Favorites to win in Russia' 2018?

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Favorites to win in Russia' 2018

  1. Argentina

  2. Brazil

  3. Chile

  4. England

  5. Germany

  6. Italy

  7. France

  8. Spain

  9. Uruguay

  10. Netherlands

  11. Portugal

  12. Other

  13. Belgium

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  1. Dage

    Dage Member+

    Jun 4, 2008
    Berlin
    Club:
    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    Country:
    Germany
    #676 Dage, Oct 13, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2017
    Well a sore loser who says his team lost deservedly so? Makes sense at all. Actually I met a lot of sore losers, mostly after last WC final.
     
  2. mwjppgg

    mwjppgg Member

    Nov 22, 2013
    Montevideo
    Club:
    CA Peñarol
    #677 mwjppgg, Oct 13, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2017
    URUGUAY

    Lineup:

    Name (Age) Club

    Fernando Muslera (31) Galatasaray
    Martín Cáceres (30) Hellas Verona
    Diego Godín (31) Atlético de Madrid
    José María Giménez (22) Atlético de Madrid
    Mauricio Lemos (21) Las Palmas
    Matías Vecino (26) Inter de Milan
    Federico Valverde (19) Real Madrid
    Rodrigo Bentancur (20) Juventus
    Gastón Pereiro (22) PSV Eindhoven
    Luis Suárez (30) Barcelona
    Edinson Cavani (30) Paris Saint-Germain

    Substitutes:

    Gastón Guruceaga (22) Peñarol
    Gastón Silva (23) Granada
    Santiago Bueno (19) Barcelona
    Sebastián Coates (27) Sporting Lisboa
    Federico Ricca (22) Málaga FC
    Sebastián Cristóforo (24) Fiorentina
    Nahitan Nández (21) Boca Juniors
    Diego Laxalt (24) Genoa C&FC
    Giorgian de Arrascaeta (23) Cruzeiro
    Diego Rolan (24) Málaga FC
    Maximiliano Gómez (21) Celta de Vigo

    Manager: Oscar W. Tabárez (70)
     
  3. Alock8

    Alock8 New Member

    Mar 30, 2016
    They were completely outclassed (not outplayed).
    How easily Cassano owned a great defender such as Hummels (who had a great tournament by the way), that lead to the first goal, then again the whole German defence got outsmarted by Montolivo's excellent eye and that lead to the second goal.
    If Italy scored first, you're in big, big trouble, they will defend tightly and give up possession to you. You ended up probably losing the game.
    Italy is not Greece when you played against them at the quarterfinals, it's a whole different opponent. Italian defence is a brick wall. Shot by Lahm as a well-struck from outside the box and it went in against Greece that same thing did not work out for Khedira and Kroos against Italy, against world class keeper wouldn't be hard for him.
    Germany simply had no answer as Italy proceeded to provide a masterclass of football, defensive quality with serious attacking intent.
    Italy eventually won the game which is the most important thing, while Germany at home bragging about meaningless stats!

    The funny thing, much weaker Italian side without key midfielders De Rossi, Verratti, Marchisio and Candreva can also controls the way of the game even against Germany in their prime as they did it again in 2016. Germany dominated most of the match but Italy planned to get to a penalty shootout and they succeeded, the penalty shootouts could go either way, one of the worst ever.
    Of course Germany ended their lifetime curse and finally beat Italy at Euro 2016. But I don't know, it seems Italy always have a psychological edge over Germany.

    Both results Germany vs Argentina in 2010 and Italy vs Germany in 2012 it can be defined as 'outclassed'. Germany is more muscle and power, hammered Argentina, England, Portugal and Brazil. Italy is more brain and tactically astute, they never trashing their opponents if they played against Malta wouldn't even try to score more than two goals, they playing the game by their own design 'Italian job'.
     
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  4. Pipiolo

    Pipiolo Member+

    Jul 19, 2008
    Country:
    Argentina
    Excellent roster though I think both A Pereira and C Rodriguez will make the WC squad.
     
  5. Italy-Azzurri-Fan

    Nov 15, 2014
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Country:
    Italy
    What about Forlan?
     
  6. unclesox

    unclesox BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 8, 2003
    209, California
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    He announced his retirement from the national team in March 2015 and played no part in the 2018 qualifiers.
    The 38 year old was part of beIN Sports' Spanish coverage of the final round of CONMEBOL qualifiers this past Tuesday.
    On the pitch he was last seen in playing for a club in India.
     
  7. world soccer magazines

    Italy
    Oct 31, 2016
    From the poll I would categorically say this: not Chile. No, I don't think Chile quite have what it takes. I could be wrong but you can quote me on that if you wish. Definitely not Chile.
     
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  8. Hayaka

    Hayaka Member+

    Jun 21, 2009
    SF North Bay
    Club:
    --other--
    Country:
    Denmark

    LOL. You're probably right, but as a Dane, I advise you to "never say never." In 1992, we came back from the dead (and the beaches) to replace banned Yugoslavia and win the European Championship.
     
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  9. tudobem62014

    tudobem62014 Member

    Feb 26, 2014
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Brazil wins in Russia. Russia and Brazil have a free Visa agreement. With Germany's WW2 history in Russia and the rivalry between Russia and USA with Western Europe I don't see them winning. They conceded the Confed to them but not the World Cup. Argentina could win it too given the communist backgrounds. My own political take.
     
  10. Wolves1889

    Wolves1889 Member

    Mar 13, 2016
    Club:
    Wolverhampton Wanderers
    The usual suspects is supposed to win.
    It is to boring to mention any of them.
    Time for Belgium.The timing is right and they have the golden generation of generations.
    Belgium to become world champions in Russia 2018.
    Fellaini with a header in extratime in the final against Brazil.
     
  11. The411

    The411 Member

    Oct 12, 2013
    From your lips to god’s ears, but Nainggolan is needed and Martinez needs to play Tielemans, Nainggolan and Dembele in the middle. Kompany also needs to be healthy along with Alderweireld and Vertonghen.
     
  12. Philip J. Fry

    Philip J. Fry Member+

    Jun 12, 2013
    Club:
    Borussia Dortmund
    Going with Germany.
     
  13. Nico777

    Nico777 Member

    Olympique de marseille
    Croatia
    Oct 19, 2017
    So all the teams i announced 3-4 years ago are in.

    Portugal Belgium England Poland Serbia Croatia and the host Russia.

    Now we will see if you don't have 4 among them in top 16 and 2-3 in top 8.
     
  14. Italy-Azzurri-Fan

    Nov 15, 2014
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Country:
    Italy
    Did you announce either Italy or Sweden?
     
  15. Nico777

    Nico777 Member

    Olympique de marseille
    Croatia
    Oct 19, 2017
    No man italy is a known great.
    Just talked about the underestimated european countries that can reach round 16 and 1/4 or more.
     
  16. Italy-Azzurri-Fan

    Nov 15, 2014
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Country:
    Italy
    Ahh ok, I was just trying to see if there was anymore superstitions that favor us qualifying tomorrow. Its really worrying.

    Here is what I can think of:

    -Overall a good history vs Sweden.
    -Sweden is not nearly as good away from home as they are at home.
    -Usually there is one playoff in the European Qualifiers where both teams win one game, and the larger aggregate score wins the playoff. None of the other playoffs has been like that so far. Ours is the only possibility.
    -France prior to 2014 World Cup. Rated as a poor team back then, same qualifying group as Spain, picked up a loss and a draw in the 2 games vs Spain, lost first playoff leg in Ukraine, turned it around in France and qualified. Hoping we are in a similar situation.
     
  17. Wolves1889

    Wolves1889 Member

    Mar 13, 2016
    Club:
    Wolverhampton Wanderers
    Just adding the fact that no team has overcome a 1-0 deficit in the european playoffs for WC,including us.We lost 1-0 first leg to Portugal in the 2013 playoffs and Ronaldo buried us from then on.

    We are not a bad team playing away.We almost always scores.We really were unlucky not to draw against France in the group play and we scored goals in every away game except against Holland where we only played to avoid losing big.

    IF we score tonight,Italy has to score three.I don´t see that happening.
     
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  18. Italy-Azzurri-Fan

    Nov 15, 2014
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Country:
    Italy
    It will be hard, but let me point out France turned around a 2-0 deficit last year against Ukraine and it was actually a similar scenario.

    Prior to 2014 World Cup: The French team was questioned big time, and most people expected them not to get out of their group, despite reaching the Euro 2012 quarterfinals. They were in the same group as Spain as well with losing one and drawing one to them. Went to the playoffs and went 2-0 down, but then started to show up and beat them 3-0 and did pretty good in the World Cup.

    Prior to 2018 World Cup: Italy in a similar position. We are being questioned right now. We are in same group as Spain, drew a game and lost one to them. Then went to the playoffs and are 1-0 down. Hopefully we overturn the deficit by a 2-0 win at least and than do well in World Cup.
     
  19. zahzah

    zahzah Member+

    Jun 27, 2011
    Club:
    FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
    Really? France had a group with Ecuador, Honduras and Switzerland. I think everyone expected them to qualify, the only question mark was whether from first or second spot.
     
  20. Italy-Azzurri-Fan

    Nov 15, 2014
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Country:
    Italy
    After the group was drawn yes they were expected to qualify, but before the draw, many people doubted the French team in general and expected a group stage exit or Round of 16 at best. They played much better than people thought they would. The French fans themselves were surprised even.
     
  21. zahzah

    zahzah Member+

    Jun 27, 2011
    Club:
    FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
    Well... to be honest they never should have made it passed the 1/8 final. They played 12 against 11 vs Nigeria and reverted to hacking, elbowing and bearhugging their opponents to win the game.
     
  22. HomietheClown

    HomietheClown Member+

    Sep 4, 2010
    Club:
    --other--
    Well, I guess Italy can be taken off the list with Chile. Maybe those people should be allowed to vote again.
     
  23. tudobem62014

    tudobem62014 Member

    Feb 26, 2014
    Club:
    FC Barcelona
    Crazy stat info
     
  24. glennaldo_sf

    glennaldo_sf Member+

    Deportivo Wanka, Semen Padang, Dinamo Bender, Fotballaget Fart
    United States
    Nov 25, 2004
    Doha, Qatar
    Club:
    FL Fart Vang Hedmark
    Country:
    United States
    I think the final will be Italy vs Holland..... USA, Cameroon, or Ghana could be a dark horse to reach the semis....
     
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  25. elviejomen

    elviejomen Member+

    Aug 3, 2007
    Hasbrouck Heights NJ
    Club:
    Junior Barranquilla
    Country:
    Colombia
    Seems legit to me, couldn't agree more
     
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