Thanks for all of this info!!Here's a short explanation
Yes that's where my username comes from.Euro, African Cup, Copa Libertadores (North and South America), Asian Cup and World Cup are like the Davis Cup of football. It's where players represent their country.
These players also play in certain clubs - those are teams (from a certain part of the world made of players from many different countries) that compete for titles in club's country and if good enough for continental titles as well. Competition rules aren't all the same, but the rules of the actual football game always are.
When it's a knockout stage and there has to be winner, there has to be a penalty shoot-out if it's a tie (or in football terms, a draw) for 90+30 minutes.
I have a lot to catch up on! I'm always late to things, but I do love this part of it--learning the rules, learning the people, diving headfirst into the excitement of something that I can't quite appreciate yet.I love that there's people out there who don't know the rules of football.
I understand. It keeps happening to me too, but in music and TV shows.I have a lot to catch up on! I'm always late to things, but I do love this part of it--learning the rules, learning the people, diving headfirst into the excitement of something that I can't quite appreciate yet.
Boatang put his arms up in the air like he was dancing the ymca. That's silly on Boatang not the ref.Well deserved win. Silly ref's decision not to give the goal in the 1st half, but therefore give Italy a dubious penalty in the 2nd. Penalty shoot out is of course a matter of luck & bottle (90%) and maybe 10% in the hands of the goalies. By the way, this was the 6th time in a row that the Germans win such on big occasions.
But all credit to the Italians. They really are tough to beat. They seem, at times, allmost invisible on the field, but as soon as they get the ball they need only few seconds (and passes) to create havoc in front of your goal.
Looking forward to France (or will it be Iceland?)
That was one of the most excruciatingly bad penalty shootouts I've ever seen. Pelle and Schweini in particular.
GER-ITA was should have been a semi.Wow, France are currently strolling to victory. I thought Iceland would be far more difficult to break down.
Back on track, Germany were uncharacteristically bad on penalties, they were there for the taking but Italy were even worse. Real bad luck for Zaza, brought on specifically in the final minute for the penalty shoot out and I don't think he even kicked the ball until the penalty. For his very first touch of the ball he's expected to score the penalty in a high pressure situation. Talk about pressure.
If it were Wales or Portugal they were facing, that could become the case, but I don't think it will happen against Germany. They are too strong to be underestimated by any team.If France win tonight and they should they mustn't become over confident about the Germany match. That's the danger.
Think about it a bit like those times a huge tennis upset happens (say, Rosol v Nadal) and the upsetter goes out meekly in the next match.Is this carnage usual?
No because this has been a French team that has underperformed........this is how they should play.If France win tonight and they should they mustn't become over confident about the Germany match. That's the danger.
I see. Thank you!! I'm still learning all the rules and dynamics out there.Think about it a bit like those times a huge tennis upset happens (say, Rosol v Nadal) and the upsetter goes out meekly in the next match.
Plus, when the big favorite get an early lead like here, the underdog often starts to stress and makes more mistakes which allows the lead to widen.