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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:23 am 
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I’m really going to miss this World Cup. Best in my lifetime.

Hopefully today is a final worthy of such a wonderful Tournament :thumb:

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France XI: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas, Pogba, Kante, Matuidi, Mbappe, Griezmann, Giroud
Subs: Mandanda, Kimpembe, Lemar, Dembele, Tolisso, Nzonzi, Rami, Fekir, Sidibe, Thauvin, Mendy, Areola

Croatia XI: Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Rebic, Rakitic, Brozovic, Perisic, Modric, Mandzukic
Subs: Livakovic, Corluka, Kovacic, Kramaric, Jedvaj, Bradaric, Caleta-Car, Badelj, Pjaca, Pivaric, Lovre Kalinic

Referee: Nestor Pitana (Argentina)

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:09 pm 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:13 pm 
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I'm about to go into the football zone.

I'm of course rooting for CROATIA!!!

To win would be the fulfillment of a dream. Marriage, children...a WC win rounds it all out to make my life complete.

Dear Lord, make my life complete. Forgive my iniquities. May Croatia win today!

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:18 pm 
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mate wrote:
I'm about to go into the football zone.

I'm of course rooting for CROATIA!!!

To win would be the fulfillment of a dream. Marriage, children...a WC win rounds it all out to make my life complete.

Dear Lord, make my life complete. Forgive my iniquities. May Croatia win today!

:thumbs: :thumbs: :thumbs:


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:25 pm 
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Mate, I can't imagine what you are going through mate.

My heart would be beating out of my chest.

If Nigeria ever makes the final, I think I will decide to watch it in the lobby of a Hospital.

Football is not for the faint hearted. :scared: :scared: :scared:

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Mate how come Lovren and Vida don't have surnames ending with ic? Are they children of immigrants or something?

Hope your team plays well 8-)

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:30 pm 
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I read 70% of the Croatian team is born in Croatia. 30% abroad. It's an encompassing mix.

A smaller number of Croatian last names don't end in "ic".

When I think of France, where I was actually born, I think of majesty, art, architecture, science, literature, and fighting spirit. Of the highest order. France are the ultimate professionals in football. There's noting more France could do to push the envelope right now.

But it still will be 11v11. I take some comfort in that. It isn't the entire Croatia vs the entire France.

We're both putting forth our best platoons. Again, 11v11. We believe!

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:34 pm 
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It seems your destiny has always been red, white and blue. Whether it be your heritage in Croatia, your birthplace in France or your home in America?

You are not a cop by any chance are you? :rotf: :rotf:

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I spread myself well: France-Croatia-USA. I figure this should give me footballing glory one way or the other. Of course, on the matter of the USA...well, that's for another time.

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I just want Pogba to play well


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I cant stand those French fuuks so i'm hesitantly rooting for Croatia mate and his opaks aside. :twisted:

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anikulapo wrote:
I’m really going to miss this World Cup. Best in my lifetime.

Hopefully today is a final worthy of such a wonderful Tournament :thumb:

Lineups coming



Best for me remains 1982.

This one has been long on drama, but short on real quality.

1982 gave us Brazil and Socrates; Italy and Bruno Conti and Collovatti; France and Tigana, Platini and Amoros; Poland and Lato....

The Brazil vs Italy match remains for me the pinnacle...

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@Tbite, no need to book your bed in M*A*S*H, Nigeria won’t be appearing in any World Cup final any time soon.

@Yeye, back to £0 apiece, anything doing here?


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Hmmm I think France will win

but I want to put money on Croatia to win.

I'm a complicated guy. :taunt:

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In 2017, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp declared Dejan Lovren to be one of the best CDs in the world, and he was roundly ridiculed by English media and pundits.

And here is Lovren ready to lead Croatia out in the biggest game of all, and probably the best CD in the WC next to Varane...

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This World Cup is Croatia's to lose.

All the elements are aligned for Croatia. Their coach holds the key.

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@ coach:

Keys to the match?

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txj wrote:
@ coach:

Keys to the match?



For me it starts with the positioning of Rakitic and how well they deal with Mbappe.

Mbappe- the breaker of chains, the scourge of low blocks...

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anikulapo wrote:
I’m really going to miss this World Cup. Best in my lifetime.

Hopefully today is a final worthy of such a wonderful Tournament :thumb:

Lineups coming



Make you wait till France win now.

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I go into the zone. See you all at halftime!!!

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txj wrote:
In 2017, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp declared Dejan Lovren to be one of the best CDs in the world, and he was roundly ridiculed by English media and pundits.

And here is Lovren ready to lead Croatia out in the biggest game of all, and probably the best CD in the WC next to Varane...


Klopp was rightfully ridiculed in that case. Lovren is decent and is made much better by those around him, Van Dijk a good example


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