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World Cup 2022 - Football only, no politics

46 hours to go. Let us talk football here please.

I just entered some bets into a betting game with friends. Difficult, as I am not at all yet in WC mood and also follow football less and less.

Favorites? I think I am going with Spain. But I don't see a dominant team, could even see Germany doing well. For the opener, it is going to be interesting to see how well Qatar is prepared. They clearly have had all the time and resources needed to show up 100% prepared, and I think it should be enough for Ecuador.

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Old 18.11.2022, 20:04
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Re: World Cup 2022 - Football only, no politics

Football's coming home

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Old 18.11.2022, 22:15
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Re: World Cup 2022 - Football only, no politics

The usual teams will figure into the best chances - Brasil, Germany, Spain, France & Argentina

La Nati have a great team and play well under Yakin but in the group of death with Brasil, Serbia & Cameroon - it will be tough to get out of that group IMHO

My guesses

Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
--> Senegal & Holland

Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales
--> England & Iran

Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
-->Argentina & Poland

Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
-->France & Denmark

Group E: Spain, Germany, Costa Rica, Japan
-->Spain & Germany

Group F: Belgium, Croatia, Morocco, Canada
-->Belgium & Morocco

Group G: Brasil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
-->Brasil & Suisse

Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea
-->Uruguay & Ghana
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Morocco over Canada and Croatia?
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Morocco over Canada and Croatia?
Came here to say this. I'm not saying Croatia will make it, but Canada is more likely to than Morocco.
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The usual teams will figure into the best chances - Brasil, Germany, Spain, France & Argentina

La Nati have a great team and play well under Yakin but in the group of death with Brasil, Serbia & Cameroon - it will be tough to get out of that group IMHO

My guesses

Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
--> Senegal & Holland

Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales
--> England & Iran

Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
-->Argentina & Poland

Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
-->France & Denmark

Group E: Spain, Germany, Costa Rica, Japan
-->Spain & Germany

Group F: Belgium, Croatia, Morocco, Canada
-->Belgium & Morocco

Group G: Brasil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
-->Brasil & Suisse

Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea
-->Uruguay & Ghana
Not that much of a fan of Wendyball… far prefer rugby …but this seems an interesting tournament as there are no outright favourites.
Brazil, Germany , Argentina or France for me all look to have a good chance
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Morocco over Canada and Croatia?
Sleeper pick, Morocco has talent in attacking positions

Croatia the logical choice but WC rarely follows the script
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Sleeper pick, Morocco has talent in attacking positions

Croatia the logical choice but WC rarely follows the script
As a Croatian, I'm afraid you might be right. Attack is also Croatia's weak point this time around.
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Football's coming home

Aren’t y’all tired of singing that?
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My favourite is usually Brazil.
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Re: World Cup 2022 - Football only, no politics

I personally think Portugal has one of the best squads along with Brazil and France. England and Argentina behind those three and after that the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

Teams like Croatia,Uruguay, Switzerland and Denmark could always create a few upsets as well

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The most boring sport on the planet, after baseball.

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Never.
We’ll probably still be singing it for many years to come.
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Re: World Cup 2022 - Football only, no politics

Just realized Italy is not there

...and FCBarca has something against Portugal
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Just realized Italy is not there
Eliminated by North Macedonia.
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Good. Stay the f--- away then.
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...and FCBarca has something against Portugal
I like Portugal and many of their players, I do not, however, care at all for PR7

Italia, incredible failure to qualify...again
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Qatar is going to beat Ecuador 2:1 tomorrow.
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Germany, Spain, France & Brasil have a luxury of talent - it's then about form, chemistry & cohesiveness to raise their levels

Germany is a perennial powerhouse but I see them weaker than years past - very inconsistent but they rarely fail to rise to the occasion in an International tournament

France probably has the deepest squad among nations but habitually undone by lack of chemistry, egos & poor coaching. Deschamps has a cup but I don't rate him as a coach. Mbappe is a difference maker but also poor teammate. Les Bleus are also suffering from a number of key injuries

Spain are also loaded and I have great affection for Lucho as a coach/leader to give them the right mentality for a tournament like this. Big question for them wil be scoring goals - will Ansu step up with Ferran? Questionable as they are also very young. Olmo will score at least one amazing goal, guaranteed

Brasil have the most lethal attacking compliment of players at the WC IMHO - midfield is questionable as is the defense. Brasil always show up at WC, unpredictable. I want to wait until they face Serbia to see what their energy looks like

Belgium regularly underperform for me, never playing to the potential they have considering the wealth of talent. Could be surprises but I see them as longshots

Dutch - their form has fallen off a cliff the last 2-3 years so very poor timing, even with Van Gaal taking over.

The Three Lions never seem to have the right mentality or humility to win an International tournament - undone by arrogance. Coaching is a weakness considering how much English football has been transformed by Pep's arrival in the Premiership. Passing & movement football has transformed many clubs but England still look far more archaic in their tactics failing to make best use of positions of skill (Foden). Sterling has not had a great year and Rashford been inconsistent. Kane will always have chances but defensively I think they are not imperious enough to outscore opponents

Argentina, mentally strong and have the goat - they're the sentimental favorites, would love it for Leo but we'll see

Having been to a WC and a couple of Euros, have to say I'm not sure how to feel about the very likely lack of ambiance around & between matches. The sea of Dutch Oranje supporters or Brasilians are a joy to be around in tournaments. It's one of the aspects I love the most about the WC - will it feel like away matches with mediocre crowd support?
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