World Cup, Russia, 2018

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Definitely no gay footballers at that one.
  3. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    A World Cup in Russia...what a dreadful idea. It will be like the Nazi Olympics of '36, only with broken doors and exploding toilets.
  4. arnhem44

    arnhem44 Member

    brrr...any stadium east of Moscow and St Petersburg is gulag area...

    On plus side, at least no Vladivostok.
  5. DavidW

    DavidW Well-Known Member

    And temperature wise it will be a complete contrast to Fifa World Cup 2022 from Qatar.

    You thought that Russia was a weird choice?!!
  6. Andreas

    Andreas Working on two books

    On paper Russia isn't a weird choice (they had held it in Ukraine, after all). Big country, lots of football, long tradition of it.

    But given what's going on there now, it is.

    All the best

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  7. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    I hope it won't look like this!
  8. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    It’s my suspicion that a lot of people look upon the EU a little like they have looked upon FIFA, and to slightly steal a slogan from football, “actually it’s a bit more important than that.”

    I’d vote in a flash to leave FIFA though. If that way we don’t have to go to the 2018 Russian world cup…

    Sepp Blatter: Russia 2018 World Cup 'agreed before vote'

    “FIFA welcomes the report by the German Football Association (DFB) on its investigation into Germany’s bid for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™. FIFA will review the report carefully and factor the findings into its ongoing internal investigation of this matter.
    FIFA shared information with the DFB to assist with its investigation and, in turn, received information from the DFB that is helpful to FIFA’s own investigation. However, many questions still remain to be answered. FIFA’s investigation has been hampered by the fact that key witnesses were not willing to answer questions or provide documents.
    FIFA maintains its victim status in all investigations and continues to cooperate with the Swiss and German authorities, who are in the best position to obtain all of the information necessary to understanding the facts of this matter.”

    Doing the maths, it's been 10 years since 2006... so i can't wait until 2028 for the "investigation into Russia’s bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™" to actually get somewhere...

    Here's hoping though that "they" can work a bit quicker than that....
  9. Brian Smith

    Brian Smith Junior Member

    If FIFA had any integrity it would scrap any agreements for world cups and re-run the entire exercise again.

    Just think of the money companies producing brown paper envelops would make.

  10. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Blimey, Clive started this thread back in 2014
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  11. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    He's always ahead of the game.
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  12. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    Any toilets exploded yet?
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  13. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    good heavens above so I blooming well did
  14. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    The Passing of the Year(S)
    Robert W. Service, 1874 - 1958
    My glass is filled, my pipe is lit,
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  15. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    I'll preface by saying I don't know anything about European football.
    I just stopped to watch a bit of Columbia vs Poland.

    What advantage does a player get by throwing himself on the ground and balling up in a fetal position after another player touches him? Do they get a free kick or something? It is legal to sometimes bump into another player, right?

    I know they are very fit and are not just being babies. I just don't understand why they do it.

    These guys are worse actors than American basketball players, but at least basketball players get free throws after being fouled. We call it 'flopping'.
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  16. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    yes Dave they do fall over a bit

    I would add there is European football and British football
  17. KevinC

    KevinC Slightly wierd

    Isn't British football full of Europeans?
  18. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    fixed it for ya.
  19. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Well Australia got a "nearly" against France and a draw with Denmark so were not embarrassed.
  20. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    oh dear usually happens to England
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