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Post #16
Thursday October 17, 2013 6:14pm

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France had a really good claim that's tough to argue against. Typical FIFA, making things up as they go. I hope France plays Greece as I'm not a fan of this Greek team.

MSantoine
Post #17
Thursday October 17, 2013 6:19pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 2,103
Original post from krdonnel

Well lookie here... Fifa decided NOT to cook the books and give France a seed. They were probably still pissed about all the negative Publicity from last WC . Im hoping for a Portugal v France. To be honest though... Sweden is looking solid and a matchup with Croatia would be a good game as well..


Im hoping for Iceland vs Croatia. Croatia just fired their coach. Never a good sign this close to important games

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #18
Thursday October 17, 2013 6:54pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 4,911
I'm hoping for these match ups.:

Portugal V France- If this happens then at least one European power will miss out.

Croatia V Iceland- Better match up for Iceland. And Iceland could potentially knock out another very dangerous team.

Ukraine V Sweden- Both teams are dangerous, but at least one would be out.

Greece V Romania- Not much difference in talent level between these two.

Techskillz416
Post #19
Thursday October 17, 2013 7:42pm

Joined Aug 2013
Total Posts: 114
Original post from 2tone

I'm hoping for these match ups.:

Portugal V France- If this happens then at least one European power will miss out.

Croatia V Iceland- Better match up for Iceland. And Iceland could potentially knock out another very dangerous team.

Ukraine V Sweden- Both teams are dangerous, but at least one would be out.

Greece V Romania- Not much difference in talent level between these two.


Man this is the World Cup...we get to see this every Four Years. I'm not trying to get powerhouses out of the Tournament....I want to see the best of the best for BEST outcomes... Why do I want Iceland in the WC over France or Portugal and miss seeing Ronaldo, Nani, Morales etc, or miss Ribery, Pogba, Benzema etc...for Who exactly on Iceland lol??

We have AJ now don't forget... Don't care for Greece, but they put in work, but if they lose thats awesome we get to see more amazing things from zlatan ibrahimovic....and hopefully we get to see that iconic checkerboard shirt from Croatia...thats what the WC means...not watering it down in hopes our USMNT has a better chance lol...

France V Iceland

Portugal V Romania

Sweden V Greece

Croatia V Ukraine

admsghs27
Post #20
Thursday October 17, 2013 7:53pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 3,006
I think it will be

Iceland V sweden

Croatia V Ukraine

France V romania

Portugal V greece

Greece took out Portugal in 04 final.. Anything is possible..

I think Romania, and iceland are very strong squads and will compete with anyone.
Ukraine i dont think they will advance, Croatia is always tough to beat. Portugal and france should be favorite to advance next to Sweden.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #21
Thursday October 17, 2013 9:50pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 4,911
Original post from Techskillz416

Man this is the World Cup...we get to see this every Four Years. I'm not trying to get powerhouses out of the Tournament....I want to see the best of the best for BEST outcomes... Why do I want Iceland in the WC over France or Portugal and miss seeing Ronaldo, Nani, Morales etc, or miss Ribery, Pogba, Benzema etc...for Who exactly on Iceland lol??

We have AJ now don't forget... Don't care for Greece, but they put in work, but if they lose thats awesome we get to see more amazing things from zlatan ibrahimovic....and hopefully we get to see that iconic checkerboard shirt from Croatia...thats what the WC means...not watering it down in hopes our USMNT has a better chance lol...

France V Iceland

Portugal V Romania

Sweden V Greece

Croatia V Ukraine


That's cool, to each their own opinions.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #22
Thursday October 17, 2013 9:56pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 4,911
A. Seeded teams cannot play each other.

B. Unseeded teams cannot play each other.

C. Seeded and unseeded teams play each other.

Seeded teams per UEFA:

Croatia
Portugal
Ukraine
Greece

Unseeded teams per UEFA:

France
Romania
Sweden
Iceland

It's very plausible that you see France V Portugal or a Sweden V Croatia. What's not plausible is France V Romania or France V Iceland. So with that being stated it's likely that one or more super powers may be knocked out i.e. Portugal or France or Croatia or Sweden.

Jzaval01
Post #23
Friday October 18, 2013 6:34am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,433
This time around the Group stage will be extremely harder but If the USMNT manages to survive what seems like a possible of 2 or more group of deaths then there could be a chance of going really far. See with team like Holland, England, Italy and Portugal out of seeding, many huge teams that are accustomed to being the top dog in the group will have to eliminate themselves with another top dog. I mean a group could literally have Brazil, Ghana, Italy and Japan if we follow the 2010 drawing format. This are all round of 16 type of caliber team. Only thing is I see as a problem is round of 16, it wont matter if you win or come in 2nd in a group because you might be tied to a group mentioned above and you could get paired up with any of the four, (Brazil, Japan, Ghana and Italy) Depending where they place. This will be the toughest Group Stage and R16 in past WC's. .

chillguy1992
Post #24
Friday October 18, 2013 6:45am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 413
I would say for portugal unless they face iceland they could be knocked out by any of the other three teams. Portugals team is lacking defensive acumen and Romania sweeden and france can put in goals. I think it will be intresting to see how the draw shapes up. I would love to see a france vs portugal playoff. My guess is the playoffs end up like this.
Croatia V Sweeden
Portugal vs Iceland
Ukraine vs France
Greece vs Romania
Thats what I am guessing ends up happening although you never know.

Know Nothing
Post #25
Friday October 18, 2013 4:47pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 350
Since we are guessing matchups:

Croatia v Romania (Croatia wins)
Portugal v Iceland (Portugal wins)
Ukraine v Sweden (Sweden wins)
Greece v France (France Wins)

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #26
Friday October 18, 2013 5:10pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,119
Who would we say would be the best possible matchup for Iceland? Without looking at any kind of stats or anything, I'd guess that Romania or Ukraine would be the team they'd be most likely to beat.

Techskillz416
Post #27
Friday October 18, 2013 8:39pm

Joined Aug 2013
Total Posts: 114
Original post from 2tone

A. Seeded teams cannot play each other.

B. Unseeded teams cannot play each other.

C. Seeded and unseeded teams play each other.

Seeded teams per UEFA:

Croatia
Portugal
Ukraine
Greece

Unseeded teams per UEFA:

France
Romania
Sweden
Iceland

It's very plausible that you see France V Portugal or a Sweden V Croatia. What's not plausible is France V Romania or France V Iceland. So with that being stated it's likely that one or more super powers may be knocked out i.e. Portugal or France or Croatia or Sweden.


I got ahead of myself and should have said that if it were possible...you were correct I know those matchups cant happen, but still i'd want to see the best go through if possible...over some of the teams you mentioned having better chances... but yes you are right about the seeds and who can play one another.

Jzaval01
Post #28
Friday October 18, 2013 10:19pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,433
How would you guys feel about drawing Brazil in Group stage? Yes sounds like a stupid question because personally before i thought Brazil is the one country I would want to avoid at all costs. But if we had Brazil, we will have the world watching our match especially if its the first match. It would be amazing if we did something to Brazil in their home soil on the world stage. Think about... especially if somehow we managed a draw or heck a win. Like we almost did in 2009

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #29
Friday October 18, 2013 10:57pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,119
"Almost did in 2009" is a bit misleading...we played really well that first half then collapsed as soon as the second half whistle blew.

Still, going 2-0 up on Brazil in the first half is no slouch. I wonder if there would be a scenario in which they were incentivized to finish the group 2nd, for the knockout round draws. I personally can't think of any but maybe someone out there can?

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #30
Friday October 18, 2013 11:59pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 4,911
I don't think any team will be happy about having to go to Reykjavik, Iceland in November. To be honest I could see Iceland making the WC especially if they get Greece or Croatia.

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