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31. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting Jared

Who knows? Maybe it's the Americans that get the last laughs.

Now we're talking !!!

32. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 11y

No animosity meant folks, sorry Dave.

Its just monotonous and cringe-inducing that every time theres a major competition, all the english media and public go on this same parade where they blow their own trumpets and get all ahead of themselves, then some poor scapegoat gets the blame and is demonised by everyone. Its pretty embarassing to watch to be honest. A talented bunch of boys but they will never be able to play well in a media hurricane. You could make a handy team of english players who have been blamed for exits. Rather than people accepting that the team weren't good enough. Again.

Dave Seaman, Stuart Pearce, Phil Neville, Gareth Southgate, David Batty, Paul Ince, Chris Waddle, David Beckham etc etc.

Why i care so much about this point, i dont know. And whoever mentioned Ireland being in a 'battle of britain', shame on you.

I dont want to trumpet Irelands chances of winning the competition and im certainly not going to dance around singing that we're gonna win it, it would be a major shock, we'll be happy with the effort the team puts in rather than labelling the players as failures if they dont do well. Noticing the convenient spin you put on Irelands group position though, we are clearly the strongest team in our qualifying group and we've got the decent sides to come to Dublin yet, we've had all our tough away games and we're unbeaten. If we arent still joint top of the group, we must have games at hand.

I would really like for Ireland to draw england in the world cup. We are dying for the opportunity.

33. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

Hi Joe,
I was the one to quote Battle of Britain. That was an oversight on my part and come to think of it, thats rather insensitive and unwarranted. I apologise if it offended anyone.

Yes, i'd like to see England and Ireland playing against each other.

34. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Hey Joe,

Certainly no offence taken by me. I totally agree with your comments about scapegoats though. The press here are very unforgiving, and usually way over the top. I don't think this is exclusively an 'England thing' though. I think the Spanish/Italian press are quite unforgiving of there players when they go out of competitions.

35. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 11y

Cool. Dont worry about it Jared, i meant it as a tongue-in-cheek reaction, keep forgetting to use the emoticons!

Its gonna be a great World Cup regardless, i got knocked back on tickets in the first phase though. Have to just keep trying.

May the best team win.

36. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting WeeJoe

May the best team win.

Canada...?

37. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

Okay now don;t take offense -

Q: Why aren't the England football team allowed to own a dog?
A: Because they can't hold on to a lead.

Q: Why do English make better lovers than Portuguese/Germans?
A: Because English are the only one's who can stay on top for 90 Minutes and still come second!

Q. What's the difference between the English and a jet engine?
A. A jet engine eventually stops whining

SORRY guys , couldn't resist !!

38. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 11y

ARGENTINAAAAAAA! ARGENTINAAA! ARGENTINAAAA!

(I shouldn't yell so loud because last time they were favorites too and they lost... Then, I was with FRANCE... They did good, but not to the final And finally BRASIL won against Germany - and I was there- in Germany, I mean- !! that was hillarious !! haha!)

ok, my favorites are (not in order, he!) Argentina, Brazil, and France!! Do I have chances to win?! ;)

39. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Wow,

You Europeans really take this "World Cup" stuff seriously! Good thing we don't have too many active South American members on here, or else this thread could really get crazy .

40. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

Canada...?

I think Tina probably knows her stuff when it comes football.

Probably will be Canada and the USA in the Finals (not sure which will prevail.