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    England vs Germany on Sunday. Oh dear. Time for all the anti-German prejudice in England to come to the surface again. And I am a bloody German living in England. Whoever uses the match as an excuse to tell me another stupid Second World War joke or thinks the Hitler salute is terribly entertaining deserves a kick in the balls and I hope they will swell to the size of actual footballs. Ha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    Mmm perhaps I was unclear, I do think the professional / competitive soccer culture encourages this behavior, basically any player who had to go through "younger" serie A team will have this fake / cheating behavior ingrained - there's no choice (except not playing professionally, of course - or joining a foreign team). I think a similar issue can be found in cycling with illicit performance enhancing drugs - nobody approves their usage, yet basically every professional engages used doping, simply because you won't reach professional level if you don't. They can be modeled as "positive feedback cycles", they'd need an exogenous shock to be "broken".
    I do remember that you've mentioned that, but what I am curious about is why Italy producers more divers than other European nations. One may infer that Serie A encourages the behavior more than other leagues, is there something about the general Italian culture that accounts for this difference?
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    MESUT ÖZIL, omg what a game of shite and now its against the isle boys thats gonna be a war
    [URL]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEBvftJUwDw&t=0s[/URL]

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    Quote Originally Posted by teslashock View Post
    I have a soft spot for underdogs.
    ...says the Brazil fan.

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    Okay, whoever says we should call the US team the Mutant Ninja Turtles I totally agree with.

    GO MUTANT NINJA TURTLES!!!
    -Carefully taking sips from the Fire Hose of Knowledge

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    Quote Originally Posted by onemoretime View Post
    ...says the Brazil fan.
    I'm just loyal to my "home" country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lightyear View Post
    Time for all the anti-German prejudice in England to come to the surface again.
    You should have thought about that before you bombed Coventry.

    Here's a tip. Smile politely.

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    Nonetheles, I will stand along my German cousins.

    Since France's team is dead and not forgiven, it's time to stand along our most closest friends we have in Europe.
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    Don't sulk. And don't blame the Merrylanders, either.

    Sulking French blame England for their World Cup exit | News

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    Quote Originally Posted by SolitaryWalker View Post
    Germany will beat England, 2-0 at least, it may even be 3-0 or 4-0, just like the Under 21 German team beat England by the count of 4-0. After that happens, yet another English media frenzy will erupt about the issue of what exactly inflicted this misfortune upon that glorious nation, was it the coach, the players, the fans, the vuvuzelas? None of that has anything to do with England's recent performance, those ideas are nothing but pitiable excuses for fanatics to avoid owning up to the fact that their team is just not very good, nowhere nearly meritorious enough to compete with opponents who are serious contenders for the World Cup.
    Whilst I'll acknowledge that two of our three performances so far have been poor, it is ludicrous to say that England is "just not very good"; we have some of the best players in the world, playing club football for some of the best teams in the world. The problem lies, or perhaps lay, with those players being unable to act as a unified team.

    As for what the result may be against Germany, I think we have a plausible chance of victory-providing there are no penalties involved.

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