June 27, 2006

Socceroos

Posted in football, Uncategorized at 3:32 am by thelawthoughts

I’m going to go out on a limb and say THAT penalty WAS a penalty, but what a great game of football it was last night.

Really, teams shouldn’t complain when they are 11-10, they shouldn’t put themselves in a position where one good or bad refereeing decision makes or breaks the game. It was a simple story of the fortress-like Italian defence meaning we couldn’t get enough dangerous shots on goal.

Whilst the Socceroos utterly did Australia proud, one has to ask themselves –  ‘can you remember Buffon making any great saves?’ I can’t, which means there simply wasn’t enough pressure put on the Italian goal. Until the send off, Italy were all over us and, really, should have been up at least 1 or 2-0 at haf time.

Well done, boys, what a great effort.

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June 26, 2006

Ambush Marketing

Posted in football, funny law, marketing, passing off, sponsorship at 1:56 am by thelawthoughts

I had a discussion a while ago about the soccer balls painted on the nose cones of Lufthansa planes. Here is a further case of FIFA's over zealous anti-ambush marketing campaign.

Dutch fans were ordered to take off their pants before the Ivory Coast game, because they bore the logo of a beer company that wasn't an official sponsor.

I mean, seriously.

June 15, 2006

World Cup Riots

Posted in football at 1:55 pm by thelawthoughts

Apparently, police are gearing up for mayhem when England meets Trinidad & Tobago.

Why, you ask? Well, because there was a wee touch of hooliganism and plenty of fighting when Germany met Poland last night.

Um, can anybody spot the difference? I might be proven wrong, but I imagine a clash of Germans and Poles probably holds more venom than between England and T&T. Only because of a war or two and some occupation, mind you.  

June 12, 2006

Australia’s World Cup Demolition Job

Posted in football at 3:26 pm by thelawthoughts

Lest anybody accuse me of getting on the bandwagon tomorrow, I will express my amazement at Tim Cahill's goal scoring ability right now.

Wow.

I have never been a huge fan of soccer, but there is no time like the present to unabashedly jump on board. 

June 9, 2006

World Cup Predictions

Posted in football, random at 2:14 pm by thelawthoughts

Now that the World Cup has started, time to make some predictions. Come on people, pick a winner in the comments box.

What I really want to know is who is the best value at the TAB. I like Argentina for value, Brazil of course for sheer class. However, my tip is England. They have to win one sometime.

I, of course, reserve the right to change my pick to keep things interesting when England don't make knock out.