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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. Darth_Omega

    Darth_Omega Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Welcome to the FIFA World Cup 2018 thread.

    This thread is for discussion of tournament events only. Any other football discussion, whether it be Manchester United, Liverpool, Benfica, Real Madrid or Accrington Stanley (who are they?) related should still go in The Beautiful Game thread.

    The qualified teams:
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    Some useful links:
    Football
    FIFA World Cup
    FIFA Official Website
    Guardian guide to all 736 players.

    Previous official world cup threads:
    2002
    2006
    2010
    2014

    To conclude a FAQ:

    I couldn't help but notice that this is called the WORLD cup but the greatest country in the world isn't participating, why?
    Sadly enough the Netherlands couldn't qualify from their tough group which included France and Sweden. :(

    Actually I was talking about [face_flag][face_flag][face_flag]USA! USA! USA![face_flag][face_flag][face_flag]
    Oh right... They lost to Trinidad & Tobago in the last match round which meant missing out on qualification.
     
  2. FatBurt

    FatBurt Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Jul 21, 2003
    The world cup will confuse most muricans as it involves places outside the US as in the world.


    As opposed to the world series where the name is clearly a lie.



    Anyway. I'll be content if England get out of the group stage. Pleased if we get passed the first knock out round.

    Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
     
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  3. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 7

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    Enjoy a contented World Cup, Burty!
     
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  4. bizzbizz

    bizzbizz Jedi Knight star 4

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    hopefully the aussies can beat peru but yeah no chance we make it out of the group.
     
  5. DANNASUK

    DANNASUK Force Ghost star 7

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    Argentina to win the whole thing.

    England to be sent packing in the group stages. Tradition must be maintained, boys.
     
  6. dp4m

    dp4m Chosen One star 10

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    Nov 8, 2001
    Let's go Iceland!
     
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  7. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 7

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    That is so two years ago.

    Look to Poland.
     
  8. halibut

    halibut Ex-Mod star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Aug 27, 2000
    My money is on Belgium
     
  9. heels1785

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

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    Dec 10, 2003
    i'll be pulling for england and germany

    which makes as much sense as basically everything else about me, so whatever.

    germans to win.
     
  10. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    In the past I've pulled for the USA and England (one is where I'm from and one is where I live). Guess it's just England this time around. At least this World Cup is fairly time-zone friendly for viewing in the UK and Europe.
     
  11. Obi Anne

    Obi Anne FF manager Celebrations star 8 Manager

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    Nov 4, 1998
    My list of favorite football countries is generally The Netherlands, Germany, Italy - that doesn't really work this time when Sweden elminiated two of them and is in the group with the third. I like Germany, but I think it's time for some other country to win, I'm going to cheer for Belgium this year.

    As for Sweden, we are in a tough group, but I'm hoping that we will go through the group stage. Ibrahimovic is not on the team, and even if he is our best player that actually increases our chances. With Ibrahimovic on the team the other players forget to play and just shoot long ball up to him, instead of fighting together. Don't expect any exciting football from Sweden though.
     
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  12. Point Given

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

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    Portugal, Iceland, and England are my main rooting interests.
     
  13. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    I will probably add Iceland in lieu of the US. I was pretty impressed by them the last time.
     
  14. epic

    epic Ex Mod star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Jul 4, 1999
    Will be supporting England and Australia

    I picked Germany to win because it’s Germany and you never pick against anyone but Germany in a World Cup. But yeh I hope Argentina win or maybe even France or Belgium. Someone different.

    England should make it to the quarters really. They’ve got beatable teams until then. Out on penalties.
     
  15. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 7

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    I hope Spain get thrashed in every group game, or just get knocked out thanks to a Sergio Ramos own goal. And then he cries.
     
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  16. Point Given

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

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    I'd settle for this again



    Preferably against Egypt.
     
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  17. Darth Punk

    Darth Punk Force Ghost star 6

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    Great OP, tailed off a bit by the final paragraph.

    Shame Murica failed to qualify. I think having to play both Trinidad and Tobago simultaneously should be against the rules, and you should bomb accordingly.
     
  18. darth_gersh

    darth_gersh Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Feb 18, 2005
    Australia and England to get knocked out in first stage please. Argentina for the CUP!
     
  19. DarthIntegral

    DarthIntegral VIP star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I'm looking forward to this one, since the stench of American disappointment has already occurred, and won't taint the tournament proper.

    I find myself in an odd position. With the Yanks not qualified, my only natural rooting interest is "whoever is playing Mexico." My favorite players on my two favorite club teams are from nations that didn't qalify, so I can't look there. And, too many of the bandwagons are either too full for my hipsterness to take (Iceland), too stacked to feel like it's not cheating to root for them (Germany, France), or don't have actual appeal (Panama). I think I'm just going to root for minimal upsets in the group stages, giving us the best teams and the best matches come knockout round. And for Mexico to go out in the cruelest, most painful way possible.
     
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  20. DarthTunick

    DarthTunick SfC Part IV Commissioner star 10 VIP - Game Host

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    England & Egypt are my top-2.
     
  21. epic

    epic Ex Mod star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    You know there’s only one choice

    INGERLUND
     
  22. solojones

    solojones Chosen One star 9

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    Sep 27, 2000
    Tiago!!!! Hey buddy. I'm more excited to see you than the first couple World Cup matches.
     
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  23. SithLordDarthRichie

    SithLordDarthRichie CR Emeritus: London star 8

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    Oct 3, 2003
    I'd expect either Germany, Brazil, Spain or France will win it.

    Belgium could come good, they're more than capable given the players they have.
    But I don't see it happening.

    Argentina might do well, but the team minus the front 3 isn't that great.
     
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2018
  24. Darth_Omega

    Darth_Omega Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    FIFA's fantasy football league is up, as always I've created a league:

    JCC League
    IVJAZFO4

    Yeah the group stage matches will be dreadful. :p
     
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  25. solojones

    solojones Chosen One star 9

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    Although I'm looking forward to seeing Iceland play anyone.