2018 FIFA World Cup
Also very happy that Peru's best player, Guerrero, is allowed to play. The drug case against him was absolutely insane.
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@tokeeffe9 yeah I've checked out a lot of comments from Peru and other people in some latam pages and everybody is ecstatic about Paolo being able to play, which it is nice as it is rare that everyone is so encouraging to one of the other teams from the continent, I wasn't aware of the controversy but it really was nonsense when I looked into it, and with him I think Peru has a great shot at being a dark horse, and I wouldn't be too surprised if the manage to even upset France.
And yes group H is very interesting, sadly I think Japan is at a bad moment and they won't make it through, Colombia has a very promising squad that continues to dissapoint, the Poles seem to think they are not as good as they look (and they look very good imo) and I've heard very good comments about Senegal.
We have our last home match before the WC today against Northern Ireland, I think it is a good test thinking ahead of two of our group games, and I hope we see the good side of our team.
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I'm definitely in on following the tournament with you all. I don't really have much in the way of predictions, I tend to just watch it out of love for the game. So I was hoping to just join the league and follow it without creating my own, but it looks like that's not possible. Maybe I'll try and throw a nice ignorant bracket together later today... :)
@bard91 Ya it's very cool and personally I'm backing Peru to at least make that group interesting. Some of this please
@tokeeffe9 That is one sexy goal.
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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"
Such a neatly designed and created site, check it out!
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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:
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.
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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
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@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.
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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.
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.
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@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.
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@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.