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FIFA World Cup, the Ultimate Quadrennial Soccer Tournament - 2018 Host Nation Russia: Jun 14 - Jul 15, 2018

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On 6/27/2018 at 12:51 PM, Tweaked said:

BOOM!  Our first upset.  The defending champions are out.  This is the third WC in a row that the defending champions have failed to get out of the group stage.  (Germany in 2018, Spain in 2014, Italy in 2010). 

What does this tell us?  Should WC-winning teams be put out to pasture and overhauled?  Perhaps winning Confederations Cup with a so-called B team should have been a fat hint to Germany's team management.

 

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7 minutes ago, Sasha K said:

What does this tell us?  Should WC-winning teams be put out to pasture and overhauled?  Perhaps winning Confederations Cup with a so-called B team should have been a fat hint to Germany's team management.

This is no different than Olympic teams - athletes age 4-years in-between events. You don't want to break up a winning squad, but Father Time rests undefeated.

I kept reading headlines about Germany being "arrogant" - was this true? Also stories about their midfielders getting beaten in the open pitch because they were getting tired.

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Mbappé became the first teenager to score two goals in a match since Pelé did it 60-years ago. Coco Rico!

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2 hours ago, DonRocks said:

This is no different than Olympic teams - athletes age 4-years in-between events. You don't want to break up a winning squad, but Father Time rests undefeated.

There is more to it, apparently.  A 4-year-older France crashed in 2002, but then an 8-year-older France, with many of the same players, made it to the final game.

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1 hour ago, Sasha K said:

There is more to it, apparently.  A 4-year-older France crashed in 2002, but then an 8-year-older France, with many of the same players, made it to the final game.

And there were no Goldberg Variations recorded in the 60s or 70s. ;)

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Catching up:

England enters uncharted territory after enduring and winning a penalty kick shoot out.

Belgium and Japan play the best 45 minutes of the tournament (so far).

Friday's matches: Uruguay v France, Belgium v Brazil.  

Saturday's matches: English v Sweden, Russia v. Croatia

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10 hours ago, Tweaked said:

Belgium and Japan play the best 45 minutes of the tournament (so far).

Dammit, I watched the first half not the 2nd half with all the goals.  Still it was interesting if only because the two teams had very different threats and skill players who they were trying to set up

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Uruguay falls.  No Cavani hurt.

Belgium survives.  South America are out.

France v Belgium Tuesday at 2pm.  A spot in the final awaits.

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Gareth Southgate's lying ways has paid off.  By saying they want to beat Belgium but then playing the B team, GS positioned England in the junior varsity bracket.  While Columbia is still petitioning for a rematch due to VAR irregularities, England took on Sweden, a team that barely qualified for the World Cup.  Sterling proved yet again he has no finishing skills, but he worked hard.  And England is through to the semis - and I'm slightly richer!

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Croatia failed to win in regular time, which made me poorer.  But they eventually drummed out the overachieving host country.  

Semi-finals will be 🇫🇷 v Belgium 🇧🇪 and England v. 🇭🇷 

 

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8 hours ago, Sasha K said:

If there should be an England Russia semi-final, the English better bring their own water.

Jan 21, 2005 - "Brazil Revive Drug Row after 15 Years" on theguardian.com

Tranquilizer? Maybe they should have used a laxative instead - they could have blamed it on "the food." 🙃

All the treachery of Palio di Siena, with 100-times the gravitas.

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4 hours ago, Ericandblueboy said:

Breaking transfer news.  CR7 signs with Juve.

To put things in perspective, what would be a comparable event in another sport? Is this like LeBron James leaving the Cavaliers, except global in scope?

(Note also the "Ronaldo or Messi" thread, which is essentially our "2014 FIFA World Cup" thread.)

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CR7 is coming off 3 straight Champions League titles.  No other team has won even 2 consecutive Champions League titles.  LeBron only won 1 with Cleveland and that was a few years ago.  CR7 leaving Real Madrid is bit of a shock (especially since Juve is paying 105 million Euros as a transfer fee for someone with very few great years left).  Lebron leaving Cleveland isn't a surprise. 

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I love it when there's actually a score of more than 1 by either team.  What a treat.  Congrats to France.

 

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I don’t get the first goal.  Griezman wasn’t fouled.  France should never had that free kick.  It led to a score.  Don’t know why is wasn’t VARed.

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Apparently those types of fouls weren't eligible for VAR at the WC (at least that is what one of the announcers said)

Although some articles online seem to contradict that, so beats me.

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On 7/10/2018 at 8:28 PM, Ericandblueboy said:

CR7 is coming off 3 straight Champions League titles.  No other team has won even 2 consecutive Champions League titles.  LeBron only won 1 with Cleveland and that was a few years ago.  CR7 leaving Real Madrid is bit of a shock (especially since Juve is paying 105 million Euros as a transfer fee for someone with very few great years left).  Lebron leaving Cleveland isn't a surprise. 

Ronaldo was the highest-paid athlete in the world in 2017 and 2018 per Forbes.

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