The (Un) Official Football thread

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Re: The (Un) Official Football thread

Postby Haldamir319 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:40 am

I was amazed at the Saudi's lack of attacking movement. It was like they were used to just passing it around until a defender makes a mistake.

Fair play to Russia though, they might have been the lowest ranked team in the comp (lol, Fifa rankings), but they played a solid game and were clinical in front of goal.
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Re: The (Un) Official Football thread

Postby houston4044 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:50 am

Haldamir319 wrote:I was amazed at the Saudi's lack of attacking movement. It was like they were used to just passing it around until a defender makes a mistake.


Made me look up their route to the WC, I have to watch Thailand play football because if that Saudi team can beat them 3-0 then I can only imagine how they play :lol:

Mind you, unlike say, Scotland, at least Saudi Arabia made it to the tournament :P

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Re: The (Un) Official Football thread

Postby Black Wizard » Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:56 pm

Scotland did have to play better teams than Thailand though, but I can imagine Scotland losing to Thailand. If you're going to mock any countries for not qualifying then it should be Italy and Holland.

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Re: The (Un) Official Football thread

Postby houston4044 » Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:17 pm

Black Wizard wrote:Scotland did have to play better teams than Thailand though, but I can imagine Scotland losing to Thailand. If you're going to mock any countries for not qualifying then it should be Italy and Holland.


Ah, just wanted to try and get one back for the ABE thing :lol:

Portugal v Spain, finally a hyped match lives up to expectations :D

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Re: The (Un) Official Football thread

Postby Bizza » Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:14 pm

houston4044 wrote:Portugal v Spain, finally a hyped match lives up to expectations :D


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Re: The (Un) Official Football thread

Postby Haldamir319 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:14 am

Enjoyed Mexico v Germany and Brazil v Switzerland last night.

What do we make of VAR so far? I think it's been right more than not, but am bamboozled as to the criteria they are using for alerting the referee to certain issues.
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Re: The (Un) Official Football thread

Postby Skippy » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:56 am

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What do we make of VAR so far? I think it's been right more than not, but am bamboozled as to the criteria they are using for alerting the referee to certain issues.

I hate it so far. It slows down decisions, and doesn't always provide any better judgement for refs. Plus it seems like just another excuse for players - so many are shouting at the ref to use it for the simplest decisions - the Pogba goal, for example, despite the fact the ref had the goalline technology thing. So far it seems really messy and annoying.
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Re: The (Un) Official Football thread

Postby Black Wizard » Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:01 am

VAR is a good addition to football that will take time to streamline. I think it's been introduced into the World Cup too quickly and still has a lot of improvements to be made to it. I'm sure it'll be made a lot better in the future though.

Goalline technology is great though, France's winner being the obvious example. It's such an efficient addition to the game - why were FIFA so resistant to it for so long?

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Re: The (Un) Official Football thread

Postby houston4044 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:31 pm

Haldamir319 wrote:What do we make of VAR so far? I think it's been right more than not, but am bamboozled as to the criteria they are using for alerting the referee to certain issues.


Needs to be explained a bit better really, after what happened to Kane tonight think everyone wants to know why it wasn't used. Overall I think it's a work in progress, it does slow the games pace a bit but teething troubles that i'm will be streamlined in time.

The good news though is that if matches were 20 minutes long we'd be in with a shot of winning it :lol: would of turned it over during the second half had it not been England, good lord that was a chore.

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Re: The (Un) Official Football thread

Postby Black Wizard » Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:47 pm

That match was painful to watch for a non-English person, so must have been excruciating for English people. I got a message on a group chat midway through the second half just saying "I would like to die". :lol:

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Re: The (Un) Official Football thread

Postby CharlesDexterWard » Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:08 am

Glad England won as I had over 2.5 goals on my coupon!
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Re: The (Un) Official Football thread

Postby i0th » Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:16 am

I had 2-1 to England on the score predictor thing at work so happy days. The game was hard work in the second half but Tunisia sat a lot deeper and improved their set piece marking. The two takeouts of Kane should have def been penalties though.
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Re: The (Un) Official Football thread

Postby Black Wizard » Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:27 am

i0th wrote:The two takeouts of Kane should have def been penalties though.

I agree. It was laughable that the ref missed those - what's the point on having VAR if you're not going to use it for things like this?

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Re: The (Un) Official Football thread

Postby houston4044 » Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:59 pm

Having a lot of Polish co-workers made for an interesting watch today :lol: All credit to Senegal and Japan though, both deserved their wins and has defied expectations.

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Re: The (Un) Official Football thread

Postby Black Wizard » Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:46 pm

houston4044 wrote:Having a lot of Polish co-workers made for an interesting watch today

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