> So now we see a campaign underfoot to put the Croootos on some kind of
> pedestal as good semifinalists, potential champions, etc.
Campaign by who? The only people who truly believed Croatia had a chance
in the first place were die-hard fans like myself who actually knew
something about the team before the WC.
> The fact is that the two brackets leading up to the final had completely
> different strength levels. In one bracket, in alphabetical order, we had
> Argentina, Brasil, Denmark, England, Netherlands, Yugoslavia. All of these
> teams are better than the Croootos (Yugoslavia did not need a red card to
> dominate the Germans, and this was back when the oldies were still
> relatively fresh).
Yugoslavia barely beat Iran and the USA. They have a very talented team,
don't get me wrong, but their play during this WC certainly lacked any
passion or purpose. Denmark is a decent team (I bet I'm one of the very
few who actually picked them to make the quarters), and they even beat us
in qualifying, but we also thrashed them 3-0 in Euro96. England is
overrated. Argentina, Brazil and Holland are all terrific sides - I still
don't understand what you're crying about though. If the other draw was so
easy, perhaps you should have chucked the game against us. Then again,
maybe we chucked the game on purpose....
> In the other there was France and (cowardly) Italia. Everybody else was
> sorely lacking in one way or another and the best of that bunch was Mexico.
You've got to be kidding me.
> If there were any doubts about the level of the Croootos, they were cleared
> up in the semifinal game when they were presented with the gift of an early
> gol against the hosts. All they had to do was to hold off the fearsome
> French striking force for 45 minutes. They could not even do it for 45
> seconds before giving the ball away right in front of the area. CROTOS!
Boban was playing injured, and should have been subbed. He lost his
concentration for a split second, and that was that. Shit happens.
All Argentina had to do was deny the Dutch for about 3-4 minutes before
overtime began, but you allowed "Stompy", as you love to call him, into
the box to make Ayala look like a pylon.
> If the German Geriatrics hadn't summoned up a tourney's worth of good
> fortune for their match against Mexico, we would not be discussing the
> Croootos now. Then when these oldies collapsed as we all expected them to do
> basically since their second game in the tournament, suddenly the Croootos
> are worth something? Come on! They could not even dominate until one of the
> few 20somethings, Woerns, got himself kicked out of the game.
How long did Argentina play a man up against England? How successful were
you at taking advantage of the situation? You can say the Germans were old
and tired until the cows come home, but the fact remains that Germans are
Germans and they usually know how to deal with those types of situations
effectively. Cheers to Croatia for making the extra man count.
> They are CROTOS. Nothing more, nothing less.
Where does all this bitter resentment come from, Ariel? Perhaps you were
dumped on your sorry ass by a former Croatian girlfriend?
They played one--ONE--good game
> in the whole tournament. One could foresee some victories in their future,
> but now that they are apparently demolishing their league, selling off their
> players a la Uruguaya (with only a pinch of their talent)... this is the
> apex of their achievements.
Croatia is a country of 4.5 million people. I have no doubt that if we had
150 million like Brazil we'd be the best in the world.
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