2018 World Cup Qualifying

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  1. Jack Lambert

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    He and Pulisic are the future stars of the U.S. National Team. Bruce Arena has plenty of white talent to work with. The question is: will he use it to full advantage? How many of the black retreads from the Klinnsman Era will he keep on the squad?
     
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    Heretic -

    I've posted my reply in the more appropriate Off-Season Transfers - 2017 thread:

    http://castefootball.us/index.php?threads/off-season-transfers-2017.36149/#post-703272
     
  3. Matra2

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    France 0 Luxembourg 0.:D

    Coming off a victory against the Dutch France had 76% possession but failed against a team from a country with only 500k people. Although Luxembourg now have a vibrant or two of their own this was a victory of sorts for the European minnows against the Africanised French "superstar" team.
     
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    They will probably blame it on Griezmann and Giroud for the lack of goals, assuming they played.
     
  5. Jack Lambert

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    My favorite result of the year with France v. Luxembourg. :) France had four pale-faces starting for them. A good number, considering their U21 team had no white starters other than the goal keeper. Yes, you saw that right. Even South Africa has more white outfield players than that!!

    Some potential good news for fans of Germany. In their important away qualifier against Czech Republic, the Germans actually looked, well, German!! They had 10 white starters in the game, finishing with 8. Not too bad, considering what their team could look like! They appear to have found some great options up front in young speedster Timo Werner (who had a good goal in the game) and striker Lars Stindl, who after playing great in the Confederations Cup, now seems to be the primary striking option. Germany remains perfect in qualifying thus far, and if certain things (i.e. injuries for once) fall right, the Germans may be a palatable option in 2018 to support.

    The Czechs had their usual 1 black who seems like he's been on the team forever in Gebre Selassie.

    In Group A, it looks like France and Sweden will be the two teams topping the group. It's a shame, as the Netherlands (8 and 7 white starters) have actually whitened up a fair bit after their disastrous Euro campaign. It looks like the Dutch (3rd place) will miss out again.

    In Group B, it's the two multi-culti teams in Switzerland and Portugal topping the group. Switzerland only had four non-Albanian white players (3 Swiss starting for them). That's the one thing that makes Switzerland better than teams like France or England. At least Albanians are genetically white, which looks a lot better than what England or Belgium puts out. Portugal had just 6 white starters in their last match, finishing with 5. Geez, they have gotten bad, and have no reason to be that bad.

    In Group C, it's Germany and Northern Ireland at the top. Germany have all but won the group, and Northern Ireland is comfortably in 2nd over Sweden. Northern Ireland of course has one black starter (the only minority on the team, go figure). Sweden is actually pretty good, with 10-11 white starters in their recent matches, but it looks like they'll miss out.

    Group D has all-white Serbia currently in position to claim the automatic berth to the World Cup, with mostly-white Ireland behind them for the playoff. Ireland only had 8(!) white starters in their last match, a tie with Georgia. I hope Wales, a white side (9 Welshmen got the start in their last match) catches and passes Ireland. I'd love to see Bale at the World Cup.

    Group E has all-white Poland leading the race to get the automatic berth. Despite a 4-0 whipping at the hands of Denmark (10 white starters), the Polish side is still in the lead, with all-white Montenegro tied with Denmark for the playoff spot.

    Group G has quite possibly the 2nd worst team in Europe in England leading the race, unfortunately. Against Malta, they only had 5 white starters, finishing with 6 on the pitch. On the bright side, all-white Slovakia will likely be 2nd in the group, with only Scotland (1 minority starter) and Slovenia (all-white) a threat to them.

    Group F was all but won by Spain, who with an all-white side demolished Italy 3-0. The all-white Italians will have to go the playoff route it seems, unless Spain trips up somewhere.

    Multi-culti Belgium stormed through Group H, easily winning it and qualifying for the World Cup. In a rare event, Belgium started 8 white players, and finished with 9(!) on the pitch in their last match! Not too bad.

    In terms of 2nd place, all-white (but mostly Muslim) Bosnia and all-white Greece will be vying for the playoff spot, with just a point separating the two.

    In Group I, it'll be two of all-white Croatia, Ukraine, or Euro 2016 darlings Iceland at the top of the Group. Iceland were dealt a massive blow in losing to Finland on their last match day. They can still qualify, but just made it VERY hard on themselves. Turkey are all but eliminated.
     
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  6. Matra2

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    He's not doing them much good at present as they are losing 2-0 to Northern Ireland.

    I know you mean Norway as you mentioned Sweden likely qualifying with France in Group A. I don't know what happened to Norwegian football but they have stunk up this group. They already lost to Azerbaijan, now they are trailing Germany 5-0:eek: in the 2nd half and it could've easily been worse. Indeed they just brought on an extra defender because the way things are going they could end up conceding several more goals. Even the Czechs are trailing Azerbaijan in the standings. Northern Ireland got very lucky in the draw as these Norwegian and Czech teams appear to be among the worst those countries have produced in years.
     
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    Australia has thus far made a right hash of things in the piss-weak AFC qualifiers, finishing third in Group B behind Japan and Saudi Arabia. This means the Socceroos advance to the fourth round, which comprises a home and away playoff against the third-placed team in Group A. And that team happens to be Syria, who for obvious reasons have been playing their “home” games in Malaysia.

    If our doughty Socceroos manage to heroically overcome the dread might of Syria, they shall confront that final, daunting hurdle along the winding path to World Cup qualification: a two-legged intercontinental playoff against the nation which finishes fourth in the fifth round of the CONCACAF qualifiers.

    Of course, the two preceding paragraphs illustrate the thoroughly ridiculous nature of a qualification system which allows non-European teams who fail to deliver the goods a series of opportunities to make amends for embarrassing failures.

    The so-called “performances” of the Australian national team have been ignominious. And that’s an understatement. If a team cannot qualify directly from the AFC it has no business whatsoever at a World Cup finals tournament. Yet the miserable Socceroos couldn’t even finish in the top two of a group containing Japan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, and Thailand. Ten games against such "powerful" opposition yielded five wins, four draws, and one loss. Australia scored a mere sixteen goals and conceded eleven, ultimately finishing behind Saudi Arabia on goal difference.

    The final match at home against feeble, winless Thailand should have ended in at least a 4-0 victory but our pitiful wimps could only eke out a narrow 2-1 win, thus allowing the Saudi sand Negroes to snatch the second automatic finals berth. The toothless Socceroos had 45 shots on goal and 74% possession but couldn’t score until the 69th minute. Thailand equalised with eight minutes left and Australia only avoided complete humiliation when Mathew Leckie got the winner in the 86th minute.

    If the Socceroos somehow miraculously reach the finals - and I seriously doubt they will - these no-skill pricks shall be nothing more than whipping boys…
     
  8. CrazyFinn

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    Speaking of Germany, I came across a couple of photos that illustrate how far the West has fallen (apologies for the slight hijack).

    Here's the 1982 team, a bunch of alpha males, or as Rebajlo would call them "no-good cheaters who got the a$$-whooping they deserved against Italy in the final":

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    And here's a recent photo (2016) of the current team:

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  9. Thrashen

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    That photo isn't recent, I believe it's from 2013. Phillip Lahm (#16 above) has been retired since 2014.

    But yeah, the starting 11 of the current team varies greatly, especially during qualifying. Sometimes, there's 9-10 ethnic Germans. Other times, there's 2 blacks and 2 Turks. It's hard to predict what type of squad the manager will select for major tournaments.
     
  10. CrazyFinn

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    Yes, my mistake, it's 2014. Lahm retired from international competition shortly after the WC in Brazil.

    Still, not a fan of this current collection of cucked metrosexuals who carry "Say No To Racism" signs before their games. No wonder their country is under an Islamic and African invasion, they're merely representative of the German nation as a whole, unfortunately.
     

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