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Henry_Leon

Men's Football FIFA World Cup 2018

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1 minute ago, dareza said:

Sorry for Russian fans, but Russia simply is not team for SF.  Well deserved win for Croatia. After 20 years again in SF.

 

France is going to win, will they? :d 

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2 minutes ago, Wanderer said:

 

France is going to win, will they? :d 

 

Well they are my favorite :d Great team really.

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I hope Belgium but i predict France , Belgium vs. Croatia in final would be some thing really great , i was saying this as a joke during preliminary round but it's very close to happen now :yes

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13 minutes ago, thepharoah said:

I hope Belgium but i predict France , Belgium vs. Croatia in final would be some thing really great , i was saying this as a joke during preliminary round but it's very close to happen now :yes

Me to haha  BEL-CRO finale

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Posted (edited)

Sadly i couldn't watch any of the games, so the following opinion will only be based on highlights:

 

France vs. Uruguay: Expected winner, although both goals were rather out of nowhere. Apparently Mbappe learned the wrong things from Neymar, but unlike him he has still enough time to grow-up.

 

Belgium vs. Brazil: Surprising winner, apparently the absence of Casemiro hurt Brazil more than most people thought. I am happy that Clownmar is out, but on the other hand Brazil clearly got screwed by not getting a penalty when Kompany fouled Jesus. Absolutely shocking "mistake" by the referee/VAR.

 

England vs. Sweden: Another goal after a set piece for England, nothing new. Sweden didn't look as aggressive in defense as in previous games, maybe they were tired or the absence of Lustig hurt them.

 

Croatia vs. Russia: After the group stage noone would have thought that Croatia would need 2 penalty shootouts to beat Russia and Denmark, but those games showed that they clearly have a problem with breaking down defensive teams. On the one hand i am sad that the host is out, on the other hand i am happy that Russia is out. Their first penalty was absolutely shocking, possibly the worst penalty since Zaza's penalty against Germany.

 

Surprisingly overall the matches were less close than in the previous round. In the round of last 16 only one game was won by more than 1 goal, in the quarterfinal 2 games were won by more than 1 goal. Still no team played brilliantly at this world cup so far, most goals are scored by coincidence, after set-pieces or after goalkeeper mistakes. Most games are very close but not on a very high level in my opinion.

 

Predictions:

France vs. Belgium is at least 60/40 for France in my opinion. The french defense is just much better and they have better alternatives on the bench. For me they are still the clear favorite to win this tournament and this game might very well be something like an early final (although the same has been said at 2016 european championships and then Portugal won the title).

Croatia vs. England: I think England is the favorite in this match (croatian players will surely be exhausted), although i hope that England won't make it, but i don't really see Croatia beating them. I never would have thought that one of those teams would make the final, but both had an incredibly easy draw (although probably not as easy as the draw for Germany in 2002). I think it would only be "fair" if either France or Belgium would win the title, they just had a much more difficult path to the final. As long as neither England nor Croatia win their first world cup here i will be fine. Personally i would prefer to see Belgium winning it, since France just has too many annoying players and the french team is bound to get even better in the next couple of years, so they will get enough chances in the future to win some big titles, while a chance like that might not present itself again for Belgium.

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I thought Croatia was a joke before the World Cup (Croatia lost 2-0 to Brazil last month), but a mix of talent and luck led them to semifinals. Now anything can happen.

As I wrote before, I will not cheer/root for any team (I jinx every team I root for), but I have to say it would be nice to have a final between Belgium and Croatia so a new world champion can emerge. Most people I know in Brazil are rooting for Belgium. 

 

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Like Thiago Simones says: i hope we will have a new champion.......it will be ironic if Belgium win the World Cup in their first final than their neighbors from Netherlands with 3 lost finals....

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1 hour ago, konig said:

Like Thiago Simones says: i hope we will have a new champion.......it will be ironic if Belgium win the World Cup in their first final than their neighbors from Netherlands with 3 lost finals....

Yeah like I said earlier this World Cup: if that happens, we Dutch are never gonna hear the end of that :lol: No thanks :d 

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vor 4 Stunden schrieb heywoodu:

Yeah like I said earlier this World Cup: if that happens, we Dutch are never gonna hear the end of that :lol: No thanks :d 

Quiet interesting ...

When the Netherlands failed to qualify, german fans made fun of the dutch fans/team, then Germany failed to make it out of the group and the dutch/brazilian people made fun of them. We have to believe that Belgium eliminating Brazil was karma, the same would be true for Belgium winning the world cup (concerning the dutch fans). Belgium seems to be on a mission to revenge german "enemies". It's destiny for Belgium to win it, there is no way around it.

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I'm still proud of the swedish team. QF is not bad. Congrats the four teams which advanced to SF. My bet for the gold is France.:)

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