The Final Countdown

Well, it’s certainly been a World Cup to savour with shocks and excellent goals aplenty. What have been your highlights?

As usual the knockout stages have had far too many penalty shoot outs, but as that adds to the drama, no-one is really complaining.

For England the whole thing ended a bit like a damp firework failing to explode but given the limited nature of the side, was wholly to be expected.

Good luck to RC’s France and Eddie and VP’s Croatia. At least the best two players of the tournament, Modric and Mbappe get to grace the Final.

Apparently the World Cup in Qatar in 2022 will be held in November through to December. What a bizarre season that will be.




101 Responses to The Final Countdown

  1. LBG says:

    2022 World Cup – just after the Arse have won their first Champions League Final!
    Roll on the proper football.

  2. chas says:

    I’m pleased I did this today as I thought the Final kick off was 7pm until I looked for a screen print!

  3. mickydidit89 says:

    Thanks again for everything throughout the competition, Chas.

    A mate has told me the World Cup in Russia has not attracted anything like the number of tourists a host nation would normally expect, despite stadia being full, but I hoped, and expected, many empty seats in Qatar, and that was before your news of it being held mid-season.

    Awful, awful decision to have it there in the first place

  4. mickydidit89 says:

    Yip, ditto on the 7pm KO

  5. Eddie says:

    the wrong timing must be contagious, I’ve started doing this too

    I have no doubt that France will win, they are very good. Modric drives my team, but it might not be enough today.

    World cup in December ffs. Great idea, the temperatures should drop from 50 to just above 30, cool

  6. Eddie says:

    chas – thanks for your posts!!! you carried this blog through the summer and you did a good job. Much appreciated mate

  7. mickydidit89 says:

    Just been reading Foreign Office advice on travelling to Qatar.

    Homosexuals are banned and the cameramen will not be zooming in on scantilly clad women, ‘cos they’re banned too. Sing songs with pints of cool beer are….yip, banned

    Can’t see it be a big hit with fans

  8. Eddie says:

    homosexuals are banned, but camels will be made available.

    no homosexuals and no beer I could cope with is I was to go. But christmas day final in the desert?? I think not


  9. mickydidit89 says:

    Reckon Christmas will definately be off limits for sure

  10. mickydidit89 says:

    Crikey, don’t even know what happened in the play off game yesterday, but judging by the euphoric comments on here, I’m guessing England either won or lost

    Out doing stuff later, but hope to be back for 2nd half at least

  11. VP of Oz says:

    What were my highlights you ask in the post, probably the game against Argentina and then the game against England

  12. VP of Oz says:

    7pm’ish here
    Agenda for tonight
    9pm doors open at the Croatian Catholic Centre (which is opposite the church).
    Multiple spit roasts underway
    10pm live band starts up
    midnight mass at the church to pray for the team
    1am kickoff

    Win we celebrate all night and day
    Lose and we still celebrate the occaision but not all night

  13. Eddie says:

    i was abused in the woods by a spurs supporter shouting ‘no even 1 Arsenal player in the English squad’. He asked for it, too many spuds, bottlers, 4th place not a trophy.

  14. Eddie says:

    VP πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ good luck son

  15. chas says:

    Yes, VP, your mob stuffing the Argies was very enjoyable, though the France Argies game that ended 4-3 had to be game of the tournie for me.

  16. chas says:

    Loving Midnight Mass as prep for the game.
    Will you be slightly inebriated by then?

  17. Big Raddy says:

    Sorry VP & Eddie but I am firmly behind France who were my pick pre tournament.

    Hoping for a Giroud brace and a scorcher from Mbappe

  18. VP of Oz says:

    nothing to be sorry about BR
    you can have your Snails and Frog Legs whilst Eddie and I dine on Papryka Nadziewana or Punjene Paprike
    I know which meal I would prefer

    Viva Croatia
    Zivjela Hrvatska

  19. Eddie says:

    war of dishes πŸ™‚
    you’d better stop there VP – I don’t like paprika.

    it would be an amazing, historical achievement if our country was to win today. I am not very optimistic though, Frenchies are very good this time round. Still, second in the world ain’t bad. Win or lose we won, big time

  20. VP of Oz says:

    at 27 years old and 4mil people, this is a BIG WIN

  21. fred1266 says:

    WC in November, you kidding right

  22. chas says:

    21st Nov to 18th Dec 2022.

    All done and dusted before Chrimbo.

  23. Eddie says:

    so no EPL on boxing day or New year. Terrific

  24. Big Raddy says:

    The Qatar Wc is a disgrace and yet more evidence of the larceny of Sep Blatter and his cronies.

    If infantino had any cojones he would abandon it now,

  25. fred1266 says:

    Eddie how many international teams do you support

  26. fred1266 says:

    Qatar WC will be crap but 2026 going to be vibes

    Let concacaf show you all how to host a WC

  27. fred1266 says:

    Yea giroud brace would be nice

    Appalled by the France support giroud went to give fans an autograph and no one seems to want one

  28. fred1266 says:

    Has the league announced how they would be scheduling around this debacle

  29. fred1266 says:

    Actually jack warner is to blame for that debacle

    Am even more ashamed that he is my fellow country

    Around his tenure is littered with corruption

  30. chas says:

    Mens Final tedious already

  31. chas says:

    The Croatian Catholic Centre must be buzzin.

    Midnight Mass must be taking on an extraordinary flavour.

  32. Eddie says:

    dear lapsed catholic – you won’t be laughing when with the help of the Almighty we lift the trophy today

  33. chas says:

    I’m doing the complete opposite of laughing.
    I’m 100 % jealous.

  34. chas says:

    Everyone knows there is no God.

    But if he’s going to help me by helping my team to victory, then I’ll certainly say many prayers to him. ☺

  35. Eddie says:

    you is not EVERYONE, some of us believe

    And, what is even more worrying is that physics’ scientists (the most intelligent human beings) are certain there is another universe and that the existence of God is very plausible. It always worried me that very intelligent clever people go to church/mosque/synagogue/temple, etc. Alongsiide milions of morons of course

    God help us!!

  36. Big Raddy says:

    Not everyone.

    Shame PEA’s hatrick doesn’t count at season’s end.

    Another unworthy winner in the WC will be Kane. Once again showing he is only good against poor defenders. An oaf like Lovren had him in his pocket. So did Kompany and the Spurs twat. Golden Boot? More like Puss in

  37. Eddie says:

    wasn’t Eduardo Croatian?

  38. fred1266 says:

    Please no head butting

  39. Eddie says:

    French striker Giroud worries me

  40. mickydidit89 says:

    Budge up

    3 sendings off each for fun and spicy action
    2-2 at 90
    3-3 at 120
    Croatia on pens after furious VAR debate on last kick due to goalkeeper mooning and saving first attempt

  41. chas says:

    He’s proven world class.

  42. chas says:

    I was hoping for 3-2 in 90 mins.
    With the team getting 3 the one scoring the best goals.

  43. chas says:

    The Combover Kid is reffing again.
    Must be good.

  44. mickydidit89 says:

    I imagine Giroud to be the very least of your worries Eddie πŸ™‚

  45. chas says:

    GriezMann in the air before the challenge.

  46. chas says:

    OG scored.
    No not that one.

  47. Aaron says:

    ffs Croatia dominating and an own goal off a dive…grr

  48. chas says:

    If you eat a paprika sandwich, parity will be restored.

  49. mickydidit89 says:

    Ooo, game on. Fantastic

  50. Eddie says:

    what a goal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  51. chas says:

    Best goal by a mile so far.
    Must be mayhem in the Croatian Catholic Centre. Wish I was there.

  52. Jjgsol says:

    Deserved equaliser after the clear dive by griezeman

    Now they can start from scratch, preferably without any cheating.

  53. chas says:

    The sandwich did it!

  54. Aaron says:

    Now France will have to come out and earn it again!

  55. chas says:

    Shit. That’s a pen

  56. Jjgsol says:

    Clear hand to ball. Penalty

  57. Aaron says:

    so France with 0 shots on goal now have 2.
    Croatia can get another back!

  58. chas says:

    I remember losing 0-3 to Boro at home when they had one shot on target.

  59. mickydidit89 says:

    That’s nothing, Chas, I remember when I was vice captain of the Under 11’s….

  60. mickydidit89 says:

    Very exciting half. Harsh on Croatia who are the better side so far

  61. chas says:

  62. Eddie says:

    same old, same old – no goalkeepers, Croatia wins. Bloody Lloris

  63. mickydidit89 says:

    I thought France would walk this, but they have been awful so far, and not just because Croatia have been playing well

  64. Eddie says:

    those muppets will never enjoy sunny days again. It’s cold in Syberia all year round

  65. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha Eddie, I was thinking the same thing

  66. Aaron says:

    damn, fRance not deserving this, but that is the breaks sometimes as many Arsenal fans know here.

  67. chas says:

    Best goal best player

  68. Aaron says:

    a reverse blowout my goodness

  69. Aaron says:

    easy to do that when up 3-1 chas, and Modric has been better by miles

  70. chas says:

    Still time

  71. mickydidit89 says:

    THAT was proper goalkeeping ROLF

  72. Aaron says:

    lovely hugo lovely

  73. mickydidit89 says:

    ps Aaron
    Have a chum from Australia staying. Surfers there have to deal with great whites AND crocodiles and the salt water variety are bloody huge!

  74. LBG says:

    Best line of the match from Martin ” nice little legover”
    That’s Botham, Martin

  75. Aaron says:

    Well, we have the landlord to deal with out at Ano Nuevo state park, where the bull elephant seals breed and get fed on. Check out some information sometime on the Red Triangle. Wonderful to think about when surfing the coast from Pt. Conception up to SF. I never surf alone out there in sketchy places without friends. It is not out of friendship or companionship really, just like to lower the odds.

  76. mickydidit89 says:

    On the bright side, the French ladies are about to peel off

  77. fred1266 says:

    Third time lucky baby

  78. chas says:

  79. mickydidit89 says:

    Well, that’s that then. A great World Cup with some outstanding games and many upsets.

  80. chas says:

    TF that’s over.

  81. Eddie says:

    well, I am proud to be Croatian

  82. GunnerN5 says:

    I’m happy for Ollie, he worked hard in every game.

  83. Eddie says:

    i strangely enjoyed watching Macron kissing and hugging his players..all very tasteful. The French know how to kiss

    Can you imagine Theresa May kissing the lads? perhaps it was a good job they didn’t win

  84. fred1266 says:

  85. fred1266 says:

  86. chas says:


  87. Eddie says:

    what the hell are we going to talk about for a month??
    chas? perhaps just random pics will do, you know how to find them

    I am preoccupied with Trump’s suggestion to T May:’Don’t negotiate, sue them’ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Sue for what exactly?

  88. Eddie says:

    wonderful world cup, Ruskis did well to my great surprise.

  89. chas says:

    Sue them for everything they’ve got

  90. Eddie says:

    πŸ™‚ on what grounds? Nutural is not an answer

  91. chas says:

    On the grounds that they’re not going to let us leave and still have all the advantages of being a member state, of course.

  92. Eddie says:

    they’ve got the lump of gold they won yesterday, we could demand that for …imposing ban on bent bananas

  93. Eddie says:

    not allowing to leave? you are out, next year I think. Apart from this government doing a sterling job of backstabbing one another, yeah, the EU won’t let UK leave.

  94. chas says:

    Yeah, but they’re being unfair and don’t want us to have the same member privileges when we do leave. Sue ’em.

  95. chas says:


    I decided to put that photo of Big Ollie up as a post to give Micky something to be livid about on a Monday morning. πŸ™‚

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