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#2932847 - 06/14/18 09:15 PM World Cup 2018
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What's everyone's take? I'm rooting for Germany to repeat as Champs. Couldn't believe how bad Saudi Arabia looked in the opener, against a not highly ranked host nation team.
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#2932860 - 06/14/18 10:03 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: davedoerfler]
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Dramatic start, what with Spain's manager being fired, Robbie Williams flipping off the world on live TV, and Russia running roughshod over Saudi Arabia.

Tough call for a champ... Germany seems like they're getting to the end of their golden generation, but a lot of those players are actually still quite young. That's what happens when your stars all broke out as teenagers. France looks great, and CR7 and Messi both have their last chances as real skill leaders for their teams. They'll be back, but they'll be overtaken by younger players.

There are always Cinderella teams, but they never make it all the way. In the end, we'll see one of the giants back on top.

Also, HOW ABOUT SOME WORLD CUP GAMES IN EDMONTON?! I doubt I'll be living here in 2026, but hey. Iz nice.
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#2932895 - 06/15/18 07:39 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: MAJUSCULE]
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I’m shocked that Italy didn’t qualify. I think Portugal will do well - it’s Ronaldo's last shot. But it’ll probably come down to Germany, Brazil, France, and perhaps Argentina. Although I heard on NPR yesterday that Peru has a very good team.
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#2932899 - 06/15/18 07:51 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: Synthaholic]
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I'll be cheering for England as always along with our neighbors/rivals Mexico. I also love Iceland after what they did a few years ago.

Can't wait to get into it.
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#2932901 - 06/15/18 07:57 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: Bobadohshe]
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Yep, Italy and the Netherlands were stunned to miss out this time. Won't happen again once they move to the 48 team format.

I'm hoping Mo Salah can lead Egypt on a good run. If he's truly fit, that is.
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#2932902 - 06/15/18 08:00 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: MAJUSCULE]
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Egypt looked very good in a losing result to Uruguay this morning.
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#2932906 - 06/15/18 08:23 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: Synthaholic]
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Hopefully we won't embarrass ourselves this time. Excitement here is pretty low. If Brazil does well in the first couple of games things should pick up.

I'm always excited to see surprises, even if they don't make it to the end. Maybe Iceland may have a game of fame...

I'm glad they fed Suarez before the game.. no biting this time.

Portugal x Spain should be a good game.

Odd choice for location for 2026 - US, Canada and Mexico?
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#2932908 - 06/15/18 08:25 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: Synthaholic]
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Originally Posted By: Synthaholic

I think Portugal will do well - it’s Ronaldo's last shot.


Can´t wait for the match vs Spain this evening,- the iberian duel.
I love both the countries,- my prefered area for vacation in europe.
I planned moving already a decade ago, but my mobility issues stopped that.

Originally Posted By: Synthaholic

But it’ll probably come down to Germany, Brazil, France, and perhaps Argentina. Although I heard on NPR yesterday that Peru has a very good team.


We´ll see.
I don´t think germany will do it this time.
In fact I´d find it somewhat boring when they do it again.
They have their strategy how to win, but there are so many other teams around the globe exploding on the pitch,- and I love it fast and risky.
The latino teams were good always ...
I think Brasil had a glitch and comes back.

I was a bit disappointed by the Uruguay team this afternoon,- but it´s just only the beginning.

For sure I´ll have fun for the upcoming 2 weeks.

Y´all too, I hope !

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#2932956 - 06/15/18 12:25 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: Al Coda]
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With the Netherlands not even qualifying, I'm pretty lukewarm about this year's World Cup. I'll follow it with some interest, and will watch the big matches, but without a team to root for it's just not as much fun!

I'll be happy with anybody winning as long as it is not Belgium or Portugal.
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#2932968 - 06/15/18 01:35 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: zephonic]
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Yeah, I’m skipping this thread this year. I will start a world cup 2022 thread, ok?
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#2932972 - 06/15/18 01:40 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: zephonic]
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W but without a team to root for it's just not as much fun!


hey Menno and Rudy, you can root for Germany with me if you care too. wink
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#2932974 - 06/15/18 01:46 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: davedoerfler]
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Portugal-Spain was a stunner of a match. Incredible free kick goal from Ronaldo. Only caught the second half but I enjoyed it immensely.
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#2932982 - 06/15/18 02:11 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: davedoerfler]
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Originally Posted By: davedoerfler
Originally Posted By: zephonic
W but without a team to root for it's just not as much fun!


hey Menno and Rudy, you can root for Germany with me if you care too. wink



Ehmm, Don’t know about that.. Maybe we can root for Australia, as they have a Dutch coach:)
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#2932983 - 06/15/18 02:23 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: RudyS]
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Yeah, I love Germany and its people, but when it comes to soccer, rooting for the Germans is considered high treason for a Dutchie wink
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#2932986 - 06/15/18 02:39 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: zephonic]
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Wow, that 3rd Spanish goal was one of the best shots I've seen in years. It was one of those rockets that when shown in slow-mo looks like a regular-speed shot. Plus it was placed right at the post (almost too right at the post).

Man I can't stand Ronaldo. No denying he's a great player, but I automatically root for his opponent (unless it's an uber-flopping team, which thankfully are more rare than they used to be. Italy, Sound America, I'm looking at *you*)


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#2932987 - 06/15/18 02:40 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: zephonic]
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Originally Posted By: zephonic
Yeah, I love Germany and its people, but when it comes to soccer, rooting for the Germans is considered high treason for a Dutchie wink


Indeed!
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#2932989 - 06/15/18 03:12 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: RudyS]
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Originally Posted By: RudyS
Originally Posted By: zephonic
Yeah, I love Germany and its people, but when it comes to soccer, rooting for the Germans is considered high treason for a Dutchie wink


Indeed!


OK, fair enough, was just trying to give you two another option. wave
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#2933001 - 06/15/18 05:25 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: davedoerfler]
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I'm backing the Socceroos to make it out of the group. First game tonight v France.
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#2933012 - 06/15/18 09:08 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: Markay]
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best to your mates, Mark. That match is 6:00AM local time for me so needless to say I won't be watching. I will check the results when I awaken with my morning coffee. coffee
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#2933016 - 06/15/18 09:39 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: zephonic]
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Originally Posted By: zephonic
Yeah, I love Germany and its people, but when it comes to soccer, rooting for the Germans is considered high treason for a Dutchie wink


Nah, not really anymore...

I prefer the Germans over Belgium..

But i will be rooting for Iceland..
And for Messi...

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#2933036 - 06/16/18 01:11 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: Synthaholic]
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Originally Posted By: Synthaholic
I’m shocked that Italy didn’t qualify.

Huge cheers here, after Grosso's academy award nomination acting drawing a penalty against the Socceroos in the second round in 2006 because, in his words, "he didn't have the strength to go forward".
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#2933037 - 06/16/18 01:25 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: davedoerfler]
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Originally Posted By: davedoerfler
best to your mates, Mark. That match is 6:00AM local time for me so needless to say I won't be watching. I will check the results when I awaken with my morning coffee. coffee

Prime time 8pm kick off here. Pubs and clubs will be heaving but I will be watching at home. Her indoors may not be well pleased but it is non negotiable. I have an Alsace Pinot Gris ready though to soften the impact and as sign of goodwill to France that we don't wish them ill in all their endeavours.
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#2933042 - 06/16/18 04:34 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: Markay]
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Two PKs and it's tied! (4:30 AM here in San Diego CA). I am up charting because I couldn't sleep, and I have the match on my iPad here. I always root for Australia too ever since the '02 WC.
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#2933047 - 06/16/18 05:02 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: Bobadohshe]
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Good to hear Bobby, well a 2 1 loss to the most expensive team in the cup, combined value 1 billion euro. Now we can cheer France on to beat the rest in our group, we do the same and goal difference will not matter.

Apart from getting a little frazzled by 85 minutes the Socceroos really impressed and did us proud.
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#2933068 - 06/16/18 08:08 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: Markay]
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Ever since Iceland's efforts in the 2016 Euro cup (drew with a Ronaldo led Portugal and beat England) I've been a fan. Their defending against Argentina was solid, hoping they make it into the knockout stages.
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#2933117 - 06/16/18 11:41 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: Nadroj]
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Yeah, Iceland is one country I can root for. If anybody is the underdog here, it’s them.
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#2933122 - 06/16/18 11:58 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: zephonic]
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Finally able to tune in for a game. Croatia v Nigeria should be good!
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#2933251 - 06/17/18 09:53 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: MAJUSCULE]
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Die Maschine has hit a speedbump!
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#2933262 - 06/17/18 11:06 AM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: MAJUSCULE]
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#2933308 - 06/17/18 09:06 PM Re: World Cup 2018 [Re: MAJUSCULE]
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Originally Posted By: MAJUSCULE
Die Maschine has hit a speedbump!

Germany were flat today. I only was able to watch the first 20 minutes of the match but corrections need to be made if they are going to advance to the knockout stage.
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