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WORLD CUP - AUSTRALIA v ITALY

Thirty minutes until game time. Tonight’s blog coverage comes to you via a television feed delivered by our friends at the Syrian Broadcasting Service.

* Morris Iemma—his surname is Italian for “insurmountable traffic problems”—is supporting Australia, despite being a member of the ALP.

* Harry Kewell’s withdrawal is confirmed.

* DID YOU KNOW: That “I told you so” is an anagram of “I’d stool you”?

* Did Melbourne’s SBS reporter just say that “all the pizzas were flowing” at Lygon Street?

* Harry Kewell is on crutches. He should hold his damaged leg and scream for a few minutes; seems to cure everybody else.

* Time for Italy’s national anthem (winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, 1892).

* And now Australia’s anthem. Many Australians in the crowd.

* Pictures have dropped out. Either that or SBS didn’t appreciate my Syria gag.

* GAME UNDERWAY.

* Still no pictures. UPDATE: pictures back!

* DID YOU KNOW: That the slowest speed ever recorded on an Italian freeway is 118 mph? Driver Mario Spillotti’s excuse: “I was running early for a doctor’s appointment.” Ha! Tell it to the judge, Mario.

* Italian header misses. Free kick against Italy for shoving, groping, and pinching.

* Score still 0-0. Six of the Italian players’ names end in O. Could be an ... O-men!

* Twelve minutes gone. A “DID YOU KNOW” from the match commentator: the Australian coach is nicknamed Lucky Guus; the Italian coach is known as Paul Newman. Not making this up.

* Not much going on. Three Australian players are smoking cigarettes.

* Goal saved by Australian keeper Shwarzer. Italian corner.

* Italian defence is fierce. So is attack; goal just saved again by Shwarzer.

* Viduka header neatly snared by Italian keeper.

* DID YOU KNOW: That two Italians were on Captain Cook’s Endeavour during its journey to Australia? (This might actually be true. I think I read it somewhere.)

* Yellow card to Italy’s Grosso for sideburn violations.

* Italian keeper Buffon prevents first serious slam at goal by Australia.

* Crucial 32 minute 17 second mark passes without incident.

* Chipperfield defends chiptastically.

* Oh my. That was close. Italy has now had about four substantial runs at goal compared to Australia’s one.

* First knee-grab of the game goes to Italy. Looked legitimate.

* One minute of additional time.

* END OF FIRST HALF

* DID YOU KNOW: That Italy only has one time zone? Just like China!

* SECOND HALF BEGINS

* El scorchio! Hot attack from rapid Italians. Followed by midfield head-smash that downs two players.

* RED CARD FOR MATERAZZI! Italy down to ten men with most of the second half to play.

* Australia in Kookaburra Mode Three.

* Ten minutes played in the second half.

* Two chances for Australia; Italy stunningly composed in defence.

* DID YOU KNOW: That I have removed all weapons from my house due to the presence here of an actual Italian?

* Yellow card to Wiltshire; second yellow to Australia.

* Tim Cahill does the knee dance. Italian advance at goal is ruinous.

* Free kick to Italy. Tipped over by Shwarzer. Corner to Italy is cleared.

* Halfway through the second half. Game still scoreless.

* Ball out of play; not called.

* Del Piero off for Italy, Totti on. Who these people are, I have no idea.

* Italian defence is liquid and artful. Australian defence is more machine-like, but just as effective.

* Australian corner. Over the top of goal.

* John Aloisi on for Australia. Immediately fouls.

* Buffon is one brave keeper. Risks all and prevails.

* Shwarzer isn’t too shabby, either.

* DID YOU KNOW: That Kaiserslautern is German for Woolloongabba?

* Anger erupts. Galluso yellowed—or yellered, for those in Texas.

* Three minutes to go. Another Italian cops the yellow.

* Australian goal-swarm reversed by Italy; cleared by Australia. One minute left.

* PENALTY to Italy with seconds remaining.

* GOOAAALLL to Italy.

* Italy wins 1-0.

* Former Australian coach Rale Rasic, commenting on SBS: “The penalty decision was an absolute disgrace.” At the same time he’s massively impressed by Italy’s defence. Co-commenter Ned Zelic makes the point that the red card for Materazzi was also a poor decision.

* Italian reader LupodiGubbio:

Rules say that if you go for the ball, miss it and instead hit the other’s leg, it is foul.

That’s why Materazzi was kicked out (well, rules say it was yellow, not red card, but speed made it all seem worst), and that’s why we had penalty.

BTW, referee did not see it as a dangerous action (actually it wasn’t), or he would have taken out yellow card, and did not consider the defensive as the last one (red card in this case).

I just think it is a matter of experience. When you are in the last minut and you see an attaccker, you have to shot his legbones out BEFORE he go into the penalty area.

My english sucks, sorry for that.

Gubbio’s beautifully expressive English doesn’t suck. We’re upset here, but we’ll get over having our legbones shot out. Congratulations to Italy, and congratulations to Australia for advancing further than any previous Australian team in the World Cup. Last words to Rasic: “We were gallant. We were best sportsmen.”

UPDATE. I blame gout.

Posted by Tim B. on 06/26/2006 at 10:33 AM
  1. Syrian Broadcasting Service?????

    that’s hilarious.

    Posted by powderkeg on 2006 06 26 at 10:41 AM • permalink

  2. And the picture goes on the blink just as kickoff… good old SBS govt services…

    Posted by Scott W on 2006 06 26 at 11:01 AM • permalink

  3. Okay pictures back.. I blame Italian activists myself. Or Andrew Demetriou!

    Posted by Scott W on 2006 06 26 at 11:02 AM • permalink

  4. By the way, Italian soccer is in the mother of all turmoil because of a huge matchfixing scandal involving the Italian version of Collingwood (Juventis) and Essendon (AC Milan).

    So given all the fuss at home, Italy are doing well to be able to field a team that can keep its concentration at all.

    Posted by Scott W on 2006 06 26 at 11:05 AM • permalink

  5. As a half-Italian Australophile, I’m rather divided in my allegiance here.

    Stuck at work in the States, no TV or radio of the game.  And Fox/ESPN/MSN, etc. do a lousy job of Cup web coverage.

    Keep those updates coming, folks!!

    Posted by Tex Lovera on 2006 06 26 at 11:12 AM • permalink

  6. #4:  Wasn’t Paolo Rossi busted for match-fixing about 20-25 years ago?  Some things don’t change…

    Posted by Tex Lovera on 2006 06 26 at 11:14 AM • permalink

  7. Still nothing happening. Thought you like to know that Tex.

    Posted by geoff on 2006 06 26 at 11:32 AM • permalink

  8. I’m bored now.

    Posted by Scott W on 2006 06 26 at 11:38 AM • permalink

  9. Halftime and it’s official. Nothing happened. Almost none of the Italian players are humping one another.

    Posted by geoff on 2006 06 26 at 11:48 AM • permalink

  10. that wasn’t too bad an effort…  no early goals and the game has been reduced to a 45 minute contest…  lets hope unlike brazil we don’t concede an early one straight after…  then say around the 60-65 minute mark, guus brings on the cavalry with aloisi and then kennedy an its our turn to start doing some real attacking….

    i could live with 1-0 to us….

    Posted by casanova on 2006 06 26 at 11:50 AM • permalink

  11. One Italian player fell over an Australian and actually stayed down for a while. Still trying to work that one out. Termites maybe.

    Posted by geoff on 2006 06 26 at 11:52 AM • permalink

  12. #7-

    Thanks, Geoff.

    #8-

    Scott W, I find soccer more frustrating than boring.  When everything works, the plays are beautiful.  They just don’t seem to work often enough!!

    Posted by Tex Lovera on 2006 06 26 at 11:52 AM • permalink

  13. At one point the commentator said “That is not to say the Australians will be TRYING to lose.”

    For some reason I just can’t get that out of my head.

    Posted by geoff on 2006 06 26 at 12:00 PM • permalink

  14. I thought it was Lucky Goose.

    Some nice sporting gestures, helping each other up off the ground!

    The commentator said it missed by a centimeter, looked like a metre from here.

    #11 That could have been nasty if his leg had been anchored on the ground when the aussie rolled into it.

    Posted by Rafe on 2006 06 26 at 12:02 PM • permalink

  15. They converted to one timezone to make it easier for Mussolini to make the trains run on time.

    Posted by geoff on 2006 06 26 at 12:02 PM • permalink

  16. Tex, I’ve really enjoyed most of the games in this tournament. Holland vs Portugal last night was hilarious. Argentina vs Mexico was a delight. But this is just too much. I think I’m just too much an AFL person.

    Posted by Scott W on 2006 06 26 at 12:03 PM • permalink

  17. Ohh, Italian player sent off for a naughty tackle… this is getting more exciting!

    Posted by Scott W on 2006 06 26 at 12:06 PM • permalink

  18. Scott-

    I did get to see those 2 games.  I don’t think I ever saw a more out-of-control contest than HOL-POR.  The MEX-ARG game was good.  That last goal was a beaut.

    So it’s 11 v 10 now?  Let’s see if the Aussies can take better advantage of it than the Dutch did.

    Posted by Tex Lovera on 2006 06 26 at 12:13 PM • permalink

  19. Don’t mention the war. I may have a while ago but I think I got away with it.

    Posted by geoff on 2006 06 26 at 12:16 PM • permalink

  20. Geez, even I’ve heard of Del Piero, and I’m about the most indifferent soccer ignoramus going around. However, I did think he was in a nursing home somewhere.

    Posted by James Waterton on 2006 06 26 at 12:36 PM • permalink

  21. lmfao australia—pwnt

    parvenus gone, finally

    Posted by benson swears a lot on 2006 06 26 at 12:50 PM • permalink

  22. “Yellered”, eh?

    Well, I do admit to saying “bring/brang/brung” and “warshed”, but NEVER yellered.

    Posted by Tex Lovera on 2006 06 26 at 12:51 PM • permalink

  23. Thievin’ Eyetie bastards, absolute dis-fargin’-grace!

    Posted by Harry Flashman on 2006 06 26 at 12:53 PM • permalink

  24. Ref 1 Aust 0

    Posted by geoff on 2006 06 26 at 12:53 PM • permalink

  25. Never a penalty, what’s wrong with these refs?

    Posted by Harry Flashman on 2006 06 26 at 12:54 PM • permalink

  26. thanks Guus u arsehole, for waiting 80 minutes to make a friggin’ substitution…  thats what u get for going for the draw u clown!!!!

    Posted by casanova on 2006 06 26 at 12:54 PM • permalink

  27. Geez - what a way to end a match.  Was the penatly truly deserved?

    Posted by Tex Lovera on 2006 06 26 at 12:54 PM • permalink

  28. I think I understand this game now because I want to riot.

    Posted by Dean McAskil on 2006 06 26 at 12:55 PM • permalink

  29. Disgusted beyond all belief, a complete travesty.

    Posted by Harry Flashman on 2006 06 26 at 12:55 PM • permalink

  30. It’s an injustice

    Posted by Melanie on 2006 06 26 at 12:55 PM • permalink

  31. That was clearly a dive by the Italian in the goal box. Watch the replays—he was grinning while taking the dive! Besides, how on God’s earth could a penalty have been given for that, dive or not?

    What a disgrace.

    Posted by Marty K on 2006 06 26 at 12:57 PM • permalink

  32. Well… I’ll give the result this, it really summarised the Socceroo’s entire world cup - Screwed by a Referee.

    Although to give that particular ref credit, that was the first decision he made that I was really dubious about…

    Posted by pache on 2006 06 26 at 12:58 PM • permalink

  33. What a ridiculous game. An international that can be won by an umpire with seconds to go, because the winning team can’t run in a straight line without falling over.

    Posted by Dean McAskil on 2006 06 26 at 12:58 PM • permalink

  34. I hope Ukraine or Sitzerland shove it right up the Italians’ arses, coz they’re shite and they know it.

    Sack every FIFA referee, they’re freakin’ clowns every last one of them.

    Posted by Harry Flashman on 2006 06 26 at 12:59 PM • permalink

  35. Geez, you guys sound like the Italian fans at the last World Cup.

    Posted by James Waterton on 2006 06 26 at 12:59 PM • permalink

  36. and if i hear anymore crap about how brave we were i’m gonna puke!!!!!!

    Posted by casanova on 2006 06 26 at 12:59 PM • permalink

  37. Filthy, stupid sport.

    Posted by Phranger on 2006 06 26 at 01:00 PM • permalink

  38. I don’t kow much about soccer but are these refs professionals or just someones dad who had a free afternoon?

    Posted by Dean McAskil on 2006 06 26 at 01:00 PM • permalink

  39. Gutted.

    Sums up soccer really, what a bunch of complete and utter cheats. Victory without honour. None.

    CHEATING DISHONEST DIRTY ROTTEN CHEATS.

    Their sport is in disarray over match fixing. Now they cheat again.

    Hope they get thrashed in the next game. To anybody, I don’t care.

    Off to take my son to cricket practice here in the UK where he can learn SPORTSMANSHIP. I’m chucking out his soccer ball. He prefers rugby and cricket anyway. Disgusted.

    Posted by Effing & Blinding on 2006 06 26 at 01:02 PM • permalink

  40. Now I remember why I hate soccer.

    Posted by geoff on 2006 06 26 at 01:02 PM • permalink

  41. short of a 6-0 thrashing or something, this was about the worst way to lose…  we had them down for the count and i never thought we would be scared to go out and deliver the killer blow…  with 10 men they were more interested in substituting forwards and attacking us….

    what the friggin’ hell was goose thinking???  we had them down and were too scared to kill them off????  i know who i will ascribe the lion’s share of the blame to for this…..

    Posted by casanova on 2006 06 26 at 01:05 PM • permalink

  42. Rules say that if you go for the ball, miss it and instead hit the other’s leg, it is foul.
    That’s why Materazzi was kicked out (well, rules say it was yellow, not red card, but speed made it all seem worst), and that’s why we had penalty.
    BTW, referee did not see it as a dangerous action (actually it wasn’t), or he would have taken out yellow card, and did not consider the defensive as the last one (red card in this case).
    I just think it is a matter of experience. When you are in the last minut and you see an attaccker, you have to shot his legbones out BEFORE he go into the penalty area.


    My english sucks, sorry for that.

    Posted by LupodiGubbio on 2006 06 26 at 01:06 PM • permalink

  43. #14 I would have thought having your leg anchored to the groung was nasty enough enuogh without the rest. What is it with this game?

    Posted by geoff on 2006 06 26 at 01:07 PM • permalink

  44. I’d like to shoot his fucking legbones out.

    Posted by geoff on 2006 06 26 at 01:09 PM • permalink

  45. Condolences, Oz. But you really didn’t expect Dame Edna to take down Don Corleone did you?

    Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 06 26 at 01:13 PM • permalink

  46. How come they don’t have sticks in soccer?  For use on referees.

    Posted by rhhardin on 2006 06 26 at 01:15 PM • permalink

  47. I heard the commentator on ESPN actually praise the Italian player for the way he sold the foul - “That’s how you do it!”  Isn’t it kind of chickenshit and crybabyish to try and sell a foul?  That’s one of the things I couldn’t stand about watching the World Cup this time around, aside from the trigger happy refs handing out yellow cards like candy.  Has it been this bad in World Cups past?

    Posted by Mark V. on 2006 06 26 at 01:17 PM • permalink

  48. I’m at work in the U.S. and did not see the match.  My impression has been that both the Americans and Australians lack world-class skills in feigning injury and diving at appropriate moments.  These types of skills are considered somewhat unmanly in our countries; thus, our players are at somewhat of a disadvantage.

    Posted by Larry G on 2006 06 26 at 01:18 PM • permalink

  49. Horrible officiating is NOT limited to Soccer.

    Here in the States, I’m amazed that a Ref’ or an Ump’ of any sport hasn’t been roasted AND/OR found nude in a dumpster.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 06 26 at 01:22 PM • permalink

  50. It’s quite simple.  Yet again, we were robbed by disgusting referring - as Ned Zelic said - it’s been terrible and hasn’t gotten any better.

    The “foul” at the end should never have been given.  Like a small child who looks around to see if anyone saw them fall before deciding to cry, Italy was running fine and free before taking out Lucas Neil and then falling on him.

    The only decision that should have come out of that tackle was a red card for Italy for simulation.

    Posted by cwiz on 2006 06 26 at 01:33 PM • permalink

  51. My impression has been that both the Americans and Australians lack world-class skills in feigning injury and diving at appropriate moments.  These types of skills are considered somewhat unmanly in our countries; thus, our players are at somewhat of a disadvantage.

    In hockey, diving is a penalty.

    The diving thing in soccer is the #1 thing that keeps me from enjoying it. One of the best things in sports is watching an injured player suck it up and play through. I simply can’t get over the pussiness of soccer. And it doesn’t help when players mime fellatio with each other after a goal.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 06 26 at 01:51 PM • permalink

  52. Rules say that if you go for the ball, miss it and instead hit the other’s leg, it is foul.

    I’m no soccer fan, but when I saw it in slow-mo replay the first thing that sprang to mind was that in ice hockey you’re responsible for your stick and can be called for tripping someone with your stick even if it’s unintentional; so in soccer are you “responsible for your body”? From Lupodio Gubbio’s comment, apparently you are. It didn’t look too divey to me, but that’s soccer for you.

    Still, a good effort by Oz, especially the flurry of shots in the crease that had to be saved by the diving Italian goalie in the later second half. A good job by Oz’s goalie as well. That said, I still don’t like the sport—an extra 30 minutes of play but probably about half the number of shots taken as in hockey; and probably about 1/10 the number of scoring chances.

    P.S. “el scorchio” is Mock Spanish, Tim; in Mock Italian it would be “il scorcio”. (I took Mock Italian in high school.)

    Posted by andycanuck on 2006 06 26 at 01:54 PM • permalink

  53. Damned sorry, folks. Better luck next time.

    Posted by paco on 2006 06 26 at 02:09 PM • permalink

  54. If we had put the ball in the back of the net once or twice these penalties wouldn’t matter. The basic problem is that Viduka is a hack, I’m sorry to say.

    Posted by Scott W on 2006 06 26 at 02:24 PM • permalink

  55. Cheating cunts.
    What a fucking disgrace of game.
    I’ll never allow my kids to play the fucking pussy game (and I live in the UK - so that means something). I simply will not allow them to play a “sport” where cheating is the main feature of the game.
    Roll on the Rugby.

    Posted by Baldman on 2006 06 26 at 02:28 PM • permalink

  56. Cheating cunts

    Now why bring the Dixie Chicks into this?...LOL.

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 06 26 at 02:37 PM • permalink

  57. Actually, wouldnt yellow translate into Texian as Yellah? You know, like Window = Windah and Pillow = Pillah?

    I think Yeller is more of a North Carolinian translation or possibly Oklahomian?

    Posted by Grimmy on 2006 06 26 at 02:42 PM • permalink

  58. I don’t know that much about soccer so I must ask.  Is sucking your thumb like a little child a required move after scoring the winning goal.?  Just asking.

    I thought these refs were supposed to be the best of the best.  After watching some of these matches, I really shudder to think what the other 99% look like.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2006 06 26 at 02:52 PM • permalink

  59. Haven’t seen the match yet but it sounds like the usual problem with soccer has ruled.

    One lousy decision - or even one debatable decision late in the game - decides the result.  Can you imagine such a decision - rightly or wrongly made - occurring in the World Cup final with the same score line?

    You’d like to think that these days, penalties ‘in the box’ at any stage in the game would be referred to a video referee.  It’s not as if the game is played at such a cracking pace that they can’t afford to make sure decisions affecting the result of the game are made correctly, especially given the propensity of soccer players to ‘dive’ (or, put another way ...especially given the propensity of soccer players to cheat).

    Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 06 26 at 03:12 PM • permalink

  60. #57: “Yellah” would also be fairly common in North Carolina, in the Piedmont region; “yeller” might well be heard in the mountains.

    In the old days, of course. There are so many Northern refugees living in NC now that you’d probably be hard-pressed to hear either variant. I was in the outer banks not long ago, and for some strange reason many of the cashiers and clerks in the grocery stores and fast food restaurants seemed to be Russian or Eastern European. Well, I say “for some strange reason”, although if I were a wood cutter in the Taiga, Nags Head would look pretty damned good to me, if I could get there. It doesn’t seem possible that they can all be exchange students.

    Posted by paco on 2006 06 26 at 03:12 PM • permalink

  61. He should hold his damaged leg and scream for a few minutes; seems to cure everybody else.

    This is the worst trait of soccer.

    Why hasnt such a disgraceful practice been shamed out of the sport? Especially at the professional level.

    BTW, I played the game for about 16 years here in the U.S., through high-school and then for indoor men’s leagues as a keeper, and cannot recall ever seeing such rampant, pathetic fakery (although some real nasty genuine injuries).

    P.S.

    In the time it took to write this I saw two dramatic dives in the Swiss/Uke match. Those are just the ones I happened to catch.

    Sheesh.

    PSS…make it three.

    Posted by Thomas on 2006 06 26 at 03:16 PM • permalink

  62. The diving thing in soccer is the #1 thing that keeps me from enjoying it.

    FWIW, the refs are urged to give yellow cards quite liberally for that. Not all of them do (I saw one just the other day, in the ARG-MEX game I think), but it’s getting better than it was, say, 10 years ago.

    In fact, I vehemently disagree with those who say it’s a drawback of soccer nowadays that there are too many yellow and red cards. There’s a lot of shit (like the diving, and various delay tactics) that players have been conditioned to think they’ll get away with, and I don’t care if half the international games finish at 10 vs. 9 players for a few years or a decade because the refs have to go overboard with the cards, if it means we’ll get rid of that stuff in the end.

    Posted by PW on 2006 06 26 at 03:35 PM • permalink

  63. >He should hold his damaged leg and scream for a few minutes; seems to cure everybody else.

    This is the worst trait of soccer.

    Why hasnt such a disgraceful practice been shamed out of the sport? Especially at the professional level.

    Actually I suspect it’s just corporate cross promotion - how else are they going to sell “Miracle-Spray-Ina-Can”?

    A couple of quick squirts and even the most horrifically crippled shins heal right over so the players can bounce around happily for another 45 minutes.

    Available at all good pharmacies, courtesy of good ol’ ‘Twist-Me-Own-Ankle’ Fifa.

    Posted by pache on 2006 06 26 at 03:48 PM • permalink

  64. tiny OT: plastic turkey!

    Posted by m on 2006 06 26 at 03:57 PM • permalink

  65. stuff basil fawlty, lets mention the war!!!

    Posted by vinny on 2006 06 26 at 04:00 PM • permalink

  66. harry flashman….“Sack every FIFA referee, they’re freakin’ clowns every last one of them.”

    most of the clowns who umpire soccer matches seem to be retards, i think this says something about the sport and how its run.

    alot of those clowns want to be part of the action and impose themselves on the game…....have a look at a south american soccer match, those umps carry on worse than the players.

    no doubt soccer is the most corrupt enterprise in human history.

    Posted by vinny on 2006 06 26 at 04:06 PM • permalink

  67. Gotta agree with #55 - soccer will never be truly embraced by Aussies while its main feature is nancy boys prancing about,taking fake falls and writhing in mock agony let alone the standard of referees trotted out again and again.

    Posted by AlphaMikeFoxtrot on 2006 06 26 at 04:20 PM • permalink

  68. And what’s with this wide berth shit?  When I played soccer in Texas as a youngster (hint:  soccer is not really the game of choice among youngsters down there), you didn’t hold off when the other team had the ball and wait for them to make a play to decide what play you were going to make.  You charged the motherf***er and either took the ball away from him or at least tried to put as much pressure as possible on him to get him to make a mistake.  We understood that running like an idiot right at the guy with the ball was a good way to get embarrassed when he sidestepped you.  But you could at least get in his face and jockey him to the sidelines and take his space away.

    And when you got the ball taken from you, you sure as hell didn’t just sit back and wait for your teammates down the field to clean up your mess.  If you pulled that, you rode the bench in favor of someone who would light a fire under his ass.

    And it wasn’t just that the fields weren’t as big so that we could afford to expend so much energy.  We did play some tournaments on World Cup-size fields, even at 12 or 13.

    Posted by Mark V. on 2006 06 26 at 04:56 PM • permalink

  69. Shucks!  Sorry, Oz.

    #60 many of the cashiers and clerks in the grocery stores and fast food restaurants seemed to be Russian or Eastern European.


    paco, I noticed the same thing about the waitresses around Myrtle Beach, SC and Atlanta, GA.  It’s not only Mexicans coming across the border.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 06 26 at 05:17 PM • permalink

  70. GOL!  GOL!  GOLZOLA!

    Just joking.

    Who wins this?  The team that advanced over midfield the most times?

    Anymore questions about why Yanks don’t like soccer.

    I didn’t know that Bjorn Borg was Ukranian?

    Posted by yojimbo on 2006 06 26 at 05:26 PM • permalink

  71. Hereis one of the Italian players:

    Italy’s Gennaro Gattuso said the penalty made up for Spanish referee Luis Medina’s ejection of Marco Materazzi with a straight red card 40 minutes earlier for a foul that may have only deserved a yellow card.

    “The referee made a mistake, but if there hadn’t been that red card, I don’t think he would have called that penalty,” Gattuso said.

    Gattuso, who hustled from one end of the field to the other and was one of Italy’s top performers, added that his thoughts turned to Totti before his teammate took the penalty shot.

    Bastards! I heard the coach say it was a penalty at least this player admits it was not really a penalty. A red card is not fatal, a penalty in the last minute is. There is no comparision.

    From this point forward, I will support any team playing Italy.

    I have never felt so cheated in my entire life.

    Posted by jayday on 2006 06 26 at 05:27 PM • permalink

  72. Oops!  Forgot.

    We now return you to futility central.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2006 06 26 at 05:30 PM • permalink

  73. Maybe if they removed the goalkeeper for the Swiss….?

    Posted by yojimbo on 2006 06 26 at 05:43 PM • permalink

  74. A serious question.

    At the end of each of these games the fans sing the same song.  It is very haunting.

    What is the name of the song please.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2006 06 26 at 05:48 PM • permalink

  75. Good morning.

    Gee. I had this really strange and horrible vivid dream last night. I dreamt that Australia held Italy to nil all right through the knock-out round match of the World Cup and then in the last few seconds this fucking ...

    AAHHHHHHH!!

    Posted by geoff on 2006 06 26 at 05:50 PM • permalink

  76. Well now we can sit back and enjoy quality football and crap referring without suffering heart attacks in the national interest.

    Console ourselves that we lead the way in AFL- we’re world beaters, and are not too bad at league and union either.

    FIFA reminds me of the United Nations when it comes to the quality of referring (every country is asked to send a clown to represent their local trash standards). And everyone knows what a joke the United Nations are (it’s always been a joke why the US has never asked them to relocate to some Duchy or minor kingdom bordering Siberia). There are billions of dollars involved in the sport at this level, though you wouldn’t believe it judging by the rank amateurish and moronic standard of referring. FIFA are dragged into the mud time and time again by this weak link in the chain.

    If I mentioned that they also bear parallels to the Australian Labour Party and their loud mouth Left faction (who guarantee an election loss time and time again) the parallel would probably be lost on international psychopaths who need only point to the willingness of a decent Conservative Government to spend taxpayers dollars on a minnow and its Marxist Fretlin “Freedomfighters” instead of swapping these losers with Indonesia and letting West Papua be reunited with PNG.


    The referring this tournament has been totally and utterly Krap. It has slunk into the mire and mealy mouth wuss commentators from the BBC (who couldn’t even fly a Kuyt - I vomitted when hearing “Cute”- let alone pronounce “Krap”- it’s German) and their sisters in drag at SBS, have let FIFA get away with it (Oh dearie me they might revoke our Press Credentials if we got too vociferous- can’t upset our Free Ride and Lunches we’re getting of German sausages every day).

    Will we ever see:

    Real commentators with guts.

    Real referees and not clowns;

    And end to SBS disaster of scheduling of major football- they’res plenty of badminton and table tennis for them to occupy the wee hours of the morning without disturbing prime time Greek News, Italian News, Uzbekistan News, Iranian News, North Korean News, Outer Punjab News and the weather from Morsons Antaractic Base.

    Posted by MarshallD on 2006 06 26 at 06:09 PM • permalink

  77. how else are they going to sell “Miracle-Spray-Ina-Can”?

    My husband calls it “Praise Jesus” spray because after a player is down, hurt, and screaming in agony, they strap him to the stretcher, run him to the touch line, spray on the spray and PRAISE JESUS!, he’s healed!

    Posted by wadikitty on 2006 06 26 at 06:14 PM • permalink

  78. #74

    I don’t know it, but the first few bars sound like the old Soviet national anthem.  It’s very confusing.

    Posted by Mark V. on 2006 06 26 at 06:15 PM • permalink

  79. So, you guys got jobbed while playing against Italy just like we did. I guess the refs don’t like the Anglosphere.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 06 26 at 06:21 PM • permalink

  80. I invite the Australian readers of this blog to cheer for the German squad against Italy once we mop up the Argentines in the quarter-finals. :)

    (No, I don’t really think the Ukraine will stop Italy first, although it would be fun to see.)

    Posted by PW on 2006 06 26 at 06:42 PM • permalink

  81. At least mussolini’s granddaughter isn’t a bad sort.

    Posted by darrinh on 2006 06 26 at 06:42 PM • permalink

  82. What we have just witnessed was nothing less than the clash of civilisations. Basic values are at stake here.

    The refereeing and the nancy-pancing seem incomprehensible to us because they are rooted in something we as Australians instinctively find repulsive. Feigning injury, trickery, hypocrisy, cowardice, the mimed sexual acts before an audience of millions, the mass hysteria ... This is not the Australian way. This is the European way.

    This is why the US will never be any good at this “sport”. It runs counter to the grain of the national character. It is not a good sign that Australia got as far as it did in this strange and often disgusting game. There is already plenty of evidence that our once proud culture is being gradually dissolved by corrosive Europeanism. The nanny statists, the mass worshippers of fascists and terrorist gangs and regimes, the “cut and run” mob, the steadily increasing contempt for democratic values and basic liberties, the anti-Americanism ... It goes on.

    Perhaps this silly travesty of a game is the wake-up call the nation needs.

    Posted by geoff on 2006 06 26 at 06:43 PM • permalink

  83. At least mussolini’s granddaughter isn’t a bad sort.

    Except for that whole “being a member of a neo-fascist party” thing.

    Posted by PW on 2006 06 26 at 06:52 PM • permalink

  84. Bah. I have let off a flare, assaulted the cat, and gone to bed.

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 06 26 at 07:07 PM • permalink

  85. Mark V.  Thanks, it does sound quite similar, doesn’t it.

    Must be well know because it seems like the whole crowd is singing! 

    Maybe it’s just dubbed for US audiences.  Maybe ABC(US) contracted with Paco Enterprises to provide a single song to end every match.

    I wish someone out there knew the name of that song!

    Posted by yojimbo on 2006 06 26 at 07:16 PM • permalink

  86. You are right Geoff. I think the reason Australian teams are physical is because they are from a country where tougher football codes are more popular.

    And this morning’s game is one of the reasons I don’t like soccer - the whole game decided by a referee decision in the final seconds because some guy fell over.

    Posted by The (WHMECDM) President on 2006 06 26 at 07:20 PM • permalink

  87. The song - Auld lang syne? (/clueless)

    As Margo’s Maid said: Bah. I have let off a flare, assaulted the cat, and gone to bed.

    I’m with Margo’s Maid! .... um, let me re-phrase that…..  My sentiments exactly.

    Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 06 26 at 07:31 PM • permalink

  88. Ordinarily I’d say we are all sounding like whinging Poms in this thread, but as we’re talking about the Pom’s national game, I think its quite appropriate.

    Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 06 26 at 07:33 PM • permalink

  89. I forgot to add:

    If FIFA is to hold any respect every referee’s bank accounts, including those Swiss accounts that a few of them open, must be thrown open to inspection by the world.


    In Australia we are not used to this sort of thing. It usually was a six pack of beer left accidentally in the referee’s shed by the home side that was enough to secure a a game (thank you W….... SC, Qld) I drank it and u lost the game anyway)

    But this is soccer, Italian style.


    Take my word for it. Mortgages mysteriously paid off, a new Lamborghini casually left for the ref’s daughter to test drive and never collected. Australians, in the land of Fair Play, have a lot of difficulty comprehending the intricacies of what really goes on behind the scenes (where billions of Lira and Euros may be involved, and the Mafia are well and truly entrenched in Italian soccer).

    We are not dealing with your local Gelati Bar (a tax free zone as it is- they are regarded as an Italian joke by the Tax Department who eat their free gelatis and then issue double penalty notices as it is).


    Rather than back Germany- who are going to have their work cut out against another set of primara donnas- I like Portugal’s kick em in the shins style. Can we make them honorary Australians for the rest of the tournament- they play like Aussies should be playing- break ankles and be done with it- playing like Real Men instead of Italian Pooftas.


    Shame about the draw. Maybe the Portugeese can settle a few scores with the Muvver Cuntry for us instead.

    Posted by MarshallD on 2006 06 26 at 07:34 PM • permalink

  90. Kudos for going as far as you did. One of the reasons the sport sucks as much as it does is the absolute arbritrariness of referee decisions. Not to take away from Ghana, who probably deserved to win anyway, but I felt the same revulsion when the U.S. went down—you can work hard, show the best sportsmanship, and be screwed by the ref more than in any other sport (certainly more than in baseball, football and basketball—can’t vouch for footie, cricket or rugby).

    Apologists say you need to game the system by taking dives to win; that it’s an acceptable part of the game. That’s not the recipe for “national pastime” in our countries.

    Posted by Tommy Shanks on 2006 06 26 at 07:37 PM • permalink

  91. All the guys that are foreign born are drooling over the matches in the break rooms at work.

    I peek in and check out the tube, see guys in short pants running around not seeming to do much, every once in a while someone falls down and the game stops, somebody kicks a ball toward the end and someone else kicks it back to the middle.

    Zero. Freakin’. Interest.

    The US could be the odds on best in the world and there would be Zero. Freakin’. Interest.  Even the foreign born were complaining about how few play the Brazilian game any more…whatever that means.

    Much like pro basketball, you only need to watch the last 5 minutes.

    Posted by trainer on 2006 06 26 at 07:37 PM • permalink

  92. I just heard part of an interview with John Howard, the reporter asked “do you have a message for Australians celebrating in Norton street”, Mr. Howard replied “err, congratulations to Italy”.

    Posted by darrinh on 2006 06 26 at 07:52 PM • permalink

  93. SCD

    Nope, not it.

    Dang! Somebody out there has to know the name of that puppy.  The whole freaking crowd at every game is singing the dumb thing.

    Searched for it myself(do you now the danger of leaving me in charge of the silverware!).
    All I found was the UK song.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2006 06 26 at 07:54 PM • permalink

  94. #74 Yojimbo

    Check this out, is your song one of these?

    It’s not “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is it? I learnt that in primary school.

    Posted by kae on 2006 06 26 at 07:59 PM • permalink

  95. #74 or

    here, Yojimbo - but there’s a few to sample…

    Posted by kae on 2006 06 26 at 08:04 PM • permalink

  96. Like apparently most of the commenters here I am not a fan of soccer but being an Australian male I will (and did) stay up till 4:00am and watch almost any Australian brand play sport. It seemed to me that the referees did try to minimise the “swan dives and tears” that are an entrenched part of the soccer culture and really so offensive to the 90% of the world who don’t play the game.

    At the same time I don’t understand why if there is a penalty to be given the video camera is not used to review the alleged incident.  This is usual in most sports and really does settle what can be serious arguments.

    In the Croatia game one of the players almost rugby tackled an Australian player and it was clear on the video but no action was taken.  Surely a linesman could have come in to notify the ref?  I would summarise the state of the game of soccer as one where the responsible officials are satisfied that it is as good as it can be.  That means since they haven’t penetrated the U.S. market by now they probably never will.

    Posted by allan on 2006 06 26 at 08:33 PM • permalink

  97. It just proves what I have been saying about the stupid rules.
    In the end Italy had 11 ‘players’ after all.
    Ref + Italy 1, Kewell 0.

    Italy had the better team and depth, so how could any serious game force them to play one short?

    Now back to the game with real scoring and real results -Aussie RULES.

    Posted by Barrie on 2006 06 26 at 08:37 PM • permalink

  98. Thank Christ that brief abberation is over- at least we won’t have to endure the view of teevee poisonalities bedecked in ugly, tacky green and gold spandex and ratchet-jawed bucketheads yammering on about the intricacies of “the beautiful game”- the most tiresome hour and a half of histrionics by airhead prima-donnas this side of senate estimates. Or at least until the next bandwagon lurches over the horizon anyway. The least the Hun could do to make the remnants of this turgid tournament a little interesting to watch would be to release all the Millwall and Chelsea supporters no doubt currently in immigration detention, point them in the direction of a stadium and issue furniture.

    Posted by Habib on 2006 06 26 at 08:46 PM • permalink

  99. Thanks kae.

    Don’t have the audio up on this machine but just looking at those songs I bet it is the German anthem.  Have to listen when Germany plays next.  As Mark V said, it sound very similar to the old Soviet anthem.

    Where is PW when you need him! 
    Don’t remember the German anthem sounding that good!

    Posted by yojimbo on 2006 06 26 at 09:24 PM • permalink

  100. Who cares. Soccer sucks

    Posted by Tex on 2006 06 26 at 09:33 PM • permalink

  101. The game needs some reforms…

    Posted by closeapproximation on 2006 06 26 at 10:16 PM • permalink

  102. Prediction: Italy will not win the World Cup, but will take gold in the diving at Beijing Olympics.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 06 26 at 10:37 PM • permalink

  103. The game needs some reforms…

    Begin with a name change…TO Lacrosse. helmets, face masks, thigh pads and kevlar, steel cleats.

    OR Rugby, with the same equipment as above…:).

    Exception the long handled wicket….it needs bats, made by Hillerich & Bradsby

    Posted by El Cid on 2006 06 26 at 10:41 PM • permalink

  104. I’m pretty sure the song is “Go West”, originally by the Village People. I don’t think the crowd is actually singing it at the end, I think it comes on over the PA - although, towards the end of matches, I’ve definitely heard the crowd singing it. Well, the tune, anyway, there could be some other lyric that they’re actually singing.

    Posted by dsmith_michigan on 2006 06 27 at 12:03 AM • permalink

  105. Don’t have the audio up on this machine but just looking at those songs I bet it is the German anthem.  Have to listen when Germany plays next.  As Mark V said, it sound very similar to the old Soviet anthem.

    Where is PW when you need him! 
    Don’t remember the German anthem sounding that good!

    Heh, I’m pretty sure it’s not the German anthem you’re looking for. I honestly don’t pay much attention to the chants anymore, but it doesn’t happen to be the Pet Shop Boys’ “Go West”, does it? That one sounds vaguely Russian, and seems to be sung at about five-minute intervals, mainly because basically every team in Europe has some re-lyric’ed version of that*, so it’s familiar to everyone in attendance.

    * The ones here in Germany are generally “Steh auf, wenn du X bist” (Stand up if you’re a [fan of] X), where X is the team nickname.

    Posted by PW on 2006 06 27 at 12:08 AM • permalink

  106. D’oh, just beaten to it by dsmith…and yes, I totally forgot it’s not originally by the Pet Shop Boys. (To echo paco, suddenly I feel very young…)

    Posted by PW on 2006 06 27 at 12:09 AM • permalink

  107. And as for why it’s getting played after each game, Wikipedia seems to have the answer (sorry, link’s not going through due to unusual characters):

    The tune of “Go West” has been adopted by football fans of some countries, including England, for various football chants. An orchestral version of the song was adopted by FIFA as the official theme of World Cup 2006.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_West_(song)#In_culture

    Posted by PW on 2006 06 27 at 12:17 AM • permalink

  108. Back to the soccer - has anyone seen a penalty count for Mark Viduka. I don’t think I saw him receive one penalty all tournament despite him being interfered with more often than a kid at Michael Jackson’s ranch.

    Posted by The (WHMECDM) President on 2006 06 27 at 12:18 AM • permalink

  109. Oddly fitting that a tune released then covered by two overtly gay troupes has been adopted as a soccer anthem.

    Posted by Habib on 2006 06 27 at 12:30 AM • permalink

  110. Again like a FIFA in the night a decision is made to stop Aussie and help FIFA friends.

    Posted by stackja1945 on 2006 06 27 at 12:41 AM • permalink

  111. Tim, have you seen Gut Rumbles?

    Posted by Fiona on 2006 06 27 at 01:03 AM • permalink

  112. Thanks to D Smith and PW(well,yeah,sure).

    I love that melody.  I was not familiar with that song.  Previous experience with the FIFA site had prevented me from going there to search.  What a mess.

    In other news.  The Feds detained Rush Limbaugh for three and a half hours Monday night at the airport for have a bottle of Viagra in his luggage.  Seems it was prescribed for someone else.

    Glad that GWOT thing has been won since the Feds now have time to:

    1) Sortie 40 FBI agents-and a dog-to Michigan to look down some hole for Hoffa’s remains.
    2) Hold some guy for hours at an airport for having a bottle of Viagra.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2006 06 27 at 01:08 AM • permalink

  113. Ah, shit, that’s a damn shame. Thanks for letting us know, Fiona.

    RIP, Acidman.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 06 27 at 01:08 AM • permalink

  114. #80

    Tanks for de invitation to back der Farterland.

    D’ere are scores to settle in dis game.

    Der Spags haz gotta get theirs.


    Der Ref waz in der pokket.

    But der Muvver Land is also targe-jay.

    Dese wankers dey sent ma gggranddaddie to Van Diemans Land 200 years to dis day, for screwing 3 sheilas.

    Dese Lumps a Lard are up aginst der Portaghese.


    Der Portagheese gunna breaka der legs of dese Lumps a Lard, then cooka da Sphags for brekkie.

    If dar Farterland can help, much appreshiated.

    Posted by MarshallD on 2006 06 27 at 03:13 AM • permalink

  115. I hope Australia doesn’t lose momentum after this, because the next stop is the Asian Cup. This could be the beginning of something beautiful.

    Posted by Popovich on 2006 06 27 at 03:38 AM • permalink

  116. I’ll probably get beat up for saying this, so I’ll tack it here at the end of a thread no one’s paying anymore attention to.

    I know y’all just love soccer, but there’s something I just don’t get about it. Why aren’t there women on the international teams?

    I mean, it’s not exactly like the game was designed by pansies for sissies but it is a “finesse” game and is much more about endurance than bulk strength or toughness…so it’s tailor made for women’s participation.

    And that’s what I don’t get. Is it due to the old relentless old-world misogyny? or is it just an effort to maintain some delusion of manliness for such a feminine game?

    Posted by Grimmy on 2006 06 27 at 03:44 AM • permalink

  117. Most of you have probably see this Arbito gay referee video which has been around for at least 2 years.
    It helps explain why soccer refs are held in such low regard.

    Posted by Skeeter on 2006 06 27 at 03:53 AM • permalink

  118. #16

    Because women should stick to womens sports. Like hot oil wrestling and foxy boxing.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 06 27 at 03:55 AM • permalink

  119. Someone should teach the referees how to referee. This is the fucking World Cup - not some goddamn amateur game played out on the street.

    Well done Australia - you were the real winners.

    Posted by The Best Infidel on 2006 06 27 at 06:43 AM • permalink

  120. Why aren’t there women on the international teams?

    Might be a good time to mention that the most recent Women’s Soccer World Cup was won by…ah, have a guess. :) Incidentally, one of the top two women’s teams here in Germany (who between them have won pretty much all national titles and cups for the past 10+ years) is the pride of my hometown.

    Anyway, I don’t watch enough women’s soccer to really have a qualified opinion, but as far as I know the game is played a step or two slower, while technique is often pretty good. Endurance used to be considered a problem (the women’s games used to be only 70 minutes, until the early 1990s I think), but not anymore.

    Generally speaking, top division women’s soccer is usually considered about equal to decent men’s second-division football, though of course it may have changed a bit since that became the received wisdom.

    Posted by PW on 2006 06 27 at 07:33 AM • permalink

  121. If only Aleem Dar, Steve Bucknor and Billy Bowden gave up cricket umpiring and started officiating international soccer matches instead, it would dramatically increase the standard of umpiring in both sports.

    Posted by Jim Geones on 2006 06 27 at 08:02 AM • permalink

  122. Most of you have probably see this Arbito gay referee video which has been around for at least 2 years.
    It helps explain why soccer refs are held in such low regard.

    Too much dancing, not enough prancing.

    A little mincing would have been nice.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 06 27 at 09:02 AM • permalink

  123. What a pity the Socceroos didn’t poach Andrew Johns to the team.  His skills would have made the difference.

    Come to think of it, with a few Rugby League players in the team, there would be no need for the opposition players to fake injuries at all!

    Posted by PeterTB on 2006 06 27 at 09:21 AM • permalink

  124. #85 Yojimbo: Paco Enterprises offered to provide a recording of Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, but the Italians objected.

    #117 Skeeter, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a ref in any sport, er, take wing quite like that guy.

    Posted by paco on 2006 06 27 at 09:21 AM • permalink

  125. Fabio Grosso the next diving champ?

    Posted by stackja1945 on 2006 06 27 at 10:18 AM • permalink

  126. I got back from Germany Saturday.  After leaving the US Italy game, I walked away from a game for the first time in my life thinking it was fixed.

    Posted by Room 237 on 2006 06 27 at 10:34 AM • permalink

  127. It’s funny, among the articles I’ve read here in various places (newsweeklies, sportsweeklies, daily press), the US-Italy match was almost universally praised (well, praised compared to some of the other games anyway) as one that was well-ref’d. I’m finding it hard to argue with that, too, in fact…as far as I could tell from watching that game, the two red cards were perfectly justified, the yellow-red for Pope was okay too even if it was a bit harsh (kid shouldn’t have made that dumb foul he got the first yellow card for), and the number of questionable off-side decisions was at the low end, too.

    Posted by PW on 2006 06 27 at 01:01 PM • permalink

  128. Bah, far too much unsportsmanly whining on this thread. Isn’t this the sort of unpleasant complaining we (rightly) pillory fans from a number of other nations for? Three points of interest mentioned in the above post :

    1)“The penalty decision was an absolute disgrace.”

    2)“Co-commenter Ned Zelic makes the point that the red card for Materazzi was also a poor decision.”

    3)“We were gallant. We were best sportsmen.”

    Let’s be happy with the third, instead of impotently fuming over the first whilst ignoring the second.

    This was a great World Cup for the Aussies. We shouldn’t let sour grapes diminish our achievements.

    Posted by James Waterton on 2006 06 27 at 01:19 PM • permalink

  129. James, as I said at #88….

    Ordinarily I’d say we are all sounding like whinging Poms in this thread, but as we’re talking about the Pom’s national game, I think its quite appropriate

    Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 06 27 at 08:10 PM • permalink

  130. Don’t know if/how many of you guys have seen this vid. Funny ‘cause it’s true.

    Italian Training Camp

    I think it dates from the last Eurpoean Cup -
    nothing has changed!

    Posted by Chunder on 2006 06 27 at 10:06 PM • permalink

  131. And now we can all go back to sleep.

    Posted by Howzat on 2006 06 28 at 03:12 AM • permalink

  132. #128

    Co-commenter Ned Zelic makes the point that the red card for Materazzi was also a poor decision

    Did you know Harry Kewell scored the equalising goal against Croatia from an offside position? That a spot kick should have been awarded against Tim Cahill seconds after he scored his first goal against Japan?

    My point of contention is not that the Socceroos were hard done by, although there is evidence to suggest they were. I’m irked by the generally pathetic standard of refereeing at this World Cup.

    Millions of dollars and the hopes of nations rest on the outcome of each game. Meanwhile top officials are constantly embroiled in scandal. Heaven forbid if it sounds like I’m whining.

    Isn’t this the sort of unpleasant complaining we (rightly) pillory fans from a number of other nations for?

    No. If you are thinking Italy 2002, they were criticised because of reprisals against a Korean who played in the Italian League.

    Posted by Dan J. on 2006 06 28 at 06:44 AM • permalink

  133. Yeah the goal scorer was sucking his thumb????

    Posted by crash on 2006 06 28 at 09:28 AM • permalink

  134. If you are thinking Italy 2002

    Well, that’s one example - but there are many others - from other sports and nations.

    Okay, so your contention is that the refereeing hasn’t been so great. I’m sure many would agree with you. However, that isn’t the contention of most protesting on this thread. I was responding to the ‘we wuz robbed’ crowd.

    Posted by James Waterton on 2006 06 28 at 01:15 PM • permalink

  135. Gout???

    Wally Gout died years ago.


    The penalty wasn’t Cute either- Cuyt was playing the Doitch.


    Must have been the Pizza, The two boxes delivered by Dominoes to that ref’s door the night before.


    Some ref’s have low thresholds of persuasion.

    Posted by MarshallD on 2006 06 29 at 03:48 AM • permalink

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