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Posted by John (Sivan John) Sunday, July 13, 2014 Go To Comments

How I Remember Four Years Later

I was asked by one of my Twitter followers to write a throwback article like I did for the previous matches.

 

Instead of the usual stuff, I’m going to do a throwback in a different approach or in a more nostalgic way. Just like what I’ve shared about the World Cup in 1986.

Now it’s time for me to relive the moment from 1990. Oh boy, many things have changed in my life by then.
 
I was already into my fourth year in primary school; which means “no staying up late as you need to be in bed early for school tomorrow” problems for me. Not to forget by now, I fully understand how the game works in every aspect unlike four years ago.
 
But the biggest change in my life was that the same uncle who made me love football and Argentina wasn’t around back then. He had moved to the UK and for some family reason, we have lost contact with him for almost 18 years.
 
Despite of all the restriction, I made it a point a try my best to watch Argentina play even that means sneaking out of my bedroom in the early hours and watch the games in silenced mode. I had to do that when we played against Russia, Romania, Brazil and Italy.
 
Thank God the opening match was on a Friday so that wasn’t issue but was gutted that we lost to Cameroon. Believe me I was looking forward to the game for almost a week and couldn’t even sleep during the days before that.
 
The most difficult games for me to watch was against Brazil and Italy.
 
What did you expect when you already had to watch in silence mode, can’t make any noise or else you might wake up the rest? It was painful and torturing to know you can’t do anything when Diego nutmeg those Brazilian defenders and pass the ball to Claudio CANIGGIA. Or when Sergio GOYCOECHEA made those saves against Italy.
 
At least for the final, my parents was kind enough to allow me to skip school so I can watch the game as they knew just how much Argentina means to me.
 
Just like for many, this final wasn’t too exciting as the one before but still it was a nerve wrecking moment from the start. Still remember how mad I was at the Italian for being a sore loser when they started booing the National Anthem. Was even more pissed on the German antics for having two of our players send off.
 
I knew everyone was raving so much about Germany but personally I didn’t care as I always believe our team will pull through, as they’ve done in the previous round. I just had this believe if we hang on until the very end we will succeed in the penalty shoot-out for the third straight time.
 
What I didn’t expect the penalty will come too soon, not for us but for the Germans. Still I had this believe that El Goyco will save this one for us but….
 
With five minutes left, I refuse to believe that it was all over for us as I knew Diego will surely have some used magic in him but that didn’t happen.
 
Then the referee blew the whistle, I felt like my whole world came crashing down.
 
I will never forget the images of Diego shedding his tears after receiving his runners up medal. It was more significant to me than the tears that people like to overrate about from that World Cup.
 
But I had optimism in me and reason to believe that the day which I remember from 1986 will come back someday. It’s only a question of when? Thus the journey of this long awaited day has started from me.
 
A lot has happen since that sad day for me in 1990.
 
Moving from one place to another, personal break ups, graduate and started working, been doing this and that but still have always remained an Albiceleste supporter.
 
Not to forget, I’ve manage to get in touch with my uncle again. Had the opportunity to visit him with his family in the UK three years ago and became a fan of Huddersfield Town J (perhaps he was the missing good omen from 1990).
 
Now with almost 12 hours to go before the final, it’s time to believe that the day is finally upon us. God willing.
 
Till then….
 
VAMOS ARGENTINA!!!

 




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Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 7/14/2014 at 12:36 PM
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super copa america should be played every 4 years...!!


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/14/2014 at 10:57 AM
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maradona should not complain

messi played better in 2014 than maradona did in 1990, similar paths

both times we only scored 2 goals in KO stage
both times got to final in Penalties
Both times lost to late germany goals

messi scored more in 1990

so this 2014 peformance is better than 1990, where in final we did nothing

messi still has chnace to be all time

lets win copa 2015 and 2016 super copa america, 20017 confed and 2018 wc


Hua
(United States)
Posted on 7/14/2014 at 10:41 AM
0
I think you should remember that Maradona played handball blatantly in the penalty area against Soviet union and the referee was three yards away, saw NOTHING.

Maradon should be red-carded and a penalty kick awarded to Soviet Union, which will almost sure eliminated Argentina in the group phase. Had the referee made the right decision right then, Maradona would never have a chance to whine.

I sincerely don't think Argentina or Maradona have anything to complain as far as World cup goes, considering the bribing scandal against Peru in 1978, Hand or God in 1976 and then again in 1990. Four years ago, Argentina (and Maldonado) eliminated Mexico by an opening goal that was 2-yard offside.

Maradona (and I am afraid some fans) have this logic - the referee can only make decisions in my favor, if one out of ten the referee makes a decision against me, that's a scandal and we are robbed. For the nine favorable decisions, they are just human mistakes that should be ignored (never mind the victims, like England in 1986 or Soviet union in 1990, who cares about them?)


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 7:38 PM
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We have a Maradona pic crying in Blue away jersey....the same again....Messi with tears in Blue away jersey....


Native Son
(Kenya)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 5:40 PM
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Tough luck. IT was a good game but we missed our chances.
Congratulations Germany.


Zelen
(Ukraine)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 2:48 PM
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i recall i was crying all that night...


leonard
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 2:05 PM
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hopefully dimaria can come in and give the germans a run around in the second half


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 2:04 PM
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Klose n muller...... Basanta wud hav been a better option than demi......


baker
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 2:01 PM
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Argentina line up: Romero; Zabaleta, Garay, Demichelis, Rojo; Mascherano, Biglia, Perez; Messi, Lavezzi, Higuain


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 2:00 PM
0
Team announced...no dim maria...same team...as SF..!


pa
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 2:00 PM
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maria not fit to start unchanged side


Asil The Sloth
(Malaysia)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 2:00 PM
0
Line-ups:
Romero, Garay, Zabaleta, Biglia, Perez, Higuain, Messi (c), Mascherano, Demichelis, Rojo, Lavezzi

Neuer, Howedes, Hummels, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Klose, Muller, Lahm (c), Kroos, Boateng


dollon
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 1:59 PM
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Ansha allah,,,we will win the world cup at marcana...


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 1:45 PM
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Oh...... Feeling so bad.... Why de hell it finished so quickly.... Wanna wait 4 more years for de next one.... Goin thru a very bad state, will be more n nore worse if we had a negative result.... God god god...... Plzzzzzzzzzzzzz...................


Asil The Sloth
(Malaysia)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 1:38 PM
0
Let's have faith in Sabella, the Sloth, for the last time.

Today, there will be no other day for him, and Argentina as a whole.

And tomorrow, we will remember him, what he's done today.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 1:26 PM
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If aguero is fully fit wud luv to see this.....

Zaba-demi-garay-rojo
Big-masche-enzo
Messi
Higuain-aguero


We hav one robben to pick out in holland, but all r in equal level in germans, hard to pick out one... I feel it wud be difficult to defend them around box when they attack in numbers, so i think sab shud unleash de counter threat, messi-hig-kun upfrnt to stop germans attacking free in numbers.... Enzo-masche-biglia are without doubt lot more solid than gago-masche-di maria mid.....


Richard
(Netherlands)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 1:10 PM
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Hopefully our best night in 28 years is coming. A lot will depend on concentration, commitment and inspiration from our little genius. Fingers crossed.
Everbody enjoy the game wherever you are.


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 1:10 PM
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i supported since 1990
but followed hardcore since 1998 when got internet

witnessed 2 copa losses and confed final loss, all to brazil
and witnessed a wc loss to germany


Greg
(United States)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 1:07 PM
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@arg2014 some german players below average players, really? All german players are good or really good, now doesnt mean they cant get beaten.


Deb
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 1:07 PM
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EVER SINCE I STARTED SUPPORTING ARGENTINA, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THEY ARE IN THE FINAL. I AM NOT TENSED NOW. I FEEL SATISFIED. I JUST WANT OUR BOYS TO GIVE THEIR 100% TODAY AND PLAY LIKE A TRULY GREAT TEAM. THAT'S IT.


theAbNormalOne
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 1:05 PM
1
I will support who ever play for us.
I still believe machines can never have heart. Heart=Soul. Soul is the Ultima of all and hence we're gonna WIN


mic
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 1:05 PM
0
guys, i know that Germany have weaknesses and the media is hyping them up too much. even Brazil created three clear chances immediately after the break. but they are the strongest team we are going to face and i am worried about our team's creativity. last time, we created around four good chances against Netherlands. but we were far from our best from an attacking point of view. the absence of Aguero and Di maria were clearly felt. I am afraid if we start with Lavezzi, we won't have enough attacking threat and Messi will be isolated.


theAbNormalOne
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 1:02 PM
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I wish a 4-4-2 with
Romero
Zabaleta-Demichelis-Garray-Rojo
DiMaria-Biglia-Mascherano-Perez
Messi-Aguero
*Why Aguero over Higuain?-We will need his movement than Higuain's positioning.Germany are slow in defense and can't deal with tricky fast players.Just my thought though...


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:59 PM
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You guys stop acting like Germany is a team of aliens....they have 11 players some are good, and some are below average players.....they are tall, but they can't dribble, they are fit but they are humans. We own the stadium tonight.


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:56 PM
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Ghana and Algeria didn't go with the mentality to play a final game against the Germans and they were able to give them a hard time. Germany struggled even against France and USA when France was the better side attacking.


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:47 PM
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THATS EASY TO ANSWER REAL ARGENTINA FANS ARE MEN WE DONT PUT ON MOTHERS NICKERS AND TUCK ARE DICKS UNDER

WHEN ALONE AT HOME .....WE ARE MEN LIKE ARE TEAM


AND THE TALL MAN IS WITH US I TOLD YOU THIS FROM THE START


mic
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:44 PM
0
I thank all of you here who are trying to keep up the moral of the fellow Albiceleste fans. I don't know how you are managing to keep your confidence level so high. I am terribly nervous right now..


Rune
(Norway)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:42 PM
0
Di Maria for Perez means unbalanced team all over again....now that we finally defended so well. It can not be true...


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:42 PM
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KID THAT CUPS CURSED I AGREE...and is played at half speed by every country its a tin pot cup like the gold cup...

but maybe are curse breakers can win it and follow with a world cup now the tallman has broken the curse against us

the tallman has cursed brazil for a century, as argentina hit 12 world cups and germany 8 brazil will linger on 5 the curse is now brazils

the gods have awoke


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:38 PM
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lady gago the camp twink has been consistently licking dimarias groin area like a bog licking a cut...

messi got a bit tired of his groin bing licked and said lady gago go lick dimaria better you cling on slut


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:36 PM
0
Aslam: You can add the U20 world cup finals to that list.. :)

I don't want Argentina winning the Confederation cup at no time in the future..I never like that tournament, its just unnecessary playing it a year before the world cup...Brazil have won the last 3 Confed cup yet they haven't put up a decent challenge at the last 3 world cups including the 2014 world cup.


pa
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:35 PM
0
what about team news some reports says aguero starting is it true?


baker
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:32 PM
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runours are coming , dimaria going to start ahead of perez


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:32 PM
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Messi has the ability to go all out in this final..Its not like he's now worrying about conserving energy for a quarterfinal spot or a semifinal spot..


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:30 PM
0
Gary Medel of Chile had the same problem as Di Maria and he almost played every single minute of the 120 against Brazil until he was sub off late in the 120 minutes..I don't think its impossible for Di Maria to play..Nigel De Jong was ruled out the world cup yet he played 70 plus minutes for the Dutch against Argentina...''Di Maria limping off during training'' is a deceiving headline...Maybe this is what Sabella wants the public especially the Germans to hear. I don't know, I maybe wrong or I maybe right..


Piojo Lopez
(United States)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:29 PM
0
My stomach is doing somersaults .


Bechy
(United States)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:28 PM
0
@Aslam, Thank you so much!


chandran!
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:25 PM
0
Any latest update about dimaria starting??


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:24 PM
1
@Bechy, i dont know the name...but he predicted 2014 WC as below..

1-Argentina
2-Brazil
3-Netherlands
4-I cant read


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:20 PM
1
Since 2008 Messi has played in 7 International finals and inspired his team to victory in each of those matches. Scoring in 5 and assisting in other 2..!! What an incredible record he has..!

Olympics Gold Medal match
UEFA Champions League final(2)
Club World Cup final(2)
UEFA Super Cup match(2)


Messi will WIN here also...hes more than you know..! A true magician..! A true Champion...!!


Bechy
(United States)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:19 PM
0
guys, any one of you remember the name of the Brazilian boy that sent the letter to fifa in the 1950's about the world winners in the yeard coming up?


baker
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:10 PM
0
looks like dimaria going to start , hope he is fully fit


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:03 PM
2
They say...Germany is very difficult team to beat...they did not lose a single match in their last 17 games...!

AND what you know about ARGENTINA???

We lost just once in last 32 matches..you know that..? Come on dear so called pundits..! We lost just once...!! And it was when almost all of our first X1 were rested...!

You know more..?

-Argentina did not lose any game to European team under Sabella. Winning 9 and drawing 2 (Both ended 0-0). We scored 19 goals in those 11 matches and conceded just 6..!!
-Under Sabella against European teams we conceded just 1 goal in the last 7 matches (Yes 6 clean sheets)...!!
-Under Sabella we defeated Germany 3-1
-Argentina have Superior status on Germany
Match played-20, Argentina won 9 Draw6- lose 5
-Germany won just once after 1990 final against Argentina..!
Match played-8, Argentina won-4, Draw-3 lose-1


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 11:57 AM
0
Im so nervous!!! Ive been waiting for years for this


maya
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 11:52 AM
0
God...please make all our waits meaningful and beautiful..


Notoraj
(Finland)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 11:35 AM
0
@die3z_dion I made cry man..thanks to share....Vamos Argentina!!!!!


batttiiigoal
(United States)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 11:17 AM
0
I agree tallman.. we have been playing excellent in all of the knockout rounds.. today is our day... just like macherano told messi... this will be your game your world cup.... vamos argentina!!!!


vish
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 10:56 AM
0
Guys, no negativity please, we are in a very good position and should win it.Germany is overconfident but they will be crushed today, doesnt matter what the media is screaming about.


tevezisgod
(Israel)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 10:35 AM
2
I'm gonna say something which might sound a little blasphemous - I don't care if Messi is considered the best ever or not, I don't care if he scores or not, hell - I don't even care if he plays or not. I want Argentina to win, and I don't care how. It can be in a penalty shootout, another hand of god incident or a goal from offside in the 120th minute. I want the cup damn it.


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 10:29 AM
0
yes but simione predicts a peno win I WANT TO WIN CLEAN IN 90 MINUTES AND MESSI TO SHUT MOUTHS


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 10:20 AM
0
If you are feeling nervous,read Simeone and Milito.Both of them are great read.

Simeone: "Beating Germany will be tough, but Sabella will know better than anyone what it takes because he’ll be studying everything they are doing right now in great detail.

Germany are a very solid and organised team, but I think there’s one thing which could favour Argentina and that’s their high defensive line. Germany play with a high line and the speed of Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain could be crucial in breaking through. The Germans will need to be very attentive to those two in particular, to Angel Di Maria if he is fit and to Sergio Aguero."

Milito:"They were the best. Argentina is a very clever national team, with a tremendously united group. They have order and are patient in attack and that’s how they played every match. Argentina thought out every single game. Because the team was able to understand that every game was a whole different story."

Read full analysis:

http://fan.football.sony.net/blog/2014/07/12/simeone-argentina-must-exploit-germanys-one-weakness/?ICID=OP

http://fan.football.sony.net/blog/2014/07/13/milito-argentina-wait-time-now/


tevezisgod
(Israel)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 10:13 AM
0
These predictions are so irrelevant. I would like to think that our players are professionals who won't let these kind of things get in their heads. What if we would have won convincingly in the semis and the Germans struggled? The predictions would have been the other way around. Would it change today's game? Would you feel more confident? It's a world cup final for crying out loud. It's a 50-50 game through and through. Let everyone predict all they want, our players have what it takes to determine their own destiny. VAMOS ARGENTINA!


theAbNormalOne
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 10:12 AM
0
Calm down you oldies...Baker never said he's supporting Deucheland or he believes Germany would win the cup.All Brazilian fans take Germany over us,all Spanish fans,all dutch fans,all English fans,all except some Italian fans and a few fans would say Germany will win it.It's not due to media,it's their wish and their pray.So if we win against all that odds,it's much sweater.Let's back our Albiceleste,let's unite under one love,one flag and one dream.Atleast for today avoid direct answering here.It's not my opinion or suggestion.Its my REQUEST


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 10:05 AM
0
ITS ARES RUAL HAS OPENED HIS MEGAPHONE MOUTH AGAIN

THE WON NOTHING VILLAS BETTER THAN ME SELF OBSEESED TALED LIKE HE WON THE WORLD CUP WITH SPAIN ARGENTINA MESSI HATING IDIOT

AT EVERY STAGE BEFORE EVERY ARGENTINA GAME RAUL BLASTED CRAP OUT HIS MOUTH AND AFTER HE TALKED HORSE APPLES ARGENTINA WON

THANKS RAUL YOU MESSI HATING JELOUS BASTARD


baker
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 10:05 AM
0
@tall man : easy there buddy . who told anything about we are going to get destroyed by germany..?
Media hyping germans it is a fact and i am thinking it is good for our team.
Let the team play with less pressure and make the glory for us


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 9:57 AM
0
Germany has already beaten us,Yes throughout the media interviews.Let Argentina win the real match.

Football is a simple game: you score and do not let your opponent to score.Simplicity requeres humbleness.Let's be humble once again and show the simplicty with 100% sincereity and commitment.

Messi,Mascherano and others should remember that they have trained for all of their life.For what?They are just 90 minutes away from that moment.Determination makes the difference.

Argentina should win it,not for Messi,not for Sabella...For the millions of fans it has.Some of the fans even never have seen Argentina to win something big.They have suffered many heartbreaks,many injustice.They deserve to be on winning side this time,don't they?


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 9:54 AM
0
SO MUNDO THINKS WE WILL BE HANGING ON THIS BLOG HAS LOST ITS CREDABILITY IV HAD ENOUGH OF THIS BULLSHIT

WE DID NOT HANG ON VS HOLLAND WE DESTROYED THEM EVEN WITH THERE CHEATING PLAY AND HAND TO HAND COMBAT

WE DOMINATED ATTACKS DOMINATED CHANCES AND DOMINATED THE SHOOT OUT

AND HAS MESSI SUDDENLY VANISHED INTO THIN AIR

SPREADING NEGATIVITY IS A LIKE A VIRUS ,PATHETIC BEYOUND BELIEF

MASCHARANO IS THE WC'S LEADING PASSER AND TACKLER

MESSI IS THE WCs 4 X WINNER OF MOTM AND BEST GOAL SCORER EVERY GOAL WAS CLASS

ARGENTINA HAVNT CONSIDED A SINGLE GOAL IN KNOCKOUT

CAN PEOPLE PLEASE HAVE A REALITY CHECK


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 9:52 AM
0
agree, only me and outlaw can be negative, its worked so far, stick with it

also incase ppl forget, sabella won copa libertadroes in brazil


Diego86
(Australia)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 9:41 AM
0
I agree with Tallman, lots of negative posts by the mod by this time are not good!!!, Please write something motivating the team, and the fans. It's not the time to be memorable to what has been in the past, and we definitely should not be satisfied with getting to the final after 24 years only!

Seriously I feel like most of us here are influenced by the media too!!



Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 9:33 AM
0
having the picture of maradona crying at this point mundo is seriously negative DID U STOP TO THINK FIRST

WE SHOULD HAVE IMAGES OF HIM LIFTING THE CUP AT THIS POINT DONT YOU THINK


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 9:31 AM
0
BAKER I SUGGEST YOU LOOK AROUND KID THERES MANY MANY MANY SAYING ARGENTINA WILL WIN STOP HORSE SHITTING

EVERY PUNDIT ON UK TV HAS BACKED ARGENTINA MANY REPORTERS BACK ARGENTINA OPEN YOUR EYES


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 9:30 AM
0
this is all based on there 7-1 witch is irrelevent as holland smashed them too and as anyone who knows football seen that coming

germany walked the ball into there net STOP PRETENDING THEY DID SOMETHING SPECIAL


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 9:28 AM
0
AND THE COUNTRY OF ARGENTINA ISNT DUDE THINK BEFORE YOU POST

NOT ONLY ARGENTINA BUT THE 100S OF THOUSANDS OF ARGENTINES TAKING OVER BRAZIL



petro
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 9:17 AM
0
The country of Germany is getting ready for a grand party..It is all against us


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 9:13 AM
0
Why everyone Hype Germany..?

In which match they played and won convincingly in this WC..?

Against Portugal...4-0 ..? Yes....but did you forget they were playing against 10 man Portugal..? Did you forget their first goal was a penalty..? Did you forget that...Portugal was not a good team even with 11 man..?

Against Brazil..7-1..? Yes...but why don't you look at the facts..? Wasn't it the worst Brazilian team ever played the WC..? Haven't they missed their best 2 player in Neymar and Thiago..? Didn't you notice how badly each Brazilians players performed..? You ever seen an intentional team conceding 4 goals..in just 6 minutes...? or at least in club level where a top team like Barca playing against a sh!t teams..? can you imagine it will happen again..?

Why do you OVER HYPE Germans..?

Its all coming good for Argentina...their over confidence and over hype will give much pressure on them...and it will really turn them down... Watch ON...!


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 8:54 AM
0
Off topic :- Mourinho prefer pastore over pogba....


baker
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 8:45 AM
0
All predictions and all opinions are against us , Come on guys lets make the history...

Vamos vamos argentina


tevezisgod
(Israel)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 8:06 AM
0
1990 was where it all began for me as well. About 2 weeks before the world cup started I didn't know the 1st thing about football. My friends kept talking about this big event and I wanted to fit in. I asked them who I should be rooting for, and their answer was synonymous - brazil. I complied. The world cup started and everything went according to plan. Brazil were winning easily, and 11 years old me was content. In the round of 16th brazil played against Argentina. As the match progressed brazil put more and more pressure on Goycochea's goal, but nothing went in. by the second half I could clearly feel that something was wrong. Every time the ball hit the post or Goyco's gloves, instead of feeling frustration I felt relief. Why is that? I shook it off and continued watching, and then came the moment that every Argentina fan must have watched hundreds of times on youtube. Maradona took the ball, dribbled past the brazilian defense, and gave Caniggia the honor of scoring the goal. I felt something I never felt before. I didn't know what to do, and found myself running amok and screaming across my house. It took me a few minutes to grasp what just happened. That was the moment Argentina chose me.


Aslam
(Qatar)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 7:56 AM
1
9 out of 10 times we will win against this German...they are great team....but cant stand with Argentina...!


batttiiigoal
(United States)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 7:52 AM
0
Vamos argentina!!!! Great article John, well written


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 7:52 AM
1
MARADONA..... We can say a 100 wrongs on his character..... We may hav handful of points to critcise him as a coach..... He may hav over ruled with emotions than logic at times..... He may not be a gentleman off the field, as some europeans who believe football is a white color proffessional than de best game on earth, wish..... But can we ignore this man a sec from our football world..... Here he went 1 more step high in my mind..... Criticised our team when they didnt live up to expectations, stay calm n curious when saw improvement game by game, ran towards team when realised they hav got a great chance to bring back his football nation to top of de world again...... Without any egos or evil feelings de greatest
footballer ever to a crazy football fan..... I m sure his presence will b added much more energy to our players, especially messi, i think his main aim on visiting team is to unplug messi..... I bet u we, the world is gonna see de best argentine football in this WC today.....
Hey medias, football anslysts, pig ass mouths'..... Shut up n wait for de FOOTBALL ANGELS IN ACTION.....

HERE WE GO..... Ole Ole Ole..... ;-)


cleanball
(Indonesia)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 7:48 AM
0
Cannigia missed the final due to card, Italian was beaten by us at semis, a controversial penalty, sent off players , worst final match in WC ; all that create a conspiracy theory, However, Diego brougjt the tram teavhed final thumps up and hat off.


di3z_dion
(Albania)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 6:04 AM
1
Actually in 1986 I was a toddler, 3 years old and obviously cannot remember anything.

My love with Argentina started somewhat in a weird way, when Argentina lost the final, in 1990. How a weird way to fall in love with some fooball team. I was 6 years old.

I come from a country which in 1990 was currently experiencing, as all of Eastern Europe, the fall of communism. But the old Communist items, such as the black and white TV with stick buttons and taking so long to be on, were hard to die.

I remember, I hadn't had dinner and came right from a football match with the other neighbour kids. As I said in my previosu posts, we used to play in fields of gravel, broken chunks of stone and glass and net pillars made of wall bricks... But we were happy, as all the kids of that period usually were, playing with some items which our fantasy turned into miraculous ones, because there was simply nothing... Now kids don't know how is to have knees and elbows bleeding, but they're masters of playstation and tv.

It was obviously summer and the window was opened, but, even though I lived in an urban area, the mosquitos were harrassing as hell.

Anyway. I was alone at home. I don't remember where my parents and sister were, complete blank about that. I turned on the old Soviet UPS which was connected to the TV. It was funny this device, it got heated withing 20 minutes and you needed to turn it off, as it risked to melt.

Turn on the power button of this tv named Butrinti and wait for a good 10 minutes for the TV to turn on. First you had this white point on black screen, which expanded with the speed of a turtle.

In the meantime, I sat on the table, grabbed the spoon, some pieces of dry bread (food was lacking by then, as the communism was falling and there were so many food shortages). I dove this piece into the yoghurt and started munching and chewing as a lion, so hungry I was.

In the meantime, while I started eating, the image on TV started clarifying... Oh, look, I think, there is a football match. I wonder who are those big men.

By that time, there was only one TV station, the government one which was all on the Communist propaganda and how it was to win the world domination. Our Communist leader had died 4 years back, and in one of the urban legends on him, when he for the first time watched a football match, he wondered how can 11 men run after a ball and chase it for the whole match. He ordered then to give all the 22 players a ball each.

So I was somewhat relieved not to see this nonsense and opened my eyes widely in astonishment and wondered. I knew it was football but couldn't understand why so many people in the stadium and why are they shouting so loud. So I started following the match and forgot to eat completely.

In the crowd, there was one bulky man, with some funny curly hair who seemed to have the speed of the wind and dribbled so easily that seemed not to touch the grass at all, but fly. I approached the TV, pushed by my childish curiosity.

Then there were some other grey haired man (Blond Germans on my black and white tv appeared grey), who seemed to me the personification of the evil. Why are these bad guys chasing this bird who flies? Who knows but I don't want them to catch him.

The match slowly went on and minutes were ticking away. One of these bad guys approached to the white and grey (blue appeared in grey) port and dove... My eyes went wide and my heart started bursting. Then the bad curly grey haired man scored... Then it came the final whistle!

I didn't yet grasp what was happening, but then, the curly haired bird, started crying and then I immediately bursted into tears...

I later, much later came to know that this guy was named Maradona. Life then brought me to live for long in Germany, understand their culture, speak their language. In fact, the people who know me and know why I became a fan of Argentina, I reply, it's a heart thing. I cannot help to become a fan of those bad guys who made Maradona cry.

So in few words, I fell in love because of this "Son of the wind".


Rune
(Norway)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 5:32 AM
0
This is the day we have all been waiting for. Today we can become World Champions again. Like John I can still remember how painful it was to lose in 1990 ,and Diegos tears......I was 12 years old and cried like a baby. I never ever thought it would take 24 years until my beloved Albiceleste would make it to a wc final again. But here we are.....this is the biggest game of football of my life. I have had severe trouble getting any sleep at all for the last three nights....My wife and kids can see that I am in a terrible state. I have been a member of both mundo and the wc blog for years. It has been such a joy to share this dream with you all. Normally I would say that we dont have a chance and I am happy even if we dont win the game since after 24 years we are at least second best....but I can not say that...I wanna win! I want revenge! I dont think we will have this chance again in my lifetime ...we must win!!!! I am so sad that we can not play this wc final with the real Messi. Both himself and the whole world had deserved that. Now we are playing the mighty germans with Lio not at all at the same level he was two years ago. ...a burned out Messi. .maybe 70% of the player he used to be. Will that je enough??? After all his name is still Messi and he can still decide a match in five seconds...that means that germany could leave space for others. ..Lavezzi and Higuain. Aguero is like playing with ten men so he should not play a second, extremely disapointed with him. Enzo, Biglia and Masch is a must in midfield. Di Maria should sub in for lavezzi.
Good luck my friends!! This is our big chance!!!
VAMOS ARGENTINA CARAJO! !!!!!!!!! 1!


Diego86
(Australia)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 4:50 AM
0
They need to review the history and this is actually a good one :D
http://www.goal.com/en/news/3790/world-cup-2014/2014/05/29/4847407/goaltoons-maradona-kempes-and-the-great-argentina-world-cup?ICID=HP_FT_4


baker
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 4:32 AM
0
Before entering in to the field , they need to re watch this same video again

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZRKaFDvr14



Firash
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 4:05 AM
0
My squad for today match - 4-4-2

Romero

Zabaleta-Demi-Garay-Rojo

Dimaria-Mascharano-Biglia-Enzo
Messi-Higuin
In this formation, still we have 4 attackers and a balnced midfield. Mache and biglia can help deffence so it would be 6 diffenders.

I am sure today will be Messi's day !!!!!!!

My prediction Argentina 3 Germany 1

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