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2018 World cup thread

Post by De Kuip on Tue May 15, 2018 3:29 pm

Given that TBAR doesnt have lots of different topics ticker-taping down the screen like some of the really big forums with hundreds of members, I thought we could scrub the various different parts of the site and just have all topics in one section.

So if it's Villa related, non Villa related but football, or nothing to do with football at all, I'm suggesting we just stick all topics in the Villa Chat section, to save navigating around.

So, that out of the way, I guess the first big news is that Southgate isn't taking Hart. A good decision in my book as he's a liability.

The full squad is announced tomorrow.

Thought for those still checking into TBAR over the off season, this could be the place to discuss the success or otherwise of the England team.

I did hear the other day that countries were invited to provide the organisers with 3 alternative slogans to be sprayed on the side of the team coaches. Egypt had “When you say Pharaohs, the world must get up and listen”, or something like that.

Someone suggested England could have "Keep the engine running".
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Post by WendyOz on Wed May 16, 2018 2:45 am

How about this for the England coach:

We're the easybeats!
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Post by De Kuip on Wed May 16, 2018 7:35 am

@WendyOz wrote:How about this for the England coach:

We're the easybeats!  

Well he's not taking Hart or Wilshire so hopefully we'll be the slightly less than easybeats.

On a serious note I really have no idea how England will do and I stopped expecting anything other than frustration a long long time ago.
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Post by FoxyAV on Wed May 16, 2018 12:21 pm

Until Grealish is in the England squad I really couldn't care less. Is it wrong that I want Germany to win? From what I understand they have a good league, with cheap tickets and part-ownership of clubs by their fans.
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Post by De Kuip on Wed May 16, 2018 5:27 pm

Yeah i get it's not everyone's cup of tea but i love the world cup, even if it means having to endure england performances and listening to that tired, repetitive boring fecking band in the crowd all game.

Anyway, for those interested here is the squad:

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley).

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United).

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea).

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

Standby: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley)
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Post by De Kuip on Wed May 16, 2018 5:32 pm

Heres a link to a decent pdf download of the competition showing groups and route to the final:

http://worldsoccertalk.com/2018/01/04/world-cup-2018-bracket/
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Post by De Kuip on Wed May 16, 2018 5:33 pm

I fancy iceland to upset argentina in the first game in group D
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Post by VTID85 on Wed May 16, 2018 8:23 pm

I don't really get excited for the qualifiers and certainly am not interested in the friendlies but come the tournament proper I love it. Don't know how much I'll be able to watch this time but regardless, the concentrated bombardment of football through the summer is very welcome.
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Post by WendyOz on Thu May 17, 2018 4:17 am

I stopped supporting the England team when Don Revie refused to pick Villa Players.
Any strong feelings about who will be in the WC Final? Who will do well?
Can Salah carry Egypt all by himself?...Nah
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Post by De Kuip on Thu May 17, 2018 9:56 am

Its always very difficult to bet against germany. Spain i think will do well and i wonder if we could see belgium come together as a team unit cos if they did then they are in with a shout.
I cant see it being anything other than an all- european final.
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Post by bruka on Thu May 17, 2018 1:12 pm

Going to enjoy the World Cup in spite of whatever England do (probably draw with Tunisia then have to beat their results vs. Panama and Belgium, sneak through to the next round where we draw Colombia or Senegal and get spanked and come home and call it a good "learning process"). Second day in and Spain vs Portugal is on at 7 o clock - gonna be a good tournament. Spain to win because of their awesome midfield.

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Post by Con on Mon May 21, 2018 4:53 pm

I like the defenders, strikers and goalies but the midfielders are too inexperienced for this level. One plus point for me is the attitude of this team. Where are the big egos? Will they fight for each other? I think they will. I believe we will do better than people expect but we won't win it because we won't be able to control the game against a really good possession side. Not checked the tables and the seeding of the knockout phase but I'd say the semi-finals is a good target.


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