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Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby Zarniwoop » Tue May 15, 2018 4:29 pm

Teams are starting to announce their 23 man rosters so I thought I would create the thread now

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
Group B: Portgual, Spain, Morocco, Iran
Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
Group G: Begium, Panama, Tunisia, England
Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia Japan


First Game: June 14th - Russia vs. Saudi Arabia
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby Zarniwoop » Tue May 15, 2018 4:31 pm

My picks:

Group A: Russia, Uruguay
Group B: Spain, Portugal
Group C: France, Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Croatia
Group E: Brazil, Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico
Group G: Belgium, England
Group H: Colombia, Japan
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby DreadNaught » Tue May 15, 2018 4:36 pm

edit - actually I will watch some of the WC.
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby uscbucsfan » Tue May 15, 2018 4:37 pm

Zarniwoop wrote:My picks:

Group A: Russia, Uruguay
Group B: Spain, Portugal
Group C: France, Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Croatia
Group E: Brazil, Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico
Group G: Belgium, England
Group H: Colombia, Japan

Group B is brutal. I bet that's the group we would have been in if we made it. I think Switzerland makes it over Serbia, but I don't know much about Soccer.
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby Ken Carson » Tue May 15, 2018 5:27 pm

Infuriating to see Panama in there. Ugh.
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby Zarniwoop » Tue May 15, 2018 5:41 pm

Ken Carson wrote:Infuriating to see Panama in there. Ugh.




Why? I actually like their style of football. Direct counteract. Like we played in ‘02
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby Ken Carson » Tue May 15, 2018 10:11 pm

Zarniwoop wrote:
Ken Carson wrote:Infuriating to see Panama in there. Ugh.




Why? I actually like their style of football. Direct counteract. Like we played in ‘02

No disrespect to them. It just brings memories of our putrid qualifying campaign.
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby Zarniwoop » Wed May 16, 2018 10:20 am

uscbucsfan wrote:Group B is brutal. I bet that's the group we would have been in if we made it. I think Switzerland makes it over Serbia, but I don't know much about Soccer.



Man they burnt me at Euro 2016...I lost money on them. I cannot forgive them.

That being said, they are on quite the hot streak and have a good balanced team offensively and defensively. It would surprise me to see them do well.
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby Zarniwoop » Wed May 16, 2018 10:22 am

Ken Carson wrote:
Zarniwoop wrote:


Why? I actually like their style of football. Direct counteract. Like we played in ‘02

No disrespect to them. It just brings memories of our putrid qualifying campaign.



No doubt...I think CONCACAF struggles in this tournament. I'm not even very high on Mexico right now. I don't see Costa Rica or Panama making it out of the groups.
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby acmillis » Wed May 16, 2018 10:36 am

Zarniwoop wrote:Teams are starting to announce their 23 man rosters so I thought I would create the thread now

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay -Russia, Uruguay
Group B: Portgual, Spain, Morocco, Iran - Portugal, Spain
Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark - France, Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria - Argentina, Iceland
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia - Brazil, Switzerland
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea - Germany, Sweden
Group G: Begium, Panama, Tunisia, England - Belgium, England
Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia Japan - Colombia, Japan


First Game: June 14th - Russia vs. Saudi Arabia
Russia 3-0
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby The Outsider » Wed May 16, 2018 12:15 pm

I won't be watching.
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby Zarniwoop » Fri May 18, 2018 11:06 am

Platini basically came out and admitted the World Cup draws are fixed.

http://www.espn.com/soccer/fifa-world-c ... enced-draw


Is there a more corrupt organization on earth then FIFA
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby NYBF » Fri May 18, 2018 11:44 am

Did you see this year's draw for Russia? There shouldn't be a doubt in anyone's mind they're fixed.
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby Phantom Phenom » Sat May 19, 2018 7:33 am

Now we can finally see who the real soccer fans are in 2018 opposed to the people who only fake care once the world cup rolls around
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby The Outsider » Sun May 20, 2018 2:46 pm

Phantom Phenom wrote:Now we can finally see who the real soccer fans are in 2018 opposed to the people who only fake care once the world cup rolls around


I'm assuming you're referring to the USA not being in it. While that's somewhat true, there are a lot of soccer fans like myself who aren't watching out of disgust with FIFA.
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby Zarniwoop » Sun May 20, 2018 6:18 pm

We have some friendlies coming up during the world cup.

Here is the roster for the first game against Bolivia at the end of the month.

Incredibly young and Europe based roster

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Goalkeepers: Alex Bono (Toronto FC), Bill Hamid (Midtjylland), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)

Defenders: Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham, on loan at Ipswich Town), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan at Vitesse Arnhem), Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United), Erik Palmer-Brown (Manchester City, on loan at KV Kortrijk), Antonee Robinson (Bolton Wanderers), Jorge Villafana (Santos Laguna), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC)

Midfielders: Joe Corona (Club America), Julian Green (Stuttgart, on loan at Greuther Furth), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Weston McKennie (Schalke), Keaton Parks (Benfica), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Rubio Rubin (Club Tijuana), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain)

Forwards: Andrija Novakovich (Telstar), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby The Outsider » Sun May 20, 2018 9:12 pm

Zarniwoop wrote:We have some friendlies coming up during the world cup.

Here is the roster for the first game against Bolivia at the end of the month.

Incredibly young and Europe based roster

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Goalkeepers: Alex Bono (Toronto FC), Bill Hamid (Midtjylland), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)

Defenders: Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham, on loan at Ipswich Town), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan at Vitesse Arnhem), Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United), Erik Palmer-Brown (Manchester City, on loan at KV Kortrijk), Antonee Robinson (Bolton Wanderers), Jorge Villafana (Santos Laguna), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC)

Midfielders: Joe Corona (Club America), Julian Green (Stuttgart, on loan at Greuther Furth), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Weston McKennie (Schalke), Keaton Parks (Benfica), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Rubio Rubin (Club Tijuana), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain)

Forwards: Andrija Novakovich (Telstar), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)


There are so many names still missing from that roster. Where is Yedlin? He's been solid for Newcastle all year. And Bobby Wood, John Brooks. I get you want to see new guys this year but the top level guys should still be involved.
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby sanka » Sun May 20, 2018 11:32 pm

Zarniwoop wrote:My picks:

Group A: Russia, Uruguay
Group B: Spain, Portugal
Group C: France, Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Croatia
Group E: Brazil, Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico
Group G: Belgium, England
Group H: Colombia, Japan


Hahahahaha what a ****ing dummy pick is this....Japan is not getting out of the group stage. Lmao @ Russia over Egypt...who have the best player in the world in Mo Salah...Group D is all for all grabs...Argentina is only good on a paper.
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby The Outsider » Mon May 21, 2018 12:59 pm

sanka wrote:
Zarniwoop wrote:My picks:

Group A: Russia, Uruguay
Group B: Spain, Portugal
Group C: France, Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Croatia
Group E: Brazil, Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico
Group G: Belgium, England
Group H: Colombia, Japan


Hahahahaha what a ****ing dummy pick is this....Japan is not getting out of the group stage. Lmao @ Russia over Egypt...who have the best player in the world in Mo Salah...Group D is all for all grabs...Argentina is only good on a paper.



Okay, so Salah is having a great year scoring but he isn't even close to the best player in the world.

That aside Egypt is a very good squad and very well could make it out of the group stage.
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby NYBF » Mon May 21, 2018 2:05 pm

Egypt may have Salah, but Russia has Russia. Absolutely no one should be surprised if the hosts advance.
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby Zarniwoop » Mon May 21, 2018 2:17 pm

NYBF wrote:Egypt may have Salah, but Russia has Russia. Absolutely no one should be surprised if the hosts advance.




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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby Zarniwoop » Mon May 21, 2018 2:43 pm

Only once in the entire history of the World Cup has the host not got out of the group stage — South Africa
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby The Outsider » Mon May 21, 2018 6:34 pm

Zarniwoop wrote:Only once in the entire history of the World Cup has the host not got out of the group stage — South Africa


And IIRC they were pretty dam close.
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby The Outsider » Mon May 21, 2018 6:35 pm

NYBF wrote:Egypt may have Salah, but Russia has Russia. Absolutely no one should be surprised if the hosts advance.


The Russian team isn't awful either. It's not like we're talking about Trinidad & Tobago here.
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby Zarniwoop » Mon May 21, 2018 8:31 pm

The Outsider wrote:
Zarniwoop wrote:Only once in the entire history of the World Cup has the host not got out of the group stage — South Africa


And IIRC they were pretty dam close.


Yes, they tied in points, lost out on tie breaker
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby Zarniwoop » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:59 am

Spain fired their national team coach 2 days before the tournament because he agreed to take over Real Madrid after the tournament was over.
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby The Outsider » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:29 am

Zarniwoop wrote:Spain fired their national team coach 2 days before the tournament because he agreed to take over Real Madrid after the tournament was over.



Makes perfect sense.

Also, looks like good ol' North America is hosting 2026. Time to start saving up. Gotta love that automatic qualifier.
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby Nano » Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:25 pm

They haven't actually determined who will automatically qualify yet. Some think that all 3 will, while some are arguing that only 1 will be given out.

Either way, they're increasing the number of teams for that WC from 32 to 48 so if the US can't qualify then...
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby NYBF » Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:21 am

Nano wrote:They haven't actually determined who will automatically qualify yet. Some think that all 3 will, while some are arguing that only 1 will be given out.

Either way, they're increasing the number of teams for that WC from 32 to 48 so if the US can't qualify then...


This is why I think it should go to Canada. Mexico will qualify. There is absolutely no excuse for the US in a watered down tournament.
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Re: Official 2018 World Cup Thread

Postby The Outsider » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:14 am

And Saudi Arabia is getting smashed by Russia.
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