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    2018 World Cup


    It's less than a year away....


    Date: June 14-July 15
    Host: Russia

    Qualified Teams:
    AFC (4 or 5):
    1. Iran
    2. Japan
    3. South Korea
    4. Saudi Arabia
    *5.

    CAF (5):
    1.
    2.
    3.
    4.
    5.

    CONCACAF (3 or 4):
    1. Mexico
    2.
    3.
    *4.

    CONMEBOL (4 or 5):
    1. Brazil
    2.
    3.
    4.
    *5.

    OFC (0 or 1):
    *1.

    UEFA (13+1):
    1. Russia
    2. Belgium
    3.
    4.
    5.
    6.
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    Last edited by tbuc15; 09-05-2017 at 11:11 PM.

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    Club teams are on an international break, which means World Cup qualifing! Here's some scores from yesterday:

    Starting with South America...
    Brazil 2-0 Ecuador
    Goals from Barcelona new boy, Paulinho and his potential new teammate Coutinho was enough to help Brazil become the first South American team to qualify for the World Cup.

    Peru 2-1 Bolivia
    The win puts Peru just two points behind Argentina and Chile for the fourth and fifth place spot in the CONMEBOL. Whoever finishes in fourth automatically qualifies for the World Cup while the fifth place team must play in a play-off.

    Venezuela 0-0 Colombia
    Colombia could not find the back of the net as the already eliminated Venezuela held their own on home soil. Collecting just one point from the match does put The Coffee Growers in second place, but only four points clear of sixth place Peru.

    Uruguay 0-0 Argentina
    Leo Messi and company only managed a draw away from home against Uruguay. They sit in fifth place which mean if it all ended today, they'd be forced to play in a home-and-home playoff in order to quality for Russia. Uruguay, on the other hand, are in third place with just three games left in qualifying.

    Chile 0-3 Paraguay
    This one was a bit of a shocker. With everything so tight in CONMEBOL qualifying, a three goal defeat is massive for Chile. They are still in fourth which is good enough to see me through to Russia, but they're level on points with Argentina and have a better goal difference by just one. Two points behind them are Peru and Paraguay.


    In Europe...
    France 4-0 Netherland
    France are sitting pretty in first place now in Group A. On the other end of the spectrum, the Dutch are in fourth behind both Sweden and Bulgaria.

    Switzerland 3-0 Andorra
    The win for the Swiss means they are guaranteed at least a second place finish in Group B and a spot in the next round of qualifying. However, I'm sure they believe they are strong enough to win the group which means they would be heading to Russia. They currently have a three point lead over Portugal with three to play.

    Portugal 5-1 Faroe Islands
    A Ronaldo hat-trick was more than enough to help collect all three point from this one. At this point Portugal are pretty much guaranteed a place in the second round at the very least barring a massive collapse. I'm sure they are hoping to avoid a second round play-off and would rather just automatically qualify after this round. To do that they must finish above the Swiss who they are three points behind and play on the final day of qualifying.

    Belgium 9-0 Gibraltar
    Both Man U's Romelo Lukaku and PSG's Thomas Meunier bagged a hattrick as Belgium are now six points clear at the top of Group H.

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    Notable Games from the last few days...

    Mexico 1-0 Panama
    The win qualifies Mexico for the 2018 World Cup. High flying Hirving Lozano continues his goal scoring form as he's bagged three in three for PSV this season and netted again Friday for Mexico.

    Spain 3-0 Italy
    Spain are now three points atop Group G ahead of Italy.

    Greece 1-2 Belgium
    Belgium will join Mexico in Russia thanks for a 74th minute winner for Man Utd.'s Romelu Lukaku.



    Today...
    Germany v Norway
    If Germany win, all they'll need is one point from their last two match to qualify for the world cup.

    Northern Ireland v Czech Republic
    All N. Ireland need is a draw and they'll qualify for the second round play-off.

    Poland v Kazakhstan
    If Poland win, all they'll need is one point from their last two match to qualify for the world cup.

    Montenegro v Romania
    If Montenegro win and Poland lose today then they will sit atop of the group. The nation which broke free from Serbia and became an independent nation in 2006 has never qualified for a world cup. Then again, this is only their third try.

    England v Slovakia
    If England win, all they'll need is one point from their last two match to qualify for the world cup.

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    World Cup qualifiers are coming to a close as November is the last month for the international squads to come together and play for a place in Russia. Here's a quick look at all the confederations and where they stand....


    Asia and Australia (AFC):
    This confederation is pretty much all done. Iran, South Korea, Japan, and Saudi Arabia have all qualified for the World Cup, which leaves just one more spot. Australia will play Syria in a two game playoff for the right to play whoever finishes fourth in the CONCACAF. From there, the winner of that match qualifies for Russia. Australia should see off Syria with no problem in my option, but anything can happen.

    Oceania [Pacific Islands] (OFC):
    This confederation is hands down the weakest, which is why they only get 0 or 1 spot in the World Cup. According to the FIFA Rankings, New Zealand is their strongest nation as they're listed at 123rd. For those keeping tabs that is one spot behind Omen, Tanzania, and Ethiopia (all tied in 120th). New Zealand beat the Solomon Islands on aggregate 8-3 in the final round of OFC qualifying, the All Whites must play whoever finishes fifth in the CONMEBOL for a spot in the World Cup. New Zealand is the only nation apart of OFC to reach the World Cup (outside of Australia who left for the AFC in 2006).

    North/Central America's & Caribbean (CONCACAF):
    There are six teams left in qualifying, three will qualify automatically and one must play in an inter-continental playoff (against most likely Australia) to qualify. Of those six teams, Mexico has already qualified and Trinidad and Tobago have been eliminated. With two games remaining and six points left on the table, Costa Rica has already assured themselves a place in the inter-continental playoff at the very least. They are in second place with 15 points. In third and the final automatic spot is Panama with 10 points. Just one point behind them are the United States and Honduras. The U.S. have a +1 goal differential compared to Honduras -7, which gives the Americans the advantage. Looking ahead, The United States host Panama in Orlando in their next qualifying match before heading to Trinidad to close out the campaign. With that said, I'd give them the advantage to finish third, avoiding the playoff.

    I'll post about Africa, Europe, and South America later.

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    Continuing this....

    South America (CONMEBOL):
    Brazil sit atop of the group clear by ten points and are the only team to have qualified up to this point. No other nation have been able to separate themselves from the pack. However, Venezuela and Bolivia have been officially eliminated. Here is how things look in the very exciting group:

    2. Uruguay - 27 pts
    3. Colombia - 26
    4. Peru - 24
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    5. Argentina - 24
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    6. Chile - 23
    7. Paraguay - 21
    8. Ecuador - 20

    It's crazy to think with two games left Argentina sit in the play-off spot (against New Zealand) and Chile are on the outside. To make matters worse for Chile, they will be without their star player, Alexis Sanchez, in the first match due to suspension. On top of that, they close out the qualifying campaign against rivals Brazil on the road. For Argentina, they finish up in the high altitude of Quito in Ecuador which is never easy. There is a good chance one of these top teams miss out on a chance to play in Russia. Uruguay are the favorites to finish second as they face the two already eliminated sides. It's game on in South America!

    Africa (CAF):
    There are 15 teams remaining biding for five spots. The crazies story is Algeria, who in my opinion are the best soccer nation in Africa, have been eliminated. That means we won't be seeing the likes of Riyad Mahraz, Islam Slimani (both Leicester City), Yacine Brahimi (Porto), Ryad Boudebouz (Montpellier), Nabil Bentaleb (Schalke), Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli), and Sofiane Feghouli (West Ham) playing on the biggest stage in the world. Those are some class players playing for top quality clubs (well maybe not West Ham). Since no one has more than a three point lead in their group I won't go into detail until later.

    Europe (UEFA):
    We have 29 teams still alive fighting for 10 more spots. Belgium and Russia have already qualified (Russia being the host nation automatically do so). How it works here is the winner in each group automatically qualify and the top eight second place teams must play in a two game playoff. One match at home and one away. Belgium has already won their group. In Group B, the Swiss and Portugal have already clinched the top two spots. Who finishes first is still to be decided. The Swiss do have a three point lead, but both sides will play each other on the final day. Germany just need one point from their last two matches to finish first (since they have a huge advantage on goal differential) forcing Northern Ireland to play in the second round playoff. Serbia should finish first in their group leaving Wales and the Republic of Ireland fighting it out for a playoff spot. Other teams who one foot in are Spain and England. Italy will be in the playoffs. There is still a lot of work to be done by a handful of nations.

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    Ah. I believe Nigeria is really going to shake the world teams in Russia next year. We shall all see.

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    23 teams now qualified as participants at World Cup 2018.

    1. Russia
    2. Belgium
    3. England
    4. France
    5. Germany
    6. Iceland
    7. Poland
    8. Portugal
    9. Serbia
    10. Spain
    11. Argentina
    12. Brazil
    13. Colombia
    14. Uruguay
    15. Iran
    14. Japan
    17. South Korea
    18. Saudi Arabia
    19. Costa Rica
    20. Mexico
    21. Panama
    22. Egypt
    23. Nigeria

    There are still games left for 9 places.

    4 from UEFA play-offs:

    Honduras or Australia
    Tunisia or DR Congo
    Peru or New Zealand
    Morocco or Ivory Coast
    Senegal or South Africa or Burkina Faso or Cape Verde

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    FIFA changed the ruling with respect to the previous winning side automatically qualifying for the next World Cup. Most countries welcomed this change as it meant that the previous World Cup winning team were left to play meaningless 'friendly's' for 2 years when they wanted competitive action.
    FIFA should introduce penalties after a 90' draw in the knockout stages.
    The extra time is so boring.

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    Too many what Ifs

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