Originally posted by Bergermeister
Do remember I said above somewhere that "I don't like England. Period." and then take anything else with a grain of salt.
Trust me....I for one take anything you say with a grain of salt. No offense. And you're free to dislike any team you want....but when you make silly statements or make up BS stats...be prepared to be called on it....like you just did.
I simply find them over-rated, over-paid and over-proud.
We get it...you hate the English team. I doubt you've been a football/soccer fan for very long....so added salt because of that.
Though I only had a few minutes this morning, I replayed the opening ceremony three times to check... you can hear whistling during the Swedish anthem, not the English. This has happened in several matches and is rather irritating.
Not the only fans that do that....not the last time it's going to happen. BFD.
Also the booing that came after Owen twisted his ankle with no Swedish player within reach was, well, odd at best. There is no stat table for booing anybody and everybody.
Thank goodness there is no stat for that because 99.9999% of the fans don't....give a....about those kinds of things. Goodness....Booing: Sweden 40%-England 60%.
I have raised the issue of booing before and find lots of it in most of the matches. Is this normal?
No it's not normal. Booing is unheard of in the rest of the world. In fact it's against the law in some countries and FIFA is considering a permanent ban on countries whose fans engage in that sort of thing. No really.
Then there is the bashing of the coach. Oooh; the success or failure falls on one "easily" replaceable person (who happens not to be British). Japan lost a match and some reporter pointed out it could have been the coach's (Zico's) poor subbbing, but nobody bashed him; they focused on what the team on the pitch did or didn't do, because at the end of the day, it is they who win or lose the match.
I can't speak for the English...because I'm not. The only reason I'm even "engaging" you is because you're making such ridiculous and silly arguments I feel compelled to address them. The players follow tactics outlined by the manager. He is responsible for selecting the team and the best FIT players available. He's also responsible for positioning. For fans who have been following the game for a while, it's fairly obvious when a player is out of position or not fit. Under Eriksson, England has had but a handful of well played games.
And of course coaches are easily replaceable. It would be...stupid...to replace the whole team.
Most of the England players are proven players in previous WCs, or top European club tournaments. Tournaments which I doubt you've watched.
About strikers, look at the stats again... I would prefer Larsson, Allbäck, Ljungberg or Nakamura, and though he hasn't played in the WC yet, Maki.
Of course you would. Too bad you have no clue what you're talking about. Which stats by the way? For your information....Ljungberg and Nakamura are NOT
I always liked Larsson..but he's old now and hardly played for Barça. Class act though. And Allback...lol..are you kidding me? This is a guy who played for Villa...somewhat...and scored a grand total of 6 goals in 2 years. And 4 goals for Hansa Rostock in Germany. You do realize Shrek...err... Rooney is only 20 right? Why am I even bothering with you?
The one English player I kind of like is Crouch... not that he is good or anything, just that he is built like myself and it is impressive to see him risk his limbs for the game he loves!
All professional players risk their limbs playing the game they get PAID a lot to play.
Just curious...but how long have you been following the game?