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All you need to know about soccer
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billybrobby



Joined: 09 Dec 2004

PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2005 8:54 pm    Post subject: All you need to know about soccer Reply with quote

Maybe you've seen this before, but it's a pretty funny column about soccer:

http://www.bigheadbadhair.com/soccer.htm

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I prefer to categorize soccer not as a sport but an activity involving sports equiptment. Like Jazzersize or Butt¡¯s Up. I say that because two years ago I witnessed a soccer game between North and South Korea, two nations that are not only intense rivals but, technically speaking, still at war. This, I thought beforehand, would be pretty good.
That, I thought afterwards, really sucked.
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Swiss James



Joined: 26 Nov 2003
Location: Shanghai

PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2005 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some goon wrote:
Soccer sucks and that¡¯s the end of it. I hate soccer, I hate soccer fan, I hate soccer player. Call it fooseball, call it football, call it soccer, call it unprotected sex, if it involves kicking a ball back and forth with no real objective it¡¯s not fun. I¡¯m an American.


He really didn't need to add that bit at the end.
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on_me_head_son



Joined: 26 May 2004
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 12:34 am    Post subject: Re: All you need to know about soccer Reply with quote

billybrobby wrote:
Maybe you've seen this before, but it's a pretty funny column about soccer:

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Not really funny, just ignorant.
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skinhead



Joined: 11 Jun 2004

PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

onmeheadsonunderscoresomitted, first post I've seen from you outside of song titles. Well done, son.
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dogbert



Joined: 29 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favorite part about soccer is the feigning of injuries. Ghey with a capital "G".
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trigger123



Joined: 08 Sep 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

its all right lads, don't take it all to heart.
the yanks are just jealous cos everyone hates them and no-one plays their games
Very Happy
bye!
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Ya-ta Boy



Joined: 16 Jan 2003
Location: Established in 1994

PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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the yanks are just jealous cos everyone hates them and no-one plays their games


Isn't this called projection? The world gets in a snit because they all play football and the Americans don't care. Until a few years ago the TV networks and the sports pages didn't even mention the World Cup. I didn't even know there was a World Cup until I was in my late 30's.
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eamo



Joined: 08 Mar 2003
Location: Shepherd's Bush, 1964.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya-ta Boy wrote:
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the yanks are just jealous cos everyone hates them and no-one plays their games


Isn't this called projection? The world gets in a snit because they all play football and the Americans don't care. Until a few years ago the TV networks and the sports pages didn't even mention the World Cup. I didn't even know there was a World Cup until I was in my late 30's.


Doesn't that indicate how insular Americans can be about some things?

When you live on Planet America only three sports seem to matter.

And no. The rest of the world doesn't care if Americans dig soccer or not. Even suggesting that is the height of self-centeredness if you ask me.
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indytrucks



Joined: 09 Apr 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya-ta Boy wrote:
The world gets in a snit because they all play football and the Americans don't care.


No.

People get in a snit when self-proclaimed football apathetics troll around calling a game the rest of the world loves "boring".

Morons.
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Ya-ta Boy



Joined: 16 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The rest of the world doesn't care if Americans dig soccer or not


Which fully explains why the World Cup was held in a country that doesn't watch it.
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eamo



Joined: 08 Mar 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya-ta Boy wrote:
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The rest of the world doesn't care if Americans dig soccer or not


Which fully explains why the World Cup was held in a country that doesn't watch it.


So why then?

Was it a matter of dollars or sporting interest? Most followers of football have given up on the US taking on football in a serious way. It has went up and down in the States about 4 times since the early 70's.

FIFA's policy is to hold the World Cup in each continent in rotation(sorry Australia. FIFA don't see you as a continent).

On your behalf, everyone knows that no one can organise a sporting event like America. FIFA knew that hosting the World Cup in the US would guarantee a smooth, slick show. Which is what happened.

Yes. FIFA would like the USA to get serious about football for dollar reasons. They would like it but they don't think it's a big priority. Remember, football is the top sport in almost all the other countries of the world. But, the average fan like myself......don't care eitherway.
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Hwajangsil Ajumma



Joined: 02 May 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ya-ta Boy wrote:

Isn't this called projection? The world gets in a snit because they all play football and the Americans don't care. Until a few years ago the TV networks and the sports pages didn't even mention the World Cup. I didn't even know there was a World Cup until I was in my late 30's.


Most Americans don't even know there's a world until their late 30s.

Woo! The WORLD SERIES! Featuring teams from...er...where, exactly?
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the_beaver



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The funniest thing about soccer is that it's probably the only major sport in the world were the fans are tougher than the players.
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trigger123



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The funniest thing about soccer is that it's probably the only major sport in the world were the fans are tougher than the players.

yep, that sure is hilarious.............
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mishlert



Joined: 13 Mar 2003
Location: On the 3rd rock from the sun

PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Though I was raised in Rome, Italy ( from age 4 to 11) and am a Lazio, and Azzuri fan, I am still American:
U.S. Soccer Historical Timeline

1620
American folklore asserts that Pilgrim Fathers, upon settling at Plymouth Rock found American Indians along the Massachusetts coast playing a form of soccer. The Indians called it ¡°Pasuckquakkohowog,¡± which means ¡°they gather to play football.¡±

1820
Many American colleges played soccer, but there was no intercollegiate competition. Rules were casual and changed often.

1930
The USA was one of 13 nations to compete in the first FIFA World Cup competition in Montevideo, Uruguay. Bert Patenaude (Fall River, Mass.) was the third-leading scorer in the tournament and was the first player to tally three goals in World Cup play.

1950
Joe Gaetjens¡¯ goal lifts the USA over England 1-0 at the World Cup in Brazil. It was called the biggest upset ever in international soccer. The first college bowl game was played in St. Louis Jan. 1. Penn State University tied the University of San Francisco 2-2. The National Soccer Hall of Fame was organized by the Philadelphia Old-timers Association. There were 15 inaugural inductees.

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