WORLD CUP THRAED

DuderonomyDuderonomy Haut de la Garenne 6,965 Posts
edited June 13 in Strut Central
So... due to the location I’ve been massively un-hyped about it, but now the greatest spectacle on earth is upon us.
Yay.
Predictions?

Spain have started strongly - sacking their manager 2 days before their opening game against Ronaldo, I mean Portugal.
Messi’s last chance to step out of Maradona’s shadow?


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  • JimsterJimster Unshazamable saudade chord vehicle 6,103 Posts
    Klaus und dem FTW, nailed on fam.
    Belgium to be there or thereabouts.
    England to peak too soon, iron-face Kane to get crocked in first game.

    Ultras to run riot.  Russian police to stand back and observe.  (I bet the ultras are off-duty rozzers).

  • ppadilhappadilha 1,834 Posts
    I've read Putin made a kind of truce with the ultras, in the sense that he wants things to run well during the WC and if they try anything he'll do to them what he's done to all his other enemies.

    I've been uhyped partly due to the whole 1934/1978 vibe and the stench that emanates from the Brazilian federation, but also having a soon to be 2-year-old sucks up almost every minute of non-work time, so I just haven't kept up.

    That being said, IT'S THE WORLD CUP, BATCHES

    Fuck the fascists, I hope Putin cries vodka tears as he watches his team get schooled by the Saudis today, much like Hitler watching Jesse Owens, except for the whole heroic part because it's the fucking Saudis and they're way more into the whole neofeudalism thing than Putin could ever be.

    We all know the opening game is always a little tepid, even when France lost to Senegal. I expect shit to get real tomorrow or saturday, either in Egypt v. Uruguay, the Iberian derby or Argentina v. Iceland.

    LET US ENJOY THIS BEFORE FIFA'S MONEY GRUBBING RUINS THIS THING FOR GOOD

  • ppadilhappadilha 1,834 Posts
    the first real question is: will England make it out of its group?
    Duderonomy

  • DORDOR Two Ron Toe 9,746 Posts
    ppadilha said:
    the first real question is: will England make it out of its group?



    ppadilha

  • ppadilhappadilha 1,834 Posts
    FRIENDS, COMMENCE YOUR DAYTIME BOOZING
    Duderonomy

  • DuderonomyDuderonomy Haut de la Garenne 6,965 Posts



  • DuderonomyDuderonomy Haut de la Garenne 6,965 Posts
    Saudis actually made Russia look good. Doubtless their players came down with a touch of polonium.

  • DuderonomyDuderonomy Haut de la Garenne 6,965 Posts
    Damn, this Spain vs Portugal game is good. Hoping Ronnie prevails as I’d rather meet them than Spain in the later stages.

  • ppadilhappadilha 1,834 Posts
    missed Morocco v Iran and the 1st half of Portugal v Spain, but that 2nd half was quality

  • JimsterJimster Unshazamable saudade chord vehicle 6,103 Posts
    Damn, this Spain vs Portugal game is good. Hoping Ronnie prevails as I’d rather meet them than Spain in the later stages.

    #VINDICATED

    Never count them out when he's on the pitch.  Just one of those rare players who can single-handedly change the course of a game.


  • DuderonomyDuderonomy Haut de la Garenne 6,965 Posts
    That was an amazing game, and yeah, Ronaldo just edged himself ahead of Messi in terms of producing on the biggest stages.
    strange how playing for Portugal he seems like a much more mature player; less selfish, less tantrums, aware that he’s the underdog and needs to concentrate to get the job done.

  • DuderonomyDuderonomy Haut de la Garenne 6,965 Posts
    Engurrrland...

    Not bad opening 20 minutes. But Deli Alli got injured and refused to come off so we played most of the game a man down. Walker gave away a stupid penalty. No left-footed delivery from Young, Sterling or Robocop. Henderson not confident enough to control a pass from his own CBs, turn, and make a forward pass. Lingard missed 3 or 4 sitters. Harry Kane was body-slammed to the ground at a corner and no penalty. Robocop will be skinned-alive by a fast attack.

    But... this England team has options from the bench, and in Harry Kane, one of the most clinical strikers in football. I’d like to see Loftus-Cheek play instead of Henderson (who can tackle but little else), Rashford deserves a start, and we haven’t even played our top cunt yet (Vardy).

    Southgate should address these problems and I expect us to beat Panama. Belgium will be a test.

  • JimsterJimster Unshazamable saudade chord vehicle 6,103 Posts
    Sterling gets in the right places consistently and still fluffs his lines.  A Vardy would slot all of these away.  I think Kane AND Vardy up front is a good idea.
    DORDuderonomy

  • ppadilhappadilha 1,834 Posts
    I guess I haven't watched an England game in a long time, but there's a bunch of kids I've never seen in this team and feels like it's a whole generation of Oxo-Cubes. They have some talent but they're also a bit big and burly. Reminds me of mid-00s teams in Brazil, when the youth systems were selecting kids that could win youth tournaments by outmuscling the competition, but then they'd all peter out by the time they hit 24 or 25...
    Duderonomy

  • DORDOR Two Ron Toe 9,746 Posts
    The reffing in the England match was disappointing to say the least. Didn't call Kane getting fucked up once... The slam in the box was outrageous.


    Hope Vardy sees playing time in a major way. Young should have been benched. Why is he even taking kicks???

    Duderonomy

  • DuderonomyDuderonomy Haut de la Garenne 6,965 Posts
    All things considered, the opening 20 minutes had more positives and excitement from England than the last two world cups combined (and throw in the last euros for good measure).

    Re: kids you’ve never seen before - probably the best thing the team has going for it. Other teams should be less aware of our strengths... and weaknesses.
    DOR
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