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Try living here with that relentlessly boring shit. Blitz spirit. Captain Tom. Jemermy Crobyn is a Hamas spy because his poppy was on crooked. We'll meet again. Fucking eejits.
Has anyone worked out a way of arguing that the Russians are the reason they won the 1966 World Cup? Be a good windup. Obviously it's the truth that the Russians won World War 2 not the Brits.
 

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Has anyone worked out a way of arguing that the Russians are the reason they won the 1966 World Cup? Be a good windup. Obviously it's the truth that the Russians won World War 2 not the Brits.

Well, the linesman who controversially awarded a goal to England in the final when it may or may not have crossed the line before bouncing back out into the field of play was Russian.

I read Jonathan Wilson's history of Argentinian football, which also serves as a bit of a history of the Argentinian state and apparently in South America it's generally thought that in 1966 England received some favourable treatment from the officials. Which happens at a lot of World Cups, South Korea went a very long way in 2002.
 

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Well, the linesman who controversially awarded a goal to England in the final when it may or may not have crossed the line before bouncing back out into the field of play was Russian.

I read Jonathan Wilson's history of Argentinian football, which also serves as a bit of a history of the Argentinian state and apparently in South America it's generally thought that in 1966 England received some favourable treatment from the officials. Which happens at a lot of World Cups, South Korea went a very long way in 2002.

The bias for the hosts is a fucking joke, I think they've had to tone it back a bit since the South Korea disgrace but it's still there. Try and make sure the hosts make at least the quarters to keep the matches full. France still benefitted from it in 2018 there, Mbappe blatantly offside for the first goal but they just ignored it, and dubious as fuck handball to give them their penalty for the second goal when the ball deflected off the back of a guy a yard in front of the player.
Brazil getting tanked 7-0 by an utterly ruthless German team was one of the most glorious world cup matches ever. Could have been 10-0 that, and the officials could do absolutely fuck all about it. Guaranteed if that match had been 1-0 or 1-1 or something in the second half, there would have been a totally bullshit penalty for Brazil to set up a Brazil Argentina final. I'd almost think that before the game the Germans must have been telling each other "We need to get about 4-0 up just to make sure the refs can't fuck us".
But that South Korea one will live on in infamy for the Italian match, it's kind of funny to see the Italians get cheated instead of them trying to cheat, but the utter blatant nature of it was fucking mental. Great review of it here, the Totti no-penalty red card is a "Disgrace! It's a fucking disgrace!"

 

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