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World Cup?

Great World Cup!
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Good World Cup!
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Meh
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Bad World Cup!
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Awful World Cup!
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Total votes : 45

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Postby Shofercia » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:34 pm

Fartsniffage wrote:
Shofercia wrote:
:rofl:

That'd be funny.


You should have insisted the World Cup was held in the winter.....


True, and then we'd win :D
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Postby Bombadil » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:56 pm

Shofercia wrote:
Fartsniffage wrote:
You should have insisted the World Cup was held in the winter.....


True, and then we'd win :D


..with the novel tactic of scoring no goals but stacking the goalmouth with all 11 players and waiting for the opposition to all die of hypothermia, thus going through on a technicality.
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Postby The Archregimancy » Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:22 am

Fartsniffage wrote:
Shofercia wrote:
:rofl:

That'd be funny.


You should have insisted the World Cup was held in the winter.....


Mongolia lost 5-1 on aggregate to East Timor in the first round of Asian qualifying.

They might be the only nation that knows how to invade Russia - in winter - and win, but they're really, really crap at football.


Pedants will note that Mongolia's 5-1 aggregate loss was overturned into a 6-0 aggregate victory on appeal when it turned out that the Timorese had fielded several ineligible players - but since this happened after the second round group stage had been completed, Mongolia weren't reinstated.

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Postby HC Eredivisie » Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:45 am

Neu Leonstein wrote:Sweden relegating the Dutch to third in their group

Only because for some reason goal difference was the deciding factor in the FIFA WC qualifications instead of the aggegrate result, which was 4-1 in favour of the Netherlands, as it is in every other qualification round. :eyebrow:
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Postby Nazis in Space » Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:07 pm

Speaking of Sweden, I'd like to note that a Sweden vs Denmark final is entirely possible, as long as both of them either come first- or second in their respective groups (but not one first, the other second).

Ì'd pay money for this final to happen.

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Postby Neu Leonstein » Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:53 pm

Bombadil wrote:You don't happen to listen to Football Weekly do you?

No... I am a fan of Michael Cox though. Sadly he gets paid to write this stuff now, so he only rarely updates the free site.
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Postby Riemstagrad » Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:07 pm

HC Eredivisie wrote:
Neu Leonstein wrote:Sweden relegating the Dutch to third in their group

Only because for some reason goal difference was the deciding factor in the FIFA WC qualifications instead of the aggegrate result, which was 4-1 in favour of the Netherlands, as it is in every other qualification round. :eyebrow:



ah.... memories... Years ago we in Belgium were always doing complex calculations to keep the hope for qualification alive.
Yes, goal difference... aggregate results... those where all thrown into the math.

Don't worry HC, we will bring the world cup to the low countries for the first time in history.

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Postby The Blaatschapen » Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:57 pm

Riemstagrad wrote:
HC Eredivisie wrote:Only because for some reason goal difference was the deciding factor in the FIFA WC qualifications instead of the aggegrate result, which was 4-1 in favour of the Netherlands, as it is in every other qualification round. :eyebrow:



ah.... memories... Years ago we in Belgium were always doing complex calculations to keep the hope for qualification alive.
Yes, goal difference... aggregate results... those where all thrown into the math.

Don't worry HC, we will bring the world cup to the low countries for the first time in history.


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Postby Cryptomypt » Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:59 pm

Riemstagrad wrote:Don't worry HC, we will bring the world cup to the low countries for the first time in history.

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Postby Forsher » Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:17 am

Riemstagrad wrote:
HC Eredivisie wrote:Only because for some reason goal difference was the deciding factor in the FIFA WC qualifications instead of the aggegrate result, which was 4-1 in favour of the Netherlands, as it is in every other qualification round. :eyebrow:



ah.... memories... Years ago we in Belgium were always doing complex calculations to keep the hope for qualification alive.
Yes, goal difference... aggregate results... those where all thrown into the math.

Don't worry HC, we will bring the world cup to the low countries for the first time in history.


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Postby Arotania » Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:10 am



Now that article has some flexible logic. I chuckled.

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Postby DesAnges » Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:40 am

"It's not hard to imagine Hugo Lloris being named keeper of the tournament"

What? He's awful.
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Postby Swiss-Austrian Confederation » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:22 am

I think Germany will be the first team to defend its title since Brasil did it in 1962.
Anyway as far as i see it the big favorites are Germany, Brasil, France and Spain. And the outsiders are Belgium, Argentina and Portugal
The team i hope will win it is Belgium.


This is how i think the world cup will end

I predict that these teams will go through from the group

A: Russia and Uruguay
B: Spain and Portugal
C: France and Denmark
D: Argentina and Croatia
E: Brazil and Switzerland
F: Germany and Mexico
G: England and Belgium
H: Poland and Colombia

Round of 16
Uruguay-Portugal
France-Croatia
Brazil-Mexico
Belgium-Poland
Spain-Russia
Argentina-Denmark
Germany-Switzerland
Colombia-England

Quarterfinal
Portugal-France
Brazil-Belgium
Spain-Argentina
Germany-England

Semifinals
France-Belgium
Spain-Germany

Third place play-off
Belgium-Spain

Final
France-Germany

Winner
Germany

Second Place
France

Third place
Belgium

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Postby DesAnges » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:24 am

Russia won't make it out of the group without some help from the refs but other than that and maybe England beating Colombia it looks plausible enough.
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Postby HC Eredivisie » Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:06 am

Riemstagrad wrote:
HC Eredivisie wrote:Only because for some reason goal difference was the deciding factor in the FIFA WC qualifications instead of the aggegrate result, which was 4-1 in favour of the Netherlands, as it is in every other qualification round. :eyebrow:



ah.... memories... Years ago we in Belgium were always doing complex calculations to keep the hope for qualification alive.
Yes, goal difference... aggregate results... those where all thrown into the math.

Don't worry HC, we will bring the world cup to the low countries for the first time in history.
As I said before, I'd rather have the Germans win it. Go win some cycling stuff nobody cares about. >:(

Arotania wrote:
I can't see how the English could say "Germany/France/anyothernationthanus is going to win the World Cup', so this seems the least offensive and most likely choice left.

Now that article has some flexible logic. I chuckled.
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Postby Baltenstein » Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:45 pm

Nazis in Space wrote:Speaking of Sweden, I'd like to note that a Sweden vs Denmark final is entirely possible, as long as both of them either come first- or second in their respective groups (but not one first, the other second).

Ì'd pay money for this final to happen.


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Postby The Blaatschapen » Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:44 pm

HC Eredivisie wrote:
Riemstagrad wrote:

ah.... memories... Years ago we in Belgium were always doing complex calculations to keep the hope for qualification alive.
Yes, goal difference... aggregate results... those where all thrown into the math.

Don't worry HC, we will bring the world cup to the low countries for the first time in history.
As I said before, I'd rather have the Germans win it. Go win some cycling stuff nobody cares about. >:(

Arotania wrote:I can't see how the English could say "Germany/France/anyothernationthanus is going to win the World Cup', so this seems the least offensive and most likely choice left.

Now that article has some flexible logic. I chuckled.


I also rather have the Germans win it.

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Postby Yaana Noore » Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:12 pm

Lopetegui off to Real after the World Cup then. Don't think it will hurt them, best that they got the speculation out of the way before the tourney started and I don't think their chances are doing well are harmed. Conte's Italy were still fantastic at the Euros despite knowing he was going to Chelsea after it.

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Postby Bombadil » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:05 pm

Looking through the Group stages there's 3 games I'd like to watch..

Spain - Portugal
Argentina - Croatia
Nigeria - Argentina

..and they're all at shitty times for me.. as are the England matches other than England - Panama, which might be a decent game.
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Postby The Blaatschapen » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:18 am

Yaana Noore wrote:Lopetegui off to Real after the World Cup then. Don't think it will hurt them, best that they got the speculation out of the way before the tourney started and I don't think their chances are doing well are harmed. Conte's Italy were still fantastic at the Euros despite knowing he was going to Chelsea after it.


I heard that the Spanish FA is quite pissed though.

In other news, Erdogate keeps lingering in the German team.

And I own a Mannschaft shirt now. I'm gaining beer if I wear it :blush:

Edit: Spain just fired Lopetegui. Well, that's Spain down the drain
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Postby DesAnges » Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:06 am

Sacking the manager on the literal eve of the World Cup is more of a French thing to do.
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Postby Yaana Noore » Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:06 am

Well, they've sacked him. Looks like he went behind the Spanish FA's back to get the job. And here was me presuming that they would know about the whole thing, what do I know!
Unfortunately this means I'm very doubtful of Spain winning the thing now, and my bet is down the drain...

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Postby Ethel mermania » Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:56 am

That's it's. Spain is as dysfunctional as we are.


I am rooting for spain.
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Postby Nazis in Space » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:08 am

*checks his predictions*

*sees that he already had Spain as an upset failure, while Morocco progresses*

*looks at recent coach shenanigans*

*looks smug*

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Postby The Blaatschapen » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:53 am

So, after the press conference, the Spanish team visited an orphanage in Russia.
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