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Old 06-12-2018, 05:32 PM
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Default World cup, winners//losers.

Who cares to predict the winner.
I have no idea who will take the cup home, however I am pulling for England to win it all, I like European style football lots of speed and shoulder to shoulder and long balls down the wings, as oppose to south/central American with a lot of built up in the middle.
It's a shame that Spain and Portugal play so early and are in the same group.
No US team means little interest here at home, however there are some die hard fans (first/second generation Americans) I know will be watching.
Dilly, Dilly.
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Old 06-12-2018, 05:44 PM
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Have to cheer on the smallest country to make the World Cup. It's David vs a bunch of Goliath's.
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Old 06-14-2018, 02:10 AM
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Second generation soccer fan , I know none that were born in the U S . We dont care about soccer and never will .
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Cant wait to see how Belgium performs. Im a big De Bruyne fan.
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Second generation soccer fan , I know none that were born in the U S . We dont care about soccer and never will .
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Old 06-14-2018, 05:59 AM
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Schedules, odds, etc
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkay.../#50091ec34670
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Old 06-14-2018, 10:05 AM
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What a terrible opening game, Saudi Arabia looks like a jv team, some effort should be made to get the best 32 teams to the tournament.
With 48 teams in the 2026 tournament there will likely be greater chances for miss-matches.
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I wonder if these matches for Russia are do or die ? I can see Putin feeding them to the wolves a year from now. You see Putin in the booth sitting next to the King of Saudi.
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Second generation soccer fan , I know none that were born in the U S . We dont care about soccer and never will .
Don't knock what you don't understand, a lot of very important people made great effort to get the 2026 tournament here (North America), most of the game will be played in the USA, 60 of 80.
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Don't knock what you don't understand, a lot of very important people made great effort to get the 2026 tournament here (North America), most of the game will be played in the USA, 60 of 80.
What I dont understand ? I said I dont know a single second generation soccer fan that was born in the US . So you understand the highly complex game of soccer thats over my head but are having big trouble understanding a simple statement . Typical soccer fan , you probaly think everybody gets a trophy too . Go Trump !
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Old 06-14-2018, 11:19 AM
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What I dont understand ? I said I dont know a single second generation soccer fan that was born in the US . So you understand the highly complex game of soccer thats over my head but are having big trouble understanding a simple statement . Typical soccer fan , you probaly think everybody gets a trophy too . Go Trump !
I am not sure I understand your statement, "a single second generation football fan that was born in the USA"
I have two fishing friends that are big football fans, both born in the U.S. one from English parents one from Scottish parents. that makes them first generation.
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Old 06-14-2018, 11:33 AM
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I never said anything about football , I do know some second generation football fans .
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My great grandparents were born here. Im borderline die hard when it comes to soccer. This last year I kind of fell off a little but still stayed on top of the Premiere League and MLS. Prior to that I was watching pretty much all the top flight leagues simultaneously. I have the soccer/football notifications on my phone before American Sports. The game gets a hard wrap from Americans but once you really take the time and put the effort into learning it, its stunning at times. Yes there are lows where it gets a little boring but thats what makes the good games great. I truly hope our leagues here, especially youth leagues develop into a much better organization. United States Soccer Federation needs to follow the format that Germany laid out 30 years ago. Its all up to our youth.

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I'm rooting for Colombia, Iceland and Spain pretty much in that order.
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Old 06-14-2018, 11:50 AM
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I never said anything about football , I do know some second generation football fans .
Soccer is played in three countries, Canada, Australia and the USA, the rest of the world plays "football".
I would hope you are not calling that game, that, that funny looking thing is in someones hand 99.99% of the time. (now that an oxymoron)
fourteen of the twenty two players on the field at any giving is obese, twenty are on HGH.
The FA cup (football association) was first competed for in 1798.
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Ok so you prefer guys that roll around like they were shot by a cannon because they bumped shins a bit , I prefer guys the get highly concused and pretend there fine so they wont get removed from the game . Edelman won a Superbowl for us doing this, if that was Messi he would have been taken out in a hearse .
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Ok so you prefer guys that roll around like they were shot by a cannon because they bumped shins a bit , I prefer guys the get highly concused and pretend there fine so they wont get removed from the game . Edelman won a Superbowl for us doing this, if that was Messi he would have been taken out in a hearse .
I agree that theatrics during fouls used to be and still is to an extent a nuisance in the game, much like basketball, but you need to realize that fútbol has no timeouts, no instant replay for referees to take a few minutes to analyze a call from 50 camera angles while the players chat. In fútbol, one referee is the law in the game and everything is based on what he sees or doesn't see, so sometimes players need to "sell" the fouls so often they need to be exaggerated. This is different than flopping, that's just childish. Also, keep in mind that in the 90+ minutes of play, there are only 3 substitutions allowed, so 75% of the players on the field actively play for 90 minutes, much different from American football where a player could actively play only 5 to 10 minutes tops in an entire game.
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Old 06-15-2018, 06:52 PM
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Who had the good fortune of watching Spain vs Portugal, what a game, some spectacular goals and one huge goalkeeper mistake.
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Amazing game, it'll go down as one for the ages...and it's only day two. Looking forward to seeing Messi and Argentina v. Iceland in the morning.
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Sadly I had to leave after it became 2-3. Going to watch the recap soon.
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