32 Wayne Rooney lost the ball by being tackled in possession 32 times, more often than any other player at the 2010 World Cup finals.
6 Germany scored four goals from six shots on target, while England mustered seven attempts on target.
55 Wayne Rooney completed only 55 per cent of his passes against Germany, less than any other player.
4 The last time England conceded four goals in a World Cup finals game was in a 1954 quarter-final v Uruguay.
37 Frank Lampard’s free-kick against the bar was his 37th shot without scoring at a World Cup.
0 England have not won a game in which they’ve conceded a goal since beating Cameroon 3-2 in 1990.
From Dr. Boogaloo:
England's loss via rheumatism:
The handwriting was on the wall during the game against Algeria. That, for me, was the worst ninety minutes of football I've seen an England side play in any Cup Finals since I began watching in earnest many, many years ago. Many times worse than today's debacle.
This tournament made the English side look like a bunch of ludicrously wealthy, over-hyped, near geriatric buffoons.
The core of this team is the same side that couldn't cut it four years ago. WTF? What's been going on in the youth academies for the past dozen years?
Heskey? 'Fer fuck's sake.
Yes, there will always be an England. But I don't see the lads in a semi-final any time soon.
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Okay. Time to get my orange on. The Dutch make a decent brew, after all. (And Robbie plays for Arsenal.)
Of course, if The Netherlands go out next, I'll have to cheer for... um, Portugal?
Fuck it. Maybe I should just go all in with Argentina.
It happens all the time... around the staffroom table; at the pub; at social gatherings. But it happens with greater noise and frequency every four years. What is it? The chant that soccer is boring. Inevitably, it is pronounced the loudest by guys who suffer gladly through nine innings (and three-plus-hours) of excruciating, mind-numbing baseball -- or those who think that golf is actually a sport.
Ignore them. They are assholes who have no concept of physical fitness and athletic conditioning; split-second shifts between attacking and defending; skill, pace and creativity.
England sucked. Big time. Bunch of overpaid twats who seem hypnotized by last year's press clippings. Today's game was a masterpiece in how not to play football. A fucking disgrace. The fans were right to boo those millionaire pillocks. I'm a fan and I was booing. I'm still booing. Happy birthday, Capello. (Hey...what did you tell them at half-time? Must have been something like 'Carry on chaps. You can look even more pathetic in the next forty-five minutes.')
The U.S. was robbed of a victory. Worst refereeing decision of the Finals to date. Either the bastard is truly blind -- or on the take. I mean, fuck, come on.
I think those horns are getting on everyone's nerves.
The referee in the Germany game was a bloody moron. Fucking card-happy imbecile. Way to ruin a match, Gomer.
Otherwise, things were just perfect.
NON-RELATED UPDATE: WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED @ WOOZIE'S PLACE?
I tend to watch soccer the way I read books: voraciously, and with a notepad handy. My wife reminded me that I'm no longer coaching. I told her that old habits die hard; and besides, it might come in handy. She informed me that that particular boat had sailed quite a while ago. I replied that I might get off the damn boat and fly back. She said I was crazy. I reminded her that I wasn't dead... not quite... yet. She mentioned my knees, my hip, and the antidepressants. I asked her to bring me a beer.
I drained it at half-time and tossed away the notepad.
1.1 Diners shall have the right to refuse a stomach pump. 1.2 There is no Right 1.2 2.1 Diners shall have the right, duty and obligation to pay in full. 3.1 See Right 2.1 3.2 to 5.5 These Rights have been removed by the Kitchen Staff.
DR. HUGO Z. HACKENBUSH
LUNCH COUNTER DIETICIAN
THE DINER'S BILL OF RIGHTS, Sections 5.6 to 7.4
5.6 Diners have the Right to tip generously. Neglect of this Right shall be at the expense of the Diner's desire to leave. 6.3 This is essentially a re-wording of 5.6 6.4 Diners are encouraged to use the washroom facilities, especially on All-Fibre Tuesdays. However, 'Floaters' must be removed. 7.4 Bread sticks are not a meal. And although they are provided free of charge and in abundance, there is a limit to Llewellen's tolerance.