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Old 07-15-2018, 12:20 PM   #166
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it's taking a ridiculously long time to set up this post-game ceremony. it's a little bit absurd that croatia has to sit there on the pitch for 30+ minutes after the game and watch france celebrate.
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Old 07-15-2018, 01:09 PM   #167
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i just found out that the 2022 world cup is going to be played starting in mid november with the final a week before christmas. that's gonna be strange.
What??

That's bizarre.

Congrats to France. I was in Paris 20 years ago right after they won the first time and it was quite the party there for a while.
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Old 07-15-2018, 01:20 PM   #168
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What??

That's bizarre.
they can't play in the summer heat of qatar.

FIFA only managed to figure this out after qatar was awarded the world cup.
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This is really cool, a mashup of every goal called by Telemundo: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...?smid=tw-share
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Old 07-16-2018, 03:27 AM   #170
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France really lucky in the first half: clear dive by Griezmann (he clearly learned a lot at Atletico) and I don't agree with the penalty decision either. Croatia was better in the first half so it's nearly an impossible task if you're still behind at the break. France killed it nicely in the second half with some great play by Mbappé and Pogba.

Overall, they were the best team of the World Cup, but I'm not a fan of their style to say the least.
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Australia was better.
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Old 07-16-2018, 04:14 AM   #172
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2018 World Cup

Well, what an amazing month that was - a fabulous tournament from the outset. It had incredible drama. Going to be a bit of a comedown this next week or so.

France and Croatia were two of the best three teams of the tournament, and certainly the best Final I've ever watched over 7 World Cups I've experienced. Croatia were immense, really unlucky that some of the balls into the box didn't eventuate into something more, and I don't think it should have been a penalty against Perisic. But France were quality. Their brand of football might not be to everyone's liking, but they navigated the Knockout stage better than anyone else.

Modric a pleasing Golden Ball winner, although Hazard was probably more outstanding.

But is this the last great World Cup? Qatar 2022 is the tournament that no one wants, a hideous hosting arrangement in every respect imaginable. It's hard as a lover of the competition to justify my investment in such an awful arrangement, whether it be something as trivial as Australia not securing the rights against a country with minimal pedigree, to something as genuinely sinister as the slaves that continue to perish at the construction sites.

And then there is 2026, a hosting arrangement that successfully works to restore faith in the allocation of World Cup hosts (following Russia and Qatar), but in a horribly dysfunctional expanded format. It just spells trouble (contrived results, lower quality football, more penalty shootouts) and will be difficult to reverse.

Anyway, this tournament was so fun and satisfying. Plenty of highlights. Managed to watch about 34 matches in full which I was concerned I would fail to achieve, given the Timezone, the Optus disaster, and how busy work is this time of year.

Time to catch up on some sleep.
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Paris and all the towns will be buzzing, but here the village is super quiet - haven't even heard a single car horn tooting yet (that's what we do for weddings and footie matches) lmfao

just popped my head outside to check - nothing - just a couple of lizards basking quietly in the sun haha
This sounds lovely; I'd like to live in a village in France. Congrats!
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This sounds lovely; I'd like to live in a village in France. Congrats!
i spend most of my days snowed under working to crazy deadlines, so forget where i live most of the time until i step outside to get some vitamin D for a few moments - the peace and quiet is definitely a good antidote to a ridiculous work schedule haha!

still buzzing from the World Cup - my clients have even been talking football with me - it's hilarious haha

i do love seeing the Frenchies happy - they have had a tough few years since Charlie, so nice to have a boost...
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I love the USA women's world cup squad.
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