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WC 2006 Match Chat: France vs. Switzerland, 9 am PT
2006-06-13 08:31
by Bob Timmermann

Llive from Stuttgart!

Les Bleus versus Die Eidgenossen (aka The Nati).

France plays in the World Cup for the 12th time and won it all at home in 1998. In 2002, though, France went 0-3 and didn't score a goal. 1998 here Zinedine Zidane is back for another try, but Djibril Cisse, broke his leg in France's last warmup game before the tournament, and is out.

The Swiss are making their eighth appearance in the World Cup and their first since 1994 in the USA. They've reached the quarterfinals three times, but not since 1954 when they were playing at home. In that year, Switzerland blew a 3-0 lead against Austria and lost 7-5. Switzerland surprised 2002 semifinalist Turkey in a 2-game series to win its spot.

2006-06-13 09:14:10
1.   Bob Timmermann
So I have to get this joke in.

How does everybody feel about Switzerland?

I would imagine neutral.

2006-06-13 09:24:55
2.   Bob Timmermann
The Swiss will rue the day that they missed that scoring opporunity.
2006-06-13 09:38:12
3.   xaphor
The Swiss don't do a lot of ruing. I think it is all the chocolate.
2006-06-13 09:42:07
4.   xaphor
The French, however, will rue those chances whether they win or lose. Must be all the wine.
2006-06-13 09:43:59
5.   Bob Timmermann
If Group E is the Group of Death, Group G is the Group of Incompetence.
2006-06-13 09:44:59
6.   Big Game
there's going to be plenty of ruing to go around. Ribery got the yips on a sure goal.
2006-06-13 09:48:30
7.   xaphor
My favourite: Group H aka Group STU
2006-06-13 10:00:32
8.   Ken Arneson
Mmmm...Swiss chocolate. In fact, mmmmmmmmm....Swiss confectionaries of any sort. Makes me want to go back to Switzerland just thinking about it. Makes me wish I were Swiss instead of Swedish.

But in either, case, 0-0.

2006-06-13 10:01:01
9.   Big Game
Zidane's little flip attempt to Ribery at the end of the half was classic.
2006-06-13 10:09:13
10.   Big Game
France needs to get Trezuguet in the match asap. Someone needs to step up and finish for France, especially with Cisse missing.
2006-06-13 10:15:23
11.   Bob Timmermann

International law dictated that every country that started with "Sw" in English had to be neutral in World War II.

2006-06-13 10:23:57
12.   Bob Timmermann
Why don't the Swiss try to attack through the air on the left since it seems that Barthez can't see well with the sun?
2006-06-13 10:24:36
13.   Bob Timmermann
Oh no, I've become Shep Messing! He just said the same thing.

I don't think this is a good thing.

2006-06-13 10:26:52
14.   Bob Timmermann
From the Guardian blog on this match:

A perfect, perfect cross into the six yard box, right into a space Gygax could comfortably push his forehead into, and he blunders it into Barthez. Barthez indulged us all with a comedy fumble, but Gygax was too busy regretting his last move to jump on it

2006-06-13 10:27:05
15.   Penarol1916
Trezeguet and Henry do not play well together at all, they both need to be the focal point of the attack and need a creative striker behind them, it has always been a disaster for France when they have played together.

11. Even Swaziland?

2006-06-13 10:31:51
16.   Ken Arneson
Shep Messing! Oh, man, there's a blast from the past!

I remember watching him play (he was a goalie for the New York Cosmos, and then played for the Oakland Stompers (which is another blast from the past in and of itself) a couple of years) but I hadn't thought about him in at least twenty-five years. Funny how things like that can be buried in your brain and still survive there are so long.

I remember he had a lot of hair.

2006-06-13 10:36:02
17.   Bob Timmermann
Since Shep is calling this game off of a monitor in Bristol, you won't see his hair today.
2006-06-13 10:39:04
18.   Ken Arneson
17 I'm guessing there's a lot less of it now.
2006-06-13 10:43:16
19.   Bob Timmermann
Shep today:

Shep back in the day:

2006-06-13 10:43:32
20.   Big Game
15. I doubt it could get much worse for France at this point...
2006-06-13 10:56:05
21.   Kayaker7
Korea on top of the group. I'll enjoy it while it lasts...
2006-06-13 11:05:30
22.   Sandus
What a terrible performance from France. The use of substitutions was horrible. Ribery looked just awful and shouldn't have seen the pitch in the second half. Dhorasoo looked great, but he only got 9' to play. Louis Saha is a good scorer, but needs to actually play in the box where they can feed him the ball (which shows yet another reason why this 4-2-1-1 is not going to work for this team).

Domenech seems to be making bad decisions all around, from the snubbing of Giuly and Pires to the poor formation choices and substitutions. He deserves to be slammed by the French press.

2006-06-13 11:06:33
23.   Sandus
4-2-1-1 should read 4-3-1-1
2006-06-13 11:10:12
24.   Sandus
Okay, I've now checked my typing for real. 4-4-1-1

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