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#2935570 - 07/01/18 02:09 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: MAJUSCULE]
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Well, oddly I had both Russia and Croatia pegged to advance, based on nothing but gut feeling.

I wish my gut was right more often.
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#2935593 - 07/01/18 05:02 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: zephonic]
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What an incredible tournament so far - one of the best I can remember. Lots of great goals, excellent performances from relative minnows, and some of the strongest teams going home early.

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#2935601 - 07/01/18 05:42 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: Kawai James]
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Wow, last night reminded me of my younger days as a soccer fan when Spain could regularly be depended upon to underachieve in major tournaments, despite being loaded with talent.

Of course they well and truly broke that hoodoo ten years ago!

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#2935726 - 07/02/18 08:54 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: CowboyNQ]
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I honestly thought Mexico had a fair chance of winning, but Brazil was clearly the better team today. And they are back to their classic flair, very impressive. Mexico gave it all in the first twenty minutes and had nothing left after that.

Also, Neymar is a douche. I thought that bit of theatrics was worth yellow at the very least.

As an aside, I really think the offside rules should be reviewed. Off a corner or when everybody is in the box, they really shouldn't flag for it.

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#2935752 - 07/02/18 10:48 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: zephonic]
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Originally Posted By: zephonic
Brazil was clearly the better team today.


Yes they were.
Neymar has acting skills on level with his athletic abilities. laugh
Only 1 goal scored against Brazil in 4 matches. They are money right now.
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#2935782 - 07/02/18 12:14 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: davedoerfler]
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Wow Belgium - Japan 2-0. Exciting match! I actually like both teams!
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#2935800 - 07/02/18 12:54 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: RudyS]
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What a match! I really like the Belgium team, but feel bad for
Japan as well!
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#2935813 - 07/02/18 01:37 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: RudyS]
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Rudy, you like Belgium now, but how would you feel if they advance to the Finals while the Netherlands are not even participating?
Wed never hear the end of it, everlasting shame...
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#2935817 - 07/02/18 01:48 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: zephonic]
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Yeah you are right Menno, but tbh, its our own fault:)
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#2935846 - 07/02/18 04:32 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: RudyS]
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Fantastic pair of matches today. Brazil really did show why they are the favorites. Their offense can strike with great speed at the drop of a hat, and their defense is impregnable.

Japan v Belgium - - what an incredible match! I'm so glad I didn't take a nap during the second half as it was one of the greatest halves I've watched this tournament.
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#2935847 - 07/02/18 04:39 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: RudyS]
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Originally Posted By: RudyS
Yeah you are right Menno, but tbh, its our own fault:)

It definitely is Rudy. You blokes should have taken up soccer instead of piano as kids and none of this would have happened. For shame!

Stayed up for the Brazil game but missed the epic Belgium/Japan encounter as I had to get to sleep at some point. Tell you what those Belgium games have not been boring to watch thus far.

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#2935915 - 07/03/18 08:54 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: CowboyNQ]
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I only caught the last 30+ minutes of SWE-SUI, but I have to say I was not impressed with the referee.

Both teams looked average, it could have been a regular MLS match.
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#2935918 - 07/03/18 09:08 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: zephonic]
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Neymar may be a pussy and modern soccer has a lot of contact, but what the Layun was doing was clearly foul play. There is no argument here - expect more from that team than resorting to that.

Glad to see Brazil getting their act together. Saw Japan-Belgium.. what a match. Japanese team was too naive on the last play. Most teams would have locked up until the end of the second half and wait for the overtime.

Rooting for Croatia. Hopefully they will show again some of the stamina from the first round.
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#2935989 - 07/03/18 04:16 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: Rod S]
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A little late, but yes, it was very sad to see the Japan lose in such dramatic circumstances.

On the flip-side, England progress through to the next quarter finals, winning on penalties in a world cup!? Incredible!

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#2936067 - 07/04/18 05:33 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: Rod S]
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Originally Posted By: Rod S

Most teams would have locked up until the end of the second half and wait for the overtime.
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That's exactly why Japan had my sympathy!
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#2936464 - 07/06/18 09:14 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: RudyS]
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France getting up over Uruguay was one of the better games so far. France are proving to be very difficult to score against. For a moment in the second half it looked like it was going the same way as the Boomers v Phillipines game earlier this week.
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#2936467 - 07/06/18 09:24 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: Markay]
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France is a clear winner and i hope they will get it. Better team along with Belgium so far...


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#2936495 - 07/06/18 10:57 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: yannis D]
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I love watching France, though they are prone to dive-flopping as much as anyone. They are like the anti-Spain when it comes to attacking--they pass it around, but it's only a matter of time before a strike toward the goal. Spain never attacked, it was horrible.

France had a few head-scratching giveaways and relaxed play from the back (too relaxed, sometimes you just need to clear it). I suspect that if they lose it will be mental mistakes.

Likewise, Belgium better play better defense than they did against Japan, or else Brazil is going to beat them 5-3 or something.

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#2936587 - 07/07/18 12:42 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: Stokely]
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Man, I am conflicted about Belgium. They play a great and fair game, but we can't have them winning the world cup before we do.

I think they'll have a much tougher time against France, though.
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#2936661 - 07/07/18 02:25 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: zephonic]
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all European Semi Final on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Hey Pale, where are you?
For those who don't know Pale is a somewhat active KC forum member from Croatia.
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#2936663 - 07/07/18 02:44 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: davedoerfler]
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Originally Posted By: davedoerfler
all European Semi Final on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Hey Pale, where are you?
For those who don't know Pale is a somewhat active KC forum member from Croatia.



Errr, maybe he's in Russia?
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#2936674 - 07/07/18 05:39 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: Six-string-man]
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Apart from France, cup finals is all underdogs, although a Sardinian friend tipped England to be in the final back in the group stage. Only saw the first 20 minutes of Sweden v England and went to bed thinking Sweden would get up. Consecutive nights of Midnight and 4am kickoffs are more than this koala can bear.

As much as Aussies love seeing England get beat, heart tips England to win the cup, head says France.
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#2936675 - 07/07/18 05:50 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: Markay]
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I had France as my champion and Croatia as my dark horse in my pool. smile Had I picked Uruguay instead of Egypt out of Group A (ugh ouch), I would've won the darn thing.
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#2936682 - 07/07/18 11:25 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: MAJUSCULE]
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I have never watched any football until this week..... turns out I like it.. grin
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#2936685 - 07/08/18 12:55 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: xKnuckles]
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I have never watched any football until this week.....




Well of course you haven't. Where you live, there's nobody worth watching smile
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#2936727 - 07/08/18 12:20 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: Six-string-man]
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Originally Posted By: Six-string-man
Originally Posted By: xKnuckles
I have never watched any football until this week.....




Well of course you haven't. Where you live, there's nobody worth watching smile

Oh good......glad I didn't miss anything. grin
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#2936740 - 07/08/18 01:30 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: xKnuckles]
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Got home from a gig Saturday night in time to watch the second half of England putting Sweden to the sword. Their (England's) 'keeper did very well!

Time to disclose some self interest - I had a few shekels on Belgium to win THE WHOLE THING before the knockout phase started.

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#2936747 - 07/08/18 02:19 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: CowboyNQ]
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Final should be Belgium versus England with a probably Belgium win. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind France in the Final against either England or Croatia. I think England will get by Croatia, but would have to play the game of their lives to win the whole thing!! I'm rooting for either Belgium or France in the Final no matter who the opposition is.

Really, the final should have been between Belgium and France!! Oh well! I'll have to settle for an epic game in the semi-finals!

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#2936761 - 07/08/18 04:22 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: Music*aL]
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Funny, I didn't care who we got in the semi, because I thought that we had a reasonable chance of beating either Russia or Croatia.

However, in the final, I think we would struggle against either France or Belgium.

After the first game (which seems ages ago) I told all my friends that I thought France would lift the cup.
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#2936782 - 07/08/18 07:01 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: Six-string-man]
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Originally Posted By: Six-string-man
Funny, I didn't care who we got in the semi, because I thought that we had a reasonable chance of beating either Russia or Croatia.

However, in the final, I think we would struggle against either France or Belgium.


Agreed!!
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