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    World Cup 2018

    Draw is about to happen. Or it will after the usual bloated bollocks - according to the BBC website, "Nuno Bettencourt - shredder from Extreme back in the day - is on stage playing a pop ballad as a boy performs kick-ups and backflips."

    Russia seems like the plum draw for pot 1 (they're the lowest ranked team in the entire tournament), I suppose it depends on how many England fans you're willing to see slain in order to get a win. Any less than 50 and I'd take it, any more than 100 and the deal's off.

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    Off to a flyer, the old bloke to the left knocks everything over and can't open a ball, Banks to the right.. can't open a ball... it's going to be a long draw!

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    Group D and F are bloody good.

    England should easily get through that group.
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    Maradona looking like a fucking ventriloquists dummy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeHunt View Post
    Group D and F are bloody good.

    England should easily get through that group.
    Yep, those two stood out to me. I've a feeling F is going to be tremendous fun.

    I've a wedding the day of England vs Belgium so hopefully it's a 0-0 dead-rubber.

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    Who the fuck gets married in June or July of an even-numbered year? The guy is one of my closest mates who I always watch the matches with ffs.

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    That has the potential of being an incredibly kind draw.

    If you presume Brazil and Germany win their respective groups, if we do the same we're looking at the probability of facing France in the quarters.

    And then losing on penalties, obvs.

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    God the media coverage of this is already absolutely gross.

    Englands routes to the final planned out from winning the group on sky!

    Fucking hell.
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    What's wrong with that?

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    Literally every team's media will be doing that, it's just fantasy booking. Mike having to get ever more desperate to dig out England with Scotland about as likely to play at a World Cup as I am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beefy View Post
    What's wrong with that?
    well the tone was with the assumption it will happen.

    Topping the group no less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Literally every team's media will be doing that, it's just fantasy booking. Mike having to get ever more desperate to dig out England with Scotland about as likely to play at a World Cup as I am.
    I bet panama arent.
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    Saudi Arabia's two starting centre backs have the same name from what I can understand.

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    Australia will probably lose to France, scrap out a 2-1 against Denmark thanks to an 89th minute header from substitute Tim Cahill, thus ensuring a furious and vigorous media wankfest for 4 days before we get unceremoniously pumped 4-0 by Peru and miss out on goal difference. FFA will give A-League expansion bids to South Sydney and West Brisbane and wonder why no one attends their games, while Wellington fold and forfeit all their games post-November. Pre-game coverage consists of a full hour of Craig Foster and Lucy Zelic calling David Gallop mean names, while Ben Buckley dies from schadenfreude.

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    Denmark are going to absolutely hammer you

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    This no team thing sucks.

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    Can't wait to see how Daniel Arzani gets on for Australia.

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    Shout out to Michael O'Neill playing six defenders in a friendly away to Costa Rica.

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    Behave you know the squad he has to work with for this game

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    Wall chart up, Lets fucking do this


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    Quote Originally Posted by son_of_foley View Post
    Behave you know the squad he has to work with for this game
    Nah, I can't have it. It's utterly pointless, nothing learned nothing gained. He said it was good experience for his young players yet his two most interesting sat on the bench.
    Last edited by Alex; June 4th, 2018 at 2:09 AM.

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    Sane left out the Germany squad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post
    Nah, I can't have it. It's utterly pointless, nothing learned nothing gained. He said it was good experience for his young players yet his two most interesting sat on the bench.
    They've been away for the week with everyone training in Panama and then there. They know how to play football Alex 15 minutes when 3-0 down in Costa Rica probably won't enrich their lives much. He knows what he's doing

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    Quote Originally Posted by son_of_foley View Post
    They've been away for the week with everyone training in Panama and then there. They know how to play football Alex 15 minutes when 3-0 down in Costa Rica probably won't enrich their lives much. He knows what he's doing
    The attacking substitutions chasing the game in a World Cup playoff were a 22 year old making his international debut and Paddy McNair so that 38 year old Gareth McAuley could go up front. So it's worth questioning why two of the brighter young attacking players were flown around the World to play 15 minutes between them.

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    We're enjoyable to watch, people seem to be hopeful but not deluded and the atmosphere surrounding the squad is as good as I've ever seen it.

    Can we strive for it to be like this every time we got to a major tournament? It's much more enjoyable than the usual jingoistic, tension filled nonsense.

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    Spain have sacked their manager.

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    The Phenoms documentaries produced by Fox and now on Sky are great. The England in particular.

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    Right who else am I watching this opening game with?

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    Not me. I have to watch on about a 90 minute delay.

    Going to switch the radio off shortly and hope Hannah in the office doesn't moan.

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    They should call this match the IHQ derby.

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    'Stalin had a proper 'tache.'

    May have an early winner for line of the tournament.

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    A GOAL FOR ALL OF HOMOPHOBIA

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    These refs must be shitting their pants every time Saudi Arabia go forward.

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    This commentary is so drab. Fucking hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clive Plasma View Post
    This commentary is so drab. Fucking hell.
    Who have you got?

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    Glenn Hoddle and Clive Tyldesley. The only way this could be worse is if Michael Owen was somehow involved. I've put it on mute now anyway.

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    5 cracking goals there. Saudi Arabia were shit.

    Spending all day Saturday watching football. Can’t wait.

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    Having not been too bothered during the build-up, I all of a sudden would quite like to be able to watch Egypt and Uruguay this afternoon.

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    Gareth Southgate has completed his England manager transition by playing several players out of position and selecting Ashley Young over Danny Rose because he plays for Manchester United.

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    Not really. Young has played well all season, Rose has been injured for most of the season and hasn't played especially well when he's been fit. Bertrand should feel hard done by that he isn't ahead of both of them though.

    Not sure what you're talking about with regard to position - with the exception of Walker, which to me is a clever bit of tactical tweaking to cover the lack of pace in the back three rather than a square peg in a round hole, who is out of position?
    Last edited by Simon; June 15th, 2018 at 6:49 AM.

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    Not been impressed at all when Rose has played for Spurs this season, but I don't know if that's more down to other issues he has himself or down to issues with the club. Either way, he's hardly shown himself to be in good form.

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    Been really enjoying Joel Golbys output for Vice recently...

    "A Deep Dive Into The England Suit Photo"; https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/7...uad-suit-photo

    "Ranking Every Member of the England World Cup Squad By How Likely They Are to Eat a Worm" - https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/p...-to-eat-a-worm

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    The BBC's VR coverage is insane. I've seen some clips of sports in VR before but they're really pushing the tech here. I've had way worse views from actual stadiums.

    Definitely the best way to watch Egypt play football.

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    How you watching it? You get yourself a fancy headset?

    I like Danny Murphy he has a dull as shit voice but normally has an opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post
    Gareth Southgate has completed his England manager transition by playing several players out of position and selecting Ashley Young over Danny Rose because he plays for Manchester United.
    Sorry, I must've missed today's England game. How did we do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by son_of_foley View Post
    How you watching it? You get yourself a fancy headset?

    I like Danny Murphy he has a dull as shit voice but normally has an opinion
    I've got PSVR. Apparently it works on the cardboard sets though.

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    HAMED for Egypt has been a machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beefy View Post
    I've got PSVR. Apparently it works on the cardboard sets though.
    The Gear VR headset came with my Galaxy S8 so I will have to try it out on that

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    Quote Originally Posted by TraXX View Post
    Sorry, I must've missed today's England game. How did we do?
    Oh you're one of those boring pricks that only aftertimes their opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post
    Oh you're one of those boring pricks that only aftertimes their opinion
    Excuse me?

    As far as I'm aware, Southgate hasn't released his line up for the first game. It's all just speculation at this point, including your premature bashing.

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    Do you froth at the mouth so much everytime the weather forecast comes on?

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    Not quite sure where the vitriol is coming from. Are you ok, Alex?

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    Alex chats so much shit.

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    Alex chats so much shit.
    Bentaleb is better than Dembele

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    Uruguay are in my work sweepoe, but was still gutted for Egypt not holding out. Suarez had a fucking howler!

    Portugal and Spain seemed amazing, gutted had to work a backshift and only catch the highlights.

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    That VAR decision was outrageously bad

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    Unlucky mate. That was a big effort. Mooy was everywhere, a huge performance.

    Video review needs to enforce sticking with the on field decision like the NFL if the evidence isn't clear enough to support overturning it. That was bullshit.

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    Is it the wrong decision? He clearly clipped his trailing foot. Getting a slight touch on the ball doesn't mean you get free reign to take down the attacker.

    I guess you can argue the ball was out of control at that point in which case as Torn says there isn't clear enough evidence. But I don't know if I'd call it a bullshit call.

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    This Iceland vs Argentina game is excellent. Very open. Hopefully a few more goals.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pablo Diablo View Post
    Is it the wrong decision? He clearly clipped his trailing foot. Getting a slight touch on the ball doesn't mean you get free reign to take down the attacker.

    I guess you can argue the ball was out of control at that point in which case as Torn says there isn't clear enough evidence. But I don't know if I'd call it a bullshit call.
    It's tough isn't it. He clipped him, but it was so minor, he went down like a sack of shit despite the slight touch, and the ball had already been taken quite clearly. I don't think it was a penalty.

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    Enjoyable second half there. Shame Peru didn’t get anything from the game.

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    Good thing there was VAR to give them the penalty chance before he went and punted it like he was Michael Bradley.

    The efficiency has been quite good so far. MLS implementation is shambles compared to this but I hear this is what it's like in Germany and Italy.

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    Unreal to see a Brentford player at the World Cup. Dalsgaard had a good game too, they were defending so narrow he seemed to be tucking in helping out the CBs a lot and did well. Denmark certainly rode their luck overall mind!

    Gotta watch out for bids coming in if he keeps this up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pablo Diablo View Post
    Is it the wrong decision? He clearly clipped his trailing foot. Getting a slight touch on the ball doesn't mean you get free reign to take down the attacker.

    I guess you can argue the ball was out of control at that point in which case as Torn says there isn't clear enough evidence. But I don't know if I'd call it a bullshit call.
    Yeah that's fair but I mean the bullshit part is that the refs call was overturned when people today are still trying to decide if it was a good or bad decision.

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    Phil Neville is excruciating.

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    This tournament has been fantastic so far.

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    Mexico really exposed Germany on the counter. Couldn't handle their pace.

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    Odd that a well experienced German side wouldn't be prepared for that from Mexico. Bread and butter and all.

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    For some reason here in Canada we have Howard Webb in the studio and he goes over controversial ref decisions.

    Just surprised he's over here on a Canadian only broadcast.

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    Has anyone else noticed the refs in the VAR control room wearing their strips and can anyone tell me why? it looks bloody daft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ringo View Post
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    Holding playstation controllers pretending they are playing clubs.

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    http://www.espn.com/soccer/blog/the-...t-at-world-cup

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    I definitely thought get got the ball in real time. Thank god for VAR.


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    Really though I'm still not sure about when the ref can stop it to check the VAR. He must have been told it was a stonewall pen because otherwise the Koreans had a good counter attack going and I thought it had to be in a neutral position to stop it.

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    Are you boys ready for the England game? No one here at my job seems to care about the World Cup cause the TVs are off in the breakroom. I'd love to go to England one year and experience watching a game in a pub. Maybe in 2022

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    I wouldn't bother. Nine times out of ten you'll just be met with a phalanx of cunts. Nine German bombers fuck off. Watch it with mates if you can.

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    It's good to see the google previewed formation was an error.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    I wouldn't bother. Nine times out of ten you'll just be met with a phalanx of cunts. Nine German bombers fuck off. Watch it with mates if you can.
    I suppose I could see if there's an English style bar somewhere that I can go to. Since most of my friends are American, they think football is for sissies unfortunately.

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