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  1. not sure where else to put this... roberto martinez appointed belgium manager looks like they're going nowhere with their golden generation
  2. What began as farce and blatant corruption is now becoming literally deadly, as reports are claiming unsafe and brutal migrant slave labor conditions (over 25 Nepalese workers confirmed dead). Now Blatter is pushing through with plans to schedule the event over the winter, throwing most of the world's leagues' into utter chaos. I've said it before, Sepp Blatter needs to be brought before the Hague, and his little dog, too. (Platini) I really think the English FA should take the lead on this, form a coalition and boycott a Qatari World Cup. Go back to the ping pong balls and pick again. Or better yet, just award it to Australia.
  3. With the decisive euro qualifiers coming up in a few days, I was just thinking about Republic of Ireland. They are the unluckiest team in world football. When they don't qualify for a tournament, they always seem to be so close. Losing in the play offs in 96, 98, 2000 and 2010. I am desprate for them to qualify, their players deserve it and we have had about 8 Irish players ovr the last 16 years. Even though I'm not Irish, I will be devastated if they don't qualify. This is also the last chance for Given, Duff and Keane to play in a euro.
  4. So a so a new format for international football. Have to say it's all very confusing. They don't like doing things the easy way do they? Nations League OpenFootballmenu Nations League: Wales beaten to spot in league A by Netherlands 11 Oct From the sectionFootball Wales lost 1-0 to Republic of Ireland on Monday Wales have missed out on a place in the top tier of Uefa's new Nations League tournament after losing their final World Cup qualifier. The Nations League sees the 55 European national teams divided into four pots dependent on their rankings, with the top 12 going into League A. The Republic of Ireland, who beat Wales to get into the World Cup play-off, are also in League B with Northern Ireland. England are in League A with Scotland in League C. Netherlands' 2-0 win over Sweden in their final game in World Cup qualifying Group D took them above Wales, into 12th place in Uefa's co-efficient rankings, to claim the final place in League A. But what is the Nations League? How does it work? And what's the point of it? Uefa say it "creates more meaningful and competitive matches for teams and a dedicated calendar and structure for national team football". The competition, which starts in September 2018, will provide four qualifying spots for Euro 2020 and will determine the composition of the draw pots for the subsequent Euro 2020 qualifiers. By virtue of the format, lower-tier countries - the bottom 16 in the rankings - are now guaranteed one of the 24 qualifying slots for the European Championship finals. There will also be promotion and relegation between divisions. Each of the four tiers A, B, C and D will contain four groups of three or four teams, with these decided in a draw on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Watch Uefa's guide to the Nations League Uefa Nations League composition League A League B League C League D Germany Austria Hungary Azerbaijan Portugal Wales Romania Macedonia Belgium Russia Scotland Belarus Spain Slovakia Slovenia Georgia France Sweden Greece Armenia England Ukraine Serbia Latvia Switzerland Republic of Ireland Albania Faroe Islands Italy Bosnia and Herzegovina Norway Luxembourg Poland Northern Ireland Montenegro Kazakhstan Iceland Denmark Israel Moldova Croatia Czech Republic Bulgaria Liechtenstein Netherlands Turkey Finland Malta Cyprus Andorra Estonia Kosovo Lithuania San Marino Gibraltar The format of the Nations League The 55 European national teams have been divided into four leagues based on Uefa's national association coefficient rankings on 11 October, 2017. Leagues A and B, the top two divisions, will consist of four groups of three teams. League C will comprise one group of three teams and three groups of four sides, while League D will be made up of four groups of four teams. The draw for the first phase Nations League will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 24 January, 2018. In each league, four group winners are promoted (or play in the Nations League Finals, see below) and four teams are relegated for the next competition to be played in 2020. The overall Nations League rankings will determine the composition of the draw pots for the subsequent European qualifiers (European Championship or World Cup). The Nations League will also provide four teams which will contest play-offs in March 2020 (see below) to qualify for Euro 2020. When will the Nations League take place? The Nations League group games will be held over six matchdays, during the 'double-headers' in September, October and November 2018. The winners of the four groups in League A will contest the Nations League Finals competition in June 2019. The knockout Nations League Finals (semi-finals, third-place match and final) will be hosted by one of the four countries, appointed by the Uefa Executive Committee in December 2018. How will the Nations League affect qualifiers? The top two in each of the 10 qualifying groups for Euro 2020 will qualify automatically. There will be five groups of five teams and five groups of six teams. The remaining four of the 24 places for Euro 2020 will go to play-off winners, comprised of the 16 group winners of the Nations League. The Euro 2020 qualifying draw will be made after the completion of the UEFA Nations League and allow for the four UEFA Nations League Finals participants to be drawn into groups of five teams. The Euro 2020 qualifiers start in March 2019. There will be two matchdays in each of March, June, September, October and November 2019. If a group winner has already qualified via the European qualifiers, then their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their league. If a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall Uefa Nations League ranking. Each league will have a path of its own and each path will feature two single-leg semi-finals and one single-leg final. The winner of each path will win a place at Euro 2020. UEFA Nations League calendar Group stage draw: 24 January 2018 Matchday 1: 6-8 September 2018 Matchday 2: 9-11 September 2018 Matchday 3: 11-13 October 2018 Matchday 4: 14-16 October 2018 Matchday 5: 15-17 November 2018 Matchday 6: 18-20 November 2018 Finals draw: early December 2018 Finals: 5-9 June 2019 Euro 2020 play-off draw: 22 November 2019 Euro 2020 play-offs: 26-31 March 2020
  5. 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.
  6. Can't see a thread for this but need to post this Kiwi screamer. 2 wins from 2 yoop!
  7. The squad GK : Jack Butland (Stoke City), Alex McCarthy (Southampton), Jordan Pickford (Everton) DEF : Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City) MID : Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), ATT : Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).
  8. 8 months to go. 8 teams there so far. Russia (As hosts), Belgium the only UEFA qualifier so far, Brazil who top the S.American section, Mexico already through from CONCACAF and the 4 qualifiers so far from Asia - Saudi Arabia, Iran, Japan and South Korea. 24 places still up for grabs 3 more from South America plus the CONMEBOL/Oceania play off. 2 more from North and Central America plus the CONCACAF/Asia play off. 5 more from Africa. Leaving 12 more for UEFA - 8 more group winners and the 4 play off winners African qualifying finishes in November. Last week of qualifiers start today though everywhere else before any November play offs. Play offs will be CONMEBOL 5th place vs OFC winners (New Zealand) CONCACAF 4th place vs AFC 5th place (Australia or Syria) 4 x UEFA play offs for the 8 teams with the best record out of the 9 qualifying group runners up.
  9. Semi finals #61 10/07 19:00 C1 France 1-0 Belgium G1 #62 11/07 19:00 G2 England 1-2 (aet) Croatia D1 3rd place playoff #63 14/07 15:00 G1 Belgium 2-0 England G2 World Cup final #64 15/07 16:00 C1 France 4-2 Croatia D1 > Quarter finals thread <
  10. #57 06/07 15:00 A1 Uruguay 0-2 France C1 #58 06/07 19:00 E1 Brazil 1-2 Belgium G1 #59 07/07 15:00 F1 Sweden 0-2 England G2 #60 07/07 19:00 A2 Russia 2-2(aet) 3-4 pens Croatia D1 Winner of game : #57 plays #58 #59 plays #60 > Round of 16 thread < > Semi-finals & final thread <
  11. #49 30/06 15:00 C1 France 4-3 Argentina D2 #50 30/06 19:00 A1 Uruguay 2-1 Portugal B2 #51 01/07 15:00 B1 Spain 1-1(aet) 3-4 pens Russia A2 #52 01/07 19:00 D1 Croatia 1-1(aet) 3-2 pens Denmark C2 #53 02/07 15:00 E1 Brazil 2-0 Mexico F2 #54 02/07 19:00 G1 Belgium 3-2 Japan H2 #55 03/07 15:00 F1 Sweden 1-0 Switzerland E2 #56 03/07 19:00 H1 Colombia 1-1(aet) 3-4 pens England G2 Winner of game : #49 plays #50 #51 plays #52 #53 plays #54 #55 plays #56 > Quarter finals thread <
  12. Belgium Panama Tunisia England MATCHES 18/06 @ 16:00 - Belgium v Panama 18/06 @ 19:00 - Tunisia v England 23/06 @ 13:00 - Belgium v Tunisia 24/06 @ 13:00 - England v Panama 28/06 @ 19:00 - England v Belgium 28/06 @ 19:00 - Panama v Tunisia Winner faces runner up from group H (Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan) Runner up faces winner from group H All times in BST
  13. Poland Senegal Colombia Japan MATCHES 19/06 @ 13:00 - Colombia v Japan 19/06 @ 16:00 - Poland v Senegal 24/06 @ 16:00 - Japan v Senegal 24/06 @ 19:00 - Poland v Colombia 28/06 @ 15:00 - Japan v Poland 28/06 @ 15:00 - Senegal v Colombia Winner faces runner up from group G (Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England) Runner up faces winner from group G All times in BST
  14. Germany Mexico Sweden South Korea MATCHES 17/06 @ 16:00 - Germany 0-1 Mexico 35' Lozano 18/06 @ 13:00 - Sweden v South Korea 23/06 @ 16:00 - South Korea v Mexico 23/06 @ 19:00 - Germany v Sweden 27/06 @ 15:00 - South Korea v Germany 27/06 @ 15:00 - Mexico v Sweden Winner faces runner up from group E (Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia) Runner up faces winner from group E All times in BST
  15. France Australia Peru Denmark MATCHES 16/06 @ 11:00 - France v Australia 16/06 @ 17:00 - Peru v Denmark 21/06 @ 13:00 - Denmark v Australia 21/06 @ 16:00 - France v Peru 26/06 @ 15:00 - Australia v Peru 26/06 @ 15:00 - Denmark v France Winner faces runner up from group D (Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria) Runner up faces winner from group D All times in BST
  16. Brazil Switzerland Costa Rica Serbia MATCHES 17/06 @ 13:00 - Costa Rica v Serbia 17/06 @ 19:00 - Brazil v Switzerland 22/06 @ 13:00 - Brazil v Costa Rica 22/06 @ 19:00 - Serbia v Switzerland 27/06 @ 19:00 - Serbia v Brazil 27/06 @ 19:00 - Switzerland v Costa Rica Winner faces runner up from group F (Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea) Runner up faces winner from group F All times in BST
  17. Argentina Iceland Croatia Nigeria MATCHES 16/06 @ 14:00 - Argentina v Iceland 16/06 @ 20:00 - Croatia v Nigeria 21/06 @ 19:00 - Argentina v Croatia 22/06 @ 16:00 - Nigeria v Iceland 26/06 @ 19:00 - Iceland v Croatia 26/06 @ 19:00 - Nigeria v Argentina Winner faces runner up from group C (France, Australia, Peru, Denmark) Runner up faces winner from group C All times in BST
  18. Portugal Spain Morocco Iran MATCHES 15/06 @ 16:00 - Morocco v Iran 15/06 @ 19:00 - Portugal v Spain 20/06 @ 13:00 - Portugal v Morocco 20/06 @ 19:00 - Iran v Spain 25/06 @ 19:00 - Iran v Portugal 25/06 @ 19:00 - Spain v Morocco Winner faces runner up from group A (Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay) Runner up faces winner from group A All times in BST
  19. Russia Saudi Arabia Egypt Uruguay MATCHES Thu 14/06 @ 16:00 - Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia 12' Gazinskiy (Golovin) 43' Cheryshev (Zobnin) 71' Dzyuba (Golovin) 91' Cheryshev (Dzyuba) 94' Golovin Fri 15/06 @ 13:00 - Egypt 0-1 Uruguay 89' Giménez (Sánchez) Tue 19/06 @ 19:00 - Russia v Egypt Wed 20/06 @ 16:00 - Uruguay v Saudi Arabia Mon 25/06 @ 15:00 - Uruguay v Russia Mon 25/06 @ 15:00 - Saudi Arabia v Egypt Winner faces runner up from group B (Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran) Runner up faces winner from group B All times in BST
  20. 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.
  21. Scotland v England Sat 7 June 5pm TV SS1 France v England The 10 June 7.45pm ITV Jack Butland (Stoke City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley) Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).
  22. Not sure where to put this, it very loosely ties in with the above post though: "Saudi football chiefs have apologised after their national team elected not to take part in a minute's silence for victims of the London Bridge attack." (Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-40198696)
  23. So after the horrible events in Paris last night didn't really feel like time for a big game of Football but I'd been watching the news coverage continually for a few hours so with midnight approaching I decided to at least put on Argentina-Brazil as a distraction. Last night was a classic Brazil performance against a decent team. Just sit back, put men behind the ball, and lump the ball forward for Neymar to create something. No exaggeration to say Argentina (who are in poor form and were without Messi and Aguero) were completely dominant for the first hour and should've been more than 1 up, they played with fantasy and lovely ball playing in central midfield, Brazil did nothing of the sort. The thing that gets me is every World cup we get the same old tired cliches from the press, the boys from Brazil, why can't England play the Brazilian way, look at all those world class Brazilian players...ignoring the fact there's 4-5 European teams better than them and a couple from other continents. They were lucky they had home advantage at the last World cup as that was never a last 4 team, two before have been quarter final defeats, same as in the Copa America so the level England used to be at.... So who are these World class Brazil players....Neymar yes although he does still go quiet in the big games imo although he has an impossible role for Brazil, has to carry the ball in midfield and finish the chances. Willian in good form for Chelsea but a hardworker who can attack and defend out wide and whip in a decent cross, depends if you think Beckham was world class or not I guess. Costa is playing very for Bayern Munich but is only a sub last night....David Luiz is one of the biggest travestys going.... Argentina have problems aswell which is harder to analysis as they actually produce excellent footballers to watch starting with Riquelme and now with the likes of Di Maria, Banega, Aguero, Messi etc, it's a shame they too have gone in defensive mode. The big problem for Brazil is they have no attacking central midfield anymore...it's all defensive players who can cover and mark....Fernando, Fernandinho, Luiz Gustavo, Elias, Ramieres, all players who can run and mark but put them in the final third and it's a bit clueless. A while back they had Ronaldinho and Kaka around that area, it is a bit of a difference in quality. So there you go they'll probably scrape qualification in 4th or something as teams like Ecuador and Chile are just better than them currently but as long as Dunga remains manager, I hope they don't qualify for the World Cup.
  24. Germany v England Wednesday 7.45pm ITV England v Lithuania World Cup qualifier Sunday 5pm Squad announced Thursday .2.30pm Rashford expected to get call up
  25. sne

    AFCON 2017

    Though I 'd start a thread about the upcoming African Cup of Nations that is played in Gabon next year, starting January 15th and running to the 5th of February. Since we have a couple of important players potentially going there in Adomah, Ayew and Kodija it will likely have an effect on our season. But most of all it is usually a fun tournament with entertaining football ending in a penalty shootout and with Egypt as champions . Although in recent years it has been a bit more disciplined and goal shy. Not sure how it is in the UK, but in Sweden it's been on Eurosport for as long as I can remember so you can watch all the games on the telly. This time thou I will be in Uganda for the fist week of the tournament so that should be fun . Any thought on how it will finish and how our players will fare? Here are the groups:
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