Continental Championships & World Cup Qualifiers For 2022

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  1. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    Having watched the CONMEBOL qualifiers prior to this cancelled round wfc4ever VAR was very much in evidence in several disputed decisions. There was the controversy in the Serbia-Ireland match as well which also did not have VAR. It does seem odd that qualifiers overseen by UEFA do not have a uniform policy.Dusan Vlahovic bagged a brace adding to his increasing reputation. It will be hard for La Viola to keep hold of the Partizan product.

    Not sure about some of the pre-qualifiers in Africa or Asia where you might expect Bhutan or the Seychelles struggle to provide the infrastructure or have it brought in due to cost and location. In which case it really ought to be the continental associations responsibility. How Serbia or Turkey cannot have provided VAR beats me.




    So some unusual results as expected in the first round.Belgium off to a bright start and France struggling. Spain, Italy, Portugal and Germany start their campaigns tonight along with England. African qualifiers began last night with the highest ranked clash of Guinea against Mali.


    Bafana Bafana versus the Black Stars is the pick of CAF group fixtures tonight. https://www.youtube.com/c/CAFTVafricanfootball/videos
     
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  2. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Of course the next World Cup is in the middle of the season during December so be interesting to see how fit the players are having already had half a season of domestic football.
     
  3. Fernandiiito

    Fernandiiito Academy Graduate

    I had no idea Mitrovi* was only 26. Mainly sitting on the bench for Fulham
     
  4. Happy bunny

    Happy bunny Cheered up a bit

    As we know IBB gets very nervous before matches. Anybody ready to give her counselling before England kick off tonight?
     
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  5. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    It's only San Marino. :D Do they even have a professional now in the squad. They used to have one or two.
     
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  6. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Seems like they are trying to get some sort of structure in place but isn't totally going to plan.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56514260

    I guess we will win 3/4-0 with about 6 or 7 defensive players starting against a team of teachers/accountants and plumbers.
     
  7. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett First Team

    How kind!
    I care not a jot about England although I'd like Linda Bellingham to start and a few other fringe players.
    I am saving my resources for our matches.
     
  8. luke_golden

    luke_golden Space Cadet

    Ahhhh. It feels like times of old.

    Mapps back in yellow getting skinned on the reg, and Andre controlling the ball out of play.

    USA 2 - 0 JAM

    52 minutes in.

    With any luck Jamal Lowe will pull a hammy.
     
  9. England XI: Pope, James, Stones, Coady, Chilwell, Ward-Prowse, Lingard, Phillips, Mount, Calvert-Lewin, Sterling
    How is it that Dan Phillips is considered good enough to play for England but not yet ready to get a game for the Horns ?
     
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  10. Happy bunny

    Happy bunny Cheered up a bit

    Switched on as the players took the knee. A bit surprised to notice a black player among the SM team, and even more surprised to see SM dominating possession from the start - until I realised that England were in blue snd SM in white. Why the change? It's our home match.
     
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  11. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Marketing I guess.
     
  12. a19tgg

    a19tgg Squad Player

    I don’t get the love in from the commentators over J Lingz. A totally crap player, who has been awful against the worst team in the world so far.
     
  13. Happy bunny

    Happy bunny Cheered up a bit

    The commentators seem thrilled with that but we've missed about five gilt-edged chances. Most teams won't give us 8 good chances per half.
     
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  14. Happy bunny

    Happy bunny Cheered up a bit

    After listening to Matterface, I'm wondering why they haven't handed the trophy to England already.
     
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  15. a19tgg

    a19tgg Squad Player

    Mooney is less irritating than Matterface.
     
  16. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Nice moment for Watkins

    San Marino goalie played well.
     
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  17. Happy bunny

    Happy bunny Cheered up a bit

    32 shots, 5 goals. Bit worse than 1 in 6. Would that do against France, Germany or Belgium?
     
  18. a19tgg

    a19tgg Squad Player

    Most of those shots were from Lingard.
     
  19. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett First Team

    Ken an unused sub for Sweden.
     
  20. Jumbolina

    Jumbolina First Team

    no interest in England. But Southgate will do his usual of beating cannon fodder before looking clueless when faced with any top 10 nation. To be fare better than some previous incumbents.
     
  21. a19tgg

    a19tgg Squad Player

    I wouldn’t normally watch England, unfortunately football has become a bit like a drug where I watch it endlessly, don’t enjoy what I’m watching but then miss it when it’s not on.
     
  22. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    Most exciting game of the night where Poland who despite an ageing Lewandowski seem to have found a decent young core of players emerging.


    ACON qualifier as a prelude to the same match in WC qualification saw South Africa and Ghana play out a tepid 1-1 draw with Ghana far from full strength.


    America has dominated womens football for many years. Now unsurprisingly to me it is making rapid strides in the mens game. Numerous young players ply their trade at top European clubs or are present in their academies. It was only going to be a matter of time before they do make an impact at the highest level. Some of the players that they have acquired as it were have been a little dubious but those are the way qualification rules are structured as Italy try and steal some more young Argentines along with Spain. Shameless that. Luka Romero turned down Spain again thankfully.

    Yunus Musah will prove a steal for them but is sole link being born in NY but having his soccer education at Woolwich. England will not be happy or Italy or indeed Ghana for that matter. Giovanni son of Claudio Reyna and of Argentine descent is the next big thing tipped to follow the footsteps of Cristian Pulisic. And almost literally playing currently for Dortmund. There are other very exciting players in Weston McKennie. Johnny Cardoso and Tyler Adams and the USSF have tried to tap up one or two Argentines as well who grew up initially in the US but returned to Argentina to play in the Primera.



    The US is almost already to outgrow CONACAF along with Mexico. The best solution may well be to join CONMEBOL.
     
  23. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett First Team

    Super first half with Russia and Slovenia.
    The Russian captain Dzyuba has scored two very good goals but Ilicic has pulled one back with a great strike that reminded me a little of Vydra's v Leicester in the PO semi final.
     
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  24. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    I see Steven Berghuis scored - really was wasted with us under Flores.

    Seems to be having a solid International career.
     
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  25. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Oh dear Ireland losing to Luxembourg!

    Worse result in their history ?
     
  26. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett First Team

    I see Joan Collins of ***** was part of the 0 in this mighty result!
    They would have been better off with Leonard Rossiter and a bottle of Cinzano!
     
  27. Smudger

    Smudger Messi's Mad Coach Staff Member

    Match of the round Serbia came back from 2-0 down to tie Portugal. Cristina was rather upset at the end.


    Here is a result Jack Charlton would not have been happy with and Steven Kenny is under a huge cloud. He will be getting short shrift from the Irish press. I did have a look at the Luxembourg squad and it is no longer Mr.Frick and ten amateurs though. Most of the team are professionals and play at more than a very decent level and only a couple are naturalized citizens. So while a surprise and a nasty one at that for Ireland which puts their qualification in jeopardy perhaps not as big a shock as some may think.


    Noticeable in some of the European qualifiers for example the Norwegians who had a shocker last night was the wearing of shirts before the match which direct a finger at Qatars continuing abominable treatment of overseas workers. The death toll stands at over nine thousand since the tournament was awarded to the country for purely footballing reasons of course. Many are linked to the infrastructure being built for the tournament and when these workers die there is practically little work done in investigating the cause often heat stroke or implementing the relevant measures to make sure it does not happen again. Many of those who have died have been the main breadwinner for families back home and the anguish they feel not knowing how their loved one has died and the scant respect paid by the authorities in Doha magnifies that.

    It is a bit more than repulsive that FIFA awarded this tournament to Qatar in the first place. This week Bloater and Valkyrie had their punishments extended in terms of bans from being involved with football ever again.

     
  28. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Got the excuses about the pitch in already.
     
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  29. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Mount and Kane are probably the first 2 names on the team sheet for Southgate.
     
  30. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    Big game tonight at 10pm. Cuba v Curacao.

    For the first time, Cuba is allowing professional players to play in the national team. The biggest hope is Onel Hernandez of Norwich City. Unfortunately he got delayed on the flight over - dust storm in Mexico or something. He didn't arrive for the first qualifier v Guatemala until the 44th minute. He played the second half but it wasn't enough to stop Cuba going down 1-0. We also had a player sent off with a straight red in the second half, which didn't help.

    Tonight is v Curacao who are managed by Guus Hiddink and have several players we've heard of, such as the Bacuna brothers who play for Cardiff and Huddersfield respectively. They've also got quite a few ringers from the Dutch league. They pished their first match v St Vincent and the Grenadines 5-0.

    If we lose tonight, the World Cup dream is over. A draw is the absolute minimum needed.

    I'll try to post a link in the normal place for anyone interested.
     
  31. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    Bolllocks. One of the Bacunas, a mile offside opens the scoring. It had been a bright start for Cuba up til then too.
     
  32. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    Stone bonk 100% penalty for a foul on Hernandez turned down by the ref.
     
  33. a19tgg

    a19tgg Squad Player

    I just happened to catch the end of Aidy’s post match interview. A very odd experience, the man genuinely seems like he’s suffered some sort of trauma to the brain.
     
  34. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    Cuba equalizer!!!!!! Hernandez!!!!!!!
     
  35. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    Ahhh shyte, one way traffic with several decent shots on target, but then just before HT Curacao get a second.
     

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