World Cup Soccer 2018 - Moscow

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#1 May 9th, 2018, 13:10
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Its time revive the old tradition To start a thread exclusively to 2018 World Cup in Moscow.

Here is the schedule and groups
  • Pick teams that advance to the knockout stage.
  • Pick QuarterFinal 8
  • Pick SemiFinal 4
  • Pick Final 2

#2 May 9th, 2018, 17:44
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If Portugal meets Germany in the ultimate then Portugal will win( i support underdogs);

Rest I like to enjoy the games ; much like one enjoys live music!
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You mean football....
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Howdy Friends,

I was going to initiate this thread today, pleasantly surprised 'nycank' did it already.

Planning to visit Russia next month for the World Cup, my travel plan is: St Petersburg > Rostov > Kazan > Sochi > Moscow from 14th June to 26th June.

With some luck albeit with a lot of patience (read almost 6 hours) on the FIFA ticketing platform, I was able to secure tickets to 3 WC football matches namely: Brazil vs Switzerland | Spain vs Iran | Germany vs Sweden.

Got the tickets for best seats at an amazing price; unlike the 3rd party ticketing platforms like viagogo/stubhub etc. which sell tickets at 3-4 times the actual rates. So super happy!

My bet for this year is on Brazil (Neymar, Firminho, Coutinho), Germany (Ozil, Kroos, Mueller), Argentina (Messi, Di Maria, Aguero) & France (Pogba, Mbappe, Giroud/Benzema) to win it - they have too much talent. Dark horses to watch out are surely Belgium (Hazard, Lukaku, De Bryune, Vicent Company are superb)

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If you visit the Hermitage please post pictures.
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My final 16:

Russia, Uruyguay
Portugal, Spain
France, Peru
Argentina, Croatia

Brazil, Switzerland
Germany, Mexico
England, Panama
Columbia, Senegal

I would be surprised if this holds. Remember in '14, Portugal, Spain & England did not get past the Group stage.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post You mean football....
I didn't know you took interest in working-class pursuits like these but considering your subsequent post you seem more interested in the Hermitage.
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Belgium missing fro england's group...wow.. i think they do not lose generally to weaker teams, but tend to miss out against big teams. I think they would be out in QF, or if they get an easy match, then in semis. And england topping a world cup group.. can't see that happening

Croatia might miss according to me. I think iceland and nigeria are good enough to roll them over. Long season for croatian mid fielders who are anyways not so young anymore..

Sweden likewise will pose a tough challenge for Mexico..

France all the way for me this time.. Belgium would be dark horses and i think a had working defensive team would do good (swiss, sweden, iceland, peru ??), but difficult to put a finger on one..
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Ah I wanted to visit the superb memorials to working classes and then some, but this little turn of events has put it out of reach for many of us workers ....

Should be fun though. https://www.theguardian.com/football...ssia-hooligans
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Vaibhav, if you wanted a tour of the Hermitage Art Gallery, check out the film by Alexander Sukorov called "Russian Ark", filmed entirely inside the musuem

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Yes Vaibhav, Hermitage is on my check-list of places to visit - I will share the pictures...

Just curious - any Russian friends here? If yes, would love to hear suggestions on the must-visit places & 'things to do' especially in St Petersburg/Moscow...
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Kindly post live comments during matches; would make tv viewing all the more interesting!

Maybe another thread for sightseeing!
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Football World Cup 2018. What's your second country?

Taking a clue from Sony Network's campaign for promoting the telecast of Football World Cup in India, What is your second country?

I am rooting for Argentina.

Just like Euro 2016, where quite a few goals were scored during the dying minutes of the game (post 85th minute), this World Cup has also seen goals during the dying minutes.

Yesterday there were 2 goals scored by Russia in stoppage time which might have a impact later in the group provided 2 teams end on the same points. Today Uruguay defeated Salah less Egypt by scoring a goal in injury time, similarly Morocco scored an own goal during the injury time to gift a victory to Iran.

The match of the World Cup is at 11:30 pm today Spain vs Portugal. I think it would be a draw.
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My take on football too:




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Finally feels like the World Cup has begun..5 goals in a good quality match!
Portugal 2 : Spain 3. Another 20 minutes to go..
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