I'm afraid that is a rather overused cliche which is a slight distortion of the true meaning of the word. It implies that the player to whom it is applied is not only super human but also something of a lucky charm. What the user really means to say is that player is significantly better than his team mates and acts as an inspiration when playing, boosting the confidence of the whole team that they can win and therefore making it more likely that they will. It could therefore be said that such a player contributes far more than his own ability and performance by raising the performance of the whole team.As an admittedly dumb American, can some please explain to me this "talismanic" thing, as in the talismanic Michael Ballack or the talismanic Wayne Rooney.
BTW- Goldenlight the photos on your site are really stunning!!
Thanks Vidar. Your Flickr has some great images too. I especially like your B&W work (Barcelona in the rain is wonderful) and it takes a lot of skill and photographic understanding to get successful pictures with a Holga (that row of trees - wow) or a Lomo.That was really a good explanation of the "talismanic" thing by goldenlight:smile: And I too can really reccomend you all to check out his website :John Perriment Photography: Welcome, some beautiful landscapes there that I only one day can hope to come near to in quality in my pictures...
Todays matches are:
In footballing terms it means the poor sucker on which press and punditry will vent their entire frustration/joy depending on the result of any given match.As an admittedly dumb American, can some please explain to me this "talismanic" thing, as in the talismanic Michael Ballack or the talismanic Wayne Rooney.
Well, North Korea palyed well above their ranking tonight but the true class of Brazil shone through. I know it was against "lowly" opposition but the pass that created Brazil's second goal would have ripped any defence apart and the finish was truly World class. However, the German performance earlier in the week was ominous....I managed to get off work yesterday, today, and tomorrow. I'm looking forward to seeing Spain play. I must say my ears have a drone from the vuvuzelas. I'm not sure I can take three more games.....
For more experienced fans which team has looked the best so far? I think Portugal had the toughest opponent so far.
I think we can not say much so far. What we saw was mainly teams with fear about loosing the first match and that made most of the matches tie games. The matches were dominated by avoiding counter goals instead of being dominated by going for goals. So what I missed is teams going risk from the first minute and show us that they want to win. At the moment - too many wimps and cowards.
Never happen. We'll get out of the group but then fracture in a mess of bloodied egos and finger-pointing whinging. Probably much like England as well now that I think about it :smile:...
If the team remembers to play as a team that is
And we learn they've been playing with the new ball for a while....Efficient as alwaysI think Germany is the team to beat this year. Simply perfect! After they scored their first goal, they were just toying with the Aussies like a cat playing with a small mouse. They managed to frustrate them into making mistakes, and to get one of their players ejected in the process. Germany looked like they were running on all cylinders.