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Whoops, my bad, it was a 1-0 Germany, sufficient for both sides, not a draw!!
After the 'top10' teams win their opening match, it will be great to watch them field their 'b' teams for the next 2 group matches, as we have seen in France '16 finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd hardly matters in such a vast tournament !
@ 500Look on the bright side fella, at least the England fans will have a wider choice of Supporters to fight against!
Here we go again, the poor fan has to suffer more games without their best players. You buy a season ticket for your team and hopefully watch the best players in your team week in week out. Not any more, with all the different competitions you can lose up to 3/5 of your best players just when you need them, managers need to ask new signings not to play international football, clubs pays the wages.
@483 I think he was referring to the "Disgrace of Gijon" in 1982 when West Germany and Austria played put a tame draw to deny Algeriahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disgrace_of_Gijón
Small countries already have the opportunity to play in World Cup finals. Tuvalu has played World Cup qualifiers and it only has a population of 9,000! All they had to do was WIN a few games (instead of losing 16-0 to mighty Fiji.) How would the finals be better if a team like that was handed a place? Why bankrupt the country sending a team to the finals just to get humiliated?
groups of 3 allow the last 2 teams to 'fix' the result so they go through and the other goes out. Think back to 1982 and Austria/Germany.
462. Posted by arsenallovevwifelove 'What a time for match fixing. Guess Fifa forget infamous Germany v Austria game in 1974 Word Cup'You mean the 1982 World Cup were West Germany led Austria 1-0 after 10 mins, a scoreline that meant both teams would qualify. Any other result meant only one team would qualify. The remaining 80 mins was a no contest. Like watching Scotland really!!
I think its a good thing. We get more nations involved AND we get knockout footie. Big teams slip up and they're out. League format is more forgiving of mistakes as you always have another game. Theres no extra games to win it or extra days to play them. It should involve shortening the qualifiers for a wc though. We already have 4th place in champs league and Russia/Isreal in euros...
First WC I remember 74 Cruyff the clockwork Orange & all that. A load of people on from N Ireland, Scotland, Iceland are being had by Fifa Europe is only going to 3 more places its still going to be tough to qualify from Europe Africa & Asia are getting the bulk of the extra places. It is going to be a disaster for the WC.That great WC in 74 seems like another world.
483 - I am getting old but in a world cup game there was a 0-0 draw played out involving West Germany. When they realised a was enuff the just passed ball about in 2nd half and neither side even bothered to go for a goal. It was on a BBC doc. I am not a football encylopedia but remember it deffo hapenned!! Any way still think odd numbers in football dont add up and is ripe for match fixing!!!
yes dave but they get there don't they ?
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