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Dunnar

Euro 2016

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Normally, our resident socialist creates this thread.  However, he's in hiding.

Speaking of socialist, as I look at the schedule, I did not see the Dutch team.  Upon searching, I saw they did not qualify.

I saw a big story about the Russians abusing the English fans.

Russia will be thrown out of Euro 2016 if their fans cause further trouble, says European governing body Uefa.

 

Meanwhile, US plays tonight in Copa America ... anyone care?

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2 hours ago, Dunnar said:

Meanwhile, US plays tonight in Copa America ... anyone care?

Nah.  

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ppphhhhhsssss

 

The Iceland vs Portugal score was a fun shocker...

 

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Watched the last half of the England/Iceland match.  Iceland spent a lot of energy on defense, I was certain they would get tired and let England score.  England looked well like they were sleepwalking most of the game. 

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Watched the Copa Finals.  0-0, ref handing out cards like Halloween candy ... just reminds me why I'm not particularly fond of soccer as a sport.

I enjoy it more than I used to, and I appreciate the athleticism.  And I like high level National team soccer ... but sheesh, show some toughness once and awhile.  I used to try to pretend I wasn't injured, not roll around like a baby.

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England is out apparently, beat by Iceland.  As someone who doesn't give two shits about football despite being British I find this hilarious.

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I didn't realize this, but the best players do NOT play in the Olympics.  I don't know why, but its not viewed as a very prestigious tournament.

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26 minutes ago, JesGolbez said:

I thought that soccer in the Olympics was for 23-and-under players only? 

I recently found that out.  Why is that?  You would think that they would want the best players in the worlds most popular sport.  They don't do that for basketball or hockey or any other sports that I know of.

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12 minutes ago, Dunnar said:

I recently found that out.  Why is that?  You would think that they would want the best players in the worlds most popular sport.  They don't do that for basketball or hockey or any other sports that I know of.

If I remember right they do this for basketball in some countries.  That's why so many people cried foul with the "Dream Team" because it was men against boys.  

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40 minutes ago, Dunnar said:

I recently found that out.  Why is that?  You would think that they would want the best players in the worlds most popular sport.  They don't do that for basketball or hockey or any other sports that I know of.

Probably because the big boys already have so many tournaments to play in. This year is all of the big regional tournaments, like Euro, so I'm sure the players don't really want to have to go through another exhausting tournament.

 

Also, the Olympics claims to be about Amateur sport, so being under-23 gives it a bit less of a professional feel. IOC also may not want soccer eclipsing the other lesser-watched sports, of FIFA would just want too damn much $. 

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Guess an Olympic medal in soccer doesn't carry the same weight as it does in other sports.

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The gold medal for soccer is only 14k plated, not solid 24k as is awarded for all the other sports ... most likely due to all the players faking injuries during play ... seems fitting.

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44 minutes ago, Elovia said:

The gold medal for soccer is only 14k plated, not solid 24k as is awarded for all the other sports ... most likely due to all the players faking injuries during play ... seems fitting.

 

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