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June 26th, 2006


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06:37 pm - Alas ...
One-nil to Italy, with a truly last-gasp effort and, dare I say it, a dive that was better suited to a springboard than a football pitch.

There's a perception that the Aussies haven't had a "fair go" from the referees over here, possibly because Australia isn't rated as a serious football nation. (Oddly enough, Australian fencers (in foil and sabre, at least) appear to have encountered similar problems when fencing in big European competitions). Now, it's quite possible that the burst of enthusiasm for football (currently the fifth-most popular sport in Oz) from this World Cup will quickly fade, but if it doesn't, I think that in 10-15 years time, we'll see an Australian team in the top 4, if not better. Australia has the "raw material" and the passion for sport that could turn them into one of the leading football nations ... one day.
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed

(8 touches | En garde !)

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From:swisstone
Date:June 26th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
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They should find a way to stop Croatia nicking their best players, though.
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From:dmw
Date:June 27th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
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Too be fair, half-a-dozen players on "our" side were also Croatian, so it's all a bit swops really.
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From:iosef
Date:June 26th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
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I wish a certain striker would stop thinking he is Pele and going for the big over-head kick. He did it in all 4 games, and missed every single time.
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From:haloumi
Date:June 27th, 2006 12:02 am (UTC)
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Given that Kewell has gout, it may just be that a certain striker has a painful and sudden back spasm problem...

Must be embarassing at parties.
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From:haloumi
Date:June 27th, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)
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While I think that the tackle was at the very least slightly dodgy, I'm pretty well convinced that had it not happened Italy were very well placed to score regardless.

I'll have to look again in the replays (because it was 2 fricking 30 by the time it wrapped up) but Italy looked very menacing on that final run and I think that the defender made a questionable tackle out of desperation. Had he actually kicked the ball... oh, how different things would have been.

We can only hope that next World Cup we can (a) make it in and (b) at least do this well.
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From:hnpcc
Date:June 27th, 2006 08:52 am (UTC)
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I think that the defender made a questionable tackle out of desperation.

Having just watched the replay, I think it was a dodgy decision. The Italian guy tried to leap over the Australian, who was already down as he'd buggered the tackle, and then tripped on his shoulder. There was no effort on the Australian's part to trip him, he was too busy thumping on the ground. As far as I know being unable to go around someone or jump over them successfully isn't cause for a bloody penalty.

Meh.

Italy looked very menacing on that final run

Yeah, I agree with you on that. I tend to think the result probably would have been the same, and it's still better than going out on a penalty shoot out. Just.

Oh well. 2010 here we come.
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From:dmw
Date:June 27th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
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heh. like south australian's fencing in nsw...

i'm still mad about the reffing in germany-tunisia!
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From:hnpcc
Date:June 27th, 2006 09:00 am (UTC)
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There's a perception that the Aussies haven't had a "fair go" from the referees over here, possibly because Australia isn't rated as a serious football nation.

That's been brought up here too, most notably in an opinion piece in today's Age (I'd link but my browser hates their website and I can't see half of it.)

The number of fouls awarded against "old" footballing vs "new" footballing nations is quite unequal, even allowing for some skills bias. But not much skills bias - this is the World Cup after all, and everyone fought hard to get there. The stats are interesting though, and being Australian the author is making the case for a second ref and/or video umpiring. Heh.

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