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#16 OP Damien R.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 15:39

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 15:42

France gets in via Playoffs and is one of the few easy groups :/ The World Cup isn't becoming a joke, it already is.



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Posted 07 February 2014 - 12:32

Ask Italy - if they would have taken the November, not the Oktober ranking, the would have been top seeded.

so, after a french intervention, the draw put them into a horror Group, out of the European Pot.

Thanks Michelle Platini, thanks Fifa, this is real Sportsmanship



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Posted 26 May 2014 - 01:39

Not long now! :D



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Posted 26 May 2014 - 01:57

England will lift World Cup 2014, we will win it too.



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Posted 26 May 2014 - 02:00

Another World Cup; another year when England deludes itself that it is a contender. :)

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 09:19

Another World Cup; another year when England deludes itself that it is a contender. :)

It will be a typical world cup I think, soon as England get knocked out I support Italy.

 

Though I was very impressed with England under 17's winning the euro championships, penalty shoot out against the Netherlands.

 

The team were dam good, so maybe, they might lift the trophy when it is in Russia.



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Posted 26 May 2014 - 09:24

Remember to vote for your favourite team in the 2014 World Cup poll.



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Posted 12 June 2014 - 09:27

"It's our year!" - England fan

 

I have Argentina in the sweepstake at work so naturally i am backing them.



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Posted 12 June 2014 - 18:40

All those empty seats.

 

Lol Brazil.



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Posted 15 June 2014 - 11:29

Well that didn't go as i'd hoped...

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 00:04

France gets in via Playoffs and is one of the few easy groups :/ The World Cup isn't becoming a joke, it already is.

Oh?  Tell that to Spain and England (both already gone) and even Portugal (which is far from safe) - a mere draw in USA-Germany could send Portugal to the airport.

 

Trends we have seen in this World Cup include "The Rise of CONCACAAF" - It is CONCACAAF, not UEFA, that makes up most of the remaining favorites for the knockout stage.  The CONCACAAF qualifiers this year were easily the most grueling in CONCACAAF's history - and may actually have been harsher than the Euros (UEFA's qualifiers).  Also, unlike the Euros, it appears that all of CONCACAAF benefitted from the grueling nature of the qualifiers - even both perennial CONCACAAF king Mexico, as well as until-recently CONCACAAF doormats USA.  There are NO "safe havens" for friendlies anywhere in CONCACAAF (except MAYBE Canada) any more.

 

Africa is STILL tough - despite small populations, the African nations are still nasty opposition - ask the Germans.  The surprising USA side had to go through Ghana (which had been rather successful door-stoppers the past two trips) - and did (while the Germans, who shut out Portugal, were unable to do the same to Ghana).  Ghana's rep is deserved - and - like it or not - so is the American rep.

 

Pride Goeth Before A Fall - Look at who has been shown the door already, AND who is facing a monstrously uncertain path to merely the knockout stage.  No defending champion, the second place side (Germany) may not even win their group (that is doubtless the REAL horror story coming out of G for UEFA fans - the United States actually could WIN G by merely beating Germany - another historic first in a World Cup full of them).  Look at the remainder of France's group - E - France had a laugher of a Group compared to G.  The question begs - could France have beaten even the two worst teams in G?  Groups F and H have pretty evil reputations themselves - overlooking either Nigeria or Algeria could have you on a plane home quickly. 

 

Have a pillow - in fact, have several.  The knockout stage this World Cup will doubtless be a nailbiter from beginning to end.