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Old 07-10-2016, 11:01 AM   #41
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The final match is today at 2:00 eastern time. Surprise finalists - Portugal vs France. Stay tuned ..
I thought France was the pre-tourney favorite at home.
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Well, that sure was an unexciting final match.
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Well, that sure was an unexciting final match.
Nice summary of why soccer hasn't really caught on in the US.
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Well, that sure was an unexciting final match.
I'm always rooting for dogs, so disagree.
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Nice summary of why soccer hasn't really caught on in the US.

Except that it has, if you measure by stadium attendance , which is a reasonable indicator of fan base.


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Except that it has, if you measure by stadium attendance , which is a reasonable indicator of fan base.


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Portugal beat Wales in the semi final and the Telegraph cartoonist Matt had a great cartoon the following day. (For those that don't know, Wales has a railway station with the longest name in the country)
LOL!
First Welch sign I'd even dare try to pronounce!
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First Welch sign I'd even dare try to pronounce!
Ahem... WelSh,...

It is a fiendishly difficult language to try and learn (I've tried several times) and can sound quite guttural but when spoken (especially with a southern Welsh accent) the cadence can make it sound very sing-songy.

When I was a kid and we used to go to the UK in the summer I would sometimes fall asleep at night while listening to my Dad and his sister speaking Welsh in her kitchen. About 20% of the population are still fluent.
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About 20% of the population are still fluent.
What, the other 80% can't talk?
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What, the other 80% can't talk?

When it comes to Welsh, yes. They typically speak English instead.


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Ahem... WelSh,...

It is a fiendishly difficult language to try and learn (I've tried several times) and can sound quite guttural but when spoken (especially with a southern Welsh accent) the cadence can make it sound very sing-songy.

When I was a kid and we used to go to the UK in the summer I would sometimes fall asleep at night while listening to my Dad and his sister speaking Welsh in her kitchen. About 20% of the population are still fluent.
Sorry, typo. I thought I had written Welsh. Maybe it's all the French I've been studying lately (ch pronounced like sh).
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Sorry, typo. I thought I had written Welsh. Maybe it's all the French I've been studying lately (ch pronounced like sh).
No probs... it's all Cymraeg to me anyway...
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