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  1. I really enjoy the fact that Alexis Mac Allister’s brother is named Kevin Mac Allister
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  2. M’Bappe continues to show why he is overrated, pace, strength, dribbling, and then shooting over the goal. How many chances does he need per goal? Ten? He really has a mediocre shooting technique.
    3 points
  3. First ever match at the Weserstadion for the women's team, too! Good to see so many supporters turn up. More than 15.000 tickets sold!
    3 points
  4. Werder fans supporting their women's team instead of watching the World Cup. What a nice atmosphere!
    3 points
  5. I'm fine with a draw. haha They would still need a win vs Poland. Actually, I really like Messi. But it's Argentina, I cant stand them.
    2 points
  6. Poverty is a complex issue and lots of question can be asked about shared responsibilities and how to make it better, yes. But that's not really the issue we've been talking about here, no? Regardless of how many questions you raise about poverty, it still shouldn't deflect from the fact that Qatar, as well as most other Gulf countries, have been exploiting and taking advantage of extremely vulnerable people for decades. I'm glad certain improvements have been made, but the reforms aren't worth much if the government isn't enforcing the new laws effectively and if there is no accountability.
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  7. Vital win for Australia. They were so organised in that 2nd half and always adventurous when they had the chance. Tunisia controlled the majority of the possession but found it hard to break down that Aussie defence. They were restricted mainly to long range efforts, although they did have a very big chance with that shot in the 2nd half that forced Ryan into an excellent save. Souttar's last ditch tackle after an Aussie defender slipped, typifies the way Australia played today. They were extremely determined, but their tackling was generally clean. They were also very sensible and intelligent when in possession, making use of the ball and doing the simple things well. If they avoid defeat in their final group match against Denmark, I believe that they will have a great chance of advancing.
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  8. Are you for real?... Because poor desperate people do desperate things to earn a living and support their families, especially when they get promised a decent salary in Gulf countries while facing unemployment, debt and low wages at home. When you don't have many options, you take what's available to you, even knowing the risks.
    2 points
  9. If I'm kissing a hottie you better believe my eyes are open for maximum smugness. If they open their eyes and see me with my eyes open then they're just as weird as me.
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  10. Neville is right when he says Foden and TAA would get a game for other nations. That Southgate doesn't even bring them on is fucking weird.
    2 points
  11. The only way 'it's coming home' is if we break into the shop that makes the cup and steal the fucking thing...
    2 points
  12. That sucks. No more Benfica players scoring goals please. Don't need no attention.
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  13. @Stan i saw these in a local consignment shop where I live. They looked out of place here .
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  14. Interesting last round of games in this group if it stays like this!
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  15. You may just get your wish but apparently, historically, they have never lost to Mexico in a WC game. However, anything could happen.
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  16. I'm happy he took the ambitious shot, as I have this on at a fiver... Mbappe or Eriksen to have 1+ shots on target from outside the box, over 2.5 goals and each team 10+ booking points @ 4/1
    1 point
  17. And that's why Denmark will struggle to score. Cornelius has to be gambling there or sliding in to try and score from Kristensen's cross. Just stood stationary instead of reading the play.
    1 point
  18. Mbappe's pace Christensen is very lucky two other defenders were right next to him when he fouled Mbappe.
    1 point
  19. Same. Very happy for him too. Of all the goals he's scored, you can tell how much of a relief it was and how much it meant to him to score at a World Cup.
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  20. Yep. They were already moved when the Ultras turned up to Platz 11 to support them in an important match last season, and you could hear and see how happy the players were with the support in the post-match interviews. This brings it to a completely new level now
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  21. I just saw Arnd Zeigler posting a picture of the banner "Come On You Girls in Green". Very cool. Surely an experience the players will never forget.
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  22. Credit to the Socceroors good goal and work rate to restrict Tunisia. Good chance to go through now.
    1 point
  23. Come on you kangaroos! I want to see you fuckers jumping into the next round!
    1 point
  24. Money buddy, they can earn more there than they can at home, the same as the channel emigrants paying money to go into a rubber dingy and float across the channel, they know the risks but they still do it.
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  25. Goal difference Goals scored Head to head points Head to head GD Head to head goals scored
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  26. Disagree, it had no positive on human rights and I'd argue it had negative affect on the human rights situation of at least those foreign workers, who were employed to build the stadiums. You could argue they wouldn't had worked (and in too many cases died because of their work) there, if it wasn't for the WC. Can see a downside, though: If we want, as I do, the WC played in countries, that are following certain standards of human rights, there remain not many more than two handful of countries that can afford hosting a WC, given how inflated this tournament is going to be.
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  27. So it's not really that much of a moralistic endeavour then is it? Mostly just a case of where a tournament is held. From a football point of view, I don't think it should be in Qatar as it's an international tournament so FIFA has to make sure the host nation works for everyone. Within reason of course as not drinking or having to be more respectful in public shouldn't be big issues. The "sports washing" angle doesn't make sense though. And when it comes to the human rights angle, I do think it's a good thing that people are pointing out a lack of rights for people in Qatar but you can't link the tournament being there as either being responsible or having a negative affect on human rights there because in reality, it's the opposite. There's been less trouble in this tournament than when the Euros where mostly in England as well so it has to be said they're doing a better job than we did...
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  28. If Klinnsman said that Iran were a bunch of diving time wasting shithouses and that Quiroz was a master of this kind of game, then he has told 0 lies. I watch the middle eastern teams play the asian cup and in WC qualifying and they are worse than the south americans in this respect, no matter which nation it is.
    1 point
  29. It's crazy that you guys got triggered by me saying it must be because Germany aren't good right now. I have morals. I'm just not as naive as to think I'm gonna change the world by not watching football. It's moronic to be honest. You can say nonsense like "they won't like low TV ratings" but is the issue the human rights or the tournament being there? Low TV ratings in Germany or anyone in Europe isn't going to convince them to change their laws. Also, reality is that the tournament being there has created the discussion. Majority of people boycotting wouldn't care about human rights in Qatar if the tournament wasn't there. And the tournament being there already led to some reforms regarding the rights of migrant workers. Boycotting doesn't make sense. It might make you feel like you're doing something, and that's the only reason you're probably doing it, but you're not affecting anything regarding human rights in Qatar. It's not about a lack of morals, it's about not being delusional. Not watching the World Cup probably has less of an effect than a hashtag on twitter. But no, you must be a hero.
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  30. This is the thing; we are either going to separate sports and politics or mix sports and politics and be consistent with it. The media has focused so much on the LGBT topic in Qatar, despite the officials in Qatar repeatedly saying that everyone is welcome, including gay people. They just say they want people to respect their culture. But the ironic thing is the lack of consistency with the media. All this talk of a boycott in some countries. Was there a boycott at the last World Cup that Russia hosted in 2018? Russia had invaded and seized Crimea in 2014 and they have consistently been helping the rebels in the Donbass region since 2014. Where was the actual outcry at the last World Cup? With the knowledge that Russia was causing deaths and fighting in Donbass(which is Ukrainian sovereign territory)? By the way, as for LGBT rights, Russia only loosened its laws regarding this recently and even now there are certain restrictions. What about China when they hosted the Winter Olympics in February 2022? Where was the outrage at what they are doing to the Uighur people? Not to mention the other human rights issues that they have? I didn't hear any cries for a boycott of the Olympics in the winter. If we want to involve politics with sport, then we should be consistent and balanced in our critiques of the various countries we are talking about. Not shy away from the bigger powerful countries and pick on the smaller ones. Also where do we draw the line? Should the USA never host a tournament again for what its dire foreign policy has been like over the years. Just look at the relatively recent examples of Iraq and Afghanistan. 1 million died in Iraq as a result of the US invasion and Afghanistan is in an utter mess. We can't have one rule for some and a different rule for others. Personally, I just think we shouldn't be telling other people from other cultures what and what not to do in their own countries. Just as I don't like it when foreigner's come to the UK and try to interfere with our own culture. I prefer to be consistent.
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  31. I mean its kind of weird for me to some degree still because Ive just always cheered for Germany. I dont identify as German but my dad was born there so I do have dual citizenship and I grew up watching and following the German national team and the Bundesliga. It is definitely cool to follow Canada in football for once though and Ive never really had to think about it before as Canada is never in the conversation let alone qualifying Yeah about 20 games in now. Definitely id say at least 3/4's of the radio shows (which usually run in 3 ish hour blocks) still talk about hockey. They do actually have insiders and some coverage which is amped up a little bit from what the WC coverage usually is. Previous WC's id say maybe one show would have one insider on maybe once or twice a week to cover it kind of thing in the past. Hockey will basically always be #1 here and that isnt changing anytime soon. Although I will say summer is usually a bit different as the hockey season is usually done. This is a bit of a special case.
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  32. Goal difference. UEFA competitions are head to head but not FIFA
    1 point
  33. Spain still the pick for me. Spain have the best coach in the competition.
    1 point
  34. I can definitely understand that if your country rarely qualifies for a World Cup, that you don't want to miss it.
    1 point
  35. Moment of silence for the England and USA fans in attendance who had to watch that without a drink. Possibly the worst game of football I’ve ever witnessed.
    1 point
  36. Foden is England's best player and should start every game
    1 point
  37. "Lets keep our most talented player on the bench because he's never done it for England because he's 21 and is always on the bench" You're a fucking genius daniel.
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  39. And Schalke were losing. Some things never change.
    1 point
  40. Everything worked out pretty well overall I would say. Took a little bit of time by boat but relatively no hitches! Just in time to watch the Canada Belgium match Big thanks again to @Tommyn without him this would not have been a thing! I would bet theres a very small amount of people with these kits on this side of continent! It looks even better in person, I love the colour and badging. Also a bit special to finally get a Davies Bayern kit. I was fortunate enough he played in MLS for my local team (Vancouver Whitecaps) for a few seasons . I was able to see him break in and take the league over and then watch his growth with Bayern and now even the Canadian National team. Anyways I'm super stoked thanks again tommy my man!
    1 point
  41. https://www.dwdl.de/zahlenzentrale/90664/katarwm_selbst_deutschlandspiel_bleibt_unter_10_mio__/ Even the Germany game had less than 10 Mio. viewers here. The group games in previous tournaments had 25 Mio. Nice. Granted, the kick-off time could have played a role.
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  42. Obviously you've never lived in a city with beaches.
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  43. Even if it's free-to-air, the broadcaster is still paying for TV rights... The cost of TV and streaming rights for the future tournaments is directly linked with the viewership figures of the previous ones, as understandably, advertising needs to have maximum audience reach for maximum profits. Example: FIFA has recently rejected TV rights bids for the next years Women's World Cup, deeming them too low based on the record viewership of the 2019 tournament. Now for this World Cup, they are projecting around 5 billion viewers in total to watch at least some of the tournament. That's a massive reach and a huge audience for selling things to, and it's fair to assume that the TV rights cost is reflecting that. Now imagine if there was a globally coordinated effort to not watch it, and those figures fell far below the projected numbers? It still surely wouldn't make any difference to this particular World Cup; that ship has sailed a long time ago. But customer behaviour is an important tool in influencing businesses and organisations that are looking to maximise their profits, and boycotts generally work best when they inflict economic loss on the target. Most of FIFA's revenue comes directly from TV and marketing rights - of the $6.4 billion generated in the last cycle, it accounted for more than $6.2 billion ($4.6 billion from TV rights + $1.66 billion from marketing). So yeah, the viewership figures are definitely important to FIFA and its future revenue and could be a pretty decent way to hit them where it hurts and potentially influence their future decisions, but only if it's organised well with a significant number of people committing to it globally. Which is never going to happen; it's virtually impossible to convince half of the world's population to care and do something about it. And that is a huge psychological barrier hindering any social movement - people know that their individual action won't make much difference and that any massive structural change requires a huge and well coordinated collective effort so they just don't bother. But many seem to forget that without individual action, there can be no social movement in the first place.
    1 point
  44. And only after undergoing an anal COVID swab just in case.
    1 point
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