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07/15/2018 - 1:12pm France wasn't always pretty…

France wasn't always pretty in this tournament but even so, they went undefeated in seven games (6 wins, 1 draw) without ever going to extra time and only trailed in one game, for about eight minutes (Argentina).  They scored 11 goals in the four knockout games while going through the tough half of the bracket.  Quite a run.

 

 

07/15/2018 - 11:55am It was certainly a dive,…

It was certainly a dive, though Croatia's goal was also set up by a phantom foul (and yellow card!) as well.

That was definitely a handball.  The question is more whether the rules should always make it a penalty.

 

07/15/2018 - 11:52am It's "La Marseillaise"…

It's "La Marseillaise" actually.  The version they've played in this tournament isn't my favorite - it's a bit too cheerful-sounding.  

The version they played in 2006 was awesome.

07/13/2018 - 2:50pm What a match from Anderson. …

What a match from Anderson.  Again and again he had to hold serve to stay in the match - and he did it!

07/13/2018 - 2:44pm This is the stuff of legends…

This is the stuff of legends.  The first thing I think of when I hear Isner's name is that match against Mahut.  This match will be the talk of the sports world today.

Sure, the winner's probably going to get run off the court Sunday, but that was probably going to happen anyway.

 

 

07/13/2018 - 1:46pm No, I think this is amazing…

No, I think this is amazing to watch.  

 

07/13/2018 - 1:07pm Is that match scheduled to…

Is that match scheduled to be played on Centre Court also?  Would they change the venue if this one goes long?

07/13/2018 - 1:05pm Other things to add/restore:…

Other things to add/restore:

-Highlight new posts

-Put the "Comment" box at the bottom instead of the top

-Bring back the link next to our username at the top of the page, so we can return to our posts

-And (novelty!) give us notifications when someone replies.

07/13/2018 - 12:58pm Isner just loves these…

Isner just loves these marathon Wimbledon matches.  

07/11/2018 - 9:53pm France/England would have…

France/England would have been pretty epic.  They never seem to face each other in an elimination match.  England always seems to lose the round before - they lost to Iceland in ‘16 and now today to Croatia.  Oh well.

07/11/2018 - 5:57pm Oh those crafty Englishmen. …

Oh those crafty Englishmen.  Once again they lose to get the easier draw next round.

07/11/2018 - 5:56pm And the English stole the…

And the English stole the tune from France (who stole it from Austria)...

07/01/2018 - 4:51pm Every keeper stopped at…

Every keeper stopped at least 2 penalties today, except the Best Goalkeeper in the World (TM).  D’oh!

07/01/2018 - 2:06pm There’s been more action…

There’s been more action here in 4 minutes than there was in 120 in the other game.  

07/01/2018 - 12:54pm In this match I don’t know…

In this match I don’t know if a goal was ever going to come.  It was rough.

07/01/2018 - 12:52pm Dunno - I thought Ramos and…

Dunno - I thought Ramos and the Russian guy were grabbing each other.  

06/23/2018 - 5:10pm I was also rooting for…

I was also rooting for Sweden but found myself oddly wanting Germany to come back.  A WC with no Germany in the knockout stages just doesn’t seem right.  

06/23/2018 - 5:07pm I think Concacaf membership…

I think Concacaf membership doesn’t help either the U.S. or Mexico.  The level of competition is too weak overall.  With the field going to 48 teams, I’d like to see a single confederation for the Americas.

The other issue with Mexico is that they play most of their friendlies in the U.S. to make more money.  It may leave them unprepared to go abroad.  (Though this year their fans apparently have taken over their match sites.)

06/23/2018 - 12:26pm By the same token, does…

By the same token, does Brazil really want to face Germany again?  Could be an interesting subplot for Brazil-Serbia...

06/22/2018 - 7:53pm Jalen is still the champion…

Jalen is still the champion in this area.

06/22/2018 - 12:41pm Yikes. That was ugly.

Yikes. That was ugly.

06/22/2018 - 12:37pm A tie won’t do them any good…

A tie won’t do them any good either.  Argentina must get a win to advance.

06/22/2018 - 11:46am I am a bit disappointed that…

I am a bit disappointed that only one Icelander chose to grow a Viking beard.  That should be a team requirement.

06/22/2018 - 11:19am Nigeria has literally 500…

Nigeria has literally 500 times the population of Iceland (170 million vs 330,000).  And yet it seems like anyone’s game.

06/22/2018 - 11:15am It’s incredible. Their…

It’s incredible. Their national economy must just be on hold for the moment.  

06/22/2018 - 11:06am Let’s be fair though:…

Let’s be fair though: everyone (even our American guys) will dive now and then.  Embellishing contact is part of sports in general.  If there’s a difference between Latin Americans and other players, it’s only a matter of degree.

06/21/2018 - 10:55pm Awesome sport coat.  I bet…

Awesome sport coat.  I bet Jalen approves!

06/21/2018 - 9:24pm It may lead to better soccer…

It may lead to better soccer but I just don't like to see teams get eliminated by tiebreakers.  

06/21/2018 - 8:53pm I think Lloris was in…

I think Lloris was in position to stop that shot that hit the bar, had it been on target.  Agree that something was missing in the final third for Peru.

06/21/2018 - 8:51pm I think they’ve been OK…

I think they’ve been OK defensively but their midfield has definitely been underwhelming.  Their passing has been very sloppy for a team loaded with expensive stars.

06/21/2018 - 3:39pm Wow.  Argentina really on…

Wow.  Argentina really on the ropes now.

The door opens for Iceland! 

06/21/2018 - 3:32pm Yeah, it's not hard to see…

Yeah, it's not hard to see the potential for all three teams in a group to finish with 3 points.  Fewer matches means less chance for separation.

What happens if the three teams are tied both in points and goal difference?

06/20/2018 - 2:48pm Yeah, it's not too awesome…

Yeah, it's not too awesome to watch, though I can't blame the Iranians - it makes strategic sense for them.  They'd be happy with a draw here.

If this score doesn't change, whoa - Spain would suddenly be in a must-win situation against Morocco.  That free kick by Ronaldo looms large right now.

 

06/20/2018 - 2:10pm France's low ranking was due…

France's low ranking was due to them automatically qualifying for the 2016 Euro as the host nation (so they didn't play official matches for two years before then).  This is also why Russia's current ranking is so low.  The FIFA rankings are a mess.

 

06/20/2018 - 1:09pm How did you get the star? …

How did you get the star?  Are you a former world champion at posting?

06/20/2018 - 1:08pm It's amazing how good…

It's amazing how good Uruguay is when you consider its population is a little over 3 million.  It's not just a matter of them being scrappy either - they regularly produce elite talent.

06/20/2018 - 12:51pm I tolerate him mainly…

I tolerate him mainly because he's from the Detroit area and I'm tribal that way.  Otherwise the guy's pretty useless as a commentator.

 

06/20/2018 - 12:49pm When the field goes to 48,…

When the field goes to 48, the number of African and Asian teams will increase significantly but the number of spots for European teams will increase only slightly (from 13 to 16).  So there may still be some solid European teams left out.

06/19/2018 - 4:04pm DQ the player for 90 minutes…

DQ the player for 90 minutes, and make the team play a man down for 45.

If he's disqualified at the 37th minute, then he can't enter the next match until the 37th minute, but the team can put in a substitute at the 82nd minute.

  

06/19/2018 - 3:24pm Is Hotel Putingrad at the…

Is Hotel Putingrad at the match?

06/19/2018 - 2:45pm The ref's really letting…

The ref's really letting these guys play.  Very few fouls being called.

06/19/2018 - 2:42pm To be fair, Trezeguet also…

To be fair, Trezeguet also scored the golden goal in the 2000 Euro (also against Italy).  He was a great striker for Juventus/France.

06/19/2018 - 2:23pm This is pretty intense.  A…

This is pretty intense.  A lot of action so far.

06/19/2018 - 1:57pm However you feel about…

However you feel about Russia, you have to say their national anthem is pretty badass.

06/19/2018 - 12:51pm A red card suspends you from…

A red card suspends you from the next game.

06/19/2018 - 12:47pm Hmm, Poland not out of this…

Hmm, Poland not out of this yet?

06/19/2018 - 12:43pm Top 10 team?  Here's Poland…

Top 10 team?  Here's Poland's performance this decade:

2010 World Cup - did not qualify

2012 Euro (qualified as host) - eliminated in group stage

2014 WC - did not qualify

2016 Euro - reached quarterfinal, lost on penalties to Portugal.

So, one solid Euro but otherwise nothing.

 

06/18/2018 - 4:18pm Tunisia defended pretty well…

Tunisia defended pretty well most of the day, but wow did they blow it there.  Left him totally unmarked.

06/18/2018 - 1:25pm And in 2014, they made the…

And in 2014, they made the quarters of the WC and lost 1-0 to Argentina - a decent enough tournament.

The 2016 Euro (when they lost to Wales in the quarters) is the only real basis for this reputation.  

 

06/18/2018 - 12:43pm Have you been watching…

Have you been watching soccer for four years?  Belgium didn't qualify for the 2010 WC or 2012 Euro.