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Bloody Jocks.

Australia vs. Japan: Japan are great scrappers, and played a wholly defensive game. They were fun to watch running circles around the Australians. The Japanese have quite a bit of style there. Kawaguchi is also the second player I'm liking to watch this season, next to Trinidad & Tobago's Hislop (and they're both goalkeepers -- wonder when Kahn is coming back? Lehmann's not the same to watch). In the end, I think Japan's problem was that they were too defensive, relying a bit too much on keeping Australia at a tie. There's also that issue rather similar to Costa Rica, where they were great at stealing the ball, but didn't otherwise take advantage of the chances they had to score with it. Australia was all brute force, but considering how sloppy the Japanese side were about attacks, they might as well have been. The third Australian goal by Aloisi was a good shot.

Having said that, I felt this game was the worst show of sportsmanship this whole season. The most annoying point of the match for me was actually the Australian commentator we got on SBS's telecast. He was heinous, whoever he was (I came in at 18 minutes past). Appalling biases, with pretty open heckling of the Japanese team. Case in point, Kawaguchi's reach was just fine. In fact, it was about the same as Schwarzer's for this match, so why didn't anyone comment on that? And what the hell was that about the referee needing to yellow card himself? The Australian fans too, booing on the Japanese team in Germany was just truly bad form. I mean, it is appalingly bad form. I don't think I've seen a match yet in 2006 with booing fans. This is not a match for good competitive spirit, and while this wasn't the greatest few days of it either, this...just made everything reek.

Argentina vs. Côte d'Ivoire: Not bad. Not good either. Argentina wasn't particularly stylish. I kept falling asleep for this one.

Mexico vs. Iran: Very nicely aggressive game in the first half. Good, hard attacks on both sides. The second half had Iran playing defensively instead, and everything went downhill from there.

So far, all the matches involving the favourites have been pretty dull stuff. Starting with Germany, England and Argentina, in that order, I'm just not sure there are many matches I really want to watch left. Barring Trinidad & Tobago, who could prove to be a real dark horse, if they keep up the kind of game they had against Sweden. Brazil, who often are guaranteed to be interesting, will be up tomorrow. It will be interesting to hear what the Australian commentators have to say when Australia goes up against them on Sunday. Largely, I'm just hoping the Brazillians bloody their noses.



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Jun. 12th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)

The U.S. just got its ass wiped clean by the Czechs! ARGH! Serves us right. ;)
Jun. 12th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
Defence had holes there, unfortunately. The Czechs took good advantage of it -- they were worthy opponents! :)
Jun. 12th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
Just sat down at work with about 20 of my coworkers and watched the US get trounced by the Czech Republic. How humiliating.
Jun. 12th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
Came in for the second half of US vs. Czech. In fact, just posted a thing about it!

Gar, sorry about the loss there. The Czechs were the most coordinated team we've seen so far though. Seeing them at work, they'd probably be good matches against Germany or England as these teams were over the weekend.
Jun. 13th, 2006 12:19 am (UTC)
aw poor widdle ozzies :D
it's quite amusing to meet someone who hates them more than me
it makes me realise I have grown strangely fond of the bastards over the years in spite of all their faults
Jun. 13th, 2006 09:50 am (UTC)
I don't hate 'em. Can't say I like all of 'em either, though there are exceptions, as you well know. ;P (ah, it's that even safe to say online, considering where I am?!)

It's just that the World Cup makes me a bit more territorial than usual -- I have my thing for Asian countries in this game, but really, I appreciate any sort of good skills, and that applies to anyone. There's been a lot of interesting fights coming up from new teams, for example. And then there are teams I have cockroach feelings for to begin with...which I shall not go into! ;P
Jun. 13th, 2006 10:30 am (UTC)
Hahaha I hope you don't mean me, because I aint one :D
Apart from my swearing skills perhaps...

Still there I things I do like about the Australian character. They are honest and courageous, if somewhat naive and unsophisticated. I find them relaxing and easy to ignore for the most part which is why I stay here.

I can imagine though that the size and isolation of Perth might make for a particular extreme strain of Ozziness...

Jun. 13th, 2006 11:20 am (UTC)
Coincidentally, I'm not one either! (Don't know if that's something to be proud of, but hey!) ;)

All the barbies, and dickies and god-knows-else-ies are very much part of them that way. Honest, a bit naive, friendly, somewhat unsophisticated, and oddly insular. Even with the high Asian population here, there's that general unfamiliarity with the outside world. It's all over the media, of course, and we've talked about this before. Coming from Kuala Lumpur, which is an extreme opposite of Perth -- I'm still trying to figure out my place here. :)
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:29 am (UTC)
Lol! dickies? you made that one up ;)
I don't think I wil ever have a place here tbh. I guess that is why I have a soft spot for the football team...so many of them are also immigrants and the code itself was marginalized for so long here, just like the people who play it. Their success is like a symbol of the native born Australians being finally forced to accept us.
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:50 am (UTC)
Well, there was something the other day, started with d, ended with -ies. Can't remember what it was, but they shorten everything. ;)

I've only been here about 2 years. I don't really know where I'll end up, but I realize I might not be staying here long, if I can help it. It's just too unlike me as a place, and I don't feel any particularly strong ties to it. But, we'll see. :)

For me, I think the worst turn off for migration is when people, especially migrants themselves, show up about being proud of giving up their citizenship, or proudly show off their economic migration status. It's probably why I find it so difficult to adjust -- I don't have a particular need to exploit this place for money, I certainly don't want or need Australian citizenship -- though I try hard to accept that people's choices are their own, I still cringe whenever Asian migrants, particularly those from my country, flaunt coming here as having "made it". I'm literally here just as another transient address, following my family. Whatever needs to happen, will happen. It is me making things difficult for myself as well though, and I certainly have no wish to insult my hosts with that attitude. So especially at events like the World Cup, it can feel quite lonely.
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