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Old 06-29-2021, 07:11 PM   #1874
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The round of 16 has had some unexpected surprises. The frogs are out, courtesy of a Swiss team in which players of Balkan heritage dominated. All of the French analysts and supporters had a pretentious attitude going into the match, as if they were entitled to win. They should probably be thankful they didn't, as the last time they won a major trophy the people in Paris 'celebrated' by rioting and looting. The Czechs knocked out the Dutch. The German coach was busy feeding from his nose whilst the English took the victory. Croatia did well to come back against Spain but lost in the end, they were never really in form during the tournament. And Ukraine beat Sweden to go on. Ukraine aren't even in the top 20 according to FIFA rankings, but they are experiencing a surge of patriotism in response to challenging times in their country, which can often help a team rise above its station. A similar situation with the Croats in 98. Macedonia, on the other hand, which is politically besieged from all sides, can't even get half of its players to sing the national anthem let alone respond by adequately channeling patriotism into their mentality.
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