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Posted by John (Sivan John) Thursday, July 10, 2014 Go To Comments

How Saint Romero Saved My Day
Sorry for posting this late as I need to rush to work immediately after the game and I wasn’t even in the right frame of mind to even know where to start writing this as like many of you, I’m still over the moon from the outcome of this game.
 
Instead of giving you the usual post match review which you’ll probably have read from countless numbers of articles across the web. Instead I’m going to talk about this game in a different way; pretty much what was going through my mind and how i lived this game.
 
Like many, my last memory of a semifinal goes back to 1990 but as a 10 year old the feeling was a whole lot different as I had to sneak out of bed and watch the game on mute in the early hours in Malaysia. It was all quiet just action on the field for throughout the game.
 
This time I had to wake up as early as 2:30 in the morning to get ready as me and my friends were going to watch the game at a café where Albiceleste fans have been gathering. Which means there will be screaming, cheering, shouting and maybe to some extent cursing all the way.
 
Right from there untill the start of the match, my mind kept thinking of what was the possible outcome for this match. There were just too many possibilities that I could think of. All I wanted was for the game to start and finish so that we get on with it.
 
For the entire 120 minutes of football action and eight penalty kicks; reminiscent memories of Argentina from the past came to my mind on several occasions. Some good, some bad.
 
When Lionel MESSI was about to step up to take the free kick; I was brought back a memory of a certain well planned free kick that we scored against England back in 1998.
 
That Gonzalo HIGUAIN strike which I absolutely believe was a disallowed goal at that time even it was actually side netting brought back a reminder of a disallowed goal against Germany four years ago.
 
Moments before when Arjen ROBBEN's attempt on goal came in the dying minute; the memory of a Dennis BERGKAMP goal against us came back to haunt me.
 
Then the additional 30 minutes…
 
Honestly I hate this part, I really do. There were moments that I felt what if there is another Sol CAMPBELL incident and the referee rules in favour of a goal?
 
I really wished we could finish off the game here. When Rodrigo PALACIO had his moment I swear to the Beard that I was running & screaming towards the TV, ignoring the fact that there were people behind me.
 
Then the worst part ever…
 
I’m sure some of you like me had memories from 2006 creeping into your head. Kept closing my eyes as I was trying to think of Carlos ROA’s heroic saves from 1998 but all that kept coming were Roberto AYALA and Esteban CAMBIASSO's misses!
 
Oh God, I just couldn’t sit anymore as the pressure had reached its peak within me. I was only standing and walking here & there keeping my head holding together until the moment when Maxi RODRIGUEZ was stepping up to take his kick and then……
 
Words can’t describe what happened but the fact is Argentina will play in the Final and that’s all that matters!
 
Well that’s all I have to say for now, I’m going to rush back home to catch some sleep as I’m already looking like a walking zombie (our friends from Asia will understand this part).
 
For now….
 
VAMOS ARGENTINA!!!!



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(Wallis and Futuna Islands)
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travis
(Japan)
Posted on 7/11/2014 at 2:40 AM
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@dammage7===WHEN 1ST DUTCH GUY MISSED, THE BALL SPUN BACK IN THE GOAL!!! does that not count

what match you do watch??? this is argentina v netherlands dude. are you not satisfied yet that argentina is in the final????? don't mock at this precious win. if you don't like it, just shut your hole and go support the germans.


hubber
(Zimbabwe)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 10:14 PM
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This game will come down to which team can better implement their style, and probably which team scores first. If the Germans not only win the possession battle (they will), but continuously have meaningful possessions and create enough chances to keep the Argentines on their heels, they'll win.

If they can score first, force Argentina to send more numbers forward chasing the goal—leaving them more vulnerable on the attack—the Germans will likely take advantage of that fact, add a second tally and win the game.

But if Argentina can stay compact and support the back four, they have the type of disruptive midfield that could really keep the Germans off-balance. As Germany forces more numbers forward, Lionel Messi should be able to find more space to work in the midfield and could really hurt Germany on the counter.

Whereas Germany wants to build through the midfield and allow their creators like Toni Kroos and Mesut Ozil to pick apart an opposing defense with pinpoint passing, Argentina are more comfortable staying behind the ball and quickly moving it forward to their attackers to win one-on-one battles or quickly find a through ball or cross that beats a defender scrambling to get back in position.



The tricky part for Germany is that if they play their style of football, it might leave Messi with far too much space to operate in. And Messi given space is enough to beat any team. Just consider how the Dutch dealt with him, according to Miguel Delaney of ESPN FC:

Because Dutch head coach Louis van Gaal absolutely knew the danger of leaving Messi space, he effectively sacrificed his attack in order to stifle him. That is the only way to explain why Nigel de Jong rarely strayed more than three yards from the playmaker and why, when he did, Messi immediately had two other players around.

It is also why the Dutch didn't offer an attack of note until close to the 90th minute, when they began to feel confident enough to get forward after Argentina began to tire and the match entered that curiously ragged period extra time always produces. Van Gaal knew that if you don't try to suffocate Messi, he is capable of tearing you apart. The unfortunate consequence, of course, is that the need to pin players back also saps your own forward line, which means both attacks are somewhat nullified.

Is Germany capable of playing such a style? Probably not. More likely, they'll press and play organized, possession football. They'll be less cautious than the Dutch going forward, of course, because they are far better at holding onto the ball and dictating the style of the game. But still, Messi will have more room to operate.

So while the Germans win possession, Argentina will sit back and play classic counter-attacking football. It's a tactical battle as old as the game itself, and should be fun to watch unfold.

Personally, I'm of the belief that Germany will have success playing their style, but I've also seen Messi do more with less in this tournament than any other player. Germany may be better for much of the match, but Messi only needs a few seconds to make any team pay.

I say his few seconds of brilliance will trump Germany's general control of the match.

Prediction: Argentina win, 2-1.


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 8:42 PM
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Please make it happen argentina, otherwise all the tears and joy for advancing would mean nothing in the end, please end the drought this sunday.


The Thinker
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 8:02 PM
1
after watching the netherlands match,, lots of stereotypes regarding argentina began to shatter... Especially in my country,, because here even the most Ardent argentina fans never even imagined in his wildest dreams that Argentina would ACTUALLY WIN a Penalty shoot-out... mind you 24 years is a very very long time... the much less flamboyant but hard working team of 1990 led by maradona-- i was only 10 years old at that time and i only could remember the tears of Maradona in losing the final against the Krauts... in these 24 years i saw such great Argentinian teams who were far more talented than 1990.. but these flair induced teams from 94-2010 had actually No mental strength at all(the reason why we always failed in QF) and they didn't defend properly as a unit... over the course of this WC,, all these negative perspectives began to shatter like a glass... we defended as a Unit with the Commander(Mascherano) upfront... We didn't play to entertain the crowds,, we played every game to win and that is where Sabella has succeeded while "beauty" coaches like Pekerman failed-- he made Argentina a WINNING team...

And shame on me,, i criticized romero so much before the WC started and yesterday i ate each of my words... His reflexes were just outstanding and the moment he made the first Save,, i already knew who was the winner... and when messi ran around the field with his crying face-- it was the most Beautiful moment i had ever witnessed in my life... The greatest player of all time crying with his Nation in the land of their Greatest Rival... You only see these moments once in your lifetime and i'm glad like all of the argentina fans that i was able to witness it..

in the final we face the most efficient team of this WC... well the word "efficiency" is always synonymous with the Krauts... but that Outrageous semifinal against Brazil is being blown out of proportion... Brazil's collapse was inevitable,, Only Neymar,Thiago silva and Luiz deserved to play for Brazil while others deserved to play for Marshall islands... Scolari made the huge mistake in selecting these garbages and even worse,, he began to boast about it... the result was that a whole suffered it's most shameful defeat... As a football fan,, i felt sorry for the Brazilians who spend so much money into this shit,, they hosted a very entertaining WC and they at least didn't deserve this humiliation...

I would like to thank all of the Mundo members here for making this Blog the most lively,active and dedicated NT blog in the Internet.. I am sorry for all the derogatory words i used towards any Pessimists(you are Argentina fans after all) and i am sorry KID,, you are the most optimistic fan i've ever seen in my life... You changed your name to those Unsung heroes of Argentina and i think you somehow transferred Inspiration to them... and now We are in the Final and you surely played a big part in it..

the brazilian boy who predicted Argentina to defeat Brazil in the final,, i think he will be much happier now if we beat the team who made him cry... the Legendary Maracana will favor Argentina...





Johnny
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 7:31 PM
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Tremendous post from ddr1123 ! Spot on !


Zoroaster
(Germany)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 7:30 PM
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gz everyone it was a great match.now one more step to go for immortality.


p.s.Tallman try to use less caps lol


marshallus
(United States)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 7:06 PM
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I am so happy Argentina is in the final!
I saw a very organized team against the Netherlands.
Had it been the Dutch defence didn't mark tightly when it mattered, Argentina would have registered a goal. Anyway, Argentina still needs to plan its free kicks and corner kicks better. Some of them were a gift to the opponent. It should also work more on finishing its crosses into the net.
Defence was excellent, but DeMicho needs to step more against the opponent. He let Robben go through before Mascherano succeeded to stop him. He also looked reluctant on one or two other occasions.
Whatever, Vamos Argentina!
Argentina is a team that deserves the Cup, and I hope luck is on its side !


Mikail
(Malaysia)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 7:04 PM
1
To simplify the cause of improvement for Argentina in this WC.

1) The defense is getting more disciplined and organized because Garay now has a more reliable sidekick in Demichelis.

2) The midfield is more stable and more harder to be breached because now Mascherano has a very good vice midfield general in Biglia.

3) The attack should be more threatening since the problems at the back and midfield have been solved and Higuain is getting back to form. But Di Maria's injury has robbed Messi his indefatigable lieutenant in orchestrating the offensive play. We may need another playmaker to support Messi in case Di Maria cannot make the first XI for the final.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 6:45 PM
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Former arsenal legend beg wenger to sign masche........

www.squawka.com/news/please-wenger-ian-wright-urges-arsene-wenger-to-sign-javier-mascherano/139058


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 6:21 PM
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Argentina will win. Hummels maybe out.


messidinho
(Nigeria)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 6:19 PM
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bundesligafanatic.com/analyzing-the-strengths-and-weaknesses-of-germanys-multiple-formations/


Maximus
(Mauritius)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 6:17 PM
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Discipline is the mother of all success. We were always mercurially talented, now sabella has drilled discipline into us.

We've tested ourselves against four european oppositions and come through.

Now time to face the germans.

They don't have Gomez, Rues, Gundogan, Bender, schmelzer.

Any backline which consists of howedes & boateng is suspect. the channel behind lahm can be exposed.

Khedira can be outclassed in midfield I believe.

Sabella's gonna study them meticulously & train us to beat them.

He's the man who didn't celebrate maxi's PK conversion vigorously coz he has his eyes set on the big prize.

This team has become sabella's soldiers. We just got to rally behind them.

Eye of the tiger, guys. Eye of the tiger.


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 5:57 PM
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just seen a graphic of are play and perez we looked so solid..the middle 4 played in thr center...only pulling wide when reqiured perez was deep middle forward middle wide right

lavezzi was forward left forward right deep left deep center messi was across the line andwide right and deep middle

mascharano was always covering ether perez hole the bck 4 or rojo as he attacked


we look great just need to attack more smoothly now dimaria in lavezzi out


Mikail
(Malaysia)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 5:28 PM
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My take on the Netherlands game is it was a disciplined and organized gameplay from Argentina. We were compact in defense and very cautious in attack in fact most of the time the lack of creativity in attack was apparent. Nevertheless, we were still the better team and we created the best and clearest chances.

Part of the problem with the attack was because we only had Messi to rely on creating the offensive play. Admittedly Perez, Lavezzi and Higuain all had a good match and were very dynamic but they were all lack the ability to create the play for attack. Most of our attacks were very direct and the intention was very apparent thus a bit predictable to say the least.

I cannot help but wonder what would happen if Alvarez was playing in the match. Alvarez is creative and he is also a goalscorer. With him in the side, it can take the burden of orchestrating the attack off Messi. So, in the final I would like to see a midfield quartet of
Perez--Biglia--Mascherano--Alvarez

If Di Maria is fit then Di Maria will take Alvarez's place.

Perez was excellent yesterday. The dutch could only breach the midfield after Sabella took out Perez for Palacio, a midfielder for a forward. Before that, the dutch were easily contained and all of their possession was useless because they could only make horizontal passes, backward passes, crosses from deep and long ball from the back. Nothing really threatening and no forward thrust from them until after our substitutes.


di3z_dion
(Albania)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 5:23 PM
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DD, it was outside the net, anyway. It was not an offside, but the ref whistled at it anyway.


DD
(United States)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 5:19 PM
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@xtreme: I couldn't find that in the match highlights on Fifa's website. Do you have the video to have a re-look at it?


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 5:16 PM
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@DD, I believe it wasn't disallowed, it wasnt a goal, was outside the net.


DD
(United States)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 5:14 PM
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Does anyone have the video of Higuain's disallowed goal from yesterday's match?


chejose
(Canada)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 5:06 PM
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No need to over analyze, that's Sabellas job. 90 minutes of sacrifice, blood and sweat will decide this one...no matter what a computer, analyst or any of us say. Every game is different, Brazil was crushed, Algeria almost made history, portugal was dismantled, Ghana tied them. Who know what Sunday will bring but I know the boys are give their all...like they've been doing


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 5:03 PM
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germans are not applying rocket science to football there game is very basic like greece its just bog standard 451 its nothing special it aint pep football it aint peckerman

it aint bielsa its very basic plain ass play THEY GET THE BASICS CORRECT AND PLAY AS COGS IN A MACHINE

ARGENTINA HAVE VASTLY MORE TALENT AND SKILL AND CHANGE OF PACE... AND CAN ALSO GET THE BASICS RIGHT

THE SKILL IS TO GET THE DEVIL OUT YOUR HEAD FEAR IS THE DEVIL FUCKING WITH YOU



Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:57 PM
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that dutch retired black midfielder iv gone blank cannot remember his name

he once saidvargentina are fearsome and the best but thetedownfalin playing to the oppersitions box then stopping the other pundits giggled he replied NOHONESTLY THEY NEVER PENATRATETHE PENO BOX THEY PLAY AMAZING TO IT THEN STOP FOR SOME REASON


I SAT THETE NODDING MY HEAD ITS SO TRUE


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:53 PM
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How will fatigue factor plays into the game?? Argentina played 30 more intense minutes than the german and have 1 day less of rest???? Normally how long it takes to recover fully after 120 min of intense football activities?? I really hope our players can give it their all as if it's the last game of their life, even if they had to break their legs in the process.


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:51 PM
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DID IT CROSS YOUR MINDS THE GERMANS OBSESSIONS WERE ACTUALLY EXPRESSION OF THERE OWN WEAKNESSESS

there obsessing over argentina.... messi needs to man up and stop thinking the worst will happen with his thighs and go for the kill and are team needs to continue as is BUT MORE CONDFIDENCE do what your doing but QUICKER

i see quick goals in this game for some strange reason i see messi dribbling and higuain finishing AKA maradona and caniggia vs brazil 1990

followed by a messi goal a solid performance and a cpl of goals i fear not every step of the way i wasnt scared at all you could feel the wins coming

thissquad has adjusted to everything thrown at it grity argentina sides win and we can catapult are selfs forward after this and start winning more

shut that maxi lopez up once and for all



messidinho
(Nigeria)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:49 PM
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Some tell messi, be prepared to score tapins like muller does .even if u dribble everybody and score I only count for 1, so he shld find any goal, ugly oor not


Alam
(India)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:44 PM
0
Argentina buildup play is the most crucial aspect for the final.if we play like semifinal game, i think thats very hard. we must create spaces for our forwards nd give through passes.I JUST HOPE WE HAVE ONE PLAYER LIKE INIESTA.


di3z_dion
(Albania)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:44 PM
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I liked that San Isidro "DiMaria will play. You can bet on that as the only way he will miss a world cup final is if you amputate his leg."

I think the same as you. At the cost of staying 4 months with broken leg, he will play and run wild on the pitch. I am laughing at the Germans' faces when they will be whirling their eyes to follow Di Maria's moves.

I however would love to have him as a sub, when the Germans are tired.


chejose
(Canada)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:42 PM
1
I agree with maraDON. Messi has changed his game due to constant thigh issues but if there's a time to put that thigh to the test, it's on Sunday. He doesn't have anything to prove in Spain anymore. This is his time, his mark in the record books. Does he want this or another la liga trophy to add to his collection. Thigh or no thigh, he's going to streal
this match


di3z_dion
(Albania)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:36 PM
0
Richard, I always value your opinion. You said that those analysts showed that we are vulnerable to nall interception and that you were shocked by the possibilities that the enemy can have.

I agree that Germans are clininal and ruthless. But you forgot one point my friend. With the eyes of the aftermatch everyone can become a commentator.

Besides you said that they froze framed the picture and showed the positioning of our team during certain moments. This was done through a machine. The Germans are machines or humans? So how does one have such eyes to freeze-frame the match?

German will try to learn that for sure, but they forgot that we have an alien within us, Messi, plus a black hole, our defence which will swallow all their attacks.


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:35 PM
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INTERESTING

WHEN 1ST DUTCH GUY MISSED, THE BALL SPUN BACK IN THE GOAL!!! does that not count


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:33 PM
0
Germany can analyze as much as they like but on the bitch is differentknow ter, also they are baised and are trying to make their team good, the criticism of messi is unfair, up untill the semis he was responsible of all argentina goals except one, I don't know if there was any player in the history of the World Cup as influential like him may be maradona in 1086 but I doubt any other player, yesterday a whole team refused to play becouse of messi, tell me any other player so marked like that yet he created two scoring opportunities , missed by palacio and maxi, if they have scored we would be talking how great messi is, maradona in 1986 was marked out of the game by lothar mathius(spelling)and created one chance wich was the goal, haters will always hate and will never acknowledge messi greatness even if he scores hart trick and wins the World Cup, they will find excuse to hate


San Isidro
(United States)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:32 PM
2
First, let me start by being the first to apologize to Sergio Romero. I think many of us were wrong in wanting Caballero. Maybe Caballero deserved to be called up, but my goodness Romero was a giant. Sabella, clearly had a plan. Good for you Alejandro, you deserved more trust and you are a Giant killer. Just one more giant to kill.

About the game, I would say that we are getting stronger and stronger every game. It is AMAZING to watch a world class coach and world class players in perfect harmony. As far as the players, I thought the stars were (in no particular order) Demi, Masche, Lavezzi, Zabaleta, Biglia, Rojo, and Enzo. All I can say is wow. An incredible performance.

As for Higuain, Messi and Aguero, I did not feel that they played poorly, they just simply failed to perform up to their accustomed standards. Higuain should have scored, Messi didn't have many magical moments, and Aguero, well what can I say, he has been a total disappointment.

As for Germany, first of all, DiMaria will play. You can bet on that as the only way he will miss a world cup final is if you amputate his leg. Holland has a better defense than Germany, but Germany has a better attack.

I think the thing that shined in this game is that Holland and Germany are SYSTEM teams. South American teams depend more on creativity and individual quality. When Argentina plays organized as they did yesterday, you shut down the system. That was the plan for the game and hopefully Messi or Higuain would break one into their goal. Higuain had chances and he should have done better.

When its down to the finals anything can happen. I like our chances though. Germany has better team, we have better players. Our players need to play to their potential for 90 minutes. If they play as well as they do for their club teams that have made them heroes to us, Germans will not stand a chance.

One last thing, I felt sorry for Brazil after their humiliation. One reporter asked Sabella , "Did Argentina win because they were afraid to face Brazil in the third place game?

Brazil can go screw themselves. It wasn't us that got unpantsed in our own country and spanked for the whole world to see. You deserved it you hacking overrated cowards. I hope your entire country crawls back into the hole it is and this loss sets you back 50 years. Get ready to get your ass whipped by Holland also.

Vamos Argentina!
Brazil, diceme que se SIETE (7)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:32 PM
0
my only criticism is the attack breakdowns PASS THE BALL TO EACH OTHER


messidinho
(Nigeria)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:31 PM
0
Stop early setpiece, play coutterattack styletactical fouling and ϔ☺ΰ will stop germany. The best to tactically foul is in the middle so ythey can't cross and nt flank. Mental stfength is key, starting with higuain e.g ronaldo da lima 2002, balotelli 2012.andprepare for penaltiess again. German defense can esily capitulate to counter attacks e.g oscars goal, real vs bayern.kabish


hugo8
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:30 PM
0
To all you guys who doubted Romero that shows you why Sab is Argentine manager and not you.

He knows the potential of his players, hisunderstanding is on a higjer level than most folk, he has made some very wise decisisins this tournament.



maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:26 PM
0
messis walking is obvious HE HAS THIGH ISSUES LETS STOP PRETENDING HIS GAME WAS ALWAYS LIKE THIS IT WASNT ITS BECOME LIKE THIS AFTER THE THIGH PULLS

FACT


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:24 PM
0
masherano stayed back very well
so when defending we are 5 with him

its better than normal 5-3-2, as we can sacrifice a defender for a forward


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:24 PM
0
IM GETTING SICK AND TIRED OF THE BULLSHIT GERMANY BEAT A JOKE SIDE 7-1

BRAZIL WERE A EMBARRASSMENT

they seriously struggled vs Algeria and Ghana,messis walking shouldn't effect us its only one more game he ether bucks up or he shuts up

dimaria if fit is another huge booster


Juli2014
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:22 PM
0
Hi guys!

Sorry, I've been so busy lately... but i never missed a minute of our games.. I cried when Maxi scored .. I haven't been this happy since 1990... it has been failure after failure.. FINALLY!!

VAMOS ARGENTINA!!!!


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:20 PM
0
higuain hit the side netting how many times does this need discussing



wollie
(Belgium)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:20 PM
0
I am big Messi fan but it is a little bit true of course. He walks around a lot on the pitch and loses possession sometimes on bad moments, against Germany that can be crucial. The critic of a "shamefull performance" is of course a little bit too hard. Must be really frustrating when everytime you touch the ball, 4 players attack you like crazy...

On Argentina now, their organisation and defence is really impressive. I think the game against Belgium was a real turning point. Hopefully Di Maria can be fit. I like Perez aswell. And Mascherano off course, what a warrior, on Belgium TV they described him with his passion as the true soul of Argentina, for me the man of the match (Romero was of course the match winner).

My expectation before the tournament was a semi-final, hopefully they can rise above themselves on Sunday. Everybody says Germany is favourite but a country like Argentina always has chances! C'mon Argentina!



chejose
(Canada)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:10 PM
0
I would love to see these analysts play with no less than 2 markers on them at all times. Messi is human after all...I think


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:03 PM
1
Analysis of Netherlands – Argentina game on German TV

I just watched an analysis of yesterday’s game on TV. Several coaches analyzed the opportunities during the game. They freeze framed the picture and showed the positioning of our team during certain moments. They showed it from a perspective above the field (helicopter view). In ball possession we have nothing to fear, but when the ball is intercepted (usually from Messi) we are very vulnerable. I was shocked to see them point out the possibilities. I thought we played very well yesterday and gave nothing away until the 90th minute.

According to these analysts (and some good trainers amongst them) Germany will focus on interceptions and mistakes and storm forward using the left or right flank wherever there is space. Vice versa it offers plenty of opportunities for Argentina with one big difference: the Germans are ruthless, clinical and above all fast.

After the thrashing of Brazil, nobody here will think Sunday’s game is a walk in the park. It’s gonna be very, very difficult. Using Masche, Biglia and Perez in midfield is a must.

There was a lot of criticism about Messi’s performance yesterday. Quotes: “He thinks he can walk to victory.” “A shameful performance for someone of his stature” “He disappoints the crowd.”

Personally I found it a bit harsh. Messi is not as good as he was 2 or 3 years ago, but those quotes go too far. The analysis of our weaknesses when we lose the ball going forward was however downright frightening.


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 4:01 PM
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"Except in the last game , I was not impressed by Germans. They struggled against Algeria and they could have been eliminated. If they played again, maybe Brazil would beat them"

"The Netherlands should have been eliminated earlier. They disappointed me. They did not deserve to win against Mexico. They scored in the 88th minute and with the non-existent penalty in the 93rd passed through"

"I am glad that Argentina will play in the finals because they play solid, disciplined and they have a genius(Lionel Messi) in the team"

"I once watched many superb, phenomenal players, Maradona, Johan Cruyff... However, no one has ever played like Messi, two, three seasons at Barcelona. He deserves a career that is crowned with the title of world champion and to confirm that he is the planet's best player of all time"

-Bosnia coach Safet susic


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 3:58 PM
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No, Higuain missed, it was outside of the net that looked like it gone in, but it didn't..one hell of a chance though especially he wasn't offside to begin with.. Would be controversial had it gone it and ruled out.


drexlex
(Lebanon)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 3:47 PM
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Did higuain actually scored?????? I still don't know


holytoledo
(United States)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 3:28 PM
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This next match needs to be and most likely will be a more tactical affair but with Germany taking the initiative because of their talent pool. I imagine this match similar to Belgium but with far more talented components on their end. We will likely miss Di Maria to injury and will most likely not have Aguero either since he played injured last night. But with the way our subs have been playing, I am ok with that. Lavezzi played a 1st half that he and we should never forget. Perez was great when he could go forward and just as good when he had to stay to defend. Combined well with Biglia and anyone else who could release him into space.

I put my full trust in Sabella. He made me eat my words about this team. About his selections. About Romero. One thing's for sure, no one is asking where Tevez is today.


L30
(United States)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 3:18 PM
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We don't need a plan to stop Germany. They need a plan to stop us!


joesoccers
(Canada)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 3:16 PM
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messi was like a field marshal or a general, controlling the game from the middle of the pitch.

watch the game again, and just watch messi.

he's walking around in the middle, directing the attack and the defense.

like he was conducting an orchestra. it was masterful.

argentina was in control the whole game. 1 shot in 90mins. is what i call complete domination.

masche was a 1 man defense. he was unstoppable. when he got hit in the head, passed out, then shook it off. that's the heart of a lion.

i mean, some people would end up in the hospital for that.

penalties it wasn't even a contest. romero looked like a giant cave bear in net.

messi, aguero, garay scored with ease. maxi shot almost broke off the dutch goal keepers hands.

the germans must be scared. it's like a pack of hungry wolves have surrounded them.

the best of messi is yet to come. they are going to play this game like its the last game of their football lives.

just hope dimaria comes back, rested and 100% fit.

the treatment he must be getting must be pushing the frontier of physical fitness and muscle repair. the team, messi and company have millions of dollar at their disposal.

they're going for the cup and taking no prisoners.

most importantly they play like a family. you can tell they really love each other and want to succeed.

they try to correct everybody's errors, so they won't take the blame all by themselves.

that's the mark of championship team.


petro
(India)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 3:08 PM
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Ok Team,

Time to move on to finals..how are we going to stop Germany..All the media and elephants predicting Germany win..

We were able to stop Van Persie, Robben etc. But Germany is too talented..


Arglover
(South Africa)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 2:58 PM
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@maraDON, Federico Fernandez, Fernando Gago, Rodrigo Palcio, Augusto Fernandez, Hugo Campagnaro, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Martin Demichellis, Andujar and Orion won't be there in the 18 event, Itrube, Lamela, Icardi, Peruzzi, Rulli probably will make it.


Deb
(India)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 2:50 PM
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I was watching a repeat of the match. Messi had to wait for 8 minutes 18 seconds to get a first touch of the ball. He immediately controlled it, tricked past 3 Dutch players and passed it to Higuain standing in a good position. But that's a different topic.

My point is, this Argentina team need to involve Lionel Messi more. Messi is a rhythm player more than anything else. If he has to wait 6 or 8 minutes for every one of his touches, that's gonna affect his game for sure.


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 2:35 PM
3
Only 3 men have made more dribbles in a single World Cup than Messi's 65 in 2014. (Maradona 90 in 1986, Jairzinho 70 in 1970, Kempes 68 in 1978). Be proud...THREE are ARGENTINE...we are master in dribble..!!


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 2:08 PM
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ZAB--DEMI-GARAY--ROJO
-PEREZ-BIGLIA-MASCH-
--------------DIMARIA----
-----MESSI
--------------HIGUAIN--------


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 2:05 PM
1
VAN GAL HAS MADE A BID FOR ENZO PEREZ FOR UNITED LOL


di3z_dion
(Albania)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 1:56 PM
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I am laughing my arse off at Maxi Lopez. He will rather eat shit than give credit to Sabella, seriously.

Not for taking anything from our Jefecito (see my comments below), but it is hard to admit that genious of a man's merit?

Everybody dissed us, blah bla blah no defence, blah blah blam, individuals... If we play as a team, they'll say Messi's not a genious. If only Messi's playing, they say Argentina depends on Messi... See where a team depending on individuals ended up, Brazil.

No, we do not depend on anyone. La Albiceleste depends on each other, the 40 millions Argentinians, us fans around the world and Di Stefano watching us from the heavens... playing some football with Puskas.

We must give our energy Sunday night, our spirit must fly over the Maracana to give our heroes the energy they need. I am the first not to believe to such things, but I will start Sunday.

At the end, the night will become white and blue... I love that.


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 1:49 PM
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we ahve dominated everyones thoughts this world cup we have played 6 finals we have lost players

THERE JELOUS THAT WE CAN ADAPT TO THE SITUATION


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 1:47 PM
1
how could a list be illegal he wasnt taking a exam at school or collage and sneaking in the answers was he

he can read whatever he likes how is a tiny bit of paper illegal


Argentino Trucho
(United States)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 1:47 PM
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I just have this crazy joyful feeling that has been sitting with me for the whole day. It feels awesome. I know that joy can completely turn if we don't win the final, but still it's wonderful to feel.

I'm also not sure if Germany knows how to approach the game against Argentina. Then again, is Argentina going to focus on stopping one player (like they did Robben)? Does Germany have one player that dictates the attack?


iman
(Iran)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 1:42 PM
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Congrats to every argentina fans,what is about Dimaria?


di3z_dion
(Albania)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 1:42 PM
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I messed up yesterday with a friend of mine, a die hard German fan.

He said that we played like shit and if we win the WC, it'll be a stolen cup.

I replied that we played superbly defensively. You all bitches dissed us as a team without a defense, now you have it, deal with it.

I can clearly feel the fear in them, how they speak, how they bash us. I feel that the real Argentina is not yet there and will peak in the final.

But the Germans will see that in the final, the real Argentina will be unleashed... Attack, which is Argentina's core.


maya
(India)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 1:41 PM
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It seems Romero is having a note about the penalty takers and their style I mean which direction like that. Is that legal ? I am not sure what the law says. Hope it won't hurt Romero image as he made his research already.


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 1:41 PM
1
Germans will attack us right from the start...they want to take lead especially when they know we never went behind in this WC...!! But if they cant score at the starting..slowly their confidence will drop...they will think nothing is working against Argentina...we cant score..! There you win mental battle.....they will be very frustrated...as they were easily getting goals against Brazil..! Please Sabella get tight at the starting..you won then..the 3rd WC for Argentina...!


Maxi Lopez
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 1:31 PM
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Los "MEMES" mas divertidos del "BLOOPER" de Aleja… : http://youtu.be/B5XzdkHCRRE


ddr1123
(United States)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 1:29 PM
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This is easily the best tactical world cup from Argentina. Performances in the past have been very emotionally charged and driven. Few points

1. Some said, Sabella is a puppet in hands of Messi. NO HE IS NOT. You have to understand the opinion we form of Sabella (for example, he is a puppet) is based on the media. We don't know how he is. We see what he has done on the pitch. That is live. He has made Messi, Lavezzi, Palacio etc. believe in the system. People are dropping back and defending. These are some outstanding attackers. Before the start of the WC, he mentioned he is only worried about fixing the defense. Boy he has done that. Completely shut it down. It almost looks like out strength. Organized, team defense.

2. During the amazing 4 years of Pep and Messi at Barcelona where even Real Madrid was looking ordinary, Sabella was the one who pushed them to limits. Pedro got the goal at the dying moments and then Messi scored in extra time. If he can stop Pep's Barca with his Estuadiantes, he can stop Germany too. Does he guarantee a world cup victory? NO, no one can. But Argentina will be a very difficult team to beat.

3. Don't worry about Demichelis speed. Is he slow? Oh yes. But when he midfield lines are slow close to you and there are not acres of land behind Demichelis, he is fine. He is leading the defensive line well. Dictating it very well. He did the same at City. Pellegrini knows what he is using him for. Sabella knows.

4. If we say that the manager needs to have something to surprise the opponents in a match, a poker face, like the whole world is praising Van gaal for Krul replacement against Costa Rica, then the whole world should be going crazy over Sabella. Before, during and probably even after the world cup everyone will say Argentina was a team with attacking strength and defensive weakness. Everyone believes that, Sabella's interview says that, but think about it - This old man has actually created a super defensive team. Did anyone see that coming? Do anyone still see that coming? We are worried about Germany, but they should be worried too. How do you play us? Well, our defense was suppose to be weak, not anymore. But if you plan for the defense, think of breaking it too much, leaving Messi, Higuain, Lavezzi, Aguero, Dimaria for counter is not going to be fun either.

It will be an interesting game. I am hopeful. Anything can happen. A set piece, one wrong decision and it can change the game. But our old man is not a puppet. He has a plan. He has made his players believe in it and he is execting it too.


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 1:26 PM
0
we have to start building for the next wc and the copa and fingers crossed Olympics

mascharano is nearing the end the midfield needs new blood are forwards have 4-5 years in them we need new forwards as understudys

who are your picks for a new generation


chandran!
(India)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 1:13 PM
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Ya..it was not in..any image or video of that incident??


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 1:13 PM
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sidenet


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 1:10 PM
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it was side net i thought at the time it was in many here thought so after it wasnt in


chandran!
(India)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 1:06 PM
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Higuain hits sidenet?? Or was it a goal disallowed??? Any image or video link please...


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 1:05 PM
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We can do this guys. Germany will be the toughest opponent we face! This is the game of Messis life!! Expect to see and extraordinary Messi.


chejose
(Canada)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 1:02 PM
3
No matter what happens on Sunday. Only the Germans will have the right to talk. I have been waiting for this moment for 24 years, My Brazilian wife is giving me the silent treatment but I don't care. We are only 90 minutes away from glory. 90 minutes from the greatest triumph in our history. They can smell it. I just want to see Dilma hand that trophy over. Germany are a machine it's our time. Leave your blood on the field lads! Do it for Argentina, Do it for Di Stefano.


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 12:49 PM
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Brazil, tell me how it feels / to be bossed around in your own home / I swear that even if years pass / we will never forget / that Diego [Maradona] out-skilled you / that Cani [Claudio Caniggia] surprised you / you are crying since Italy [World Cup 1990] till today / you are going to see Messi / the World Cup will be ours / Maradona is greater than Pelé


Maxi Lopez
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 12:48 PM
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I meant 2006, regarding what Lehman did


Maxi Lopez
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 12:48 PM
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Thx BAKER for the video about Romero. Maybe it was intox and nothing was written on the paper? Romero said that Van Gaal had trained him a looot to stop PKs! It also indicates that we may have now understood Germany's 2010 lesson.


Maxi Lopez
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 12:42 PM
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The Maracana is ours


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 12:41 PM
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THE TEAM WAS IN GOOD BALANCE EARLIER IT WAS ANTI FOOTBALL AND PARK THE BUS AND EVERYONE PLAYING FINALS AGAINST US (AND ONLY US) THAT WAS THE PROBLEM

AND NON FIT PLAYERS HIGUAIN KUN ETC

SABELLA FOUND NO TEAM MAXI AS A WORLD CLASS COACH HE ADDAPTED

THIS IS ABOUT ARGENTINA THIS BLOG IS ABOUT ARGENTINA

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>NOT YOU<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 12:36 PM
1
MAXI ENOUGH OF THESE IM SUPER INTELIGENT

WE PLAYED 4-1-2-1-2 IN 2010 NOT 4312 AT ALL

IT WAS 4 DEFENDERS =4 ONE DM =1 TWO WINGERS=2 1 AM = 1 MESSI 2 STRIKERS = 2 TEVEZ AND HIGUAIN

ITS A ATTACKING VERSION OF 442 ITS OLD SCHOOL TWO WINGERS TWO FORWARDS A DM AND A AM

THE FORMATION IS KNOWN AS 4-1-2-1-2 ITS A HIGH SPEED WIDE VERSION OF 442

4312 IS 3 MIDFIELDERS AND A AM AND TWO STRIKERS

KINDLY DROP THE ACT


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 12:30 PM
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leonard
(India)

Posted on 7/10/2014 at 12:02 PM
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fellow albiceleste watch this video of our incredible supporters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UwFhPqLcW3U

can anyone translate to me what they are singing about.



YES I CAN


maradona and messi better than pele and ronaldo.. mascharano dont want to eat shit.. pele sucks shit from german cocks....

caniggia put you to sward luis is a faggot lord mascharano doesnt eat shit but brazil eat it from ass

thats my version anyhows


Maxi Lopez
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 12:28 PM
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What a night...

We're in final.

We made it. The fans made it. The PLAYERS made it. They build their team. On their own. Like I hoped in 2010. We needed 5 pathetic games to reach that level when other nations had 4 years. We are the best by far.

Yes, Argentina will win WC if it defends with 8+ players, like I've always said. Only 1 game remains now.

For some reasons, we were lucky but we deserved it.

There is something that I started to feel against Switzerland (the gol then the post). That "something" never stopped growing since then. It's called destiny.

I re-watched the game... Van Gaal starts De Jong which then forces him to use 3 substitutions as he's unfit, which means no Kurt (GK #2)... PK shootout occurs in front of the argentinos... Huntelaar doesn't kick (?!) but the CD instead who misses it... Dutch GK touches the ball on Aguero's kick then on Maxi: the ball hits the crossbar then goes in... The futbol gods are with us!

We have the same kind of luck that France had in 1998, for example. The luck of the Champions.

I'm a perfectionnist and I know I've been hard with Basile, Maradona, Batista and now Sabella. But I was right. Thank you 4-4-2 and do never change the easiest system to apply. Sabella managed to finally connect to the group thanks to one link... and you who that is: Mascherano.

There are many reasons why we're here. The principal one is Jefecito. MASCHERANO is my hero. He's our soul, our coach. Yesterday, he connected everyone tactically. I re-watched the game and followed him with a third eye. It's clear that he has suffered in 2007 and 2010. I saw his screams from my mouth yesterday. Before the PK session, Jefecito start speaking and Andujar does that signal with his fingers all linked eachother, both hands.

Mascherano remembers that we were excellent in WC 2010 with the 4-4-2 until Maradona & his friend Tevez wasted everything with 4-3-1-2 by getting us exposed. It traumatized him and all the fans that understand the game.

Yesterday, Mascherano was giving shit to Lavezzi, Biglia, Zabaleta, even De Michelis (!), everyone... He wanted to stay compact. I repeat, he is the reason why we're still here.

Argentina has the most corrupted federation which leads to total un-preparation and improvisation (example: Micho's presence after starting Fernandez at every single game during 3 years).

But I'm not going to complain anymore because Mascherano is here to do my "job". Those few idiots who hate me for no reasons also hate Mascherano. What a relief to know that Mascherano is in there.

If you are ex-readers of the argie blog, you know I've always supported Romero and Micho. I'm so happy for them. Romero saved our asses in 2010, he won't stop now. Micho arrived in Brazil without playing for la albiceleste for years and here he is, shining because protected by a protective line in front of him (unlike 2010 when Otamendi and him were in hell).

Now revenge against Germany for 1990 (!!!) and 2006 (!!!). Lets retain the lesson of 2010 and apply it with our 4-4-2.

It's a symbol: the prepared against the unprepared.
We'll see if the argie talent is enough. I think we'll play far better than against Holland in terms of possession.

The mutation since Belgium is unbelievable. Enzo Perez's inclusion has greatly improve our balance.

A team is born, not esthetic, but with the mafiosi on our back, we do what we can.

Now one can stop us, the futbol gods are with us.

Congrats to everyone, the pessimistics, the optimistics, the pragmatics (myself!), the true fans, the gringos from all over the world, the Sabella fans, the Basile fans, the Batista fans, the Maradona fans, the psychos, the brains, ... No need to argue anymore, we're in final.

VAMOVAMOSSS ARGENTINAAA!!!

GRACIAS JEFECITO!!!


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 12:18 PM
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this is what winds me up the most with german worship THERE PREDICABLE AND ONLY PLAY BASICS THERES NOTHING SPECIAL ABOUT THEM

ITS HOLD SHAPE PASS MOVE PASS MOVE IN VERY BASIC OLD SCHOOL FOOTBALL THERE LIKE A BETTER VERSION OF GREECE AND A LEVEL VERSION OF BELGIUM

THERES NOTHING SPECIAL GOING ON HERE

ARE MIDFIELD CAN SWOMP THEM OUT LIKE WE DID BELGIUM AND DIMARIA BACK IN IS KEY



guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 12:11 PM
0

I saw this on the web "To be considered a WC great, worthy of mention with Maradona & Pele, Messi must score 7 goals vs GER dribbling upside down" #LRT #AP, it was sarcasm response to ap column that tried to minimize messi contribution in this World Cup,this is what messi faces every time, haters are always finding excuses to discredit him, but messi and argentina will Silence them on Sunday
Delete


Shinobushinobu
(Singapore)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 12:06 PM
0
This final is the result of team work. I thank every player and all the coaching staff. I initially didn't feel confident thinking of Argentina going for penalty shootout, but seeing how the team looked so united and strong mentally, I was convinced of our place in final. Thanks God for Romero's brilliant performance. All players who were bruised but keep fighting. All penalty takers that were on target. Messi is very strong mentally, he's always been our 1st penalty taker unlike two holland players that refused.

For the final, Germany is always a strong and organized team. Also they have 1 day extra to prepare. But, I hope on 3 things: Sabella as a coach might be slightly better than Low, the team who already show how much they want this cup, overconfident of the Germans after they destroyed Brazil. Now just pray God will bless us all.


di3z_dion
(Albania)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 12:03 PM
0
I just read an article which said that, A HUNDRED THOUSANDS Argentinians are ready to invade Rio De Janeiro. And guess where they will be? Around Maracana.

We will simply be at home... The hinchas outside the stadium will shout to support the team, and their voice will be heard in the stadium. An Argentinian earthquake.


Pino
(United States)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 12:03 PM
1
No update on DiMaria yet. But he should be ready, he only had a minor muscle pulled in his thigh. It normally takes 1 week, so he should be ready against the Germans

Germany play's a 4-5-1 on defense and a 4-2-3-1 in attack. With that being said, we need DiMaria in the midfield to have more creativity with Enzo, Biglia, and Mecherano.

If DiMaria is fit: Romero, Zabaleta, Demichellis, Rojo, Enzo, Biglia, Macherano, DiMaria, Higuain, Messi.

With this line up, we can spread the Germans defense and also have an extra creative midfielder with pace.

Germany play's a 4-5-1, that means they like to control the midfield, and also stop the opposing team from creating any built up play with fluidity.

This 4-5-1 is also a counter attacking defensive lineup. The Germans counter attack of simple mistakes and frustration do to lack of creativity from opposing teams. We have to be extra careful with the ball. They have a 5 man wall in the midfield, which is beatable with proper spacing and with a pace like DiMaria who can dribble to open area's. DiMaria is going to be key to break the German wall in the midfield to give our offense easier built up play.

The Germans need space in order for their offense to be effective, with our 8 defenders and Higuain and Messi helping out, we should be ok.

The Germans like to back door the opposing fullbacks a lot, and use low crosses to the weak side and in the penalty area, that's their bread and butter. They spread you out and look for open spaces with weak side cutters towards the box. They also have a couple of players who can shot from 20+ yards. So our 8 man defense is a must with Higuain and Messi helping out.

The Germans offense is predictable, lots of low ball crosses. The use the box well as a marker to navigate their spread offense with 3 or 4 players on the box align with each other spread apart.

The Algerian's did a good defensive number on them, so did the French and the USA. Ghana played an aggressive game with them and it almost paid off. Portugal was a man down the whole game.

We have to use patience like we did against Holland and we should be ok. The Germans love to score first in order to spread the opposing defensive apart, so that is key for them. Their offense is ran by space and defensive break down by opponents. So proper spacing on defense is a must, like what we been doing.

Vamos Argentina!




leonard
(India)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 12:02 PM
0
fellow albiceleste watch this video of our incredible supporters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UwFhPqLcW3U

can anyone translate to me what they are singing about.


messidinho
(Nigeria)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 11:40 AM
0
Arg players ahould play smart, have a game plan, constantly putting the ball in germany box 18 to win penalty, messi shldnt be thinking about making too many runs, they r definately preparing against that. Madriid killed bayern with couter attack
Romero. Zaba. Garay. Demi/basanta. Rojo. D. Masche. Biglia. Messi. Perez. Di maria. , higuain


messidinho
(Nigeria)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 11:11 AM
0
Germnay are very good because of their organisation, they are very organised. They play 4 2 3 1 an excellent pressing and couterattacking formation that van only be matched by 4 2 3 1(itself)e.g. vs spain in 2010. Arg can play it with enzo in the centre, messi on the right, di maria on the left and higuain in front. Germany are good with early setpieces, arg have to do something about that cos they keep scoring with early setpieces, its obviously in their game plan. The good news is that their defenders are kind of slow and can be easily frustrated by strength and power. They are not very strong mentally, they get frustrated easily when things don't go their way, that's why they always lose out at the last lap. The match will be very tight, messi will be heavily marked, setpieces will be key. That up through ball for palaccio is superb, defence opening, works magic should use it againstgermany, beat lahm with strength.


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 11:09 AM
0
Yeah
I don't mind Di-Maria to come from bench. It will be more worse than starting XI


di3z_dion
(Albania)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 11:04 AM
0
I will start Di Maria as a sub, say, minute 60 of the match, when Germans will be tired and then he will make them run mad. I feel that it'll be a Di Maria on fire.

There is no more defense at the end of the match. All in or Nothing.


vish
(India)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 10:58 AM
0
Pele , go hang yourself,you conceited dog.Maradona and Messi are the greatest.


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 10:57 AM
0
We need Di-maria to take Lavezzi place and it will be lethal. We need a good plan to beat German. And we need runner from behind the German high line. Messi is the best passer in the world to beat the high line. If Di-Mariagget fit before the match anyhow and Sabella play him as Lavezzi place than trust me German are in lots of pain


vish
(India)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 10:53 AM
0
Brazilian bastards, beggars.Lose the next match too.


viva arg
(India)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 10:41 AM
0
It was raining here in my village in South India. I was watching with a small crowd.

Just before the first Penalty kick, I took my white kerchief to dry my hair. And it was in my hand when Romero send back it.
I then became the believer of that kerchief, and kept that in my hand till the Lavezzi Dance.

I can't think of getting born out side to this beautiful Religion - AlbiCeleste


Dante Pastrana
(United States)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 10:39 AM
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Water covers two thirds of the Earth surface. Mascherano and Romero covered the rest! What beasts!! So proud! The beauty is that when one player lacks, there are others to pick up the slack and still give us positive results. Some here say worst playing team but on paper we look like the best playing team in the World Cup even more so than Germany because they got a tied as we WON all our games. We have what it takes to win it and we will!! God bless us.


Diego86
(Australia)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 10:24 AM
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The goal that Oscar scored against us during our win 4-3 was very similar too!


Diego86
(Australia)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 10:20 AM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPdK5PxIhCY
We need to study this again. The second goal of Nigeria was very similar! But this time we have Mascherano!!


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 10:14 AM
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Argentina has haters that no matter what the team does they will always find excuses to hate, so let us not pay attention to them, also messi has many haters who will always criticise him no matter how good he performs, most of these people are English or epl related journalists, if argentina win the cup in Sunday and messi scores hat trick and plays well they won't stop hating on Leo and argentina
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di3z_dion
(Albania)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 10:08 AM
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For the ones like me who were looking on youtube to find the penalty video, but were sick of those videos with pictures only, here is the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgvK9LmW-bc

I love the Arabic commentator. I have seen him many times on youtube. I don't understand it, but I love his ferment, his longing for Argentina...


Himu
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 10:04 AM
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Argentina, Argentina, Argentina........


BBJ
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 10:03 AM
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Absolutely correct. I was not even moved from my seat for some time when the penalty shootout was going to start. Thanks to mascherano thats the briliant midfield maestro saved when robben tries to shoot at the dying minute. Then all thanls to almighty allah thats given us so much joy. Hope our winning run will continue untill next match.


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 9:53 AM
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zab-demi-garay-rojo
-----big-masch------
dimar----messi---lavezzi
---------higuain---------


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 9:51 AM
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germany cannot play there own game and mark are players it simply wont work

we shall score goals


maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 9:50 AM
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some good news guys the brazil fans starting shit against argentina fans in brazil outside the stadium

GOT THERE ASSES KICKED the argentina fans ran at them and kicked ass aFTER THEY ATTACKED US

on and off the pitch brazil got spanked


muntun
(India)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 9:47 AM
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messi was cool during the match. but whenever he got the ball ran like lightning thats why he is special.higuain and aguero can take benefit of less attention on themself.


Diego86
(Australia)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 9:46 AM
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What's the obsession with the Cortana? All favourite teams won, anyone can predict that!!


baker
(India)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 9:35 AM
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romero has tips for PK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wtZFeoTz5A&app=desktop


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 9:34 AM
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The hate on Argentina is ridiculous, it's like Argentina vs the world at this point. Media and everyone want Germany to win but fortunately, history is on our side. South America teams are 7/7 or 8/8 in America soil. Argentina lost last 3 world cup matches against Germany and you would think they are bound to win the next one right? Cortana predicted 12/12 matches right so far, and they are bound to be wrong as they predicted germany to win, and even then it wasn't a clear answer. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/fifa-world-cup-2014-germany-will-beat-argentina-win-final-predicts-cortana-1456067

This is Argentina world cup, please make it happen and shut everyone up, once and for all.





maraDON
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 9:29 AM
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the two crying the most in 2010 are maxi and messi

the germanys followed them around the pitch and crowded round them was sick to watch they need sorting out sunday revenge time


Maximus
(Mauritius)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 9:27 AM
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tallman, I didn't know about the locker-room history. I didn't see messi cry on the pitch in 2010 is what I meant.


Joshua Nickalson
(India)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 9:19 AM
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Guys any update on Dimaria injury?


Mission
(Hungary)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 9:07 AM
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@baker: I think it is good, that Messi has the armband. It is good for him, because he can feel, that he is important. And Masche doesn't need the armband to be the captain. He is a natural born captain. When he was born, he told the doctor, what to do, where to stand, and he was right :)))
Messi is the face and masche is the spine.


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 9:02 AM
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too good points germany marking messi cannot play there game

messi playing against a team playingthee own game is SPACE FOR MESSI fingers crossed di maria back also and keep perez on



muntun
(India)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 9:02 AM
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whole team played better.i don't know how two hours passed.romero saved amazingly.


Notoraj
(Finland)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 9:00 AM
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I don't want any Di Maria ...our sub was super flop!!! Never ever Maxi Rodrigaz....and Palaccio ...I would never ever forgive these two for those misses!!! Higuain could be more threat than that Aguero!! At the end we were 50-50 because of Palaccio and Maxi!! urgrrrrrgggg..This is very Romeo who couldn't stop a single penalty copa america....But I forgot all those and pls. forgive me for bashing you!! Mascherano you were my guardian angel!! B

Zaba I almost cry for ur pain same goes to Mascherano...Bigilia..Lavezzi we cud see ur work-load from ur shirt..ur shirt become green after running and puting ur body against those dutch forward to stop them..less than 90 minutes and you cover 12 km!!! Love you man!!But at the end i did cry !! Messi's tears mad me cry more!! ..Demi! pls pls pls ....next match dont let Muller or klose to do that!! U freak me out only Mascherano save us from ur blunder!!
Maria can go back to Madrid and help Lady Ronaldo to score those meaningless goals!! I want the same starting line-up for next match..


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 8:59 AM
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IM SOORY DUDE YOUR FULL OF POOP MESDI SOBBED HIS EYES OUT MORE THAN ANY OTHER PLAYER AFTER AREDEFEAT TO GERMANYIN 2010 SO PLEASE STOP MAKING THINGS UP

HE CRIED HIS HEART OUT ON LIVE TV ANDBHAD TO BE CLENCHED BY OTHERSTO EVEN STAND UP

MARADONA SLSO CONFIRMED AFTER THE GAME IN THE LOCKER ROOM THE PLAYERS PULLED THEMSELVES TOGETHER AND LEFT ONE BY ONE

MESI SAT ALONE CRYING HIS SOUL OUT MARADONAS EXACT WORDS

ONLY MESSI ONLY MESSI WAS THERE CRYING ALONE

YOU ARE BUSTED

DIMARIA DIDNT SHED A TEAR HE WAS TO BUSY TEXTING HIS AGENT FOR HIS REAL MADRID MOVE


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 8:52 AM
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Before the world cup, a lot of fans would not trust a single player except Messi (some doubted Messi too)...

Now, the only player we do not have any trust yet may be Palacio....

Even Romero have our trust....

Don't want to start any party just now....one revenge is taken...now please complete the task of taking revenge against Germany....


Maximus
(Mauritius)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 8:46 AM
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Read a few comments in the match thread last night deriding messi’s efforts.

With six minute left of extra time, Messi was the one who received the ball in the opponent half, galloped towards the goal with three dutch defenders bearing down, delivered an exquisite chip straight from Andres iniesta's drawer to put palacio clean through.

When that golden chance was wasted, even sabella dropped to the bench but leo messi was not deterred.

Two minutes later, he again dribbled from midfield, left his markers for dead, cut through the Dutch defence from the left hand side like a hot knife, Even Ron Vlaar didn’t dare anything but tamely pulling his shirt & delivered a perfectly dropping lob escaping all the defenders into the box at the feet of maxi Rodriguez begging for a volley.

Messi stepped up to take the first Penalty Kick, robben or huntelaar from Holland didn’t.

He might not be much vocal, but he’s a true champion. Despite never having played in the argentine league, He resisted the call of spain & chose to play for us – the albiceleste.

Maradona had Buruchaga, valdano, canniggia in 86 & 90. What would’ve Diego done if they had finishing like messi’s attacking colleagues?

After the 4-0 against germany in 2010, Messi didn’t cry. He stood with his jaws clenched. Last night Messi cried after each successful argentina penalty kicks & saves. He’s a true servant of the shirt & a champion.


baker
(India)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 8:45 AM
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diego :"When I said that my selection was Mascherano and ten more, many laughed..."

making masch as captain was one and only best thing diego done


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 7/10/2014 at 8:41 AM