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Old 01-12-2017, 22:08   #41
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Thats it lads, we are going to win the world cup, our back handers finally worked.
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Old 02-12-2017, 05:34   #42
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I think the draw gives reasons to be cheerful, at least nobody was making slit throat gestures when it was announced and deciding we'd lost before a team was even picked.

Not seeing many upsets in the making, although there is usually a couple (one probably being us!) or many classic games in the first rounds.
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Old 02-12-2017, 08:52   #43
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Not seeing many upsets in the making, although there is usually a couple (one probably being us!) or many classic games in the first rounds.
Potugal v Spain is probably the one that sticks out. There's no real group of death where you can easily see a potential winner going out. In fact we have a pretty straight forward route to the quarter finals, which means we'll be going out at the group stage.
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Old 02-12-2017, 16:09   #44
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The whole thing seems a little more set up for the big teams to progress than usual, I suppose to the seeding changes and so fourth. I guess that is what the organisers want really
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Messi apart, are Argentina as good as they were 4 years ago? I have a feeling that they will struggle a bit more this time.
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They struggled to even qualify, yet they always tend to do alright.
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https://www.theguardian.com/football...MCNEWEML6619I2

Strong FIFA response to the IOC ban
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Also looks like we're pretty much hosting Euro 2020 in everything but name

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42270759
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Strong FIFA response to the IOC ban
No surprise there. I've said it before & I'll say it again. The only way forward would be to disband fifa & start again, with no one from the original criminal back handed organisation. In the meantime they paper over the cracks & don't care who notices, cause no one will do anything.
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Also looks like we're pretty much hosting Euro 2020 in everything but name

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42270759
It's nice to see the games in the UK & at Wembley, but it's a shame Wales could not have hosted some.
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You'd think they could have hosted a couple out of the overall UK allocation, apparently host countries should get two home games as well, so that's got to be a positive for us. Maybe treating the whole thing like qualifiers will help.
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Euro 2020

Just reading the article, it looks like if we play two games at home. The only way I can see this working, if we qualify is to be seeded in Group D and so would other countries. I'm struggling to see how the draw might work. Presumably just chucking all the host countries in the right group and backfilling the rest

Presumably we would have to be stuck in Group D, as would Scotland if they qualified, and we would play two at Wembley and one in Scotland (that'd be a great game I think).

The host countries seem to be designed to keep the six biggest teams apart, paired with a lesser country.

This could be pretty good for us, I'd say if we qualified, but we'd only need to finish top 2.
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You'd think they could have hosted a couple out of the overall UK allocation, apparently host countries should get two home games as well, so that's got to be a positive for us. Maybe treating the whole thing like qualifiers will help.
It would have been good if the millennium stadium had got one of the extras.

I also don't understand why they weren't shared among the other hosts? Or did no one else want them enough?

Maybe the FA are so desperate to keep Club Wembley customers they bid way over the odds to get the extra games?
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Is it because they didn't want to add another host or the issue of giving more group games to a country, as it might be deemed unfair.
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