2018 World Cup

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  1. jumpkutz

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    190 days until the big show. Not sure how interested I’m gonna be without our participation. Seeing more and more pub on the stadium in Ekaterinburg with the added seating OUTSIDE the stadium. 31BC4547-9D0D-41C1-BFC6-9CC8A3BFCE1D.jpeg
     
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    I watched my first World Cup match in 1986 - the final between Argentina and Germany. That afternoon my Dad wanted me to help him by hauling away grass clippings as he mowed the lawn. I tried to watch the game while listening to when the lawn mower stopped - a signal that I needed to go get the grass. Unfortunately the game had my full attention and I got in big trouble with a lot of piles of grass waiting for me in the yard. The USA had nothing to do with that World Cup, I simply wanted to watch the best soccer around. That won't change for me this year either. Sure I'm disappointed that the USA won't be in it, but part of me is relieved that won't have to worry about being jostled around by AO meatheads while trying to actually follow a match (not all AO's are meatheads, but enough to be irritating). My biggest concern is for Fox, the money they are likely to lose, and the possible negative side-effects for future support for television coverage.
     
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    We're now 1 month (29 days?) until kickoff between Russia and Saudi Arabia in Moscow at the Luzhiniki Stadium, 11:00 a.m. on FOX and Telemundo. Managers have been naming rosters in recent days, some final rosters, even though they're not due until June 4th. Provisionals were due yesterday. Brazil's coach submitted his final 23, along with Sweden, Iceland (Ragnar Sigurðsson is on the list) and Costa Rica (yup, 32 y.o. Bryan Ruiz is on the plane). Gareth Southgate is supposed to announce England's provisional tomorrow (May 16th) and Didier Deschamps the French the day after.
     
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    Wilshere and Hart won't be making the trip. I thought Hart would be world class until his late 30s. Oops. Wilshere? A perfect example of a guy who had a Premier League gig because each team needs X number of "home grown" players. Arsenal always looked weaker when he was on the pitch.

    Wondering if the rumors about Sess and Alexander-Arnold might have some substance. The latter is defo ready for prime time.
     
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    I also meant to mention Hart’s omittance. And Mario Gotze won’t get a chance to replicate his cup winning goal in extra time from ‘14. Low didn’t include him in the provisional squad.
     
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    Jonathon Gonzalez not named for Mexico. I wonder what he thinks now after having them dangle that carrot in his face to get him to transfer from the US.

    I'm getting excited. Like MicahMan, I enjoy good soccer. I'm also excited that every match will be streamed on FoxSportsGo. So even if I'm not home to turn on the TV, I'll be able to watch.
     
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    In case you were wondering, Mitro is almost a lock cinch when the Serbian team is announced May 20th. He's already earned 35 caps and scored 13 goals for the Eagles, despite being only 23. Tied with Southampton MF Dusan Tadic amongst all current and recent call-ups for Serbia. He's on the plane.
    But Southgate didn't include Ryan Sessegnon in England's final 23. The midfielders he did name have a whopping 6 goals among them in international play. Mistake? Time will tell, but I think it is. The kid's got the "X" factor, might as well go ahead and tap it.
     
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    Southgate also left Jack Wilshere off the England roster for Russia. I guess now he can go back to sneaking cigs while out on the town. 19 year old right back Trent Alexander-Arnold was a surprise addition.
     
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    Not to me. Check out my comments 3 or so previously.
     
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    NOTHING gets past you, oh Great One! Probably should have said "a suprise to many." The scribes seemed surprised. Anyway, you, and I hope others, will be pleased to learn the the Iranian Dempsey, Mr Ashkan Dejagah, has made it in Iran's final squad (at least for now...they've still got to cut one to get to 23).

    http://www.espn.com/soccer/iran/sto...rovisional-squad-for-2018-world-cup-in-russia
     
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    very pleased; thanks for the info!
     
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