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14 November 2017 - 9:00am

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It's a soccer world cup for our American friends Wink

You think it's too early for that thread? Don't think so...one big shock is all ready a fact - Italy are going to miss the WC, who would thought of that!?

Don't remember that happened with them before, at least in my lifetime, they seem to be on every big event WC or European Championship and not only that, they are always one of the favourites of winning it, and you could imagine seeing them reaching at least the last 8 if they were qualified on this one too.

Sweden were in the same group as Bulgaria at this qualifiers so I saw they playing really good football despite we have defeated them 3-2 in Sofia, so maybe a bit of logic in that too but still it's tough to imagine the WC without the Italians.

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14 November 2017 - 1:10pm
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You right sharpe, italia is favorites for all people in the world, so is very worst if WC without italy, more important aBout their supporter, especialy girl. We can look many beautiful girl supporter of italian,so cute, im sorry sharpe i can not to come in your country because my country dont have skill to play root ball, i only watch from tv, but you can come on my country in 2026, because on that years WC wild be held at my home, INDONESIA Joking

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14 November 2017 - 6:50pm
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Hopefully till 2026 I would have enough cash to visit Indonesia mate Wink Not sure though.

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14 November 2017 - 7:25pm
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Hopefully till 2026 I would have enough cash to visit Indonesia mate Wink Not sure though.

I think in 2026 you'll be the owner casino site sharpe.. so you have financial freedom ...welcome to my culture,.. Beer

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14 November 2017 - 9:28pm
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World Cup without Italy, i am so sad. Italy always playing in World Cup, the big power in football not playing in World Cup 2018 it is new thing. But may be Italy never finding the new Buffon. Buffon now is too old for playing football. I love Buffon, him always be the best goalkeeper in my eyes.

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15 November 2017 - 7:39am
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I think in 2026 you'll be the owner casino site sharpe.. so you have financial freedom ...welcome to my culture,.. Beer

Ha-ha, this is really not my aim man but thanks for the wish anyway.

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15 November 2017 - 10:40am
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Just minutes to go and Australia are 2-0 up against Honduras, looks like you're going there Ed Thumb Up

From a certain point of view it could be said the Aussies are better than Italy Surprized Wink

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15 November 2017 - 6:24pm
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Just minutes to go and Australia are 2-0 up against Honduras, looks like you're going there Ed Thumb Up

From a certain point of view it could be said the Aussies are better than Italy Surprized Wink

Agree sharpe, because i think now the ability and skill of all player football in the world almost average (exception indonesia *joke player), and i think aussie since they change to asian zone they more enjoy in all tournament, because in asia competition is more easy than europe or america,or africa,,aussie be the GIANT in asia,this is i call "advantage "..good luck aussie,.. Beer

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15 November 2017 - 10:23pm
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Hahah I wish. Italy aren't the only big names to miss out: also the Netherlands and Chile come to mind.

But yes I am very happy as Australia ended up winning 3-1 with a hat trick to Mile Jedinak of all people. For once it was a convincing and deserved victory. Australia played the most games (22) and covered the most distance in qualifying of any team to ever qualify for the world cup finals, so they did it the hard way but got there in the end.

I was surprised to see that Honduras were no better than some of the so-called "lesser" Asian countries like Thailand, Syria, and Iraq - never mind the ones who already qualified like Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Iran. A lot of these teams are far better than people outside Asia think and playing away at their grounds can be a very difficult experience. I think Asian teams are underestimated in that respect and I think Honduras only had a chance at qualifying because FIFA is so generous to the CONCACAF region with qualifying places to try to make sure that the USA makes it to the finals every time.

There is one more spot to be decided later today: Peru or New Zealand. The first leg finished 0-0 with NZ very unlucky not to win it at home in the last 5 minutes. They had a rocket shot hit the outside of the post with the Peru keeper well beaten. Peru looked a far more skilful team and should be good enough to win it at home but I wouldn't rule NZ out completely. They like to play a very tight, defensive game, so if they snatch an early away goal they could make things very difficult for Peru. Remember two world cups ago NZ were undefeated and finished 3rd in their group on 3 points, ahead of ... Italy! (sorry to any Italians reading this if that makes you feel even worse than you do already)

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16 November 2017 - 1:52pm
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Dont be like your wish CL-Ed hahaha, i am very lovely netherlands football. They are so good in defense, since i am elementary school i love netherlands team. Until now netherlands become my favorite team for me haha.

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16 November 2017 - 7:08pm
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Honduras only had a chance at qualifying because FIFA is so generous to the CONCACAF region with qualifying places to try to make sure that the USA makes it to the finals every time

I think you nailed it there Ed, and they still didn't reached the finals. How ironic is that?!

I'm a Holland fan my self since the 88' Euro and I couldn't compare their absence of the finals with that of Italy, they are nowhere near the class they were just few years back, not even mention the previous generations, Bulgaria defeated them with ease 2-0 at home!

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But yes I am very happy as Australia ended up winning 3-1 with a hat trick to Mile Jedinak of all people. For once it was a convincing and deserved victory. Australia played the most games (22) and covered the most distance in qualifying of any team to ever qualify for the world cup finals, so they did it the hard way but got there in the end.

If the aussie are forever in the Asian zone then I would think that they will always play in every WC held, unless the aussie is in the "hell" group, because in Asia it has only a few strong teams,

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17 November 2017 - 12:53am
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Well Australia nearly missed out this time so I don't think its as easy for them as you think. Everyone else is getting better in Asia and teams like Japan and Iran are clearly better than Australia at the moment.

Peru beat New Zealand 2-0 to become the last team to qualify. It has been a long time since 1982 for them so congratulations. I feel sorry for the Kiwis though, Peru played it very dirty in the lead up to the match. The NZ team's plane got delayed, then when they arrived their team bus got "lost", they had fireworks going off outside their hotel room at 3am, and Peru's air force even flew a jet low over the hotel around the same time.

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17 November 2017 - 6:58pm
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Peru beat New Zealand 2-0 to become the last team to qualify. It has been a long time since 1982 for them so congratulations. I feel sorry for the Kiwis though, Peru played it very dirty in the lead up to the match. The NZ team's plane got delayed, then when they arrived their team bus got "lost", they had fireworks going off outside their hotel room at 3am, and Peru's air force even flew a jet low over the hotel around the same time.

maybe it's a celebration given the air force for their soccer team, and it's a hard work that ends beautifully, and it's more sweet if in the finals round of WC they get a good result, NZ is a good team, but peru having better quality than NZ

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17 November 2017 - 11:34pm
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Well Australia nearly missed out this time so I don't think its as easy for them as you think. Everyone else is getting better in Asia and teams like Japan and Iran are clearly better than Australia at the moment.

Peru beat New Zealand 2-0 to become the last team to qualify. It has been a long time since 1982 for them so congratulations. I feel sorry for the Kiwis though, Peru played it very dirty in the lead up to the match. The NZ team's plane got delayed, then when they arrived their team bus got "lost", they had fireworks going off outside their hotel room at 3am, and Peru's air force even flew a jet low over the hotel around the same time.

I am absolutly same be with your argument, now in ASIA grow up new giant power in football. Dont forget china and south korea may be the big team in ASIA. In ASIA in now much colour type football, but i think ASIA Team always underdog from Europe Team football.

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18 November 2017 - 11:08am
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unfortunately paul octopus is dead,he predicted spayol world cup champion 2010,

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19 November 2017 - 6:43pm
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Peru beat New Zealand 2-0 to become the last team to qualify. It has been a long time since 1982 for them so congratulations. I feel sorry for the Kiwis though, Peru played it very dirty in the lead up to the match. The NZ team's plane got delayed, then when they arrived their team bus got "lost", they had fireworks going off outside their hotel room at 3am, and Peru's air force even flew a jet low over the hotel around the same time.

Wow, didn't know that, it's dirty games indeed, I'm sorry for the Kiwis too, always a nice team to support, no matter if it's cricket, rugby or even football.

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unfortunately paul octopus is dead,he predicted spayol world cup champion 2010,

What about that for a sports news Joking it's a shame we don't have a zoo-sports thread here.
Anyway Spaniards must be much more upset than I am!

And now we don't have an idea who the next champion would be Scared

Do you have a pet Ed, maybe we could ask him/her?!?

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19 November 2017 - 11:08pm
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No pets here unfortunately. I had some goldfish once but they jumped out of the pond and committed suicide. True story.

I wondered if they BBQ'd Paul with a squeeze of lemon juice?

What?

Too soon? Joking Joking

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I wondered if they BBQ'd Paul with a squeeze of lemon juice?

What?

Too soon? Joking Joking

Not for me anyway Wink

Never taste an octopus before...are they delicious?

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Yeah they aren't too bad so long as they don't get overcooked. If so its like chewing on rubber.

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