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1 minute ago, HellToupee said:

Croatian president looks like a lot of fun

Thats not what we do on these boards...

 

ETA - but I agree.

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17 minutes ago, Ramsay Hunt Experience said:

If he had been at his best for the final, Kante would have been a no brained Golden Ball pick for me. I still think he had the best total tournament, but Mbappé had two of the three most electric games. 

Kante and Pogba we're both fantastic doing all the off the ball work. Pretty great when they were on the ball too. But yeah, Kante was a little off in the final- I think because Croatia was going at him and closing him down fast and hard. 

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This is what was wrong with the England set-up:

 

Harry Kane: Distance covered-25.6km (most by an England player, 7th most of any player in the tournament)

 

When you have one of the best #9s in the world, you don't run him to the ground playing as a #10....

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It’s easy to say this since I picked them to win but I think the best and most consistent team won the tournament.  This French side is ridiculously talented and with basically zero holes.  Well deserved IMO.  

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Game day at the Catholic Club was incredible. Had my first shot of slivovic at 8:12 am. Followed by some delicious Croatian beer and a bowl of Croatian stew that layed the perfect base for the drinking.

Atmosphere was incredible: when they tied it up the place was electric. Lots of community pride and renewed some connections with some old friends.

Alas, the French were better. I am glad they scored the two solid goals in the second half to validate their performance. They were patient and clinical the whole day. The way they held their defensive shape in the second half was really a lesson on how to hold a lead and play defense.

Great tournament.

 

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33 minutes ago, Sinn Fein said:

This is what was wrong with the England set-up:

 

Harry Kane: Distance covered-25.6km (most by an England player, 7th most of any player in the tournament)

 

When you have one of the best #9s in the world, you don't run him to the ground playing as a #10....

Judging by your #'s, he's the #7, correct?

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49 minutes ago, AAABatteries said:

It’s easy to say this since I picked them to win but I think the best and most consistent team won the tournament.  This French side is ridiculously talented and with basically zero holes.  Well deserved IMO.  

Yeah we all knew they were loaded with plenty of talent good enough to win it, we just didn't know if they could put it together and keep it together. But it seems to be a bunch that is well balanced and likes playing together. Well deserved.

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3 minutes ago, roadkill1292 said:

Yeah we all knew they were loaded with plenty of talent good enough to win it, we just didn't know if they could put it together and keep it together. But it seems to be a bunch that is well balanced and likes playing together. Well deserved.

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I think there are a number of posts before the tournament talking about the depth of the squad, and the quality of the players who did not even make the squad.  Insane amount of talent in France right now.

I think the question was always whether they could put it all together and play a coherent match. 

In retrospect, I think the combination of Kante/Pogba and Mbappe/Griezmann with a little Giroud thrown in, was enough to win by themselves.

I've not always appreciated Giroud the way @Ramsay Hunt Experience does, but watching him today, and how he dominated his position in winning the balls in the air, and his ability to hold up play to bring Griezmann and Mbappe in was as big a part of the winning combo as any.

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Final goal count - 169 total.  None by 2014's club leader, Bayern Munich.  thanks to everyone for humoring me with this

 

Goals By Club

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) - 12

Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) - 12

Barcelona (ESP) - 11

Real Madrid (ESP) - 10

Atlético Madrid (ESP) - 8

Manchester United (ENG) - 8

Manchester City (ENG) - 5

Villarreal (ESP) - 5

Chelsea (ENG) - 4

CSKA Moscow (RUS) - 4

Juventus (ITA) - 4

Liverpool (ENG) - 4

Arsenal Tula (RUS) - 3

Beşiktaş (TUR) - 3

Borussia Dortmund (GER) - 3

Internazionale (ITA) - 3

Krasnodar (RUS) - 3

Aston Villa (ENG 2) - 2

Eibar (ESP) - 2

Hoffenheim (GER) - 2

RB Leipzig (GER) - 2

Stade Rennais (FRA) - 2

West Bromwich Albion (ENG) - 2

Al-Ettifaq (KSA) - 1

Al-Hilal (KSA) - 1

Al-Nassr (KSA) - 1

Arsenal (ENG) - 1

Augsburg (GER) - 1

Beijing Sinobo Guoan (CHN) - 1

Bologna (ITA) - 1

Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER) - 1

Celta Vigo (ESP) - 1

Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) - 1

Eupen (BEL) - 1

Everton (ENG) - 1

FC Köln (GER) - 1

Fiorentina (ITA) - 1

Flamengo (BRA) - 1

Fortuna Düsseldorf (GER 2) - 1

Fulham (ENG 2) - 1

Gent (BEL) - 1

Guangzhou Evergrande (CHN) - 1

Huddersfield Town (ENG) - 1

Leicester City (ENG) - 1

Los Angeles FC (USA) - 1

Málaga (ESP) - 1

Monaco (FRA) - 1

Municipal (GUA) - 1

Napoli (ITA) - 1

Olympiacos (GRE) - 1

Pachuca (MEX) - 1

PSV Eindhoven (NED) - 1

Real Sociedad (ESP) - 1

River Plate (ARG) - 1

Roma (ITA) - 1

Sevilla (ESP) - 1

Southampton (ENG) - 1

Stoke City (ENG) - 1

Stuttgart (GER) - 1

Torino (ITA) - 1

Toulouse (FRA) - 1

Vancouver Whitecaps (CAN) - 1

Watford (ENG) - 1

Werder Bremen (GER) - 1

West Ham United (ENG) - 1

Yeni Malatyaspor (TUR) - 1

(OG) Al Ahly (EGY) - 1

(OG) Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER) - 1

(OG) Bursaspor (TUR) - 1

(OG) Club América (MEX) - 1

(OG) CS Sfaxien (TUN) - 1

(OG) CSKA Moscow (RUS) - 1

(OG) Juventus (ITA) - 1

(OG) Las Palmas (ESP) - 1

(OG) Manchester City (ENG) - 1

(OG) S.P.A.L. (ITA) - 1

(OG) St. Pauli (GER 2) - 1

(OG) Villarreal (ESP) - 1

 

Goals By League

Premier League - 43

La Liga - 40

Ligue 1 - 16

Bundesliga - 13

Serie A - 12

Russian Premier League - 10

Turkish Süper Lig - 4

English Championship - 3

Saudi Professional League - 3

Belgian Pro League - 2

Chinese Super League - 2

Major League Soccer - 2

2. Bundesliga - 1

Argentine Primera División - 1

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A - 1

Eredivisie - 1

Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala - 1

LigaMX - 1

Super League Greece - 1

(OG) La Liga - 2

(OG) Serie A - 2

(OG) 2. Bundesliga - 1

(OG) Bundesliga - 1

(OG) Egyptian Premier League - 1

(OG) LigaMX - 1

(OG) Premier League - 1

(OG) Russian Premier League - 1

(OG) Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 - 1

(OG) Turkish Süper Lig - 1

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2 hours ago, SaintsInDome2006 said:

Everybody gets laid tonight in France. Congrats Les Bleus.

Tasteless, disgusting and offensive.  I love it.

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I enjoyed sharing this incroyable tournament with the lot of you.

Here's hoping we're all still around in November 2022 (or June) for the next one.

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1 hour ago, Ted Lange as your Bartender said:

Final goal count - 169 total.  None by 2014's club leader, Bayern Munich.  thanks to everyone for humoring me with this

 

Goals By Club

Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) - 12

 

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) - 12

Barcelona (ESP) - 11

Real Madrid (ESP) - 10

Atlético Madrid (ESP) - 8

Manchester United (ENG) - 8

Manchester City (ENG) - 5

Villarreal (ESP) - 5

Chelsea (ENG) - 4

CSKA Moscow (RUS) - 4

Juventus (ITA) - 4

Liverpool (ENG) - 4

Arsenal Tula (RUS) - 3

Beşiktaş (TUR) - 3

Borussia Dortmund (GER) - 3

Internazionale (ITA) - 3

Krasnodar (RUS) - 3

Aston Villa (ENG 2) - 2

Eibar (ESP) - 2

Hoffenheim (GER) - 2

RB Leipzig (GER) - 2

Stade Rennais (FRA) - 2

West Bromwich Albion (ENG) - 2

Al-Ettifaq (KSA) - 1

Al-Hilal (KSA) - 1

Al-Nassr (KSA) - 1

Arsenal (ENG) - 1

Augsburg (GER) - 1

Beijing Sinobo Guoan (CHN) - 1

Bologna (ITA) - 1

Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER) - 1

Celta Vigo (ESP) - 1

Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) - 1

Eupen (BEL) - 1

Everton (ENG) - 1

FC Köln (GER) - 1

Fiorentina (ITA) - 1

Flamengo (BRA) - 1

Fortuna Düsseldorf (GER 2) - 1

Fulham (ENG 2) - 1

Gent (BEL) - 1

Guangzhou Evergrande (CHN) - 1

Huddersfield Town (ENG) - 1

Leicester City (ENG) - 1

Los Angeles FC (USA) - 1

Málaga (ESP) - 1

Monaco (FRA) - 1

Municipal (GUA) - 1

Napoli (ITA) - 1

Olympiacos (GRE) - 1

Pachuca (MEX) - 1

PSV Eindhoven (NED) - 1

Real Sociedad (ESP) - 1

River Plate (ARG) - 1

Roma (ITA) - 1

Sevilla (ESP) - 1

Southampton (ENG) - 1

Stoke City (ENG) - 1

Stuttgart (GER) - 1

Torino (ITA) - 1

Toulouse (FRA) - 1

Vancouver Whitecaps (CAN) - 1

Watford (ENG) - 1

Werder Bremen (GER) - 1

West Ham United (ENG) - 1

Yeni Malatyaspor (TUR) - 1

(OG) Al Ahly (EGY) - 1

(OG) Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER) - 1

(OG) Bursaspor (TUR) - 1

(OG) Club América (MEX) - 1

(OG) CS Sfaxien (TUN) - 1

(OG) CSKA Moscow (RUS) - 1

(OG) Juventus (ITA) - 1

(OG) Las Palmas (ESP) - 1

(OG) Manchester City (ENG) - 1

(OG) S.P.A.L. (ITA) - 1

(OG) St. Pauli (GER 2) - 1

(OG) Villarreal (ESP) - 1

 

Goals By League

Premier League - 43

La Liga - 40

Ligue 1 - 16

Bundesliga - 13

Serie A - 12

Russian Premier League - 10

Turkish Süper Lig - 4

English Championship - 3

Saudi Professional League - 3

Belgian Pro League - 2

Chinese Super League - 2

Major League Soccer - 2

2. Bundesliga - 1

Argentine Primera División - 1

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A - 1

Eredivisie - 1

Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala - 1

LigaMX - 1

Super League Greece - 1

(OG) La Liga - 2

(OG) Serie A - 2

(OG) 2. Bundesliga - 1

(OG) Bundesliga - 1

(OG) Egyptian Premier League - 1

(OG) LigaMX - 1

(OG) Premier League - 1

(OG) Russian Premier League - 1

(OG) Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 - 1

(OG) Turkish Süper Lig - 1

FYP...

 

ETA - thanks for keeping up with this  :thumbup:

 

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Getting really rowdy especially where large crowds can gather.   Almost turned over a taxi cab trying to drive thru.   Most places seem to be fun and cheerful, but where there are mobs of people it is out of control.  Can hear police sirens going all over the place 

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2 minutes ago, jon_mx said:

Getting really rowdy especially where large crowds can gather.   Almost turned over a taxi cab trying to drive thru.   Most places seem to be fun and cheerful, but where there are mobs of people it is out of control.  Can hear police sirens going all over the place 

You're doing this wrong.

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11 minutes ago, Kafka said:

You're doing this wrong.

I could post pics of hot dudes for you.  

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4 hours ago, Kafka said:

God, I hate everything about you.

Does it bother you being so wrong about so much?

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4 hours ago, Capella said:

Fun tournament. Bummed there is no more big soccer games for [checks EPL schedule]...25 days. 

Citeh v Dortmund for me Friday! :thumbup:

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53 minutes ago, Dinsy Ejotuz said:

I got $500 in on a "France to score three or more; Lovren at fault for no goals in the Final" parlay.  Retiring tomorrow.

Should have added a "Lovren grabbing a protester by the Pussy Riot" and we could have all retired...

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Still feels weird to me that France actually won that game despite Croatia being the better team for most of the match.  Modric with deserved Golden Ball.  Him, Perisic, and Rakitic with a great cup.

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23 minutes ago, Slapdash said:

Still feels weird to me that France actually won that game despite Croatia being the better team for most of the match.  Modric with deserved Golden Ball.  Him, Perisic, and Rakitic with a great cup.

Brozovic, too.

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3 hours ago, Sinn Fein said:

:goodposting:

I think there are a number of posts before the tournament talking about the depth of the squad, and the quality of the players who did not even make the squad.  Insane amount of talent in France right now.

I think the question was always whether they could put it all together and play a coherent match. 

In retrospect, I think the combination of Kante/Pogba and Mbappe/Griezmann with a little Giroud thrown in, was enough to win by themselves.

I've not always appreciated Giroud the way @Ramsay Hunt Experience does, but watching him today, and how he dominated his position in winning the balls in the air, and his ability to hold up play to bring Griezmann and Mbappe in was as big a part of the winning combo as any.

Again, for me I don't even think France came close to putting it all together. Croatia played better/more clearly as a team through tourney, but enough moment and pockets of it working carried them through. And the back line with Kante and Pogba in front of them playing incredibly consistently and lights out. Umtiti was a monster. Even lloris played at the top of his game. They shut everybody down...and even though they were on their heels today, held it together ling enough to wear Croatia down and get their breaks.

Once they get the MF linked with the  forwards as well as they linked with the back line...whoa. This France team is going to be scary for another 2wc cycles.

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5 hours ago, NewlyRetired said:

I think Moscow and Qatar are similar time zones (UTC+3) so the games will likely be similar to the Moscow games.

They are in the time zone so mostly like the Matches will be at the same time. It might vary because even during Winter temps are still ridiculously hot during the day. I could maybe see matches earlier in the day or having them at the typical 2 slot at what would be their 7 or leaving it to 3-4PM here and 8-9 there. All depends on the temps and what UEFA feels is reasonable safe for the players and fans. 

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5 hours ago, NewlyRetired said:

Bet everything you own that this will never happen.

Like I said unconfirmed. I'd be shocked if it did. Those leagues might have to go to an MLS schedule for that season at least or the next two like the 21-22 season wouldn't be over till late may June. So They'd probably have to have some sort of daily. Or maybe they do what Russian League and some of the leagues with harsher winters do and have a huge winter break don't play games until Mid-Late Jan start of Feb

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1. I've only been watching since '06, but this is probably the best WC that I've seen.

2. I've already said this a couple times here, but I don't know how I'll handle it when the USMNT are back in it.

3. This thread definitely enhance my enjoyment of the tournament.

4. Important question: how many of you are going to switch back to your previous avatars now that it's over?  For some reason, I've felt more confident and powerful since changing mine, so I'm not sure I want to change it anymore, ever.

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Did anyone else notice through out the tournament a slow but steady reluctance of the players feeling forced to kick it out of bounds every time the opponent went down?

I hope this continues into the club season as this is one piece of etiquette I would like see be removed from the game entirely.

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6 hours ago, gianmarco said:

You had to tag him?  

Lord knows I wouldn't have seen this otherwise.  what are we talking about here?

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5 minutes ago, Charlie Steiner said:

1. I've only been watching since '06, but this is probably the best WC that I've seen.

2. I've already said this a couple times here, but I don't know how I'll handle it when the USMNT are back in it.

3. This thread definitely enhance my enjoyment of the tournament.

4. Important question: how many of you are going to switch back to your previous avatars now that it's over?  For some reason, I've felt more confident and powerful since changing mine, so I'm not sure I want to change it anymore, ever.

It's the Zlatan effect. DOnt worry about it as it's completely natural. Once you Zlatan you never go back. 

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44 minutes ago, El Floppo said:

Again, for me I don't even think France came close to putting it all together. Croatia played better/more clearly as a team through tourney, but enough moment and pockets of it working carried them through. And the back line with Kante and Pogba in front of them playing incredibly consistently and lights out. Umtiti was a monster. Even lloris played at the top of his game. They shut everybody down...and even though they were on their heels today, held it together ling enough to wear Croatia down and get their breaks.

Once they get the MF linked with the  forwards as well as they linked with the back line...whoa. This France team is going to be scary for another 2wc cycles.

Meh...i think they'll have run their course by Oct '22...

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Giroud played his part for the team but I still think they would have been even more dangerous with Big Benz up there :shrug: then again I had to watch the last 2 games sober on the boat and France won so wtf do I know

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finished 4th in the fantasy contest - not bad for a guy with like no knowledge about this whatsoever :)

Congrats Sinn Fein!

-QG

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First day after the World Cup and definitely felt symptoms of withdrawal this morning.  Had to drive children to camps in the mountains last weekend, so I ended up watching the final on a tv in a restaurant with less than optimal reception.  Still, at least they had the good sense to play music over it instead of the Fox commentary.  Some of my belated observations:

  • In reading some of your comments, I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one who came away more impressed with Croatia than France.  I felt that Croatia passed the ball really well and played positive football from the get-go.  Had a bad break on the first goal (which I thought was set up with a weak foul call), and got unlucky on the pk.  Perisic just spazzed at the wrong time.  If he lets it go through, it goes to a teammate ready to clear it.  That said, France is a deserving champion who had a higher ceiling than just about every other team in the tournament.  Part of me feels a little cheated we fans didn't get to see more of it from them.
  • Croatia's keeper was not very good.  He looked screened on Pogba's goal, but I felt he was caught way too flat-footed on Mbappe's goal.  Perhaps he doesn't get there, but he should have been able to at least muster a dive for it.
  • Apart from the soft foul call that set up the first goal, I didn't have any big problems with the officiating.  I thought it was good to see a ref give a card for persistent fouling in the first half to Kante, as it was deserved.  I guess I'm used to CONCACAF's general philosophy of letting players kick each other to death before considering a card.
  • No idea what Lloris was thinking, unless he was trying to agitate for a transfer to Liverpool.
  • The red and white checkerboard jerseys are great.  Glad we finally got to see them this tournament.
  • Mbappe must be terrifying to defend.  That acceleration is such a devastating weapon.
  • Saw a clip of Infantino autographing a ball during the match and I was wondering, who the hell is asking him for an autograph?  The only thing I'd want a FIFA official to sign is a confession.
  • This was such an enjoyable World Cup.  This board helped make the experience more fun as well.  Looking forward to the next one in 2026 ;)
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2 hours ago, NewlyRetired said:

Compilation of every goal scored in the WC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5TcSlz0srw

Thanks, I was thinking yesterday that I needed this, kind of like the end of the day on Red Zone with all the touchdowns.

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15 minutes ago, The Kansas Comet said:

First day after the World Cup and definitely felt symptoms of withdrawal this morning.  Had to drive children to camps in the mountains last weekend, so I ended up watching the final on a tv in a restaurant with less than optimal reception.  Still, at least they had the good sense to play music over it instead of the Fox commentary.  Some of my belated observations:

  • In reading some of your comments, I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one who came away more impressed with Croatia than France.  I felt that Croatia passed the ball really well and played positive football from the get-go.  Had a bad break on the first goal (which I thought was set up with a weak foul call), and got unlucky on the pk.  Perisic just spazzed at the wrong time.  If he lets it go through, it goes to a teammate ready to clear it.  That said, France is a deserving champion who had a higher ceiling than just about every other team in the tournament.  Part of me feels a little cheated we fans didn't get to see more of it from them.
  • Croatia's keeper was not very good.  He looked screened on Pogba's goal, but I felt he was caught way too flat-footed on Mbappe's goal.  Perhaps he doesn't get there, but he should have been able to at least muster a dive for it.
  • Apart from the soft foul call that set up the first goal, I didn't have any big problems with the officiating.  I thought it was good to see a ref give a card for persistent fouling in the first half to Kante, as it was deserved.  I guess I'm used to CONCACAF's general philosophy of letting players kick each other to death before considering a card.
  • No idea what Lloris was thinking, unless he was trying to agitate for a transfer to Liverpool.
  • The red and white checkerboard jerseys are great.  Glad we finally got to see them this tournament.
  • Mbappe must be terrifying to defend.  That acceleration is such a devastating weapon.
  • Saw a clip of Infantino autographing a ball during the match and I was wondering, who the hell is asking him for an autograph?  The only thing I'd want a FIFA official to sign is a confession.
  • This was such an enjoyable World Cup.  This board helped make the experience more fun as well.  Looking forward to the next one in 2026 ;)

I agree with the Subasic comments only in reference to yesterday's game.  He was massive in the other knockout rounds.

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12 minutes ago, Vanilla Guerrilla said:

You can take that to the bank, brozovic

Like the Ashley Hodson avatar :thumbup:

 

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On 7/12/2018 at 0:25 PM, B Maverick said:

https://twitter.com/GregFarrimond/status/1016729311032889347

"to stop a Belgium side packed with some of the Premier League's finest talent, and Fellaini"

 

:lmao::fro::lmao:

guys, didnt see if it was posted earlier but this gets better!!!!!

 

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jul/13/fox-sports-world-cup-coverage-soccer-criticism

The Stone-Lalas dumbumvirate sums up Fox's botched World Cup coverage

The broadcaster’s efforts at Russia 2018 were the TV equivalent of Marouane Fellaini, a player who tries to do everything and succeeds at almost nothing

 

:lmao::fro::lmao:

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