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2018 FIFA World Cup Final (& playoff)


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After 62 matches, we have finally almost arrived at the biggest match on the planet, the 21st World Cup final. Before that, today, we have England playing Belgium in a pretty meaningless game. Again. 

Saturday: England v Belgium (third place game)

And then the decider, the favourites against the debutants - but after this tournament, anything is possible. Preceded by a closing ceremony involving... Will Smith, among others. 

Sunday: France v Croatia (FINAL)

Who do you think will win?

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Belgium wins third--2-0 from Thomas Muenier and Eden Hazard!

I expect France will win after 20 years--should be after 12 years but the evil scum ruined it in Berlin, they knew what they were doing. Deferred karma in not qualifying this time!--there's depth, speed, youth, and talent. They were my choice after Germany, who of course embarassingly fizzled out and were more than capable of repeating, because those things with some emerging talent with already-established stars like Griezmann and Lloris, whose captainship will no doubt be needed more than ever. Yet as Croatia showed when qualifying out of the home and home series versus Greece, they got patience, skill, craftiness, and experience. Croatia winning the World Cup will surely go down as THE greatest sports moment ever in the nation's 27-year existence. Bigger than the beloved 1998 heroes winning third in its first World Cup from a nearly all-debutant group in France, Janica and Ivica Kostelic winning gold in alpine skiing, Goran Ivanisevic winning men's Wimbeldon as a wild card, Croatia winning men's handball Olympic gold at Atlanta's Georgia Dome and later in Athens (who could forget those train-like and body slide celebrations?), Sandra Petkovic and the men's water polo team claiming gold in London, and the great Croatian basketball players during the Dream Team era (Petrovic, Kukoc, Arapovic, Radja, Tabak, Komazec, Vrankovic, Alanovic, Perasovic, Cvjeticanin, Naglic, and Gregov).

We know Macron and Grabar-Kitarovic surely will be there and maybe many of the 1998 World Cup team will hopefully be in attendance supporting their old teammate and national hero Deschamps. Great way to cap off Bastille Day weekend should they win! Remember they first won it all during that very weekend in France 20 years ago. Speaking of 1998, there's a couple of retrospective documentaries about them, the ones I know are from TF1 and France Televisions (France 2, specifically). It'll be fun to see those Champs-Elysee scenes duplicated.

 

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This has to be one of the worst finals i've seen in my entire, fucking life. 

Croatia is playing against 12: The referee and the french team. Absolutely disgusting display of refballing. **** FIFA and **** this ref. 

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23 minutes ago, Ikarus360 said:

This has to be one of the worst finals i've seen in my entire, fucking life. 

Croatia is playing against 12: The referee and the french team. Absolutely disgusting display of refballing. **** FIFA and **** this ref. 

With the score of 3-1 I think it's game over for Croatia.. 

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2 minutes ago, zigzag said:

With the score of 3-1 I think it's game over for Croatia.. 

Noo, you think?

They are demoralized at this point. They have realized the referee is on their side. Like i said again, **** this match.

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1 minute ago, Ikarus360 said:

Noo, you think?

They are demoralized at this point. They have realized the referee is on their side. Like i said again, **** this match.

4-1.. Yep.. It's all over.. 

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