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    England Belgium Tunisia...

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    Saudia Arabia open the World Cup against Russia on 14th June....

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    Oh Gary.... to the Italian doing the draw: "It's great to have an Italian involved in the World Cup".


    *snigger*

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    Belgium Panama Tunisia England.

    On paper not so bad but we'll find a way to fuck it up I'm sure.

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    No real Group of Death.


    Group A: Russia, Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia
    Group B: Portugal, Spain, Iran, Morocco
    Group C: France, Peru, Denmark, Australia
    Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria
    Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
    Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
    Group G: Belgium, England, Tunisia, Panama
    Group H: Poland, Colombia, Senegal, Japan

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    A Russia S Arabia Egypt Uruguay
    B Portugal Spain Morocco Iran
    C France Australia Peru Denmark
    D Argentina Iceland Croatia Nigeria
    E Brazil Switzerland Costa Rica Serbia
    F Germany Mexico Sweden S Korea
    G Belgium Panama Tunisia England
    H Poland Senegal Colombia Japan

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    Russia S Arabia Moscow Jun 14
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    Harry, you're not being fair to David ... you posted just 2 mins apart.

    If he's got the thread open, and considering he's the OP and the Draw was underway, that would be likely,
    he wouldn't be able to see your post until he sent send.

    If, and I say if Australia get knocked out ... Iceland ... has to be Iceland.

    My natural default Team is the Netherlands, I like the Dutch ... but they didn't qualify.


    Was fun though, in a car crash sort of way, watching the commentator belly-aching the fact that the
    USA did not qualify.

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    In an aside, but related ...

    Football brings the community together for Darwin's Refugee World Cup



    Football a constant for refugee communities


    It's 33 degrees when a group of refugees, immigrants and Darwinites with diverse backgrounds gather for a final training session before Saturday's tournament.
    "We are training every Thursday here so we're getting used to the weather," Juan Carlos Marquez from the Footballers Without Borders team said.


    More Here

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    The Socceroos will start their 2018 World Cup campaign against former champions and tournament fancies France, with group matches to follow
    against Denmark and Peru.

    Australia has avoided another group of death in Russia but will be doing well to reach the knockout rounds after being drawn against three teams
    ranked in the world's top 12 nations.

    Socceroos' schedule in Russia

    • Australia v France (Kazan Arena, Kazan), Saturday June 16, 8pm AEST
    • Australia v Denmark (Cosmos Arena, Samara), Friday June 22 1am AEST
    • Australia v Peru (Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi), Tuesday June 26 12am AEST


    France are the most formidable opponents.
    Les Bleus are ranked as one of the favourites in 2018 behind only Germany and Brazil and were responsible for knocking out heavyweights
    the Netherlands in qualifying.
    But the Socceroos will rate their chances of progressing past both Peru (world number 11) and Denmark (12) given their struggles to reach Russia.

    Oh ... I can't neglect the image below.


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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    The Socceroos will start their 2018 World Cup campaign against former champions and tournament fancies France, with group matches to follow
    against Denmark and Peru.
    Gotta love that phrase.

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    A bye to the 2nd round for Belgium and Tunisia then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    A bye to the 2nd round for Belgium and Tunisia then.
    If England could go out after one game, they would.


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    So ... have a look at this ... http://teakdoor.com/world-news/18139...ml#post3674807 (Russia banned from competing at 2018 Winter Olympics)

    IOC ban on Russia raises questions for 2018 FIFA World Cup




    The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to ban the Russian team from February's Winter Olympic Games is big news; the decision
    to ban for life Russia's Deputy Prime Minister is even bigger news.




    Vitaly Mutko was the sports minister from 2008 to 2016 and the man guilty of overseeing the state-sanctioned doping program
    at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

    He was rewarded with a promotion. Mutko now sits at the right hand of Vladimir Putin.

    ---

    FIFA boss must face off with Mutko

    From the Olympics to world football, international sport is being shaken to its core.
    FIFA is already mired in scandal. Just last year it sacked its president, Sepp Blatter, after investigations revealed widespread
    corruption in the sport.

    It is at the centre of an ongoing corruption and bribery trial in the US Federal Court after dozens of FIFA members were
    arrested in 2015.

    In 2016, new FIFA boss Gianni Infantino promised a new beginning.

    Football he said had gone through a "moment of crisis", but he pledged "those times are over".
    Really? Now Russia has presented him with his biggest test.

    The Olympics has acted, what will football do?
    Staring them down is one of Russia's most powerful men, about to host world football's biggest event.
    Will he go or will he stay?
    Will the Russian team be banned from the World Cup in its own country?

    Russia is a nation of drug cheats. We know that.

    What we still don't know is what Infantino's new supposedly moral FIFA is going to do about it.


    More here

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    What we still don't know is what Infantino's new supposedly moral FIFA is going to do about it.
    Nothing. As long as the trough is full, they'll have their snouts in it.

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    The whole winter Olympics could be moved to Qatar over this.

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    Heh...Might be interesting...

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    Socceroos coach Bert Van Marwijk to take Australia to the World Cup, but he's
    not your traditional Dutch coach




    His coaching career

    After an unspectacular playing career that featured only one cap for his native Holland, Van Marwijk began to make waves
    as a coach in the Dutch Eredivisie with Fortuna Sittard, and then with Feyenoord.

    It was there in Rotterdam that Van Marwijk would claim his greatest club success a UEFA Cup victory in 2002 before
    moving to Borussia Dortmund for three unspectacular seasons.


    What does he know about Australia?

    Potentially a fair bit. Saudia Arabia, of course, finished above Australia in their Asian qualifying group thanks to a 1-0 win over
    Japan in the last match of the campaign.

    Van Marwijk's Green Falcons played Australia twice in qualifying, the first a 2-2 draw in Jeddah, the second a crazy 3-2 Aussie
    win in Adelaide.


    How does he like to play?

    Van Marwijk's footballing philosophies and style of play have been a point of contention throughout his career, especially during
    his time as Holland boss.

    The history of Dutch football is built on revolutionary attacking play, positionless formations and the prioritisation of possession Total Football.


    Is he right for the Socceroos?

    In appointing Van Marwijk, the FFA seems to be trying to strike a balance between the physical, pragmatic football that served Australia
    well through the 2000's and the progressive, possession-based play of Ange Postecoglou.

    The danger is the team becomes lost somewhere in between, or puts too much stock into the defensive side of the game and loses
    what has made it sporadically great since 2014.

    Postecoglou faced criticism when he was said to have put style ahead of results. This is not a complaint that will be thrown at Van Marwijk,
    as his experiences with Oranje often brutally proved.

    But the potential is there for this to be a fruitful if likely only temporary marriage between a footballing nation that hasn't yet
    fully decided what it wants to be and a coach able to appease both sides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Total Football
    as opposed to partial?

    Good luck to yer Socceroos , they've as much chance as Ireland and Italy

    England and Ireland fans have long learned to be disappointed the default mode in Scotland and therefore if their boys win it's like just a bonus a dawn ambush bj.

    More stunts due..



    While van Marwijk was not a star a player that never guarantees success, I was excellent lego organiser, this did not translate into adult prowess as my "manageress will confirm"

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    Anyone seen this Euro Nations shit? And if so, does anyone understand it?

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    Ruse to give little states a chance, not sure it'll be popular with clubs

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    My 66/1 on England looks tits up

    Johnson suggests England could boycott the World Cup

    The Boris Johnson urgent question has now finished. Near the end Johnson suggested that, if Russia were found to be involved in the Skripal case, England would boycott the World Cup. In those circumstances, he said: “I think it will be difficult to see how UK representation at the World Cup can go ahead.”

    Updated at 1.38pm GM

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    My 66/1 on England looks tits up

    Johnson suggests England could boycott the World Cup

    The Boris Johnson urgent question has now finished. Near the end Johnson suggested that, if Russia were found to be involved in the Skripal case, England would boycott the World Cup. In those circumstances, he said: I think it will be difficult to see how UK representation at the World Cup can go ahead.

    Updated at 1.38pm GM
    Well it was only a short trip anyway...

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    Countdown is on.

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    Found this looking for something else ...


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    I wonder if they will do something similar ... but with Russian Lassies (of the night)


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