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Post by chad4401 Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:11 pm

titosantill wrote:when you get all the way to a final, without a player, you can't just show up after the final and say "well if this guy...." they didn't miss him at all imo. portugal had a stern defense, and france reminded me of madrid early on in the season, when forced to have the ball got a wee bit confused. its not like france had a million and one chances.


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Post by Glory Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:11 pm

Yep. The ones who are saying otherwise are bitters. Deserving winners. COngrats

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Post by RealGunner Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:11 pm

I have said this for many years now. DD is a crap manager. His tactics didnt take france to the final.

Awful team selection. Awful subs. Awful tactics.

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Post by RealGunner Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:12 pm

Portugal showed great team spirit. True definition of a gritty performance. Pepe was a monster but entire back 4 played well. Thought Carvalho did really well too.

This was a bit like greece in 2004 but with added flair.

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Post by Casciavit Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:13 pm

Robespierre wrote:Now, everything will be about CR7 - Messi ,the discussions about this victory will rotate about CR7 , but this wasn't the cup of Ronaldo . Never.
Probably not even the most important Portgual player in this tournament.
It was the victory of a squad. And infact a whole squad resisteed and played against the France (and better than France ) , led by a manger very capable.
The courageous choice to insert Eder ( who'd have done it ? ) was rewarded.
I regret that Eusebio couldn't watch this.
I remind him after Portugual - Greece. He was devastated at the stadium after that incredible loss , the massive disappointment for Portoguese football.
I hope from sky now ...


Most agree with you. On GL, Ronaldo has become a meme. So, you can't really have a serious discussion about it. Laughing
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Post by LeSwagg James Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:14 pm

Glory wrote:Yep. The ones who are saying otherwise are bitters. Deserving winners. COngrats


They deserved to win the Final but the journey was embarrassing
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Post by titosantill Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:14 pm

a good shot from eder, sometimes you just say *bleep* it and blast it. portugal played a disciplined game. still could have gone either way, don't think deschamps messed up. agreed with real gunner, it was a bit similar to greece in 04 in terms of the play on the pitch (and obviously the home team losing in the finals)
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Post by titosantill Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:17 pm

lol when you win, nobody cares about the journey. the journey only becomes a bone of contention when people want to rewrite history, or change the story to either overrate their favorite player or underrate a player they don't like
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Post by Glory Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:19 pm

LeSwagg James wrote:
Glory wrote:Yep. The ones who are saying otherwise are bitters. Deserving winners. COngrats


They deserved to win the Final but the journey was embarrassing


Well, its not their fault they didnt get to face a legit team until the final is it ?
Their display in the group stages were pathetic, thats there. But ever since they got out of it, they started showing fantastic grit and character to grind out results. Sometimes you just that sort of thingy to be champions.

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Post by The Demon of Carthage Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:21 pm

Bottom line, Portugal knocked out everybody they put in front of them. They're deserving winners.
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Post by farfan Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:22 pm

Robespierre wrote:Now, everything will be about CR7 - Messi ,the discussions about this victory will rotate about CR7 , but this wasn't the cup of Ronaldo . Never.
Probably not even the most important Portgual player in this tournament.
It was the victory of a squad. And infact a whole squad resisteed and played against the France (and better than France ) ,  led by a manger very capable.
The courageous choice to insert Eder ( who'd have done it ? ) was rewarded.
I regret that Eusebio couldn't watch this.
I remind him after Portugual - Greece. He was  devastated at the stadium after that incredible loss , the massive disappointment for Portoguese football.
I hope from sky now ...


Great post .

Looking back at it now ,  the signs of a good team were there from the beginning  .  
A smart and adaptive coach ,  a rock solid defense , a well  ballanced and compact midfield that was at ease in both  possession and behind the ball ...

People were more preoccupied  with bashing them for their first  round performances (as if teams didn't go on to win tournaments after  3 draws in the first round) and with this " winning in 90 minutes " nonsense  instead of picking up on  this team's qualities .
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Post by Cruijf Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:33 pm

I don't think criticizing them for finishing third in "the group of life" as someone put it is particularly harsh. They were awful in the group stage and if the format hadn't been changed they wouldn't even have made it out. After that they still weren't good but they managed to at least scrape the results out against poor opposition. Tonight finally they were fantastic and the better team.
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Post by Hapless_Hans Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:39 pm

RealGunner wrote:
Robespierre wrote:Now, everything will be about CR7 - Messi ,the discussions about this victory will rotate about CR7 , but this wasn't the cup of Ronaldo . Never.
Probably not even the most important Portgual player in this tournament.
It was the victory of a squad. And infact a whole squad resisteed and played against the France (and better than France ) , led by a manger very capable.
The courageous choice to insert Eder ( who'd have done it ? ) was rewarded.
I regret that Eusebio couldn't watch this.
I remind him after Portugual - Greece. He was devastated at the stadium after that incredible loss , the massive disappointment for Portoguese football.
I hope from sky now ...


Probably the best post in this thread.

Spot on 100%



Agree. Robes Molenation

Hope you sign Joao Mario. You deserve him.
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Post by Adit Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:43 pm

Actual bottom line.

Portugal grew into the tournament. Every games you could see the improvement. They gelled throughout the tournament and showed something some teams missed, desire and will.
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Post by farfan Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:55 pm

Cruijf wrote:I don't think criticizing them for finishing third in "the group of life" as someone put it is particularly harsh. They were awful in the group stage and if the format hadn't been changed they wouldn't even have made it out. After that they still weren't good but they managed to at least scrape the results out against poor opposition. Tonight finally they were fantastic and the better team.


I think the way they naturalized Croatia , marked Rakitic and Modric out of the game , and reduced them to 0 shots on targets wasn't given its proper due .
Despite the Germany win , i still wasn't sure about the Pogba-Matuidi double pivot and wasn't surprised when Portugal handled it with relative ease .

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Post by danyjr Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:57 pm

Pogba = the ultimate fraud who got exposed in Euro 2016

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Post by LeSwagg James Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:04 am

titosantill wrote:lol when you win, nobody cares about the journey. the journey only becomes a bone of contention when people want to rewrite history, or change the story to either overrate their favorite player or underrate a player they don't like


You know when someone is drowning but just barely has their lips above water? Gasping for air? That was Portugal this tournament.

They won, but nobody gives a shit about them.
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Post by Doc Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:09 am

11 million people in Portugal would disagree with you but I reckon you would say no one gives a shit about them.
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Post by farfan Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:12 am

Not to mention the fans of the most famous athlete in the world . Laughing
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Post by LeSwagg James Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:15 am

You guys know what I mean.. Smart asses Laughing
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Post by The Demon of Carthage Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:20 am

I have to congratulate farfan, honestly. He showed so much grace in defeat, and even though he must be really disappointed his country didn't win, he took the time to come down here and congratulate Portugal without trying to come up with excuses as to why they lost and he didn't try to belittle Portugal's achievement.

You may have lost tonight but you sure as hell have the character of a winner.
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Post by Based Bonera Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:26 am

Portugal are just a hard team to beat. They beat you down with their rock solid defense. Really impressed with Gurreiro, Pepe and Rui Patricio this tournament.

Defense wins championships. Portugal are another proof of that.
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Post by farfan Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:30 am

The Demon of Carthage wrote:I have to congratulate farfan, honestly. He showed so much grace in defeat, and even though he must be really disappointed his country didn't win, he took the time to come down here and congratulate Portugal without trying to come up with excuses as to why they lost and he didn't try to belittle Portugal's achievement.

You may have lost tonight but you sure as hell have the character of a winner.


Thanks for the kind words man . Smile It's easier to accept defeat when your opponent is a well-deserved winner .
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Post by jibers Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:38 am

Deschamps is an idiot for sure. Using Pogba as a holder and letting Matuidi run with the ball :facepalm:

I've never seen such ineptness before. Needed a goal and directness to break a compact defence, brings on Gignac.

I must say I had the same feeling I had with Portugal as I did with Greece in 04, Chelsea in 12 and Madrid this season. It just felt like destiny. Another great squad ruined by inept tactical decisions.
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Post by farfan Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:44 am

jibers wrote:Deschamps is an idiot for sure. Using Pogba as a holder and letting Matuidi run with the ball :facepalm:

I've never seen such ineptness before. Needed a goal and directness to break a compact defence, brings on Gignac.

I must say I had the same feeling I had with Portugal as I did with Greece in 04, Chelsea in 12 and Madrid this season. It just felt like destiny. Another great squad ruined by inept tactical decisions.

That's when his horrible team selection comes to bite him in the ass .

Why take both Giroud and Gignac ? how about a Gameiro or Lacazette to bring something different than whan Giroud offers ? why pick two inexperienced kids like Martial and Coman and leave Ben Arfa in the form of his life at home ?
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Post by BusterLfc Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:47 am

How is Patricio still in Sporting?
If only Benzema and Lacazette were called up, and ofcourse Ben Arfa at the right wing instead of Sissoko. And why was Kante dropped out of the team?
Congrats to Portugal, Joao Mario and Guerreiro are going to be some players in the future :' ) (though Guerreiro needs to learn how to defend)
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