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  1. Warm-hands

    The Final & 3rd Place - FRA v. CRO / BEL v. ENG

    As for the Golden Glove, today will tell us if Subasic deserves it more than Lloris, which I doubt so. Lloris was instrumental for France from the very beginning of the tournament, until the KO matches. Otherwise, it turns out that if France win today (the most likely result IMO), that will be a CL+WC double for Raphael Varane. Are we gonna have a defender on the Ballon d'Or podium for the first time since Cannavaro in 2006 ? Having said that, depending on what happens today, Modric could also genuinely win the Ballon d'Or, which would make him the first ever Croatian player to do it.
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    The Final & 3rd Place - FRA v. CRO / BEL v. ENG

    Is Harry Kane the most Under-performing top-scorer in WCs recent history ? Dude has almost disappeared for the whole Knock-out stage, and still he's gonna grab the Golden boot award. Massive disappointment.
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    2018 Semi Finals - FRA vs BEL & ENG vs CRO

    Martinez fucked it up. Vertonghen as LB was dull from the begining. Hated Mertens as RW then. Couldn't do anything against Hernandez but crossing some gifts to Lloris. Hated Feillaini as LW too, it's not even conceivable that he found himself playing there in this game. OTOH, we were solid and conceded very few real chances to Belgium. Not a shiny way to qualify (Mbappé in particular was very irritating in the end), but that's the Deschamps way. We are used to it by now: the most important is that "we are in final".
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    2018 Semi Finals - FRA vs BEL & ENG vs CRO

    Decent half. Sure it would have been far batter had Pavard crossed that ball back rather than shot. Wtf? Chadli and Dembélé have been decent in their respective roles thus far. Fellaini and Vertonghen have been average, if not mediocre.
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    2018 Semi Finals - FRA vs BEL & ENG vs CRO

    So Vertonghen as LB ? Damn, can't wait for this clash.
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    Football: Jules Rimet Still Gleaming

    I'd have thought that Real's new front line would be a Hazard - Icardi - Salah. Three excellent, quite young, versatile attackers playing at a great level in medium club (I am aware that Pool just reached a CL final, but let's be honest, when it comes to sell their best players to a Spanish giant, they're as competent as Spurs), who may not stay where they are for a long time. At the moment, I just feel a bit surprised to not hear any reports about Real being interested in Salah. They were linked to Icardi at some point too.
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    2018 Quarter-finals

    Lukaku's had a hell of a game. Could have scored had Martinez brought some fresh legs earlier in this 2nd half. Nevertheless, great tactical display by Martinez. KDB & Hazard especially were in their perfect roles. This french-speaking semi-final is going to be fine. With superb players in both side, I'll probably be glad whoever get in to the final. Le football rentre à la maison. PS: noticed how many people state that this WC last square looks like a European Cup. Either you assume that Russia is in Europe, or you assume that they won't make it to the semi ? >_>
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    2018 Quarter-finals

    Plus, Neymar & Willian have not been that good in the tournament so far. Neymar have spent more time rolling on the pitch than anyone, and Willian's sole decent performance was against Mexico. Douglas Costa would actually deserve to start instead of one of them. Brazil's record in this WC is more down to their defensive solidity (T.Silva, Miranda, Fagner & Casemiro all being in top form) than anything else, IMHO. (oh, I almost forgot Coutinho, in spite of his average performance against Mexico)
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    2018 Quarter-finals

    Worst scenario would be Uruguay, Brazil, Sweden & Russia to advance lol. Not only would it settle a Sweden v Russia semi-final (urgh), but it would actually almost ensure the title to Brazil. I'd personally put a coin on France, Brazil, Sweden & Croatia.
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    Round of 16: : LET THE (Knockout) GAMES BEGIN!

    Can England make it today ? (absolutely not interested in Switzerland vs Sweden, I have to reckon)
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    Round of 16: : LET THE (Knockout) GAMES BEGIN!

    Yup, hard to disagree with that. I assume they aren't lined up for not being defensive enough, while Witsel offer a good cover. Couldn't Belgium actually line-up like this? Meunier - Vertonghen - Alderweireld - Chadli Witsel KDB - Dembele Mertens - Lukaku - Hazard ...with Fellaini and Carrasco being super efficient subs depending on whether you need pace or aerial threat.
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    Round of 16: : LET THE (Knockout) GAMES BEGIN!

    Not sure with that point though. Who would you bar from Belgium's current midfield ? With Witsel off, KDB would have even less freedom, considering that Fellaini is no holding midfielder.
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    Round of 16: : LET THE (Knockout) GAMES BEGIN!

    What a counter-attack. What a half. What a game. The most enjoyable game in the World Cup so far, IMHO. I should feel death sad for my fantasy country, but damn, I like this Belgium team. So much talent, attacking-mind… and naïvety whilst defending. All the ingrédients for a very attractive side to watch.
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    Round of 16: : LET THE (Knockout) GAMES BEGIN!

    No blame to Martinez, he has Belgium playing attractive football. OTOH, Japan are also showing themselves threatening. Can't wait for the 2nd half. I actually don't want any of these 2 teams to be knocked out. :'(
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    World Cup 2018: Celebratin' Your Nation.

    Absolutely cheering for my Japan boys on evening. (even though it would eliminate a french-speaking team… *sigh*) But meantime… CMON DEAR LEFTIES MEXICANS !! Okay, Japan may be eliminated, but they shew themselves valliant as they kept attacking when leading 2-0, rather than sitting deep as a lot of sides do. Fair play, blue samuraïs. PS: I'll stick with this Mark Lander pic for a moment.
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