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  • soccerball 22/23, the WC hump season
  • argee
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    Japan are a decent team, they are high energy and work as a team, you don’t want to face them in a hot and heavy game!

    johndoh
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    Spain up next – another surprise on the cards? Surely not?

    mogrim
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    Spain up next – another surprise on the cards? Surely not?

    One can but hope, just for the amusement value tomorrow morning when I speak to my colleagues 😀

    stevenmenmuir
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    What was the keeper doing for the last goal? He was side on, if he’d been straight on it probably would’ve struck him.

    theotherjonv
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    long barrier, making sure he didn’t get nutmegged which is the textbook finish in that situation.

    Fortunately the book was out of print in Japan……

    binners
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    Well this is a pretty comprehensive arse-kicking

    argee
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    Well this is a pretty comprehensive arse-kicking

    It is a bit 😂

    binners
    Full Member

    The 12 Spanish fans who turned up must have been chuffed as ****!

    Looks like the attendance was about the same as a mid-table league 2 game

    What an absolute farce this is 😂

    argee
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    Ronaldo banned for two matches for that knocking the phone out of a teenagers hand thing, honestly, that’s absolutely mental considering some of the off-field stuff players get up to!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/63729875

    Klunk
    Free Member

    crazy game so open!

    MoreCashThanDash
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    Gutted. They don’t deserve that.

    Klunk
    Free Member

    took it well

    dazh
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    Well this is a pretty comprehensive arse-kicking

    They must have heard Graeme Souness saying before the match how the Spain team didn’t have any goals in them.

    Caher
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    Spain looked impressive against limited opposition. One if the 5 or 6 teams I’ve backed for the whole thing.

    cheese@4p
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    Disappointed for Canada, they ran rings around Belgium but couldn’t hit a barndoor in front of goal.

    binners
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    Dominated possession, pressed constantly, didn’t give Belgium a second on the ball, couldn’t hit a cows arse with a banjo in front of goal

    If they had anyone who could hit anywhere other than row z, they’d have walked that

    ransos
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    From feigning complete disinterest to the lowdown on Canada vs Belgium…

    MoreCashThanDash
    Full Member

    From feigning complete disinterest to the lowdown on Canada vs Belgium…

    🤣

    binners
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    Well it’s not like I can watch the United v Arsenal instead, is it?

    This is the only game in town until Christmas, mores the pity

    Doesn’t change my opinion that the whole thing is a total farce, but given the choice of ‘I’m a Celebrity’ or that on a cold wet November evening?

    I’ve been listening to ‘Powerplay’ on BBC Sounds, all about FIFA. It’s truly staggering just how corrupt the whole thing is. It’s off the chart! Well worth a listen

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/brand/p0dfg11h

    I see they’re giving attendance figures above the capacity of the grounds when the stadiums are obviously half empty

    Caher
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    So, who’ll buy ManU?

    dazh
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    Well it’s not like I can watch the United v Arsenal instead, is it?

    I generally hate international footy and didn’t watch a single England qualifying match, let alone any others. Yet I’ve watched every game so far (WFH is great!), as I did for many previous world cups. There’s something about the sheer volume and variability of watching so many matches in a short space of time that makes it appealing, and you always get games which are brilliant to watch like the Japan – Germany game today. Football can be a dreadfully boring sport and doesn’t work if you dip in and out of it as you’re more than likely to see the boring games. Watch a whole season though and you’re guaranteed to see the good ones, and that’s what the world cup provides.

    ransos
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    Well it’s not like I can watch the United v Arsenal instead, is it?

    This is the only game in town until Christmas, mores the pity

    Doesn’t change my opinion that the whole thing is a total farce, but given the choice of ‘I’m a Celebrity’ or that on a cold wet November

    Complaining about the loose morality of the things you compulsively watch?

    binners
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    binners
    Full Member

    So, who’ll buy ManU?

    Hopefully Sir Jim Ratclffe. He’s been after doing so for years and he’s a big United fan.

    But unfortunately I can see the sort of long protracted on/off bullshit that we saw with Mike Ashley and his selling/not selling of Newcastle, because it’s the Glazers we’re talking about here and they’re cut from the same cloth. They don’t give a toss about the club and will just mess around trying to get as much cash as possible for themselves, no matter how much damage it’s doing

    ElShalimo
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    Anyway back to Catarrh

    Looking at the groups from recent days and today’s fixtures, your realise that England got very lucky with their group !

    Caher
    Full Member

    England always get a very favourable draw. You can look back in history and it’s always the case. Then they get found out when they meet a country like, Germany, Italy, Croatia,…

    ransos
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    England always get a very favourable draw.

    England and Italy were in the same group in 2014, and both failed to advance. It had three teams in the top ten of the rankings.

    weeksy
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    YOU mean they find it harder when they play one of the other top teams in the world ?

    That’s not exactly ‘get found out’…. That’s like saying City get found out when they get to the semi of the Champions league….

    Or…. they’re just playing really good teams who are better than the rubbish ones ?

    johndoh
    Free Member

    Looking at the groups from recent days and today’s fixtures, your realise that England got very lucky with their group !

    Although it DOES have the highest average FIFA world ranking of any group.

    weeksy
    Full Member

    Although it DOES have the highest average FIFA world ranking of any group.

    Hold on, lets not be bringing actual facts into it !

    😉

    dander
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    Is that Jim Ratcliffe, the massive United fan who bid for Chelsea in the summer? And expressed an interest in Liverpool recently? Sounds great!

    Hopefully raging spacechicken Elon will buy them.

    binners
    Full Member

    Well… everything’s relative

    I don’t actually think the Glazers will sell it. I think they’re just playing games and kite flying and they’ll do something like stick a valuation of 100 billion quid on it, or something equally ridiculous, and that’ll be the end of that.

    dander
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    Dunno Binners – I reckon they’ve jumped after FSG announced they’d consider selling Liverpool.

    theotherjonv
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    Although it DOES have the highest average FIFA world ranking of any group.

    I’m never quite sure about these rankings and how / whether seeding should be part of the WC

    On rankings – you get points for winning games (or points taken off for losing them) but how many points you get depends on the relative strength of the opposition. So if you are the big fish in a weak pond and play most of your games against relatively weak / low ranked teams (like I think Iran are) then you keep getting positive points. Not as many as if you’d beaten a big team, but still getting positive points. Hence Iran end up in the top twenty, whereas I don’t think anyone would really believe that. It takes a WC to mix it up and they don’t come around often.

    On seeding – depends what you want from it (mainly as a neutral or a sponsor, as fans we all profess to like the big games but if we could get to the semis or finals without playing anyone decent we’d take it). If it’s avoiding the big teams clashing until the sharp end then great, but if you want a little team to have a chance to get through to the knockout stages where things can happen, and ultimately an underdog to get into the sharp end then do away with seeding. A group with FRA, BRA, GER and ENG all in it with two eliminated….. tough, to win the WC you have to beat the best of the rest so who cares where you do that? Except after that group you’d be knackered for the R16 anyway!!

    Caher
    Full Member

    Brazil being extra Spursey with scowler in chief having a blast. Bit disappointed with Serbia.

    Klunk
    Free Member

    you’d think it was the final the way they are celebrating ?/

    inkster
    Free Member

    To be fair, Serbia were pretty solid for an hour before Brazil turned on the swagge. Loved Richarlason’s capoeira move for his second goal.

    Agree about all that celebrating with all the subs, kit man, physio, hangers on etc, if they’re not on the pitch, book ’em all.

    molgrips
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    Any predictions for this morning?

    theotherjonv
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    Wales will struggle to start with, won’t be a steamrollering but in the end will win comfortably, 2-0 or 3-1 sort of margin.

    weeksy
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    I can see the Wales game being a somewhat dull affair, but i’m hoping to be proved wrong with that.

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