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

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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5 February 2018 - 1:58pm
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Bert Van Marwijk is a great coach. The 2010 UEFA Champions League final was great, although the game was very rough and I'm sorry judge Webb.If you remeber the final was the Netherlands - Spain. In 2010 Spain was stronger).I think that Bert Van Marwijk did everything he could for the team of Netherlands in 2010. But the coach will not play )), so Australian players need to have abilities and skills ), and everything will be fine!

Yeah I remember it, I'm huge Netherlands fan too, They were unlucky not to become Word Champions, loosing their third final there, hopefully Australia will be doing great with him as a manager either.

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Yeah I remember it, I'm huge Netherlands fan too, They were unlucky not to become Word Champions, loosing their third final there, hopefully Australia will be doing great with him as a manager either.

Yes, if I honestly wept then) Well, the game is a game. This year, Holland did not see the finale exactly! I wish success to Australia! The new coach is a good coach). My friend recorded the matches of the winners. I Will need to watch qualifying (the video matches ) and to try to predict the finalists. 😕 🤔

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5 February 2018 - 4:18pm
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Yeah Netherlands are nowhere near in the recent years to the class they've got before and I don't seem much of a talent in their squad right now so probably it would take some time before they would return to to their best.
As for the rest I think there wont be any surprises, would be miracle if any beside Brazil, Germany or Spain wins the world cup I think.

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Yes he coached The Netherlands to the world cup final. However they didn't win many friends in that tournament with De Jong and Van Bommel kicking the crap out of everyone they played. Remember De Jong's chest high kick on Xabi Alonso in the final?

So there is some concern that maybe he will encourage Australia to play like that. On the other hand most of the world probably already thinks our team plays like that anyway!

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Almeyda! I agree with you! C.Ronaldo is wonderful ! Our need to kiss such feet))) They are bringing us a lot of fun!

I am only comforted to see the game from cr7, he has a very amazing skill and if I am a man it will spend more than 10 years to learn to balance skills with cr7, xixixi

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I am only comforted to see the game from cr7, he has a very amazing skill and if I am a man it will spend more than 10 years to learn to balance skills with cr7, xixixi

Ha-ha, hopefully not Ed but if that's what's needed..who cares 😛

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Yes he coached The Netherlands to the world cup final. However they didn't win many friends in that tournament with De Jong and Van Bommel kicking the crap out of everyone they played. Remember De Jong's chest high kick on Xabi Alonso in the final?

So there is some concern that maybe he will encourage Australia to play like that. On the other hand most of the world probably already thinks our team plays like that anyway!

I agree with you!Oh Yes it was awful, I was ashamed! If you are losing then without loss of dignity! Netherlands team just was weaker than Spain. But I hope that these terrible attacks were not on the advice of a coach!

I found a short excerpt of this match. I'm sorry that he is in German, but so everything is clear.

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I am only comforted to see the game from cr7, he has a very amazing skill and if I am a man it will spend more than 10 years to learn to balance skills with cr7, xixixi

Christiano Ronaldo has a great dribbling, excellent beat, and perfectly sees the field during the game. I think in the future he can become an excellent coach. But the coach is a strategist. Coach need to have the mind of a chess grandmaster. I often think that football is an animated chess, which often does not obey their coaches. And then the coach's face turns red and he runs along the edge of the field and shout at their chess pieces. 🤔

That's great!

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7 February 2018 - 12:23pm
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Yeah Netherlands are nowhere near in the recent years to the class they've got before and I don't seem much of a talent in their squad right now so probably it would take some time before they would return to to their best.
As for the rest I think there wont be any surprises, would be miracle if any beside Brazil, Germany or Spain wins the world cup I think.

This truth, unfortunately in team the Netherlands now there is no stars. 🙁 Now occurs a lull, I hope it is temporary! I will waiting moment when my team will be play good. Now at the 2018 Football Championships I will be rooting for the teams of Honduras, Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco, Senegal and for good football.

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7 February 2018 - 12:25pm
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I really like surprises, and I would like to see an unexpected team win this World Championship! 👍

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This truth, unfortunately in team the Netherlands now there is no stars. 🙁 Now occurs a lull, I hope it is temporary! I will waiting moment when my team will be play good. Now at the 2018 Football Championships I will be rooting for the teams of Honduras, Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco, Senegal and for good football.

Interesting teams hat you support man, obviously most of the are an African sides but let's hope at least one of them would reach the quarters, there's always an upsets even though not in the very late stages of the tournament.

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I really like surprises, and I would like to see an unexpected team win this World Championship! 👍

Yeah I would like to see that too but I'm afraid it's just impossible...

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Christiano Ronaldo has a great dribbling, excellent beat, and perfectly sees the field during the game. I think in the future he can become an excellent coach. But the coach is a strategist. Coach need to have the mind of a chess grandmaster. I often think that football is an animated chess, which often does not obey their coaches. And then the coach's face turns red and he runs along the edge of the field and shout at their chess pieces. 🤔

That's great!

ronaldo shows a very beautiful skill, as if the ball they use has been attached to the foot ronaldo, very difficult to imagine a game like him, yes maybe he'll be a coach

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I agree with you that it is very real that the Ronaldo can become a coach. I saw how he is rooting for his team when Portugal participates in international competitions. This is very important, one soccer player plays only for himself or thinks and helps to act on the field to the whole team. Not one, but in the team. It's already like the trainer's thinking. And he plays magically! Naturally, the ball is the extension of his foot, and not an external object.I'm scared of what's going on in politics and very much afraid that there will not be a normal World Cup. I always wait for 4 years this of a great holiday! To be honest, I am now in despondency ((((

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I don't know about Ronaldo as a coach as great players rarely make great coaches (time will tell I guess), but I do agree about the politics part. It would be nice if everyone could just get on and play sport and enjoy themselves. But you just know that Putin will be trying to use the event to score political points, and likewise the English and Americans etc in the other direction.

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I'm not aware of the politic news at all so don't know what you guys have in mind but just hope it wont have anything to do with the sport and World Cup finals in particular.
The politic is dirty business and I don't have much respect for anyone involved in it( yeah OK Arnold 😉)

As for Ronaldo as a coach - I don't know, probably he still doesn't know for himself either but I'm ready to bet neither him or Messi would be a successful one 😉 even if they are interested at all and I doubt.
Long gone the time when every second player was ready to become one after retiring, these days the sports multimillionaires are more interested in...playing golf...and I don't blame 'em for that really.

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In the past week the English government have said they aren't sending any politicians or dignitaries like the royal family to the world cup in retaliation for the Russians attempting to kill an ex-spy in England using nerve gas. They also expelled some Russian diplomats from the country. No great loss I would have thought (the politicians and royals, not the poor guy and his daughter who were poisoned) but there has been speculation that the government might force the English team to pull out altogether.

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19 March 2018 - 1:34am
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Yeah OK, I've got it now Ed, don't know why but it seems to me that it could be a good option for the English team if they would be pulled out of the tournament, could save them some embarrassment 😉

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I'm rooting for Portugal on a personal level (I've always followed them), but when it comes to betting, I think Spain or Germany are a safe bet, with Uruguay as more of an underdog.

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Wow, the World Cup is just around the corner, which means that I have been gambling online for 4 years now, hahaha 🙂

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I'm rooting for Portugal on a personal level (I've always followed them), but when it comes to betting, I think Spain or Germany are a safe bet, with Uruguay as more of an underdog.

I don't think there's any safe bets at this world cup, not who's going to win it anyway, I think few other teams would be a contenders too although the two you mentioned are definitely amongst the strongest ones.

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11 June 2018 - 9:31pm
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So, the tournament is about to start any pre-tournament thoughts Ed?

I don't even have no idea who's going to win this thing 🤔

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Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, or Spain. It's hard to anticipate anyone else winning it. Belgium have a good team but probably not quite there, and Portugal won the last Euros but I think they used about half a century's worth of luck in that tournament (from memory I think they only actually won 1 match in normal time). It would be a massive shock if anyone else won.

The excitement is starting to build here. Australia's first game is against France and its on Saturday night at 8pm here which is just about the best time we can ever expect a world cup game to be on. Usually they are all in the middle of the night. Everyone is expecting Australia to lose so its going to be a fun night no matter what happens, because it's a free hit of a game with nothing to lose.

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Yeah, I agree those are the big five teams so whob's your favourite if you have to choose just one?

I will cheer for Germany from those, I expect England could have a better tournament than most people expectations or they will fail

Good luck to Australia mate, all kind of upsets could happen at the world cup and maybe the Ozzie's are a bit underestimated.

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I think the WC could start with an upset, it might be a draw,have to be brave to put money on that though @4.33
Otherwise I don't believe SA will loose with more than one so a handicap betting for them could be nice option too.

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Just saw in the news 2026 WC will be host by 3 nations, USA, Mexico and Canada and the participating teams will be 48! Who needs that?!
There will be way too many teams and matches if you ask me, the viewers will be overloaded I think and probably the WC tournament would loose a bit of it's magic if that's not the case already.

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A bit too easy for the Russians, they were very effective in front of goal scoring almost all their chances but SA didn't look like a team which shouldn't be on the finals at all.

I can't understand FIFA's politics of quotas distribution by a continent when so strong European and even some South American and African teams staying out of the finals while some Asian teams (with all my respect) are just not good enough for the event.
Hopefully at 2026 finals with an increase of the number of the teams balance would be better.

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Yeah the 48 team, 3 country world cup is going to be a dog's breakfast. I assume that it means that all three hosting countries will automatically qualify. And I believe they will split the teams into groups of 3 so teams are only guaranteed 2 games each. It's an awful idea but probably prompted by the new FIFA guy trying to win votes from many of the countries that don't often qualify.

I am shocked by the result of the first game. I know Russia are playing at home but they are not a very good team. Australia beat Saudi Arabia twice during qualifying but ended up on the same number of points and the Saudis went through on goal difference I think. They were a decent team and certainly not the easybeats that showed up last night, and strong when playing at home of course. They did have Bert Van Marwijk as their coach during qualifying but they sacked him and now he's coaching Australia. So it looks like they shot themselves in the foot.

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I am shocked by the result of the first game. I know Russia are playing at home but they are not a very good team. Australia beat Saudi Arabia twice during qualifying but ended up on the same number of points and the Saudis went through on goal difference I think. They were a decent team and certainly not the easybeats that showed up last night, and strong when playing at home of course. They did have Bert Van Marwijk as their coach during qualifying but they sacked him and now he's coaching Australia. So it looks like they shot themselves in the foot.

Yeah, obviously the SA shot themselves in the foot as you said with that coach appointment, probably the Australians got the better of this coaching swaps cause as far as I know Van Marwijk left SA because of a conflict with the local federation not being fired because of bad results.
I'm sure Australia will do a lot better than the SA in this tournament.

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Yeah the 48 team, 3 country world cup is going to be a dog's breakfast. I assume that it means that all three hosting countries will automatically qualify. And I believe they will split the teams into groups of 3 so teams are only guaranteed 2 games each. It's an awful idea but probably prompted by the new FIFA guy trying to win votes from many of the countries that don't often qualify.

Yeah, it's getting ridiculous these formats, we closing a point where half of the world will go to the WC finals.
I know it's all about money and power but that could have the reverse effect in the end for FIFA and in fact the TV ratings would go down I think.

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How about that game between Portugal and Spain? It was one of the best world cup games I can remember seeing. I watched Uruguay beat Egypt last night in an awful game of very little quality but Portugal-Spain was a whole other level. I thought Spain were unlucky not to win in the end as they were clearly the better side. They had more than a few chances to score more - there was the volley early on that hit the crossbar and bounced on the goal line, Costa didn't convert a couple of crosses, and of course De Gea gave one goal away. Nacho's volley that hit both posts before going in was incredible.

But really what more can you say about how good Ronaldo is? 3-2 down, 2 minutes to go in the world cup against your closest rivals, he had done nothing for 15 minutes because he was completely out of gas and finished. Then he steps up, pulls up the legs of his shorts and puts the free kick in the top corner. The thing is it was so predictable. I said to my son you watch he's going to score and he did. Fantastic! We can only hope there are more games like that coming up.

Australia vs France kicks off in two hours. My fingers, toes, arms and everything else are crossed. They are going to need a minor miracle to get a point, let alone beat France.

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Yeah it was quite an entertaining game,it was a predictable draw really and I don't think the Spaniards will be to upset with it when we see the class of the other two teams in the group it's obvious that these two probably won't have any troubles qualifying for the knock out stage.
Didn't saw De Gea making such mistake in all these years in United.

Uruguay game was low quality - you're right, but they've had 4 great chances to score and in the end Egypt paid the price for their too defensive approach.

I'm watching the game now, Australians looking really organized at back and I think they could steal a point from that but in the worst scenario loosing with a single goal which shouldn't be too bad when we know what the expectations were.
Van Marwijk is a classy manager I believe.