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When Should You Quit?

Virtually all of us have asked ourselves that question when playing, and we often regret staying too long. Leaving too early is a much less serious problem. We may wonder, “Should I have stayed?” But we don’t worry about it because we can’t know whether we would have won or lost.


However, when we stay too long, we know how much it cost us. If our last hours were disastrous, we may angrily ask ourselves, “Why didn’t I leave when I was … ?” Worse yet, we may not know exactly why we kept playing. So, we make the same mistakes again.


The Right Reasons to Quit


The stay-or-go decision should be based on a rational analysis, but it is often made emotionally. The critical question is: Why are you staying or going?


You obviously should quit if you have another important commitment, but many people don’t do it. Countless serious problems have occurred because people did not pick up their wives or children, keep an important business appointment, and so on. They got so involved in the game or became so desperate to get even that they kept playing. In addition to irritating other people, they were probably distracted, played poorly, and lost money. Don’t be so stupid. If you have to go someplace important, don’t even think about staying. Go!


If you play for recreation, and a game isn’t fun, quit. We have all seen people stay in games they disliked, getting upset, grumbling about the players or the smoke or the noise, and asking, “Why am I playing in this crummy game?” If you feel that way, and you are a recreational player, quit, take a break, or change tables.


Although you should consider those factors, I will not discuss them further. I will focus only on how the stay-or-quit decision affects your profits. From that perspective, the only reason to stay is that you expect to win. “You should not allow the fact that you are winning or losing affect your decision to stay or quit a game. From a moneymaking point of view, the only criterion for playing is whether you are a favorite or an underdog.” (Footnote: David Sklansky, The Theory of Poker, Page 7).


People who “hit and run” break that rule, often without even thinking about it. They leave quickly when they get ahead, but when they get stuck, they play on and on, trying to get even. This pattern nearly guarantees poor long-term results.


People hit and run primarily because they don’t want to give back their profits. They may even have a formula, such as: “Quit when you’ve doubled (or tripled, or quadrupled) your buy-in.” These formulas are just rationalizations to justify their desire to lock up a win. They are based on the implicit but illogical assumption that luck has to change. Nonsense! Cards are random, period.


Hitting and running but staying on to get even is exactly backward. If you’re going to let winning or losing affect the stay-or-go decision, you should stay when you’re winning and go when you’re losing.


Winning suggests (but certainly does not prove) that you’re a favorite, while losing suggests that you’re an underdog. In addition, winning or losing can become self-fulfilling prophecies. If winning makes you and the other players believe you have an edge, your play will improve, and theirs will deteriorate.


You will probably play more confidently and aggressively, and they will respect you more. Conversely, when you are losing, you will probably play less confidently and aggressively, and will have a weaker image. You should therefore be much more willing to stay when winning than when losing.


How Do You Know That You’re a Favorite?


Many of us would agree with Sklansky’s statement, but not be able to answer that question. It’s the same problem that plagues poker and other forms of gambling, denial of reality. Pride and other factors cause us to overestimate ourselves and underestimate the competition. We may sincerely believe that we are big favorites when we are really huge underdogs.


Denial is especially common when we are losing. We don’t want to believe that the judi poker online pkv competition is better than we are. We can see denial more easily in other people than in ourselves.


For example, you have probably been asked to loan money to people who just went broke. They say, “It’s a great game, and I know I can beat it.” When you look at the table, you realize that your friend is hopelessly outclassed and should not go near it. Or, he may be playing terribly, but not see it. Although we easily recognize that our friend is outclassed, we may not be able to recognize it when we’re the underdog.


Our selective memories greatly increase denial. We may think, “If they hadn’t sucked out on me to win those two large pots, I’d be ahead.” But we forget the pots we won by sucking out. Deceiving ourselves about why we’re losing helps us to rationalize decisions we make for emotional reasons.


Since everybody denies reality occasionally, my primary purpose is to suggest ways to minimize denial and its effects. Your critical task is to assess objectively your own and the competition’s play.


These assessments should consider three issues:


  1. How does your usual game compare to theirs?


  1. How well are you playing now?


  1. How is the game changing?


Denial can occur about all three issues. Most people overestimate their own abilities and underestimate the competition (see my column, “Overestimating our Abilities,” Nov. 7, 2003, pp. 92-94), and they also ignore evidence that they are playing worse than usual or that their competition is playing better than usual.


What About “Stop-Loss” Formulas?


These formulas say that you should quit when you’ve lost a rack, 30 bets, two racks, or some other amount. Although I dislike relying on formulas, they are useful if you can’t objectively compare yourself to the competition. In addition, some of them are based on solid reasoning. I have already noted that losing suggests you’re an underdog, and it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.


In addition, losing heavily can dramatically degrade our play. Even if it does not put us on tilt, a large loss can make us more tentative or emotional, or weaken our play in other ways. Most people can’t play their “A” game when they are losing badly, and the further behind they get, the worse they play.


A stop-loss formula will prevent you from playing too long when you’re an underdog. Once your loss gets to a certain amount, that stop-loss rule clearly says, “Quit!” Of course, some people set stop-loss limits and then violate them, but that’s a different problem.


Evaluating the Competition


Many of us do it before choosing a table or when we first sit down. But, once we start playing, we naturally focus on how to play the current hand. This narrow focus can prevent us from seeing how the game is gradually changing. In fact, we may barely notice that two players have left and been replaced by very different ones.


In addition, if we’re card dead, we may lose interest in the action. We just fold, fold, fold, and ignore what the other players are doing. We have to fight these tendencies, see how the game is changing, and constantly ask ourselves, “Am I a favorite now?”


The Two-Mistakes Rule


Of course, you are the most important player to evaluate. If you don’t know how well you are playing now, you can’t make an intelligent stay-or-go decision. My friend Jerry Flannigan taught me one way to evaluate my current play.


He was playing in a soft game and was clearly superior to the competition, but he suddenly quit. When I asked him why, he replied, “I just made my second mistake for the day, and that’s my limit.” He later explained that two mistakes are a “trip-wire” warning that he is off his game.


When we discussed this issue, Barry Tanenbaum added that “mistake” should be defined carefully. It should be a serious error that you would not have made when you first sat down. That sort of error indicates that your game has deteriorated, which is exactly the kind of trip-wire you need.


Stop-loss limits are also tripwires, but the two-mistakes rule is much better. It shifts the focus from results-oriented to decision-oriented analysis. Please note that this rule does not say anything at all about how much you are winning or losing. It refers only to how well you are playing. When we focus on our decisions, we make better ones and develop our skills.


If you can look objectively at your game, you will be way ahead of most people. Let me quote Jerry again. “It is more significant that I take corrective action than simply acknowledge a mistake. Certain basic principles govern my play and I will not knowingly violate them. On this day, I did! By the way, I did correct the problem causing those two frightful mistakes, but remain sensitive to any recurrence.”


Looking hard at your decisions is not fun. It is much more pleasant and natural to deny reality and react emotionally. The stay-or-go decision should be based on an objective comparison of yourself and the competition. When you’ve got the edge, stay. When you’re an underdog, get out fast.

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$152k Jackpot Winner at Situs Judi Slot Online Terpercaya Casino

A Online casino InterCasino, one of several hundred online casinos competing to give away the biggest ever prize online, has awarded what very well may be the Net’s biggest Christmas present.

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PayPal Insiders File to Sell Judi Slot Online Games

Four months after orchestrating one of most high-flying new stock offerings of the year, insiders at PayPal are poised to get their own piece of the pie.

Executives and early-stage investors of the online payment firm announced Wednesday that they plan to sell 6 million shares of their own stock in the firm. The sale by insiders represents approximately 10 percent of all outstanding company stock.

The offering, valued at about $142 million based on the stock’s last closing price, represents the first attempt by insiders to cash in since the company’s February IPO. Insiders were restricted from selling shares during a lockup period following the initial offering.

Although PayPal (PYPL) referred to the sale in a press release as a secondary offering, the company stated in a securities filing that it would not pocket any of the proceeds directly. The company also warned that “future sales or the possibility of future sales of our common stock may cause our stock price to decline.”

PayPal executives unloading shares include Peter Thiel, president and CEO, Roelof Botha, chief financial officer, and David Sacks, chief operating officer. Several outside investors, including Goldman Sachs, are also participating in the sale.

The planned sale comes as PayPal stock continues to trade well above its February offering price of $13.

The stock dipped 7 percent Wednesday to close at $23.65 on heavy volume.

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FANTASY Togel SPORTS: Devil Rays’ Upton has A-Rod potential

They were born nearly 20 years apart with similar Togel hari ini pedigrees. Each was a high draft pick expected to energize not only the franchise but an entire city.


In 1986, Barry Larkin got 159 at-bats to show what he could do for the Cincinnati Reds. While his numbers weren’t overwhelming — he hit .283 with three homers, 19 RBIs, 27 runs and eight steals in as many attempts — it was obvious he was a superstar in the making.


A similar thing happened in Tampa, Fla., last summer. B.J. Upton, who didn’t turn 20 until Aug. 21, got 159 at-bats with the woeful Devil Rays. His stats were not world-beating — .248, four homers, 12 RBIs, 19 runs and four steals in five attempts — but it was obvious Upton is a future star as well.


Upton was drafted second in 2002, behind Pirates pitcher Bryan Bullington. Bullington, projected as a No. 3 or No. 4 starter, likely won’t reach the big leagues until at least 2006. That he was picked ahead of Upton says more about the sorry state of Pittsburgh’s front office than it does about Upton.


The day is not far off when Upton will be not only the Devil Rays’ best player — a big accomplishment on a team with talents such as Carl Crawford, the injured Rocco Baldelli and Aubrey Huff — but the best player in baseball.


No doubt, Upton also will be a fantasy superstar. The question is what impact he’ll have this season.


In 1987, Larkin’s first full season, he .244 with 12 home runs, 43 RBIs, 64 runs and 21 steals in 125 games — solid numbers, but nothing that would help you win your league.


It was the next year that Larkin blossomed into a fantasy star, hitting .296 with 40 steals. He went on to become one of the game’s top shortstops for more than a decade before retiring this year to join the Washington Nationals’ front office.

Upton and Larkin, though, aren’t the same type of players. While Upton is regarded as above-average fielder with extraordinary range, he’s more erratic than Larkin. He’ll make an all-time great play, then boot a routine grounder. Larkin was money in the field from Day One.


But Larkin was never expected to put up outfielder-type stats, though that’s what experts believe Upton will do. As he fills out his 6-foot-3-inch frame, Upton will be a power hitter with the ability to hit 40 homers a year. He projects more like Alex Rodriguez than Larkin.


What did Rodriguez do in his first full major league season? After playing 17 games for the Mariners as a 19-year-old in 1994 and 48 more in 1995, Rodriguez hit .358 with 36 homers, 123 RBIs, 141 runs and 15 steals in 1996.


Since then, Rodriguez’s 36 homers that year are tied for the second-fewest of his career. The only year he hit fewer (23) was 1997. Since 1998, A-Rod has hit 42, 42, 41, 52, 57, 47 and 36 homers.


Rodriguez’s ability to steal bases is what makes him so valuable as a fantasy player. He stole 15 in 1996, then followed with seasons of 29, 46, 21, 15, 18, 9, 17 and 28. Upton has that same potential.


He’ll struggle at times in 2005 as he learns the pitchers, but pencil him in for a .268 average, 32 homers, 90 RBIs and 25 steals.


Those are winning fantasy numbers no matter what your age. But for a 20-year-old, they portend great things. If you’re in a protection league, Upton has to be considered one of the prime targets.




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A Situs Qiu Qiu Online week in Gabon for Afcon

I have been here in Gabon for 14 games of the Africa Cup of Nations 2017 now, but it seems like just over a week. I have managed to make my way around the country. Not by the different modes of transport I intended but by flights that I have found that were not available to book before I came.

A week in Gabon for Afcon 2017.

We have completed the second round of Situs Qiu Qiu Online matches and the games have gone from Libreville to Franceville, Oyem and then Port Gentil. So have I. But I have had to go back to Libreville, the capital, every time in order to make the next destination.

When I last wrote I had lost the two Germans I met earlier as they failed to make their scheduled flight back to Libreville.

No worries. Thirty minutes after I got back to our apartment they turned up. They had got a lift and arrived at the other airport terminal.

Instead of walking 50 metres to the terminal that they arrived from, they caught a different plane which departed after mine.

The next morning the heavens opened and the rainy season has shown itself for the first time in Libreville. We tried to wait for a gap in the weather but there didn’t seem to be one.

Outside the stadium we met a group of Burkina Faso supporters. One was keen to practice his English. He was a big man with body paint depicting his country’s flag. (I have a picture somewhere but am struggling to download photos at present.) His opening words: “I am from Burkina Faso.”

At the end of the match I heard a shout in English, I turned round to see it was him. He was delighted with his team’s performance and gave me a big hug. I looked at my arm and saw red. His body paint had rubbed off on me.

My trip to Franceville was uneventful, although this time I went with Sebastiane.

We agreed to meet at the end of the second match to catch the shuttle back to the airport. With 10 minutes to go, a shout went out that all journalists for Libreville should go to get their bus now.

There was no sign of Sebastiane (from DRC), so I waited in the stadium and watched the game while looking for him. He sauntered over towards us slowly after the final whistle. Unaware that we had nearly gone without him.

I can’t lose anyone else, can I?

The next day the football moved to Oyem and this time I received confirmation for the Oyem flight, returning the next day. So no helicopter, that was for CAF officials.

Before leaving the Tropicana, where I was staying I advised them that my room would not be used and they could sell it again if they wanted.

Went for my breakfast at the airport, croque monsieur, and then to Afrijet terminal about 11.00. Plane wasn’t due to depart until 13.30.

A week in Gabon for Afcon 2017.

Sebastiane was there, but had some bad news. There was a problem with the helicopter and the CAF delegation were now going to join us on our flight.

At this stage we weren’t sure of the implications, but an hour later they advised us that no journalists would travel.

So Sebastiane and I went to the airport terminal to try and book a flight to Oyem.

All the flights for Oyem had left, there were no more today.


We were offered a taxi who guaranteed he could get us to Oyem in time for kick off. With less than five hours to go. We declined, and went back to Afrijet.


I was in the throes of sending an email to a travelling companion who was in Libreville to ask him where he was and where he would be watching tonight’s games. I didn’t finish the email.


We heard that a request had been put to the CAF president to pay for a flight for the journalists. But it is not that simple, how do you get a plane that is ready to fly immediately from your point of departure.


The media scrum followed the person in charge round the room. Eventually an announcement was made, the gist was there were eight places available to journalists from the competing nations. I had already been enlisted to help Sebastiane at the RDC press conference. Does that make me a Congolese journalist?


Unfortunately there was a girl with a Congo shirt on, who just happened to be from Rwanda. Maybe I could get away with being Congolese if I borrowed one of Sebastiane’s shirts.


I said that if this tournament is anything to go by it is most likely to be a draw, and so we should go straight to a penalty shootout. I later found out that Joseph Antonine-Bell, the former Cameroon World Cup keeper had said the same and offered to go in goal.


Sebastiane got his boarding pass, and I was left with Ed Dove, who thought we had no chance.


Now that all the passes had been handed out I started to work. There was no one waiting around the boarding desk so I spoke to the two gentlemen there, suggesting there ought to be some neutral coverage of the game. I then found out that there were 45 CAF delegates, but that if any didn’t show there would be a place. Unfortunately the Rwandan woman was around and she was first on the waiting list. She asked to check this and was told there was no list, but just stay close. I put myself forward for second, as Ed who had no chance sat down at the back of the room.


I waited patiently as the numbers in the room dwindled, but stayed close to the boarding desk.


The woman was handed a boarding pass, others now surrounded us as her details were recorded for the flight, and I boldly held out my accreditation, Thierry who handed out the passes looked at it but seemed to blank me before taking it from my hand a presenting me with one of the last boarding passes.


Ed realised and came forward to the desk presenting his pass.


I saw him on the plane later.


We landed at a clearing that looked like it had recently been carved out of the surrounding forest and of course there were no lights.


The ground also has been carved out of the forest and with the nearest football team, Union Sportive de Bitam being 75 km away I suspect the forest may take the ground back very soon.


Two good football matches later and we sampled the nightlife in Oyem.


I decided to reserve the same accommodation for next week when I intend to return for two nights.


Leaving Oyem from the half-started open-plan airport, there was a sign for the cafeteria, where workmen were painting the walls and old fashioned weighing scales were lifted from one check-in table to the other.


The security scanning machine didn’t work and so they had a casual inspection of the luggage before allowing us through.


The plane eventually set off and arrived at 12.30pm. I hadn’t received confirmation of a place on today’s flight to Port Gentil, but as I was at the airport I thought I would check to see if there was any possibility of travelling.


The flight was full, and due to fly at 13.00 and my name was not on the list. Never mind, by now you will have learnt that all you need is patience. Sure enough 30 minutes later and I was on my way to Port Gentil again.


This time we have been advised the shuttle to the airport will leave twenty minutes before the end of the match. I spoke to the media operations manager and she simply said “They don’t understand”.


Towards the end of the evening I asked again. I was told someone had asked to leave 20 minutes after the match. I immediately said that was not possible, but perhaps we could leave at the end of the match. Agreed.


Egypt, scored a late winner to ruin the report I had already before the final whistle.


We got to the shuttle and the driver wasn’t there. The crowd started to stream out the ground in a large single line. Queues were forming for transport home. The problem in Port Gentil, and all the other stadiums is that there is only one road that leads to it.


We saw the convoy of CAF cars starting to move with a police escort. We were in pole position, to latch on behind them. Then we pulled over to the roadside. Three more journalists got in but we had lost the convoy.


There was a roadblock ahead and we were denied access and had to turn off. I presume this driver has not driven the press before. Didn’t he know all he had to do was put his hazard lights on and drive as fast as possible, while the journalists on board would shout “Press”, waving their accreditation at anyone that got in the way.


There was another convoy and we latched on it but he was not allowed past the next roadblock.


Now he started to speed up and drive in the middle of a road, which appeared only just wide enough for two large cars and with ditches at the side of the road.


I adopted the brace position on my seat waiting for the inevitable. We managed to arrive in one piece and on time for the 35 minute flight back to Libreville.


Following the same routine brought back memories of four days ago, when clearing security, Sebastiane accidentally picked up my accreditation and put it round his neck. As I was looking in my tray for it I saw Sebastiane pass.




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The Waiting Bola88 Game



You are looking good; you have just gotten a haircut, a manicure, and perhaps a touchup where needed. You have donned your new outfit and are heading down to the cardroom to enjoy your favorite game. It is tournament time in town and you know the games will be juicy. You know the fish will be biting and the live ones happy to give you their money. You are pumped and ready to go when the worst thing happens. You arrive at the podium to get into your game of choice and find that 50 others have arrived before you and are all on the list. You decide that this is no big deal. After all, you have been reading my column and know the importance of having a backup plan, and you have more than one game and limit you are eager to play. You head over to the other podium to get on the list when you find that this other game has even more would-be rounders ahead of you. How did this happen? What will you do?


With the phenomenal growth of poker, cardrooms are more and more full and lists have become unbearably long during tournaments or holiday weekends. What is a road warrior such as you supposed to do when faced with a wait of several hours to “get into action”? Believe it or not, there are many things you can do to utilize your time. I travel a great deal to the big tournaments, especially the past couple of years as the statistician for the World Poker Tour. I find that more often than not, I am in a cardroom during prime time, and getting into a Bola88 game isn’t the snap that it used to be. Because of this, I arrive with a contingency plan. The first thing I always do is grab a Card Player, to read the latest on strategy and get tournament results and other insightful info. Sometimes I bring a good book or my iPod, or I come with a friend and plan to have lunch while waiting. Other times, I look on the rail for a familiar face and ask someone to hang out. The best of all things to do is scout the games that I am interested in playing. If I do that, I already will have an idea about the opposition when I get seated. I can get a line on the play of those in the game, be familiar with the tempo, and know who the aggressors are. I also can get an idea of who is winning and who is losing. Just because someone has two racks of chips in front of him doesn’t mean he is winning, you know. He might have just barely gotten even. It is always good to know who is stuck and possibly steaming, and who is the big winner and could be running over the game. With all of the huge new properties, you can also take a tour of the one you are visiting. Who knows, it might have a museum, a flower garden, a great band playing, some cool shops, or even an ice cream stand. It’s best to go find those things when you have the time.


Another thing I often do when waiting to get into a game is leave and come back. That’s right, I will leave the cardroom and come back in an hour or two. You can sometimes tell by the number of players on a list and from asking the person running the list about how long the wait might be. If it is going to be considerably long, I might go home and come back. If I am staying in a room on the property, I might go to my room to kick back and ask for the courtesy of a call. Many cardrooms will offer this service. There is no harm in asking. I have been very content in a venue that offers this courtesy, as I can go back to my room and catch up on work, watch TV, or even go to the gym and work out and then shower again. But the gym workout is generally already completed before I venture out in the first place. Healthy body, healthy mind … well, I hope so!


If you choose to hang out in the cardroom or nearby where you are able to hear the page when your name is finally called, why not find someone with whom you can talk poker? You needn’t find an expert to discuss hands and strategy. You just need to find someone who plays and is enjoyable to talk to, and is someone with whom you have a mutual respect for common sense and objectivity. You can talk about trouble hands and “what ifs” of poker. You needn’t solve every problem or complex situation, but a good discussion is great food for thought to get your own creative poker juices flowing. The time you spend waiting for a game needn’t be wasted time. The things you do while you are waiting can help to put you in the right frame of mind for when you finally do get seated. Of course, you can always take a walk and find somewhere nice to simply smell the roses. Class dismissed!




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Who cares about offside? – Women rule at the Qq Poker Online Euros



The women are coming (no pun intended):


The EURO 2008 organisers might have breathed a sigh of relief when the expected English invasion was cancelled by Croatia’s third goal at Wembley last autumn, but they did not bank on an even greater influx to the finals, largely unexpected, and female.


Hail, hail, the skirts are here. The British Isles might be cast adrift from the goings-on at the European Championship, but most European watchers have by now picked up on the fact that females are in on the footy act in big numbers.


The big-match experience in the city centre fan zones, where the majority of fans have congregated for games, have been universally punctuated by shrill feminine screams, girls decked out head-to-toe in the colours of the Qq Poker Online country of their choice that evening*, and over-zealous female cheering of events of which most (male) remain the wiser.


Even Turkey, the only Muslim nation in the finals and thus notoriously a second-class country for women, has been cheered by huge numbers of veiled female fans.


It’s not the first time that women en masse have got a taste for football, but it is the largest occurrence of this recent phenomenon yet. Are they just bandwagon-jumpers and excuse for a party-seekers, and if they are, does it matter as long as everyone is happy?


The ticketed fans still appear to be 90% male in composition in Austria and Switzerland, though you would not know that for the TV editors’ sleazily repetitive homing-in on whatever half-decent totty they can locate in the stands.


Undeniably, football following has changed over the past few years. Now you are more likely to travel to an overseas tournament without any hope of gaining stadium entry than you are to travel to see the games in person.100,000 English were estimated to have been in Cologne in 2006, 150,000 Dutch in Basle in 2008.


While the Swiss and Austrian media had picked up the trend as soon as the fan zones had opened, the latest TV ratings from Germany are astonishing: 14.2 million females watched Germany defeat Turkey as opposed to 13.5 million males. The World Cup effect in Germany has also translated into Vfl Wolfsburg having a 30% female fan make-up, and Hanover 96 selling a quarter of its season-tickets to women.


The most prominent of the EU leaders at EURO 2008 has been female. German Chancellor Angela Merkerl was seen chatting to Bastian Schweinsteiger in the stands and made it her business to be the first person to speak to coach Joachim Löw after the referee sent him to the stands during the Germany v Austria clash in Vienna.


The old command issued to English fans to not travel if you don’t have tickets was overturned by sheer numbers of football-holidaymakers, of whom women formed a large part.


The increased interest in football as a pastime and entertainment has inevitably entailed an increase in female fandom. After the countrywide party atmosphere of Germany 2006, EURO 2008 has seen girls and women quite happy to face-paint and wear country colours to watch games quite independently of any male contact.


Football has suddenly become more sexually egalitarian, and I welcome that. While it is fair to say the average male fan possesses a deeper knowledge of the game than the average female fan, all, irrespective of origin, must be made welcome.


The ugliness of hooliganism withers faster than ever the more women are around football, which can only be a good thing. Only boneheads and misogynist dinosaurs argue for sexism in football in 2008, inspired by a fear of change and a rage at the passing of time, but their position is one they would not dare transfer to other arenas of public life. Racism was once the norm in society, so let us hope sexism in soccer becomes as wholly unnacceptable, too.


At the end of the day, the world’s number one game has to be there for everybody to partake of without exception, and unreconstructed males will have to evolve to stop using football as a private cell of frustration release, or die out.


When there are pretty and fun-loving females only a stone-throw away, apparently mad about football, what sort of man would turn a blind eye anyway?


* ‘Fan tourism’ has been more visible than ever before at this edition of the Euros. You would have been hard pressed to find a Portuguese amongst those wearing red and green against Germany, ditto a bona-fide tulip from the orange-clad hordes in Vienna against Russia, etc




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A new season kicks off this weekend and see’s the return of Walker’s Word. Another 10 months of non-stop top flight football action begins on Saturday with both the opening and closing matches ripe for picking a couple of shock results at great odds writes David Walker.


Saturday 19 August


Sheffield United vs Liverpool

Sheffield United make their Premiership return after a 12 year absence at lunch time, to kick off another 10 months of top flight action. The bookmakers are predicting a cakewalk for visiting Liverpool, but Blades boss Neil Warnock will have other ideas. During the 2002/03 Carling Cup, United beat Liverpool 2-1 at Bramall Lane, drew 0-0 at home in 1993/94 and beat the Reds 1-0 the previous year in the Premiership’s debut season. Liverpool may have one eye on their Champions League tie against Maccabi Haifa Bandarqq three days later which still hangs in the balance at 2-1 in the Reds favour.

Walker’s Word: A “shock” draw to go against the bookmakers @ 12/5 (Coral)


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Capello’s England pick up the Togel Singapore pieces



Three major European nations came a cropper in South Africa.Capello.


Italy’s ageing heroes went down fighting to Slovakia but could not stop the holders going home after the first round. France imploded in mutinous rancour, while England scraped through the group stage only to be humiliated by a rampant young Germany side.


Raymond Domenech and Marcello Lippi exited stage left but Fabio Capello remained in his job. There was little option for the Football Association, given that they had put pen to paper with a hefty two-year contract extension, the cancellation of which have Togel Singapore cost them a pretty penny. Capello’s admission that he expected failure in Africa while hastily jettisoning his employers’ escape clause has cast him in a mercenary light.


Tomorrow at Wembley he returns to the limelight for the first time since his team and his reputation as a great coach were battered into the soil of Bloemfontein. With some irony, England’s first opponents after their worst ever World Cup debacle are the ones who first exposed the Three Lions’ tactical shortcomings and slew the myth of English invincibility.


Before 1953, England were still widely considered ‘the masters’ of the game in 1953 when the Mighty Magyars, the reigning Olympic champions, showed up at Wembley. Little did the 105,000 spectators coming through the gates know that a footballing trauma was in the offing, and some of them were surely still making their way through the turnstiles when Nandor Hidegkuti fired past Gil Merrick in the opening minute. If they had entered in hope they left in horror and stunned admiration.


England v Hungary.

To say Hungary’s 6-3 victory was a jolt to the English psyche would be an understatement. The Three Lions went into soccer shellshock having being out-thought and out-gunned for 90 minutes by a team light years ahead in formation and tactics. 57 painful years (1966 apart) since that historic first home defeat by an overseas nation, what have we learnt? Barely six weeks ago, England were once again embarrassed by the superior tactics of a fellow European nation, as Germany exposed the obsolete rigidity of their favoured formation.


For the WM read 442, the latter shape now clearly bypassed by the 4231. Uruguay, it is true, took fourth place at the World Cup playing 442 but with a fluidity and technical finesse England’s heavy legs could not match. While 442 is a shape easily-understandable to players, the gaps it leaves between its lines and the holes it leaves in midfield were starkly exposed in South Africa.

Capello has wisely shown a willingness to listen by immediately selecting a slew of young guns for his first friendly fixture since Bloemfontein, but the nagging doubt remains that England’s current crop do not have the footballing brains to reach the level of Spain, the Netherlands or their conquerors, Germany.


Sven-Goran Eriksson let slip in private that he thought English players were not intelligent enough to compete for the big prizes, lacking the mental flexibility to adapt to different playing systems and understand the phases of the game.


Eriksson is largely considered a mild failure for guiding England to two World Cup quarter-finals, yet with the hindsight of two successive coaching calamities, his reign appears all the more impressive.


There is some truth in the accusation that England still think ‘attack, attack, attack’ when the going gets rough. When Germany scored their decisive third with 23 minutes remaining, there were nine red shirts buzzing around the opposing box, the sort of numbers you should only hurl forward in injury time.


England’s limitations are exemplified by the almost identically speedy yet uncreative wingers they took to South Africa. Aaron Lennon and Shaun Wright-Phillips hared up the flanks but produced next to nothing of note, while Theo Walcott, left at home, is cut from the same cloth, famously lacking a footballing brain as Chris Waddle said.


While Germany’s ace was their razor-sharp counter-attacking strategy, a move clearly honed on the training field, England were looking to their stars Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard to conjure up moments of magic, which never arrived.


In their fascinating book, ‘Why England Lose’, financial writers Simon Kuper and Stefan Szyminski argue that soccer success at the international level is dependent on a combination of population, GDP and an amorphous factor they call ‘football experience’. While this explains Germany’s and Brazil’s historic triumphs it does not account for the prowess of the Netherlands, a country a third the size of England and with similar GDP but less football experience, who have reached three World Cup Finals and won the European Championship.


It remains the case that England’s national football culture stresses individual endeavour and physical prowess above team telepathy. Greece proved in Euro 2004 that you do not need the best players to triumph in the end but rather a system that works so well the individuals melt into the background. The most impressive England performance in living memory, the 4-1 demolition of Holland at Euro ’96, was clearly down to Terry Venables’ inspired system, and prompted no less than Guus Hiddink, the Dutch coach that evening, to claim – “They taught us a lesson in possession and the use of space” – England?


Until the national mindset from school level upwards is changed to one of ‘team first, me last’, England will surely continue to disappoint at the highest level. It may take years before they can win a World Cup, but they cannot short-cut the process. The FA always promise a root-and-branch reform of the game after an exit or failure to qualify for a tournament, yet one never materialises as officials keep their heads down and avoid the blame and the national team quietly goes back to its ineffective practices.


England needs far more clubs and players, far more qualified coaches at all levels and a sea-change in the coaching mentality towards tactical sophistication and away from the fixation with ‘passion’, ‘belief’ and what the Itailans call fantasistas.


So while England will probably beat Hungary on Wednesday and sail through to Euro 2012, a similar fate to South Africa awaits in Eastern Europe in two years’ time. History teaches us that English football’s expectations mask a stark reality. In order to win Euro 2012, Capello, whose biography Gabriele Marcotti bravely subtitled ‘Portrait of a Winner’, really needs a miracle.




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The Play-offs: The Most Qq Online Exciting Time Of The Year?



We are less than a week away from the biggest weekend of football outside of the Premier League as Wembley looks set to host another years worth of hopes and dreams either come true or crash and burn in painful circumstances. The Football League certainly lacks the quality of the Premier League but what it lacks in class it more than makes up for in excitement as anyone who watched the play-off semi-finals will tell you. For those of you who don’t normally look beyond the world of the Premier League then you should take the blinkers off and enjoy this Bank holiday weekend’s football.


Let’s look back at the semi-finals from the past week Qq Online starting with the Championship where we saw a nerve jangling game at Ashton Gate between Bristol City and Crystal Palace which could easily have gone either way if not for a pair of outstanding goals from Lee Trundle and Michael McIndoe in extra time. Whilst not many people will share much sympathy with Palace manager Neil Warnock, his outspoken nature doesn’t appeal to everyone, those Palace fans who believed their team could have been promoted yet again after coming from no where it must have been gutting to lose out so late on.



As for Watford fans you imagine its more a sense of frustration after leading the Championship, then failing to gain automatic promotion before being outclassed in two-legs by a very impressive Hull City side. So now we move onto Wembley and two sides who have never been in the Premiership playing for an estimated £62m windfall. As far as predictions go its too close to call really, both sides where close to gaining automatic promotion and both were impressive in their semi-finals for differing reasons. Bristol because of their grit and determination combined with their ability to pull it out of the bag when it matters whilst Hull demonstrated their over riding desire to make it to the top flight by picking apart a side who were a Premier League outfit last season. Head on over to Betting.Betfair to place your money on the Championship play-off final.



As for League 1 it appears that north-west London is about to be invaded by half of Yorkshire for this clash. Leeds against Doncaster hasn’t always been a rivalry, in fact they hadn’t been in the same division since 1956 before this season. But with both sides pushing for promotion another Yorkshire feud has developed. Again this is another tough on to call and like the two sides in the Championship final Leeds and Doncaster have displayed different aspects. Leeds showed really grit to come from behind to win against Carlisle, the only side to make it through to a final with their second leg away from home. As for Doncaster well after a tight first leg they blitzed their way past Southend after an incredibly high quality performance, especially by James Coppinger who scored an excellent hat-trick. Both sides will be confident heading into the final and what an incredible story it would be if Doncaster were to leapfrog Leeds into the Championship with their third promotion in six years.



Finally we have League 2 and another local derby set to take place on the biggest stage in English football. Stockport may claim to be a Cheshire club but both are located well within the border of Greater Manchester. It was an interesting contrast to watch the second-leg between Rochdale and Darlington before the FA Cup Final, while the cup final wasn’t dull it could not match the game between these two League 2 outfits, Rochdale coming from two goals down, on aggregate, to take the game to extra time and penalties with Ben Muirhead scoring the winning penalty to send Spotland into a frenzy. The only sore point for Rochdale was the sending-off of David Perkins, one of Rochdale’s key players this season. As for Stockport, while they didn’t provide the most the entertaining game on Saturday evening they did what was required of them to make it through. Liam Dickenson grabbing the only goal of the game and what a purchase he has been for Jim Gannon, a non-league player two years ago he has banged in 20 goals this season. Looking ahead to Wembley and it’s nice to have two sides who like to play football in the final for once. Head on over to Betfair for the latest online betting figures.



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