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Author Topic: 2018 Russia World Cup thread  (Read 202 times)

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2018 Russia World Cup thread
« on: June 27, 2018, 12:50:51 pm »
With all the recent events at the forum, I just realised that we have not made this thread yet. I suppose that's because no other user's team is even participating, in what is the first of the many historic anomalies.

I haven't really followed this too closely, but I think two events are the clear highlights. The first is that we have advanced to play-offs, contrary to a bunch of internal critics anticipating "the weakest team in our history" would fail. At the same time, crushing Egypt and Saudi Arabia did not mark a new era like the rest of us hoped, and Uruguay showed us on Monday how far we still have to go. Now, few people expect the game with Spain to NOT be the last.

Even if we get beaten 3:0 again, though, that still would not even come close to the defining embarrassment of this World Cup: the last year's German winners getting kicked out by Danny Oh's ancestral team going all kamikaze, clearing the way for Mexico (who defeated the Germans earlier) and Sweden to advance to play-offs. Iran managing to draw with Argentina was also somewhat unexpected.

Now, while I am still obliged to support our guys to the end, I guess everyone else can already post their winner's predictions and the teams they root for.

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Re: 2018 Russia World Cup thread
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2018, 06:06:43 pm »
Since scores are so low in this game, why not just make the goal wider? Foreigners are weird.

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Re: 2018 Russia World Cup thread
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2018, 10:31:20 pm »
I've been watching a lot (I follow a fair bit of Premier League, but I love the World Cup) and it's been great so far. Congrats on Russia doing so well, Neville, most people thought they'd bomb out in groups so honestly making the knockouts is impressive.

Since we aren't in it, I've been rooting for Argentina as Di Maria is my favorite player in the world and I feel that Messi really deserves a cup. Pretty excited that Germany crashed out in groups, I hate that team (semi-weird since my family is mostly German but oh well). Pumped for the knockout rounds regardless.

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Re: 2018 Russia World Cup thread
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2018, 01:26:29 pm »
At the same time, crushing Egypt and Saudi Arabia did not mark a new era like the rest of us hoped, and Uruguay showed us on Monday how far we still have to go. Now, few people expect the game with Spain to NOT be the last.

And we have just beaten Spain! YES! I was wrong, and I am really glad to have been wrong. Now, we'll face either Denmark or Croatia, depending on who wins in their match later on today. I would think neither one is going to be as tough as Uruguay was, especially since they just defeated Portugal. Still, Denmark has already defeated England once in their group, while Croatia defeated Argentina 3:0. Speaking of Argentina...

Since we aren't in it, I've been rooting for Argentina as Di Maria is my favorite player in the world and I feel that Messi really deserves a cup. Pretty excited that Germany crashed out in groups, I hate that team (semi-weird since my family is mostly German but oh well). Pumped for the knockout rounds regardless.

They are out after they got trounced 4:3 by France. France is playing Uruguay, and I have a feeling the winner of that match will go on to win the whole thing. I think the only other team with a comparable chance of winning is Brazil, and I really don't want to support them since they already have more World Cups then anybody else.

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Re: 2018 Russia World Cup thread
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2018, 01:28:13 pm »
Since scores are so low in this game, why not just make the goal wider? Foreigners are weird.

That's like asking to put more explosions into Lawrence of Arabia. The whole point is that since it's so hard to score a goal, every single one of them matters.

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Re: 2018 Russia World Cup thread
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2018, 05:04:23 pm »
Since scores are so low in this game, why not just make the goal wider? Foreigners are weird.

That's like asking to put more explosions into Lawrence of Arabia. The whole point is that since it's so hard to score a goal, every single one of them matters.

Basketball games regularly break 100 points, but they can also end up being decided by two or three points at the very end. Every point matters in every sport. Soccer isn't unique in that regard.

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Re: 2018 Russia World Cup thread
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2018, 05:18:37 pm »
Now, we'll be facing Croatia after they sent Denmark home on penalties as well. It's going to be a very interesting game, as we appear almost evenly matched.

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Re: 2018 Russia World Cup thread
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2018, 11:22:01 am »
Damn, congrats on beating Spain Neville, I really thought they were going to advance to the finals of the whole thing given how weak the right side of the bracket is overall. Croatia's a tough match too, but if Russia can bring Spain to penalties they can certainly do the same to the Croats.

Have to argue with you saying that France "trounced" Argentina though, that was a one goal game that had (in my opinion) the highest level play seen in the tournament thus far. Both sides were quite strong and France is certainly a favorite to win the whole thing going forward. They have been a consistently impressive side thus far, but so has Uruguay so that should be an interesting match for sure.

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Re: 2018 Russia World Cup thread
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2018, 06:25:55 pm »
Well, damn, both Latin American teams are out of it now, and the final stage will be a purely European contest. I now feel France has an overwhelming chance of winning; I was always impressed by Uruguay's game, but theirs went beyond it. Their striker managing to basically take the ball off the goalkeeper nearly score it on the 50th minute was something on another level.

Brazil played an even more impressive game; even though I didn't want them to win as the most frequent winner, I have to admit no-one else was as exciting to watch. Even so, it failed to count where it mattered, and Belgium is through. Nevertheless, I would be enormously surprised if they managed to prevail against France.

Meanwhile, I've already expressed my thoughts on our game with Croatia tomorrow. The other match is between England and Sweden. To be honest, I haven't watched any games with either so far, so I have little to say about it. (Though, England barely winning against Colombia certainly suggests they aren't necessarily all that, and Sweden will have a real chance.)

I will say, however, that if we manage to advance past Croatia, the next match is bound to generate a ton of political headlines and speculation. In that case, we either play England, and it'll be seen as the "referendum" on Skripals, or we play Sweden, and things will probably be even more charged: all the progressives across the world are going to stand behind them, and all the traditionalists are going to align with us. The only other game potentially as interesting in this regard would be a final between England and France.

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Re: 2018 Russia World Cup thread
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2018, 05:20:28 pm »
Well, it's over for us. Guessing France is going to be the winner this time. Then again, the way this World Cup goes, we may well see a new winner nation arise in a Belgium-Croatia game. Or something.

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Re: 2018 Russia World Cup thread
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2018, 05:55:49 pm »
Well, it's over for us. Guessing France is going to be the winner this time. Then again, the way this World Cup goes, we may well see a new winner nation arise in a Belgium-Croatia game. Or something.
Honestly, you guys had an amazing run and should be really proud of your team. That first goal was an absolute banger too.

 

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