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Post Post #75  (ISO)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:53 am

In post 73, Aristophanes wrote:48 is an awful lot, but if that is the way they are splitting it it's kinda nice. I was thinking they'd do like 8 groups of 6 or something and was trying to figure out how that would work!

Also travel time is going to be a bitch! Like, split country games is alright is some cases like Korea/Japan, but like, if a team has a game in Mexico and the next one in Canada it's really going to hinder them, unlike a team who was already in Canada amd doesn't have to fly up! Or if they have a game in the east thn the west (or vice versa) timezones will screw them up!

This should be very interesting.


The flights from New York to Los Angeles are likely longer than the flights from Mexico to Canada. Mexico City to Montreal is a 5 hour flight. It obviously would take a long time if teams were flying commercial and had to connect, but they'll charter planes and go direct.
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Post Post #76  (ISO)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:58 am

Oh yeah, I forgot FIFA is filthy rich for a minute :P

Maybe this is less of a factor than I think, it just seems like they're likely to spend all their time commuting and end up jet lagged.

I've been wrong before though!
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Post Post #77  (ISO)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:03 am

On a more important point, lol @ Spain.
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Post Post #78  (ISO)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:21 am

I’d sooner have 24 than 48 tbh
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Post Post #79  (ISO)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:28 am

yeah i think this is just a play to get major markets assuredly into the tourney
lot more money to be made if places like US and China are always playing
also avoids the upsets of losing out major teams like Netherlands and Italy

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Post Post #80  (ISO)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:31 am

It's certainly to get more money, but in this case I think that aligns with a good result otherwise.

I don't really see a reduction in teams as making for a better competition, honestly.
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Post Post #81  (ISO)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:50 am

Yeah, fewer teams would suck and I could totally see goid teams getting snuffed if they did that!

Also on the North American ones, will all 3 countries be guaranteed a spot? Usually the host country gets their team in automatically, but with 3 hosts how does that work??
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Post Post #82  (ISO)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:15 am

I believe all countries will be, but at least in the original proposal for increasing teams, auto-qualification will take away from their region. For Mexico and the US that's likely not going to have taken away a spot (although as we've seen this year it's not impossible!) from another team, but Canada might. Still, even if you thought that all 3 hosting teams wouldn't have qualified, the same number of teams as compared to the 32 team version will qualify from CONCAAF.
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Post Post #83  (ISO)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:23 am

WAIT IS CANADA GETTING A TEAM
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Post Post #84  (ISO)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:25 am

yes. They're an expansion country.
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Post Post #85  (ISO)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:44 am

In post 75, zoraster wrote:
In post 73, Aristophanes wrote:48 is an awful lot, but if that is the way they are splitting it it's kinda nice. I was thinking they'd do like 8 groups of 6 or something and was trying to figure out how that would work!

Also travel time is going to be a bitch! Like, split country games is alright is some cases like Korea/Japan, but like, if a team has a game in Mexico and the next one in Canada it's really going to hinder them, unlike a team who was already in Canada amd doesn't have to fly up! Or if they have a game in the east thn the west (or vice versa) timezones will screw them up!

This should be very interesting.


The flights from New York to Los Angeles are likely longer than the flights from Mexico to Canada. Mexico City to Montreal is a 5 hour flight. It obviously would take a long time if teams were flying commercial and had to connect, but they'll charter planes and go direct.

i just hope the planes can fly high enough to clear the wall

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Post Post #86  (ISO)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:51 am

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Post Post #87  (ISO)  » Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:10 pm

In post 68, zoraster wrote:I wonder how they'll handle the altitude of Mexico city and to a lesser extent Denver. It's not a problem really if it's consistent through the group, but given Mexico has 3 host cities and only 10 matches, it's likely Mexico city only gets 1 round of a group, which makes that game pretty different than the other games in Houston or whatever.


tbf Houston and Orlando will also be garbage to play in for different reasons. Teams are going to be playing in 100% humidity and dying.

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Post Post #88  (ISO)  » Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:12 pm

In post 83, Bins wrote:WAIT IS CANADA GETTING A TEAM


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Post Post #89  (ISO)  » Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:49 am

Uruguay individually looked really good, but their play in the final third was very lacking in creativity until the end of the game (and they won on a set piece, which isn't that weird with how much more athletic/tall their CB pairing was that Egypt)

They'll coast out of this group in first, but they need to get their shit together for the knockout round

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Post Post #90  (ISO)  » Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:19 pm

Nacho right

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Post Post #91  (ISO)  » Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:53 pm

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Post Post #92  (ISO)  » Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:59 pm

In post 89, BROseidon wrote:Uruguay individually looked really good, but their play in the final third was very lacking in creativity until the end of the game (and they won on a set piece, which isn't that weird with how much more athletic/tall their CB pairing was that Egypt)

They'll coast out of this group in first, but they need to get their shit together for the knockout round

egypt defended pretty well and made themselves hard to break down, tbf.

but yeah, i don't really know if uruguay played well individually either? like suarez def should have scored/didn't look really good and i thought the uruguay midfield had terrible final ball even when they did get decent positions.

they'll probably play better against teams not designed to prevent them from playing, though.
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Post Post #93  (ISO)  » Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:00 pm

some real bad errors aside, that was a great game played at a pretty high level. real fun to watch

also referees have been p good so far imo
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Post Post #94  (ISO)  » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:48 pm

In post 92, Faraday wrote:
In post 89, BROseidon wrote:Uruguay individually looked really good, but their play in the final third was very lacking in creativity until the end of the game (and they won on a set piece, which isn't that weird with how much more athletic/tall their CB pairing was that Egypt)

They'll coast out of this group in first, but they need to get their shit together for the knockout round

egypt defended pretty well and made themselves hard to break down, tbf.

but yeah, i don't really know if uruguay played well individually either? like suarez def should have scored/didn't look really good and i thought the uruguay midfield had terrible final ball even when they did get decent positions.

they'll probably play better against teams not designed to prevent them from playing, though.


Suarez was bad. Cavani and the CB pairing were insane. Midfield was fine, but lacking in creative ideas.

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Post Post #95  (ISO)  » Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:30 am

so proud of Our Boys for not getting scored against by france for the ENTIRE first third
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Post Post #96  (ISO)  » Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:37 am

there's a game this early?
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Post Post #97  (ISO)  » Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:47 am

THE ENTIRE FIRST HALF

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Post Post #98  (ISO)  » Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:58 am

In post 78, Not_Mafia wrote:I’d sooner have 24 than 48 tbh


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Post Post #99  (ISO)  » Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:04 am

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