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  1. So the 46th edition of Copa America is being held in Brazil and starts on June 14. For reasons that absolutely has nothing to do with money Qatar and Japan are also taking part in the tournament this year. The home nations biggest name Neymar has just pulled out because of "injury" but there will be loads and big names playing. And since Messi ended his biannual retirement from the national side he will lead Argentina. Fully expect him to once again retire unless they win the tournament, And then come back in good time before the WC. These are the groups. Home nation with a somewhat favorable draw shocker.
  2. sidcow

    FIFA

    Sorry, Suprised not to see an existing thread about Fifa. So it appears that this organisation which has proved itself over and over and over and over again to be run by completely corrupt individuals in a completely corrupt fashion for no other reason than personal gain and greed are now not only investigating England and Scotland wearing Poppies but other pre match tributes. Personally I thought Fifa should have been disbanded and that England should have resigned membership when it became clear that despite spending millions of pounds on world Cup bids and having unquestionably the most compelling proposition we were utterly wasting out money time and energy because the only way to really win a world Cup was to pay huge sums of money to those making the decision regardless of how totally unsuitable and ridiculous your proposition was. That was enough for me but now I really really feel it's time to pull the plug on this obscene organisation. All home nations should resign as should any member of the allied forces who remember the sacrifice of individual young men for no political reason but just because it's the right and proper thing to do. Let Fifa organise their corrupt Word cups with Russia and a few Middle Eastern nations and see how long the sponsors hang about. Hope the FA spend proper money on legal fees to take them to the cleaners and don't back down. A cursory glance in a dictionary for the definition of Political should be enough anyway. Japan Germany and Italy should also do the right thing though Italy would probably chicken out obviously. It's time to knock this lot on the head.
  3. With no proper competitions this summer, FIFA and UEFA are offering us who are suffering from footy withdrawal the Confederations Cup and the Euro U-21 tournaments. Kicking off this weekend in Russia and Poland respectively. The Confederations Cup or "World Cup prelude" contains hosts Russia, along with Portugal and Mexico in group A And World Champions Germany along with Australia, Cameroon and Chile in group B. It's a cute nothing competition used to check the state of the stadiums and organizations ahead of the big WC and is mostly remembered for the Roberto Carlos free kick back in 97 ahead of the France WC Still, it's football. The Euro U-21's is played in Poland, and since UEFA likes to change thing around and make things complicated it has 3 groups containing 4 teams each. Group A has raining champs Sweden , host Poland, Slovakia and England. Group B has Portugal, Spain, Serbia and Macedonia Group C has Germany, Denmark, Italy and the Czech Republic. The opening game is played as I type, between Sweden and England and our own Jack Grealish is on the bench. Sweden shocked everyone and won the tournament last time out, but won't repeat it this time (bar a miracle) since we've had almost 40 players turning down the chance to defend the gold due to various reasons. 4-5 players in the squad can be considered regulars at this level. The England squad looks pretty good on paper, as does losing finalists Portugal. Italy, Germany and Spain all have amazing squads on paper and must be considered favorites IMO. The 2015 tournament is probably the most fun I've had watching football in a very long time, obviously in large part down to Sweden winning it in the end and the great yellow wall of Swedish fans who traveled down to Czechia.
  4. Coming in hot on the heels of Seb "Splatter" admitting it "might have been a mistake" to award the World Cup to Qatar, we have UEFA backing what is fast becoming a ridiculous situation. World Cup 2022: Uefa members back winter tournament in Qatar The prospect of a winter World Cup in 2022 took a step forward after Europe's football leaders agreed a summer event could not be played in Qatar. The nation won a controversial bidding process to stage the competition, where summer temperatures can reach 50C. Uefa's 54 member associations backed the move at a meeting in Croatia. "What has come out of this meeting is that the World Cup cannot be played in Qatar in the summer," said Britain's Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce. "Everyone was certainly in agreement about that." Play mediaGreg Dyke: "You can't hold this tournament in the summer in Qatar" Boyce added that the debate was now regarding whether it would be played in January 2022 or November and December of that year. The British associations want to ensure their festive fixtures are protected for their domestic league seasons, while Uefa favour January so that it would not impact on the Champions League. But Boyce, who is also a former president of the Irish Football Association, says the associations do not want Fifa to rush that decision. "There is still nine years to go and people feel Fifa should sit down with all the major stakeholders and come up with a solution that would cause the minimum disruption to football. "There is plenty of time to do that in my opinion, and hopefully football will be the winner." The decision to move the World Cup to winter ultimately rests with the world governing body, but this backing sends a strong message from some of the most powerful bodies in international football. Fifa's executive committee is expected to agree in principle to move the World Cup to the winter at its meeting in Zurich which begins on 3 October. Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said the tournament might have to move location if a suitable time to play in Qatar could not be agreed, while Fifa's own medical chief, Michel D'Hooghe, advised that the risks posed to supporters by extreme heat are too great. However, the head of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, Hassan al-Thawadi, has rejected calls for the tournament to be awarded to another country, despite Fifa president Sepp Blatter admitting the governing body may have made a "mistake" in awarding the competition to Qatar in the summer. Earlier this week, Australia's soccer chief Frank Lowy said his country's Football Federation (FFA) may seek compensation if the 2022 World Cup is switched to the winter after his country lost out to Qatar.
  5. No official full video yet so chose this one instead. http://www.fifa.com/the-best-fifa-football-awards/puskas-award/
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