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World Cup 2018 qualifiers

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16 Jan 2015, 15:19 #1

According to Dutch newssite http://www.nu.nl/sport/3973799/alle-fif ... -2018.html all 209 FIFA members will enter. This would be the first time, althouh it wouldn't surprise me if one or more teams withdraw before playing a single match.
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17 Jan 2015, 09:14 #2

FIFA will provide USD 300,000 to those associations participating in qualifiers ... is it enough?
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17 Jan 2015, 10:11 #3

so probably we will see Bhutan make their first appearance; no new members?
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17 Jan 2015, 12:38 #4

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17 Jan 2015, 14:30 #5

pieter wrote:
so probably we will see Bhutan make their first appearance; no new members?
Not unless you count South Sudan, who have never played a World Cup match before. Whether any tagalongs like Northern Mariana Islands get in unoficially through double-meaning tournaments remains to be seen.
And if $300,000 isn't enough to fund a delegation travelling to a neighbouring country for a few days and preparing for said match there's something wrong with the way they're spending it. In the event of continued success I'm sure there's structures in place to ensure an FA doesn't bankrupt itself through participation...
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17 Jan 2015, 14:45 #6

I forgot South Sudan....two new teams so
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17 Jan 2015, 20:48 #7

mattsanger92 wrote:
And if $300,000 isn't enough to fund a delegation travelling to a neighbouring country for a few days
If they make them travel the long way round (like Mauritania vs Mauritius) then it might not be.   Depends how flamboyant the suits are with their expenses.  And in football, particularly in FIFA, they're pretty flagrant.
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18 Jan 2015, 03:26 #8

Nice to see that Curaçao's recent great form has meant absolutely nothing at all, as FIFA has used the August 2014 rankings (despite there being 4 issues of the rankings since then), meaning that Aruba are rated Number 11 in CONCACAF. Let me see, who have Aruba beaten recently? Turks & Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands and Guam. Yes. My mistake. Of course Aruba deserve to be 11th, ahead of El Salvador and Guatemala. No question. And Montserrat are clearly 3 places better than Bermuda, and showed it the last time the 2 teams met, only losing 20-0 on aggregate.
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13 Jun 2015, 17:12 #9

With their win over Belgium last night, Wales apparently amassed enough FIFA ranking points to be a top seed come the draw for the UEFA qualifiers for 2018. Not bad considering they were in Pot 6 for the 2014 WC qualifiers.

Here is how the pot composition is shaping up:
https://twitter.com/We_Global/status/609715845963644929
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13 Jun 2015, 20:31 #10

Wild oscillations...

What about Faroes and Greece?
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16 Jun 2015, 19:34 #11

Much as Guam 2-1 India is technically a "shock" by many measures (and is being widely reported as such), I was not at all surprised. In the NFM24 internal rankings, Guam is about the same level as India. Even FIFA rankings have them only about 30 places apart, which at the bottom end is well within margin of error. Besides, India have regularly displayed an impressive ability to lose to almost anybody, no matter how "small", particularly away. What irritates me about it is that I put money on a draw. Blargh!

More surprising to me was the severity of the thrashing Malaysia got at home to Palestine, who were pretty ordinary when I last saw them. It seems Malaysians are only able to raise their game for matches against touring English Premier League sides (albeit fielding players who have never even got near the bench in England).

Sad for Bermuda, was really hoping they could scrape through.
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17 Jun 2015, 12:01 #12

I was equally unsurprised by Guam's win over India. They had, after all, just beaten Turkmenistan at home (and I consider Turkmenistan to be better than India). They'd also had good results in friendly matches away from home (2-2 v Singapore, 0-1 v Hong Kong) - both better teams than India. In fact, there was nothing shocking about the Guam v India result at all, except for those people who don't pay attention to international football.
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SDb
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17 Jun 2015, 13:20 #13

Ah India.. well I'm not surprised. They have no top footballers really and insist on playing with league selection.

Don't get me wrong, I admire the teams that try their best with domestic players rather than the ones with players based abroad and eligible only thanks to heritage (hello Guam and Philippines). But when you do so you need to be consistent and build a team out of those players rather than experimenting with new coaches and new lineups every other match as India and most of AFF teams do.

I don't expect them to change any time soon hence we'll continue to see the likes of India at the botom of anything football related.
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17 Jun 2015, 14:28 #14

And still described as "developing" or "emerging"...
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29 Jun 2015, 18:13 #15

Aruba qualify instead of Barbados for CONCACAF round three:
http://www.fifa.com/governance/news/y=2 ... 54185.html
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25 Jul 2015, 18:59 #16

SDb (in February 2013)
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I prefer fifa ranking ...


 


For pedagogical reasons, I
should be happy about the result of the draw ...

Netherlands, France, Sweden
- one team of them will not qualify in any case. I'm not spiteful - therefore I
hope that Sweden
will finish as runner-up ...
In a very balanced group indeed the chances are very good that the runner-up of
the group will be the 'worst' one ...
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26 Jul 2015, 08:59 #17

There is even a chance Sweden may win the group as the key is in the hands of Bulgaria. The Swedes win far most of their matches against Bulgaria easily (last defeat in 1967, then an unbeaten run of 12 matches which is still going on), which does not count for Netherlands and France. Both Netherlands and France usually underachieve against Bulgaria.

Swedish results also show a remarkable pattern. Good and bad years chages quite easily. Sweden are capable to do everything. The even showed this in both 2014 World Cup qualifying matches against Germany. From 4-0 down drawing 4-4 and from 2-0 up losing 3-5.
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03 Oct 2015, 09:59 #18

RCA-Madagascar rescheduled: both matches in Tananarive on 10 and 13 oktober
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07 Oct 2015, 15:16 #19

South Sudan-Mauretania abandoned after 10 minutes: rain; game will be continued tomorrow
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11 Nov 2016, 09:02 #20

Not a good situation for Argentina.
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13 Nov 2016, 01:17 #21

Not really too bad (yet). They are only a win away from the qualification places.
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13 Nov 2016, 10:21 #22

Yes, unless a cataclysm occurs, Argentina should get the ticket for Russia 2018, but at the moment I see a very negative situation for them: disorganized FA, mediocre defenders, a forward valued £ 75.3 who is never, and I repeat never, decisive at international level, scarce team affection, lacking personality.
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13 Nov 2016, 23:03 #23

Hmm, I can afford to buy him.  He can wash my car and then get take Mabel for a walk.
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14 Nov 2016, 19:12 #24

Oops That should be the right value of Higuaín: £ 75.3. Not more.
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14 Nov 2016, 23:59 #25

He made a mess of the car, using the wrong type of sponge, and then tripped over the hose pipe and injured his cruciate. I have loaned him to the local council to use as a lamppost.
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17 Nov 2016, 09:57 #26

If you are interested, now James
Rodríguez is available for just £ 63. He can be a
good car radio, but I fear he can only play latin-american music...
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17 Nov 2016, 13:12 #27

Can he do any gardening chores?
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18 Nov 2016, 10:49 #28

There are 5 or 6 Inter's defenders who shouldn't have any problem doing that. Obviously for free.
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18 Nov 2016, 11:43 #29

but are they good in gardening?
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18 Nov 2016, 12:43 #30

They're excellent potato pickers...
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19 Nov 2016, 17:58 #31

nfm24 wrote:
Can he do any gardening chores?
Pest control:
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19 Nov 2016, 21:04 #32

Nah, he is from Colombia, his experience with tropical vegetation won't count as transferable skills round here. He'll have to just do the laundry.
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20 Nov 2016, 11:10 #33

nfm24 wrote:
He'll have to just do the laundry.
Doesn't seem like a good idea either, poor guy's cursed with some kind of midas touch or something:
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20 Nov 2016, 18:35 #34

I hate adidas.
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11 Jun 2017, 09:28 #35

Fast Midfielder wrote:
Some remarkable facts. If all Luxembourg’s opponents regard their matches played with a B-team against Luxembourg as official A:
*Italy B 12-0 win on 10-04-1932 would have been Italy’s biggest win ever in a full international.
Yes, that would've been the largest win against an "A" team, but Italy
surely fielded a "B" team. But I hope tonight we beat Liechtenstein
13-0, so that we can break the record and overtake Spain for a better goal-difference in the Group G!
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11 Jun 2017, 09:47 #36

I think 4-0 would be good. These days minnows are generally fitter and better organized. Andorra even beat Hungary.
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14 Jun 2017, 18:24 #37

This is your 365 day warning, the World Cup starts 1 year from today. Get hype, as the kids would say ...
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14 Jun 2017, 23:12 #38

Is it too early to start the prediction league?
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15 Jun 2017, 07:23 #39

Yes, but you can do a Confederations Cup one if it makes you feel better...
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15 Jun 2017, 11:33 #40

I predict New Zealand will not lose every game.
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30 Aug 2017, 21:28 #41

Bolivia's attempt to get some of their points back from the Cabrera case (with heavy assistance from Argentina, ignore the video's complete ignorance of the Solomon Islands) has been lost, Argentina remain 5th in the South American table but only 6 points separate 2nd from 8th.

In other news Russian authorities have come up with a novel way to 'combat' hooliganism next summer. Maybe as an incentive let the winner take on McGregor to bring him to 1-1...
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31 Aug 2017, 20:26 #42

The current situation in Asia's Group A after today's results:
[th]Pos[/th] [th]Team[/th] [th]Pld[/th] [th]W[/th] [th]D[/th] [th]L[/th] [th]GF[/th] [th]GA[/th] [th]GD[/th] [th]Pts[/th] [th]Qualification[/th] [th]1[/th] [th]2[/th] [th]3[/th] [th]4[/th] [th]5[/th] [th]6[/th]
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... an.svg.png[/img] Iran (Q) 9 6 3 0 8 0 +8 21 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... ea.svg.png[/img] South Korea 9 4 2 3 11 10 +1 14 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... ia.svg.png[/img] Syria 9 3 3 3 7 6 +1 12 Advance to Fourth Round
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... an.svg.png[/img] Uzbekistan 9 4 0 5 6 7 −1 12
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... na.svg.png[/img] China PR (Y) 9 2 3 4 6 9 −3 9
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... ar.svg.png[/img] Qatar (E) 9 2 1 6 7 13 −6 7
Syria play away to Iran next while Uzbekistan host South Korea. Anything less than a South Korea win puts it in Syria's hands, while any of the 3 can still get any of the outcomes...



EDIT - Keeping it up this way as a demonstration of how copy & paste doesn't mean copy & paste on Tapatalk...
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31 Aug 2017, 23:03 #43

Take a course in plain text formatting sir!
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31 Aug 2017, 23:05 #44

Hmm ... notwithstanding my previous anticlairvoyancy, I predict Uzbekistan and South Korea grind out a mutually convenient 0-0, both banking on Syria losing.   If Iran decide to let Syria win, it could get ugly.
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01 Sep 2017, 07:02 #45

nfm24 wrote: Hmm ... notwithstanding my previous anticlairvoyancy, I predict Uzbekistan and South Korea grind out a mutually convenient 0-0, both banking on Syria losing.   If Iran decide to let Syria win, it could get ugly.
I really hope Syria will win in Iran; and they have a good team....hope to see you ugly :)
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01 Sep 2017, 19:01 #46

nfm24 wrote: Take a course in plain text formatting sir!
I'm no expert but I think the issue here is the presence of massive hyperlinks where tiny flags should be... for all its problems Yuku didn't have that one...
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01 Sep 2017, 19:21 #47

nfm24 wrote: I predict Uzbekistan and South Korea grind out a mutually convenient 0-0, both banking on Syria losing.
It's not really 'mutually convenient' though is it? In the sense of both teams staying in the tournament under that scenario yes, but there's a very clear incentive for Uzbekistan to get the win. Win + a more than slightly worse result than Syria = their 1st-ever World Cup Finals appearance and avoids the Play-Off Round that they seem to be cursed in...
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01 Sep 2017, 21:31 #48

Yes in that sense convenient.  Convenient is not ideal :-)    Unlike the other group, the matches kickoff simultaneously, so it might be one of those where (if Iran are comfortable in the 2nd half) neither side will be risking losing the match - and most of the good Asian teams are far better defensively than offensively.  It kind of depends on the attitude of the manager.  As you suggest, he may instead favour the odds of winning one game at home to the Koreans, as opposed to two legs vs Saudi or Oz.

BTW nobody has mentioned the possibility of China sneaking into the playoff.  They might only need a 2 goal win to do it.

The other group largely depends on how seriously Japan take the last game. 

And I don't understand why the presence of tiny pictures of flags (as on, say, Wikipedia), makes anything clearer in such tables.  The correct format is as on RSSSF, or the Roon Ba if you can handle a modicum of colour.
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05 Sep 2017, 17:06 #49

Hmm.  Well, I got the 0-0 part right.  Although they were both going for the win.  Syria's last min equaliser wasn't in the script though.
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05 Sep 2017, 19:38 #50

nfm24 wrote: Syria's last min equaliser wasn't in the script though.
Even more incredible is that their 2 goals are the only ones that Iran have conceded in all of their 10 matches in that group.

As for the 'script', the USA on their current form could finish 4th in North America (if that) and wind up playing Syria (if they get past Australia) for a World Cup place... obviously politics should be put firmly to one side but would the Syrian team even be allowed in?
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