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WC 2006 Match Chat: Serbia, et al. vs. Netherlands
2006-06-11 06:36
by Bob Timmermann

Live from Leipzig!

The Plavi take on The Oranje in Group C.

Argentina beat Ivory Coast 2-1 Saturday to take the lead in this group.

Serbia & Montenegro (which really doesn't contain Montenegro now) is making its eighth appearance in the World Cup as the Serbs get credit for all of Yugoslavia's appearances. Yugoslavia reached the semifinals in 1930, but has never done better.

The Netherlands is also making its eighth trip to the World Cup. The Dutch finished in second in 1974 and 1978 and lost in the semifinals to Brazil in 1998 in a penalty shootout.

To keep this straight, the Serbian flag has a blue stripe at the top and red at the bottom with white in the middle. The Dutch flag has the colors reversed. But the Dutch fans usually are all dressed in orange anyway.

Dutch goalie Henk Timmer is married to Olympic speed skating gold medalist Marianne Timmer, but the latter didn't have to change her name. There are lots of Timmers in the Netherlands.

2006-06-11 06:55:25
1.   Bob Timmermann
I think everyone has decided to sleep in. I am bordering the awake/asleep event horizon.
2006-06-11 08:29:35
2.   Ali Nagib
Yep, I woke up just as the match ended. Now I've got the French Open Men's Final on, which is supposed to be one of the best matches of the year. So far, what it's lacking in epic length it's making up for in just sheer good play, particularly on Nadal's part. He's just gone up a break in the 4th after taking a 2-1 lead. Federer has something like 50 unforced errors in only 26 games, so he's going to have to really cut down on the mistakes to have a chance. Not looking very likely, though. Why isn't this match in HD? Silly NBC. 2-0 Nadal in the 4th.
2006-06-11 09:50:48
3.   Sam DC
SO, Henk is Timmer's Man?

Anyhow, I was watching with my kid. I was sure he would root for orange, but no it was white white white. He was frustrated by the first half. We missed the second.

2006-06-11 10:41:49
4.   Bob Timmermann
My Croatian grandma would have rolled over in her grave if I had been rooting for Serbia.

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