World Cup 2018

Discussion in 'World Cup 2018' started by Lord Camomile, Dec 1, 2017.

  1. pocketscience

    pocketscience Well-Known Member

    As mentioned up-thread, I think the quality of the "rest of the (footballing) world", the so called minnows, has improved infinitely. With the exception of Germany and Spain, I don't see any significant drop in quality of any of the established footballing nations this WC, quite the contrary - just look at England for example - the quality of play is much higher than any previous tournament; passing game on the ground, completed passes, set piece execution. Long ball, hit-and-hope is thankfully a distant memory.
    imo it's because football is reaching a plateau of peak quality internationally that we're seeing more entertaining games with lots of drama.
    So, I'd turn your point around and say that impressive performances stand out less and the crap performances stand out more(see Germany / Spain)

    *eta; don't forget the quality of defending in the games with less drama - Sweden, Switzerland & Uruguay... a very high quality of defending
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  2. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Hm, interesting take. It's certainly been noticed for the past three or four tournaments that the smaller teams are generally more organised and less naive than previously. Hadn't thought about it that way round, though.
  3. Teaboy

    Teaboy It definitely looks brighter over there..

    I think the point about it being international football is an important one. We are fed a regular diet of Premier League and Champions League football which is on the whole an extremely high standard. Its hard to see how international football could ever ever match that or indeed exceed it.
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  4. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Aye, but it feels like at other tournaments there's usually one or two teams and individuals who you can point to as having 'great World Cups' or whatever, whereas this tournament hasn't really seen anyone be consistently on top over a series of matches.
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  5. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Was there one last World Cup? Or the one before?

    I vaguely recall James Rodríguez being a stand out player in 2014. Perhaps Mbeppe this time? Kane will certainly have gotten a lot more attention internationally too.
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  6. alleycatfilms

    alleycatfilms New Member

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  7. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus one of Maxwell's demons

    Yep agree with this, and regarding England, what has most impressed me about their best passages of play has been their teamwork, movement and link-up play, which doesn't always necessarily involve one player standing out as amazing. That's been true of lots of other teams as well.

    That said, I do think there have been loads of stand-out individual performances, and there has definitely been a way above-average number of brilliant goals.
  8. Teaboy

    Teaboy It definitely looks brighter over there..

    What I will say about this World Cup it has pretty effectively drowned out the Wimbledon drivel for the time being. England need to win on Saturday if for this reason alone.
  9. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

  10. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

  11. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    First time ever the semi-finals will not feature Germany, Argentina or Brazil.
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  12. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Excluding own goals, Kevin De Bruyne is the 100th different player to score at the 2018 World Cup finals.
  13. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Have any national managers been sacked or retired?
  14. newbie

    newbie undisambiguated

    does the Spanish one count?
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  15. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    Polish dude did, didn't he?
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  16. imposs1904

    imposs1904 Thread Killa'

    It's bollocks, I know, but so is Skinner, Broudie and Ridgeley singing 'It's Coming Home' again:

  17. binka

    binka !!!!!!!!!

    A shilling to watch Scotland? Limited tickets still available I'm assuming
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  18. imposs1904

    imposs1904 Thread Killa'

    Hey, cheeky chops, if it wasn't for us, Joe Hart would still be your number one. Just bear that in mind:

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  19. nuffsaid

    nuffsaid But this goes up to 11

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  20. The39thStep

    The39thStep Well-Known Member

    dont know if this has been posted but it made me smile
  21. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    I don't really drink, and even I think it's despicable behaviour.
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  22. Wilf

    Wilf Dances like a Christian

    … and just how long does it take to get served at those dos anyway?
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  23. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

    Had a good chuckle at some of the Chinese web comments where bemoaning how shit the national team is makes the Scots look optimists:
    "冰岛33万人口都能选出11个球员,反观亚洲某个国家坐拥十几亿人口却连个世界杯都进不了 真替印度感到丢脸"
    Iceland with a population of 330,000 can pick eleven [good] players then you look at Asia and there's a country with a population of well over a billion can't even get into the finals...I'm really ashamed on behalf of India.
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  24. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

  25. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

    Joke is readers will assume he means China as it's a point often made.
  26. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Ahhhh. Did not get it was a joke :facepalm: :oops: :D
  27. Idris2002

    Idris2002 halle bleibt stolz

    Wrong thread!
  28. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    Posted on 2nd June.

    Always ahead of the crowd
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  29. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

  30. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    This has been the best World Cup I can recall :cool:

    I opened a betting account before it started with £10 and still have £13 left. Tips for the final games?

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