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FIFA World Cup 2014

Post by Davie on Thu May 29, 2014 7:11 pm

2 weeks to go until kickoff - I'm sure there will be plenty to talk about once the action starts!

Who do we all fancy to win? And will England get out of the group stages?

Is anyone interested in a predictions or fantasy comp (or both?) - not found any yet but I'm sure they are out there...
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014

Post by Mary_S on Tue Jun 03, 2014 11:28 pm

I think that we've a reasonable chance of getting out of the group stages. Sir Rickie should be extra sharp, still on cloud 9 after signing for his boyhood heroes.

SuperBru are running a World Cup predictions comp, so I've set up a league, for those who are so inclined - link below.

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Pool code: chatwine
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014

Post by BlueCoverman on Tue Jun 03, 2014 11:50 pm

I hope you are right Mary. Personally I'm not quite so confident, I would imagine we will have to get something out of the first game against Italy to have any chance at all of getting out of the group stages.

Here's hoping though, nothing like a good England run to make the summer so much more enjoyable!
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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014

Post by LadyPutt on Wed Jun 04, 2014 12:37 am

I will not be joining you in commenting on this as I have absolutely no interest in the subject  Sleep Now if it had been the Rugby World Cup, or even the Cricket World Cup, it might have been a different matter ......
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Post by SetupDeterminestheMotion on Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:43 pm

As a true Scotsman, can't see England getting out of the group.

I fancy Uruguay to go all the way.
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Post by Mary_S on Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:00 pm

Luckily my current sleeping pattern means that I don't go to sleep until around 1.00 a.m., so I should have no trouble sambaing around the house for the late night kick offs.  bounce 

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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:27 pm

I've been discussing with Mrs Grumps the kickoff times, my feelings are that they are a bit better for the UK. With the group stages the last games may be a bit late but I'm thinking that the 5pm and 8pm kickoffs work out quite well. Most of them are during the working day here so that means long lunches, bunking off early, or being very distracted. What are your thoughts?

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014

Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:42 am

Gary Lewin's World Cup is over!  Dislocated his ankle celebrating the equaliser. The ironic thing is the only one that could have manipulated and treated the ankle was Gary Lewin.

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Re: FIFA World Cup 2014

Post by BlueCoverman on Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:19 pm

Will England's World Cup also be over after Thursday night? Will Rooney play??
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Post by LadyPutt on Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:09 am

Saw the cover of Private Eye in the newsagents' today and it made me chuckle. As the England players are leaving the plane on arrival in Rio, the pilot asks "Shall I keep the engine running?".
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Post by BlueCoverman on Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:48 am

I suspect you're a secret football fan really LP...that's the second time you've commented on this thread!  Wink
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Post by LadyPutt on Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:57 am

No, I'm a sports fan (golf, rugby union, cricket, F1, BTCC, sports car endurance [Le Mans etc], V8 supercars, tennis, hockey, equestrian, athletics ... in fact most things apart from things to do with water and football!). I'm just bored at work at the moment ......  Sleep
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Post by BlueCoverman on Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:18 am

Blimey!...I take it all back. Obviously no time for football with all of those sports to follow!  
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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Fri Jun 20, 2014 1:18 am

What's it going to be today then?

Bowing out with a whimper like Spain? or bowing out disgracefully like Cameroon? or plucky triers like Australia?

Or can we roar back like lions and keep the hopes and dreams going for another few days?

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Post by BlueCoverman on Fri Jun 20, 2014 2:33 am

As long as Suarez doesn't score I'll be happy...
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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Fri Jun 20, 2014 2:44 am

Somebody should kick him: I'm thinking Baines, Jagielka, Rooney, Welbeck, Wilshere, Cahill would only be too happy to put the boot in if it meant he missed the rest of the world cup and maybe the start of the season Innocent

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Post by BlueCoverman on Fri Jun 20, 2014 2:54 am

A nice high tackle in the first five minutes, preferably on the back of that injured knee would do nicely... Innocent
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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Fri Jun 20, 2014 3:27 am

I like your style Blue. Give him a good old reducer as Ron bo-jangles Atkinson would say.

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Post by BlueCoverman on Fri Jun 20, 2014 3:49 am

Always entertaining was Big Ron!...75 years old now
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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:41 am

Where was the reducer? That would have wiped the smile off of his smug face.

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Post by BlueCoverman on Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:51 am

Don't even begin to talk about it... Evil or Very Mad
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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Fri Jun 20, 2014 7:37 am

Finally Rooney finds his range. Game on!

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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Fri Jun 20, 2014 7:43 am

Will someone please kick that kumquat

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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Fri Jun 20, 2014 7:53 am

Fuck

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Post by BlueCoverman on Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:27 am

I couldn't have put it more eloquently myself Grumps...
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Post by Davie on Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:53 am

Hopeless and clueless.

Rooney, Johnson, Welbeck and most especially Gerrard will hopefully never wear an England shirt again. In fact the only England players that came out with any credit were Cahill and Sterling. Can only assume Ox wasn't fit and why it took so long to bring Barkley on I'll never know
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Post by BlueCoverman on Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:03 am

So depressing. Nearly 2 years in stressful qualification and then out in 6 days. Will Roy continue?
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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:21 am

Slim hopes of qualifying remain but that's only if Italy win the next two matches and we then beat Costa Rica heavily. I'm a bit skeptical on that last one and part of me wants us to lose that game if it means Suarez and co will not qualify.

If we can't qualify I think Roy should play the bench and let those who haven't played yet get a game.


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Post by LadyPutt on Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:33 pm

Oh dear  
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Post by BlueCoverman on Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:38 pm

And as for that second goal I haven't seen a goal like that since...let me think...Oh yes England v Germany in the last World Cup  
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Post by BlueCoverman on Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:41 pm

LadyPutt wrote:Oh dear  
 
And you can get back to your golf, rugby union, cricket, F1, tennis, hockey, athletics etc, etc, etc  Wink
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Post by LadyPutt on Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:22 pm

BlueCoverman wrote:
LadyPutt wrote:Oh dear  
 
And you can get back to your golf, rugby union, cricket, F1, tennis, hockey, athletics etc, etc, etc  Wink
England's Under20 rugby side have just won the Junior World Cup for the second time in a row  Innocent
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Post by BlueCoverman on Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:34 pm

Please don't go bringing good news onto this thread LP, strictly gloom and doom only if you don't mind... Crying or Very sad
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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:55 pm

LP, that's off topic Innocent

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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Sat Jun 21, 2014 4:56 am

So that's that then. Our world cup dream lasted seven days before being shattered. I reckon we might not even get a point this time around.

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Post by Davie on Sat Jun 21, 2014 6:41 am

Expected nothing - got nothing. But even I didn't expect us to be dead and buried inside the first week!
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Post by Mary_S on Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:46 am

3 minutes was not quite long enough for Sir Rickie to work his magic!

As has been mentioned, it's a bloody poor show that they're coming home before the 3rd match has been played. Shart Fans 

Luckily for me, my 50% Irish blood has always been more dominant, so it's not quite as traumatic for me.  Wink 
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Post by Mary_S on Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:53 am

I think that Roy may have been watching a different game to me - he seemed to be rather over enthusiastic about England's display.

As for Suarez - unbelievable behaviour. I would hope that he'll be on the next plane home, and spend the rest of the summer in sessions with an experienced psychologist. An adult serial biter must have some serious issues that need to be dealt with.
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Post by BlueCoverman on Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:08 am

Me too Mary, how can you be that enthusiastic over a 0-0?

Suarez should be executed at dawn and England awarded Uruguay's points  Innocent
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Post by BlueCoverman on Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:38 am

BlueCoverman wrote:As long as Suarez doesn't score bite anyone I'll be happy...
 
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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Fri Jun 27, 2014 2:54 am

4 month ban from all football related activity, including club training, for Suarez. He may appeal and Liverpool are waiting to see the full report before commenting. Glad to see it covers all football as a sole international ban wouldn't have been as effective in my opinion. Undecided upon the length of the ban; thoughts?

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Post by Davie on Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:32 am

Not sure of my own thoughts to be honest! I can see both sides of it. Nine games international ban maybe about right - I don't know Uruguay's schedule but without him I can see them only going one or at most two more WC games .. so still 7-8 games to serve - could be anywhere between 9 and 19 months I guess

4 months world ban equates to about 20 games .. his last ban was 10 I think so perhaps proportionate. And though it's not in my nature to feel sorry for Liverpool I can't help feel a little sorry for them. Under their control they largely kept him under control for 12 months; he returns to his country side and reverts to type .. should Liverpool be punished? I don't know ...

Right now I think FIFA have struck rather a good balance .. ask me again in 10 minutes and I may have changed my mind again Razz
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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:50 am

I think the international ban is going to go through next year's Copa America and, depending upon the World Cup run, they could see him eligible for selection for the start of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup

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Post by LadyPutt on Fri Jun 27, 2014 9:13 pm

1GrumpyGolfer wrote:4 month ban from all football related activity, including club training, for Suarez.  He may appeal and Liverpool are waiting to see the full report before commenting.  Glad to see it covers all football as a sole international ban wouldn't have been as effective in my opinion.  Undecided upon the length of the ban; thoughts?
But I gather he will still receive his salary from Liverpool which equates to about £3 million during that period. Surely he should not receive any remuneration while serving the ban  scratch
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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Fri Jun 27, 2014 9:18 pm

I believe the PFA rules will only allow Liverpool to fine him 2 weeks wages as a maximum. You would think Liverpool could suspend for gross misconduct but seeing as players are "assets" worth millions of pounds normal rules don't seem to apply.

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Post by LadyPutt on Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:01 pm

Ridiculous  
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Post by BlueCoverman on Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:39 pm

Maybe that £3 million will just about be enough to get those teeth fixed...
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Post by LadyPutt on Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:25 am

Do you mean sharpened? He didn't draw blood after all  Innocent
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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Sun Jun 29, 2014 12:08 pm

Shame Suarez flew home early. If he waited another day or so he could have travelled with the rest of the team Innocent

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Post by BlueCoverman on Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:32 am

Looks like he should have flown straight to Barcelona...
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