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    FIFA World CUP Russia 2018

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    The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018,[2] after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010. This will be the first World Cup held in Europe since 2006; all but one of the stadium venues are in European Russia, west of the Ural Mountains to keep travel time manageable.
    The final tournament will involve 32 national teams, which include 31 teams determined through qualifying competitions and the automatically qualified host team. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities. The final will take place on 15 July in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium.[3][4][5]
    This will be the first World Cup with Iceland and Panama as participants. The winners of the World Cup will qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.


    I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn’t find any.

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    While Billy Hill seems blocked due to lack of wagering interets inLOS , Senor Patrick powers on the Irish website offers opinions on who will win.England at 20 Krauts faves at fives
    http://www.paddypower.com/football/i...world-cup-2018

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    LES reports

    The World Cup is drawing ever nearer as the qualifiers draw to a close.
    The identity of all competing countries will be known by the middle of November as teams spread across five or six continents vie for 31 places alongside the host nation.
    The biggest sporting event in the world heads to Russia for the first time next summer and will mark an end to a number of tournament traditions.
    Bucking the trend of alternating between a European host and one outside, Russia is followed by Qatar in 2022 and with it a move away from the European summer months to a later date due to the fierce Middle East weather.
    Before then, however, 64 games will take place in 11 Russian cities across 32 days next summer.
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    When is the World Cup?

    The 21st Fifa World Cup starts on Thursday, June 14, 2018 and runs until July 15, 2018.
    Hosts Russia, who will be the first team drawn in Group A (otherwise known as 'A1'), will face 'A2' in the opening game at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Kick-off is scheduled for 6pm local time (4pm BST).

    When are the games being played?

    From Friday, June 15, there will be a minimum of three group games per day until Thursday, June 28 when the group stage concludes. UK kick-off times for group stage games will be 1pm, 4pm and 7pm.

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    Which teams have qualified for FIFA World Cup 2018?
    The busiest day will be June 15 with four games, with the first kicking off at 11am in the UK.
    The first rest day is on Friday, June 29 before four days of round-of-16 action. The quarter-finals take place on July 6 and 7, the semi-finals on July 10 and 11 and the third-place game on July 14.
    The final will take place on Sunday, July 15 at the Luzhniki Stadium at 6pm local time (4pm BST).
    You can view and download the full official Fifa schedule here.

    (Bongarts/Getty Images)Where will the games be played?

    The World Cup is to take place across 12 stadiums in 11 cities across four different time zones. Ten of the 12 stadia have either been built for the tournament or within the previous five years.
    The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, with its 81,000 capacity, will host the opening game, three further group games, the third round-of-16 game, the second semi-final and the final.
    The 68,000-seater Krestobsky Stadium, in Saint Petersburg, will also host seven games, including the first semi-final and the third-place game.
    Bizarrely, the Ekaterinburg Arena has had its capacity increased from 27,000 - below the requirement to host a World Cup match - by constructing a stadium outside the ground.

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    Which teams have qualified so far?

    Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, Egypt, England, Germany, Iceland, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Russia (hosts), Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain.

    When is the World Cup draw?


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    When is the 2018 World Cup draw? Everything you need to know
    The draw will be in Moscow at the State Kremlin Palace on Friday, December 1, 2017.
    The tournament will follow the usual format; eight groups - A to H - with four teams each will compete, with two qualifiers from each group making up the last-16 knockout stage before the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.
    Visit our full draw guide here. For full details on the European play-offs, head over to our guide here.

    (AFP/Getty Images)How to watch the World Cup on TV

    For UK TV viewers, the World Cup will again be available on free-to-view with BBC and ITV once again sharing the broadcasting rights.
    The final will be shown on both channels - with BBC attracting over four times more viewers than their rival for the showpiece event - with the remaining 63 fixtures split over the two broadcasters and their channel line-ups.
    In 2014, ITV had first pick of the England matches and quarter-finals and the BBC chose first for the round-of-16 games and semi-finals.

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    Paracetamol and Optician, Stat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Paracetamol and Optician, Stat!
    He needs stronger meds than that.

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    Brazil vs. Portugal final.

    [all dependent on group configuration]

    Nonetheless, looking forward to the couple of surprises that will filter through second-round quarterfinal play.

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    It’s association football Jeff, not that fake merkin advertising shite, or WC Random Quote Generator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    It’s association football Jeff, not that fake merkin advertising shite, or WC Random Quote Generator.
    It's Jeff innit, the dumb fucker always wants to try and sound like he knows what he's talking about, even though he fails dismally.

    Here you go Jeff, chuck a few of these in and people will think you have a slight fucking clue.

    "The lad done great".
    "As soon as he hit it, it was in".
    "I saw it hit the onion bag".
    "It's a game of two halves".
    "If you don't shoot, you won't score".
    "Oi Ref are you blind!?"

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    splendid and for added authenticity

    They think it's all clover...
    One was sick as a carrot......
    Barer than the trophy room at Aston Ham
    and you'll sound like a real soccer fanatic like Dave Cameron

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    Look on it as an opportunity to visit some magnificent historical sites in mother Russia, or a chance to visit Lubyanka or Siberia for an extended holiday, courtesy of President Putin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    second-round quarterfinal play.
    What is this nonsense?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    What is this nonsense?!
    Just more random Jeffisms from the forums self appointed academic advisor.

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    Itt's ok he's been pulled off and suspended, red cards all round

    Meanwhile back to the beautiful game, all whites'll have a tougher time than the xocceroos against the ceviche dippers on the Matchu Pitchu oooo

    Intercontinental play-offs

    Honduras, Peru and Australia have earned another chance at qualification alongside Oceania winners New Zealand. The All Whites will face Peru, while Australia take on the Central American side as the final two places in Russia are decided.
    Peru v New Zealand (6-14 Nov)
    Honduras v Australia (6-14 Nov)

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    It's remarkable that they engineer it so that mickey mouse sides like NZ and Australia are one game away from the World Cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    Look on it as an opportunity to visit some magnificent historical sites in mother Russia, or a chance to visit Lubyanka or Siberia for an extended holiday, courtesy of President Putin.
    I'm toying with the idea of heading over for a couple of weeks; no doubt a medley of high culture, gut-rotting vodka and nerve-wracking bouts of self-preservation lie in wait.

    You'll probably need a holiday to recover afterwards.

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    St Petersburg is worth visiting regardless, best see before the mozzies and prices hike and the louts deface it.
    There's parts of Moscow the locals wouldn't venture after dark.Bristol next to Vnukovo's ok with good link to centre or ask the SFB for a Lair BnB.

    Kalainingrad, aka Twangse, aka Koenisbeurg is the the pick of the bunch, home of Euler and Kant and a days drive from Dover.
    Modern Soviet ugliness hides a fine Hansstadt home to Teutonic Knights, Sort of booty Knights prior to boogie nights.Some good acid rock bands and excellent Baltic Herrings to absorb the Vodka

    For the Twangste rap

    The old Hansa dock area has some fine diners tho not as cheap as youd imagine

    Bizarre tales from the Baltic: 4 mysterious places in Kaliningrad

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    Since its founding in the 13th century, east Prussia’s capital, Konigsberg, has been home to much mystery. Today, it’s the capital of a Russian region, known as Kaliningrad. While the city has a new name, the enigmatic anomalies remain. Russia Beyond takes a mystical tour of some of the most popular urban legends in this Baltic Sea city.

    The ‘dancing’ forest

    A forest of twisted pines grows in the Kurshskaya Kosa National Park, near Rybachi village. Planted in 1961, the trees grew unlike others – their trunks were contorted at the roots. People say this is due to the pine shoot moth, which inhabits the area. The larvae, however, don’t harm other trees because….they crawl away.
    ‘Dancing’ forest, Kurshskaya Kosa National Park
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    This is the official theory. There are mystical attempts at explanations: from UFOs, to rumors of Third Reich Nazis who tested chemical substances and infected the land. Former director of the Kurshskaya Kosa National Park, Alexandra Korolev, points to a distinct anomaly: “It was February, and the snow was melting, but it was terribly cold in the forest. First, I thought it was just my imagination, but then the foresters who occasionally collect dried twigs told me that it’s indeed colder in the forest. I don’t know how to explain this.”
    The park employees carried out an experiment by planting new pine shoots, but they also came out gnarled. It’s believed that in ancient times a Prussian-Druid temple stood on this land. Legend has it that temples were erected in so-called “places of strength” – zones with unexplainable phenomenon.
    House of Soviets

    This unfinished urban site stands in the city center, partly covering the spot of the Royal Castle that was demolished by the Soviets. The castle was the former residence of the Teutonic Knights, and a place where Prussian kings were crowned.
    The House of Soviets, Kaliningrad
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    The building’s southwestern wing is on the former site of the Hall of the Order of the Black Eagle, the highest Prussian order of chivalry. Built in 1972, it’s an attractive structure and 95-percent complete. However, it was never inhabited. With time it turned into, as locals say, a “stillborn” symbol of Kaliningrad. Legend says that an ancient Prussian temple once stood here and was surrounded by an oak grove.
    The structure’s mystery is that in the southwestern wing a compass arrow will flutter about, showing various directions. Witnesses say this bizarre anomaly is not observed in other parts of the building, or outside.
    Secret Nazi laboratory

    Not far from the Council House, by the Lower Pond, once stood an important Prussian masonic lodge. The Third Reich turned it into a secret laboratory for the Ahnenerbe project, which studied occult practices.
    “Hitler and his companions were fascinated by the occult and made meticulous use of ancient writings and symbols,” said local historian, Sergei Trifonov. “My photo collection has more than 80,000 master signs and runes, prints on bricks, wolf paws and children’s palms that were collected on this site.”
    Ruins of Königsberg in Kaliningrad
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    The bricks can be seen today in the Royal Gates Museum. Among the objects found at this address, known as Königsberg13, (this figure always accompanied the city – if tallied, its founding year, 1255, produces 13), was a set of Lucifer’s prints, a child’s postmortem mask and Ludwig’s nails, which were hammered into the forehead of a deceased person who had secret information while alive.
    The Pregel mermaids and Kneiphof Island

    The city’s main body of water is Pregel River, which winds around the islands, and according to legend it’s a place where mermaids dwell. Today, one of these islands houses the 14th century cathedral and the tomb of philosopher Immanuel Kant. One of Königsberg’s three settlements, Kneiphof, was located here. Its first coat of arms showed an arm rising from Pregel’s waters and stretching out a crown. Subsequent coat-of-arms also showed mermaids. A weathervane mermaid is also seen on the Cathedral’s spire, and it was said that the mermaid’s tail points to the place where a drowned person could be found.
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    Today, stories about mermaids are given secondary importance, and people on Kneiphof Island are now afraid of ghosts. In November 2008, the crew from the once popular TV program, “It can’t be,” spent a few days hunting for a ghost that the cathedral guards had complained about and which allegedly was recorded by surveillance cameras.

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    Not gonna be much fun for the England fans over there, those paramilitary/fan nutters are waiting and salivating with their telescopic batons. Wouldn't surprise me if there's fatalities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    fun for the England fans over there,nutters are waiting and salivating with their telescopic batons
    and that's just the
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    PLAY OFFS

    Denmark v Repu
    blic of Ireland
    Croatia v Greece
    Sweden v Italy
    Northern Ireland v Swiss


    Sides drawn first (left) will play the first leg at home. The first leg will be held between November 9-11 with the return fixture on November 12-14.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    It's remarkable that they engineer it so that mickey mouse sides like ... Australia are one game away from the World Cup.
    mickey mouse sides like ... Australia ... pfffftttt



    The Socceroos have moved up seven places in FIFA's rankings to sit at number 43 in the world.
    Embed: Australia's FIFA rankings


    But that improvement will mean little if Australia cannot overcome Honduras (69th in the world) in a two-legged
    intercontinental play-off in November to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

    Australia sits above World Cup-qualified Asian rivals Japan (44th), South Korea (62nd) and Saudi Arabia (63rd).
    Iran is the highest ranked nation in the Asian confederation at world number 34.

    Germany has held onto its number one ranking, slightly ahead of Brazil, while European champion Portugal is third.


    FIFA's top 20


    1. Germany
    2. Brazil
    3. Portugal
    4. Argentina
    5. Belgium
    6. Poland
    7. France
    8. Spain
    9. Chile
    10. Peru
    Perspective is everything ... it's the difference between going through an ordeal or going through an adventure..

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    How many can you name?

    Those barnets are a hoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    How many can you name?
    Every one.

    Sight better than what we have now.

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