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Old July 2nd, 2014, 12:58 AM   #26301
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The game is not bad, the Belgians had many chances.
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 01:00 AM   #26302
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1-0 Belgium!

USA has about 25 minutes to score (at least) one goal
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 01:14 AM   #26303
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Game over. 2-0. Lukaku has made a massive difference. Belgium now look like the team that most pundits in England think can at least reach the semis.
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 01:17 AM   #26304
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2-1 now. This is gonna get tense!
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 01:18 AM   #26305
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 01:21 AM   #26306
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Football/soccer in this thread again?
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 01:25 AM   #26307
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Edge of the seat stuff this.
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 01:26 AM   #26308
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Football/soccer in this thread again?
Aye, its one way traffic at the moment.
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 01:26 AM   #26309
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Greetings from Birmingham, UK. Today I drove for the first time on the "wrong" side, but it was fine
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 01:29 AM   #26310
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Aye, its one way traffic at the moment.
It's been one-way traffic most of the match. Then Belgium in full attack mode, then USA again, then Balgium and now USA again. It's insane
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 01:32 AM   #26311
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Belgium has won the match.

Probably one of the best matches so far this world cup!
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 01:43 AM   #26312
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Football/soccer in this thread again?
It was Michael's mistake ;-)
It's sad that USA is out. They played well, I liked it. I think they are in the best 8 teams of the world but had no luck with draw and had to play against Belgium.

Btw., this World Cup may get a breakthrough for soccer in the USA (20 years after the one organized there). Public Viewing of soccer, almost 100 thousand(!) American fans travelled to Brazil, 20 million people watched the games in TV. These are top numbers, never seen before. OK, football is more popular of course and it will remain so but USA does not mean any more "say no to soccer".
So, even Michael watched it.
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 01:46 AM   #26313
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It was Michael's mistake ;-)
Not this time, I am the one that mentioned the game first.
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 01:49 AM   #26314
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Greetings from Birmingham, UK. Today I drove for the first time on the "wrong" side, but it was fine
It's ok once you get used to it, you just have to be more careful. I've already driven in Australia, but I haven't been to the UK yet despite EasyJet and Wizz Air flying between Ljubljana and London.

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Old July 2nd, 2014, 01:53 AM   #26315
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Okay, so, when I heard "two 15-minute periods of extra time, then penalty kicks," I thought that meant (as it would in a normal sport ) one 15-minute period, then if it's still tied a second 15 minutes, then if it's still tied, penalty kicks (which are stupid and I'm glad we were spared that).

Result: when Belgium went up 2-0 with seconds left in the first 15 minutes (and Lukaku, like, licking the camera), I assumed it was over and went and watched something else. After 10 minutes I thought I'd see what they were saying about the match and discovered that (a) they were still playing and (b) I'd missed a goal. What the?

So I was excited, but eventually it felt like losing twice. Hmph.

Belgium, I'll be mad at you for about 24 hours. Then root for you against Argentina. And De Bruyne has class (helping Jones when he'd collided with him.)
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 01:58 AM   #26316
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It was Michael's mistake ;-)
It's sad that USA is out. They played well, I liked it. I think they are in the best 8 teams of the world but had no luck with draw and had to play against Belgium.

Btw., this World Cup may get a breakthrough for soccer in the USA (20 years after the one organized there). Public Viewing of soccer, almost 100 thousand(!) American fans travelled to Brazil, 20 million people watched the games in TV. These are top numbers, never seen before. OK, football is more popular of course and it will remain so but USA does not mean any more "say no to soccer".
So, even Michael watched it.
Actually, Michael mostly started at minute 75, on the theory (confirmed by the soccer nut at work with a big orange KNVB flag covering the front of his desk) that anything that happens before that is irrelevant.

And imagine what that TV viewing would be like if every freaking game didn't start (and more than half of them finish) during the work day.
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 02:02 AM   #26317
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Not this time, I am the one that mentioned the game first.
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 02:34 AM   #26318
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I'm pretty sure I was first at 10:01 PM
Else I'd like to see a link to the post cause I can't seem to find it
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 03:25 AM   #26319
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Why isn't "sudden death" an option? Perhaps after a full 15-minute overtime period or two. Since scoring is so difficult (hence the problem), ending the game when the first team scores seems as reasonable and fair a way as any.
Penalty shootouts are an option after an extra 30 min of play!

"Sudden death", also known as "golden goal", was used by FIFA between 1998 and 2004. The rules were simple: after regular time, teams would come to extra-time, the first to score won the match. If after 90min no one scored, then they'd have penalty shootouts.

What FIFA wanted: to reduce the overall number of matches going to be decided on penalties shooting scores, perceived as semi-random.

What FIFA got: ultra-defensive tactics for extra-time, with neither of teams involved risking much. The proportion of matches with draws on regular time that ended on shootouts actually increased.

FIFA then ended the practice.

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In Scandinavia it's different: due to different geography and climate there aren't beaches and mountain resorts where people from all over Europe spend a week-long summer holiday (one exception are Norweigian mountain resorts). Tourism there is different, people visit cities and other interesting places like islands and fjords but don't stay for long in the same place.
There is not the "cool factor" that keeps prices high in well-known touristic places like Cortina, Sestriere, Courmayeur, Rimini, Viareggio, Jesolo, Capri, Taormina,...
I think Stavenger, Bergen (fjords) and Trondheim (Viking archaeology, Northern Lights and wooden houses) get a lot of tourists, don't they?

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But don't worry, for me Italy still has the best looking nature in Europe, I just need to adjust to those pesky 19th century traditions that don't want to die off.
Now imagine living in a small city where the supermaket also closes during mid-afternoon, or where other businesses are still following a 1950 logic where women don't work and have all their daytime free to shop on short opening hours. Additionally, consider the bizarre idea of whole line of businesses closing off for 2 periods a week on each city
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 03:43 AM   #26320
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I'm pretty sure I was first at 10:01 PM
Else I'd like to see a link to the post cause I can't seem to find it
I'm wagging my finger at you for mentioning it first. Bad Keoki!
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