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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by Bluejaygrad03 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:40 pm

Chiellini, Barzagli, De Rossi, and Buffon all announced after today's match that they're retiring from the Azzurri.

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by TheAsianSensation » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:00 pm

Today's fun fact: the current champions of the CAF, CONMEBOL, and CONCACAF are missing the world cup, the OFC champion is probably going to miss, and we're a mild Honduras upset away from the AFC champion missing.

lol FIFA if 5 of their 6 confederation champions are out of the World Cup proper.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:36 am

TheAsianSensation wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:00 pm
Today's fun fact: the current champions of the CAF, CONMEBOL, and CONCACAF are missing the world cup, the OFC champion is probably going to miss, and we're a mild Honduras upset away from the AFC champion missing.

lol FIFA if 5 of their 6 confederation champions are out of the World Cup proper.
Wow. That seems like a very Paul Carr-ish factoid 8 )
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:53 pm

Goaaaaaalllll! Ireland! Shane Duffy 5' :td

Ireland has never clinched a World Cup bid on home soil.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:19 pm

Denmark answer with 2 goals to take a 2:1 lead, 31'
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

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64' - Denmark dominating now, and lead 3:1
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:38 pm

Ireland 1:5 Denmark FT (Denmark wins 5:1 on aggregate)

The Danes advance to their 5th-ever World Cup, with misses in 2014 and 2006.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by TheAsianSensation » Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:07 pm

Oh Lord people are actually trying this

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:12 pm

TheAsianSensation wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:07 pm
Oh Lord people are actually trying this

:lol:
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by Bluejaygrad03 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:32 pm

Squirrel, nothing about the U.S.'s 1:1 draw in the friendly vs. Portugal today?

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:32 am

Bluejaygrad03 wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:32 pm
Squirrel, nothing about the U.S.'s 1:1 draw in the friendly vs. Portugal today?
Yes, a decent result, especially since so many young players were selected for the team. Wes McKennie scored the US goal.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by tombs14 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:40 am

TheAsianSensation wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:07 pm
Oh Lord people are actually trying this

I would actually love to see this happen. Its not like the invitee's are scrub teams.

Partially - you want to get better, you have to keep playing good teams
the rest - 3crew FIFA :lol:

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:56 am

In theory this is a great idea, but in reality, many of the top players would take a pass on this type of event. However, many of the national teams like Italy and Ireland would still potentially be draws, even with B or C squads.

Also keep in mind that many of these teams will be playing pre-World Cup exhibitions as tune-ups in Russia (and probably other parts of Eastern Europe/Asia) the weeks before the tournament starts.

MLS will not likely be taking a break during the World Cup. The leagues in Chile and Ireland play spring-fall, so you are asking them to sacrifice some of their best players for a meaningless exhibition event.

But, I do think a small-format type event with 4 big draw teams could work-just everyone play each other once.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:57 am

Socceroos are through, following a 3:1 result against Honduras. Australia is team #31, with only the NZ/Peru 2nd leg to be contested.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by TheAsianSensation » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:33 pm

It won't work because everyone will want the USA as a tune-up opponent. Everyone in the Americas would love to play a road game en route to Russia.

Frankly we should just do a goodbye series next summer. Stack up exhibitions and say bye to Dempsey, Bradley, Howard, and those who don't warrant a goodbye.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by Bluejaygrad03 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:14 pm

Peru is through and is team number 32 after a 2:0 win over New Zealand.

And every Peruvian will have tomorrow off as the Pervuian government announced earlier today that if Peru won tonight, then Thursday would be declared a national holiday in Peru.

It is Peru's first appearance in the World Cup since 1982.

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:11 am

1982 was a controversial World Cup, and was the reason why the final matches are now played concurrently. West Germany and Austria played their final group stage match following a 3:2 win by Algeria over Chile, knowing a 1-goal West Germany win would see both the Germans and Austrians through over Algeria (all 3 would finish the group with 4 points). In an act of collusion, once the first West German goal was scored, they mostly just kicked the ball around the center circle.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:18 am

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by tombs14 » Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:59 am

squirrel wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:18 am
Updated draw simulator: http://ultra.zone/2018-FIFA-World-Cup-Group-Stage-Draws
Are there general/simple explanations for how all of the teams were placed in Pots 1-4? Rules for keeping them in or out of other ones?

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:12 am

tombs14 wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:59 am
squirrel wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:18 am
Updated draw simulator: http://ultra.zone/2018-FIFA-World-Cup-Group-Stage-Draws
Are there general/simple explanations for how all of the teams were placed in Pots 1-4? Rules for keeping them in or out of other ones?
There are, but they change from Cup to Cup based on different factors (bid allocation, breakdown of the seeded teams, etc). Typically to faciliate teams from the same region facing each other, they usually pot them by confederation. Traditionally, the top 7 teams plus host country were always seeded, and then the rest grouped into pots by region. However, this year for the first time, they are going solely on rank, and they are using the October rankings. So unless there are any panicked last minute changes, it's probably pretty accurate at this point.

But the draw will get messy because of this new adoption.

As an example, in 2010, the 8 seeded teams were 5 from Europe, 2 from S. America and 1 from Africa (hosts South Africa). The remaining 8 European teams were potted together, Asia (4) and N. America (3) shared a pot with Oceania (1), and Africa (5) and South America (3 non-seeded teams) rounded out the other pot.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by tombs14 » Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:34 am

Thanks squirrel.

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:04 pm

CONCACAF will launch its own League of Nations (expected to begin next September, but not officially announced/determined), similar to the new UEFA event which will commence next fall.
http://www.concacaf.com/article/concaca ... -confirmed

The 41 members will be divided into 3 tiers, and early indications are that each tier will be set up like a domestic league (with promotion and relegation between tiers) and with a double round-robin format.

More importantly it will provide regular competition and motivation for smaller Caribbean members that maybe are pretty informal in finding competitive friendlies for their national teams.

Gold Cup qualification will be tied into the League of Nations as well.
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by salz4life » Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:41 pm

TheAsianSensation wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:00 pm
Today's fun fact: the current champions of the CAF, CONMEBOL, and CONCACAF are missing the world cup, the OFC champion is probably going to miss, and we're a mild Honduras upset away from the AFC champion missing.

lol FIFA if 5 of their 6 confederation champions are out of the World Cup proper.

Seems really CONCACAFfy. LOL
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:33 am

It's draw day, and the draw is on:

Live feed (FS1/FoxSportsGo access required): https://www.foxsportsgo.com/channel/49070/fox-sports-1
Tracker: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/final-draw/#draws
Live Info Graphic:

And to kill time in the meantime, the draw simulator: http://ultra.zone/2018-FIFA-World-Cup-Group-Stage-Draws
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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Post by squirrel » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:36 am

Group A
Russia (host)
Saudia Arabia
Egypt
Uruguay

Group B
Portugal
Spain
Morocco
Iran

Group C
France
Australia
Peru
Denmark

Group D
Argentina
Iceland
Croatia
Nigeria

Group E
Brazil
Swtizerland
Costa Rica
Serbia

Group F
Germany
Mexico
Sweden
Korea

Group G
Belgium
Panama
Tunisia
England

Group H
Poland
Senegal
Colombia
Japan
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