Recent content by BelgianSoxFan

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    Global Football Odds & Ends

    Enjoying every minute of it, anderlecht is the Belgian MFY. This is like what would happen if the MFY were bought by a Bostonian, bring back Jeter as player/coach and start the season 2-15, after a pretty bad season last year. It is just glorious.
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    WORLD CUP FINALS: France vs. Croatia

    Modric over Hazard is a joke. Croatia did not win a single regulation game after the group stage.
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    Belgium: The only Red Devils worth supporting

    A very mature game from the Belgians, they did not play as well as against Costa Rica, and KDB was off his game, but they got the result they needed. Panama did a good job defending Hazard and had some good chances. But it seemed the Belgians were confident they would win by playing their game...
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    Belgium: The only Red Devils worth supporting

    Great write up. Some comments, I am Flemish, but like most other Flemish we don't really dislike the Walloons, I met more Walloons in the USA than in my first 22 years growing up in Belgium. During the WC we are all Belgian, the team is a great mix of Belgians from all regions. My best friend...
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    USMNT: To Rüssia With Love

    I never liked Klinsmann, he is a snake oil salesman, but I was impressed with the team in the last world cup. The US is in a difficult spot, the talent has improved to where the team talent is better than any team but Mexico in concacaf, but not to a point where there are more than a few...
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    Euro 2016: Belgium

    A heartbreaking loss, but not a shocker as the defense was probably the worst in the tournament. There was no communication between them. In 2 years, Denaeyer and Lukaku could be a top notch half of the defense. They are really talented players, and incredibly young. They probably would have...
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    Euro Quarterfinals Game Thread

    The last 20 minutes there were several clear fouls which were no whistled at all. That hurts the team behind most of all. The yellow cards were all deserved as they stopped an attack from developing. The foul on Lukaku outside of the box was a bad miss by the ref. That is a second yellow. The...
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    Euro Quarterfinals Game Thread

    I wish I could blame Wilmots. Not bringing Lombaerts was probably his worst mistake.
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    Euro Quarterfinals Game Thread

    I am heartbroken. This is 2003 all over for me. The injuries on defense did them in. Breaking in 2 really young defenders did not work. Losing Kompany, Vertongen, Vermaelen and Lombaerts did them in. It is not as much the drop in ability but lack of experience working together. Denaeyer, Lukaku...
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    Euro 16 gamethread

    Two years ago Courtois was seen as the second best in the world and Buffon 4th. Last year Buffon was seen as the second best and Courtois as 4th. Courtois had a bad year behind a geriatric defense at Chelsea. I think an argument can be made either way. If Buffon is Ortiz then Courtois is Mookie
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    Euro 16 gamethread

    Chelsea's goalie is better than Buffon, but the rest of your point stands.
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    Euro 16 gamethread

    I like the shirts a lot. They are a throwback to the cycling team from the 50s and 60s which dominated cycling. Hazard was spectacular, he has been talking about the net game forever. To play at Lille again is very special. I am worried it might be too special. I don't know what the team could...
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    Euro 2016: Belgium

    It has been a long time since I lived in Belgium. But I grew up there, and speak the languages and go back often. Yes Belgium has a long way to go integrating its' minorities. Brussels has many issues and is really a strange place. Wilmots is the authoritarian, if anything it might be his...
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    Euro 2016: Belgium

    I posted it in the gamethread, but I am not aware of any region based rifts in the team. There are some in the country who would want to, but that is something different. The animosity between Flanders and the Walloons is similar as that between Texas and California in my view. We are not...
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    Euro 16 gamethread

    I have not read abything in the Belgian press about animosity between the different players on the team. But the Belgian press I read is not very gossipy. There is animosity which ebbs and wanes in the population but I don't see it affect the team. If anything, the group seems to like each other...