2018 FIFA World Cup Finals

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  1. Famine

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    The draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals starts in a little under half an hour, so it's time for the thread!

    32 teams have qualified, with all of the previous champions except for Italy represented. Perennial tournament favourites and nearly-men Netherlands also failed to qualify. Iceland and Panama are here for the first time ever, with Iceland by far the smallest nation to ever qualify. Peru (1986), Morocco (1998) and Egypt (1990) are also back after long absences, and Senegal returns for its second World Cup finals, after one of the biggest shocks ever in Finals history at its first, in 2002, beating defending champions France in the opening match.

    Germany are back to defend their title, while Russia hosts.

    Group Stage

    Knockout Stage

    The Draw
     
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  2. Famine

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    The pots for the draw look like this:
    Pot A
    Russia (hosts)
    Germany (1)
    Brazil (2)
    Portugal (3)
    Argentina (4)
    Belgium (5)
    Poland (6)
    France (7)

    Pot B
    Spain (8)
    Peru (10)
    Switzerland (11)
    England (12)
    Colombia (13)
    Mexico (16)
    Uruguay (17)
    Croatia (18)

    Pot 3
    Denmark (19)
    Iceland (21)
    Costa Rica (22)
    Sweden (25)
    Tunisia (28)
    Egypt (30)
    Senegal (32)
    Iran (34)

    Pot 4
    Serbia (38)
    Nigeria (41)
    Australia (43)
    Japan (44)
    Morocco (48)
    Panama (49)
    South Korea (62)
    Saudi Arabia (63)

    Aside from UEFA, no two teams from the same Confederation can be drawn into the same group, and no more than two teams from UEFA can be drawn into the same group.

    The groups with the lowest average ranking possible would be:
    Brazil
    Spain
    Costa Rica
    Serbia

    and
    Brazil
    Spain
    Denmark
    Nigeria

    Potential Groups of Death are:
    Germany/Brazil
    Mexico
    Egypt
    Serbia

    or
    Germany
    Colombia
    Egypt
    Serbia

    or
    Portugal
    Spain
    Egypt
    Nigeria

    While any team drawn in this group would be incredibly optimistic about the next round:
    Poland
    Peru/England*
    Iceland*/Senegal
    Panama
     
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    Group Stage:

    Group A

    1 - Russia - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    2 - Uruguay - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    3 - Egypt - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    4 - Saudi Arabia - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt


    14/06/2018 - Russia - Saudi Arabia
    15/06/2018 - Egypt - Uruguay
    19/06/2018 - Russia - Egypt
    20/06/2018 - Uruguay - Saudi Arabia
    25/06/2018 - Uruguay - Russia
    25/06/2018 - Saudi Arabia - Egypt


    Group B
    1 - Portugal - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    2 - Spain - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    3 - Morocco - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    4 - Iran - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt


    15/06/2018 - Morocco - Iran
    15/06/2018 - Portugal - Spain
    20/06/2018 - Portugal - Morocco
    20/06/2018 - Iran - Spain
    25/06/2018 - Iran - Portugal
    25/06/2018 - Spain - Morocco


    Group C
    1 - France - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    2 - Australia - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    3 - Peru - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    4 - Denmark - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt


    16/06/2018 - France - Australia
    16/06/2018 - Peru - Denmark
    21/06/2018 - France - Peru
    21/06/2018 - Denmark - Australia
    26/06/2018 - Denmark - France
    26/06/2018 - Australia - Peru


    Group D
    1 - Argentina - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    2 - Iceland - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    3 - Croatia - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    4 - Nigeria - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt


    16/06/2018 - Argentina - Iceland
    16/06/2018 - Croatia - Nigeria
    21/06/2018 - Argentina - Croatia
    22/06/2018 - Nigeria - Iceland
    26/06/2018 - Nigeria - Argentina
    26/06/2018 - Iceland - Croatia


    Group E
    1 - Brazil - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    2 - Switzerland - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    3 - Costa Rica - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    4 - Serbia - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt


    17/06/2018 - Costa Rica - Serbia
    17/06/2018 - Brazil - Switzerland
    22/06/2018 - Brazil - Costa Rica
    22/06/2018 - Serbia - Switzerland
    27/06/2018 - Serbia - Brazil
    27/06/2018 - Switzerland - Costa Rica


    Group F
    1 - Germany - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    2 - Mexico - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    3 - Sweden - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    4 - South Korea - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt


    17/06/2018 - Germany - Mexico
    18/06/2018 - Sweden - South Korea
    23/06/2018 - Germany - Sweden
    23/06/2018 - South Korea - Mexico
    27/06/2018 - South Korea - Germany
    27/06/2018 - Mexico - Sweden


    Group G
    1 - Belgium - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    2 - Panama - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    3 - Tunisia - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    4 - England - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt


    18/06/2018 - Belgium - Panama
    18/06/2018 - Tunisia - England
    23/06/2018 - Belgium - Tunisia
    24/06/2018 - England - Panama
    28/06/2018 - England - Belgium
    28/06/2018 - Panama - Tunisia


    Group H
    1 - Poland - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    2 - Senegal - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    3 - Colombia - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt
    4 - Japan - P0 - W0 D0 L0 - +0 -0 GD0 - 0pt


    19/06/2018 - Poland - Senegal
    19/06/2018 - Colombia - Japan
    24/06/2018 - Japan - Senegal
    24/06/2018 - Poland - Colombia
    28/06/2018 - Japan - Poland
    28/06/2018 - Senegal - Colombia
     
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    Knockout Stage:

    Round 2

    30/06/2018 1 - Winner Group A - Runner-up Group B
    30/06/2018 2 - Winner Group C - Runner-up Group D
    02/07/2018 3 - Winner Group E - Runner-up Group F
    02/07/2018 4 - Winner Group G - Runner-up Group H
    01/07/2018 5 - Winner Group B - Runner-up Group A
    01/07/2018 6 - Winner Group D - Runner-up Group C
    03/07/2018 7 - Winner Group F - Runner-up Group E
    03/07/2018 8 - Winner Group H - Runner-up Group G

    Quarter-Finals
    06/07/2018 A - Winner Match 1 - Winner Match 2
    06/07/2018 B - Winner Match 3 - Winner Match 4
    07/07/2018 C - Winner Match 5 - Winner Match 6
    07/07/2018 D - Winner Match 7 - Winner Match 8

    Semi-Finals
    10/07/2018 1 - Winner Match A - Winner Match B
    11/07/2018 2 - Winner Match C - Winner Match D

    Third Place Playoff
    14/07/2018 - Loser Semi-Final 1 - Loser Semi-Final 2

    Final
    15/07/2018 - Winner Semi-Final 1 - Winner Semi-Final 2

     
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  5. Dennisch

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    Russia will have an easy group stage.
     
  6. Famine

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    The draw so far:

    Group A
    Russia
    Uruguay
    Egypt
    Saudi Arabia

    Group B
    Portugal
    Spain
    Iran
    Morocco

    Group C
    France
    Peru
    Denmark
    Australia

    Group D
    Argentina
    Croatia
    Iceland
    Nigeria

    Group E
    Brazil
    Switzerland
    Costa Rica
    Serbia

    Group F
    Germany
    Mexico
    Sweden
    South Korea

    Group G
    Belgium
    England
    Tunisia
    Panama

    Group H
    Poland
    Colombia
    Senegal
    Japan
     
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    Ouch.
     
  8. Jimlaad43

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    Russia
    Saudi Arabia
    Egypt
    Uruguay

    Looking like the group of life at the moment.
     
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    We are done :'v

    Better start planning for Qatar. We have no chance to go through the group stage.
     
  10. Jimlaad43

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    Germany
    Mexico
    Sweden
    South Korea

    Group of Death
     
  11. Dennisch

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    For who?
     
  12. Famine

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    For Group of Death... Well, by the October rankings, this group has the lowest mean ranking, of 18.25:
    But by the November rankings, this group's 17.75 mean ranking beats it:
    And you'll be shocked to learn that this group has the lowest, at 43.75/45:
    Although that includes Russia's ranking of 65 - but even without it, the group ranks at around 38, 13 ranking points below the next easiest group.

    And by November rankings that's as easy a possible draw as Russia could have got... Imagine that.
     
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    Yep, we are passing the group stage... In 2nd at least :sly:
    [​IMG]
     
  14. Jimlaad43

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    You're not suggesting a draw done in Russia rigged a draw to give Russia an easy group do you?
     
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    Not at all, as my coffee is wonderful as it is without any polonium flavouring.

    Edit: I've filled in the group and knockout stage fixtures in posts two and three... So who do we think will make the semis?
     
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    Group of Death for me is Group D. Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria, all top teams who are capable of beating each other.

    Good draw for England.
     
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    My only hope is that Costa Rica beat Brazil to top Group E.
     
  18. Famine

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    I think I'm going for the knockouts as:

    Uruguay - Portugal
    France - Argentina
    Spain - Egypt
    Brazil - Mexico
    Iceland - Australia
    Belgium - Poland
    Germany - Switzerland
    Colombia - England

    Which should lead to:
    France - Portugal
    Spain - Brazil
    Iceland - Belgium
    Germany - England

    Then:
    Portugal - Brazil
    Belgium - Germany

    And, finally:
    Brazil - Germany


    Tasty.
     
  19. Dennisch

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    Russia v Saudi Arabia.

    What an absolute cracker to open with.
     
  20. Jimlaad43

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    Human Rights FTW
     
  21. C-ZETA

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    Oil Clasico.

    Anyway, the draw for England is fine. Could have had so much worse than Belgium and the other two are some of the softer opponents we could've gotten. As for my other team, Croatia's up against it. No way do they beat Argentina, and both Iceland and Nigeria could get second spot.
     
  22. PocketZeven

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    Good thing the we (the Netherlands) are boycotting the event for Russia messing with the 2016 us presidential election! Oh wait...
     
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    It'll turn into El Glassico once the Russian lads start bashing heads.
     
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    30 days to go....
     
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    The one thing I am really looking forward to is the Russian hooligans. I really hope they deliver.
     
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    What did FIFA do?

    FIFA only gave him a 6 month ban. It's WADA that got it increased to 14 months.
     
  29. girabyt3

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    Still, whoever was the responsable ((beep) you WADA, of course), it's really absurd and injust for a player of his kind, specially being this close to the world cup and considering it's dopping regulation (which is null), and considering a coke-junkie as well is FIFA ambassador...

    Edit: Also, technically they give him 8 more months, since they considered the last 6...
     
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    England's 23 (for those that care, if you're out there)

    Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope.

    Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Fabian Delph, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young.

    Midfielders: Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

    Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck.