Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Thanks for Showing Up! - 2011

This is another column I may have to make into an annual tradition. Just like Norway being in the playoffs for 2010 and 2011, I'm sadly going to have to say goodbye to the teams in Group B, just like I did last year to Jamaica, El Salvador, Afghanistan and Scotland. With no further ado:

Dear Serbia, Portugal, Sierra Leone, and England,

Thanks for showing up and better luck next year! Don't hang your heads, Norway and Ireland were the better teams and deserved to advance. My advice:

Serbia - Keep playing hard and focus on your younger players. The team needs more speed and more attacking creativity if you want to win some games. There's no doubt this was a rebuilding year, so put in a team next year and hope for a better result.

Portugal - A tough tournament because of the turnover in players from 2010, but nothing to be ashamed about. Felipe moved on, but he was undeniably the heart of your team and you need to find someone else to carry that torch now. I suggest having an unquestioned captain for 2012, someone younger who is willing to lead by example. You've got good young players, make it their team.

Sierra Leone - A strong tournament considering it was the first time showing. Norway had its best result against you, but ultimately its most frustrating as well. We were constantly antagonized and I actually count that as a positive in your favour. Nobody likes teams that get under their skin, but I think its an identity that can work for you. Keep shooting and next year you can be a defininte challenger.

England - I'm not sure what happened to you. After Norway played you the first game I thought you had a real chance to prove you were better than last year. I suppose that chance still exists, seeing as how you've got Serbia and Portugal left, but the 14-0 loss to Ireland is like a black clowd looming over everything. I'm not saying you pussed out - cause Ireland is very good - but I don't remember any cards being handed out that game. If they're going to keep running up the score, at least let them know you're angry about it.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

England just flat out sucks. They have way too many cocky div 4 players that do nothing but talk garbage about others and even people on their own team. The team has a few good players and some very respectable people but there are a lot that could use a good smack and a nice wake up call. If you DIV 4 players and you know who you are think your good, then try to win a game for crying out loud. Your not good. I'm talking about you Gremio Div 4 idiots in Regina league.

Playmaker said...

That seems a little harsh don't you think? I hardly consider it the fault of players from one team. Props to them if they are Div 4 and still had the courage to put a team in.

Anonymous said...

I do not know where this person gets his/her information from as he has clearly knows nothing about Team England. There are only 2 players on the team from Gremio and Div 4. Before you run your mouth get your facts straight.

Anonymous said...

Those two players are exactly who I am talking about. Would you like me to name them for you or are you smart enough to figure it out on your own? I bet your one of them. Oh I got my facts straight. People talk. Players from Estevan talk. You need to grow up and respect the players in your dressing room. We don't need douche bags wrecking team chemistry. Loos and Stella need to grow up. If you don't like people and how the physical game of soccer is played then get lost. The game not meant for weak little babies. Harsh, I don't think so. I speak the truth.

Anonymous said...

Also ... you two guys are the last ones who should be complaining. You need to put in some effort out there and try to win some balls. I've never seen two lazier soccer players who trash talk others.

Anonymous said...

I think Anon 9:21 p.m. is correct when he says those two guys are little cry babies, but over all Team England is got a good group of young talent who needs a few years to develop. I would like to see some better defense and goal keeping from England next year too. Lets hope most of the players can stick together. Maybe next year you guys will make the playoffs and contend with ROI. Don't let the ROI loss ruin your team. Make a few little changes for next year and you will be good to go.

Anonymous said...

Braden other than ROI you guys are in the easiest pool out of any of the pools. I don't think you should be cheering and all happy about your playoff birth just yet. You will meet your match very soon and I hope you guys are more than ready. I personally think you and the rest of your players need some practice time in. Your team isn't good enough to win this tournament and when you meet ROI you will see what I mean. You guys will be lucky if ROI scores less than 5 goals on you. Your goal keeper isn't going to save you when you play ROI. They have a way of embarassing goal keepers.

Anonymous said...

i think group C is even easier than group B the team that comes in second there is gonna lose by a minimum of 5 goals (possibly greece). I think afghanistan might beat greece 4-3 tonight tho.

Anonymous said...

Norway telling other teams they lack attacking creativity is the pot calling the kettle black.. Other than Reis Norway looks like they have their thumb up their ass on offence all the the time.

Anonymous said...

Who care if we were in an easy pool? That is the luck of the draw, last year we were in the group of death and we still made it out. Have we played the best soccer this tournement? No we haven't but we have done what we need to. At the end of the day it doesn't really matter if we win or lose to ROI. They could beat us 10-0, I admit it would be suck, but then I remember we are in the playoffs and 16 other teams are watching from the stands.

Anonymous said...

Wow! The comment that said Greece would lose by a min. of 5 goals min. in the second round must be the same person who said Greece would not win a game along with France would crush them. Keep up with the great predictions.

Anonymous said...

Greece will make the playoffs - yes. Greece will lost their playoff game by 5 goals - yes!

Anonymous said...

the following teams that should be banned from this tournament

Greece- not even soccer players out there

Afghan, horrible team
italy horrible team
england horrible team
All teams are horrible except for ES, Germany,Canada,ROI,France and Poland

the rest of the teams need to grab a mirror and look atyourselfs and practice harder you clowns

Anonymous said...

Ha ha the post above is so true. This tournament is a joke.

Anonymous said...

GREECE IS GOING TO THE PLAYOFFS. We rule. No loses. Whoever said we would lose to Afghan is an idiot. No one can handle our game style. We are the real deal. Get over it you clowns.

Anonymous said...

Really (Greece) congrats on advancing to the play offs in a fake soccer tournament. This tournament is so bad, that awful players actually think their good, its pretty bad

Anonymous said...

leave your names lets see if youre a good player?

Anonymous said...

If this tournament is so bad and such a joke then why are you on here reading this blog?

Anonymous said...

Greece, Greece, Greece ... TOP CONTENDER!!! The only other team that is good is ROI. The rest of you suck. Face it, Greece is the where it's at. EVERYONE KNOWS WE ROCK THIS TOURNAMENT. NO NEED TO LEAVE PLAYER NAMES cause we all just that good. Suck it up princess.

Anonymous said...

Ok buddy, (anon 12:10), relax, you tied France which is impressive but come on beating Nigeria, Afghanistan, Italy and Botswana is no cause to be that cocky.. give it a rest.

Julio said...

What does someone reading the blog and this tournament sucking have as a correlation? None... so why would you pose that question to prove a point?

The individual is most likely reading the blog due to the sheer enjoyment of some of the outlandish comments that are made in this blog... I'm sorry but whoever that individual was to make that comment was right to not post his name... as even a player like Korthius has been deemed to be "overhyped" by the Regina masses... that yes even the shitty players think they are good due to this tournament may be a reality.

I think alot of people fail to realize this... but this tournament does not highlight quality soccer... I don't think that is the intent of the tournament.. I think it's more of an intent to give the communities of Regina a way to come together with soccer as the centrefold... the rules are made so this tournament allows everyone to play... even the not so skilled... the most talented teams don't always win or do well in this tournament... seeing as Greece has done remarkable well thus far, yet blown their tires up way too much i'll use them as an example... Congrats on doing as well as you have, no one expected it... but don't get carried away... was this tournament 6 v 6 or 7 v 7 for that matter Greece would not be so successful... due to the lack of space in the format of this tournament it allows for weaker and less skilled teams a chance to be successful... if there were more room on the pitch... it'd be a totally different story... enjoy your WCP success thus far, but don't get carried away with all the outlandish posts about how great the Trojans are!
Were this tournament play 11 v 11 on a full sized pitch... the lack of talent in some teams that have fared well would be even more evident... yet at the end of the day.. the rules of the WCP are in place for a reason and the teams that manage to find success within that format... well they've managed to adapt and well done to them.

Anonymous said...

Julio shut up already. You have no idea what your talking about. Do you like to hear yourself talk. Man your such a loser. Guy has nothing better to do than post stupid comments on blogs. Greece is for real. They would do just as good in any format. Your points are stupid and flawed. What an idiot.

Anonymous said...

What this Julio idiot post like a 10 page reply to the above post. That's how he rolls. Joker. You know very little about soccer and trust me when I say, people don't care about your posts.

Anonymous said...

haha for once i kinda agree with julio. his logic isn't flawed. one more player on each team does limit the space on the field. go and play half field 7v7 and you'll understand the difference. there are a lot less 1 v 1 battles that the skilled teams can take advantage of in this tournament. but even with the format of the tournament you see teams getting crushed.

Anonymous said...

Julio brought up some good points, but like the typical Greeks that they are they can't handle a bit of truth.
So if no one cared why did you even read it?

Q.C.

Anonymous said...

Julio brought up some terrible points. Greece pride baby. We could be out there with a 5 vs 5 or 6 vs 6 and we would still dominate. Greece is a solid team. No doubts about it. Our record speeks for itself. Thanks for coming out.

Anonymous said...

Why is blog talking about Greece, they havent proved anything in their group and they were lucky with france.Thiswas easy group. Scotland could of won those games.There a bunch of nobodys. When are the blogs going to talk about laos,ES, roi,France the real dominant teems.

Julio said...

Greece show all the downfalls of this tournament. They get a few wins and then they think they are the kings of the world. This tournament doesn't highlight quality soccer!!
Good for you guys that your winning a few games here and there. EMBARRASSING the way you come on to the blogs and make the posts that you do.

Greece keeps making itself a bigger joke every single day by the post they make. All the anonymous garbage on here is from Greece players! Pitiful, embarrassing, pathetic, and a complete waste of time. Greece you guys are the reason why people complain the SHITTY players think they are good!

Bartosz said...

The reason they're coming out and talking shit is cause you all picked them to finish behind two womens teams. You gave them no respect... Why cause they play tough? A little dirty at times maybe? I don't know ...it seems like these posts from Greek players are a liiittle much but good on them ... Congrats boys and keep proving them wrong... Julio.. Alot of people think you're a joke...alot probably like you....I could care less. But you're sure as hell creating some good reading material for my shit breaks . Predictions in Greece Laos?

Anonymous said...

Greek Players are not commenting. it is julio putting up anon comments making it look that greece is blogging

Anonymous said...

GREECE 3 El Salvador 0. REMEMBER THAT.

Chubs said...

thats if ES even gets out of their group!
Good on Greece for playing hard and winning. Who cares who they beat, they are still through and will give any team a good game.

Can't wait for the playoffs mid-week.

Julio said...

Bartosz, I like the fact that you put your name behind your post!

Well ya.. obviously when you see a powerpoint quality video put on FB about the Greek team whining about how they are being picked on the blog.. obviously I am going to toss in some jokes to go with it...
I am fine if they think I am a "joke"... as I actually don't know, or could care less about any of the Greeks to be honest.. I don't take anything to seriously on the blogs for that matter...

At the end of the day, the Greeks are asking for some beaks their way when they go on hyping themselves way too much over a tournament where the rules are designed to give the less skilled teams a shot... The WCP doesn't highlight quality soccer.. you can think I am joke and what not... but atleast once upon a time I played ok soccer.

And yes I did pick them to finish behind two women's teams... I got a good laugh at out of it.. I also did give them credit when they got their first wins.. yet it seems they are a little sensitive to some humor that they all take it way to personal.. which def isn't the Spartan way of life baha

It'd be unreal if ES pulled out a win tonight, as playing Greece would be a good time! The fact that they'd be so amped to get a shot at Julio is already enough satisfaction as it is...

Glad I can entertain you... as atleast someone doesn't take this tournament too seriously.

As for the accusations that I am posting anonymously... I am pretty sure that I post with my name everytime... that way the Greeks know exactly what I am saying!

Julio said...

If Greece and ES do play in the playoffs... I'll make not only a quality video but I'll make sure to highlight not just every goal.. but every move that is put on a Greek defender... so then you can go back and watch the video and shed a few tears at a score that wasn't from 2006 or whatever year it was... then you may also be able to take some pointers on how to make a quality video next time you whine about being picked on... as I'm sure a gr. 2 child could have made a better video then the one posted pre-tournament!

I have heard the ES Laos game is quality.. I REALLY hope for everyone sake ES gets the win as this GREECE vs ES game could be one for the ages!