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Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Post by Pyoro » 26 Jun 2018 11:33

I have no issues with VAR. World Cup refs have been pretty bad those last few years; or really, most of the tournaments since (and including) 2002 (which was really ridiculous!). VAR doesn't fix everything but most of the "errors" that are happening would have happened without VAR as well, and for the rest it's an improvement. There's been one or two decisions that took a while but I rather wait 2-3 minutes and have a good decision than somebody going out because they rushed. World Cup is just too important.

For ordinary league mode maybe they could impose strict time limits, but for this I'm fine with refs taking their time.



As for your Switzerland prediction; I'm not buying that either, but as I said before, the right side of the bracket currently looks fairly do-able, so yeah, it's basically primed for a surprise finalist! :o

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Post by Pilot » 26 Jun 2018 11:34

Chrill wrote:There isn't a snowballs chance in somewhere warm that England could dismantle Switzerland, mate. That one is the least of my concerns regarding those picks :P
Did you see us against Panama?! They should just award us the World Cup trophy on that performance alone! :mrgreen: I mean, if you see our Media, we may as well have won the entire thing.
Chrill wrote:Perhaps, a team should have 2-3 calls per game where they request VAR to be used.
I do like that idea, like an appeal in Cricket. Though, would that perhaps make it a bit too stop-start?

I'm just glad that the majority of VAR decision's are generally rather quick.

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Post by Redirect Left » 26 Jun 2018 14:07

I vote if Chrill and his prediction comes true, we all owe him at least two beers or other drink of his choice at next TT-F meet!

I'd be gutted for Iceland to not make last 16,they have achieved so much already, and hopefully the Icelandic people will recognise that, even if they do drop out here.
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Post by Chrill » 26 Jun 2018 16:22

Redirect Left wrote:I vote if Chrill and his prediction comes true, we all owe him at least two beers or other drink of his choice at next TT-F meet!
So far so good, France stayed ahead of Denmark :mrgreen:
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Post by Chrill » 26 Jun 2018 20:13

Badger wrote:England vs Switzerland.PNG
England would beat Switzerland....
Switzerland would beat England. We'll have to wait and see :)

Also, darn it Nigeria. You broke my table by not keeping that 1-1 score.
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Post by Redirect Left » 26 Jun 2018 20:14

Well, if Switzerland are going to England, now is a good time to do it.

Croatia finish their group as the top, having won 3 out of 3. Not bad!
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Post by Dave » 26 Jun 2018 20:59

Dave wrote:
Dave wrote:Harry Kane Golden Boot (8 goals including 1 hat trick).

England to win the lot.

You heard it here first.
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We will see chaps.
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Post by Chrill » 27 Jun 2018 16:12

Oh boy. 3-0, top of the group! Don't worry England, we'll take care of Switzerland for you.
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Post by Redirect Left » 27 Jun 2018 16:19

Aye, you did a Croatia and got a nice 3-0 when you needed it most. Not bad at all considering you had Swedend down to go out.

Plus, it means i don't have to buy you two drinks now!

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Germany have been knocked out of the World Cup!
They lost 2-0 to South Korea of all teams. Taking out the reigning champions.
One of the goals included a completely open shot, after the goal keeper had gone way out of his zone, and no where near the goal posts when the ball arrived there. BBC have a video of that failure here - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44635468 - for non brits, its on YouTube, the last part of this video (i've put the time to it) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKgLRu-Rd4k&t=3m54s
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Post by Pyoro » 27 Jun 2018 19:54

Bit harsh calling it a "failure" of Neuer; they were already 1:0 down -> out of the World Cup. Either they'd have scored twice or it didn't matter to them how they lost ;)

But the game was ... just depressing. It wasn't even as haphazard as the one against Mexico, or as mixed as the one against Sweden. It was just ... slow. Directionless. South Korea didn't have many chances. But Germany barely had any either.

Out of the many things I worried about after the Sweden game being this harmless in front of goal definitely wasn't one of them. ^^;

Mentality just seemed all over the place this year. Rightfully gone out after today's non-performance.

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Post by Chrill » 27 Jun 2018 21:03

What I enjoyed the most about the S. Korea - Germany game is that Germany actually ended up bottom of the group. Also, you know, I have a German co-worker. We emerged from a meeting room cheering and singing as he emerged from another rather upset. That was fun. :mrgreen:
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Post by Pilot » 28 Jun 2018 08:57

Redirect Left wrote:I vote if Chrill and his prediction comes true, we all owe him at least two beers or other drink of his choice at next TT-F meet!
Thank god it hasn't come true!
Redirect Left wrote:One of the goals included a completely open shot, after the goal keeper had gone way out of his zone, and no where near the goal posts when the ball arrived
That's the risk of being a sweeper keeper, you occasionally get caught out of position. I'd still rather have Neuer in net instead of any other keeper in the world, except maybe Ederson, Ederson is amazing.
Pyoro wrote:It was just ... slow. Directionless.
Should have taken Leroy Sané instead of Brandt in my opinion, he would have brought an injection of pace and a different dimension to that German team. How you can justify not taking someone who played 32 times in a team that walked the English Premier League last season, a league well known for being extremely competitive, and was the UK's young player of the year, I don't understand anyway.

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Post by Chrill » 28 Jun 2018 12:23

Pilot wrote:
Redirect Left wrote:One of the goals included a completely open shot, after the goal keeper had gone way out of his zone, and no where near the goal posts when the ball arrived
That's the risk of being a sweeper keeper, you occasionally get caught out of position. I'd still rather have Neuer in net instead of any other keeper in the world, except maybe Ederson, Ederson is amazing.
Well, they were 1-0 down with 2-3 minutes to go. Neuer played as striker, more or less. It's a shame he lost the ball, but in reality he had to be up there to give them a one-man advantage.
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Post by Redirect Left » 28 Jun 2018 19:07

Just heard on the ENG-BEL match, we've not lost to either Japan or Columbia in international football. So that's a nice bit of feeling going forward, whichever path we end up taking.
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Post by Chrill » 28 Jun 2018 19:14

I've put you down for Colombia, so that would add up in my playoffs bracket. Also, you know, the winner of Colombia-England would play the winner of Sweden-Switzerland so there's that. The chance to taunt you lot for four years is a lovely opportunity.
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Post by Redirect Left » 28 Jun 2018 20:33

Chrill wrote:I've put you down for Colombia, so that would add up in my playoffs bracket. Also, you know, the winner of Colombia-England would play the winner of Sweden-Switzerland so there's that. The chance to taunt you lot for four years is a lovely opportunity.
We'll be sure to try making sure its you that is getting taunted for four years ;)

Panama crash out, but not before scoring a goal, making history for the World Cup. Every team this year scored at least two goals, a feat never accomplished in a World Cup to date.
Panama can also celebrate as they finish their cup campaign having scored the same amount of goals as last event winners, Germany!
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Post by Chrill » 29 Jun 2018 07:42

Redirect Left wrote:(...)the same amount of goals as last event winners, Germany!
Yeah, that's on us. Sorry guys.
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Post by orudge » 01 Jul 2018 07:06

Redirect Left wrote:I vote if Chrill and his prediction comes true, we all owe him at least two beers or other drink of his choice at next TT-F meet!
Speaking of which, if anyone wants one this year, you'd better organise it - unfortunately I won't be able to attend/organise this year (unless you want it in Aberdeen).

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Post by Redirect Left » 01 Jul 2018 20:33

Well.
Spain have been knocked out by the Russians. Another big name is out, and that's my bet lost! Argentina were knocked out yesterday by France, Portugal also went out by Uruguay.

I've still no idea who is more likely to win this World Cup, but a lot of big names aren't in the mix anymore!
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