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World Cup Play-offs

NineMiles 2017-10-17 08:20:16 

Euro zone:

Northern Ireland v Switzerland
Denmark v Republic of Ireland
Croatia v Greece
Sweden v Italy

Poor Sweden! lol

DAVE400 2017-10-17 08:37:42 

In reply to NineMiles


Are my calls.

NineMiles 2017-10-17 08:43:02 

In reply to DAVE400

Denmark - backing by boy Christian Eriksen

NineMiles 2017-10-17 08:55:02 

People, feel free to put your predictions down here.

I'll collate them announce the winner after the 2nd legs on 14 November.


DAVE400 2017-10-17 09:08:15 

In reply to NineMiles

Wait..I thought Ericksen was Swedish...that changes my prediction drastically.

DAVE400 2017-10-17 09:08:58 

So...Switzerland, Denmark, Croatia, Italy are my calls.

NineMiles 2017-10-17 09:14:15 

In reply to DAVE400

He's Danish... You dropped Sweden quick eh? lol

Tryangle 2017-10-17 12:17:25 

Sweden can't catch a break. Last World Cup they had to take on Portugal in the playoffs. Can't see them pulling the upset here, Italy have to be huge favourites.

Northern Ireland vs Switzerland, I'd give the Swiss the edge.

Croatia *should* be too strong for Greece but as we all know, those Greeks can play that annoying style of ball and sneak a fluke goal. I suspect most neutrals will be hoping Croatia pulls it out.

Ireland vs Denmark is probably the most open of the contests. Should be fun. Put me in for Denmark. Carlsberg vs Guinness?

NineMiles 2017-10-17 13:31:58 

In reply to Tryangle

So Tryangle is going with:


Tryangle 2017-10-17 13:42:40 

In reply to NineMiles

The romantic in me wants to pick Sweden, but the pragmatic in me says Italy at a canter

NineMiles 2017-11-09 18:42:48 

So Switzerland take a 1-0 lead and Croatia murder Greece 4-1 in the play-off first legs.

DAVE400 2017-11-09 19:38:57 

In reply to NineMiles

Nice thread bump, ninesy....

Looks like our lil pool going well...since we all chose the same combo....

NineMiles 2017-11-10 02:25:07 

In reply to DAVE400

I went for and Tryangle went for the same four cool

Tryangle 2017-11-10 08:37:27 

wait nobody backing the Irish? That's not a good omen. Then again St. Patrick's Day is far away.

Tryangle 2017-11-10 16:07:38 

Sweden break the deadlock in Stockholm...

NineMiles 2017-11-10 16:43:06 

In reply to Tryangle

Sweden's goal came via a deflection and they take a 1-0 lead to the return leg on Monday.

Zlatan could be going to the WC...

DAVE400 2017-11-11 17:27:17 

Denmark and ROI tie first leg....

that one surely going to penalties after Dublin return...

analyst-kid 2017-11-11 18:18:45 

Don't expect the competitive Azurri to lie down on that return leg in Italy.

NineMiles 2017-11-12 13:51:50 

The Swiss are through...thanks to a dodgy penalty in the first leg.

DAVE400 2017-11-12 14:02:11 

In reply to NineMiles

omg...why are countries like the irish, scots, switzerland and greece so low on goal scoring?

NineMiles 2017-11-12 14:46:59 

In reply to DAVE400

You can also add Italy to that list these days cool

DAVE400 2017-11-12 20:06:41 

In reply to NineMiles

actually from long time...

Frankly, I would not miss the Italians...never been a fan of them...

imusic 2017-11-12 21:09:33 

In reply to NineMiles

Hard luck to the Black Stars bruh

NineMiles 2017-11-13 03:14:44 

In reply to imusic

The Black Stars made every effort to avoid going to Russia... didn't want to get their heads mashed up by the racists Russian thugs you see! cool

NineMiles 2017-11-13 14:56:14 

Big game just started...the Italians can't afford to concede goals tonight since they don't score much themselves! cool

NineMiles 2017-11-13 15:35:21 

It's been all Italy so far...but still 0-0 at HT

NineMiles 2017-11-13 16:26:57 

10 mins plus added time to go and still 0-0. This is tense and the Italians are desperate! lol

NineMiles 2017-11-13 16:42:40 

Italy are OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great achievement Sweden!!

lol lol lol

NineMiles 2017-11-13 16:45:03 

Four-time champions Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after a play-off defeat against Sweden.

It means the Azzurri will not be present in the competition for only the second time in their history having declined to play at the inaugural tournament in 1930.

DAVE400 2017-11-13 17:01:32 


Ninesy, you saw my thread on Italian football?

nitro 2017-11-13 17:15:24 

It is unfortunate and stupid how some weaklings will make it to a so called World Cup when power teams such as the USA and Italy have not made it.

Drapsey 2017-11-13 17:41:18 

In reply to NineMiles

Poor Sweden! lol

Still poor Sweden?

Italy fails to reach World Cup for 1st time since 1958

NineMiles 2017-11-13 18:04:36 

In reply to DAVE400

Just read the article.... shocking stuff! They deserve where they are!

NineMiles 2017-11-13 18:06:26 

In reply to Drapsey


Didn't see you on the first page of this thread making any predictions, Mr Monday morning quarterback!

tops 2017-11-13 18:36:25 

In reply to NineMiles
This is a surprise, but a pleasant one. big grin
If I had make a prediction I would a predict Italy to go through, but it good for them. big grin lol lol
JaJa must be out jumping up and celebrating. big grin

camos 2017-11-13 19:16:20 

there is something wrong with the game in Italy.

Tryangle 2017-11-14 08:31:51 

It has been a bad couple days if you want to see goals scored in the playoffs. Heck even England and France played a friendly and *that* finished 0-0.

Well done Sweden. Go figure. No otherworldly talented goal scorer for the first time in a while (Larsson then Ibrahimovic) and they get back to the game's centerpiece event.

Can Denmark add to the Scandinavian revival?

Will Honduras make a return trip by stopping the Aussies?

NineMiles 2017-11-14 14:56:26 

Ireland take the lead against Denmark.

NineMiles 2017-11-14 15:17:23 

Denmark equalise through an own goal and are now in prime position!

Tryangle 2017-11-14 15:19:47 

My Carlsberg vs Guinness match is still finely poised.

NineMiles 2017-11-14 15:20:13 

Ericksennnnnnnnnn........... the Spurs man makes it 2-1 to Denmark.

Ireland will have to score two clear goals in order to qualify!

NineMiles 2017-11-14 16:06:02 

3-1 to Denmark and it's Eriksen again! That's it....The Danes should qualify from here!

Meanwhile, still 0-0 in the Eng v Bra game

DAVE400 2017-11-14 16:08:01 

In reply to NineMiles


Tryangle 2017-11-14 16:09:32 

Yeah, looks like that's a wrap. The home of Lego will be returning to the biggest stage.

Wasn't that long ago that people were pondering having 3 or 4 of the 'Home nations' represented in the World Cup. Now it's reduced to a solitary England yet again carrying the banner for the British Isles.

NineMiles 2017-11-14 16:16:25 

In reply to DAVE400

Superb hat-trick by the Spurs man! lol

Great play-offs for the Scandinavians.

NineMiles 2017-11-14 16:22:31 

Playing against Nigeria, Sergio Aguero was taken to hospital after fainting in the dressing room at half-time.

Argentina lost 4-2 to Nigeria.

NineMiles 2017-11-14 16:32:57 

5-1 to the Danes... ex-Arse Bendtner scores from the penalty spot.

NineMiles 2017-11-14 16:41:08 

So Switzerland, Denmark, Croatia and Sweden make it through to Russia 2018.

Endsie and Tryangle get 3 right, only 2 to Ninesy!

Australia v Honduras and New Zealand v Peru tomorrow.

NineMiles 2017-11-14 16:54:45 

Another 0-0 draw for England at Wembley!

England missing Harry Kane!

NineMiles 2017-11-15 05:59:17 

Australia beat Honduras 3-1 to qualify for Russia 2018

granite 2017-11-15 06:38:28 

Very happy to know I won't have to watch teams like RoI,N.I and Wales in the WC 2018.To tell you how shit they are,all their footballers are open to top flight football in the UK and Europe and yet they can't qualify,that's how shit they are.Take them and put them in Africa,South America or even CONCACAF and would never see a WC.

NineMiles 2017-11-15 07:32:42 

In reply to granite

That's rather harsh!

Wales are ranked 14th in the FIFA rankings ahead of Italy, Croatia, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Must be something wrong with the rankings then!

camos 2017-11-15 09:02:02 

In reply to NineMiles

Must be something wrong with the rankings then!

People with knowledge of the game always laugh at the seemingly high rankings of the US team!

Tryangle 2017-11-15 09:11:06 

In reply to NineMiles

FIFA rankings are definitely flawed... on the other hand not much you can do with the current way int'l football is set out.

This new continental league thing I've read about may help to alleviate some of the discrepancies. IIRC CONCACAF and UEFA are on board.

NineMiles 2017-11-15 11:14:22 

In reply to Tryangle & camos

Yeah, I agree the FIFA rankings are by no means perfect but it is the best we have.

The comparison I made there relate to UEFA countries only and think it is fair as they are subjected to the same qualification rules and conditions.

Tryangle 2017-11-15 11:34:10 

In reply to NineMiles

UEFA is pretty standard fare, and the qualifying process was as fair as you could expect. And for the most part, the rankings wound up being pretty accurate.

Among the higher ranked teams, Wales stumbled to Ireland, Netherlands to Sweden. Neither situation is a major upset. And teams like Poland and Iceland justified their recent rise up the boards. With the playoff structure, the opportunity is there for second-placed teams to get in the big show.

CONCACAF is fair once you get past the first rounds (I still think 2014 was better overall than 2018 because so-called 'minnows' got more matches overall). CONMEBOL is straightforward.

Africa remains tough. Only group winners qualify. But they have year-round football with AFCON seemingly happening every other month. And there's always a surprise package making a run.

granite 2017-11-15 13:17:59 

In reply to NineMiles
Know what man,I never take the Rankings very seriously,like how Wales is 14,can't be right.

Tryangle 2017-11-15 14:04:52 

In reply to granite

Not too long ago, USA were ranked FOURTH!

DAVE400 2017-11-16 07:46:56 

Peru beat New Zealand to go through....big surprise upset that...

DAVE400 2017-11-16 07:49:15 

Next up would be the WC draw...with Italy out, a new seeded place will be opened..I am guessing the seeds are:


Quite frankly, I think an African team deserves a seed...say Nigeria..they have qualified for all world cups since 1990.

DAVE400 2017-11-16 07:54:30 

Interesting that the winners of the Concacaf Gold Cup, African Nations Cup and Copa America are all out....

NineMiles 2017-11-16 08:37:44 

In reply to DAVE400

Peru beat New Zealand to go through....big surprise upset that...

Yeah, shocking dat! lol

BTW, Nigeria were not at Germany 2006.

JahJah 2017-11-16 08:47:42 

In reply to DAVE400

Peru beat New Zealand to go through....big surprise upset that...

Is not cricket or rugby, hoss!

camos 2017-11-16 08:54:00 

In reply to JahJah

why is he surprised, with Peru's history?

Tryangle 2017-11-16 09:05:22 

In reply to DAVE400

The pots are already set, Spain are in Pot 2, as is England. Poland and Belgium are seeded in Pot 1.

So AFAIK we could see a Group of Death featuring say Brazil, Spain, Sweden and Nigeria.

NZ were the lowest ranked of the remaining teams while Peru were ranked in the top 20 or so, so it's no upset for Peru to have finished the Kiwis off.

I'm just hoping to see a group featuring England and Iceland together, after the fun of Euros. Oh, and Costa Rica getting a chance to make another impact on behalf of CONCACAF (I'd fancy them advancing from a group with Russia, Switzerland and South Korea, for example).

JahJah 2017-11-16 10:49:38 

In reply to camos

I don't think he's ever heard of Cubillas and dem man deh.

Even man like Solano.

DAVE400 2017-11-16 11:29:01 

Thread was so nice until the insecure buller failed to comprehend my sarcasm.

NineMiles 2017-11-16 11:37:03 

In reply to DAVE400

lol lol

Tryangle 2017-11-16 14:55:41 

These would have been considered pretty competitive groups, but alas this would be FIFA's version of the NIT tournament instead:

Group A
Ivory Coast

Group B

Meanwhile, here's the confirmation of the League of Nations for CONCACAF.

NineMiles 2017-11-16 15:20:57 

In reply to Tryangle

Missed out on the World Cup? Don't worry, the good ole US of A exploring holding their own tournament.

They may even call it the World Soccer Series lol

The teams that failed to qualify for the World Cup might yet have the chance to play in an international tournament next year.

That is because the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) is exploring the idea of hosting a competition featuring those who missed out on Russia 2018.

US Soccer exploring tournament for non-qualifiers

JahJah 2017-11-16 15:24:24 

In reply to DAVE400

Coming from you, and your grinning batty-friend-in-bums, that's a massive compliment.

Maybe you should learn how to convey sarcasm a little better.

Tryangle 2017-11-16 15:49:07 

In reply to NineMiles

To be honest, the thought of it is more academic than anything. I'd like to think that teams like Italy or Holland would be reluctant to embrace being in some Tier Two tournament while the World Cup is going on.

Of course, if a bunch of $$$ is forked out, anything's possible. But who would sponsor this event when there's already the more lucrative World Cup proper to sponsor?

Curious to see if this initiative really has legs.

DAVE400 2017-11-16 16:10:14 

In reply to JahJah

Wait nuh...I didn't call your name in my post.

Do you think you are the insecure buller I referred to?

What makes you think that?

JahJah 2017-11-16 16:53:48 

In reply to DAVE400

Don't be a fcuking ediat. It's obvious it was me you were addressing in your 'mean girl' high shool passive aggressive style.

DAVE400 2017-11-16 18:41:24 

In reply to JahJah

Are you saying "buller" is an obvious reference to you?

JahJah 2017-11-17 06:02:03 

In reply to DAVE400

If you learned to read and comprehend, you would see that I stated your 'mean girl' passive aggressive 'throwing words' post was meant for me - the person who hadn't commented on the thread prior to ADDRESSING YOU DIRECTLY.

DAVE400 2017-11-17 07:27:31 

In reply to JahJah

You said you are obviously a buller...not me...

JahJah 2017-11-18 05:25:34 

In reply to DAVEaka400battymen-in-arms

It's obvious it was me you were addressing