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Everything posted by LilSaint

  1. If it wasn't for Prendergast, 2018 wouldn't have been the first time either Kidding aside, Brazil will always be one of those mythical teams to face. Much like Italy and Germany to an extent, even if they're not the same team they once were.
  2. Courtois is in there too, but Hazard should always make the squad.
  3. There was talk of a couple of Belgian players retiring from the NT after the world cup (Dembele being one of the rumoured ones) but none confirmed yet. Apart from Defour & Nainggolan (sigh), they won't play for us anymore.
  4. Mixed feelings for me, I think there's been some memorable games and a fair share of drama. Spain Portugal was great. Some giants being knocked out sooner than expected. VAR took some getting used to for me, you couldn't cheer immediately for a goal/penalty. As for our run, I'm quite proud of our best ever result in finishing 3rd. On the other hand I feel we really could and should've gone all the way. It's the first time our team really ticked, for which I credit Martinez. Kompany coming back to fitness surprised me as well, I fully expected him to be a 1 game wildcard. I'm too bitter over the semis against France and the ultra defensive way they set up, don't feel like they merit their tournament win. Not to mention Mbappes behaviour in the final 10 minutes, far too talented a player to be behaving like Neymar 2.0 For most memorable game from our point of view I'm torn between the comeback against Japan, where I was fully expecting us to be headed home. Or the win against Brazil - simply because.. beating Brazil. It's a shame Pickford saved that Meunier volley as well, it would've been one of the best goals I've seen in some time. I blame Courtois for putting him on edge with his 'I would've saved Januzajs shot'
  5. Great work @Sons FC shame I was on holiday and couldn't complete the latter rounds. Congrats to the winners
  6. Well he's obviously a winger that we tried to convert to a wing back so defensively he's not going to be up to par with Meunier (who was a striker in the youth teams btw, but converted much sooner). IIRC he had the most distance covered of the entire team, which is logical on his position, but still. He's more of a threat going forward than he is a defensive asset though, that's for sure. His crossing, dribbling, shooting ability are the main reason he's in the team and frankly I'm not too unhappy about him. Against better sides I expect Witsel/Vertonghen to provide the necessary defensive assistance. He's gotten a fair bit of criticism out here too mind, I'm just quite positive about him. That being said, a decent left back is something we haven't had in years. We used to always play Vertonghen there, but he prefers a more central position. The next options being Pocognoli & Jordan Lukaku says it all really.
  7. Depends if you're purely talking results or not. Belgiums current crop are the most talented group of players we ever had. In terms of cold hard results on a major tournament, they're yet to deliver and it's maybe even the last chance for some of them. A few might retire from international football after this world cup.
  8. Yea honestly, if you look at our bench.. A lot of our "B-team" would quite comfortably make the starting XI in many other teams. Read some Italian journo saying they could build a team around Tielemans Batshuayi and have Nainggolan captain that side I sort of expect Januzaj to feature thursday as well. I'm just not sure who'd fill in for Meunier.. Alderweireld maybe?
  9. True. And you never know, those subs might come out with a point to prove. With most of the Eng/Bel players playing in the same league anyway, I can't imagine anyone will want to lose. Looking forward to thursday in any case.
  10. Not sure about that. There's talk of resting players on a yellow + players who picked up (minor) knocks. That includes Vertonghen, Hazard, Mertens, Lukaku, De Bruyne, Meunier I doubt we'll rest all 6 but still, it's likely we'll play a glorified b side. Which tbf Southgate admitted to looking into as well, depending on who finishes 1st/2nd in other groups.
  11. Wonder who we'll play against England. Martinez already said he'd be resting a few players so Glad that game doesn't matter anymore, but would still like to see us win. Actually not too fussed about our defensive 'issues' .. Think Boyata did decent, a few errors here & there but Kompany always makes 1 or 2 errors as well so. Carrasco & Meunier have put in great performances. Alderweireld & Vertonghen are solid. Who the hell cares we conceded 2 against Tunisia if you score 5 btw. I don't mind conceding 4 against Brazil if we manage to bang 5 in again
  12. As for Belgium, regardless of performances - these are individually the best players we ever had so I reckon this is our golden generation. There's talk of some of them quitting after this world cup, so the time to deliver is now.
  13. I said the same thing when our final selection was announced. While Nainggolans omision is incomprehensible, Chadli has actually proved me wrong. He fills that left wing back position better than Carrasco imo, in spite of his non-season. Quite pleased with the 3-0 win, think we scored 3 lovely goals. First half was obviously poor, but understandeable given Panama parking the bus from the first minute. Looking forward to the Tunisia game now, hope we can take care of business before facing England. Unlike us, they impressed in the first half - not as much in the second. End product seems to be lacking atm, if they can get their shooting boots on I can imagine us having a tough game ahead.
  14. No, but Vermaelen isn't fully fit yet. Might be for the Tunisia game
  15. Don't mind him starting tonight, it's the latter stages I worry about. I still wish we'd have left Kompany home tbf, I can perfectly see him starting against England and either making one or two costly mistakes because he's not fully recoverd or just going off injured again.
  16. Rarely starts for us, especially now KDB gets played lower next to Witsel. Celtic fans rate Boyata? He's seen as one of, if not out biggest, liability among Belgian fans
  17. Predicted lineup for Belgium Courtois Carrasco Alderweireld Boyata Vertonghen Meunier Witsel De Bruyne Hazard Mertens Lukaku Kompany/Vermaelen still not fully fit and won't feature. Panama: Jaime Penedo; Roman Torres, Fidel Escobar, Eric Davis, Michael Murillo; Gabriel Gomez, Anibal Godoy, Armando Cooper, Edgar Barcenas, Jose Luis Rodriguez; Blas Perez.
  18. Surely Morocco are coasting through this game Carcela ftw
  19. We have a teambuilding event at work during the England game.. Luckily our CFO is a bit football crazy as well and he insisted we quit in time so everyone can watch the game
  20. pre world cup friendlies England: 2-0 win v Costa Rica 2-1 win v Nigeria Belgium: 4-1 win v Costa Rica 3-0 win v Egypt 0-0 draw v Portugal Tunisia: 0-1 loss v Spain 2-2 draw v Turkey Panama: 0-1 loss v Norway So, England & Belgium coasting to the next round - or can Tunisia cause an upset?
  21. FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 GROUP G Teams Belgium England Panama Tunisia Fixtures June 18 | game 13 | Belgium v Panama June 18 | game 14 | Tunisia v England June 23 | game 29 | Belgium v Tunisia June 24 | game 30 | England v Panama June 28 | game 45 | England v Belgium June 28 | game 46 | Panama v Tunisia
  22. Which player will score the first goal? Fyodor Smolov How many goals will be scored in the Group stages in total? 125 How many goals will be scored in the tournament? 162 Who will be the top scorer for the Group stages? Neymar Who will be top scorer for the whole tournament? Lukaku How many hat-tricks will be scored in the tournament? 2 How many own goals will be scored in the tournament? 1 Who will score England's first goal? Kane How many goals will England score in the Group stages? 6 How many yellow cards will there be in the Group stages? 72 How many red cards will there be in the Group stages? 2 Who will win the tournament? Belgium Who will be runner up? Spain Thursday 14th June Group A 4 pm Russia 2-0 Saudi Arabia Friday 15th June Group A 1 pm Egypt 1-2 Uruguay Group B 4 pm Morocco 3-0 Iran 7 pm Portugal 1-2 Spain Saturday 16th June Group C 11 am France 3-0 Australia Group D 2 pm Argentina 2-0 Iceland Group C 5 pm Peru 1-1 Denmark Group D 8 pm Croatia 1-2 Nigeria Sunday 17th June Group E 1 pm Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia Group F 4 pm Germany 2-1 Mexico Group E 7 pm Brazil 3-0 Switzerland Monday 18th June Group F 1 pm Sweden 2-0 South Korea Group G 4 pm Belgium 4-0 Panama 7 pm Tunisia 1-2 England Tuesday 19th June Group H 1 pm Colombia 2-0 Japan 4 pm Poland 2-2 Senegal Group A 7 pm Russia 0-1 Egypt Wednesday 20th June Group B 1 pm Portugal 2-1 Morocco Group A 4 pm Uruguay 2-0 Saudi Arabia Group B 7 pm Iran 0-4 Spain Thursday 21st June Group C 1 pm Denmark 1-0 Australia 4 pm France 3-0 Peru Group D 7pm Argentina 1-0 Croatia  Friday 22nd June Group E 1 pm Brazil 4-0 Costa Rica Group D 4 pm Nigeria 3-1 Iceland Group E 7 pm Serbia 2-1 Switzerland Saturday 23rd June Group G 1 pm Belgium 2-1 Tunisia Group F 4 pm South Korea 0-3 Mexico 7 pm Germany 2-0 Sweden Sunday 24th June Group G 1 pm England 3-0 Panama Group H 4 pm Japan 0-2 Senegal 7 pm Poland 1-2 Colombia Monday 25th June Group A 3 pm Uruguay 2-0 Russia 3 pm Saudi Arabia 1-3 Egypt Group B 7 pm Spain 2-1 Morocco 7 pm Iran 0-2 Portugal Tuesday 26th June Group C 3 pm Denmark 1-3 France 3 pm Australia 0-0 Peru Group D 7 pm Nigeria 1-3 Argentina 7 pm Iceland 1-1 Croatia Wednesday 27th June Group F 3 pm South Korea 0-3 Germany 3 pm Mexico 2-1 Sweden Group E 7 pm Serbia 1-2 Brazil Switzerland 1-0 Costa Rica Thursday 28th June Group H 3 pm Japan 0-1 Poland 3 pm Senegal 2-2 Colombia Group G 7 pm England 1-2 Belgium 7 pm Panama 0-2 Tunisia
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