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  • I guess I'll cheer for the Czechs from now on, it's kind of my second home!

    But this is Belgium's best chance to win it at this point, if they get past Italy they will definitely have what it takes, would be deserved after so many close calls in the past years.

    Also if you enjoy some drama, here's France for you: https://streamable.com/obopeg

    Sorry it's in French but basically that's Rabiot's mum after the game, trashing the parents of Mbappé for missing his penalty, and apparently she also clashed with Pogba's family earlier on. She's a total Karen and has stirred shit for Rabiot his entire career in every club he's been, at this point she's a minor celebrity in France for all the wrong reasons.



  • @axel if she didn’t want to see Mbappe miss that pk, she probably should have told her son to put it between the sticks in regulation time. Not to blame him, they were screamers but he missed just as much as Mbappe.



  • Nobody cheering for Italia huh? I see what it is...

    Forza!!





  • @dipset I think Italy has been the best team in the Euros so far but I can not cheer for them because I'm Belgian XD

    Atmoshpere is crazy here because there are a lot of Italians living in my city. A lot of houses with both the Italian and Belgian flags.



  • Oooooooh man, I could never cheer for Switzerland but that has to be the most heart-breaking way to lose. Seemed like the story had to go the other way but here we are. They should have gone through and will likely not be remembered but what an effort over the last 2 games.



  • @neocweeny said in Sports?:

    I think Italy has been the best team in the Euros so far but I can not cheer for them because I'm Belgian XD

    My condolences. :-|



  • Great game between Italy and Belgium. It would be fair either way.



  • Italy deserved to win. The whole Euros we never were as good as we were at the World Cup 2018.

    It's sad because it was probably the last chance for Belgium to finally get a price until we have a new "golden generation" in 20 something years.





  • I was disappointed with Italy today. The game could go either way but I always felt like Spain was much more dominant.

    Congratulations to Italy, now don't fuck this up damn it!



  • Referees have been pretty great this Euro, letting the game flow and players get physical. This was completely not that.



  • I'm 6pints in with one goal up. Edge of the seat stuff.



  • Come on Italy. England are under pressure.



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  • Happy for Italy and for England having another epic loss on their curriculum but sad for some of the English players that will get a lot of abuse.

    Great Euro! Now the Olympics.



  • @phbz said in Sports?:

    Great Euro! Now the Olympics.

    You can call it the Olympics, but it's a glorified workout session with nobody there to see it.



  • Man United losing 5-0 at home is something I could watch every day



  • This article is both sad and funny for all of the wrong reasons:

    SportsNet - Hockey officials ask: Is the Chinese men's team too bad for the Olympics?

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    TL;DR

    • In most international sporting guidelines, the host country automatically qualifies to enter competition.

    • However, Ice Hockey is a "full contact" sport, meaning you can legally use significant physical force against your opponent to gain an advantage. This means you can get hurt if you don't know what you are doing.

    • Ice Hockey is unpopular in China, so government officials scouted worldwide to find men with Chinese ancestry who are capable of playing hockey. They assembled a 32 man roster for the Olympics. Most of these men are Canadian or American.

    • NOW, the IIHF (hockey governing body) have concerns that China will get slaughtered on home ice so they have set up a benchmark match between the Chinese Men's national team and a KHL Russian Professional team (with a losing record).

    • IIHF has no power to make China pull out of the Olympics' and I somehow doubt they will do that, despite the likely embarrassment on ice.

    • China would be in the same group as Canada and the USA which have the best players in the world. It stands to be an absolute slaughter.

    --

    I did some research on the potential Chinese roster. So, one of their better players in 37 years old. The list of likely roster has the tallest player being 6ft and their shortest being 5ft 5in. Most people are around 5ft 7in.

    The heaviest is 90kg (197lbs), and the lightest is 57kg (125lbs - WOW). I would assume everybody from the NHL would be around 5'11 or 6' and 200-215lbs.

    Not saying anybody is going to try to harm the Chinese team physically, but anything can happen at that full speed and full contact.



  • @dipset There are so many things to laugh at here. China trying to Arab prince a team (with the minor caveat that all players must be nationals) in 7 years. This team having to go up against the two biggest, baddest teams in international hockey, on the biggest stage, on home ice. Brandon Yip still playing hockey.

    And I feel zero guilt laughing at this. These are grown-ups who play hockey so it's not like it's Squid Game or something, they know what they're signing up for. Plus imagine what it'll be like to see McDavid skating against these guys.