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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    Would be fully on board with this if not for Mbappe. **** Mbappe.



    Alternatively, coming from behind three games in a row and ending up in extra time over and over again could mean they're wrecked. Depends on whether all of the blokes limping off were cramping or some were more serious, I suppose.
    What’s wrong with Mbappe?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zinzan View Post
    Unless you're French, why would anyone want France (who've won it before) to win against the underdog that is Croatia?
    Because **** Croatia, that's why.

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    I want Croatia to win.
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    I was pondering what needs to happen today for this to be regarded as a great WC rather than just a very good one. Being honest, there's more than a hint of parochial self-interest here; had England made it to the final, I'd have a far more positive view on the tourney as a whole, but I'm still a bit miffed about how things panned out.


    Anyway, my conclusion was that Mbappe turning it on like the teenage Pele in 1958 would do the trick.


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    It's been a good tournament, but I enjoyed 2014 a lot more personally.

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    I've enjoyed it more than 2014 and I thought 2014 was excellent.
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    I remember enjoying the group stages in 2014, but I'm struggling to recall any individual games. That's more about the state of my memory nowadays than the actual merit of said games.

    I think the knockout matches have been better this time, but, again, I may have forgotten some from 2014.

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    Despite its obvious pitfalls I think 2002 is my favourite world Cup of my lifetime. I put that down to me being a japanophile and 2002 being pretty much the peak of my football fandom. Some rose tinted lenses at play as well no doubt.

    As an adult 2014 a clear winner for me. There was just a certain atmosphere about that tournament that I think this one lacked. Brazil being an exotic destination steeped in football history probably being the reason for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Despite its obvious pitfalls I think 2002 is my favourite world Cup of my lifetime. I put that down to me being a japanophile and 2002 being pretty much the peak of my football fandom. Some rose tinted lenses at play as well no doubt.

    As an adult 2014 a clear winner for me. There was just a certain atmosphere about that tournament that I think this one lacked. Brazil being an exotic destination steeped in football history probably being the reason for this.

    2002 has the advantage of an ATG player making an indelible mark on the tournament, up to and including the final. Always helps.

    Some of the photo opportunities in 2014 were breath-taking. I remember footage of the massive statue of Christ, arms stretched outwards, apparently holding the setting sun. The accompanying commentary was brilliant - 'Anyone would think they planned it that way', or words to that effect.

    I'll still take a bit of persuading that 1982 wasn't the best tournament since I've been watching the game. It's certainly the one I remember best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wpdavid View Post
    I'll still take a bit of persuading that 1982 wasn't the best tournament since I've been watching the game. It's certainly the one I remember best.
    1982 is probably the one tournament I wish I'd been alive to see. Love watching that Brazil team's goal compilation from that tournament from time to time... almost every single one of them outrageously good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OverratedSanity View Post
    1982 is probably the one tournament I wish I'd been alive to see. Love watching that Brazil team's goal compilation from that tournament from time to time... almost every single one of them outrageously good.
    Yes, I still watch that from time to time too. It doesn't lose anything for repeated viewing. And as you suggest, watching those goals live at the time was breath-taking.
    Personally it helps that I've always had an irrational soft spot for Italy. Maybe because they usually see off the Germans, which was important in 1982 as that German side was the personification of pantomime villainy.

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    Very hard to choose between this and the last one for me. 2014 had a lot more dud games than this one, though I feel like the general quality was a lot higher. A good final might swing it.

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    This has definitely been better than 2010 and 2014.

    If we're ranking international tournaments in general, I really enjoyed Euro 2000 and Euro 2008, WC 2006 was also excellent I thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vcs View Post
    This has definitely been better than 2010 and 2014.

    If we're ranking international tournaments in general, I really enjoyed Euro 2000 and Euro 2008, WC 2006 was also excellent I thought.
    Euro 2000 was fabulous; arguably the best tournament I've ever seen.

    I don't recall so much about Euro 2008 and WC 2006. I suppose the former must have seen Spain at the peak of their powers, which counts for a lot. And the Germany/Italy semi-final in 2006 was as good a match as anyone could wish to see.

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    This has been the best World Cup since 1998 in my opinion.

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