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We've always hoped we'd be better than we've ever proven, but less expectation this time. Been a pleasant surprise.

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So, I gather England is into the final 4 now?

 

What's their odds now I wonder?

Not even sure who they play next but, given that all the favs are out pretty much .... I figure it's anybody's for the taking now!

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The winners of the France vs Belgium semi final will probably progress to the final as favourites.

 

England play Croatia in the other semi final. @Wee fluffy me is learning Croatian as we speak.

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OK but it seems to me, from what I have learned about this whole footie thing recently, that this particular tournament has more often than not seem the favourites go down to defeat so that could bode well for who ever wins the England match up?

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Which fortunately by that logic means Croatia should win the semi final (although that may just be the odds being supplied by the bookies over here). :)

 

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8 hours ago, reciprocity said:

What's their odds now I wonder?

 

3:1 wouldn't you say? ..... :D ... France & Belgium both still in and they were faves from the start. Croatia next play England.

 

So there is a 50/50 chance that country who has never won the cup could win it. Only 8 countries have ever won, of the 4 we have left thats England and France are in the club of 8. Hey if it was a France v England final where would Canadian loyalties fall? Just curious cos we don't really learn the whole Canadian history thing here in Aus. but there is the whole speaking french in Quebec thing (see ignorant).

 

So I will be eating borek (just need to slightly tweak my turkish recipe) during the Croatia game...

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, notsmokinjo said:

So there is a 50/50 chance that country who has never won the cup could win it.

 

 So, you're saying Canada could still win this thing?  I mean, we have technically "'never won the cup".

 

Oh wait ....... that should have read; technically, we have never PLAYED in the cup!

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23 minutes ago, reciprocity said:

we have never PLAYED in the cup!

 

Have you tried to play in the cup? And don't blame the snow, Iceland made it.

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3 hours ago, notsmokinjo said:

 

Have you tried to play in the cup? And don't blame the snow, Iceland made it.

Soccer (or football) is relatively new here in terms of professional sports. Canada has a men's team but they have never made whatever qualification standards there are. As the sport progresses, perhaps they will qualify one day? I expect they have their sights set on the next World Cup which will be played in North America. Most of the critical games will be played in the USA but there will be a couple of early round games played in both Mexico and Canada. 1st time ever for that :)

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Well the Comm games showed that your netball team and your swim team are both on the rise... your swim team is actually really young and you pushed us heaps, especially in the relays which is a great sign because it shows depth... Lots of good signs for Canada in the pool.

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I think the Canadian Swim Teams did pretty well last summer Olympics as well so yes, up and coming I expect.

 

The soccer scene here has been increasing a lot in the past 4 or 5 years too. Passionate fans and the fan base is growing all the time. Not surprising given the immigration to Canada over past decades. Footie is hugely popular everywhere other than Canada and USA and now, that seems to be changing. Perhaps that's why they awarded the games to North America recently? Grow the base by putting on the "big show" right in front of the market that is ripe for massive growth?

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Its still only a growing sport here too and in NZ... we are both bigger on Rugby League and Union and then in Aussie we have our own code like the yanks have Gridiron. Soccer comes 4th for us but its growing.

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France won tonight...

Come - on England ...you can do it !!

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I love this, includes swearing!

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The football is agony. My nerves are shredded. 

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Lol...I carnt look..my hands are covering my face...gutted they scored !!!

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Every 25 to 30 years or so we get in this position, so I'm now looking forward to my mid 70s 😂. Bring it on!

 

Well played Croatia, come on France!

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Every 25 to 30 years or so we get in this position, so I'm now looking forward to my mid 70s 😂. Bring it on!

 

Well !!!....that counts me out ...

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What happened? I thought you Brits were winning early on 😟

I must admit. I had to look up where Croatia even is.

 

 

 

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8 minutes ago, reciprocity said:

I had to look up where Croatia even is.

Did you not "the NEWS" during the early and mid 1990's?

 

I promise I didn't even barrack for them.

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3 minutes ago, notsmokinjo said:

Did you not "the NEWS" during the early and mid 1990's?

 

I promise I didn't even barrack for them.

Apparently not?

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3 hours ago, reciprocity said:

Apparently not?

But the Balkan war.... Kosovo, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia the former Yugoslavia, The Siege of Sarajevo???.... it was all very sad?  

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