PDA

View Full Version : The Fix Is In


Lurker
02-06-2014, 15:53:53
I don't follow soccer (yes, soccer, not football :drekkus:) much outside of the WC except to occasionally see how my West Brom crew is doing in the standings so I was fascinated by the scope of match fixing outlined in this two-part series.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/sports/soccer/fixed-matches-cast-shadow-over-world-cup.html?contentCollection=sports&action=click&module=NextInCollection&region=Footer&pgtype=article

I always understood that at some level the game was corrupt, but what I'm curious about is how much attention this kind of thing gets among you folks who follow the game more closely.

Sorry for the somewhat serious thread. :(

Lurker
02-06-2014, 15:55:28
Here's the link for the second part:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/02/sports/soccer/match-fixing-gang-strikes-at-soccers-fragile-legitimacy.html?hpw&rref=sports&_r=0

Funko
02-06-2014, 16:27:46
It's getting a lot of attention (maybe not enough?) there was a game here featuring Nigeria that was under some suspicion recently.

The Qatar bid thing is getting more attention but we all already thought FIFA was massively corrupt and there doesn't seem to be any rational reason for Qatar getting the World Cup... it'll be interesting if anything actually comes of it.

(also interesting if anyone looks into the 2018 bid)

Venom
02-06-2014, 18:01:34
Match fixing is (probably) so common in soccer, that no one really cares until someone is caught doing it in a game that matters (ie world cup, euro championship, etc).

Saw an article a few years ago about why it was near impossible to stop. Just look at Italy, 7 or 8 years ago some of the biggest teams in the country were busted, and bounced out of the top league (where they bounced right back) and I bet they're still doing it.

mr_B
02-06-2014, 23:34:13
biggest game in the world
therefore most money
therefore biggest fuck up in corruptiontralala

RedFred
03-06-2014, 04:09:52
WC = toilet?

Finn Willi (5)
03-06-2014, 12:14:04
He plays soccer on the toilet? Well, why not... As long as he's not bent. Meaning corrupt. Well, if he's gay, it would be different...

Oerdin
03-06-2014, 13:49:06
I thought everyone knew the FIFA was corrupt.

Oerdin
03-06-2014, 13:51:37
He plays soccer on the toilet? Well, why not... As long as he's not bent. Meaning corrupt. Well, if he's gay, it would be different...

Gives a whole new meaning to GOAL!!!!! Doesn't it? :gasmaske:

Finn Willi (5)
03-06-2014, 15:33:11
Being striker must be...exciting.

Noisy
03-06-2014, 18:16:44
Ted Striker?

Oerdin
04-06-2014, 01:37:31
Ted Striker :b:

mr_B
12-06-2014, 15:23:32
Gives a whole new meaning to GOAL!!!!! Doesn't it? :gasmaske:

hello Oerdin

Funko
12-06-2014, 15:39:25
DlJEt2KU33I

zmama
12-06-2014, 18:00:11
:lol:

MDA
12-06-2014, 20:13:06
:lol:

Funko
13-06-2014, 08:28:37
His viral videos are full of win.

My favourite line might be "sponsor Budweiser has a product they absolutely insist on calling beer"

Oerdin
13-06-2014, 09:00:01
hello Oerdin

Hello, my little Dutch friend. :bounce:

Funko
13-06-2014, 09:07:16
Speaking of fix. Great cameo from the referee from Escape to Victory last night.

Venom
13-06-2014, 12:03:07
He was bad. Beyond just the penalty call. He got a lot wrong.

As Sepp Blatter would say, clearly he's racist against Croatians.

Oerdin
13-06-2014, 13:38:07
As bad as the Brazilian refs have been (in just the first game) at least they weren't as obviously partisan as the South Korean refs were during the world cup in South Korea.

Funko
13-06-2014, 14:03:23
Er - that was a Japanese Ref last night? You mean the referees in Brazil and Korea.

Whether it's a FIFA thing or the normal influence on the referee from a home crowd I dunno.

Venom
13-06-2014, 20:02:33
Tougher than the Brazil game, but the Spain-Netherlands ref blew that penalty call as well.

Venom
13-06-2014, 23:43:59
Buuuuut I suppose it didn't matter.

mr_B
14-06-2014, 00:37:04
5pa1n :bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

Venom
14-06-2014, 13:37:51
Wore my oranje all day yesterday, and I'll do so again today.

mr_B
15-06-2014, 00:51:49
yaman

self biased
15-06-2014, 18:42:48
hay guise! What it is?

Koshko
15-06-2014, 18:56:00
It's hard to get into things when you are repeatedly told your local team is in "The Group of Death" and has literally no chance at all to win it. Pending a miracle, this won't be the World Cup that brings 'football' interest in the US.

zmama
16-06-2014, 00:03:32
Foosball, Self... lotsa yelling.

Venom
16-06-2014, 02:26:18
Well, the pattern for the US is Good World Cup, then Bad World Cup. Last time around we would probably consider was a good one, so we're bound to not do well this time.

Funko
16-06-2014, 08:11:12
It's a crap group for you to get at this stage of the team's development really.

MOBIUS
16-06-2014, 11:39:47
Kinda funny though.

I see England is doing the usual. The Uruguay game will be fun - really hoping Suarez will be able to play that one...

Venom
16-06-2014, 12:17:30
It's a crap group for you to get at this stage of the team's development really.

We have to beat Ghana, more than just for our hopes this year. For vengeance most of all!

Fistandantilus
16-06-2014, 16:07:18
But there is no Donovan. No hope and no glory :(

k29wBfLmNP0

Venom
16-06-2014, 16:48:01
Don't remind me.

zmama
17-06-2014, 00:25:36
Well how about that...US won?!!

Koshko
17-06-2014, 03:16:31
God Bless Murika

Mr. Bas
17-06-2014, 06:24:53
And while you're at it, please beat Portugal as well.

USA! USA! USA!

Funko
17-06-2014, 08:10:45
They were interviewing people from different nations at some youth hostel in London today. They got to an American who was a teacher with his students, was also a soccer coach. Anyway, when asked who he wants to win the exchange was as follows:

Coach: Anyone but France
Interviewer (bemused): why not France?
Coach: I just spent 5 days there. Never going back.

Fistandantilus
17-06-2014, 08:31:15
:lol:

mr_B
17-06-2014, 08:37:23
:lol:

Funko
17-06-2014, 09:21:08
In the same interview with a German girl.

Interviewer: Did you enjoy the game?
Girl: Well it was ok.
Interviewer: OK? How many goals did you want?
Girl: :drekkus: (fair play to her doing a drekkus on the radio)
Interviewer: You got 4 goals, how many did you want to see?
Girl: I didn't see any, I didn't watch the game but we are lucky to win.
Interviewer: http://www.premierlife.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/200px-Brazil2014_reasonably_small.png

Funko
17-06-2014, 09:22:26
To a Swedish girl

Interviewer: So Sweden didn't qualify, are you supporting England?
Girl: Yes!
Interviewer: Really?! Oh...

Funko
17-06-2014, 09:22:31
Was a great segment.

Finn Willi (5)
17-06-2014, 12:56:58
Really, who would like to see France win?! (Frenchies don't count.)

MDA
17-06-2014, 13:21:18
RC managed to get his planet raping initials on the FIFA World Cup logo. Proof they'll do anything for money.

MOBIUS
17-06-2014, 13:22:23
Brazil is pretty good at raping itself in that respect, so it stands to reason.

Koshko
17-06-2014, 18:29:51
Just wait a couple of years for their Olympics.

Funko
19-06-2014, 10:46:55
Germany conquers USA

https://twitter.com/soccerdotcom/status/479433412663848960/photo/1

mr_B
19-06-2014, 12:51:09
Venom is wearing Orange
Why is that not in that map?
His shirt covers the state of North trala lala

Funko
19-06-2014, 13:14:47
:beer:

MDA
19-06-2014, 13:42:54
5pa1n :bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

X2

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
19-06-2014, 20:53:52
So here I sit watching Uruguay vs Inglaterra @ McDonald's, and I don't know much about sportsball, but Uruguay's #6 seems like kind of a dick.

Also, Inglaterra just equalized 1:1. As they say on Univision closed caption, GOOOOOOLL!

mr_B
19-06-2014, 21:11:06
spain................out
england............out

waswas

C.G.B. Spender
19-06-2014, 21:17:19
Urugay? I thought it IS England?!?!?

Funko
20-06-2014, 08:27:24
England not out yet, technically. Pirlo can save us.

mr_B
20-06-2014, 08:34:36
true there is one heck of a change you guys will go to the second round

Funko
20-06-2014, 08:35:23
Yeah, I think it is 99% chance we will go through.

mr_B
20-06-2014, 09:29:40
I do hope so, two nice games

Funko
20-06-2014, 09:39:32
:beer:

Venom
23-06-2014, 15:37:54
The optimism in here is hilarious in hindsight.

Funko
23-06-2014, 16:10:27
Mine was sarcastic.

C.G.B. Spender
23-06-2014, 17:54:22
Ah, british optimism.

MDA
24-06-2014, 18:23:57
Suarez... :gasmaske:

Venom
24-06-2014, 19:38:07
Chomp

MDA
24-06-2014, 20:31:40
maybe he's got Maori ancestors, they did score right after he ate

zmama
24-06-2014, 22:04:20
want some fries with that?

Funko
25-06-2014, 08:05:20
What a fucking retard he is.

Fistandantilus
25-06-2014, 12:39:25
Uruguayan press according to the guardian

“In the TV replay, as viewed in the press area, it appears that [Suárez’s] face comes in contact with Chiellini without it being clear whether he bites him as was claimed by those – especially the English – who were keen to play down Uruguay’s victory. “British reporters in the press conference asked [coach] Óscar Tabárez three times asked about the incident, saying that: ‘Suárez bit Chiellini.’ Their intention was Fifa should intervene and expel Luisito [Suárez] from the World Cup … It would be good if these Englishmen, who are concerned to have Suárez suspended, remember how they won the World Cup in 1966 with a ball which was not a goal.”


You tell em damn brits.

Fistandantilus
26-06-2014, 10:35:07
Hulk Hogan is Amazing :D

Venom
26-06-2014, 19:01:39
We looked dire and afraid of Germany, but it was enough. Mostly thanks to Portugal not capitulating and Ghana sending home 2 players. But still, we're through.

mr_B
26-06-2014, 21:41:26
:beer:
USA in
England out
watwat