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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby Toby » 22 May 2018, 12:00

Germany - Bernd Leno, Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp, Jerome Boateng, Matthias Ginter, Jonas Hector, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Marvin Plattenhardt, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule, Jonathan Tah, Julian Brandt, Julian Draxler, Mario Gomez, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Nils Petersen, Marco Reus, Sebastian Rudy, Leroy Sane, Timo Werner

Belgium - Toby Alderweireld, Michy Batshuayi, Christian Benteke, Dedryck Boyata, Yannick Carrasco, Koen Casteels, Nacer Chadli, Laurent Ciman, Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne, Mousa Dembele, Leander Dendoncker, Marouane Fellaini, Eden Hazard, Thorgan Hazard, Adnan Januzaj, Christian Kabasele, Vincent Kompany, Jordan Lukaku, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens, Thomas Meunier, Simon Mignolet, Matz Sels, Youri Tielemans, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Axel Witsel

France - Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola, Djibril Sidibé, Benjamin Pavard, Raphaël Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Adil Rami, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Mendy, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté, Corentin Tolisso, Blaise Matuidi, Steven N’Zonzi, Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappé, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé, Nabil Fékir, Florian Thauvin

Spain - Kepa, De Gea, Reina, Alba, Azpilicueta, Carvajal, Nacho, Monreal, Odriozola, Pique, Sergio Ramos, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, Busquets, David Silva, Iniesta, Saul, Koke, Asensio, Apsas, Diego Costa, Rodrigo, Lucas Vazquez

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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby PENK » 22 May 2018, 18:31

Diamond Dog wrote:There is a very valid argument that says France, Spain & Belgium have the strongest squads there.


Toby wrote:Belgium - Christian Benteke


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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby borofan » 23 May 2018, 18:34

Darkness_Fish wrote:Martinez is a legend, I'd love it if a former Latics manager lifted the world cup. Unless it was Steve Bruce. But I'll be supporting Belgium just for that reason alone. You know what, I might even eat chips and drink beer to feel properly Belgian, too.

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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby fange » 01 Jun 2018, 12:13

Australia playing Czech Rep. in a friendly right now; am watching keenly to see how the team shape up, and if they can at least look a little threatening going forward.

10 mins. in and the Aussies haven't created much. We'll see.
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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby fange » 01 Jun 2018, 12:44

38 mins. in and despite the Czechs having most of the ball for the first half hour, Australia lead 1 - 0 thanks to an opportunistic Leckie finish to a dangerous - if slightly messy - forward thrust on the counter-attack.
After 40 mins both teams seem to be on equal terms; not the classiest of games, quite stop-start with both teams missing passes, and getting their best chances on the counter.

Well, they could have done a lot worse than the final 4 - 0 scoreline; Leckie looked dangerous with the ball at times, and getting 4 in the net from just the 5 or 6 shots they had on goal was excellent if not a bit lucky. No apparent injuries is a plus from what was a good run around.
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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby never/ever » 01 Jun 2018, 13:55

Better second half though, more pressure in midfield and great goals from Nabbout and Leckie....liked the way they didn't back off. Back two looked solid.
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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby fange » 02 Jun 2018, 01:46

never/ever wrote:Better second half though, more pressure in midfield and great goals from Nabbout and Leckie....liked the way they didn't back off. Back two looked solid.

Yeah, not too bad.
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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby PENK » 02 Jun 2018, 12:13

Raheem Sterling got his times mixed up, missed a flight and joined up with the England squad this morning instead of last night.

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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby Diamond Dog » 03 Jun 2018, 11:31

I thought the first half display yesterday was as good as I can recall for quite some time - very inventive and fluid and had Sterling not had an absolute fucking nightmare, we would probably have gone in at least 4 to the better.

The second half was more worrying in our failure to adapt to the change of formation from Nigeria. Whilst I think Southgate seemed a touch slow in doing anything about it, the emphasis should still be on the individual players inability to recognise and respond to the change . Both Trippier & Young had to engage higher up the pitch from that point on, but neither did.

I think we learnt a couple of things though - Young isn't good enough and most certainly not on the left hand side. We don't need both Dier & Henderson playing together. That triumvirate of Alli, Lingard & Sterling worked okay together, but I'd like to see Loftus-Cheek in Lingard's place for the next game.

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Postby Toby » 03 Jun 2018, 19:29

Rose will start over Young, who I imagine is just backup.

The players look confident on the ball and in possession generally. Kane looks very sharp and I thought they rotated fluidly in the final third to good effect.

I don't think that they will score a lot, but defensively they look less likely to panic than in previous years.

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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby Diamond Dog » 04 Jun 2018, 10:53

Leroy Sane excluded from the German squad - jeez.
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Diamond Dog wrote:Leroy Sane excluded from the German squad - jeez.


From what I've read, he just hasn't impressed at international level. Brandt, Reus and Draxler have all done more to earn their places.
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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby Toby » 08 Jun 2018, 09:54

England showing some depth in their squad or will they flatter to deceive again?

I had baulked at Welbeck's inclusion but he does have a decent record for England..

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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby Geezee » 08 Jun 2018, 10:57

Toby wrote:will they flatter to deceive again?


Since when have they flattered? :?
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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

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Geezee wrote:
Toby wrote:will they flatter to deceive again?


Since when have they flattered? :?




Not since 1970.
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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby Toby » 12 Jun 2018, 09:12

COME ON THEN!

I'm going for a Spain vs France final, with the former edging it.

Germany are going to crash out to Brazil in the semis, with France beating them.

England will edge out of their group, but it'll be close. I can see them drawing with Tunisia in a lacklustre opening game, beating Panama 1-0 and getting a draw against Belgium. Not sure if they will make it past Poland or Colombia in normal time.

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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby Goat Boy » 12 Jun 2018, 11:21

Based on my completely limited knowledge of national football these days:

I have Spain v Germany and Uruguay v Brazil in the other semi.

That might be France v Brazil but I have a feeling France will not get as far as they should thanks to their manager. I feel the same about Belgium who could be up against Brazil in the quarters. Of course both of these teams might really gel and go further in spite of their managers but I just don’t think either is savvy enough to get the best out of the players.

My quarters:

Uruguay versus France
Spain versus Argentina
Brazil versus Belgium
Germany versus Colombia

My round of 16:

Uruguay versus Portugal
Spain versus Egypt
France versus Croatia
Argentina versus Peru
Brazil versus Mexico
Germany versus Costa Rica
Belgium versus Senegal
Colombia versus England


I can see a Spain versus Brazil final with the former to win.
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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby Geezee » 12 Jun 2018, 11:21

Toby wrote:COME ON THEN!

I'm going for a Spain vs France final, with the former edging it.

Germany are going to crash out to Brazil in the semis, with France beating them.



How is Germany going to lose to Brazil in the semis, but Brazil not make the final? :?
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Re: World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby The Modernist » 12 Jun 2018, 11:55

Spain for the win. England to make the Q-F.