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Re: World Cup and European leagues
« Reply #930 on: August 14, 2007, 09:50:32 am »
That Gerrard goal was a beauty.   

How about Martins' first goal for Newcastle?  Not a bad way to get the season started.
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Re: World Cup and European leagues
« Reply #931 on: August 16, 2007, 04:40:04 pm »
Just ordered tickets for the US/ Brazil match on Sept 9th at Soldier Field.   It's being played on a FIFA date, which means all clubs must release their players. Here's hoping for two full squads.
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« Reply #932 on: August 17, 2007, 08:16:47 am »

I guess Freddy Adu is going to get some serious run at Benefica.  Here's hoping he makes the most of it.
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Re: World Cup and European leagues
« Reply #933 on: August 17, 2007, 08:37:20 am »
Funny quote from Derby's manager:

"Benny is a player we have been tracking for something like a year, and I think we got him out of Hamburg just in time - because after another six months the really big clubs would have been interested. He can play anywhere in midfield - left, right or in the middle - and he has a goal in him.

One thing he certainly does not lack is confidence - he is American."


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« Reply #934 on: August 17, 2007, 10:21:14 am »


Man, the Americans are really invading the big leagues now.  That's a great move for the future of our international team.
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Re: World Cup and European leagues
« Reply #935 on: August 20, 2007, 01:57:58 pm »
So, what are the chances Jose Mourihno complains about the favorable officiating Liverpool get from the referees this season.  ::) :D


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Re: World Cup and European leagues
« Reply #936 on: August 20, 2007, 02:46:16 pm »
That  was a laughable call. The annoouncers couldn't believe it.   There were some nasty challenges in that game.
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Re: World Cup and European leagues
« Reply #937 on: August 20, 2007, 03:14:01 pm »


The ref was suspended for his performance in that match, pending review.
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Re: World Cup and European leagues
« Reply #938 on: August 20, 2007, 06:15:27 pm »
I'm writing from London now--saw the highlights on "Match of the Day" last night.   The Manchester Derby was the first game shown--who'd-a thunk Sven would rise from the ashes so quickly?

The Gerrard-to-Torres goal was a thing of beauty.  The announcers called it a "clever goal," and it was indeed that. 

The penalty call was truly egregious--Malouda got under Finnan.  Whatever contact there was, was intiated by the Chelsea player.  Then the ref waved a yellow card with Essian (who had already been booked) in his face, but later explained that it was for John Terry (who had also already been booked).  And yet neither was sent off.  He seemed to be saying that it was a sort of reminder for Terry. 

At any rate, I'm not reading anything about the ref's suspension for this weekend being subject to review.  The story is he's expected to apologize to Rafa.

There was an even more egregious officiating error in Saturday's Middlesbrough-Fulham match.  With Fulham down 2-1, a linesman ruled that the ball had not crossed the line for a Fulham equalizer late in the game.  Yet it was clear, even with a bad camera angle, that there was space between the ball and the line.  That linesman has also been suspended for one game.

Time to consider TV review, I think.
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Re: World Cup and European leagues
« Reply #939 on: August 20, 2007, 07:18:41 pm »
Time to consider TV review, I think.

They'd only do it for goals, though, you think?  I can't imagine they'd stop play to check on fouls and offsides, nor do I think I want them to.
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Re: World Cup and European leagues
« Reply #940 on: August 20, 2007, 08:10:24 pm »
Maybe add 'cards' to goals - in both cases there is plenty enough stoppage time to make sure it's right.  And on goals, I'd hope they would check the lead up as well as the goal itself - this season I've already seen at least 4 goals that I'm almost positive should have been disallowed due to offsides (and at least 3 would have been against the team I was rooting for, so that's not just sour grapes!).

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Re: World Cup and European leagues
« Reply #941 on: August 21, 2007, 02:33:28 am »
Good points about not over-using TV review.  It's being discussed all over the London Press as in this article:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/606/A26112647

I think I'd go for review of:  goals, straight red cards, and second yellows.  I would hate to lose the "play on" for fouls (as a matter of fact, I've thought that would improve basketball but that's another conversation).  I'm still thinking about whether one of the managers should have to request the review, or whether an off-pitch official could do so.

Other points noted over the weekend:  the loss of Brian McBride for months due to a dislocated knee (he put in a goal, totally marked and untouched, and just collapsed), and the really poor play of Carlos Tevez, as noted in the BBC piece above.  Which is the real Tevez?

On the Three Lions front, Steven Gerrard, Owen Hargraves, and Darren Bent are all out for the friendly with Germany due to injury.
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Re: World Cup and European leagues
« Reply #942 on: August 21, 2007, 04:54:27 am »
I left out the obvious other situation for review:  penalties. There's not always a card given when a penalty is awarded.
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Re: World Cup and European leagues
« Reply #943 on: August 21, 2007, 08:24:55 am »
the loss of Brian McBride for months due to a dislocated knee (he put in a goal, totally marked and untouched, and just collapsed),

He is like 48% metal, maybe he got left out in the rain?


The limited coach's challenge has worked pretty well for the NFL.  Perhaps if they did every goal, like the NHL does and then allow one challenge per half for each coach on other plays?
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Re: World Cup and European leagues
« Reply #944 on: August 23, 2007, 12:14:14 pm »
Even though the U.S national team lost yesterday (for the fourth time in a row) in their exhibition game against Sweden, i am almost confident that they will be back in full game mode once the MLS season is over. There is no doubt that this team will bounce back, even after their tough Copa America experience, the boys will be more ready to produce wins.
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