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Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« on: June 18, 2018, 10:49:08 PM »
I'm pretty excited about it, these early games already gave us some very interesting games, such as Mexico 1 x Germany 0 (which we'd call a "zebra" in Brazil), Russia 5 x Saudi Arabia 0, Argentina 1 x Iceland 1 and Brazil 1 x Switzerland 1.

I'm kinda hopeful about Brazil managing to get our sixth title, but we evidently still have to manage our classically greatest flaw playing football: too much emotion. Our team tends to get too undermotivated after being goaled, and too overconfident after goaling. This is what gave us Germany 7 x Brazil 1 in the last World Cup and it's what made us let Zuber hit such an easy goal in our last game against Switzerland (the Swiss team is pretty strong and technical, but that one shot could have been prevented IMO).
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2018, 10:57:28 PM »
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2018, 11:55:49 PM »
I'm expecting a handful of "zebras" in this World Cup... We might even have a debut champion!
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2018, 03:07:47 AM »
The match between Portugal and Spain ending at 3 goals each was the best so far.

Peru played very well, but was jinxed and lost to Denmark.

As for Brazil, played like Tunisia, and tieing with Switzerland was the same as losing. I don't see the team going past the quarter finals with such inconsistency, after having sailed through the qualifiers.
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2018, 03:26:29 AM »
Switzerland is great, the game was just... lukewarm, I guess.
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2018, 06:31:19 AM »
Loved match Spain-Portugal, very dynamic. I only didn't like Ronaldo (as we call him in Polish, "Krystyna", that's "Catherine") for obvious reasons.

I'm impressed by island, hope they do similar jor as during last EURO.

My Serbian compatriots, despite being strong on paper, haven't showed anything special as a team, traditionally.

I'm afraid a beat about my second national team, as Polish footballes and the coach have been advertigin for last two months actually everything.
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2018, 07:09:16 AM »
I'm expecting a handful of "zebras" in this World Cup... We might even have a debut champion!

I hope so, it would be nice if Portugal won the Cup, however imagine Critiano Ronaldo's ego after that.

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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2018, 08:26:06 AM »
Thank goodness, the menfolk are not into football (Big is a cricket man, Small has no interest in sports in general). We just watch the roundup at the end of the day, mainly looking when Gary Lineker is on the commentator panel, because he's beyond hilarious.
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2018, 10:05:08 AM »
Japan beat Colombia 2-1.  A very good match.
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2018, 10:30:13 AM »
Serbian media write that a group of suporters from Switzerland went to not proper Rostov, so they didn't watch the match with Brasil - they were 1200 km far from the stadium.
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2018, 01:04:37 PM »
I'm afraid a beat about my second national team, as Polish footballes and the coach have been advertigin for last two months actually everything.

So, I was right :(
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2018, 01:08:51 PM »
My country didn't make it in this year. I'm terribly ashamed.

Don't know who to pull for. Guess I'll root for England.
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2018, 01:51:18 PM »
I'm expecting a handful of "zebras" in this World Cup... We might even have a debut champion!

I hope so, it would be nice if Portugal won the Cup, however imagine Critiano Ronaldo's ego after that.
His ego would trigger the Fifth Empire and swallow the Earth. I think it's a real possibility TBH (Portugal winning, not the Fifth Empire).

Serbian media write that a group of suporters from Switzerland went to not proper Rostov, so they didn't watch the match with Brasil - they were 1200 km far from the stadium.
LOL, that's so un-Swiss!

My country didn't make it in this year. I'm terribly ashamed.
On the bright side, you guys are the best at the Women's World Cup.
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2018, 01:52:24 PM »
so what do you people think of the Russia vs Saudi Arabia game 5-0  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2018, 01:53:52 PM »
Whether it's war, football, or badminton, I am happy whenever Saudi Arabia loses at something.
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #15 on: June 19, 2018, 02:06:38 PM »
It was a funny sight, lol!
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #16 on: June 19, 2018, 02:10:29 PM »
lol
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2018, 12:20:19 AM »
I didn't watch any game today, but there were a couple of surprises, with Poland losing to Senegal and Colombia to Japan.  No game entices me tomorrow, but I'm curious about the match between France and Peru and Argentina and Croatia the day after tomorrow.
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2018, 10:07:08 AM »
the second goal of Senegal against Poland:
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« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2018, 10:11:05 AM »
the VAR isnt for determining when subs come in the game.....
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #20 on: June 20, 2018, 10:20:51 AM »
the VAR isnt for determining when subs come in the game.....

It's against refereees erros. So, its competenceis should be broaden, as we can see.
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #21 on: June 20, 2018, 07:07:22 PM »
I always find the sub Saharan soccer teams fun to watch and full of surprises!  Too bad I missed them all this cup.
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #22 on: June 20, 2018, 10:08:13 PM »

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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #23 on: June 22, 2018, 02:30:41 PM »
Go Serbia!  Beat down those Sweeds.

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« Reply #24 on: June 22, 2018, 02:43:13 PM »
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #25 on: June 22, 2018, 02:57:16 PM »
I enjoyed watching part of the Nigeria-Iceland game earlier today.
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #26 on: June 22, 2018, 03:13:49 PM »
Brazil x Costa Rica today had a pretty interesting twist. It was dull during the regular 90 minutes, then Coutinho and Neymar scored one goal each in the six minutes of overtime.
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« Reply #27 on: June 22, 2018, 04:28:39 PM »
Brazil x Costa Rica today had a pretty interesting twist. It was dull during the regular 90 minutes, then Coutinho and Neymar scored one goal each in the six minutes of overtime.
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #28 on: June 22, 2018, 04:42:46 PM »
Referee! It was pure penalty for Serbia. And all these cards for Serbs... Plus that half of them Swiss team were Albanians and other not-natives... And the chef of Var system in this match was a German, he shouldn't be in such situation...
Disaster. I've got a few text messages from friends and aquitances about this match - all of them claim that referee wasn't fair.
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« Reply #29 on: June 22, 2018, 04:43:58 PM »
Referee! It was pure penalty for Serbia. And all these cards for Serbs... Plus that half of them Swiss team were Albanians and other not-natives... And the chef of Var system in this match was a German, he shouldn't be in such situation...
Disaster. I've got a few text messages from friends and aquitances about this match - all of them claim that referee wasn't fair.

Sad story :'(
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« Reply #30 on: June 22, 2018, 05:36:33 PM »
Brazil finally played with verve, even if they could only muster it in the final minutes. Costa Rica owes their goalie for holding up the score otherwise.

I haven't watched the match between Serbia and Switzerland, but it seems that the match between Brazil and Dennis may be pretty exciting.

Too bad that Argentina played so badly as to be virtually out of the Cup so soon. Lots of surprises in this World Cup.
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #31 on: June 23, 2018, 05:32:06 PM »
Referee! It was pure penalty for Serbia. And all these cards for Serbs... Plus that half of them Swiss team were Albanians and other not-natives... And the chef of Var system in this match was a German, he shouldn't be in such situation...
Disaster. I've got a few text messages from friends and aquitances about this match - all of them claim that referee wasn't fair.

Sad story :'(

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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #32 on: June 23, 2018, 09:32:46 PM »
All I really want is for Iceland to somehow make it through. Wouldn't mind one of the East Asian teams (Korea/Japan) making it too.

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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #33 on: June 24, 2018, 07:08:49 PM »
It was a disaster - I mean, match of Poland against Colombia.
Lewandowski almost didn't exist. Only one of my favourite Polish players, Pazdan, was in quite condition, but,a s one of my friends wrote "His colleagues didn't want to play with him".
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #34 on: June 24, 2018, 07:55:22 PM »
I'm sure there are women who can do a great job announcing a game, Aly Wagner is not one of them. Hopefully we won't be subjected to her again once we're done with the group stage the group stage.

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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #36 on: June 29, 2018, 01:39:25 PM »
I had no idea England were still in it. They play Colombia on July 3.
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France 4 - Argentina 2 so far. Wow.
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #40 on: June 30, 2018, 02:19:36 PM »
I thought this item in the News about the World Cup was really funny: about Lenin's body being sacred.
I thought good communists were cremated so why are Lenin's remains "sacred".
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Mexican soccer fans have called off a Day of the Dead-themed parade in Moscow’s Red Square after communist lawmakers objected to the event being held so close to Lenin’s tomb...
Sergei Malinkovich, the deputy head of the Communists of Russia party, said people dressed as skeletons – one of the traditional symbols of the Mexican annual holiday at which families honour their dead loved ones – should not be allowed to march on what his party has called “hallowed” ground....The body of the Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin lies embalmed in a marble tomb on the square and Soviet leaders and dignitaries are buried in the Kremlin walls.
Malinkovich’s party had appealed to the interior ministry to stop fans holding the parade, he said, arguing it could provoke violent clashes with Russian patriots.




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« Reply #41 on: July 01, 2018, 02:30:57 AM »
I feel kinda bad for Portugal's defeat.
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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #42 on: July 01, 2018, 10:11:21 AM »
I feel kinda bad for Portugal's defeat.
Probably because of your sentiments. Urugay was better.

Edit: what a strange goal for Spain against Russia.
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« Reply #43 on: July 01, 2018, 01:51:06 PM »
I feel kinda bad for Portugal's defeat.
Probably because of your sentiments. Urugay was better.

Edit: what a strange goal for Spain against Russia.

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Re: Anyone following up on the World Cup?
« Reply #44 on: July 01, 2018, 02:04:35 PM »
I feel kinda bad for Portugal's defeat.

Same, I was not expecting it, but we can still cheer on for Brazil though, that is a bonus of being brazilian

Also congrats for Russia winning against Spain!
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« Reply #45 on: July 01, 2018, 03:26:19 PM »
I feel kinda bad for Portugal's defeat.
Probably because of your sentiments. Urugay was better.
Yeah, in one hand I'm from a Portuguese family, on the other I'm Brazilian so I have a natural distaste for Uruguayans.
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That was a strange game today. It went on forever.
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« Reply #47 on: July 01, 2018, 03:42:30 PM »
That was a strange game today. It went on forever.
Yeah, it was... cold. Spain should have been more agressive to win the game.
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« Reply #48 on: July 02, 2018, 07:47:09 AM »
That was a strange game today. It went on forever.
Yeah, it was... cold. Spain should have been more agressive to win the game.
But it's against their strategy of tiki-taka. Russian defensive was well prepared for this and Spain hasn't prepared another option, it seems.
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« Reply #49 on: July 02, 2018, 04:17:42 PM »
I was cheering for Japan today, but Belgium's third goal was amazing! Pure art.

But it's against their strategy of tiki-taka. Russian defensive was well prepared for this and Spain hasn't prepared another option, it seems.
True that. One must be creative and flexible, so their traditional strategy sometimes won't apply, specially when it gets predictable...
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« Reply #50 on: July 02, 2018, 09:58:56 PM »
Brazil vs Belgium this Friday.  This should be a very interesting match.
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I was cheering for Japan today, but Belgium's third goal was amazing! Pure art.



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« Reply #52 on: July 04, 2018, 10:07:00 PM »
Might be my own biases, but that BEL-JPN game was a delight because it seemed like there was (relatively) very little foul appealing or flopping. Made me wish both teams could have gone through.

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Might be my own biases, but that BEL-JPN game was a delight because it seemed like there was (relatively) very little foul appealing or flopping. Made me wish both teams could have gone through.
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Note to self: wear the Brazilian team jersey this Friday.
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« Reply #55 on: July 06, 2018, 04:18:05 PM »
Well, it was a great game from both sides, but we're unfortunately off...  :-\ 
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« Reply #56 on: July 06, 2018, 04:39:56 PM »
Well, it was a great game from both sides, but we're unfortunately off...  :-\
Indeed, it was a great match to watch (and I can't tell it was true for the 1st play of the day), but... Your team was runnning running, shootind and shooting but.. Without any effect. It seems the trainer and his staff have made a bad (tactical) job.
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This secret of good play of Belgium

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« Reply #58 on: July 06, 2018, 05:56:54 PM »
Belgium better win the World Cup now, as it's a tad less bad to lose to the best team.  :-[
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« Reply #59 on: July 07, 2018, 03:21:35 PM »
Well, it was a great game from both sides, but we're unfortunately off...  :-\
Indeed, it was a great match to watch (and I can't tell it was true for the 1st play of the day), but... Your team was runnning running, shootind and shooting but.. Without any effect. It seems the trainer and his staff have made a bad (tactical) job.
I believe the tactics were pretty good, but there were a couple of little yet fatal mistakes, such as insisting on Fernandinho and Jesus (Brazilian football has a terrible resistance to exchanges). Tite is pretty good, I hope he is kept as a trainer and improves himself instead of fired.
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« Reply #60 on: July 07, 2018, 03:30:36 PM »
Who could score goals against the Belgian goalie?

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« Reply #61 on: July 07, 2018, 03:41:54 PM »
lol, he had pretty amazing moves indeed!
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« Reply #62 on: July 07, 2018, 04:16:48 PM »
This secret of good play of Belgium



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Ah, the Asterix connection did not click with me.
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« Reply #66 on: July 08, 2018, 01:40:30 PM »
"75.8% of the calls to 112 (European 911) aren't emergencies either", lol!

Now seriously, I think Neymar's notoriousness in overreacting ends up letting other players get away with doing obvious fouls on him.
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« Reply #67 on: July 08, 2018, 02:31:08 PM »
Now seriously, I think Neymar's notoriousness in overreacting ends up letting other players get away with doing obvious fouls on him.
He cried wolf too many times and, once or twice in the match against Belgium, saw fouls being overlooked.
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« Reply #68 on: July 08, 2018, 03:15:47 PM »
True that.
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I'm sad. Croats - except some minutes - were better.
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I am devastated I was supporting Croatia!!!
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« Reply #74 on: July 15, 2018, 02:29:40 PM »
France didn't really deserve this title. Pretty average game across the tournament.
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« Reply #75 on: July 15, 2018, 06:52:13 PM »
I'm sad. Croats - except some minutes - were better.

The best team doesn't always win.  That's why the game is played because there's always the chance of an upset.  I'm disappointed though. 
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« Reply #76 on: July 15, 2018, 10:51:17 PM »
Very disappointed.  I'm glad that I resisted the temptation of missing Divine Liturgy for such a lousy result.  France was probably the most meh team that made it to the semi finals, though many were downright bad, like Russia, which made it so far through random chance of grouping early in the tournament.

The previous World Cup final was one of the best ever, when both teams had played thoroughly well all along and deserved equally to win, in spite of my natural aversion to Argentina.  The stuff of football history, quite unlike this final.

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« Reply #77 on: July 16, 2018, 06:28:25 AM »
France was probably the most meh team that made it to the semi finals
It definitely was...
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