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Old 06-13-2018, 12:55 AM   #41
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Old 06-13-2018, 02:30 AM   #42
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I'm probably going to pull for Belgium and Brazil this time around. Both play enjoyable styles so rooting for them should be fun. I'm just disappointed that the US isn't playing because I always get so jacked up to watch them in the Cup.
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Old 06-13-2018, 05:59 AM   #43
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Any chance Uruguay or Sweden could make a run in the World Cup? I got randomly drawn those two teams in a World Cup pool and don't follow soccer.
Uruguay, yes. They are in Group A, which is the weakest group in the field. They should win that easily and move on to the knockouts. Sweden is in Group F with Mexico and Germany -- their chances of advancing to knockouts seem a little less certain. Plus, you would have to assume that Germany will win Group F, which means that if Sweden finished second, they would face Brazil in the knockouts.
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Old 06-13-2018, 11:51 AM   #44
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Old 06-13-2018, 01:09 PM   #45
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Sorry, should have said A game. They are not going to risk injury against us for a warm-up game, rather work on tactics, etc.
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Old 06-13-2018, 02:43 PM   #46
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Any chance Uruguay or Sweden could make a run in the World Cup? I got randomly drawn those two teams in a World Cup pool and don't follow soccer.


Uruguay have a good chance to make a decent run. Sweden not so much. They are a gritty team but lack talent in some major areas. Zlatan pissed off the Swedish Federation and they left him off the roster. Emil Forsberg will be the key to how well they do.


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Old 06-14-2018, 01:11 PM   #47
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Well, I was wrong. Saudi Arabia is worse than Russia. It looks like amatuer hour put there.
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What a disaster. This Saudi team stinks. Losing 5-0 to Russia is like losing by double digits to the likes of Germany and Brazil.
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Russia was given a gift with that Group. I wonder how that could have happened
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Sorry, should have said A game. They are not going to risk injury against us for a warm-up game, rather work on tactics, etc.
Brother you do realize the team with fielded is nowhere near our real team at the present time but there's was pretty close.
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Without CT, I've occupied most of my free time watching some excellent soccer! Really great World Cup thus far!

Cannot believe that Germany is out. Belgium looks strong as does England. Brazil could be waking up and I'm still waiting for France to show up. Don't think there is much hope for Argentina or Spain. Croatia is a bit of a surprise.
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Old 06-28-2018, 01:32 PM   #52
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Well Colombia advances, but I don't feel so good about the next round. We looked good against Poland, but flat and out of sync today even with the win. Its either England or Belgium next. I feel like we would match up better with England. Belgium has looked really good so far.
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I am not sure if this will be the best match but England and Belgium should be fun. Round 3 of the group stage has had a lot of drama!
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I was looking forward to this thread and then the bitcoin disaster of 2018. At least it's up and running before the knockouts.


My general and novice impressions:

First, a blanket statement. My impression of each team is that there is truly a simple dichotomy of players. You have elite talent, maybe one or two per team at most, and then a slew of really good players. After the drop off from the elite talent, it seems to me the abilities of the individuals are largely on par with each other. The difference, it seems, is discipline to formations and plans, and the who-wants-it-more and willing to exhaust yourself.


Second, for the teams:


Egypt was a huge disappointment. Salah watching for the first game and then watching the rest of the team get completely lost on defense.


My kid loves Messi, but that first game was a nightmare for him. And then the hat trick from Ronaldo was just salt for it. They made it in by the skin of their teeth, but looking at talent and what they're doing--something ain't jiving.


Croatia looks good.


France, when the offense is clicking, is like watching a machine on attacks. That accounts for maybe 2% of the game. The rest has been painfully boring.


Iceland was fun.


And is fairplay really a thing? That in itself almost made me want to stop watching soccer. I'd rather there be some esoteric formula based on random game stats--pi * time of possession / shots on goal or something. A distance contest on ripping the soccer ball. The longest handstand. Something else other than how the refs felt that day about a penalty.

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Looking at the full bracket, I could see a Croatia vs Belgium final. That could be a lot of fun to watch!
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Who won the tournament?
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Who won the tournament?

If you ask on Facebook, Mexican fans have already given themselves the trophy. If you ask North Korea, North Korea won. If you want the real answer, no one has won the tournament that's still being played.
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It's got a ways to go still. They are just wrapping up group play.
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It's got a ways to go still. They are just wrapping up group play.
Knockouts (i.e., "win and move on") start Saturday.
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