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#1 Oriole85

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 12:37 PM

CBS SportsWorld Cup 2018 odds: Germany early favorite to repeat; US 50-to-1

 

At 5/1, Germany is the early favorite, followed by Argentina (8/1), Brazil (8/1), Spain (8/1), France (10/1), Holland (12/1), Italy (15/1), and Belgium (15/1).


The United States and Mexico are tops of the CONCACAF sides, both at 50/1 followed by surprise performer Costa Rica, who sits at 200/1. Canada is 500/1 and Guam is 2500/1. Good value there, maybe.

 


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#2 Dupin

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 12:44 PM

Germany should be the favorite, they're bringing back basically the same team if everyone stays healthy. Plus Reus will be back.

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 02:57 PM

4 months in footy can be an eternity, not to mention 4 years.  Who knows, there could be an American Messi by then. 

 

As to Germany, won't most of their team be about 30 in 4 years?  I would guess most of those guys are in their mid-20's now and be about 30 for Russian WC.  Not that 30 is old, it just seems most footballers (keepers exempt) seem to peak in their early to mid 20's and are on their way down by 30.  I know, open ended statement but for the sake of generalizing. 



#4 Dupin

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 05:10 PM

Nope, the core will be 28ish. Outside of Klose, Germany was rather young.

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 07:49 AM

That's impressive.  And when you consider that their current core is likely to be supplemented further between now and then (Draxler, Lassoga, etc) Germany has really done a great job at developing players. 



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Posted 15 July 2014 - 08:12 AM

I think Belgium will be scary good in 2018... if they actually play well together, of course. But yeah, German will have a great chance to repeat.


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#7 Dupin

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 09:45 PM

Slight hit for Germany actually, Lahm announced he's retiring from international competition.  That being said, he would've been 34 anyway.



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Posted 16 June 2015 - 02:02 PM

World Cup 2018: Tiny Pacific Island beats nation of 1.2 billion

 

Check it out....a World Cup story that has nothing to do with FIFA. Guam is a member, is participating in the current round of qualifying, and doing well so far. Who knew?



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Posted 16 June 2015 - 04:04 PM

World Cup 2018: Tiny Pacific Island beats nation of 1.2 billion

 

Check it out....a World Cup story that has nothing to do with FIFA. Guam is a member, is participating in the current round of qualifying, and doing well so far. Who knew?

 

"75% of the players who represented Guam have been born and brought up in the US and that made a huge difference."

 

I know zilch about the rules... who can play for which team?


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Posted 16 June 2015 - 05:37 PM

I thought the subject of this thread would be the odds that Russia hosts.


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Posted 16 June 2015 - 05:58 PM

I thought the subject of this thread would be the odds that Russia hosts.

 

"That's loovely international sports federation you have. Be a shame for anything to hoppin to it.


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Posted 17 June 2015 - 02:03 PM

"75% of the players who represented Guam have been born and brought up in the US and that made a huge difference."

 

I know zilch about the rules... who can play for which team?

 

When I was in the Air Force, I once spent a week in Guam during a training exercise. I bet that'd qualify me to play for them....if I was 20 years younger and any good at soccer, that is.

 

75% of their players....that's about as much support as Guam has ever received from the US for anything, despite being a pretty important US territory since WWII.



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Posted 13 November 2017 - 04:48 PM

Italy fails to qualify today for first time since 1958.



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Posted 13 November 2017 - 05:34 PM

You think the US is pissed about missing out?  The Italians must be furious!


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 07:22 PM

I'm shocked.  I'd say the whole country is gonna go on strike in protest, but they were probably on strike already  :D .

 

While I'm disappointed that we didn't make it, I'm hoping I'll take less flak for rooting for Die Mannschaft.



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Posted 13 November 2017 - 10:19 PM

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When Italy, Netherlands, Chile, USA, Ghana & Cameroon miss the World Cup, that suggests more countries are getting better at the sport. That in itself is not a bad thing.
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 11:55 AM

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When Italy, Netherlands, Chile, USA, Ghana & Cameroon miss the World Cup, that suggests more countries are getting better at the sport. That in itself is not a bad thing.

 

Maybe they should have an NIT. 



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 01:23 PM

Maybe they should have an NIT. 

I would watch those games.


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 01:26 PM

Maybe they should have an NIT. 

 

I would watch those games.


Isn't the count going up to 48 teams for 2022?

EDIT: Looks like that change goes into effect in '26.



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 01:28 PM


Isn't the count going up to 48 teams for 2022?

Not until 2026.  North America is likely to get the WC for that anyway, not sure if that would guarantee entry to the WC or they would need to qualify with more teams being allowed in. 


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