From: The Scrutineer on 7 Apr 2010 12:29
\>> > Sorry for wasting a thread, but I'm Daniel, born and bred Australian,
>> > European heritage!!!
>> No need to be sorry. Nice thread!
>> My name is Luiz Mello and I am from Vit�ria, Brazil.
> I didn't know that, Luiz! I'll start mine here since I "discovered" my
> love for soccer in your home state.
> First, I'd like to offer a belated welcome to the group to Daniel.
> You've been a breath of fresh air to the group and hope you continue
> posting here.
Thank you sir, and humbled to be a contributor amongst such fine people
first and foremost, and football lovers!!! Yes, hope to do so for a very
long time to come!!!
> Mark Vander Ven. 43. I have lived in several places in the US, but
> call Seattle, Washington my home. I moved here a couple of years ago
> from a small city called Bellingham, Washington near the US - Canadian
Nice to meet you Mark, and thank you for being courteous by replying!!!
> I currently teach geography, environmental studies, and birdwatching
> (not kidding!) classes at three different community colleges/
> universities in Washington State, but am thinking about a career
Another teacher in the group, thank you for being in a career that is
undervalued as I mention in a reply to MH, and appreciate what you give back
to all the students!!! Any ideas as to what you are interested in switching
And I can't go any further before I ask as to what birdwatching offers to
> I grew up a fan of North American sports, but developed a cynicism
> towards spectator sports by my early 20s and had largely become an
> apostate until I participated in a semester-abroad program in
> Guarapari, Brazil during the 1990 World Cup and was hit by the
> contagion full-on!
Pretty hard I'm guessing!!!
> Since I developed a late interest in soccer, I am not really into
> immuatable partisanship. I have preferred Arsenal in Europe, in part
> because Dennis Bergkamp was one of my early favorites. I'd never
> followed a US side until the Seattle Sounders arrived in MLS last
And thank heavens for a super choice in Arsenal!!! (No bias) Dennis was just
awesome, and yes, the birth of the Sounders, and even though I'm in
Australia, I hope football in the US can one day be number one, and be known
world wide, because at the moment all we get here is LA Galaxy, and would
like to know about some other teams for once!!!
> Favorite players have been Milla, Bergkamp, Redondo, McBride, Eddie
> Pope, Romario.
Great players, Redondo, is a fresh name on the mounting list of everyone's
favourite players, that skill against Man Urd in the UCl, prriceless!!!
From: The Scrutineer on 7 Apr 2010 12:43
> Nationality: Austrian
> Age: 29
Nice to meet you, and thanks for being courteous by replying!!!
> First tournament I really followed was Italia '90 and my
> sympathies have lain with Italy ever since then, even though
> they beat the Austrians there. I remember crying out with
> joy when Kim Vilfort scored the decisive 2-0 in the Euro final
> 1992 which should tell you all about my footballing dislikes
> (although softened over time).
Yes, speaks volumes, thankfully they have softened, but yes like for me,
what happened in WC 06 with Italy beating Australia, such occasions are
never to be forgotten!!!
> My local team is Sturm Graz (who had their glory days
> between 1998 and 2002), and I began supporting Milan
> ever since a wonderful evening spent in 2002 in the Meazza
> for some inconsequential CL group game against Real
> Madrid. I also used to follow Chievo during their first three
> cinderella seasons. And while it would be preposterous
> to call myself a fan, I really like Tottenham for their perennial
> mediocrity, I consider that a laudable feat.
Yes, I know of Sturm, and did they have some good times early in the last
decade!!! I think Osim was coach and he influenced a great period in the
history of the Blackies, he still is a fine tactician!!!
San Siro, WoW, i'm jealous!!!
Please don't call yourself a Spurs fan, my number one Rival!!! Only joking,
Spurs have been and are a fine team, and yes there is a case for what you
say as being true about them!!!
> Favourite players: Paolo Maldini, Roberto Baggio, Ivica Vastić
> Favourite coach of all time: Ivan Osim
Great players, a lasting memory for me will be Vastic scoring at the last
Euro, think he is the oldest player to ever score at a Euro!!!
> World Cup tip: England
>> Nice to indulge in football chat with you all, and hopefully for a long
>> to come!!!
> Sure thing.
From: Mark V. on 7 Apr 2010 12:54
On Apr 7, 2:07 am, Enzo <s_debgu...(a)yahoo.com> wrote:
> I am Sid Debgupta, born and brought up in Calcutta, India, home of
> before arriving in the States on a bitter cold late December
> Pittsburgh evening.
Did you attend Carnegie-Mellon?.
From: Mark V. on 7 Apr 2010 13:58
On Apr 7, 9:29 am, "The Scrutineer" <vla...(a)bigpond.com> wrote:
> Another teacher in the group, thank you for being in a career that is
> undervalued as I mention in a reply to MH, and appreciate what you give back
> to all the students!!! Any ideas as to what you are interested in switching
Anything that can get me paid for playing practical jokes. MH is
probably a "real" teacher. I am a bit of a charlatan.
> And I can't go any further before I ask as to what birdwatching offers to
> its students?
For a 22 year-old male student like the young Daniel? A chance to take
field trips with some very interesting and attractive young women!
(The ratio is, uh, very favorable for males enrolled in the class) And
seriously -- birds are a great portal for learning scientific methods,
studying ecology, nature, and the physical geography of an area. And
one can even combine interests! I saw a majestic Bald Eagle soaring
above the pitch before the Sounders match on Saturday night.
> > Guarapari, Brazil during the 1990 World Cup and was hit by the
> > contagion full-on!
> Pretty hard I'm guessing!!!
I'll probably never make it to a World Cup unless it is hosted in
North America again. But it is special to be in a place where the game
is so appreciated during the Copa.
> Australia, I hope football in the US can one day be number one, and be known
I would just be happy if it became popular enough that you'd never
have to play a guessing game as to whether or not a major match would
be available through a basic cable package. :-)
> Great players, Redondo, is a fresh name on the mounting list of everyone's
> favourite players, that skill against Man Urd in the UCl, prriceless!!!
I've sent that youtube video to many soccer-playing friends.
From: JK on 7 Apr 2010 15:04
The Scrutineer wrote:
> Something went wrong with your liking for Liverpool, any particular
When I first started following the English game I was attracted to their
history and accomplishments, and legacy of great players, but I quickly
came to view a lot of the antics up there as tiresome (this was roughly
the Spice Boys/Stan Collymore years, etc.), and also the generations of
players from the 90s on just haven't appealed to me.
Liked Newcastle more in that period. Shearer was a favorite.
Should have also mentioned Zidane in my list before also.
I really like Everton now, both because of their Americans, but I just
really like their whole squad, David Moyes and the way they play.
Never a huge McBride fan and always thought Joe Max was useless.
Would it be the recent influence of Americans' playing for
> Everton? Joe Max-Moore, Brian McBride, Tim Howard, Landon Donovan,