2018 FIFA World Cup



  • On the official FIFA website, you can find very thorough, advanced stats for every match, with things like passing distribution, actual formation, players heat maps and stats, etc.

    Here's France - Argentina as an example: https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/match/300331537/#match-info

    It's very deep and informative, like Football Manager on hardcore mode!



  • A really shame about that Muslera's unfortunate moment. France's 2-0 lead really killed the game entirely. Understandable, but boring.

    I was rooting for Uruguay on this side of the chart, but now I'll jump on Belgium's ride. But if it's France - Brazil in the semifinal, then I'll cheer for Les Bleus.



  • Boring game tonight.

    It's all on tomorrow; I think Sweden need to prepare for the loss now as it'll only hurt more at the end.



  • @neocweeny said in 2018 FIFA World Cup:

    We (Belgium) fucked ourselves by winning against England. The difference in quality between the two brackets is huge.

    :p



  • I keep hearing from my colleagues I'm a bad latinamerican but whatever, bye bye Brazil very glad to see you won't be lifting the cup.



  • England is on a roll, job well done. Two thumbs up for Sweden as well: they beat both the Netherlands and Italy even before the tournament, practically beat Germany in their group, and eliminated Switzerland, too.

    France, Belgium, England. Please, let it be Croatia who's the fourth!



  • Belgium v Brazil last night another great match. Some brilliant individual performances from both teams. Wonder why Douglas Costa didn't start.
    Coutinho two fantastic chances to level the game and some great saves from Courtois. Wish the match went on. How good was Hazard, pure class. Do wonder how it would have gone if not for the own goal.

    Great credit to Belgium, winning all their matches and scoring great goals. France have got a match on their hands.

    Croatia have a great opportunity here, manageable route to the final with some great players they have.

    I think Swdden played better against Germany and Mexico than they did today, they probably went into their shell too much in the first half.



  • I think at this point Belgium can be considered favorites, they have so much skill all over the pitch and their attacking play is impressive. This is gonna be the biggest test for France, feels like whoever wins this will probably win the tournament (but obviously it's never that simple).



  • Yeah thus far it seems like France would be the only team that would be up to par with Belgium so it does look like a final in advance with their match.



  • Damn it, this is getting too difficult to watch. Croatia, please. Just do it. And what happened to Subasic? Terrible, if he's out.



  • Holy shit, what a game! I'm sweating like a pig here, trying to catch my breath. Russia did not give up, they surprised pretty much everyone in this tournament. But boy, am I glad for Croatia! It's been a long time, now they're in the semifinals.



  • Let's go England, one win away from the final.


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    It felt like Sweden played really terribly yesterday and they didnt deserve to go further like that. Now I just gotta survive the colleagues and their "Its coming home" chanting.

    I dont remember the entire penalty shootout in the Croatia game, but I am happy that they managed to progress. Kinda hoping for a Belgium vs Croatia final now.



  • Well damn it. I really wanted to see Belgium's guys in the final. France looks like they'll win the final, no matter if it's Croatia or England they'll face.



  • yep hard to see either of those teams over France in the final, that said it would make for an incredible 'It came home' story.



  • France was so impressive last night, they controlled the match perfectly, never panicked, they were technically on point (so many successful dribbles, one-touch passes, backheels, one-twos, etc.) and fought like lions from beginning to end. I've rarely seen them like that and I love it.

    Every time they accelerated they created danger, but they also knew how to pace themselves and let Belgium come at them. If only Giroud was a better finisher!

    It was seriously a tactical masterclass from Deschamps.

    If we lose in the final after all this I'm going to be devastated, that would be two finals in a row.



  • France were great, some great play from young Mbappe on a grand scale. His pace is frightening, bit more composure near the end of the game and they could have had a second.

    I also believe France will win it now though It wouldn't surprise me if Croatia were to win it either, they have some really impressive players.

    If your superstitious you can draw some comparisons to the 1998 World Cup.

    France and Denmark both qualified from Group C
    Argentine and Croatia in the same group
    England and Tunisia in the same Group
    Last time Croatia reached the semi-finals

    You can also say last time we had a all European semi-final Was in 2006....



  • Croatia, hot damn! This was a surprise in my book, but a pleasent one at that. After Germany and Uruguay they were my third favourites in the tournament. Really cool to see them reach their best achievement in a World Cup like this!

    ...though I feel a bit sad for England, this really felt like their turn now. They played really well through the whole tournament.



  • Man, it was the outcome I expected but it still hurts. The pride in the national team has been reignited like a wildfire. So the nice thing is that it hurts in a good way, feeling emotional about your national team is a great feeling :)



  • bittersweet with it not coming home

    I was for sure rooting for a France-England final, but I can't be mad with Croatia they've done well and it is good to see a new face in the finals, I'll still be rooting for France but it would be nice to add a new champ to the list.