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Post by mori » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:39 pm

I have not seen it in the articles I have read, but which nation gets the automatic entry into World Cup 2026?

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Post by Ralph-Wiggum » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:53 pm

It hasn’t been determined yet. FIFA says that it is up to CONCACAF to decide.

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Post by Moat_Man » Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:18 am

I heard Trump is threating to tear up the agreement unless we renegotiate and give the US more games.
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Post by GungHo » Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:11 pm

Don't want to spoil anything for those who might have it on dvr but SPA v POR was friggin great. Too bad more soccer games aren't like that one; America would be a whole lot more interested in the sport if they were.
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Post by Pyperkub » Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:16 pm

GungHo wrote:
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Don't want to spoil anything for those who might have it on dvr but SPA v POR was friggin great. Too bad more soccer games aren't like that one; America would be a whole lot more interested in the sport if they were.
Oh, I'm spoiling it! Ronaldo, Ronaldo, Ronaldo!

What a free kick to cap off an amazing day! Spain looked absolutely broken in the last couple of minutes of stoppage, despite the result. For Team Chaos, that could be it for them despite how well they played until then.
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Post by pr0ner » Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:25 am

Cristiano Ronaldo is good.

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Post by mori » Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:26 am

Hey Messi, Ronaldo made his penalty kick :pop: .

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Post by Xmann » Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:29 pm

I really like Messi and preferred him over Renaldo....

But Renaldo doesn't miss in situations like these.

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Post by Skinypupy » Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:39 pm

Thank god for those "90' in 90" highlight packages that Fox Soccer puts together. I don't have either the time or patience to sit through many games, and those are perfect to get caught up.

Crazy stat they brought up on the Iceland/Argentina game. Argentina has as many registered soccer players as Iceland has in their total population.
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Post by mori » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:31 pm

On the biggest of stages it always seems Ronaldo delivers, and Messi chokes. Messi is no Maradona.

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Post by tjg_marantz » Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:19 am

mori wrote:I have not seen it in the articles I have read, but which nation gets the automatic entry into World Cup 2026?
All three.
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Post by Skinypupy » Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:52 pm

Finally had a chance to watch a game, Mexico v Germany was fantastic. Germany utterly dominated the game, but simply could not find the net.

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Post by Ralph-Wiggum » Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:57 pm

tjg_marantz wrote:
mori wrote:I have not seen it in the articles I have read, but which nation gets the automatic entry into World Cup 2026?
All three.
Has that been officially decided? It was still an open question last week.

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Post by mori » Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:22 pm

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Finally had a chance to watch a game, Mexico v Germany was fantastic. Germany utterly dominated the game, but simply could not find the net.

Fun game!
Certainly did not see that result coming. Mexico looked bad coming into the WC, but they pulled off the upset and played a perfect game plan. Should of won by more with all the 2 v 1 and 3 v 1 counters they had.

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Post by mori » Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:30 pm

Ralph-Wiggum wrote:
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mori wrote:I have not seen it in the articles I have read, but which nation gets the automatic entry into World Cup 2026?
All three.
Has that been officially decided? It was still an open question last week.
This article says it won't be decided till next year. Should not matter anyways since FIFA is expanding the number of nations invited to the WC. Mexico and the USA should qualify through competition, so that leaves Canada. Or they might not give out any automatic bids. Probably comes down to who puts the biggest bribe in.

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Skinypupy wrote:
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Finally had a chance to watch a game, Mexico v Germany was fantastic. Germany utterly dominated the game, but simply could not find the net.

Fun game!
I know GER dominated time of possession, number of shots, passing accuracy etc. All the measurables but I really felt like MEX defense was pretty terrific. Of all of the shots GER had, and there were a lot, it really seemed like the Mexicans were able to funnel those shots thru specific lanes to where their keeper was perfectly positioned. Not something we usually see out of that team but it was impressive. Now I do think they played with fire and got lucky as well. GER did not have anything approaching an above average game let alone a special one and I feel like on balance if you give Germany that kind of possession and chances you're not gonna win. I know a bunch of guys at work that are gonna be bouncing on clouds for the next week (and not so subtlety reminding me the US isn't there 🤬).
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Post by Kurth » Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:16 pm

England!!!! Thank goodness for Harry Kane. He saved their bacon in a game they should have run away with. So many missed opportunities and failures to finish. Still, 3 points is 3 points. :D
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England!!!! Thank goodness for Harry Kane. He saved their bacon in a game they should have run away with. So many missed opportunities and failures to finish. Still, 3 points is 3 points. :D
I was laughing at my buddy, who has suddenly decided he is a soccer expert and is laying bets left and right this WC, when he told me he'd bet the under on this game that ENG should've had 5 goals in the first 20 minutes(the under was 2 :lol: ).

On a different note, soccer officiating is absolutely maddening. While I didnt disagree with the call vs ENG on the PK, I wouldnt have argued if the ref had just swallowed his whistle there. But OK, he called it...fair enough. But then how do you NOT call the 2 flagrant body slams of Kane in the box on 2 separate corner kicks???
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Post by Pyperkub » Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:41 pm

I would have thought this would be the Aussies...
Around 7,000 Sweden fans were in Nizhny Novgorod to celebrate the country's first World Cup win in 12 years on Monday, and supporters apparently enjoyed the festivities so much that the centre of the western Russian city ran out of beer.

Sweden got off to a dream start by winning their first game of the 2018 World Cup 1-0 against South Korea, thanks to a penalty from captain Andreas Granqvist, meaning they matched Mexico at the top of Group F with three points.

So happy were the Swedes that the supporters who travelled for the game managed to drink up most of the beer in the city centre before a ball had even been kicked, according to reports.
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Post by Alefroth » Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:47 am

Man it was hard watching Morocco lose to Portugal. They did everything right and just couldn't get one in the net.

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Post by Isgrimnur » Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:01 pm

Top scorer: Own goal
The own goal has been utterly dominant so far in this World Cup. Five own goals as we continue through the second matches of pools already total the 2014 number for the tournament, and there may be more to come.

We're now just one goal away from the record for most own goals. In 1998, players found their own net six times, all in the group stage. In fact, of the 46 own goals in World Cup history, 36 have been in the group stages, and only two have occurred past group stages since 1982.
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June 15: Aziz Bouhaddouz, Morocco (90+5')
The first own goal, off Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz, may have been the toughest of the tournament. It came five minutes into stoppage time for the second half, and it ultimately gave Iran a 1-0 win in its opening match.

June 16: Aziz Behich, Australia (81')
Another late goal that ultimately ended up being the difference, this goal was retroactively taken from France's Paul Pogba and "awarded" to Australia's Aziz Behich. The goal gave France a 2-1 win over Australia late.

June 16: Oghenekaro Etebo, Nigeria (32')
The second own goal of the day gave Croatia a 1-0 win over Nigeria. A pretty header by Mario Mandzukic careened off of Oghenekaro Etebo and into the net in the first half. The score would ultimately stand in a tough loss for Nigeria.

June 19: Thiago Cionek, Poland (37')
Another wildly unlikely goal, this one looked more like a hockey deflection. After a screamer off the foot of Idrissa Gana hit Thiago Cionek of Poland, it sneaked in past the Polish keeper to put Senegal up 1-0. While that goal didn't end up being the game-winner, Senegal did go on to win 2-1.

June 19: Ahmed Fathi, Egypt (47')
Another own goal to open the scoring, Fathi tried to slide to break up a weird bouncer. However, the ball took a weird angle, and ended up in the Egyptian net to put Russia up 1-0, a lead it would later open up to 3-0. A Mohamed Salah penalty set the final at 3-1, Russia.

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Isgrimnur wrote:Top scorer: Own goal
The own goal has been utterly dominant so far in this World Cup. Five own goals as we continue through the second matches of pools already total the 2014 number for the tournament, and there may be more to come.

We're now just one goal away from the record for most own goals. In 1998, players found their own net six times, all in the group stage. In fact, of the 46 own goals in World Cup history, 36 have been in the group stages, and only two have occurred past group stages since 1982.
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June 15: Aziz Bouhaddouz, Morocco (90+5')
The first own goal, off Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz, may have been the toughest of the tournament. It came five minutes into stoppage time for the second half, and it ultimately gave Iran a 1-0 win in its opening match.

June 16: Aziz Behich, Australia (81')
Another late goal that ultimately ended up being the difference, this goal was retroactively taken from France's Paul Pogba and "awarded" to Australia's Aziz Behich. The goal gave France a 2-1 win over Australia late.

June 16: Oghenekaro Etebo, Nigeria (32')
The second own goal of the day gave Croatia a 1-0 win over Nigeria. A pretty header by Mario Mandzukic careened off of Oghenekaro Etebo and into the net in the first half. The score would ultimately stand in a tough loss for Nigeria.

June 19: Thiago Cionek, Poland (37')
Another wildly unlikely goal, this one looked more like a hockey deflection. After a screamer off the foot of Idrissa Gana hit Thiago Cionek of Poland, it sneaked in past the Polish keeper to put Senegal up 1-0. While that goal didn't end up being the game-winner, Senegal did go on to win 2-1.

June 19: Ahmed Fathi, Egypt (47')
Another own goal to open the scoring, Fathi tried to slide to break up a weird bouncer. However, the ball took a weird angle, and ended up in the Egyptian net to put Russia up 1-0, a lead it would later open up to 3-0. A Mohamed Salah penalty set the final at 3-1, Russia.
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Post by LawBeefaroni » Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:17 am

This Tunisia keeper has made some poor choices. Belgium has been sick on the attack though, not taking anything away from them.
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Post by Skinypupy » Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:58 pm

Germany...holy shit!!
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Germany...holy shit!!
Yeah. Not much else to be said. What a shot
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Post by Skinypupy » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:31 pm

This is just ridiculous. Insane curl on that shot.

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Post by mori » Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:10 pm

I gave up on Germany at halftime. Thought they had no fight to come back how not bothered they all looked. I was sure wrong. But Sweden had their chances but did not deliver.

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Post by GungHo » Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:24 pm

So...do we believe in Argentina now or what?? I honestly don't know. I feel like that was a better game from them today and yet...they were extremely fortunate to escape. And now France? I dunno about that...but a possible Ronaldo v Messi match-up looming is awesome.
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So...do we believe in Argentina now or what?? I honestly don't know. I feel like that was a better game from them today and yet...they were extremely fortunate to escape. And now France? I dunno about that...but a possible Ronaldo v Messi match-up looming is awesome.
Survive and advance.

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Post by Lassr » Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:09 am

Argentina's defense is just not that good. Most of that is on the coach, he put the team together. Not sure how far they can get.
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Post by Skinypupy » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:56 am

OMG Germany...WTF was that?! :lol:
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Post by pr0ner » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:08 pm

Oh man, what drama. I'm not going to be able to work for a while while I process that insanity.
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Skinypupy wrote:
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OMG Germany...WTF was that?! :lol:
They were so...blah all tourney. Totally looked like a defending champ with a hangover. Just sucks bc the chance to send Mexico home in total despair was right there and it would have been so glorious.
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Post by Skinypupy » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:29 pm

ESPN had a stat that Germany had the most shots of anyone in the tourney, but only came away with two goals. 26 shots today, and only 4 on goal.
Sounds like someone needs some serious finishing practice.

Another interesting stat. Of the last 5 World Cup winners, 4 of them failed to get past the group stage in the following tournament.
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Post by LawBeefaroni » Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:29 pm

Skinypupy wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:29 pm
ESPN had a stat that Germany had the most shots of anyone in the tourney, but only came away with two goals. 26 shots today, and only 4 on goal.
Sounds like someone needs some serious finishing practice.

Another interesting stat. Of the last 5 World Cup winners, 4 of them failed to get past the group stage in the following tournament.
France, Italy, Spain, and now Germany? If so, there's a geographic connection there. It also, then, looks like Russia is next to win and then flop.



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Post by Octavious » Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:11 pm

My SIL is freaking out because they are from Germany. Pretty crappy way to get punted from the tourney. Losing 2-0 to South Korea. :lol:
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Post by Isgrimnur » Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:13 pm

They went empty net. You either tie the game, or you risk losing by 2.

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Post by mori » Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:42 pm

I do not think Argentina will get past France. France has not looked great, but Argentina does not look like a team operating on the same page.

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