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Global Community Gathers in Russia

by Oui Thu Jun 14th, 2018 at 06:19:38 PM EST

Breaking News: Russia wins opening World
Cup match against Saudi Arabia, 5-0

Greatest event in sports to unite nations for a fortnight. The Netherlands and the United States failed in their bid to qualify. The football minded supporters in the Netherlands will find ways to join in the festival by supporting fans and teams of other nations. For Holland it will be Morocco in the metropolitan areas, in the south bordering Belgium, the support will be for the Red Devils. As usual, bordering the east it will stay quiet. Due to the German atrocities during 1939-1945 there will be no festival for the German team. Fraternizing in sports has in't own rules and there are ... borders after all!

Big victory for president Donald Trump

After failing to qualify for 2018, the U.S. federation got exactly the win it needed with the United Bid winning the hosting rights for 2026. The only U.S. Soccer team competing in Russia this month won the game it had to win, a game American soccer couldn't afford to lose. Oops, not going alone but with our NAFTA partners. Putting up walls ... ehhh US delegation in Moscow? How shameful!!

At least security assured, Trump won't be president in 2026.

Continued below the fold ...

FIFA World Cup 2018 opening ceremony as it happened: Moscow dazzles as Robbie Williams helps kick off tournament | The Independent |

Got an "alert" from Le Dauphine, France ...

Alerte Football

Ils s'appellent Yann, Sophie, Doris, Alain, Cécile, Orélie... Ils nous racontent leurs souvenirs de la Coupe du monde 1998 qu'ils ont vécue à Grenoble, Avignon, Gap, Chambéry et même au Stade de France. Alexandre et Olivier, nos deux grands témoins, étaient dans les tribunes ce fameux 12 juillet lors de la finale France-Brésil.

Beaucoup de joie, des larmes, des histoires d'amour, des naissances "agitées", revivez la Coupe du monde 1998, à partir du match face au Paraguay, à travers leurs ntémoignages.

Equipe de France, Mondial 98 : 5e partie, la finale I FFF 2018 I

France 98 Nuit de fête sur les Champs-Elysées après la victoire des Bleus.

Victory and defeat are closely related on sports, also in politics after BIG SUCCES by Trump in Singapore and another BIG FAILURE days earlier at the G7 in Canada by PM Trudeau.

United States gathered another BIG DEFEAT at the U.N. General Assembly vote on crimes against the Palestinian people

With a huge majority, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution condemning Israel for using "excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate" force during the recent clashes at the Gaza border and calling for an "international protection mechanism" for Palestinian civilians.

The dramatic, down to the wire session saw the United States attempt to add a paragraph condemning Hamas, which was ultimately rejected on procedural grounds though most member states supported it. The resolution, proposed by Algeria and Turkey, then passed with 120 "yes" votes, 8 "no" votes and 45 abstentions.

The eight countries that voted against the resolution were the U.S., Israel, Australia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Togo and the Solomon Islands.

Most times when there are a disproportionate number of abstentions, one can concluded the effort through threats and bullying by the world's only super power was successful. This can most often be seen in crucial UN Security Council votes.

UN Jerusalem vote: General Assembly rules against US, declaring recognition of Israel capital 'null and void' | The Independent - Dec. 2017 |
UN general assembly recognises Palestinian state - as it happened | The Guardian - Nov. 2012 |
General Assembly condemns assault against Palestinians by Israeli Occupying Forces, refusal to cooperate with fact-finding team | UN - May 2002 |

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley made a complete fool of herself using infantile amendment in a failed attempt to discourage the GA vote ...

UN to vote on resolution bashing Israel, with US pushing for Hamas condemnation | Times of Israel |
Netanyahu praises Nikki Haley for strong defense of Israel at U.N. | Jerusalem Post |

She follows in the footsteps of all 21st century appointments by the White House to this key position: John Negroponte - John Danforth - John Bolton - Zalmay Khalilzad - Susan Rice - Samanthe Power. Shameful!

In the meantime ...

Treasury hits infosec vendors with Russia-related sanctions
Two Cybersecurity Companies with Links to Israel Placed on U.S. Blacklist

As I have written before, Israel's PM Netanyahu has never condemned Russia and president Putin on the provocative action by NATO in Ukraine.

in from the cold
The Meaning of the Recent Lebanese Election
This was a huge blow to the Saudi camp in Lebanon, and to the Hariri leadership. The Hariri Movement lost much of its popularity for a variety of reasons including the political incompetence of its leader, Sa`d Hariri, and his declining financial powers.

speaking of qualified finals for the cup

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jun 16th, 2018 at 03:09:28 PM EST

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jun 16th, 2018 at 03:29:21 PM EST
Guardian buries truth in NYC
FUKUS Watch w/e 16 June 2018
The 15-strong body [?] failed to agree [?] to a statement calling on forces led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to implement a ceasefire, with the US and UK both voicing opposition to the text introduced by Sweden.
FYI: "The UN database does not include information about votes on draft resolutions not adopted." So Guardian is in control of a story that barely broke out of the UN press room, Wed, 14 June, before FUCKUS subsequently quashed the mere idea of SC brokered cease fire.
The council [?!] instead called for restraint and "urged all sides to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law" in fighting for the city currently held by rebel Houthi forces.
Guardian grapples with its "inclusive" responsibility to protect SC permanent members' authority to cultivate total war.
The security council's [?!] refusal to call for a ceasefire suggests the UK, US and France have accepted the Saudi and UAE claim that jeopardising aid flows is a justifiable risk if Houthi forces can be ousted from the city.
The Albright Effect
It ["THE 15-STRONG BODY"?] will fuel claims, led by the former Conservative international development secretary Andrew Mitchell, that Britain is not acting as an honest broker on Yemen at the UN, but siding with Saudi Arabia because of the UK's strong commercial links with the Gulf states.
ya think?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Jun 16th, 2018 at 06:20:49 PM EST
Posted earlier @BooMan to a comment by esquimaux

From t.A.T.u. to Trump, do Western portrayals of 'gay' Russia miss the point?

Russia became public enemy number #1 amongst the liberal gay community, bringing out a generalised Russophobic sentiment that played on Cold War era tropes in much the same way as has been in evidence since the 2016 US election. We have always been trendsetters. Arch-liberal gay writer Dan Savage called for the boycott of Soviet-developed Stolichnaya vodka, despite the fact the brand is based in Luxembourg, and is a vocal supporter of LGBT rights organisations in the US, Europe and Russia. No matter, said Savage, "Stoli is a Russian vodka." Pro-gay solidarity protests were heavy on Soviet-era political imagery, with a number of design contests to produce campaign posters for the Sochi Olympics featuring subverted Stalinist and post-Stalinist era posters, with the aid of rainbow flags and pro-gay slogans.

But how about our "allies", the former East European Soviet satellite states and their xenophobic and homophobic behavior? From the Baltic states thru Poland to Romania and Hungary.

Poland's Supreme Court rules against printer who refused to make banners for LGBT+ group
We're down to 74 countries where homosexuality is illegal

Ahem ... now about the U.S. Supreme Court and LGBT rights ... baking a wedding cake!

Supreme Court rules narrowly for Colorado baker who wouldn't make same-sex wedding cake

It's all about freedom .... sure!

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 16th, 2018 at 09:10:49 PM EST
Deputy Minister Marcin Warchoł sharply about the SN. "Promotes a totalitarian system" [Google translation]

The Supreme Court dismissed the cassation of Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro regarding the printer from Łódź. The case was referred to by the deputy minister of justice. According to him, the decision of the Supreme Court is "rape on conscience"

Recall: on Thursday the Supreme Court, after hearing the cassation brought by the prosecutor general in favor of Adam J, dismissed her. He decided that the man could not refuse to do the roll-up for the LGBT foundation.

- The Supreme Court ruled against freedom - Zbigniew Ziobro said after the judgment of the Supreme Court. The Minister of Justice stressed that the printer did not want to stigmatize homosexuals, but refused to print posters that promote their environment.

However, this is not all. The case was addressed by Deputy Minister of Justice Marcin Warchoł. - The Supreme Court promotes a totalitarian system in which judges as an extraordinary caste fully control society and try to oversee all aspects of public and private life as much as possible - said Warchoł in an interview with the niezalezna.pl portal.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 16th, 2018 at 09:11:53 PM EST
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Poland could be referred to ECJ over controversial judicial reforms

The sweeping legislation, which is due to come into force on 3 July, would lead to the enforced retirement of judges over 65, and allow the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) to enact a series of reshuffles within the country's highest courts, allegedly to strengthen its grip on power.

Critics say that the reforms are merely an attempt by PiS to cement its grip on power in the country.

Judicial reform in Poland was debated in plenary with European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans this week.

MEPs have joined Polish NGOs in petitioning the Commission to ask the European Court of Justice for an interim order to halt the changes to the Polish Supreme Court which would force up to 40 per cent of judges into early retirement.

Nobel peace prize winner Lech Wałęsa, professional organisations and artists, plus a group of international law scholars and the Society of Journalists have also sent letters to Commission

President Jean-Claude Juncker calling for the executive to intervene before the new law enters into force next month.

It is said that the law may even depose the court's first president, despite the fact her constitutionally mandated six-year term is not set to end until 2020.

Addressing the plenary in Strasbourg, European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans called the situation "very worrying."

He said the Commission had asked the Council to organise a formal hearing of Poland in the context of the `Article 7' procedure, which could lead to the suspension of Warsaw's EU voting rights.

"It is the Commission's sincere hope that Poland will now urgently address the key concerns identified by us. In particular, it is indispensable that urgent action be taken by the Polish government to address the situation of the Supreme Court judges before the 3 July - because that is when the decisions about the retirements become final.

EU lawmakers support Article 7 action against Poland | DW |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 16th, 2018 at 09:26:03 PM EST
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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.
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 ;)

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 02:11:23 PM EST
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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.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
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.

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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

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 17th, 2018 at 05:46:25 AM EST
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Mexico's World Cup goal shakes soccer -- and the Earth
Mexico's goal against Germany in Sunday's World Cup was seismic.

The nation's geological service said the celebrations that broke out in Mexico City after its beloved team kicked its first -- and winning goal -- were so large, they likely triggered two earthquake sensors in the city.

by das monde on Sun Jun 17th, 2018 at 11:13:20 PM EST
by das monde on Mon Jun 18th, 2018 at 06:54:01 AM EST
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Team Russia on way to victory against Egypt: 3-0 with 4th quarter left to go. Home team will be through to final 16.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 19th, 2018 at 07:23:57 PM EST
Iran in U-turn on women in stadiums as World Cup fever takes hold

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Many Iranian clerics oppose women attending football matches, saying they must be protected from the masculine atmosphere. (Photo: AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand)

Tehran's largest football stadium is to admit thousands of women together with men for the first time since the Islamic revolution of 1979 as World Cup fever grips Iran for its Wednesday evening (Jun 20) group game against Spain.

The decision to throw open the gates of the capital's 100,000 capacity Azadi Stadium for the landmark 10.30pm (1800 GMT) live screening comes with Iran topping Group B after its opening game victory against Morocco on Friday.

Tehran To Allow Women At World Cup Public Screenings | RFERL |
Iranian village lets women watch football
Iran 'promises' women will be able to watch football matches the same day 35 female fans are arrested | The Independent - March 2018 |

Today's news from Tehran ...

'Bloody Yemen raid betrays evil nature of world bullies' | PressTV.com |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 05:55:23 PM EST
Is Morocco's Plane to Rabat Already on the Runway?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 09:12:26 PM EST
Before match, England fans and diplomats honour Battle of Stalingrad dead

VOLGOGRAD: England soccer fans and a top British diplomat paid tribute to those who died in the Battle of Stalingrad during World War II on Monday in a moving ceremony ahead of England's match against Tunisia, a gesture London hopes may help salve battered ties.

Monday's game, England's first of the World Cup, is being held in Volgograd, which until 1961 was called Stalingrad and was the location of the bloodiest battle of World War II when the Soviet Red Army, at a cost of over 1 million casualties, broke the back of advancing German forces


The British gesture, in a building known as the Hall of Military Glory which houses a statue of a hand holding a torch in which an eternal flame burns, is likely to be well received in Russia where the battle site is regarded as sacred ground.

Etched into the hall's walls is the slogan: "Yes, we were mere mortals, and only a few of us survived, but we all fulfilled our patriotic duty to the sacred Motherland."

The Russian city, which sits on the River Volga close to where England will be playing, is twinned with the English city of Coventry which also suffered heavy bombing during World War II. The late Queen Mother was an honorary citizen of Volgograd in recognition of her post-war relief work for its citizens.

Marking 70 years since the Coventry Blitz

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 20th, 2018 at 09:40:34 PM EST
Prof blames mathematics for 'global disparities in wealth'
In a chapter for a new textbook, University of Exeter professor Paul Ernest warns that mathematics education can cause "collateral damage" to society by training students in "ethics-free thought."

He even argues that since money involves mathematics, math is "implicated in the global disparities of wealth" because math students are taught to value "detached" and "calculative" reasoning.

And video-refereeing at the World Cup is not satisfying, is it?
by das monde on Thu Jun 21st, 2018 at 01:17:03 AM EST

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 21st, 2018 at 10:09:59 PM EST
Argentina is winning the World Cup of sadness

On the other hand, next Nigeria beats Iceland, Argentina beats Nigeria... Iran beats Portugal, and Messi is in, Ronaldo out!?

by das monde on Fri Jun 22nd, 2018 at 01:35:18 AM EST
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Wahahaha Brasil soon to join them in Team Snivel!

Still 0-0 between Brasil and Costa Rica

Neymar didn't miss his penalty : he had the decision to award it overturned by video ref!

AND he's been booked for dissent. What a wanker.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Jun 22nd, 2018 at 01:46:17 PM EST
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Well well, Costa Rica could not a keep a ball for life.
by das monde on Fri Jun 22nd, 2018 at 01:54:32 PM EST
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Swedish fans in ecstatic mood in the Sochi stadium ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 23rd, 2018 at 06:57:35 PM EST
Germany got testosterone.

Will we see Messi like this?

by das monde on Sun Jun 24th, 2018 at 05:34:46 AM EST
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Politics In Play

What else to expect from a FIFA Event ... Russia 2018 - Qatar 2022 - USA plus NAFTA 2026

That's so lovely about the sport of Football, the game never ends because the discussion is endless. The pubs have a great season!

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 24th, 2018 at 12:23:09 PM EST
Last German In Moscow Send Packing

World Cup over for German referee Felix Brych | DW |

Following Germany's shock World Cup exit, the country's referee Felix Brych is also heading home early. The 42-year-old was criticized by Serbia over his performance in their defeat to Switzerland.

Felix Brych has been told by FIFA that he will not be used again at this World Cup after having made just one appearance at the tournament, the Group E match between Serbia and Switzerland.

Serbia lodged a complaint with football's world governing body FIFA after they felt they should have been awarded a penalty in their 2-1 defeat in Kaliningrad.

Brych waved play on after Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic appeared to have been wrestled to the ground by both Stefan Lichsteiner and Fabian Schär. The Munich-native stood by his on-field decision and controversially opted not to make use of the video assistant review system.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jul 5th, 2018 at 04:56:16 PM EST
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How Sweet Revanche - Germany Eliminated

This is only the second time that Germany have been eliminated from the first round at the World Cup having last done so in 1938 - however, this is the first time it has happened when the first round has been in a group stage format.

Germany crashed out of the World Cup group stages and finished bottom of Group F | The Guardian |

I maintain that the quality of football has left something to be desired at times, but this World Cup is providing us with far too many astonishing storylines. Remember when Spain sacked their manager two days before their opening game? Yeah, that happened. Remember when Marcos Rojo rescued Argentina? That was only last night. Remember when France drew 0-0 with Denmark? This is shaping up to be a memorable tournament. Let's hope the drama doesn't dip during the knockout stage.

I consider the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) a major improvement for the game. Has anyone noted any dives this tournament? Was always a blemish on sportsmanship of the game of football. The Dutch were requested to be partner in the VAR experiment for their national league. Marco van Basten took the initiative as FIFA advisor.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 27th, 2018 at 06:45:43 PM EST
Just like that, Mexico taught the world how to shut the German machine down.

I saw 2 interesting explanations:

(1) The German team was not hungry after a series of routine triumphs.

(2) Germany had too much talent, and they chose players for compliance with the system. Thus no creative sparks under pressure.

by das monde on Wed Jun 27th, 2018 at 09:56:06 PM EST
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The impact of VAR felt uneasy initially, as wouldn't you like to see France, Spain sweat more against Australia, Iran than enjoying a welfare of thin decisions on penalties, goals, offsides? Eventually, this VAR impact could turn out much better than in American sports. So far, the first instances reveal the depth of football's consequential ambiguities. Just comparing the penalty area hands in Portugal-Iran, Argentina-Australia, Sweden-Mexico is an epistemological headache. And then there are questions of consistency, frequency of consulting VAR.

Has anyone noted any dives this tournament?

It depends what you would call a dive. Particularly inside opponent's penalty area, many players seem to be very skillful in leverage minimal body contacts into "obvious" faults. The very first VAR penalty in France-Australia was a harsh reminder to Australia that players always stumble on defenders on the ground:

So, at 0:22, isn't Griezmann loosing balance on the wrong leg, a full step behind the defender?

And in this clear penalty in Argentina-Nigeria, that movement towards ground from 0:04, was it Mascherano pulling Balogun down, or... Balogun vigorously leaning into Mascherano?

These semi-dives are quite ubiquitous, and their resolution is another epistemological headache.

by das monde on Wed Jun 27th, 2018 at 10:33:35 PM EST
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Just comparing the penalty area hands in Portugal-Iran, Argentina-Australia ....

Argentina-Nigeria, surely.

This high profile rant as a bonus:

Alan Shearer Left Seething With VAR After Controversy Reigns During Iran vs Portugal Clash

by das monde on Thu Jun 28th, 2018 at 12:26:17 AM EST
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Review of referee decision and VAR analysis after the match ...

France vs Australia 2-1 | Post Match Analysis & Reactions | World Cup 2018

Discussion: it's a "soft" penalty, but is it a penalty. Yes, the contact was there and it prevented Griezman from scoring. Mind you, there was no red card, as the rules interpretation must have changed. Outside the box it will be a red card, inside the box with a given penalty a yellow card. With the VAR review no card was given.

The Slate article was quite positive and sees the VAR as a contribution to the sport. And it's a first time at this level with a global combination of international referees. Not all national league games around the world are played at the highest professional level. That has been a major problem with referees in  past World Cups.

I must confess I am still a field hockey referee at the highest youth level in The Netherlands. Have been active for 33 years with major rules changes of the game to make play more continuous and less time for players and coaches to discuss decisions with referees. Great problem with hockey is the lack of knowledge of the rules by players, coaches and parents supporting the teams. Same for Football reporters in the studio, just amazes me how poor their knowledge is of the rules of the game.

As I understand, there will be a review of any goal scored if there could be any doubt as with the off-side rule. The first goal scored by South Korea in 90+3 min was 100% clean score, yet to everyone's surprise the linesman raises the yellow flag. It was clear the goal would stand. The VAR video offers the referee a review, not bad as it was the game's decision. Glad Neuer thought he was better to participate in the field after his fellow players didn't manage to score a goal in 95 min of play. :-)  

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 28th, 2018 at 05:46:19 AM EST
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Belgian PM scores early points vs. England among EU leaders
"I think they'll want to skip a few minutes now and then, but I don't think they will watch the entire game," he said.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 28th, 2018 at 04:47:00 PM EST
Argentina and France to meet in a clash of underperforming titans

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jun 29th, 2018 at 09:46:13 PM EST
Meaning of the "knockout" stage ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 1st, 2018 at 12:27:42 AM EST
Pelé in 1958 - scored as a youngster 2 goals in a match. A new young star is noticed in a swinging Russia during this World Cup.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 1st, 2018 at 12:42:44 AM EST
Penalty Showdown Spain - Russia

Spain misses 3rd  ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 1st, 2018 at 04:40:12 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 1st, 2018 at 04:51:23 PM EST
'Spain got what they deserved'

Spain 1-1 Russia (3-4 pens)

Rio Ferdinand
Former England defender on BBC One

Spain have been so successful with that style of possession football but there comes a time when you have to get the ball into the strikers.

You have to change it up a bit. Spain got what they deserved.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 1st, 2018 at 05:39:09 PM EST
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Spain Tiki-Taka's Itself to Death Against Russia

But no passes at a penalty shoot-out :-)

by das monde on Mon Jul 2nd, 2018 at 04:29:37 AM EST
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Fellaini and Chadli as game-changers? This World Cup is absolute chaos

Germany and Argentina had promising bench players to gamble on. But they chose to stick with what did not work.

by das monde on Tue Jul 3rd, 2018 at 03:37:08 AM EST
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Well, Japan goes home and can contemplate to write a book: "A World Cup defeat in three Easy Steps!"

I truly enjoyed the first 10 minutes in the second half. A stunner.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 3rd, 2018 at 08:26:46 AM EST
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Probably not Palestinians but from Arab states ...

Jewish and Arab teens travel to Moscow to play soccer together | Ynet News |

Delegation of teenagers from the Peres Center for Peace holds workshops and soccer training on sidelines of World Cup, teaching teens from Qatar, Iraq and Tunisia how they promote peace and dialogue through their shared love of soccer; 'At first we were met with suspicion, but we quickly became best friends with the Iraqi team,' says delegation head Lior Shalom.


A delegation of teenagers from the Peres Center for Peace traveled to Russia for the World Cup to hold workshops and soccer training for teens from all over the world, including from Arab nations.

The teens--from Jericho, Shoham, Tel Aviv and Be'er Sheva--taught their fellow teenagers from Qatar, Iraq and Tunisia how they promote peace and dialogue and allay suspicion through their shared love for the game of soccer.

The delegation, invited to Russia by FIFA, is staying with the other teens from all over the globe and holding soccer matches, which will culminate in the final on Saturday night at a soccer pitch set up especially in the center of the Red Square in Moscow.

The delegation is led by Lior Shalom from Tel Aviv, a project manager at the Peres Center for Peace, as well as coordinators Ahmad Roma from Jericho and Yael Tregerman from Rishon LeZion.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jul 3rd, 2018 at 01:55:07 PM EST
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Watching yesterday's match Brazil-Belgium, I recalled this game in 2002 (that I happened to watch in Antwerp):

Speculatively, that non-goal raised a Golden Generation for Belgium eager to beat Brazil in a World Cup :-)

by das monde on Sat Jul 7th, 2018 at 11:55:46 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 1st, 2018 at 04:55:14 PM EST
Authoritarianism ...

Antagonize Putin and you get thrown in prison
Sit next to him in a Football stadium, you get thrown out of the country.  :-))

From Crown prince Salman to Spain's King Felipe VI sitting next to PM Medvedev today ... did the Russian president foresee a defeat??

Russian PM, Spanish King watching World Cup Round of 16 Russia-Spain match in Moscow | Tass |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 1st, 2018 at 05:46:45 PM EST
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A Levchenko in Dutch studio ;

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 1st, 2018 at 04:56:15 PM EST
Most goals scored in a World Cup Final since 1958 ...

Brazil 5 - Sweden 2

Indeed another bright young star Pelé made forore with his 17 years and 249 days.

Congratulations to France!

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 15th, 2018 at 08:47:57 PM EST

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