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Luffy

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  1. So basically two countries who were always qualified and were both winners and finalists of some of the last six world cups fall behind a country who never qualified on his own ?
  2. Well the equation is quite simple, isn't it ? They either get into the 2024 fight. Spend a lot of money and time with possibly very little success OR they sit out. Let Rome win and have a 90% chance of securing 2028. IOC will have overdose on Asia, Europe won't be eligible. Only Africa or Toronto could be a decent threat but then it will be almost three decades without games for the IOC's main partner. There is no reason to think a good US bid won't be as good as a Canadian one. Honestly, why spend 50 millions when you have a 20% chance of sucess when you can have 90 ?
  3. And stade of France also host a lot of rugby matches, concerts etc. Is it really that strange to other countries that people and politics in France like the idea of having 20 teams in 20 rather big cities instead of having 7 clubs in Paris just because it's the capital ? Paris has a good football, handball, more than decent Basket and two Rugby teams, does it really need more than this ? I think that's cooler to have a first league team in almost in every big city but that's just my opinion
  4. Yes but that's denying two simple truth about olympics bids. Firstly that there is others countries able to do one as good as you and Secondly there will be one great bid for at least one of those countries. No one is denying that the US can win an olympic bid for example, but there is no chance a SOG race end up in a 2022 situation where LA is left only with Baku. Sure the US can 2024 but like Tokyo in 2020, they will have at least to defeat one of the likes of Rome, Berlin and Durban etc
  5. There will always be another viable candidate against them and Paris like any other cities has to accept that. We are used to the: "We won't make a bid if we don't think we can win" blabla from everyone. And it's pretty stupid to be honest. The only way Paris or any major European city, or the USA cannot be contenders is when their continents isn't favored by the IOC geopolitics. Apart from that there is always hope but also there is always going to be at least one or two major contenders in the mix, a Rome, Madrid, Berlin, LA, Cape Town, and Shanghai to fight against them. What Paris should really asked themselves is 'do they need these' rather than having them just because they want them. Is there a way this event can be used to revamp districts of the capitals, to improve transport, to create permanent jobs and obtain new contracts etc? To be honest I think the city could use it but obtain the same things with spending less money. I think France's sport has really improved for decades now. We have basically decent teams in every collective sport, decent athletes in a lot of sports and he still on the rise. Paris's Defense district is still the first economical district of Europe and Paris is still in the most visited cities. France is the country with most visitors in the world. Would the Olympics really improve that much what's basically doing the best in France? Paris had two serious bids and was rejected twice, maybe it's better for us to go Madrid's way and focus on others things and just accept that the IOC just prefers to go to different places.
  6. I think it's much cooler for people who love football to have matches every night for six days in a row instead of having only two matches in 15 days.
  7. Well of course it has everything to do with the emergence of the US as the world first nation and not so much with England. I think the US prefers, for logistic purposes, for easier travel for its fans and maybe for just having more cultural aspects in comon, to see the game awarded to Australia or England and that helped them get the few votes more they needed to win the games. Thinking that isn't taking away the greatness of London 2012 and Sydney 2000 off, nor diminishing the extreme quality of the bids.
  8. I was amazed when people told me qualification was going to be shitty. I thought otherwise, with the top 3 qualifiers, good little teams and underperforming teams will still give 100 % even after 5 matches because they will be hope for them.
  9. I meant new frontiers in the sense it was a country they never been before to. Not in the new continents/area context. Probably someone with a better english than me would have found a better term. I want to reiterate that I'm speaking only about SOG. I know that each race has it's own dynamics and history, and of course no one is denying that Australia, the US and England are wealthy and competent to deliver great games but It's clear to me than IOC prefered to go to new countries or back to english speaking countries rather than old european cities. I think we can all agree that in recent years, Rome, Paris, Madrid, Stockholm had very strong bids in a year that could be won by Europe and they didn't get it. And to an extent you could add Moscow and Berlin to that list. So maybe it was just coincidences or that the IOC went to most countries it could go before giving another try to some cities but I'not convinced Rome, Paris or Berlin's name is going to be in an envelloppe anytime soon.
  10. What is troubling me is how the IOC is going to couple their perpetual desire for new frontiers and their absolute love for english speaking countries with the fact they cannot stay far from Europe for too long for the SOG. After Paris hosted 1924, for almost a century, they systematically went for places where they never been, Seoul, Mexico, Moscow, Barcelona, Beijing, Tokyo, Montreal, Rome etc and the much beloved english speakers : Australia, the US and the UK. There is only two exceptions : Athens. {And I don't need to argue this is a special place for the IOC} and Munich when they already been to Germany. Yet, they suddenly elected Tokyo for 2020 and my question is : Is this a new era where the IOC go back to former host countries or more like a Munich thing ? And so are Rome and Berlin on the table or are we going back to Boston, Istanbul, Durban ? I will give it a try 2022 Beijing, China 2024 Boston, or any city winning the USOC nomination, USA 2026 Munich, Germany 2028 Cape town, South Africa 2030 Calgary Canada 2032 Istanbul, Turkey 2034 Oslo, Norway 2036 Melbourne, Australia 2038 Sapporo Japan 2040 Shanghai, China 2042 Sion, Switzerland
  11. This race just became the chance of a lifetime for Kazachstan . They won't get another chance to get to the final round of an olympic vote for ages. They are very stupid if they don't follow Qatar's steps for the World cup and hire top advisers and famous faces to help with their bid.
  12. I read an article in French by an estonian writer who is reporting secretly from Sochi. He spoke of many disasters and massive flood which halted the work for a long time apprently. I don't know the estonian newspaper but it was in the courrier international, a french magazine who collects the best or should i say informative articles from "serious" Newspapers.
  13. I have been to Paris London Berlin Munich Antwerp Rome Amsterdam Sotckholm Helsinki Montreal Athens Oslo Grenoble Chamonix Albertville Insbruck
  14. My bad i didn't know that sorry! But what i meant is that if Toronto needs somethin ouf of the city for any sport events, it should be in Ontario area & the Quebec, East Canada in fact. Not anyway near the West.
  15. I think a Toronto bid should focus on their region for all sports events including football. Ontario & Quebec are more than sufficient to do a good OG, you can of course add Nova Scotia, Labrador & New brunswik for the sailing stuff but that's it Besides BC & Vancouver already got their olympic glory.
  16. Unlike a lot of people i don't think a Toronto game would be something crazy to dream of, but do you really think anything serious can be done in London for a bid where the vote will take place in five years? All you will get is IOC member & the president saying it would be a great bid with a great opportunity to win, but hey they say that to everybody, the more the merrier for them. I bet Jacky Roggy even says to Baku & Doha & La Havana they are learning from their mistakes and doing much better when he knows it's dead in the water
  17. I just hope they are going to change the voting procedure and the voters, don't have anything against thoses countries (and i understand that every continent should have at least a couple of voters) but i can't see why people from Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, Thailand, Cyprus, Sri Lanka & Jordan or Qatar decided the winner with only 22 voters. They should get at least a few Italians members and more Brazilians, Dutch or Germans voters into this.
  18. Ok the Spice girls were a hit a few years ago, and Leona Lewis was doing well when they did the London segment for Beijing's closing ceremony but come on ! The UK music industry always has been one of the top in the world, and most of the time number 1. They have top acts, classy acts with wonderful songs in all kinds of modern music and they bring us the spice girls At least they won't do the opening!
  19. I disagree with the idea the euro won't be competitive with 8 more teams. Can you really say that with Norway, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzgovina, Slovenia, Turkey, Israel, Romania & Switzerland for example, the euro would've been less competitive???? People who says that don't watch europeans and world cup qualifiers as a lot of countries, even in the small one are extremely hard to play! especially the ex-yugoslavia & Balkans ones! Don't forget there is only 6 top seeds, so with the host + England, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Italy & France (and the help of that crazy fifa ranking) you will still see some England-France and Germany - Portugal in the group stage.
  20. The thing is that everyone in France, in europe, in the world and in the french team and every journalists who saw the last 20 matchs knows that Nasri offers NOTHING for france! Nothing! never a pass forward, he never defends, never attacks, he never runs. All he is doing is keeping the ball for 3 seconds before giving it back to defenders behind him! And the only one who don't see is Laurent Blanc! I can understand the players and the french journalist people & frustration when every f*cking attack we do is on the left side and Ribery who runs for 90 minutes in particular. How are we supposed to fasten the game and create danger when on the right there is just an arrogant douche who is only walking the all match and never offers a good pass or a solution to help Either Benzema or Ribery?
  21. Well it has been a one way match for the last 100 minutes. I'm very dissapointed by England and very impressed by Italy. It' s a shame, England started well and then start again to play like Greece again! A team like Enlang must be able to make 3 good pass and to have at least above 45% possesion at least!
  22. What hurts the most, and it should be the same for Croatia is how much Spain can be defeated if you believe in you, once again they were good but not that good and certainly not invisible! I would be really dissapointed if they win 1-0 over portugal before winning against Germany/England/Italy 1-0 too with the exact same dull game lol
  23. This is the only quarter where there is no real favorite before the match, it's really 50/50 and it should be fun to watch! Obvioulsy Portugal, Spain & Germany are the three favorites in theirs quaters
  24. I think France was so sufficient they didn't even thought Sweden would pose a threat! And Samir Nasri just has to go! Ribéry is the only creating real danger on the left side, so all the defense is on that side! Samir Nasri can't do anything when he has a defenser in front of him! He just never make a pass forward!
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