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#1 Wandering Hermit

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 01:43 PM

What, no thread?

 

Who wins?

 

Post now before it starts.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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#2 The Macallan

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 02:59 PM

Deutschland über alles

 

​Iceland a dark horse pick


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#3 baldiepete

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 03:48 PM

It’ll be won by one of the usual lot - Gemany, Brazil, Argentina, France or Spain. Iceland could be good fun though.



#4 Slim

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 09:30 AM

Was just about to start a thread dedicated to the greatest prize in sport, but I see you beat me to it! Nice one, Mike.

 

I'm just hoping England will get out of their group. Can't remember a time when there was so little expectation or excitement about our chances. Probably not a bad thing.

 

First game this afternoon, Russia vs Saudi. Sorry that USA didn't qualify this time.



#5 Slim

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 11:49 AM

I'll go with Germany as most likely to win. But they probably won't.



#6 Wandering Hermit

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 12:23 PM

I'm officially going with Mexico.


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#7 Wandering Hermit

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 12:26 PM

I see England is in with Belgium.

 

I had an English friend once that joked a lot about Belgium. He used to say, "Name five famous Belgians."

 

He had a point. I couldn't do it.


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#8 baldiepete

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 04:14 PM

I see England is in with Belgium.
 
I had an English friend once that joked a lot about Belgium. He used to say, "Name five famous Belgians."
 
He had a point. I couldn't do it.


Easy.

Eden Hazard
Vincent Kompany
Kevin de Bruyne
Marouane Fellaini
Romelu Lukaku

#9 Three Eyes

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 07:30 PM

Easy.

Eden Hazard
Vincent Kompany
Kevin de Bruyne
Marouane Fellaini
Romelu Lukaku

 

Who?

 

Oh wait..sorry. They're all black metalists.

 

Btw, I'm going for the Packers to win it all.


Hey there goes Alex. He's loaded with money. Wow he's really set himself up great.


#10 Slim

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 12:25 PM

The fudge packers? They didn't qualify.

 

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#11 Slim

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 01:33 PM

Good draw here for Egypt if they can hang on another 20 minutes.



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Posted 15 June 2018 - 01:49 PM

Which they couldn't.



#13 MrSkeptic

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 05:20 PM

Let's play 90 minutes (or so), not stop the clock for injuries (and there are lots of them with the pussies flopping so much) or penalties so we can then add "stoppage time" at the end instead of simply stopping the clock for those events and time the game like reasonable people. Then, when we're all done, it's still nil nil. How exciting! 


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#14 Slim

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 07:15 PM

Well, none of the four games played so far matches your description there. Also, for the life of me I can't see the advantage of a theatrical stopping of the clock rather than just adding on the time at the end. And you don't add stoppage time for penalties either, unless someone uses one as an obvious time-wasting opportunity.



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Posted 15 June 2018 - 07:16 PM

As I type, Portugal 2-2 Spain - ohh make that Portugal 3-2 Spain

 

Delighted to see Portugal's lead overcome in the space of a few minutes. Phew!



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Posted 16 June 2018 - 05:04 AM

Ronaldo with his 51st career hat trick...  and it's the 51st hat trick in World Cup history.  Numbers are funny sometimes.

Every game outside of that massacre Russia put Saudi Arabia through has been pretty close, and exciting.

Genuinely liking the sport of it this year, maybe because we're not in it, so I can just enjoy the games for what they are.

I'm pulling for Germany. I have to, for family purposes, but I kind of want Uruguay to come away with it (and they're off to a good start, I'd say)


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#17 Slim

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Posted 16 June 2018 - 07:23 AM

Brilliant from Ronaldo and a superb game. I well remember his first season for United when he was rubbish. Twenty stepovers then someone would take the ball off him. No end product. But 14 years later it's fair to describe him having been one of the greatest players of all time, albeit he's past his best now and doesn't tear through defenders like he used to.

 

And another of the world's greatest all-time players, Lionel Messi, will be in action at 2pm BST today against Iceland in a game that will probably be a fair bit less interesting than Spain vs Portugal.

 

And this tournament is the last chance to see these two towering figures on sport's greatest stage.



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Posted 16 June 2018 - 12:56 PM

Disappointed that the garlic munchers dug a victory out of their game with the Aussies. Would love to see them go home at the group stage.

 

 

Still - next! And things are about to get rather Messi for Iceland.

 

How can Iceland be in the World Cup that Italy and Holland didn't manage to qualify for?



#19 The Macallan

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Posted 16 June 2018 - 02:18 PM

It seems Iceland is putting up a good fight

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Posted 16 June 2018 - 02:29 PM

Disappointed that the garlic munchers dug a victory out of their game with the Aussies. Would love to see them go home at the group stage.
 
 
Still - next! And things are about to get rather Messi for Iceland.
 
How can Iceland be in the World Cup that Italy and Holland didn't manage to qualify for?


Given, I am far from an expert. I watch the sport with the same frequency and intrigue as the Olympics. But shouldn’t the best player in the world put home a penalty kick with relative ease?

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