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munckeemunckee Frets: 1621
Right, I've given the wife and kids a picture of me so they don't forget me, packed my guitars away, drawn France in the office sweepstake, - its on!!!  I frickin love world cups.

I thought Germany were going to win until I drew France.  I think England play rubbish all tournament have one good game to beat Japan/Colombia and then get a lesson from Brazil/Germany.


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  • LegionreturnsLegionreturns Frets: 5114
    I only enjoy world cups once England are out and the gutter press can concentrate on blaming the villain of the exit. 

    Once that's done with, I fancy one if the African teams to be a surprise package and get to the semis or final. 

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  • NikkoNikko Frets: 1790
    Ive got Germany in the office sweepstake, but sod that! England to bring home the trophy and Harry Kane to get the Golden Boot**





    **Disclaimer: The above opinion MAY be based entirely on the fact that it all starts tomorrow and im totally excited because it seems like forever that ive seen any football, and not based on any common sense whatsoever**
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 1621
    I only enjoy world cups once England are out and the gutter press can concentrate on blaming the villain of the exit. 

    Once that's done with, I fancy one if the African teams to be a surprise package and get to the semis or final. 
    My father in law has reached the state of nirvana and can watch England without getting worked up.  I watch every game I can in a world cup and enjoy all of them except for England games which I'm tense and irritable, its no surprise heart attacks and domestic violence cases shoot up during world cups. (not that I advocate wife beating obviously)
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  • joeyowenjoeyowen Frets: 3150
    Ahhh Spain

    Sacking your manager one day before it starts

    Not exactly the best start
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 4561
    France and Germany don't have a good record in Russia - Admittedly that was in the winter

    France and Belgium both have great sides - Not sure about Belgium's manager and the attitude of France - they can self destruct
    Argentina + Brazil both look strong in certain parts of the team 

    Maybe an open tournament - which will be great - bring it on

    Somehow think a young England team without the 'stars' will do better than expected - youth and team spirit
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 1621
    Belgium are to me the old spain when they used to always have a great team and never do anything.  This might be the start of them putting something together though.

    As for Spain that's a shambles isn't it.
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 4561
    munckee said:
    Belgium are to me the old spain when they used to always have a great team and never do anything.  This might be the start of them putting something together though.

    As for Spain that's a shambles isn't it.
    Probably agree on that thought - on paper a great side - Not sure what depth they have - But to be fair to Belgium, they don't have a strong league, as per La Liga, so overtime far less options to pick and build on - They occasionally have great players, but not often great teams - But this team does look special, with 2-3-4 players that could easily walk in to any side in the Champions League

    As for Spain - sack the boss just before the players enter the tunnel - Something has gone on there - Suspect player revolt -Sounds like something the French would do
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  • mudslide73mudslide73 Frets: 1681
    Just pulled Spain out of the work envelope. Pfft. I've got Serbia in another one. 

    Very much looking forward to it though.. Very exciting. Tempted to buy a new Telly.
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  • jonevejoneve Frets: 853
    I'm not excited by a World Cup for the first time in ages, but I'm sure that will all change the first time I hear World in Motion or 3 Lions tomorrow. 

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  • JAYJOJAYJO Frets: 809
    I always throw a fiver on Argentina. I may have to up it to a tenner this time round. I think they're 9/1. worth a dabble. 
    Must admit i love the world cup . I just wish England would turn up and do something.
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 1621
    My favourite thing is getting lost in it, finding yourself cheering equador or north korea on just because they are the underdog.  Staying inside all weekend watching football while its 25 degrees outside!
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  • ClarkyClarky Frets: 3005
    I plan to miss every game and play guitar instead
    play every note as if it were your first
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 4561
    edited June 13
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/43956267

    Only 9 teams have lost a world cup - final - name all 9 - do the above quiz

    I got 8 - and to be honest the one I got wrong I would not have got right with another 10 guesses
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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 16984
    edited June 13
    munckee said:
    Belgium are to me the old spain when they used to always have a great team and never do anything.  This might be the start of them putting something together though.

    As for Spain that's a shambles isn't it.


    As for Spain - sack the boss just before the players enter the tunnel - Something has gone on there - Suspect player revolt -Sounds like something the French would do
    Real Madrid have hired him as their next manager and stupidly issued a press release to that effect. The head of the Spanish FA was pissed off so sacked him. The players want him to stay. The manager was going to resign after the WC.
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  • LestratcasterLestratcaster Frets: 395
    Clarky said:
    I plan to miss every game and play guitar instead
    I actually have to give a guitar lesson next Monday night when the England vs Tunisia game is on!
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 4561
    Fretwired said:
    munckee said:
    Belgium are to me the old spain when they used to always have a great team and never do anything.  This might be the start of them putting something together though.

    As for Spain that's a shambles isn't it.


    As for Spain - sack the boss just before the players enter the tunnel - Something has gone on there - Suspect player revolt -Sounds like something the French would do
    Real Madrid have hired him as their next manager and stupidly issued a press release to that effect. The head of the Spanish FA was pissed off so sacked him. The players want him to stay. The manager was going to resign after the WC.
    seen full story now - initially just heard a snap comment on the radio 
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  • MrBumpMrBump Frets: 486

    Not sure I'm going to do well in the office sweepstake...

    Still, it's the taking part that counts.


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  • HeartfeltdawnHeartfeltdawn Frets: 11493
    Nikko said:
    Ive got Germany in the office sweepstake, but sod that! England to bring home the trophy and Harry Kane to get the Golden Boot**

    I gave upon office sweepstakes thanks to the 2002 WC. Played 3 lost 3 scored 0 conceded 12. Statistically one of the worst tournament performances ever. 
    Clarity over quantity.  
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  • mikeyrob73mikeyrob73 Frets: 2156
    Stuck a tenner on Suarez for the Golden Boot at 25/1 just for shits and giggles. 
    Im Scottish so the World Cup mainly involves me supporting whoever is playing Engerlund 
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 2744
    I hope England do well. If only to punch the nose of those who criticised Southgate on his squad selection.

    The hardest part of winning the World Cup is qualifying for the Finals. Only a few teams that make it to the Finals have a realistic chance of winning the tournament. My fancy is Argentina to win, England to go out fighting in the Semis...
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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  • NunogilbertoNunogilberto Frets: 1314
    I love the summer tournaments - WC and Euros. More so the WC as it’s bigger and there’s more going on.

    Plus as I said before, I enjoy watching England crash out and the subsequent national inquiry and trial by media. It’s not as exciting or interesting when they’re not participating to begin with.
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  • Emp_FabEmp_Fab Frets: 13414
    I've got a bad feeling about this....   Russian thugs, racist chanting, bananas...   and that's just the police.
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  • NiteflyNitefly Frets: 2124
    Good work!  We love Duggee round these parts.

    Well, when I say "we", I mean my 2-year-old granddaughter and me.

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  • Once that's done with, I fancy one if the African teams to be a surprise package and get to the semis or final. 
    There was an article on the BBC sport website a few days ago that gave England a 4% chance of winning...no surprises there.

    same article stated a 47% chance of a first time winner and can’t rmeeber the figure but there’s a fairly decent chance of an African side to do well.

    my money’s on France or Belgium.
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 7198
     Between various office sweepstakes the Weary family have Mexico, Colombia and Iran. So we will be cheering those on as well as Engerland. 
    Dum dum dum, dum dum de dum, dum dum dum, dum dummmm.
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  • DeadmanDeadman Frets: 2588
    edited June 20
    Stuck a tenner on Suarez for the Golden Boot at 25/1 just for shits and giggles. 
    Im Scottish so I'm bitter to the core, jealous of England's 1966 victory and would crawl under a rock for the rest of my life if they ever won it again so cling to the hope that other teams will beat them so as not to suffer eternal shame in Scotland never having won a World Cup as England only ever won one like 60 or 70 years ago or summat
    Fixed  ;)
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  • DeadmanDeadman Frets: 2588
    edited June 13
    Just for the Jocks:




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  • ClarkyClarky Frets: 3005
    edited June 13
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/43956267

    Only 9 teams have lost a world cup - final - name all 9 - do the above quiz

    I got 8 - and to be honest the one I got wrong I would not have got right with another 10 guesses
    and they're all Holland
    play every note as if it were your first
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  • ClarkyClarky Frets: 3005

    Clarky said:
    I plan to miss every game and play guitar instead
    I actually have to give a guitar lesson next Monday night when the England vs Tunisia game is on!
    so you'll miss a dreary 1-1 lmao
    play every note as if it were your first
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