OK. I was just wondering, in order to immerse even further in this discussion.
to continue. i can't fake that i'm a fan of a team like a real fan of a team. i don't often say it on here bu tit's kind of silly to me. for instance i like the dutch national team b/c it was the first soccer i ever really saw, but i chuckled at how shitty they were at the Euros.
i try not to say "pitch" and i try to say "soccer" as much as possible. i'm 'murkin and i don't hide it
You seem to think they get preferential treatment, or they´ve changed the way the game is officiated.
i definitely do, and i know i'm not the only one. english commentators always talk about it during games
once in a blue moon i'll watch one of those old games they show on FSC and the level of physicality is at a much higher level
it's kind of like football and basketball, imho. they have instituted rule changes in both to make the games more offensive, free flowing, and less physical. the general masses want to see skilled players doing pretty things and scoring a lot. defensive schemes aren't as sexy.
if boxing wants to stop sliding it will do the same
i don't dislike spain or anything. i hated watching the dutch play pretty soccer in the last cup to turn into leg kickers against spain (b/c while the dutch are awesome at possessing the ball, they aren't on spain's level).
there is a reason why spain is dominating the world scene so much, and it's a combo of a good generation and, imho, their style takes advantage of what FIFA wants soccer to be. i could be wrong (but i don't think i am)