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A World Cup Post

Last night I ended up watching the Australia vs Japan game in the World Cup. I'm not a soccer (football, whatever) fan, and I've never watched the World Cup in the years before, but since I was up for entirely different and much more important reasons, I thought I'd check it out. Anyhow, apparently Australia haven't played in the World Cup for something like thirty two years, and haven't scored a goal, ever, if I'm to believe the commercials and what commentators say (which I don't--I'm sure they have no, it's true), so I was ready for Japan to kick Australia across the field like dead meat.

Well, that didn't happen. Australia dominated ball possession through the game, and though their three goals came in the final fifteen minutes, they had pretty much worn down Japan through the match and if not for a dubious goal by Japan twenty minutes in, you would have to say that Australia looked to be aggressively in control for most of it. So Australia won a match, I saw it, and apparently they play Brazil next, who are the soccer Gods of the World, if you are to believe the commercials and the hushed, in awe way in which commentators say, "Brazil."

Yes, I have the flu, what of it?

What do you mean the medicine cabinet is empty? I have no idea about that. Go away. I won't answer any questions. I am not your doctor.

In other news, my copy of Agog Ripping Reads arrived this morning, and it's a sweet looking paperback. I imagine that sooner or later you'll be able to buy it, unless you were at Conflux this weekend, and snagged yourself a copy then.

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lyndarama
Jun. 13th, 2006 02:14 am (UTC)
So did you run around the living room with your t-shirt over your head when they scored each magnificent goal?
benpeek
Jun. 13th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)
i'm trying to keep some dignity.

...you did it, didn't you?
lyndarama
Jun. 13th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)
I am an awfully UnAustralian Australia who saw the score at 1-0 and went to bed. I did however get woken by celebratory text messages at 2am and gave a slight 'yeaaaah' and then rolled over and went back to sleep...
benpeek
Jun. 13th, 2006 04:58 am (UTC)
haha. i just got text messages throughout it. it was easy to keep awake that way. though the final goals at the end were certainly rewarding (and you had to laugh at the sound of thousands of australian fans booing a goal)
kazzibee
Jun. 13th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
Those pretty coloured capsules aren't lollies you know!!



benpeek
Jun. 13th, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
...binge and purge, baby.
kazzibee
Jun. 13th, 2006 05:52 am (UTC)
They should make ones that look like little soccer balls for World Cup time.
frumiousb
Jun. 13th, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
did better than the US, who did in fact get kicked across the field like dead meat. ah well.
wyldemusick
Jun. 13th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
Apparently Australia's showing in their World Cup appearances really was that godawful miserable, making the USA squad look almost decent by comparison. I had a feeling they'd beat the Japanese, though, and it's good to know my gut's not only ample but also accurate (I also was saying Czechs beat USA, Iraly over Ghana, both correct.)

That Japanese goal was beyond dubious. The Australian goalie was fouled fair and square and the ref should have called it and the goal should be disqualified.

The Yanks getting pounded by the Czechs was pretty much a given -- this time at least they kept the damage down to three goals against; the last time the Czechs beat them up it was 5-0.

I can't believe I'm actually watching these bloody matches. I'm not a footie fan by any means, and am frankly cold to most sports, even many of those involving barely clad nubiles.
benpeek
Jun. 13th, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
the australian goalie isn't very good, imo. sure, the japanese goal shouldn't have been allowed, but the goalie wasn't very assertive throughout the whole game. if not for some quick work from the rest of the team, japan could have ended up with another one or two points, purely on bad goalie choices. that japanese goalie, he showed some chops with a couple of saves there.

i can't watch most of the games since it's played at round midnight over here, so i missed the usa's kicking. by all accounts the us didn't put on a good showing.

you know, i don't watch sport, or even soccer either. but the world cup has a little something special in it, i think, if only to listen to the people boo and cheer.
ataxi
Jun. 13th, 2006 06:34 am (UTC)
Speaking as a comparatively diehard football fan, the World Cup has far more interesting off-pitch implications than most sports tournaments.

A good example would be the US v. Iran at USA '94. That matchup would be even more hilarious at the moment with John McCain trying to claim Iran should be banned from competing.

And nowhere else is there any chance of Australia taking on the US in a meaningful team sport. It's a pity they're going to be eliminated after that loss to the Czechs as there was an outside chance of us meeting them in the second round - a would-have-been-saliva-inducing prospect.

Scwarzer (our goalie) had a bad game by his standards. He was quite amazing against Holland, but as a shot-stopper. But obviously his dominance of the penalty area came into question for the Japanese goal and the situation later where he was forced into a risky header.

Anyway, I won't try to explain it further to such a blatant fair-weather friend of the beautiful game :-)
markdeniz
Jun. 13th, 2006 07:19 am (UTC)
I totally agree, you guys against the US would have been fun!

Thankfully we didn't get you in our group as that would have been interesting to say the least... lol!
ataxi
Jun. 13th, 2006 07:28 am (UTC)
We HATE you over here. Just kidding. Many of us do hate the Bush/Rumsfeld axis of stupidity-incompetence-and-evil though ;-)
markdeniz
Jun. 13th, 2006 10:55 am (UTC)
Hey, I'm not a yank, I'm a brit... lol!

(I hate Bush/Rumsfeld too.)
ataxi
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:54 am (UTC)
G'day mate. WE HATE YOU BUGGERS over here as well.

(joking ... NOT (joking ... NOT (joking)))
benpeek
Jun. 13th, 2006 07:58 am (UTC)
yes, i must admit, i am only a fair-weather friend. though i'll check out tonights game, whoever that is (brazil? i think they're playing at two). but, since youknow the game, maybe you can help me out--the yellow cards, what do they mean for the player? is it a fine or something that carries off the field?

and thanks for the heads up on the non-goal thing. i'll correct it.
ataxi
Jun. 13th, 2006 09:36 am (UTC)
A yellow card is awarded to a player who commits a deliberate foul, a foul impeding a scoring opportunity for the opposite team, talks back to the ref or is otherwise unsporting. It has no effect other than making it likely the player may receive a red, and accruing a penalty towards possible suspension (see below).

A red card is awarded to a player for receiving two yellow cards in one match, for violent conduct, for a "last man" foul that would otherwise be a yellow (i.e. for a foul on a player who would otherwise be through on goal), for exceptionally unsporting behaviour.

A player who receives a red card takes no further part in the game and is not replaced by a substitute. You might hear about a team being "reduced to ten men". This is a pretty big disadvantage.

In the World Cup competition as a whole, two yellow cards in separate matches mean that player is suspended from the next match in the competition. So if a player gets one yellow card in the group stages, then another in the round of sixteen, they are suspended from the quarter final. Another player from the squad can take their place in the team in this case.

So there you go.
benpeek
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:03 am (UTC)
In the World Cup competition as a whole, two yellow cards in separate matches mean that player is suspended from the next match in the competition. So if a player gets one yellow card in the group stages, then another in the round of sixteen, they are suspended from the quarter final. Another player from the squad can take their place in the team in this case.

ah. that's what i wanted to know, thanks. there was a big deal made out of the yellow card thing at the end, and i kept thinking there must be a fine or something attached to it.
ataxi
Jun. 13th, 2006 06:36 am (UTC)
The no-goals-ever-before factoid is true by the way.
markdeniz
Jun. 13th, 2006 07:16 am (UTC)
It was a fun game and the last three goals came in the last six minutes (makes it sound even more exciting)!
ex_chrisbil
Jun. 13th, 2006 07:51 am (UTC)
Heh, one or two points... you get three for a win or one for a draw!

I actually bought an Australia shirt instead of an England one last week, 'cos your country is better than mine! You're also not taking part in an utterly illegal war, so it wasn't a hard choice, although it was more influence by the fact that Aussie shirts are sexy-orange and England's are dulldulldull than any major political statement.

Great game though. I've actually bet on Australia in a few games at work, I kind of thought/hoped they'd cause an upset.

Also, whoever put the US at 5th and England at 10th in the Fifa rankings can hum my nuts. Our second team beat their first 2-1 in Chicage last year!
benpeek
Jun. 13th, 2006 08:01 am (UTC)
actually, we are taking part in that war. sorry to say, man. pick the war and australia has some guys troops in it. we've george w's special best friend.

i'll be interested to see how australia fairs in the rest of its games.
ex_chrisbil
Jun. 13th, 2006 08:24 am (UTC)
Y'know, I totally knew that... some dipshit must have posessed my body for a couple of minutes. WTF!
markdeniz
Jun. 13th, 2006 10:58 am (UTC)
You need to adjust the brightness/contrast on your TV as the Aussies play in yellow and green... unless you think yellow is sexy-orange... lol!

;-)
ex_chrisbil
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:41 am (UTC)
Sexy Orange or boring yellow? It's as good an LJ poll as I've ever heard suggested...
benpeek
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:53 am (UTC)
it's yellow :)

(it's probably meant to be golden, actually. but the holland jersey is orange, isn't it?)
markdeniz
Jun. 13th, 2006 10:59 am (UTC)
US 5th, is that for real? That is the most stupid thing I have ever heard; were Togo at 4th then? Ha ha
ex_chrisbil
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:57 am (UTC)
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