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“Croatia made it to the World Cup by the collective skin of their teeth” commented the commentator… and that is why they remain a team to take note of they get what #sportsmanship means, they get what team means… 

“Croatia is one team for whom it is not over until it is over” and again that is why they are a Classy Croatian team…

 Which team kept coming back from behind in this World Cup?…Courageous Croatia

Now as for France…well-favoured…although France has a lot going for them in terms of age, speed and skill…

in the first half…it was obvious…

Croatia did their homework…they came out attacking and defending, moving when needful to be positioned to receive… 

but football is a game of many flavoured goals…https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44840873

#owngoal what do we do when we do our best but it works against us…we do what Mario did #observe #feelrepentant but most importantly #carryon…and that he did….

and the team pulled together to create a beautiful equalizer…simply another display of how these men got here by working as a team… https://www.foxsports.com/soccer/video/1274721859826

beautifully played by Perisic

but then VAR does its thing…referee wanted to be sure watched that VAR once twice and then some and so it was….https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/world-cup-final-2018-france-vs-croatia-var-goal-penalty-griezmann-perisic-video-watch-a8448426.html 

#CARRYON … life happens even while we are giving it our best…play on

PAUSE break for first half………………………………………………………….

{Aside Commentary} so many made this Game possible our #referees ..technology with VAR…our wonderful commentators…our radio and television networks…FIFA…host nation Russia.. our coaches, medic staff…and of course our footballers and the little kids…

2nd half 

and so it was as everyone expected …a third goal for France from Pogba…and even Croatia crumbling…for they would play on but the looks on their faces then was that it moved about 10 steps away from any reality of a win…yet they had it in them to score again….https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-cup/2018/07/15/france-vs-croatia-world-cup-final-2018-live-score-latest-updates/

and so the records would show 4-2 FIFA Football World Cup 2018 for France

{Aside Commentary} 3rd place playoffs but how did we get here..

these two teams met before..they knew each other…and what’s more England had already declared its up position in game 45…

these two teams met before … but now something was different..

#carryontip 1…never forget that change is the true constant..and though we look the same, the situation looks the same…something(s) have change and that change means a need for a new approach no matter how subtle…

so we have England conceding none and conquering Sweden…

on the other hand there was Belgium who met a Brazil booming to go forward….

#complacency hinders our #carryon

#challenge can help our #carryon

but that’s not all then we have a Belgium challenged and being on a fierce field with a Fantastic France team..who many believe are destined to take that gold globe ….

#so while this team lost one to France there #carryon was solid as they were reminded of their strengths even while experiencing defeat

England though meets this underdog old team..Croatia..and they begin their dominant position by scoring early…yet these Croatians showed that the game involves much more that youthful skill and equalized and added 1 to win…

#when we become careless in our #carryon taking things for granted and get a disappointment, recovery can take a while…

And watching captain Kane (who did take a shot) as well as one or two other players…there was this air of lack luster and little motivation …

#carryon in tough times we need to find a deeper purpose that can over-ride ego…

and Belgium had it from beginning to end…they showed us why they were in the World Cup and what it means to be 3rd place…that by a little luck they might have well been in the Finals…they displayed their skill collectively…

#carryon the game is always bigger than us

Saluting this Belgium team!https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-cup/2018/07/14/england-vs-belgium-world-cup-2018-play-live-score-latest-updates/

but as for this England team with a lively Southgate and blooming players eventually they would understand what is the more that can motivate and give that surprise on the field …

we look forward now though to whether the English Kane would get that golden boot … #carryon tip we experience a mix of trials and triumpshttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5954097/Kane-likely-win-Golden-Boot-Lineker-remains-benchmark.html

A young french team full of vigor with according to their young strategic coach “nothing to prove” but as noted by commentators carrying the burden of the dream… they invented football https://www.thesun.co.uk/world-cup-2018/6755237/who-invented-football-coming-home-england-scotland/after all…yet have not held that cup since 1966 https://www.thesun.co.uk/world-cup-2018/6561052/england-world-cup-2018-tournament-record/

this team is the hope with rising star KANE after the likes of Beckham…

so little surprise they took charge and scored first to give 1-0… thought that was it there, like many others… 

#caaryontip work to use your strengths to create that advantage

But then just 20 minutes to take it home…and what do you know these older probably wearied Croatians…had a team member who stuck with the mission as they all were..and he found the opportunity and TOOK IT! https://www.forbes.com/sites/bobbymcmahon/2018/07/11/2018-world-cup-did-croatia-pull-a-rope-a-dope-on-england/#4e8c6a9d2eab

WHAT could create a turn of events like that in a game where most thought was already decided…

#carryontip PLAY with PASSION….

AND might be surprised what could happen…so there it was now England and Croatia go into overtime…

And that old boy team woke up with even more zeal and passions and brought their dream home….

some say what happened was the changes in position on the English team while Croatia played their position with great effect…

either way #carryon tip… manage your mind for its not really true that ‘anyone has lost the game before its started’ no matter how there might be some sort of obvious disadvantage…http://www.france24.com/en/20180711-world-cup-2018-croatia-meet-france-final-after-2-1-win-england-extra-time-moscow-russia

 

Backing Belgium all the way…and not in a fair-weather way…

so Belgium came out attacking and ready … #carryon prepare and play purposefully …

but wait… heard the commentator mention a few of the players from Belgium missed practice…and there is a #carryon tip…to go the long haul… rest and recovery is an essential  

France France France … got to love how these young Frenchmen played…young team..they seemed almost to be warming up and getting adjusted to playing the Belgians…

#carryontip do the SWOT analysis… 

after a while this team just got into this game, the goalkeeper great save to ensure there was NOT a Belgian lead…the great pace of Mgappe and the other players though proved a hazard to … to the Belgians..

#carryontip do your homework…they understood the Belgian team..its strengths and weaknesses..they kept a good mark on who needed and had key intercepting moments to stop gal scoring

As for the Belgium team..they played great football alright..Hazard looking for the opportunities but Lukaku seeming a bit off today…it happens…yet they played as a team

Actually the both teams did so..

showing why they reached where they did

Belgium players and coaches had a game plan, heard about the WM Formation and they worked it..

and for the first half it was a okay…

what we do in the BREAK MATTERS!

NOT sure what France said or did during the break but it worked and head ball won the game Umtiti delivered alright https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX_f0iRMq4Y 

so was it age, pace, experience, a header…what gave France the edge…

maybe a little of all coming together…

well done Belgium

and surely these young Frenchmen got the pace and the stamina Qui! Qui! we wait to find out what happens next…ah gold cup maybe http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-11/world-cup-semi-final-france-v-belgium-live-blog/9977718

 

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Lol…so admit took a while to get to this one…partly its the energy of these Boo hoo..Brazilian fans … {myself might be included…lol}

But hey Messi and Argentina are OUT …

Ronaldo and Portugal are OUT…

and so WorldCup2018 shows a big #carryon reminder ..the game goes on…

and on it went with Sweden being challenged by England…might mention though … that it was touch to notice Sweden with England on the field…

England has a ‘Young’ PLAYER literally …but that’s not all..their players are generally quite young…including captain Kane who has shown himself on this World Stage…as has Maguire… these individual players and the team alike have shown the promise of youth…

and all that under a young SouthGate coach 38 who has been noted for has been noted for the strategic playing of his players on the field…

#carryontip be not intimidated by experience for we can only get experience by confidently experiencing ourselves…

and this seems what this English team is showing us clearly  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-cup/2018/07/04/england-unpleasant-surprise-world-cup-quarter-final-says-sweden/

Exceptional goal by Maguire too

And now for these Russians…

{aside} surprise is an understatement when noticing how Russia was progressing through this World Cup …and then the commentator in that Russia Croatia match got the word….

a team that too everyone’s estimation, or at least most everyone was “over-performing”

Remarkable Russia…http://www.latimes.com/sports/soccer/la-sp-world-cup-russia-croatia-20180707-story.html

#carryontip others might count us out but it hardly serves us to count ourselves out…if anything why not use that energy to spiral us forward…

Well for Russia, might have been some of that pluus a desire to bring some pride to their countrymen…

all would agree to reach as far as they did then play Croatia…

Croatia OBVIOUSLY the stronger team, clear ball domination, yet Remarkable Russia stuck with it defended best possible and even scored first then kept it to a draw, with added time and extra time and still to go to penalities…

#carryontip for Croatia..take no thing and nothing for granted…plan, prepare, play, adjust and adapt…

Clearly Croatia played well…and 

oh that goal keeper what #sportsmanship.. what a #teamplayer..

#Russia remain home but still shown that Exit gate instead of the English Southgate

#playon… because the play is on!

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So walking in to a Sport Store with a friend earlier this week..there it was talk of when Hazard takes to the field..as if that name alone is not intimidating

#carryontip play the game of life and let it be known we mean business

But this too could be true of Brazil…well-known in the football arena with reputable players of their own and known for great teamwork…

Like anything else though accidents do happen… would think a time like this Brazil would be on guard..but it was an own goal that got Belgium on to the road to victory https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/worldcup/2018/07/06/belgium-brazil-goal-fernandinho-world-cup/763855002/ 

#carryontips when dealing with tense times…work to be even more focused…

But to Belgium’s credit… 

this Belgium team of 2018 played like the Germany team of 2014..make of that what you like…they played almost like well-positioned solid foot soldiers, attacking, counter-attacking quickly, solid defending, tough walls to break through, fantastic goal keeping…Brazil had a task…

#carryontip team-up with like-minded others

So not even 34 minutes in and there was De Bruyne and Lekaku teaming up for a fantastic 2nd goal… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j38BSjLf1tY

Brazil seemed sought of trailing sticking to task but it might be some creative strategy might have been needed…as William was heavily marked and this Belgium played like a solid German wall …and played they did until that Brazil goal came…as well as a good save coming off of Neymar…

and in true Brazil style they played on to the end…

Belgium ball play promising…https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/thibaut-courtois-says-belgium-ready-12822508

 

Aside …. I back Uruguay! … 

That being said … great #carryon tip…Did you know that Uruguay has a coach over 69 with a challenge https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/6456349/uruguay-manager-tabarez-walking-stick-scooter/who has taken a Uruguay team to 4 World Cups reaching the knockout phase each time? 

#carryontip age gracefully and #carryon with a right mindset being useful and allowing others to benefit from your wealth of experience …

Aside {2018 showed through its coaches to #carryon without allowing age to limit with Senegal giving a great showing under the youngest coach in the World Cup https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/soccer-insider/wp/2018/06/24/senegals-aliou-cisse-is-the-world-cups-youngest-and-only-black-coach-hes-also-a-sex-symbol/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.224db8409499 

Okay Okay let’s get into the game…give me a pause okay reeling from the loss…

So kudos this French team…excellent defense, fantastic mid fielding, what speed too, let’s not talk of Mbappe that 19 year old ..great play on the field and what swift movements… it was that swift Frenchman movement that gave Varane https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOpfT0V4KXQwas it, that header off the Uruguay defender… for a 39 minute or there about 1 nil lead….

 #carryontip never hurry but move with pace & purpose

But oh …looked at the coaches on the Uruguay bench and they like the players held a soberness about them…almost as if they knew the challenge they were up against …yet they played showing great sportsmanship (until #10 Frenchie gave a slight) but otherwise they held their defense, their strategy, played even missing Cavani, remaining unperturbed even with 1 down before the 40th minute in the 1st half… #greatcarryon attitude maybe it was the exposure to the wisdom that came from their experienced coach

Then in the 2nd goal there Griezmann sealed the deal for the Frenchmen https://www.msn.com/en-gb/sport/fifa-world-cup/antoine-griezmann-seals-france%E2%80%99s-world-cup-quarter-final-win-over-uruguay/ar-AAzGcGe?li=BBoPWjP but really with the help of the Uruguay goalkeeper… yet there he was playing on..showing that grit, unwavering, unperturbed Uruguay #sportmanship…

#carryontip sometimes we get a great assist to our goal but we must do our part

#carryontip sometimes we make an opps…but we have to bracket the feeling and go on in the moment …after we can find an appropriate way to express the feeling ….

Must acknowledge too the fantastic save by the Frenchie goalkeeper that denied Uruguay what might have been a sole goal in the gamehttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-cup/2018/07/06/did-hugo-lloris-produce-save-world-cup-france-goalkeeper-made/

#carryontip remain alert…

Je t’aime Uruguay 2018 Team and Coach…

Great going Frenchmen Qui! Qui!

Mexico marched on the field…understanding their Brazilian team…strong defense, working that 4 33 formation, 2 on 1 when it mattered, keeping Neymar @t bay…they looked great out there for a well deserved flat 45-minute first half… 0-0

#carryontip understand the task..the challenge and strategize!

But even so what was evident was when Brazil took the shot @t that goal they held a better focus… #carryontip feed that focus..anyone then Brazil now holds the Record for the most goals scored @t the World Cup…yep! http://www.espn.com.au/football/fifa-world-cup/story/3554257/brazil-pass-germany-as-all-time-top-scorers-at-the-world-cup

Brazil throughout this competition has been showing up on the field better and better … #carryontip don’t just move… move forward learning from the past…

and this seemed to work well for Brazil, who attacked, defended when need be,  and were nicely insync…leading to two goals…

William first running that ball and finding a well-positioned Neymar for that first goal… #carryon tip keep observant and partner/team up to make things happen… and to Neymar’s credit he did so later serving to Firmino https://www.foxsports.com/soccer/video/1268387395875 

#carryon tip remain versatile!

So we look forward now to Brazil and Belgium https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/sports/World-Cup-Brazil-Mexico-Belgium-Japan-487100841.html

So some had Spain down for the finals…

Some are watching Russia as possible champions…

and now these two teams meet, after having made it through Round 1…

#carryonfact what we might be taking for granted is that to make it this far, these 2 teams must have a decent strategy to handle the stress of sporting competition…

nice so they both come on and do their thing…knowing only 1 only 1 can go forward…

and they darn well play…after all the results show it…its a draw 1 Spain..1 Russia..

And its the same for Denmark …

As it is for Croatia…

4 teams all having the same pre-game experience and coming on that feel and they darn well play…after all the results show it…its a draw 1 Croatia..1 Denmark

now “say what!”

PENALTIES TO SETTLE DRAW!

NO…no critique of FIFA …after all what else, we get that

but we looking at some #carryon reality here…

after playing darn hard…after all the work..after years of preps…

going forward comes down to something that is so beyond the team… not true? # one man must take the shot

# any little error/distraction can make the difference

# might just be a matter of who misses first (which it is actually lol)

and then our goalkeeper… “say what!” #the team’s future now lay in his hands literally 

#BIGCARRYON HERE!

when we played our best …done all we reasonably could have done… know now its out of our hands… we #carryon by keeping clam…then by being kind to ourselves…and then by simply letting it go…

So to all 4 teams great games…but only 2 could move on…

Remembering Spain…Adios Senors

Saluting Denmark (don’t speak Danish)

and if anyone might need a little #performance #lifecoaching chat check us out guys @ https://karryon.privacemail.com/

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{Aside Commentary} so my FB friend Rodney and myself chose our sides .. mine France & Portugal .. guess u win some and u lose some…anyways…

 France theme song as that walked on that field “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEMUsC8ppU0… they came to win

#carryon tip approach the game with focus and determination…

and just shy of 15 mins there it was…these Frenchmen announced their presence … “Qui Qui Messy” “Non Non Me Me Messi” … this team was in sync #carryon tip find your tribe becuase there is no “i” in TEAM

Of Course Argentinian football with its reputation and reputable players like Maradona and Messi have a rep. for a reason … #carryon tip … these guys play football period… and so it was even with 1 down, they regrouped on the field, and scored late 1st half…announcing clearly #gameon…

and that was only the beginning as Argentina showed that they might have Messi but they play team too… with Mercado and Messi pairing to take that point home to the French players… remarkable goal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAFsYRNvinofor 2-in their favour … carryontip #know your strengths, observe the game, play to your strengths and keep going…

What an exciting match!

But our Frenchmen with great #carryon came back on the field … they read the play…and came prepared…

Pavard prepared…took a marvelous goal from an unlikely position and boiiiiii did he score… http://www.businessinsider.com/benjamin-pavard-goal-argentina-world-cup-2018-6 #carryon tip …be prepared and use your opportunities… whop there it was! the equalizer! #game on…

and then the French momentum was on..playing great football, and there it was young teen French player made his debut World Cup goal and then doubled up …. #carryon get in the game… https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/30/france-argentina-world-cup-last-16-match-report

What a Messy situation for Argentina… worth a pause.. it must be a lot of tension to play in the shadow of Maradona and with all the high expectations how does one cope with these Messi situations…#carryontip …give of your best but keep a level headhttps://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/messi-i-hope-football-pays-its-debt-to-me-2920806   and a level head Messi seems to have…great way to #carryon…

no wonder was Argentina able to score in overtime.. captain Messi for all the criticisms leveled at him gets one thing..its football and the game says .. “playon player!” and so it was a 90+ goal for 3…

and then there was Uuruguay not playing any messy football whatsoever…these players had great on the field chemistry, positioning for defense, and understood their opponents… 

and while Portugal possession dominated as usual and lots of shots were taken…the finish continued to be elusive until Pepe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQtY_rW-6Y4

#carryon tip Uruguay played position & precision…. and that is what matters more than Portugal possession…

even so Pepe Portugal possession…held a great #carryon tip…when you are given the ball make it count….

But it was that chemistry between Cavani and Suarez part of the team, and that solid Uruguay defending and Cavani versatility that did Portugal in https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/30/sports/world-cup/portugal-vs-uruguay-ronaldo.html