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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Lame

I'm pulling for Croatia, but expect France to win on the basis of being better and more rested.

UPDATE: Horrible refereeing today. Griezman takes a dive, wins a free kick, and scores on an own goal off a defender's head. Croatia answers with a beautiful team goal, only to have the referee hand France a penalty on an obviously non-deliberate hand ball.

It's not that hard. If the hands aren't waving around or being used to control the ball, it's not a foul. This is the first time the VAR system really seems to have gone wrong.

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Blogger pyrrhus July 15, 2018 11:46 AM  

I've had the feeling all tournament that France was a favorite of the referees, for whatever reason. This game is tending to confirm it.l

Blogger Ferdinand July 15, 2018 11:48 AM  

The croatians were clearly superior in the first half, that hands was absolutely not worth a penalty in a world cup final.

Blogger select star July 15, 2018 11:51 AM  

Because vibrancy! And ratings.

Blogger Thad tuiol July 15, 2018 11:53 AM  

The FIFA gang obviously want team Africa to win. C'mon Croatia, take these cunts apart in the second half!

Blogger Ingot9455 July 15, 2018 11:55 AM  

If you ain't bribing the refs you ain't playing hard enough.

Blogger Dos Voltz July 15, 2018 11:58 AM  

France looks like an NBA team.

Umtiti - now there's a great name for a "Frenchman" !!

Blogger qualitycontrol July 15, 2018 12:02 PM  

'This is the first time the VAR system really seems to have gone wrong.'

You can't have a homogeneous nation like Croatia win the world cup in 2018. Remember the narrative. Diverse teams are a strength that lead to wins. That's why we need migration from Africa into Europe.

That being said, the referee is Argentinean.

Blogger Desillusionerad July 15, 2018 12:04 PM  

Yeah the hand ball was dubious, 50% - VAR should not have intervened, and they really should clarify the VAR to fix that, and the free kick was fucking atrocious there isn't anything debatable about that. Frankly he should have gotten a red for that.

Blogger Ferdinand July 15, 2018 12:04 PM  

There is not a single frenchman on the team, the only 2 whites are a German and a Catalan.
France brought the military concept of the foreign legion over to football.

Blogger Shane Farrell July 15, 2018 12:17 PM  

I wonder can 'Football French' be the new Basketball American

Blogger Mike July 15, 2018 12:22 PM  

"This is the first time the VAR system really seems to have gone wrong."

Err always thought you were a bright lad, but if you really believe that well...

Blogger pyrrhus July 15, 2018 12:22 PM  

Looks like the "French" Afrika Corps has it now....

Blogger Jabari July 15, 2018 12:28 PM  

Croatian GK having an awful game. He’s been flat-footed for all 3 of the non-PK goals

Blogger Baseball Savant July 15, 2018 12:35 PM  

Angie beat Serena yesterday. No way the narrative was going to let whitey win another.

Blogger Patrikbc July 15, 2018 12:39 PM  

France gives away a goal, that keepers head was who knows where.

Blogger Looking Glass July 15, 2018 12:42 PM  

Patrikbc wrote:France gives away a goal, that keepers head was who knows where.

For a tournament with some really high level keeper play throughout, the Finals have been a bit of a let down.

Blogger Lazarus July 15, 2018 12:44 PM  

Mike wrote:"This is the first time the VAR system really seems to have gone wrong."

Err always thought you were a bright lad, but if you really believe that well...


Every analyst I have heard so far thinks the same.

Blogger nswhorse July 15, 2018 12:52 PM  

The penalty call was a disgrace. Didn't see the earlier because I was watching the Wimbledon final. France did show at the start of the second half that they are clearly the better team, thanfully. Would have hated for that penalty to be decisive.

Blogger nswhorse July 15, 2018 12:53 PM  

*earlier free kick

Blogger Desillusionerad July 15, 2018 12:53 PM  

Regarding VAR - the penalty itself I would say is 50/50 but VAR is only suposed to intervene when it's an obvious fault which this obviously wasn't.

Blogger Megamerc July 15, 2018 12:56 PM  

Really disappointing loss for Croatia for a number of reasons. Two cruddy referee calls is the difference in the score line in this game

Blogger szopen July 15, 2018 12:57 PM  

The second Croatian goal was entertaining. Shame, shame overall.

Blogger Pierre Truc July 15, 2018 1:05 PM  

Ferdinand wrote:There is not a single frenchman on the team

BUT MUH DUHVERSITY!!!

Blogger Gritón del Desierto July 15, 2018 1:29 PM  

Neo Africa champion of the world.Emanuelle Maricón paid for it.This a publicity campaign just like the video of the "immigrant spiderman".Now the world had seen that " diversity is France's strenght" and that France is now a much better place thanks to the immigrants.As an argentinian of french & spanish heritage I feel cucked in every concevivle way

Blogger Jakob Niedzwiecki July 15, 2018 1:43 PM  

https://mobile.twitter.com/fwcpre

Leak or luck?

Blogger Ezequiel Almada July 15, 2018 2:20 PM  

Gritón, if you hadn't explicitely said you were argentinian, that "Maricón" would have given you away XD

Now, as for the match, Croatia failed to take a couple of clear chances they had, and then after that Negro France was simply better.

On the referee, I have to admit I was surprised he was picked for the final, over here in Argentina he's recognized as good but the teams tend to not trust him very much.

Blogger Daniel July 15, 2018 2:31 PM  

Otro argentino

Blogger Daniel July 15, 2018 2:37 PM  

Otro argentino más muy bueno

Blogger Unknown July 15, 2018 2:47 PM  

Whodathunkit? A buncha muddies can keep it together for ninety minutes after all. Whichever way you want to color your wet blanket, the best team won.

Blogger ghostfromplanetspook July 15, 2018 2:49 PM  

@25 The Croatian goalie stood around like a gaping dumbass and let two easy goals in. For his sake I hope its rigged.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan July 15, 2018 2:55 PM  

Could these WC teams compete in Premiere league?

Blogger ant becker July 15, 2018 3:27 PM  

A victory to the globalists and globalist loving FIFA.

Blogger Xellos July 15, 2018 3:37 PM  

ghostfromplanetspook wrote:@25 The Croatian goalie stood around like a gaping dumbass and let two easy goals in. For his sake I hope its rigged.
He was hurt from previous matches, he was rolling on the ground at some point in the match vs New Caliphate. He was in no condition to play.

Blogger Salt July 15, 2018 3:44 PM  

So Team African, sponsored by France, won... what now?

Blogger Nate July 15, 2018 3:52 PM  

There are a lot of reasons why americans don't like soccer. But here are a few that no one mentions:

Americans have no patience for officiating mistakes. The amount of offense Americans take to games being effected by bad calls cannot be over stated. And in fact it is a contributing factor the issues the NFL had last year.

The diving and flailing around after the slightest touch is another thing that is simply revolting to Americans.

Everyone talks about the scoring... and the pace of play... but those issues are also present in Baseball. People also say the problem is ties... but there are ties in Hockey and Americans embrace it far more than soccer.

Blogger ghostfromplanetspook July 15, 2018 4:17 PM  

Xellos wrote:ghostfromplanetspook wrote:@25 The Croatian goalie stood around like a gaping dumbass and let two easy goals in. For his sake I hope its rigged.

He was hurt from previous matches, he was rolling on the ground at some point in the match vs New Caliphate. He was in no condition to play.


He did pretty well considering then sorry my ignorance is showing

Blogger Proffesor X July 15, 2018 4:26 PM  

This was a good game and France was the better side. Possession may be 9/10ths of the law, but not the game. Croatia deserved to be there. I like their grit and grind. But in terms of channeling talent, France subsumed ego under team. That is a rare and powerful feat. And they did pouch Africa, so they have that.

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2785862-why-france-are-carrying-africas-hopes-in-the-world-cup-final

The Griezman foul drawn demonstrates the fickle nature of the sport. Many bumps are not called, advantages are given, and even good players draw fouls.

Yes, Griezman went down early. But, his heal and shin were clipped. He got the first touch ahead of him and was running on. In a game that favors defense and giving fouls to stop a break, this call is customary. It didn’t give away a point. The indirect free kick is a set piece. A dozen or more take place each game. And when scoring is at a premium these are necessary to advance the score. It gives a team a chance. Croatia had theirs too.

The hand ball was correctly called. VAR worked well once again. It is about time that technology was used to assist in the accuracy of calls within the game. I would’ve liked to of seen the corner called off of Nzozi’s calf as well. These are calls that have been routinely missed. I like the shape of the game being approved by using cameras and video replay rather than adding another on field referee. I think this is a good compromise position. But like so many systems the scope of review needs to be managed and in this case expanded slightly.

VD favors the defense in many calls. Italian game and all. However, the nature of the game requires a hand ball is called in the penalty area, when a player “deliberately handles the ball when in play.” And “A handball should not be awarded if a player is ruled to have handled the ball accidentally. This refers to a player either attempting to protect himself from injury, for example by placing the hands in front of the face and then being hit by the ball, or a player being hit on the arm by the ball without moving towards the ball and without being able to move out of the way. An example might be a snap shot hitting the arm of a defender at point-blank range. However, if a player’s arm is in an unnatural position, for example outstretched or above their head, then a foul should be awarded whether accidental or not.”

Pericic used his hand to knock the ball down and kick it out. This results in a penalty kick.

Further, France scored on two skilled shots from the top of the box. am Mbappe and Pogba showed exquisite skill and precision. Athleticism matters and raw talent can be a difference maker. But it needs to be focused and directed and lead well. Congratulations to Didier Deschamps and the French Federation for fielding a championship team. Well done.

Blogger Franz Lyonheart July 15, 2018 4:31 PM  

Annoyed at the refereeing. France would likely have won anyway. VAR system gone wrong indeed.

Otoh, Mrs. Lyonheart is a French hottie, so I guess our children have won twice in a row for 8 years now.

Just that the parents in law scoring one, it grates, lol.

Oh...., and the fact that I'm the only French nationalist amongst the bunch, and would have been happier for the French regular army today win, rather than the foreign legion (legion d'etrangers).

Blogger Franz Lyonheart July 15, 2018 4:38 PM  

the only 2 whites are a German and a Catalan.

Really? So,..., who are they?

Blogger Jack Amok July 15, 2018 5:28 PM  

There are a lot of reasons why americans don't like soccer. But here are a few that no one mentions:

Add to it that only the goalkeepers are allowed to use their hands. Everyone else has to run around like two legged animals without opposable thumbs. Hockey and Baseball may have some of the other problems of soccer, but they're very clearly sports for tool-makers.

But the flopping is truly revolting. You picked the perfect word there Nate. I think most Americans would like to see the ref walk over and kick the wuss laying on the ground weeping.

Blogger Lovekraft July 15, 2018 6:38 PM  

France 'celebrating' the victory.

The usual degenerates.

https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=ajfx9_1531693240

Blogger RA July 15, 2018 6:48 PM  

The German is Griezemann and the Catalan is Lloris. Odd that Giroud and Pavard were not counted? Have to say there is a part of former Germany that has been French territory at least since the end of WW1. While Catalania has been split between Spain and France for at least several centuries. But yes France isn't for the French anymore, it's for the Africans. This isn't new, by the way. The best player on that 1998 Cup winner wasn't French either, he was Algerian. Or has anyone forgotten Zidane?

On to the match itself. The Griezemann dive was a tad questionable, but there is no doubt about the handball and VAR got that one right. If the arm is well away from the body, even the accidental appearing handball almost always gets called. Has to be point blank up close range to get the accidental nod. From a distance, need to have the arm next to the body or otherwise out of the way. This one did not appear to be that accidental. In the replay, one can see Perisic's arm moving downward to intercept the arc of the ball which wasn't hit that close to him. It's easy from the angle to see why the referee missed it, and in the old days, Croatia would have got away with it. But if VAR is involved, that has to be called.

Looking at the bigger picture: there must be tight control of handballs, have to come down on them hard. Otherwise you'll see them creep in more and more, with "accidental" pleadings.

All that said, the diving is revolting. Not to mention bawling like a baby every time (here's looking at Neymar).

Blogger Polemicist July 15, 2018 8:06 PM  

Association Football doesn't seem to appeal to the ethnic French. Compare and contrast the French team in the last Rugby Union world cup to this soccer team.

Come to think of it: how much Whiter is the England Rugby League team compared to the football team that supposedly represented us in Russia? (There are regional factors at play, though.)

Blogger Mathieu Brissy July 15, 2018 8:23 PM  

Allons, enfants de la Patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé !
Contre nous de la tyrannie
L'étendard sanglant est levé, (bis)
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats ?
Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras
Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes !
Aux armes, citoyens,
Formez vos bataillons,
Marchons, marchons !
Qu'un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons !

Blogger Mathieu Brissy July 15, 2018 8:28 PM  

You're the degenerate guys. I was expecting more from the alt right. Once again France showed that the Anglos can't manage being wrong.

Blogger Mathieu Brissy July 15, 2018 8:42 PM  

Que veut cette horde d'esclaves,
De traîtres, de rois conjurés ?
Pour qui ces ignobles entraves,
Ces fers dès longtemps préparés ? (bis)
Français, pour nous, ah ! quel outrage !
Quels transports il doit exciter !
C'est nous qu'on ose méditer
De rendre à l'antique esclavage !

Blogger Mathieu Brissy July 15, 2018 8:42 PM  

Quoi ! des cohortes étrangères
Feraient la loi dans nos foyers !
Quoi ! ces phalanges mercenaires
Terrasseraient nos fiers guerriers ! (bis)
Grand Dieu ! par des mains enchaînées
Nos fronts sous le joug se ploieraient !
De vils despotes deviendraient
Les maîtres de nos destinées !

Blogger Mathieu Brissy July 15, 2018 8:42 PM  

Tremblez, tyrans, et vous, perfides,
L'opprobre de tous les partis,
Tremblez ! vos projets parricides
Vont enfin recevoir leurs prix ! (bis)
Tout est soldat pour vous combattre,
S'ils tombent, nos jeunes héros,
La terre en produit de nouveaux,
Contre vous tout prêts à se battre !

Blogger Mathieu Brissy July 15, 2018 8:42 PM  

Français, en guerriers magnanimes,
Portez ou retenez vos coups !
Épargnez ces tristes victimes,
À regret s'armant contre nous. (bis)
Mais ces despotes sanguinaires,
Mais ces complices de Bouillé,
Tous ces tigres qui, sans pitié,
Déchirent le sein de leur mère !

Blogger Mathieu Brissy July 15, 2018 8:43 PM  

Amour sacré de la Patrie,
Conduis, soutiens nos bras vengeurs.
Liberté, Liberté chérie,
Combats avec tes défenseurs ! (bis)
Sous nos drapeaux que la victoire
Accoure à tes mâles accents,
Que tes ennemis expirants
Voient ton triomphe et notre gloire !

Blogger Lazarus July 15, 2018 10:00 PM  

How do you say spam in French?

Blogger Anthony July 15, 2018 11:13 PM  

Congratulations to French West Africa, the first Muslim team to win the World Cup.

Blogger SouthRon July 15, 2018 11:14 PM  

You take a nice jambon sandwich, chop it into small pieces, shove it back together under high pressure and stick it in a can with a little key to open it. They call it Brissy.

Blogger Fe2O3 July 15, 2018 11:27 PM  

There once was a boy named Brissy
Who wished he was a girl named Missy
On a hot summer day
As he watched the French play
C'est la vie, I'm a sissy

Blogger Lurker July 15, 2018 11:30 PM  

"But yes France isn't for the French anymore, it's for the Africans."

And yes all that verbiage and ya finally acknowledge a blip of truth. Assholes like you justify everything.

Blogger Daniel July 15, 2018 11:49 PM  

If I were a real frenchmen this world cup would taste bitter. Today heritage france died.

Blogger Jack Amok July 15, 2018 11:53 PM  

See, this is the problem with kickball. Everybody gets way too full of themselves with something goes their way. Running around screaming "GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllll" makes the dumbest choreographed TD dance look respectable. And the French win so some frogspouter shows up writing poetry. In French.

I suppose we have to cut them some slack. They can't burn down the city like Vibrant-Americans would, that would be horning in on their muzzie immigrant's jobs.

Blogger Ian Stein July 16, 2018 2:26 AM  

I hate the French, in a sophisticated way of course.

Blogger Ian Stein July 16, 2018 2:31 AM  

Shut la bouche. ( only French I know, but has served me well.)

Blogger Mathieu Brissy July 16, 2018 2:58 AM  

Ah guys you're so salty it's incredible. You can bitch all you want: we won.
And since most of you are americans, I think you have plenty of black people and Mexicans yourself in your country to have a good football team. So look at yourselves in a miror for one time.

Blogger Mathieu Brissy July 16, 2018 3:05 AM  

Propbably nothing about you is sophisticated, Stein.

Blogger szopen July 16, 2018 6:14 AM  

Mathieu Brissy wrote:Ah guys you're so salty it's incredible. You can bitch all you want: we won.

And since most of you are americans, I think you have plenty of black people and Mexicans yourself in your country to have a good football team. So look at yourselves in a miror for one time.


"You" won?

Blogger Mathieu Brissy July 16, 2018 8:39 AM  

Our team.

Blogger VFM #7634 July 16, 2018 4:06 PM  

If it wasn't real Frenchmen playing, it's not your team, Brissy.

I have the same opinion about universities here in the US that load their teams up with blacks rather than use local talent.

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