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28 June 2011 - 3:18pm

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Anyone else watch it?

And before I get an avalanche of guys ridiculing it, I suggest you give it a chance. If you can't watch it without comparing it to the men's game you will not be satisfied. So don't. Just enjoy it for what it is. Sure the pace and power is different but the skill level gets better every time I watch it (google Marta - Brazil's best player, she has "mad skills") and the games are very competitive. You know what else I like about it - there is far more respect for the referee and hardly any play acting or diving.

Australia plays Brazil on Thursday morning our time and I can't wait...

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1 July 2011 - 10:16pm
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I'd really love to watch it, but I do not like football at all, so it will not be involving for me. Just interested in how they differ from men, but as you said, unless we stop comparing, we get no pleasure from watching..

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2 July 2011 - 8:04am
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It has been very impressive so far. Australia and Brazil had a very even match. Australia were better in the first half but could not find a goal and Brazil probably had the better second half, scoring a goal and winning 1-0. Australia were very unlucky!

Germany has won their first two matches in packed stadiums and France has had a couple of wins. It is promising to be a very good tournament.

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3 July 2011 - 10:45pm
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I actually caught the replay of the Australia - Equitorial Guinea game which ended 3-2 and it was quite entertaining. It's certainly different than the men's game but it's no less competitive or fun to watch. Perfect background watching to work to!

After two matches it seems like there are a few teams that are setting themselves apart from the pack: France, Germany, Japan, the United States, Brazil, and Sweden all have a maximum six out of six points. It's a bit difficult to tell which one is the favorite, but all in all it seems a bit more evenly-matched than the men's game.

With little knowledge of the sport, it's difficult to tell who is the favorite going forward. Can anyone help? Is it Brazil after their dismantling of traditional powerhouse Norway?

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3 July 2011 - 11:49pm
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Did you see the handball that the referee missed? Quite incredible. The last time I saw anything like that was watching 6 year-olds play. I can't believe the referee waved play on. I can't believe the Australian players didn't just kick the ball in the net after she dropped it either.

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/football/no-choking-as-unhelpful-hand-fails-...

Aside from that Australia were by far the better team and should have won by 3 or 4 if not for that decision and two awful pieces of defending where one player gave away the two goals. Australia's second goal in particular was very good. The quality of their game has improved massively since the last world cup.

As for who is going to win it, the top sides are the USA, Germany and Brazil. Teams like Japan, Sweden, Canada and France are also good. Australia outplayed Brazil the other day and still lost and I wasn't particularly impressed by Brazil. Maybe they will get better as the tournament rolls on, and they did beat Norway 3-0 last night, although Norway are not as good as they were 5 or 10 years ago. You are right, it is evenly matched, any of a number of sides could win it.

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4 July 2011 - 7:09pm
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hmm it says the video is not available due to a copyright claim by FIFA.. can you get some other link ?

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4 July 2011 - 11:29pm
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I guess FIFA is a bit embarrassed about it. I updated the post with a link to a newspaper article which has video of the incident.

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5 July 2011 - 7:40am
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I agree, FIFA seems to be really embarrassed. With a story like this, I think the referee was either blind, or extremely biased, or just bribed and is very rich now lol

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6 July 2011 - 1:40am
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The weird thing is if you have seen the camera angle from behind the goal you can clearly see that the player catches the ball and turns around holding it directly in front of the referee who can be seen slightly obscured by the goal post. That means the player was in clear view of the referee with no-one in between. She could not possibly have failed to see it unless she was looking in the opposite direction for some reason. Bizarre!

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6 July 2011 - 6:18pm
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Oh god that is so awkward! I've heard few months ago that FIFA sued against some football players and accused them in bribery but actually I do not remember which FC they belonged to. I only remember that they (there were 2 of them) were banned to play any more... I think they deserved that! no matter where you play, if you have even 1 fan, there should be some responsibility not to disappoint them and miss goals because you're bribed by some sportsbetting company.. Generally I think that ethics is crucial for every professional, regardless is he/she a football player or a CEO of a huge corporation...

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8 July 2011 - 5:19am
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I don't believe it is a corrupt referee. It was so obvious that even someone corrupt would have to make the call if they saw it. I just can't understand how she did not see it. What was she looking at instead?

Anyway, luckily it did not change the result of the match.

The quarter finals start in a few days. Here they are and my picks for the winners...

Germany v Japan: Germany to win it. Both teams are very good. Should be a great game.
England v France: France. They play better football than the English.

Sweden v Australia: Australia - I am biased, I admit it Wink
Brazil v USA: Tough to call this one, but I think USA has the edge.

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I caught the majority of the Brazil - US match and it was hands-down one of the very best games of footie I have ever watched. The only downer was perhaps the playacting by the Brazilians as they were trying to run out the clock. Sweet justice for the US, I suppose.

As for the other much, CL-Ed you have to admit that Australia looked flimsy throughout and that it was a matter of time until a superior team made them pay.

I suppose the US is the favorite against the French and the Swedes are favored against the Japanese. Then again, it was my understanding that the Germans and Brazilians were also favored in the quarters!

However, I'll fly in the face of what I just said and pick the United States and Sweden to advance to the final...

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11 July 2011 - 11:40pm
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Oh yeah did you see the Brazilian girl in extra time go off on the stretcher like she had been shot, then jump straight back up and run back on? It was hilarious seeing them lose after that!

Australia were well beaten. The flimsy defence finally caught up with them. I also thought the coach made some baffling substitutions - 15 minutes to go and you need 2 goals and he brings on a couple of defensive midfielders. And he had another striker warming the bench who scored one and created another in the only game she played in the tournament. We have some very good young players though (average age of the team was only 22 or so), I think we will be a force in a few years time.

I have to agree with your picks - USA to meet Sweden in the final. The Japanese play very good football but they were incredibly lucky to beat Germany with what was pretty much their only effective shot on goal for the entire match.

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12 July 2011 - 9:48am
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Care to perhaps grace us with your over-unders and other bets for the semifinal matches? You were on a roll there for the Copa America so I'm sure I'm not the only one looking to ride your coattails! lol

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13 July 2011 - 4:31am
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I've been so busy with work and family and other stuff I haven't even watched a game in a few days. I'll see what I can do, but I'm a little wary of betting on the Women's games because I find them a little less predictable - great for watching, not so great for betting though!

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13 July 2011 - 7:16am
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I caught a few of the games, they were on at weird times in the UK though. I have to say the woman's England team put the men's to shame. I'm not saying they are comparable in skill level, but in their game they are head and shoulders above the competition. Shame they didn't win overall though.

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Yes lucky I didn't tip because Japan won! Quite incredible really, as Australia recently won the Asian Cup ahead of Japan, Korea etc and they were outclassed by Sweden. So I was expecting Sweden to cruise through. Maybe they did too...

From what I saw of England Flash they looked just like the men's team - heaps of promise, followed by goalkeeping blunders and eventual self destruction in a penalty shootout.

So its a Japan vs USA final. My money is on the USA.

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I think everyone's money was on the US, including my own Smile

Seems like it was a very satisfying tournament all in all. Nice to see Japan get a bit of good news following the events in March. It's also refreshing to see a relative underdog win it all, which almost never happens in the men's game.

I look forward to the next tourney!

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18 July 2011 - 10:20pm
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Wow what a final that was. It had everything - goals, drama and a miracle win. I feel sorry for the USA, they dominated the match and created the most chances but couldn't put Japan away.

After what Japan has gone through recently who could begrudge them a win? Fantastic stuff!

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Flash wrote:

I have to say the woman's England team put the men's to shame.

I feel proud of them ! Beer

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I think that german has the best girls football team

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