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2022 World Cup

Ambulance Chaser

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The Croatian goalkeeper is living rent-free in the heads of all the players on the remaining teams.
 

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Brazil out in QF four World Cup's in a row!
So who do you think is an elite country in international play, say over the last 10 years? Not who is a Blue Blood/royalty.
 

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I mean they're still "elite".

Player for player the only country producing elite talents at the same level as Brazil is France. Most countries will never produce a Neymar for example. Their issue is their historic philosophy just isn't a good fit for where the modern game is now and the number 10 position they made legendary has been made obsolete by the pressing-counter style popular in the European leagues now. Most teams can't compete with them player for player so they press the **** out of them and beat them on the counter. This is also the weakest generation Brazil have produced since the 80s and they were still no less than the second most talented squad. They'll figure it out.

Croatia looked average in the group stages but also just know how to win games and have Modric who is building a really strong case as the best CM of the last 20 years. That's just knockout football. It's not about talent. Just moments.

If you're just going over the last 10 years the only countries I'd definitively put over Brazil in that span are Argentina, France, and Germany. Germany boatraced Brazil en route to a title in 2014 and haven't made it out of the group stages since. Croatia get results but have won nothing. One could say Italy in Europe but they don't even make the WC reliably and it's not because UEFA is all that competitive. Spain peaked 10 years ago and refuse to adapt their game. Belgium had the players but achieved nothing. The Dutch are also-rans until proven otherwise. Brazil just need to figure the managerial side out and stop being so reliant on star power.
 

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With the Dutch not making it out if the group stage, are the Netherlands the best Scandinavian country left?
Holland is still in though not a favorite to beat Argentine
 

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I wanna see an all Scandi final Holland - Netherlands
Especially now that the Danish are out

 
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It was a nice run, but that’s it.

Kinda missed the World Cup fever this time around though.
 

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It was a nice run, but that’s it.

Kinda missed the World Cup fever this time around though.
Oh ye of little faith . . .
 

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Wow…………….
 

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Who the **** is the Argentina No 6?? He just straight up shoved the Dutch player…I think very close to the penalty box too.

all you had to do was resist a completely unnecessary foul and that free kick never happens
 

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Wat leuk!
 

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