WC2006 Quarter Finals Day #2 Awards

WC2006 Quarter Finals Day #2 Awards

Post by steve » Thu, 06 Jul 2006 04:07:11


Golazo of the Day
In two tight quarter finals the only goalscorer was Thierry Henry in a
sublime France's defeat of a supine Brazil.

The maestro Zinedine Zidane picks up the ball in his own half and
performs a chapu over Ronaldo and heads the ball to Abidal on the
left wing. Abidal advances into the Brazil half and slides a ball down
the left wing to his Lyon team mate Malouda who is needlessly fouled by
Cafu. Zidane collects the ball and places it with his usual care. As
everyone lines up on the edge of the box he spies Henry, who in nearly
60 games has never scored from a Zidane pass, as the furthest man in
the far distance. The ref blows his whistle and Zidane hits a curling
deep free kick over the mass of bodies into the 6 yard box just past
the far post. Henry spins away from his aged marker Roberto Carlos, and
at the end of his run leaps to meet the perfect cross and volleys it
right footed past Dida into the Brazilian net. Golazo and the Champs
Elyses dreams once more of a million revellers dancing in a blue,
white and red tickertape rain.

Hero of the Day
Can I give it to Zinedine Zidane for a second time? Why not. The grand
champion of French football treated us to a majestic display as he
masterminded Brazil's downfall. He glided, he dribbled, he flicked and
tricked, he drove and tackled, and he smiled. It was a glorious smile
of contentment. Knowing his time as a player is so close to coming to
an end seems to have lifted the inhibitions from Zizou who is enjoying
his football and playing with the aplomb he displayed at his
considerable peak. For the first 30 minutes of the second half this
regal French cat toyed with the Brazilian mouse.

France have matured into an excellent team and have been the best
performers over the last three games. They have a very solid lefthand
side where Abidal and Malouda link as club mates who know each others
game should. On the right Sagnol has been solidly efficient behind the
slippery Ribery, who has thrown off the timid cloak he wore in the
early games. The great central defenders Gallas and Thuram are aided by
Makalele, the best defensive midfielder in the world, sitting deep in
midfield. The conductor Zidane and his chief violinist Vieira are
surprising us all as they turn the clock back. Up front Henry is a
sharp predator waiting to pounce on any defensive mistake. The only
worry remains the quixotic Barthez who Domenech continues to prefer to
the much better Coupet.

Villain of the Day
It could be Sven Goran Eriksson for crimes against football. He picked
the wrong squad, played the wrong players, and chose the wrong system
as an England team who had brought so little to this World Cup were
sent home on penalties by Portugal. It could be the idiotic England
fans who, shrouded in xenophobia and ignorance, booed Bayern Munich's
Owen Hargreaves before the tournament for having the temerity to play
out of his natural position for England. In the quarter final
Hargreaves, restored to defensive midfield, was the best player on the
pitch as he strode to make up for the shortcomings of others with his
incredible energy in both defence and attack. However the award must go
to Wayne Rooney for his attempt to geld Ricardo Carvalho by stepping on
the Portuguese defender's ***. His red card was fully deserved
and Rooney's moment of stupidity shackled England as they attempted to
progress against an insipid Portugal.

steve d

 
 
 

WC2006 Quarter Finals Day #2 Awards

Post by Lléo » Thu, 06 Jul 2006 17:12:00



Golazo of the Day

Quote:
> In two tight quarter finals the only goalscorer was Thierry Henry in a
> sublime France's defeat of a supine Brazil.

> The maestro Zinedine Zidane picks up the ball in his own half and
> performs a chapu over Ronaldo and heads the ball to Abidal on the
> left wing. Abidal advances into the Brazil half and slides a ball down
> the left wing to his Lyon team mate Malouda who is needlessly fouled by
> Cafu. Zidane collects the ball and places it with his usual care. As
> everyone lines up on the edge of the box he spies Henry, who in nearly
> 60 games has never scored from a Zidane pass

That was commented by the Brasilian TV broadcaster just before Zizou took
the free kick. Talk about jinxing!

Quote:
>, as the furthest man in
> the far distance. The ref blows his whistle and Zidane hits a curling
> deep free kick over the mass of bodies into the 6 yard box just past
> the far post. Henry spins away from his aged marker Roberto Carlos,

Easiest part of the play. When Roberto Carlos took his hands off his knees
and stood up, Henry was already heading it in... talk about a lazy, arrogant
bastard!

Quote:
> and
> at the end of his run leaps to meet the perfect cross and volleys it
> right footed past Dida into the Brazilian net. Golazo and the Champs
> Elyses dreams once more of a million revellers dancing in a blue,
> white and red tickertape rain.

> Hero of the Day
> Can I give it to Zinedine Zidane for a second time? Why not.

Indeed, why not. Great display by the old man.

--
Llo

 
 
 

WC2006 Quarter Finals Day #2 Awards

Post by steve » Thu, 06 Jul 2006 18:50:35

Quote:

> >, as the furthest man in
> > the far distance. The ref blows his whistle and Zidane hits a curling
> > deep free kick over the mass of bodies into the 6 yard box just past
> > the far post. Henry spins away from his aged marker Roberto Carlos,

> Easiest part of the play. When Roberto Carlos took his hands off his knees
> and stood up, Henry was already heading it in... talk about a lazy, arrogant
> bastard!

He looked like an old man who has smoked 60 cigarettes a day bending
over to catch his breath. Henry couldn't believe his luck. Compare
Carlos to Cafu who at his advanced age put so much effort into the
tournament.

steve d

 
 
 

WC2006 Quarter Finals Day #2 Awards

Post by gaborzinh » Thu, 06 Jul 2006 20:31:54

Quote:


> Golazo of the Day
>> In two tight quarter finals the only goalscorer was Thierry Henry in a
>> sublime France's defeat of a supine Brazil.

>> The maestro Zinedine Zidane picks up the ball in his own half and
>> performs a chapu over Ronaldo and heads the ball to Abidal on the
>> left wing. Abidal advances into the Brazil half and slides a ball down
>> the left wing to his Lyon team mate Malouda who is needlessly fouled by
>> Cafu. Zidane collects the ball and places it with his usual care. As
>> everyone lines up on the edge of the box he spies Henry, who in nearly
>> 60 games has never scored from a Zidane pass

> That was commented by the Brasilian TV broadcaster just before Zizou took
> the free kick. Talk about jinxing!

>> , as the furthest man in
>> the far distance. The ref blows his whistle and Zidane hits a curling
>> deep free kick over the mass of bodies into the 6 yard box just past
>> the far post. Henry spins away from his aged marker Roberto Carlos,

> Easiest part of the play. When Roberto Carlos took his hands off his knees
> and stood up, Henry was already heading it in... talk about a lazy, arrogant
> bastard!

RC was tying his shoelace just moments before. And it wasn't a header BTW.