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Every four years… this World Cup takes place between the 14th June & 15th July.

The 32 countries that qualified for the 2018 World Cup have been drawn into 8 groups of 4 teams.

Each team plays the other 3 teams in their group once (3 Group Stage games in total), and the top 2 teams from each of the 8 groups qualify to go through to the ‘Last 16’ Knockout Stage…
 

 

The ‘Last 16’ Knockout Stage, and beyond…

FIFA’s official World Cup page (and social media links) - Website : Twitter : Facebook : Youtube : Instagram

 
A Wikipedia page for the 2018 World Cup - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_FIFA_World_Cup

23-Man Playing Squads - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_FIFA_World_Cup_squads

A guide to all 736 players - https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2018/jun/05/world-cup-2018-complete-guide-players-ratings-goals-caps

Venues - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_FIFA_World_Cup#Venues
 

Useful ‘fixtures, live scores, results, standings & info’ sites - FlashScores : LiveScore : BBC : ESPN : FoxSports
 

TV stations around the world covering the World Cup matches live : Wikipedia Link & LiveSoccer Link

UK TV Coverage - http://www.live-footballontv.com/live-world-cup-football-on-tv.html (BBC & ITV)
US TV Coverage - https://www.foxsports.com/soccer/fifa-world-cup (Fox) : Telemundo - link)
 

Fixtures & Results (UK dates & times):-

Thursday, 14 June
Russia 5 - 0 Saudi Arabia : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDY1N-IJOA8 - 2 minute FIFA highlights

Friday, 15 June
Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPzZa-Btx6I - 2 minute FIFA highlights
Morocco 0 - 1 Iran : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG6hK0eZ_Ys - "
Portugal 3 - 3 Spain : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rp2aLQl7vg - "

Saturday, 16 June
France 2 - 1 Australia : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4_SXeQdIJo - "
Argentina 1 - 1 Iceland : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xvarnwv6hRk - "
Denmark 1 - 0 Peru : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4odLCih0Os - "
Croatia 2 - 0 Nigeria : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS-V5h0wKr8 - "

Sunday, 17 June
Costa Rica 0 - 1 Serbia : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bA6_7wFvG0E - "
Germany 0 - 1 Mexico : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BSeFs40QOI - "
Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dWrKNrWbWQ - "

Monday, 18 June
Sweden 1 - 0 South Korea : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZlE-hUl5UU - "
Belgium 3 - 0 Panama : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCr1xpwEuZQ - "
Tunisia 1 - 2 England : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3wfrhjoIJg - "

Tuesday, 19 June
Colombia 1 - 2 Japan : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4SeAfCg7-o - "
Poland 1 - 2 Senegal : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXkg_12ukOk - "
Russia 3 - 1 Egypt : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AygUlfmQgBs - "

Wednesday, 20 June
Portugal v Morocco : 1pm - BBC1
Uruguay v Saudi Arabia : 4pm - BBC1
Iran v Spain : 7pm - ITV

Thursday, 21 June
France v Peru : 1pm - ITV
Denmark v Australia : 4pm - ITV
Argentina v Croatia : 7pm - BBC1

Friday, 22 June
Brazil v Costa Rica : 1pm - ITV
Nigeria v Iceland : 4pm - BBC1
Serbia v Switzerland : 7pm - BBC1

Saturday, 23 June
Belgium v Tunisia : 1pm - BBC1
Germany v Sweden : 4pm - ITV
South Korea v Mexico : 7pm - ITV

Sunday, 24 June
England v Panama : 1pm - BBC1
Japan v Senegal : 4pm - BBC1
Poland v Colombia : 7pm - ITV

Monday, 25 June
Saudi Arabia v Egypt : 3pm - ITV4
Uruguay v Russia : 3pm - ITV
Iran v Portugal : 7pm - BBC
Spain v Morocco : 7pm - BBC

Tuesday, 26 June
Denmark v France : 3pm - ITV
Australia v Peru : 3pm - ITV4
Nigeria v Argentina : 7pm - BBC
Croatia v Iceland : 7pm - BBC

Wednesday, 27 June
South Korea v Germany : 3pm - BBC
Mexico v Sweden : 3pm - BBC
Serbia v Brazil : 7pm - ITV
Switzerland v Costa Rica : 7pm - ITV4

Thursday, 28 June
Japan v Poland : 3pm - BBC
Colombia v Senegal : 3pm - BBC
Panama v Tunisia : 7pm - ITV4
England v Belgium : 7pm - ITV
 

Saturday, 30 June : Last 16
Winner Group C v Second Place Group D : 3pm - tba
Winner Group A v Second Place Group B : 7pm - tba

Sunday, 1 July : Last 16
Winner Group B v Second Place Group A : 3pm - tba
Winner Group D v Second Place Group C : 7pm - tba

Monday, 2 July : Last 16
Winner Group E v Second Place Group F : 3pm - tba
Winner Group G v Second Place Group H : 7pm - tba

Tuesday, 3 July : Last 16
Winner Group F v Second Place Group E : 3pm - tba
Winner Group H v Second Place Group G : 7pm - tba

Friday, 6 July : Quarter-Finals
QF1 v QF2 : 3pm - tba
QF5 v QF6 : 7pm - tba

Saturday, 7 July : Quarter-Finals
QF7 v QF8 : 3pm - tba
QF3 v QF4 : 7pm - tba

Tuesday, 10 July : Semi-Finals
SF1 v SF2 : 7pm - tba

Wednesday, 11 July : Semi-Finals
SF3 v SF4 : 7pm - tba

Saturday, 14 July : 3rd Place Play-Off
Loser Semi-Final 1 v Loser Semi-Final 2 : 3pm - tba
 

Sunday, 15 July : The World Cup Final
Winner Semi-Final 1 v Winner Semi-Final 2 : 4pm - BBC1 & ITV
 

 

Current odds of each country winning this World Cup (according to the ‘experts’) - Bookmakers’ Odds

In Dec '17: Ger 5/1, Bra 5/1, Fra 6/1, Spa 8-1, Arg 9-1, Bel 12-1, Eng 16-1, Por 28-1, Rus 40-1, Cro 40-1, Col 40/1, Uru 40-1, Den 100-1, Swi 100-1, Swe 100-1, Mex 125-1, Ser 200-1, Ice 500-1, Aus 750-1, Pan 2000-1, Sau A. 5000-1.

 

A Wikipedia page on the history of World Cup competitions - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIFA_World_Cup

A Wikipedia list of previous WC winning sides - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_FIFA_World_Cup_winners

A Youtube channel with almost every WC goal since 1966 - https://www.youtube.com/user/MrDrobisha/videos

Previous OriginalTrilogy•com World Cup threads - 2014 : 2010 : 2006

 

Or just sit back and enjoy the games - Summer will be here, beers in the fridge, and footy on the telly 😃

Hopefully this’ll be a cracking tournament…

I’ll be likely routing for Iceland - fantastic achievements in footy of late, and superb rapport / togetherness with their supporters too. They are also the smallest nation to ever make it to a World Cup Finals. You?
 

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^ Ha! 😃

This is a football thread, my friend 😉

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Football? They’re finally going to hold a world tournament for football?


E!-A!-G!-L!-E!-S! EAGLES!!!
SUPERBOWL CHAMPS!!!

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Say what now? footsocc? I think you can get some cream for that mate 😉

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i thought it was sockball

… ducks from oojason’s revenge …

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TV’s Frink said:

Does every footsocc thread have to involve a conversation about what to call it?

it’s tradition.


E!-A!-G!-L!-E!-S! EAGLES!!!
SUPERBOWL CHAMPS!!!

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I didn’t know this one sucked, I just thought it was funny.


E!-A!-G!-L!-E!-S! EAGLES!!!
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As usual, I miss the joke.


E!-A!-G!-L!-E!-S! EAGLES!!!
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ah.


E!-A!-G!-L!-E!-S! EAGLES!!!
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29 days to go till this kicks off…

The sun is out, it actually feels like Summer too, and football-mania is soon to begin (until England get knocked out in the Group stage or in the Last-16) 😉

 

The official World Cup song (another slice of Europop cringe) - though fair play if this is your thing; it does have a very Eurovision-esque vibe to it:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVXpHdTk2cY

 

ITV’s World Cup promo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pojXEFDFMw8

BBC’s World Cup trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBxwX1myxqc

Fox Sport’s World Cup promo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC3LwDEVyzE

 

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Less than 3 weeks before the opening game. As always, I’ll follow France squad (obviously) und die Mannschaft (being of german origin). Two teams that can go very far:

  • France objective is to reach the semi-finals (which means: at least Top 3)
  • so is the German objective, but the real one is to keep the title twice in a row, and to add a fifth star on the jersey

I’m not very confident for many reasons (Spain back in business, Brazil getting better), so… we shall see when it begins !

So…

Allez les Bleus !

and

Deutschland !

and May the FIFA be with you. Always.

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^ I saw a bit of France vs Ireland (towards the end - when it was really lashing down with rain! 😃) - the depth of the French squad looks superb, and easily brushed aside Ireland who only really offered the occasional counter-attack and set-pieces -though a good warm-up vs a defencive minded side.
 

Am off to se Brazil vs Croatia this Sunday in a pre-World Cup match - may be worth putting a couple of £ on Croatia to do well in Russia - and they plays some decent attractive footy with some quality players.

 

The bookies odds for winning the World Cup (as of today)…

Brazil & Germany both at 9/2, Spain & France at 6/1, Argentina 10/1, Belgium 12/1, England 16/1 (likely because of the amount of bets the English put on them rather than odds of actually winning it), Portugal 28/1, Croatia 33/1, Uruguay & Colombia at 33/1, Russia at 40/1, Poland 80/1, Denmark 100/1, Egypt, Senegal & Serbia at 250/1, Iceland 400/1, Australia at 750/1, with Saudi Arabia at 2000/1.

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apparenty the fifa 18 simulation’s result was a french win. and they got the last two right, so… better watch out for france!

i’ll be rooting for my home country of brazil, naturally. too bad dani alves got injured a couple of weeks ago - we literally have no one else to put in his place. i’ll also be rooting for england. we’ll see how that goes.

you guys did it! thank you guys so much! 😄

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Zimmer & Balfe have delivered the official anthem of the 2018 Fifa World Cup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFhNqhCfz8Y

I had no idea they were working on that…

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Spain sack their manager one day before the World Cup starts:-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44467548

https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2018/jun/13/world-cup-2018-news-spain-reaction-lopetegui-real-madrid-live
 

Spain vs Portugal is on Friday…

 

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oojason said:

Spain sack their manager one day before the World Cup starts:-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44467548

https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2018/jun/13/world-cup-2018-news-spain-reaction-lopetegui-real-madrid-live
 

Spain vs Portugal is on Friday…

 

I kinda think Spain didn’t have a choice - what were Madrid and the manager thinking? Timing of statement was stupid!

Not sure I understand why they announced it. I guess for transfer targets to know who the manager was for but you’d think they would have given Spain FA more than 5 mins notice

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Stocksy said:

oojason said:

Spain sack their manager one day before the World Cup starts:-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44467548

https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2018/jun/13/world-cup-2018-news-spain-reaction-lopetegui-real-madrid-live
 

Spain vs Portugal is on Friday…

 

I kinda think Spain didn’t have a choice - what were Madrid and the manager thinking? Timing of statement was stupid!

Not sure I understand why they announced it. I guess for transfer targets to know who the manager was for but you’d think they would have given Spain FA more than 5 mins notice

Good point - seems there may have been a leak or possibly some politics involved. Real Madrid, eh?

Hierro as manager too… experienced and respected as a player, serving his time and earning his dues coming up as a coach - though that’s a big ask, and in far from ideal circumstances!

Wonder if Spanish FA will sue Real for tapping up their manager? And how Real will try and manage the PR side - I imagine a lot of Spain fans won’t be happy with what’s gone on there…

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I’d imagine compensation may have been in the thinking, it’s all bizarre.

Madrid will have a PR disaster if Spain crash out.

Just read about Heirro - probably best that they can hope for in these circumstances.

BBC have his solo goal up on their website from 94 on the article - any excuse to see that again is worthwhile.

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Stocksy said:

oojason said:

Spain sack their manager one day before the World Cup starts:-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44467548

https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2018/jun/13/world-cup-2018-news-spain-reaction-lopetegui-real-madrid-live
 

Spain vs Portugal is on Friday…

 

I kinda think Spain didn’t have a choice - what were Madrid and the manager thinking? Timing of statement was stupid!

Not sure I understand why they announced it. I guess for transfer targets to know who the manager was for but you’d think they would have given Spain FA more than 5 mins notice

Good point - seems there may have been a leak or possibly some politics involved. Real Madrid, eh?

Hierro as manager too… experienced and respected as a player, serving his time and earning his dues coming up as a coach - though that’s a big ask, and in far from ideal circumstances!

Wonder if Spanish FA will sue Real for tapping up their manager? And how Real will try and manage the PR side - I imagine a lot of Spain fans won’t be happy with what’s gone on there…

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Wasn’t expecting that scoreline from the Russians - fair play to them, 5-0!

2 min highlights - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDY1N-IJOA8
 

Thought that was harsh on Saudi’s - yet for all the neat technical play and quick feet in the middle of the park they did struggle in both final thirds.

Cheryshev’s 2nd goal and the free-kick after it were really well-taken 😃

 

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