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    The third-place match between Belgium and England should be more exciting than the Final between France and Croatia in my opinion.

    Why? Belgium and England will swing for the fences and it should be a high-scoring clash. Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku are separated by two goals for the golden boot. Both England and Belgium also played all 20 outfield players and have two goalkeepers having yet to play a match.

    The final should be a feeling out chess match for the first 15-20 minutes and then both teams are going to gamble.
    Meh, Belgium and England are playing two absolutely meaningless games this Cup. Wonder when the last time that happened, if ever. Where is Evan J when you need him?
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

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    Third-Place Play-off

    Fixtures: July 14, 2018

    From FIFA.com

    Saint Petersburg's Krestovsky Stadium will host their final match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup as Belgium and England duel for third place in the tournament.

    It is a rematch of their final group game from Group G as Belgium edged England 1-0 on a goal by Adnan Januzaj and both teams would like to finish their remarkable campaigns on a high.

    For Roberto Martinez's Belgium, it is their first Top Four finish in a major tournament since finishing fourth in the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. A win over the Three Lions will send the Red Devils to a bronze medal finish in this tournament.

    As for Gareth Southgate and England, it was heartbreaking against Croatia in the semifinals inside Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, but still a great tournament for a very young squad.

    Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku will battle for the Golden Boot while Eden Hazard is still in contention for one of the colored balls of the tournament.

    It should be a high-scoring clash with both teams having great tournaments in Russia.

    Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
    17:00 Belgium v. England
    Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRN)

    Assistant referees:
    Reza Sokhandan (IRN)
    Mohammadreza Mansouri (IRN)

    Fourth official:
    Malang Diedhiou (SEN)

    Reserve assistant referee:
    Djibril Camara (SEN)

    Video assistant referee:
    Mark Geiger (USA)

    Assistant video assistant referees:
    Bastian Dankert (GER)
    Joe Fletcher (CAN)
    Paolo Valeri (ITA)
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    Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Football/Soccer Thread

    BB55's Picks - 2018 FIFA World Cup

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    Third Place play-off
    Belgium over England
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

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    Third-Place Play-off

    FT Scores: July 14, 2018

    From FIFA.com

    Roberto Martinez and Belgium have their best result in a FIFA World Cup ever.

    The Red Devils blanked the 1966 FIFA World Cup champions England 2-0 inside Saint Petersburg's Krestovsky Stadium to take home the bronze medal in the tournament.

    Belgium drew first blood in the fourth minute with a great team goal.

    Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku knocked down a long ball and fed West Bromwich Albion winger Nacer Chadli who raced down the left side of the pitch and fed Paris Saint-Germain right back Thomas Meunier, who was suspended for Belgium's semifinal clash against France, with the opening tally as Belgium led 1-0.

    Tottenham Hotspur and England captain striker Harry Kane and the Three Lions had their chances in the game, but Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois probably snatched up the Golden Glove of the tournament with a five-save clean sheet.

    But England had a chance to tie the game at 1-1 as Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier fired a shot that beat Courtois and it was trickling towards the goal line.

    However, Spurs central defender Toby Alderweireld cleared Dier's shot off the line.

    Belgium threw the knockout punch in the 82nd minute as Manchester City winger Kevin De Bruyne dished off his second assist of the tournament as he danced around the English defense and fed Chelsea and Belgian captain playmaker Eden Hazard who buried his third goal of the tournament.

    Unless Kylian Mbappe or Antoine Griezmann go scoring crazy against Croatia in the Final on Sunday, Kane wrapped up the Golden Boot of the tournament.

    Gareth Southgate's England didn't have the quality finishing touch in the final third.

    Belgium 2:0 (1:0) England
    BB55's Man of the Match: Thibaut Courtois, Belgium
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Knockout Stage

    Final

    Fixtures: July 15, 2018

    From FIFA.com

    From 208 nations starting their qualifying quest on March 2015 to the Final 32 including hosts Russia starting their journey on June 14, the 2018 FIFA World Cup is down to their final two teams for the coveted Jules Rimet trophy inside Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

    France and Croatia duke it out in the Grand Finale of one of the greatest tournaments in FIFA World Cup history.

    Will Didier Deschamps and Les Bleus capture their second FIFA World Cup title in their history or will Zlatko Dalic will help the Vatreni become the ninth different nation and the sixth from Europe to lift the trophy over their heads?

    Something's gotta give in Moscow.

    Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
    18:00 France v. Croatia
    Referee: Nestor Pitana (ARG)

    Assistant referees:
    HernŠn Maidana (ARG)
    Juan Pablo Belatti (ARG)

    Fourth official:
    BjŲrn Kuipers (NED)

    Reserve assistant referee:
    Erwin Zeinstra (NED)

    Video assistant referee:
    Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)

    Assistant video assistant referees:
    Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
    Carlos Astroza (CHI)
    Danny Makkelie (NED)
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    Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Football/Soccer Thread

    BB55's Primer, Prediction and Pick - 2018 FIFA World Cup Final: France v. Croatia

    Keys for France:
    - Strike Hard, Strike Fast and Strike Often
    - Win the midfield battle led by Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante and Blaise Matuidi
    - Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti and the Les Bleus defense helping out Hugo Lloris
    - Didier Deschamps joining an exclusive club of winning FIFA World Cups as a player and manager

    Keys for Croatia:
    - Hang around and outlast France just like Portugal did the in UEFA Euro 2016 Final
    - Win the midfield battle led by Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic
    - Danijel Subasic outplays Lloris
    - Stay fresh as a daisy

    Prediction: How much does Croatia have left in their tanks after playing and outlasting Denmark, Russia and England in extra time and penalties?

    France will give them a much tougher test with Mbappe's pace and the movements of Griezmann and Giroud.

    Modric and Rakitic need to win the midfield battles led by Kante and Pogba if they want a shot.

    France needs to strike quickly and often because the longer Croatia hangs around, the more Croatia has a chance to outlast another opponent.

    Croatia won't quit and their mileage shouldn't be a factor, but I think Les Bleus has a little more to pull away from the Vatreni in the end.

    BB55's Pick: France 2, Croatia 1 after extra time
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    Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Football/Soccer Thread

    Just when it was safe to change the channel, the French goalie decided to make things a little interesting.

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    Oh good. Now I can turn my attention to the WNBA.

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    I tried watching and I still can't figure out what is actually a penalty. Sometimes a guy will mug another player and nothing is called, and other times somebody will barely brush someone and it's a yellow card. There doesn't seem like there's any rhyme or reason to it.
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    I live in a part of Montreal, the Plateau Mont-Royal, where there's a lot of French people from France. I can hear all the screaming and the honking from my room.

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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Knockout Stage

    Final

    FT Scores: July 15, 2018

    From FIFA.com

    The 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup is in the books.

    France became the sixth different nation to win multiple FIFA World Cup titles as they doubled up Croatia 4-2 inside Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

    Croatia tested France in the game's first 7-8 minutes and had the ball in France's half of the pitch.

    However, Les Bleus drew first blood in the 18th minute.

    Atletico Madrid playmaking forward Antoine Griezmann was fouled by Inter Milan central midfielder Marcelo Brozovic where replays actually showed that Griezmann dived from 30 yards out.

    However, Argentine referee Nestor Pitana awarded France a free kick despite the claims.

    Griezmann delivered the free kick and it was diverted into the back of the net by Juventus central forward Mario Mandzukic for an own goal as France led 1-0.

    It was the 12th own goal of the tournament, doubling France 1998's mark of six.

    10 minutes later, Croatia pulled themselves level as Real Madrid and Croatian captain midfielder Luka Modric whipped in a free kick that was knocked down in the box.

    Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida picks up the loose ball and fed Inter Milan forward Ivan Perisic who took a touch with his right foot and blasted a shot with his left foot where Tottenham Hotspur and French captain goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had no chance of stopping that as Croatia made 1-1.

    In the 34th minute, France was awarded a penalty.

    Les Bleus claimed to Pitana that there was a handball in the area off a Griezmann corner.

    Pitana went to Italian video assistant referee Massimiliano Irrati to review the claim. France was given the spot kick when Perisic handled in the area.

    Griezmann punished Croatia with his converted penalty to give France a 2-1 halftime lead.

    It was Griezmann's fourth goal of the tournament.

    Early in the second half, the game was delayed for a bit when a couple of streakers invaded the pitch.
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    When play resumed, France scored the next two goals of the match to take a 4-1 lead.

    Manchester United central midfielder Paul Pogba scored his first goal of the tournament with a scud missile from the edge of the penalty area after his initial chance was blocked in the 59th minute to make it 3-1 Les Bleus.

    Paris Saint-Germain livewire youngster Kylian Mbappe made history as he became the first teenager to score in a FIFA World Cup Final since the legendary Pele struck against Sweden in the 1958 Final, with a shot from outside the box in the 65th minute to give France a 4-1 lead.

    It was Mbappe's fourth goal of the tournament which tied Griezmann for the most in the French squad.

    Croatia kept on trying though as Lloris made a howler as Mandzukic scored his third of the tournament in the 69th minute after Lloris failed to dribble past the Croatian forward and Mandzukic poked the ball into an unguarded net.

    The Vatreni didn't get two more goals though as France prevailed in the FIFA World Cup for the second time in their history.

    Six goals was the most in a final since England defeated Germany (West Germany at the time) in the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final after extra time at the old Wembley Stadium.

    Didier Deschamps is the third footballer to win a FIFA World Cup as player and manager. Brazil's Mario Zagallo and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer were the other two.

    Modric won the Golden Ball award while Griezmann took home the Bronze Ball. Chelsea and Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard took home the silver ball.

    Mbappe took home the Best Young Player of the Tournament honor.

    Tottenham Hotspur and English captain striker Harry Kane took home the Golden Boot.

    Chelsea and Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois took home the Golden Glove.

    And Spain took home the FIFA Fair Play Award.
    https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/1...-piece-2986294

    But the main honor was Lloris grabbing the Jules Rimet trophy and lifting over the team's heads as the French fans are dancing in the streets of Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Nice, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lille and the other cities in France and the French Overseas territories as Les Bleus added their seventh major title (UEFA, FIFA and Olympics) to their cabinet.

    France 4:2 (2:1) Croatia
    BB55's Man of the Match: Antoine Griezmann, France
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    Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Football/Soccer Thread

    BB55's Teams of the Tournament - 2018 FIFA World Cup: The Duds

    Now that the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament is over, it's time to name my Studs and Duds Starting XI and Full-23 man squads of the tournament.

    I'll start with the Duds.

    BB55's Full-23 Duds of the tournament

    Manager: Jorge Sampaoli, Argentina
    Assistant: Fernando Hierro, Spain

    Starting XI
    Formation: 4-4-2

    Goalkeeper: David De Gea, Spain

    Left Back: Raphael Guerreiro, Portugal
    Center Back: Jerome Boateng, Germany
    Center Back: Roman Torres, Panama
    Right Back: Igor Smolnikov, Russia

    Left Winger: Thomas Muller, Germany
    Central Midfielder: Sami Khedira, Germany
    Central Midfielder: Grzegorz Krychowiak, Poland
    Right Winger: Mesut Ozil, Germany

    Striker: Robert Lewandowski, Poland
    Striker: Radamel Falcao, Colombia

    Substitutes
    Goalkeepers
    Willy Caballero, Argentina
    Manuel Neuer, Germany

    Defenders
    Fidel Escobar, Panama
    Mats Hummels, Germany
    Federico Fazio, Argentina
    Jordi Alba, Spain

    Midfielders
    Armando Cooper, Panama
    Mohamed Elneny, Egypt
    Fernandinho, Brazil

    Forwards
    Michy Batshuayi, Belgium
    Timo Werner, Germany
    Gabriel Jesus, Brazil
    Last edited by BroadwayBomber55; 07-16-18 at 09:45 PM.
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    Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Football/Soccer Thread

    BB55's Teams of the Tournament - 2018 FIFA World Cup: The Studs

    Now, it's the Studs of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

    BB55's Full-23 Studs of the tournament

    Manager: Roberto Martinez, Belgium
    Assistant: Zlatko Dalic, Croatia

    Starting XI
    Formation: 4-2-3-1

    Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois, Belgium

    Left Back: Diego Godin, Uruguay
    Center Back: Yerry Mina, Colombia
    Center Back: Domagoj Vida, Croatia
    Right Back: Benjamin Pavard, France

    Central Midfielder: Luka Modric, Croatia
    Central Midfielder: N'Golo Kante, France

    Left Winger: Eden Hazard, Belgium
    Attacking Midfielder: Antoine Griezmann, France
    Right Winger: Kylian Mbappe, France

    Striker: Harry Kane, England

    Substitutes
    Goalkeepers
    Danijel Subasic, Croatia
    Jordan Pickford, England

    Defenders
    Thomas Meunier, Belgium
    Andreas Granqvist, Sweden
    John Stones, England
    Raphael Varane, France
    Samuel Umtiti, France

    Midfielders
    Blaise Matuidi, France
    Philippe Coutinho, Brazil
    Ivan Rakitic, Croatia

    Forwards
    Denis Cheryshev, Russia
    Romelu Lukaku, Belgium
    Last edited by BroadwayBomber55; 07-16-18 at 09:29 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredgmuggs View Post
    I tried watching and I still can't figure out what is actually a penalty. Sometimes a guy will mug another player and nothing is called, and other times somebody will barely brush someone and it's a yellow card. There doesn't seem like there's any rhyme or reason to it.
    There's a difference between what causes a penalty kick and what causes a yellow card. Penalty kicks can only be awarded for defensive fouls or handballs in the 18 yard box. No matter how violent, a foul in another place cannot cause a penalty kick. Actions causing penalty kicks can get a red card, yellow card, or no card. Cards can be issued for actions while the ball is not in play, and can be given to coaches and players who weren't on the field. Without video, I can't comment on incidents, and of course if two games had different referees that matters just like different umpires. If you want to ask a question about a specific event, you can register and post at http://www.bigsoccer.com/forums/worl...fereeing.1665/

    BroadwayBomber55 typed Harry Stones instead of John Stones. I disagree with having five Panamanians on the 23 man roster of duds because Panama was expected to be one of the worst teams. Your duds had 8 Germans, 5 Panamanians, 2 Poles, and none from the other five last place teams. Was the fifth worst Panamanian worse than every Egyptian?

    Griezmann now has won something that Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo haven't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvanJ View Post
    There's a difference between what causes a penalty kick and what causes a yellow card. Penalty kicks can only be awarded for defensive fouls or handballs in the 18 yard box. No matter how violent, a foul in another place cannot cause a penalty kick. Actions causing penalty kicks can get a red card, yellow card, or no card. Cards can be issued for actions while the ball is not in play, and can be given to coaches and players who weren't on the field. Without video, I can't comment on incidents, and of course if two games had different referees that matters just like different umpires. If you want to ask a question about a specific event, you can register and post at http://www.bigsoccer.com/forums/worl...fereeing.1665/

    BroadwayBomber55 typed Harry Stones instead of John Stones. I disagree with having five Panamanians on the 23 man roster of duds because Panama was expected to be one of the worst teams. Your duds had 8 Germans, 5 Panamanians, 2 Poles, and none from the other five last place teams. Was the fifth worst Panamanian worse than every Egyptian?

    Griezmann now has won something that Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo haven't.
    Okay, I updated my 23 duds. Jordi Alba, Gabriel Jesus and Mohamed Elneny are my swaps.

    I thought Cristiano Ronaldo won a UEFA Euro 2016 title with Portugal when they beat France thanks to Eder being the unlikely hero in extra time. Or are you talking about playing throughout the Final for Antoine Griezmann.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BroadwayBomber55 View Post
    Okay, I updated my 23 duds. Jordi Alba, Gabriel Jesus and Mohamed Elneny are my swaps.

    I thought Cristiano Ronaldo won a UEFA Euro 2016 title with Portugal when they beat France thanks to Eder being the unlikely hero in extra time. Or are you talking about playing throughout the Final for Antoine Griezmann.
    I think he's talking about the World Cup. However, so have 22 other players for France. At any rate, Griezmann is not in the same league as Messi or Ronaldo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by albo4lyfe View Post
    I think he's talking about the World Cup. However, so have 22 other players for France. At any rate, Griezmann is not in the same league as Messi or Ronaldo.
    Oh alright.

    I put Russia 2018 as one of my Top Five FIFA World Cups of all-time.

    1. Mexico 1970
    2. Russia 2018
    3. South Korea/Japan 2002
    4. Spain 1982
    5. Mexico 1986

    Top Honorable Mention: USA 1994
    Last edited by BroadwayBomber55; 07-26-18 at 02:14 PM.
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