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    Final Rosters - Group E

    Serbia
    Serbia named their final 23-man squad on June 1.
    http://www.fss.rs/index.php?id=23115&aid=13949

    Manager: Mladen Krstajic

    1 GK Vladimir Stojković 28 July 1983 (aged 34) 80 0 Serbia Partizan
    2 DF Antonio Rukavina 26 January 1984 (aged 34) 46 0 Spain Villarreal
    3 DF Duško Tošić 19 January 1985 (aged 33) 23 1 Turkey Beşiktaş
    4 MF Luka Milivojević 7 April 1991 (aged 27) 27 1 England Crystal Palace
    5 DF Uroš Spajić 13 February 1993 (aged 25) 5 0 Belgium Anderlecht
    6 DF Branislav Ivanović 22 February 1984 (aged 34) 102 12 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
    7 MF Andrija Živković 11 July 1996 (aged 21) 10 0 Portugal Benfica
    8 FW Aleksandar Prijović 21 April 1990 (aged 28) 8 1 Greece PAOK
    9 FW Aleksandar Mitrović 16 September 1994 (aged 23) 36 13 England Fulham
    10 MF Dušan Tadić 20 November 1988 (aged 29) 52 13 England Southampton
    11 DF Aleksandar Kolarov (captain) 10 November 1985 (aged 32) 75 10 Italy Roma
    12 GK Predrag Rajković 31 October 1995 (aged 22) 7 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
    13 DF Miloš Veljković 26 September 1995 (aged 22) 2 0 Germany Werder Bremen
    14 DF Milan Rodić 2 April 1991 (aged 27) 1 0 Serbia Red Star Belgrade
    15 DF Nikola Milenković 12 October 1997 (aged 20) 2 0 Italy Fiorentina
    16 MF Marko Grujić 13 April 1996 (aged 22) 7 0 Wales Cardiff City
    17 MF Filip Kostić 1 November 1992 (aged 25) 22 2 Germany Hamburger SV
    18 FW Nemanja Radonjić 15 February 1996 (aged 22) 2 0 Serbia Red Star Belgrade
    19 FW Luka Jović 23 December 1997 (aged 20) 1 0 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
    20 MF Sergej Milinković-Savić 27 February 1995 (aged 23) 3 0 Italy Lazio
    21 MF Nemanja Matić 1 August 1988 (aged 29) 39 2 England Manchester United
    22 MF Adem Ljajić 29 September 1991 (aged 26) 28 5 Italy Torino
    23 GK Marko Dmitrović 24 January 1992 (aged 26) 2 0 Spain Eibar
    Switzerland
    Switzerland named their final 23-man squad on June 4.
    http://www.football.ch/Portaldata/27...23_Spieler.pdf

    Manager: Vladimir Petkovic

    1 GK Yann Sommer 17 December 1988 (aged 29) 35 0 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
    2 DF Stephan Lichtsteiner (captain) 16 January 1984 (aged 34) 99 8 Italy Juventus
    3 DF François Moubandje 21 June 1990 (aged 27) 17 0 France Toulouse
    4 DF Nico Elvedi 30 September 1996 (aged 21) 5 0 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
    5 DF Manuel Akanji 19 July 1995 (aged 22) 6 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund
    6 DF Michael Lang 8 February 1991 (aged 27) 24 2 Switzerland Basel
    7 FW Breel Embolo 14 February 1997 (aged 21) 24 3 Germany Schalke 04
    8 MF Remo Freuler 15 April 1992 (aged 26) 9 0 Italy Atalanta
    9 FW Haris Seferović 22 February 1992 (aged 26) 50 11 Portugal Benfica
    10 MF Granit Xhaka 27 September 1992 (aged 25) 61 9 England Arsenal
    11 MF Valon Behrami 19 April 1985 (aged 33) 78 2 Italy Udinese
    12 GK Yvon Mvogo 6 June 1994 (aged 24) 0 0 Germany RB Leipzig
    13 DF Ricardo Rodríguez 25 August 1992 (aged 25) 52 4 Italy Milan
    14 MF Steven Zuber 17 August 1991 (aged 26) 11 3 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim
    15 MF Blerim Džemaili 12 April 1986 (aged 32) 64 9 Italy Bologna
    16 MF Gelson Fernandes 2 September 1986 (aged 31) 67 2 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
    17 MF Denis Zakaria 20 November 1996 (aged 21) 10 0 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
    18 FW Mario Gavranović 24 November 1989 (aged 28) 13 5 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
    19 FW Josip Drmić 8 August 1992 (aged 25) 28 9 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
    20 DF Johan Djourou 18 January 1987 (aged 31) 74 2 Turkey Antalyaspor
    21 GK Roman Bürki 14 November 1990 (aged 27) 8 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund
    22 DF Fabian Schär 20 December 1991 (aged 26) 38 7 Spain Deportivo La Coruńa
    23 MF Xherdan Shaqiri 10 October 1991 (aged 26) 69 20 England Stoke City
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    Final Roster - Group F

    Germany
    The defending FIFA World Cup champions Germany named their final 23-man squad on June 4.
    https://www.dfb.de/news/detail/final...tersen-187816/

    Manager: Joachim Loew

    1 GK Manuel Neuer (captain) 27 March 1986 (aged 32) 75 0 Germany Bayern Munich
    2 DF Marvin Plattenhardt 26 January 1992 (aged 26) 6 0 Germany Hertha BSC
    3 DF Jonas Hector 27 May 1990 (aged 28) 37 3 Germany 1. FC Köln
    4 DF Matthias Ginter 19 January 1994 (aged 24) 17 0 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
    5 DF Mats Hummels 16 December 1988 (aged 29) 63 5 Germany Bayern Munich
    6 MF Sami Khedira 4 April 1987 (aged 31) 74 7 Italy Juventus
    7 MF Julian Draxler 20 September 1993 (aged 24) 43 6 France Paris Saint-Germain
    8 MF Toni Kroos 4 January 1990 (aged 28) 82 12 Spain Real Madrid
    9 FW Timo Werner 6 March 1996 (aged 22) 13 7 Germany RB Leipzig
    10 MF Mesut Özil 15 October 1988 (aged 29) 90 23 England Arsenal
    11 FW Marco Reus 31 May 1989 (aged 29) 30 9 Germany Borussia Dortmund
    12 GK Kevin Trapp 8 July 1990 (aged 27) 3 0 France Paris Saint-Germain
    13 MF Thomas Müller 13 September 1989 (aged 28) 90 38 Germany Bayern Munich
    14 MF Leon Goretzka 6 February 1995 (aged 23) 15 6 Germany Schalke 04
    15 DF Niklas Süle 3 September 1995 (aged 22) 10 0 Germany Bayern Munich
    16 DF Antonio Rüdiger 3 March 1993 (aged 25) 24 1 England Chelsea
    17 DF Jérôme Boateng 3 September 1988 (aged 29) 70 1 Germany Bayern Munich
    18 DF Joshua Kimmich 8 February 1995 (aged 23) 28 3 Germany Bayern Munich
    19 MF Sebastian Rudy 28 February 1990 (aged 28) 25 1 Germany Bayern Munich
    20 MF Julian Brandt 2 May 1996 (aged 22) 15 1 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
    21 MF İlkay Gündoğan 24 October 1990 (aged 27) 25 4 England Manchester City
    22 GK Marc-André ter Stegen 30 April 1992 (aged 26) 19 0 Spain Barcelona
    23 FW Mario Gómez 10 July 1985 (aged 32) 74 31 Germany VfB Stuttgart
    Mexico
    Mexico named their final 23-man squad on June 4.
    https://miseleccion.mx/convocatoria-...nal-mexico-13/

    Manager: Juan Carlos Osorio

    Lista de Convocados

    1- Jesús Corona- Cruz Azul
    2- Hugo Ayala- Tigres
    3- Carlos Salcedo- Eintracht Frankfurt
    4- Rafael Márquez- Atlas
    5- Diego Reyes- Porto FC
    6- Jonathan Dos Santos- L.A. Galaxy
    7- Miguel Layún- Sevilla
    8- Marco Fabián- Eintracht Frankfurt
    9- Raúl Jiménez- Benfica
    10- Giovani Dos Santos- L.A. Galaxy
    11- Carlos Vela- Los Ángeles FC
    12- Alfredo Talavera- Toluca
    13- Guillermo Ochoa- Standard Lieja
    14- Javier Hernández- West Ham
    15- Héctor Moreno- Real Sociedad
    16- Héctor Herrera- Porto FC
    17- Jesús Manuel Corona- Porto FC
    18- Andrés Guardado- Real Betis
    19- Oribe Peralta- América
    20- Javier Aquino- Tigres
    21- Edson Álvarez- América
    22- Hirving Lozano- PSV Eindhoven
    23- Jesús Gallardo- Monterrey
    South Korea
    South Korea named their final 23-man squad on June 2.
    http://www.foxsportsasia.com/footbal...orea-republic/

    Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC)

    Defenders: Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Lee Yong (both Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Kim Min-woo, Hong Chul (both Sangju Sangmu), Yun Young-sun (Seongnam FC), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United)

    Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (unattached), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United)

    Forwards: Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Hwang Hee-chan (Red Bull Salzburg)
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    Final Rosters - Group G

    Belgium
    Belgium named their final 23-man squad on June 4.
    https://fr.metrotime.be/2018/06/04/a...once-liste-23/

    Manager: Roberto Martinez
    No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
    1 GK Thibaut Courtois 11 May 1992 (aged 26) 57 0 England Chelsea
    2 DF Toby Alderweireld 2 March 1989 (aged 29) 73 3 England Tottenham Hotspur
    3 DF Thomas Vermaelen 14 November 1985 (aged 32) 64 1 Spain Barcelona
    4 DF Vincent Kompany 10 April 1986 (aged 32) 74 4 England Manchester City
    5 DF Jan Vertonghen 24 April 1987 (aged 31) 101 8 England Tottenham Hotspur
    6 MF Axel Witsel 12 January 1989 (aged 29) 86 9 China Tianjin Quanjian
    7 MF Kevin De Bruyne 28 June 1991 (aged 26) 58 13 England Manchester City
    8 MF Marouane Fellaini 22 November 1987 (aged 30) 80 17 England Manchester United
    9 FW Romelu Lukaku 13 May 1993 (aged 25) 65 31 England Manchester United
    10 FW Eden Hazard (captain) 7 January 1991 (aged 27) 83 22 England Chelsea
    11 MF Yannick Carrasco 4 September 1993 (aged 24) 24 5 China Dalian Yifang
    12 GK Simon Mignolet 6 March 1988 (aged 30) 21 0 England Liverpool
    13 GK Koen Casteels 25 June 1992 (aged 25) 0 0 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
    14 FW Dries Mertens 6 May 1987 (aged 31) 66 13 Italy Napoli
    15 DF Thomas Meunier 12 September 1991 (aged 26) 24 5 France Paris Saint-Germain
    16 MF Thorgan Hazard 29 March 1993 (aged 25) 9 1 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
    17 MF Youri Tielemans 7 May 1997 (aged 21) 7 0 France Monaco
    18 FW Adnan Januzaj 5 February 1995 (aged 23) 8 0 Spain Real Sociedad
    19 MF Mousa Dembélé 16 July 1987 (aged 30) 74 5 England Tottenham Hotspur
    20 DF Dedryck Boyata 28 November 1990 (aged 27) 6 0 Scotland Celtic
    21 FW Michy Batshuayi 2 October 1993 (aged 24) 14 5 Germany Borussia Dortmund
    22 MF Nacer Chadli 2 August 1989 (aged 28) 42 4 England West Bromwich Albion
    23 DF Leander Dendoncker 15 April 1995 (aged 23) 4 0 Belgium Anderlecht
    Tunisia
    Tunisia named their final 23-man squad on June 2.
    https://www.lequipe.fr/Football/Actu...-khazri/907026

    Manager: Nabil Maaloul

    Sélection de la Tunisie
    Gardiens : Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Batin Saoudi/ARS), Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab Saoudi/ARS), Mouez Hassen (Châteauroux/L2).

    Défenseurs : Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek/EGY), Dylan Bronn (La Gantoise/BEL), Rami Bedoui (Etoile Sportive du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester/ANG), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa/TUR), Yassine Meriah (Club Sportif Sfax), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahli/EGY).

    Milieux : Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahly/ARS), Ghaylene Chalali (Espérance Tunis), Farjani Sassi (Al Nasr Saoudi/ARS), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Seifeddine El Khaoui (Troyes).

    Attaquants : Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifak/ARS), Anice Badri (Espérance), Bassem Srarfi (Nice) , Wahbi Khazri (Rennes), Naim Sliti (Dijon), Sabeur Khalifa (Club Africain).
    "Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." - Ayrton Senna

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    Final Rosters - Group H

    Colombia
    Colombia named their final 23-man squad on June 4.
    https://colombia.as.com/colombia/201...75_246811.html

    Manager: Jose Pekerman

    Mira la lista definitiva de Colombia:
    Porteros

    David Ospina, Camilo Vargas, José Fernando Cuadrado

    Defensas

    Dávinson Sánchez, Santiago Arias, Frank Fabra, Cristian Zapata, Yerry Mina, Johan Mojica, Óscar Murillo.

    Volantes

    James Rodríguez, Carlos Sánchez, Wilmar Barrios, Jefferson Lerma, Mateus Uribe, Juan Fernando Quintero,Abel Aguilar, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado.

    Delanteros

    Falcao García, José Izquierdo, Carlos Bacca, Luis Muriel, Miguel Borja
    Poland
    Poland named their final 23-man squad on June 4.
    https://www.pzpn.pl/reprezentacje/re...wa-swiata-2018

    Manager: Adam Nawalka

    No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
    1 GK Wojciech Szczęsny 18 April 1990 (aged 28) 33 0 Italy Juventus
    2 DF Michał Pazdan 21 September 1987 (aged 30) 31 0 Poland Legia Warsaw
    3 DF Artur Jędrzejczyk 4 November 1987 (aged 30) 35 3 Poland Legia Warsaw
    4 DF Thiago Cionek 21 April 1986 (aged 32) 17 0 Italy SPAL
    5 DF Jan Bednarek 12 April 1996 (aged 22) 1 0 England Southampton
    6 MF Jacek Góralski 21 September 1992 (aged 25) 3 0 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad
    7 FW Arkadiusz Milik 28 February 1994 (aged 24) 38 12 Italy Napoli
    8 MF Karol Linetty 2 February 1995 (aged 23) 19 1 Italy Sampdoria
    9 FW Robert Lewandowski (captain) 21 August 1988 (aged 29) 93 52 Germany Bayern Munich
    10 MF Grzegorz Krychowiak 29 January 1990 (aged 28) 49 2 England West Bromwich Albion
    11 MF Kamil Grosicki 8 June 1988 (aged 30) 56 12 England Hull City
    12 GK Bartosz Białkowski 6 July 1987 (aged 30) 1 0 England Ipswich Town
    13 MF Maciej Rybus 19 August 1989 (aged 28) 49 2 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
    14 FW Łukasz Teodorczyk 3 June 1991 (aged 27) 15 4 Belgium Anderlecht
    15 DF Kamil Glik 3 February 1988 (aged 30) 57 4 France Monaco
    16 MF Jakub Błaszczykowski 14 December 1985 (aged 32) 97 19 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
    17 MF Sławomir Peszko 19 February 1985 (aged 33) 43 2 Poland Lechia Gdańsk
    18 DF Bartosz Bereszyński 12 July 1992 (aged 25) 6 0 Italy Sampdoria
    19 MF Piotr Zieliński 20 May 1994 (aged 24) 31 4 Italy Napoli
    20 DF Łukasz Piszczek 3 June 1985 (aged 33) 61 3 Germany Borussia Dortmund
    21 MF Rafał Kurzawa 29 January 1993 (aged 25) 3 0 Poland Górnik Zabrze
    22 GK Łukasz Fabiański 18 April 1985 (aged 33) 43 0 Wales Swansea City
    23 FW Dawid Kownacki 14 March 1997 (aged 21) 1 0 Italy Sampdoria
    "Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." - Ayrton Senna

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    Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Football/Soccer Thread

    Roster updates

    Argentina
    Enzo Perez replaces injured Manuel Lanzini
    http://www.afa.com.ar/9897/enzo-perez-convocado

    Mexico
    Diego Gutierrez replaces Diego Reyes
    https://miseleccion.mx/diego-reyes-c...cional-mexico/

    Colombia
    Faria Diaz replaces Frank Fabra
    http://fcf.com.co/index.php/las-sele...ara-el-mundial
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    "Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." - Ayrton Senna

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    With the 2018 FIFA World Cup starting on Thursday, it's time to do my group stage predictions...
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    BB55's Picks - 2018 FIFA World Cup Group Stages

    Note: Top two teams advance to the Knockout Stages.

    Group A
    Group winner: Uruguay
    Group runner-up: Egypt
    3. Russia
    4. Saudi Arabia

    Group B
    Group winner: Spain
    Group runner-up: Portugal
    3. Morocco
    4. Iran

    Group C
    Group winner: France
    Group runner-up: Peru
    3. Denmark
    4. Australia

    Group D
    Group winner: Argentina
    Group runner-up: Iceland
    3. Croatia
    4. Nigeria

    Group E
    Group winner: Brazil
    Group runner-up: Switzerland
    3. Serbia
    4. Costa Rica

    Group F
    Group winner: Germany
    Group runner-up: Sweden
    3. Mexico
    4. South Korea

    Group G
    Group winner: Belgium
    Group runner-up: England
    3. Tunisia
    4. Panama

    Group H
    Group winner: Colombia
    Group runner-up: Poland
    3. Senegal
    4. Japan
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    Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Football/Soccer Thread

    Meanwhile in non-2018 FIFA World Cup news...

    FIFA will have a congress in Moscow on Wednesday June 13 to vote on who will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

    Will the United bid of the United States, Mexico and Canada win the 2026 hosting rights or will Morocco pull off a huge upset?

    The details on how to watch:
    https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/...world-cup-vote

    FIFA will also have live streaming of the 68th annual congress
    http://www.fifa.com/about-fifa/news/...-fifa-com.html
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    I'm conflicted. One part of me is happy I don't have to pretend to care about soccer this month since the USA epically failed to qualify for the World Cup, but at the same time I'm super excited to go see a World Cup game in 2026 at Gillette.

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    Group A
    Group winner: Uruguay
    Group runner-up: Russia(home cooking)
    3. Egypt
    4. Saudi Arabia

    Group B
    Group winner: Spain
    Group runner-up: Portugal
    3. Morocco
    4. Iran

    Group C
    Group winner: France
    Group runner-up: Denmark
    3. Peru
    4. Australia

    Group D
    Group winner: Argentina
    Group runner-up: Croatia
    3. Nigeria
    4. Iceland

    Group E
    Group winner: Brazil
    Group runner-up: Switzerland
    3. Costa Rica
    4. Serbia

    Group F
    Group winner: Germany
    Group runner-up: Sweden
    3. Mexico
    4. South Korea

    Group G
    Group winner: England
    Group runner-up: Belgium
    3. Panama
    4. Tunisia

    Group H
    Group winner: Poland
    Group runner-up: Colombia
    3. Japan
    4. Senegal

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    Quote Originally Posted by albo4lyfe View Post
    ...
    I've got a lot of them the same with some small differences:

    Group winner: Uruguay
    Group runner-up: Egypt(Salah Gone Wild)
    3. Russia
    4. Saudi Arabia

    Group B
    Group winner: Spain
    Group runner-up: Portugal
    3. Morocco
    4. Iran

    Group C
    Group winner: France
    Group runner-up: Denmark
    3. Peru
    4. Australia

    Group D
    Group winner: Argentina
    Group runner-up: Croatia
    3. Nigeria
    4. Iceland

    Group E
    Group winner: Brazil
    Group runner-up: Switzerland
    3. Serbia (Savic Gone Wild)
    4. Costa Rica

    Group F
    Group winner: Germany
    Group runner-up: Mexico
    3. Sweden (Good D not enough)
    4. South Korea

    Group G
    Group winner: Belgium
    Group runner-up: England
    3. Panama
    4. Tunisia

    Group H
    Group winner: Colombia
    Group runner-up: Poland
    3. Senegal (We've Got Mane!)
    4. Japan

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    Quote Originally Posted by RhodyYanksFan View Post
    I'm conflicted. One part of me is happy I don't have to pretend to care about soccer this month since the USA epically failed to qualify for the World Cup, but at the same time I'm super excited to go see a World Cup game in 2026 at Gillette.
    But in my mind, had the USMNT qualified for the 2018 tournament, I don't think they will make it out of the group stages where I think Bruce Arena will rely mostly on MLS veterans and not enough on the youth not named Christian Pulisic.

    Not qualifying 2022 is very unacceptable and it will worse than 2018 for the USMNT.

    I'm also happy that the U.S. is hosting the FIFA World Cup again.

    I also go with my gut that 2030 should be Argentina-Uruguay-Paraguay, 2034 or 2038 will belong to Australia-New Zealand and United Kingdom and Ireland.
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    Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Football/Soccer Thread

    In 2026 FIFA World Cup news, the North American bid of the United States, Canada and Mexico won the hosting rights.
    http://www.espn.com/soccer/fifa-worl...a-hosting-vote

    Full coverage of the 68th FIFA congress in Moscow:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR308Yr8tsg

    The moment:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_Y8AbXUQT4
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    Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Football/Soccer Thread

    An ousting before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup: Spain sacks head manager Julen Lopetegui after the coach accepted the head coaching job at Real Madrid.

    Real Madrid legend holding midfielder Fernando Hierro succeeds Lopetegui as Lopetegui succeeds Zinedine Zidane after Zidane resigned as Real Madrid's manager after the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final.
    http://www.sefutbol.com/oficial-fern...el-mundo-rusia

    https://www.theguardian.com/football...eal-madrid-job

    I think it's a bad move from the Spanish FA to fire somebody just a day or two before the FIFA World Cup tournament just because he took the post at one of Spain's legendary clubs in Real Madrid.

    I would've let Lopetegui stay for the tournament just like Louis van Gaal did with the Netherlands before he went to Manchester United after the tournament.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BroadwayBomber55 View Post
    I think it's a bad move from the Spanish FA to fire somebody just a day or two before the FIFA World Cup tournament just because he took the post at one of Spain's legendary clubs in Real Madrid.
    Somebody said that because there are players on Real Madrid and Spain, coaching both while you're changing who you coach would be a conflict of interest.

    Among 2 people on BigSoccer and 3 people here, everybody predicted Group B in the same order. Uruguay, Saudi Arabia, France, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, and South Korea were also unanimous, meaning that 12 out of 32 teams were only picked in one place.

    Edit: Here are my predictions

    Group A:
    1. Uruguay
    2. Russia
    3. Egypt
    4. Saudi Arabia

    Group B:
    1. Spain
    2. Portugal
    3. Morocco
    4. Iran

    Group C:
    1. France
    2. Peru
    3. Denmark
    4. Australia

    Group D:
    1. Argentina
    2. Croatia
    3. Iceland
    4. Nigeria

    Group E:
    1. Brazil
    2. Switzerland
    3. Serbia
    4. Costa Rica

    Group F:
    1. Germany
    2. Mexico
    3. Sweden
    4. South Korea

    Group G:
    1. Belgium
    2. England
    3. Tunisia
    4. Panama

    Group H:
    1. Colombia
    2. Poland
    3. Senegal
    4. Japan

    It starts with Russia vs. Saudi Arabia at 11:00 A.M.
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    Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Football/Soccer Thread

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Group Stage

    Matchday 1 Fixtures: June 14, 2018

    From FIFA.com

    Group A
    Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
    18:00 Russia v. Saudi Arabia
    Referee: Nestor Pitana (ARG)
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Group Stage

    Matchday 1 FT Scores: June 14, 2018

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    Group A
    Former 1966 FIFA World Cup Fourth Place finishers as the Soviet Union turned 2018 FIFA World Cup hosts Russia are off to a fantastic start as they vaporized 1994 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 finishers Saudi Arabia 5-0 inside Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

    CSKA Moscow central midfielder Aleksandr Golovin led the charge with a free kick goal and two assists on goals from Krasnodar defensive midfielder Yury Gazinsky in the 12th minute and Arsenal Tula, on loan from Zenit St. Petersburg, striker Artem Dzyuba in the 71st minute. Both of them were headers.

    Stanislav Cherchesov's Sbornaya had an injury concern though as CSKA Moscow central midfielder Alan Dzagoev had to leave the game in the 24th minute after favoring his hamstring.

    Villarreal CF left winger Denis Cheryshev came off the bench to score a brace.

    The Green Falcons have a lot of work to do just to get back into Knockout Stage contention after this horrific start.

    Russia 5:0 (2:0) Saudi Arabia
    BB55's Man of the Match: Aleksandr Golovin, Russia
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

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    Matchday 1 Fixtures: June 15, 2018

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    Group A
    Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
    17:00 Egypt v. Uruguay
    Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (NED)

    Group B
    Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
    18:00 Morocco v. Iran
    Referee: Cuneyt Cakır (TUR)

    Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
    21:00 Portugal v. Spain
    Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
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    Love the insight. It cracks me up though that you essentially talk about every sport, but never see you post in the Yankee threads
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    Quote Originally Posted by fightingirish595 View Post
    Love the insight. It cracks me up though that you essentially talk about every sport, but never see you post in the Yankee threads
    I still post on Yankee and baseball threads, but not as often as I used to.
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    Group Stage

    Matchday 1 FT Scores: June 15, 2018

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    Group A
    Two-time FIFA World Cup champions Uruguay outlasted a pesky Egypt 1-0 to grab the full three points inside Yekaterinburg's Central Stadium.

    The Pharaohs kept Luis Suarez and company at bay being compact at the back.

    El Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy had three saves including stopping the FC Barcelona striker on a one-on-one.

    However, Oscar Tabarez's men won the game in the 89th minute.

    Atletico Madrid central defender Jose Gimenez, who won a free kick in Uruguay's attacking half, headed in Monterrey attacking midfielder/winger Carlos Sanchez's set piece into the back of the net and breaking Egyptian hearts in the process.

    Egypt 0:1 (0:0) Uruguay
    BB55's Man of the Match: Mohamed El-Shenawy, Egypt

    Group B
    It was an instant classic inside Sochi's Fisht Olympic Stadium as the Iberian rivals, Portugal and Spain, battled to a pulsating 3-3 draw.

    Real Madrid and Portuguese captain forward Cristiano Ronaldo, helped the defending UEFA European champions and 1966 FIFA World Cup third place finishers, draw first blood in the fourth minute by winning and scoring a penalty after his fellow Real Madrid teammate and Spanish defender Nacho hauled him down in the area.

    However, Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa equalized for Spain in the 24th minute to make it 1-1 after he beat Pepe and scorched home his first goal of the tournament.

    But Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea created a howler in the 44th minute as he fumbled Ronaldo's shot and into the back of the net as Portugal led 2-1 at halftime.

    Costa struck back for the 2010 FIFA World Cup champions in the 55th minute before Nacho atoned for his penalty on Ronaldo with his 58th minute half-volley tally.

    But FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique hauled Ronaldo down at the edge of the area and allowed Ronaldo to complete his hat trick in the 88th minute with a sublime dipping free kick.

    Portugal 3:3 (2:1) Spain
    BB55's Man of the Match: Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

    The Iberian rivals are not the ones who are ahead in Group B after Matchday 1 though.

    It was Iran, who won their first FIFA World Cup match since a 2-1 win over the United States 20 years ago in France 1998, after outlasting 1986 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 finishers Morocco, 1-0 inside Saint Petersburg's Krestovsky Stadium.

    Morocco huffed and puffed, but didn't bring Iran's house down.

    Olympiacos central midfielder Ehsan Hajsafi fired the last kick of the game where it was headed in for an own goal by FC St. Pauli forward Aziz Bouhaddouz in the 95th minute breaking the hearts of the Atlas Lions.

    Morocco 0:1 (0:0) Iran
    BB55's Man of the Match: Alireza Beiranvand, Iran
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Group Stage

    Matchday 1 Fixtures: June 16, 2018

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    Group C
    Kazan Arena, Kazan
    13:00 France v. Australia
    Referee: Andres Cunha (URU)

    Mordovia Arena, Saransk
    19:00 Peru v. Denmark
    Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM)

    Group D
    Otkritie Arena, Moscow
    16:00 Argentina v. Iceland
    Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)

    Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
    21:00 Croatia v. Nigeria
    Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
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    Roster Updates

    Costa Rica
    Injured Ronald Matarrita was replaced by Kenner Gutierrez on 15 June.
    https://www.fedefutbol.com/2018/06/1...er-al-mundial/

    Mexico
    Injured Diego Reyes was replaced by Érick Gutiérrez on 13 June.
    https://miseleccion.mx/diego-reyes-c...cional-mexico/

    Panama
    Injured Alberto Quintero was replaced by Ricardo Avila on 6 June.
    https://www.tvmax-9.com/somoslasele/...047745291.html
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Group Stage

    Matchday 1 FT Scores: June 16, 2018

    From FIFA.com

    Group C
    1998 FIFA World Cup champions France have a lot to improve on despite a 2-1 victory over 2006 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 finishers Australia inside Kazan Arena.

    After a sub-par first half, France were awarded a penalty in the 58th minute.

    Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha dismissed Antoine Griezmann's penalty claim, but Argentine official Mauro Vigliano and the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) called Cunha to award the penalty after the Atletico Madrid forward was clipped just inside the area by Western Sydney Wanderers right back Josh Risdon.

    Griezmann struck home the spot kick to give France a 1-0 lead.

    However, Australia had a penalty of their own four minutes later when Barcelona center halfback Samuel Umtiti handled the ball in the area.

    Aston Villa and Australian captain defensive midfielder Mile Jedinak converted the penalty to make 1-1.

    But France won the match with nine minutes to go when Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba struck.

    Goal-line technology confirmed Pogba's shot deflected off Bursaspor left-sided player Aziz Behich and trickled past the goal line.

    France 2:1 (0:0) Australia
    BB55's Man of the Match: Antoine Griezmann, France

    Meanwhile inside Saransk's Mordovia Arena, 1998 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Denmark edged 1970 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Peru 1-0.

    It started rough for the Danes as Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Lasse Schöne had to replace Copenhagen midfielder William Kvist in the 37th minute when Kvist had an injury.

    The Incas had a penalty before halftime when RB Leipzig Yussuf Poulsen hauled down Sao Paulo FC attacking midfielder Christian Cueva in the area via VAR.

    But Cueva skied his penalty into the stands.

    Poulsen breathed a huge sigh of relief and went on to score the only goal of the game as Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen grabbed the assist on Poulsen's goal in the 59th minute.

    Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was another Danish hero with a six-save clean sheet.

    Chelsea central defender Andreas Christensen also had to leave the game due to injury.

    Peru 0:1 (0:0) Denmark
    BB55's Man of the Match: Kasper Schmeichel, Denmark

    Group D
    Two-time FIFA World Cup champions Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw against debutantes Iceland inside Moscow's Otkritie Arena.

    Argentina surfaced first when Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero made it 1-0 in the 19th minute.

    But Iceland equalized in the 23rd minute thanks to FC Augsburg central forward Alfred Finnbogason.

    Argentina had a penalty in the 64th minute when Independiente midfielder Maximiliano Meza was pushed in the area during an aerial duel by Bristol City defender Hördur Björgvin Magnússon.

    However, FC Barcelona and Argentine captain forward Lionel Messi had his spot kick saved by Randers FC goalkeeper Hannes Halldórsson who had six stops in the match.

    Iceland had an injury concern though as Burnley winger Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson left in the 63rd minute.

    Argentina 1:1 (1:1) Iceland
    BB55's Man of the Match Hannes Halldorsson, Iceland

    In Kaliningrad Stadium, 1998 FIFA World Cup Third Place finishers Croatia blanked, three-time FIFA World Cup Round of 16 finishers Nigeria 2-0.

    Stoke City midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo giftwrapped Croatia a 1-0 halftime lead with his own goal in the 32nd minute.

    Croatia had a penalty in the 71st minute when Bursaspor central defender William Troost-Ekong had a terrible challenge on Juventus forward Mario Manzukic in the area.

    Real Madrid and Croatian captain midfielder Luka Modric made no mistake from the spot that doubled Croatia's lead before the final whistle.

    Croatia 2:0 (1:0) Nigeria
    BB55's Man of the Match: Luka Modric, Croatia
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