Olivier Giroud – World Cup Winner

Even the biblical downpour couldn’t ruin the big man’s hair.

Lamppost or World Cup Winner? Discuss.

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70 Responses to Olivier Giroud – World Cup Winner

  1. Eddie says:

    Ollie 🙂 i am very happy for him. I am sure micky won’t be livid, even he can appreciate a great player when he sees one

  2. LBG says:

    World Cup winning star names tripping off the tongue : Hurst, Pele, Zidane, Iniesta, Ozil……Giroud

  3. King Ralph says:

    Absolute cart horse. No shots on target in the entire tournament for a centre forward tells its own story.

  4. mickydidit89 says:

    Eddie

    Honestly, I do appreciate a great player 🙂

  5. mickydidit89 says:

    King Ralph,

    Wow, really, no shots at all?

  6. Eddie says:

    details, fooking details
    Who cares, no shots on target?? So what? Best player in the tournament and they are obsessing with details.

    It’s like saying that Melania Trump is gorgeous but her hair is no shiny enough

  7. chas says:

  8. chas says:

    Chelsea ‘s Carthorse. 😀

  9. RC78 says:

    And so we did it 🙂 So proud of France and I have to admit that for the larger part of the final, Croatia was the better side but we were effective with our chances and managed to hold on to our win and another World Cup. Who would have thought? Our squad has potential but to win it was not even a possibility…Anyways, here is my team of the tournament:

    A:
    Courtois – Trippier, Varane, Godin, Hernandez – Modric, Kante, Pogba – Mbappe, Lukaku, Hazard

    B:
    Pickford – Meunier, Vida, Umtiti, Maguire, Strinic – Henderson, Matuidi, Rakitic – Griezzman, Kane

    Player of the tournament: Modric
    Young Player of the tournament: Mbappe
    GK of the tournament: Courtois
    Best defender: Varane and Trippier
    Best midfield: Modric
    Best Attacking Midfielder/Forward: Mbappe
    Best Striker: Lukaku
    Coach of the tournament: Deschamps and Dalic

    Disappointment of the tournament: Spain
    Best surprise: Japan and Iran attacking football
    Controversy of the tournament: VAR – good or bad?
    Game of the tournament: Belgium-Japan and Argentina-France
    Best football display: Croatia against Argentina

  10. RC78 says:

    In the B team big mistake – Replace Henderson by Perisic

  11. RC78 says:

    France only wins the WCO with strikers that don’t score – Guivarch in 98 and Giroud 2018.

    In Belgium, we are being labeled as a defensive team but we scored 11 goals in the knock-out rounds including 4 vs Argentia and 4 vs Croatia

    In terms of play, we were the most effective team in both boxes but except against Argentina, we did not play beautiful football

  12. chas says:

  13. VP of Oz says:

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way

    Živila Hrvatska

  14. RC78 says:

    Amen VP

    What an emotional roller-coaster this final – i was on the edge until the last minute. If Lloris did not make his blunder, I would have been ok but with the Croatian pressure and our inabiilty to contain the assaults, I was on the edge until the 94th minute.

    It is a real shame that France does not have 1 gunner among the team, it is very rare…Koscielny missed out and Giroud went to Chelsea too soon for us to have a WC winner

    For France, we have a good spine now for the next two years:

    Lloris – Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernadez – Pogba, Kante – Mbappe, Griezzmann

    and if they don’t quit international football, we have Koscienly, Matuidi, Giroud

    knowing that we still have
    – Sidibe, Kimpembe, Mendy,
    – Nzonzi, Rabiot (if he apologizes), Tolisso, Lemar,
    – Dembele, Fekir and eventually Thauvin
    + Laporte, Martial, Coman, Lacazette, Ben Yedder

    not counting Benzema, Sissoko, Payet

    so we have quite a pool to choose from

    On another note – Arsenal doing well in pre-season

  15. fred1266 says:

    Best player at the tournament

  16. RC78 says:

    Forgot Upemecano, Kondogbia, Bagayoko, Toussart, Ndombele, Dembele

    For 2020, injuries barring and retirements barring:

    3 – Lloris, Areola, Lecomte
    8 – Pavard, Sidibe, Varane, Laporte, Umtiti, Kimpembe, Hernandez, Mendy
    6 – Pogba, Tolisso, Kante, Nzonzi, Ndombele, Matuidi
    6 – Mbappe, Dembele, Giroud, Griezzmann, Fekir + Martial or Coman

    Let us keep this post and reflect in 2 years if we qualify for the Euro

    Our average now is 26 so in 2 years, the core group will still be ok

  17. RC78 says:

    Deschamps is staying and I think the following players will retire from International footie:
    – Mandanda, Rami (done)
    – Giroud and Matuidi the 2 question marks

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  19. Eddie says:

    another Catholic, first Wenger now Unai. Was is a prerequisite?

    feck knows what he’s saying, good job my Hector is there

  20. chas says:

  21. LBG says:

    Interesting that French had printed their shirts with two stars before the Final, which the players changed into for the ceremony. Confidence? from the froggies!!

  22. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Cheers chas

    He’s both. Nothing wrong with been a Lamppost, though I find World Cup winners to be terrible wankers.

    I actually knew someone, who just happened to be me, that a couple of years ago went on a Lamppost observation holiday across the balkans with “The Bounds Green street iighting and zebra crossing appreciation society”. It was a wonderful trip. Somewhat spoiled by one of our party sneaking out at night and getting to close to a Lamppost resulting in arrest for gross indecency and causing trauma to a Kosovan inanimate object.

    Is anyone else feeling a bit uncomfortable with the clubs antics of publicly trying to prove that we are working very very hard? I half expect to log on Arsenal. Com tomorrow to find a video of Hector Bellerin tied to a rack whilst his backside is beaten to a pulp by Emery, with the caption “ This young poof needs to embrace the pain of keeping a clean sheet”.

    I’m glad that World Cup nonsense is over. No one should ever ever use football as an excuse for a piss up. In my mind, a piss up needs no excuse, so I kindly ask that all rugby and weird politician types go buy themselves six cans of Super Tenents Extra and roam the streets singing its coming home. Preferably past Kane’s house, because he came home a couple of days back.

  23. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    One last thing. In my mind Croatia won the World Cup, and I congratulate them for it. A country of 4 million people still coming to terms with an independence born out of terrible conflict, they are deserved winners.

    They remind me of Greece winning the 2004 Euros. Ok, they couldn’t match Greece’s beautiful playing style, but like Croatia Greece also had the terrible trauma that year of a nightmarish hummus shortage and a stupid government threat to make tax evasion illegal.

  24. Eddie says:

    terry you nutcase 🙂

  25. chas says:

  26. VP of Oz says:

    Croatian President WC2018 –
    In the 2018 FIFA World Cup held in Russia, Grabar-Kitarović attended the quarter-final and final, wearing the country flag colors in support of the national team which finished as tournament runners-up. According to analytics company Mediatoolkit, she “emerged as her country’s star of the tournament” with “25% more focus on her in news stories about the final than any of the players on the pitch”, as she “travelled to Russia at her own expense in economy class and often watched from the non-VIP stands”.

  27. fred1266 says:

    At least he has assist though

  28. chas says:

    Ah, but have you seen Teresa May in a bikini?

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  31. chas says:

    nnnnnn

  32. chas says:

  33. Eddie says:

    dog is clever, Unai’s welcome not too clever, man shaking hands with polar bears plain stupid. Polar bears are the only bears that seek humans to be eaten, they are not lovely cuddly teddies

  34. Eddie says:

    VP – awesome!!!!!

    lads – notice little soldiers on the rigght @ 1:13 🙂

  35. Eddie says:

    I’ve seen the Gareth Soughtgate sign. it’s at Southgate for 2 weeks, nice 🙂

  36. chas says:

    England fans greet the team on arrival back into Birmingham Airport.

  37. chas says:

    I heard that Cockfosters had been renamed Cockfosters to thank Dele Alli for all he did for England in the World Cup.

  38. Eddie says:

    🙂 🙂 Alli and Lingford, stars!

  39. chas says:

    Golden boot winner gets celebrity welcome.

  40. fred1266 says:

    That the second time they have the code like that

  41. chas says:

    What?!!!@@

  42. GunnerN5 says:

    Arsene Wenger has admitted staying at Arsenal for 22 years was “perhaps” the biggest mistake of his managerial career.

    The 68-year-old, who was appointed on October 1, 1996, stepped down as Gunners boss in May after winning three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.

    The Frenchman left Arsenal with a year remaining on his contract after his side missed out on Champions League qualification for a second consecutive season and he admitted he now looks back on his time in north London with a tinge of regret.

    In a wide-ranging interview with French outlet RTL, Wenger had this to say when asked what the biggest mistake of his career was: “Perhaps staying at the same club for 22 years.

    “I am someone who likes to move around a lot, but I also like a challenge. I’ve been a prisoner of my own challenge at times.”

    Wenger also revealed his obsession with ensuring Arsenal’s success on the field had a heavy toll on his personal life it and questioned whether that is a price his former players Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira, who have both moved into coaching, would be willing to pay.

    “I regret having sacrificed everything I did because I realise I’ve hurt a lot of people around me. I’ve neglected a lot of people. I’ve neglected my family, I’ve neglected many close ones,” Wenger admitted.

    “Deep down though, the obsessed man is selfish in his pursuit of what he loves. He ignores a lot of other things. But it’s a bone to chase at the same time.

    “Often, I’m asked if Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira will be good managers and I always answer yes. They have all the qualities; they’re intelligent, they know football, they have excellent skillset, but do they want to sacrifice what needs to be sacrificed. It’s an obsession which bounces around your head day and night.

    “You wake up at 3am thinking about team selection, tactics, formation…”

    Wenger also revealed he turned down the opportunity to manage his native France on numerous occasions.

    He is now contemplating whether a move into international management would suit him and expects to make a decision on his future “in the next few months”.

    “Yes, I’ve had the opportunity numerous times to be France manager. I’m not sure if it was before or after Domenech,” Wenger said.

    “Maybe both… I’ve always been more interested in the day-to-day aspect of management. I find it much more stimulating.

    “It is a question I’ve been asking myself, if I should become a national team manager. A national team manager takes charge of ten games per year. In a club, you take charge of 60. My drug is the next match, so…”
    Arsenal celebrate their ‘Invincibles’ season
    Arsenal celebrate their ‘Invincibles’ season

    Looking back on his time at Arsenal Wenger pointed at Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ season, when they went through 2003/04 undefeated as his greatest achievement and admitted his own players were initially sceptical the feat could be achieved.

    “Effectively we were unbeaten for a year and a half. 49 games. It’s an interesting detail because when we won the title in 2002 I told the press my dream was to win the title unbeaten,” Wenger said.

    “I got lambasted as pretentious, arrogant etcetera. We lost the title the next season to Manchester United.

    “In 2003/04, I asked the players why we didn’t win the title. They said, ‘it’s your fault’. I asked why.

    “They said: ‘you put too much pressure on us.’ And it’s interesting because I told them the only reason I said it was because I truly believed it. And then they did it. Which proves two things.

    “One, sometimes we don’t put the level of ambition high enough. We don’t dare, we’re scared. But you must set the bar as high as possible. Two, sometimes you must plant the seed and wait for it to grow.”

  43. chas says:

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  45. LBG says:

    Swop Cech for Giroud! Noooooooo! Give them Cech and let them keep Giroud!

  46. mickydidit89 says:

    LBG

    Are you sleepblogging or wot!!!

    ie what the heck are you talking about, although, I agree

  47. mickydidit89 says:

    It’s like that challenge young boys play “ok, if I offered you £1000 would you shag so and so?”

    How much money would it take for you to say ok we’ll have Ollie back and he starts every game?

    1 bitcoin, 10 bitcoin…..

  48. Eddie says:

    micky – i was thinking the same and gathered LBG doesn’t want Giroud in the goal

    But perhaps he wants to give Chavs Cech in addition to Ollie who’s already there

  49. mickydidit89 says:

    Eddie

    LBG is clearly a somnambulist (yes, probs spelt wrong) who heads straight for the keyboard

    Having cleared that up, I do not want to hear a Freudians interpretation of Ollie in his dreams

  50. Eddie says:

    🙂 🙂

    did you all hear?? Wenger admitted that he overstayed his welcome at the Club. I am sure chas will put out the exact words, which will tell a different story, BUT he did say it! Big to admit it

  51. Eddie says:

    Arsene Wenger says staying at Arsenal for 22 years may have been his biggest mistake and that he regrets sacrificing so much for the job.

    Wenger told French radio station RTL in a wide-ranging interview that he may have been better off seeking out a new challenge sooner.

    aha, he regrets it not because he fooked up our chances, but because it would have been better for him. Bastard

  52. chas says:

  53. Eddie says:

    I am speechless.

  54. mickydidit89 says:

    Awesome Chas, absolutely awesome

    The guys bow action is stunning, and the bird fondler’s timing impeccable

  55. mickydidit89 says:

    Chas
    Can we assume the work has ended or are you simply taking the piss at others’ expense? 🙂

  56. GoonerB says:

    Afternoon strangers. Excited about the new era under Dick. Ollie has his strengths and was decent for us to a degree, but it never really worked out for us with that type of striker up top and seemed to be anathema to the way we normally play. I always felt we had the rest of the team set up to play one way and a striker spearheading the attack that made us play a different way that didn’t suit us.

    We need to look forwards with Auba and Laca, with Miki also looking good as a 2nd striker type player, and then find a way of introducing Eddie and Nelson more into our attack.

    AW was incredibly loyal to us in sticking with us for those first 7 seasons after the move to the Ems, but I am not too sure why he is saying what he is (unless it has been twisted). I don’t really feel the club forced him or emotionally blackmailed him into staying for the last 3-4 seasons, and if rumours are to be believed we had to turn down a couple of good managerial replacement options out of historical respect to him and his contract.

    If anything it looked like he desperately wanted to stay on because he felt his business was unfinished, so I feel this period has been more about his personal needs than ours.

    I feel he started to take us on a downward trajectory 3-4 seasons ago anyway and really the club itself would have been better off with a change before now. This portrayed image that he has been hindered by being forced to stay here for our benefit and not his in the last few seasons doesn’t quite add up for me.

  57. GoonerB says:

    I don’t know what you guys made of the world cup and England as I wasn’t about much but it seems that most fans I meet either think we did brilliantly and are heading somewhere, or think this is a load of over-reactive nonsense and it was really a bit of the same old same old. I am a bit of both but with a decent amount of the latter.

    I quite enjoyed this world cup and for a while rediscovered some affection for our national game. That’s been somewhat brought down again by the typical over-reaction and self congratulatory stance of the English media, pundits, and many fans.

    I enjoyed all the “it’s coming home” again and the optimistic excitement. While still in the tournament it is right to ride that wave of optimism and excitement but once it is over and the dust settles pragmatic assessments can take place. For me it wasn’t dreadful but we could have done a lot better.

    I think Southgate made a couple of big errors with his final selection in regard to 1-2 players, and also he didn’t seem to know how to utilise his subs properly to shake things up when the tide was turning against us in games. Having said that I am all for Southgate leading us into the next 1-2 tournaments. He is likable and as a relatively young manager who has won tournaments with the under somethings he is worth sticking with.

    He may have learned a bit more about where he went wrong, and where he can improve on his and the teams performance moving forwards, but to elevate him to some sort of hero status and portray him as the saviour of English youth football is a bit much. A bloody station temporarily named after him?? really.

    To say that this was a tournament we surpassed expectations in and which will lead us to potentially dominate future tournaments is a bit much. I really didn’t see anything in this world cup to suggest we are primed to win a future tournament and felt in reality, that far from surpassing ourselves, we didn’t play to our full potential, or at least the potential of the pool of English players we had available to take into this tournament at the start of it.

    What did we actually do. We went to a tournament that opened up the easiest route to the final that we have seen in over 60 years and likely will not see for another 60 years. We played 7 games on this parting of the red sea journey, with only 1 team from those we faced ranked above us in the FIFA rankings, but still managed to lose 3 from 7 and also managed to struggle considerably in a 4th game that we narrowly won on penalties.

    On top of that when you consider English football has money coming into it that likely far surpasses most, if not all, other countries we should really be the team to beat, or at least one of the top 3. I would be fairly certain that French football sees significantly less money coming into it, yet they have still manged to assemble an excellent squad that got its tactics and structure right and actually went and won the thing. They had a tougher route through as well.

    By rights France should be up against it with English football with the financial power in our game, so this triumphant stance just doesn’t add up for me. That statement can read ditto+++ when applied to Croatia. I find it all a bit embarrassing and feel it smacks of a second best losers type mentality. I kind of wonder if other big footballing nations have a little snigger at us and our reaction to how we performed, as many of them would have considered it more of a failure in relation to their own countries expectations.

    It also suggests that our national game is still floundering about without any idea of how to truly tap into our financial might and become the international team to beat. This self congratulatory behaviour would tend to suggest we still have our heads buried in the sand and are a long way off finding both the right mentality and the technical footballing answers required to truly becoming an international force again.

    I would love to hear the external viewpoint from some of our non English bloggers as well as what some of the English bloggers thought. I kind of just consoled myself with the excitement of the upcoming EPL season and a sense of Arsenal optimism at the new dawn under Dick.

  58. GunnerN5 says:

    Liverpool and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to miss the majority of the 2018-19 season, says Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.

    The 24-year-old has not played since injuring a knee during the Champions League semi-final with Roma in April.

  59. chas says:

  60. mickydidit89 says:

    Ahoy

    What’s the plan? Clean sheets every 100 comments? One word posts? 🙂

  61. chas says:

    NEW page-turning POST

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