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Re: Soccer 2022 (A/K/A Futbol)
« Reply #50: April 01, 2022, 03:25:55 PM »
USA with England, Iran and one of Ukraine/Wales/Scotland.  Piece of cake.  :hysterical:


If you believe the US is actually the 15th best team in the world, then it should be pretty easy.

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Re: Soccer 2022 (A/K/A Futbol)
« Reply #51: April 01, 2022, 05:57:56 PM »
Piece of cake.  :hysterical:

For England... ;)

Iran v The Great Satan. No tension there, then... :hysterical:

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Re: Soccer 2022 (A/K/A Futbol)
« Reply #52: April 01, 2022, 06:03:29 PM »
None of the groups can really be considered a "group of death"...Group E perhaps? 


The draw system is essentially fixed - sorry - designed to all but guarantee that the major teams qualify for the knockout stage. I think we could see some gamesmanship creeping in - for example, if England win their group, they could end up facing France in the quarter-final, but if they just happened to finish second... ;)

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Re: Soccer 2022 (A/K/A Futbol)
« Reply #53: April 01, 2022, 06:08:21 PM »
Iran had a nice run in qualifying, and Wales is very good, too.  :hang:

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Re: Soccer 2022 (A/K/A Futbol)
« Reply #54: April 01, 2022, 06:13:59 PM »
Ironically, by average world rankings, Group B is the 'group of death'... ;) (alright - there isn't really one,this time, but it's everyone's favourite World Cup Draw expression / cliche)

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Re: Soccer 2022 (A/K/A Futbol)
« Reply #55: April 01, 2022, 06:21:05 PM »
And how does the world's biggest sporting tournament get underway - Qatar v Equador. That'll have everyone rushing home to watch... :hysterical:

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« Reply #56: April 01, 2022, 06:21:38 PM »
For England... ;)

Iran v The Great Satan. No tension there, then... :hysterical:
Hey you guys are The Great Satan II.

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« Reply #57: April 01, 2022, 06:41:57 PM »

If you believe the US is actually the 15th best team in the world, then it should be pretty easy.
The only thing funnier than that is believing England is the 5th best team.   :rofl:

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« Reply #58: April 01, 2022, 06:44:38 PM »
The only thing funnier than that is believing England is the 5th best team.   :rofl:

Quite so. England are Number 1... ;) :D

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« Reply #59: April 01, 2022, 06:46:43 PM »
For the omen-seekers amongst us - it will be the first time England have played on the opening day of the World Cup since...1966... ;)

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« Reply #60: April 01, 2022, 06:50:52 PM »
Quite so. England are Number 1... ;) :D
Do you think the Nats will make the playoffs also?

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« Reply #61: April 01, 2022, 06:51:53 PM »
And how does the world's biggest sporting tournament get underway - Qatar v Equador. That'll have everyone rushing home to watch... :hysterical:
It will be weird here having it during football season and around Thanksgiving.  The time difference will be a pain also.

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« Reply #62: April 01, 2022, 06:56:28 PM »
Do you think the Nats will make the playoffs also?

I'm sure that with suitable care, rest and medication... :hysterical:

Seriously - I wish the US and Canada every success, unless playing England... ;)

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« Reply #63: April 01, 2022, 07:04:05 PM »
It will be weird here having it during football season and around Thanksgiving.  The time difference will be a pain also.

A Winter World Cup is a new experience for us too. There is the possibility that it could assist the European teams - the tournament takes place during the height of the regular season, rather than with tired and jaded players at season's end (as is usually the case in Summer). Everything in soccer centres around Europe, as that is the most lucrative market, for FIFA - hence the timing of games, to maximise the European TV audience.

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« Reply #64: April 01, 2022, 07:04:25 PM »
I'm sure that with suitable care, rest and medication... :hysterical:

Seriously - I wish the US and Canada every success, unless playing England... ;)
I never envy the English players with all the pressure they have on them.

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« Reply #65: April 01, 2022, 07:11:27 PM »
A Winter World Cup is a new experience for us too. There is the possibility that it could assist the European teams - the tournament takes place during the height of the regular season, rather than with tired and jaded players at season's end (as is usually the case in Summer). Everything in soccer centres around Europe, as that is the most lucrative market, for FIFA - hence the timing of games, to maximise the European TV audience.
I like Messi so will root (and cry) for Argentina.  In any event the Portenos know for sure they are European. 

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« Reply #66: April 01, 2022, 07:11:59 PM »
For England... ;)

Iran v The Great Satan. No tension there, then... :hysterical:

Also England/Scotland is a possibility. I can’t think of a group with more animosity

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« Reply #67: April 01, 2022, 07:16:04 PM »
I never envy the English players with all the pressure they have on them.

It is difficult to illustrate, and explain, to those who aren't English, just how deeply engrained in the national psyche 1966 is...

At least today has given all of us, over here, a bit of respite from all that's happening, on our continent - and our energy bills doubling (quite literally) overnight... :(

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Re: Soccer 2022 (A/K/A Futbol)
« Reply #68: April 01, 2022, 07:23:04 PM »
Also England/Scotland is a possibility. I can’t think of a group with more animosity

I have no animosity with the US... ;)  The issue, for all of us, will be if Ukraine qualify - it would be England / USA / Iran against the rest of the world, all rooting for Ukraine. Damnit - even I'd struggle to root against them... ;)

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Re: Soccer 2022 (A/K/A Futbol)
« Reply #69: April 02, 2022, 10:41:37 AM »
I have no animosity with the US... ;)  The issue, for all of us, will be if Ukraine qualify - it would be England / USA / Iran against the rest of the world, all rooting for Ukraine. Damnit - even I'd struggle to root against them... ;)
who would the Prince of Wales root for if it were Wales-England?

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« Reply #70: April 02, 2022, 11:00:56 AM »
who would the Prince of Wales root for if it were Wales-England?
Whoever Camilla tells him to.

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« Reply #71: April 02, 2022, 11:05:43 AM »
Whoever Camilla tells him to.
I would love to see the reaction if Camilla made some pro-Wales comments were they playing England.
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« Reply #72: April 02, 2022, 05:57:40 PM »
who would the Prince of Wales root for if it were Wales-England?

We'll undoubtedly get the well worn 'may the best team on the day win' line... Would also have been tricky if England were playing Canada... ;)

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« Reply #73: April 02, 2022, 06:52:24 PM »
We'll undoubtedly get the well worn 'may the best team on the day win' line... Would also have been tricky if England were playing Canada... ;)
if they had said,"may the best team win" in a Canada England match, there's no doubt which team that meant.

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Re: Soccer 2022 (A/K/A Futbol)
« Reply #74: April 12, 2022, 09:00:35 AM »
Chelski bidders revealed.  Steve Pagliucca, principle owner of the NBA Celtics (not to be confused with Celtic), who already controls Atalanta (of Bergamo, site of the first Italian COVID superspreader), is one major bidder.  Tom Ricketts (Cubs) is in on a separate bid, as is the owner of the 76ers (and partial owner of Crystal Palace), and a group with Tom Boehly, a part owner of the LAD.  It'd be interesting to have Pagliucca and John Henry owning 2 of the biggest clubs in the Premier League.  Bob Kraft explored but never bought into the European football because he did not want to put money into a team that did not have a salary cap.