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Brasil looks like a shoe-in...Djudd
Jun 26, 2002 6:23 PM
Ronaldinho is back, Ballack is out, Germany has no sure goal scorers, what more needs to be said. The real story of this World Cup is the horrible officiating. Any game that has more than 5 or 6 carded players is poorly officiated. Several in the finals tournament had nine or more carded players. Taking Ballack out of the final for second yellow is ridiculous, bad for the game. The uncalled handball on Germany in the U.S. game, shameful. FIFA needs new blood, I hope the rise of African and Asian countries and the U.S. will rejuvenate the game and get better officials trained.
you never know .... remember last world cup....Spirito
Jun 26, 2002 7:50 PM
strange things can happen. i still wonder at what happened 4 years ago and what really went down. something seems amiss and no-one has anything to say. but anyway - i really want brasil to win.

i think its time roberto carlos actually played to his potential - if he does he is the best player in the world. he can do it all but has been fairly low key all tournament. c'mon roberto...

officiating - im not surprised. the teams play for 3 1/3 years to get here then the officials are chosen so they evenly represent the world. thats crap. the officials should be taken from the most intense league's only where week in week out they are under intense pressure to perform and under scrutiny. sorry but linesman and such from Trinidad or referee's from Switzerland doesn't seem very professional to me - how big are their credentials - not very. those league's are all but non-existent in the world stage as all the best players mostly end up leaving to go to the premier football league's and that where the best officials are.

brasil 3 - germany 1

i really think miroslav klose needs a new hairdresser - im sure he listens to dire straits, and bruce springsteen. as a matter of fact im sure oliver kahn is a darling and favorite of all the sports bar's here in chelsea NYC. he looks like a tom of finland character. germany are such an odd looking bunch.


This German team is shallow, no libero ...Djudd
Jun 26, 2002 8:23 PM
I've never seen the Germans like this. No Matthaus or Klinsmann or Rumenigge. No push from the back. Brasil will eat them alive. The only thing that can save them is the officials
you are absolutely rightcolker
Jun 27, 2002 4:23 AM
never sing victory tunes before time. what happened 4yrs ago... will we ever know? it's an intense mistery..
in 1950's brasil lost the world cup to a weaker uruguay playing home in maracanã. one of the biggest brasilian tragedies (we don't have wars).
germany is strong no matter how weak it's players. having the game in hot, far away, humid south korea is a plus for brasil though.
roberto carlos never really shined in world cup campaigns as muuch as he plays in spain.
Is this the cynics corner today?? ok, i'm in....128
Jun 27, 2002 6:34 AM
See: "Bad Sports" article. nm128
Jun 27, 2002 6:36 AM
with "supporters" like thse they have won alreadySpirito
Jun 27, 2002 1:54 PM
talk about beating the germans at their own game...