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2006 - the year of the long range specialists?

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Have you noticed how many goals have been scored from long range this year? Off the top of my head, I can think of;

 

Germany's third agains Costa Rica

Rosicky's first against USA

Kaka's last night

the Korean free kick

Togo's goal

Cahill's second

 

I'm sure there are more. The teams seem to have forgotten how to put together a slick passing move, and just hoof it at the goal instead! :(

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Beckham's v Paraguay! :(

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Headed in at the top of the box tbh.

 

 

 

I think it's the ball it really does seem to knuckle more than any I've seen before.

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Beckham's v Paraguay! :P

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Headed in at the top of the box tbh.

 

 

 

I think it's the ball it really does seem to knuckle more than any I've seen before.

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:(

 

PS I know Beckham's was deflected!

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Beckham's v Paraguay! :P

148631[/snapback]

 

Headed in at the top of the box tbh.

 

 

 

I think it's the ball it really does seem to knuckle more than any I've seen before.

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:(

 

PS I know Beckham's was deflected!

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Yeah your first attempt at that post said so. :P

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Bob Wilson made an interesting point, that the germans have had that adidas world cup ball to practice with for months, whereas the rest of the competing nations have only had it in the last few weeks (no coincidence that adidas are a german company).

 

The difference between their shooting and ours for example, was clear to see. Also Paul Robinson has been very critical of the amount of grip keepers can get on the ball, something the german keepers will have had time to adapt to.

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Beckham's v Paraguay! :(

148631[/snapback]

 

Headed in at the top of the box tbh.

 

 

 

I think it's the ball it really does seem to knuckle more than any I've seen before.

148753[/snapback]

 

148760[/snapback]

Baseball term for a ball that moves unexpectedly in the air I believe. (As thrown by a 'knuckleball pitcher').

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Beckham's v Paraguay! :P

148631[/snapback]

 

Headed in at the top of the box tbh.

 

 

 

I think it's the ball it really does seem to knuckle more than any I've seen before.

148753[/snapback]

 

:P

 

PS I know Beckham's was deflected!

148760[/snapback]

 

Yeah your first attempt at that post said so. :P

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:(:razz:

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Beckham's v Paraguay! :(

148631[/snapback]

 

Headed in at the top of the box tbh.

 

 

 

I think it's the ball it really does seem to knuckle more than any I've seen before.

148753[/snapback]

 

148760[/snapback]

Baseball term for a ball that moves unexpectedly in the air I believe. (As thrown by a 'knuckleball pitcher').

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'Pitchers'? 'Pork Knuckles'?

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Beckham's v Paraguay! :(

148631[/snapback]

 

Headed in at the top of the box tbh.

 

 

 

I think it's the ball it really does seem to knuckle more than any I've seen before.

148753[/snapback]

 

148760[/snapback]

Baseball term for a ball that moves unexpectedly in the air I believe. (As thrown by a 'knuckleball pitcher').

148770[/snapback]

 

A ball 'knuckles' when there is very little spin on it; it moves very unexpectedly and randomly through the air as it flies.

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A ball 'knuckles' when there is very little spin on it; it moves very unexpectedly and randomly through the air as it flies.

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Didn't Boston have a knuckeballer when they won the world series? Was it Tim Wakefield?

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A ball 'knuckles' when there is very little spin on it; it moves very unexpectedly and randomly through the air as it flies.

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Just like toe-ending a penny floater then.

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A ball 'knuckles' when there is very little spin on it; it moves very unexpectedly and randomly through the air as it flies.

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Just like toe-ending a penny floater then.

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Or like you kicking any ball tbh.

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A ball 'knuckles' when there is very little spin on it; it moves very unexpectedly and randomly through the air as it flies.

148778[/snapback]

Just like toe-ending a penny floater then.

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Or like you kicking any ball tbh.

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Yes, flying through the air with amazing speed and swerve. I take it that's what you meant :((

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That ball moves wickedly. I feel sorry for the keepers.

 

Great game to start the WC.

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Apart from the German goal, I really can't see any evidence of greater swerve than "normal" balls. And even that goal was not hugely different to other good goals I've seen - even from the days they used to play with a brick disguised as a football (ye olde caser)

 

Kaka's last night was a fab bent pass into the top corner for example.

 

The only criticism I would have is it does seem to get balooned a lot, but if it's hit sweetly it seems to fly true enough.

 

So no sympathy for keepers here, if it ain't hit right it isn't going to trouble the keeper anyway, unless he's in row Z.

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