Lakenheath Old Boys

We are all former students at Lakenheath High School and other public schools in East Anglia. We were in school in the 70s and 80s and drank deeply from the well of British culture of those decades - the pints, the telly, and of course the footie!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Brasil '14 - Day 9

I'm waking up on Day 9 with what feels like a massive hangover after that terrible, terrible England loss. So, to cheer myself up a bit, I thought I'd start the day's thread with some happier news. Above, you'll see an image of a happy Simon, who will be our LOB Shield holder for this next year. Simon's win came largely through three events right at the end of the season: Manchester City's ascension to the title, Sevilla's penalty win in the Europa League and Real Madrid's Champions League victory. Congratulations, Simon!

Here are the final standings for the LOB's 2013/14 Premiership Predictions Game:

1. What's Up Wheaton Simon - 38 points
2. West Ham Rising - 33 pts
3. The Red Devil FCK1 - 23 pts
- The Red Dragon - 23 pts
5. Sporting Real Salt Lake United Football Club Juniors FC - 22 pts
6. Matt - 21 pts
- United We Stand - 21 pts
8. Blue Devil - 19 pts
- Man Utd Rules - 19 pts
10. Chelskilad - 18 pts
- Yellows - 18 pts
12. Swansong - 14 pts
13. Gooner71 - 13 pts
14. Someone Said - 12 pts

20 Comments:

Blogger manunitedrules said...

This requires the Italian Job. England must defeat Costa Rica AND Italy must win their remaining two matches in order for England to face Colombia in the Round of 16.

9:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

This requires the Italian Job. England must defeat Costa Rica AND Italy must win their remaining two matches in order for England to face Colombia in the Round of 16.

9:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, MUR - you're absolutely right. We need an Italian Job - that's what this has come down to. A draw today and England are out.

The goal difference may well be crucial as well. Here's what that looks like right now:

Costa Rica - +2
Italy - +1
Uruguay - 0
England - -2

11:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team news for today's clash:



Italy: Buffon; Abate, Barzagli, Chiellini, Darmian; De Rossi; Candreva, Pirlo, Thiago Motta, Marchisio; Balotelli.

Costa Rica: Navas; Gamboa, Duarte, Gonzalez, Umana, Diaz; Ruiz, Borges, Tejeda, Bolanos; Campbell.

Referee: Enrique Osses (Chile)

11:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're all Balotelli fans today. He's got 11 goals in 17 starts for Italy. We could use a hat-trick today.

11:48 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Derek Rae will be boring us with his agricultural references this afternoon.

11:52 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

From the Guardian blog: "In the BBC studio, where pundits are still sifting through the rubble of England's collapse last night, Gary Lineker is sporting an Italy jersey. It's not quite a kiss from the Queen, but will that do, Mr Balotelli?"

11:54 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Balo has a half-chance there but is pulled back for a push on the defender.

12:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ten minutes gone now and I was hoping for an early Italian goal to settle the nerves. My nerves, not theirs.

12:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

There hasn't been much to encourage England fans so far: Costa Rica are looking dynamic and composed. They've disrupted Italy and prevented them from finding rhythm. Aside from a couple of slack passes early on, there has been no hint of an Italian breakthrough and the Ticos have carried a threat going forward.

12:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Costa Rica are the better team so far. Italy seem increasingly flustered. Corner now...

12:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Pirlo is having to drop really deep in order to get any possession at all.

12:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Balo gets away from his marker for the first time but trips over his feet.

12:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Balo with two big chances. That's better.

12:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That was a little too close for comfort from Annos. Gigi Buffon does well with it.

12:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Italy look completely devoid of ideas here. Cassano with a weak shot from about 30 yards out.

1:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Oles ring out now from the Ticos crowd. Oy vey

1:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not enjoying this at all. England are ten minutes from oblivion.

1:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's torn it - England are out. Italy may also be in danger now.

1:54 PM  
Blogger The Red Devil (1 FCK) said...

Anyone around for the battle of arrogant francophones (I know, that seems redundant)?

After that last game, I would like to see some element of invention in a game.

3:04 PM  

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