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carlsson
November 16th, 2005, 03:09 AM
The final qualifiers for the 2006 football (soccer) world cup are currently playing. I just saw the second leg of Australia - Uruguay live on Eurosport. That's quite cool. It seems the winning team from the Australia and Oceania group always plays the 5th team from South America, and almost everytime it is Australia - Uruguay.

The game went into extra time and penalties after a combined score of 1-1. And what a penalty shoot-out! The Uruguyans seemed much insecure and under a lot of boo's from the huge crowd in Sydney. The Aussies were more distinct in their shooting, except for the captain Viduka who even missed the goal. I really liked the one hand boxing save by the Aussie goalkeeper on the second last penalty from Zalayeta (Uruguay/Juventus).

So, congrats to Australia to reach the world cup. Sweden is already there, as are the following countries: Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Holland, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Montenegro, Togo, Tunisia, USA and Ukraine.

Three more European countries are finishing their qualifiers tonight. Out of those, Spain seems already through with a 5-1 lead over Slovakia, but I suppose Norway on the road has a slim chance to turn 0-1 vs Czech Rep and Turkey at home may actually turn 0-2 vs Switzerland.

The 32nd and last spot will be decided in a playoff between Bahrain and Trinidad and Tobago, also playing today. The first match ended 1-1, so Bahrain will go through on a win or a 0-0 draw.

carlsson
November 16th, 2005, 03:16 AM
By the way, I had no idea that Coca-Cola is sponsoring international football to the degree that these days national teams are ordered by the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Yahoo is also an official partner, but I suppose they didn't pay enough money to make it FIFA/Yahoo World Cup. :D

vic user
November 16th, 2005, 04:12 AM
wow, Australia finally made it out of the playoffs :)

i shouldn't say anything, as canada has only made it once.

the matchup that will be interesting too is Trinidad and Tobago vs. Bahrain.


many teams this time that have never been to the finals!

chris

Jorg
November 16th, 2005, 08:51 AM
wow, Australia finally made it out of the playoffs :)


chris

That's only because they have the worlds best coach...

vic user
November 16th, 2005, 09:13 AM
it is sure starting to look like they do!

chris

vic user
November 16th, 2005, 09:44 AM
holy smokes T&T made it in!

i thought for sure Bahrain would advance, considering they were playing at home

chris

Jorg
November 16th, 2005, 10:17 AM
holy smokes T&T made it in!

i thought for sure Bahrain would advance, considering they were playing at home

chris

They have the worlds second best coach :P

vic user
November 16th, 2005, 10:43 AM
is he dutch too ;)

chris

CP/M User
November 16th, 2005, 11:02 AM
Yeah, yeah, the lucky country got in this time round.

What's with the supporters?!?
The media wanted to show all the drunk supporters - prior to the game.

Oh yeah, the media decide to mention Mr. Harry Keel now that he won the
game for them or something.

CP/M User.

vic user
November 16th, 2005, 01:01 PM
although i prefer red wine to beer, i do feel like getting a bottle of red stripe and a can of foster's

chris

Terry Yager
November 16th, 2005, 01:10 PM
Red Stripe???

I used to drink some Usher's Green Stripe, many years ago...lately my preference has run towards Old Florida 151 (a very under-rated rum).

--T

carlsson
November 16th, 2005, 01:38 PM
I read something about Bahrain was robbed a goal in the last minute, when the T&T keeper missed the kick off and Bahrain stole the ball. I didn't see the game, so I dunno.

Trinidad and Tobago by the way is the smallest country, population wise, to make it to the World Cup ever. About 1.1 million inhabitants.

Tough game TUR-SUI too. Switzerland SUI took an early 0-1 lead, Turkey turned it into 3-1 and played for a fourth goal to take them through when Switzerland scored 3-2. Turkey scored once more in the last minute, but 4-2 was not good enough as the combined score 4-4 meant Switzerland still went through on away goals. Remember Turkey was the lucky bronze medalist vs Korea last time.

Next stop is December 9th, when the seeding for groups will take place.

carlsson
November 16th, 2005, 01:44 PM
holy smokes T&T made it in!
They have the worlds second best coach :P
is he dutch too?
Leo Beenhakker, a rather suitable name to be mentioned on a vintage computer forum. Maybe even better if his name had been Stillishakker.

vic user
November 16th, 2005, 01:55 PM
wow, that tur sui game sounds like a wicked one to have watched!

i am surprised that turkey made a goal of it based on the first leg.

i thought for sure that switzerland would make it through without a scare.

i wonder how sales of toblerone's are, in Istanbul right now.

chris

vic user
November 16th, 2005, 01:59 PM
.lately my preference has run towards Old Florida 151 (a very under-rated rum).

i only have rum around xmas, with a bit of egg nog.

hope that i haven't offended real rum drinkers.

chris

Terry Yager
November 16th, 2005, 02:13 PM
.lately my preference has run towards Old Florida 151 (a very under-rated rum).

i only have rum around xmas, with a bit of egg nog.

hope that i haven't offended real rum drinkers.

chris

I think Old Florida is under-rated because it's so cheap (<$4.00 for a half-pint). (Most stores don't even carry it). The other 151-proof rums (Bacardi or DonQ) taste like cough syrup to me, but the OF tastes like rum! I don't want a drink that tastes like medicine! (Yeech!).

--T

vic user
November 16th, 2005, 02:41 PM
i'm with you there Terry.

in my teens, southern comfort was real popular with my peers.

when i tried it, i thought it tasted just like cough syrup.

disgusting

chris

Terry Yager
November 16th, 2005, 03:05 PM
I usually drink beer, because I like the taste of beer, but occaisionally, I get a hankerin' for a rum-and-Coca-Cola (and I could eat Patty Andrews "For Seafood, Mama!").

--T

Terry Yager
November 16th, 2005, 03:08 PM
i'm with you there Terry.

in my teens, southern comfort was real popular with my peers.

when i tried it, i thought it tasted just like cough syrup.

disgusting

chris

I've found that Southern Comfort only really tastes good if it's cut 50/50 with pure White Lightnin'...(a substance-of-abuse-of choice among residents of "Cow-Town" (Texas)).

--T

Terry Yager
November 16th, 2005, 04:00 PM
I have vague memories of a "LostWeek" in Dallas/Fort Worth, spent in the company of the heir to the Campbell's Soup fortune. He picked me up hitch-hiking somewhere near San Antone', and drove me all the way to Dallas, which was his final destination. He invited me to his place for lunch, which I accepted. Well, when we got to his family's huge mansion, "lunch" consisted of him pulling out two one-gallon milk jugs of clear liquid, and two quarts (yes, it came in quarts back then, not fifths) of Southern Comfort. He then got out a couple of tall tumblers (about 16 ounces, I'd guess) and filled each half-way with the moonshine, and topped each off with the SC. He said "This is the way we drink it in Texas." That's the last clear rememberance I have of the next seven days, except for a couple of snatches here-and-there, like being in downtown Dallas, seeing all kinds of people pouring out from all these giant office buildings, and acting like little children in the first substantial snowfall that most of them had ever seen (Biggest snow in over 50 years in Dallas/Ft. Worth...four inches, and it stayed for four days). It was funny, watching all those people in full-dress buisness suits, etc, building snowmen in the middle of the street, having snowball fights, etc. (Of course, driving was treacherous, cauze nobody had a klew how to drive on slick stuff). I also remember eating the very best cheeseburgers in my life during that week, but can't for the life of me recall the name of the restaurant.

--T

Jorg
November 16th, 2005, 11:58 PM
holy smokes T&T made it in!
They have the worlds second best coach :P
is he dutch too?
Leo Beenhakker, a rather suitable name to be mentioned on a vintage computer forum. Maybe even better if his name had been Stillishakker.

Beenhakker would have to be translated as Bonecrusher, literally. (Probably originating from a butcher like profession of his anchestors).

There will be four dutch coaches at the WC, with Holland, Australia, Trinidad and South Korea. There is one country more with a dutch coach but they didn't qualify.

carlsson
December 9th, 2005, 12:22 PM
The World Cup draw, in play order:

Group A: Germany - Costa Rica - Poland - Ecuador
Group B: England - Paraguay - Trinidad & Tobago - Sweden
Group C: Argentina - Ivory Coast - Serbia Montenegro - Netherlands
Group D: Mexico - Iran - Angola - Portugal
Group E: Italy - Ghana - USA - Czech Rep
Group F: Brazil - Croatia - Australia - Japan
Group G: France - Switzerland - Korea - Togo
Group H: Spain - Ukraine - Tunisia - Saudi Arabia

It seems that group C is the "group of death", which means Argentina again were placed in a very tough group and if they are unlucky might fail to advance. Group E is also a very hard one, although on paper Italy and Czech Rep should go through unless in particular USA show some extra strength.

I think groups D, G and H are about equally either "easy" or single-sided. In particular the Spain group might be very open to tell which two teams advance.

Jorg
December 9th, 2005, 01:20 PM
Hmm yes- but Argentina is not the one I'm concerned about :roll:

carlsson
December 9th, 2005, 01:36 PM
True. I don't know how strong the Dutch team are these days, but in the worst turn of events, both teams can be in a bit of trouble. The two last games of that group also are Netherlands - Argentina and Côte d'Ivore - Serbia & Montenegro, both played at 4 PM.

mryon
December 9th, 2005, 05:43 PM
There is only one rum...Newfoundland Screech! ;)

vic user
December 10th, 2005, 01:58 PM
i think group e is pretty tough as well.

personally, i would prefer to have my team in a tough group rather than an easy group.

it forces your team to start hard right off the bat and will prepare them for the knockout stage.

a team like spain i think could be unprepared for the knockout stage, since they are in such an easy group.

regardless, there are some mouth watering matchups in the group stage!

chris

mryon
December 10th, 2005, 03:22 PM
i think group e is pretty tough as well.

You know, I was thinking the same thing.
I suspect group E will have some interesting matches.

but I've got a funny feeling that Ukraine and Saudi Arabia are going to be tougher for Spain than most are expecting. Although I wouldn't bet much on it. ;)

Terry Yager
December 10th, 2005, 04:24 PM
There is only one rum...Newfoundland Screech! ;)

Jah, mon...n00fiez!

--T

carlsson
December 11th, 2005, 02:02 AM
personally, i would prefer to have my team in a tough group rather than an easy group.
Tell that to someone from Buenos Aires! I don't think any group would be dead easy, even for a team like Brazil. The benefit from "being in hot air" from the beginning may be negated by the risk of early injuries and suspensions due to playing intensive matches only to go through.

80sFreak
December 11th, 2005, 01:22 PM
I think Old Florida is under-rated because it's so cheap (<$4.00 for a half-pint). (Most stores don't even carry it). The other 151-proof rums (Bacardi or DonQ) taste like cough syrup to me, but the OF tastes like rum! I don't want a drink that tastes like medicine! (Yeech!).

--T

I like Jagermiester.. :) Which many people say tastes like "Vicks 44" (A type of cough syrup) And I like to sip it instead of shoot it so I can enjoy the taste... But it does have to be served very cold!

Cheers,

80sFreak

carlsson
December 12th, 2005, 07:33 AM
But Jagermeister ain't rum, and besides I believe most drunk supporters on a game drink beer or the cheapest other alcohol they can find. Perhaps some do get pissed on Jager though. I'll never forget that 16 year old guy who wanted a good alcohol/price ratio and bought himself a bottle of Jagermeister, found that it tasted terrible and then tried to mix it with orange juice (!), found that it tasted even worse but somehow forced himself to drink it.

mryon
December 12th, 2005, 10:34 AM
I used to make a drink in University that I named the Schwarzjäger:

two parts Black Death Vodka
one part Jägermeister.

The second one tatstes great!

carlsson
December 12th, 2005, 03:23 PM
I don't drink beer, but I've read that if you have one good one, the following ones can be almost any brand and you can't tell the difference or complain.

Terry Yager
December 12th, 2005, 05:48 PM
I don't drink beer, but I've read that if you have one good one, the following ones can be almost any brand and you can't tell the difference or complain.

I don't drink "good" beer, but that statement doesn't hold true for the cheap sh!t that I do drink. Often I will run out of beer after my favorite store has closed, and I'll be forced to buy an alternate brand from an alternate store. Even half-drunk, I can tell the difference...

--T

vic user
December 13th, 2005, 03:03 PM
god, i haven't drank a beer in ages, but an upper canada wheat or a grasshopper, chilled almost to the point of ice crystals forming, is wicked!

chris

Terry Yager
December 13th, 2005, 03:32 PM
god, i haven't drank a beer in ages, but an upper canada wheat or a grasshopper, chilled almost to the point of ice crystals forming, is wicked!

chris

Moosehead, or Raineer aka, reindeer p!ss)?

--T