The FIFA 2018 World Cup thread

Talk about the upcoming World Cup which takes place June 14th 2018.

Who will win the 2018 World Cup?

Poll ended at Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:58 pm

Argentina
3
18%
Belgium
1
6%
Brazil
1
6%
England
2
12%
France
2
12%
Germany
4
24%
Portugal
1
6%
Russia
0
No votes
Spain
2
12%
Other
1
6%
 
Total votes : 17

Re: The FIFA 2018 World Cup thread

Postby Zenith » Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:53 pm

https://en.as.com/en/2018/03/24/footbal ... 03571.html
Adidas Telstar 18: De Gea, Reina, Ter Stegen slam World Cup ball

The match ball for the upcoming World Cup in Russia has come in for heavy criticism from goalkeepers David de Gea, Pepe Reina and Marc-André ter Stegen.

Given its international debut last November, the Adidas Telstar 18 is a re-imagining of the iconic ball used at the 1970 and 1974 World Cups, and was used on Friday as De Gea and Reina's Spain played out a friendly draw with Ter Stegen's Germany.

"Goalkeepers are going to have a lot of problems"

"It does strange things, its flight is unpredictable and there is a lot of room for improvement on it," was the trio's collective verdict.

"I bet you as much as you like that we'll see at least 35 goals from long range [in Russia], because it's impossible to work out," said Reina. "And it's covered in a plastic film that makes it difficult to hold on to.

"Goalkeepers are going to have a lot of problems with this ball."

"It's really strange," added Spain number one De Gea, who was in goal for La Roja in the 1-1 stalemate at Esprit Arena - and conceded a Thomas Müller drive from outside of the box. "It could have been made better."

The latest on a growing list of controversial World Cup balls?

"The original Telstar is one of the most iconic footballs of all time and one which changed football design forever," Adidas' Roland Rommler had declared at its official unveiling late last year. "So developing the Telstar 18 while staying true to the original model was a really exciting challenge for us.

"The new panel structure and inclusion of an NFC chip has taken football innovation and design to a new level and offers both consumers and players a completely new experience."

But having far from earned universal approval for the balls that they have designed for recent World Cups - particularly 2010's infamous Jabulani - it appears that Adidas' 2018 effort is also in line for its fair share of controversy.
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Re: The FIFA 2018 World Cup thread

Postby SuperJackyWilshere » Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:59 pm

FFS. We get this every tournament now.

I don't understand why they have to keep editing these balls making them lighter and lighter.

Air floaters at World Cups will be a thing soon.
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Re: The FIFA 2018 World Cup thread

Postby Sims » Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:00 pm

forlan needs to come back if thats the case

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Re: The FIFA 2018 World Cup thread

Postby Angelito » Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:04 am

Just for fun, predict the following:

- World Cup Winner
- World Cup Finalists
- Top-4
- Golden Ball Winner
- Golden Boot Winner
- Golden Glove Winner
- Best Young Player (under 21 at the start of 2018)
- Dream Run aka Croatia finishing 3rd in 1998
- Shocker of the Tournament aka France and Argentina exiting in the group stages of 2002


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/wo ... predictor/

Check the link to find out what teams could face one another.
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Re: The FIFA 2018 World Cup thread

Postby SuperJackyWilshere » Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:08 pm

- World Cup Finalists - Germany v Brazil
- Top-4 - Germany, Spain, Brazil, France
- Golden Ball Winner - Neymar
- Golden Boot Winner - Neymar
- Golden Glove Winner - De Gea
- Best Young Player (under 21 at the start of 2018) - Mbappe
- Dream Run aka Croatia finishing 3rd in 1998 - Senegal
- Shocker of the Tournament aka France and Argentina exiting in the group stages of 2002 - I hope not but probably England.
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Re: The FIFA 2018 World Cup thread

Postby Sims » Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:24 pm

if you wanna find out what teams can actually play each other and shit: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/wo ... predictor/

- World Cup Finalists - Argentina - France
- Top-4 - Argentina, France, Germany, Brazil
- Golden Ball Winner - Messi
- Golden Boot Winner - Messi
- Golden Glove Winner - Neuer
- Best Young Player (under 21 at the start of 2018) - Mbappe
- Dream Run aka Croatia finishing 3rd in 1998 - Senegal will come the closest imo
- Shocker of the Tournament aka France and Argentina exiting in the group stages of 2002 - Don't think there will be any shocks tbh
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Re: The FIFA 2018 World Cup thread

Postby Gunpowder » Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:34 pm

Useful link. I would not have Uruguay in top 4 without it.

- World Cup Winner: Germany
- World Cup Finalists: Brazil - Germany
- Top-4: Uruguay, Spain, Brazil, Germany
- Golden Ball Winner: Müller
- Golden Boot Winner: Neymar
- Golden Glove Winner: Neuer
- Best Young Player (under 21 at the start of 2018): Mbappe
- Dream Run aka Croatia finishing 3rd in 1998: Uruguay
- Shocker of the Tournament aka France and Argentina exiting in the group stages of 2002: Don't see it in group stage but France could get eliminated in 2nd round
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Re: The FIFA 2018 World Cup thread

Postby Santi » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:27 pm

Gonna pick when squads are actually done
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Re: The FIFA 2018 World Cup thread

Postby aniym » Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:13 am

The first round will be great entertainment. As soon as the elimination rounds start, every manager will turn into a Mourinho clone, playing for the magical 0-0 plus penalties.
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Re: The FIFA 2018 World Cup thread

Postby Angelito » Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:27 am

aniym wrote:The first round will be great entertainment. As soon as the elimination rounds start, every manager will turn into a Mourinho clone, playing for the magical 0-0 plus penalties.


It happens more often these days, especially the last two World Cups. Starts getting boring from the QF stages.
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Re: The FIFA 2018 World Cup thread

Postby Angelito » Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:23 pm

“There are two countries in Europe where you have professional referees, in Italy and in England, and not one English referee will go to the World Cup. But everything is all right. We cannot say a word against it because they’re untouchable. That is the truth. It’s not only me that judges them.”


Arsene Wenger, November 2017.

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Fifa confirms no British referees will take part at Russia World Cup
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Re: The FIFA 2018 World Cup thread

Postby Royal Gooner » Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:10 pm

Can't blame him, I'm not surprised. We in England don't have a good crop of referees at the moment. Plus Scotland only have one big fixture that happens only a handful of times in their season for referees to test themselves in. And of course Wales and Northern Ireland are mickey mouse part-time leagues so there is no way they would have referees up to standard to go to the World Cup.
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Re: The FIFA 2018 World Cup thread

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Re: The FIFA 2018 World Cup thread

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Re: The FIFA 2018 World Cup thread

Postby Marsbar100 » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:17 am

Got 4, f***ing Pele let me down, how do people think he is the Goat
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