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Re: Top 5 games attended ever.

Postby Gerd Bibimbapper » Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:39 am

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Does-not-com-pute, mate. ;-)

Once at the World Cup Stadium I proceeded to refuel and very quickly realised (despite my state) that what I was witnessing was one of the dullest matches you could possibly see.


Germany v Paraguay gets my vote for the absolute worst game in Word Cup 2002.
I remember 'watching' this in a restaurant in Niigata before England v Denmark.
Thankfully it was a traditional Japanese restaurant, so we were sat at one end of a long counter.
It gets better - the TV was at the very opposite end of it.
And the TV was small.

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Re: Top 5 games attended ever.

Postby nzfooty » Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:21 pm

Gerd Bibimbapper wrote:
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Does-not-com-pute, mate. ;-)

Once at the World Cup Stadium I proceeded to refuel and very quickly realised (despite my state) that what I was witnessing was one of the dullest matches you could possibly see.


Germany v Paraguay gets my vote for the absolute worst game in Word Cup 2002.
I remember 'watching' this in a restaurant in Niigata before England v Denmark.
Thankfully it was a traditional Japanese restaurant, so we were sat at one end of a long counter.
It gets better - the TV was at the very opposite end of it.
And the TV was small.


Being on a small TV is exactly what that match deserved. It was dreadful. And frankly most of the Koreans at the match were as roughed up as me (not that I'm trying to excuse my shameful behaviour) so the atmosphere was null. The night before Korea managed to beat Portugal.

I believe that one of the regular contributors on this board managed to end up in the hospital the following day. Though it is possible that I'm confusing that match with the Korea v Italy one(admittedly, my memory of events during that month is not the best).

Eh... as for the girls they were a cool combination. I did say "unusually"... and it was a bliss to be near them as I was about to take a snoozy at around the 75' mark as I was convinced the match was going to go to PKs. Neuville thankfully put everyone out of their misery in the 88th - had great respect for that man until he did he same to Poland in the 89th four years later. :evil:

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Re: Top 5 games attended ever.

Postby nzfooty » Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:53 pm

sjc_three wrote:lol - a very enjoyable read!

nzfooty wrote:The next thing I can remember was sitting on a bus.


In Euro 2004 I woke up in a minibus full of Bulgarians on their way to Braga to watch their game with Denmark. What I didn't realise until too late was that I should have been going to Porto to meet an Italian friend of mine for their game with Sweden. The days just blurred into one and I completely forgot. He had flown over on his own just for that game (and to see me). I did apparently see him very briefly in Lisbon the next day, but was too drunk to remember. Lovely fella that he is, he took it all with remarkable charm.


sjc_three, this could have easily been me for two reasons.

First of all, it was a miracle I ended up on the right bus. The place I met the Polish fans was quite far away from the bus terminal in Daejeon and as I mentioned, I had to get myself to Cheongju for the flight to Jeju very early in the morning.

I must admit things were so rough even remembering/mentioning my destination should have been beyond me. My last memory of the night was one of the Polish fans saying "oh no!" in English. There was a bunch of Scottish guys drinking with the Poles and I think one of them must have helped me out. As I speak with a degree of fluency in Polish (though the rust is very evident) I recall being able to translate a few jokes etc. early on in the night. The reason why I think it was the Scottish bunch that helped was because they were sober enough not to enter the mad competition and after about 4 bottles of soju they expressed a degree of concern that I was getting nailed.

Number two... I just did not have much time the following morning to refuel. Which means that I sobered enough to be quite sociable. Despite the match I had a great time talking to people (bar a few Germans - though most of them were quite accommodating as well). Had I continued on the binge I was the night before chances I would've done the same and not met up with Miron. Though just like your friend, he was accepting of my state and I said, despite being only in his 40s he said he would tell his grand kids about that day. LOL. :smt109

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Re: Top 5 games attended ever.

Postby sjc_three » Fri Nov 06, 2009 6:32 pm

Yup, they're a friendly bunch the Scots, you have to hand it to them. Although, slightly shocked to hear they weren't piling into the Soju with as much gusto as the Poles!

Have only had the pleasure of once being present at a Tartan Army gathering - and that was for the Brazil game in Paris in 98. Very messy indeed. I also remember one of them sleeping sideways on his bed after I had passed out at the end of it, so as not to wake me up. I'll never forget that. There's not many folk that would be so accommodating...

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Re: Top 5 games attended ever.

Postby Holyjoe » Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:46 pm

Thought I'd bump this as I'm considering updating my list to include Aberdeen's Cup Final win at the weekend, and it's been a few years since anyone posted in this thread and we've got a few new folk on board since then so it'd be interesting to read their top five games as well.

That said, I'm not sure whether the cup final would really make it into a list of top five games. It was utterly shite as a spectacle for the full ninety minutes and extra time, but winning a cup final on penalties is just such a special moment giving the kind of 'suddenness' of victory you very rarely get if you do it within ninety minutes. Unless you're Arsenal in 1989 or Manchester United in 1999 I suppose. It's probably why I've not included Suwon's penalty shoot-out title win in 2004 in my list here, as fantastic a feeling as that was after following them home and away for the entire season the match itself was decidedly unmemorable and the shoot-out win is more of a special football moment rather than a top game as a whole.

This from Sunday though will live with me forever so perhaps I should include it after all:



Anyone else care to share their top five games, or update the ones they've already posted?

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Re: Top 5 games attended ever.

Postby sjc_three » Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:35 pm

Hard to drop any from my original 5, but my League Cup final with Kyotong in Donghae in 2010, followed by "birthday" bumps on the pitch from the team was pretty special. Can't believe this thread was 5 years ago. Where has the time gone?

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Re: Top 5 games attended ever.

Postby daeguowl » Wed Mar 19, 2014 2:28 am

My top five games:

Sheff Weds 1-0 Man Ure
League Cup Final 90-91

Wednesday had been shite the previous season and had contrived to get relegated but Big Ron had got them playing some decent football and they were there or thereabouts in the promotion hunt. They also crusied to the League Cup Semis where they demolished Chelsea over two legs to set up a final against 1st Division big time Charlies Man Ure. After 37 minutes Nigel Worthington whipped in a freekick it was partially cleared to John Sheridan who smashed it past Les Sealey and in off the post. Nothing much else happened but after seeing Wednesday lose two more cup finals to the Arse, followed by their subsequent steady decline, who knows when I might see them win anything else.

England 3-0 China
1996 Pre-Euros World Cup Friendly

Before anyone even knew what the Dentist's Chair was, England played a friendly at the Workers' Stadium in Beijing. I was studying there that year and about 20 students from England went along and sat in the home end. We were immediately surrounded by police for our protection an although suffered a few verbals, we survived. The only other time i've seen England live was their dire pre-2002 WC frendly versus Korea in Jeju.

Korea 0-1 Germany
2002 WC Semis

Bought tickets for this when they first came out (along with a group game which turned out to be China v Turkey) and it was just a theoretical Winner of Match X v Winner of Match Y. Couldnt have dreamt that Korea would make it. This match was clearly a bridge too far in terms of stamina for the Koreans but the atmosphere was great and I dont see myself getting to another semi any time soon.

Seongnam 2-3 Seoul
K-League 2012

Seoul controlled the first half but were dire in the second and contrived to go 2-1 down. The clock ticked down to 90 minutes, the 4th official indicated there would be x minutes of time added on and then Dejan and Molina popped up to score two goals.

Guangzhou 1-1 Seoul
2013 AFC Champions League Final

The match wasnt the best and the resut sucked but who lnows If I'll ever get to see a Champions league Final again.

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Re: Top 5 games attended ever.

Postby eujin » Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:38 pm

daeguowl wrote:The match wasnt the best and the resut sucked but who lnows If I'll ever get to see a Champions league Final again.

They do seem to come around once a year in Korea :wink:

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Re: Top 5 games attended ever.

Postby theglobalgnome » Thu Mar 20, 2014 2:06 am

A really interesting thread, so thanks for reopening it. With the exception of the first game, which comfortably sits alone at #1, the others are all equally memorable.

1. Wales 2 Italy 1 (Euro 2004 Qualifier, Millenium Stadium Cardiff)

I've been at a full Millenium Stadium in Cardiff for the rugby, but I don't think it's ever been as loud as on that night. Italy were missing Vieri and Totti, but had Del Piero, Pirlo, and a defense made up of Buffon, Panucci, Nesta, and Cannavaro. Seeing that back-line taken apart by John Hartson and the criminally under-appreciated Craig Bellamy is definitely the high of my football-watching experiences, even though I've always been a big Italian football fan (I was an early football hipster). We were the best-supported team in all of Europe for that campaign, but it all ended in my lowest point when we lost the play-off to Russian the same stadium.

2. Merthyr Tydfil 5 Enfield 1 (GM Vauxhall Conference, 1990ish, Penydarren Park, Merthyr Tydfil)

You never forget your first! My interest in football had grown as far as a subscription to Shoot magazine and my dad thought it was time to take me to a game. Among the scorers was the Martyrs' (Merthyr, not the Seoul ones) Dai Webley who, along with striker partner Andy Beattie and keeper Gary Wager, was one of my early favourites. I eventually ended up working with Dai, even going on a business trip to France with him. I couldn't bring myself to tell him I used to pretend I was him playing in front of my house until a chance meeting a few years later on the night of my stag party. It was one of the few times I've seen my hometown club play, which I always feel quite bad about.

3. Wales 1 Costa Rica 0 (Pre-Italia '90 friendly, Ninian Park, Cardiff)

The idea of preparing for a big tournament with friendlies against teams from a vaguely similar location to your upcoming opponents may not be as modern as we think. So it was that Costa Rica came to Ninian Park before facing Scotland in Italy. I stood on the infamous old Bob Bank and my dad missed Dan Saunders goal as he was in the toilet. It was Gary Speed's international debut and a king was born.

4. South Korea 3 Germany 1 (Friendly, Dec 2004, Busan Asiad Stadium)

This was my first game in Korea having only arrived a few weeks before. A friend and I had travelled down from Seoul after a late night drinking in the capital and just about made the evening kick-off. Korea had none of their European-based players except for Cha DuRi, but ran out comfortable winners against a strong German team. Lee DongKuk scored a screamer and Kim DongJin scored too (can't remember the other scorer). Ballack scored a free-kick, but missed a penalty.

5. Incheon United 1 Ulsan 5 (K-League Championship Play-off 1st Leg, Munhak Stadium, Incheon)

It may seem odd for a home thrashing for your team to feature in someone's Top 5 games, but I guess this was more a culmination of what had gone on before. With weekend football and weekend work, I don't get to see Incheon as much as I'd like these days, but neither of those were a problem in 2005 and I'd seen almost all the club's home games and a few away games on their way to the best overall record in the league. Ulsan came to town after an impressive second half of the season, but I remember being so optimistic. There was as big a crowd as I'd ever seen at the ground, including a large group of foreigners. Confidence was high. Of course, local-boy Lee ChunSoo had other ideas and he rejoiced in getting three of the five on his way to the title and the MVP award.

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Re: Top 5 games attended ever.

Postby sjc_three » Thu Mar 20, 2014 4:52 am

theglobalgnome wrote:Euro 2004 Qualifier...We were the best-supported team in all of Europe for that campaign...

Funnily enough went to your game in Belgrade, as it fell between our games in Macedonia and Turkey and was doing a bit of travelling around that part of the world. Remember the Welsh turnout was indeed very impressive - and it was midweek as well, if memory serves me correctly. It was a particularly unpleasant affair with the Serbian fans abusing the black Welsh players and the Welsh fans continually chanting "USA! USA!" in reference to the recent NATO bombing raids. There was also a big Soul Crew flag up in the Welsh end (it's funny the things you remember!) which was the subject of much attention from the wannabe Serbian hooligans in my stand - I think some book about Cardiff thuggery had come out that year - but I might have made that bit up!

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Re: Top 5 games attended ever.

Postby Pikey » Sat Mar 22, 2014 5:20 am

Cliftonville 2-1 Crusaders Boxing Day, 2009

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/footbal ... 429037.stm

"The hatchetmen" reached their highest/lowest point as they had 4 players and their c**t of a manager sent off. Somehow, we contrived to not get a second goal, and it took a goal 7 minutes from time from our fullback to finally beat them. Unforgettable

Celtic 2-0 Rangers, Scottish cup 1991

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiLif_3oxgU

On a similar theme, my dad is/was a celtic season ticket holder, and used to take me when I was young. I guess I was a fan as a kid, but Cliftonville were always more important, and i only went to one game with a mate in the 10 years I lived in Scotland. I went to more Stenhousmuir games. Any way, this game was probably terrible, but three red cards made it seem so exciting at the time

Cliftonville 1 - 1 Glentoran April 18th, 1998
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_VVctNs5NM

Awful game. But it ended up being our first league win in 88 years. There wasn't many of us who thought we'd ever see it, even though I was only 16. (as it happens, we managed it last season too - and my younger sister got to experience what i did). THE best game i've ever been to, and one of the greatest days of my life

Ards 0-1 Cliftonville April 19th, 1997

The season before, with two games left, we were bottom, and Ards were above us. 6 minutes into injury time, it was 0-0, and we were consigning ourselves to a relegation playoff....and then we scored. It was old style terracing, and people were just running......everywhere. I've never celebrated a goal as much as that in my life. The next year, we were champions. (and the year after that we finished 2nd bottom again).

Cliftonville 3 - 1 Glentoran March 19th, 1996

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oTjuUDWJDU

The one that started it all. After 7 years of following the Reds, I saw us win a trophy. And it was secured with a fantastic diving header. Our first trophy in 15 years, and it would start a glorious period of 3 trophies in 11.
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