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View Poll Results: Who wins??
Brazil 5 6.49%
Germany 26 33.77%
France 10 12.99%
Spain 7 9.09%
Argentina 12 15.58%
Belgium 0 0%
England 7 9.09%
Portugal 2 2.60%
Uruguay 0 0%
USA/Mexico/Zlatan/Field 8 10.39%
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Old 05-02-2018, 10:45 AM   #151
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2018 General Discussion Thread (Starts 14 Jun)

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Old 05-02-2018, 01:29 PM   #152
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I'll be happy to run that if it EA follows through. But knowing EA I'll be shocked if it can be fully customized. Unless they allow me to pick all the teams (not just one to control) and to set all of the groups based on actual, it won't work. The career mode is really crappy/unrealistic in certain ways, like you will be the leading scorer by a wide margin and can't get a decent transfer, the team you carried from EFL League 2 all the way to EPL still won't buy decent supporting players, etc, so I'm not expecting much.
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Old 05-14-2018, 01:46 PM   #153
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Old 05-14-2018, 01:53 PM   #154
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That’s already the official 23. I only have a problem with Fagner and Taison in that list.

Is Rafinha from Bayern terrible? Because with Alves’ injury Tite decided to take Danilo from City and Fagner who plays for Corinthians and his own fans think he is bad.
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Old 05-14-2018, 01:57 PM   #155
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Oh, apparently I can't count.

Rafinha seems decent but not anything special, but with Bayern players it's often hard to tell because they play in so few competitive games.

I'm a bit offended they didn't take the GÖAT ÖAT Naldo. Where is Geromel playing these days? Last I saw of him was getting relegated with Cologne.
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Old 05-14-2018, 03:23 PM   #156
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Where's Alex Sandro?
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Old 05-14-2018, 03:29 PM   #157
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Didn't their manager already say his starting 11 are *googles it*

In Feb he said - Alisson, Miranda, Alves, Marcelo, Marquinhos, Paulinho, Renato Augusto (who?), Casemiro, Coutinho, Jesus and Neymar

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Old 05-14-2018, 03:43 PM   #158
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Renato Augusto used to be awesome for Leverkusen but that was in ~2010.
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Old 05-14-2018, 04:03 PM   #159
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Ah right, he's playing in China now. Maybe a bit of the paulinho about him?

I just noticed as well that the photo accompanying the article has Ederson in the team.
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Old 05-14-2018, 04:43 PM   #160
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Didn't their manager already say his starting 11 are *googles it*

In Feb he said - Alisson, Miranda, Alves, Marcelo, Marquinhos, Paulinho, Renato Augusto (who?), Casemiro, Coutinho, Jesus and Neymar



This is the starting line up for Brazil except for Alves who is injured. Some players in danger of losing their positions are:

R.Augusto to Fernandinho
Marquinhos to Silva
Jesus to Firmino

Willian is a supersub and should get a lot of playing time.

Geromel is killing it in Brazil for Gremio. They won the libertadores last year and he was probably the only player who was actually good against Real in the CWC.

Alisson is def the starting keeper not Ederson.

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Old 05-14-2018, 04:46 PM   #161
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Where's Alex Sandro?


Tite likes him but Brazil is stacked for LB’s and he decided to go with F.Luis and Marcelo
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Old 05-15-2018, 06:17 AM   #162
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Rumours that Petersen made the cut instead of Wagner. We'll see about that in a bit.
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:15 AM   #163
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It's true!

Tor: Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern), Marc-André ter Stegen (FC Barcelona),Kevin Trapp (Paris St. Germain)

Abwehr: Jerome Boateng (FC Bayern), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jonas Hector (1. FC Köln), Mats Hummels (FC Bayern), Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha BSC), Antonio Rüdiger (FC Chelsea), Niklas Süle (FC Bayern), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen)

Mittelfeld/Angriff: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St. Germain), Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus Turin), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Müller (FC Bayern), Mesut Özil (FC Arsenal), Nils Petersen (SC Freiburg) Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (FC Bayern), Leroy Sané (Manchester City), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:22 AM   #164
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Lol @ taking 4 goalies in the preliminary squad. I'm not sure they've done that before? It's just for Neuer, in case he's not fit in time.

Pretty standard stuff, I think Kruse deserves it but he's not really fitting Löw's agenda, so no surprise there. As well as Götze and Schürrle not being included, even with Gnabry and Stindl out.
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I honestly don't get why people care about who's the third keeper or fifth CM. Like, I think Can is slightly better than Rudy, but does anyone honestly think that decision moves the needle much?

The Xi will be something like
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Kimmich-Boateng-Hummels-Hector
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Maybe Draxler, Gündogan or Sané get in. But it's a strong squad either way.
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:38 AM   #166
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Good point but where's the banter then?
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:04 AM   #167
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Anyone up for some WC gambling?

My proposed format:

I ask 10 to 20 questions, e.g

i) Who will win the World Cup?
ii) Who will win top scorer?
iii) How will England do?

Everyone sends me ten (?) quid and their answers. Points get divided among correct answers. So if thirty people enter and three correctly predict the winner they each get ten points etc.
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:39 AM   #168
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Old 05-16-2018, 09:13 AM   #169
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Lol @ taking 4 goalies in the preliminary squad. I'm not sure they've done that before? It's just for Neuer, in case he's not fit in time.

Pretty standard stuff, I think Kruse deserves it but he's not really fitting Löw's agenda, so no surprise there. As well as Götze and Schürrle not being included, even with Gnabry and Stindl out.
Yeah, Petersen instead of Wagner also makes sense as he prefers the quiet characters...
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:49 AM   #170
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For anyone heading to Russia this summer, the argentine football association has published some helpful information:

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WHAT DO DO TO HAVE A CHANCE WITH A RUSSIAN GIRL

1. Russian girls like any other girls pay close attention if you’re clean, you smell good and if you go well-dressed. The first impression is very important, they pay attention to your image.

2. Russian girls do not like to feel like objects. Many men, because the Russian women are beautiful, only want to take them to bed. Maybe they want it too, but they are people who want to feel important and unique. The advice is to treat the women who is in front of you with their own ideas and wishes. Pay attention to their values and personality. Don’t ask stupid questions about sex. For the Russians, sex is very private and not a topic to discuss in public. (Maybe you do not believe me, but I know that it is.)

3. Russian girls hate boring men. If you do not have topics to talk about, if you’re just thinking about what to say after, then you are not enjoying the moment as you will be disconnected from it. Remember, you are an immigrant/foreigner and you can speak to her about your country, how you live, or the interesting things that you can see in your country. Remember that it is very important to invite her to participate with your topics. Try to talk with her in a very honest way.

4. Don’t be negative.

The women avoid people that only see the negative things, in the work, in relationships, in life.

5. Do not ask the typical questions, be original, usually they like to know about you, so give them some information about you. Remember many of the girls will not know about your country, so you have an advantage over Russian men, you are new and different. Give her confidence in you.

6. Russian women like the men that take the initiative, if you do not have confidence in the same, then you will need to practice talking with more women.

7. Normally they do not like you to have a monopoly on the conversation. I see that problem in men who are very selfish or sometimes with men who get nervous talking to a pretty girl. In both cases it is necessary that you change your attitude, but for nervous guys, relax, it is only a girl, nothing more.

8. Do not try to impress the girl in the wrong way. Maybe you try to impress her by talking about the money you have, that you know everything, that you are perfect and the others are poor stupid people. In the end, if the girl has a little sense, she will bounce you. Be real and talk about you in real terms, talk about your faults in a fun way and about your positive points.

Normally Russian women pay attention to important things, but of course you will find girls who only pay attention to material things, in the money, if you are handsome, you tell me. Do not worry, there are many beautiful women in Russia and not all are good for you. Be selective.
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Anyone up for some WC gambling?

My proposed format:

I ask 10 to 20 questions, e.g

i) Who will win the World Cup?
ii) Who will win top scorer?
iii) How will England do?

Everyone sends me ten (?) quid and their answers. Points get divided among correct answers. So if thirty people enter and three correctly predict the winner they each get ten points etc.
OK so re. this:

i) What buyin? I'd like to go w twenty quid to make a bigger prize pool is that better than ten?

ii) I'd like to offer it to my irl friends. And maybe play myself. So I'd need someone who isn't playing to take control of an email address I'll create (i.e change the password) until all submissions are accepted. (The submission form will look like this or similar.) Is that cool? Should I run a separate one for my friends?

iii) Anyone want to volunteer to assist me with writing the questions? Just looking for one of two people to run things by.
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Old 05-16-2018, 12:04 PM   #172
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2018 General Discussion Thread (Starts 14 Jun)

I can help with questions.

I ran a similar comp for the Olympics and one each year called Ash's Tipsters for 100 questions for the upcoming 12 month cycle of sport. Things like world cup winner longest unbeaten in aussie rules football etc...

Give me an hour or two tomorrow and Il send across a prelim list...

Best thing is to make it 10 points a question no matter what and to collect all entries a few days before collecting answers. Strategy with 5 entries is a lot different to 40 entries (with 5 you want to sheep all the time, 40 is spot to YOLO it up).

Good questions include

- first team to score 4 goals in a game
- first team to concede a penalty
- total tournament red cards
- earliest goal (0-20, 21-40, 41-60, 61-80, 81-100, 101-120, 121+ seconds)
How many points will X team get in the group stage
Which team will concede the most goals for the group stage.
How many goals for Messi
Result of Portugal vs Spain (draw, Portugal by 1, Portugal by 2+ etc...)
Etc... with good questions being spread over the tournament and not just resolved at the end.
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Old 05-16-2018, 12:05 PM   #173
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Obv the fact a unique correct scoring 10 and a sheep answer scoring maybe 1 or 2 is the key
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Old 05-16-2018, 12:27 PM   #174
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Don't see a reason why you shouldn't play or your friends shouldn't get involved as long as it's transparent. Wasn't an issue with ash's olympic game. It's your choice, of someone thinks you're trying to scam them out of 20 quid they're free to not play.

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Old 05-16-2018, 04:55 PM   #175
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Will be in for any world cup gambling
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