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View Poll Results: What team will win the Cup?
Portugal 5 6.02%
England 4 4.82%
Italy 2 2.41%
Netherlands 4 4.82%
Spain 11 13.25%
Germany 15 18.07%
Slovenia 2 2.41%
France 2 2.41%
Greece 0 0%
Switzerland 1 1.20%
Serbia 1 1.20%
Slovakia 0 0%
Brazil 6 7.23%
Argentinia 5 6.02%
Chile 0 0%
Paraguay 0 0%
Mexico 2 2.41%
USA 6 7.23%
Honduras 0 0%
South Africa 0 0%
Algeria 0 0%
Ivory Coast 0 0%
Ghana 1 1.20%
Cameroon 0 0%
Australia 3 3.61%
Japan 2 2.41%
North Korea 1 1.20%
South Korea 1 1.20%
New Zealand 2 2.41%
none of the above 7 8.43%
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Old 07-15-2010, 05:31 PM   #736
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Let's face it, the chief of FIFA is Sepp Blatter, the chief of UEFA is Michel Platini. Both of them hate England with a passion; no undue English influence there!
I can understand Platini's animosity, due to the funny neighborhood between the countries, but... how do Blatter's grudges manifest? Which are they?
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Old 07-15-2010, 05:43 PM   #737
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I can understand Platini's animosity, due to the funny neighborhood between the countries, but... how do Blatter's grudges manifest? Which are they?
Well, just a couple of quotes from Blatter may help show his hypocrisy:

After Chelsea (an English club) started spending a lot of money in 2005; "This cannot be the future of our game. FIFA cannot sit by and see greed rule the football world. Nor shall we. The time has come to take action to curb the excesses and ensure that the sport protects its roots.

It is simply insane for any player to 'earn' £6million-£8million a year when the annual budget of even a club competing in the UEFA Champions League may be less than half that. What logic, right or economic necessity would qualify a man in his mid-20s to demand to earn in a month a sum that his own father - and the majority of fans - could not hope to earn in a decade?

Unlimited cash has given a handful of club owners the wherewithal to control the global club game by splashing unimaginable sums on a tiny group of elite players. More than ever before, the majority are fighting with spears, while the greedy few have the financial equivalent of nuclear warheads.”


After Real Madrid (not English) paid £80m for Ronaldo in 2009; "We are in a sensitive market at the moment and there is an economic crisis. But football is a good product and we are giving people what they want.

It is the game of the people and full of emotions. Football needs to have stars like Ronaldo.

Almost ten years ago, Luis Figo went from Barcelona to Real Madrid for £37m, at the same time a Picasso painting was sold for £100m at Sotherbys in London.

But they hide that away and no one can see it. A football player is everywhere for everyone to see. They are stars.

You can't say it's too much money because you have to make it relevant to everything else, what is £80m now? Let us be generous about it."


I have no idea why the man is so hypocritical towards English football, but it is a fact that he is.
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In Canada would be better...
Might have to look into flight prices Are there restrictions on where you can wild camp in Canada?

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But canada is a bit hard to get to, with a car...
Very true - our car is not known for its amphibian qualities...

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And ShortNCuddlyAm, you should rent out your place and gain a few pounds (hmm, that does sound wrong in English...) while being away from home
that doesn't sound so good in English - I really don't need any more weight It is a tempting thought though!
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There are parks everywhere. You must choose accommodations to your liking before getting there.
It's high season now, difficult to get reservations. There's a limit of people allowed in any given park at the same time.

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Are you suggesting that England's ranking is as a result of unfair UK influence? It's just a mathematical formula, no subjectivity there.
IFAB allows the UK associations to shape the game to suit their play, so they have an unfair advantage over other countries.
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Old 07-16-2010, 03:41 AM   #741
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IFAB allows the UK associations to shape the game to suit their play, so they have an unfair advantage over other countries.
I suppose that theoretically that is true. But, IFAB set out and amend the rules of the game and I really can't think of any examples of anything they've done that would benefit teams playing in the 'British way'.

In fact, one of the examples of IFAB's changes I've seen was the outlawing of the tackle from behind (no sniggering at the back there!). You could argue that this penalised the more physical style of British play if anything.

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It's the points gained in all competitions preceding the Cup.
Then I must be confused. I thought the ranking before the WC (but after any other competitions/games) showed Portugal in 3rd, so this update would reflect just the WC stats...
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Countries that play less frequently in international competitions get fewer points. This is the case with Canada. Only 8 games in the last year.
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Yes... a few years...
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