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World Cup 2018

Postby geow6 » 21 Jul 2017, 19:15

The build up to the 2018 World Cup begins as Russia prepare to host world football's most prestigious event.

Before all that can kick off though, there is the small matter of the Confederations Cup to play, which will involve eight teams as the host nation warms up for the real thing.

Teams are also due to be divided in to their pots for the World Cup draw, which will take place later this year. Eight teams will be seeded, the other 24 divided in to three continental pots for the rest of the draw.

Date(ish) for the diary: tournament due to start around Easter time in 2018.

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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby geow6 » 22 Jul 2017, 18:14

Confederations Cup draw

GROUP A
Russia
Spain
Brazil
New Zealand

GROUP B
Mexico
Australia
Algeria
Germany

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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby lewisdl » 23 Jul 2017, 18:10

Err haven't we just had the confederations cup with Germany beating Chile n the final?
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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby geow6 » 27 Jul 2017, 15:51

Running my own tournaments. Last one before World Cup next year.

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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby geow6 » 18 Aug 2017, 08:23

Confederations Cup finally under way after a house move. New pitch plays brilliantly, hosts Russia scored a late equaliser only to be denied straight from kick off as Euro 2016 champions Spain won the opener 2-1. Brazil take on New Zealand later in the other Group A match.

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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby geow6 » 21 Aug 2017, 09:27

Brazil beat 3-2 Spain to finish top of Group A. Germany and Mexico advanced as the 1+2 from Group B. It set up the semis like this:

Brazil v Mexico
Germany v Spain

Brazil were strong favourites to reach the final. They duly delivered with a narrow 1-0 win, despite the Mexicans missing a penalty with the game entering it's closing stages. Brazil 1-0 Mexico

The second semi was built up to be a classic and it lived up to the pre-match hype. Germany took the lead when a powerful strike was deflected in by a Spanish player for an own goal. The Spaniards equalised with the help of the post with their best move of the match. However, Spain were not at their fluent best with the ball and were guilty of giving possession away far too cheaply. Germany went back ahead before catching Spain on the counter attack with seconds remaining. Germany 3-1 Spain

Third Place play off: Mexico v Spain

Confederations Cup 2017 FINAL: Brazil v Germany

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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby BlackpoolRock » 21 Aug 2017, 11:19

I do look forward to a contrast of styles, and the Final is certainly that.

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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby geow6 » 21 Aug 2017, 12:39

Mexico came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 and eventually beat Spain on penalties to claim third place.

The final was an extremely tense affair until Germany took the lead with a minute to go. Brazil roared in to gear and equalised virtually straight from kick off, before scoring an injury time winner to break German hearts. It is Brazil's third tournament victory in three years, adding the 2017 Confederations Cup to the two Copa America victories over Chile (2015 and 2016).

They go in to next summer's World Cup as favourites. Tournament experience key for them, despite finishing second in qualifying behind bitter rivals Argentina.

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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby BlackpoolRock » 21 Aug 2017, 15:45

So it's well done to Brazil.

I always envisage them playing exciting, attractive football, and usually winning, even when they don't.

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Re: World Cup 2018

Postby geow6 » 21 Aug 2017, 15:58

Just gone through the painstaking process of ranking points for each nation - from qualifiers to tournaments they've played in. It works out that there are 8 seeded teams in pot 1 (easy bit), 8 teams in the Asia + North America pot [3].

After that, just 6 teams were left in the Africa + South America pot [2] and 10 teams from Europe [4]. That means the lowest two ranked countries in the European section went in to pot 4 - Sweden and Greece.

That leaves the pots for the draw looking like this:

SEEDS: Russia, Brazil, Spain, Algeria, Germany, Chile, Ivory Coast, France

POT 2: Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Sweden, Greece

POT 3: Iran, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Costa Rica, USA, Trinidad & Tobago, Mexico

POT 4: Belgium, Switzerland, Holland, England, Serbia, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Poland

I'll let you all lick your lips at the potential groups of Brazil/Spain/Germany - Argentina - England/Holland/Italy

Draw takes place on FRIDAY 1 DECEMBER


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