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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby deja vu on Mon Jun 27, 2016 9:45 pm

Lets start with big news - Iceland has a soccer team. Yes, Iceland and the even bigger news is that the unknown Icelandics beat the Brits at their own game.

You read that right, the Brits have two losses in less than a week, one to the EU and now to Iceland. Go figure, and I think the Brits are still in shock. Barely have time to digest the LEAVE vote, and
now the biggest loss they have probably ever had. I'm not a soccer fan, but assuming it is since they lost to a unknown team.

I love it when the underdogs win. It's good for what ever sport they are playing, shakes things up, makes it interesting and now shocking.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/icelean ... -1.3655075

Iceland is a country where owning a pet snake, lizard or turtle is against the law. Mosquitoes do not exist, McDonald's is nowhere on the map and a mere 323,000 people call it home.

Nobody would have guessed this would be the home of a soccer revolution. After jumping from 131st to 23rd in the world rankings, Iceland is the smallest country to ever compete in a major international tournament.
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Jun 30, 2016 4:02 pm

Poland and Portugal are tied 1-1 in their match today. That is exciting! They are still at play 94 minutes later...
http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/index.html
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Jul 03, 2016 1:23 pm

Iceland and France will play at 3pm EDT today to settle the quarter final match. I noticed quite the Icelandic spirit on Twitter yesterday-if Iceland wins the match, a French swimmer has promised to swim around Iceland. Here's the post: https://twitter.com/icelandinspired/status/748450471690534912

Friday: Wales 3-Belgium 1. That must have been exciting for the Welsh fans and UK fans!
Saturday: Germany 1-Italy 1. I see a 6 after Germany and 5 after Italy-penalty kicks?
http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/index.html#md/5
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:36 pm

Wales and Portugal are in the first EuroCup semi-final match to determine who stays for the Sunday final match.
Scoreless during the first half at 3:36pm EDT. http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/index.html
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:35 pm

I noticed two cars (with Portuguese flags) honking at night when I was in Hamilton for some shopping. Think that was my cue to know that Portugal won the match over Wales yesterday. 2-0 in Portugal's favour>finally the Portuguese advance to a final match.

http://www.thespec.com/sports-story/6756172-hamilton-celebrates-ronaldo-leads-portugal-to-2-0-win-over-wales-into-euro-final/

James Street North in Hamilton is partial to display of Italian or Portuguese or Mexican flags after soccer wins, just in case you visit Hamilton, Ontario in Canada.

Today, Germany plays against France in the second semi-final game in just over one hour and twenty minutes' time!
http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/index.html#md/6
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Jul 08, 2016 7:00 pm

Host nation France sent Germany packing from the Euro Cup 2016 tournament. Les Bleus will play in the final match on Sunday against Portugal.
http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/news/newsid=2389633.html

I noticed a Toronto daily paper listed some places one can watch the final match in the city. I'm sure fans who are keen to watch the last game have
their favourite televisions or eateries booked for game time.
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby fishandchips on Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:47 pm

Stuff some soccer fans have known generally but that journalists have revealed in investigations:

Fans also know that hosting rights for major tournaments have sometimes been auctioned off to the highest bidder. After years of accusations, an investigation conducted by the FBI revealed in 2015 that senior members of FIFA, the sport’s global governing body, had long been accepting payments in return for votes at World Cup elections. Chuck Blazer, a FIFA official who became an informant for the FBI during its inquiry, admitted in 2013 that he had accepted bribes to vote for South Africa's successful bid to host the 2010 World Cup, and that he had facilitated a bribe before France won the right to stage the 1998 World Cup.


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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby fishandchips on Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:19 am

Usain Bolt's track days ended last weekend. Mr.Bolt is looking ahead to professional football as his next career. He even has a trial offer with a famous team.

After a long and illustrious career on the track, Usain Bolt has finally hung up his running spikes.

Making his final appearance over the weekend at the World Championships in London, the eight-time Olympian is stepping down from the sport after nine glorious years as the face of modern athletics.

But the Jamaican could be returning to the world of sport sooner than expected – as a Championship footballer.

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/usain-bolt-offered-trail-at-championship-side-burton-a7895016.html

If he could develop some skills handling a ball and combine them with sprints, he could offer some fine action on the footy field.
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby fishandchips on Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:00 pm

FINALLY a goal for women's soccer-a global professional league!
The proposed competition would feature 16 of the world’s top women’s national teams and begin play as early as November 2019. FIFA also plans to add four regional leagues to encourage the development of women’s soccer globally and to allow the best performers from those regions a chance to win promotion to the top division in a system of promotion and relegation.

The move is part of an effort to increase the visibility, quality and appeal of women’s soccer and to boost Infantino’s standing before his bid for re-election next year. Investing in the women’s game was a plank in Infantino’s campaign platform in 2015.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/15/sports/soccer/fifa-womens-league.html

At least it's on the table for discussion. Must be all the women's sporting events especially soccer taking attention at different sporting associations.
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