Road To Russia - WC2018 Qs

Discussion in 'Belgium' started by Blondo, Jul 26, 2015.

  1. Blondo

    Blondo Member+

    Sep 21, 2013
  2. Blondo

    Blondo Member+

    Sep 21, 2013
    #152 Blondo, Aug 25, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2017
    Some of these choices ... meh ... no Nainggolan????????

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  3. ra_sriniketan

    ra_sriniketan Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    J Lukaku, Ciman...................again!!!
     
  4. Belgian guy

    Belgian guy Member+

    Club Brugge
    Belgium
    Aug 19, 2002
    Belgium
    Club:
    Club Brugge KV
    Radja Nainggolan has supposedly retired from the national team because Roberto Martinez didn't call him up again.

    I am so tired of these feuds between our national team managers and some of our players. We've had Advocaat and Kompany, Leekens and Hazard, Wilmots and Nainggolan and now this. :(
     
  5. Blondo

    Blondo Member+

    Sep 21, 2013
    #155 Blondo, Aug 26, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2017
    According to Nieuwsbad journos Radja decided to retire after the team selection press conference, which was quickly dismissed in other newspapers (and VTM), and again later, during the night, Nieuwsbad used direct quotes from an interview with Radja which left no room for speculation.
    http://www.football-italia.net/108801/nainggolan-i-quit-belgium
    http://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20170825_03036051

    Today Nieuwsbad journos claim he had a change of heart.
    http://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20170826_03036711

    It sounded like Nieuwsbad journos have been selling outright lies ... being contradicted by others.
    HLN did add to the Le Soir claim (the Estonia incident):

    The lack of professionalism still lingers. Sure Nainggolan hasn't been a model professional but I very much doubt he'd disrupt the team. At Roma he seems fine. Besides it's his performance on the pitch that matters most. Instead of 1 player, for me the focus should be on the whole team. It's very positive that our players like spending time with each other ... however they aren't on holiday ... you'd expect them to push each other, to go above and beyond, and maybe this is crazy but for once bring the best out of this insanely talented squad ... go balls to the wall so the team gets a win or at least there won't be regrets like after past tournaments ... hold each other accountable for results ... it seems they're too nice, too soft for each other ... scared to make waves? ... mainly concerned about their club careers? ... not much of a winner's mentality? ... the leaders in the dressing room, at least the ones you'd expect to take on that role, must speak up more often ... Martinez acting like a stern school teacher isn't nearly enough.
     
  6. Blondo

    Blondo Member+

    Sep 21, 2013
    IIRC Fellaini is suspended for today's game (and reportedly carrying a knock anyway). Hey-ho we're playing GibBentekeSevenSecondsToOpenScore.

    For the other tie ... Greece captain and right-back, Torosidis, is ruled out, Mitroglou is being rushed back from injury (won't play today but might play v. Belgium) and Papastathopoulos returns from suspension in time to face Belgium.
     
  7. Gorando

    Gorando Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Belgium
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Belgium
    Too bad we couldnt score 10 :D
     
  8. GreekAttackSux

    Jun 23, 2014
    Club:
    Olympiakos Piraeus
    Witsel out Nainngollan out.
    Heard rumous that Eden Hazard might not play.
    Apart from Dembele , who else is gonna be on the midfield?
     
  9. Blondo

    Blondo Member+

    Sep 21, 2013
    If KDB is moved up a line I'd expect Fellaini ... Tielemans, Defour (looks to be in good form) or Dendoncker (doubtful) are options too ... don't think he'll go with Dembele + KDB.
     
  10. ra_sriniketan

    ra_sriniketan Member

    Jul 5, 2010
  11. Gorando

    Gorando Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Belgium
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Belgium
    Like always it will be Fellaini :rolleyes:
     
  12. Blondo

    Blondo Member+

    Sep 21, 2013
  13. Belgian guy

    Belgian guy Member+

    Club Brugge
    Belgium
    Aug 19, 2002
    Belgium
    Club:
    Club Brugge KV
    Not a great game, but we qualified.
    We looked better after Hazard came on and KDB could move back to midfield.
    I'm not sure if we can get away with the Fellaini-Dembele midfield.
     
  14. Young Zmaj

    Young Zmaj Member

    Juventus
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Oct 7, 2016
    Nat'l Team:
    Bosnia-Herzegovina
    How likely is it that you guys will take the game against us next month seriously/will you field your A team?
     
  15. Blondo

    Blondo Member+

    Sep 21, 2013
    Our players didn't even take the previous game against Greece seriously ... playing at a walking pace ... hardly creating any chances ... no tempo, no movement ... giving up acres of space for the Greeks to exploit. Bosnia will be fine if you avoid a football game from breaking out ... even though I respect Bosnia for actually wanting to play football ... your best shot is to frustrate our team. Regardless, I prefer to watch an open, attractive game.

    In recent campaigns our players put in more effort during the first game of any international break/double header ... even though next month we'll face you first (and Cyprus second) ... Bosnia could get lucky and our players won't try too hard ... in previous campaigns the players weren't really focused once qualification was secured.

    Still, we probably need two more wins to gain top seed status at the World Cup draw ... we're 9th ATM but we'll climb the rankings after the current international break ... Belgium should be well-positioned ahead of the final two games but our FA pays so little attention that they most likely won't alert the manager and players to the fact that top seed status at the World Cup is up for grabs (also for the Nations League).
     
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  16. Belgian guy

    Belgian guy Member+

    Club Brugge
    Belgium
    Aug 19, 2002
    Belgium
    Club:
    Club Brugge KV
    I suspect that Martinez will play his strongest team, or as close to his strongest team as injuries and form allow him to.
     
  17. Gorando

    Gorando Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Belgium
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Belgium
    I'm sure some players under pressure from their respective teams will cancel because of "injuries"
     
  18. ra_sriniketan

    ra_sriniketan Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    Should play the best team. Such good opportunity to experiment with the existing 1st 11.
     
  19. Blondo

    Blondo Member+

    Sep 21, 2013
    Projected Fifa ranking ... good news, we'll go up from 9th to 5th ... the top 7 = top seeds ... expecting Fifa to use the standings after next month's games (so excluding play-offs) ... still have to be wary about our results v. Bosnia and Cyprus

    1. Duitsland 1.606
    2. Brazilië 1.590
    3. Portugal 1.386
    4. Argentinië 1.325
    5. België 1.265
    6. Polen 1.250
    7. Zwitserland 1.210
    8. Frankrijk 1208
    9. Chili 1.195
    10. Colombia 1.191
    11. Spanje 1.184
    12. Peru 1.103
    13. Wales 1.089
    14. Mexico 1.085
    15. Engeland 1.056
    16. Uruguay 1.044
    17. Italië 1.035
    18. Kroatië 977
    19. Slowakije 967
    20. Noord-Ierland 945


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_FIFA_World_Cup_seeding
     
  20. Blondo

    Blondo Member+

    Sep 21, 2013
    Nainggolan's exclusion is very hard to swallow, AGAIN ... Dembele (out), Fellaini (injury doubt), Defour (nowhere near Radja's level), Tielemans (inexperienced in a big league and playing very little ATM), Witsel (Chinese league and probably has to serve a match ban during the Bosnia game) ... also, Dendoncker is playing poorly this season (I wouldn't look forward to see him in our back line; they keep listing him alongside our defenders for a reason I guess) ... very odd that Martinez picked Dendoncker, Vermaelen, Boyata and Ciman over Kabasele (who's displaying great form) and there's still doubt that Kompany is match fit ... Chadli (injury doubt) and Mirallas (warming the bench) ... SMH.



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  21. Blondo

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    Sep 21, 2013
  22. Blondo

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    Sep 21, 2013
  23. Blondo

    Blondo Member+

    Sep 21, 2013
    We're playing 3-4-2-1 ... why don't they reflect that in this pic?

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  24. Belgian guy

    Belgian guy Member+

    Club Brugge
    Belgium
    Aug 19, 2002
    Belgium
    Club:
    Club Brugge KV
    I give Bosnia a lot of credit for playing actual football games against us, as opposed to Greece who were primarily interested in defending.
     
  25. Gorando

    Gorando Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Belgium
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Belgium
    Was somewhat suprised/impressed by the "grinta" of the players. They really wanted to fight for a good result. This is the first time since 2002 I had that feeling during a game of the red devils.
     
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