World Cup officially expands to 48 teams

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  1. theaub

    theaub 34-38-61-10-13-15

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    This is changing but its a long, arduous process (and isn't helped by the generally high amount of moron parents who care not for player development and only about winning U-9 trophies).
     
  2. senators101

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    Training schedules have always been based on level. I used to play provincial until university (12 years ago) and we had three full training sessions a week (one of them being over 3 hours).

    But things are definitely changing more now and it's becoming a lot more technical, which is great to see.
     
  3. phisherman

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    Also don't forget the politics between the different provincial associations.

    There's no unity between them.
     
  4. Tom ServoMST3K

    Tom ServoMST3K Houle Yeah!

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    I cannot put into words how much I hate the 3 team groups and penalty kicks after 90.

    They should have just said "**** it" and expanded bigger so that we could have 4 team groups again.

    Or do a bracket tournament instead.
     
  5. GKJ

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    8 hexes imo would be fine. Top 4 advance.
     
  6. Alex Jones

    Alex Jones BIG BOWL 'A CHILI!!

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    The teams that will benefit from this change in Asia are the middle eastern teams like Iraq and Iran.

    As is the pecking order in Asia works as such.

    1. Japan/Korea They typically have some decent players and play actual football with European based players.

    2. Australia They play bearable football with a couple European based players sprinkled in.

    3. ME teams, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia, ect, ect...They play with decent organization but little real skill. They will just park the bus at the WC level and will drag down the competition.

    4. China. They suck and mainly play rugby style garbage, but they're at least better than...

    4. Southeast Asian teams which are horrible and literally dream of having K/J league level players.


    Get ready for lots of park the bus desert football guys.
     
  7. robertmac43

    robertmac43 Forever 43!

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    My least favourite part of this expansion is the fact that it ruins the amazing story that comes around every few world cups where a Nation heroically makes into the tournament. Now there are going to be so many mediocre teams making it in, taking away from its prestige.
     
  8. Suiteness

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    The expanded Euro last year was hands down the worst football tournament I've seen in my life. And these third tier European teams like Northern Ireland and Albania are miles better than a whole bunch of teams that will now qualify for the World Cup.:laugh:

    If Canada, as is, can qualify for a WC, that tells me it's a very very poor tournament.
     
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    Itália 90 was still worse.
     
  10. Luigi Habs

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    Top 3 worst of all time

    1. WC 2002 (not because of play level only but the competition as a whole was utterly **** from reffing to level of play)
    2. Euro 2016
    3. Euro 2004

    HM: WC 90

    Euro 2000 remains the best I've ever seen. WC 86 was also amazing although I was too young to watch live.
     
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    Euro 2004 was great if you ignore all the games involving greece or portugal
     
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    I don't disagree, but you also got Iceland (can't remember but I guess the might have potentially qualified with the old format through a playoff).

    I wonder what FIFA will use all the money for. Seems so completely useless this expansion.
     
  13. HajdukSplit

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    UEFA asks for 16 places (one team for each group). That number was also what was rumored anyway when the expansion was made official so not really an over-reach by UEFA
     
  14. Luigi Habs

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    Infantino says that the Trump immigration ban will prevent the US hosting the WC 2026.

    Trump won't be president by then any way.
     
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    Just trying to up the bribes #'s.
     
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    Total snooze fests


    The best WC my dad has ever watched - to this day - is the 1970 WC; he told me there was virtually no weak team

    Yes his idol is Pele, so he might be biased, but he remembers watching some classics like West Germany vs Italy or Brazil vs England live and according to him it was a special experience
     
  17. Diamondillium

    Diamondillium DO YOU WANT ANTS!?

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    I highly doubt this bid will be bribe-based.

    Even if they are still as corrupt as ever, which I'm sure they are, it's just simply under too much of a microscope after the big scandal to get away with it for this bid.
     
  18. Quarter

    Quarter The caravan moves on

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    That'll improve Canada's chance to host :naughty:
     
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    France 1998 was massive as well. So many great teams here, France, Brazil, Netherlands, Croatia, Argentina, Italy were all quality.
     
  20. Power Man

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    It was great too, but I guess I mentally blocked it out because I was living there at the the time and all the Cocorico was unbearable :laugh:
     
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  23. Chloraflora

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    86 was awesome, loved that Danish team and still have a soft spot for them now.
     
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    Those guys were good


    And then they got Butraguened :laugh:
     
  25. Jussi

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    Yeh, 1994 was a success, all the arenas are pretty much built already (I guess), no chance of crowd trouble (hoooligans know someone might pull a gun on them), general public is more in to the game than in 1994. Guaranteed success. They should've gotten to host in 2022 already...
     

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