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  1. Avatar jackflash3
    November 14, 2017 @ 12:47 pm

    Great article that am sharing with all my soccer fan friends! Personally, I’m still learning the game and trying my American best to get past the offsides rule!

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  2. Avatar jackflash3
    November 14, 2017 @ 12:47 pm

    Great article that am sharing with all my soccer fan friends! Personally, I’m still learning the game and trying my American best to get past the offsides rule!

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      November 14, 2017 @ 3:04 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Jack. It really is a great game if you concentrate on the individual skills and not a country’s institutional collapse.

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  3. Avatar Hal Madsen
    November 14, 2017 @ 2:36 pm

    Another great job by John Henderson. Italy was unfortunate to be in the group with Spain and gave up a fluky goal in Sweden. But still, no goals in two games with all that talent and possession. Definitely got the feeling there was an air of entitlement, plus I’m sure you’re right about the federation, although there are many like that (see all of South America). Going to be a lousy summer with neither Italy nor the U.S. but they have one thing in common. They both got what they deserved.

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  4. Avatar Hal Madsen
    November 14, 2017 @ 2:36 pm

    Another great job by John Henderson. Italy was unfortunate to be in the group with Spain and gave up a fluky goal in Sweden. But still, no goals in two games with all that talent and possession. Definitely got the feeling there was an air of entitlement, plus I’m sure you’re right about the federation, although there are many like that (see all of South America). Going to be a lousy summer with neither Italy nor the U.S. but they have one thing in common. They both got what they deserved.

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      November 14, 2017 @ 3:02 pm

      Thanks, Hal. I’ve seen comments about the U.S. being more interested in money than World Cup advancement. Someone’s making a ton off those summer traveling teams but those teams need coaches. Italy doesn’t need coaches or players. It needs organization. But as Paddy Agnew said, a country’s soccer team reflects a country’s society. Right now Italian soccer reflects Italian disorganization. Or have you never ridden Rome’s public transportation?

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  5. Avatar Geoff Stephenson
    November 15, 2017 @ 1:04 pm

    There we go. Ventura has been sacked (as at 5.27pm) But who to replace him?? Mancini would be my choice, having coached Manchester city. We shall see.

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  6. Avatar Geoff Stephenson
    November 15, 2017 @ 1:04 pm

    There we go. Ventura has been sacked (as at 5.27pm) But who to replace him?? Mancini would be my choice, having coached Manchester city. We shall see.

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  7. Avatar Geoff Stephenson
    November 15, 2017 @ 1:04 pm

    Sorry thats 5.27pm CET in europe.

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  8. Avatar Geoff Stephenson
    November 15, 2017 @ 1:04 pm

    Sorry thats 5.27pm CET in europe.

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  9. Avatar stellalucentellc
    November 20, 2017 @ 7:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Conversational Italian!.

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    • Avatar stellalucentellc
      November 21, 2017 @ 6:58 am

      Sharing with my Conversational Italian! group. So sorry we will miss the opportunity to see Italy in the World Cup! I had just blogged about their historical run last year! What a turn-around!

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  10. Avatar stellalucentellc
    November 20, 2017 @ 7:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Conversational Italian!.

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      November 21, 2017 @ 1:40 am

      Grazie, Stella!

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    • Avatar stellalucentellc
      November 21, 2017 @ 6:58 am

      Sharing with my Conversational Italian! group. So sorry we will miss the opportunity to see Italy in the World Cup! I had just blogged about their historical run last year! What a turn-around!

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  11. John Henderson John Henderson
    November 21, 2017 @ 2:55 pm

    Yes, anyone who says coaching doesn’t matter in soccer should study Italy 2016-17.

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  12. Avatar Erick Lopez
    January 2, 2018 @ 6:31 pm

    Great! Thanks for sharing your article Joh! Very informative.

    @erickthebettor9
    http://www.winworldcup.com
    World Cup

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  13. Avatar Erick Lopez
    January 2, 2018 @ 6:31 pm

    Great! Thanks for sharing your article Joh! Very informative.

    @erickthebettor9
    http://www.winworldcup.com
    World Cup

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      January 3, 2018 @ 2:14 am

      Thanks, Erick. I appreciate the comment. It’ll be weird watching the World Cup in Italy without Italy. Guess the bars will be less crowded.

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