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What did you think about the U-20 World Cup?
Mon, July 23, 2007

In their wildest dreams, organizers never would have predicted that the event would set an under-20 World Cup attendance record of more than 1.1 million fans.

Looking back, the one wart on the proceedings remains the fracas between Chilean players and local police Thursday, one that will have politicians both here and in Chile rehashing for months.

The good, the bad and the ugly



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Played soccer as a young boy, but it's dreadfully boring to me to watch it now.

I guess that a minority in Canada have a different opinion though.
Gordon S., 2007-07-27 00:18:18

Sean, I agree completely about the stretcher, but I would make it so that player does not return to the game.

I would apply your ten minutes to those that need assistance from the training staff.

Definitely no "miraculous recovery" in either case.
Mike Smith, 2007-07-24 22:16:02

Admittedly, I am a casual observer at best. My opinion is that this is a sport that will never be acceptable in Canada - not because it is boring, but because the players lack a personal code. By that, I'm talking about the diving and the faking injury. It is just sickening to watch, and the main reason I gave up on it halfway through the tournament.
Ted Richards, 2007-07-24 16:15:01

Great to see some quality soccer in Canada. The CBC should have given it much more promotion before it started.
Garreth Ashley, 2007-07-23 22:47:38

I saw some sublime games in Burnaby, esp Spain vs Uruguay and Spain vs Brazil. Easily best football ever played in Vancouver. I also took in the semi on the torn up pitch in Edmonton (expecting to see Spain vs U.S.A; Czech vs Austria was excruciatingly boring).

My notes:

- CBC TV coverage was totally insufficient (and I hear they wouldn't share highlights with sports channels?) and as a result there really wasn't much "buzz" for this tournament; as with ticket sales, I'm sure the potential TV audience was grossly underestimated

- refs were inconsistent

- no on-field replays of controversial calls? That's BS and a total insult to paying fans

- the diving is annoying but hard to stop

- phony on-field anguish is annoying too but there is a solution: player sits out for 10 mins, mandatory, any time the ref has to call for the stretcher: no more miraculous recoveries

- lack of proper soccer stadium in Vancouver is pathetic
Sean Kelly, 2007-07-23 17:35:57

Mel

That brawl involving the Junior Canadian team started when Canada was beating the Russians by 3 or 4 goals and the Russians knew they couldnt win so THEY started the fighting by sending all their players onto the ice to fight agianst the 5 Canadians. No one is going to stand by and watch there friends get jumped by 2 or 3 players. It cost the Canadian Juniors the gold medal but I would say I think they did the right thing by defending there teammates that were outnumbered. That brawl happened in the Czech Republic and yes when they turned off the lights that was a stupid move, someone could have easily been killed by a skate blade in the darkness and with the fighting going on. It should matter who instigates the fighting as I believe the Canadian Juniors did the right thing to help out there out numbered teammates in a brawl. When its 20 + players against 5 I dont think they had much of a choice since the refs werent doing anything to stop it.

If you were out with a friend drinking at a bar and your friend was jumped by 2 men wouldnt you help him out ? If you wouldnt you arent much of a friend. Where it happened doesnt matter, the bottom line is that friends saw their buddies out numbered and came to their aid.
Jimmy, 2007-07-23 16:29:25

First off, I devoted not one-minute to this soccer tournament. I am aware of the Chilean-Argentine fiasco, but need I remind folks about our own foibles!

Our Canadian Junior Hockey Team once represented us at the World Junior Championship staged in Russia (1987(?)). 'Our boys' turned the final game against the Soviets into absolute bedlam. Before it was brought to an end, including cutting off the lighting supply, absolutely every player from both teams was involved. I don't care who started what! It ranks somewhere on the all-time most embarrassing international sporting incidents, certainly for Canada!

So for politicians, fans and media darlings who speak before thinking, if you're goin' to start throwin' stones...
mel auten, 2007-07-23 15:27:11

I can't stand watching soccer anymore!!! Is there any team out there that doesn't have a flopper on it. I am so sick of seeing players drop and roll around on the ground after the slightest touch. These guys need to play American football or hockey so they know what it feels like to really get hit!!
Mike Canfield, 2007-07-23 14:41:49

There was a soccer tournament??? :)
Bud K, 2007-07-23 14:07:21

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