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Danny O’Neill
1 Posted 20/06/2021 at 08:01:38
Really looking forward to Italy v Wales today. Italy are playing some great football and if Wales approach this like they did their last game, this should be a great one.

Also, battle of 2 of the top 3 national anthems!!!

Danny O’Neill
2 Posted 20/06/2021 at 16:59:42
Italy win the anthem dance off for me.
Jeff Armstrong
3 Posted 20/06/2021 at 17:00:07
Italy wins the anthem bout!
Dale Self
4 Posted 20/06/2021 at 17:01:07
Cmon Dragons! Suck it Guido.
Jeff Armstrong
5 Posted 20/06/2021 at 17:12:27
I've liked the look of Danny Ward in this tourno, still only 28 understudy to Kasper at Leicester, aren't we looking for a decent back up? Hope I haven't put the mockers on him today!
Mike Gaynes
6 Posted 20/06/2021 at 17:22:09
Laughing out loud at the ESPN commentary debate on Mancini's backheel.

Jon Champion: "He kicked it into his own backside."

Taylor Twellman: "Yeah, with a $500 pair of shoes on!"

Game-set-match, Mr. Twellman.

Jeff Armstrong
7 Posted 20/06/2021 at 17:22:16
Time for Bale to say to himself, I'm not in this game.
Barry Rathbone
8 Posted 20/06/2021 at 17:22:17
Ha! I'm English but there is no anthem on the planet to touch "Land of My Fathers"
Dale Self
9 Posted 20/06/2021 at 17:25:08
Alright, here we go. It was looking like a WC 3rd place game that first 20
Mike Gaynes
10 Posted 20/06/2021 at 17:34:11
Barry, the Russians and Germans have pretty good ones too. I think I read somewhere that Haydn wrote the German anthem.
Dale Self
11 Posted 20/06/2021 at 17:34:16
Damn, Bernardeschi has trimmed down. Hardly recognized him
Mike Gaynes
12 Posted 20/06/2021 at 17:34:32
Wow, Turkey is really sucking the big one in this tournament.
Dennis Stevens
13 Posted 20/06/2021 at 17:35:41
You'd never guess that a draw would suit both sides
Dale Self
14 Posted 20/06/2021 at 17:40:10
Clever free kick play. Italy 1-0
Jeff Armstrong
15 Posted 20/06/2021 at 17:41:10
Joe Allen, what are you doing?
Mike Gaynes
16 Posted 20/06/2021 at 17:42:44
That was elegant. What I wouldn't give to have a Verratti in our midfield.
Jeff Armstrong
17 Posted 20/06/2021 at 17:44:12
Verratti outstanding Mike.
Barry Rathbone
18 Posted 20/06/2021 at 17:49:47
Mike 10

Granted they are barn storming tunes but when the Welsh sing Land of My fathers I defy anyone of any nationality not to be moved.

Dennis Stevens
19 Posted 20/06/2021 at 17:58:27
The English don't even have their own anthem. In theory, the Welsh, Scots & Northern Irish could complain about England using the UK anthem, but they're probably quite happy to let us have the dreadful, dreary dirge.

I always thought Guns of Navarone by the Specials could be the basis for a great anthem.

Danny O’Neill
20 Posted 20/06/2021 at 17:59:14
Thought I'd posted already. Maybe mis-posted somewhere else and I'm double posting, so apologies.

Very simple but effective feignt for the free kick. Then when the defence is expecting a high cross, they play it low.

Great sweeping finish.

Two great anthems but it's the Russian one that gets me most!!

Dale Self
21 Posted 20/06/2021 at 18:11:42
What a lethal left foot on Bernadeschi.
Jeff Armstrong
22 Posted 20/06/2021 at 18:14:37
Yellow that
Dale Self
23 Posted 20/06/2021 at 18:18:12
You know, I thought highly of Bernadeschi but when he rolled on that foul I'm fairly sure I saw his ass stamp. Those are worse than man buns, he should have received a red card for tramp stamping
Mike Gaynes
24 Posted 20/06/2021 at 18:21:24
Harsh red? Yes. Stupid challenge? Definitely.
Mike Gaynes
25 Posted 20/06/2021 at 18:26:49
Barry #18, actually I've never known the words. I'll have to look that up.
Ian Bennett
26 Posted 20/06/2021 at 18:28:47
If that's a red, it'll be 3 a side next year. Absolute joke.
Dale Self
27 Posted 20/06/2021 at 18:34:07
Damn it. That was the chance and Bale skied it.
Mike Gaynes
28 Posted 20/06/2021 at 18:57:33
Gotta give props to Mancini. Thought his managing career was permanently sidetracked after the Inter/Zenit problems and the public incidents. Now he has Italy unbeaten in 30 with 11 consecutive clean sheets. And they're playing more free-flowing football than I've ever seen them before.
Jeff Armstrong
29 Posted 20/06/2021 at 19:14:08
Mike, I think some coaches after the rigours of club management thrive in the less pressurised international management structure, Mancini, Martinez et al, of course it helps to have the pick of top players.

I mean look how cool Enrique looked last night, even have time to plan their outfits! Southgate similar.

Mike Doyle
30 Posted 20/06/2021 at 19:22:59
Mike G # 16 ] so Mike, given the choice of Verratti or Billy (the Scottish Messi) Gilmour - who would you take?
Ray Roche
31 Posted 20/06/2021 at 19:32:48
Barry@18

Never listen to Myfanwy when you've had a shed full. Blubber time.

Danny O’Neill
32 Posted 20/06/2021 at 19:56:51
Yes Dennis, the English steal the UK anthem. They don't have their own. Well done Wales for progressing to the last 16.
Barry Rathbone
33 Posted 20/06/2021 at 20:00:27
Ray 31

Thanks Ray, just watched Neath Male Voice Choir singing it with English sub titles - you're dead right.

Mike Gaynes
34 Posted 20/06/2021 at 20:25:45
Mike #30... Billy who?

Just kidding... but I've barely seen him play.

Dave Abrahams
35 Posted 21/06/2021 at 09:31:24
Barry (18), when it comes to National Anthems, La Marseillaise, the tune and the way it is sung is hard to beat, when you understand the lyrics in English it sounds like a murderers anthem.

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