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Left Of The Dial

Remember that football existed before 1992 twisted. :rolleyes:

Bloody Sky johnny come lately football fans.......

AFAIK pre-1992 they were considered (football cliche on its way) dark horses but never came through. After 1992 they just became highly-paid underachievers.

Revol told me they didn;t have football on TV before Sky;)


This is not true. Spain beat Italy 1-0 earlier this year.

Spain have only played Italy 5 times in the World Cup and European Championships but have failed to win any of the games. The results have been:

1994 World Cup QF 2-1
1988 European Championship group game 1-0
1980 European Championship group game 0-0
1934 World Cup QF 1-1 then 1-0 in the replay

They have played each other a further 22 times and Spain have won 8 times and Italy 6.

Most of these are friendlies. The only victory for Spain in an official tournament was in their first encounter at the 1920 Olympic games consolation tournament.
OK, thanks for that. I can only suppose that The Times bod only looked up matches in 'official tournaments'. It did seem weird to me that Spain hadn't won in 88 years.

Anyway, I'm hopeful that Spain will win this evening.


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No Gattuso to power the Italian engine, this is as guaranteed as you can get. :cool:

Spain still need their best game tonight though. And I hope the ref's tough on those diving bastards.


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Spain should have won in the 1994 World Cup QF - Salinas had a majestic chance to win it, but the Italians jammed it in the last minute.

in other words, Spain fannied about and posed while Italy got on with winning a game of football

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That and the clear penalty we should have had. But who cares...we're through, they're crying into their cappuccinos


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italy were boring as hell tonight, so relieved spain won, one of my favoured teams in the semi finals atleast. Italy got what they deserved for boring football.

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in other words, Spain fannied about and posed while Italy got on with winning a game of football
Or rather, in yet another of the countless incidents of pisspoor refereeing against Spain in football tournaments, Italy were allowed to get away with grade-A cunt Mauro Tassotti elbowing Luis Enrique in the penalty box in the dying minutes.


The video does not show it but Luis Enrique was bleeding from the mouth like a stuck pig as a result of the criminal assualt on his person. Needless to say neither the referee nor the linesman saw the incident, gave a penalty or sent off Tassotti.

But tonight at least it was a victory for football.


spain are also rubbish

imagine spain and germany in the final. all they will do is belt the ball from 30 yards out for the whole game

it'll be like ryan giggs soccer school


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well done Spain.

but this 'victory for football' pious crap is nonsense. If Spain were so entertaining they would have won that in normal time, instead we'll get upset at Italy's outrageous tactic of defending when the opposition had the ball. Terrible.

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You can't be entertaining against a team that puts 10 men behind the ball.

The frustraing thing about Italy is that they have fantastic quality, but have always been happy to play ultra-defensive, ugly as fuck football shamelessly against any opponent they judge skillful or good enough to be favourites to beat them.

It might win them many games in the end, and indeed land them trophies, but some of us romantic fools would rather see teams playing constructive, atractive attacking football, certainly when they have the talent and ability to do so if so they choose.

Agreed that they were missing a couple of key men today but I'm struggling to remember a team that has been more clearly set on going for the penalty shootout from the off. That's little short of a disgrace coming from a world-class side playing in a major tournament.


Italy just couldn't get many chances because they didn't have Pirlo who is their playmake

They have always played like that, sometimes it's amazing to watch, if they can't score goals then it's rubbish. It isn't like they are going to give away goals just cos they can't score any


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They weren't going for penalties from the off ffs, they were attacking when they had possession.
I don't think they played like that in extra time: but yes of course, for the ninety minutes they defended efficiently which is what you're actually supposed to do and then tried to attack when they had the ball. Ten men behind the ball? Bollocks. I've seen that done and it's nothing like Italy last night - for a start, when teams trying that have the ball, they slow it down rather than speed it up.