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  1. Altie

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    It's true football is "democratic" in a way - but it's no wonder if the countries with the best players have ambitious sports politics - for instance in France there's a very effective network of football schools recruiting - and paying - young talents from an early age (13 years old I think). It helps a lot... It's no wonder why there were in fact not 23, but 50 french players at the world cup ! 27 players, born and raised in France, played for other teams because they had two nationalities. Speaking about figure skating, Philippe Candeloro and Brian Joubert came from a very humble background for instance. I think it's easier in France because rinks get subventions, even though of course not as much as football does.
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    FIFA World Cup 2018

    This match was amazing, dramaturgy-wise. I was hooked from beginning to the end. Own goals, penalties, goalkeeper's mistake - sublime goals - unexpected luck on both sides - errors and redemption - it had all ! Even the weather added to the drama ! :) It's funny how it felt that Croatia was dominating, regardless of the score... I couldn't breath until the very last seconds of the match, because Croatia never gave up and the french seemed to never be able to get the ball - yet when they finally could, they scored with lightning speed actions. That strategy - relying on defense and then counter-attack quickly - is so bad for my blood pressure, really. No other team managed to block the french team that effectively during the championship. I also loved the general "fair-play" feeling there was. Players helping eachother getting up after fouls or impacts, no agressivity between the two teams. So, congratulation, Croatia ! And Pogba, M'Bappé, Griezman - what an amazing trio. What a crazy sunday. And it's not finished, it's a bit crazy in France right now tbh. If only figure skating could make people as happy and united as football does ! Only in sports, especially football, does France show proudly how diverse the country is, and how positive it can be.... too bad ot's not more often, but it's heartwarming nevertheless.
  3. Altie

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    Now I'm breathing again. Omg what a match !
  4. Altie

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    Me right now Allez les bleus !
  5. Altie

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    I hope for France to win of course, but honestly I would be happy for Croatia if they win. I think France is better technically, and the players will be in better shape than croatians, who played 3 prolongations (=1 match more !!!), while France played none.. And they'll have one day less to get some rest. But Croatia is good too, has some awesome players, and has a titanium mindset !!! May the better win ! Edit : I really liked this article about the french team, and why they're succeeding now where the previous generation failed :
  6. Altie

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    Both France and Croatia have strong memories about 1998 and need to "kill their fathers" in order to step out from the shadow of the legendary teams from 20 years ago. They had competed against eachother in semi-finals then. A France-Croatia final would bring back ghosts from the past... I like the idea :)
  7. Altie

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    Here the feeling is that Belgium was the strongest opponent, that this match looked like a final. But then people remember 2016 when France was favorite for the final of the Euro after a huge semi-final, and then lost to Portugal... Anything can happen.
  8. Altie

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    Thank god we have good defenders... Varane has been huge tonight ! Congrats to belgium, though, they were badass opponents !
  9. Altie

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    Very exciting match so far Both teams are great. Kudos to the keepers indeed !
  10. Altie

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    Nice try mbappe :)
  11. Altie

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    I m so anxious !
  12. Altie

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    this one is funny too Even if, well... It won't happen this way :)
  13. Altie

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    Nice cover :) Can't wait for tonight !
  14. Altie

    FIFA World Cup 2018

    In football, in France our Nemesis is Germany, not England . I love team Belgium too. Btw their assistant coach is french legendary former player Thierry Henry, who knows french nt by heart, which is a bit awkward tbh. I hope there won't be any backlash against him, people can be dumb sometimes.
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    FIFA World Cup 2018

    France-England for me
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