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World Cup thread

Post by odin » Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:40 pm

Who's watching this? I'm not a huge football fan but I like the big tournaments. List your predictions here.

Had picked out Spain to win it but they may have fucked it up for themselves this week. Out of the rest, I have a particular fondness for Iceland who wont win it but do look good for a nation of their size and I always cheer on the French in both hope and expectation in honour of my aristocratic Norman ancestors.

But this much is fact: England will win it. :^o
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Re: World Cup thread

Post by dingleberry » Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:45 pm

All the favorites had bad results in the first round. I'm rooting for Argentina cause I like Marcos Rojo but they won't win. My wife is half Mexican so pulling for them as well.

England has its best chance in a long time this year.
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Re: World Cup thread

Post by Turdacious » Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:08 pm

Ima turn this thread into something the average IGxer actually cares about.
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Post by Turdacious » Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:10 pm

And for the rest of you...
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Re: World Cup thread

Post by dingleberry » Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:16 pm

Well shit, one of my picks to win it all went down in flames today. Argentina is probably done.
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Re: World Cup thread

Post by DrDonkeyLove » Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:38 pm

Turdacious wrote:
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Re: World Cup thread

Post by nafod » Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:14 pm

This is what I think of soccer

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Re: World Cup thread

Post by Turdacious » Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:58 am

Albania's national flag was at the centre of Switzerland's 2-1 victory over Serbia at the World Cup overnight.

Switzerland's Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals by making a nationalist symbol of their ethnic Albanian heritage.

Both players put their open hands together with their thumbs locked and fingers outstretched to make what looks like the double-headed eagle displayed on Albania's flag. The thumbs represent the heads of the two eagles, while the fingers look like the feathers.

"I think about this, I don't want to speak," said Shaqiri, who also took off his shirt after scoring.

"In football, you have always emotions. You can see what I did, and it's just emotion, and I'm just happy to have scored the goal. I did it, and we don't have to speak about this."
Xherdan Shaqiri makes a symbol with his hands after scoring goal

The gesture is likely to inflame tensions among Serb nationalists and ethnic Albanians.

Shaqiri was born in Kosovo, the former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008. Serbia doesn't recognize Kosovo's independence and relations between the two countries remain tense. Xhaka's parents are originally from Kosovo and they are of Albanian heritage. His brother plays for Albania's national team.

Years of war in Balkans sent many families to western European countries, including Switzerland. The Swiss have dozens of ethnic Albanians in their national soccer program.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-23/g ... ia/9828254

I watched the second half-- definitely worth it. I had no idea about the political implications. Definitely more ballsy than flopping.
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