Wednesday, June 30, 2010

German Goal Keeper

Has anyone watched the soccer game Germany vs. England?

This is what happened in that game.

On the 38th minute, England’s Frank Lampard’s lob bounced over the German goal line and appeared to give England a clear goal.

What did the German goal keeper Manuel Neuer do? He grabbed the ball and swiftly kicked it upfield as England’s disbelieving players rounded upon the Referee Jorge Larrionda and begged him to reconsider his decision.

Referee Larrionda decided it was not a goal.

After the match was over, German goal keeper Neuer said:

“After the game I was in doping control and saw it on the television. And yes, of course it was over and should have been a goal for England. It was lucky for us and unlucky for them.

Neuer insisted, though, that the Lampard no-goal made no difference to the eventual outcome Sunday, 4-1, claiming Germany would have won the match in any case.

Neuer is wrong. A goal on them would have devastated them mentally and the outcome would have been different.

We got lucky? That is all? No remorse?

Now it is time to quote from one of my previous posts written long time ago.

Wimbledon. The year 1960. Semi Final Match. India’s Ramanathan Krishnan vs. Australia’s Neale Fraser. A shot from Fraser was called “out” in favor of Krishnan. Krishnan interceded and told the umpire that it was “in”. Krishnan, instead of gaining a point lost a point. Eventually that call was instrumental in Krishnan losing the match to Fraser. First ever Indian going to the Wimbledon finals was denied.

Next week, a Tamil weekly, Kalki, put the picture of Krishnan on the cover and put a caption from (Lord Krishna) Bhagvat Gita: "Paritranaya Sadhunaam vinashaya cha dushkritamDharma sansthapnarthaya sambhavami yugay yugay" (Whenever there is downfall of Dharma (righteousness), I incarnate to re-establish the Dharma.)

25 comments:

  1. Yes heard about the football incident. Not fair at all.

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  2. here to say hello. take care. shall read the post later.

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  3. That goal and the other Chilean goal would have made a difference, though both these teams were not half as competant as the winners

    A goal is a blow any minute, any time in any game... I agree
    But I din't want an Argentina Germany game.. not at this level !! who will I support now!!
    Dilema of the first order

    :P

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  4. I am not that much interested in football but heard about it from my son and husband. It is unfortunate.

    Krishnan could have kept quite, I feel.

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  5. Thanks for your comments Shruthi. Yes, it is not fair.

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  6. Thanks for dropping by and saying hello. Take your time to read this post and do comment.

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  7. Thanks for your comments pinashpinash. I completely agree with your views.

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  8. Thanks for your comments Sandhya. You are correct. It is unfortunate.

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  9. Who Posted This?July 1, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    It just absolutely sucks when referees/umpires make incorrect calls on critical plays and ruin everything.

    With 21st century technology – television’s instant replay needs to be a part of all sports, to correct mistakes, like in (American) football and even basketball.

    Regards,
    Phil Luckett and Jim Joyce

    GO NETHERLANDS!!

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  10. Thanks for your comments Phil and Jim. You both are such an icon as referees. Phil for American Football and Jim for American Baseball. We are adding to that illustrious list the soccer referee, Koman Coulibaly.

    Go Neatherlands? My heart is with you. My brain is not.

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  11. Recently I heard on NPR of a list of such games where the referee were wrong. The worst part is they would not accept their decision was wrong...

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  12. I did hear about the football incident, quite unfortunate. But I didn't know about the Krishnan's incident, so I learned something today from your post - which is usually the case. Your posts are so informative :)

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  13. SG,

    As usual informative and simple read. I am running out of words for comments now and traveling too and will NOT have internet access...so more comments when I am back.

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  14. Who Posted This?July 2, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Hey SG,

    You better synch up your brain with your heart.
    The Netherlands just made Brazil eat their shiznit.

    Brazil - the #1 team in the world?
    They can kiss my @$$.

    Regards,
    Who Posted This?
    GO NETHERLANDS!!

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  15. Thanks for your comments NRiGirl. Instant replay is the only solution.

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  16. Thanks for your comments Titaxy. Yes, Krishnan was very honest. That is why Kalki put his picture on the cover the next week.

    And, thanks for your compelments.

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  17. Thanks for your comments A. Take your time. But please do come back and comment.

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  18. Thanks for your comments Who Posted This. And congratulations to the most dysfunctional team. As they say in the movie "Spies Like Us", sometimes I have to think with my brain.

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  19. Well that was the human element in the game ....lol

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  20. Thanks for your comments Nazish. And, welcome back. I missed you.

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  21. You are right about the point that the Goal would have put a lot of pressure on Germany and the outcome could have been different. I too think it was good luck for Germany and bad luck for England. I am a German fan btw :)

    Destination Infinity

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  22. An Indian has reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon??? Wow........ :) :) :)

    Destination Infinity

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  23. Thanks for your comments Destination Infinity. And, welcome to my blog. Nothing wrong in being a German fan.

    Had Krishnan kept quite, he would have gone to the finals and may be won the title in 1960. He reached the semi finals again in 1961. He was ranked 3rd in the world.

    Even Vijay Amritraj reached only quarter finals in Wimbledon.

    Destination Infinity, please visit here as often as possible. Thanks.

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  24. " A goal on them would have devastated them mentally and the outcome would have been different " .. When I heard about this incident, this was exactly what ran through my mind. Just as that 1 decision of the referee proved detrimental to English players' confidence, it did the reverse for Germans..They became unstoppable !! Great post SG.

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