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AJohnston_22
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posted 20 April 2004 02:35 PM      Profile for AJohnston_22   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Although right now Canada is going crazy over the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, There is one sport that unites not just one country but the world, and does not get enough respect in this country and that is the game of soccer


There are many reasons. For one soccer is a game of grit, technical skill that is unmatched by any other sport (yes even hockey). The goals scored in the "beautiful game" is like like a masterpiece of art work. The saves by goalkeepers are surreal to watch.

Soccer is without a doubt one of the hardest sports to comeback and win either a game or a two game aggregete series (more info about how aggregate works go to www.uefa.com) Many examples include Manchester United's last gasp comeback win in the 1999 UEFA champions league final over Bayern Munich to win 2-1 in extra time. That was amazing.

Or how about this past January when Tottenham Hotspur played Manchester City in an FA cup replay. During the game Manchester City was losing 3-0 and down to ten men after the first half. Sound like Tottenham was going to blow them out of the water in the second half right. WRONG! Manchester City FC came back to win the game 4-3 WITH TEN MEN!! Absolutely Sensational comeback.

But nothing compares to the recent comeback that Spain's Deportivo La Courna did against AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League two leg aggregate quarter final. After the first leg in Milan, AC Milan was leading 4-1. Kiss Deportivo's chances good bye. Well, guess again!! In the Second leg at the Riazor (Depor's home stadia) Deportivo thrashed AC Milan 4-0 Count that 4-0 to win the aggregate Series 5-4. Who will ever forget that!

And lastly, which brings me to the last point and the most poignant reason why I wrote this post, Soccer (futbol, Futebol, Voetball, what ever you want to call it) Is the only sport in the world that binds us together. This game is practically played everywhere on every green surface on the earth. You cannot say that about hockey.

We have seen old hated international rivals square off against each other peacefully. Remember the 1998 World Cup in France when Iran played the United States of America. Iran won that game, but for the fact that these two teams played peacefully, showed respect to each other on the pitch, as well as the fans of both teams did not fight against one another.

As well a day after 9/11, team members of the Rio De Janeiro Brazil based team Vasco Da Gama wored shirts saying "Paz" which means peace.

As well what else is great about the beautiful game is that a poor country (ie Latin America or Africa) has a good shot of beating the rich countries (North America, Europe) any given day.

Yea sure, soccer does have it's problems with hooligans, violent fans, and Sepp Blatter (The FIFA president who is considering having penalty boxes in soccer, which is an assinine idea) but the good things that come from soccer outweigh all the bad things of this game by at least one hundred times.

So as the biggest summer in sports (the Euro 2004 and Copa America Soccer championships, the Summer Olympics and the World Cup of Hockey) coming and in the midst of the NHL playoffs, let us remember, that while hockey may unite Canada, Soccer is the game that unites the world.


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Tommy Shanks
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posted 20 April 2004 03:28 PM      Profile for Tommy Shanks     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah but its boring, boring, boring albeit interrupted by the frequent faked injury. Who was that jackass from Brazil who got hit in the leg with a lightly kicked ball and clutched his head as if he was JFK in Dealey Plaza.

Lets see, hmmm, what else does soccer offer. Hooligans, dead fans (Hillsborough, South Africa, Ghana, http://www.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/africa/05/09/soccer.chronology/), racist chants, fires in the stands, riots, murdered goalies, and consistent scores. (90% of games are 1-nil, 1-1, 2-1,or 2-0 (whats the deal with nil? what is this tennis?).

Soccer sure unites the world.


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posted 20 April 2004 03:37 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I presume that babblers know that Diego Maradona is now in critical condition, in intensive care. Sad to see someone who rose from such dire poverty become so utterly self-destructive. Kind of like Elvis in that regard. I listened to the news on the RAI from Italy - huge news there and in Argentina, and in many other countries.
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Tommy Shanks
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posted 20 April 2004 03:45 PM      Profile for Tommy Shanks     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I wonder what the English press will make of his situation. How many headlines will include some play on "..the hand of God..".

I'm just too lazy to look.

Oh, oh, oh, I remembred another pithy quote, something along these lines when England lost to Germany in a World Cup back in the 80's or early 90's. Some wag wrote, to paraphrase;

"Germany yesterday beat us at our national game. No mind, twice this century we beat them at theirs."

Classy


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Stephen Gordon
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posted 20 April 2004 03:45 PM      Profile for Stephen Gordon        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
One of my favourite lines from the late, lamented series "Sports Night":

'On tonight's show, we have the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, and - because we have soccer highlights - the utter pointlessness of a 0-0 tie'


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Mr. Magoo
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posted 20 April 2004 03:57 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Anyone see the King of the Hill in which soccer-mania took over Arlen? My fave line from the touchy-feely eunuch soccer coach: "No need to make the other team feel bad go for the tie!!"
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posted 20 April 2004 03:58 PM      Profile for paxamillion   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by lagatta:
I presume that babblers know that Diego Maradona is now in critical condition, in intensive care.

Cardiomyopathy and blood pressure problems. He's been in rehab. Shame.


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Tommy Shanks
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posted 20 April 2004 04:29 PM      Profile for Tommy Shanks     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You know soccer should be more popular in NA with just about every ankle-biter playing it when they are tots.

I guess most simply grow out of by the time they're 12.

Oh and Monty Python's spoof on philosophers playing is still a hoot.


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Marc
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posted 20 April 2004 04:30 PM      Profile for Marc     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Soccer = Worst sport ever.
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posted 20 April 2004 04:33 PM      Profile for paxamillion   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Marc:
Soccer = Worst sport ever.

Sorry. That would be professional wrestling.


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Tommy Shanks
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posted 20 April 2004 04:36 PM      Profile for Tommy Shanks     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hey, thats a self-admitted non-sport.

So soccer deserves some votes along with elephant-polo, swamp-buggy racing, and team handball. Oh and race walking.


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AJohnston_22
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posted 20 April 2004 04:37 PM      Profile for AJohnston_22   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Worst sport in the world= Cricket

I cant figure that one out. Someone explain to me how Cricket Works


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posted 20 April 2004 04:43 PM      Profile for verbatim   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Marc:
Soccer = Worst sport ever.

I take it you've never watched a Cricket test match, then? Or Golf?

And I agree that if Professional Wrestling is a sport, then so is Musical Theatre.


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Marc
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posted 20 April 2004 04:56 PM      Profile for Marc     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
I take it you've never watched a Cricket test match, then? Or Golf?
I have watched golf...it's boring but I still like soccer less. I haven't watched Cricket though.

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Mr. Magoo
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posted 20 April 2004 05:13 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Anyone remember Balkan Dirt Diving?
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Michelle
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posted 20 April 2004 05:32 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Scout can explain to you how cricket works. I heard her explain it so well once. I think it's her favorite sport, isn't it, Scout?

Anyone remember the Simpson's episode about soccer, where they showed five players on the field, standing still, kicking the ball back and forth to each other while the people in the audience sit frozen, gaping at them out of pure boredom? Although I love soccer, I have to admit I laughed at that little parody.

Seriously though, how can anyone think soccer is boring? It's so great! Sure, there are fake injuries sometimes, but hell, look at hockey, you see that all the time there too.

As for the scores - well what do you think it is, basketball? And they're not always 1-0 or 1-1. There was a game during the the last world cup where Germany kicked Saudi Arabia's butt for them to the tune of 8-0!


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Black Dog
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posted 20 April 2004 05:38 PM      Profile for Black Dog   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Soccer = Worst sport ever

Yeah, what with all the boring 0-0, 1-1, 1-0 games. Give me the NHL with its 0-0, 1-1, 1-0 games anyday.

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Michelle
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posted 20 April 2004 05:49 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was going to say that, but I figured if I did, people would come up with 20 examples of 3-1, 4-2, and 4-1 type scores.
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Black Dog
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posted 20 April 2004 05:55 PM      Profile for Black Dog   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Michelle:
I was going to say that, but I figured if I did, people would come up with 20 examples of 3-1, 4-2, and 4-1 type scores.

Soccer has those too.

It bugs me when people use soccer's low scoring as an indicator of its boringness. But when played at a high level, it's a very exciting, fast-paced sport. Certainly, it's way more exciting than baseball and *barf* basketball.


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posted 20 April 2004 07:01 PM      Profile for Jacob Two-Two     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The low scoring is exactly what I find exciting about football and hockey.There's so much back-and-forth, so many tries on goal but very few successes. It's very tense and when someone scores it's a big deal. Basketball, on the other hand, is very boring to me. Basket after basket after basket. Swoosh, swoosh, swoosh. It's hard to be excited as the points mean so little. Wake me when it's over and let me know who won.
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posted 20 April 2004 07:10 PM      Profile for swallow     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've always been bewildered by the North American hostility and contempt for football/soccer. It's almost like a visceral anger at others for being different: "How dare the rest of the world like soccer? It's boring! Let's bomb 'em!"
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posted 20 April 2004 07:32 PM      Profile for xrcrguy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
One reason why football is so popular around the world is that it is an inexpensive sport to play, all you need is a ball.
If you look in many impoverished regions, in Canada and around the world, you'll probably find football to be a quite popular sport. As a Canadian example I would present Newfounland as an example of how prolific soccer is. At least in the outport areas that I am familiar with.
A socialist sport if I ever saw one.

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posted 20 April 2004 07:44 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
what if we grew up in a north america where the best-ever baseball team was the quality of double-A? would there really be the mystique around the world series, bull durham, "hit the cover off the ball, roy!", of course not.

men's pro soccer in north america simply isn't very good. it's not the best in the world (as opposed to the NFL, the NBA, the NHL and baseball, which are), so why would there be an overwhelming interest in it? toronto, with its portuguese celebrations at queen and ossington, as well as italians and other world minorities, is the exception, not the rule.

US women's pro soccer, on the other hand, is the best in the world, but it doesn't have a multi-million dollar TV contract (cough sexism cough).

tonight, i watched monaco play chelsea (semi-final of the european inter-club competition called "the champions league"), and it was amazing! monaco were down to 10 men (hockey translation: 5 on 4 for chelsea for half the match), and monaco won 3-1!


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posted 20 April 2004 09:02 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A couple of years ago, I wrote this column on the subject:

Soccer: Canada's national sport


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posted 20 April 2004 09:09 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Five year-old "herd and run after the ball" technique. Hee hee hee. So true! Last summer when my son (4 years old at the time) played soccer - that is, when he wasn't wandering around the field looking up at the sky, playing with the netting at the goal, wandering to the sidelines and picking the grass, etc. - that's the exact technique. Every kid in the whole field running behind the kid with the ball.

"Go the OTHER way! To the OTHER net! Atta boy!"

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