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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old May 15th, 2005, 03:11 Thread Starter
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Italy vs Serbia-Montenegro in Toronto

The Italian FA has announced that the 2 teams will meet at Skydome (Toronto, Canada) on June 8th. Italy will then play against Ecuador in New Jersey a few days later. Im so excited, i certainly hope to be there, even though Italy probably wont bring a full squad.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old May 22nd, 2005, 05:13
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Italy vs Serbia in Toronto?

I was watching Soccer Central today (well, I wasn't very attentive, I was reading at the same time) and I think I heard something about Italy vs Serbia in Toronto on June 8th?

What was that about? Or am I missing something? And if its true, where can I get tickets.. Plus, what kind of teams are showing up (first? subs?)?

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According to a story in the Globe and Mail, the match is being sponsored by San Marco Sports Entertainment, which recently bought the assets of ChampionsWorld LLC, the company that went bankrupt after sponsoring the Champions World Series the last two summers in North America.

They will be installing natural turf in the Skydome - excuse me, the Rogers Centre - for this match. Tickets will cost $50 to $135.

Personally, I am boycotting all further soccer events at the Skydome. So long as people keep going there to see soccer, the pressure is off for building a real soccer stadium in Toronto. I hope this event loses tons of money.
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This is unreal!!!

50+ for a friendly...

I mean, speaking for pretty much every corner of the world, there is outrage when NT's charge over 25 CDN for tickets, let alone a friendly which half of the players you probably wanna see will be there.

Moreover, im assuming there would be a few fist fights and brawl before, in and after the game..

I should have applied for the Toronto Riot Squad for a summer job...

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Another good reason to boycott this event: tickets are only available through ripoff kings Ticketmaster.
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Yeah, there's no way I'm going to pay 50 bucks for that.. Let alone 135.
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Another good reason to boycott this event: tickets are only available through ripoff kings Ticketmaster.

Freaking eh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I paid 57 dollars for tickets which ended up costing me 75 with all these charges...

glad i was drunk a couple a month ago in the menage to be able to kick there windows near the skydome

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Personally, I am boycotting all further soccer events at the Skydome. So long as people keep going there to see soccer, the pressure is off for building a real soccer stadium in Toronto. I hope this event loses tons of money.

I waz gonna go..till I read this..So Im not going to
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What an insult, even more so than the squad England sent to the USA.
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Wow. That's a disappointing list of players. I have a ticket for tonight, and it is in the $135.00 category. More than I paid to see Porto vs Liverpool last summer, so I'd hoped to see at least a couple of NAME players. Ah well, so it goes, at least I'll be able to say I saw Italy play.

I'm not sure about Jeff's boycotting logic. Not going to a match at the Skydome may well express your opposition to the venue, but how is it going to encourage the building of a real stadium? Seats in asses are the only way of doing that.
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I fail to see how filling the Skydome with soccer fans is going to encourage the building of a real soccer stadium. We're now well beyond the point where we have to prove that there is sufficient interest in soccer in Toronto to warrant a stadium.

The only issue that remains is whether the tens of thousands of soccer fans are going to be content to continue going to matches in the Skydome. If they are, then why would anyone invest in another stadium?

And let's not forget it was the Skydome that killed the York University soccer stadium project by making the Argos an offer they couldn't refuse.
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I fail to see how filling the Skydome with soccer fans is going to encourage the building of a real soccer stadium. We're now well beyond the point where we have to prove that there is sufficient interest in soccer in Toronto to warrant a stadium.

The only issue that remains is whether the tens of thousands of soccer fans are going to be content to continue going to matches in the Skydome. If they are, then why would anyone invest in another stadium?

And let's not forget it was the Skydome that killed the York University soccer stadium project by making the Argos an offer they couldn't refuse.
thats wat im talkin about
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Soccer tilt was a joke
By George Gross, Toronto Sun

Suckers!!!

Yes, there were more than 22,000 at the Rogers Centre Wednesday -- me included -- to watch what was announced as the clash of the titans, a soccer match between the national teams of Italy and Serbia and Montenegro.

What a joke.

With one possible exception, the only person attached to Italy's national soccer team was, perhaps, the physiotherapist. Even that I'm not certain of.

As the date of the match approached, some of the New York organizers admitted that not all the players were members of the real Azzurri. Otherwise, the number of suckers at the Rogers Centre paying up to $135 for a ticket might have grown to 50,000.

It is a shame that the Canadian Soccer Association meekly accepted what transpired here. Any other country's national soccer association -- in Britain, Europe or South America --would have insisted that at least eight regular World Cup players be in the lineup before endorsing the match. But that takes guts and the CSA is sadly lacking in that department. All the CSA does is beg the FIFA -- the game's top organization -- for financial support.

But what else could you expect from an association that for years has been keeping its national team ranked up to 50 places behind such economic powerhouses as Senegal and Tunisia. In fact, the Canadian national team recently has been ranked in the 70s, 80 and 90s, with the exception of the year it won the Gold Cup. That year Canada ranked in the 50s among the nations.

Big deal. What an accomplishment. That position was achieved when the national team was coached by Holger Osieck, who was later let go by the "wise men" of the CSA. Even that ranking was followed by a 40-place drop over the past three years.

Getting back to Wednesday's match, exhibition encounters, may they be in soccer, cricket or tiddly-winks, should offer the fans some entertainment. However, Wednesday's match offered very little for the flag-waving, fire-cracker tossing fans, with the exception of the half-time opera singers.

What the organizers forgot is that Toronto-area soccer fans are used to watching soccer played by the English national side with all its stars, Brazil with the incomparable Pele, the full teams of the Glasgow Rangers of Scotland, AC Milan of Italy, Stade Reims of France with nine World Cup aces in the lineup or AEK Athens of Greece. To those fans, Wednesday's game was a sham.

They were forced to watch some players pushing the ball to the opposition, as if they were colour blind. Once inside the 18-yard box, they lost the sense of direction. This, however, doesn't mean that they didn't try. They did. But the St. John's Maple Leafs -- next season's Toronto Marlies -- also tried. But would any hockey fan even contemplate comparing the Baby Leafs with the pre-locked out Maple Leafs? Not on your Nellie. Heck, the word volley wasn't in the dictionary of either of the teams Wednesday.

Illegal tackling was. It eventually resulted in a red card for Italy's team, but to its credit it managed to tie the score 1-1 playing with only 10 men. Actually, I wish the referee had sent both teams to an early shower.

On the other hand, I wish he had sent me home for a refreshing shower.
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This is unreal!!!

50+ for a friendly...

I mean, speaking for pretty much every corner of the world, there is outrage when NT's charge over 25 CDN for tickets, let alone a friendly which half of the players you probably wanna see will be there.
Renting the Skydome and installing a grass field must be very expensive and that level of team will be demanding into the 6 figures in appearance fee money. There's no way the economics work at $20 each.
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