Great Britain vs South Korea, Olympic Soccer: Open Thread

team gb Great Britain vs South Korea, Olympic Soccer: Open Thread

Team GB faces a massive match today when they play South Korea in the Olympic men’s soccer tournament. A win and Team GB will be in the semi-final. A loss, and they’ll make the short trip home.

You could argue that Team GB has exceeded expectations thus far. With manager Stuart Pearce in charge, everyone expected a dire tournament especially after the way Team GB played so poorly against Brazil in the pre-tournament friendly. But I’d argue that it’s been the Team GB players who have lifted this side rather than anything in particular that Pearce has done. The former Manchester City manager is merely a spectator.

That may sound harsh, but I’d like to see Pearce having to make a critical decision today to see whether he has what it takes to be a manager at this level. Against a very tough South Korea side, we may see that happening today.

For viewers in the United States, the match will be shown live on MSNBC, NBC’s soccer channel, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Live Extra app.

By now, you know the drill. Before, during and after today’s game, post your rants, raves, questions and observations in the comments section below.

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40 Responses to Great Britain vs South Korea, Olympic Soccer: Open Thread

  1. Spinoza says:

    Supercilious of us to think that the win is “guaranteed.” This happens in every tournament for England—I am fully aware that this is TEAM GB, but they are after all cut from the same thread—and we go out in the semis or in the quarterfinals.

    When Stuart Pierce was asked by a journalist who will SK’s major threats, he answered: “I don’t know much about their players but they’re good players and we’ll try our best to win.” This is his attitude, and the attitude of the players.

  2. James says:

    Giggs is on the bench for this game. GB should have enough to beat S. Korea easily and setup a date with Brazil on Tuesday.

    • Thomas says:

      Now thats a shame.
      Even with Giggs, GB didnt have enough to overcome S. Korea. Not to emphasise the ‘easily’
      Feel sorry for you

  3. Michael says:

    Why was Jack Butland trying to punch that shot? He should have just palmed it away but in general GB have been so flat and uninspired out there so far, Have to step their game up now

  4. The Gaffer says:

    Now it’s going to get interesting. Well-taken goal by South Korea.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  5. jtm371 says:

    the pitch looks to be in awful shape lots of divots.

  6. Michael says:

    I’ll take it! Ramsey just squeaked that penalty in there.

  7. The Gaffer says:

    Two poorly taken penalties by Ramsey. He was lucky the first one went in.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  8. Michael says:

    I think someone else many want to take the next penalty…

  9. Michael says:

    Bellamy or Giggs if (more like when) he’s brought on would be my top 2 choices.

  10. Paul says:

    This guy stays with the clichés with his commentary. Saying Sordell would provide better options as he is a “traditional” centre-forward. He obviously hasn’t watched Sordell play for the U21.

    And WTF is “being on frame”? who says that. If you say something and you know it is corny, why repeat it over and over again?

  11. Matt says:

    “on frame” is American for getting a shot on target

    • The Gaffer says:

      It’s a pet peeve of mine too. I hate it. Both Kyle Martino and Taylor Twellman say it all the time.

      Not only does it sound stupid, but it doesn’t make sense. A frame of a goal would be the posts and crossbar, so if someone is hitting it “on frame,” it’s not going on goal.

      It seems to be something that comes from MLS, as far as I can tell. I hate it.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  12. The Gaffer says:

    I hate stutter steps.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  13. Fairchild says:

    Is it just the crummy feed in the live extra app or was jack butlands tongue blue?

    • The Gaffer says:

      Nope, you’re correct. Did he eat some blue sweets or something before going into the penalty kicks? Butland used the same tactics that Hart did, with the demon stare and tongue hanging out. It didn’t work for either man.

      Nevertheless, I was impressed overall with Butland’s performances during this tournament.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • Fairchild says:

        I can see the genius in it. Any little thing could throw off a penalty taker in that environment, but it seems these guys are just too good. Didn’t some guy pull his pants down at the Euros during a shoot out and fail?

        My guess is that he used one of those painted lollipop candies.

  14. James says:

    The Koreans sure know how to take penalties. Butland never got close to saving any of them.

    Sturridge is a good player but he is very selfish and doesn’t like passing to teammates even if they are in a better position. And missing the penalty was just terrible with that stupid stutter step.

  15. Michael says:

    I now have devised a cure for the English when it comes to penalties…have Welsh players take them.

  16. dust says:

    Nothing can fix that curse other than not letting it get to penalties.

  17. Andyb says:

    YESSSS! Go Korea!!! I’ll be cheering you on in the bronze medal match with my Korean flag!!

    No more team gb football team in the future now, please.

  18. Michael says:

    Penalties are a joke to decide a match. A penalty is awarded for an infringement, a punishment if you like for a wrongdoing. If FIFA insist this is correct way to decide a match, it would be better if they are taken before the match starts, but only used if the game ends in a draw, giving extra incentive not to play for a draw.

  19. L) says:

    South Korea won!!
    I will never forget Ki and Koo

  20. David says:

    Too bad for Team GB, but congratulations to South Korea. I felt that after a poor start we got back in the game and were in with a chance. England vs Italy this was not. I had no greater delusions than a possible bronze medal. I seem to be in a minority but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching the GB men’s and women’s football, and am sad that it’s unlikely to happen again. I would have loved some Scottish and Northern Irish participation, a fit Bale, and the availability of some of the England Euro squad. I can’t for the life of me figure out why Ramsey took the second penalty during normal time after such a tame first kick. And Sturridge’s hesitation was the kiss of death. The other nine penalties were well taken.

  21. Matt says:

    I agree with Gaffer, I can’t comment on England as I wish them nothing but the worst, but Japan’s player development and their style of football is miles ahead of the USA right now. USA is currently relying on German-born players at the moment

  22. James says:

    If Brazil play like they did today against Honduras then I can see an all Asian final. Still see Brazil beating Korea but you never know.

  23. XDXD says:

    MAN.
    GB LOST EVEN HAVING HOME ADVANTAGE + BIASED VIEWS BY BRIBED COLOOOMBie referee.

    GB should have won easily under those circumstances.
    really shame.

  24. Geroge says:

    I definitely agree with XDXD. it is a great shame for GB to have home advantage and bribed columbian referee and still lost. How could a referee be so blind for the first penalty kick call unless he was bribed. GB should have won the game with their talent. However, the way GB players played winning was not an option. Shame on GB.

  25. FantasyYirma says:

    Disappointed to see team GB out last night. Thought Bellamy should have taken the penalties during the match. Fair play to Ramsey for stepping up. He has received a lot of back lash from a section of Arsenal fans over the past season, but at the end of the day he still has the guts to step up. Still have high hopes for Ramsey.

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