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Title: How did your team go this year??
Post by: DR M on May 11, 2014, 06:12:53 PM
Anorthosis Famagusta (Cyprus):   :confused:  (6th)
AEK (Greece): 2nd division (from 3rd)  :thumbsup:
Chelsea (England):  :confused: (3rd)
Real (Spain):  :confused: (3rd)
Juventus (Italy):  :mitch: (1st)


What about your teams????  And which is your favorite team in Mundial?

Mine:  Greece, Brazil
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: GR@PH;<'S on May 11, 2014, 06:53:30 PM
 DR M,
Not to good so far this year as Mercedes seem to have designed a very good car.
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Sorry I not follow Football.

GR@PH;<'S   :Hammys pint:
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Corrine on May 22, 2014, 02:49:45 PM
What is soccer/football without Pele? ;)  We always enjoyed watching him play, particularly since that was Jerry's "sport".  He played fullback on the 1965 NJCAA Men's National Champion Soccer Team.  He sure could boot that ball!  He was on a semi-pro team for a while too but the team didn't last long and other things were taking up his time. 

I was talking to an old friend the other night who reminded me about when Jerry carried him off the field after his leg was injured in one of the playoff games.
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: winchester73 on May 22, 2014, 04:20:03 PM
Liverpool (2nd in the EPL)

And which is your favorite team in Mundial?

Mine:  Greece, Brazil

I think the host country will be on the winner's stand.
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: DR M on June 25, 2014, 07:21:49 PM

I think the host country will be on the winner's stand.

Nop!! I don't think so!!! GREECE!!!  :mitch:  :dance:
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Naathim on June 27, 2014, 06:34:22 AM
The host country? Only if referees will help them  :muahaha:

Netherlands ;)
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: SpyDie on June 27, 2014, 08:18:02 AM
England were a let down as normal ;)
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Paddy on June 27, 2014, 08:38:25 AM
Republic of Ireland  fail to qualify   :sad:

Paddy.. :thud:
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: winchester73 on June 27, 2014, 11:51:55 AM
England were a let down as normal ;)

Much more entertaining to watch than last time around, the attacking style of football produced a great Italy game (even though they didn't get a deserved point).  As for the Uruguay game, remember that England was loaded with Liverpool players, and like Liverpool they couldn't play a lick of defense.  That works as long as you can score more goals than your opponent   :(

At least Suarez didn't bite one of his teammates (or, hopefully, soon to be ex-teammates).

Netherlands and Germany look strong at this point.  USA has been a surprise, escaping from the group of death, but Belgium will be a massive test.
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Basil on June 27, 2014, 03:09:58 PM
I must admit that the USA has been a real surprise to me. It is not too long ago that the USA team was very weak and totally unable to seriously challenge any decent team. I think, however, that their development/progress has been impressive. I don't think that anybody can now say that the USA can not play football/soccer. They are a strong challenger in all their games.

I think that the current English team is probably overrated. Yes, they have some good players, but they find it difficult to mesh/perform as a proper team. The UK press, is not doing them any favours, either. They tend to build the expectations too much, and this must be putting undue pressure on the players. I think they should develop some younger players and stop relying so much on the same "old" players. One of the problems, however, is that the English teams have too many foreign players, and this makes the development of younger players more difficult.

The Greek team is a mystery to me.... :lol:
Many times they seem to be totally disinterested and, as a result,  they lose games that they should be able to easily win. Other times they seem to be totally motivated and give a very good fight. However, from one game to the next, I never know what their performance will be.
I am happy that they are the last team standing, safeguarding the honour of  the PIGS group...(Portugal, Italy, Spain, Greece)..... :mitch:
I hope they make it to the last eight, but I have my reservations.... :exorcize:

I must say that my big disappointment in this World Cup, has been the abysmal/comical and at times unacceptable standard of refereeing. Where do they find all these totally inadequate referees? Is it possible that the referees need more support during a game? I am thinking of  additional referees as used in rugby games, looking at playbacks to arrive at the correct decision. I don't think that I have seen more than a handful of games, where the standard of refereeing has been good.... :smash:
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Basil on June 27, 2014, 03:12:15 PM
As far as Suarez is concerned, they MUST remember to feed him before a game..... :tease:
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: GR@PH;<'S on June 27, 2014, 08:01:40 PM
Winchester73,
Hay you never know you could get the call to be the USA  Football (Sorry Soccer)   :laughing:  Couch.
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GR@PH;<'S   :Hammys pint:
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: winchester73 on June 27, 2014, 08:20:57 PM
Doubtful  :laughing:

The American MLS referee Mark Geiger has been solid, maybe that could have been me 20 years ago  :D


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Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Paddy on June 28, 2014, 08:07:19 AM
This little boy lives a few miles from me ...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-28066840

In fact he’s the team mascot of the team my son use to play for
Lurgan Celtic FC ..

Paddy.. :Hammys pint:

Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: LilBambi on June 28, 2014, 01:08:19 PM
Wow Paddy! That is amazing! Thanks for sharing it!  :mitch:
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: GR@PH;<'S on June 28, 2014, 02:52:37 PM
Paddy,
Jay is truly amazing  :cheers2:

GR@PH;<'S   :Hammys pint:
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: DR M on June 28, 2014, 03:05:29 PM
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Despite having to turn down the offer to travel to Brazil, Martin posted a video message on Facebook from Jay to his hero.

He said: "Sammy, I'm sorry I won't be there but I still love you very much and hope you win. Come on Sammy!"

YES! Come on Sammy (Samaras)!!! For Jay, and for all of us!!!

I assume that all you in the forum you are going to be with Greece tomorrow!    :wink:  :mitch:

Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Basil on June 29, 2014, 05:41:18 AM
I assume that all you in the forum you are going to be with Greece tomorrow!    :wink:  :mitch:

 :thumbsup:... :Yahoo:

Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Basil on July 02, 2014, 07:32:21 AM
USA v Belgium

Wow!!  What a game!
You might be out US, but you played very well!
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: winchester73 on July 02, 2014, 12:08:19 PM
Tim Howard was the only reason the game was close.
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Corrine on July 02, 2014, 03:34:13 PM
Apparently a Wikipedia editor thought the same about Tim Howard:  Tim Howard named secretary of defense in the best Wikipedia troll ever | The Verge (http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/2/5863949/tim-howard-named-secretary-of-defense-in-the-best-wikipedia-troll-ever)

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On Tuesday, there was a silver lining to the US men's soccer team losing to Belgium: Tim Howard, the American goalkeeper, had one of the most spectacular evenings you'll ever see. He had 16 saves, more in a World Cup game than anyone in 50 years, and single-handedly kept the US alive for a thrilling conclusion in extra time. He was named player of the game, and congratulated by players on both teams.

And then, according to Wikipedia, he was appointed secretary of defense of the United States of America. Some brilliant Wikipedia editor gave Tim Howard the true credit he deserved last night, though the page was quickly reverted to show that Chuck Hagel, who had exactly zero saves on Tuesday for the US team, remains the secretary of defense.
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Basil on July 02, 2014, 04:57:40 PM
You guys are too hard on your team... :lol:

They showed courage, commitment, and most of all honesty . They were not theatrically diving, trying to influence the referee's decision, which is the favourite pastime of most other teams. OK, they still have some work to do in refining their skill, but this takes a long time to develop. Professional football/soccer is a relatively new sport in the US. I think that once this happens, this team will be very difficult to beat.

I think that the first paragraph of the following Daily Telegraph report describes the US performance accurately enough.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/10937494/USA-vs-Belgium-World-Cup-2014-live.html

Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: DR M on July 09, 2014, 08:33:23 AM
Two friends are speaking on the phone:

A: Hi! I am not home at the moment! What is the score?

B: 0-2!

A: Come on! Tell me and I am in a hurry!

B: Ok! 0-3!

A: Are you serious? Please, tell me the real score!

B: Seriously, 0-4!

 :Win73:
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Basil on July 09, 2014, 09:33:55 AM
Ouch !!!

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Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: winchester73 on July 09, 2014, 12:09:57 PM
Wow, Brazil were rubbish!

The new Brazil flag:

Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Basil on July 10, 2014, 09:13:42 AM
From today's Daily Telegraph.... :laughing:

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Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: DR M on July 11, 2014, 04:01:19 PM
Hahahahahaaaaa!!!!

See how we would react in real life situations, if we were football players!!! :laughing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvsuYssoTw0
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Basil on July 11, 2014, 04:49:47 PM

See how we would react in real life situations, if we were football players!!! :laughing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvsuYssoTw0

Very Good and very true !!
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: DR M on June 16, 2018, 02:25:20 PM
I don't believe that this topic is FOUR years old!!! It looks like it was yesterday when I started it!

So... what do you say for this Mundial? I have not been involved at all this year, and I have no idea which countries have been selected, but I liked the score between Spain and Portugal. Ronaldo seems unstoppable. I can't say the same for Messi. ;)
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Frands on June 25, 2018, 05:58:21 PM
I guess it is not necessary to get the Danish dynamite 6-1 on the wings this year :'(
(https://politiken.dk/indland/img6597736.dscl6y/ORIGINALS/original_1500/Dynamite%206-1)
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: DR M on June 26, 2018, 12:57:55 PM
So we are with Denmark in a while. France is already in the next round. :D
 
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: winchester73 on June 27, 2018, 09:20:41 PM
There were a lot of underperforming teams in the group stages.  Germany, the defending champions, for example. France should have done better. No way to predict Argentina would have been this terrible. Neither Messi nor Neymar performed.

I think the success of the referee use of VAR is mixed.
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Frands on June 28, 2018, 06:22:15 AM
There were a lot of underperforming teams in the group stages.  Germany, the defending champions, for example. France should have done better. No way to predict Argentina would have been this terrible. Neither Messi nor Neymar performed.

I think the success of the referee use of VAR is mixed.

No, no, no...-We should have done it better :P
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: DR M on June 28, 2018, 12:36:07 PM
Let's see what England will do. If they go well with Belgium, they will be the pleasant surprise of this World Cup.

P.S. No Netherlands in this Mundial? Now I realized that it's not only Italy that is missing.
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: winchester73 on June 28, 2018, 10:51:11 PM
Let's see what England will do. If they go well with Belgium, they will be the pleasant surprise of this World Cup.

England’s 8 lineup changes sucked the life out of their starting 11 ... would have rather faced Japan than Colombia in the knockout stage. Playing it safe can have consequences ...

Spain has impressed so far. Brazil has some weaknesses.
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: DR M on June 29, 2018, 09:18:43 AM
1)Uruguay-Portugal (Saturday 30/6, 18:00*)

2)France-Argentina (Saturday 30/6, 14:00)

3)Brazil-Mexico (Monday 2/7, 14:00)

4)Belgium-Japan (Monday 2/7, 18:00)

5)Spain-Russia (Sunday 1/7, 14:00)

6)Croatia-Denmark (Sunday 1/7, 18:00)

7)Sweden-Switzerland (Τuesday 3/7, 14:00)

8)Colombia-England (Τuesday 3/7, 18:00)


*GMT


With bold, my predictions.

Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Pierre75 on June 30, 2018, 05:43:35 AM
Finals tip.

France V Brazil with France to win.

Please don't ask about Australia - hopeless.  :-[
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: DR M on June 30, 2018, 06:52:35 AM
Finals tip.

France V Brazil with France to win.

Please don't ask about Australia - hopeless.  :-[

From Australia, Cahill was one of my favorite players in Real Football.  :)

I'm not sure about France yet. I forgot to predict the winner between Colombia and England. I will say England. I wonder what I will earn/loose if I play the Belgium-Japan as above.  ::)
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: SpyDie on June 30, 2018, 10:32:13 AM
Colombia in the office sweepstakes but obviously mainly rooting for England although I think they played terribly against Belgium
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: winchester73 on July 07, 2018, 09:21:11 PM
Colombia in the office sweepstakes but obviously mainly rooting for England although I think they played terribly against Belgium

France v Belgium wasn’t too far of a stretch but how many people had England v Croatia?
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: DR M on July 08, 2018, 03:40:26 PM
No words...

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Image size edited by winchester73
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Corrine on July 08, 2018, 05:20:33 PM
Good point, Panos.  Those young boys aren't in the World Cup but they and their rescuers are being cheered on by the World.  It takes up to six hours to navigate the distance of ~2.5 miles through narrow passages for the divers to reach those boys, as young as 11 years old. 
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Corrine on July 10, 2018, 07:20:34 PM
No question the world is happy that all of the boys and their coach have been safely rescued and, although not World Cup related, Mannchester United is a well known team in the world of soccer.  Love that Manchester United invites Thai cave survivors to Old Trafford (https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/premier-league/manchester-united-invites-thai-cave-survivors-to-old-trafford/ar-AAzQPAM?OCID=ansmsnnews11).

Now, I return you to the "semi-official" 2018 World Cup discussion with France advancing after the win over Belgium today.  Bing predicts England to win against Croatia tomorrow.  Who are you cheering for?
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: DR M on July 11, 2018, 02:34:40 PM
Now, I return you to the "semi-official" 2018 World Cup discussion with France advancing after the win over Belgium today.  Bing predicts England to win against Croatia tomorrow.  Who are you cheering for?

I believe that England will win. Croatia has better technicians footballers, but England has a stronger team and it's their great opportunity to "bring it home" after 1966. Of course the opportunity is for the Croatians too, but I will say England once again.
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Frands on July 11, 2018, 04:49:59 PM
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Now, I return you to the "semi-official" 2018 World Cup discussion with France advancing after the win over Belgium today.  Bing predicts England to win against Croatia tomorrow.  Who are you cheering for?

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark.....


England! England!

Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Corrine on July 11, 2018, 04:59:13 PM
"You'll Never Walk Alone", one of my absolute favorite songs! 

Although I have a forum friend in Croatia, I add my voice:  England! England!
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: SpyDie on July 11, 2018, 07:51:56 PM
What a shame. I did not think England necessarily could beat France had we got there but I did expect us to reach the final. I think we were the team that tired first but hopefully this is new beginnings for England
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: winchester73 on July 11, 2018, 08:59:30 PM
I picked all the semifinalists correctly, yet NONE of the finalists.

England has a lot to build on, but they succumbed to the dreaded 'scoring too early' affliction.  Croatia was the better side in the second half, and all through extra time.

I endured Tony nominee Renée Fleming singing ‘You'll Never Walk Alone’ on the PBS "A Capitol Fourth" last week (she was nominated for Carousel) ... fortunately I had the Gerry & The Pacemakers version on hand to get her version out of my head.
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Corrine on July 11, 2018, 11:05:13 PM
After Frands' post, I did a quick search for the song and Renée Fleming's version was the first choice.  I started listening to it and closed it.  Gerry & the Pacemakers is so much better.

Of course I'll root for England against Belgium but may just have to root for Croatia for a friend on another forum.
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: winchester73 on July 11, 2018, 11:13:36 PM
England v Belgium is a game that nobody wants to play.  :-\

Croatia may surprise France.  They looked fresher today, despite all of the extra time matches they’ve endured.
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: SpyDie on July 12, 2018, 07:57:32 AM
England has a lot to build on, but they succumbed to the dreaded 'scoring too early' affliction.  Croatia was the better side in the second half, and all through extra time.

Although one of the things I was impressed with is the composure Gareth Southgate kept throughout the entire thing. There weren't many times you saw anything but a calm & collected manager.

Jordan Pickford was one of the standout stars for me, what an incredible goalkeeper.
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Corrine on July 18, 2018, 12:59:42 AM
Even though they didn't win, they are still proud of the team:  The 2018 World Cup Final Through The Eyes Of An American In Croatia (https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2018/07/16/the-2018-world-cup-final-american-in-croatia/?utm_source=FACEBOOK&utm_medium=social&utm_term=Bonnie%2F#3a99e4673a04)
Title: Re: How did your team go this year??
Post by: Pierre75 on July 18, 2018, 06:14:13 AM

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From Australia, Tim Cahill was one of my favorite players in Real Football.  :)

Sorry to inform you but as from today he has retired from all international football at the age of 38. He had a great career with Australia.