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    The fan base in Canada for italian soccer is pretty annoying. They do not annoy me for arrogance though. They annoy me because they only come out of the woodworks every 2-4 years (only for big tourneys) and generally dont even like soccer that much.

    But, being an Italian citizen, and having lived in Rome, I can tell you that there is a sense of honour in regards to soccer that can match any country. While Italian fans (in Italy) are annoying after a win (understatement lol), how can you hold it against us when Italy have been given this role as the perennial under dogs? In 2006, no one expected them to beat Germany. 2012, no one expected them to beat Germany. There is this chip on the teams shoulder, like they always have something to prove, which is strange because the true Italians hold them to this high standard. I think this is the reason for the arrogance, and if that is the case, I see nothing wrong with it.

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    Quote Red and White wrote: View Post
    While Italian fans (in Italy) are annoying after a win (understatement lol), how can you hold it against us when Italy have been given this role as the perennial under dogs?
    under dogs is pushing it. less favored, yes. but i'd be hard pressed to remember a time they weren't considered top 3 or 4 team in the world. just because you're less of a favourite, doesn't mean you're not still one of the favourites

    the problem isn't the perception of the italian team... everybody knows they're top notch.. it's the perception of germany (and spain) as football gods that is the problem

    that being said, i'm supporting Spain in the final... not because they're a god-like team or anything... with england out, i defer to teams with my favourite players... and Xabi Alonso is a legend of the Kop

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    BRING ON THE WORLD CUP!!!! WOOOOOO!!!l!!!!!
    The name's Bond, James Bond.

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    GOOOOOOOO BRAAAAAAZZZIIIIILLLLLLL!!!!!

    that is all.


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    GOOOOOOOOOO CROATIAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!

    That is all.
    The name's Bond, James Bond.

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    Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SPAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNN!!!

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    Quote rapfan10 wrote: View Post
    Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SPAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNN!!!

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    Hell no.

    No more Spain please

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    Quote rocwell wrote: View Post
    Hell no.

    No more Spain please
    not my fault that i was a spain fan before their domination of 2 euros and a world cup
    Last edited by rapfan10; Wed Jun 11th, 2014 at 09:55 PM.

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    Yup.

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    Let's the fiesta begin!

    3-0 brazil got this.

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    I was born jn Brazil, I've been looking forward to this for a looooong time. Go Brasil!!
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    Quote Red and White wrote: View Post
    The fan base in Canada for italian soccer is pretty annoying. They do not annoy me for arrogance though. They annoy me because they only come out of the woodworks every 2-4 years (only for big tourneys) and generally dont even like soccer that much.

    But, being an Italian citizen, and having lived in Rome, I can tell you that there is a sense of honour in regards to soccer that can match any country. While Italian fans (in Italy) are annoying after a win (understatement lol), how can you hold it against us when Italy have been given this role as the perennial under dogs? In 2006, no one expected them to beat Germany. 2012, no one expected them to beat Germany. There is this chip on the teams shoulder, like they always have something to prove, which is strange because the true Italians hold them to this high standard. I think this is the reason for the arrogance, and if that is the case, I see nothing wrong with it.
    Oh fuck Italy. Bunch of whiny, diving, super models.....I read this earlier today and it made me laugh out loud:

    Italy: The worst. THE WORST. The Dwyane Wade of soccer teams. If it snowed during an Italy game, Italian players would treat every snowflake like an oncoming bullet. MAMMA MIA! THE-A SNOW BULLETS ARE-A LANDING ONNA MY MEATBALLS!

    (flops a million times)

    It's saying a lot that in a tournament LOADED with dislikable teams and players, Italy stands alone as the most despicable of the lot. I'm surprised they don't call lawyers onto the field every time that one dude with a Mohawk gets grazed by an oncoming shinpad. I would like any other team to win this tournament. Is North Korea playing this year? No? Well, I'd root for them over Italy anyway.

    Italy is a gorgeous country with fantastic food that is run like the Five Points district of 19th century Manhattan. Two hundred years from now, when the rest of the world is toodling around in flying cars, you will still be walking through an Italian train station with your hands tightly clutching your wallet and phone, trying to catch a train that will be three hours late.
    So ya..... Italy can suck it!

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    Might as well just post the whole article, its just hilarious!!!

    http://screamer.deadspin.com/the-hat...ium=socialflow

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    I'd come up with a better opening.. you can do better, Brazil.
    Last edited by rocwell; Thu Jun 12th, 2014 at 04:02 PM.

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    what a bad way to start 1st game of world cup...

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    Not sure who to give man of the match award... Ref or Neymar?

    Loved this Oscar kid.. Amazing effort.

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    Croatia could have easily won that game.

    1. They had good chances, Brazil's defence was very iffy

    2. Goalkeeper was so close to saving every Brazilian goal

    3. Penalty was not actually a penalty

    4. Ramires fouled the Croatian with the ball before they got it for Oscar's goal

    What I take from this game is Brazil better fix their defence and Croatia will probably take number 2 in the group.
    The name's Bond, James Bond.

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    Quote 007 wrote: View Post
    Croatia could have easily won that game.

    1. They had good chances, Brazil's defence was very iffy

    2. Goalkeeper was so close to saving every Brazilian goal

    3. Penalty was not actually a penalty

    4. Ramires fouled the Croatian with the ball before they got it for Oscar's goal

    What I take from this game is Brazil better fix their defence and Croatia will probably take number 2 in the group.
    I feel for Croatia too ( poor ref decisions. ), but Brazil were definitely better team and they won it. Croatia will take 2nd place in this group, I'm sure 100%.

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    Just for FIFA going for the avatar change
    LEGGO BRAZIL!!!! I like the oscar guy too i think he has a bright future kid worked real hard today
    and ofcourse sir.neymar<333 with two goals the first was a beauty
    lets do this Brazil

    (Croatia actually began to scare me ...... watch out for that team)
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