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Discussion in 'FIFA and Tournaments' started by puertorricane, Feb 6, 2012.
Uruguay has the easiest group of all the top teams
I wouldn't underestimate Senegal and not even UAE. African youth teams are usually much better than the senior teams (relatively speaking).
Since when is Uruguay a top team at this level? I'm pretty sure that given the history of the tournament Uruguay isn't even favoured to leave the group.
UK are favourites out of this group with recent African teams history suggesting Senegal as second and Uruguay capable of an upset.
Gabon is hard to really assess. But their African Cup of Nations was no fluke and they are the reigning champions at U21 level. Their best player is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, arguably the best young player in France this season, who can do some pretty amazing stuff and has a dangerous free kick. Not much I can say about the rest of the team, but it seems like a very well oiled outift that doesn't even need senior players to perform better.
Interesting group and it really is hard to say how this will turn out, but at first glance Korea and Mexico should take it.
Since Switzerland will be without Shaqiri and Xhaka due to (unofficial) pressure from Bayern Munich and Gladbach I tend to agree with this - especially since I expect others to stay off the roster as well. The Olympics simply have a terrible timing for European teams.
no, just your team.
Uruguay is more deserving of top team consideration than the UK is.... doubt the UK even gets out of group....
Man this guy..
Some of the dumbest things I've heard in a long time.
He says some dumb things but this isn't one of them. If I heard correctly England/UK aren't selecting any players that got selected to the Euros, right? Uruguay I imagine will be able to put together something pretty close to their first-choice team. Cavani already said he wanted to play, for instance.
It's not insane at all to think Uruguay should win that group.
So England could have Ferdinand, Lampard and Barry in the squad then as overage players?
Not sure the makeup of the squad, but you can guess that the UK team will be full of fire in the belly and get close and bottle it. Then the calls of these players never playing together before will come out.
I really think UK team and public will underestimate a few teams they will play. They might win an open say 4:0 and be full of it, but when the crunch comes, well, it never works out does it.
UK will have a lot of quality U-23 players to work with regardless
Still, you don't just throw a bunch of players from different nations together though and expect a walk in the park.
And when did they last play a match? They've known about this tournament for ages, yet only Brazil is a warm up game. Surely if they were serious they would have arranged a couple more games going even months back now?
its an american expression for they'll be alright.
Be alright in what respect? You mean win it? Of course I know what you mean by the expression, but don't understand what you actually expect from this team of which we don' know who's in the squad and they have never played a game together?
USA would manage qualifiers they said, yet they didn't.
Is that because they are older than them?
Perhaps at other levels, but at U23 level + 2 age shouln't be a factor.
Besides CAF introduced MRI testing and it hasn't really affected results of African teams at youth level - in 2009 Ghana became U20 World Champions.
England? UK? Not once did you get the Olympic team right
How many times did I say UK in that statement and how many times did I say that England could have Ferdinand, Lampard etc in that squad?. Ferdinand etc are english players who could play as overage players for the UK team. I said England as someone earlier posted about England and the Euro's.
Your a mod, but you can't read my post correctly, oh boy, good job your doing there.
It's Team GB fella.
GB & NI fella
For real, since they're allowed to call up NI players, it should be team UK, not team GB.
uruguay has a better history than england and they have a better U-23 team than england and they will win their group.. the UK team wont do shit
All hearsay. I say the UK and Senegal both have better U23 teams. A lot may depend on which overage players they will take.
I don't count out Uruguay's chances, but say they are a 'top team' is ridiculous.