• sophie replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 8 months, 2 weeks ago

    Ive never known the quarterfinals minus Germany, Italy, Argentina, Holland, Spain or Portugal. Surely England should win the world cup this year?

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  • bosworth replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    Exactly! This was always about prolonging England’s stay in Russia, and Southgate has done just that with this result.

    Now England will get knocked out next Tuesday instead of Monday. Mission accomplished.

  • sar replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    The only hazard with Columbia is being injured. They play full contact hope the ref is distracted football, plus the risk of players being drawn into a scuffle and being banned from later games.

  • tigg replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    It was a nothing game. Why risk bookings or injuries.

    no side wants to lose but there was no real advantage to winning. It was a chance for squad players to make a case and they didn’t. I don’t buy the momentum argument as it was a different team out there.

    it all starts again now. Columbia is a decent team but plays well and we will beat them especially without James if he’s out.

  • tigg replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    Its partly our national obsession with the underdog and being jolly good sports.

    I heard on the radio that in German schools sport is taught that winning is all that matters at all costs whereas we know that here we have a thing about the taking part, best efforts and everyone’s a winner etc. which is a bit rubbish but deeply ingrained in the culture.

    I’m generalising of course, but you get my drift.

  • sar posted an update 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    I always look forward to the World Cup but I’m starting to think that football has become a non-contact sport.

    Get near the competition and they seem to fall over without any difficulty. I wonder if any of these big strong men would fall on the floor like a big girls blouse if they were hit in the street.

    My 10 year old daughter can take more punishment than these bunch of embarrassments. Managers need to stamp it out and threaten to withdraw their place in the next game of they continue to cheat this way or better still, FIFA disqualifies the game against the cheat retrospectively.

    Why is diving or feigning injury to get an unfair advantage any better than taking steroids, blood doping or roughing up a cricket ball with sandpaper? It drives me nuts to see these so called…[Read more]

    • What about all the attackers being literally wrestled to the ground at set pieces? At least the referees appear to have been instructed to take a more severe view.

      • I agree that should be stamped out too and given the introduction of VAR and a 3rd ref I was hoping that this could be dealt with during the game. I agree that there has been lot of this going on (with the striker sometimes going down a little too easily) but Im talking about the stuff which isnt that easily identified where diving or acting are being used as tools to cheat the ref and ultimately the watching public out of a fair result.

        I would rather England lose fairly than win unfairly.

        • This World Cup has been helped but also hindered by VAR. Now we have players screaming at the ref to review every little thing. Injuries are exaggerated even more as an attempt to get VAR to look at things and hopefully get a decision.

          While there have been some things that VAR has helped with, there are many other behaviours that it seems to be encouraging.

          I do like the fact that Gareth Southgate seems to be drumming into the England players that they should do their damnedest to avoid getting hold of anyone in the penalty area and risking a penalty. The Tunisia one went against them – good reason to make sure they keep their discipline.

        • Copy cricket and tennis. Each team can request 2 vars per half. Or similar.

    • I would argue the officials need to stamp it out. It still goes largely unpunished.

      If you very rarely get booked for diving but you often win a free kick, you’re going to dive, aren’t you?

      Refs need to get better at giving free kicks where the fouled player *doesn’t* fall over, and also give more yellows/reds for simulation.

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  • sar replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    Well, I was looking forward to the Belgium v England game but its now become a bit on an anticlimax, talk is of both teams trying to lose – which is rather disappointing.

    Never mind, it all gets real from now on – lets hope the referee’s also get real and waken up to the criticism they are getting – lets play football!

  • mel replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    I’m not sure why all the gloating over Germany’s exit. Borne out of jealousy for a country with a much better structured football set up which almost always out performs ingurland, maybe ? I doubt whether our humiliation to Iceland two years ago hardly registered in Germany.

  • sar replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    And Germany leave Russia in disarray…not for the first time.

  • cat replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    Host broadcaster, I don’t think either BBC or ITV have much choice about the pictures they get. I suppose they could cut to the studio, but would probably require showing the game with a few seconds delay.

  • mel replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    It is turning into a fascinating World Cup (France/Denmark aside). There is a quarter of the draw that now contains France, Uruguay, Portugal and Argentina!

    As for Maradonna – an utter embarrassment. I think the BBC will be a little more circumspect about using his images during the games now, after having to cut away last night during the idiot’s one-fingered salutes.

  • tigg replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    Glad I did watch the Argentina Nigeria game….fantastic match. Felt a bit sorry for Nigeria, they play some great football.

    How embarrassing is the cheating Argentinian Gazza? Unveils a flag of himself, swears at opposing fans, falls asleep then gets led away by doctors…probably a bit too late but the man needs help!

    Some interesting games today…Brazil Serbia and Germany S. Korea would be amazing if Brazil and Germany failed to qualify.

    Loving this world cup!!!

  • bosworth replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    Two things have struck me so far. The first is probably not surprising. The foreign pundits like Fabregas and Zabaleta can speak in a more grammatically correct manner than most of the native English speaking ones. Secondly, I am amazed at the numbers of fans from supposedly poor countries who are able to afford a trip to Russia. I know that Colombia has a flourishing export sector but still………

  • skipper replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    I enjoyed it too and have the same good feeling about our youth and lets not forget that until the senior age is reached, England have been the best team in the world recently. I wonder how well that will ultimately translate to the senior squads.

    Sterling is confounding. He has great skill and is super fast and slippery but when wearing the three lions has not performed. I wonder if he can continue to bother the players with his running and make space for Kane to get close to the goal then this combo might work.

    Perhaps its time to try Vardy. Another super fast runner and skillful operator, who is also deadly in front of the net. If Kane gets injured we will struggle without another good striker and so we need to see if Vardy or someone else can act as a credible…[Read more]

  • beckyE replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    England 6 Panama 1! I quite enjoyed yesterday’s game, obviously having stuffed possibly the weakest team in the competition (I’m not sure just how bad Saudi Arabia are), I can confidently say we are going to win the World Cup!

    Seriously though, great to see a young team playing with confidence and plenty of ability. Lingard’s goal was wonderful. Stones first goal was the first England goal by a Manchester City player in about 35 years apparently, which says a lot about Stirling’s contribution to England.

  • Jessica P replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 8 months, 4 weeks ago

    Neymar was brilliant yesterday.

    Serbia were robbed……how that wasn’t a penalty when their forward was wrestled to the floor by two defenders was even more baffling than the penalty that never was against Harry Kane.

    Nigeria finally showed what African Football is capable of in this World Cup. As good as Iceland were in the first half Nigeria were superb and I hope they qualify from the group.

    A great day for the World Cup.

  • skipper replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 8 months, 4 weeks ago

    I agree. Croatia is the class act in that group. Iceland are tough opponents but may not get a result.

    As for Messi. He is exceptionally talented and the statistics do not lie. But they also bear witness to the exceptional Barcelona team, possibly the best club side ever, raising him on their shoulders. But I question his character.

    Maradona lifted poor sides (Napoli as well as Argentina) to Scudetto and World Cup glory. And he did so as if singlehandedly with display after display of indomitable character. We see the same determination in Ronaldo. He may have played a small part in the final game, but his play and goals took Portugal to the decider two years ago. Messi’s skills rival both, but, when it comes to the crunch, Messi falls short of either.

  • sophie replied to the topic World Cup 2018 in the forum General Banter 8 months, 4 weeks ago

    I’m not sure, right now there’s a good chance that a 1-0 win in there last game will get them second place.

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