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Re: World Cup Russia 2018
« Reply #30 on: July 02, 2018, 02:19:39 PM »
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Re: World Cup Russia 2018
« Reply #31 on: July 02, 2018, 06:44:44 PM »
There's been some brilliant games too, France 4-3 Argentina probably being the best with some incredible goals.

The France/Argentina game and the Spain/Russia game are absolute counterpoints when it comes to enjoying soccer.

The France game was back and forth, high offence, high skill, high entertainment - from two talented teams that wanted to outscore the other.

The Spain/Rus game consisted of one team that wanted to score, and the other who just wanted to kill an hour and a half and get to a shootout. Result - completely boring frustration, compounded by the fact that it worked.


Ask the Germans about Russias ability to win ugly.

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Re: World Cup Russia 2018
« Reply #31 on: July 02, 2018, 06:44:44 PM »

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Re: World Cup Russia 2018
« Reply #32 on: July 03, 2018, 01:59:41 AM »
Belgium v Japan another great game. Japan get 2-0 up after 10 minutes of the 2nd half with 2 great goals. Belgium drag it back to 2-2. 3.30 into 4 minutes added on injury time Japan have a corner, Belgium get the ball and break down the field to score with 10 seconds left and go into the quarter finals.

Gutted for Japan who played way better than anyone expected but brilliant game and fantastic winning goal

« Last Edit: July 03, 2018, 02:01:44 AM by Arn »
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Re: World Cup Russia 2018
« Reply #33 on: July 03, 2018, 06:44:37 AM »
This years World Cup has been brilliant. I picked Belgium to win it and thought my pick was gone yesterday... Great games.... Pulling for England today

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Re: World Cup Russia 2018
« Reply #34 on: July 03, 2018, 08:40:41 AM »
What does anybody think of Neymar Jr.'s antics?  He's had a habit of embellishing his injuries.  He was at it again against Mexico.  It's understood that the opposing Mexican player came over to him, retrieved the ball all the while stepping on Neymar''s ankle.  All this during stoppage in play on the pitch.  Though no foul was initially called before this ensued, Neymar suddenly started screaming in pain.  One could see right through his feigning and over reaction.

Much to the consternation of many in the soccer world, and eapecially the losing side's coach Juan Carlos Osorio who had this to say:

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"I think its a shame for football. We wasted a lot of time because of one player. We stopped too often. I think this is a very negative example for the world of football and all the children who are following this game..."




https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jul/02/brazil-tite-defuse-row-neymar-antics-mexico
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Re: World Cup Russia 2018
« Reply #35 on: July 03, 2018, 08:47:43 AM »
Classy Japan...


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Re: World Cup Russia 2018
« Reply #36 on: July 03, 2018, 09:13:41 AM »
I find Neymars antics embarrassing.. I cant stand embellishers... to relay it to hockey that is the one thing that would drive me insane about Darcy Tucker. it seemed once a game he was almost dead.. No room for acting like this Neymar

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Re: World Cup Russia 2018
« Reply #37 on: July 03, 2018, 09:33:33 AM »
There's been some brilliant games too, France 4-3 Argentina probably being the best with some incredible goals.

The France/Argentina game and the Spain/Russia game are absolute counterpoints when it comes to enjoying soccer.

The France game was back and forth, high offence, high skill, high entertainment - from two talented teams that wanted to outscore the other.

The Spain/Rus game consisted of one team that wanted to score, and the other who just wanted to kill an hour and a half and get to a shootout. Result - completely boring frustration, compounded by the fact that it worked.

Sorry but I have to fully disagree. Spain did not want to score at ALL. They had 75% of the possession in the first half and have FOUR?!?!?!?!?! touches in the penalty area. Even by fluke one could get more than four touches in the area with  that much possession. the Spaniards were just as happy to pass the ball backwards all game and just as happy to go to penalty kicks. That embarrassment of a game was all on Spain. The Russians did what they had to do to win.

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Re: World Cup Russia 2018
« Reply #38 on: July 03, 2018, 10:03:19 AM »
I would agree - that Spanish style was great for a while when it was new and was amazing to watch them move the ball about, pull the opposition out of position then exploit the gaps to create chances. The Russians negated it very well and as you say the Spanish just kept going sideways and backwards
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Re: World Cup Russia 2018
« Reply #39 on: July 09, 2018, 08:10:17 AM »
Today -- Semi-Final 1 -- Croatia vs England

Tomorrow -- Semi-Final 2 -- France vs Belgium





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Re: World Cup Russia 2018
« Reply #40 on: July 09, 2018, 08:47:15 AM »
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Re: World Cup Russia 2018
« Reply #41 on: July 09, 2018, 09:05:09 AM »
I ref soccer and this diving and feigning has crept into the game all over the world.  I stop it in my games by refusing to stop play of call a foul on an obvious embellisher.  The other players find it amusing and effective when I inform them that it will go dark before I blow my whistle for a guy who wasn't touched. Soccer needs to deal with this poop.
What does anybody think of Neymar Jr.'s antics?  He's had a habit of embellishing his injuries.  He was at it again against Mexico.  It's understood that the opposing Mexican player came over to him, retrieved the ball all the while stepping on Neymar''s ankle.  All this during stoppage in play on the pitch.  Though no foul was initially called before this ensued, Neymar suddenly started screaming in pain.  One could see right through his feigning and over reaction.

Much to the consternation of many in the soccer world, and eapecially the losing side's coach Juan Carlos Osorio who had this to say:

Quote
"I think its a shame for football. We wasted a lot of time because of one player. We stopped too often. I think this is a very negative example for the world of football and all the children who are following this game..."




https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jul/02/brazil-tite-defuse-row-neymar-antics-mexico

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Re: World Cup Russia 2018
« Reply #42 on: July 09, 2018, 09:18:21 AM »
Today -- Semi-Final 1 -- Croatia vs England

Tomorrow -- Semi-Final 2 -- France vs Belgium
France Belgium Tues @ 2pm
England Croatia Wed @ 2pm
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Re: World Cup Russia 2018
« Reply #43 on: July 10, 2018, 11:51:51 PM »
ALLEZ LES BLEUS!  ;)

No.

Since the Oranje are not participating this year, I will side with the closest alternative and go with Belgium. 

I have spoken.

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Re: World Cup Russia 2018
« Reply #44 on: July 11, 2018, 07:16:00 PM »
Well thank goodness England are out. The "British"* media was getting unbearable.

France v Croatia in the final. Croatia the smallest nation to make the final since 1930. France obviously huge favourites but I actually anticipate a decent game that could go either way.


*the British media tend to forget there's 3 other countries other than England have to watch their TV feeds or listen to their radio shows or read their newspapers so go into overkill on English bias, which tends to drive opposition to England in the other regions. Which is a shame cos for the first time in a while England have a likeable manager and decent players. But that media bias completely puts you against them
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