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Post Post #57  (isolation #0)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:36 am

World Cup begins tomorrow. I have to figure out how much I want to try to watch these games that start at 3am or 5am for me. Tomorrow's fortunately is just at 8am, but Saturday's 3am France match will be hard to justify.
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Post Post #60  (isolation #1)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:56 am

IT'S VERY SERIOUS. GAMES ARE FOR CHILDREN. MATCHES ARE FOR ADULTS FIGHTING TO THE DEATH
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Post Post #62  (isolation #2)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:56 am

In post 58, Not_Mafia wrote:At least the matches will be easy for you to watch in 2024


2026, right?
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Post Post #65  (isolation #3)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:03 am

US, Canada and Mexico. Announced today. Canada and Mexico only hosting 12.5% of the games each, none of the knockout round.
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Post Post #66  (isolation #4)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:05 am

also with 48 teams.
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Post Post #68  (isolation #5)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:10 am

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.
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Post Post #69  (isolation #6)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:13 am

apparently the 48-team format right now is 16 groups of 3, so each group only has 3 games to play. Top two advance to a 32-team knockout. I actually kind of like that.
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Post Post #72  (isolation #7)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:48 am

Well, given the way it'll operate with 16 groups of 3 with the top two advancing as sort of a half-qualification round half-world cup round. Theoretically it reduces the last-game blues of groups, although with a major risk that playing for a draw is beneficial for a good number of teams (apparently it's been floated that the last game of groups has to end in a victor).

It's 23% of the 211 teams, which is a lot particularly given a lot of those teams are from tiny areas. But it does give FIFA a better shot at getting India and/or China, reduces the odds of some major teams getting out (CONMEBOL has 6 spots out of 10 members!).
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Post Post #74  (isolation #8)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:49 am

In post 71, shaft.ed wrote:
In post 69, zoraster wrote:apparently the 48-team format right now is 16 groups of 3, so each group only has 3 games to play. Top two advance to a 32-team knockout. I actually kind of like that.

better than whatever the hell they did with the Euro


Funny enough, the Euro format is the same one that was used for previous World Cups.
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Post Post #75  (isolation #9)  » 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 #80  (isolation #10)  » 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 #82  (isolation #11)  » 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 #84  (isolation #12)  » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:25 am

yes. They're an expansion country.
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Post Post #231  (isolation #13)  » Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:29 am

I think you have ample reason to do so.
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Post Post #299  (isolation #14)  » Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:11 am

name one time that US has gone to the middle east and not decisively won its battles.
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