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The World Cup 2018 - Discussion, Opinions, and Prediction game

JuliusBorisovJuliusBorisov Member, Administrator, Moderator, Developer Posts: 16,528
edited May 16 in Off-Topic
The FIFA World Cup starts on June 14, 2018.



There're 32 teams in the tournament. We'll see 64 matches (48 in group play that is 6 in each of 8 groups + 15 in elimination play, to eliminate 15 out of the 16 remaining + 1 extra for the 3rd place match).

Match schedule

Matches

Current team rating

So, what team do you think will win? Germany? Brazil? Belgium? Portugal? Argentina? France? Spain? England? Another country?

Notable absentees from the World Cup: Chile, Italy, Netherlands, USA, Wales.

As always, there will be a prediction game for those forum users who are interested in Football or just want to have fun. There will be an open spreadsheet for everyone to see.

@booinyoureyes won the World Cup 2014 prediction game.
@FinneousPJ won the Euro 2016 prediction game.
@Pibaro won the Confederations Cup 2017 prediction game.

@bengoshi (you know that fella, right?) was the winner of match-by-match predictions in 2014.
@FinneousPJ was the winner of match-by-match predictions in 2016.
@Montresor_SP was the winner of match-by-match predictions in 2017.

Anyone interested can post their predictions regarding a champion, a vice-champion and a team winning the 3rd place, as well as group winners. You can also post your predictions for all matches (as they go day by day) before each kick-off.

Everything is optional (you can make those predictions you want, for example, predict only group winners and overall winners).

1) guessing the right outcome = 1 point
2) guessing the right score = 2 points (so that 64 matches potentially can give 128 points)
3) guessing the champion (before the tournament starts) = 30 points
4) guessing the vice-champion (before the tournament starts) = 20 points
5) guessing the 3rd team (before the tournament starts) = 10 points
6) guessing the right team to qualify from the group (before the tournament starts) = 4 points (per team)
7) bonus for the right prediction regarding the 1, 2 and 3 places (their final standings don't matter; before the tournament starts) = 20 points
8) bonus for the right prediction regarding the 1, 2 places (their final standings don't matter; before the tournament starts) = 10 points

For the matches after the group phase:
guessing the right outcome and the right score should be done only regarding normal time (so it can be only this way: team A wins in normal time; team B wins in normal time, a draw in normal time)

Tagging people from previous football-related threads:

@Anduin @Argas @Aristillius @Belteshazzar89 @BGLover @Blackraven‌ @booinyoureyes @Dungeonnoob‌ @Cahir @CrevsDaak @elminster‌ @Doubledimas @Grond0 @histamiini @jackjack @Messi‌ @Mhamza‌ @Pecca @Pibaro‌ @Qbert‌ @ronaldo @SpaceInvader @Sparkleav @StummvonBordwehr @TheElf @TStael

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  • Grond0Grond0 Member Posts: 4,016

    For the matches after the group phase:
    guessing the right outcome (after the game ends) = 1 point

    I understand what is intended, but the phrasing amused me - I'm always looking for the opportunity to bet on things that have already happened :p.

    StummvonBordwehrSkatanJuliusBorisovMontresor_SP
  • DoubledimasDoubledimas Member, Moderator, Mobile Tester Posts: 1,107
    Schedule for the group phase:

    Russia vs Saudi Arabia
    Egypt vs Uruguay
    Morocco vs Iran
    Portugal vs Spain
    France vs Australia
    Argentina vs Iceland
    Peru vs Denmark
    Croatia vs Nigeria
    Costa Rica vs Serbia
    Germany vs Mexico
    Brazil vs Switzerland
    Sweden v Korea Republic
    Belgium vs Panama
    Tunisia vs England
    Poland vs Senegal
    Colombia vs Japan
    Russia vs Egypt
    Portugal vs Morocco
    Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia
    Iran vs Spain
    France vs Peru
    Denmark vs Australia
    Argentina vs Croatia
    Brazil vs Costa Rica
    Nigeria vs Iceland
    Serbia vs Switzerland
    Belgium vs Tunisia
    Germany vs Sweden
    Korea Republic vs Mexico
    England vs Panama
    Japan vs Senegal
    Poland vs Colombia
    Uruguay vs Russia
    Saudi Arabia vs Egypt
    Spain vs Morocco
    Iran vs Portugal
    Denmark vs France
    Australia vs Peru
    Nigeria vs Argentina
    Iceland vs Croatia
    Korea Republic vs Germany
    Mexico vs Sweden
    Serbia vs Brazil
    Switzerland vs Costa Rica
    Japan vs Poland
    Senegal vs Colombia
    England vs Belgium
    Panama vs Tunisia

    JuliusBorisovStummvonBordwehr
  • FinneousPJFinneousPJ Member Posts: 5,958
    IMO guessing the Right outcome and score should be after 90 minutes, meaning if you predict team A to win you should not get points if they draw and team A advances with penalties for example.

    JuliusBorisovStummvonBordwehr
  • JuliusBorisovJuliusBorisov Member, Administrator, Moderator, Developer Posts: 16,528
    edited May 16

    IMO guessing the Right outcome and score should be after 90 minutes, meaning if you predict team A to win you should not get points if they draw and team A advances with penalties for example.

    Not even a point? So a person predicting a team to go through can't get anything because the team they had chosen couldn't win in normal time?

  • FinneousPJFinneousPJ Member Posts: 5,958
    edited May 16
    @JuliusBorisov I suppose "team to go through" could be a separate category. But that kind of makes it superfluous with the winner predictions. Let game by game predictions be low level.

    EDIT: I mean if I pick teams A, B, C for 1st-3rd the implication is j predict them to go through in all their qualifying games. Therefore the interesting game by game prediction is the lower level outcome of the game

  • JuliusBorisovJuliusBorisov Member, Administrator, Moderator, Developer Posts: 16,528
    So is it correct that for the matches after the group phase there should be only 3 options:
    1) team A wins in normal time
    2) team B wins in normal time
    3) a draw in normal time
    ?

  • FinneousPJFinneousPJ Member Posts: 5,958

    So is it correct that for the matches after the group phase there should be only 3 options:
    1) team A wins in normal time
    2) team B wins in normal time
    3) a draw in normal time
    ?

    In my opinion that makes sense.

    JuliusBorisovStummvonBordwehr
  • JuliusBorisovJuliusBorisov Member, Administrator, Moderator, Developer Posts: 16,528
    Updated the rules in the OP.

    StummvonBordwehrFinneousPJ
  • elminsterelminster Member, Developer Posts: 15,732
    edited May 17
    *Checks to see if for some ungodly reason Canada made the list*

    GO URUGUAY! My prediction, based on nothing more than my past support for them, is that Uruguay will win.

    (I have no knowledge of the sport however)

    FinneousPJJuliusBorisov
  • FinneousPJFinneousPJ Member Posts: 5,958
    edited May 17
    Prospective teams

    Argentina
    GOALIES: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres Monterrey), Wilfredo Caballero (Chelsea), Franco Armani (River Plate).

    DEFENDERS: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Federico Fazio (AS Roma), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolas Taglafico (Ajax), Javier Mascherano (Hebei Fortune), Marcos Acuna (Sporting), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino).

    MIDFIELDERS: Ever Banega (Sevilla), Guido Pizarro (Sevilla), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan), Leandro Paredes (Zenit), Angel Di Maria (PSG), Giovani Lo Celso (PSG), Enzo Perez (River Plate), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Pablo Perez (Boca Juniors), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Ricardo Centurion (Racing), Rodrigo Battaglia (Sporting).

    STRIKERS: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Mauro Icardi (Inter), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City), Diego Perotti (AS Roma), Lautaro Martinez (Racing).

    Australia
    GOALIES: Mat Ryan (Brighton), Danny Vukovic (Genk), Brad Jones (Feyenoord), Daniel Vukovic (Genk).

    DEFENDERS: Aziz Behich (Bursaspor), Milos Degenek (Yokohama Marinos), Matthew Jurman (Suwon Bluewings), Fran Karacic (NK Lokomotiva), James Meredith (Millwall), Josh Risdon (Western Sydney Wanderers), Trent Sainsbury (Grasshoppers).

    MIDFIELDERS: Joshua Brillante (Sydney), Jackson Irvine (Hull), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa), Robbie Kruse (Bochum), Massimo Luongo (QPR), Mark Milligan (Al Ahli), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield), Tom Rogic (Celtic), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory).

    STRIKERS: Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City), Tim Cahill (Millwall), Tomi Juric (Luzern), Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin), Andrew Nabbout (Urawa Red Diamonds), Dimitri Petratos (Newcastle Jets), Nikita Rukavytsya (Makkabi Haifa).

    Brazil
    GOALIES: Alisson (Roma/), Cassio (Corinthians), Ederson (Man City),

    DEFENDERS: Danilo (Man City), Fagner (Corinthians), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Miranda (Inter Milan), Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (PSG), Geromel (Gremio)

    MIDFIELDERS: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Man City), Paulinho (Barcelona), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Fred (Shakhtar Donestk), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Willian (Chelsea)

    STRIKERS: Neymar (PSG), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Douglas Costa (Juventus), Taison (Shakhtar Donestk).

    Egypt
    GOALIES: Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Mohamed Awad (Ismaily).

    DEFENDERS: Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Saad Samir (Al Ahly), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Al Fateh) Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich) Ali Gabr (West Bromwich), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Karim Hafez (RC Lens), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC), Amro Tarek (Orlando City).

    MIDFIELDERS: Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Abdel Aziz (Zamalek), Shikabala (Al Raed), Abdallah Said (KuPS), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Kahraba (Al Ittihad), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Trezeguet (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos).

    STRIKERS: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Ahmed Gomaa (Al Masry), Kouka (SC Braga, Portugal), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, England).

    South Korea
    GOALIES: Kim Seunggyu, Kim Jinhyeon, Cho Hyeonwoo, Gu Sungyun.

    DEFENDERS: Kim Younggwon, Jang Hyunsoo, Jeong Seunghyeon, Yun Yeongseon, Kwon Kyungwon, Oh Bansuk, Kim Jinsu, Kim Minwoo, Park Jooho, Hong Chul, Go Yohan, Lee Yong, Choi Chulsoon

    MIDFIELDERS: Ki Sungyueng, Jeong Wooyoung, Kwon Changhoon, Ju Sejong, Koo Jacheol, Lee Jaesung, Lee Seungwoo, Moon Sunmin, Lee Chungyong, Son Junho, Lee Myungjoo, Lee Changmin, Ji Dongwon.

    STRIKERS: Kim Shinwook, Son Heungmin, Hwang Heechan, Lee Keunho, Suk Hyunjun.

    Iran
    GOALIES: Alireza Beiranvand (Persepolis), Seyed Hossein Hosseini (Esteghlal), Rashid Mazaheri (Zob Ahan), Amir Abedzadeh (Maritimo).

    DEFENDERS: Ramin Rezaeian (Ostende), Voria Ghafouri (Esteghlal), Steven Beitashour (Los Angeles FC), Seyed Jalal Hosseini (Persepolis), Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh (Padideh), Morteza Pouraliganji (Alsaad), Mohammad Ansari (Persepolis), Pejman Montazeri (Esteghlal), Seyed Majid Hosseini (Esteghlal), Milad Mohammadi (Akhmat Grozny), Omid Norafkan (Esteghlal), Saeid AGhaei (Sepahan), Roozbeh Cheshmi (Esteghlal).

    MIDFIELDERS: Saeid Ezatolahi (Amkar Perm), Masoud Shojaei (AEK Athens), Ahmad Abdolahzadeh (Foolad), Saman Ghoddos (Östersund), Mahdi Torabi (Saipa), Ashkan Dejagah (Notthingham Forest), Omid Ebrahimi (Esteghlal), Ehsan Hajsafi (Olympiakos), Ali Karimi (Sepahan), Soroush Rafiei (Al Khor), Ali Gholizadeh (Saipa), Vahid Amiri (Persepolis).

    STRIKERS: Alireza Jahanbakhsh (AZ Alkmaar), Karim Ansarifard (Olympiakos), Mahdi Taremi (Al Gharafa), Sardar Azmoun (Rubin Kazan), Reza Ghoochannejhad (Heerenveen), Kaveh Rezaei (Charleroi).

    Iceland
    GOALIES: Hannes Thor Halldorsson (Randers), Runar Alex Runarsson (Nordsjælland), Frederik Schram (Roskilde).

    DEFENDERS: Kari Arnason (Aberdeen), Ari Freyr Skulason (Lokeren), Birkir Mar Saevarsson (Valur), Sverrir Ingi Ingason (Rostov), Hordur Magnusson (Bristol City), Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson (Levski Sofia), Ragnar Sigurdsson (Rostov).

    MIDFIELDERS: Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley), Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa), Arnor Ingvi Traustason (Malmö), Emil Hallfredsson (Udinese), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton), Olafur Ingi Skulason (Karabukspor), Rurik Gislason (Sandhausen), Samuel Fridjonsson (Valerenga), Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

    STRIKERS: Alfred Finnbogason (Augsburg), Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson (Rostov), Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Reading), Albert Gudmundsson (PSV).

    Colombia
    GOALIES: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (Deportivo Cali), Ivan Arboleda (Banfield), Jose Fernando Cuadrado (Once Caldas).

    DEFENDERS: Santiago Arias (PSV), Frank Fabra (Boca Juniors), Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Yerry Mina (Barcelona) Johan Mojica (Girona), Bernardo Espinosa (Girona), Oscar Murillo (Pachuca), Farid Diaz (Olimpia), Stefan Medina (Monterrey), William Tesillo (Leon).

    MIDFIELDERS: Abel Aguilar (Cali), Wilmar Barrios (Boca Juniors), James Rodriguez (Bayern München), Carlos Sanchez (Espanyol), Jefferson Lerma (Levante), Giovanni Moreno (Shanghai Shenhua), Juan Fernando Quintero (River Plate), Edwin Cardona (Boca Juniors), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Juventus), Gustavo Cuellar (Flamengo), Sebastian Perez (Boca Juniors), Mateus Uribe (America).

    STRIKERS: Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Carlos Bacca (Villarreal), Duvan Zapata (Sampdoria), Miguel Borja (Palmeiras), Jose Izquierdo (Brighton), Luis Muriel (Sevilla), Teofilo Gutierrez (Junior), Yimmi Chara (Junior).

    Croatia
    GOALIES: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Karlo Letica (Hajduk Split)

    DEFENDERS: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscou), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dinamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Matej Mitrovic (Club Brugge), Borna Barisic (Osijek), Zoran Nizic (Hajduk Split), Duje Caleta-Car (Salzburg), Borna Sosa (Dinamo Zagreb)

    MIDFIELDERS: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Marko Rog (Naples), Mario Pasalic (Spartak Moskova), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka)

    STRIKERS: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Duje Cop (Standard Liege), Ivan Santini (Caen)

    Mexico
    GOALIES: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul).

    DEFENDERS: Carlos Salcedo (Einracht Frankfurt), Nestor Araujo (Santos), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Oswaldo Alanis (Getafe), Edson Alvarez (America), Miguel Layun (Sevilla), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas).

    MIDFIELDERS: Jesus Molina (Monterrey), Rafael Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan dos Santos (Los Angeles Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Betis), Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani dos Santos (Los Angeles Galaxy).

    STRIKERS: Javier Hernandez (West Ham), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (America), Jesus Manuel Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (Los Angeles Galaxy), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV), Jurgen Damm (Tigres).

    Nigeria
    GOALIES: Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United), Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United).

    DEFENDERS: Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa), Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge), Leon Balogun (Mainz), William Troost-Ekong (Bursaspor), Shehu Abdullahi (Bursaspor), Ola Aina (Hull), Tyronne Ebuehi (Den Haag), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm), Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plodiv), Chiedozie Awaziem (Nantes).

    MIDFIELDERS: Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda), John Ogu (Hapoel Beer Sheva), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), Joel Obi (Torino), Mikel Agu (Bursaspor), Uche Agbo (Standard Liege).

    STRIKERS: Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone), Junior Lokosa (Kano Pillars), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester), Ahmed Musa (TsSKA Moskova), Moses Simon (Gent), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal).

    Panama
    GOALIES: Jaime Penedo (Dynamo Buchrest), Jose Calderon (Chorrillo), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco)

    DEFENDERS: Azmahar Ariano (Patriots), Felipe Baloy (Municipal), Harold Cummings (San Jose), Eric Davis (DAC Dunajska Streda), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Michael Amir Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Luis Ovalle (Olimpia), Francisco Palacios (San Francisco), Richard Peralta (Alliance), Torres Roman (Seattle Sounders)

    MIDFIELDERS: Ricardo Avila (Ghent), Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula), Ricardo Buitrago (Municipal), Miguel Camargo (San Martin), Adalberto Carrasquilla (Taurus), Armando Cooper (Universidad de Chile), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Gabriel Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga), Jose Gonzalez (Union Comercio), Cristian Martinez (Columbus Crew), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universite), Jose Luis Rodriguez (Ghent)

    STRIKERS: Abdiel Arroyo (Liga Deportiva Alajuelense), Rolando Blackburn (Chorrillo), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruna), Jose Fajardo (Club Atletico Independiente), Roberto Nurse (Mineros de Zacatecas), Blas Perez (Municipal), Luis Tejada (Sport Boys), Gabriel Torres (Huachipato).

    Portugal
    GOALIES: Anthony Lopes (Olympique Lyonnais), Beto (Goztepe SK), Rui Patricio (Sporting CP)

    DEFENDERS: Antunes (Getafe), Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cedric (Southampton), Joao Cancelo (Internazionale), Jose Fonte (Dalian Aerbin), Luis Neto (Fenerbahce), Mario Rui (Napoli), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Ricardo (Porto), Rolando (Marseille), Ruben Dias (Benfica)

    MIDFIELDERS: Adrien Silva (Leicester City), Andre Gomes (Barcelona), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting CP), Joao Mario (West Ham United), Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow), Rony Lopes (Monaco), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Sergio Oliveira (Porto), William (Sporting CP)

    STRIKERS: Andre Silva (AC Milan), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Eder (Lokomotiv Moscow), Gelson Martins (Sporting CP), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia), Nani (Lazio), Paulinho (Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas)

    Poland
    GOALIES: Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea), Lukasz Skorupski (AS Roma), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus).

    DEFENDERS: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria), Thiago Cionek (SPAL), Kamil Glik (Monaco), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Varsova), Marcin Kaminski (Stuttgart), Tomasz Kedziora (Kiovan Dynamo), Michal Pazdan (Legia), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund).

    MIDFIELDERS: Jakub Blaszczykowski (Wolfsburg), Pawel Dawidowicz (Palermo), Przemyslaw Frankowski (Jagiellonia Bialystok), Jacek Goralski (Ludogorets), Kamil Grosicki (Hull), Damian Kadzior (Gornik Zabrze), Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich), Rafal Kurzawa (Gornik Zabrze), Karol Linetty (Sampdoria), Maciej Makuszewski (Lech Poznan), Krzysztof Maczynski (Legia Varsova), Slawomir Peszko (Lechnia Gdansk), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moskova), Sebastian Szymanski (Legia), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli), Szymon Zurkowski (Gornik Zabrze).

    STRIKERS: Dawid Kownacki (Sampdoria), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), Krzysztof Piatek (Krakova), Lukasz Teodorczyk (Anderlecht), Kamil Wilczek (Bröndby).

    Germany
    GOALIES: Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Manuel Neuer (Bayern München), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain)

    DEFENDERS: Jerome Boateng (Bayern München), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Köln), Mats Hummels (Bayern München), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern München), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Ruediger (Chelsea) Niklas Süle (Bayern München), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen)

    MIDFIELDERS JA STRIKERS: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain), Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Müller (Bayern München), Mesut Özil (Arsenal), Nils Petersen (Freiburg), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern München), Leroy Sane (Manchester City), Timo Werner (RB Leipizg)

    Denmark
    GOALIES: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield), Frederik Ronnow (Brondby), Jesper Hansen (Midtjylland)

    DEFENDERS: Simon Kjaer (Sevilla), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Mathias Zanka Jorgensen (Huddersfield), Jannik Vestergaard (Mönchengladbach), Andreas Bjelland (Brentford), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Peter Ankersen (FC København), Jens Stryger (Udinese), Riza Durmisi (Real Betis), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich), Nicolai Boilesen (FC København)

    MIDFIELDERS: William Kvist (FC København), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux) Lasse Schone (Ajax), Mike Jensen (Rosenborg), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Daniel Wass (Celta Vigo), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Southampton), Mathias Jensen (Nordsjælland), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruna), Robert Skov (FC København)

    STRIKERS: Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux), Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Viktor Fischer (FC København), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig), Nicolai Jorgensen, (Feyenoord), Nicklas Bendtner (Rosenborg), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax), Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff)

    Tunisia
    GOALIES: Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Batin), Moez Ben Cherifia (Esperance), Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab), Mouez Hassen (Chateauroux)

    DEFENDERS: Nagguez Hamdi (Zamalek), Dylan Bronn (Gent), Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Bilel Mohsni (Dundee United), Khalil Chammam (Esperance), Oussema Haddadi (Dijon), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahli)

    MIDFIELDERS: Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahly), Ghaylene Chalali (Esperance), Karim Laaribi (Cesena), Farjani Sassi (Al Nassr), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Seifeddine El Khaoui (Troyes), Mohamed Larbi (Tours)

    STRIKERS: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ettifaq), Anice Badri (Esperance), Bassem Srarfi (Nice), Ahmed Akaichi (Al Ittihad), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes), Naim Sliti (Dijon), Sabeur Khalifa (Club Africain)

    Russia
    GOALIES: Igor Akinfejev (TsSKA), Vladimir Gabulov (Club Brugge), Soslan Džanajev (Rubin Kazan), Andrei Lunev (Zenit).

    DEFENDERS: Vladimir Granat, Ruslan Kambolov, Fedor Kudryashov (kaikki Rubin Kazanista), Ilja Kutepov (Spartak), Roman Neustadter (Fenerbahce), Konstantin Rausch (Dynamo Moskova), Andrei Semenov (Akhmat Grozni), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit), Mario Fernandes (TsSKA).

    MIDFIELDERS: Juri Gazinski (Krasnodar), Alexsandr Golovin, Alan Dzagojev (TsSKA), Alexsandr Erokhin, Juri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzjajev (Zenit), Roman Zobnin, Alexsandr Samedov (Spartak), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv), Alexsandr Tashajev (Dynamo), Denis Tšeryšev (Villarreal).

    STRIKERS: Artjom Dzjuba (Arsenal Tula), Aleksei Mirantšuk (Lokomotiv), Fedor Smolov (Krasnodar), Fedor Tšalov (TsSKA).

    Uruguay
    GOALIES: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama), Martin Campana (Independiente)

    DEFENDERS: Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Sebastian Coates (Sporting CP), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Maximiliano Pereira (Porto), Gaston Silva (Independiente), Martin Caceres (Lazio, Guillermo Varela (Penarol)

    MIDFIELDERS: Nahitan Nandez (Boca Juniors), Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria), Matias Vecino (Inter Milan), Federico Valverde (Real Madrid), Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus), Carlos Sanchez (Monterrey), Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro), Diego Laxalt (Genoa), Cristian Rodriguez (Penarol), Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Monterrey), Nicolas Lodeiro (Seattle Sounders), Gaston Ramirez (Sampdoria)

    STRIKERS: Cristhian Stuani (Girona), Maximiliano Gomez (Celta Vigo), Edinson Cavani (PSG), Luis Suarez (Barcelona)

    Sweden
    GOALIES: Robin Olsen (FC København), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Swansea), Karl-Johan Johnsson (Guingamp).

    DEFENDERS: Andreas Granqvist (Krasnodar), Victor Nilsson Lindelof, (Manchester United), Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Ludwig Augustinsson (Werder Bremen), Pontus Jansson (Leeds), Emil Krafth (Bologna), Filip Helander (Bologna), Martin Olsson (Swansea).

    KESKIKENTTÄ: Sebastian Larsson (Hull), Gustav Svensson (Seattle Sounders FC), Albin Ekdal (Hamburg), Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig), Viktor Claesson (Krasnodar), Jimmy Durmaz (Toulouse), Marcus Rohden (Crotone), Oscar Hiljemark (Genoa)

    STRIKERS: Marcus Berg (Al Ain), John Guidetti (Alaves), Isaac Kiese-Thelin (Waslan Beeveren), Ola Toivonen (Toulouse)

    England
    GOALIES: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley).

    DEFENDERS: John Stones (Manchester City), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Phil Jones (Manchester Utd), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Young (Manchester Utd), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool).

    MIDFIELDERS: Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Jesse Lingard (Manchester Utd), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City).

    STRIKERS: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Marcus Rashford (Manchester Utd), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

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  • JuliusBorisovJuliusBorisov Member, Administrator, Moderator, Developer Posts: 16,528
    Are these ^^^ final announced squads? You're missing a few teams (e.g. England announced their squad yesterday). Also, it would be cool to see players in the standby lists (e.g., Lallana for England).

  • FinneousPJFinneousPJ Member Posts: 5,958

    Are these ^^^ final announced squads? You're missing a few teams (e.g. England announced their squad yesterday). Also, it would be cool to see players in the standby lists (e.g., Lallana for England).

    No, not final. Final teams are announced June 4th.

  • FinneousPJFinneousPJ Member Posts: 5,958
    I added Uruguay, Sweden and England. They might be final but in a sense they could be changed until June 4th.

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  • JuliusBorisovJuliusBorisov Member, Administrator, Moderator, Developer Posts: 16,528
    My preliminary predictions show the following quarter-finals:

    Portugal - France
    Brazil - England
    Spain - Argentina
    Germany - Belgium

    Should be a very fun tournament!

  • JuliusBorisovJuliusBorisov Member, Administrator, Moderator, Developer Posts: 16,528
    Only 10 days left. Let's get it started (may or may not change closer to the first kick-off).

    Champion - Germany
    Vice-champion - France
    3rd team - Argentina
    Teams to qualify from the groups: Uruguay, Egypt; Spain, Portugal; France, Denmark; Argentina, Croatia; Brazil, Switzerland; Germany, Sweden; England, Belgium; Poland, Columbia.

    Opening match (Thursday, 14 June) Russia - Saudi Arabia 2:1

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  • StummvonBordwehrStummvonBordwehr Member, Mobile Tester Posts: 435
    Not bad choices JB, but I see it this way:

    Champion - Spain
    Vice-champion - France
    3rd team - Germany
    Teams to qualify from the groups: Uruguay, Egypt; Spain, Portugal; France, Denmark; Argentina, Croatia; Brazil, Switzerland; Germany, Sweden; England, Belgium; Poland, Columbia.

    Opening match (Thursday, 14 June) Russia - Saudi Arabia 1:0

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  • Montresor_SPMontresor_SP Member Posts: 2,019
    Mmmmhokay:

    Qualifiers from the groups (winners first, followed by 2nd places):

    Group A: Uruguay, Russia

    Group B: Spain, Portugal

    Group C: France, Denmark

    Group D: Argentina, Nigeria (The group of death; all four teams can qualify!)

    Group E: Brazil, Switzerland

    Group F: Germany, Sweden

    Group G: Belgium, England

    Group H: Poland, Senegal (Another group of death but not as strong as group D)


    Gold: Germany

    Silver: France

    Bronze: Argentina

    4th place: Brazil


    Opening match: Russia-Saudi Arabia 1-0

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  • FardragonFardragon Member Posts: 4,386
    All I can say is thank the gods for Netflix!

  • FinneousPJFinneousPJ Member Posts: 5,958
    @JuliusBorisov I was gonna update the list with final teams but I guess I don't have to bother now ;)

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  • SquireSquire Member Posts: 512
    I don't know who will win, but I can tell you that England will most likely scrape through the group stage with an underwhelming performance, losing one game and going through on goal difference because the other team lost by more goals than they did, and will go out of the second round on penalties following a goal-less draw. If they're lucky. If I was feeling malicious I'd say they won't even go to extra time and will lose to a supposedly 'weaker' team that they really should beat, but I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt here. ;)

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  • FinneousPJFinneousPJ Member Posts: 5,958
    England, ever the chronic underachiever in football.

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  • FinneousPJFinneousPJ Member Posts: 5,958
    Group winners
    Uruguay, Egypt
    Portugal, Spain
    France, Denmark
    Argentina, Nigeria
    Brazil, Switzerland
    Germany, Mexico
    Belgium, England
    Poland, Colombia

    1st: Germany
    2nd: Brazil with a vengeance
    3rd: Portugal

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  • JuliusBorisovJuliusBorisov Member, Administrator, Moderator, Developer Posts: 16,528
    edited June 6
    Group Stage Predictions for the World Cup 2018 with JM.

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  • FinneousPJFinneousPJ Member Posts: 5,958
    In the news this week Mo Salah is likely to miss the first game, Belgium surprised me with their form in a friendly vs Costa Rica (I won't be changing my predictions, though) and Messi is once again planning to quit after this tournament (some people think Argentina is a good pick for winner -- I disagree).

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  • JuliusBorisovJuliusBorisov Member, Administrator, Moderator, Developer Posts: 16,528
    edited June 12
    Only 2 days to go...

    Time to try this World Cup quiz. And, man, a few of those questions do bring up memories. That Bergkamp goal...

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  • Grond0Grond0 Member Posts: 4,016
    Hmm. In the spirit of the way I play Baldur's Gate, here's my selection for the top places.

    1st: Nigeria
    2nd: Brazil
    3rd: Costa Rica

    When it comes to choosing investments randomness usually performs as well or better than investment advisers. I can't say I'm overwhelmingly confident about the random selection above, but we'll see o:).

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  • Montresor_SPMontresor_SP Member Posts: 2,019

    Only 2 days to go...

    Time to try this World Cup quiz. And, man, a few of those questions do bring up memories. That Bergkamp goal...

    14 / 20

    Painfully close.

    You're England in 1990. So, so close to the top bracket, but again undone at the last.
    :lol:

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  • JuliusBorisovJuliusBorisov Member, Administrator, Moderator, Developer Posts: 16,528
    edited June 12
    JM predicts the following semi-finals:

    Portugal - Brazil
    Argentina - Germany



    As soon as he makes his prediction for the final and the 3rd place, I'll include JM into our preditiction game. ;)


    Also, it turns out the next coach of RM will be the current manager of Spain. How it will influence the national team, I wonder?

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  • FinneousPJFinneousPJ Member Posts: 5,958
    He picked pretty much the same teams as I :)

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