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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 51
Posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1723 times:

I'm surprised nothing has been posted with regards to the U-20 World Cup currently being played in Canada.

http://www.fifa.com/u20worldcup/index.html

I have seen several games thus far and have been very entertained by Brazil, Japan, Korea and the US. There are lots of goals being scored, some classic especially from Freddy Adu.

Anybody have any comments about the teams, players, any predictions, anything about the artificial turf?


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User currently offlineAviationmaster From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 2479 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1692 times:

This tournament has seen some good games and nice goals.

I just finished watching the re-run of the USA-Poland game which ended 6-1. Awsome game with some amazing goals.

Quoting YooYoo (Thread starter):
anything about the artificial turf?

Are all games being played on artificial turf?


User currently offlineWrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1683 times:

The three eastern stadi are Turf and the three west are Grass. I am disappointed that the "National Soccer Stadium" went carpet instead of grass. Some quite entertaining games so far.

WrenchBender



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1667 times:

First, FIFA should ban artifical turf for tournament games! All tournaments organised by FIFA should be played in stadiums that have a grass pitch.

That being said, I haven't had a chance to pay lots of attention to the U-20 WC. I'm more interested in watching the Copa América right now.


User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1663 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 3):
First, FIFA should ban artifical turf for tournament games

This turf is apparently FIFA approved. I'm still old school though, i would like to see grass in all cities.

I've not had a chance to play on it, but it looks nice and the players are not complaining..... yet. They're sliding and falling on it no problems. I did hear that the turf does wear down the calf muscles quicker and cramping sets in earlier. I noticed a few Polish players cramping in the their first game.

I've secured quarter final game tickets in Toronto and possibly final tickets as well. Maybe i can sneak in a run on the turf and let you know more.  Wink



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User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4292 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1641 times:

What's there to talk about? Argentina will win it... again  Wink


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User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8938 posts, RR: 40
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1625 times:

And we will lose it... again  Wink


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User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4292 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1622 times:

Well to be brutally honest, I'd trade a couple of the U-20 trophies since won since 2001 for one one of the trophies with the guys holding the globe...  dopey 


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User currently offlineLH477 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 584 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1600 times:

Interesting tournament....Some great games......Dos Santos has played really well...too bad he is Barca property.....much more interested in Copa America...Viva Argentina ( for the timebeing)......


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User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4292 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1599 times:

Quoting LH477 (Reply 8):
Interesting tournament....Some great games......Dos Santos has played really well...too bad he is Barca property.....much more interested in Copa America...Viva Argentina ( for the timebeing)......

Boca having won the Libertadores continental club championship, if Argentina repeats as champs in the U-20 and wins the Copa, it would go a long way to restoring the dignity of Argentine football.



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User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2743 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1583 times:

Maybe the US should have sent the U-20s to Copa America. Hopefully they can get a good result against Brazil and win the group. Everyone should keep an eye on Josmer Altidore. Right now the best US hope for a breakout star in the 2010 World Cup.


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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1553 times:

A little article about the turf.

btw, Canada, if you don't score a goal, you can't win a game. Just thought i'd mention that to you. Very disappointed in their play.

http://www.torontosun.com/Sports/U20/2007/07/06/4317750-sun.html



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User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4292 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1550 times:

Yes, a lot of people in Argentina were very surprised by the poor quality of the so-called 'turf' in Canadian stadiums.

I'm sure Argentina has been among the biggest complainers, but you can't have a pitch that disintegrates into 1000 little pebbles at the slightest pressure or rough play, or even when the ball lands hard on it (I saw this on TV).

You could see by the 2nd half ARG-CZE the field looked like it had rained for three days and two matches had been played. That hurt Argentina a lot because it's football style is known for oustanding team play and passing, and individual dribbling and skill of it's players. To be honest, a 2nd division team in Argentina may have had a better field than those with that turf.



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User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1829 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1547 times:

My family has been watching some games in Victoria, and they say it was great. I'm sad I'm missing it!

User currently offlineWrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1543 times:

Quoting Derico (Reply 12):
so-called 'turf' in Canadian stadiums.

Please be specific, it's only the eastern stadiums that have that shit, Swangaurd (Burnaby), Royal Athletic (Victoria) and Commonwealth (Edmonton) are all real grass. Commonwealth is probaly the best field in Canada to play on (for any sport).
I hate the artificial surfaces but 'FieldTurf' is better than the old 'Astro Turf' and it is sanctioned by FIFA.

WrenchBender



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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1536 times:

Quoting WrenchBender (Reply 14):
Commonwealth is probaly the best field in Canada to play on

Did you see the Canada game? The ball was all over the place. To me, it seemed the field was not 100%.

oh well, both teams were playing on the same field.

I can recall the World Cup last year in Germany, their fields were pieces of art.  smile 



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User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2743 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1515 times:

Time to bring this thread back to life since the knockout stages are set to begin tommorow.

The US couldn't have asked for a better path to the finals, with Mexico and Argentina on the other side of the bracket. They go up against Uruguay tommorow, and if they win, get the winner of Gambia vs. Austria.

Rough draw for Mexico. They are probably the best team in the tournament, fielding most of the same players that won the U-17 world cup two years ago. Their present for being pretty much perfect so far is a potential matchup with Argentina in the quarterfinals.



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User currently offlineAcey From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 1029 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1492 times:

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 11):
if you don't score a goal, you can't win a game.

I'm just a tad embarassed that the hometown kids were the only team to not score a goal.

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 16):
They go up against Uruguay tommorow, and if they win, get the winner of Gambia vs. Austria.

What a game the former was, with bodies flying all over the place. I think the Americans rallied around Adu with their other power forward gone and that's how they puilled it out. I was very unimpressed with the Uruguay forward Mathias Cardaccio, who tried to conclude the feisty game with a brawl. Not too smart of some of the American kids either to stay in there bickering and shouting either; they now have something to lose since five of them got yellows, while their opposition is going home.



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User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2743 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1483 times:

The US was very lucky to survive today. They controlled the posession, but didn't show any real ambition like they did against Poland and Brazil. They made a couple of good moves, but generally played safe, boring soccer for 70 minutes. Finally they were forced to get adventureous after getting scored on, and looked much better from that point on.

The injury to Altidore is a big concern to me. He is the best striker on the team. A good target man, kinda like a young Ronaldo or Didier Drogba. The US has never really had one of those at any level before. He has the size and skill to hold off his defender and either make a move for goal, or distribute the ball to his teammates. If he isn't back for the next match, he will be sorely missed.

Quoting Acey (Reply 17):
I was very unimpressed with the Uruguay forward Mathias Cardaccio, who tried to conclude the feisty game with a brawl. Not too smart of some of the American kids either to stay in there bickering and shouting either; they now have something to lose since five of them got yellows, while their opposition is going home.

Agreed, that brawl was just stupid. The American players needed to get out of there ASAP. Now the US has five players on a yellow card, who could be out for a potential match up with either Brazil or Spain.



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User currently offlineWrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 18):
The US was very lucky to survive today

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I watched the first half of the Brazil/Spain match, very good football, surprising result though.
I would have liked to see the Japan/Czech game, again a surprising result.

Tonights matches are a more decent time for viewing.

WrenchBender



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 20, posted (7 years 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1422 times:

I was just watching the Chile vs Nigeria match, and what a weird game. 0:0 after regulation, and only in Extra Time does Chile lash out with four goals. So it's now 4:0 after Extra Time but still, "La Rojita" plays much better football than "La Roja" or the Chilean A-Squad.

User currently offlineImpacto From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 20):
I was just watching the Chile vs Nigeria match, and what a weird game. 0:0 after regulation, and only in Extra Time does Chile lash out with four goals. So it's now 4:0 after Extra Time but still, "La Rojita" plays much better football than "La Roja" or the Chilean A-Squad.

We got our asses whooped in that game. When it was 1-0, I still had hope that we could equalise and take it to penalties but as soon as the referee blew the foul in the box, I knew it was game over for us. I simply turned off my TV before the spot kick was taken and went to have a shower. By the time I was out to see what the final score was, I was absolutely gutted.

All in all it was a good game and congratulations to Chile. I hope they go all the way to win the tournament itself. Those guys play good football and I see them as worthy winners.


User currently offlineWrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1358 times:

Who the f^#k is that asshole in the yellow shirt? He has no idea how to referee a football match. He's throwing out cards for shit that doesn't even deserve a whistle.
Congrats Czech Republic on the U20 World Cup (at this rate there won't be any argentines left to play in the final)

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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 days ago) and read 1357 times:

Damn. I haven't watched anything on the U-20, but I was hoping for Austria to get through to play against Argentina. Oh well, the Czech Republic is also a very dangerous rival, more dangerous than Austria (though Austria still had a great run in this U-20 WM), regardless of whether it's the U-20 or A-Squad playing.

User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 51
Reply 24, posted (7 years 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1346 times:

Quoting WrenchBender (Reply 22):
Who the f^#k is that asshole in the yellow shirt?

i just got back from the Arg Vs. Chl game. What a sham, the German ref was an embarrassment.
The game was pitiful, thank goodness for the fans and atmosphere to have the night not be a complete loss.



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25 N1120A : He is really playing a bit below his level for the U-20. He could easily be a first reserve on the US senior team Absolutely. Soccer is a grass sport
26 YOWza : I watched the Argentina vs Chile game last night and was totally disgusted by the Argentinians. The sheers amount of diving, and rolling around was pa
27 Post contains images Acey : I agree entirely with what you said. The first red card was a complete disgrace. The player just grabbed his face pretending to be kicked, causing th
28 Post contains images YooYoo : i felt it was a yellow card. From what i saw, the play was "dead" but yet he intentional drilled the ball into his midsection. Intent to injure? But,
29 Post contains images LTU932 : Congrats Argentina! U-20 World Champions 2007!
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