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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:47 am
by eujin
paquebot wrote:Gus Hiddink has reportedly stated that he'd be willing to coach South Korea again if that's what the people want.

if that's what the people want to pay for...

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:02 am
by Crane
eujin wrote:Why are all the matches in Korea's group kicking off at the same time, but all at different times (up to seven and a half hours difference) in the other group?

Is it just because people in Australia can't play football in the middle of the night? Doesn't this provide an opportunity for all sorts of shenanigans? If Saudia Arabia know that a draw will suffice, or they need to win by 2 goals, then they can adopt their tactics once they've seen the Australia result.

Also, I noticed that UEFA dropped the head-to-head tiebreaker down below overall goal difference. That's a shame as I thought it was a good idea, partly because it gives less opportunity for shenanigans.

I was thinking the same thing as it is a tad unfair to Australia. I asked a Saudi friend, and he didn't really know either. His guess was that the afternoon heat would have been dangerous to play in, although then it begs the question why they didn't just move the other two matches backward. Money speaks I guess.

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:43 am
by eujin
Whisper it very quietly, but Scotland are second in their group with only one match left to go.

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:35 pm
by Rothesay Saint
eujin wrote:Whisper it very quietly, but Scotland are second in their group with only one match left to go.


Yeah, not sure which route of not qualifying we are going to go down this time. The last minute Slovenian equalizer? Or maybe we'll go to the play offs and inevitably be drawn against Italy or Portugal.

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:14 am
by eujin
Rothesay Saint wrote:Yeah, not sure which route of not qualifying we are going to go down this time. The last minute Slovenian equalizer? Or maybe we'll go to the play offs and inevitably be drawn against Italy or Portugal.

How about, if we're not British champions, we ain't going. That one takes some beating.

Iceland look set to qualify for the World Cup for the first time ever, as they only need to beat whipping boys Kosovo at home to take top spot in their group. Áfram Ísland!

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:56 pm
by Rothesay Saint
Ahh, back in the good old days when Britain was too good for the World Cup. If I remember rightly at least Scotland did play a small part in the 1950 World Cup with the USA goalscorer in the 1-0 win over England being very familiar with the land of haggis and irn bru.

It'll be nice to see Iceland qualifying, gives Scottish fans a team to support (especially if they are in England's group).

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:58 pm
by Holyjoe
If Iceland do qualify then it'll mean a return to Aberdeen representation (Kari Arnason) in a World Cup finals for the first time since 2002. There was at least one Aberdeen player at each tournament since 1978 but there have been none in 2006, 2010 and 2014... and those tournaments have been rather substandard compared to World Cups gone by. Go figure.

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:18 pm
by eujin
Rothesay Saint wrote:Ahh, back in the good old days when Britain was too good for the World Cup. If I remember rightly at least Scotland did play a small part in the 1950 World Cup with the USA goalscorer in the 1-0 win over England being very familiar with the land of haggis and irn bru.

Are you talking about the guy from Haiti? I knew he wasn't American, but what was his relation to Scotland?

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:19 am
by Rothesay Saint
Ah, not the goalscorer I was thinking of, it was the captain on the day.

Can't find the article I (mis)remembered reading but it is this guy here...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_McIlvenny

I'd never have brought it up if I'd done a little research and found out that he was a soapdodger. No wonder he moved to the USA from the "arse of the bank."

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:36 am
by paquebot
Two own-goals in two minutes against Russia; not a good day to be Kim Ju-young.

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:15 am
by eujin
A good example of why UEFA should've stuck with the old head-to-head tiebreaker rules in Group A. Sweden knock eight past hapless Luxembourg and now the Netherlands need to beat Sweden in their last match by seven goals to get past them on overall goal difference. Under the old rules a win would've been enough. The Netherlands could win 5-0, demonstrate they're clearly the better side, but it will still be Sweden celebrating like they're going to the World Cup playoffs. I just don't understand why anyone thinks that is a good idea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s68D1VNwOo

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:22 pm
by eujin
Rothesay Saint wrote:I'd never have brought it up if I'd done a little research and found out that he was a soapdodger. No wonder he moved to the USA from the "arse of the bank."

Whatever Scotland can do, the USA can do much, much better. It's just a universal law.

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:34 pm
by Holyjoe
As MipoFanatic had pointed out on social media, all these English-speaking nations are refusing to qualify for the World Cup to avoid drawing Korea and thus scuppering the launch of his long-awaited book...

Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:43 am
by eujin
HEJA SVERIGE!

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Re: 2018 World Cup qualification

Posted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:27 pm
by Rothesay Saint
eujin wrote:HEJA SVERIGE!

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Aww, you made Buffon cry. :(