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Qatar World Cup 2022

  • 05-11-2022 12:55pm
    Registered Users Posts: 12,949 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk

    I think we're usually allowed a thread about World Cups in After Hours when they are on. I have no idea where the soccer forum is nowadays either or how to access it so can we have one here?

    Anyway I can't remember there ever being less excitement or fuss over a World Cup. Must be down to the fact that we all know it's completely wrong holding it out there given the slave labour involved in building it and just the total waste of materials and resources to build all those pointless stadia.

    Regardless, who do we think will win? Is this Gareth's last chance with England? Probably, and I would have thought they've a good chance although they haven't looked great this year. France are missing Pogba and Kante, huge players for them. Germany aren't up to much these days. Spain were excellent in the Euros but I don't think they have any great strikers at the moment or at least I can't think of any.

    Brazil I think are favourites, all their best players are in form. Argentina also, I don't think they've lost a game in a couple of years, but because of the Nations' League they don't play against European opposition outside of tournaments as much any more.

    I can see Wales maybe getting into the knockouts and surprising a few teams, hopefully another small country gets a good cup run too.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,245 ✭✭✭Allinall

    Having a few quid on dark horses, Belgium.

    Really looking forward to it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,366 ✭✭✭Star Bingo

    The Weird Cup. I think the Qataris will emit a noxious gas from those suspicious looking vents at pitch level and win at a canter

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,949 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk

    I think they are past their peak of that Golden Generation. KDB has never looked better though.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,113 ✭✭✭billyhead

    I can see Serbia or Croatia go far in the competition.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,667 ✭✭✭Deebles McBeebles

    Winter WC was always going to be a disaster. For players in particular. Some of the lack of excitement about it is due to Qatar probably but look at the last 3 hosts, big issues with all of those for varying reasons.

    Hoping to see Messi win it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,107 ✭✭✭silliussoddius

    Probably gases from the builders bodies they threw into the foundations.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,178 ✭✭✭✭cj maxx

    Ive a hunch Argentina will do well, and as above Belgium and croatia . Though they might be past their peak. I don’t think England will go that far .

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  • Registered Users Posts: 31,974 ✭✭✭✭NIMAN

    Agree about the anticipation levels. Lowest ever for a WC. Even the media aren't as hyped as they usually are at this point.

    But will watch as much as I can, as usual.

    Think England missed their chance to win a major trophy in the last 2 tournaments. They have regressed since then.

    Still time for some countries to pick up injuries. It was a daft place to hold the WC, with players basically going straight from club leagues into a WC with no break or preparation time. Who knows, it might make this one better for that reason? But we'd need to be prepped, cos nothing is surer than the Saudis being handed the tournament in the near future.

    I'm going to go with Brazil or Argentina. With perhaps Germany or France as potentials if they play well.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,625 ✭✭✭✭dxhound2005

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,949 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk

    I wonder if Big Ron will be a starter for Portugal. They've got some excellent players but could be hampered by starting Ron.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,048 ✭✭✭✭Pherekydes

    Hope all the wokists withdraw and leave Iran, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to play it out in a 3 way final. Will they have dancing girls or executions during their half time shows?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,179 ✭✭✭Boscoirl

    Some amount of propaganda on BEIN sports for the it. Trying a bit too hard me thinks.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,146 ✭✭✭Furze99

    Iran need to be kicked out and the sooner the better for the tourament.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 79,104 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn

    You get the impression that the day it's over the stadiums will be knocked to the ground and turned in to something they might actually use like a field to store their camels...

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,188 ✭✭✭gameoverdude


    I like sport in general, but I won't be adding to viewing numbers.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,458 ✭✭✭Anesthetize

    I can see Saudi Arabia going far in the competition. Plenty of referee decisions will go in their favour, lots of goals being ruled-out for the opposition. Not suspicious at all.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3 keshit

    My favorite teams are France and Brazil, but the messi needs a cup to complete the world cup hole.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,212 ✭✭✭Montage of Feck

    I just ran, Iran all night and day

    I couldn't get away

    ☦️ Free Byzantium

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,625 ✭✭✭✭dxhound2005

    You could make some serious money from the bookies with this inside information. They are rank outsiders along with Costa Rica, 750/1. 14/1 to beat Argentina, 9/2 Mexico and 17/4 Poland in the group. Get your money on.

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