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FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 15 Jun 2018, 10:06
by storm84
It's that time once every 4 years where life takes a backseat to a tournament Australia is making up the numbers. And between the shadow of Putin, the potential corruption of the Russian mob, there will be done great games and moments that will linger long in our memories.

It's safe to say I have World Cup fever and will need a month to recover.

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 15 Jun 2018, 12:34
by brimlad
I'm into it; the Portugal v Spain match Saturday morning should be a cracker, 4am match but I'll be watching. and nice to have a time zone that allows for an 8pm kick off, hopefully we hold our nerve and not get shamed by the French but it will be a real test of our defensive structure. France have some real talent in their team and after seeing Russia take apart the Saudi's we should be a little bit scared.

4 weeks of fun :D

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 15 Jun 2018, 16:39
by storm84
Egypt vs Uruguay and Spain vs Portugal tonight. Both should be amazing games!

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 15 Jun 2018, 19:47
by brimlad
I'll save my energy for Portugal v Spain... see what I did there... Portugal :D

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 16 Jun 2018, 06:06
by brimlad
outrageous Ronaldo, that's what happens :D

awesome game !!!

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 16 Jun 2018, 08:40
by Disco
I didn't know scores went that high in football

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 16 Jun 2018, 09:20
by brimlad
they can Disco, but it's the tension that such a contest brings that makes it sublime, that game had it all and for Ronaldo to score at the death of the match such a brilliant free kick was a perfect end to the match. Hopefully we'll see a few more games like that over the next 4 weeks.

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 16 Jun 2018, 10:31
by storm84
That match set a really high standard for the rest of the tournament. Great attacking football, spectacular goals, and incredibly tense throughout.

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 16 Jun 2018, 22:31
by storm84
Well, that went better than I expected (in my head, I thought it would be a repeat of Germany in 2010) and a bit unlucky with the bounce off the crossbar for the winner.

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 17 Jun 2018, 13:34
by brimlad
we played good football and unlucky not to get a point; the next match is the big one and we need to beat Denmark

this is good fun Santo doing a world cup podcast on ivu:
https://iview.abc.net.au/show/santo-sam ... l-football

and the Ronaldo free kick meets Titanic courtesy of Sam Kerr:

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 18 Jun 2018, 03:07
by Nekosan
Fuck, Germans looked to be attacking strong early but just couldnt get it together. The Mexican strikers were savage every opportunity.

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 18 Jun 2018, 09:55
by brimlad
I just watch the replay and that was a brilliant match, end to end attacking football both teams just going for it. Germany took so many risks at times just leaving 2 at the back and they made a few mistakes in the first half and paid the price.
Germany were unlucky not to get a draw, a cracking shot in the 89th minute that kissed the top left upright could easily have been a goal.
Mexico how good were they, just kept on attacking though they did drop to a 5 back set in the second half they were always dangerous on the counter.
high quality match and it will be interesting to see how Germany respond.

England 4am tomorrow will be my next live, will be interesting to see how they go :)

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 18 Jun 2018, 10:19
by storm84
Yeah, Germany threw everything at it and you can't fault the effort.

Courtinho's goal for Brazil was sublime!

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 18 Jun 2018, 11:31
by brimlad
that was a great goal, Brazil fell asleep though they should have won that match and Mexico going off :D

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 18 Jun 2018, 20:08
by brimlad

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 18 Jun 2018, 21:36
by storm84
Too bad the only game I'm interested in over the next 48 hours is Columbia vs Japan (and chance to see James in action).

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 19 Jun 2018, 11:58
by brimlad
England won but only just, a goal in extra time saved their bacon. they had a lot of the possession but really failed to convert, Kane was the standout for them; Belgium will be the real test, they do look good.

Japan game should be good tonight though I'll save my sleep for the Portugal and Australia games wednesday and thursday

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 19 Jun 2018, 12:03
by storm84
Yeah, for all their possession, England didn't look much like an attacking threat. Only Sterling really provided a spark when he was on. Similar to 2014 in that respect. (I struggle to reconcile that the EPL is one of the most exciting leagues to watch and routinely competes in the UCL with how boring and mediocre the English team are.)

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 19 Jun 2018, 16:43
by brimlad
EPL has many foreigners and it's the money that makes the EPL the best league on the planet and Belgium has quite a few of those stars which makes that match up a cracker.
no real threat to either Belgium or England progressing but the English will want to top their group so they play the 2nd in group H which has Poland Japan and Colombia

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 19 Jun 2018, 16:46
by storm84
With that money, though, you'd think they'd have a solid youth system like Spain, France, and Germany all do. It's the richest league in the world, yet the English game seems to be going backwards. There really should be no reason why England can't produce as good players as minnows like Belgium or the Netherlands, especially given the money they generate.

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 20 Jun 2018, 12:48
by storm84
I really enjoyed the Japan vs Columbia match. Full credit to Columbia for the way they handled 10 on 11 in the first half, though it was good to see the way Japan stepped up in the second half and overran Columbia.

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 20 Jun 2018, 14:38
by brimlad
Japan played okay, the man advantage from the 5th minute helped but they looked good and Columbia did well to minimise the pain but that was such a dumb handball.

Senegal are looking good, I didn't see the game but the reports were really positive, looks to be a tough group.

and Russia are playing out of their skin, good for the comp.

I'll be watching the Portugal game tonight should be good fun :)

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 20 Jun 2018, 17:36
by storm84
Good news about SBS taking over the group games.

I'm torn between the Portugal and Spain games. Prefer the Spanish style of football, but Iran have a habit of trying to bore the opposition into submission by parking everyone behind the ball.

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 20 Jun 2018, 18:08
by Mythor
Hilarious! Must be a lot of very annoyed people at Optus.

Re: FIFA World Cup 2018

Posted: 21 Jun 2018, 09:22
by brimlad
yes apparently we can all d/l the optus app and watch all the games for free and those that paid are getting a refund. all the group games will be on SBS... good times :)

Portugal played like they did in the euro's and relied on Ronaldo to score a goal. entertaining match though, plenty of flare in the Moroccan's attack but the Portuguese defended well with a couple of good saves from the keeper.

Didn't see the Spain game but from what I've read they held most of the ball as they do, like a training session for them, and Iran dropped back as they do. Spain bullied a goal and game over.

Tonight's the big one, if we beat Denmark it will be a great result and the pressure is on us to get a result... good fun :D