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WC 2006 Match Chat: France vs. Korea, noon PT
2006-06-18 11:23
by Bob Timmermann

Live from Leipzig!

Since France won the World Cup in 1998, they have played four matches in the World Cup and have scored nary a goal. The French played an uninspiring scoreless draw against the Swiss in their opener. Korea beat a Togo team that can't decide who should coach it, 2-1.

France was expected to play better in this World Cup than it did in the last one. And Korea was supposed to be much worse than it was in 2002, which resulted in a semifinal appearance. But after one match, Korea sits atop Group G and can pretty much book a spot in the second round with a win. France would like to score a goal

National anthems:

France, La Marseillaise. Makes you want to get up in a bar in Casablanca and drown out some Nazis singing doesn't it?

Korea, Aegukga or 애국가. Interestingly, North and South Korea have the same titles for their national anthems, but they have different lyrics. The melody of the South Korean anthem was subject to a copyright dispute until last year. North Korea doesn't worry about such matters.

And if you get bored, here's a replay of a goal from Cambiasso of Argentina. The animation takes a while to load.

2006-06-18 11:25:40
1.   Bob Timmermann
I might not stay until the bitter end of this one. I'm choosing to be sociable later today. It's a crazy idea, but it just might work.
2006-06-18 11:43:23
2.   Greg Brock
Let's keep the self-immolation to a minimum today, Red Devils.

The tablecloth was not well represented today.

2006-06-18 11:52:20
3.   Bob Timmermann
The Croatians were slowed down by people continually putting empty Chianti bottles with candles stuck in them on top of them as they played.
2006-06-18 11:53:22
4.   Greg Brock
That would be a problem. I understand completely now.
2006-06-18 11:55:56
5.   Greg Brock
I have to believe that a team with Zidane and Henry/Henri will get a goal eventually.
2006-06-18 12:00:27
6.   Bob Timmermann
You would think France would score again one of these years...
2006-06-18 12:09:18
7.   Bob Timmermann
Allez Henry!
2006-06-18 12:09:27
8.   Greg Brock
Well there you go. The Gauls can rest a little easier now.
2006-06-18 12:23:47
9.   Bob Timmermann
Well, I will be here for the whole match as my girlfriend has begged off on wanting to go see a movie today as she's not feeling well. Instead, I get a free dinner tomorrow night from her.

I believe this is "win-win."

She is not a big fan of the Team Croatia jersey and I believe she will only let me wear it around her in limited situations.

2006-06-18 12:33:11
10.   Bob Timmermann
JP ragging on the camera angles!
2006-06-18 13:08:36
11.   Bob Timmermann
I think the French fans are singing the "Ode to Joy".
2006-06-18 13:12:00
12.   Greg Brock
After having to listen to Dave O'Brien and Marcelo Balbo, JP can discuss whatever JP likes to discuss.
2006-06-18 13:13:40
13.   Greg Brock
I've had to miss much of the match. Have the cards flowed like wine, or did Franz have a little chat with the refs about their "participation" in soccer matches?
2006-06-18 13:14:40
14.   Bob Timmermann
Dave and Marcelo will be calling Switzerland-Togo tomorrow.

I'm not sure why. That one sounds perfect to be called from Bristol.

2006-06-18 13:15:25
15.   Bob Timmermann
Not too bad on the cards, relatively speaking. But Harkes is upset about them still.
2006-06-18 13:19:45
16.   Greg Brock
I would assume that once we get past pool play, and there are fewer and fewer matches, JP and Harkes would get the majority of the match duties. One hopes, at least, that's the case.
2006-06-18 13:21:56
17.   Bob Timmermann
The "Dae Han Min Guk" chant was pretty loud there for a while.

ABC has a camera at Staples Center which is sold out with Korean fans watching the match on monitors.

2006-06-18 13:21:57
18.   Bob Timmermann
The "Dae Han Min Guk" chant was pretty loud there for a while.

ABC has a camera at Staples Center which is sold out with Korean fans watching the match on monitors.

2006-06-18 13:25:00
19.   Bob Timmermann
It's my blog and I can double post if I want to!

ABC had a pair doing the Japan-Team Tablecloth match today that I hadn't head yet. Rob Stone and Robin Fraser.

They're the third string in Germany.

2006-06-18 13:25:59
20.   Greg Brock
I can handle pretty much anything until I hear Brent Musberger do a match. Then I take hostages.
2006-06-18 13:33:24
21.   Bob Timmermann
"You are looking live at Zentral-Stadion!"
2006-06-18 13:38:12
22.   Greg Brock
Pretty hard to discourage diving when players are being rewarded for it.
2006-06-18 13:39:16
23.   Greg Brock
sacre bleu!
2006-06-18 13:40:05
24.   Bob Timmermann
I just realized how much of a delay my TV has because I heard a loud cheer from my Korean neighbors apartment about 20 seconds before I saw the goal.
2006-06-18 13:41:03
25.   Bob Timmermann
Vieira kicked that one like his first name was Meredith.
2006-06-18 13:43:43
26.   Linkmeister
24 I get a seven-second audio delay between the HDTV broadcast in the family room and the ordinary digital broadcast in the kitchen.

This technical update brought to you by the FCC.

2006-06-18 13:44:46
27.   Bob Timmermann
I get a delay because I have a DVR and the signal has to go through the hard drive first.
2006-06-18 13:45:55
28.   Greg Brock
Zidane gets another yellow! He's out next match. (In Jim Healy's Vin Scully clip voice) "I can't believe it."
2006-06-18 13:46:16
29.   Bob Timmermann
As the text message says:

Corea del Sur acaba de anotar un gol. Francia 1, Corea del Sur 1

Do they need to send that info in the form of a sentence?

2006-06-18 13:47:58
30.   Bob Timmermann
I think that JP is a little too worried about France.

I don't see Togo beating France.

2006-06-18 13:49:34
31.   Greg Brock
This has been an amazing game

The preceding message brought to you by Greg Brock's House of Obvious.

2006-06-18 13:52:46
32.   Bob Timmermann
So right now:

Korea 4 pts, +2
France 2 pts, 0
Switz. 1 pt, 0
Togo 0 pts, -2

2006-06-18 13:53:55
33.   Greg Brock
Le Monde is going to have a field day with this match.
2006-06-18 13:54:32
34.   Greg Brock
Please, no bicycling jokes.
2006-06-18 13:56:23
35.   Bob Timmermann
Will they be more upset than the Italian papers were about yesterday's match?
2006-06-18 14:01:28
36.   Greg Brock
I got the impression the Italians were focusing all their aggression on DeRossi.
2006-06-18 14:41:49
37.   Kayaker7
Wow, what a match. As a Korea fan, I'm happy with the result, but Korea was damn lucky to escape with a draw. Even without the headed goal not counting, it could have easily been 3-1. Lee Woonjae, the Korean keeper was the MOTM, in my opinion.
2006-06-18 14:49:33
38.   Kayaker7
BTW, the reason the two anthems of NK and SK have the same title is because the "aegukga" simply mean, "Song of Love of Country," or if you'd like, "National Anthem."
2006-06-18 14:57:08
39.   Greg Brock
38 Well, that certainly isn't very creative song naming. I expect better from people with so much passion they feel the need to set themselves on fire.
2006-06-18 15:06:41
40.   Kayaker7
39 Here's one more for you. Seoul simply means, "capital city." Thoughout the centuries, it has had a proper name, one of the most enduring was "Hanyang." But some geniuses in modern day Korea decided, "Heck, it's the capital city. Let's call it that." So, in a nutshell, Pyongyang is NK's seoul, and Seoul is SK's seoul.

BTW, self-immolation is not isolated to Koreans:

2006-06-18 15:09:30
41.   Greg Brock
That's fascinating stuff about the capital city. Thanks for the information. Of course, self-immolation is not exclusive to Koreans, but they certainly are very good at it. And I respect that.
2006-06-18 15:11:04
42.   Kayaker7
41 Self immolation is reserved for only the really hated, like the Japanese and, in some leftist circles, the U.S.
2006-06-18 15:32:42
43.   Bob Timmermann
I have a strict no self-immolation policy on this blog.

So put down those matches.

2006-06-18 15:38:37
44.   Greg Brock
43 Party Pooper
2006-06-18 15:42:22
45.   Greg Brock
Bob, today's Dodgers thread was defeated by yesterday's US/Italia match. You are poised to establish dominance over Jon once and for all. The tide is turning.
2006-06-18 15:44:45
46.   Bob Timmermann
If you want to see self-immolation, please visit Bronx Banter. A lot of people there seemed ready for it.
2006-06-18 15:45:41
47.   Bob Timmermann
The US-Italy thread was the busiest thread of the month for The Griddle, but I think a lot of Dodger Thoughts "go to" guys were taking Father's Day off.

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