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    Francis McDermott Regis Withe Foster Brooking Morley
    Sansom Neal Webb Shilton Corrigan Clemence Thompson Hoddle Anderson
    Coppell Woodcock Keegan Robson Wilkins Mills


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    Interesting diversity provided by Viv Anderson. McDermott was a bit of a mongrel though, so that’s ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Francis McDermott Regis Withe Foster Brooking Morley
    Sansom Neal Webb Shilton Corrigan Clemence Thompson Hoddle Anderson
    Coppell Woodcock Keegan Robson Wilkins Mills

    Bastard.

    Had them all except Webb. You must have had a fucking cheat sheet to get that one.


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    Actually, thinking about it..I'm wrong.

    Dave Watson, not Dave Webb who was from an earlier era.

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    Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter has accepted an invitation from Russia leader Vladimir Putin to attend next year's World Cup.
    Blatter's 17-year spell in charge of world football's governing body ended amid a corruption scandal in 2015.
    Fifa subsequently banned Blatter from the sport for eight years, a term later reduced to six years after appeal.
    "I will go to the World Cup in Russia," said Blatter, 81. "I received an invitation from President Putin."
    Russia was awarded the right to stage the 2018 tournament in 2010, on the same day Qatar was controversially selected to host the 2022 event.
    Both countries were cleared of corruption allegations in the Garcia Report, published in 2014.
    But in September 2015, Swiss authorities announced Blatter was under investigation for a £1.3m "disloyal payment" to ex-Uefa boss Michel Platini in 2011. Both men denied any wrongdoing.
    He successfully appealed against an eight-year ban issued by Fifa's ethics committee to reduce the term to six years. A further attempt to appeal against the ban through the Court of Arbitration for Sport was unsuccessful.
    The World Cup begins on 14 June, the first edition of the tournament in Europe since 2006.
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    I would imagine that the conversation went something like:

    "Vlad, give me tickets to the World Cup final or I'll tell them how much you paid for the World Cup".

    "No problem comrade, VIP box is it?".

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    World cup kits revealed , sure local thai enrtepreneurs will take note.

    World Cup 2018 kits revealed including Germany, Spain, Belgium and Russia | Football News | Sky Sports

    World Cup 2018 kits revealed including Germany, Spain, Belgium and Russia

    Last Updated: 06/11/17 1:12pm




    Toni Kroos wears Germany's World Cup home shirt

    With the 2018 World Cup fast approaching, the competing teams are starting to release their kits for the tournament.
    So far, only eight Adidas kits have been released from the 23 confirmed teams, with each jersey taking 'inspiration from iconic past shirts'.
    Here, we take a look at the kits...


    Argentina



    Lionel Messi wears Argentina's World Cup home shirt

    While Argentina's new home kit will feature the iconic blue and white stripes, it will also commemorate the AFA's 125 year anniversary. It will subtly incorporating laurels - a key element of the Argentinian coat of arms - and the AFA crest into the stripes.


    Angel Di Maria wears Argentina's World Cup home shirt

    The jersey also features an embossed sign-off combined of laurels and the number 125, plus two gold stars above the badge in celebration of the country's two World Cup wins.
    Germany



    Mesut Ozil wears Germany's World Cup home shirt


    The current World Cup holders pay homage to their Italia '90 victory with their new shirt for the 2018 edition of the tournament, which builds on this classic design and features dropped shoulder cut lines.


    Mats Hummels wears Germany's World Cup home shirt

    It will have the words 'Die Mannschaft' on the reverse of the neck and a gold World Cup winner badge features on the front as well as a special sign-off on the inside of the collar pays homage to the link between the two eras.
    Spain

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    Modelled on one of Spain's most famous shirts, their 2018 home jersey will be based on the kit worn at the 1994 World Cup in the USA.
    It features a dynamic line graphic design consisting of diamonds in red, yellow and blue that represent the speed, energy and style of football that's become so associated with the Spain national team.
    Russia




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    The 2018 hosts will wear a shirt inspired by their gold at 1988 Olympic Games, with the red jersey featuring solid white lines running from the the back across the arms and onto the chest.
    On the back of the neck, there will be a Russian flag, the Russian eagle and wording that translates to 'Victory-Bound as One'. They will be hoping it can inspire a home victory at the World Cup next summer.
    Belgium



    Michy Batshuyai wears Belgium's World Cup home shirt

    The Belgians will be taking their inspiration from Euro '84 for their World Cup kit with the shirt an overall colour of red which ties in with their nickname of the 'Red Devils'.
    The country's crest will feature in the middle of the shirt - among a pattern of diamonds across the chest - with the Adidas logo on the right.
    Colombia



    Colombia's World Cup home shirt

    Another Italia '90 throwback, the new Colombia kit features a blue and red graphic design on the side of the shirt highlighting the Colombian flag colours whilst reinterpreting the previous design.
    The shirt also features a sign-off on the back of the neck which which translates to 'United as one Nation'.
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    Mexico also take their inspiration from the early 1990s, and stays true to their traditional green shirt with a graphic running from the hem towards the chest.
    The detail to the neck reads 'Soy Mexico', which completes the visual commitment to the country.
    Japan



    Japan's World Cup home shirt

    The home jersey for Japan takes inspiration from handcrafted Japanese apparel design and mimics the traditional craftsmanship of Sashiko stitching technique, which is made by white rough threads on an indigo base.
    The kit features a n
    ew shade of blue with hues of red and white in representation of the national flag.

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    Windsor Park hosts home legagainsy Swiss today

    Northern Ireland vs Switzerland | 2018 World Cup qualifying playoffs | Thursday 9th November
    Northern Ireland are vying to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 32 years as they kick off the first leg of their play-off against Switzerland tonight.
    Not since Argentina in 1986 have Northern Ireland sat at the top table of international football, where they gained one point from three group games as the tournament ended at the first hurdle.
    A knockout stage exit to Wales at Euro 2016 showed promise and a place at consecutive tournaments for the first time in the squad's history is now in sight.
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    Irish robbed again

    Northern Ireland 0 Switzerland 1: Furious Corry Evans says penalty decision was 'even worse than the Thierry Henry v Ireland handball'

    Match report here


    https://www.independent.ie/sport/soc...-36306414.html

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    Australia v Honduras: Socceroos set up World Cup qualification chance with 0-0 away leg draw

    The Socceroos have set themselves up for World Cup qualification with a scrappy 0-0 draw in Honduras.
    On a poor pitch and against a nervous opponent, Australia might have managed to take more from the game with better finishing,
    but will now travel back to Sydney confident it can negotiate the home tie and reach Russia 2018.

    After a shaky start that saw Honduras take the early ascendancy, the Socceroos settled and begun to control the match — or
    as best they could, considering the horrible pitch conditions.

    The Socceroos have played on some poor pitches throughout this qualification campaign — some of them at home — but none
    have come close to what they experienced at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.

    It made for a scrappy game that often lacked tempo, but when the chances came, they usually came to those in green and gold.




    The referee seemed to have given a penalty to Australia after the Honduran goalkeeper took out Bailey Wright, who was going up for a header.

    But after a lengthy consultation with the linesman, and many protests from the Honduras players, (the decision was reversed and) the final decision
    was somehow offside — no Australian player was even close to being off.
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    ^ Jaysus...

    By the way, are Scotland through?...Cough...

    Go, the Irish!...

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    Plucky, lucky? Ireland squeeze a draw out of te great Danes keeping alive qualification hopes like the Socceroos, well done you okkers.

    Replay Tuesady Balie Atha Cliath Aviva Stadium

    Martin O'Neill says his Republic of Ireland side have it "all to play for" in Dublin on Tuesday after they claimed a goalless draw in the first leg of the World Cup play-off with Denmark.
    O'Neill's side had just 28% of possession in Copenhagen but were well-organised and disciplined as they frustrated the home side.
    Denmark had chances but a combination of their poor finishing and impressive saves from Darren Randolph ensured O'Neill's side will start the second leg on level terms.
    The visitors' only clear opportunity saw Kasper Schmeichel save Cyrus Christie's attempted chip before Jeff Hendrick's follow-up was blocked.
    "It was a tough evening and the players did splendidly," said O'Neill. "We've come out the other side and it's all to play for. We'll have to win a game and we might have to score a couple because Denmark are capable of scoring.
    "They had one really great chance. Overall we restricted them. An away goal would have been great but we didn't carve out that many chances. We need to be more creative [in Dublin]. We're still in the tie."
    The Republic of Ireland are aiming to make their first appearance at a World Cup finals since Japan and Korea in 2002, when Mick McCarthy's side reached the last 16.


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      Northern Ireland

      (Agg 1-0)
    • Greece
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      (Agg 1-4)


    MONDAY 13TH NOVEMBER

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    TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

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    The second leg of the play-off for a place in Russia next summer is at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Tuesday
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    No goal replay see N Ireland out of World Cup

    Inconsolable say We were shafted

    WORLD CUP PLAY-OFF: We were shafted blasts Northern Ireland midfield Oliver Norwood - Belfast Newsletter

    Oliver Norwood admits he feels ‘shafted’ at missing out on a place in the World Cup after Northern Ireland fell to an 1-0 aggregate defeat to Switzerland.


    Michael O’Neill’s men missed out on their first World Cup appearance since 1986, but put in a spirited performance in Basel in a scoreless second leg on Sunday night.

    A highly-disputed penalty from Ricardo Rodriguez in Belfast was the difference between the sides, which left Norwood frustrated.

    “Shafted is the only word to put it,” Norwood said.

    “I will think about the penalty decision for years to come as it’s the only goal between the two sides and it’s knocked us out.
    “It’s not just the penalty decision as the tackle Fabian Schar made on Stuart Dallas in Belfast was a red card.
    “He then decides to go in for a two-footed tackle and the referee didn’t even blow for a foul, which was astonishing.
    “The referee has a hard job keeping up with the quickness of the game, but you can’t deem those two tackles as not being red cards in the modern game.


    “The player has lunged in from 10 yards in both games.”
    Northern Ireland failed to register a single shot on target in the first leg at Windsor Park, but Norwood hopes their performance in Basel has left people ‘proud’ back home.
    “We were angered, upset and disappointed with what happened in Belfast,” Norwood added.
    “We can stand here and complain all night, but I hope we put in a performance that everyone in Northern Ireland is proud of.


    “We left everything out there and it just wasn’t to be.
    “I don’t think their players enjoyed facing us and we got amongst them.
    “We spoke about making Northern Ireland proud and I think we did that.
    “We are devastated as a squad, but I hope we stick together.”
    Question marks will loom over the international futures of Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt and Aaron Hughes - as well as manager Michael O’Neill. However, Norwood hopes the spirited performance in Basel will convince all four to remain on board.


    “Hopefully, all the players will remain available for one more campaign,” Norwood revealed. “Obviously, we all want Michael to stay.
    “We hope that our performance tonight would want him to remain in charge.
    “The message is loud and clear from the players and fans that we would like Michael to stay as we can achieve great things with this squad.
    “We have some good young players coming through and we have players with a lot of experience as well.”

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    A very frustrating outcome, for sure, although if you don't score a goal in three hours of football...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    A very frustrating outcome, for sure, although if you don't score a goal in three hours of football...
    Yeah, I don't get this Irish whingeing. Switzerland were all over them in the first leg and should have scored more. The better team are in the finals.

    The Italy v Sweden game is one to watch. 1-0 down, on the verge of not appearing in a WC finals for the first time in 59 years and the Italian press with their knives out?

    Put a tenner today on Italy as winners next year.

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    The squareheads will probably win it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    The squareheads will probably win it again.
    It's hard to disagree. As much a the UK media are raving about our "young" first team's ability to stand up to Germany on Friday, that was pretty much their 2nd or 3rd team.

    Hope springs eternal though with our recent successes at younger levels.

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    Russia as hosts are not the greatest team but home advantage make them a good bet to get through the first round.

    Ireland play again tomorrow and having held the Danes away most feel confident

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    Russia as hosts are not the greatest team but home advantage make them a good bet to get through the first round.
    Russia are shit. It's one of the worst Russian teams in years and they'll be lucky to get out of the group stages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    Russia as hosts are not the greatest team but home advantage make them a good bet to get through the first round
    Yes, I would imagine that any ref who isn't favouring Russia will probably turn the lights off to see if their half time cuppa is glowing or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    ^ Jaysus...

    By the way, are Scotland through?...Cough...

    Go, the Irish!...
    Go to the official FIFA site - all the updates. Qualifying selection is getting down to the wire. More than two-thirds of the pack have already qualified.

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    Ta Jeff folks might also appreciate the actual linky
    also offered at the start of the thread
    2018 FIFA World Cup Russia? - FIFA.com

    for Fiffy of course bang on smoochi and ask for Faffy

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    It's remarkable that they engineer it so that mickey mouse sides like NZ and Australia are one game away from the World Cup.
    All good harry we will probably win it before the poms even go close.

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    A World Cup finals without Italy. De Rossi refusing to warm up 'cos he wanted Ventura to put some attackers on!

    Buffon's retired and more are expected to follow.

    How's Luigi taking it?

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