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Arena The *Official* 2018 FIFA World Cup Thread

Discussion in 'Community' started by Darth_Omega, Jun 9, 2018.

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Who will win the tournament?

Poll closed Jun 23, 2018.
  1. Germany

    24.3%
  2. Brazil

    10.8%
  3. France

    13.5%
  4. Argentina

    8.1%
  5. Spain

    5.4%
  6. England

    8.1%
  7. Belgium

    2.7%
  8. Other

    27.0%
  1. EHT

    EHT Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I hope he takes himself down with a vicious red card.

    Brazil or Argentina for me.
     
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  2. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 7

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    Right, like he’d get a red.
     
  3. JoinTheSchwarz

    JoinTheSchwarz JC Head Admin & Community Manager star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    lol @ England

    Preemptive, so I can quote it in the future.
     
  4. DAR

    DAR Jedi Master star 4

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    Is there any particular player besides the usual suspects, that a casual watcher of the sport should keep an eye out for?
     
  5. starfish

    starfish Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Looking forward to this World Cup.

    It’ll be interesting to see how far Iceland makes it.

    Hope Sweden make it out of the group stage, been a few world cups since they were at the tournament. I’m glad they at least got in.
     
  6. DarthIntegral

    DarthIntegral SFTC June Tiemaster star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    In for a last place finish.
     
  7. Darth_Omega

    Darth_Omega Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Spain just pulled the biggest WTF news you'll ever hear: the Spanish FA has fired Lopetegui two days before their opening match against Portugal. [face_hypnotized]8-}

    Also congratulations to USA, Mexico and Canada for getting to host the 2026 World Cup.

    It's just you and me, so there's a 50% chance you get first place.
     
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  8. yankee8255

    yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Hope no one picked Spain: they just fired their coach.
     
  9. Obi Anne

    Obi Anne FF manager Celebrations star 8 Manager

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    I've joined up with the fantasy leage, with a totally auto-completed team. I'm curious how that will work out.
     
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  10. Martoto77

    Martoto77 Jedi Master star 5

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  11. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 7

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    I guess Spain didn't take to kindly to him being announced as the new Real manager, albeit after the World Cup.

    What a bizarre decision. But I'm glad, all the more chance they'll crash and burn.
     
  12. DarthIntegral

    DarthIntegral SFTC June Tiemaster star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    [face_dancing][face_dancing][face_dancing] World Cup Hosting in 20206 means we won't miss out on three straight! [face_dancing][face_dancing][face_dancing]

    And such odd news for Spain/Lopetugi. I saw that he accepted the Real Madrid job, but it looked like that should have no impact on his World Cup status. Even more disappointing, they didn't hire Zidane!

    Heels, Digbert, Richie, yankee - get in there!
     
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  13. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 7

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    The issue was he didn’t let the Spanish FA know he was talking to Madrid.
     
  14. SithLordDarthRichie

    SithLordDarthRichie CR Emeritus: London star 8

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    I get they're annoyed (presumably because they've not had enough notice to start lining up replacements) but firing him at this stage seems counterproductive.
    Throws the whole preparation into turmoil
     
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  15. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 7

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    Absolutely. I didn't think they'd win. Now I doubt they'll get out the group.

    Edit: The CONACAF qualifying will be quite odd for 2026, with three of the teams already in it. but with it being expanded that year I assume 2-3 additional teams will get in.
     
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  16. DarthIntegral

    DarthIntegral SFTC June Tiemaster star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Well, that's just a dick move.

    They should still get out of the group though, on talent alone. Portugal, Iran, and Morocco?
     
  17. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 7

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    It could depend on how much the players liked him. They could down tools. Then again it could galvanise them.
     
  18. DarthIntegral

    DarthIntegral SFTC June Tiemaster star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    it probably helps to galvanize the troops that they open up against their rival and current Euro champs, no? They surely won't want to be flat against Portugal.
     
  19. Blackhole E Snoke

    Blackhole E Snoke Jedi Master star 4

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    I expect Russia to break South Africa's 2010 record of worst host performance. I also expect the Russian Ultras to cause some ugly scenes with other countries' real football fans.

    I was close to boycotting everything to do with this year's world cup.
     
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  20. Darth_Omega

    Darth_Omega Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    If Fantasy Football is too much of a bother there is also a simple bracket challenge and score predictor game.

    For the bracket challenge (link here) the only thing you have to do is predict the final group standings and who goes through to the next round in the knockout matches. Use the code: 447c9cc4 or click here to join the league.

    And the score prediction game (link here) you have to predict the final score of each match. Use the code: ea4563e2 or click here to join the league.

    tl;dr for @Diggy
    Click the damn links.
     
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  21. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 7

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    What if just reading that post is too much effort?
     
  22. Darth_Omega

    Darth_Omega Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Edited my post just for you. :p
     
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  23. gezvader28

    gezvader28 Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Are we out yet ?
     
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  24. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 7

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    Not yet, and I do like Gareth Southgate's answer in a presser.

    Reporter: "How far away are you from a really good team?"

    Gareth Southgate: "About 4 hotels".
     
  25. gezvader28

    gezvader28 Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    HaHa! that's very good , did he really say that ?