Incorruptible FIFA World Cup Thread


UptheHoops Great point. Germany were excellent last night. With the pundits …

Comment on Incorruptible FIFA World Cup Thread by ptd1978.

Great point. Germany were excellent last night. With the pundits I think we witnessed something that is all too common in Scotland. In the face of stark evidence to the contrary of what they’ve been saying all through the tournament, they squinted a bit and then presented an explanation that didn’t make them look like they’d been numpties all along.
It’s also easier to focus on crisis and failure than solid achievement, especially when broadcasting to a country that votes UKIP and it’s Germany doing the achieving1. Brazil have been poor all tournament, but have dragged teams down to their level through foul play, spoiling tactics and helpful referees. Then they scraped by on moments on individual skill.
Germany’s brilliance last night was a product of their being able to refuse to play Brazil’s game. They were organised and powerful enough to play their own and Brazil just weren’t good enough to respond.
If Neymar had played last night, he would have been a spectator. Thiago Silva might well have been red carded.
If Germany play like that on Sunday, they will win. Neither the Dutch nor the Argentine teams are good enough to stop them. Both being better than competent, but not fantastic. Without Messi, Argentina would be very average, while the Dutch rocked up to play the last final again and since that game have needed refereeing favours to progress beyond the last 16.

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Cracking game. The score flattered Brazil a bit though. At least they managed to keep that trend going from their earlier matches.
Watched the BBC feed and was disappointed to hear the England 5-1 game mentioned as the reason the Germans are so good at the moment. Amazing cognitive dissonance! Able to see that this defeat will probably force a huge change that Brazilian football desperately needs, but can’t acknowledge that English football is in a much worse condition needing a massive overhaul. Even after such a shocking performance in this tournament.
Credit to the Germans though. Great tactics to nullify Brazil’s frenetic style of play and not get sucker punched by a moment of individual skill.
Also kept calm, kept possession and Brazil couldn’t help but present chances. Goals 3, 4 and 5 were basically gimmes, but that was because Brazil were totally dismantled at that point. Further credit though for winning the 2nd half. It would have been easy to coast home.
Conceding late may be a blessing too. Being reminded they are still mortal going into the final will do no harm.
We can start to dream now!! If Germany win, Scotland could be unofficial world champions after our next competitive game.

Incorruptible FIFA World Cup Thread
Hate to see teams prosper through refereeing errors. Whether the mistakes are honest or not, the refs have decided two semi finalists at least this World Cup.
I have no doubt that the ref tonight would have blown for a penalty both times if it had been Robben getting taken down instead of a Costa Rica player. It’s especially ironic that they were saved this way after Robben’s dive in the last round.
Brazil too are hitting the deck under anything stronger than a gust of wind and expecting the crowd and circumstance to influence the ref.
What’s worse is their defence is only coping because they’re so good at getting away with illicit challenges. Brazil’s game has been 95% hack and dive, 5% genius. How they’ll muster 5% against Germany without Neymar is anyone’s guess.
Brazil is supposed to be the home of the beautiful game. They’re playing some ugly football right now.

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Okay, left field time.
I believe the 3Bs and King are nearing a point where they will consider taking action to separate TRFC from Ibrox, MP, the car park and everything that has a fixed charge.
Ashley has played his hand and is prepared to leave the stage provided his commercial interests are ensured. His loans defaulting will guarantee that no one touches his other interests, lest they lose

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Just catching up on the previous few months of goings on after a long illness.
So there’s a new shake down artist in the Big House. Plus ca change…
One thought does occur from recent days though…
What happens to Rangers debt if Mcleod refuses to sign for Newcastle??

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I actually agree that this blog can get a bit on triumphalist sometimes. For my taste at least. That said it is well moderated and there are a number if good reasons why it works the way it does.
1. This is a blog about football. Not the games themselves per se, but we are all – red, blue, green black, white, maroon, tangerine, amber, claret, whatever – linked by a love of the game and a desire to see it thrive as a sport. Many of the issues we discuss here are raised first on the internet and either ignored or misrepresented by the authorities and the Mainstream Sports (and business) media until such a time as they become crises or disasters. Given how far ahead of the story we can be and knowing how frustrating it is that the story may not be being covered for reasons that may not be compatible with journalistic ideals or holding high office in a sporting association, we naturally celebrate and give a big attaboy to the bloggers who got the story so far in advance of it going mainstream.
2. We’re football fans. We are capable of sitting down and having a nice drink with well met rivals, or of hurling the type of abuse reserved for games with bitter rivals. We don’t get that bad online, but the choice is yours. Engage with us and we all learn from each other, or poke criticism from the sidelines and have people take your words with caution for fear you are a troll.
3. We dwell on Rangers and The Rangers for a very good reason. They’ve been at it more than every other club in Scottish football put together. There are some stories about them which we look at and there is a concensus that try are not worth looking at too closely. CW still being involved, the secret underwriting rumour etc.
The big stuff though needs answered and we stick at it because questions that mainstream journalists have a duty to ask are being ignored, and the football authorities are also them being allowed to ignore them.
We do look at other stuff. The Celtic land deal was superbly dissected and revealed to be a tissue of fabrications and what-ifs. The fact remains when the rubbish is sifted out and we only have facts to base out analyses on, most of the stories that reflect on misapplied Scottish football governance and rule breaking have emanated from Ibrox.
3. I genuinely believe if there was a big story about Celtic running around, it would be covered here. Many would look at it with a heavy heart, but it would be looked at thoroughly and there would be plenty of contributors who would feel the need for a small revel in Celtic’s discomfort. That said most Celtic fans here are the kind of folk who would accept any such story with dignity (in spirit, not just as a word) and accept the damage their club did. I include PMGB in that. I believe he is a top class journalist and would continue to operate as such even if his story left him with a heavy heart about his football club.
The thing you’re not recognising is that no other football clubs are in a position to distort the game the way Rangers did. The authorities actually hold other clubs to account to some degree or other. While they might be tempted to let Celtic away with stuff because of the financial importance of the club, too many at Celtic still remember Farry-gate and the lack of help from any one other than Fergus McCann when the club almost died. There is no appetite to do what Rangers did.

You’re have a lot to contribute here. Please do so and by all means speak up if you think the blog is straying from it’s intended purpose, but keep it reasonable.

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The 1.2 million in the bank confuses me. Does this exclude the ring fenced ST cash, or was there some clever lawyerly wordplay to give a figure for funds available as opposed to the cash actually there.
One thought occurs, any chance RIFC will be going to Deloitte and asking to use the ST money for the arrestment? With an undertaking to actually pay Ahmad from other sources if he is ultimately successful, that could kick this can down the road for another couple of months.
Also, the comments made by Summers today do not appear to have been aimed at winning today. Seems to me that someone made a decision to use him to throw some PR guff out. What possible relevance does Europe have on a case being heard in two months.
I would have thought a savvy lawyer could have turned the info gained from anyone on the board on its head in less than five minutes. “Here are the CEO’s most recent announcements on the AIM m’lord. The facts revealed in them are almost contradictory to the information provided to you today by m’colleague on the board’s behalf. Does your lordship see it as reasonable that such a remarkable turnaround could be achieved in the middle of a significant corporate action – The Open Offer currently open to shareholders, and that all this good news would be withheld from the shareholders while they are being asked to make crucial financial decisions? I would submit that the evidence presented today has been sculpted to give a a very misleading impression.”

I would then do a bit of analysis between the board predictions at the last 2 hearings and the actual state of affairs. Just to ram it home that they’re not full of hope for the future. It’s something else they’re full of.

Last point. The suggestion was made that the nature of the contract IA had was a stitch up with CG. Something Summers backed away from quickly.
This goes to the reason I believe RIFC are in real trouble. It may be possible to unstitch a numbers of onerous contracts by demonstrating CG was at it. Problem is doing that in court would turn Wavetower’s weak claim into a suddenly very strong one. CG really did stitch this company up well.

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I have a feeling that Friday might be a bit if a damp squib. I doubt it’s possible to argue that they already have that money set aside at the auditor’s request, or that such an arrestment would be enough to sink the company.
You have to give RIFC lawyers credit, that earn their cash coming up with new and inventive arguments that put RIFC’s interests ahead of perceived natural justice. I’m at a loss as to what they can argue on Friday beyond shouting that everything is just not fair.

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