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Random Thoughts: July 4, 2006

Gold Cup US Honduras Soccer

  • The only team to score against Italy this entire World Cup has been the United States, albeit as an own goal.
  • Any guess what sporting event ESPN2 broadcasted today on their channel? Golf? Tennis? Soccer? No, it was a hot dog eating contest sponsored by Nathans. Seriously.
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  1. The Gaffer

    July 7, 2006 at 7:20 pm


    Your English is excellent (and a million times better than my Italian).

    You’re right about the probability of most of the Italians joining Spanish sides than English ones, but I predict a fair few of them to cross the Atlantic to play in the chilly English climate.

    As for the 4-5-1 formation, sorry but this is harder for Italians to understand why the rest of the world prefers a 4-4-2, 4-3-3 or any formation other than 4-5-1 (or 4-3-2-1). At the end of the day, it’s more exciting to see a team attack than defend. Sorry!

    The Gaffer

  2. matteo

    July 5, 2006 at 5:09 am

    Hi, this is Matteo from Italy. Excuse me for my bad English, of course.
    I think many of the players who play for the team that (maybe) will be punished for the scandal, will keep on playng in Serie A. That’s because Inter did not take part to the scandal and, as we know, Massimo Moratti (Inter owner) always spends a lot of money to have the best players. Maybe, some of them will play abroad, but in Spain more than in England.
    I don’t agree to your analysis of the 4-2-3-1 (or 4-5-1). Why do you think it gets the matches boring? You know, football is a game in which you have to win, but for winning, you have also to defend your goal. Look at Italy’s WC: only 1 goal taken, just because of our defence.
    I think it’s better to win attacking and defendins as well as you can, instead of playing like Real Madrid does. Real Madrid which is the example of a team that is only thinking about scoring but does not work on improving his defence.
    Surely, I don’t think football fans could like matches with a lot of goal that are made just because of the weekness of the defenders.
    Best regards
    (I repeat: sorry for my horryble English)

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