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JKR

Iceland is currently rated the 22nd best in the world by FIFA. Argentina is rated 5th. Canada is 79th :(

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Host nations get a bye into the World Cup so that means Canada is in the 2026 WorldCup

JKR

I wonder what Canadian cities will get to see Team Canada play live? My guess is that it'll be Toronto and Montreal but maybe Edmonton will also get to see them play live. That would require the team to travel a longer distance though.

NDPP

Injured Palestinian protestors perform a symbolic World Cup League game at Gaza's Occupied border to celebrate Eid al Fitr (and vid)

https://twitter.com/QudsNen/status/1008280095038025728

lagatta4

Isn't there something like a refugee league, and a league of "unrecognised" nations?

Those guys should get an invitation to the Paralympics!

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A Look Inside A Corruption Investigation Involving Soccer's Biggest Players

An excerpt from Ken Bensinger's new book Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World's Biggest Sports Scandal.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/kenbensinger/world-cup-soccer-fifa-corruption-i...

lagatta4

Not exactly about the Cup, but a fascinating story from Volgograd:

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/18/my-grandad-captured-by-...

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Listening to a couple of sports jocks on the radio this morning discussing how England is going to screw it up this time and now we have our answer What a dumb, dumb place to get a penalty which if course resulted in a tie game presently.

lagatta4

I was supporting Tunisia (admittedly simply because it is a neo-colonised country, and also one where some very brave progressives have resisted both the Ben Ali clan mafia and the Islamists)...

WWWTT

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Thrilled that FIFA has selected CANADA, Mexico and the US to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup!

Big stupid waste of money! It would be better spent on many other programs. 

For me no more!

No more Portuguese flag in the window! No more wasting my time watching games! 

https://newrepublic.com/article/118228/world-cup-2014-why-did-borges-hate-soccer

NorthReport

England had a serious scare but managed to pull it out of the fire before the end.

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How did Argentina qualify to get into World Cop?

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How did Argentina qualify to get into World Cop?

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Be careful you might make Maradona cry, eh!

World Cup 2018: Maradona light years behind Messi, says Ramos

 

 

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44564820

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Maradona CRYING? Fans react as football legend looks glum following shock Argentina loss

DIEGO Maradona has been pictured looking glum as Argentina suffered a shock 3-0 defeat against Croatia.

 

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/711330/argentina-vs-croatia...

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bekayne

NorthReport wrote:

How did Argentina qualify to get into World Cop?

By the skin of their teeth

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Not again!

If the Russians are caught doping perhaps they should be permanently banned from FIFA

http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/sport/football/article-5878241/FIFA-knew-cover-Russia-players-positive-drug-test-18-months-ago.html

 

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Half-time

Uruguay 2 Russia 0

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dp

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Uruguay 3 Russia 0 90 minute mark!

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That Uruguay defeat 3-0 over Russia is final now and both Spain and Portugal have matches today

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That Uruguay 3-0 victory over Russia is final now and both Spain and Portugal have matches today

lagatta4

I have Argie friends here but they'll be supporting little Uruguay now.

progressive17 progressive17's picture

It is clear Uruguay is on better dope than Russia!

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

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I have Argie friends here but they'll be supporting little Uruguay now.

I've noticed that in my neighbourhood, Brazil jerseys can be turned inside out to become Portugal jerseys, and vice versa.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Woah, did Argentina get knocked out? I should be paying more attention given that I am in a pool.

 

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Tomorrow at 11 AM

Nigeria vs Argentina

Group D at Present (first 2 teams advance)

1 Croatia 6 pts

2 Nigeria 3 pts

3 Iceland 1 pt

4 Argentina 1 pt

 

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Thanks, North Report.

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lagatta4

Argentina are still in. They seemed on their way out, and were really underperforming.

NDPP

NorthReport wrote:

Not again!

If the Russians are caught doping perhaps they should be permanently banned from FIFA

http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/sport/football/article-5878241/FIFA-knew-cover-Russia-players-positive-drug-test-18-months-ago.html

 

NDPP wrote:

 Not again. 

"Insufficient evidence was found to assert an anti-doping rule violation by any footballer,' read the statement made by FIFA..."

http://www.kickoff.com/news/87138/fifa-issue-statement-russia-2018-world-c

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Does Japan advance although they just lost to Poland?

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Group A - Uruguay & Russia advance

Group B - Spain & Portugal advance

Group C - France & Denmanrk advance

Group D - Croatia & Argentina advance

Group E - Brazil & Switzerland advance

Group F - Sweden & Mexico advance

Group G - England & Belgium advance

Group H - Japan & Columbia advance

NorthReport

Wow! And his first game in NA will be against the White Caps.

https://www.thestar.com/sports/soccer/2018/06/28/english-soccer-star-way...

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TSN keeps trotting out ball possession statistics but I wonder if it is irelevant as far as who wins the match 

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So is the World Cup Brazil’s to lose this year!

pookie

So glad to see Russia gone.

NorthReport

Wow Croatia, just wow!

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How the mighty have fallen!

NorthReport wrote:

So is the World Cup Brazil’s to lose this year!

Misfit Misfit's picture

For all you Canadian fans out there wondering which Canadian cities will host a game let me remind you of what happened the last time Canada hosted an international junior soccer tournament. Canadian organizers figured that Toronto would be a great place to host the games  but then had to move all the home games from Toronto to Winnipeg so that the Canadian players could enjoy the home-field advantage. 

Soccer is not big in North America like it is around the world. There were few Canadian fans interested in cheering on the home team but there were  tons of fans locally who all came out in force to cheer on their country of origin.

I think that Toronto or Montreal would be good for most international games, but I think that all the Canadian games should be played in the Maritimes, Newfoundland, northern Ontario like T-Bay, northern BC like PG or PR, or on the prairies.

Misfit Misfit's picture

Saskatoon or Regina would be best IMO.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Winnipeg's hosting of the Women's FIFA games was excellent. I was sad to see our city off the list for the FIFA World Cup winning bid.

As for these current games, I really had hoped to save enough to go to some of these games but alas, impossible. As for my pool, I was in second and third for a good part of it but out of the winnings now that Brazil, Spain, Germany, Uruguay and Argentina are out.

 

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