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Discussion in 'General Football' started by tototoner, Sep 5, 2016.
Lloris with a great save in tonights game.
If all the shit teams are in a group together then there's going to be some of the best teams who end up missing out on the World Cup and some shit teams in the World Cup getting smashed there instead. The World cup is about having the best teams, not 30 of the best and 2 whipping boys
But we have always had good teams miss out on tournaments eg Netherlands and possibly even for the world cup they could miss out.
It is about having the best teams i agree but we should also get some of these teams in by them having their own qualification stage. Remember oceania or asia a while ago... they were shit but with football and entering world cups they improved.
As it stands the qualification phase is a pointless exercise and in that case lets just get rid of the Farpes, San Marinos and Andorras as they wont top their group nor finish second,
I think last night's game was the first time in my life I've seen Holland play and didn't know who all their players on the pitch were. There were at least three names I didn't recognise.
I've decided that I'm going to watch the game this evening. Not sure why. I used to really enjoy international football. And I always looked forward to the tournaments etc. But now I mostly find it to be a massive joke. I think it's because there's no back story, no drama, no personality etc.
Like, all the teams in the Premier League seem to have an identity, like a gang with their own ideals, situations, priorities, weaknesses, pressures etc etc. It almost makes the clubs more human. So the EPL to me, is more like a massive soap opera that's very addictive.
When teams play each other, the result has hugely different implications for each team. It's almost a bit Game Of Thrones-y in a way. Each team jostling for supremacy, but battling with all the other teams around them etc. Each club has their own back story, their own history, local rivalries etc.
Of course, I support the national team. From my couch, I might add. I've never bought a single England shirt or anything like that, but I don't really know how anyone can actually support England. I've been to a couple of games before, does that count?
But international games just don't seem like football to me. They seem like a worse version that lacks excitement, played by a team that always looks disjointed and managed by a manager that is never correct for the job.
It's all a bit of a travesty IMO.
At least Rooney will be on the bench
If you think supporting England is bad, try Norway. 1-1 v San Marino with 30 mins to go, losing to Azerbaijan at the weekend and they're in a group with Germany, the Czechs and Norn Iron. Their coach is an absolute imbecile who doesn't have a clue how to get a relatively talented bunch of players (several PL, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga players) to play anything resembling decent football and is kept in the job by a proper boy's club of an FA. So nothing new there.
Reaction in Norwegian TV studio to San Marino scoring in Oslo
It's 4-1 now into injury time, but I stand by everything I said about the coach.
Argentina in big trouble after being stuffed by Brazil last night
I saw my 1st England v Scotland game at Hampden in 1968, along with 133,999 others.
In all that time since, I never, ever thought I'd see Scotland happy to play in bright pink shirts.
USA v Mexico in Ohio later should be interesting after the Trump Presidential win
"So Mexico win a free kick in a dangerous area, but it will take something pretty special to get past that wall."
The only England international I ever saw was at Wembley.. the Eng v Argentina friendly with Maradona and co who were world champions at the time so maybe about 1979.
I wouldn't cross the road to watch them now. Something seriously missing, has been for ages.
In the big game of the night Norn Iron 1-0 up, super Lafferty
Sweden playing really well. Two great chances.
Eriksen with a brace for Denmark v Kazakhstan tonight, one of them from the spot.
His 2nd goal, not too shabby.
and Paulinho played 90 minutes and scored. so playing in China doesn't mean international exile then?
The way he pressed last night he would have done well under Poch. Wrong timing and all that!
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