World Cup 2018 thread

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  1. espola

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    Why is there no WC thread here yet?

    OK, I'll start --

    I have been invited to a WC-viewing party at an England-themed restaurant this morning for the England/Belgium game. Both teams are through to the round of 16 no matter what the result is of this game or the other game in their group. If the coaches are smart, they will sit anyone with a yellow card, or who needs rest for a nagging injury, or who has pissed the coach off recently. Sounds like a good excuse to drink warm beer and munch on appetizers that would be ruled inedible at any other bar or restaurant in the county.
     
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    Games on now - Japan needs to win, draw, or for Senegal to win against Colombia. If Japan and Senegal both lose, the outcome will depend on how the scores affect the tie-breakers (GD, goals, head-to-head results and scores, and perhaps even red/yellow card counts).

    Senegal needs to win or draw. A loss would put them behind Colombia, and maybe behind Japan depending on the result there.
     
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    Colombia and Poland both leading 1-0 with about 15 minutes left in both games. If those results stand, that would put Colombia in and Japan/Senegal deep into tie-breaker calculations.
     
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    Someone on Bigsoccer.com says Japan has three fewer yellow cards than Senegal, which is the tiebreaker in force at the moment.
     
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    From the WC 2018 Regulations --

    fair play points system in which the number of yellow and red cards in all group matches is considered according to the following deductions:
    – first yellow card: minus 1 point
    – second yellow card/indirect red card: minus 3 points
    – direct red card: minus 4 points
    – yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points
     
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    England V Belgium -- Our family tree has roots in England, so there's that. A distant aunt/cousin on my father's mother's side published a genealogical book for the Corliss family in America around 1960. Supposedly the original Corliss sailed over in the 1600's from Belgium*. She even included a portrait of a former King** of Belgium to show the family resemblance.

    *Belgium became a country in 1830.
    **When Belgium became independent and no longer a province of the French, Germans, Spanish, or Dutch, they decided on a German nobleman to be their first King.
     
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    I am Groot.
     
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    Try ancestry.com, you may be surprised at some of the results.
     
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    I have used it with some of my siblings to get a family tree including all my ancestors back to when they entered USA. I think the population count is up to over 600, but that includes aunts, uncles, and cousins not directly in the line.
     
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    Portugal vs Uruguay Saturday morning. It is my wife’s birthday and she wants to watch Ronaldo so we are going to some bar in downtown San Diego to meet friends.
     
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    The France PK call - not DOGSO because the player was not near the ball, which was probably going out.

    The second Argentina caution - don't know why that wasn't DOGSO. I guess every referee has his own rulebook.
     
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    With France on a clear run toward goal, the last Argie defender kicked him in the shins to stop him.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Referee poster on Bigsoccer.com pointed out that the best referees are from Europe and South America, and in a WC game between teams of those confederations, their referees are ineligible. That's why we get third-string performances like that in the Uruguay-Portugal game.
     
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    Change to the LOTG. Don’t feel like explaining now, but a DOGSO can be a Caution (Yellow card).
     
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    Neymar put onside by the Mexico defender stretching out his leg to block the crossing pass.
     
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    Neymar's reputation for faking/exaggerating injuries must be so strong that you can do anything to him, even with VAR watching.
     
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    Anybody that flops around (4+ rolls) like a fish out of water because another player stepped on his foot is exaggerating ... aka ... lying.

    The Boy Who Cried Wolf
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    There once was a shepherd boy who was bored as he sat on the hillside watching the village sheep. To amuse himself he took a great breath and sang out, "Wolf! Wolf! The Wolf is chasing the sheep!"

    The villagers came running up the hill to help the boy drive the wolf away. But when they arrived at the top of the hill, they found no wolf. The boy laughed at the sight of their angry faces.

    "Don't cry 'wolf', shepherd boy," said the villagers, "when there's no wolf!" They went grumbling back down the hill.

    Later, the boy sang out again, "Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is chasing the sheep!" To his naughty delight, he watched the villagers run up the hill to help him drive the wolf away.

    When the villagers saw no wolf they sternly said, "Save your frightened song for when there is really something wrong! Don't cry 'wolf' when there is NO wolf!"

    But the boy just grinned and watched them go grumbling down the hill once more.

    Later, he saw a REAL wolf prowling about his flock. Alarmed, he leaped to his feet and sang out as loudly as he could, "Wolf! Wolf!"

    But the villagers thought he was trying to fool them again, and so they didn't come.

    At sunset, everyone wondered why the shepherd boy hadn't returned to the village with their sheep. They went up the hill to find the boy. They found him weeping.

    "There really was a wolf here! The flock has scattered! I cried out, "Wolf!" Why didn't you come?"

    An old man tried to comfort the boy as they walked back to the village.

    "We'll help you look for the lost sheep in the morning," he said, putting his arm around the youth, "Nobody believes a liar...even when he is telling the truth!"
     
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    I wish just one referee had the balls to show Neymar a Yellow card for faking an injury (flopping). IMHO, he is a disgrace to the game.
     
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    From the last game, good thing for Neymar the VAR cameras are only in the stadium:
     
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    Belgium-Japan was better that Spain-Portugal in the first round.
     

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