Update: Match 63: Netherlands v Brazil

Match 63

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Those of you in the Top 15 will have your scores updated Live during the Final, check the website later today, x

Veronique, x

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3rd/4th Playoff: The Sensible View

Nothing bores me quite so much as when people criticise the 3rd/4th playoff. Informing us, as if we didn’t know, that it doesn’t affect the result and is, therefore, irrelevant, or has no meaning because it is only who wins, who counts.

Personally, I find this to be transparent, pseudo-macho posturing and – far from being impressed at the Alpha-credentials of the speaker – I tend to simply assume he is compensating for his own doubts and insecurities, or trying to impress his ditsy and rather shapely niece, or something.

Match 60d

Truth is, in my 8 World Cups, there has never been a bad one, in fact – save for 1994 which was a little one-sided – they’ve all been rather good, and that I contend justifies the entire idea of the playoff.

I don’t watch it for the tension or pressure or meaning of it, I watch it as an island of free, unfettered football in a sea of often stifling tension and cynicism being played by two class teams out to simply play God’s Own Game the best way they can and cap their amazing journey with something memorable.

I concede that tonight’s might be different, what with one side having had its heart ripped out and stomped on, and the other being managed by a swaggering arrogant cock trying to impress his ditsy and rather shapely niece, or something – but I shall still watch, encouraged by the shape of my past experience to believe that it will be a good-un.

Match 60c

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Update: Match 62: Netherlands v Argentina

Match 62

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I have only received 4 votes for the Team Name – if you want your opinion to count email me before the end of the Final

Veronique, x

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Update: Match 61: Brazil v Germany

Match 60b

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Match 61

I think that about wraps it up for Garry Lightfoot (guess who doesn’t have any Brazilian defenders?).
For the rest of us, it’s all about getting into that Top 5, finishing above our best mates/spouse, or beating that dang Monkey!

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Update: Match 60 + Semi-Final Predictions

Match 60c

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Match 60b

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Update: Match 60: Netherlands v Costa Rica

Match 60

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Update: Match 59: Argentina v Belgium

Match 59

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