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    The World Cup

    Now that the football season is over, thoughts turn to the World Cup..!

    Struggling to get excited about this. Thankfully Iím not English as Iíd be struggling to get excited about this squad.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44138600

    Whatís peopleís thoughts on it? Whose your tip to win it? Which team will disappoint? Whose your dark horses that will probably go out in the first round?

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    I have said for a while I think Nigeria will do well. No real reasoning behind it just a hunch. Then they drew probably the worst group in Argentina, Iceland and Croatia so could easily be over by group stages for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David_D View Post
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    I have said for a while I think Nigeria will do well. No real reasoning behind it just a hunch. Then they drew probably the worst group in Argentina, Iceland and Croatia so could easily be over by group stages for me.
    Loving the Nigerian kits. They should get a goal start for the quality of them

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    Quote Originally Posted by LustForLeith View Post
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    Now that the football season is over, thoughts turn to the World Cup..!

    Struggling to get excited about this. Thankfully Iím not English as Iíd be struggling to get excited about this squad.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44138600

    Whatís peopleís thoughts on it? Whose your tip to win it? Which team will disappoint? Whose your dark horses that will probably go out in the first round?
    Iíd like to say Morocco and Iran will impress as dark horses, but given they are both with Spain and Portugal I canít see both progressing. Iran have Carlos Queiroz as coach and have a very impressive qualification record and are bringing through both creative and goal scoring players now to go with their miserly defence.

    I donít know whoíll win it but Iíd wager Germany wonít be far away.

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    I think the action off the pitch will be more exciting than the action on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IGRIGI View Post
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    I think the action off the pitch will be more exciting than the action on it.
    I was thinking the same but Iím sure on the ITV documentary the other night there was a Russian hooligan who said 90 per cent of Russian hooligans have signed an agreement not to cause trouble.

    So that puts paid to that then

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    Quote Originally Posted by LustForLeith View Post
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    I was thinking the same but Iím sure on the ITV documentary the other night there was a Russian hooligan who said 90 per cent of Russian hooligans have signed an agreement not to cause trouble.

    So that puts paid to that then
    I predict a Ďgoadingí, then.

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    I see the England squad is being slated by many already. Squads of yesteryear went with great expectations and failed miserably, this one has no chance apparently and will probably fail miserably. No difference really, I hope we do well, we probably won't. I love the WC though and hope Brazil live up to expectations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Hibby View Post
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    I see the England squad is being slated by many already. Squads of yesteryear went with great expectations and failed miserably, this one has no chance apparently and will probably fail miserably. No difference really, I hope we do well, we probably won't. I love the WC though and hope Brazil live up to expectations.
    I really donít mind if England win it as it will give them something to talk about other than 1966. Thereís very little chance they will with that squad though. There seems to be a lot of defenders it midfielders who play in defence.

    Brazil need to make up for the embarrassment of the last one where they stumbled around until they got hammered off Germany. Was it Fred who touched the ball three times and two of them were from kick offs in one match?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Hibby View Post
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    I see the England squad is being slated by many already. Squads of yesteryear went with great expectations and failed miserably, this one has no chance apparently and will probably fail miserably. No difference really, I hope we do well, we probably won't. I love the WC though and hope Brazil live up to expectations.
    I was just saying to my mate today that in all the years I can remember, this could be the "worst" England squad to head to a major tournament. Imagine it this was the time they went and done something??

    As it is, Brazil, Germany, Spain, France and Argentina all wipe the floor with them in knockout football imo

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenNWhiteArmy View Post
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    I was just saying to my mate today that in all the years I can remember, this could be the "worst" England squad to head to a major tournament. Imagine it this was the time they went and done something??

    As it is, Brazil, Germany, Spain, France and Argentina all wipe the floor with them in knockout football imo
    Was saying this to the lad at work. Expectation is low, pressure should be off.

    They should be home by the second round. Quarters at best.

    Anyone know what their ďroute to the finalĒ could be?

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    I was just saying to my mate today that in all the years I can remember, this could be the "worst" England squad to head to a major tournament. Imagine it this was the time they went and done something??

    As it is, Brazil, Germany, Spain, France and Argentina all wipe the floor with them in knockout football imo
    Probably similar to the vast majority of us I'd be surprised nay shocked if the winners were not one of this group, in saying that it'd be terrific if a dark horse did go on to win it just for sheer novelty.

    I'm going to put a small wager on Argentina to win it outright as they normally give a good account of themselves and have almost as good a chance as any of the rest.

    Looking forward to hopefully watching some great games and also hope it passes without incident from any crowd disorder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lgnsh70 View Post
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    Probably similar to the vast majority of us I'd be surprised nay shocked if the winners were not one of this group, in saying that it'd be terrific if a dark horse did go on to win it just for sheer novelty.

    I'm going to put a small wager on Argentina to win it outright as they normally give a good account of themselves and have almost as good a chance as any of the rest.

    Looking forward to hopefully watching some great games and also hope it passes without incident from any crowd disorder.

    Mon the Cabbage!!!
    I know you have to factor in the genius that is Messi, but looking at the their qualifying campaign and their 6-1 annihilation against Spain recently I'd be shocked if Argentina were anywhere near the final. I think Colombia and Uruguay have as much chance from South America of lifting the coverted trophy. Brazil were easily the best team in qualification from South America but im pretty convinced the winner will come from Europe.

    Really looking forward to it. Love the world cup.

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    I know you have to factor in the genius that is Messi, but looking at the their qualifying campaign and their 6-1 annihilation against Spain recently I'd be shocked if Argentina were anywhere near the final. I think Colombia and Uruguay have as much chance from South America of lifting the coverted trophy. Brazil were easily the best team in qualification from South America but im pretty convinced the winner will come from Europe.

    Really looking forward to it. Love the world cup
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    Me too. Hopefully some brilliant games and great goals with some memorable individual standout moments included.

    Mon the Cabbage!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Hibby View Post
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    I see the England squad is being slated by many already. Squads of yesteryear went with great expectations and failed miserably, this one has no chance apparently and will probably fail miserably. No difference really, I hope we do well, we probably won't. I love the WC though and hope Brazil live up to expectations.
    I'm not sure why it's being slated, I think it's the best picks given the circumstances and Southgate knows the players really well. It actually looks balanced - a few youngsters and a few older players, but the vast majority firmly in their prime.

    They are light on international caps but the outfield squad is massively weighted with players from top-six clubs with plenty European experience.

    Alexander-Arnold is maybe the biggest surprise but he's going to be a Champions League finalist and shown up for Liverpool in the big games. Lallana would have been a certainty with a few more games this season, Southgate is a big admirer but not reckless, hence him being on stand-by. Wilshere is probably the most talented English midfielder as it stands but simply hasn't played enough games, pure and simple and I say that as an Arsenal fan.

    Some scary-looking squads in the tournament - Germany and Brazil in particular and the Argentinian attack is formidable.
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    but the winner shall come from either one of

    Spain
    Germany
    Brazil


    Belgium the dark horse

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbageandribs1875 View Post
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    but the winner shall come from either one of

    Spain
    Germany
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    Belgium the dark horse
    Surely Belgium canít be considered dark horses? They must be one of the favourites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bingo70 View Post
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    Surely Belgium canít be considered dark horses? They must be one of the favourites.



    i thought i had actually deleted that before posting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Hibby View Post
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    I see the England squad is being slated by many already. Squads of yesteryear went with great expectations and failed miserably, this one has no chance apparently and will probably fail miserably. No difference really, I hope we do well, we probably won't. I love the WC though and hope Brazil live up to expectations.
    Personally I think it is a pretty decent squad who could do reasonably well.

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    Iíve a sneaky feeling Roberto Martinez could get the Arsenal job. Has Thierry Henry on his coaching staff with Belgium too. if they do well at World Cup, he may be in demand and given his age, would imagine heíd look at getting back into a club management job. Although that would mean Arsenal waiting until after WC to appoint a manager and imagine they would have someone in place before that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Hibby View Post
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    I see the England squad is being slated by many already. Squads of yesteryear went with great expectations and failed miserably, this one has no chance apparently and will probably fail miserably. No difference really, I hope we do well, we probably won't. I love the WC though and hope Brazil live up to expectations.
    I'd say England are the dark horses - less expectation than ever but still with a strong squad.

    They've done what they've needed to do for decades - ditched the players hanging around on reputation alone rather than form or ability.

    The defence looks too suspect to win the thing, but they have loads of pace, a goal scorer in Kane and a decent amount of big game experience.

    Watching this Europa League final is getting me in the mood for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smartie View Post
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    I'd say England are the dark horses - less expectation than ever but still with a strong squad.

    They've done what they've needed to do for decades - ditched the players hanging around on reputation alone rather than form or ability.

    The defence looks too suspect to win the thing, but they have loads of pace, a goal scorer in Kane and a decent amount of big game experience.

    Watching this Europa League final is getting me in the mood for it.
    England look good going forward but no goalie, ropey centre backs and full backs who can't defend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hibsbollah View Post
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    England look good going forward but no goalie, ropey centre backs and full backs who can't defend.
    I donít think theyíve got the midfield to really control a game against a top side.

    In a one off game I think England are capable of beating anyone but I think the likelihood of them doing that against 3 or 4 top teams in a row is pretty slim.

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    Cant believe Brandon Barker didnt make the England squad.

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    Fancy Egypt as the dark horses.

    I donít think theyíll win it but think they might sneak into the latter stages, theyíve got a goal scorer in Salah so anything is possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bingo70 View Post
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    Fancy Egypt as the dark horses.

    I donít think theyíll win it but think they might sneak into the latter stages, theyíve got a goal scorer in Salah so anything is possible.
    They are a decent side, think they will do well

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    Fancy France to win it this year. Got the best squad around.
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    Fancy France to win it this year. Got the best squad around.
    Best haircuts and best swagger as well. They deserve a goal start too

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    France are the strongest team

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