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Old 10-13-2017, 01:49 AM   #521
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That list is a little Brazil heavy lol but I see the point

Every list that's been put out for u21s ranking has varied a little bit but in general the top 5 has been mbappe, alli, Dembele, donnarumma, Ascensio

Pulisic isn't near that, but he gets hyped as such, and it sets unreal expectations

I named one Brazil player lol, Jesus is very much on that list.

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Old 10-13-2017, 09:49 AM   #522
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I wanted Pulusic on Croatia for selfish reasons obviously, but I definitely respect his decision. He is American.

Playing for a European side gets you more exposure and could potentially lead to more money with a big club. I feel like most of today's Croatia players got their big club transfers/money after solid performances with the national side.

He's with Dortmund now, but there are wealthier and even more corrupt owners in Europe who want to throw their money away after being dazzled at a Euro or WC. Always chasing the next shiny new toy.
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Old 10-13-2017, 11:03 PM   #523
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My guess is he ends up at Liverpool

American owners, high profile club

Maybe arsenal? Depending on their next manager

Either way for his sake I hope he waits a few years and maybe missing WC makes that easier. He needs playing time and while he hasn't started every game for Dortmund the last year he's playing a lot. If he moves to England and ends up a backup or rotation option it just stagnates his career
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Old 10-17-2017, 06:44 AM   #524
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Playoff draw

Northern Ireland vs Switzerland
Croatia vs Greece
Denmark vs Ireland
Sweden vs Italy
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:03 AM   #525
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Denmark-Ireland and Sweden-Italy should be very tight ties. You'd expect Switzerland and Croatia to win pretty comfortably.
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:34 AM   #526
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Why isn't the higher ranked team automatically playing the second game at home? I see the Danes open at home.
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Old 10-17-2017, 08:20 AM   #527
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Croatia also opens at home. I agree the higher rank should start on the road, don't most managers desire that?
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Old 10-17-2017, 08:40 AM   #528
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Denmark-Ireland and Sweden-Italy should be very tight ties. You'd expect Switzerland and Croatia to win pretty comfortably.
Greece are boring as hell, i can see the Croat stars getting frustrated.


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Croatia also opens at home. I agree the higher rank should start on the road, don't most managers desire that?
They decided to draw the home team this time.
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Old 10-17-2017, 09:21 AM   #529
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It seems there is a very small statistical advantage to playing second game on the road. If tied on goals after two games, the first tiebreaker is away goals. If tied on away goals, then a 30 minute OT is played. If each side were to score a goal in the OT, the away team would advance on the basis of away goals.
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Exciting, if true. I think the missing piece in putting Croatia into serious contention for a trophy is a bonafide manager who is non-Croatian.

https://www.football-italia.net/1115...ncelotti-offer
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Exciting, if true. I think the missing piece in putting Croatia into serious contention for a trophy is a bonafide manager who is non-Croatian.

https://www.football-italia.net/1115...ncelotti-offer
getting ahead of themselves? have to beat Greece first, with an interim manager.
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