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World Cup 2014. by tucsonmike on 13 June 2014 3:13pm
Who's watching?
Re: World Cup 2014. by Ken Dunn on 15 June 2014 5:34pm
I'm watching some of it but I'm not totally engrossed like some supporters. I have seen some excellent football, even by the losing teams.
Re: World Cup 2014. by tucsonmike on 16 June 2014 9:09pm
Ken, I watched the first half of the Croatia-Brazil match. I am just watching, for the beauty of the game, more than anything else.
Re: World Cup 2014. by Lounge Trekker on 18 June 2014 10:41pm
Yeah, it is a beautiful game if it weren't for the diving. The rules give too much emphasis to the calls of the referee that were made from his perspective on the field: sweat in his eyes; involving guys running faster than he ever could with embellishment polutting the whole sport. Histrionics is the lowest level of poor sportsmanship. Time for a change:

* Graduated penalties could be reviewed by a television match official. If it is very serious he goes to the spot they use now; virtual guarantee of a goal.

* If it is seen as not as serious, a timed penalty in the bin is called, or a shot given from 15 or 20 or 30 metres, then play continues. A goal is restarted from centre, if it gets away from the keeper, it is in play.

* If it is seen as a dive...it is reversed and the other side gets the graduated penalty shot.

This will do a few things. It will reduce the game changing implications of a penalty shot and eliminate diving. It will give both sides a breather allowing the game to continue with even more rigour. The sport will be using technology most other sports use at the world class level.

Sure, millions of people think 'their' game should remain unchanged. Yeah, then they can have it. We watch 90 minutes of very good skill being displayed hoping for the exceptional...only to have the game decided with one good or bad call.

Some excellent football for sure, but sometimes I'd rather watch rugby, racing, grass growing...
Re: World Cup 2014. by Lounge Trekker on 20 June 2014 5:17pm
I still watch a little because it is the best tournament. Too many teams with no chance, but a profit must be made.

Spain's bad actors looked very bad. They usually look bad and win, but not this time! Australia were wonderful to watch. No crap, just straight ahead, stop us if you can. Nederlands looked pretty good with little acting...two seconds of lack of attention and they score two and win. Robben's goal was just all Ayen Robben. The Algerian ref was great.

England got beat by a very good Uruguayan side who wanted to win. Suarez and Cavatina (close?) were excellent. Credit to England for just playing; no crybaby stuff. Sturridge was the best on either side.
Re: World Cup 2014. by tucsonmike on 22 June 2014 4:24am
Watched Germany and Ghana today. I always enjoy it. Tomorrow USA and Portugal.
Re: World Cup 2014. by Lounge Trekker on 24 June 2014 3:41pm
edit Tuesday 24 06 12:46

USA - Portugal was a fun match. Dissapointing last minute, but USA showed how integrity, pride and honour shines in the face of the poor sportsmanship displayed by anyone who dives, embellishes or feigns injury.

I'm told MLS wants to eradicate this behaviour, but FIFA has been unable or unwilling to improve the game through simple rule changes. I'm also told that an MLS player who gets too many yellows or decieves officials is forced to pay a significant fine, but to be eligible for World Cup the league is compelled to use FIFA rules on the field.

No patience to find it, but I'm told that a rule change requires unanimity when FIFA is considering it...all 209 member associations must agree. No wonder the game is where it is.
Re: World Cup 2014. by Lounge Trekker on 27 June 2014 5:05pm
Oh, good, I can watch some tennis where nobody lays on the grass and howls. Or not since McEnroe anyway.
Re: World Cup 2014. by Lounge Trekker on 5 July 2014 4:57am
It is dissapointing to see young Neymar Jr taken out of the competition. This game had no diving, the guys that fell from both sides were hacked down. Do I blame the players that committed the fouls? Not really. Do I blame the referee for not calling them? Not really. The problem is the enforcement of the rules is so harsh that the referee didn't want to affect the outcome of the game or force an otherwise great player to face a ban from the next game. In the long run, video replays will eliminate this problem.

Time for FIFA to change their constitution to allow them to update their rules.
Re: World Cup 2014. by tucsonmike on 6 July 2014 12:13am
Need to balance severity of fouls with them determining a game @ this stage. Just finished watching the Netherlands-Costa Rica game. Wow!
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