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The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Thread

Discussion in 'Sports Talk' started by BirraImperial, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. Sofista

    Sofista Deity

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    I like the idea. With everyone's permission, I'd like to set an Excel file to keep track of it. One right guess=one point.

    Also, as a public service announcement, I'd like to point out to the alarmingly sizeable contingent of people who believe in the Swiss to go on, that half of their defense (Schär and captain Lichtsteiner) is disqualified. Just in case someone would actually place money on their team.
     
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  2. Snerk

    Snerk Smeghead

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    I speak on behalf of everyone! Good idea, go for it.
    Oh yeah I forgot about that. Ah well, let it roll.
     
  3. Sofista

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    Aaand it's done! Incidentally, tomorrow's matches are the ones the forum is most divided about so far: 8-7 both. But of course that's open to change as more predictions appear.
     
  4. BirraImperial

    BirraImperial Pura Vida!

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    Good idea!
    Crap, I forgot about Schär and Lichtsteiner being out...I still stand by my pick...
    Surprising to see the amount of posters picking Russia over Spain...I would love it if the hosts pull it off, but I don't think it's going to happen...
     
  5. Serutan

    Serutan Eatibus Anythingibus

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    France v. Argentina
    Uruguay v. Portugal
    Spain v. Russia
    Croatia v. Denmark
    Brazil v. Mexico - Until the Sweden match, I would have picked Mexico.
    Belgium v. Japan
    Sweden v. Switzerland
    Colombia v. England
     
  6. shadowplay

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    I don't mind either.
     
  7. Snerk

    Snerk Smeghead

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    Seems if the Danes best Croatia I'm in the money!
     
  8. Takhisis

    Takhisis Rum and coke.

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    And yet you provide the excuse nonetheless. :D
    I myself have been supporting anyone but England long enough to know that there is no limit to their ability to disappoint.
    We really should reinstate elimination games.
    I've taken the liberty of doing a quick tally.

    France 9
    vs Argentina 8

    Uruguay 9
    vs Portugal 7

    Spain 12
    vs Russia 4

    Croatia 15
    vs Denmark 1 wtf snerk are you siding with the traitor manager

    Brazil 13
    vs Mexico 3

    Belgium 15
    vs Japan 1

    Sweden 13
    vs Switzerland 3

    Colombia 6
    vs England 10​

    We'll see, right?
     
  9. Ferocitus

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    France vs Argentina
    Uruguay vs Portugal (Ronaldo sent off)
    Spain vs Russia
    Croatia vs Denmark
    Brazil vs Mexico (At the end, Brazil with 9 men on field, 2 in diving pool.)
    Belgium vs Japan
    Sweden
    vs Switzerland
    Colombia vs England
     
  10. Turquoiside

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    I saw speculation like this floated a lot last week, and I can't say I follow it. It just seems that there's too much stock being put in legacies and reputation and too little in the performances at hand, namely that all the teams "to avoid" haven't been impressive at all so far. Germany, for some reason, was discussed as one of those tough opponents, even though from the first game, and the second, it was clear they had serious problems. This year's Argentina, Brazil, and maybe even Portugal to an extent all seem to be teams you'd think any team with a real shot at winning would want to face soon.

    France vs Argentina
    Uruguay vs Portugal
    Spain vs Russia
    Croatia vs Denmark
    Mexico vs Brazil
    Belgium vs Japan
    Sweden vs Switzerland
    England vs. Colombia
     
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  11. AdrienIer

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    England will have a harder first round than Belgium, but very likely a harder quarter final (Belgium-Brazil vs England-Sweden). I don't think it's really worth losing intentionally, unless you're hoping for Spain to mess up on its side, which would probably mean Croatia in the semifinals. Which is probably easier than Belgium's semifinal against whoever gets out of the Fr-Arg/Uru-Por side
     
  12. Sofista

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    Okay, France-Argentina is about to start. I'll be posting sometime in the evening early results - pretty sure I'm going to miss Uruguay-Portugal (alas, people close to me are of the mind that one can actually do something better than watch football matches on Saturday).

    As Takhisis anticipated, forum vote says France and Uruguay will pass today. Let's see!
     
  13. AdrienIer

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    Mbappe is amazing today
     
  14. BirraImperial

    BirraImperial Pura Vida!

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    That Di María strike... amazing stuff. I feel France has been deadly on the counters and Argentina's defense simply can't stop them, especially when Mbappe runs straight on towards them...
     
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    What a game!
     
  16. Akka

    Akka Moody old mage.

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    Well, at least nobody will be able to complain about a lack of goals.

    Edit :
    Holy effing gawd.
    Mbape is so much on fire that he's going to ignite the whole stadium by himself.
     
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  17. Martin Alvito

    Martin Alvito Real men play SMAC

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    The Argentines are what we thought they were.
     
  18. Ozbenno

    Ozbenno Fly Fly Away Moderator Hall of Fame Staff

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    Apparently Mbappe is the youngest player to score twice in a knockout match since 17-year-old Pele did it at the 1958 World Cup.
     
  19. Akka

    Akka Moody old mage.

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    The suspense was intense. Argentine very very nearly equalized at the absolute end.
     
  20. BirraImperial

    BirraImperial Pura Vida!

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    Great game this one turned out to be...Mbappe was amazing and Argentina kept fighting and found their 3rd goal too late...I can see this one becoming a WC classic.
     
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