FIFA

by craig on June 12, 2014 11:36 pm in Uncategorized

A Brazilian defeat would have been a disaster for FIFA, sharpening the Brazilian anti-corruption, anti-FIFA protest movement. A conspiracy theorist might say that explains the appalling refereeing decisions. Others might say that is nonsense and the referee was just honestly incompetent. As a complete neutral who loves football, my evening’s enjoyment was ruined either way. If the officials are going to behave like this, why not skip the next month and just give the cup to Brazil now?

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  1. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    12 Jun, 2014 - 11:51 pm

    As Mary would say : I did not watch the match.

    Unlike her, this means that I feel unable to comment thereon.

    But anyway, hey, who’s watching the football when there’s an episode of The Good Wife to watch??

  2. Ben-LA PACQUTE LO ES TODO

    13 Jun, 2014 - 12:14 am

    Jaysus H…..

  3. “…why not skip the next month and just give the cup to Brazil now?”

    Where’s the money in that?

  4. what do you think about Brazils role as regional power? As far as i grasp the situation, USA and probably EU as well, would have wanted to see Brazil to take a stand against Maduro with economic sanctions and instead Dilma declared that Brazil traditionally stays neutral in external conflicts and on twitter right now the situations seems to be that Chavistas worship Dilma and the Anonymous Venezuela movement condemns her, claiming Brazil sold the tear gas to Venezuelan police which they would need now at home. This is kind of paradox since the entire european left wing hates the brazilian government because of the coverage in the media and their lack of investments in infrastructure, health and education. Venezuela generally is friends with any country who has a tense relationship with the US, no matter if it is Russia, Belarus, Gaddhafi Libya, Iran, Assad etc.
    But seems to me Brazils protest have certain similarities with Venezuelas since both countries are corrupt, which no one can deny, and in Brazil the middle class is generally the spearhead of the anti-corruption movement, although protests spread into the favelas because of the gentrification and many goals of protesters in Brazil are more welfare state oriented, whereas in Venezuela poor residents are still loyal to Maduro and protesters would likely remain close to imf agenda in economics once they are victorious. Other paradox thing is many european media claimed in past years Brazil should be role model for Venezuela cause they had programs like bolsa familia and economic growth which enabled many people to leave favelas and reach middle class and did this without socialism. That was before the landscape changed obviously. Still my impression is USA and EU would be fine with regime change in Brazil since chances are next government would be less inclined to continue strong cooperation within south america or with other emerging countries. But i could be mistaken.

  5. I’ve seen many refereeing decisions like that, Craig. The fans scream to the referee, and the referee for some reason loses objectivity. I’ll probably be harangued for this but Manchester United fans were particularly adept at this (when Fergie was in charge). Imagine all those Brazilian fans screaming at you! The fans are some distance away from the action, and if one of their heroes goes down in the box, they scream penalty.

    Why whoever trains referees hasn’t done something to make referees resistant to “fan pressure” I really don’t know.

  6. FIFA,Sepp Blatter,Platini etc….

    Corrupt to the core.

    FIFA need to be dismantled and Blatter and his grubby grifters should be in jail.

  7. Peacewisher,

    “Why whoever trains referees hasn’t done something to make referees resistant to “fan pressure” I really don’t know.”

    I suspect the real pressures referees in this level of the beautiful money game are of a far more shadowy and scary kind.

    They probably get made offers they cant refuse.

  8. How’s this for playing the long game…

    Can there be any truth that in December 1997 at the 10 Day Confederations Cup held in Saudi Arabia,Sepp Blatter disappeared to Qatar for a day to meet Sheik Hamad.Blatter allegedly returned with £1 million in cash and permanent use of one of the Sheik’s private jets.Apparently the cash enabled Blatter’s fixers and his own rise.

    One wonders what the Sheik received in return?

    Qatar are due to host the 2022 World Cup.

    Now that is most definitely a long game…

    http://www.theroar.com.au/2009/11/16/and-world-cup-2022-goes-to-qatar/

  9. Craig,

    Even if the penalty call was questionable – what of this:-

    1. An own goal.

    2. Two other goals by Brazil.

    So – although in terms of argument ( I see and understand where you wanted to head) – but honestly – who should have won the match.

    Mate – you are not the only soccer fan in the world – and I know the game.

    Cheers.
    CB

  10. You need an on-field conspiracy of exactly one — the referee — to do that kind of match-fixing. How hard can that be? This might be the first time I ever felt bad for Croatia.

    Croatian football has a long history of corruption, violence, racism, fascism and general thuggery. Very recently some top officials, including an ex-international referee, were jailed for match-fixing and bribery.

    Even so, that call tonight was terrible. FIFA’s reluctance to use video replay, claiming it will cause delays and break the flow of the game, is laughable. By the time play resumes, that bad call has already been posted on YouTube.

  11. Reliability,

    You said:-

    ” Croatian football has a long history of corruption, violence, racism, fascism and general thuggery. Very recently some top officials, including an ex-international referee, were jailed for match-fixing and bribery.

    Even so, that call tonight was terrible.”

    Yes – you are absolutely right about Croatian corruption. But – if you read my post preceding yours – then you would have to accept that with three goals scored – you really have to twist, turn, duck and fabricate to explain the other two.

    Brazil won!

  12. CB ^

    Most match fixers have admitted they prefer when they buy the ref AND 2,or ideally 3,players on one team to rig the game.

    It’s often almost impossible to spot-even by fellow pro players.

    But i cant comment on this match as i didnt see it.

  13. A fairer, more transparent, solution would be to award the host nation with a one goal starter for each match until the semi-finals. Never mind the jeers for the handicap, it’s better than shonky refereeing.

  14. Charlie Miller, the Englishman who took football to Brazil from Southampton. He played for St Mary’s which became the Saints.

    Charles Miller: Patron Saint of Brazil
    http://www.saintsfc.co.uk/news/article/11062014-charles-miller-patron-saint-of-brazil-1632776.aspx

  15. Spot on Jives.

    I think of the downtrodden poor in the favelas but they are rising up.

    PS What happened to Blatter’s best mate Mr Garcia from NY on the Qatar corruption? Has he submitted his report to his Capo yet?

    But hey! it’s all a nice diversion from Messrs Bush and BLiar’s legacy in Iraq, ie the real world.

  16. The troll at 11.51pm last night just can’t help himself can he?

  17. BrianFujisan

    13 Jun, 2014 - 5:33 am

    Lot of issues Kicking around…

    But there is some amazing talent too

    SAMURAI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk4vnVsx2wc

  18. Why did The Palestinian Football Association not put its call to EXPEL Apartheid Israel?

    This result at the FIFA Congress is surprising and in a way disappointing but at least Sepp Blatter identified the Israeli government as the key player. He said that “its co-operation is crucial” and that FIFA itself would make a direct appeal to the government to ease restrictions. Blatter is taking more responsibility on FIFA, so if the strategy fails it will be clear who’s responsible.

    The good thing was that Jibril Rajoub addressed the Congress and in particular that he listed recent violations. For all our emails, this may have been the first time that many participants had heard of the human rights violations and the recent killing.

    We can only hope that in FIFA’s formal approach to the Israeli government there will be some real threats of sanctions. This makes it very important that we keep up the pressure with our campaigns. Next deadline is the Dec FIFA Exco meeting, but we’ll need to do more before then.

    We will continue the petition calling for suspension of the IFA from FIFA. We will also continue to pressure UEFA, particularly with respect to EURO 2020.

    A youtube video is available of this agenda item, 11.3, with this topic being addressed starting minute 3.30 with Rajoub talking from minute 19:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZVvHyl0I-E

    A Reuters report of the Congress is being widely syndicated, for example: http://www.haaretz.com/life/sports/1.598312

    Red Card Israeli Racism
    http://rcir.org.uk/

  19. @ Courtenay Barnett
    A faked foul to gain a penalty, a faked foul (or bought linesman) to deny a Croatian equaliser. As with England’s disallowed goal in SA, who knows how the game would have changed if the Croats had evened the score?

  20. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    13 Jun, 2014 - 7:38 am

    Jives

    “I suspect the real pressures referees in this level of the beautiful money game are of a far more shadowy and scary kind.”
    ___________________

    Or even – to use one of your favourite words – sinister.

    You really have something of the night about you.

  21. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    13 Jun, 2014 - 7:43 am

    Jives, having “replied” to CB’s eminently sensible point with the following slimy insinuation:

    “Most match fixers have admitted they prefer when they buy the ref AND 2,or ideally 3,players on one team to rig the game.”

    then goes on to admit:

    “But i cant comment on this match as i didnt see it.”

    No sense of irony, no sense of self-awareness!

  22. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    13 Jun, 2014 - 7:50 am

    Mary and Jives are comforting one another through the wee hours:

    “Spot on Jives.

    I think of the downtrodden poor in the favelas but they are rising up.”
    ______________________

    And when you’re doing that, Mary, I hope you’re thinking of the poor kids there as well. Used as target practice by Brazilian cops, apparently.

    Think as well of the kids of 14 in China, executed and banged away as from the age of 14 (yup, that’s the age in China). And you could also think of the kids made to work 12 hours a day in dangerous factories, or sold into prostitution, in India and Pakistan.

    Think about ALL OF THEM – and tell us your thoughts on this blog – next time you think of the Palestinian children in the Occupied territories, Mary.

  23. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    13 Jun, 2014 - 7:53 am

    The bitch at 06h46 this morning just can’t help herself can she?

    “Why did The Palestinian Football Association not put its call to EXPEL Apartheid Israel?”

    _________________________

    Shocking that the PFA might not come up to the bitch’s high standards. A curse on moderation!

  24. Mary aka Habbabkuk's Bitch

    13 Jun, 2014 - 8:02 am

    For the troll and supporters.

    http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/jun/09/let-them-eat-football-rio-de-janeiro-sao-paulo-anti-world-cup-graffiti

    The hungry child worldwide only has football to eat.

  25. Mary aka Habbabkuk's Bitch

    13 Jun, 2014 - 8:30 am

    You silly man! as the little girl in the Vonage ad says.

    I didn’r say “Why did The Palestinian Football Association not put its call to EXPEL Apartheid Israel?” It was the title of the piece on Red Card Israel’s site.

    Plenty more on the website from where that came.
    http://rcir.org.uk/

  26. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    13 Jun, 2014 - 9:31 am

    Mary

    Are you suffering from memory loss in your old age?

    Whenever you refer to me as the “troll”, I shall refer to you as the “bitch”.

    That’s fair, isn’t it. :)

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    And now express some pity for the kids in India, China, Pakistan, Africa, Brazil, you b—h.

  27. Carry on leaving your trail of slime and fouling up this blog.

  28. Courtenay

    If you really are a fan of football, you will understand that the penalty completely changed the dynamic of the game and the way Croatia had to play. Hence the third goal. There is also the question of the disallowed Croatian goal, where the keeper most certainly was not fouled – having flapped at the ball he bundled into the attacker (not the other way round) only after the ball was gone.

  29. Habbabkuk,

    Yes indeed i have something of the night about me.

    It’s called being on night shift you rancid oaf.

    Now go and change your string vest,it’s honking.

    Interesting you seem so unconcerned at rampant corruption in football.

    But,then again,youre so unconcerned at rampant corruption in all walks of life none of us should be surprised at your lack of integrity.

    Youre a staunch supporter of most things thst are wrong,if not evil and corrupt.

    Now go and ask your line manager what you ought reply.

    Bawbag.

  30. For the record I get here this morning to find I was trolled by Habbakuk at 11.51pm last night.

    On the previous thread. Blair’s Legacy, the same thing.

    Habbabkuk 9.52pm last night
    Jemand 2.23am this morning
    Jemand 2.49am ditto

    On the Israeli Abuse of Palestinian Children thread

    Habbakuk 11.58pm which is a repeat of one earlier by the same author @ 4.18pm yesterday.

    Dreadful old sourpuss, bitch, old girl, are some of their epithets.

    plus several more posts today where even my occupation and the source of my income is discussed by them. Unbelievable that they have nothing better to occupy themselves. Perhaps they really are mad.

  31. Chee Bai Charlie

    13 Jun, 2014 - 11:48 am

    The referee has a second or so to make a decision on the penalty. With the luxury of slow mo replay we see the Croatian laying hands on the Brasilian before the Brasilian went down like a sack of potatoes. In my view it was a dive but the referee’s decision to award the penalty was understandable.

    I encourage you to follow the excellent blog by Declan Murphy who is an authority on the subject of match fixing and the very curious secret trial in Singapore of the alledged ringleader Dan Tan. http://declanhill.com/blog/

  32. Chee Bai calls it right on the penalty. A very soft penalty but the defender can’t really complain as he had his hand on his shoulder. If you don’t want the ref to call a soft penalty don’t give him any opportunity to do so.

    As Craig says, it most definitely changed the dynamic of the game but saying that the disallowed goal was the big blunder by the officials. Linesmen are pretty useless when it comes down to it.

    Come on England!

  33. It was disgraceful refereeing.I’d say that Brazil has not just spent money on stadiums.

  34. bang on Craig 10.36, the goalie was noty fouled at all, what a shameless game as an opener.
    Football has been highjacked by gambling syndicates and Fifa corruption.
    Predicted the score yesterday, todays match will see Cameron win, love to see a final between an African and South American team.
    fat chance with stuff like this happening.

  35. The fix is in?

    Now,were Engerlund to do surprisingly well at the World Cup and then someone arranged for The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to be shambolic who would benefit the most by this come the Referendum?

    It would certainly give the Don’t Knows pause for thought.

    Could such a scenario be fixed?

    Maybe Blatter knows :-)

  36. doug scorgie

    13 Jun, 2014 - 4:10 pm

    Edvarga
    13 Jun, 2014 – 12:43 am

    “…But i could be mistaken.”

    Yes you are Edvarga, completely mistaken.

  37. Referees tend to give the bigger team the benefit of the doubt, it is prevalent across all leagues… or perhaps players for better teams are also just better actors…

  38. Doug Scorgie
    that’s always possible.
    It could be that West is afraid Eduardo Campos and Marina Silva could win the elections in October and this would be an worse option than status quo.

    Regarding Brazil-Venezuela relationship i have to rely on what twitter tells me. And Eva Golinger tweets absolutely nothing about world cup protest like you would normally expect from government like Venezuela. Left Wing La Jornada from Mexico has many stories about it.

  39. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    13 Jun, 2014 - 4:46 pm

    “Edvarga
    13 Jun, 2014 – 12:43 am

    “…But i could be mistaken.”

    Yes you are Edvarga, completely mistaken.”
    _________________________

    Links and sources to back up that opinion please, Mr Scorgie.

    Thank you.

  40. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    13 Jun, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    Jives

    “Now,were Engerlund to do surprisingly well at the World Cup and then someone arranged for The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to be shambolic who would benefit the most by this come the Referendum?”
    ________________________

    Keep fantasizing, Jonathan – what number is that particular alibi for the forthcoming NO vote?

    And now, of to bed with you, you’re only allowed out at night! :)

  41. Habbabkuk-Turvey,

    Tbh i couldnt give a flying feck about the outcome of the referendum.

    There are no countries left just militarised corporations intent on our battery-henization.

    Whatever the outcome i predict same old same old shit.

    In fact when you consider it battery hen enclosures are like an old stained string vest.

  42. This is rather badly worded. About the BBC ident running at the moment.

    ‘Football 7 October 2006 – Present
    Filmed at the Haberdashers Estate in North London and directed by Howard Greenhalgh, a circle of footballers kick their balls in time into the centre, so smaller rings form inside the circle of players. Usually used to introduce sports programming.’

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_One_'Circle'_idents

    A version of this is being used for the World Cup.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMoDhBHgrDM

  43. O.K.

    I must tackle Craig, Graham and this defender as I feriouciously attack to win. So we go this man:-

    ” Jives

    13 Jun, 2014 – 3:22 am

    “CB ^

    Most match fixers have admitted they prefer when they buy the ref AND 2,or ideally 3,players on one team to rig the game.

    It’s often almost impossible to spot-even by fellow pro players.

    But i cant comment on this match as i didnt see it.”

    Now – I just finished watching the 5 to 3 defeat in favour of Holland versus Spain.

    What will live in my football memory is the diving header from the Holland striker.
    An absolutely brilliant goal if ever I have seen one.

    Then we have one of the strikers receive the ball – turn brilliantly then use a left footer once he saw the space open and he scores.

    Some things can be bought for, staged, paid for – but not this 5-1.

    I was with friends and I declared at onset that I thought that Spain would win. I was 5 goals wrong – so guess this call cost me.

    However, FIFA has serious, very serious problems – but – appreciate great football when you see it played.

    I now pass the ball to all of you fellow fans – but you got it first Craig – so let me see how you play.

    Cheers.
    Courtenay

  44. Spell check never worked – but so be it – you understand anyway – own goal!

    CB

  45. Along with a letter from my MP attempting to explain away my concerns about and objections to tracking, I received two A4 envelopes which were not addressed to me. So much for the privatised Royal Mail. To cap it all, there was also a copy of The Sun, the same one that got Millipede into trouble for being photographed holding one, as did Cameron and Clegg incidentally.

  46. TO ALL

    I accept that there is bribery – corruption and dishonesty in the world.

    However, I watch the games with these two eyes of mine.

    I process the information – just like Craig, Graham, and all you others.

    We all draw conclusions.

    Question: when a match is won by two, three or four goals ( just check out Spain v. Holland – or – Holland v. Spain – whatever) then tell me for a moment that after the 1-1 – the diving header by the Hollander striker could at all have been something stage-managed by even the greatest Hollywood producer.

    Sometimes a legitimate defeat is just that.

    Ball passed to you Craig. Not that I didn’t see my team-mates – just because I wanted to give the other side a fair chance.
    CB

  47. CB.^

    Lol…nice one…i enjoyed your dazzling attacking skill but as a wily old holding midfielder warhorse i will sheperd your flair play into the non-danger zone down our well-covered flank.

    I agree with you inre: tonights type of game but i still believe any match can be bought/fixed.

    Hells,some fixers even try to arrange whole countries never mind fitba’ matches!

    We’ll call it a gentlemanly draw between usi feel :-)

    Sick as a parrot but over the moon..

    Cheers CB :-)

  48. Put your money on Greece to win the world cup. You heard it here first.

  49. BrianFujisan

    14 Jun, 2014 - 3:55 am

    Daniel

    You reckon ?

    Amazing the way The Spanish were taken apart..Wow.

    I’m with Japan Though :)

  50. In case you thought I was off topic about the efficiency or lack of it by the Royal Mail, I now see that they were lumbered with delivering Murdoch’s 22m copies of the special edition. Mine went straight into the recycling unread.

    No wonder the post was being wrongly delivered.

    12 June 2014 – 8:16am | posted by John Glenday | 0 comments

    The Sun to deliver special World Cup edition to every home in England, except Liverpool

    News UK, publisher of The Sun, has distributed copies of its flagship title to every home in England as part of a World Cup marketing initiative which will see it reach an audience of 48.3m adults.

    22 million copies of the 24 page special World Cup Pride edition of the tabloid is being delivered free of charge by the Royal Mail, except for Liverpool where ongoing Hillsborough sensibilities persist, to mark the opening of the summer sporting spectacular in Brazil.

    /..
    http://www.thedrum.com/news/2014/06/12/sun-deliver-special-world-cup-edition-every-home-england-except-liverpool

    It would be nice if Moya Greene delivered 22m pieces of our mail FOC rather than charging us 60p a go. If you post a parcel nowadays, the cost of the postage often exceeds the value of the contents.

  51. I agree with Craig’s reasoning as to why a win for Brazil would be highly desirable. Then, all that is required is for a FIFA official to give a nod and a wink to the referee – nothing overt, just a hint, eg “The police will be busy tonight if Brazil lose.”

    You don’t get to be a top referee (or politician or journalist, etc) without recognising which way the wind is blowing. If he wishes to continue to officiate the big matches, he will look for opportunities to favour Brazil. He got them, he took them.

    By the way, as a born and bred Scot, I’d like to take the opportunity to wish England the very best of luck today and for the rest of the tournament.

    COME ON ENGERLAAAAAND!!!!

  52. Rupert Murdoch is a thing which hides behind doors in order to give good people a fright when they walk into a room.

    Nasty cove indeed.

  53. There’s been a noticeable lack of hysteria surrounding Engerlund in the run up to this World Cup,particularly from the MSM.

    The realisation that Hodgson’s squad is young and inexperienced may have reduced the normal hype which usually serves to hamstring the players due to the pressure on them.

    Thus Engerlund might fare better than in the last few comps.

    Anyway im supporting whoever finally ousts Blatter rather than any team.

  54. The Geopolitics of the World Cup
    by Pepe Escobar / June 13th, 2014
    http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/06/the-geopolitics-of-the-world-cup/

    [..]
    ‘The World Cup — the greatest show on earth — kicks off just as a relentless Made in the West (client states included) anti-Chinese and anti-Russian propaganda/downright vilification shatters all known hysteria levels.

    And that means the BRICS are a target; in the case of Brazil, an emerging power sitting strategically over the bulk of the Amazon rainforest just as progressive Latin American integration has dared to turn the Monroe Doctrine into (branded) toilet paper.

    Recently, Brazil brought at least 30 million people out of poverty. China invests in medical care and education. Russia refuses to be bullied as in the drunkard Yeltsin years. In the past few years, the World Cup has been all about the BRICS: South Africa in 2010, Brazil now, and Russia in 2018. Qatar in 2022 — if it ever happens — is more like a Gulf petrodollar-fueled bribery racket gone wrong.’

    /..

  55. A bad referee’s decision plus the Croatian goalie was either blatantly paid off or blatantly incompetent from what I saw.

  56. The Colombia Greece game was fast flowing and enjoyable to watch. Such exuberant people in the Colombian crowd too.

  57. Habbabkuk (La vita è bella) !

    14 Jun, 2014 - 8:28 pm

    Mary

    “Such exuberant people in the Colombian crowd too.”
    ______________

    If they were English, you’d probably say they were high on cocaine.

    Silly woman.

  58. Mary aka Habbabkuk's Bitch

    14 Jun, 2014 - 10:33 pm

    Do you know you are doing it (trolling) again or can’t you help yourself?

  59. BrianFujisan

    16 Jun, 2014 - 1:45 am

    well observed mary…

    Though After Brasil… the best fans in ze world are THE TARTARN ARMY…

    Japan game was great…Last night

    MESSI goal was supreme Tonight/ this morning..Ivory coast to win the Cup./ or Japan…/ or MESSI.

    P.s… MODs he/ she /it aint breaking any laws..careful that way aint it… but open sexism… Craig ..Mods FFS

  60. BrianFujisan

    16 Jun, 2014 - 2:01 am

    BACK to the Street footballers i say… and i should Know :)

    Check oot even an ol Granda’s skills …AMZAING

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPENTga-EBA

  61. Ba'al Zevul (Ah Shaddupa Your Face!)

    16 Jun, 2014 - 12:42 pm

    Gordon Bennet*…more agonising about kickball.

    My preferred scenario:
    1. England out early and we all say farewell to the arseholes who have to show they’re In-ger-lish by covering everything in sight with red crosses (I assume Scotland aren’t involved, refuse to demean myself by looking, but ditto saltires if they are. And leeks.).
    2. Honduras win the trophy.
    3. Football banned in the UK. Would immensely improve the quality and fun of the -illicit – game.

    *Either for Henry Gordon Bennett, an Australian lieutenant general who deserted his command and fled to safety during the Japanese invasion of Singapore, leaving his unfortunate troops behind to be captured, or for James Gordon Bennett, Jr., a New York newspaper proprietor and playboy during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries who became widely known for his extravagant lifestyle and shocking behaviour. (Wiki)

    I didn’t know that.

  62. Ba’al Zevul (Ah Shaddupa Your Face!) 16 Jun, 2014 – 12:42 pm

    “….. I assume Scotland aren’t involved, refuse to demean myself by looking, ….”

    Bloody cheek. If you would just climb down from your ivory tower for a moment and check the BBC sport website ….
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/scotland-humiliate-argentina-in-five-nil-drubbing…..
    you would see that not only are Scotland in the World Cup, Gordon Strachan’s inspired choice of Ross County midfield duo Richard Brittain and Rocco Quinn has led to them being installed as bookies favourites.
    More background here:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/mourinio-names-scotland-the-special-ones
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/archie-mcpherson-tipped-for-golden-boot
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/inclusion-of-a-node-in-squad-hailed-a-stroke-of-genius

  63. Ba'al Zevul ( Kickball - pffft!)

    17 Jun, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    Bloody cheek. If you would just climb down from your ivory tower for a moment and check the BBC sport website ….

    No. Under no circumstances. This month I’ll mostly be watching paint dry.

  64. Ba'al Zevul (The Tea's Great!)

    18 Jun, 2014 - 2:14 pm

    I doubt it. It’s almost certainly a link to 22 grown men kicking a ball around in a field. Genuinely not fooled- you’ll have to do better than that.

  65. It is paint drying. Come back and check it next month when the World Cup’s over.

    You are right to fear the addictive qualities of football. One glimpse of the beautiful game and you’re hooked for life.

  66. Ba'al Zevul (Armageddon My Gun)

    19 Jun, 2014 - 9:58 am

    Bless. I can offer counselling in a kickball-free environment for those weak enough to succumb to its invisible charms.

    Even you could turn your life around, A Node. Begin by acknowledging that you really have nothing in common with 11 not-very-bright men paid unimaginable sums to run around for less than two hours at the centre of an uncomfortable auditorium largely populated by aggressive morons.

    Then reflect on how well the nexus of advertising, ticket sales and betting serves the globalist agenda, and on its parallel with Roman bread and circuses (though I am not sure if the Romans had food banks.

    Ask yourself whether your attendance – or Sky subscription – actually demonstrates solidarity with the toiling masses, as it does for so many Islington socialists, or whether you might be better occupied starting a WEA course in critical thinking.

    The longest journey satrts with a single step. Just say NO. (etc)

  67. I’ve got 15 minutes. First I’ll deal with your “11 not-very-bright men” claim, then I’ll address your counselling regarding my football addiction.

    “11 not-very-bright men”

    Not too sure about that. Badly educated? Probably – football has traditionally recruited its stars from disadvantaged backgrounds, it’s a route out of poverty when there are no others. But unintelligent? There is evidence to suggest that intelligence is linked to fast reactions, a pre-requisite for top footballers. Those 11 are probably brighter than your average 11.

    Now for my football addiction.

    Well, first of all ….
    …. sorry, the second half is beginning, I’ve got to go.

  68. Ba'al Zevul ('Ere We Go (Back Home))

    20 Jun, 2014 - 8:23 am

    “Those 11 are probably brighter than your average 11.”

    And look at the average 11. But I grant you they’re better at kicking things.

    When Costa Rica finally send our lot home by beating whoever it is, I hope you will at least considering treating your withdrawal symptoms by watching Rugby League, a far more interesting game and at least as demanding of fast reactions.

    And take the 104 St. George flags off your house, car, wife and dog. We KNOW you’re Eng-er-lish.

  69. Ghana Sends Plane Full Of Dollars To Brazil As ‘Black Stars’ Demand “Physical Cash”
    06/25/2014

    Ahead of tomorrow’s make-or-break FIFA World Cup game against Portugal, the Ghana “Black Stars” are not happy. Amid controversy over match-fixing, the players have demanded that the World Cup appearance fees they are owed be paid; and as Bloomberg reports, “The players insisted that they will want physical cash.” The Ghanaian government has chartered a plane and the dollars are on their way to Brazil. Perhaps the players want to invest it in the latest grand idea – Ghana’s first hedge fund has just been launched (prepare for more emails).

    As Bloomberg reports, Ghana has sent a plane carrying more than $3 million in cash to Brazil to pay the World Cup appearance fees owed to the national soccer team, known as the Black Stars.

    “The players insisted that they will want physical cash,” Deputy Sports Minister Joseph Yammin said in comments broadcast by Accra-based Citi FM. “Government had to mobilize the money and a chartered flight to Brazil. The money is in excess of $3 million.”

    /..
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-06-25/ghana-sends-plane-full-dollars-brazil-black-stars-demand-physical-cash

    Apparently FIFA pay each national federation $8m dollars.

  70. The 1962 World Cup Song
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_yafwjcf-w

    Weekend Edition June 27-29, 2014

    Beautiful Music?
    FIFA’s Music
    by DAVID YEARSLEY
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/27/fifaa-music/

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