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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by BobHelm » September 13, 2017, 2:06 pm

A batch of World Cup final tickets go on sale today..
Personally not interested (the thought of going to a football match in Russia is a bit too much of a throwback to Millwall/West Ham in the '70's for me) but for anyone who is...
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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by stattointhailand » September 13, 2017, 3:29 pm

Any idea how many freebie tickets are being given to FIFA etc etc committee members to sell on the black market this time Bob :-k

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by BobHelm » October 4, 2017, 8:21 am

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by stattointhailand » October 4, 2017, 11:00 am

Who is it actually that wants these games?

Can only be FIFA/UEFA/FA's (whose members need to maintain their lavish lifestyles)

Fans don't want them (attendances/TV figures/fear of important players being injured/prefer a 24 team 46 game league))
Clubs dont want them (pay 100m for a player and millions for top trainers and equipment and then have some solicitors clerk from Yamoussoukro take the training sessions on a cabbage patch)
Players dont want them (Proud to play for my country soon turns into I cant play due to a broken fingernail and early international retirement to extend their careers)
TV co's dont want them (audience figures for all but the top games are abysmal. they would much prefer more league matches to televise)

Time for Prem league/Serie A/Bunders??/La Liga etc etc to join forces and tell their respective FA's and "governing groups" to go take a long walk off a short pier and rethink their International schedules as players under contract to their teams will NOT be allowed to go on International duty if it disrupts their leagues.

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by stattointhailand » October 5, 2017, 8:18 pm

https://www.facebook.com/CH3Thailand/vi ... 288331785/

Pretty sure this says the game is live on Channel 3 for anyone with insomnia or who cant get to sleep due to bloody loud music or fireworks.

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by BobHelm » October 6, 2017, 6:44 am

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Germany qualify but Northern Ireland must have done enough to get into the second placed qualification games.
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Poland look like qualifying & Denmark look like taking the second place, but it will go down to the last game..
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England qualify &, against all the odds, Scotland have a real chance of finishing in second place..

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by mathusalah80 » October 6, 2017, 1:21 pm

BobHelm wrote:
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England qualify ........
I had been hoping that this mediocre bunch of players wouldn't qualify, and thus save themselves, and their long suffering supporters, the extreme embarrassment that undoubtedly awaits them in Russia. :oops: :cry:
I suspect that few would argue with my view that, of the players representing England last night, only two are truly of international standard. Mind you, anyone watching the game last night might consider England to be lucky, compared to Slovenia, who didn't appear to have any!

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by BobHelm » October 7, 2017, 7:55 am

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With Serbia losing & both Wales & Ireland winning it is all down to the last game in Group D.
But Wales are home to Ireland while Serbia have the easier game at home to Georgia.
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Spain are given an easy qualification out of what looked a tough group.
Italy will have to go into the second place play offs after another disappointing performance last night.
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Iceland punch well above their weight again & go top after thrashing Turkey away.
Serbia, so long looking like group winners, can only draw at home & sink to second.
Iceland's last game is home to group whipping boys Kosovo so their must be real hope that they are in the finals..

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by Zidane » October 7, 2017, 8:06 am

mathusalah80 wrote:
October 6, 2017, 1:21 pm

I suspect that few would argue with my view that, of the players representing England last night, only two are truly of international standard. Mind you, anyone watching the game last night might consider England to be lucky, compared to Slovenia, who didn't appear to have any!
I do hope you mean Kane and Rashford,mat ?
When Alli comes back that makes three,I spose !
But does a manager like Southgate inspire confidence ? I think,in management,all he has achieved is to get Middlesborough relegated and take England U21's to the European Championships where they finished bottom of their group.
A nice man,no doubt,but he's only got the England job because nay other bugger wants it !
England must be praying for a group that has Argentina,Scotland and either Syria or Australia in it as there only hope of progression.
Just when I thought our chance had passed,you go and save the best for last.

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by mathusalah80 » October 7, 2017, 12:26 pm

Zidane wrote:
October 7, 2017, 8:06 am
mathusalah80 wrote:
October 6, 2017, 1:21 pm

I suspect that few would argue with my view that, of the players representing England last night, only two are truly of international standard. Mind you, anyone watching the game last night might consider England to be lucky, compared to Slovenia, who didn't appear to have any!
I do hope you mean Kane and Rashford,mat ? NB: ARE, (present tense), so not yet Rashford.
When Alli comes back that makes three, I spose ! Ditto; so not yet Alli
But does a manager like Southgate inspire confidence ? I think, in management, all he has achieved is to get Middlesborough relegated and take England U21's to the European Championships where they finished bottom of their group.
A nice man, no doubt, but he's only got the England job because nay other bugger wants it !
Come on, be fair Zid, what about all the other FA England Managerial requirement boxes Southgate can tick? He has a good educational standard; he speaks nicely; he is well mannered; he is, and will always be deferential to the FA members, and take note of, and act upon their views & opinions; he will never ever 'make waves', or think or act 'out of the box'; he will never make any major decisions, (i.e. appoint the England Captain), without prior discussion with, and agreement by the FA; oh! and he is an immaculate dresser. In summary, the perfect "Establishment Manager" to fill the FA's requirements for a puppet 'yes man', and the complete antithesis of ANY successful Manager, you can name; past or present, capable of pulling English football out of the doldrums. You really are a hard man to please Zid! [-X

England must be praying for a group that has Argentina ,Scotland and either Syria or Australia in it as their only hope of progression.
I think you are being overly optimistic in over estimating the chances of these current English players qualifying from such a talented group! :roll:

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by stattointhailand » October 7, 2017, 1:28 pm

"I think you are being overly optimistic in over estimating the chances of these current English players qualifying from such a talented group! :roll:"

I think he is banking on Khun Aguero taking the rest of his Argie team mates on a "chill out" trip to Amsterdam to .......... errrrr "watch a concert :roll: " ..... nobody will care who is playing after an afternoon in the Green House :-$

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by Zidane » October 7, 2017, 5:59 pm

Two to qualify from each group innit ?? Therefore Argentina and one other ! ;)
Just when I thought our chance had passed,you go and save the best for last.

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by BobHelm » October 8, 2017, 7:49 am

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Holland keep their faint hopes of qualification alive with a win, but with both Sweden & France doing the same it is an outside bet..
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Down to the last game for the 1/2, but the Swiss need a major fail to lose the automatic spot.
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Already winners Belgium do Greece a huge favour by beating Bosnia and Herzegovina away in a real thriller. Greece look like the sort of side that the other second place sides would love to meet in the knockout though!!

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by stattointhailand » October 8, 2017, 3:59 pm

"Down to the last game for the 1/2, but the Swiss need a major fail to lose the automatic spot."

:? I hardly think losing 1:0 away to Portugal who have won every game at home with their only loss coming in the reverse fixture in Switzerland would really be called a "MAJOR FAIL" Portugal record P9 W8 D0 L1 GF 30 GA 4

More needless injuries last night ...... Fellaini & Kante and probably several knocks etc that didn't get reported [-X

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Re: UEFA Football World Cup Qualifying Russia 2018

Post by BobHelm » October 8, 2017, 4:29 pm

As the Swiss have a 9 zip record & will go through with the draw, it will be a major fail... :D

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