New Zealand 1 Slovakia 1 (Group F)

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New Zealand 1 Slovakia 1 (Group F)

Post by Nutmeg » Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:08 am

No thread on this yet so I might as well.

As a Kiwi I'm being realistic about this. NZ are lacking the pace and skill on the ball of top class international teams. We have some good finishers up front in Smeltz and Killen with Ryan Nelsen (the rock) at the back whose achievement of being a captain in the premier league is underrated in NZ. However, i'm not sure our midfield cope (Hamsik will be a handful) and I worry that we will be chasing the game and possession. On the other hand the team has a lot of heart and has improved immensely. A win against Serbia, albeit in a friendly is not something to be sniffed at. The chances for goals will be few and far between but if the ball bounces the right way our strikers can take those chances.

NZ will set up 3-4-3 because our best players are strikers and we have no real LB and RB. This means that our wing backs have to do a lot of work. Bertos on the right is not a defender and could be exposed and Lochhead on the left isn't very good. Watch out for Reid (Denmark U20) and Smith (England U20) at the back with Nelsen and Smeltz (2x A-League golden boot up front). We are missing our number 1 goalie and our number one midfielder.

--------------------Paston---------------
Reid------------Nelsen----------Smith
Bertos--Vicelich--Elliot--Lochhead
Smeltz----Fallon-----Killen--------

Heart says: NZ 1-0. I won't tell you what head says.
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Re: New Zealand vs. Slovakia (Group F)

Post by Puff Daddy » Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:16 am

Let's just say, not one to rush home for. Ivory Coast / Portugal should be match of the day, but have a horrid feeling even that one is going to be a huge, bore draw too

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Re: New Zealand vs. Slovakia (Group F)

Post by dodger » Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:20 am

Go on NZ, knock all those KUMBers out of Last Man Standing :wink:

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Re: New Zealand vs. Slovakia (Group F)

Post by JonG86 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:43 am

Been looking forward to this game all week!!!
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Re: New Zealand vs. Slovakia (Group F)

Post by Mr SouthLondon » Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:52 am

Two words

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Re: New Zealand vs. Slovakia (Group F)

Post by west ham15 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:53 am

Keep me updated people, I have to go college soonish and im going to miss this one :(

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Re: New Zealand vs. Slovakia (Group F)

Post by Slacking student » Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:56 am

Reckon this could be one of those games that looks like it has 0-0 written all over it from the start but ends up being a belter finishing 4-3 either way will be watching anyway as have no need to get out of bed :lol:

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Re: New Zealand vs. Slovakia (Group F)

Post by King Guy » Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:18 pm

laughable bbc intro clip to new zealand, based entirely around lord of the rings :lol: terrible

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Re: New Zealand vs. Slovakia (Group F)

Post by Hambrosia Stu » Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:33 pm

dodger wrote:Go on NZ, knock all those KUMBers out of Last Man Standing :wink:
:evil:
I'm still pissed off about that.
When I first opened that thread, my gut instinct said pick Slovakia. I went through the fixtures again, and still was going to go for Slovakia. Then for some reason, at the very last minute, I picked Italy Headbanger

I had to double check the thread today to check that I had actually done that, as it was only a niggling feeling that I hadn't picked Slovakia that made me check the thread, and of course I then remembered I'd picked Italy. Why? I have absolutely no idea!

I get the feeling the game could be a lot better than the likes of Lineker were implying last night. I mean, we've had very dull games involving the likes of France, England, Italy....just because the Slovaks are a smaller nation it doesn't automatically mean their games will be dull. I actually quite fancy them to do well. When I say do well, I don't mean win the thing, but I wouldn't be surprised if they made it out of the group

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Re: New Zealand vs. Slovakia (Group F)

Post by aaronhammer » Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:51 pm

I have New Zealand to score first at 4s

20 minutes in i think they might

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Re: New Zealand vs. Slovakia (Group F)

Post by aaronhammer » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:09 pm

These teams have been so bad its actually made a good open game, 40 minutes gone still 0-0

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Re: New Zealand vs. Slovakia (Group F)

Post by JonG86 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:13 pm

Good?

I could go to the park and watch a decent pickup game of 11 vs 11 with more technical ability than this, but im too lazy.

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Re: New Zealand vs. Slovakia (Group F)

Post by fjthegrey » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:14 pm

Hamsik has obviously played a much higher level than everyone else on the pitch. The guy is class. Wonder where he'll end up.

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Re: New Zealand vs. Slovakia (Group F)

Post by dodger » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:14 pm

This World Cup gets worse and worse.

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Re: New Zealand vs. Slovakia (Group F)

Post by Puff Daddy » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:19 pm

dodger wrote:This World Cup gets worse and worse.
What else did you expect ?

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Re: New Zealand vs. Slovakia (Group F)

Post by GideaParkHammer » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:19 pm

JonG86 wrote:Good?

I could go to the park and watch a decent pickup game of 11 vs 11 with more technical ability than this, but im too lazy.
I am sure if the Dagenham Girl Pipers entered a team into the Oceania group, they would qualify too. I have stopped supporting the Commonwealth teams as they hate us, so I am hoping Slovakia win...purely because of Ludo

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Re: New Zealand vs. Slovakia (Group F)

Post by ironilunga » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:24 pm

Come on the all whites!!! Could nick this.

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Re: New Zealand vs. Slovakia (Group F)

Post by clarkerm_ » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:38 pm

1-0 Slovakia.

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Re: New Zealand vs. Slovakia (Group F)

Post by fjthegrey » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:38 pm

dodger wrote:Go on NZ, knock all those KUMBers out of Last Man Standing :wink:
:raver: Not today.

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Re: New Zealand vs. Slovakia (Group F)

Post by Hambrosia Stu » Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:40 pm

GideaParkHammer wrote: I am hoping Slovakia win...purely because of Ludo
Didn't realise Ludo came from Slovakia.
I always thought he was from some place near Moscow..... :wink:

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