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World Cup Qualifiers This Weekend  
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2275 times:

Here we go again, the latest round of World Cup qualifying matches. Here's a selection of the European games on Saturday:

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group One
Finland v Armenia
Czech_Republic v Romania
FYR_Macedonia v Holland

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group Two
Ukraine v Greece
Turkey v Kazakhstan
Albania v Denmark

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group Three
Luxembourg v Russia
Slovakia v Latvia
Liechtenstein v Portugal

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group Four
Cyprus v Faroe_Islands
Israel v Switzerland
France v Rep_of_Ireland

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group Five
Scotland v Norway
Belarus v Moldova
Slovenia v Italy

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group Six
England v Wales
Azerbaijan v Northern_Ireland
Austria v Poland

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group Seven
Bosnia_Herzegovina v Serbia___Montenegro
Spain v Belgium

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group Eight
Sweden v Hungary
Malta v Iceland
Croatia v Bulgaria

Naturally, English and Welsh eyes are on the first meeting between the two sides for 20 years. England should win, but a battle between two British sides is never a foregone conclusion.


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User currently offlineJuanr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2231 times:

For South America:

On Saturday
Argentina Vs. Uruguay (Buenos Aires)
Bolivia Vs. Peru (La Paz)
Colombia Vs. Paraguay (Barranquilla)
Venezuela Vs. Brasil (Maracaibo)

On Sunday
Ecuador Vs. Chile (Quito)

Really interesting games, the top 4 teams qualify directly to the world cup and the fifth will have a chance to play an extra game, right now top 5 are:

Brasil 16
Argentina 15
Paraguay 14
Chile 12
Ecuador 10

But there are only a 2 points difference between the fifth and the ninth so its really interesting...we'll see.

Juan
SKBO





User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2232 times:

Apologies, Juan. I hadn't forgotten the South American, Asian, CONCACAF or Oceanian fistures; I did mean to write in the text that I'd let someone else put them up.


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User currently offlineJuanr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2218 times:

Don't worry Banco, there is a huge difference between our qualifier systems; we are almos half way down and its really interesting because each team has to play against all the others in the region; from the ten teams in the region 9 have qualified to a world cup.

It will be an interesting week....


Juan
SKBO


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2211 times:
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England vs Wales is the interesting one, the last time we got to watch a meaningful match between the home nations was England vs Scotland in Euro 96. A repeat scoreline from that day tomorrow will do me fine thanks.  Smile




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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2213 times:

Who never has then? Bolivia?


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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2206 times:

You forget England v Scotland in the play-off double header for Euro 2000, Arsenal.


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User currently offlineJuanr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2202 times:

Banco:

Venezuela is the only team that has never been to a WC; Ecuador went in 2002, Bolivia in 1994, Peru way back in 1982, 1978, 1970...Colombia in 1962 and the three world cups in the 90s, as well as the usual representatives Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay, and Brasil which I think is the only team that have gone to all the WCs...

And we'll meet them next wednesday  Sad

Juan
SKBO


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2201 times:

Give 'em a good kicking Juan. That Ronaldo's crap.  Big grin


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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2196 times:
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Oh how could i forget? By no means will it be a stroll for England, but with a 3-man attack with Owen, Rooney and Defoe, you're looking at goals.



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User currently offlineJuanr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2194 times:

I wish we could...but it won't happen...perhaps it will be the same that happened four years ago, we were defending with 11th players the whole game and in the last minute they scored; they are dammed lucky. But at least they are not Argentina.....I don't want to start writing nasty things here so I better shut up.  Big grin

Juan
SKBO


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2189 times:

Well as you know England and Argentina have a long and close history of friendship on the football pitch...  Big grin

Feel free to have a pop. We might even join in. Big grin



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User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4305 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2164 times:

Quote by Juanr #10:

"...we were defending with 11th players the whole game and in the last minute they scored..."



Judging by the semifinal game in Lima, Colombia didn't change tactics much in four years  Innocent When teams attack Brasil or Argentina, those teams probably will lose. But they MAY also win. Better odds than hanging from the goalposts, then you probably will lose, and not have a chance to win at all.

BTW, you can say all the nasty things you want Juanr, it's not a big deal. I realized many Colombians had strong opinions when I first met some. At first I was really surprised because I didn't undersand it. 'Roces' (because I woudn't call them fights) between Colombians and Venezuelans are easy to figure, but not Colombians with Argentines. When I did understand it better I found it odd since Argentina is far from Colombia, we honestly don't have much daily interaction.

People in Argentina don't have 'serious' (that is, informed) opinions of your country because frankly it's not often in the radar screen. After 1993 people took more notice of Colombia, specially the football players and since then of course many come to play in the Argentine League, but beyond that your country is still rather unknown.



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User currently offlineJuanr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2151 times:

Derico:

That is why it hurts so much when we defeated you 5-0 in Buenos Aires.

Juan
SKBO


User currently offlineMd11lover From Switzerland, joined Oct 2003, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2124 times:



Why is Kazakhstan playing in the European Qualifiers at not the Asian? As far as i know, Kazakhstan is a Central Asian country, therefore should play with the likes of Uzbekistan, Thailand, Japan, Saudia Arabia..etc.


MD11lover


User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4305 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2121 times:

Juanr,

Not anymore, over 10 years. In a ironic twist, this game that for Colombians is very important makes it easier to befriend them, if you self-depricate! My first experience wasn't the best, but in College I met much friendlier Colombians. Two of them are good friends of mine, one a very educated 'Rolo', the other from Medellín.

From what I saw, they are Colombians of middle and upper class whom left for Florida to live, study or for security. Many seemed to know quite a bit about Argentina: they've watched our TV (videomatch, verano eterno, etc), know argentine motion pictures, and listen to Argentine Rock, specially Invasion Rock of the 80s: Soda, Cadillacs, Enanitos, Charly, or even early 70s Acoustic Rock like Sui Generis.



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User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7379 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2114 times:
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England won 2-0. Did Wales turn up today? Very disappointed in their performance as it allowed England to dominate the game without having to exert themselves. Iy'll be interesting to see whom Fifa give the 1st goal to as the referee has indicated that it is Lampard but the footage shows it taking a big deflection of Owen's heel.

2nd goal by Beckham was outstanding - 25 yard curling shot into the top right hand corner of the goal. ON antoher day, the score could have 4-0 or 5-0 as Rooney played well, causing mayhem for the Welsh defence; he did make 1 mistake in not cutting back to any out of Defoe, Owen or Beckham when the score was 1-0.

Then we had the excellent play by Beckham to get himself booked so that he misses the game against Azerbaijan (no-one seems to have worked out that it's better for England if he misses that game than against better opponents!).

David


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2111 times:

Scotland - Norway 0-1.

A very even match, but Norway got the winning goal after one of the Scotland defenders forgot he wasn't a goalkeeper, and saved what would have been a Goal using his hand. Red card, and penalty for Norway. Former Tottenham and Wolverhampton player Steffen Iversen scored, and that was it.

Scotland produced their share of chances, and came closest after 2 saves off the line in 5 sec. (And I don't care what any scots say, the ball was never over the line.)  Smile

Paul Dickov should have been suspended in the first half, but was still Scotlands best player on the field.

Thom@s



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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 18, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2091 times:
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A good performance by England, the defence was solid, Campbell and Ferdinand were rock solid. Up front Rooney was outstanding, Owen looked sharp. Spare a thought for Frank Lampard, he get's better with every England game. And last but not least, Beckham reminded us he is still a world class player, that shot was a blinder. An all round good display by England.



In Arsene we trust!!
User currently offlineSaintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2089 times:

I too thought that it was clever of Beckham to get himself booked. But then I realised it was Beckham we were talking about. Still good goal though.

Oh dear Scotland. Is this the end of Bertie? Could it be that Gordon Strachan is waiting in the wings to take over? They need to do something although they were hampered by injuries.


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 20, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2073 times:

Beckham also out with broken rib....

Thom@s



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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 21, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2077 times:

France held Ireland (I say this because, well.. Ireland played much better than France) in Paris, a great game and unlucky that Ireland couldn't have put a couple past the ever exuberant Barthez. Did anyone see that Slovenia beat Italy? Good thing I say, Italy need a kick up the backside as they are surely at the moment one of the weakest Italian sides ever.

User currently offlineA380 From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 658 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2059 times:

Liechtenstein 2:2 Portugal  Confused

User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 23, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2049 times:

I believe it is the first time Liechtenstein have taken a point in the history of World Cup qualifying. Not sure though, but non the less, must be great for Lichtenstein. Big grin

Thom@s



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2021 times:

Do we not have any Portuguese to give us a reaction?

I too was very disappointed with Wales on Saturday. We know that England are obviously a much superior side, but the local pride element often reduces that gap somewhat. I always thought England would win, but I really thought Wales would give them a hard time. In reality it was a cruise, a real 2-0 thrashing in that England could easily have had six. I suppose the match in Cardiff might be a bit different.

As for Scotland, it's now gone beyond funny. Since 1998 us English have laughed at their decline into minnows, but am I alone in wincing now every time I hear they've gone behind? It's no fun when they're as bad as this.



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25 PhotoLPPT : Well, I'm not a very big soccer expert but I'll try to give you a feeling of what are the stories here in the sports newspapers. I am very disappointe
26 Post contains images Airsicknessbag : My country doesn´t need to go through this process, so I just have to cheer the country where I lived for the past three months: Honduras! They´re
27 Post contains links and images Banco : I'd keep supporting Honduras, Daniel. They've got a better chance than this current German team. According to the mighty Mr Beckham, he got himself de
28 Post contains images Andreas : Banco, old friend, so good to see that some things never change in this turbulent world of ours, and that is your unswerving believe in the most "un-d
29 Banco : True enough, Andreas. Though in my unguarded moments I would look at this current side and say it is just starting to look like one of the more accomp
30 Post contains images Andreas : Maybe it's time to find a job for your girlfriend that enables her to keep a closer eye on you. Lately you seem to have many unguarded moments...actua
31 Banco : I did. As well as the picture of Maier wandering on to the training pitch with a bottle of beer in his hand. Kahn is past it now. He was a very good '
32 Post contains images Andreas : I strongly suspect that Lehmann is much better than any English keeper , same goes for Kahn. I can assure you there are some extremely good younger ke
33 Post contains images Banco : I don't doubt you have young keepers coming through - that's what I was asking you, you silly boy! Lehmann better than any English keeper? Hmmm. Diffi
34 Post contains images Andreas : Actually Klinsmann is a guy that keeps the masses divided: Like him a lot or hate him. I've never understood that, he never seemd to me to be a polari
35 Post contains images Banco : You've no idea (because you're German and you always win the damn things) how painful it is to watch even repeats of penalty shootouts like that. Near
36 Post contains images Andreas : But I do know quite well from lots of occasions just how painful it is for you guys to even watch the re-runs It was very funny to listen to some of t
37 Post contains images Banco : At some point, you know, you are going to lose a penalty shoot-out (well, you will if you ever manage to get past the first round again in future). Sc
38 Post contains images Andreas : Schadenfreude...yes indeed it is, and maybe someday...in the veeeeery distant future you may get an idea how it feels like in real life, you know...no
39 Post contains images Banco : I think the Sun has spent most of its time recently laughing at your current economic malaise. Now, that's schadenfreude pretty much defined (naturall
40 Post contains images Andreas : Ah yes, I don't read that much Sun actually...but it's pretty disgusting to laugh about people that get poorer and poorer (and we do have quite a few
41 Post contains images Banco : I never said I didn't like the slagging off, you cretinous Teutonic fool, I merely said that from time to time it is interesting to actually ask each
42 Post contains images Andreas : Sorry can we postpone this until tomorrow, I've got to go right now!! Can you come up with some new exciting insults for me then? I mean REALLY new...
43 Arsenal@LHR : don't think Lehmann is exactly top notch, Top notch enough to play for Arsenal. Kahn is past his shelf life, his career ended against England in the 5
44 Post contains images Andreas : his career ended against England in the 5-1 thrashing Er...um...Arsenal, right after that he went on to be vice world champion in 2002...can't quite r
45 Post contains images Banco : I don't think he was past in 2001 or 2002. Kahn was the reason Germany got to that final, that and serendipity removing anyone who could actually play
46 Andreas : Right, can we leave the trivialities behind us now that Arsenal is back at school hopefully and have a serious discussion on football before we start
47 Post contains images Banco : Well, we'll see, won't we? I don't think there's any way of knowing at this stage. Obviously, that's why he needs to be looked after. I do think that
48 Post contains images Andreas : Banco you ARE very old and reactionary, trust me! You seem to be repeating what I said above...that his move to ManU was probably the best thing that
49 GKirk : Berti must go! Gord save us! Strachan, Levin, Smith, Graham We want a Scottish manager! Or at least someone who the players can understand!
50 Banco : I think Vogts will go because of his transparent lack of success. Having said that, if you believe that getting a Scottish manager will create some ki
51 Post contains images GKirk : Banco, ye of foolish nature Rangers HAVE the top youth academy in Britain. (fair enough it was only opened 2 years ago) Celtic have none.
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