The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby bolero » Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:37 am

Leo wrote:CR-7.

Best footballer of the world? ? ? ?


I think he dives too much. And he was part of my most hated team ManU.

I would like to see his arrogance busted. But a superb free kick nevertheless, played very well.

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Leo » Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:57 am

World Cup is getting it's color. Awesome :)
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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Katto » Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:59 am

bolero wrote:
Leo wrote:CR-7.

Best footballer of the world? ? ? ?


I think he dives too much. And he was part of my most hated team ManU.

I would like to see his arrogance busted. But a superb free kick nevertheless, played very well.


I think he only dives when there's contact and most of the top players do that. Yes he's arrogant and at times a sook, but nobody's perfect.
He's better than Messi.

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby bolero » Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:24 am

Brazil held to a draw by Switzerland. That's a surprise.

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Katto » Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:58 am

Switzerland are very organised defensively. I remember they beat Spain in that tournament they won the world cup.

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby bolero » Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:51 am

Belgium looking ominous, Hazard, Lukaku, Mertens etc

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Going South » Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:35 pm

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Leo » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:22 am

And Japan beat Colombia.
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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Katto » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:42 am

Russia looking very good despite media criticism

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Going South » Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:45 am

wow. a lot of twists and turns on this world cup season. totally unexpected results. betting world go berserk. it’s street fight where anybody can win on their day.

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Katto » Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:01 am

Going South wrote:wow. a lot of twists and turns on this world cup season. totally unexpected results. betting world go berserk. it’s street fight where anybody can win on their day.


really?

only one major upset so far I would say

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby bolero » Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:45 am

One of my favourites to win Croatia give Argentina a thrashing.

I am missing Holland and Italy. World Cup is not the same without them.

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Katto » Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:12 am

bolero wrote:One of my favourites to win Croatia give Argentina a thrashing.

I am missing Holland and Italy. World Cup is not the same without them.


blame Sweden

...and the ridiculous confederation place allocation that allows 5 teams from the AFC to qualify when there are at least a dozen more in Europe who are better.

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Leo » Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:22 am

Really upset for Argentina. Their football standard is way below now a days.


Katto wrote:...and the ridiculous confederation place allocation that allows 5 teams from the AFC to qualify when there are at least a dozen more in Europe who are better.


Why Australia plays in AFC?
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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Katto » Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:08 am

Leo wrote:Really upset for Argentina. Their football standard is way below now a days.


Katto wrote:...and the ridiculous confederation place allocation that allows 5 teams from the AFC to qualify when there are at least a dozen more in Europe who are better.


Why Australia plays in AFC?


and we're crap. if it were harder to qualify then we might have to produce a team that can actually score at the world cup
eg 2006 when we qualified through South America

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby bolero » Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:03 am

Katto wrote:
Leo wrote:Really upset for Argentina. Their football standard is way below now a days.




Why Australia plays in AFC?


and we're crap. if it were harder to qualify then we might have to produce a team that can actually score at the world cup
eg 2006 when we qualified through South America


I can name other teams that are worse than Australia and have qualified.

Australia is at least a decent team, if not a great team.

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Katto » Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:26 am

bolero wrote:
Katto wrote:
and we're crap. if it were harder to qualify then we might have to produce a team that can actually score at the world cup
eg 2006 when we qualified through South America


I can name other teams that are worse than Australia and have qualified.

Australia is at least a decent team, if not a great team.


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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby The Third Man » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:26 pm

Leo wrote:Why Australia plays in AFC?


Because Oceania does not have an automatic qualifying spot and the general standard is poor. I recall in the 2002 qualifiers, Australia scored over 50 (yes FIFTY) goals in two games against Tonga and Samoa - the Samoa game was a world record 31-0 scoreline. However they lost a play-off against Uruguay. I believe their thinking was that the Asian Confederation would guarantee them a qualifying spot and provide decent competition.

I wonder if when the World Cup is expanded to 48 teams and Oceania are guaranteed a spot will they switch back?

BTW that was a goal of the tournament contender tonight from Xhaka for Switzerland - what a strike!

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby bolero » Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:16 am

I liked the Irish team too, Robbie Keane....

Irish football was more competitive a decade ago.

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Katto » Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:39 am

I liked the Nigerian first goal, even though I was supporting Iceland

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby bolero » Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:13 am

Nigeria were superb, sheer pace. I thought the Icelanders would play better. They had their chances, fluffed a penalty.

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby The Third Man » Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:39 am

bolero wrote:I liked the Irish team too, Robbie Keane....

Irish football was more competitive a decade ago.


We're still competitive, just have problems getting to the World Cup. At least it's easier to get to the Euros now.

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby The Third Man » Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:40 am

bolero wrote:Nigeria were superb, sheer pace. I thought the Icelanders would play better. They had their chances, fluffed a penalty.


I think Argentina have got a reprieve with that result yesterday

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Leo » Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:35 pm

Is it a true news?

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby The Third Man » Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:47 pm

Leo wrote:Is it a true news?

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I think I have just found a case of a death that's too dumb even for a Darwin award

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby raja » Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:27 am

Not sure about that news item - nowadays one can't trust any news anymore.

Enjoyed Germany's game against Sweden yesterday.
Feel sorry for Sweden but they let themselves down in the second half.
The Germans would naturally press more in the second half - the Swedes should have anticipated that.
They hardly got possession - and when they did, they barely retained it.
Having said that, the Germans missed SO many chances - they're lucky they still won.
This was so unlike past German performances.

The two countries I've always supported in sport are Germany and Australia.
Cos both of them have brought considerable misery to England in sport. :-)

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby The Third Man » Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:00 pm

The Swedish keeper had a great game overall but his positioning for the winning goal was terrible

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Katto » Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:25 am

The Third Man wrote:The Swedish keeper had a great game overall but his positioning for the winning goal was terrible


I don't think he was expecting a direct shot on goal

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Going South » Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:42 pm

can you predict winners/losers from these 4 teams???

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Katto » Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:20 pm

I assume you're asking who will advance to the next phase...

France, Denmark
Croatia, Argentina (this is the toughest one as I give Nigeria a chance, but think Argentina will show something in their final game)
Mexico, Germany
Belgium, England

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby The Third Man » Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:48 pm

Katto wrote:I don't think he was expecting a direct shot on goal


Whether it was for a cross or a shot he should have been on the back post.

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Leo » Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:05 am

Last opportunity for Lionel Messi to stand beside or overcome Diego Maradona. Or, he will play 2022 WC?
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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby bolero » Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:02 am

The Third Man wrote:
Katto wrote:I don't think he was expecting a direct shot on goal


Whether it was for a cross or a shot he should have been on the back post.


Agree. This is basic goalkeeping technique.

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby bolero » Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:29 am

'Iran deserved to win; Ronaldo should have been given red card'

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz reacted angrily after a 1-1 draw with Portugal on Monday doomed his team to elimination from the World Cup, saying they had deserved to win.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo should have been sent off for what he said was an elbow in the face of Morteza Pouraliganji, and Iran should have been awarded at least one more penalty.

Queiroz also implicitly criticised the refereeing and renewed his attacks on the VAR system.

"Only one winner could come out in this game and it should have been Iran," Queiroz told reporters. "We deserved to win. I am a bad loser, I am proud but frustrated."

Victory over Portugal in their final Group B match would have seen Iran through to the knockout stage. The underdogs played with huge heart in a drama-filled match.

After a lovely strike by Ricardo Quaresma put Portugal ahead on the stroke of halftime, Iran fought back and a stoppage-time penalty by Karim Ansarifard secured a draw. But with Spain and Morocco drawing 2-2 in the other Group B match, it was not enough.

Queiroz was incensed by an incident in the 80th minute when Ronaldo sent Pouraliganji to the ground. The referee consulted the VAR to see if it was a red card, then decided to hand the Portuguese captain a yellow.

"An elbow is a red card. The rules do not say what if it is Ronaldo or Messi. It is a red card. The decisions must be clear," Queiroz said.

Pressed on whether he thought referees treated stars such as Ronaldo leniently, he said. "You need to ask them."

"I am not in a good mood, as you can see. There could have been at least one more penalty against Portugal, at least one.

"Five guys sitting upstairs and they don't see an elbow. Give me a break."

Asked what he thought of the refereeing, Queiroz said: "I have a clear opinion but I need to measure my words. I have to be careful."

Queiroz, who has also coached Portugal and South Africa at World Cups, poured scorn once again at the VAR system, which was used to award a dubious penalty to Portugal.

As it happened, Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand saved Ronaldo's effort.

"The VAR is not going well. There are a lot of complaints. We must know who is reffing the game, who is making the decisions." he said.

"VAR gives no room for human mistakes. Before we accepted human mistakes as part of the game. The refs on the pitch are like Pilate washing their hands."

Queiroz, who has said he will quit his post after six years at the helm following this tournament, paid fulsome tribute to his players, staff and to the Iranian fans who have turned up in Russia in huge numbers.

"We have learnt a lot here, we have gained respect from people," he said. "The Iranian players are very courageous. I try to get the spirit of Portuguese bull-fighters from them. How they go into the ring and dominate the animal with courage.

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Katto » Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:19 pm

sad reality is that Portugal with CR in the Round of 16 = bank and Iran doesn't

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Katto » Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:22 pm

tonight's predictions:

France 0 Denmark 0
Peru 2 Australia 0

should be riveting matches :bored:

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Postby Going South » Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:27 pm

lol. that’s why i said india could have played better than some teams.
there would be no difference in number of wins ! ;)

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Katto » Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:51 pm

I told you Australia was the worst team at this tournament. Nobody believed me. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Katto » Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:53 pm

so that happened :)

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby bolero » Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:53 pm

Katto wrote:tonight's predictions:

France 0 Denmark 0
Peru 2 Australia 0

should be riveting matches :bored:


Spot on. Shocking from Australia.

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby The Third Man » Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:19 pm

Katto wrote:I told you Australia was the worst team at this tournament. Nobody believed me. :lol: :lol: :lol:


Not as bad as Egypt

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Going South » Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:33 pm

1-1

this is the first interesting match this season.
can Argentina make it?

popcorn time.

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby The Third Man » Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:46 pm

Going South wrote:1-1

this is the first interesting match this season.
can Argentina make it?

popcorn time.


2-1 now. Just had a feeling Nigeria were going to regret those missed chances

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby raja » Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:13 pm

Argentina through.
Will play France.
Croatia to play Denmark.

Argentina-Nigeria - what tension!

Argentina did play better than in previous games but have to feel for Nigeria.
They're a very good side - they missed a couple of chances which they should have put away.

I'll be surprised if Argentina get past France.

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby raja » Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:14 pm

Didn't realise we had a poll on here.
Just voted - for England of course. :-)
2018 is their year.

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Re: The Greatest Show on Earth: FIFA World Cup (Russia) June 14 to July 15, 2018

Postby Going South » Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:02 pm

raja wrote:Didn't realise we had a poll on here.
Just voted - for England of course. :-)
2018 is their year.

i am sure that’s a jinx vote not a fan vote. huh.