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Old 06-29-2014, 07:59 PM   #1721
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They both did almost everytime and the same in the Brasil/Chile match.

I scoff at those that though Robben was theatrical. Neymar is maybe the worst I've ever seen.
I played soccer all growing up, I understand the idea of flopping and why it happens. Also, I recognize that what looks like a "flop" in slow-motion might be people losing their balance, and that getting kicked hurts.

That said, Neymar was being ridiculous the other day.
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They both did almost everytime and the same in the Brasil/Chile match.

I scoff at those that though Robben was theatrical. Neymar is maybe the worst I've ever seen.
it looked obvious and the rest were very close
neymar is very theatrical.
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:52 PM   #1723
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so far the only "superstars" that haven't acted are:

James Rodrigues
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urm...Suarez but he bites so...meh
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:22 PM   #1724
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so far the only "superstars" that haven't acted are:

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urm...Suarez but he bites so...meh
Haha. True.

James has impressed me more than anyone. I knew nothing about him before the Cup started. A bunch of the stars have delivered as well. Messi, muller...etc
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Plays in Monaco with his countryman Falcao.

I know they already pay a lot and it is a very nice place to be (pretty much turning into another PSG), but one would have to believe Spain and England will be coming after him.
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They both did almost everytime and the same in the Brasil/Chile match.

I scoff at those that though Robben was theatrical. Neymar is maybe the worst I've ever seen.
C'mon, you have to admit Robben was theatrical last night. I wasn't saying he was the only one, but he had some worthy of an Oscar nomination. It's part of the game. It's risky, but it usually pays off more times than not. Get it terribly wrong though and it can be a yellow card.

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Arjen Robben apologised for diving as the Netherlands beat Mexico 2-1 in the last 16 of the World Cup but said it was not for the decisive penalty.
Klaas Jan Huntelaar converted the match-winning spot-kick in stoppage time after Robben had been fouled.
Mexico coach Miguel Herrera accused Robben of diving three times in the game, but the forward told Dutch television: "I have to apologise. In the first half I took a dive.
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Former Barcelona defender Marquez said: "I spoke with Robben after the match and he told me that it was not a penalty.
"He said that the first foul was a penalty and that one was not called."
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There have been no bookings for simulation so far at Brazil 2014. Six players were booked for diving at the last World Cup in South Africa.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28082629

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Sorry if it was already noted, but quite the happy coincidence that Algeria's first trip to the knockout round matches them with Germany; not that too many current players were even alive back in 1982 but I'm sure brutal vengeance is on their minds
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C'mon, you have to admit Robben was theatrical last night. I wasn't saying he was the only one, but he had some worthy of an Oscar nomination. It's part of the game. It's risky, but it usually pays off more times than not. Get it terribly wrong though and it can be a yellow card.





http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28082629
He could have kept his feet but as soon as he saw the ball was lost he did flop. I am saying that Neymar is at another level of theatrics. He was writhing around on the ground trying to get yellow cards on the other team when he was not even fouled half the time against Chile.

Mexico has no reason to cry. When you play not to lose that is usually ends up happening. They are not a pack it in and play defensive team. They pull a goal scorer and put in a midfielder at the 60 min mark.
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:30 AM   #1729
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Since we had a couple of penalty shootouts in the last couple of days (and likely to see more), I thought this was an interesting read. It's a university study on the psychology of penalty kicks and shootouts.

http://www.espnfc.us/blog/men-in-bla...ding-professor
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He could have kept his feet but as soon as he saw the ball was lost he did flop. I am saying that Neymar is at another level of theatrics. He was writhing around on the ground trying to get yellow cards on the other team when he was not even fouled half the time against Chile.

Mexico has no reason to cry. When you play not to lose that is usually ends up happening. They are not a pack it in and play defensive team. They pull a goal scorer and put in a midfielder at the 60 min mark.
I agree Neymar was all over the place. Thing is I don't recall seeing Robben do it as much in the past as he did last night.

What I find interesting is that the refs have yet to book a player for diving. When they do decide to book someone, they better get it right.
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The statistic shows a ranking of the participating national teams at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil according to the average market/transfer value of the players. The players of the Spanish squad are worth the most on average with an average market value of 27.04 million euros per player.... USA 2.51
Click the link above to see a full analysis. We were the lowest valued team in our group.
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He could have kept his feet but as soon as he saw the ball was lost he did flop. I am saying that Neymar is at another level of theatrics. He was writhing around on the ground trying to get yellow cards on the other team when he was not even fouled half the time against Chile.

Mexico has no reason to cry. When you play not to lose that is usually ends up happening. They are not a pack it in and play defensive team. They pull a goal scorer and put in a midfielder at the 60 min mark.
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I agree. I thought Mexico has played well and Herrera has become a celebrity because of this tournament. However, I thought they showed very little class and were very poor sports with the way they handled the loss.

They blamed the refs for this loss instead of looking in the mirror. Reminded me of their piss poor attitudes about getting into the World Cup thanks to the US. They were arrogant and not grateful at all.

Robben could have had a penalty in the first half but it wasn't called. Taking Dos Santos off backfired for Mexico. They got a lead and tried to hang on. It almost worked but didn't Netherlands made the better subs and were the better team in the 2nd half.

It was a tough loss for Mexico. They got some bad calls in this tournament. However, don't blame the ref for this loss. Mexico played not to lose rather than win. Mexico had a few calls go their way and in the end, the Dutch found a way to get the win.
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Click the link above to see a full analysis. We were the lowest valued team in our group.
Ozil makes 18 million per year
Lahm makes 13 million per year
Schweinsteiger makes 13 million per year

the ENTIRE U.S. team COMBINED brought home $26 million total...and Dempsey is just under 1/3rd of that at 7.8 million.


Let THAT sink in for a second.
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Nigeria was dominated by the US in the the last friendly before the World Cup.

US has to be kicking themselves now.

If Nigeria can pull out the win today, the road to the semis for Germany (winner of Group G) would be Algeria and Nigeria.

Sigh...
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Jozy is cleared for tomorrow.

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