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    Hell I can't even talk about WC 2018 without getting bad shit crazy every single time since the Russian WC will actually my first opportunity to see a WC live, most likely the only opportunity to see a WC in the next 10 years, and Italy, my favorite NT (though living in Russia, I was born in Italy so I always rooted for gli Azzurri), chose not to qualify for the first time in like 60 years, for f*ck's sake!

    And I don't even give a slightest shit about the Russian NT. I hope that it looses all its games cause it's absolute shite. Will definitely go see Uruguay vs Russia if the game is held in Moscow as Uruguay is my favorite South American NT, and hopefully I'll see some proper thrashing from Suarez & co.

    Other than that, I have no idea who to support. Will probably go for Croatia. Always sympathized them, and this WC they will have a very strong team, potentially the strongest midfield, so they can go all the way down to the Semis. And of course, hoping for some impact from Epic Brozo and Ivan the Great.

    BTW, my FIF fellas - if anybody's visiting Moscow for the WC - feel free to hit me up - I'll show you around the city with the greatest of pleasure.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Skid Rock View Post
    Hell I can't even talk about WC 2018 without getting bad shit crazy every single time since the Russian WC will actually my first opportunity to see a WC live, most likely the only opportunity to see a WC in the next 10 years, and Italy, my favorite NT (though living in Russia, I was born in Italy so I always rooted for gli Azzurri), chose not to qualify for the first time in like 60 years, for f*ck's sake!

    And I don't even give a slightest shit about the Russian NT. I hope that it looses all its games cause it's absolute shite. Will definitely go see Uruguay vs Russia if the game is held in Moscow as Uruguay is my favorite South American NT, and hopefully I'll see some proper thrashing from Suarez & co.

    Other than that, I have no idea who to support. Will probably go for Croatia. Always sympathized them, and this WC they will have a very strong team, potentially the strongest midfield, so they can go all the way down to the Semis. And of course, hoping for some impact from Epic Brozo and Ivan the Great.

    BTW, my FIF fellas - if anybody's visiting Moscow for the WC - feel free to hit me up - I'll show you around the city with the greatest of pleasure.
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    I usually 'root' for a lot of teams. Meaning I want them to exceed expectations. But I'm typically very neutral. The Greek NT leaves me apathetic in the last decade given the 20+ year corruption of Greek football has infiltrated the NT in that time span.
    I usually like Italy and have respect for Argentina (due to their fans) but the rest of the teams I like based on their players, selection, fans, history and coaching. For example I used to like Germany and Spain a lot in the 90s and early 2000s. Can't say I'd root for them anytime soon. I even liked England 15 years ago but then it got very annoying I can't say that I really rooted for Italy since 2008 either but I definitely preferred them over others.
    In 2010 I wanted Ghana, Uruguay, Holland, Chile and Ivory Coast to do well. Wanted Holland to win.
    In 2014 I wanted a Brazil-Argentina final and liked Colombia and Belgium. Wanted Uruguay and Bosnia to do well, too.

    This time, I feel that I'll be sending Serbia and Croatia my love. I also expect to grow a fondness towards Russia during the tournament. I think Morocco will be my designated north African team. And I want Poland to do well. I'll be rooting for Argentina only if Icardi starts and their lineup is reasonable and not just a Messi accommodation. I expect Brazil and Belgium to go far but I'm not sure whether I'll be liking those teams. No way I root for Germany, Spain, England or France. France has my preference from the lot.

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    2010 was a terrible world cup if I recall correctly, 2014 was way more entertaining but the way Brazil went out was really anticlimatic. I'm just hoping for a final with goals this time around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toninu View Post
    2010 was a terrible world cup if I recall correctly, 2014 was way more entertaining but the way Brazil went out was really anticlimatic. I'm just hoping for a final with goals this time around.
    The last great World Cup was 1998 imo. Too bad the whole Ronaldo situation made the final rather sour. Would argue that the last great Euro was back in 2000 as well. 2004 was our happy fluke, 2008 it wasn't really great, 2012 was bad and 2016 with 16 teams was rather bad, too. Sure, there were some nice moments in each of them, but these tournaments are supposed to be universally great. Those who witnessed the 1998 and 2000 definitely know what I'm talking about.


    World Cup 2002 was relatively good and on paper it should have been great, but it also signalled the end of a football era and the beginning of this mega commercialisation with Asia and the USA becoming 'important'. The refereeing was terrible and it altered the tournament.

    2006 was quite good but it lacked teams with great personalities. The semi finalists (Italy, France, Germany, Portugal) imo had the biggest personalities there that also performed on the pitch (Brazil was half-asleep and Argentina's team was weird with a heavy mixture of class players and average ones).

    World Cup 2010 was dull. And the stupid vuvuzelas made everything much harder to experience. Okay, South Africa games could have as much annoying noise as they wanted, but not every freaking game... That was plain torture. Possibly the only tournament that'd be better without sound.
    World Cup 2014 was also rather dull but it was interesting because of Brazil and the fans of the other Latin American teams. If Argentina didn't make the final (or past the quarters basically) I think everyone would say that it was worse than 2010.

    I'd say we're due for a great World Cup after all these years but football has gone down the toilet in the last 15 years so I expect the tournament to continue being the mirror.

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    2010 was unbearable, those vuvuzelas ruined for me every match
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    I loved the 1998 World Cup, was crazy for Ronaldo back then. I remember crying after the final and losing a tooth while eating a sandwich...

    I was 8, the tooth grew back but the pain lives on.
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    Sadly, not too excited for the 2018 World Cup. Groups don't look very attractive, unless there's a 1998 Croatia-like surprise, we won't see any exciting action until the round of 16.

    I also feel the quality of the game is being downgraded as a whole with the introduction of so many teams. 1998 managed to be an excellent World Cup with 32 teams, and though I did like 2014's edition, 2002 and 2006 were okay-ish at best, and 2010 looked like a Guantanamo torture method. We'll have 48 teams in 2022, I think, World Cup will suffer the same fate from the Euros, too many teams and too little relevant clashes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toninu View Post
    I loved the 1998 World Cup, was crazy for Ronaldo back then. I remember crying after the final and losing a tooth while eating a sandwich...

    I was 8, the tooth grew back but the pain lives on.
    ronaldo should not have played. in 1962 pelè had kind of recovered from his injury in time for the final but wasn't in great form and didn't play, brazil won. maybe france would have won anyway, but at least brazil would have played 11 vs 11.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brehme1989 View Post
    The last great World Cup was 1998 imo. Too bad the whole Ronaldo situation made the final rather sour.
    Then why don't you choose 2002 worlcup when Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos and most of all Ronaldo tore up all the opponents?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronaldo View Post
    Then why don't you choose 2002 worlcup when Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos and most of all Ronaldo tore up all the opponents?
    What do you mean? Why isolate that part?
    I said about the 2002 tournament that it was quite good but the refereeing was terrible and they decided the clashes and the progression of some teams. Italy or Spain should have been in the Final, provided they'd defeat Germany (which I think they would, but Italy vs Spain in the quarters would have been 50-50).

    Also people forget how that last 16 looked with Turkey crossing Japan and Senegal before playing Brazil. Turkey was very good in 2002 but not 3rd place good. Korea had a good side but even with a good draw they were a last 16 or last 8 team at best. The 2002 had very good group games but the rest of it wasn't as good. Only the Brazil related games were really worth it. 2002 should have been the last great one but FIFA and their refs decided against it.

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    I haven't truly enjoyed a World Cup since 2006, but I'm not sure if that's because Italy suck or the football is just bad
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    The problem with this kind of site in english is the international brand of supporters from non-footballers or non-top-footballer countries..
    You see people from Colombia, Oceania, Ireland(i think) pretending that at least ONCE in their life they saw a young wc talent arriving and becoming a world star.

    Just a idea: if you want a serious debate about football, you should block everybody from countries that NEVER will win nothing and NEVER will have a balon d'or, for example.
    Whats the point about those guys opinions??? Can i go to some New Zealand chat and start to teach them how to recognize the better wc prospects among young Rugby players?
    Again, if you NEVER saw a young wc prospect struggling in his first years, like Kaka or Ronaldinho who were booed by they local supporters here, how could you judge????

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    Quote Originally Posted by ADRossi View Post
    I haven't truly enjoyed a World Cup since 2006, but I'm not sure if that's because Italy suck or the football is just bad
    Modern players are tailor made for a few specific clubs. They're much more specialised. It's rare to find players that play just as well in club and country. Even with Messi and Ronaldo there is a clear dip, especially with Messi.

    Back in the day players like Maradona, Cruyff, Zidane, etc... played equally well wherever they went.
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    I really enjoyed 2002

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantum View Post
    Sadly, not too excited for the 2018 World Cup. Groups don't look very attractive, unless there's a 1998 Croatia-like surprise, we won't see any exciting action until the round of 16.

    I also feel the quality of the game is being downgraded as a whole with the introduction of so many teams. 1998 managed to be an excellent World Cup with 32 teams, and though I did like 2014's edition, 2002 and 2006 were okay-ish at best, and 2010 looked like a Guantanamo torture method. We'll have 48 teams in 2022, I think, World Cup will suffer the same fate from the Euros, too many teams and too little relevant clashes.
    I don't really like surprises tbh, I'd like one small team to fight it's way through but then if we come to the semi finals and the top players are out of it I kind of lose interest. I know it's not the hipster approach but I would love to see a Messi vs Neymar final, not a Messi vs Ronaldo because Portugal aren't that great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toninu View Post
    I was 8, the tooth grew back but the pain lives on.
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    On 7 December 2017, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decided, after analysing all the specific circumstances of the case, to suspend the Peruvian international player Paolo Guerrero for one year. The player tested positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine, a substance included in WADA’s 2017 Prohibited List under the class “S6. Stimulants”, following a doping control test conducted after the match of the preliminary competition of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ played in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 5 October 2017.

    By testing positive for a prohibited substance, the player has violated article 6 of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations and, as such, contravened article 63 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

    The suspension period starts on 3 November 2017, the date on which the player was provisionally suspended by the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee. In line with article 29 of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations, the suspension covers, inter alia, all types of matches, including domestic, international, friendly and official fixtures. The terms of the decision were duly notified today.
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