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Swiss Mercenary

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Icon 7 posted November 12, 2005 20:38      Profile for Swiss Mercenary     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Yes, for once I actually went to a football match, by football I mean the real game, not the one where only one player is allowed to actually kick the ball.

I am not a rabid footbal fan, but I will sometimes watch International matches where England or Switzerland are involved.

It was definitely an experience, first time I have ever seen an international match, and it being an England-Argentina one. As has been said repeatedly, it was a friendly game in name only.

I was lucky that it was being played in Geneva, so I only had to drive 10 minutes to get to near the stadium.
It actually took me longer to walk to the stadium from where I parked than to get to the parking place.

I must admit that I was slightly overwhelmed by the whole thing, the atmosphere was great.

Watching the match was strange as I had only ever watched on the television before. It was harder to see the players, but you have a much better vision of the whole field. When the goals were scored, it was hard to see what happened, especially when it happens at the other end of the stadium.

I also met a lot of my friends there, as well as running into old schoolmates and even a couple of my cousins who had flown over for the game.

Entertaining and different, but not something I will get in the habit of doing.

Oh, the final result? England won 3-2, with Michael Owen scoring 2 goals in 3 minutes in the final 5 minutes of the game.

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Icon 1 posted November 13, 2005 05:39      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ah, bliss. I so wish I was there. But you're right - you get a better idea of what's going on by watching it on telly, but the atmosphere of a real game is something to behold - and I imagine last night was pretty darn good.

As for the game - it looked competitive enough, yet civilized - no silly argy-bargy (*ahem*)... which is nice. [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted November 13, 2005 11:17      Profile for GMx     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
As for the game - it looked competitive enough, yet civilized - no silly argy-bargy (*ahem*)... which is nice. [Smile]

Because Margaret Thatcher wasn't there?
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Swiss Mercenary

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Icon 1 posted November 13, 2005 15:23      Profile for Swiss Mercenary     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
Ah, bliss. I so wish I was there. But you're right - you get a better idea of what's going on by watching it on telly, but the atmosphere of a real game is something to behold - and I imagine last night was pretty darn good.

As for the game - it looked competitive enough, yet civilized - no silly argy-bargy (*ahem*)... which is nice. [Smile]

The atmosphere was interesting, you kind of get caught up in the crowd mentality if you are not careful.
I was right next to the English Fans and 8000 of them singing/chanting in unision was certainly loud.
The whole thing was a roller-coaster for the emotions, especially the last 10 minutes when you went from disappointment to elation.
Must admit that when the third goal was scored I did turn to the Argentine fans behind me and cheer in their faces (no, no rude gestures), after all, they had been making rather rude comments about the England team during the previous 30 odd minutes.

As for argy-bargy, well in the stadium you can see the off the ball incidents a lot better as well as the pushing and shoving. It seems, also, that the Argentine team and coaching staff were less than complementary towards the England team before the match.

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Icon 1 posted November 13, 2005 22:23      Profile for Swiss Mercenary     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Just found out with the morning papers, Saturday night the English fans drank Geneva dry, with several pubs running out of beer.

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