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Never expected them to get any medal at all.
I went to France vs Japan ladies game yesterday - supporting the French! And though they lost, boy, I'd rather see a team lose like they did, flying forward and throwing everything at their opponents, than the defensive and 'not lose' tactics of the GB men's players.
Not sure what is so "depressingly familiar" about the penalty shoot out result. I can't recall a Great Britain team losing on penalties before - so to what do you refer? I suspect you are referring to an English experience of penalty shoot outs, not a British one. And for some this may not be a familiar or indeed a depressing experience. Lazy journalism really.
The women's team certainly made up for a lack in talent with hard work and determination, yet GB Men went out with a wimper. The one coach in Britain you'd assume would bring passion out in his players would be S Pearce, yet boring, defense first football prevailed yet again. Olympic football is an experiment that should never be repeated again for GB, utter waste of time.
Winnable ties? You are having a laugh!Canada were very strong against GB while Korea denied GB from winning the game.Plus the same outcome? Since when did GB lose in a Penalty shoot-out?
185.rjs77 "SAF banned players from competing did he not?"What team do Giggs and Cleverley play for? And who manages them again?Back to the drawing board for you.
@188 when 80,000 turn up week in, week out to watch the athletics....
"it was also so depressingly familiar"Really? How, explain? There was nothing familiar to me? I don't recall Team GB or Wales ever losing a Q/F penalty shootout. Fletcher you are a pillock!! Terrible journalism.
...in fact I even saw a huge English flag up Box Hill with a different football team badge in each quadrant...one of them was Rangers. Vomit.
Gaun yirsel Alistair. The title of this article signifies that even a learned journalist thinks of Britain as England. What hope do we have of the common man in the various shires of England understanding the difference. I was actually in West Sussex for some of the Olympics and the amount of times I heard 'Come on Engerland!' was nauseating.
'.... it was also so depressingly familiar.'It seems inescapable that your perspective, though well meant, is firmly that of an Englishman, rather than that of a Britain and as such, is 'depressingly familiar' to me.You draw comparisons with failed quarter finals in other tournaments. You mean England; their performances.If you felt British you may have appreciated that the team had excelled.
@187 I think you mean Buffon my friend
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