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    Default World Cup Russia 2018

    Post your thoughts here then.
    I think Germany will go all the way as usual, I also think Brazil are looking like a much better team it could be they make the final against Germany and maybe a chance for redemption for what happened on July 8th 2014.

    Belgium should do better this time with the team they have, but I don't know, Uruguay, Portugal will be hard to beat

    France are in with a shout, Spain despite the managerial problem will still perform, surprises? Sweden, Denmark or Iceland to get far?
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    COMEBACK. Well you ve named most teams there Chris ?. Brazil to win World Cup and how original is that !

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    Quote Originally Posted by tapid View Post
    COMEBACK. Well you ve named most teams there Chris ?. Brazil to win World Cup and how original is that !
    Brian, I've never done anything original in my life so why start now?

    Who do you fancy then? Or is it a secret.
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    Glad you've started this thread, Chris. I'll comment more later. Just getting ready to watch the opening match with Russia, bottle of chilled Baltika in hand:



    Russian beer is rather good!!

    Let's hope it's a good match - I have my reservations.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris@panteg View Post
    Brian, I've never done anything original in my life so why start now?

    Who do you fancy then? Or is it a secret.
    Sorry Chris I meant my fancy was for Brazil and its me thats not very original !. Badly worded I m afraid.
    Nice performance from the hosts today against admittedly poor opposition.

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    Well, that was a much better and more open match than I expected!

    Great opening game from the hosts, who despite rather poor opposition, showed their threat up front and attacking skills. I like how they played a fast pressing game. If they keep that up, and particularly their attack-minded and positive attitude, with the home crowd behind them too, they should do quite well.

    This is certainly a much better Russian side than the boring defensive one we watched at the last World Cup!

    Predictions? I'm going to reserve judgment on that one until I've seen each team play once, quite simply because, out with of the known 'superstars', I know next to nothing about most of the players. It's the first time I'll be watching the finals of a major football tournament with no real team to support (in the absence of Italy, Wales or Scotland)...

    I will say though that (as usual) Germany will be there or thereabouts, and that after the last shambles I'm expecting big things from Brazil. I'd love to see a 'revenge match' between both teams, after Brazil's 7-1 humping from Germany last time, as I'm sure that such a showdown would be a cracker!!

    I wish England well, as long as their fans behave and the media and commentators [and even some of the players] stop talking about their chances of winning the bloody thing, when they haven't even reached a semi-final for 28 years

    Clue: if you want to gain the respect of neutrals watching (like me), rather than receive ridicule in our 'Anyone but England' T-shirts, best be a realist than a fantasist......

    Anyway, let's all hope for some good, entertaining games in the weeks to come!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    I wish England well, as long as their hooligan fans behave and the media and commentators [and even some of the players] stop talking about their chances of winning the bloody thing, when they haven't even reached a semi-final for 28 years

    Clue: if you want to gain the respect of neutrals watching (like me), rather than receive ridicule in our 'Anyone but England' T-shirts, best be a realist than a fantasist......

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    I'm having £20 on Germany to win. I've also got a load of spread bets on the scores but I'm putting them on as I go along, if I win early on I'll use it to double up the bets for the next one and so on. Sort of like a self administered accumulator.
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    I seem to recall that the continent that the tournament is played in favours its own.

    Spain are still in it. The squad will rally and Hierro has been part of the set-up as well as having a CV that England would sell the crown jewels for.

    I'm just glad that the hype around England has died down. It made me bored with international football.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris@panteg View Post
    Post your thoughts here then.
    I think Germany will go all the way as usual, I also think Brazil are looking like a much better team it could be they make the final against Germany and maybe a chance for redemption for what happened on July 8th 2014.

    Belgium should do better this time with the team they have, but I don't know, Uruguay, Portugal will be hard to beat

    France are in with a shout, Spain despite the managerial problem will still perform, surprises? Sweden, Denmark or Iceland to get far?
    Historically, Germany don't perform as well on Russian soil as they do elsewhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post
    Historically, Germany don't perform as well on Russian soil as they do elsewhere!
    Nice One

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