Football fans predict France to win, others say Croatia can spring surprises

Football fans predict France to win, others say Croatia can spring surprises

Football fans predict France to win, others say Croatia can spring surprises

After finishing second to Argentina in Group H following victories over Jamaica and Japan, World Cup debutants Croatia claimed some impressive scalps on their way to the semi-finals.

"There's some evidence that they can have some success and what that would feel like, which I think allows the players to commit even more to the England shirt".

Isa Mohammed, Vice-Chairman, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Nasarawa State chapter, said France would win because of the calibre of players in the team. People tell me they could never -imagine celebrating a goal as if it were scored by their own country.

"You need only to look at the footage from Croatia to see what's been going on over the past month - the joy felt by the people there; joy, togetherness, unity, pride".

For a country of just 4.1 million that gained independence in 1991, it is quite the achievement.

His first match in charge was a must-win qualifier away to Ukraine just to make it into a playoff where they beat Greece.

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"There will be excess energy, don't worry about that".

"But if we have a parade, that would have been one part of the country and we represent the whole country as well".

"We had two days to get ready".

"I coached Al Ain, the Real Madrid of Asia, and we got to the final of the Asian Champions League". We have this togetherness, this unique unity - not just in football.

Glenn said: "We've been variously accused of trying to manage expectations down". "I would definitely leave my boots at home if that were the price I would have to pay".

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"But there were some incredible individual performances for us".

And though Croatia lost to France, the hosts and eventual winners, in the semifinals in 1998, Rakitic said that result has little bearing now.

Sweden are not a fun side to watch but they know what they are doing, and if you are not on top of your game then there is a good chance they'll make you pay. We dreamt about [Lilian] Thuram and his two goals for many years but we have to put that past us. They went a goal down to Denmark in the round of 16 but equalised and then won on penalties.

A TAB spokesperson confirmed the $100,000 bet at odds of $1.90 (for a potential profit of $90,000) on France to win the final in normal time was placed in central Auckland at 6.55pm on Sunday.

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