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I'm looking ahead to FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany. Since the World Cup final between Germany & Brazil is on Sunday, I don't expect many to post. But I'd like to here your predictions. Will Brazil rise to the finals yet again? Will France and Argentina rebound from their early exits? Will Portugal rebound and become a consistant team in the World Cup? Can Italy & Spain rebound from what looked like as a robbed dentiny? Can South Korea do it again? Surprises? Senegal? These are only some of the many questions.
 

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Yes I know it is early, but we are going to begin to talk about it after this years cup is over, so why not now? Euro 2004 is in 2 years and there is already alot of talk.

I believe in 2006 Portugal will have a new group of young players, with some acceptions as Nuno Gomes. Who everyone should look at in the future is Benfica sensation, Simao. He is the best palyer in the Portuguese Primeira Liga in my opinion, and could follow in the same footsteps as Figo or Rui Costa or even further!
 

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Turkey should do as well in 2006. There are 2.5 million Turks living in Germany and if you thought the Korean fans were a little bonkers, wait until you see them!
Well let's just see if they make it. Remember Holland was a top contender for the cup, but were eliminated in qualification by Ireland & Portugal. Just remember, Turkey didn't face anyone competitive throughout the whole tournament except Brazil.
 

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Oh man you had to start with me... First of all we can kick Turkey's ass any day just like we did in Euro 2000. Japan, Korea, Senegal,.... who the hell are you gonna name next as respectable? Out of all those teams SK may be the only real team, but they beat them in a 3rd place game in which I believe the South Koreas took seriously from the begining, could of won. Japan is not a super power, Senegal is not.

And also you have to understand that Portugal had some of the best talent in the world, basically the whole team played numerous games for their club, and had injuries. I hardly see any Turks excluding a few that had the same problem.

So kid watch what you say, my comment was not meant to be read as an insult, but that just proves that you really are a FIFA World Cup Loser.
 

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You call a 2-0 victory against a 10 man team an ass kicking, you are indeed blind as a bat. Turkey missed a load of chances in that match including a penalty. I gurantee you if Turkey and Portugal met today the result would be much different.

Senegal, South Korea and Japan, heck even Costa Rica played much better football than Portugal, that was my point. They are certainly not world powers but they were competitive. Portugal did have some of the best talent in the world on paper but I dont think you're going to argue with me that results were not there during the WC.

I wanted Portugal to go through until I watched the Korea - Portugal match, it was disgraceful. A so called soccer "world power" holding back just to get a tie against a "non competitive" team only to get there "asses kicked"! Go take a cold shower buddy and dont forget to wash that green off your face. My team played excellent football against good opponents and placed third in the WC!

Hmm... is there a possibility that you are living in a closet? The World Cup was set up. "asses kicked" ? Portugal lost 1-0 and were down 2 men. Its like you haven't read anything I said. My friend let me introduce you to a word called Fatigue. It happens alot to players, mainly the best that are played alot, unfortunatly most of Turkey's player did not suffer much fatigue coming into the World Cup. But you have to get it into your ****en head that I never said Turkey was a bad side. I'd like to see Turkey play a healthy Portugal side and see what would happen. And all the teams you mentioned, Senegal, SK, and Costa Rica played much better football than Portugal, well I just said that there is something called fatigue. And it also doesn't help if FIFA gives the other side a little advantage. Watch the ****en games my friend tell me if I'm not right, the majority of the calls made in Portugal's games were always against them. I respect Turkey, after that showing at the end of the 3rd place match, but now your really pissing me off, and your embarrassing your team. So I think its better that we close this, because nothing will come out of it. Turkey was a surprise, and all the super powers had there most disappointing WC since, with some exceptions.
 

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Re: Portugal's problems

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Senegal and Turkey aren't 'real teams'? :confused: Why, they were two of the best teams in the World Cup, organized and determined. If anyone, Portugal wasn't a real team - I'm sorry to say, as I was hoping they would go far, as I do in Euro Cups and in whichever league Portugal plays; they have my sympathy. But the fact remains that Portugal suckked HARD. Figo should never have been used if he was unfit - if he was unfit and he was used anyway, Portugal can't use that as an excuse for failure, sorry. And if he wasn't unfit, then he just plain suckked.

This 'injury' thing is just an excuse. Germany had the same Euro season Portugal had, and so did Cafu, Lucio, Edmilson, Roque Junior, Roberto Carlos, Denilson, Junior and Ronaldinho Gaucho. And these players played rather well, don't you think? If Portugal had injured players, they shouldn't thave used these players.

Portugal was not properly prepared for the World Cup, that's what happened. There was arrogance - they didn't scout their opponents because they thought they would 'naturally' win against such poor competition as Poland and the USA. Portugal's opponents, on the other hand, did their homework humbly and collected the results. Also, some Portuguese players were given starter positions due to their reputations, despite the better form of some reserves. It was an attitude problem, among other things. Nothing that can't be solved and avoided in future competitions - provided Portugal recognized the mistakes that were made and changes what needs to be changed. If everything is excused with a self-indulgent "we were robbed" or "we had player with physical problems", then I'm afraid the failures will happen again. :(
Listen man, your right. But if I wrote what I had to say on Portugal, you wouldn't have to say any of those things. It's just that this member had no reason to jump out at me. Because I know I'm right. If Turkey played Italy or Spain, they wouldn't have reached the semis. The got a lucky draw. Plus Rivaldo was right, the only reason Turkey got in was because Brazil helped by defeating Costa Rica.

But please!!! Understand what I am saying, Turkey is a good side, but if all the teams in the World were healthy, Turkey would not be able to defeat the Portuguese team of now.
 

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WTF? You think I don't know that? Oliveira and the FPF were all the main factors of Portugal's down fall. I've already stated that a team with 11 players and the best coaching staff will beat a team with the best players and the worst coaching staff anyday.

I'm just saying this n00b made me flip out, because I didn't say anything towards Turkey being a sucky ass squad, but then this dam ****en n00b starts talking a load of crap about Portugal.

Dam I ****en hate n00bs.......
 

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Well first of all I'm mad at you. And n00b means Newbies. Just remember that this same Portuguese team tied the soon to be 5 time WC champs Brazil. Basically what is needed to win a World Cup is a good football program, good coaching staff, and faith in each other. Having good players will just make it easier, we saw all of this from this year's Brazillian team. Portugal used to have it, but somewhere in the middle money and politics damaged the dream leaving no chance of it to recover.
 
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