World Cup: 2018 FIFA World Cup

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  1. maclean Registered User

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    I wasn't too impressed with the quality of play in this WC. Very few teams were willing to take the initiative, too many teams were happy to just sit back and wait for a set-piece. France won it all with their striker scoring 0 goals, the best goal scorer of the tournament scored 1 goal in 4 playoff games (a penalty). Maybe my standards are just too high or I just don't love football the way I used to.
     
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    If you ask me, this WC saw a bit of a resurgence of more defensively-oriented fullbacks.
     
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    I think it was more of a lack of top (offensive) fullbacks.

    I'd say overall Vrsaljko (bias aside) would be my choice as best RB and he's defensively fantastic, but offensively he can't create space for himself.
    He'll run, he's got a good cross, but he can't dribble or blow past people, he's not exactly Carvajal/Marcelo in that regard.
    Tripper... I just wasn't impressed. Set piece delivery great... but in actual play? I didn't see it, offensively or defensively. He was good, but certainly not the best fullback of the tournament as the English media are putting it.
    Meunier was probably the best RB when it came to offense. Shame he missed the semi vs France, he's vital to Belgium's strategy.
    Pavard was adequate for France, I just think the team success covered the fact that (at least for the time being) he's a level below most of the other French players (that said, Sidibe was pretty awful in the one game he played).
    Kimmich was absolutely brutal for Germany and Carvajal never looked like himself following the latest injury.

    Left backs were even less impressive...
    Lucas Hernandez is still very young, and was good... but I wouldn't say great. Possibly still the best LB in the tournament.
    Croatia's LBs are its weakest link, and noone is terribly impressed with Ashley Young or Rose.
    Belgium basically plays without a LB.
    And Marcelo went out in the quarters.

    Am I forgetting some guys that went out earlier?
    Trying to think, but I don't think so tbh. Augustinsson was decent, but hardly spectacular.

    So, if I had to pick, I'd take both Atletico Madrid as my starting fullbacks, Vrsaljko and Hernandez - and they're both defensively than offensively (though not terrible offensively by any means).
     
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    I thought they talked about having stadia the roof of which could be closed in case of rain thus turning the game into indoor-sport. Apparently the final-stadium in Moscow wasn't such.
     
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    By their striker do you mean Giroud? Because.... I don't think that should be a huge surprise for anyone or reflects poorly on anyone but maybe the coach
     
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    Mario Fernandes probably was the best RB this tournament
     
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    Did Giroud finally register a shot on goal in this tournament? I know he had none going into the semis.
     
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    He went from hero to zero pretty quickly, though, didn't he?

    What's his deal, anyways, how'd he end up suiting up for Russia?
     
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    I would guess Brazil never showed any interest on calling him up.
     
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    Nope.
     
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    Four years ago when Klose scored his historic goal which put him number one in all-time WC-finals scoreboard people said that it would be very temporary as his younger team-mate Thomas Muller would surely go past him in the years to come.

    Now however there was an entire WC-tournament for Muller without a single goal. He isn't get younger either just as the rest of us. He is now 28. he may have two more WC's to look forward to but Klose is still ahead.
     
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    Hell, the way Mbappe played in his debut with 4 goals, while still likely having another 4 World Cups to play, it could be his trophy in due time.

    Either that, or we could see another Just Fontaine-like performance in Qatar. Anyone's guess, really. :laugh:
     
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    Ya Mueller never relied on superior physical attributes to score his goals so age should not limit him all that much in that regard but man, while he was bad at Euro 2016, he was at least making some things happen. In this WC he just looked like a guy that had nothing left to give to the game. It was odd to say the least.

    While I'm truly hoping for the best for Mbappé, we have to be weary that nothing in this life is guaranteed. Look at Michael Owen for instance, at 18 he burst onto the scene at the WC and people thought with at least three more WC to look forward to, he would simply crush everything. As it turned out, with injuries and all, the 98 WC at 18 was the peak of his career. You could make a similar case for Ronaldinho who had a pretty good WC in 02, became one the best in the world and started to decline by the time the next WC rolled around 4 years later.:laugh:
     
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    It wasn't not even close to being odd... more expected to those paying attention. :)
     
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    Ya, I meant odd in the sense that the decline was so sudden and abrupt. :laugh:
     
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    Oh that's certainly possible, a lot could go wrong in four years. But of all the active players with the potential to break Klose's record, he'd be a top contender IMO.

    James and Suarez as well, although their respective teams don't usually make the same deep runs that helped Klose tally so many.

    Kane's also at a goal-per-game pace, but I doubt that's sustainable. ;)
     
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    More whinging about expansion to 48 teams, sorry, but the inevitable outcome is that there will be more very one-sided matches and therefore players scoring way more goals than was enough this time to win the golden boot.
     
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    I think they all may play at least once more.
     
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    I'm not complaining about it, but I think the grounds for the complaints are that weaker sides don't mean one-sided matches, but more matches where one team is just in a defensive block, so the opposite outcome
     
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    There will be a lot of third matches in the group-stage like the France-Denmark match this year.

    However, there can no more be a situation that you have lost your chances to qualify but yet have to play one more match. I guess that is improvement.
     
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    Number of goals scored in the knockout stage of the WC by the eventual champs :
    86 : Argentina 8
    90 : Germany 5
    94 : Brazil 5
    98 : France 6
    02 : Brazil 7
    06 : Italy 7
    10 : Spain 4
    14 : Germany 11 (including 7 in the semis)
    18 : France 11
     
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    Very impressive for France considering who they had to face to get there. Argentina, Uruguay, Belgium and Croatia is certainly no cakewalk.
     
  24. Harry22 GO HABS GO!

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    Wow at Spain. Four 1-0 wins.
     
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    An offside winner in one of those wins there too. Also, after their game vs Paraguay, Spain should’ve been voted off the island.
     

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