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    1. Barcasox
      Barcasox
      thanks for the rep
    2. Berks
      Berks
      You are very welcome, it's well deserved. Thoughtful smart posts are rare around here on some days.
    3. ImaPuppy
      ImaPuppy
      Tell me about it. If I see he started a thread I do 2 things, prepare to read about 10 paragraphs, and prepare to agree with his thought provoking points.
    4. Rickdog
      Rickdog
      Thanks for the rep. really it makes me happy to help others understand how possitive Bielsa was for us., and how he can help you guys as well
    5. Dignan
      Dignan
      Me too. I don't mind people criticizing Bob, but the nepotism thing is really underhanded and well mean. It kind of saddens me that some of these guys can't get behind the team at all because they detect some imaginary conspiracy.
    6. Beantowner
      Beantowner
      Last night (2:30 AM kickoff for me), I only pissed off my increasingly US soccer supporting Chinese wife by waking her up when I woke up for the game and assorted snorts, shouts, and other verbals signs of disgruntlement. We must find some guys with more touch, an ability to finish, and faster backs. Advancing to the final 16 was good, yet 8 was SO attainable and we let it slips out of our hands. Argh!
    7. Marko72
      Marko72
      Naw. When it comes to Croatian nogomet I'm definitely country before club, because I didn't grow up there. My family is actually from the Split area, Torcida country, not Zagreb. But when I lived there I lived in Zagreb, I went to Maksimir a lot and you can't help but get a little emotionally invested. (Luka Modric and Niko Kranjcar were Dinamo players during that period, and Kranjcar divided the locker room and was sold on to Hajduk after a feud with the coach, before heading to London. Dario Srna was with Hajduk about the same time, and man was he ever a diver before heading to Shaktar.... Became a very good international for us later, though.) I did NOT sit with the Bad Blue Boys, though. Hard-core hoodlums, that lot, and ditto the Torcida. I sat with the fair weather fans and enjoyed the matches. Good times. :)

      Thanks for the interest.
    8. Beantowner
      Beantowner
      Hey Marko, Reading of your Croatia and Dinamo Zagreb support prompted a question. Years ago, I picked up a Hajduk Split hat to protect my insufficiently hair-covered head from Croatia's strong summer sun. Having worn the hat at times in the States and all over Asia where I live now, I've never received a single comment. However, I understand Hajduk's usually pretty good. Would my hat purchase and Dinamo Zagreb support make us rivals? In the mid-90s and in 2005, I visited Croatia while studying in Vienna/working in Poland (90s) and on a later side holiday following a business trip. Zagreb's not bad, yet Dubrovnik's the balls along with a few other Adriatic seaside areas the names of which escape me.

      From 2:30 - 4:30 AM my Sunday morning, may the US beat the Ghanians and our Yanks go marchin' on ... and make finishing the last few pitchers as the sun rises in Shanghai.
    9. Marko72
      Marko72
      I saw, and you're right. A guy like Messi can do something very important that Landon really can't, and that's consistently beat good defenders on the dribble (sometimes two, three, four... the guy's amazing).

      But unless Messi wins the WC for Argentina--and that's really what it would take--in the end he will simply be yet another amazingly talented Argentine. He's never been in a position to do what Landon's just done, and might continue to do. I'm not sure he's quite earned it yet, but he's getting close to what Roger Milla did for Cameroon (and, to a lesser extent, African football in general) in 1990.
    10. Arteta's Girl
      Arteta's Girl
      Replied on that thread now!
    11. Marko72
      Marko72
      After all that, you've earned it a few times over.
    12. Arteta's Girl
      Arteta's Girl
      Thanks for the rep mate :)
    13. Adiaga Two
      Adiaga Two
      "As I walk through fields of posts"
    14. zippy85
      zippy85
      Wow, cool job, shame that you won't be going to South Africa too.
    15. zippy85
      zippy85
      Wow, you certainly move around alot.
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