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World Cup 2018

Teaboy

It definitely looks brighter over there..
So it's a European and South American love-in. Just Mexico from Central America and Japan from Asia. No one from Africa.
 

Badgers

Mr Big Shrimp!
There have been 20 goals scored in the 90th minute or later at the 2018 World Cup finals so far. This is more than in the group stages at 2014, 2010 and 2006 combined (19).
 
It's definitely been a noticeable trend, but I wonder what the cause(s) is.
So apparently not enough time is getting added on this year because of VAR and other stoppages.

On average, matches at this world cup seem to be around 5 minutes shorter than they should be according to this article: We Timed Every Game. World Cup Stoppage Time Is Wildly Inaccurate.

Not sure if this is wildly different to previous world cups - I would guess yes, because of VAR though.

Is it possible that with extra added time because of VAR (albeit still not enough), goals are getting shifted out of normal time into added time?

Another very interesting article here: The same thing that saved Germany has just knocked the team out of the 2018 World Cup

The average additional time—adding up that of the first half and the second—of all the 90-minute games at the 2010 World Cup was 4.3 minutes. In Brazil in 2014, its was 5.4 minutes. This year, the average additional time in the 42 group-stage games played so far is 6.4 minutes. In the South Korea vs. Germany game, the referee awarded 12 minutes of additional time: three in the first half and nine in the second.

6.4 minutes of additional time is longer than the median additional time of any of the top European leagues in the past five seasons. A lot of that has to do with the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system at this year’s tournament. Consulting a machine in the middle of a game takes time. As a result, referees must add more play time at the end of each half.
 

belboid

TUC Off Your Knees
Team of the tournament so far? For me its something like...

Alison
Trippier, Godin, Gimenez
Modric, Kante, Isco
Coutinho
Ronaldo, Kane, Lukaku
 

Teaboy

It definitely looks brighter over there..
The problem of delays is becoming a major problem. I quite like the idea of 30 minute halves but the clock stops every time play stops. Would certainly deal with the massive amount of deliberate time wasting.
 

Lord Camomile

Lemonade socialist
The problem of delays is becoming a major problem. I quite like the idea of 30 minute halves but the clock stops every time play stops. Would certainly deal with the massive amount of deliberate time wasting.
Instinctively I think I'd be up for that, but I think there'd be a lot of resistance from people who "don't want football to be like American sports". I think you'd still probably get timewasting, but it'd be to disrupt the flow and pace of the game, rather than run the clock down.
 

Teaboy

It definitely looks brighter over there..
Instinctively I think I'd be up for that, but I think there'd be a lot of resistance from people who "don't want football to be like American sports". I think you'd still probably get timewasting, but it'd be to disrupt the flow and pace of the game, rather than run the clock down.
Yes, I've been trying to think of the potential pitfalls and I guess it could be that instead of stopping time wasting players might just get used to 'downtime' or whatever and get used to taking a breather every time there is a stoppage. Ultimately you would get an hour of football (which is roughly in-line with how it currently is I think) but the whole event could end up going on for a couple or hours or more, so the Gridiron comparison is a good one.

It does strike me as something that could be managed within the laws of the game, mind.
 

Teaboy

It definitely looks brighter over there..
It has to be said that everything about ITV sport is shite. Even their on-line viewer thingy is seriously crap compared to the iPlayer. Before the match yesterday did anyone see them using their one England match (in the group stages) to shill their piss poor evening crap show with that cunt Piers Moran? I nearly chucked my pint at the screen but it was still 3/4 full and I'm not made of money.
 

Monkeygrinder's Organ

Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager
It has to be said that everything about ITV sport is shite. Even their on-line viewer thingy is seriously crap compared to the iPlayer. Before the match yesterday did anyone see them using their one England match (in the group stages) to shill their piss poor evening crap show with that cunt Piers Moran? I nearly chucked my pint at the screen but it was still 3/4 full and I'm not made of money.
It made me log in. Then I got a welcome screen that said 'Hello Dave'.

My name is not Dave - I'm not sure if it was a mistake or a very oddly placed League of Gentlemen reference.
 
It has to be said that everything about ITV sport is shite. Even their on-line viewer thingy is seriously crap compared to the iPlayer. Before the match yesterday did anyone see them using their one England match (in the group stages) to shill their piss poor evening crap show with that cunt Piers Moran? I nearly chucked my pint at the screen but it was still 3/4 full and I'm not made of money.
Their stream quality is really poor. I suspect you can look up bitrates and the like, if you were that way inclined, but all I know is that matches on iPlayer are shown to me in full HD with no buffering whereas on ITV it looks like Mexico 86. I keep expecting the camera to focus on some England fans with mullets and tight shorts getting hit round the head by a mexican copper.
 

Teaboy

It definitely looks brighter over there..
Their stream quality is really poor. I suspect you can look up bitrates and the like, if you were that way inclined, but all I know is that matches on iPlayer are shown to me in full HD with no buffering whereas on ITV it looks like Mexico 86. I keep expecting the camera to focus on some England fans with mullets and tight shorts getting hit round the head by a mexican copper.
:D
 

editor

hiraethified
Oh, I've just found this. I forgot I still had it. I hoped it might be worth $$$$$$$ but it doesn't appear so.
In 1970 Esso commissioned 30 coins depicting the England squad for the World Cup. The coins are made of solid metal, and were wrapped for distribution through petrol stations. You were given a coin each time you bought four gallons of petrol, or two coins if you bought eight.

Two options were available for storing and displaying the coins. The free red card provided 30 slots to hold the coins. The blue mounting board could be bought from Esso petrol stations for 2/6. The board was made of thick card and the coins pressed into holes.
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Lupa

Well-Known Member
I just want to know will Belgium come in the top 3

.between €50 and €150 riding on it placing.
 

Wilf

Slouching towards Billingham
Oh, I've just found this. I forgot I still had it. I hoped it might be worth $$$$$$$ but it doesn't appear so.


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I remember collecting those but getting nowhere near the full set. Looks to be about 30 on there, assuming they are all different. Were squads smaller then? :confused:
Edit: bigger, I mean were they bigger then. Squads today are 23 iirc (2 x 11 + 1 who has to be a 3rd keeper)
 
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