World Cup 2018

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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby amirite » Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:40 am

One week away. Where to watch?
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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby RainMan » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:29 am

In Siem Reap the Score bar, all games live.
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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby McPhisto » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:20 pm

World Cup 2026: Canada, US & Mexico joint bid wins right to host tournament

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44464913

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Hooray! Does this mean the US team will automatically get to play in the 2026 tournament despite their total suckiness and ineptitude? I thought the home nation always got to play but how does it work with 3 countries sharing games?

Seems a bit unfair that some teams will get to play in the generally reasonable temperature of Edmonton while others will have to overcome the heat and humidity of Miami or Mexico City. At least in Qatar they all must endure the same awful conditions equally.
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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby ReasonstobefearfulP3 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:43 pm

McPhisto wrote:
World Cup 2026: Canada, US & Mexico joint bid wins right to host tournament

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44464913

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Hooray! Does this mean the US team will automatically get to play in the 2026 tournament despite their total suckiness and ineptitude? I thought the home nation always got to play but how does it work with 3 countries sharing games?


Probably, not decided yet but given it has increased to 48 teams they could justify that way.

I think we will rarely see a single host country going forward. A British bid would make a lot of sense.
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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby RainMan » Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:05 am

Portugal 22-1 v Argentina 9-1 final? This reporter just wants to see Ronaldo v Messi. Both teams good odds at the moment.

https://www.rt.com/sport/429552-jose-mo ... world-cup/

Russia 2-5 favorites play Saudi Arabia this afternoon at the new Luzhniki stadium. Capacity 81k.
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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby badboybubby » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:56 am

^^
what odds the game being rigged?
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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby Spigzy » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:48 am

It's going to be a great tournament - the orchestrator knows which strings to pull!

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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby McPhisto » Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:04 am

A Moroccan defender just headed in an own goal against Iran after a corner kick to lose the game 1-0 in the final seconds of extra time. Poor guy will relive that incident in his head every minute for the rest of his life. Hope some disgruntled Moroccan doesn't do a Andrés Escobar job on him.

Hopefully he'll get a chance to redeem himself before this tournament is over.
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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby badboybubby » Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:00 am

^^
difficult ball to defend..at speed..very much bad luck..
shouldn't make a lot of difference as spain and portugal should get the job done..
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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby RainMan » Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:04 am

Ronaldo had a blinder, 3 goals... now he just has to pay the Spanish tax man $20 million.

https://www.thelocal.es/20180615/ronald ... settlement
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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby springrain » Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:22 pm

Griezmann go home! (As Alan Sillitoe might have said.)

For those of you who don't know who Alan Sillitoe is:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Sillitoe

Was it a penalty?
Is VAR faulty here?

Anyway, our Aussie friends have just equalised!

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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby McPhisto » Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:35 pm

I love to watch the emotion of the crowds at World Cup games. Such passion and patriotism, and seems to be focused in a good way. I'm not a footie fan, but that's the best of humanity on display in the stands. On the pitch, not always so much. The dramatic diving and crybaby bitching to the referees ruin the sport for me. But the World Cup has long surpassed the Olympics as the major world event, by far.

And just wait until China and India make the tournament. That will ad 2 billion rabid fans to the viewership. China should make it in relatively soon. India might take a while yet.


...and GO Socceroos!!! I was hoping to see Tim Cahill play.

edit: Roos lost to France 2-1 but a decent showing by them.
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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby Miguelito » Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:12 pm

Allez les Bleus!

Definitely interesting to see the VAR in effect. Didn’t take the ref long to change his call. Looked like a legit reversal to me.
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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby badboybubby » Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:29 pm

super performance from the socceroos defensively..bit unlucky with the goals but lots of positives and if they show that sort of effort in the next 2 games they're a real chance..
french surprised that they sat back as much..they'll need to improve heaps..
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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby McPhisto » Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:49 pm

All the games today are interesting matchups. Good fun to watch the camera shots of the masses back at home hanging on every second. The images from the Iceland crowds are so cool.

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There hasn't been this much Viking Clap going around Europe since the 12th Century


Overall, I'm cheering for Iceland and Iran. Bored of Germany, Brazil, etc. in the finals tournament after tournament. Let's get a true underdog to shock the world.

edit...and Iceland gets the upset draw against Argentina after a well played Messi penalty kick save. Nice story for Iceland.
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