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If anyone is interested all the games will be televised either on FS1 or Fox. They won the rights to the world cup this year.

 

Outside of the USA choking and not making it here are some other countries that did not make the field. 

Italy-wow

Netherlands- rich history of great soccer

Chile- Copa America champs

Cameroon- Only reason I know this country was due to soccer

Ivory Coast-solid team usually 

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World Cup Referee Caught Accepting $600 From An Undercover Journalist

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Footage from a documentary on corruption in African soccer, shared exclusively with the BBC, shows World Cup assistant referee Adel Range Marwa accepting a $600 gift from an undercover journalist posing as a Ghanaian soccer official. Marwa, the only referee from Kenya set to participate in the World Cup, has resigned his position.

 

 

 

 

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One of my best friends is in Russia helping do in arena production for matches.  

 

Getting extremely jealous of the snaps he sends me

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Sorta off-topic, but I see that the US, Canada, and Mexico won the bid for the 2026 World Cup! That's pretty neat, right?

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Now that the US is not in it I will probably cheer for Iceland.

Fun fact, the US Military protects Iceland because the country is so small it can't have a military big enough to defend itself. Therefore if Iceland wins it all the US should get some credit too because we protect them from harm. :)

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2 hours ago, HuskermanMike said:

Now that the US is not in it I will probably cheer for Iceland.

Fun fact, the US Military protects Iceland because the country is so small it can't have a military big enough to defend itself. Therefore if Iceland wins it all the US should get some credit too because we protect them from harm. :)

 

Your fun fact made Iceland's story even more amazing! Between the entire country having only around 300k people, to their manager also being a dentist, to this being their first-ever World Cup appearance, to having to play Argentina in their opening match, it just gets keeps better and better! 

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yawner game today.   Portugal Spain tomorrow.  that's a popcorn game.  Looking forward to that match.

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Two late game goals.   Having played this game at a decent level, I can't even imagine the pain of losing a game in the 95th minute on an own goal.   Brutal doesn't even begin to describe it.

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Love him or hate him, Ronaldo is amazing.  What an amazing match that was to watch.   Maybe the goal of the cup from Spain, and Ronaldo with an incredible set piece goal.  

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Argentina vs. Iceland coming up. Messi is my favorite player to watch, but Iceland is very, very fun to watch. 

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On 6/16/2018 at 7:47 AM, Cdog923 said:

Argentina vs. Iceland coming up. Messi is my favorite player to watch, but Iceland is very, very fun to watch. 

 

Too bad Messi played so poorly.  Iceland was much better defensively than I expected and did a good job of shutting down Argentina.

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Argentina is done.   I know mathematically they have a chance, but they are done.  They barely qualified for the WC, have no real talent, teams double/triple team Messi all around the pitch, and the rest of the team is hot garbage, as far as Argentine standards go.  

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Germany is gone; 4th time in last 5 WCs that the defending champ is out in the group stage. 

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5 minutes ago, Cdog923 said:

Germany is gone; 4th time in last 5 WCs that the defending champ is out in the group stage. 

And the first time ever that Germany hasn't made it out of the group stage

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I hate Beilgium for Everton, always choking despite having a wealth of talent, and now Japan but still hate the French more for being a team of divers.  Anyone who watched the first half of their game against Peru should understand.  I can deal with a team having one or two prolific diving attackers but when your defenders are getting into it like Umtiti was in that game...  Out of all the games I've watched this WC, the team I've wanted to win has come up with a whopping two wins.  They weren't all underdogs, though.  I wanted some of these aging stars in the mix late but it wasn't to be.

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Now we are to the point that I reach every few years where we are down to 4 teams and I wish I knew enough about each one to care and actually get into the sport.  But, oh well....I don't.....so......

 

Soccer to me is a strange sport in that, just because of my total lack of knowledge of the sport, I can't get interested in a game.  BUT....I always sit and watch the highlights when they are on because the highlights are usually pretty cool.

 

Also...from what I can tell....Soccer is possibly the only sport where the casual observer like me never knows exactly when the game is going to end.

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1 hour ago, BigRedBuster said:

Now we are to the point that I reach every few years where we are down to 4 teams and I wish I knew enough about each one to care and actually get into the sport.  But, oh well....I don't.....so......

 

Soccer to me is a strange sport in that, just because of my total lack of knowledge of the sport, I can't get interested in a game.  BUT....I always sit and watch the highlights when they are on because the highlights are usually pretty cool.

 

Also...from what I can tell....Soccer is possibly the only sport where the casual observer like me never knows exactly when the game is going to end.

I don't get the comments of not knowing when the game is going to end.  I like soccer's running clock, with adding stoppage time when necessary.  Full time is 90 minutes long, and there can be injury/stoppage time added on after full-time.  Generally, if a team has control of the ball and is within scoring range, the referee won't blow the whistle ending the match.  In the World Cup, the knockout rounds will add on 30 minutes of extra time (two 15 minute halves) if the match is tied after full time.  If the match is still tied after extra time, it goes to penalty kicks.

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2 hours ago, ColoradoHusk said:

I don't get the comments of not knowing when the game is going to end.  I like soccer's running clock, with adding stoppage time when necessary.  Full time is 90 minutes long, and there can be injury/stoppage time added on after full-time.  Generally, if a team has control of the ball and is within scoring range, the referee won't blow the whistle ending the match.  In the World Cup, the knockout rounds will add on 30 minutes of extra time (two 15 minute halves) if the match is tied after full time.  If the match is still tied after extra time, it goes to penalty kicks.

You basically answered the question. 

 

The added time at the end doesn’t make sense. 

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7 hours ago, BigRedBuster said:

Now we are to the point that I reach every few years where we are down to 4 teams and I wish I knew enough about each one to care and actually get into the sport.  But, oh well....I don't.....so......

 

Soccer to me is a strange sport in that, just because of my total lack of knowledge of the sport, I can't get interested in a game.  BUT....I always sit and watch the highlights when they are on because the highlights are usually pretty cool.

 

Also...from what I can tell....Soccer is possibly the only sport where the casual observer like me never knows exactly when the game is going to end.

 

DVRed World Cup matches watched at 2x speed.  Watch in real time when something interesting happens.

 

Game Changer

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4 hours ago, BigRedBuster said:

You basically answered the question. 

 

The added time at the end doesn’t make sense. 

Instead of stopping the clock for injuries in soccer (along with no timeouts), the 4th referee keeps a tally of how much time to add in each half due to the game not being played when players get injured and there is a stoppage in play. They clearly show how much time is added at the end of each half, so I don’t get it when people say “how much time is left in the match?”  A match is basically 90 minutes plus injury/stoppage time, which is identified at the end of each half. Big tournaments like the World Cup and Euro Cup add in extra time after the 90 minutes in case of a tie match during the knockout round. 

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8 hours ago, ColoradoHusk said:

Instead of stopping the clock for injuries in soccer (along with no timeouts), the 4th referee keeps a tally of how much time to add in each half due to the game not being played when players get injured and there is a stoppage in play. They clearly show how much time is added at the end of each half, so I don’t get it when people say “how much time is left in the match?”  A match is basically 90 minutes plus injury/stoppage time, which is identified at the end of each half. Big tournaments like the World Cup and Euro Cup add in extra time after the 90 minutes in case of a tie match during the knockout round. 

 

I noticed the (+5) beside the clock at the end of the game last night which indicated 5 more minutes.  I know for a fact that previously watching a soccer match, it wasn't posted like that and I was watching with a soccer fan and he was even having a hard time telling me how much time was added to the game.

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46 minutes ago, BigRedBuster said:

 

I noticed the (+5) beside the clock at the end of the game last night which indicated 5 more minutes.  I know for a fact that previously watching a soccer match, it wasn't posted like that and I was watching with a soccer fan and he was even having a hard time telling me how much time was added to the game.

I have never watched a match and not seen the +5 (or whatever) shown beside the clock when it has gone to extra time.  I am not doubting that you have encountered that, so that explains your confusion.

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57 minutes ago, ColoradoHusk said:

I have never watched a match and not seen the +5 (or whatever) shown beside the clock when it has gone to extra time.  I am not doubting that you have encountered that, so that explains your confusion.

I watch a pretty significant amount of soccer and the +5 (or whatever) has always been there. Could see how it would be confusing if you were watching a match where this was not there though.

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Welp....glad it's there now and it clears it up.

 

So...today we have France and Belgium.  Gotta root for Belgium in that one....right?

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The Belgians' luck ran out.  Anyone who saw that headed cross that went in for their first goal against Japan knows what I'm talking about.  ;)

 

I think Croatia has the goods to beat England but I always wonder how healthy teams are.  It's not like this is the Stanley Cup finals but it matters.  I think Uruguay could've taken France down with Cavani, for example.  If England win today, I guess I have to root for the French (though I'm always going to be a fan of Pickford's regardless - I want him to do well and just have his team lose so I guess I'd hope for an own goal or something).

 

Think of stoppage time as the portion of the 90 minutes we all spent watching people roll around.  I love that we don't have to worry about commercials breaking up play in soccer.

 

p.s. - I find it incongruous that the author of this cartoon is a fan of Le Coq:

 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1999235813723139&set=a.1386099735036753.1073741827.100009102194551&type=3&theater

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I watched about the last 20 minutes of Belgium-France yesterday. Usually those last few minutes are pretty exciting, but that was just... awful to watch (at least for casual viewers). At one point, I thought there may be a sniper in the stadium with all the guys flopping to the ground.

 

Hopefully today's game match will be better to watch

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52 minutes ago, GSG said:

I watched about the last 20 minutes of Belgium-France yesterday. Usually those last few minutes are pretty exciting, but that was just... awful to watch (at least for casual viewers). At one point, I thought there may be a sniper in the stadium with all the guys flopping to the ground.

 

Hopefully today's game match will be better to watch

 

It's super frustrating for casuals and other folks.  France was doing some flopping and getting the calls pretty consistently.  I thought Eden Hazard was fouled late in that game but no kick was given.  It's like Nebraska playing basketball against Duke or something.  You have to be one of the blue bloods to get the calls.  I've shared above, I think, that the Danes played good soccer this World Cup but weren't getting any calls despite not flopping.  I wish they'd have used the VAR to punish the divers instead of just checking on whether penalty kicks should be given or whatever...

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I wasn't a fan of the Croatian squad before the final but I was pulling for them yesterday and will Sunday.  I think the English got more calls in their game and their one goal came from one of them.  The checkers had to earn their goals from the run of play.  That first goal was pretty sick.  The dude's left leg was up about as high as the defender's shoulder and he used the outside of it - not sure how he could have added anything to that ball's momentum and still beat a damn good keeper in Pickford.

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