2018 FIFA World Cup



  • Oh, this is beautiful!
    "Biographies of every player in all 32 squads in Russia, including caps, goals, nicknames, hobbies and, once the tournament starts, ratings for every performance"
    https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2018/jun/05/world-cup-2018-complete-guide-players-ratings-goals-caps

    Such a neatly designed and created site, check it out!



  • i'm here because of Cup of Jones... i'm in!



  • @sentinel-beach They've also been doing in-depth analysis of every team, expected line-ups, etc. on this page:

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/series/world-cup-2018-guardian-experts-network



  • Yes! Thanks for setting this up Sentinel Beach. So excited for this but not for my country (England), the nation expects us to get through the group, perhaps losing to Belgium on the way but Tunisia and Panama are looking good, England look stale.

    Would like to get an idea where everyone's from and who they're supporting.



  • @oscillator said in 2018 FIFA World Cup:

    Underdogs are what make the World Cup interesting for me. Iran, Iceland, Costa Rica, Serbia, Japan...let's go!!!!!

    I totally forgot that Peru qualified! I even watched the stream of the celebration! Add them to the list! :D



  • @robert7lee As a neighbor of theirs I can say that Panama is definitively not looking good at all, they've pretty much said that they are hoping to at least get a goal in the tournament, Tunisia on the other had is looking good, and even though this Englad doesnt look as bad your lads always seems to find a way to fuck it up.

    I'm obviosuly rooting for Costa Rica, hoping we can get up to the second round and be demolished by the germans, other than that I want to see Peru do well and I think they will, and I hope at least two african teams make it out of the group stages this time they are all looking pretty good to me, with the most likely being Senegal, and to take it all I don't really know, anyone but Brazil (or Portugal but I don't think that is happening) would be fine by me, probably a toss up between France and Germany with a slight edge towards France.



  • @robert7lee I'm from Ireland and basically just rooting for whoever plays the best football.

    Right now, Peru are the team I want to see do well and I'm most interested in watching Brazil and Spain.



  • Did anyone following the qualification for North, Central America and Carribean? How bad were USA? I see Panama clinched the final spot on goal difference and even beat Costa Rica in the final group round. Curious to see how they play.

    What were your earliest World Cup memories?



  • I'm French so that's who I'll be rooting for, we have a very strong squad but we tend to get arrogant when we're too confident, when we feel like we should win. So I won't be surprised if we crash and burn, but still hoping! It's a nice group that gets along well, we got rid of all the assholes we had 4-8 years ago so the team at least feels worth cheering!

    Otherwise I've always had a soft spot for Sweden and Mexico, so it kinda sucks that they're in the same group, although that also means at least one of them should qualify.

    In terms of predictions, I see Senegal making it out of their group alongside Colombia, I feel like Poland is going to disappoint. Portugal and Belgium will lose in the first round of knock-out stages. France-Germany in the final.



  • @robert7lee said in 2018 FIFA World Cup:

    Did anyone following the qualification for North, Central America and Carribean? How bad were USA?

    USA was painfully average. There were spurts of greatness, but this overwhelming sense of "we'll qualify cause things always work out" from everybody but Christian Pulisic. That Trinidad & Tobago game still haunts me.

    I'm gonna be pulling for England and Iceland. I don't anticipate either going to far, but I gotta root for the Tottenham boys and I love an underdog story.



  • @jamicov

    Loved watching USA matches at the last World Cup in Brazil, some of the most entertaining end to end games I've seen. That last 16 match against Belgium had to be the greatest ever 0-0 game (90 mins). Will be missed.

    Anyone catch England v Costa Rica friendly?

    I know it was only a friendly and Costa Rica can play better but it was nice to see small glimpses of creativity from England. Played with a bit of freedome.

    Hopefully Costa Rica will get over the jet lag and start playing.



  • @robert7lee we were pretty bad yesterday (Costa Rica), particularly in the first half, though I also have to say England looked better than expected imo.

    On regards to the CONCACAF qualifiers I watched all of our matches and paid attention to the rest, Mexico was the only solid team, we had some pretty good games (we were brilliant away in the US) and some horrible games (Honduras at home), Panama and Honduras were both bath tbh, neither of them play good football usually and they are both far from their prime, both were much better 4 years ago, the US was easily the worst US team I've ever seen and played with no heart, and I heard that was particularly true for the last game in Trinidad.

    On regards to my first memory of World Cups it was on France 98, but it was us failing to qualify from the tournament itself, what I remember best was Croatia humiliating Germany (I was 6 so don't remember super well most of the tournament).

    Also I'm not saying our guys threw the last game to Panama to have them qualify and knock out the US, but I can assure you no one here was sad about that, we have no lost love for the US when it comes to football, and we get along pretty well with our neighbors to the south.



  • @bard91 Had no idea there was bad blood between USA and Costa Rica. Nice to see other countries qualify, Mexico are always part of it though, I wonder if they'll finally break their curse and get to the quarters.

    I got into the beautiful game late on so France '98 was also my first Workd Cup and I can still remember most if not all the scores. I remember Nigeria getting a shock 3-2 win against Spain.

    Paraguay goal keeper (name I can't spell) hit bar from a free kick against Bulgaria.

    Blanco for Mexico holding the ball between his feet and jumping to avoid a couple of challenges against South Korea.

    Austria being the most boring team at the tournament, scored 3 in 3 games all coming in 90th minute or beyond.

    France beating Paraguay 1-0 in extra time with the golden goal rule.

    Of course Michael Owen's epic goal (from an England point of view) against Argentina. That match was a roller coaster of emotions for the nation.

    Yes also remember Croatia destroying Germany, great upset, also took the lead against France in the semi-final.

    And France completely obliterating Brazil in the final 3-0. The big story before the match was about if Ronaldo would start. One minute he was, next we heard he wasn't. He started but did very little. I remember Zidane stealing the show that night.

    They say you never forget your first.



  • I don't think people actually realise how insane it is that the US didn't make this tournament. The group qualifying is so setup for them that it really is just absolutely crazy that they didn't manage to qualify.



  • @robert7lee I mean all of the bad blood is on our side I think but we definitively make a big deal of games against the US, they knocked us out in the last game in the 2010 qualifiers, and they made us play in 3 inches of snow in Denver in the 2014 qualifiers so that's always a talking point on our side.

    And really it is pretty much everyone that has unilateral bad blood with the US in the area, or at least central america and Mexico. Mexico is always competing with them for supremacy and they are generally best than the other teams but they are not able to play well in the away games since the crowds are too much for them. Specifically with Panama in 2014 they knocked them out in the last minutes as well, so that is a factor for Panama as well, and tbh it made us angry as well because at the same time we were beating Mexico at home and had Panama not lost we would have knoced out Mexico out for the first time in who knows how long, which would have been just incredible.

    In general given the structure of our qualifiers and the fact that the last round is usually the same teams there's a lot of history there and rivalries that keep on going.



  • @bard91

    @tokeeffe9 said in 2018 FIFA World Cup:

    I don't think people actually realise how insane it is that the US didn't make this tournament. The group qualifying is so setup for them that it really is just absolutely crazy that they didn't manage to qualify.

    My ignorance living in England is Mexico and USA will always qualify along with Brazil and and Argentina in South America. I don't remember US not qualifying making major news here. I was shocked and couldn't figure who could have qualified instead.

    Italy and Netherlands missing out made shock waves. I mean 4 times winners Italy last failed to qualify in 1958! But there is more competition expected in Europe I guess. Mexico missing a World Cup would be unthinkable, them almost going out makes me think teams in that region are getting stronger.

    What was more shocking, for me at least, was Costa Rica beating both Uruguay and Italy at the last World Cup and deserved to win them too. I doubt anyone would underestimate them this year.



  • @robert7lee I mean it was shock for us as well when we won against Uruguay and Italy, we were hoping to have ok games and possibly get a couple of points in the group but nobody here thought we really had much of a shot of making it through that group let alone come out first.

    And if anything people will be overestimating us this time, we haven't good looked recently and we haven't been anywhere near as solid as we were in 2014. That said the group doesn't look impossible but we are not holding our breath for a showing as good as last's WC.



  • Saw Costa Rica suffered another defeat. How good were Belgium or bad were Costa Rica? Tried to watch it but couldn't find a stream. I'm even more nervous for the Begium game. Hope Costa Rica can recover, not long to go now!



  • @robert7lee Belgium was really good, but we were abysmal haven't seen us play this badly in a while, Switzerland and Serbia would have to be a disaster for us to go over them.



  • @bard91 Friendlies are a different breed though. Once in the World Cup I've seen teams in form blunder. You just have to hope these matches doesn't affect the players confidence.

    Belgium are tipped by many to get far again and have some amazing talent, not sure if England playing them last is a blessing or curse.