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  1. 3 minutes ago, Monzanator said:

    I have a feeling both Holland and Argentina would rather play Croatia than Brazil in SF :evil:

    Sure, because Brazil has a way higher 'peak' than Croatia. As in, if Brazil really gets going, they can utterly destroy everyone, just like France. Croatia doesn't have that 'peak', but a team doesn't need to have that to be a big danger.


    And come on, boring, not boring, whatever. If you reach the World Cup final, and the next time you're in the semi's after kicking Brazil out, you are very well capable of kicking Argentina and the Netherlands out as well, no question about it.

  2. 3 minutes ago, thiago_simoes said:

    You mean Argentina losing to Saudi Arabia is less surprising than this? 

    Or Germany to Japan. Or Spain to Japan. Or Brazil to Cameroon. Or France to Tunisia. Or Portugal to South Korea. Or Spain to Morocco.


    But yeah, in terms of betting odds, nothing comes close to Saudi Arabia beating Argentina :d 

  3. 4 minutes ago, Monzanator said:

    Nope. Brazil played at walking pace, an absolute horrible match. Their arrogance was punished in the end.


    Croatia has only beaten Canada in 90 mins and here they are in WC semi-final :p All because Lukaku couldn't score from two meters out...


    Argentina vs Netherlands must feel like they will play for a place in the final.



    Yes, because underestimating opponents is totally not a thing.


    Any player who feels like they're playing for a spot in the final when playing the quarter final is ignorant.

  4. 1 minute ago, thiago_simoes said:

    His substitutions were nonsense.


    Morocco has shown that a defensive team can get lucky, and here we are.


    The referee being the 12th man for Croatia of course didn't help.

    To be fair, at least taking Richarlison out made sense. He was entirely invisible today, sadly..

  5. 8 minutes ago, hckošice said:

    the main question is, @heywoodu how is your hearing ? :p

    She was working during the first and second halves (but with the TV on in the bike shop), then rushed home after that and got here just in time for the start of extra time. And then Brazil scored and jeeeeeesus :p


    Her plate with the dinner nearly ended up on the walls.

  6. Dutch reporter at the stadium being asked about whether or not the number of Brazilian fans there is starting to increase significantly: "Well...I kind of see the same people here as I've seen in the past weeks, when these same people were wearing Belgian shirts, or Senegalese shirts. Now they're wearing Brazilian shirts." :p 


    Oh wow, they also just repeated some moments from BRA - CRO in 2014, I had totally forgotten about that absolute bullshit penalty for Brazil :yikes: 

  7. 3 hours ago, Vic Liu said:

    Only because it’s a humiliation for South Korea.

    Still a bit odd, because why not show the loss against Ghana, or against Japan earlier this year, or some of the many other losses in the past years? :d 


    Oh well, North Korea being North Korea I guess, who knows :p 

  8. Belgium does actually have their own biathlon range with 15-16 targets nowadays, since either last year or this year, so they really are working on something good at least, combined with getting half-Belgians to compete for them :p 


    With Lie, Cloetens, Claude and Langer Belgium potentially has quite a decent team for a mixed relay.

  9. 22 minutes ago, phelps said:

    hope ya'll know that she's actually from France (Youth World Champion with the French relay in 2020/2021 :evil:, 5th in the Sprint and 7th in the Individual in the same tournament)...:whistle: :pope:

    But with just as much French as Belgian blood, like Lotte Lie with Belgium-Norway.

  10. 55 minutes ago, RobtheAggie said:

    But, Congrats Cloetens for getting a podium for Belgium!:BEL

    And not with shooting luck or something, but the very fastest skiing time of all, with only one other girl within 20 seconds of her and only four other girls within a minute :yikes: 

  11. 2 hours ago, RobtheAggie said:

    Actually the lack of those teams, plus Belarus and the US as well make me even more encouraged.   I have no issues at all when people "play up" a level if they are ready.  It is often best for their long term development.  I am just excited to see lots of nations making an effort to be there. 



    Just a little sidenote: for Brazil I'm 99,99% sure it's just for the free IBU money one (read: the federation) gets for starting a race and they don't at all care about the results (at least the shooting part, I suppose they simply use it - other than for the free money - to get some more racing rhythm for the cross-country races) :p 


    Could well be the same for other small nations of course, but that I don't know.

  12. 16 minutes ago, hckošice said:

    Currently the whole NT is. The guys who retired from sport this summer, retired because the club (well basically the ministry of defence) did not extained their contracts because of poor results...


    It is in fact Not exactly an obligation, but basically it is unofficially expected that if you want to be a top level athlete representing the country, you should sign with Dukla and thus enter "unofficially-officially" the Slovak Army. Slovakia is kinda an exception in the world sport. Almost 75 % of Slovak top athletes are members of the Slovak Army (under the military Club Dukla Banská Bystrica)




    and we are speaking about likes of Petra Vlhová, canoe slalom team etc.. or even the Russian-born wrestlers who are winning for us medals nowadays :p


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    And speaking about biathlon eventual mercenaries, Even Nastya Kuzmina was and (still is) part of Dukla :p here is the full list (when you will click on biathlon icon you will find the complete list of athletes, and you can see that it is the complete NT)




    And this military service, what does it consist of? No way somebody is able to be a full-time military person and also a full-time pro athlete, so they have to do a couple of trainings per year or so, or mostly marketing work?

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