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biggest defeat in Argentina's history alongside the 6-1 dubbing by Czeckoslovakia in the 50s....
ironically, it comes in an April fool's date...
goal.com had been having many april fool articles today...Giovinco to arsenal, Riquelme for US NT..and such...
would be nice to see people's reaction in this news..

again, kick FERNANDO GAGO OUT OF THE NT!!!

...and....BRING BACK PABLO AIMAR!
 

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Beat you to it by a second!
 

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this really is worth an own thread!
 

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Shocking result for Argentina.

No excuses about altitude will hold up with a scoreline like that.

Bolivia's home record in these group stages haven't been that impressive.
 

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makes me feel a lot better after watching Equador dominate Brazil on Sun.. Thank you Bolivia!
 

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Spain, Germany, England and a few other hopefuls must be enjoying the current situation, 4 of the biggest teams are all playing like shit. Italy, France, Brazil and Argentina (although ill grant Argentina more time as Maradona just joined and played in a difficult place).
 

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Spain, Germany, England and a few other hopefuls must be enjoying the current situation, 4 of the biggest teams are all playing like shit. Italy, France, Brazil and Argentina (although ill grant Argentina more time as Maradona just joined and played in a difficult place).
History told us that what's important is winning the world cup. We don't remember if it was hard to qualify or not.
 

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Spain, Germany, England and a few other hopefuls must be enjoying the current situation, 4 of the biggest teams are all playing like shit. Italy, France, Brazil and Argentina (although ill grant Argentina more time as Maradona just joined and played in a difficult place).
France unfortunately have a clueless knobhead as their manager.
 

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I can't believe anyone's taking England seriously. They'll be lucky to get out of the group stages, never mind winning it.
 

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History told us that what's important is winning the world cup. We don't remember if it was hard to qualify or not.
:smileani: amen on that

France unfortunately have a clueless knobhead as their manager.
this too :D

I can't believe anyone's taking England seriously. They'll be lucky to get out of the group stages, never mind winning it.
I'm not sure what to make of England yet tbh, they have the players and the manager but I wonder if the belief is there. When they come up against a powerhouse what will they do?
 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIvimsP97sk

:howler:

"Le hemos demostrado a la FIFA que se puede correr en esta cancha", afirmó Maradona en el intermedio del encuentro disputado en el estadio Hernando Siles de la ciudad boliviana de La Paz, a casi 3.600 metros sobre el nivel del mar, y que concluyó con la victoria por 7 goles a 4 de los argentinos.
 

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Spain, Germany, England and a few other hopefuls must be enjoying the current situation, 4 of the biggest teams are all playing like shit. Italy, France, Brazil and Argentina (although ill grant Argentina more time as Maradona just joined and played in a difficult place).
Eeehhh...under what criteria are you judging the 4 of the biggest teams and what does a country has to do in order to belong to that group ?

I mean, first you put Germany under hopefuls, while not regarding the fact the ze Germans are one of the best performers throughout the history of international tournaments and even when they have not so good team on paper, they are capable of challenging.

So one can say that, while good, they havent won a big tournament for quite some time. If that is the question, what is Argentine, the big favorites-underachievers doing in that category, biggest ?

So when you say that by the biggest you mean currently performing teams why do you exclude Spain, who have been undefeated for about 2.5 years, won a major tournament and occupy the nr1 spot in FIFA ranking ?

Make up your mind. The countries you just listed will always go to the tournaments trying to win it. Most of them failing absolutely horribly. All Argentina, Brazil, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, England will embark on this journey as favorites. What will happen, is a different story though.



About the game itself...Arg played really bad. The front 3 of Messi, Aguero, Tevez were almost invisible and lifeless. The defense was shit. On top of that Di Maria who looked sharp after coming on, gets a idiotic red card for slashing out. So fvck the altitude, Argentine got owned real bad.

Congrats to Bolivia though who played a fantastic game.:thumbsup:
 

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And now Maradona is faced with an interesting dilemma. Does he still mantain that there's no physical cost for playing at 3600m above sea level, as he did when he supported last year's shameful removal of FIFA's altitude limits for football matches? And if he does stand behind those statements, then how does he explain the absolute humiliation that Bolivia inflicted on Argentina? :D
 

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For Brazil and Argentina though its near impossible to not qualify for the World Cup, 4/10 qualify, plus one goes to a playoff against Easter Island.
 

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Spain, Germany, England and a few other hopefuls must be enjoying the current situation, 4 of the biggest teams are all playing like shit. Italy, France, Brazil and Argentina (although ill grant Argentina more time as Maradona just joined and played in a difficult place).
It would be a big mistake for any of those teams to get their hopes up based on these bad results. A big team being in bad form a year before the WC is actually pretty irrelevant. As long as the team qualifies to the tournament, the only form that matters is the one achieved during a brief three-week period in the middle of next year.

Just remember how inconsistently Brasil was playing in 2001. Then remember how well France was playing at the same time. When the 2002 WC was over, one team was world champion and the other was eliminated on the group stage without having scored one single goal - and they weren't the teams that their 2001 performances would have suggested. ;)

Current form means nothing in terms of anticipating how each team will perform when it counts.
 

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I can't believe anyone's taking England seriously. They'll be lucky to get out of the group stages, never mind winning it.
Why not? They have a manager who knows how to win tactically something that England need because let's be honest, compared to the other elite national sides, England isn't as technically gifted.
 
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