World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

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World Cup 2018 - Rossiya

Postby The Great Defector » 17 Oct 2017, 13:17

Don't know where else to post this so fuck it, start another thread.

•Northern Ireland v Switzerland
•Denmark v Rep of Ireland
•Croatia v Greece
•Sweden v Italy

Happy with Denmark, not an easy game but still better than Croatia.
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Postby The Modernist » 17 Oct 2017, 13:52

The Great Defector wrote:
Happy with Denmark.


You won't be saying that when you have to face the might of the great Lord Bendtner!

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Postby The Great Defector » 17 Oct 2017, 14:03

The Modernist wrote:
The Great Defector wrote:
Happy with Denmark.


You won't be saying that when you have to face the might of the great Lord Bendtner!


He still gets a game for Denmark? :shock:
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Postby PENK » 17 Oct 2017, 14:15

Well only when Jon Dahl Tomasson isn’t fit.
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Postby The Modernist » 17 Oct 2017, 14:21

He doesn't necessarily need to play to have an effect on Ireland. Just sitting in the stands, or in bar a hundred miles away, will be enough for Ireland to be intimidated by his aura. That's the presence of the man.

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Postby Goat Boy » 17 Oct 2017, 14:31

All Ireland need is Roy Keane in full beard glowering at the opposition from the sidelines and the Danes will fucking SHIT IT.
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Postby PENK » 17 Oct 2017, 15:52

So will the Irish though.
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Postby WG Kaspar » 17 Oct 2017, 16:07

I'm happy that Greece didn't get Italy.
We'll still probably go out as we're a bit shit, but I reckon we match up well with Croatia and we'll at least have a chance against them.
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Postby Toby » 20 Oct 2017, 09:04

It'll be an intriguing tournament, but difficult to see past Spain or Germany at the moment. France maybe, but they strike me as being perennially one tournament away from maturing. Brazil seem to have recovered a bit too.

I'd be surprised if we made the Quarters.

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Postby The Modernist » 20 Oct 2017, 20:42

This Germany side are past their best. It'll be between Spain, France and Brazil. Belgium would be in with a shout if they had a better manager.

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Postby Toby » 20 Oct 2017, 21:24

Germany have huge strength in depth. I don't think they have a great striker, but they're so strong everywhere else.

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Postby The Modernist » 20 Oct 2017, 21:44

We'll see. I think it'll be a tournament too far for them.
They have two world class players, that might be enough if other teams fail to shine, but I think they'll fall short. France and Brazil are improving, fairly rapidly.

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Postby Darryl Strawberry » 20 Oct 2017, 21:47

The Modernist wrote:This Germany side are past their best. It'll be between Spain, France and Brazil. Belgium would be in with a shout if they had a better manager.

Good point about Belgium. If someone could use those players they could utterly shine.
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Postby The Great Defector » 13 Nov 2017, 12:15

Have to say the swiss pitch was fucking terrible. There would have been better fields during the famine. You'd think with all the money their making out of holding dodgy bank accounts they could keep a pitch in good nick.
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Postby Diamond Dog » 13 Nov 2017, 17:47

I'm looking forward to Italy v Sweden tonight.
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Postby PENK » 13 Nov 2017, 18:31

Diamond Dog wrote:I'm looking forward to Italy v Sweden tonight.


I’m rooting for Sweden but it’ll be tough. Italy are a team in transition though and with Verratti suspended there’s a lot of pressure on their young, inexperienced attackers: they have to win after all. And Sweden might be in transition themselves after the Zlatan era, but they have a new talisman in the exciting Forsberg, if he can get time and space on the break...

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Postby Darryl Strawberry » 13 Nov 2017, 21:59

And so arrivederci Italy.
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Postby Goat Boy » 13 Nov 2017, 22:34

That's a shame. I know their style doesn't always appeal but it won't be quite the same without the Italians.

Great result for Sweden though. Congrats to them
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Postby Geezee » 13 Nov 2017, 23:43

I shouldn’t complain but Sweden didn’t cover themselves in glory in that game. They’ve generally played quite free and open football and it was disappointing to see them unable to break out of their half properly. Still, some of that defending was truly immense. Andreas Grankvist - European footballer of the year!
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Postby Diamond Dog » 14 Nov 2017, 05:58

Goat Boy wrote:That's a shame. I know their style doesn't always appeal but it won't be quite the same without the Italians.

Great result for Sweden though. Congrats to them


Agree with all of that.

Some remarkably inept refereeing last night -there were at least three, if not four, clear cut penalties (two to either side) that the ref chose to overlook.
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