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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 05-21-2018, 03:08 PM   #201
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2018 General Discussion Thread (Starts 14 Jun)

Still think there is a decent gap between Brazil/France/Germany to Spain, then a considerable gap to the next group of teams. Spain just doesn't have a ton of goals in the squad.
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Old 05-21-2018, 03:48 PM   #202
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2018 General Discussion Thread (Starts 14 Jun)

Just put Messi in central midfield at this point
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Old 05-21-2018, 06:03 PM   #203
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2018 General Discussion Thread (Starts 14 Jun)

When will Facebook give us a filter to show our support for our favorite team?
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Old 05-21-2018, 06:36 PM   #204
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2018 General Discussion Thread (Starts 14 Jun)

Any yanks out there want to bet this? I like Spain but will have to look at odds
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Old 05-21-2018, 07:08 PM   #205
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Also Roberto Martinez is historically bad.
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Old 05-21-2018, 07:39 PM   #206
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2018 General Discussion Thread (Starts 14 Jun)

That Argentina squad is a minefield for fantasy football if you want to pick whoever is playing in front of Messi
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Old 05-21-2018, 07:48 PM   #207
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2018 General Discussion Thread (Starts 14 Jun)

i assume it'll be Higuain, and once again he'll turn ~100 chances into like 2 goals
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Old 05-21-2018, 07:53 PM   #208
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2018 General Discussion Thread (Starts 14 Jun)

From what I can tell, VAR hasn't been nearly the disaster in Bundesliga as it has been in MLS. I wonder what version we will get at the WC?
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Old 05-21-2018, 08:03 PM   #209
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2018 General Discussion Thread (Starts 14 Jun)

fwiw through trial & error they have already seemed to tweak the use of VAR in MLS from searching for mistakes to quickly identifying CLEAR AND OBVIOUS mistakes

not that the latter will make aggrieved fans feel much different given the stakes of this tournament, but it's really the best way to go about it
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Old 05-22-2018, 01:00 AM   #210
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I'll be taking a weeks vacation to coincide with the 1st week of the tourney and aidsing WC threads. Excite
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Old 05-22-2018, 01:35 AM   #211
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Just put Messi in central midfield at this point
My kid's seven man team was horrible until the coach did the heterodox thing of moving the best player to center back (whatever it's called at that level - it was sort of a 1-2-1-2 with him as the second 1). Almost no more goals conceded the rest of the season, on the short field he initiated all the play, made occasional counterattacking runs, made long passes to the forwards in space, occasional goals from midfield, basically just bossed the whole thing from the back. Obviously his father was on board or the thing would never have worked.

Argentina could do the same with Messi. I think he can probably understand the idea. Someone just needs to talk to his father.
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Old 05-22-2018, 02:27 AM   #212
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I never knew fanerio was your son.
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Old 05-22-2018, 04:56 AM   #213
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Will Smith will join Nicky Jam and Kosovo singer Era Istrefi to perform the official song of the 2018 global sporting event.
Will Smith and Nicky Jam, together with Kosovo singer Era Istrefi, will perform the official 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia song, according to published reports and independent sources. The track is being produced by Diplo.
i was hoping for PITBULL, SHAKIRA and GUETTA
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Old 05-22-2018, 05:30 AM   #214
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Still think there is a decent gap between Brazil/France/Germany to Spain, then a considerable gap to the next group of teams. Spain just doesn't have a ton of goals in the squad.
i think brazil wins this and spain might lack that bit of extra class you need, but i don't get how this fairly mediocre german side is rated so high. there are three spain strikers better than the best german one
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Old 05-22-2018, 06:09 AM   #215
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Is this 2014?
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Old 05-22-2018, 06:51 AM   #216
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i think brazil wins this and spain might lack that bit of extra class you need, but i don't get how this fairly mediocre german side is rated so high. there are three spain strikers better than the best german one
You ever seen ze Germans play a tournament before?
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2018 General Discussion Thread (Starts 14 Jun)

yeah i wonder what that dude's take on Klose and Podolski was in tournaments past
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Old 05-22-2018, 09:43 AM   #218
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2018 General Discussion Thread (Starts 14 Jun)

Yeah, we might lack some endurance, so in a global tournament that would go on for a very long time, say six years straight or so, we'd likely fall apart in the end. But don't underestimate what we're capable of doing within one month. Especially to the east of Germany.
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Old 05-22-2018, 09:54 AM   #219
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Historically German maneuvers to the East end in tears.

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Old 05-22-2018, 11:25 AM   #220
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May the Germans in Russia jokes commence!
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Old 05-22-2018, 11:38 AM   #221
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2018 General Discussion Thread (Starts 14 Jun)

Well, the Germans did pretty well in South America after it was all said and done
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Old 05-22-2018, 11:43 AM   #222
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Well, the Germans did pretty well in South America after it was all said and done
No chance of winning in Russia, but I expect them to pop up again in Paraguay 12 years later
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Old 05-22-2018, 01:26 PM   #223
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2018 General Discussion Thread (Starts 14 Jun)

Rusher won't be getting any lend-lease help from USA#1 this time around. I like Germany's chances.
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Old 05-22-2018, 01:53 PM   #224
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France 1940
Brazil 2014
??? 2018
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Old 05-22-2018, 02:46 PM   #225
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You ever seen ze Germans play a tournament before?
i don't really buy the national stereotype as a way to predict much. they had a good team last time so they won. they have a mediocre team this time so they're probably not going to do much

i mentioned the strikers because ao talked about goals but the german midfield looks underwhelming too. kroos is good (though slow), but özil, khedira and gündogan wouldn't make the Spain squad
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