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Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup

Reply #30
You’re joking, but soccer fanatics aren’t. I remember reading an article by Craig Foster who proposed that the other football codes should identify elite juniors who would excel at soccer and convince them to play soccer. He reasoned that as soccer is played internationally, the Socceroos needed elite talent to compete on the world stage while the AFL and NRL were domestic leagues whose teams would share the leftovers equally and spectators wouldn’t notice the difference as the clubs would still be competitive! He didn’t mention how juniors would be persuaded; are cattle prods legal at the junior level?
Why play Soccer when you can play a better game in Aussie Rules? You don't have to go overseas to be successful. As for the game, well half of the world cup games so far have had neither side scoring. That is supposed to be interesting?

It is a good thing that the best athlete here don't play soccer.
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Reply #31
Great effort by our aussies.

Still alive and if France do what they should do and beat or draw with Denmark then we only need a draw against Denmark and we are thru.

Matt Ryan 3 votes for me.

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Reply #32
Why play Soccer when you can play a better game in Aussie Rules? You don't have to go overseas to be successful. As for the game, well half of the world cup games so far have had neither side scoring. That is supposed to be interesting?

It is a good thing that the best athlete here don't play soccer.

Well you can earn millions and not get brain damage.
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Reply #33
Great effort by our aussies.

Still alive and if France do what they should do and beat or draw with Denmark then we only need a draw against Denmark and we are thru.

Matt Ryan 3 votes for me.
I thought he and Behich split the BOG. The giant defender Souttar was pretty solid also, stopped a couple of certain goals.
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Reply #34
Foster is delusional.  He was a good player, but as a media commentator he drives me absolutely nuts.

Regarding trying to attract talent, they are all fair game and open to all sports.  From memory, players like Marc Murphy were lured out of cricket and Pendlebury was lured out of other Basketball at AIS level, so I don't think its fair to single any one sport out for doing this over any other. 

Thing is, these sports can be played concurrently, whilst at junior level the AFL and Soccer seasons run at the same time, so they have to make a choice as a child which is where that conversation probably comes from.

Thing is, the point is valid.  The better athletes here don't play soccer.  Thats probably where he was coming from, and thats about the end of that conversation.
Pendlebury wasn't going to make it at NBA, Euroleague level where the money is and NBL is 50-70k a year money for a Joe average player.
Kids usually play what they enjoy then have to make career decisions quickly when it comes to sports and the money on  offer would sway many as well as the ability to play in Aus and not have to move overseas.

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Reply #35
Foster is delusional.  He was a good player, but as a media commentator he drives me absolutely nuts.

Regarding trying to attract talent, they are all fair game and open to all sports.  From memory, players like Marc Murphy were lured out of cricket and Pendlebury was lured out of other Basketball at AIS level, so I don't think its fair to single any one sport out for doing this over any other. 

Thing is, these sports can be played concurrently, whilst at junior level the AFL and Soccer seasons run at the same time, so they have to make a choice as a child which is where that conversation probably comes from.

Thing is, the point is valid.  The better athletes here don't play soccer.  Thats probably where he was coming from, and thats about the end of that conversation.
Foster is your typical sports commentator who flips and flops depending on results. Post France Australia was terrible and Arnold had to go. Post Tunisia, Australia can win the World Cup. The commentator that has impressed me the most is Harry Kewell. His commentary was bang on BEFORE both Socceroos games, both played out exactly per his commentary.
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2023- "Raise the Standard" - M. Voss Another year wasted Bar Set
2024-Back to the drawing boardNo excuses, its time

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Reply #36
Tunisia are on our level which is not very good. Denmark are better than us but anything can happen in soccer. 
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Reply #37
Well you can earn millions and not get brain damage.
I was just getting interested in the World Cup this year until last nights game.

Then I saw a series of bogus injury claims / dives and it lost me again, that and the stupidity of the statements from the commentators.

FFS, two players get medi-escorted of for "acts of bravery", bordering on being victims of physical assault if you believe the adjectives from the commentary. But the video slow motion replay shows no contact at all with the surfaces the players claim are impacted / injured. This is a reframing of reality that makes Adam Goodes look like a moderate!
 
It's sooky lying cheating crap from soft as butter prima-donna's and not worth anybody's time to watch. They aren't A-Grade sportspeople, they are A-Grade conmen making millions or even billions with a lie!
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Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup

Reply #38
I was just getting interested in the World Cup this year until last nights game.

Then I saw a series of bogus injury claims / dives and it lost me again, that and the stupidity of the statements from the commentators.

FFS, two players get medi-escorted of for "acts of bravery", bordering on being victims of physical assault if you believe the adjectives from the commentary. But the video slow motion replay shows no contact at all with the surfaces the players claim are impacted / injured. This is a reframing of reality that makes Adam Goodes look like a moderate!
 
It's sooky lying cheating crap from soft as butter prima-donna's and not worth anybody's time to watch. They aren't A-Grade sportspeople, they are A-Grade conmen making millions or even billions with a lie!

The way some soccer players carry on, you'd think they are in a scripted wrestling match. But even the hits they (accidentally) get have a lot less carry on than the soccer blokes. I can't take it seriously.

Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup

Reply #39
When they don't roll around its usually an indicator that they're actually hurt.
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Reply #40
When they don't roll around its usually an indicator that they're actually hurt.
The Saudi bloke who collided with his Goalkeepers knee didn't get up I tell ya. Was out cold, reportedly taken to hospital and deteriorated into critical condition. Saudi leaders transferred him to Germany by private jet for specialised treatment. I hate the death rolls more than the next bloke, I think they are tactics to milk a free, stop a run and/or waste time. Officials should stamp it out by giving red cards.
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2021-Pi$$ or get off the pot
2022- Real Deal or more of the same? 0.6%
2023- "Raise the Standard" - M. Voss Another year wasted Bar Set
2024-Back to the drawing boardNo excuses, its time

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Reply #41
Stop focusing on the fact they roll around and you'll realise they are actually being fouled and keeping your feet in those situations is a disadvantage.

Set pieces are valuable and a lot of it is about swinging momentum.

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Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup

Reply #42
Stop focusing on the fact they roll around and you'll realise they are actually being fouled and keeping your feet in those situations is a disadvantage.

Set pieces are valuable and a lot of it is about swinging momentum.

If you did the same thing in AFL, you'd get reported for staging.

Half the time the 'foul' has daylight between players and a stretcher is still required. I don't care how useful it is to your team, i can't stand it and i won't watch it because of it.

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Reply #43
Stop focusing on the fact they roll around and you'll realise they are actually being fouled and keeping your feet in those situations is a disadvantage.

Set pieces are valuable and a lot of it is about swinging momentum.


Thry its a disgrace of a spectacle though, its hard not focus on it. I realise its largely a non contact game but the slightest bit of contact and they go down like a bag of spuds, for me its embarrassing.
2017-16th
2018-Wooden Spoon
2019-16th
2020-dare to dream? 11th is better than last I suppose
2021-Pi$$ or get off the pot
2022- Real Deal or more of the same? 0.6%
2023- "Raise the Standard" - M. Voss Another year wasted Bar Set
2024-Back to the drawing boardNo excuses, its time

Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup

Reply #44
If you did the same thing in AFL, you'd get reported for staging.

Half the time the 'foul' has daylight between players and a stretcher is still required. I don't care how useful it is to your team, i can't stand it and i won't watch it because of it.

Kruddler you can whinge about it all you like, and the sport doesn't care if you watch it.

Let's see how Jack ginnivan gets his frees for the rest of his career and revisit shall we?
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