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'Hilarious': Messi Missed World Cup Penalty Because Argentina Canceled Israel 'Friendly,' Says Israeli Defense Minister
"In Argentina's against Iceland game we saw just how much Messi needed the warm-up game against Israel," Liberman tweeted after Messi missed a penalty and were eventually held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland.
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Ahmed Tibi, an Arab Israeli lawmaker, also linked the miss to the withdrawal from the Israel game, tweeting a poll asking, "Who was happier that Messi missed his penalty today?"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jun 17th, 2018 at 02:20:57 AM EST
If they had come to Israel, the Palestinians would be making the same comments about his loss, and the Israelis would be making fun of them.

Yesterday in Munich, I saw a bar advertising a showing of the World Cup match between Italy and the Netherlands. Why hasn't Salvini protested yet? What is he good for?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jun 17th, 2018 at 05:13:37 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 17th, 2018 at 05:54:29 AM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 01:56:15 PM EST
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I did add the telesur link in my post ;)

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 02:11:23 PM EST
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:P
Household Water Use During Argentina-Iceland Game Looks Like You'd Expect
Contrary to popular myth, Iceland's plumbing system was not overburdened with thousands of simultaneously flushing toilets during any part of this day.




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by Cat on Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 02:52:48 PM EST
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I'm not so certain about the swap, I do appreciate it that Lionel Messi would want to get rid of the shirt - match - memory the soonest.

I would suggest it was Halldorsson who made a great safe ... in memory of another great goalkeeper of the 20th century - the Black Spider from Soviet era - Lev Yashin.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 04:16:34 PM EST
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Argentinian soccer team boycotts Israel -- and 'NY Times' whitewash fails to quote a single player | Mondoweiss |

The New York Times  faced a dilemma. How to downplay this stinging defeat for Israel in world opinion? The Times  has a correspondent in Buenos Aires, Daniel Politi, and here's what he did [NYT] in today's sports pages; he did not quote Higuaín or any other player for Argentina. Instead, he spent 22 paragraphs partly peddling an alternate conspiracy theory: that Argentina canceled not for political reasons, but because the team feared "violence" from Palestinians. (Some pro-Palestinian activists had been waving bloody shirts at a peaceful demonstration in Barcelona, where the Argentine team is fine-tuning before Russia.) .

The article at least pointed out that Israel's sports minister, the notorious Miri Regev, had moved the scheduled match from Haifa to Jerusalem, a propaganda ploy meant to imply a stronger endorsement of Israel.


Israel searches for scapegoat after Argentina match called off
'The Israeli military said,' the New York Times reports

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 17th, 2018 at 05:46:25 AM EST
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