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Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: resotele ()
Date: June 28, 2018 13:52

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hi Stoneage, we'll have Sweden - Switzerland !!!

your qualification is a surprise, ours was rather expected

resotele

I had predicted Sweden and Germany to the next round. Mexico was the big surprise, imo. Sweden beat Holland and Italy on their way to Russia.

Congrats to Switzerland as well, although it was foolish keeping their best defenders on the pitch when Brazil had a 2-0 lead.

Now Lichtsteiner and Schär are out for the Sweden-match...

we have other good defenders like Michael Lang (he is the only member of the swiss team who still plays in Switzerland, in Basel), Johan Djourou or Nico Elvedi. Sweden will be a tough game, but that goes for both teams. I guess it will be a hard fight, with hopefully the better end for us

resotele

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Date: June 28, 2018 14:07

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hi Stoneage, we'll have Sweden - Switzerland !!!

your qualification is a surprise, ours was rather expected

resotele

I had predicted Sweden and Germany to the next round. Mexico was the big surprise, imo. Sweden beat Holland and Italy on their way to Russia.

Congrats to Switzerland as well, although it was foolish keeping their best defenders on the pitch when Brazil had a 2-0 lead.

Now Lichtsteiner and Schär are out for the Sweden-match...

we have other good defenders like Michael Lang (he is the only member of the swiss team who still plays in Switzerland, in Basel), Johan Djourou or Nico Elvedi. Sweden will be a tough game, but that goes for both teams. I guess it will be a hard fight, with hopefully the better end for us

resotele

It will be a tight game indeed.

I follow Basel a bit, since our Moi Elyounussi plays there (but not for long, I read..).

Lang is solid as a rock. However, changing out two out of four in the defender-chain before the play offs will never be a dream scenario smiling smiley

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: BroomWagon ()
Date: June 28, 2018 15:40

I like Grasshoppers.

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: BroomWagon ()
Date: June 28, 2018 19:17

Big congrats to MonoNom, picked 3 less matches than some of us, sits in 2nd. Very good predicting, Congrats to leader Quique Stone also.

I would have expected more goals scored in these two early games.



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Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: Stoneage ()
Date: June 28, 2018 20:50

England - Belgium. Many fear 0-0. The desirable position would be number two in that group apparently. So no team wants to win. Kane is on the bench for instance. How will the audience react to another 0-0?

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: rollmops ()
Date: June 28, 2018 21:16

Coolest player's last name of the world cup:
a british player called : Stones !!!-
Rockandroll,
Mops

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: Quique-stone ()
Date: June 28, 2018 21:42

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Coolest player's last name of the world cup:
a british player called : Stones !!!-
Rockandroll,
Mops
...Stones from England

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: Quique-stone ()
Date: June 28, 2018 21:51

I'm speechless about Germany's football playing in this WC 2018, still don't know what to think and what to say...

I'm from Uruguay btw and will have a really hard match against Portugal next Saturday...but we believe in our players!

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Date: June 28, 2018 21:51

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Stoneage
England - Belgium. Many fear 0-0. The desirable position would be number two in that group apparently. So no team wants to win. Kane is on the bench for instance. How will the audience react to another 0-0?

Look out for three or four English subs making fouls, getting yellow cards toward the end of the match.

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: resotele ()
Date: June 28, 2018 22:17

I'm from Uruguay btw and will have a really hard match against Portugal next Saturday...but we believe in our players![/quote]

Congratulations (to you and to your team) and I wish you good luck

resotele


edit : changin look to luck



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Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: Quique-stone ()
Date: June 28, 2018 22:25

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Congratulations (to you and to your team) and I wish you good look
resotele

Thanks! thumbs up



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Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: Stoneage ()
Date: June 29, 2018 00:40

10 European, 5 South American and 1 Asian team (Japan) through to the round of 16. None from Africa.

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Date: June 29, 2018 01:16

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Stoneage
10 European, 5 South American and 1 Asian team (Japan) through to the round of 16. None from Africa.

It was as close as can be with Senegal, though. Well, almost.. smiling smiley

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: Doxa ()
Date: June 29, 2018 01:57

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Stoneage
None from Africa.

I guess there must be something notable with Africa in that case, if that's worth of mentioning. Something to be make some moral out of it? Especially if the the Swedes are still "in".

- Doxa



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Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: BroomWagon ()
Date: June 29, 2018 02:04

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Stoneage
10 European, 5 South American and 1 Asian team (Japan) through to the round of 16. None from Africa.

Africa has a lot of turmoil; Nigeria had some big problems there this past weekend, they have a huge population too.

For the record, Mexico would NOT be a South American team, Are they Central? Or North America? I'm not sure but they still are in it. They are in CONCACAF, Confederation of North and Central American Federations.



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Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: Big Al ()
Date: June 29, 2018 07:43

Regarding the African nations: it should be noted that many of the great footballers who would be eligible to represent the country of their parentage or birth opt not too. They'd rather represent their European home.

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: Stoneage ()
Date: June 29, 2018 09:11

You're right, Broomwagon. Mexico is a Central American country. Let's change South America to Latin America then.

Doxa: It's just a statistical observation. Not a political statement. Personally, I would have liked an African country is the final stages. They had two teams in 2014 and one in 2010 making that.
I also miss a North American team in the WC. I always liked the way Team USA plays. Very offensive football, entertaining to watch. And why not Finland? Look at Iceland. If Iceland can, Finland can...

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: grzegorz67 ()
Date: June 29, 2018 13:11

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Stoneage
You're right, Broomwagon. Mexico is a Central American country. Let's change South America to Latin America then.

Doxa: It's just a statistical observation. Not a political statement. Personally, I would have liked an African country is the final stages. They had two teams in 2014 and one in 2010 making that.
I also miss a North American team in the WC. I always liked the way Team USA plays. Very offensive football, entertaining to watch. And why not Finland? Look at Iceland. If Iceland can, Finland can...

All of these countries had the opportunity to qualify, like everyone else. Like my own nation (Scotland) they failed to do so because they weren't good enough.

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: rollmops ()
Date: June 29, 2018 13:28

Mexico is part of the North american continent.
Rockandroll,
Mops

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: Stoneage ()
Date: June 29, 2018 13:40

You're right, Rollmops. Let's call it Latin America then. So that even people without any sense of direction, like myself, gets it right...

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: Stoneage ()
Date: June 29, 2018 13:50

Sorry about the size. Maybe someone can find smaller graphics?





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Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: resotele ()
Date: June 29, 2018 16:01

The really hot games are France -Argentina, Uruguay - Portugal, Colombia - England and Brasil - Mexico (and Sweden - Switzerland, but probably not for the quality of the players and the game, but for the intensity). The other games have clear favourites : Belgium, Spain and Croatia.

But maybe I'm wrong, as so often in the past week ... coming down again

Today no football, so probably time for a nice bbq in the garden drinking smiley

resotele

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: Stoneage ()
Date: June 29, 2018 20:43

I think the hottest (not only due to the hot Russian summer) game will be Brazil-Mexico. Because of the rivalry between the nations and the "derby" feel of it.
And perhaps the England game. Whenever England is involved there is always drama. After all - they invented the game...

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: jpasc95 ()
Date: June 30, 2018 11:35

There has been a good surprise so far (for how long ?), no russian hooliganism.

But if Russia and England meet in quarter final, then, the 7th of July could be very hot.

I see Portugal and Spain in final.
Portugal imo has improved its offensive game compared to 2 years ago.

I've been impressed by Croatia, they play fast and are tough physically.
they could be the surprise that no one expected.

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: slewan ()
Date: June 30, 2018 11:42

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But if Russia and England meet in quarter final, then, the 7th of July could be very hot.

very unlikely that Russia will win against Spain



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Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: Stoneage ()
Date: June 30, 2018 13:07

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But if Russia and England meet in quarter final, then, the 7th of July could be very hot

Won't happen. They can only meet in a semifinal.

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: Stoneage ()
Date: June 30, 2018 13:10

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There has been a good surprise so far (for how long ?), no russian hooliganism

Surprise, really? Why should they wreck their own championship?

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: jpasc95 ()
Date: June 30, 2018 13:39

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There has been a good surprise so far (for how long ?), no russian hooliganism

Surprise, really? Why should they wreck their own championship?
Some hooligans just don't care for soccer.
Their sole concern is to look for fight and count the wounded.

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: Stoneage ()
Date: June 30, 2018 13:51

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Stoneage
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There has been a good surprise so far (for how long ?), no russian hooliganism

Surprise, really? Why should they wreck their own championship?
Some hooligans just don't care for soccer.
Their sole concern is to look for fight and count the wounded.

Okey. But in Russia Putin is President. I don't think they dare. Putin isn't like any other European leader...

Re: OT: The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Posted by: jpasc95 ()
Date: June 30, 2018 14:04

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Stoneage
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Jpasc95
There has been a good surprise so far (for how long ?), no russian hooliganism

Surprise, really? Why should they wreck their own championship?
Some hooligans just don't care for soccer.
Their sole concern is to look for fight and count the wounded.

Okey. But in Russia Putin is President. I don't think they dare. Putin isn't like any other European leader...
I hope you're right !

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