World Cup: How will we remember World Cup 2018?

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  1. Eisen

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    Rodriguez winning the golden boot despite being eliminated in the quarters.
    Suarez going anthropophagus again.
    Germany barely wiggling it's way past Algeria
    Klose getting the record breaking goal
     
  2. Eisen

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    Career defining moment right there.
     
  3. Sabresfansince1980

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    I think VAR has been good and not just to correctly call penalties in the box. I'm hoping the obvious dives will be more easily put under the microscope and start to fade somewhat. In a less obvious example, in an early group stage match, Pepe flopped after contact with Costa and lied down trying to induce a foul call while Costa beat two other defenders for a goal. VAR clearly showed a flop, and Pepe could've easily defended and prevented the goal instead of going for an academy award. I can only hope players see the futility in such obvious antics being detected in the future.

    Otherwise, I'm really hoping that parity has broken through. The group stage was much more competitive, and there are several sides that can legitimately claim their first WC title. I'm hoping for a new winner, and that's pretty hard for most fans to argue against as a happy outcome.
     
  4. Wee Baby Seamus

    Wee Baby Seamus Yo, Goober, where's the meat?

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    The 7-1 for sure.

    Other things:

    The B.S. of the opening fixture, where Croatia went 1-0 up and then ended up losing 3-1 after a stupid penalty call and a disallowed tying goal.
    Everything James did.
    Robben dragging the Dutch kicking and screaming.
    Costa Rica's run.
     
  5. Corto

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    For a Croatian fan, that's pretty much it.
    Anger and rage after losing to a cheating Brazil side and lousy reffing, with a number of game-deciding errors in the game. Oh and Fred thanking God after the ref gave him the penalty for his dive.

    And then the sweet sense of satisfaction watching the Brazilian tears when Germany was pounding them.
    3-0. 4-0. 5-0. It just kept getting better and better. 7-0.
    I never felt sorry for them. I was mildly upset the even scored to make it 7-1.
     
  6. Wee Baby Seamus

    Wee Baby Seamus Yo, Goober, where's the meat?

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    I remember I had a bunch of pals over to watch the match, and I said before it started that I backed Croatia to pull off the upset, and I was feeling pretty damn good about that prediction. From the moment that penalty got called, you just knew they weren't making the knockouts.
     
  7. cgf

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    I’ll remember it as that time that we almost rid ourselves of Jogi...
     
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    You can tell he’s been playing in Germany for the past year...
     
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    Obvious reason why he couldn’t get the team right, his balls were bother him but he never got around to readjusting them...what a perfect metaphor for how he managed to destroy the NT...
     
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    the WC where iran was literally an inch away from winning a group with spain and portugal

    oh, and germany not advancing out of the group stage
     
  12. ViD

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    the guy won you the WC and multiple other medals and titles
     
  13. cgf

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    Bull**** the team won the WC & the Confed Cup despite Jogi’s errors...which eliminated us in 2012, 2016 & now 2018.

    Hell he even managed to unlearn the things that won us the World Cup...using a midfield trio around Kroos and training set pieces.
     
  14. Suiteness

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    May I ask what he did wrong in 2016? I remember Germany absolutely dominating France but not being able to score and France getting that fluke penalty. Other than sticking with Mueller who could'nt score with a bagful of money in a wh0re house, Germany seemed quite fine.
     
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    In the QF Germany weren't all that vs an Italy squad that already showed signs of departing into mediocrity. I thought Germany's play in that game often had that same sleepiness and predictability that I saw this World Cup. The way Germany played this World Cup didn't come out of nowhere or start in the pre-tournament friendlies either.

    It's an inherent problem when a team starts getting complacent. Possession football is meant to be about constantly probing while maintaining quick movement to expose the hidden spaces that open up when the defense is forced to keep running after you, but if a team starts relying on a 'we'll score anyway' mentality nd starts moving less and less, becoming more and more predictable in their passing..it looks like Germany 2018.

    And this is the real reason Löw's departure should be a no-brainer..dude's been there for 12 years as boss, 14 years in a leading role, is approaching retirement age. Players admitted they went into the tournament complacent, that the group stage wasn't taken seriously, that players weren't willing to sacrifice. Those are symptoms of brutal coaching failure, and especially with a long-tenured coach a surefire sign that his time's up and there's urgent need for a new perspective, a new voice.
     
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    How has Low not been fired/resigned? Even Rudi Voller stepped down after Euro 2004 and that was a lot less embarassing considering how that side was just Michael Ballack and a bunch of guys not in their prime.
     
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    Great post, thank you.

    I agree that his time has passed but I don't think he should have been canned after Euro 2016. They never looked anywhere near as bad as they did in this WC, Russia 2018 was definitely an embarassing sh*#$ show.

    I remember his exit interview after the Euro's and he was basically saying that after the 2010 WC and the 2012 Euro's he thoroughly felt that they deserved to lose to Spain and Italy but he could not say the same after this loss to France. I don't know, to me, it seems like he still had an handle on things.
     
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    Perhaps he has furuncles. Those can be very itchy.
     
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    What do they smell like?
     
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    Like old sebum. I'm a nurse, I smelled tons of furuncles, in case you wonder. ;)
     
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    I guess J.Low has too
     
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    Then you don't remember well. Lloris was rarely in danger. Germany had the possession, but that isn't dominance.
     
  23. Bon Esprit

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    I have a gut feeling a not-so-top team wins it all. No Germany (of course, they are out), no France, no Brazil, no Argentina or Spain.
     
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    I.e remembered as the year Portugal won the World Cup and the world became unbearable for the rest of us
     
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    The last 'traditional' World Cup...in 2022 will be played in the winter and starting in 2026 we expand to 48 teams (although we knew that day was eventually coming) but the format is silly with groups of 3
     
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