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kicksNgiggles10
Birmingham
Post #166
Thursday February 25, 2016 8:12pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 569
Original post from TheTruth

This is one of the many discussions on these forums where it seems as if half the people on here are 5 years old and they've never seen a WC or Copa America before. Crazy shit happens in these things guys.

The only locks to make it out of the group in any tournament are Brazil, Argentina, and Germany. And I know people will say I'm fucking nuts, but I put Mexico very, very closely behind these 3 teams as a lock - they just get it done every time.

Not sure who or what you are referring to, but I've seen plenty of Word Cups and feel like I know enough to hold my own on here. Now, admittedly I have never really kept up with the Copa America. Thus my comment about the 2015 matches. I guess my point was this seems like it could be a "lets throw it all on the table and see what happens" kind of tournament for the teams like Peru and Bolivia. This could be kind of their World Cup since they are more than likely not going. A team with nothing to lose can be dangerous.

chillguy1992
Post #167
Thursday February 25, 2016 9:35pm

Joined May 2013
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I would like to point out that the coach for Paraguay has talked about potentially using a very young squad built up mostly of players under 23 for the Copa America. If that happens I think we have a good chance to beat Paraguay, beat costa rica and potentially go for a draw against colombia and hope to make it as the group leader either on goal diffrence or that colombia draws one of paraguay or colombia. We start with colombia in the tournament so a draw or win is important especially if Costa Rica or paraguay get three points. If we lose then we would be put in must win situations vs costa rica and paraguay both of whom could potentially snag a draw and make it through on GD or point advantage.

tylercocinas
Post #168
Thursday February 25, 2016 9:40pm

Joined Aug 2012
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The selfish part of me wants the US to place 2nd in the group as opposed to winning it so I can see the QF match at Metlife...

hamsamwich
Post #169
Thursday February 25, 2016 10:22pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 2,509
Original post from tylercocinas

The selfish part of me wants the US to place 2nd in the group as opposed to winning it so I can see the QF match at Metlife...
would also mean we would most likely play Brazil which would be great.

TheTruth
Post #170
Thursday February 25, 2016 11:33pm

Joined Dec 2013
Total Posts: 950
Original post from kicksNgiggles10

Not sure who or what you are referring to, but I've seen plenty of Word Cups and feel like I know enough to hold my own on here. Now, admittedly I have never really kept up with the Copa America. Thus my comment about the 2015 matches. I guess my point was this seems like it could be a "lets throw it all on the table and see what happens" kind of tournament for the teams like Peru and Bolivia. This could be kind of their World Cup since they are more than likely not going. A team with nothing to lose can be dangerous.


Then I guess you'll agree w/ me that a lot of unpredictable things happen at these tournaments. That's my only point. Very few "locks," and fewer than I even said as someone pointed out regarding Argentina.

Just making fun of people making predictions here. Hey, I do it too. I definitely favor the US to proceed. I put a lot on home field advantage. Only South Africa is bad enough to screw that up. And why the hell not make a prediction for 2022 that Qatar doesn't make it through either.

kicksNgiggles10
Birmingham
Post #171
Friday February 26, 2016 3:32pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 569
Original post from TheTruth

Then I guess you'll agree w/ me that a lot of unpredictable things happen at these tournaments. That's my only point. Very few "locks," and fewer than I even said as someone pointed out regarding Argentina.

Just making fun of people making predictions here. Hey, I do it too. I definitely favor the US to proceed. I put a lot on home field advantage. Only South Africa is bad enough to screw that up. And why the hell not make a prediction for 2022 that Qatar doesn't make it through either.

I concur on all counts. Unless Qatar can field a side decent enough to win with the help of the referees. $$$

I'm kidding....kind of.

skangles
DC
Post #172
Friday February 26, 2016 10:29pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,270
Original post from kicksNgiggles10

I concur on all counts. Unless Qatar can field a side decent enough to win with the help of the referees. $$$

I'm kidding....kind of.


Qatar already tried that before the 2006 World Cup when they handed out contracts and passports to Ailton and Dede. Hilariously that was too dodgy, even for FIFA.

skangles
DC
Post #173
Wednesday March 9, 2016 5:38am

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,270
Pre-Copa Friendlies will be against Ecuador on May 25 in Dallas and against Bolivia May 28 in Kansas City.

kicksNgiggles10
Birmingham
Post #174
Wednesday March 9, 2016 4:33pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 569
Original post from skangles

Pre-Copa Friendlies will be against Ecuador on May 25 in Dallas and against Bolivia May 28 in Kansas City.

With a new team coming in 2017, it would be nice for Atlanta to start getting games like this.

dfw_fan
DfW
Post #175
Wednesday March 9, 2016 11:54pm

Joined Apr 2013
Total Posts: 911
Original post from skangles

Qatar already tried that before the 2006 World Cup when they handed out contracts and passports to Ailton and Dede. Hilariously that was too dodgy, even for FIFA.


Even by Asian standards, they stink in Football.
Basically, they are running out of ideas, they tried buying loads of 777 and 380s to create airlines and that high probably has worn off, with a nice byproduct of great airlines crisscrossing the globe. Now they dont know what to do anymore. Even Football high is slowly coming down.

MSantoine
Post #176
Thursday March 10, 2016 12:26pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 3,723
Original post from dfw_fan

Even by Asian standards, they stink in Football.
Basically, they are running out of ideas, they tried buying loads of 777 and 380s to create airlines and that high probably has worn off, with a nice byproduct of great airlines crisscrossing the globe. Now they dont know what to do anymore. Even Football high is slowly coming down.


Completely disagree. Qatar is on the up for Asian countries. In 2014 they stunk, but were better than 2010. So far in 2018 cycle they are crushing it (already qualified for final round with 6-0-0 record and 27 goals for, 2 against). Going by FIFA rankings they went from the 9th or 10th best Asian team to the 5th best Asian team. THey made the 2015 U20 World Cup (first in over a decade). They only missed the olympics after giving up absurd late goals (89' & 95th to South Korea and then 86; & 109' to Iraq).

They are also starting to do what MLS did in late 90's and China is doing by bringing in some star power to grow their domestic league and they've had this success while turning over to a younger national team (16 of 23 for last qualies were 25 or younger meaning they'll be the core for 2022).

I think its very clear that some of the western asian teams (Qatar, UAE, Jordan) are starting to take control over the region and the perennial powers like Japan & Australia are starting to decline.

dfw_fan
DfW
Post #177
Friday March 11, 2016 7:29am

Joined Apr 2013
Total Posts: 911
Original post from MSantoine

Completely disagree. Qatar is on the up for Asian countries. In 2014 they stunk, but were better than 2010. So far in 2018 cycle they are crushing it (already qualified for final round with 6-0-0 record and 27 goals for, 2 against). Going by FIFA rankings they went from the 9th or 10th best Asian team to the 5th best Asian team. THey made the 2015 U20 World Cup (first in over a decade). They only missed the olympics after giving up absurd late goals (89' & 95th to South Korea and then 86; & 109' to Iraq).

They are also starting to do what MLS did in late 90's and China is doing by bringing in some star power to grow their domestic league and they've had this success while turning over to a younger national team (16 of 23 for last qualies were 25 or younger meaning they'll be the core for 2022).

I think its very clear that some of the western asian teams (Qatar, UAE, Jordan) are starting to take control over the region and the perennial powers like Japan & Australia are starting to decline.


I read up a bit on Qatar, I stand corrected, they are getting better, not to shabby for a country with 300k natural population. They are tried/trying to naturalize few established players and also trying to mint young talent from poorer nation, regardless, they are doing good.

skangles
DC
Post #178
Friday March 25, 2016 5:54am

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 5,270
Carlisle and McIntyre are reporting that the European based players will gather in Miami on May 14 for a pre-Copa America camp.

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