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Hello chaps,

The Asian Cup 2023 in Qatar has just started with wins for the usual suspects.

Does anybody follow this tournament?
 

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Big win for Iraq vs Japan and they are through to the next round

Tomorrow early kick off it will be Jordan vs. South Korea. Traditionally Jordan has a very solid defensive structure and concede a few and it may be the same this time also although we used to have one of the best GKs in the continent. This time our attack is good for a change, lead by Mousa Taamari who plays with Montpellier in Ligue 1.
 

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Big win for Iraq vs Japan and they are through to the next round

Tomorrow early kick off it will be Jordan vs. South Korea. Traditionally Jordan has a very solid defensive structure and concede a few and it may be the same this time also although we used to have one of the best GKs in the continent. This time our attack is good for a change, lead by Mousa Taamari who plays with Montpellier in Ligue 1.
Nice bro.

Btw, have you watched this?


I really enjoyed the stuff on Hassan Maatouk, who captains Lebanon.
 

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Nice bro.

Btw, have you watched this?


I really enjoyed the stuff on Hassan Maatouk, who captains Lebanon.
No I've never heard of this Netflix series, thanks for letting me know.

Regarding, Lebanon they have a key game vs China which should decide 2nd place in the group behind Qatar.
 

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Jordan vs S. Korea is gonna be tough. Good luck!

Ammouta is not doing badly after all, he was/is receiving a lot of critics
 

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When we got Honda. I really really hoped he could have grown into Nakata :(
Yeah, didn’t exactly pan out for us.

Btw, I cheered my heart out for China against Costa Rica in the 2002 World Cup. :lol:
 

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Yeah, didn’t exactly pan out for us.

Btw, I cheered my heart out for China against Costa Rica in the 2002 World Cup. :lol:
Why you trying to be hurtful now :lol:

What’s a fucking shame is that was the pinnacle of Chinese football. Been a nosedive since then even though a lot more money is pouring into it.

Scandals after scandals man. Disgusting
 

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Why you trying to be hurtful now :lol:
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I have fond memories of that World Cup even though Italy shat the bed.

I was taking summer classes in University and had to be in class by 9, but I’d stay up and watch all the games. Including China vs Costa Rica. Watched that one with a Chinese buddy of mine.
 

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:lol:

I have fond memories of that World Cup even though Italy shat the bed.

I was taking summer classes in University and had to be in class by 9, but I’d stay up and watch all the games. Including China vs Costa Rica. Watched that one with a Chinese buddy of mine.
I had a swim practice the next morning and needed to be there at 6, so leave the house at 5:30.

I stayed up to watch it. I had to cry all over again the next day from getting rekt in practice
 

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I always had the impression that the Chinese are not good in team sports , they're much better as individuals, which is strange to me considering the size of their population you'd think they would work well together
 

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When we got Honda. I really really hoped he could have grown into Nakata :(

And bro aren’t you Canadian? I’m impressed you follow Asian football :lol:
Yes, but I have a few friends with Chinese or Korean background, Persians, Arabs etc.

I have issues when it comes to football. I watch too much of it. Used to watch it way too much.
 

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Jordan vs S. Korea is gonna be tough. Good luck!

Ammouta is not doing badly after all, he was/is receiving a lot of critics
You are from Morocco?

Yes Amouta is our high profile coach, the first one we have had since ages. I think he will come good in the end. Let's see how he prepares for S. Korea who are probably the strongest team in Asia, but we can do it, we've earned something like a reputation of being giant killers over the years.
 

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Yes, but I have a few friends with Chinese or Korean background, Persians, Arabs etc.

I have issues when it comes to football. I watch too much of it. Used to watch it way too much.
Me too about the second paragraph, it was damaging my social life :lol:
 

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@Curupira and @Jivara

Also, I must add…the American companies my dad worked for sent him to Saudi Arabia for years. I remember watching Asian football with Arabic commentary there. “Al hadaf al awwal”!!! Not sure if that’s correct.

My dad spoke Arabic fluently. Good times.
 

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@Curupira and @Jivara

Also, I must add…the American companies my dad worked for sent him to Saudi Arabia for years. I remember watching Asian football with Arabic commentary there. “Al hadaf al awwal”!!! Not sure if that’s correct.

My dad spoke Arabic fluently. Good times.
Hahahaha that's hilarious, yeah those were good times, 90s football in general but also Saudi football at that time had something special about it , I think it may have to do with TV coverage since football junkies like us would watch whatever was available, we were spoilt for choice as we are today. I used to watch Saudi league football and I decided that my team was al-Hilal and when they played al-Nassr it was the biggest occasion but there were other good clubs also and the stadium was full and I remember how the pitch pattern was unique with oval shaped rings which might explain why linesmen were so horrible at calling offside.

Good Times indeed
 

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@Curupira and @Jivara

Also, I must add…the American companies my dad worked for sent him to Saudi Arabia for years. I remember watching Asian football with Arabic commentary there. “Al hadaf al awwal”!!! Not sure if that’s correct.

My dad spoke Arabic fluently. Good times.
How did your dad learn Arabic? It's not an easy language to learn

Are you Italian or Canadian? Or what is the composition if you don't mind me asking ?
 

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:lol:

I have fond memories of that World Cup even though Italy shat the bed.

I was taking summer classes in University and had to be in class by 9, but I’d stay up and watch all the games. Including China vs Costa Rica. Watched that one with a Chinese buddy of mine.
That was an important world cup for me, I was 15 maybe, totally obsessed with football and Milan and everything and of course supporting Italy. The matches were aired during exam finals at school but I remember begging my Arabic teacher to allow me to watch the opening match vs Ecuador in the Arabic language department, they were the only ones to have a TV. During break time it was only the ones who were similar to me who stayed inside watching the matches.

When Italy went out vs S. Korea I cried so much, I watched the match in a bar and it was daytime and I couldn't show my face because of the tears and my friends told me there was a really hot girl who tried to console me but I never figured out how she looked like :lol:
 

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How did your dad learn Arabic? It's not an easy language to learn

Are you Italian or Canadian? Or what is the composition if you don't mind me asking ?
My dad worked in Saudi on and off for many years. In finance. We were between the States and Saudi for a small chunk of the time I was growing up.

I don’t mind at all. My dad was Indian. My mom is Pakistani. My dad passed away a few years ago. He had a knack for languages. Bit of a polyglot. I speak Italian fluently, but I am precisely 0% Italian. :)

Came to Canada from the States 1995 ish.
 

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My dad worked in Saudi on and off for many years. In finance. We were between the States and Saudi for a small chunk of the time I was growing up.

I don’t mind at all. My dad was Indian. My mom is Pakistani. My dad passed away a few years ago. He had a knack for languages. Bit of a polyglot. I speak Italian fluently, but I am precisely 0% Italian. :)

Came to Canada from the States 1995 ish.
So what is the bias about Egypt and Ghana related to?
 

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That was an important world cup for me, I was 15 maybe, totally obsessed with football and Milan and everything and of course supporting Italy. The matches were aired during exam finals at school but I remember begging my Arabic teacher to allow me to watch the opening match vs Ecuador in the Arabic language department, they were the only ones to have a TV. During break time it was only the ones who were similar to me who stayed inside watching the matches.

When Italy went out vs S. Korea I cried so much, I watched the match in a bar and it was daytime and I couldn't show my face because of the tears and my friends told me there was a really hot girl who tried to console me but I never figured out how she looked like :lol:
That Italian team was ridiculous. Del Piero, Totti, and Vieri…I mean…
 

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