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WC 2006 Match Chat: Spain vs. Tunisia, noon PT
2006-06-19 11:23
by Bob Timmermann

Live from Stuttgart!

The second set of matches in group play concludes with this Group H matchup.

Spain got off to a fast start in the tournament with a 4-0 win over Ukraine. Tunisia got a last-minute goal from Rahdi Jairi to get a tie against Saudi Arabia.

The Spanish are hoping to shed their tradition of choking in the World Cup and they can sew up a spot in the second round with a win. Tunisia is hoping to join Ghana in the win column for Africa. Spain, with a win, clinches a spot in the second round.

After this match, the next four days will see four matches per day, with each group playing its final two matches simultaneously.

National Anthems:

Spain, La Marcha Real. Don't try to sing along as there are no words.

Tunisia, Himat Al Hima.

2006-06-19 11:40:09
1.   Greg Brock
Winner of this match gets control of the Balearic Islands. Fishing rights to be negotiated at a later date.
2006-06-19 11:50:28
2.   Bob Timmermann
According to the CIA World Factbook, Spain's beefs are mainly with Morocco and the UK (and one with Portugal)

Territorial Disputes:

in 2003, Gibraltar residents voted overwhelmingly by referendum to remain a British colony and against a "total shared sovereignty" arrangement while demanding participation in talks between the UK and Spain; Spain disapproves of UK plans to grant Gibraltar greater autonomy; Morocco protests Spain's control over the coastal enclaves of Ceuta, Melilla, and the islands of Penon de Velez de la Gomera, Penon de Alhucemas and Islas Chafarinas, and surrounding waters; Morocco serves as the primary launching site of illegal migration into Spain from North Africa; Portugal does not recognize Spanish sovereignty over the territory of Olivenza based on a difference of interpretation of the 1815 Congress of Vienna and the 1801 Treaty of Badajoz

2006-06-19 11:53:59
3.   Greg Brock
I was going for more of a Carthage thing. Just a little joke. A very little one.
2006-06-19 11:55:12
4.   Bob Timmermann
You can only go to the Carthage well so many times before it's played out.

Spain has no yellow cards! They are the nicest people in the world!

2006-06-19 11:59:16
5.   Greg Brock
Sorry, Bob. Tunisia is out in pool play, and I needed to get all my Carthage stuff out while I had the chance. I never even got to talk about Hanno.
2006-06-19 12:02:51
6.   Voxter
Why does that dude have the letter A carved into his hair?
2006-06-19 12:04:42
7.   Voxter
Great. If it rains, we can get another entire match that consists mostly of guys falling down in their tracks. I've been surprised by the poor quality of the pitches.
2006-06-19 12:06:32
8.   Bob Timmermann
Don't give up on the Carthaginians! Did Hannibal say it was when the Romans bombed his elephants? Did Hasdrubal say it was over when at the Battle of Zama?

Was Hasdrubal even at the Battle of Zama?

2006-06-19 12:09:09
9.   Voxter
I am shocked.

I would make a Punic Wars joke, but it wouldn't be quite appropriate, really.

2006-06-19 12:11:26
10.   Bob Timmermann
Ahh, Spain, you can always be counted on to underachieve.
2006-06-19 12:14:32
11.   Greg Brock
Spain = Los Cachorros
2006-06-19 12:14:37
12.   Voxter
A propos of nothing in particular, here's a kind of interesting link about the history of footballs, and some other tangential stuff:

If you scroll down, you'll see a picture of the 1930 US World Cup team in action. Note that the keeper appears to be wearing a cap.

2006-06-19 12:16:28
13.   Bob Timmermann
I think keepers usually wore caps back in the day.

But they didn't wear gloves.

That must have hurt a lot.

2006-06-19 12:18:21
14.   Voxter
I think the funniest possible outcome for Group H would be Ukraine advancing and Spain going home again.
2006-06-19 12:19:50
15.   Bob Timmermann
Spain is playing Saudi Arabia next.
2006-06-19 12:25:34
16.   Voxter
Spain looks fine at the front -- but they're completely falling apart at the back. Whenever Tunisia gets the ball in the attacking third, guys are open on the wings all day.
2006-06-19 12:42:54
17.   Voxter
. . . and now we've reached the bad puns portion of the broadcast.
2006-06-19 12:44:46
18.   Voxter
That was awesome.
2006-06-19 12:48:12
19.   Bob Timmermann
I'm not watching the broadcast, but has Dizzy Gillespie's name been invoked yet?
2006-06-19 12:59:17
20.   Penarol1916
I sure hope that this is the Univision match for tonight. Since there were no Latin American teams playing, I'm thinking it will be.
2006-06-19 13:07:22
21.   Bob Timmermann
Is Cesc Fabregas better than Jorge Fabregas?
2006-06-19 13:17:51
22.   Greg Brock
The rainy conditions have absolutely killed the level of play. Possessions are brutal to watch.
2006-06-19 13:24:41
23.   Greg Brock
So, I guess the Spanish plan mainly consists of blasting poor shots from 30 yards out.
2006-06-19 13:25:54
24.   Bob Timmermann
Wouldn't that plan be contingent on the keeper falling over?
2006-06-19 13:29:01
25.   Greg Brock
Just when I'm about to drop my best Guernica joke, Spain ties it up.
2006-06-19 13:29:16
26.   Bob Timmermann
I guess the Spanish don't say
2006-06-19 13:30:41
27.   Bob Timmermann
My wallet stolen leaving the museum where Guernica is on display in Madrid.
2006-06-19 13:33:27
28.   Bob Timmermann
There were so many grammatical errors and typos in that post, that it's best ignored.
2006-06-19 13:33:28
29.   Penarol1916
27. I never did like that museum, of course that is probably because we had to cut short our one day at the Prado to go visit it, and I just don't care that much for modern art.
2006-06-19 13:33:31
30.   Greg Brock
That was a thing of beauty
2006-06-19 13:33:55
31.   Bob Timmermann
I guess it's time for Tunisia to go back on the offensive!
2006-06-19 13:38:22
32.   Kayaker7
Hmmm...the North African version of the catennaccio fails.
2006-06-19 13:42:35
33.   Bob Timmermann
The FIFA Matchcast says Jaziri got his yellow card for "descent"
2006-06-19 13:43:25
34.   Greg Brock
He plummeted very angrily, I suppose.
2006-06-19 13:44:37
35.   Kayaker7
2006-06-19 13:46:21
36.   Bob Timmermann
It is "dissent", but I think the FIFA MatchCasts are done by a German who has learned English.
2006-06-19 13:47:01
37.   Bob Timmermann
OK, Tunisia, this is your time!
2006-06-19 13:47:38
38.   Bob Timmermann
This isn't what I meant Tunisia.
2006-06-19 13:50:02
39.   Vishal
Send back the architects of Carthage
Take down the flag
Forget the pledge.
2006-06-19 13:50:33
40.   Greg Brock
36 Homophones have had the measure of us all at one point or another.

3-1: I'm pretty sure there is a Zama joke in here somewhere.

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