Thursday, April 29, 2010

Semifinals preview

I went 1-3 in the quarterfinals but I was still close. Germany gave their game away. Poland and Canada in overtime and I picked the wrong one. Ireland dominated and obviously I'm always picking Norway over whomever they play. Here goes round 2.

Ireland vs. France - Before last night I would have taken France in this game because I was so impressed with their first round. But now I'm switching to Ireland because I don't think some of the France players have the ability to bring their game up to what it needs to be to beat the super-talented Irish team. Ireland wasn't even tested against Nigeria and will have plenty of firepower and energy left for tonight. France will make it a battle but Ireland will score some pretty goals. 5-2 Ireland.

Canada vs. Laos - Still not overly impressed by either team. Both are very, very talented. Both make tons of dumb mistakes that should never be made by top-calibre teams. That's likely what this game will come down to: Which team makes the biggest mistake at the crucial time to let the opponent capitalize. I'm almost certain it will happen to Canada if only because half the team never looks like it feels comfortable playing with the other half. I guess that's something you take into account when you bring lots of good players together who are used to playing against each other, rather than with each other. 3-2 Laos.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

I dont think Canada will be able to contain Laos plain and simple. 4-2 Laos Victory.

As for Ireland vs France, i see France as the underdogs and its always exciting when the underdogs win big games. I think this will be a great game that will have only nice goals. I love watching both these teams play. I think France will pull this one off with Brett or Rory stepping up and scoring a banger for the game winner. 3-2 France

Anonymous said...

Love to see a Laos France final

Anonymous said...

ROI 4-2

Laos 2-1

† Kier said...

I'm hoping for a France vs. Canada Final.

Anonymous said...

Canada sucks. They always have sucked. Fools like Tavis go around at the WCP talking trash about how good he is. He sucks, and that whole team is filled with COCKY individual players. They sit and hold their heads up high like they are world cup players. Sorry to inform you idiots, but you arn't good at all. You talk about other teams like they suck, well look at yourselves. Atleast Team Norway has class and they show it on and off the field. You clowns on Canada deserve a straight smack to the face, and honestly if I see someone try to fight one of you dicks, I'm going to sit back and laugh.

Anonymous said...

Someone should hit Tavis in the face for me.

Anonymous said...

kier is a tool i have known him for yrs.

Anonymous said...

First off i dont play for canada but they do have some good players who are allowed to be cocky. Well maybe like 2. Tavis and Jarvis Are good players. Maybe the dooley's are to cocky, especially kirk. But regardless of how cocky they are, they are in the semi-finals and you probably aren't so stop bein a hater and a sore loser, watch some soccer and drink some beers.

Anonymous said...

i think tavis is a good attacker but he is a lazy defender and easily loses focus

Anonymous said...

France has the potential of beating Ireland. Lets hope they focus on the task at hand.

I'd rather have Canada in the final than Laos... Lesser of two evils

Anonymous said...

i honestly think that france is the only team capable of beating ROI. they match up well but ROI is slightly better. Yianni and Mason are unbeatable at the back for france but so are benno and shae for ROI, Brett and Rory can score from anywhere as can David Brown and Jay Tomchuk. i think where ROI is really stronger than france is their wingers. france has young wingers which are fairly good but seriously outmatched by Roi's. should be a really good game. GO FRANCE!

Anonymous said...

didnt you see how many times yianni and mason got beat by norways offsenive? I dont see France beating Ireland I hate to say it.

Anonymous said...

Norway's Strikers weren't the ones scoring any goals against France all the goals came from the midfield, you must have been watching the wrong game.

Anonymous said...

so there midfield cant defend is what your saying.

Anonymous said...

ya what game were you watching? i dont recall a single time that game where yianni or mason got beat by a norway player, all norways goals came from long range shots, frances goalie really should have done better. the frist 2 goals were weak, the 3rd one was a good shot. game could have been 5-1 their goalie played better

Anonymous said...

actually almost all goals against france this season have come from long distance so yes you could say their midfield needs to defend better and their goalie needs to be better. their defence however has been solid all tourny.

Anonymous said...

France goalie blows. The guy that played on Scotland is better. Haha. That dude in net for France gets no shots. Technically he doesn't have to be good, but against Ireland who shoots from everywhere we'll see how he does. I doubt France will win cause their defense just isn't up to par.

Anonymous said...

ya well did you see how that guy on ROI scored that sick goal aganist Frances "amazing defence" oh wait and the corner they scored which I thought was weak, if our team was to play france again we would beat them no question. we will see you guys next yr and beat you. Viking power! p.s. france does suck.

J.G.

Anonymous said...

hahahaha funniest comment of the tournament: "if our team was to play france again we would beat them no question". are you mentally retarded? either that or you just have no concept of soccer what so ever. france had one of their worst games against norway. if you guys played france again they would absolutely shit kick you. just be happy with the fact that your team was able to make a game out of the france match up cuz if it happens again it wont be as close, i gaurantee that. really norway, get real. you guys had a good tournament and did well to get where you made it but your team is just not good enough so stop making ludicrous claims like you would beat france if you played them again. if you played france 10 times you would lose 10 times. they are better than you, get over it.

Anonymous said...

no way man they just got lucky, we can beat them, there horrible

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Anonymous said...

Long rant man, its just a tournament for fun at the end of the day. Chill bro.
Some people take a game of fun way to seriously and hence why all the animosity and trash talk originates.

Anonymous said...

Gordie Peever? I dont even know who he is, oh well all I know is that ya maybe France beat us but all I am saying is one day well beat you guys just like we beat Ireland 3 yrs ago. we find ways to beat teams and thats what were all about. Viking Power!

Anonymous said...

norway, get some class, really. we beat you on one of our worst performances of the tournament. thats not just me saying that, it's everyone. there are alot of players on your team which i have alot of respect for, but then i come on your blog and see the total lack of class put forth by bitter norway players. we got beat by ireland in the semis because they were better than us. we admit it. you get beat by us and say that you would beat us any other time and that our defense is shit. i say fuck off, you will never beat us with an attitude like that. i hope you go on thinking that our defense is shit. you better put together a better team if you ever hope to beat us because with the team you have now you dont have a hope in hell. but you go on thinking that you do, please, keep thinking about 3 years ago when you beat ireland. way to go, congrats on your 7th place finish this year. maybe next year you will develope some class and not beak teams that just beat you on their worst day. your team licks balls, good try tho.

Anonymous said...

Oh Shiv.. respect

Anonymous said...

this is norways blog. what do you except them to say about other teams. and this is a competition so they are just trying to pump their team up in hopes of a win. if you won't like reading about your team- then don't read this blog. you say bad things about norway and they say bad things about you- so deal with it.