2018 World Cup - Dark Horses?

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Re: 2018 World Cup - Dark Horses?

Postby sendô on Mon May 21, 2018 9:43 am

kielhammer wrote:My Belgians definitely are going to be the dissapointment of the tournament. And the waste of the golden generation will be a fact after 2020. Because we had a dreadfull manager in Wilmots,replaced him with Martinez because the federation claimed not to have the money to invest in a real top manager (does that sound familiar?) . We played dreadfull football in one of the easiest qualification groups. The players refuse to play big nations before the tournament because they don't see the use and the utility in that . All the while, the Spains,Germany,France, Brasil continue to play each other to test themselves. Whenever this team came up against a somewhat decent opponent they lost,and they will go max a far as the quarters .

Well luckily there's no decent teams in your group, so you'll likely walk that.
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Re: 2018 World Cup - Dark Horses?

Postby kielhammer on Mon May 21, 2018 2:22 pm

Martinez the clown just left out Nainngollan,and selected Chadli,Januzai and Benteke over him,so doubt we will get out of the group
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Re: 2018 World Cup - Dark Horses?

Postby il_martello_di_genovesi on Mon May 21, 2018 4:10 pm

kielhammer wrote:Martinez the clown just left out Nainngollan,and selected Chadli,Januzai and Benteke over him,so doubt we will get out of the group


There is not one manager I dislike as much as I do Martinez. Can't stand him. How can you leave out Nainggolan based on some personal feelings? I mean, Belgium actually do lack a bit of depth to their squad. You have some fantastic players...but when Boyata, Ciman, Chadli and Januzaj can make a 23, you can't be leaving out one the best midfielders in Europe.
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Re: 2018 World Cup - Dark Horses?

Postby JerseyHammer on Mon May 21, 2018 6:07 pm

kielhammer wrote:Martinez the clown just left out Nainngollan,and selected Chadli,Januzai and Benteke over him,so doubt we will get out of the group


Bloody hell, one of the top performing midfielders this season and a CL semi finalist.

Icardi left out of Argentina's squad too, despite top scoring in Serie A this season
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Re: 2018 World Cup - Dark Horses?

Postby Patito on Thu May 31, 2018 9:59 am

Puff Daddy wrote:Senegal ?



To get quite far, I don't think they'll win it, QF's I reckon.
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Re: 2018 World Cup - Dark Horses?

Postby Puff Daddy on Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:10 pm

Patito wrote:
To get quite far, I don't think they'll win it, QF's I reckon.


England to be knocked out by a West Ham reject ?
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Re: 2018 World Cup - Dark Horses?

Postby nt_hammer on Sun Jun 10, 2018 3:39 pm

Uraguay to go far I think, with notable mentions for Croatia and Denmark too!
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Re: 2018 World Cup - Dark Horses?

Postby Harry Hound on Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:37 pm

Tunisia looked pretty lively against Spain, they defended well and won the ball back quickly, matched Spain in midfield, looked very fast and dangerous going forward but lack composure in front of goal. I can't see them going too far as they're not clinical enough in front of goal but I think they'll make things hard for us in our opening game and could get to the QF stage.
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Re: 2018 World Cup - Dark Horses?

Postby fmgod on Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:33 am

Serbia should be a force on paper

Defence is a bit iffy but solid, Kolarov is good
Midfield is very tasty, Milivojevic, Tadic, Llajac, Matic of course Milkinko-Savic coming off a class season
And up top Mitrovic will always throw himself about, which will probably suit Milkinko Savic in behind
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Re: 2018 World Cup - Dark Horses?

Postby Patito on Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:26 pm

fmgod wrote:And up top Mitrovic will always throw himself about, which will probably suit Milkinko Savic in behind


Think he scored a hat-trick at the weekend as well
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Re: 2018 World Cup - Dark Horses?

Postby AAL86 on Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:28 pm

I feel Costa Rica and Peru will get to the knockout stages.

Costa Rica are playing their best football, their 2014 campaign is no fluke and have got better and better. Keylor Navas (won the golden glove 4 years ago) is probably the best keeper in the world at the moment and he's just secured his third champions league trophy. Bryan Ruiz is their captain and also have attacking threats from Campbell and Urena… Also Celso Borges is a solid midfielder.

Peru are currently on a 15 game unbeaten run and go into the tournament looking to ruffle a few feathers. Paolo Guerrero and Jefferson Farfan are 34 and 33 but have around 190 caps and 60 goals between them but they also have Edison Flores and Watford' Andre Carrillo to chip in. Renato Tapia is a very very good midfielder and currently plays in the dutch league for Feyenoord. He has over 20 caps and just 22 years old.

Other teams to look out for are Sweden as they have built their squad from their successful European youth team and Morocco who are looking to make an impact as they are predicted to win the 48 team 2026 World Cup host bid over North American triple joint hosts US, Canada & Mexico.
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Re: 2018 World Cup - Dark Horses?

Postby steveyrockstar on Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:57 pm

Does 'dark horses' mean a team who could potentially win it despite being outsiders/not one of the big boys, or just an outsider team who you think might go far and surprise a lot of peple?
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Re: 2018 World Cup - Dark Horses?

Postby paulthebubble on Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:37 pm

Defence is a bit iffy but solid, Kolarov is good
Midfield is very tasty, Milivojevic, Tadic, Llajac, Matic of course Milkinko-Savic coming off a class season
And up top Mitrovic will always throw himself about, which will probably suit Milkinko Savic in behind[/quote]

Serbia should make the second round. Have you seen their incredible goal against Bolivia???

http://www.sportbible.com/football/news ... y-20180609
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Re: 2018 World Cup - Dark Horses?

Postby paulthebubble on Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:40 pm

Think he scored a hat-trick at the weekend as well[/quote]

Mitrovi also assisted on the great team goal with a bicycle kick.
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Re: 2018 World Cup - Dark Horses?

Postby Patito on Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:35 am

steveyrockstar wrote:Does 'dark horses' mean a team who could potentially win it despite being outsiders/not one of the big boys, or just an outsider team who you think might go far and surprise a lot of peple?


I meant the second one when I started the thread :)
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Re: 2018 World Cup - Dark Horses?

Postby S-H on Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:21 am

Uruguay
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Re: 2018 World Cup - Dark Horses?

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:25 pm

The Bookies aren't being overly generous are they with their prices - one of them are offering just 400/1 on Tunisia to win the World Cup !!!!!


Dark Horse - Iran .

I hope the Winner is the one that plays the best football .
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Re: 2018 World Cup - Dark Horses?

Postby brothernero on Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:39 pm

I'm going with the American Baseball commentator the other day and his dark horse.

Queens Park Rangers. :thup:
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Re: 2018 World Cup - Dark Horses?

Postby Harry Hound on Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:24 pm

The Old Man of Storr wrote:The Bookies aren't being overly generous are they with their prices - one of them are offering just 400/1 on Tunisia to win the World Cup !!!!!


Dark Horse - Iran .

I hope the Winner is the one that plays the best football .


I guess after Leicester they've learned to never say never! 8-)
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Re: 2018 World Cup - Dark Horses?

Postby Harry Hound on Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:58 pm

Mexico :D
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