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Brazil vs. France


There are three reasons I watch the World Cup. The first is style, how individual players bring their characters to the field and how teams come together as a single force. The second is strategy, because I like to see how teams wrap around each other in a game. The third is spirit, some magical alchemy between the players own fight and the fans who cheer for them. It's not often all three happen at the same time.

I cannot praise France enough. They exploded onto the field. The Brazillians are a wiry team. The French know how to close their gaps fast. The Brazillians play at close quarters. The French take advantage of small spaces. Zidane, he is absolutely godly. The kick between Ronaldo's feet and out the other side was incredible. The pass to Henry that gave France their goal deserves to be spoken about for years to come. Everyone remembers France from 2002, when they effectively fell off the radar. This has truly been a match between two World Champions. It is frightening how fast Brazil can be taken apart if the other team knew all the seams. Vieira, Makelele, Malouda -- Ribery was gallant and took so many hits for France, of course, Zidane. So many good players, so much beautiful soccer. This France will make it to the Finals. This France will defeat Germany. I certainly hope so.

And the spirit at the end, where Zidane gets the respect of everyone, and especially the hug he gives Robinho, who we are bound to see more of in the future, not just because of Real but because it would be a shame if he did not make it to the next Cup, all this spirit is wonderful. Adriano hugging Henry, I think it was Henry too. Such a beautiful, honourable game. You don't feel there was a losing side at all.



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Jul. 1st, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
yes i feel there's a losing side!! fuck that D: no more south american teams in the cup ;.; nooooooooooooo.
Jul. 1st, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
Ah, there's a point. But all the East Asian teams didn't make it past the first round. *sad* And Brazil went out with a fight, and they were good, and also helped kicked at least one of those East Asian teams out. *very sad*

But somebody still has to kick Germany's arse, and at least there is a worthy team left to do it. *nods*
Jul. 1st, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
oh whatever @ asia they aren't known for being great soccer players anyway so it doesn't matter hahahahaa *so biased*

that germany v italy game is going to be quite something, i haven't watched any of the germany games so i don't know what to expect :x

portugal is going to have a HARD time with france D:
Jul. 1st, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
Well, the South Koreans have beaten Italy (2 times), lost to Portugal 5-3 (one of Portugal's classic comebacks in 1966, because the Koreans had them at 3-0 for the entire first half) and beaten Spain. In the last Word Cup, they reached the Semi Finals. I don't expect Asians to make it to the Finals by 2010, but I don't think they can't do it either. ;P

Germany is a strong team that plays pretty straightforward football. Actually, I think they're quite bland. They are very motivated because they're the hosts, and the match against Argentina probably hyped them up some more. Italy will have a hard time beating them, but I think they can.

Portugal will have a hard time with France. If they play like they did against England, then it will be even harder. On the other hand, this depends on whether France can keep up the momentum. Brazil was a special fight for them, since they did have a point to prove (Brazil has never won against the French since at least 1998).
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