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Old 06-12-18, 09:20 AM
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FIFA World Cup: Russia 2018

The month-long competition kicks off this Thursday as Russia takes on Saudi Arabia in the opening match.

Who will you be cheering for?

Who do you think wins it all?
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Old 06-12-18, 09:43 AM
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I really could see team USA not losing a single match in this edition of the WC.
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Old 06-12-18, 09:53 AM
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Oh good, it's the few weeks every 4 years where we pretend to care about soccer. Wasn't sure it would still be going on since the US couldn't even manage to qualify
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Old 06-12-18, 10:08 AM
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We didnt qualify? Been hearing for a long time the US was getting better. More and more kids were playing soccer and concussions ruined football. Thought we were primed for a big run.

Oh well I guess those rumors of soccer taking over werent real.

I guess it is good to know our country isnt full of puzzies
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Old 06-12-18, 10:11 AM
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This thing should have been in England but thanks to Sepp Blatter and his money grubbing buddies in FIFA rich soccer fans have to deal with Russia, have fun bribing everyone just so you can watch your team compete. Then in four years they will all head to Qatar and fry in the desert and the hot female fans, one of the side benefits of this thing, will have to cover themselves up to make the Muslim Clerics happy. What a cluster f...
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Old 06-12-18, 10:15 AM
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It's going to be very interesting to see how the world reacts to the officiating in this World Cup.

This is the first World Cup since FIFA's largest modification to the "Laws of the Game" in decades. Fans didn't understand offsides before. They understand it even less now. From what I've seen, VAR should be a positive, but it's certainly open to controversy.

Germany is stacked. Need to figure out who I like as the surprise squad.
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Old 06-12-18, 10:22 AM
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I will be rooting for Portugal bc the one good thing about the World Cup is Ronaldo. Not his athletic prowess. When he takes his shirt off my wife gets all hot and bothered. Looking forward to breaking the dry spell this summer! GO Portugal
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Old 06-12-18, 10:52 AM
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It's going to be very interesting to see how the world reacts to the officiating in this World Cup.

This is the first World Cup since FIFA's largest modification to the "Laws of the Game" in decades. Fans didn't understand offsides before. They understand it even less now. From what I've seen, VAR should be a positive, but it's certainly open to controversy.

Germany is stacked. Need to figure out who I like as the surprise squad.
I too like Germany but man is Spain stocked with offensive talent. France also looks tough but was not that impressed by the sleepy performance against the US "C" team at home in their final tune up. For a sleeper I will go with England, at some point they have to perform up to expectations and maybe they are still ticked off that they have to go to Russia instead of playing this at home. One side I always root against is Mexico, they think they are on par with the better teams and they have not really ever done anything on the field. Plus their fans are the biggest A-Holes.
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Old 06-12-18, 10:59 AM
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Working with Mexicans is hilarious during the WC. You nailed it Auggie
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Old 06-12-18, 02:33 PM
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I hope the Russians are smart enought to keep their dogs inside.
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Old 06-12-18, 03:01 PM
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Eight years ago I had a rather serious operation and was bed bound for over three weeks. Coincidentally, this was when the world cup was being played. I think I'm one of the few people in the world who watched every game. I'm not saying I stayed awake for all of the games from beginning to end (I was taking some pretty serious painkillers), but I did see some part of each game. And I don't particularly like soccer, especially the outrageous flopping.
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After 12 years in West Berlin, I've always liked the German team. As for the "diving", I would love to see a group of fans holds up number cards to grade the dive.
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Old 06-12-18, 03:45 PM
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The month-long competition kicks off this Thursday as Russia takes on Saudi Arabia in the opening match.

Who will you be cheering for?

Who do you think wins it all?
Portugal

Germany
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Old 06-12-18, 03:48 PM
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Is the USA in it?
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Old 06-12-18, 03:52 PM
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No US, no Italy, no Netherlands. Not sure who to root for. Maybe I'll just root for a Portgual vs. Argentina final. Would like to see Ronaldo or Messi win it.

The US has to completely rebuild from the ground up. The youth system is awful.

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Old 06-12-18, 06:00 PM
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I'm rooting for Germany and Iceland ("everybody's second favorite team").

Diving is the worst part of soccer. Second worst part is when a ref makes a horrendous game-changing controversial call, but that can happen in any sport.
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Old 06-12-18, 07:28 PM
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No US, no Italy, no Netherlands. Not sure who to root for. Maybe I'll just root for a Portgual vs. Argentina final. Would like to see Ronaldo or Messi win it.

The US has to completely rebuild from the ground up. The youth system is awful.
The biggest problem with US soccer is people obsessed with playing “pretty” soccer instead of winning.

America has the best athletes in the world. US Soccer needs to stop catering to rich kids and go find the next Lebron.
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Old 06-12-18, 07:31 PM
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The problem with US soccer is youth development that relies on a pay to play scheme and coaching that aims at winning instead of developing skills. We have good enough athletes playing the game but they're just not skilled enough.
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Old 06-12-18, 07:54 PM
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America has the best athletes in the world. US Soccer needs to stop catering to rich kids and go find the next Lebron.
The best athletes in the US don't want to play soccer and never will.
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Old 06-12-18, 07:58 PM
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After 12 years in West Berlin, I've always liked the German team. As for the "diving", I would love to see a group of fans holds up number cards to grade the dive.
How cool would that be? Hilarious!

As long as Germany stays in attack mode - which should be a given - they will be hard to beat.
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Old 06-13-18, 05:54 AM
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My dark horse is Belgium. I don't know if they have the overall cohesiveness to advance deep in the tournament but they have many exciting players and their group stage match against England should be one of the most intriguing of that round.
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Old 06-13-18, 05:59 AM
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The 2026 World Cup will be shared by US, Canada, and Mexico. I believe this will be the first WC for the expansion, up to 48 teams from the current 32.
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Old 06-13-18, 06:19 AM
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I'm rooting for Germany and Iceland ("everybody's second favorite team").

Diving is the worst part of soccer. Second worst part is when a ref makes a horrendous game-changing controversial call, but that can happen in any sport.
The injuries from attempting a back 1 and a half somersault with 4 and a half twists into grass must be tremendous.

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Old 06-13-18, 07:42 AM
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One of the favs, Spain, fires their coach on the eve of the World Cup: http://www.espn.com/soccer/spain/sto...d-of-world-cup
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Old 06-13-18, 07:48 AM
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Seems like a dumb move. Yeah, he's agreed to manage Real Madrid, but do they really believe he's going to put that ahead of coaching during the World Cup? How does changing managers the week of the tournament help anything?
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Old 06-13-18, 07:59 AM
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The 2026 World Cup will be shared by US, Canada, and Mexico. I believe this will be the first WC for the expansion, up to 48 teams from the current 32.
The US should have been sole host in 2022 but we all know how that turned out. Now the politics of which city gets WC games is on, will they go with primarily large coastal markets, (Boston, NYC, Phila, DC, Miami, LA, SF, Seattle) in the US or will solid soccer cities in fly over country get some love? Only thing that seems to be set in stone is the final game will be played at Met Life Stadium just outside NYC.
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Old 06-13-18, 08:07 AM
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Either there or the new Rams/Chargers stadium.
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Chicago & Detroit got games back in 94 didn't they?

It would be nice to see some games in Columbus. They have played soccer at Ohio Stadium recently haven't they?
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Old 06-13-18, 09:14 AM
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There's already a short list of cities. Non-coastals are Nashville, Atlanta, Kansas City, Denver, Dallas, Orlando, and Cincinnati.

Chicago and Minneapolis took themselves out of the running awhile ago over cost/tax issues.
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Chicago & Detroit got games back in 94 didn't they?

It would be nice to see some games in Columbus. They have played soccer at Ohio Stadium recently haven't they?
Yes

Detroit hosted the first indoor WC games at the Silverdome.

I don't believe Columbus was on the preliminary list of host cities.
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