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Limey

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Re: US vs Costa Rica qualifier
« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2017, 09:11:10 AM »
And there's the whistle. Tear it all down, Gulati on down.

Now you have an inkling of what it's been like trying to support the English national team any time after 1966.  It's this; rinse, repeat ad nauseam.

The English national team has won six matches in the knockout stages of a major international tournament after 1966.  That's nearly 60 years of futility, in which we have captured the scalps of Paraguay (1986), Belgium (1990), Cameroon (1990), Spain (1996), Denmark (2002) and Ecuador (2006).  Other than Spain, pre-tiki taka dominance, that's hardly a who's who of world football.  Most recently, of course, England was eliminated from the 2014 World Cup after only two of its three group matches, and from the 2016 Euros in the first knockout round...by Iceland.

What has never changed, throughout these 60 years, is the governing body.  The suits have spent the time fortifying their positions within the FA so that we end up with a succession of unsuitable and/or ill-equipped team managers, selected for their inability to challenge the status quo, culminating in them picking Gareth Southgate off the managerial scrap heap and installing him in - supposedly - the most prestigious role in English football.  This is a crowd, remember, that lost an argument over corruption with FIFA.  Fucking FIFA!

The U.S. really does need to burn this to the ground and start again.  Like Germany has done; like Spain did.  Otherwise, decades of getting almost imperceptibly worse, year on year, will happen; until the organisation is so royally fucked from top to bottom that it's beyond redemption.  Like England.
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Re: US vs Costa Rica qualifier
« Reply #21 on: October 11, 2017, 09:12:39 AM »
No vamo pa Rusia, papá! Que locura!

Wouldn't have really taken this outcome to Vegas, but.

Still in the stadium like most of us. Good thing I like Rubencito.

Panama is going to be my team for this World Cup.  I haven't watched an England game since they lost to Uruguay in 2014 to be the first team eliminated from that World Cup - and I see no reason to start now.
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Re: US vs Costa Rica qualifier
« Reply #22 on: October 11, 2017, 10:07:12 AM »
Panama is going to be my team for this World Cup.  I haven't watched an England game since they lost to Uruguay in 2014 to be the first team eliminated from that World Cup - and I see no reason to start now.

Bienvenido! And thanks, guys, for the well wishes over on my Feibu.

Last night the president declared today a national holiday. My son went to school so I'm not really sure what national holiday means beyond the government doesn't work and of course it doesn't exactly take a presidential decree to accomplish that feat. Anyway, the entire country obviously feels incredible joy and for me the whole thing is still sort of sinking in.

I'm going to take the same attitude that I took when we played in the Copa America last year, let's see if we can win a game against a beatable team and let's see if we can play 90 credible minutes against teams we realistically are probably not going to beat. That's what we did last year (we had both Argentina and Chile in our group, the two eventual finalists) and I generally felt great about how our guys played.

It was chaos yesterday, before the game, during the game, and obviously afterwards. For the first time ever it took me longer to get home - much longer - than it did for me to get to the stadium.  After big wins half the city lines up to cruise down Calle 50 honking and shouting and hanging out of windows and so on, and the excitement last night resulted in unbelievable gridlock.

I ended up with a piece of the net from the goal where all three of the game's goals (depending I guess on how you define 'goal') were scored and quite a number of memories.
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Re: US vs Costa Rica qualifier
« Reply #23 on: October 13, 2017, 11:21:37 AM »
Arenas quit.
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Re: US vs Costa Rica qualifier
« Reply #24 on: October 13, 2017, 12:20:51 PM »
Arenas quit.
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Re: US vs Costa Rica qualifier
« Reply #25 on: October 13, 2017, 06:07:30 PM »
Congrats Chuck, legit happy for you and Panama.   I'm still so sick to my stomach over what transpired on Tuesday it is hard to process.
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Re: US vs Costa Rica qualifier
« Reply #26 on: October 13, 2017, 06:54:49 PM »
Congrats Chuck, legit happy for you and Panama.   I'm still so sick to my stomach over what transpired on Tuesday it is hard to process.

Thanks very much. It's hard to process on my end, too. This is huge for us not just for the obvious reasons but for the sport in Panama more generally. Not only will the huge amounts of FIFA money that will pour into the country help everyone at every level but it will boost the game nationally. Panama still is primarily a baseball country, especially outside of the capital and Colon. So there should be tremendous, continuing positive effects.
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