World Cup 2018

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  1. Emelee

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    Starts next week, with Russia vs Saudi Arabia.

    - Which team or teams are you cheering for?
    - Who do you think will win?
    - How much will you watch?
    - Do you have any favorite player?

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  2. Emelee

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    I am always rooting for Sweden and Germany when it comes to football/soccer. But this year I am also cheering for Iceland and Denmark. It's extra fun with 3 Nordic countries in the World Cup! I am also cheering for Spain.

    Of the 5 teams I am rooting for, I believe only Spain & Germany will go far. Both did a bad European Championships two years ago, so they need to avenge themselves!

    Who will win though? Right now I am thinking it may be Brazil.
     
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    Which team or teams are you cheering for? England [​IMG]

    Who do you think will win? Germany [​IMG]

    How much will you watch? More than I usually do. I'll at the very least keep up-to-date of the daily standings.

    I would like to see an upset. I'm with you @Emelee , I'd like to see the Nordic countries go far. I'll be rooting for Denmark, Sweden, Iceland for an upset.

    I do think Spain and Brazil will do well as they usually do.
     
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  4. Long Lashes

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    England :hats:and I will now add Sweden in your honour @Emelee.


    Germany or Argentina.


    I will probably watch it on and off. If England are playing well then I become more enthusiastic.


    Not a current player, but Gareth Southgate the England manager. I have high hopes that he will get the tactics right and he is also appears to have a calm influence on the team. I also like Harry Kane the captain.

    My favourite from the other international teams is Kasper Schmeichel (son of Peter Schmeichael) and he plays for Denmark.

    All these favourites of mine are very likely to change once the tournament starts. :D
     
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  5. Barbara Fan

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    - Which team or teams are you cheering for?
    - Who do you think will win?
    - How much will you watch?
    - Do you have any favorite player?

    i will root for England and hope they get far in the competition and dont lose out (again) on penalties - I always support the home nations and lets face it scotland are pretty bad these days

    cant believe my second choice Italy didnt qualify!!

    2 I think a S American team will win - but i hope not, same goes for Germany - apologies but time for someone else

    on paper Belgium have some good players and may be a surprise. de Bruyne, Lukaku, hazard, Cortois
    I remember one good game from last World cup and i was rooting for Iran to win it - they played a really good game against Argentina I think. I think its wide open this time

    3 I will watch a LOT!!!! Love footie

    4. the one and only Lionel Messi, just pure class, pure talent and not just out for himself like a certain posery, preening player from Portugal

    I hope Mo Salah is fit for Egypt - great to watch and Hope Kane and Vardy do it for England and that Rashford gets a few games and starts for England
     
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  6. Barbara Fan

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    Great game
    Come on Spain @Toni

    (not a Ronaldo fan) and think Iniesta and Jordi Alba are great.

    Sorry there isnt a world cup betting vote this year
    xx
     
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  7. Toni

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    Can´t stand soccer/football. I´d be constantly looking forward this kind of "games"...​
     
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    Besides, my puberty was deeply touched by this "soccer movie"...(then I thought this was usual in US...go figure!). Definitely, I was a Texan born out of Texas...

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    2pm UK time, cant wait!! Simply the best ever!
     
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    Spain/Espana were unlucky last night to draw as they played a better game of football and Costas, Isco and Iniesta were fab
    It was such an exciting match but - there was Ronaldo to spoil the party and that was a great free kick ie goal no 3
    Pity he is such a big headed so and so!
     
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  11. Emelee

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    He wasn't pure class after the match against Iceland. He probably has more money than the entire country of Iceland, so he should stay away from commenting on the quality of the Icelandish players! With only 300.000 inhabitants to choose among, Iceland can only play the way their players are good at. Plus: they did score a goal. They definitely deserve the draw!!!
     
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    Many surprising results this week. Brazil playing even with Switzerland. Germany losing against Mexico. Argentina playing even with Iceland. Australia almost taking a point in the match against France.

    I like surprises (most of the time), so this World Cup has been very interesting so far. Many of the underdogs have done really really well.
     
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    Well its not been what I expected and always like an underdog to do well.

    The Mexicans played their hearts out and deserved to win against Germany
    France didnt look great, Messi missing a penalty! that was a shocker

    best team so far I have seen is Spain
    and then there is 7pm tonight!! bring it on!
     
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    I always find it a tense experience watching England.
    Despite the best efforts of the referee, the none resistant VAR and some of the Tunisian defenders playing like rugby players in the box, especially towards Harry Kane, we won 2 - 1 :dance:


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    I admired the attitude of our players keeping their cool and not reacting to any provocation. Harry Kane was superb and I was so pleased that it was he who scored the winner, he deserved it.


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    Well done to my second team Sweden who won against South Korea 1 - 0 :hats:

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    re a tense experience =- Im a Scot, English father, support England or any home team for that matter

    rewind to Italia 1990 and that semi final with germany that ended on penalties and gazzas yellow card

    I had a bath before the game started and i needed another at the end of it I was a hot, sticky, sweaty, emotional mess!!

    The fouls on Kane in the box were awful

    and in general some players should win an Oscar for their diving, faking an injury etc
     
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    PS Spain werent as good last night - I have no idea who will win it!!
     
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    And now Argentina have just lost to Croatia, anything can happen, its still wide open.

    I have a feeling this might be a good tournament for Portugal, Ronaldo is on fire!
     
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    I'm not usually the fan of soccer (albeit I'll tune in now and then just to sneak a peek), but I hope England takes this one!
     
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    This young England team play with a lot of flair and we enjoyed every second of today's game. Point wise England are currently level with Belgium (within their qualifying group) although, due to England's "fair play" (lack of fouls) they top the group.

    I think this is a first ever world cup tournament for Panama and despite having many goals against them, they continued to strive for the goal they eventually scored.

    Harry Kane?? what can I say? he even scored when he had his back to the ball through a deflection :D He also took the two penalties and thundered the ball into the net..

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    A mention also for John Stones who scored twice...

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    and also Jesse Lingard ...

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    The supporters for Panama need a special mention too. Their team were losing from the start and yet, they continued to have the time of their lives, they smiled, cheered and danced throughout the game ....

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    Sweden played so well against Germany yesterday and I was willing them to win. Germany where fortunate to get a late goal and win the match. Sweden play Mexico on Wednesday and I believe they still have a chance of going through to the knockout stages if other results go their way.
     
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    It's impossible to say from the start who will win, cause in my experience, the top teams in almost every tournament began weak, but worked their way up, became better and better as the tournament went on. Also, I've seen many teams impress from the start and you'd think "wow, they will go far!", but then played worse and worse. Very few teams are good an entire tournament through.

    Belgium and Croatia are playing really good, but somehow I don't see them reaching further than semi-finals, tops. Russia has an easier group, their results so far don't impress me. A big victory against Panama is just expected.

    I just hope Portugal doesn't win. I really don't want Ronaldo to have won everything you can possibly win as a football player. :ms:
     

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