Soccer World Cup is it coming home?

Can England lift the trophy?

Poll ended at 30 Jun 2018 18:06 pm

Yes
25
34%
No
49
66%
 
Total votes : 74

Re: Soccer World Cup is it coming home?

Steve M 12 Jul 2018 07:12 am said..

GlawsyD wrote:Don't follow football, but is there a third place playoff to suffer?


As you don't follow football GlawsyD you wont personally have to suffer it if you don't choose to. :(

Back to last night's game. Over the course of the last couple of weeks I think the team have exceeded expectations and handled themselves well in all aspects with Southgate doing a fine job. Deserved pats on back all round.

Last night's match left me a little (lot) frustrated however. England dominated the first 30mins of the match with Croatia looking a poor side. By the time the second half started England appeared to stop playing and once the dynamics had shifted towards Croatia there was no coming back.

Can say we did well to reach a semi when it wasn't expected but I think hindsight will leave everyone feeling that we missed out on the final.
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King Prawn Bhuna 12 Jul 2018 07:17 am said..

As you don't follow football GlawsyD you wont personally have to suffer it if you don't choose to


Sadly it is inflicted on us through every media available....even if you don't watch the match there's the jingoistic preamble and the intolerable aftermath.
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ShedOrDead 12 Jul 2018 08:42 am said..

King Prawn Bhuna wrote:
As you don't follow football GlawsyD you wont personally have to suffer it if you don't choose to


Sadly it is inflicted on us through every media available....even if you don't watch the match there's the jingoistic preamble and the intolerable aftermath.


Nail on the head KPB.

To be clear: this Wendyball WC has been very enjoyable (as someone who is usually completely indifferent to 'the beautiful game') and mainly due to an England team shorn of egos and actually playing the game instead of collapsing like tasered cattle at the slightest contact. They have not been the best team as evidenced last night where they could not take the chances they created, but they played in a way that made me proud to support them and the Southgate 'redemption' sub-plot was also deeply satisfying.

It's what goes with it all... the bandwagon of corporate-sponsored patriotism, the commandeering of all sports commentary to run back to back 'will-they-won't-they' articles... and worse, the cultural commentary: endless platitudinous opinion pieces drawing tenuous links between the state of the nation, our myths and ideals and 22 millionaires kicking a ball around an acre. Radio 4 this am was this, wall-to-wall. Brexit was the light-hearted relief.
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Wise Words 12 Jul 2018 09:49 am said..

By next week it will have been forgotten, when the media will be reporting on the latest news.
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Castle Grim Reaper 12 Jul 2018 10:08 am said..

ShedOrDead wrote:Radio 4 this am was this, wall-to-wall. Brexit was the light-hearted relief.

The double at the bookies has now failed, a bet that by the end of the week we would have a trophy but no cabinet :D
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Sheddy Mcshedface 12 Jul 2018 11:08 am said..

Castle Grim Reaper wrote:
ShedOrDead wrote:Radio 4 this am was this, wall-to-wall. Brexit was the light-hearted relief.

The double at the bookies has now failed, a bet that by the end of the week we would have a trophy but no cabinet :D


as many wags have pointed out elsewhere for many people this is the first time they have experienced

1. A successful England World-Cup campaign.
2. A long period of hot summer weather.
3. A Tory government collapsing on it's arse.

All of which have been enjoyable for various reasons!
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Francophile1 12 Jul 2018 16:15 pm said..

To put things into pespective :
England played only 1 team from the top 10 rated (Belgium) and lost that one.
They were eventually put out of the competition by the team rated 20th (Croatia)
Would we be happy with that sort of performance by Glos ?
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Steve M 12 Jul 2018 16:38 pm said..

Francophile1 wrote:To put things into pespective :
England played only 1 team from the top 10 rated (Belgium) and lost that one.
They were eventually put out of the competition by the team rated 20th (Croatia)
Would we be happy with that sort of performance by Glos ?


I don't care who they play en-route but I would say it was a VERY successful season if Gloucester get to lose a semi-final of the Champions Cup this year … and yes, I would be happy with that performance. :D
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Sheddy Mcshedface 12 Jul 2018 16:52 pm said..

Francophile1 wrote:To put things into pespective :
England played only 1 team from the top 10 rated (Belgium) and lost that one.
They were eventually put out of the competition by the team rated 20th (Croatia)
Would we be happy with that sort of performance by Glos ?


There are lies, damn lies and statistics and then there are the fifa world rankings.

Any team containing Modric, Rakitic, Perisic and Mandzukic are going to be strong and ultimately they took the chances that fell there way.

People pointing out Englands easy route to the final would do well to remember that the reason we didnt have to play the likes of Germany, Spain, Portugal, Argentina or Brazil is because they got knocked out before we got the chance.

Do you disregard Gloucesters victory in the Challenge cup because some of our opposition weren't up too much?
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Tuffty 12 Jul 2018 16:57 pm said..

Sheddy Mcshedface wrote:
Francophile1 wrote:To put things into pespective :
England played only 1 team from the top 10 rated (Belgium) and lost that one.
They were eventually put out of the competition by the team rated 20th (Croatia)
Would we be happy with that sort of performance by Glos ?


There are lies, damn lies and statistics and then there are the fifa world rankings.

Any team containing Modric, Rakitic, Perisic and Mandzukic are going to be strong and ultimately they took the chances that fell there way.

People pointing out Englands easy route to the final would do well to remember that the reason we didnt have to play the likes of Germany, Spain, Portugal, Argentina or Brazil is because they got knocked out before we got the chance.

Do you disregard Gloucesters victory in the Challenge cup because some of our opposition weren't up too much?


Good call Sheddy.
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