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Post by noleisthebest on Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:14 pm

Serbia’s qualified, and just like with Nole we have the toughest draw...group of death: Brasil, Switzerland, Costa Rica.

IDEMOOOOOOO ! ! ! diva

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Post by Tenez on Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:14 am

Allez Costa Rica!

Winking

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Post by noleisthebest on Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:59 am

Is Costa Rica an (ex)-French colony?

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Post by naxroy on Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:23 pm

Vamos España!

though I dont expect much with all the controversy

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Post by noleisthebest on Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:58 pm

And we are off and awaaaaay!!!!! diva diva diva

What an awesome goal from Kolarov!!!




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Re: FIFA World Cup, Russia 2018

Post by raiders_of_the_lost_ark on Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:21 pm

Great win for Mexico. Germans didn't have their day, tried but just not to be today.

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Re: FIFA World Cup, Russia 2018

Post by summerblues on Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:57 pm

Sad

Not happy about Germany. Hopefully they advance but they could have a very tough Rd16 if they do not win their group.

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Post by Tenez on Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:58 pm

What????you are supporting the Germans? So glad they lost!

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Post by summerblues on Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:29 pm

Tenez wrote:What????you are supporting the Germans? So glad they lost!
Well you are French, you are supposed to be glad smiley

Not sure why I root for Germany.  I am not German, but somehow when I was a kid I started rooting for them and it just stuck.  So much so that if they make the final, I will be watching soccer rather than Wimbledon final - even if the latter featured Fed vs Rafa for the ultimate GOAThood.

My rooting for Germany is a soccer specific thing though - does not extend to other sports.  I was always rooting against Becker when I was a kid, for example.  In fact, in retrospect I suspect it was at least partly because he was German.

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Post by Tenez on Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:37 pm

summerblues wrote:
Tenez wrote:What????you are supporting the Germans? So glad they lost!
Well you are French, you are supposed to be glad smiley

Not sure why I root for Germany.  I am not German, but somehow when I was a kid I started rooting for them and it just stuck.  So much so that if they make the final, I will be watching soccer rather than Wimbledon final - even if the latter featured Fed vs Rafa for the ultimate GOAThood.
Wow....a hopeless case then! Winking

My rooting for Germany is a soccer specific thing though - does not extend to other sports.  I was always rooting against Becker when I was a kid, for example.  In fact, in retrospect I suspect it was at least partly because he was German.
At last some hope.

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Re: FIFA World Cup, Russia 2018

Post by noleisthebest on Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:49 am

I haven’t watched football for ages...it’s changed a lot.

And it’s a bit weird to switch back to that world, because it’s sooooo different from tennis!

When you watch a tennis match you see superb skill every minute or so...with football, you’re lucky if you get 2-3 decent moves...let alone goals.

I also noticed there is a lot of dirty play/tackling now, use of hands and arms is almost a norm...no stone’s kind of left unturned...

Though, the really skilled players are skilled more than in the past, you can see they work    harder  than 20+years ago.

I won’t comment on tattoos and hairstyles 

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Post by Tenez on Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:09 pm

noleisthebest wrote:I also noticed there is a lot of dirty play/tackling now, use of hands and arms is almost a norm...no stone’s kind of left unturned...
That was probably worse at the time South American players (Brazil in particular) were head and shoulder above Europeans and those latter were constantly hurting the more talented ones as they coudl not get hold of the ball.

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Post by DEC1M7 on Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:12 pm

summerblues wrote:
Not sure why I root for Germany.  I am not German, but somehow when I was a kid I started rooting for them and it just stuck.  So much so that if they make the final, I will be watching soccer rather than Wimbledon final - even if the latter featured Fed vs Rafa for the ultimate GOAThood.

Why? Football is so boring compared to tennis, out of the 90 minutes there's probably only 7 minutes of exciting sport. Remaining 83 minutes ball is just in the middle of the park going nowhere.

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Post by noleisthebest on Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:08 pm

Tenez wrote:
noleisthebest wrote:I also noticed there is a lot of dirty play/tackling now, use of hands and arms is almost a norm...no stone’s kind of left unturned...
That was probably worse at the time South American players (Brazil in particular) were head and shoulder above Europeans and those latter were constantly hurting the more talented ones as they coudl not get hold of the ball.

Yes, now Europeans have caught up “physically”, it was almost sad to watch Switzerland draw vs Brasil yesterday...outmuscle, bully, pull their shirts, armlock around the neck etc...

In a way similar to tennis, it’s tough for talent to shine.

Tjier draw is perfect for Serbia though, as we are the top of the group atm! Big Grin

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Re: FIFA World Cup, Russia 2018

Post by legendkillar on Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:55 pm

The standard of refereeing in this tournament has been beyond poor. This lot I wouldn't trust doing an under 5's game let alone a World Cup match. 

No clue how to use VAR.

Embarrassment

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Post by noleisthebest on Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:22 pm

legendkillar wrote:The standard of refereeing in this tournament has been beyond poor. This lot I wouldn't trust doing an under 5's game let alone a World Cup match. 

No clue how to use VAR.

Embarrassment
Agreed.
That Tunisian number 13 should’ve been sent off.
What a nasty piece.


Ref looks like he’s received a fat envelope before the match.

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Post by noleisthebest on Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:28 pm

MTO-ing has even crept into football.
It’s so weird to see how gamesmanship has developed in football.

It’s cuthroat at the top!

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Post by noleisthebest on Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:16 pm

That was some nice football from England.
Quick, light feet, fast passing...very Brazilian!

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Post by noleisthebest on Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:48 pm

DEC1M7 wrote:
Why? Football is so boring compared to tennis, out of the 90 minutes there's probably only 7 minutes of exciting sport. Remaining 83 minutes ball is just in the middle of the park going nowhere.
I wouldn’t say boring, just different, completely different.

There is something exciting about a well composed body of eleven players all striving for the same thing: the imperfect passes, the misses, the agony of helplesness when you lose, because it was a team loss and the ecstasy of winning if you eg score a big goal.

Its philosophy looks at a different angle of human effort in sport...although all sports boil down the same on paper.

Anyway, I am enjoying both tennis and football atm...bring it ooon! diva

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Post by summerblues on Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:36 am

DEC1M7 wrote:Football is so boring compared to tennis, out of the 90 minutes there's probably only 7 minutes of exciting sport.
You have clearly never seen Rafa play.

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Post by summerblues on Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:40 am

noleisthebest wrote:I haven’t watched football for ages...it’s changed a lot.

[…]

I also noticed there is a lot of dirty play/tackling now, use of hands and arms is almost a norm...no stone’s kind of left unturned...
I also hardly ever watch football these days - essentially once every four years.  But my impression (though could be wrong, old memories are fading) is that football was dirtier 30-40 years ago than it is now.  I seem to remember it used to be non-stop fouls, injury faking, etc etc.  There is still fair amount of that, but if anything I would say less than back then.

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Re: FIFA World Cup, Russia 2018

Post by legendkillar on Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:49 am

noleisthebest wrote:
legendkillar wrote:The standard of refereeing in this tournament has been beyond poor. This lot I wouldn't trust doing an under 5's game let alone a World Cup match. 

No clue how to use VAR.

Embarrassment
Agreed.
That Tunisian number 13 should’ve been sent off.
What a nasty piece.


Ref looks like he’s received a fat envelope before the match.

It's been a farce all tournament. Brazil were kicked out of the game. The penalties awarded and not awarded have been shocking.

Referees look clueless. VAR looks clueless. 

Completely pathetic standards for such a grand event.

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Re: FIFA World Cup, Russia 2018

Post by noleisthebest on Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:39 am

I thought reffing was good in the 3-4 matches I’ve seen.

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Post by legendkillar on Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:22 am

The reffing has been dire.

Australia/France - Never a penalty. Ball was won first, so irrelevance of follow through contact.

Switzerland/Brazil - Blatant push on the Swiss goal. How it took the ref 70 minutes to book Behrami for kicking lumps out of Neymar. 

Argentina/Iceland - Gave a penalty when it wasn't and then didn't give one when it was.

Sweden/South Korea - How long did it take for them to review. 

A refereeing shitshow!

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Post by naxroy on Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:05 pm

noleisthebest wrote:I haven’t watched football for ages...it’s changed a lot.

And it’s a bit weird to switch back to that world, because it’s sooooo different from tennis!

When you watch a tennis match you see superb skill every minute or so...with football, you’re lucky if you get 2-3 decent moves...let alone goals.

I also noticed there is a lot of dirty play/tackling now, use of hands and arms is almost a norm...no stone’s kind of left unturned...

Though, the really skilled players are skilled more than in the past, you can see they work    harder  than 20+years ago.

I won’t comment on tattoos and hairstyles 

you are like the typical football fan... but in tennis

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Post by noleisthebest on Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:23 pm

naxroy wrote:
noleisthebest wrote:I haven’t watched football for ages...it’s changed a lot.
And it’s a bit weird to switch back to that world, because it’s sooooo different from tennis!
When you watch a tennis match you see superb skill every minute or so...with football, you’re lucky if you get 2-3 decent moves...let alone goals.
I also noticed there is a lot of dirty play/tackling now, use of hands and arms is almost a norm...no stone’s kind of left unturned...
Though, the really skilled players are skilled more than in the past, you can see they work    harder  than 20+years ago.
I won’t comment on tattoos and hairstyles 
you are like the typical football fan... but in tennis

Yes, I know I am the Special One. 🆒

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Post by legendkillar on Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:30 pm

Hoorah!

A referee and VAR working together to make the right decision!

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Post by naxroy on Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:21 pm

var is working well so far

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Post by legendkillar on Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:47 pm

The technology is working, but the application isn't.

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Post by legendkillar on Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:09 pm

Argentina what a disgrace! No need to lose your discipline like that.

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Post by noleisthebest on Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:13 am

legendkillar wrote:Argentina what a disgrace! No need to lose your discipline like that.
What ‘appened!

Haven’t seen any fottie today and yesterday...tomorrow’s the big one for Serbia! diva

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Post by legendkillar on Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:58 am

noleisthebest wrote:
legendkillar wrote:Argentina what a disgrace! No need to lose your discipline like that.
What ‘appened!

Haven’t seen any fottie today and yesterday...tomorrow’s the big one for Serbia! diva

Went 2 goals go down and just went into meltdown and started kicking lumps out of Croatia. Otimendi's conduct was disgraceful kicking a player when down.

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Post by luvsports! on Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:36 pm

At least we got some goals.
Fed up of 1-0

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Post by legendkillar on Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:38 pm

Another VAR farce.

The refereeing in this tournament has been utter shit! This lot should never referee another professional match. Fucking disgraceful!

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Post by summerblues on Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:41 pm

FYI:  If Germany plays one more game like this, and then you do not hear from me thereafter, it is because I died of a heart attack.

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Post by Tenez Yesterday at 1:36 am

Losing you as a poster and having Germany lose in the first round....difficult choice....I am in 2 minds!

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Post by summerblues Yesterday at 2:03 pm

LOL

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Post by noleisthebest Yesterday at 2:30 pm

I am officially boycotting world cup now.

The ref from Serbia-Switzerland match should be tried in the Hague indeed!

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Post by naxroy Today at 9:51 am

VAR doesnt work 100% yet

but in general is working better than expected

bad luck for serbia


increible win from germany against sweden

it is a wonderful worldcup so far

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Post by gallery play Today at 1:02 pm

If i put all options in line (Ronaldo, Ramos, Griezman or Neymar jumping up and down with the cup???) i must say -for crying out loud- let the Germans win it.
Yes, this is coming from a Dutchman.... Blush 
But if they win it will be painless, they won't bother anyone because they expect nothing less. Winning is: ein ganz klare sache. They won't rub it in when i'm there. Then the Belgiums...please no! The Dutch won't have a life left if they win. They will mock us forever!

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