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Post #136
Sunday July 8, 2018 3:48am

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Original post from db707

Well, no more Brazil and all European teams left. Can't wait for Sunday evening when we can turn the page and not be in a state of not having qualified for the World Cup.




cleancutimage
Post #137
Sunday July 8, 2018 4:04am

Joined Oct 2013
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Original post from db707

Well, no more Brazil and all European teams left. Can't wait for Sunday evening when we can turn the page and not be in a state of not having qualified for the World Cup.


I agree, at the end of the day only one team can win. How far we would have gone in this tournament, who knows but from the looks of it, us being a non-European team probably would not have got past the quarterfinals(which anyone of us would take)(also, that side of the bracket opposite, Brasil, France, Belgium would have looked tasty if we advanced out our group and we were on that side of the bracket) at the furthest and could have easily crashed out at the group stage at the soonest. Could've, would've, should've but I really haven't truly enjoyed this World Cup the way I should have. So I, too will be glad to see this over.

PortCityFan
Louisiana
Post #138
Monday July 9, 2018 3:53am

Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts: 183
Anyone in the Dallas area know of a good viewing for the finals? My wife and I will be in the area and noticed the FC Dallas bomb factory party is sold out.

dfw_fan
DfW
Post #139
Monday July 9, 2018 5:21am

Joined Apr 2013
Total Posts: 998
Original post from PortCityFan

Anyone in the Dallas area know of a good viewing for the finals? My wife and I will be in the area and noticed the FC Dallas bomb factory party is sold out.


I usually go to Londoner in Addison, which has great atmosphere, each WC has games have fans from the respective countries..

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #140
Tuesday July 10, 2018 8:53pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 9,802
Another case of possession meaning nothing. Belgium has possession but not near as dangerous as France has been. Possession soccer is overrated.

db707
Post #141
Tuesday July 10, 2018 9:14pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 700
Only three more matches. They should get rid of the third place match. Basically a glorified friendly. VAR has been more positive than negative in my view (not perfect, I still don't agree with the overturn of the Senegal penalty, and have no idea what Iran got their penalty for against Portugal), but I'd still like to see them move to using it as a challenge system. Hazard did get fouled on that play around minute 80, which would have been a dangerous free kick.

dfw_fan
DfW
Post #142
Tuesday July 10, 2018 9:44pm

Joined Apr 2013
Total Posts: 998
Great match, loved every minute of the game.
Brings back the memories of USA-BEL in 2014, will have to appreciate how well we had played in 2014.
We may have had different result if JJ, Beckerman, Dempsey were on the right side of 30 for the 2018 campaign.

Know Nothing
Post #143
Tuesday July 10, 2018 10:01pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 1,438
Kind of makes you appreciate how much of an accomplishment it was for our youngsters to carve out a draw against France

Know Nothing
Post #144
Tuesday July 10, 2018 10:07pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 1,438
Original post from 2tone

Another case of possession meaning nothing. Belgium has possession but not near as dangerous as France has been. Possession soccer is overrated.


Possession football is like a Ferrari, it looks great when it is going, but once it is stuck in traffic it is nothing more than a waste of gas.

hamsamwich
Post #145
Wednesday July 11, 2018 1:41am

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 2,743
While it would be romantic if Croatia won, a France-England final is a classic in the making.

Not only that but the two countries are arguably the best at developing talent. England has won the u17 and u20 world cups most recently and the French have C, D and E teams as good as many countries. They've earned their chances due to good management behind the scenes.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #146
Wednesday July 11, 2018 5:12am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 9,802
While I have predicted a France V England final, I will not be surprised if Croatia win tomorrow. And I always take youth World Cup winners with a grain of salt. Nigeria is the most successful team at the u 17 level, but yet to really produce at the senior level. Developing from a good youth player to a good pro is a crap shoot at times.

Lilshmike
Post #147
Wednesday July 11, 2018 2:30pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 817
Original post from 2tone

While I have predicted a France V England final, I will not be surprised if Croatia win tomorrow. And I always take youth World Cup winners with a grain of salt. Nigeria is the most successful team at the u 17 level, but yet to really produce at the senior level. Developing from a good youth player to a good pro is a crap shoot at times.
Nigeria is a bad example. They have been in trouble for fielding players over the age of 17. Age fraud is problem in Africa.

db707
Post #148
Wednesday July 11, 2018 4:05pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 700
Original post from Lilshmike

Nigeria is a bad example. They have been in trouble for fielding players over the age of 17. Age fraud is problem in Africa.


Competition fraud in general is a big problem with insufficient penalties. There should be stiffer penalties including World Cup bans for things like pervasive match fixing (El Salvador), creating fraudulent documentation for ineligible players (East Timor) or age fraud at youth level (Nigeria in 2017 and a host of other countries). Mexico got banned from Italia '90 for getting caught with overage players, yet somehow FIFA's gotten away from that level of stiff penalties.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #149
Wednesday July 11, 2018 4:21pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 9,802
Original post from Lilshmike

Nigeria is a bad example. They have been in trouble for fielding players over the age of 17. Age fraud is problem in Africa.


As far as I know they haven't been in trouble for fielding age ineligible players at youth world cups.

I stand by my statement that just because you win a youth World Cup does not mean you will be successful at the senior level. Mexico is a prime example as well as Argentina.

db707
Post #150
Wednesday July 11, 2018 4:31pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 700
https://www.eurosport.com/football/nigerian-u...

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