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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. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 7

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    I don't know. I read it in a couple of different places, but not anywhere verifiable.
     
  2. Point Given

    Point Given Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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  3. DarthIntegral

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

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    What are the odds of a Germany-Brasil Final? I'd say about 7:1
     
  4. DarthIntegral

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

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    Assuming by "the usual suspects" you mean Ronaldo and Messi, there are a host of good talents to watch for, and for a number of different reasons. Here's just a few:

    Kylian Mbappe (France) - he's a special talent, and all of 18-years old. If the French team can figure out how to leverage his strengths in the attack properly, they can win the cup. It'll be good to see him against some tough opponents, too, since his club games often have him matched up against incredibly overmatched teams.
    Kaylor Navas (Costa Rica) - if you like goalkeepers, watch the Costa Rica games. Navas is arguably the best keeper in the world (I'd put him fourth, personally), but will have the opportunity to, once again, help carry his country to unexpected heights on the biggest stage, just like Costa Rica did four years ago.
    Christian Pavon (Argentina) - Most likely to be bought by a European club not named Real Madrid or Bayern based on a few impressive moments in Russia
    Gabriel Jesus (Brazil) - Most likely to be bought by Real Madrid (I don't care that he's at City)
    Timo Werner (Germany) - Most likely to be bought by Bayern Munich
    Harry Kane - Most likely to have a chance to send England through in a Knockout game (or in a score-and-you-advance-from-the-group-stages type moment) and blow it. Also, most likely to claim a goal he didn't score. And most likely to set Twitter aflame.
    Fahad Al Muwallad (Saudi Arabia) - best player nobody has ever seen play before. 30% chance that Jose Mourinho buys him if he has a strong world cup, and then doesn't play him as an offensive weapon. Except maybe in a League Cup Game. Against a team from a lower division. And then uses his press conference to passive aggressively undermine his skills/ability/commitment.
    Paul Pogba (France) - Most likely to be made of by @Diggy
     
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  5. yankee8255

    yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Local Salzburg radio station were kind enough to play every German supporter's favorite football song this morning, "Three Lions (Football 's Coming Home".

    The tournament can now begin, I'm ready
     
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  6. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 7

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    You forgot Mo Salah, currently the best player in the world 8)
     
  7. yankee8255

    yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Also, he's likely only going to be on the euch, but the button should always be kept at the ready

    http://www.tomnash.eu/gomez-button.html


    I have to admit, I miss the heady days of wild-eyed English optimism, "This is our year" "Joe Cole is world class, I tell you, world class!" and of course "Wayne Rooney, Player of his Generation!".

    Good times.
     
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  8. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 7

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    Rooney wasn't even the player of his generation in the team he played for.

    So they were indeed heady days.
     
  9. DarthIntegral

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

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    Thought about including him, but he's gotten enough press coverage that he's not really under the radar. Plus, I wanted to get in a Jose Mourinho joke.
     
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  10. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 7

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    Russia definitely has the best theme song.
     
  11. SithLordDarthRichie

    SithLordDarthRichie CR Emeritus: London star 8

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    It is a fine anthem.

    Though Germany's & France's are pretty great
     
  12. Obi Anne

    Obi Anne FF manager Celebrations star 8 Manager

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    Russia-Saudi Arabia, not exactly the most exciting opening game in the history of the world cup.
     
  13. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    Russia get the first goal of the tournament - 1-0.
     
  14. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 7

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    Which brutal dictatorship is everyone hoping win this one?
     
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  15. DarthIntegral

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

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    USA didn't qualify, Digs
     
  16. Sith_Sensei__Prime

    Sith_Sensei__Prime Chosen One star 6

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    It's the World Cup, bro...
     
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  17. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    Russia is doing well in the goal department - 3-0 now.
     
  18. heels1785

    heels1785 JCC/PT/New Films Manager star 8 Staff Member Manager

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    Bit of redemption if Afinkeev keeps this clean sheet, even against scrubs.
     
  19. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    4-0 now. Real good start for Russia.

    Edit - 5-0.
     
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  20. gezvader28

    gezvader28 Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    haha ! I guess there's gonna be a few claims of fixing now .
     
  21. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    Good start for Russia. Tomorrow is Egypt v Uruguay, Morocco v Iran, and Portugal v Spain.
     
  22. gezvader28

    gezvader28 Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    I thought Russia was supposed to be crap , some of those goals were amazing .
     
  23. heels1785

    heels1785 JCC/PT/New Films Manager star 8 Staff Member Manager

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    So that's one fewer goal in one game of the 2018 WC than Russia had in the 2010 + 2014 tournaments combined.

    Uruguay will likely feast on them and take that group, but it's cool that they got a nice win to lead off.
     
  24. yankee8255

    yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Never underestimate how bad the Saudis are.
     
  25. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 7

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    Yes, very cool for certain people that hold certain beliefs...Comrade Heels.