The 2018 World Cup

Discussion in 'The Netherlands' started by Brilliant Dutch, Nov 23, 2017.

  1. Brilliant Dutch

    Brilliant Dutch Member+

    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    Only $100.

    So I'm still up $300, but I'm starting to feel a bit of pain
     
  2. bunbohue

    bunbohue Member

    Apr 5, 2005
    I like Modric. It's like he has 4 lungs, all over the places, defend, starts the offence, trying to take shot... Should be nominated for best player of this WC, probably up there with Pogba, Mbappe, Kane. From the France I like Kante. He did all the dirty work, kind of like Busquet but less annoying for me. I wish NT has these 2 players for the midfield. Not sure if the Croatians have any gas left in the tank after 2 PK games and 1 extra games where the France is well rested. Both have talents, France is younger and Croatia should be a bit more experienced. Hope for a good final.
     
  3. I'm a little suspicious about their resurrection act in the 2nd half. They have a notorious dope abuser in their staff, so ....
     
  4. 2nd_striker

    2nd_striker Member

    May 21, 2008
    London
    England same old story! Sat back after scoring and cant pass the ball. But hey, the memes were fun
     
  5. Brilliant Dutch

    Brilliant Dutch Member+

    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    Don't tell me Croatia are gonna go on and win the whole thing now.

    This is insanity!!!!! :eek:
     
  6. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Three extra time matches in a row!! Croatia players looked much fresher in extra time last night than did England. I don't know if it will catch up to them versus France. We'll have to see on Sunday!!!
     
  7. and fresher than in the first half:cautious:
    In the locker room they "found" a couple of bottles left by the Russian team after their last match:sneaky:
     
  8. Brilliant Dutch

    Brilliant Dutch Member+

    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    Who's that?
     
  9. bunbohue

    bunbohue Member

    Apr 5, 2005
    :sneaky::ROFLMAO: Either that or their coach or somebody must give them an inspirational speech, something along the line that let's go out and leave everything on the field as we are so close to the final and may never have this chance again. By that, they may not have anything left for final :)laugh:). Croatia has about 4.4 millions people (Uruguay has about 3.4 millions). Let's see if either team in the final will go for the win or play not to lose.
     
  10. Ivica Olic
     
  11. onzie77

    onzie77 Member

    May 18, 2012
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Croatia's tactics have been on point and they make adjustments to attack the weak point of teams. Gareth Southgate I was reading all these articles about he leaves no stone unturned and looks to other sports for inspiration, but he had no inspiration on his team. I still think France is going to win the world cup. score an early goal, defend, hit on the counter.
     
  12. bunbohue

    bunbohue Member

    Apr 5, 2005
    France is lucky so far...
     
  13. BaritoPutra

    BaritoPutra Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    Tough luck for Croatia this half so far... and got no love from the referee. First France's goal was quite dubious, there was very little contact on the foul to Griezmann (he certainly made a feast out of it :cautious:) before the free-kick.
     
  14. Brilliant Dutch

    Brilliant Dutch Member+

    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    Don't let the referee's decide the game, let the players decide the game!!
     
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  15. bunbohue

    bunbohue Member

    Apr 5, 2005
    France has luck but was clinical, did not mess up their pk and convert their chances. It is over.
     
  16. Antario2

    Antario2 Member

    Jan 29, 2012
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    #291 Antario2, Jul 15, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2018
    This final is such a mess. Reminds me of the bottle job by Webb in '10.
     
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  17. Brilliant Dutch

    Brilliant Dutch Member+

    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    What a horrible referee!!!!!

    Let the damn players decide the game, not the referee!!!

    My Sunday has been ruined
     
  18. I'm very much in favour of the hockey rule in soccer: "if the ball hits your foot (adapted for soccer ...yor hand..), it's a penalty."
    It doesnot matter if it was intentionally or not.
     
  19. How much did you loose;)
     
  20. Brilliant Dutch

    Brilliant Dutch Member+

    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    LOL.....I didnt bet on this one, the return was too low @ 1.44

    But Croatia got totally ripped off on this one.
    There's absolutely no way to sugarcoat this
     
  21. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    Go over to the referees forum and read the discussion. Most felt that it was a handball and the penalty was deserved. I thought Griezman done and there should not have been a free kick, so no first goal
     
  22. Brilliant Dutch

    Brilliant Dutch Member+

    Oct 14, 2013
    Amsterdam, Holland
    Yeah, I guess technically it's a penalty.
    Its just a shitty way to decide a final :(

    BTW O14, didnt you predict France would win the whole thing?? Nice call, if so
     
  23. bunbohue

    bunbohue Member

    Apr 5, 2005
    This France has good enough defense to score one goal and then kill you with counter attack with Mbappe and Griezmann. Germany on the hand is prone to quick counter attack which I am sure they will try to address. NT will be underdog so i hope these two will underestimate us and perhaps Lloris will be generous gifted us a goal somehow.
     
  24. Orange14

    Orange14 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 27, 2007
    Bethesda, MD
    Club:
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    Netherlands
    I thought Belgium would beat France
     
  25. Found this, tactical analysis of the final, in another thread:
     
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