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    https://twitter.com/GlasgowsGreen/status/1018552453011103744?s=19

    #2
    Fascism solves everything?

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      #3
      Originally posted by Defensive minded
      A Russian friend of mine, who used to be invoved in the ultra scene in Moskow told me that selected hooligans were visited by the KGB before the tournament.
      Which World cup? The one in Italy 1990?
      Last edited by Pietro Paolo Virdis; 16-07-2018, 21:50.

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        #4
        That lots of people can’t spell “Colombia” or “Sterling”.

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          #5
          Originally posted by tracteurgarçon View Post
          That lots of people can’t spell “Colombia”
          Nothing has changed since 2014 in that respect.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Pietro Paolo Virdis View Post
            Which World cup? The one in Italy 1990?
            The way the italians dealt with football hooliganism at italia 90 was genius. "Think you're hard? want to fight a local? Welcome to Palermo, where your every need will be met. Want to "take over" a town Square in a display of territorialism and disrespect? Then why don't you invade Sunny Sardinia?"

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              #7
              This is too much on the nose, even for me.



              Heavy rain damaged one of Russia’s newly-built World Cup stadiums on Sunday when the tournament ended with the final in Moscow.

              Footage from the southern city of Volgograd showed a fresh landslide on an embankment near the stadium, which made a several-meter-deep hole in it and covered a sidewalk with mud.

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                #8
                Paul Pogba has a future as a public speaker

                https://twitter.com/Okwonga/status/1019867992061108224

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                  #9
                  The World Cup is about teams, not vanity competitions between players.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Bordeaux Education View Post
                    The World Cup is about teams, not vanity competitions between players.
                    I think we all knew it was really, but this year was particularly remarkable in that you had two of the greatest players of all time seeking their (probable) crowning moment, alongside the one everyone was expecting to justify his astonishing hype by leading his side to a win. The last World Cup that was so much around individual expectation was 1986, with Platini, Zico and Maradona all really bigger stories than their team-mates. Ronaldo in 2002 was a bit similar.
                    Last edited by Rogin the Armchair fan; 19-07-2018, 19:09.

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                      #11
                      Well, we knew it was but, not for the first time, OTF appears to be out of kilter with popular and media perception. Because we aren't thick, basically.

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                        #12
                        Nef - thanks for the Pogba link

                        Just shows that in the right context with the right manager how a player like Pogba can evolve

                        Will that continue under Mourinho ?

                        He seems to have spent all his time trying to crush Pogba's confidence, Deschamps has allowed him to flower and lead
                        Last edited by loose cannon; 22-07-2018, 16:54.

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                          #13
                          yes. It's really impressive. he stood up to Ferguson as a teenager of course. Mourinho won't break him. Will be very interesting to see what happens when he comes back.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Nefertiti2 View Post
                            Paul Pogba has a future as a public speaker

                            https://twitter.com/Okwonga/status/1019867992061108224
                            He is one hell of an ambianceur too. He was the life and soul of the L'Élysée Palace party on Monday afternoon.

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                              #15
                              Absolutely awesome.

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                                #16
                                I love that song and the way they treat Kante as mascot, shy guy and hero all at once. it's very touching.

                                "Il est gentil il est petit il a stoppé Lionel Messi"


                                His Coming home video was cool too. a troll bu not vicious. And he must speak, what, 4 languages.

                                https://twitter.com/SiaranBolaLivee/status/1018623981446840320

                                Loved Kante's mum and family in their headscarves

                                https://twitter.com/sajidkhantb3/status/1019797622935048192

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                                  #17
                                  ,

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by Nefertiti2 View Post
                                    I love that song and the way they treat Kante as mascot, shy guy and hero all at once. it's very touching.

                                    "Il est gentil il est petit il a stoppé Lionel Messi"


                                    His Coming home video was cool too. a troll bu not vicious. And he must speak, what, 4 languages.

                                    https://twitter.com/SiaranBolaLivee/status/1018623981446840320

                                    Loved Kante's mum and family in their headscarves

                                    https://twitter.com/sajidkhantb3/status/1019797622935048192
                                    [QUOTE=Nefertiti2;1456887]

                                    you missed the best line:

                                    Il est petit
                                    Il est gentil,
                                    Il a stoppé Léo Messi
                                    Mais on sait tous que c'est un tricheur (= but we all know he is a cheat)



                                    https://twitter.com/equipedefrance/status/1019612857917476864

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                                      #19
                                      About a year ago or so I was looking at something on Youtube and the next clip loading automatically happened to be with Pogba, one of those behind the scenes the players had recorded themselves, put up on Instagram or whatever, then it had spread.
                                      I probably spent two hours watching clips with Pogba and his team mates from different clubs doing fun things, because Pogba made me smile.

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                                        #20
                                        Great pep talk there from Pogba. Did he give one to the ref as well?

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                                          #21
                                          "go easy on them after our 4th goal"?

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                                            #22
                                            We’ve learnt that plus ça change, plus c’est pire: in 1998, post WC victory, €44 million were given to grassroots football in France (to 2,000 club initiatives and projects), this time it looks like very little, if any, of the €32m given by FIFA will trickle down to the 14,000 French amateur clubs. Ruissellement : le foot amateur attend sa part des 32 millions de la Coupe du monde 2018

                                            Players will get €400K each (they got €250K two years ago as Euro finalists). Some players, possibly feeling embarrassed, have said that they’d give part/most of it to charities and/or their childhood club(s).
                                            Last edited by Pérou Flaquettes; 21-07-2018, 13:17.

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                                              #23
                                              Originally posted by Pérou Flaquettes View Post
                                              He is one hell of an ambianceur too. He was the life and soul of the L'Élysée Palace party on Monday afternoon.

                                              There are a couple of things about that.

                                              Firstly, how much Deschamps looks like Marty Crane

                                              Secondly, the impeccable mic techniques used although I expected a drop and at the end

                                              Thirdly, the French news banner underneath appears to call Putin "Poutine" like that Canadian thing.

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                                                #24
                                                That's how it always spelled in French

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                                                  #25
                                                  It's a little known fact that the dish Poutine was invented by a chef in the Montreal Hyatt Regency to serve to the newly anointed president of Russia during a state visit. He (the chef) was actually a Russian emigre who before leaving the USSR had been tortured in the Lubyanka. As a result the dish he prepared to mark the arrival of President Poutine was some old chips he rescued from the bin, smothered in revolting cheese and then drowned in gravy.

                                                  Expecting to be fired, he was amazed to find that people actually seemed to like it

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