out of his arms once he caught it.

    I don't think the Japanese keeper has been the best model to follow from...

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 15:50

    WHAT! I (HEART) THAT GOALKEEPER!!!!

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 15:51

    I don't think the Japanese keeper has been the best model to follow from...

    Take that back. Now. :P

  • RG14/06/2010 at 15:51

    Take that back. Now. :P

    I could be doing better than him

    *hides* ;)

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 15:52

    JAPAN!!!! Yay.

  • RG14/06/2010 at 15:52

    I don't think may would have predicted Japan for the win

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 15:53

    Full time: Japan 1 Cameroon 0. Goal scored by Honda. :D

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 15:54

    I could be doing better than him

    ORLY? With that goal-line save?

  • RG14/06/2010 at 15:55

    ORLY? With that goal-line save?

    It barely had any pace on it...

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 16:03

    Taking a break. See you guys later for the final match!

  • RG14/06/2010 at 17:31

    Some people have too much time on their hands: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO6ldR7mESI&feature=player_embedded

  • me14/06/2010 at 17:35

    Some people have too much time on their hands: http://www.you...ature=player_embedded

    wow!

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 17:36

    Some people have too much time on their hands: http://www.you...ature=player_embedded

    wow!

    And coz it's German you know all the angles and positions are spot on ;)

  • RG14/06/2010 at 17:42

    And coz it's German you know all the angles and positions are spot on ;)

    :)

    England v USA, not working for me though: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/video/2010/jun/14/world-cup-2010-england-usa-brick

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 17:44

    And coz it's German you know all the angles and positions are spot on ;)

    :)

    England v USA, not working for me though: http://www.gua...010-england-usa-brick

    Ahh it's lovely ;)

  • jpancoast14/06/2010 at 17:45

    England v USA, not working for me though: http://www.gua...010-england-usa-brick

    Guy must have fumbled an incredibly easy sto... err.. I mean, animation.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 18:08

    Hello again. Apparently it had been raining and even hailing at Cape Town. Thank god it has since cleared.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 18:08

    Some people have too much time on their hands: http://www.you...ature=player_embedded

    Amazing. :D

  • Pat W14/06/2010 at 18:15

    Some people have too much time on their hands: http://www.you...ature=player_embedded

    Woah

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 18:22

    Match starting soon...

  • RG14/06/2010 at 18:23

    Match starting soon...

    Woo, should be a good un

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 18:24

    F1!

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 18:25

    ooooh. Part 2 of the F1 anthem :D

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 18:25

    It's weird hearing it without red racesuits on.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 18:26

    It's weird hearing it without red racesuits on.

    It's weird that we are hearing Paraguay's anthem now. It should be Germany's. :P

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 18:28

    Is that goalkeeper the captain? Rats.

  • RG14/06/2010 at 18:29

    Is that goalkeeper the captain? Rats.

    Whats wrong with him being captain?

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 18:30

    Whats wrong with him being captain?

    We had a conversation yesterday about it. Mr C and I were disagreeing about whether the goalkeeper could be a captain, but that's because I fundamentally didn't understand what a captain did.

  • me14/06/2010 at 18:30

    Is that goalkeeper the captain? Rats.

    :)

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 18:30

    Italy kicks off. Fun & games!

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 18:30

    F1!

    What did they say?

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 18:31

    FORZA AZZURRI!!!

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 18:31

    We had a conversation yesterday about it. Mr C and I were disagreeing about whether the goalkeeper could be a captain, but that's because I fundamentally didn't understand what a captain did.

    But Spain too has a goalkeeper as captain. And he is a very good one.

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 18:31

    What did they say?

    Italian anthem.

  • RG14/06/2010 at 18:31

    We had a conversation yesterday about it. Mr C and I were disagreeing about whether the goalkeeper could be a captain, but that's because I fundamentally didn't understand what a captain did.

    Inspire the troops, when everything is lost they get behind you and inspire them to a heroic victory, tell everyone what they are doing, support them when they are down.

    As you can tell, have only been captain once.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 18:31

    What did they say?

    Italian anthem.

    Oh yeah ;)

    I had to learn that as a kid. Strange words...

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 18:34

    We had a conversation yesterday about it. Mr C and I were disagreeing about whether the goalkeeper could be a captain, but that's because I fundamentally didn't understand what a captain did.

    Inspire the troops, when everything is lost they get behind you and inspire them to a heroic victory, tell everyone what they are doing, support them when they are down.

    As you can tell, have only been captain once.

    RG, you should be captain of Sidepodcast ;)

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 18:34

    Inspire the troops, when everything is lost they get behind you and inspire them to a heroic victory, tell everyone what they are doing, support them when they are down.

    So I learnt.

  • me14/06/2010 at 18:35

    RG, you should be captain of Sidepodcas

    capt'n rg has a ring to it.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 18:37

    Italy attacking. This world cup is so topsy-turvey.

  • RG14/06/2010 at 18:37

    RG, you should be captain of Sidepodcast ;)

    Would be like putting Alguesuari as leader of FOTA

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 18:37

    Italy attacking. This world cup is so topsy-turvey.

    :D

    Ooh that was a right spaghetti junction of a tackle!

  • me14/06/2010 at 18:37

    commentator is a bit laid back, no?

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 18:38

    £2 million trade for the venezuela things.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 18:38

    £2 million trade for the venezuela things.

    (heart) :D

  • Pat W14/06/2010 at 18:39

    £2 million trade for the venezuela things.

    @FuriousWedge

    Imagine how dumbfounded teams and drivers would be if a large portion of any race crowd was blowing #Vuvuzelas

  • RG14/06/2010 at 18:39

    commentator is a bit laid back, no?

    Mick McCarthy? Manages Wolves.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 18:39

    commentator is a bit laid back, no?

    The legard of football?

  • me14/06/2010 at 18:39

    Mick McCarthy? Manages Wolves.

    he'd be rubbish in goal.

  • Pat W14/06/2010 at 18:39

    commentator is a bit laid back, no?

    There is a 5Live audio option on Freeview so presumably there is online

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 18:40

    @FuriousWedge

    Imagine how dumbfounded teams and drivers would be if a large portion of any race crowd was blowing #Vuvuzelas

    Then they'll sound like the cars. :D

  • me14/06/2010 at 18:40

    There is a 5Live audio option on Freeview so presumably there is online

    gen.ius!

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 18:40

    £2 million trade for the venezuela things.

    I have 3 venezuelan colleagues ... I'll happily take £2 mill for them ;)

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 18:41

    There is a 5Live audio option on Freeview so presumably there is online

    gen.ius!

    Radio commentary is SO much better!

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 18:41

    There is a 5Live audio option on Freeview so presumably there is online

    Is it Crofty?

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 18:41

    LOL. Italians cheating. Not so topsy-turvey then.

  • me14/06/2010 at 18:41

    Error 500 - Internal Error

    goo bbc.

  • jpancoast14/06/2010 at 18:42

    @FuriousWedge

    Imagine how dumbfounded teams and drivers would be if a large portion of any race crowd was blowing #Vuvuzelas

    Then they'll sound like the cars. :D

    last Hockey game I went too, me and my friends got a suite. Friend of a friend brought in one of those D*(@ horns.

    Scared the crap outta me when he was standing right next to me and he blew it.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 18:43

    There is a 5Live audio option on Freeview so presumably there is online

    Is it Crofty?

    Don't know, but his style is similar...

  • RG14/06/2010 at 18:43

    A white keeper top? I've never seen that before.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 18:44

    Mexican wave! This crowd is fantastic.

  • RG14/06/2010 at 18:44

    Fans are a bit impatient, mexican wave after just 13 mins... with that I'll pop off for a bit, tea can't be organised before football...

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 18:44

    Mexican wave! This crowd is fantastic.

    You can even hear them tonight....

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 18:45

    It's raining! Do they need to come in and change their shoes?

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 18:45

    It's raining! Do they need to come in and change their shoes?

    Nope. They just slip & slide & struggle on. :D

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 18:45

    It's raining! Do they need to come in and change their shoes?

    It's winter in RSA... They look a bit cold too...

  • me14/06/2010 at 18:46

    Nope. They just slip & slide & struggle on

    in your face tennis

    #sorry

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 18:46

    in your face tennis

    Oi.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 18:46

    in your face tennis

    And cricket!

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 18:47

    Nope. They just slip & slide & struggle on. :D

    It doesn't look quite as much fun in the wet.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 18:47

    in your face tennis

    But the Jabulani doesn't absorb water!

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 18:47

    Nope. They just slip & slide & struggle on. :D

    It doesn't look quite as much fun in the wet.

    Unlike F1...

  • me14/06/2010 at 18:47

    bbc are weird. the homepage puts to a small video feed that's completely broken, whilst the match is on iplayer, bigger and working perfectly.

  • me14/06/2010 at 18:48

    But the Jabulani doesn't absorb water!

    you know what the answer is then...

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 18:49

    NO INTER MILAN PLAYERS???

  • Alison14/06/2010 at 18:51

    bbc are weird. the homepage puts to a small video feed that's completely broken, whilst the match is on iplayer, bigger and working perfectly.

    That's probably why it's working. No-one knows it's there. That's the first place I looked for it though....

  • me14/06/2010 at 18:51

    That's probably why it's working. No-one knows it's there. That's the first place I looked for it though....

    needs a separate 5live player, but that'll do.

  • Alison14/06/2010 at 18:52

    This is working now with 5 live commentary if you want though. I think their whole sports website had crashed before.

  • Alison14/06/2010 at 18:52

    This is working now with 5 live commentary if you want though. I think their whole sports website had crashed before.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2010/matches/match_11

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 18:53

    NO INTER MILAN PLAYERS???

    Inter fielded no Italian players when they started the champions league final.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 18:53

    NO INTER MILAN PLAYERS???

    Inter fielded no Italian players when they started the champions league final.

    wow....

  • Alison14/06/2010 at 18:54

    I couldn't believe it when they said the Italian keeper only let in 2 goals the whole of the last world cup. That's how you win....

  • me14/06/2010 at 18:56

    I couldn't believe it when they said the Italian keeper only let in 2 goals the whole of the last world cup. That's how you win....

    how many shots did he save, or was it all about the defence?

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 18:56

    I couldn't believe it when they said the Italian keeper only let in 2 goals the whole of the last world cup. That's how you win....

    Iker did the same for Spain during the Euros.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 18:57

    how many shots did he save, or was it all about the defence?

    Italy had always been about defense. #footballstereotype

  • Alison14/06/2010 at 18:58

    Iker did the same for Spain during the Euros.

    I don't think you can really have a chance at winning a tournament like this without being able to trust your keeper 100%

  • me14/06/2010 at 18:59

    This is working now with 5 live commentary if you want though. I think their whole sports website had crashed before.

    actually that keeps the commentary in sync. interesting.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:00

    This is working now with 5 live commentary if you want though. I think their whole sports website had crashed before.

    actually that keeps the commentary in sync. interesting.

    Here's some great live stats: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/gamecast?id=264061&cc=5739&ver=global

    Much better than BBC...

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:00

    I don't think you can really have a chance at winning a tournament like this without being able to trust your keeper 100%

    True. So there goes England's hopes. :P

  • me14/06/2010 at 19:01

    Here's some great live stats

    holy cow!

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:01

    Here's some great live stats: http://soccern...c=5739&ver=global

    Fantastic find. Thanks!

  • RG14/06/2010 at 19:02

    True. So there goes England's hopes. :P

    Indeed. saw it on sky sports news earlier, the defence need to get used to the keeper behind them

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:02

    Here's some great live stats: http://soccern...c=5739&ver=global

    Fantastic find. Thanks!

    Soccernet rocks - especially when you are stuck without english commentary.

    Here's the iPhone App: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/gamecast?id=264061&cc=5739&ver=global

  • me14/06/2010 at 19:02

    Fantastic find. Thanks!

    how is the heat map even possible?

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:04

    how is the heat map even possible?

    We need some equivalent of this website in F1. Like now.

  • me14/06/2010 at 19:04

    We need some equivalent of this website in F1. Like now.

    i thought we had information overload already.

    nobody score, i need to investigate.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:05

    nobody score, i need to investigate.

    heehee

    I don't think either team manager approves.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:06

    Those damn horns though...

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 19:06

    how is the heat map even possible?

    A lot of football managers use software packages like that to assess and develop players. Arsene Wenger at Arsenal is one of the best known for using it

    Hi all

  • Alison14/06/2010 at 19:07

    Hi all

    Steeeeeeeeeeeeeeven :)

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:07

    Hi all

    Hey Steven

    A lot of football managers use software packages like that to assess and develop players. Arsene Wenger at Arsenal is one of the best known for using it

    Oh you just know Arsene loves that kind of stuff ;)

  • me14/06/2010 at 19:07

    A lot of football managers use software packages like that to assess and develop players. Arsene Wenger at Arsenal is one of the best known for using it

    in practice, yeah. but is that system set up here? and go epsn have live access to it?

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:08

    Hi all

    Hello :D

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 19:08

    Oh you just know Arsene loves that kind of stuff ;)

    They did a TV prog talking to him about the kind of things he does with it. Quite incredible. Until I saw that I had no idea such a thing existed

  • RG14/06/2010 at 19:08

    hey steven

  • RG14/06/2010 at 19:09

    Wow, Paraguay!!

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 19:09

    WHA

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 19:09

    in practice, yeah. but is that system set up here? and go epsn have live access to it?

    Not in practise. He brings the players in and shows them what they did in the previous match

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:09

    noooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • Pat W14/06/2010 at 19:09

    wow didn't expect that

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:09

    GOAL!

  • me14/06/2010 at 19:09

    noooooo way!!!!!!!

  • Lukeh14/06/2010 at 19:09

    Shocking.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:09

    Wow 1st senior goal. Nice finish.

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 19:09

    The Italians are in trouble now

  • Alison14/06/2010 at 19:09

    The keeper sucks :P

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 19:09

    Steeeeeeeeeeeeeeven :)

    Did you get your insurance sorted

  • me14/06/2010 at 19:09

    Not in practise. He brings the players in and shows them what they did in the previous match

    must be in his own stadium though. not in competitors?

  • Lukeh14/06/2010 at 19:10

    The keeper sucks :P

    !!!!!

    Buffon is an immense keeper! That was poor from italy though

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:10

    The Italians are in trouble now

    That wasn't an own goal....

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:10

    The keeper sucks :P

    You are talking about the keeper who some rate as the best in the world. The rest say San Iker is better

  • Alison14/06/2010 at 19:10

    Buffon is an immense keeper! That was poor from italy though

    I'm only messing. I was just saying how immense he was then he lets a goal in...

  • RG14/06/2010 at 19:10

    So, Paraguay to switch to the 10-0-0 formation in the second half?

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 19:11

    So, Paraguay to switch to the 10-0-0 formation in the second half?

    I totally know what that is now.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:11

    So, Paraguay to switch to the 10-0-0 formation in the second half?

    Bus == parked.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:11

    I (heart) the sparkly goal graphic on soccernet. :D

  • Lukeh14/06/2010 at 19:11

    I'm only messing. I was just saying how immense he was then he lets a goal in...

    Well we know who to blame then ;)

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 19:11

    must be in his own stadium though. not in competitors?

    No idea

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:11

    I totally know what that is now.

    :D

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 19:12

    I totally know what that is now.

    Incredible

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:12

    If you look at Alcaraz's heat map, that's the first time he even got near the Italian goal!

  • RG14/06/2010 at 19:12

    You are talking about the keeper who some rate as the best in the world. The rest say San Iker is better

    I still maintain the brilliance of van der Sar and Jaaskelainen

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 19:12

    Incredible

    Marilene told me :)

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:12

    I still maintain the brilliance of van der Sar and Jaaskelainen

    :P

  • RG14/06/2010 at 19:12

    If you look at Alcaraz's heat map, that's the first time he even got near the Italian goal!

    That would be because he is a defender.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:12

    That would be because he is a defender.

    LOL

    Marilene told me :)

    But you guessed it 1st!

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:13

    If you look at Alcaraz's heat map, that's the first time he even got near the Italian goal!

    That would be because he is a defender.

    Still a bit mental that his first attempt is a goal :)

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 19:13

    So, Paraguay to switch to the 10-0-0 formation in the second half?

    Useless piece of football trivia. In the first ever international match (Scotland vs England) both teams played the same formation 1-0-9

    How things change

  • Alison14/06/2010 at 19:13

    Did you get your insurance sorted

    No. I gave up. It was too boring.

  • RG14/06/2010 at 19:14

    How things change

    Defence, who needs em?

  • me14/06/2010 at 19:14

    Useless piece of football trivia. In the first ever international match (Scotland vs England) both teams played the same formation 1-0-9

    many goals?

  • RG14/06/2010 at 19:15

    many goals?

    Didn't it finish 0-0?

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:16

    Wow. I went to a rugby game where it was like that. Not fun!

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 19:16

    Didn't it finish 0-0?

    Incredibly yes. Not sure why but defending then was robiust

  • me14/06/2010 at 19:16

    that felt quick

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:17

    Half time! Paraguay leads 1-0!

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 19:17

    that felt quick

    That means it wasn't boring.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:17

    that felt quick

    Buffon said the same I think...

  • RG14/06/2010 at 19:17

    From @OptaJoe

    2 - Italy have scored exactly two goals in their opening game in the last three World Cups. Comeback?

  • me14/06/2010 at 19:17

    That means it wasn't boring.

    much fun.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:17

    That means it wasn't boring.

    +1

  • Alison14/06/2010 at 19:18

    My area manager was trying to convince me to paint an england flag on my face for the next England match. He couldn't understand why I didn't want to. I said I'd have a German flag :P

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:18

    Oh Lordy. my teams are not doing well so far!

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 19:19

    that felt quick

    That means it wasn't boring.

    Are you sure you haven't been watching football for years?

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:20

    Oh Lordy. my teams are not doing well so far!

    Fantasy football?

  • RG14/06/2010 at 19:20

    Oh Lordy. my teams are not doing well so far!

    Who did ya get?

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:21

    Oh Lordy. my teams are not doing well so far!

    Who did ya get?

    My teams are England (birthplace), Italy (where my mum is from), NZ (where I grew up) and Denmark (where I live)...

  • Alison14/06/2010 at 19:22

    I'm no football expert but all the players seem clumped right in the middle of the field... They don't like spreading out.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:22

    My teams are England (birthplace), Italy (where my mum is from), NZ (where I grew up) and Denmark (where I live)...

    Aw. No good indeed.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:23

    I'm no football expert but all the players seem clumped right in the middle of the field... They don't like spreading out.

    That's because Italy doesn't have a very good winger, while Paraguay are playing counter-attack. Most of the action tends to occur in the middle as a result.

  • RG14/06/2010 at 19:23

    Paraguay goal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjkvjnvCi-I&feature=player_embedded

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:24

    Gareth Barry always reminds me of a Lego Man...

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:29

    What? Buffon off!

  • Lukeh14/06/2010 at 19:30

    What? Buffon off!

    Woah... Lippi reads the comments.

  • RG14/06/2010 at 19:30

    What? Buffon off!

    wha?

  • RG14/06/2010 at 19:30

    He is, Marchetti is coming on. Must be injured.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:30

    What? Buffon off!

    wha?

    Eh?

  • Lukeh14/06/2010 at 19:31

    He is, Marchetti is coming on. Must be injured.

    Surely, otherwise Lippi has finally lost it

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:31

    Escape from ALCARAZ? BOOO!!!!

  • me14/06/2010 at 19:32

    Escape from ALCARAZ? BOOO!!!!

    :)

  • RG14/06/2010 at 19:32

    I didn't know Italians had other keepers

  • Lukeh14/06/2010 at 19:33

    I didn't know Italians had other keepers

    they could always get Toldo

    sure, he's about 41 now, but still

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:34

    My wife has baked me a cake... I feel better already...

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:35

    I didn't know Italians had other keepers

    they could always get Toldo

    sure, he's about 41 now, but still

    They could always get Pavarotti

    sure, he's dead now, but still...

  • RG14/06/2010 at 19:36

    Apparantly, Buffon has a muscle problem

  • Turkey Machine14/06/2010 at 19:37

    Apparantly, Buffon has a muscle problem

    He's afraid he'll have a spasm and drop the ball like Green.

  • Lukeh14/06/2010 at 19:39

    Italy #needsmorepirlo

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:39

    Italy #needsmorepirlo

    "Here's Pirlo now..."

  • me14/06/2010 at 19:39

    that would've been some finish

  • Lukeh14/06/2010 at 19:40

    "Here's Pirlo now..."

    That would be a miracle as he is slightly injured ;)

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:41

    "Here's Pirlo now..."

    That would be a miracle as he is slightly injured ;)

    Have you not noticed that on FIFA then? They always say that when he gets the ball...

  • me14/06/2010 at 19:41

    ooooooosh

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:41

    Paraguay is really menacing.

  • Lukeh14/06/2010 at 19:41

    Have you not noticed that on FIFA then? They always say that when he gets the ball...

    ooh, nope. I have not. I do notice 'The unmistakable Ronaldinho" on there though, every single time!

  • Lukeh14/06/2010 at 19:41

    Paraguay is really menacing.

    Fair play to them, giving italy a good run for their money

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:42

    Have you not noticed that on FIFA then? They always say that when he gets the ball...

    ooh, nope. I have not. I do notice 'The unmistakable Ronaldinho" on there though, every single time!

    Well that's a fair call with that hair and those teeth I spose...

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 19:45

    Crikey. That would have been a good first minute for him.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:46

    Yay for Paraguay's captain fantastic. :D

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:47

    Crikey. That would have been a good first minute for him.

    Camoranesi looks like Furio from the Sopranos: http://www.tlntv.com/sopranos/cast/castimgs/FurioGiunta-.jpg

  • Lukeh14/06/2010 at 19:49

    Italiaaaaaa!

  • Alison14/06/2010 at 19:49

    Awwww :(

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 19:49

    Goal!

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:49

    Oh man. Goal for Italy.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 19:49

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSS!!!!

  • RG14/06/2010 at 19:49

    Haha. Mick McCarthy 'The Paraguayans believe they can fully win this game'

    Literally 2 seconds later Italy score.

  • Lukeh14/06/2010 at 19:49

    Camoranesi looks like Furio from the Sopranos: http://www.tln...imgs/FurioGiunta-.jpg

    Looks like jarno trulli with a ponytail

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 19:49

    That is quite the bundle.

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 19:50

    Goalkeeper did the Superman

  • RG14/06/2010 at 19:50

    Keeper what are you doing there? Poor

  • Alison14/06/2010 at 19:51

    Goalkeeper did the Superman

    Not so super...

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:51

    Damn. I may have jinxed him. :(

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:55

    Finally! Roque Santa Cruz on.

  • RG14/06/2010 at 19:55

    Roque Santa Cruz, who I think has a worse club scoring record than Emile Heskey...

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:57

    Roque Santa Cruz, who I think has a worse club scoring record than Emile Heskey...

    Not nearly as bad for country though. Might turn out to be like Miroslav. Or not.

  • RG14/06/2010 at 19:58

    Not nearly as bad for country though. Might turn out to be like Miroslav. Or not.

    We'll find out when he gets Klose to scoring.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 19:59

    We'll find out when he gets Klose to scoring.

    :D

  • RG14/06/2010 at 20:01

    Italy goal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JGTfAPQ2UU&feature=player_embedded

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 20:01

    Roque Santa Cruz, who I think has a worse club scoring record than Emile Heskey...

    Not nearly as bad for country though. Might turn out to be like Miroslav. Or not.

    I remember when he was going to be the best striker on the planet just like Badoer was going to be world champion

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 20:02

    We'll find out when he gets Klose to scoring.

    Oooh. If only Giggles liked football :)

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 20:02

    Loving R5L commentators tonight...

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 20:03

    Do the players coming off get annoyed that they've been taken off?

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 20:03

    Do the players coming off get annoyed that they've been taken off?

    Cristiano Ronaldo does....

  • RG14/06/2010 at 20:03

    Do the players coming off get annoyed that they've been taken off?

    Some do, some just accept it, others, get angry.

  • Lukeh14/06/2010 at 20:03

    Do the players coming off get annoyed that they've been taken off?

    If your name is Wayne, yes

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 20:04

    Do the players coming off get annoyed that they've been taken off?

    Some of them get very upset and some just plain refuse to come off. Shirts have been thrown at managers in the past and water bottles have been know to be thrown/kicked

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 20:04

    Do the players coming off get annoyed that they've been taken off?

    If your name is Wayne, yes

    Wayne no like go off. Make Wayne angry.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 20:04

    Wayne no like go off. Make Wayne angry.

    :D

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 20:05

    Wayne no like go off. Make Wayne angry.

    Makes Wayne sound like a Gumby. THat's who he reminds me of. He is a Gumby

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 20:05

    Some of them get very upset and some just plain refuse to come off. Shirts have been thrown at managers in the past and water bottles have been know to be thrown/kicked

    I remember Fernando sulking quite badly when he was taken off during the euro final. After he scored the winning goal too.

  • me14/06/2010 at 20:05

    language!!

  • Lukeh14/06/2010 at 20:06

    language!!

    *hides eyes*

  • Lukeh14/06/2010 at 20:06

    Italy looks so much better this half.

  • RG14/06/2010 at 20:06

    Some of them get very upset and some just plain refuse to come off. Shirts have been thrown at managers in the past and water bottles have been know to be thrown/kicked

    I remember Hossam Ghaly, ex Spurs player. Had a tantrum.

    Few weeks later I think, under a new manager, he tried to bring him on, the fans never forgot what he had done when he threw the Spurs shirt and he had to scrap plans for that substitution. Never played again.

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 20:06

    Makes Wayne sound like a Gumby. THat's who he reminds me of. He is a Gumby

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIlKiRPSNGA

  • me14/06/2010 at 20:06

    it's getting v.exciting now. was a bit quiet for a while.

  • Lukeh14/06/2010 at 20:07

    it's getting v.exciting now. was a bit quiet for a while.

    both teams had a good pit stop strategy and it's played out well for the match

    #bestofbothworlds

  • Pat W14/06/2010 at 20:07

    it's getting v.exciting now. was a bit quiet for a while.

    It is? How do you tell? :)

  • Alison14/06/2010 at 20:07

    I love how that Italian guy lay on the floor for a while probably moaning. As soon as he realised the ref wasn't interested, he's sprung up and sprinted off. It's amazing.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 20:08

    both teams had a good pit stop strategy and it's played out well for the match

    :D

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 20:09

    both teams had a good pit stop strategy and it's played out well for the match

    Now they are hoping to make a last lap overtake

  • me14/06/2010 at 20:09

    ooooh, me likey

  • Pat W14/06/2010 at 20:10

    that was close

  • RG14/06/2010 at 20:10

    Lovely ball from Iaquinta

  • Lukeh14/06/2010 at 20:10

    I love camorenasi, such a typically italian player :)

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 20:11

    I love camorenasi, such a typically italian player :)

    I love how he went for that tackle even though he risked getting sent off...

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 20:12

    I love camorenasi, such a typically italian player :)

    I play FIFA like an Italian.

    "If you try-a go around-a me-a, I gonna foul you!"

  • RG14/06/2010 at 20:12

    Is it a bird... http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c71692/media/image/201006/phpsgSJ2rDeRossigoal3.jpg

  • Lukeh14/06/2010 at 20:12
  • RG14/06/2010 at 20:20

    1-1 then, interesting.

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 20:20

    Bad result for Italy

  • me14/06/2010 at 20:20

    italy aren't going to beat germany then are they?

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 20:20

    Full time: Italy 1 Paraguay 1

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 20:20

    1-1 then, interesting.

    None of my teams have won yet!

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 20:20

    italy aren't going to beat germany then are they?

    No way. :P

  • Lukeh14/06/2010 at 20:21

    I am disappointed at italy, boooooo

    (urns)

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 20:21

    italy aren't going to beat germany then are they?

    Nope.

    Early days yet though...

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 20:21

    italy aren't going to beat germany then are they?

    And Audi were not going to beat the Peugeots and McLaren's strategy was crazy

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 20:21

    None of my teams have won yet!

    Germany has done me really proud, South Africa did quite good and Spain hasn't played yet so I'm good.

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 20:22

    Because what else was Twitter made for? http://twitter.com/thevuvuzelahorn

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 20:22

    italy aren't going to beat germany then are they?

    And Audi were not going to beat the Peugeots and McLaren's strategy was crazy

    And no refueling means boring races ;)

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 20:22

    None of my teams have won yet!

    Germany has done me really proud, South Africa did quite good and Spain hasn't played yet so I'm good.

    Show off :P

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 20:22

    And Audi were not going to beat the Peugeots and McLaren's strategy was crazy

    There is crazy and there is lazy. I have no faith in Italy.

  • Lukeh14/06/2010 at 20:23

    Show off :P

    Team of the tournament so far are wales, they have lived up to my expectation of not qualifying.

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 20:23

    Because what else was Twitter made for? http://twitter.com/thevuvuzelahorn

    WHAT :D

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 20:23

    Because what else was Twitter made for? http://twitter.com/thevuvuzelahorn

    I prefer https://twitter.com/livevuvuzela

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 20:23

    Team of the tournament so far are wales, they have lived up to my expectation of not qualifying.

    Then my Russia is still in contention too? #sillydreams

  • RG14/06/2010 at 20:25

    Three howlers from keepers already, who'd be one?

    Oh.

  • Lukeh14/06/2010 at 20:25

    Then my Russia is still in contention too? #sillydreams

    As a great poet once said, "Dreams can come true". We must look to the likes of Gabrielle's wise words to keep hope.

  • Christine14/06/2010 at 20:27

    I prefer https://twitter.com/livevuvuzela

    Ooh, yes, much better.

  • Steven Roy14/06/2010 at 20:29

    There are quite a few vuvuzela accounts. Some are not sidepodcastfriendly in their language though

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 20:30

    BBC confirming there that the Danes are boring and don't care about the World Cup.

    AND STOP SMILING SIMON POULSEN YOU ***

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 20:32

    BBC confirming there that the Danes are boring and don't care about the World Cup.

    ...

    AND STOP SMILING SIMON POULSEN YOU ***

    He can't help it. That goal was funnily conceded.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 20:33

    BBC confirming there that the Danes are boring and don't care about the World Cup.

    ...

    Sorry, I'm just a bit disappointed at the lack of passion for the tournament over here.

  • Alison14/06/2010 at 20:34

    Sorry, I'm just a bit disappointed at the lack of passion for the tournament over here.

    Why?

  • Marilene Riddle14/06/2010 at 20:34

    Sorry, I'm just a bit disappointed at the lack of passion for the tournament over here.

    My country will never have a chance at the world cup and yet I am still forking out 90 bucks to watch it. we Singaporeans are football-mad.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 20:35

    Sorry, I'm just a bit disappointed at the lack of passion for the tournament over here.

    Why?

    Because they just don't care. They make no effort to see the game, support the team or enjoy the tournament. It may as well not be happening here.

    It seems that only the foreigners here care for it all...

  • Alison14/06/2010 at 20:39

    Because they just don't care. They make no effort to see the game, support the team or enjoy the tournament. It may as well not be happening here.

    It doesn't really bother me. Nationalism goes a bit over my head.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 20:41

    Because they just don't care. They make no effort to see the game, support the team or enjoy the tournament. It may as well not be happening here.

    It doesn't really bother me. Nationalism goes a bit over my head.

    I don't mean nationalism... but they don't care for their own team and made no effort to watch it today because they think the team are rubbish and have no chance.

    Do you think other countries are like that?

  • Alison14/06/2010 at 20:42

    Do you think other countries are like that?

    Haha I wish this country was a bit more that way inclined :D

    Probably not. Most European countries at least seem crazily enthusiastic.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 20:43

    Do you think other countries are like that?

    Haha I wish this country was a bit more that way inclined :D

    Probably not. Most European countries at least seem crazily enthusiastic.

    I think England takes it too far, but Denmark not far enough ;)

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 20:50

    I think I just realised the point of South Africa hosting the World Cup. Well done BBC!

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 20:53

    Aww BBC not feeling the love for the All Whites :(

  • RG14/06/2010 at 20:54

    Aww BBC not feeling the love for the All Whites :(

    Not many are

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 21:02

    Aww Colin ;)

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 21:11

    Aww BBC not feeling the love for the All Whites :(

    Not many are

    Long ranty response I am afraid.

  • RG14/06/2010 at 21:11

    Long ranty response I am afraid.

    More than welcome.

  • RubberGoat14/06/2010 at 21:33

    BBC are really mean :(