WC2006 Matchday #5 Awards

WC2006 Matchday #5 Awards

Post by steve » Thu, 15 Jun 2006 10:21:00


Golazo of the Day
Only two candidates today and Kaka wins out over Togo's Kader. Brazil
pass the ball out of defence until it ends up with Cafu on the
touchline halfway into the Croatian half. The venerable rightback
stands over the ball, slowing the game down, before pinging an overhit
pass laterally at Kaka. With two opposition midfielders in attendance
Kaka controls the knee high-ball with a delicate touch with his left
leg and immediately takes it past and forward of his nemeses with a
delicate touch with his right foot. Now in space the Brazilian looked
up, assessed the angles and obstacles, and passed the ball left-footed
with pace, precision and curl into the top left corner of the net from
22 metres, giving Pletikosa no chance. Golazo and thanks to Euclid for
popularising geometry.

Hero of the Day
I'm going to give it to Otto Pfister, coach of the Togo team. Togo are
this Mundial's African country in chaos: players refusing to train for
four days during the World Cup over financial arguments, their previous
coach, and current African Coach of the Year, Steve Keshi sacked 4
months ago for having the temerity to disagree with the star striker
Adebayo, a player all the rest of the squad now hate. Otto himself
walked out over the weekend with the player strike being the last
straw. On Monday he offered to come back but was initially told by the
Togolese FA that he's not wanted yet he turns up on the bench today.

You immediately notice the difference in this man from all the other
coaches in Germany. No suit and tie for Otto. No
adidas/Reebok/Nike/Puma branded leisure wear as issued to all the
coaching staff. Instead he turns up as an extra from a 1970s B-movie.
This spectacled white haired, balding 68 year old is wearing a black
pin-striped shirt with the top four buttons undone revealing a gold
medallion. He combines this with blue cotton trousers and brown
brogues. It's a slightly sinister look redolent of someone who'd
organise a gold smuggling operation to pay for the overthrow of the
dictator of a small African country. The movie would also star Richard
Harris, Omar Sharif and Michael Caine, with Joss Ackland taking Otto's
part if filming clashed with the football season.

Despite all the chaos and poor fashion sense, Otto fashioned his much
derided Togo side into a good unit who were deservedly leading 2002
semi-finalists South Korea at half-time. It wasn't until Jean-Paul
Abalo was unluckily sent off (his first yellow being a phantom foul)
that Korea came back into the game; without that Togo would have
claimed at least a draw.

Villain of the Day
Ronaldo. You're a fat, lazy, disinterested waste of space. You shamed
the Brazilian shirt tonight with the worst individual performance of
the World Cup so far. You could have been the winner of a McDonald's
"play with the stars" competition you were so far off the pace. Dado
Prso put in more effort in each minute of his performance than you did
in your entire 69 minutes on the pitch. In fact you were so out of
place that you reminded me of a drunk, sunburnt, beer-gutted Englishman
turning up on the Copacabana beach trying to get a game with the
locals. And Adriano, you weren't much better.

steve d

 
 
 

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Post by Adrian Coco » Thu, 15 Jun 2006 10:29:43

Quote:

> Villain of the Day
> Ronaldo. You're a fat, lazy, disinterested waste of space. You shamed
> the Brazilian shirt tonight with the worst individual performance of
> the World Cup so far. You could have been the winner of a McDonald's
> "play with the stars" competition you were so far off the pace. Dado
> Prso put in more effort in each minute of his performance than you did
> in your entire 69 minutes on the pitch. In fact you were so out of
> place that you reminded me of a drunk, sunburnt, beer-gutted Englishman
> turning up on the Copacabana beach trying to get a game with the
> locals. And Adriano, you weren't much better.

    10 bucks says Ronaldo ends up scoring three gimme goals and beating
Gerd Muller's record.

    Or, if there's justice, he'll get a gallstone from all the burger's
he's been eating.

ac

 
 
 

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Post by alex.miz.. » Thu, 15 Jun 2006 11:25:45

Quote:

>     10 bucks says Ronaldo ends up scoring three gimme goals and beating
> Gerd Muller's record.
>     Or, if there's justice, he'll get a gallstone from all the burger's
> he's been eating.

Frankly I don't understand why everyone has been writing off Ronaldo.
He is the new Romario -- a worthless, lazy presence the majority of
time, but capable of scoring like no others in the right occasions.
There seems to be no middle ground for him -- he will either be the new
Bebeto '98 whose deadweight presence will help Brazil crash out, or he
will be instrumental in helping them win the 6th World Cup title.

Alex Mizuki

 
 
 

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Post by Victoria Barret » Thu, 15 Jun 2006 12:27:49



Quote:
>Golazo of the Day
>Only two candidates today and Kaka wins out over Togo's Kader. Brazil
>pass the ball out of defence until it ends up with Cafu on the
>touchline halfway into the Croatian half. The venerable rightback
>stands over the ball, slowing the game down, before pinging an overhit
>pass laterally at Kaka. With two opposition midfielders in attendance
>Kaka controls the knee high-ball with a delicate touch with his left
>leg and immediately takes it past and forward of his nemeses with a
>delicate touch with his right foot. Now in space the Brazilian looked
>up, assessed the angles and obstacles, and passed the ball left-footed
>with pace, precision and curl into the top left corner of the net from
>22 metres, giving Pletikosa no chance. Golazo and thanks to Euclid for
>popularising geometry.

A magical paragraph and description. Steve's Matchday Awards series
(surely the obvious candidate for "Best of RSS" awards at the end of
the Year) are the reason why I don't belabour descriptions of goals
during in-match progress.

I know, he'll do it much better, later.

Quote:
>Hero of the Day
>I'm going to give it to Otto Pfister, coach of the Togo team. Togo are
>this Mundial's African country in chaos: players refusing to train for
>four days during the World Cup over financial arguments, their previous
>coach, and current African Coach of the Year, Steve Keshi sacked 4
>months ago for having the temerity to disagree with the star striker
>Adebayo, a player all the rest of the squad now hate. Otto himself
>walked out over the weekend with the player strike being the last
>straw. On Monday he offered to come back but was initially told by the
>Togolese FA that he's not wanted yet he turns up on the bench today.

What seems to be par-for-the-course African WC team money woes, could
have proved disastrous for Togo, and though they didn't win, I
personally found them plucky.

Rather like Repub. of Ireland in WC 2002, when Keane left them in the
lurch. They regrouped, and were more cohesive than ever. Obviously,
rather apples-oranges in comparison, but adversity need not
necessarily mean defeat.

Quote:
>Villain of the Day
>Ronaldo. You're a fat, lazy, disinterested waste of space. You shamed
>the Brazilian shirt tonight with the worst individual performance of
>the World Cup so far. You could have been the winner of a McDonald's
>"play with the stars" competition you were so far off the pace. Dado
>Prso put in more effort in each minute of his performance than you did
>in your entire 69 minutes on the pitch. In fact you were so out of
>place that you reminded me of a drunk, sunburnt, beer-gutted Englishman
>turning up on the Copacabana beach trying to get a game with the
>locals. And Adriano, you weren't much better.

Amen. Twice.

--
http://futuremd.blogspot.com/

 
 
 

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Post by Victoria Barret » Thu, 15 Jun 2006 12:32:21


Quote:
>Frankly I don't understand why everyone has been writing off Ronaldo.
>He is the new Romario -- a worthless, lazy presence the majority of
>time, but capable of scoring like no others in the right occasions.
>There seems to be no middle ground for him -- he will either be the new
>Bebeto '98 whose deadweight presence will help Brazil crash out, or he
>will be instrumental in helping them win the 6th World Cup title.

A) Because most people dislike Ronaldo.

B) Because he's not the footballer he was once, a lot of that due to a
certain attitude he projects, which starts but not ends with lazyness

C) Because most people don't want the stars of yesteryear to
transition -- this point is controversial, but it's true. The same was
true of Teddy Sheringham, as he got older. I could see that he still
brought intangibles to the England team, but not everyone did or
wanted to.

--
http://futuremd.blogspot.com/

 
 
 

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Post by Benn » Thu, 15 Jun 2006 23:54:05

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>Despite all the chaos and poor fashion sense, Otto fashioned his much

Poor fashion sense? I'm going to dress like that when I'm 60.

Quote:
>Villain of the Day
>Ronaldo. You're a fat, lazy, disinterested waste of space. You shamed
>the Brazilian shirt tonight with the worst individual performance of
>the World Cup so far. You could have been the winner of a McDonald's
>"play with the stars" competition you were so far off the pace.

:)

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