2018 FIFA World Cup

  • 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.

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    With that early goal I was pretty sure that England would hold it to the end, I think they relaxed a little bit too much. Hoping now that France - Croatia will be a good final

  • I'm still sad that England didn't make it to the finals.

  • After a month of football, this is IT! France - Croatia, let's go!

  • Yup. I'd love to see Croatia win but I think the quality and legs will eventually count for France.

  • man, not even half-time and already one hell of a game, technically rooting for France, but I'll be happy to see either of these two as the champs.

  • That penalty was really unfortunate, it didn't seem that intentional from Perisic, but yeah, I get it.

  • Good match so far. Croatia's aggressive play is fun to watch, many potential chances were created.

  • @sentinel-beach yeah very unfortunate, didn't seem like an intentional hand in any way but it clearly got in the way of the ball so hardly any debate about it.

  • and France has shown they are very deserving World Champs, feels bad for Croatia to have the game end up like this for them in a matter of minutes they played an incredible first half


    And Mandzukic scores as I finish writing this, maybe I shouldn't call it just yet

  • Lloris... -_-

  • An insane match.

  • What a match! I wouldn't have thought that France would win by a sizeable lead, considering Croatia's great first half performance, but i guess that drained their energy, as France's control got tighter and they couldn't keep up with it. Lloris's fatal mistake didn't turn out to be just that either.

    Good job France, as i expected! A deserved win. I bet somebody's having fun now @Axel

  • Well. It didn't go as I would've liked, but good job France, congratulations. Very efficient team. And it was great to watch Croatia's playstyle, very entertaining and aggressive. I love watching these images now, all those emotions, on both teams faces. Croatia's circle a moment ago felt very emotional, Dalic's speech.

  • Yeah seeing a team huddled like that and the fans reaction is really commendable for the Croats, after losing the final of WC it has to take a lot from them, but they've got a lot to be proud of and it's good to see them with their heads held high.

  • The rain added a nice element to all this. :) I don't know, I like it somehow. It makes everyone more equal out there, presidents and all.

    It was great seeing both Macron and Grabar-Kitarovic out there, congratulating the players. Especially Macron seemed like a sports guy, nice to see him having something tangible and important to say to everyone.

  • The Bracket Challenge results are now final as well, I just remembered. Our top three:

    1. @iboshow 176
    2. @tokeeffe9 172
    3. @bam541 168

    Congratulations you three! Well predicted! The rest of us enjoyed the surprises. ;)

    @A7X458 also had 168 points, but they're listed as 4th. I'm guessing there's some tiebreaker logic behind that. Good job as well, anyway!
    I was 11th out of 21, so right there in the middle. I'll take it.

  • Glad to know that my efforts to be logical payed off with this. :)

  • I'm still emotional, I'm so so happy right now, this team was amazing to follow! A bunch of buddies always having fun together off the pitch that turns into a well-oiled killing machine on the pitch. They were not always the most flamboyant but they were by far the most solid, adaptive and lethal, with the extra touch of luck that champions always seem to have.

    Croatia was very impressive last night and bullied our midfield so efficiently that Kanté had to be taken off, for the first time in the competition he just couldn't handle these guys. Nzonzi's height helped a lot and I honestly think this is where the match turned. For me Perisic was easily the most dangerous player in their team, that guy was everywhere. But all their efforts came at a cost and they had a lot less juice in the tank in the second half.

    Which is something I also admire about this French team but many people criticize: they know how to pace themselves, let their opponents get tired and only accelerate in small bursts, when necessary. No team can be on top for 90 minutes, so they handle the pressure and choose their moments. It's a very transparent tactic and they might have to change their game at the Euro in 2 years, but it worked perfectly this time, against these opponents who never found the answer.

    I'm glad we scored those two pretty goals in the second half so there wouldn't be too much controversy, gotta admit the first half left a bad taste in my mouth, it felt a bit illogical to be ahead at that point. These guys have finally erased the painful, painful memories of 2006 - 2010 and I'm just super happy to have a French team to be proud of again!