2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

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The draw:

Group A: Netherlands, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus, Luxembourg

Group B: Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Faroe Islands, Latvia, Andorra

Group C: Germany, Czech Republic, NORTHERN IRELAND, Norway, Azerbaijan, San Marino

Group D: WALES, Austria, Serbia, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND, Moldova, Georgia

Group E: Romania, Denmark, Poland, Montenegro, Armenia, Kazakhstan

Group F: ENGLAND, Slovakia, SCOTLAND, Slovenia, Lithuania, Malta

Group G: Spain, Italy, Albania, Israel, FYR Macedonia, Liechtenstein

Group H: Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Estonia, Cyprus

Group I: Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland

Possibly Fingers (Tom D.), Saturday, 25 July 2015 17:47 (three years ago) Permalink

The winners of each group will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the eight best runners-up will advance to the second round (play-offs).

Second round (play-offs): The eight best runners-up from the first round will play home-and-away over two legs. The four winners will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Possibly Fingers (Tom D.), Saturday, 25 July 2015 17:50 (three years ago) Permalink

good draw for ireland but we are still too shit to come out of that group

doing my Objectives, handling some intense stuff (LocalGarda), Saturday, 25 July 2015 17:50 (three years ago) Permalink

Group A is a bastard! Not unhappy with Scotland's draw tbh.

Possibly Fingers (Tom D.), Saturday, 25 July 2015 17:51 (three years ago) Permalink

portugal/switzerland group the usual farce both nations seem to get

gawker's psychotic monkeys (imago), Saturday, 25 July 2015 17:52 (three years ago) Permalink

Zlatan constructing FIFA voodoo doll rn

gawker's psychotic monkeys (imago), Saturday, 25 July 2015 17:53 (three years ago) Permalink

Recently learned that Scotland was in the original Group of Death and was the only team in that group not to get to the knockouts. Although now I see that the term was apparently used earlier in Mexico.

Archaic Buster Poindexter, Live At The Apollo (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 25 July 2015 17:56 (three years ago) Permalink

Good draw for Denmark, though the manager always complains about having to travel so far all the time.

Frederik B, Saturday, 25 July 2015 18:33 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

cast that net yo

alphonse ginaloa (alomar lines), Saturday, 20 August 2016 07:24 (two years ago) Permalink

No point even pretending not to be awed and grateful to the servant robbie keane has been to his country, regardless of the frustration his style/effort combo brought at times

poor fiddy-less albion (darraghmac), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 16:28 (two years ago) Permalink

Ah yeah we all enjoyed slagging him from time to time but you cant deny he was a top top player for ireland

Neptune Bingo (Michael B), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 18:18 (two years ago) Permalink

couldnt believe the chants they sing for him at the la galaxy games

guess you gotta work with what you have

F♯ A♯ (∞), Wednesday, 24 August 2016 18:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Gonna fucking win it

poor fiddy-less albion (darraghmac), Monday, 5 September 2016 18:50 (two years ago) Permalink

What an absurdly competent, incisive start.

poor fiddy-less albion (darraghmac), Monday, 5 September 2016 18:52 (two years ago) Permalink

Six of the Kosovo squad were only cleared to play by FIFA four hours ago.

On a Raqqa tip (ShariVari), Monday, 5 September 2016 19:00 (two years ago) Permalink

This game is not competent anymore but it is very entertaining. Pitch is like a tarts tights

poor fiddy-less albion (darraghmac), Monday, 5 September 2016 19:20 (two years ago) Permalink

Hendrick a bizarre mix of strength, technique and utter foolishness. I think I'm very fond of him

poor fiddy-less albion (darraghmac), Monday, 5 September 2016 19:32 (two years ago) Permalink

Meanwhile, the Welsh Xavi gets his first ever Welsh goal as we go two nil up against shambolic Moldova

groovypanda, Monday, 5 September 2016 19:38 (two years ago) Permalink

Guess what about this ref

Cunt since we scored

Like not just lol dmac, this is certifiable bias

poor fiddy-less albion (darraghmac), Monday, 5 September 2016 20:11 (two years ago) Permalink

that was a shocker alright

Number None, Monday, 5 September 2016 20:14 (two years ago) Permalink

O Shea looks a mile from international standard

Ref booked two irish players in that first half for comedy, ignored two or three cert yellows for the Serbs. Completely hampers the midfield early on.

That said tactics since minute two have been laughably absent.

Offside? Think not.

poor fiddy-less albion (darraghmac), Monday, 5 September 2016 20:16 (two years ago) Permalink

Good call, if close.

poor fiddy-less albion (darraghmac), Monday, 5 September 2016 20:16 (two years ago) Permalink

whistle-blowing was a bit ostentatious though

still a cunt

Number None, Monday, 5 September 2016 20:18 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh ya a cunt for the years. He'll get his own song when we qualify the cunt

poor fiddy-less albion (darraghmac), Monday, 5 September 2016 20:19 (two years ago) Permalink

We look the match for them again now we've decided to be.

poor fiddy-less albion (darraghmac), Monday, 5 September 2016 20:20 (two years ago) Permalink

I mean tbh we look a good deal better than these lads when we want.

poor fiddy-less albion (darraghmac), Monday, 5 September 2016 20:23 (two years ago) Permalink

a veritable festival of the defensive arts

Number None, Monday, 5 September 2016 20:24 (two years ago) Permalink

fucking get in Murphy!

calzino, Monday, 5 September 2016 20:25 (two years ago) Permalink

Oops

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeWNQR5nRDE

groovypanda, Monday, 5 September 2016 20:25 (two years ago) Permalink

Ah here how much better is it than watching a trap team away tbf

poor fiddy-less albion (darraghmac), Monday, 5 September 2016 20:27 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh christ

poor fiddy-less albion (darraghmac), Monday, 5 September 2016 20:27 (two years ago) Permalink

Take that, all considered

poor fiddy-less albion (darraghmac), Monday, 5 September 2016 20:37 (two years ago) Permalink

Best tackle all night from.dunphy on whelan there. Ouch.

poor fiddy-less albion (darraghmac), Monday, 5 September 2016 20:41 (two years ago) Permalink

after the early goal they were pretty formless and too deep most of the time, but at least they showed up in the 2nd half

calzino, Monday, 5 September 2016 20:41 (two years ago) Permalink

After quinn came on he harried them well.

poor fiddy-less albion (darraghmac), Monday, 5 September 2016 20:42 (two years ago) Permalink

Finishes four nil in Cardiff after Bale penalty deep into injury time.

groovypanda, Monday, 5 September 2016 20:42 (two years ago) Permalink

this ireland team scoring an early goal is a fairly concerning event.

p great result though - it took a while, perhaps due to the need to undo trapp's cultural lobotomy, but mon has really built a team with bottle. and bottle is all irish teams really have.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Monday, 5 September 2016 20:44 (two years ago) Permalink

We have our bottle back, but we were hardly shamed technically out there. Disagree with the tenor of the analysis from rte here, we have as good a set of players from midfield as weve done since the halcyon days of Matty holland

poor fiddy-less albion (darraghmac), Monday, 5 September 2016 20:46 (two years ago) Permalink

Why did we only start playing after we went behind? Same old Ireland

Neptune Bingo (Michael B), Monday, 5 September 2016 20:58 (two years ago) Permalink

Hendricks only player with a bit of guile. Stating the obvious but what is the point of glen whelan. I dont see much of him in the prem but he cant be so utterly useless for stoke

Neptune Bingo (Michael B), Monday, 5 September 2016 21:00 (two years ago) Permalink

Old argument. Surrounded by better players.

Brady, hendrick, long, coleman all well fit to play a bit, and I don't think we'd mind the balance ito numbers if they were allowed or encouraged to.

Look, a draws a good result particularly with that ref. We didn't deserve more, although imo it was there for the taking.

poor fiddy-less albion (darraghmac), Monday, 5 September 2016 21:07 (two years ago) Permalink

hourihane, egan, o'dowda better than what's being put out there

r|t|c, Monday, 5 September 2016 22:15 (two years ago) Permalink

Hurling has spoiled my footy for good. Semi-watching the sinking of the titanic called Lolland. Lovely chip by Berg puts Holland 1-0 down against Sweden.

Janssen is "alright" though, in case anyone wonders.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 6 September 2016 19:34 (two years ago) Permalink

The Blind leading the Blind

I like it when you shoot inside me Dirk (Bananaman Begins), Tuesday, 6 September 2016 20:07 (two years ago) Permalink

Exactly. Blind Jr.'s cowardly man-bun not scoring any sympathy points either. Blind sr. can just fuck off imho.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 6 September 2016 21:42 (two years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Spas Delev, who has scored nine times in his last seventy-eight appearances in Polish and Bulgarian domestic football, and never before at international level, managed it twice in fifteen minutes vs the Netherlands.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Saturday, 25 March 2017 20:51 (one year ago) Permalink

Only good thing abt this shambles is Danny Blind will be butchered in the press. He's such a fucking tool and I hate him so so much.

He selects a 17 yo who's only played a hand full of games for Ajax. He lets him debut in a way too tricky and uneasy match, the poor guy makes an error leading to a goal. By halftime Blind throws him under the bus by keeping him in the dresser. Way to destroy a young player, man.

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 25 March 2017 21:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Something is rotten in the state of Holland! Seems to be no decent young talent coming out of their lately which is surprising

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Sunday, 26 March 2017 17:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Blind out. Bless.

There's lots of talent Michael B, it's just mistreated, misjudged and misguided by layers and layers of incompetence within the association.

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 26 March 2017 19:24 (one year ago) Permalink

Fred will be happy.

Action of Boyle Man Prompts Visitor to Stay (Tom D.), Friday, 1 December 2017 15:54 (ten months ago) Permalink

lol (xp)

Action of Boyle Man Prompts Visitor to Stay (Tom D.), Friday, 1 December 2017 15:54 (ten months ago) Permalink

small nation mentality

Illegal Ethiopian Dance Music (Noodle Vague), Friday, 1 December 2017 15:55 (ten months ago) Permalink

ok now Group D is pure hipster

Illegal Ethiopian Dance Music (Noodle Vague), Friday, 1 December 2017 15:56 (ten months ago) Permalink

Russia vs Saudi Arabia as the first game of the tournament. #getthispartystarted

Matt DC, Friday, 1 December 2017 15:57 (ten months ago) Permalink

Overall a pretty good draw, no? Denmark lucky, but apart from Morocco and Iran nobody can be that upset.

Frederik B, Friday, 1 December 2017 15:58 (ten months ago) Permalink

group d not quite a group of death, more a group of sustained peril

ogmor, Friday, 1 December 2017 15:58 (ten months ago) Permalink

great group for england

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Friday, 1 December 2017 15:58 (ten months ago) Permalink

Group H could be interesting, all DARK HORSES all the time.

Matt DC, Friday, 1 December 2017 15:59 (ten months ago) Permalink

when did England last get out of a group? they may have a shot

Illegal Ethiopian Dance Music (Noodle Vague), Friday, 1 December 2017 15:59 (ten months ago) Permalink

I think Morocco could frustrate Portugal or Spain

Illegal Ethiopian Dance Music (Noodle Vague), Friday, 1 December 2017 15:59 (ten months ago) Permalink

lol russia vs saudi arabia is on my birthday too - gonna be sweet

nxd, Friday, 1 December 2017 16:00 (ten months ago) Permalink

i've decided i'm supporting mo salah's egypt

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Friday, 1 December 2017 16:00 (ten months ago) Permalink

Overall a pretty good draw, no?

Dull as ditchwater for the neutrals. Apart from Por v. Spa.

Action of Boyle Man Prompts Visitor to Stay (Tom D.), Friday, 1 December 2017 16:00 (ten months ago) Permalink

Poland
Senegal
Colombia
Japan

^is that the most balanced WC group ever?

ogmor, Friday, 1 December 2017 16:02 (ten months ago) Permalink

Calling Argentina v Croatia as the game of the tournament already. England v Belgium dead rubber probably the worst.

Matt DC, Friday, 1 December 2017 16:02 (ten months ago) Permalink

H is the Group of Life.

Action of Boyle Man Prompts Visitor to Stay (Tom D.), Friday, 1 December 2017 16:03 (ten months ago) Permalink

lol

ogmor, Friday, 1 December 2017 16:05 (ten months ago) Permalink

Overall a pretty good draw, no?

Dull as ditchwater for the neutrals. Apart from Por v. Spa.

― Action of Boyle Man Prompts Visitor to Stay (Tom D.), 1. december 2017 17:00 (three minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Well, yeah. These two things might be connected :)

Frederik B, Friday, 1 December 2017 16:05 (ten months ago) Permalink

Jose Fonte knows more about geography than Shearer.

Action of Boyle Man Prompts Visitor to Stay (Tom D.), Friday, 1 December 2017 16:10 (ten months ago) Permalink

Spain group closest to something of a death group.

I expect Morocco to shine and take second place.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 1 December 2017 16:13 (ten months ago) Permalink

Poland
Senegal
Colombia
Japan

^is that the most balanced WC group ever?

― ogmor, Friday, 1 December 2017 16:02 (forty-eight seconds ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

According to our agreed-on Ogmor Quality scale, yes it is.

The same scale tells us that the easiest group is group A (cumulative quality points 81, where the best team gets 1 point and the worst gets 32) and the most difficult group is F (53).

Tim, Friday, 1 December 2017 16:15 (ten months ago) Permalink

now that's the sort of stats the people need to hear

ogmor, Friday, 1 December 2017 16:17 (ten months ago) Permalink

Three quarters of the Spain group total next-door neighbours also, you could probably get from Portugal to Morocco in a car in an afternoon (NB this estimate is untested).

Tim, Friday, 1 December 2017 16:20 (ten months ago) Permalink

(via Spain obv)

Tim, Friday, 1 December 2017 16:21 (ten months ago) Permalink

My gut feel is that Colombia are comfortably the best team in that group but we'll find out.

Matt DC, Friday, 1 December 2017 16:22 (ten months ago) Permalink

colombia didn't look great getting beaten by SK the other day. that's definitely the most curious, I've not seen senegal play at all

ogmor, Friday, 1 December 2017 16:26 (ten months ago) Permalink

How are Eng fucking thia up? I don't know but I'll enjoy finding out.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 1 December 2017 17:02 (ten months ago) Permalink

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DP-RCM-X4AMgiVV.jpg

Love this pic; so many possible explanations for what might be happening here; most of them are more plausible than "this is the draw for the world cup 2018".

Tim, Friday, 1 December 2017 17:26 (ten months ago) Permalink

why are they in area 51

infinity (∞), Friday, 1 December 2017 17:30 (ten months ago) Permalink

The general lack of legit good teams (four, maybe) should make this pretty even and interesting, I think.

Has anyone got tickets / plans to go?

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Friday, 1 December 2017 17:31 (ten months ago) Permalink

I've not seen senegal play at all

Mane, Balde Keita, Sow and Niang up front, Koullibaly at the back - definitely wouldn’t bet on Colombia in their current form.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Friday, 1 December 2017 17:36 (ten months ago) Permalink

Russia could well be out of this after the first round; I can see Egypt and Uruguay ending above them.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 1 December 2017 17:50 (ten months ago) Permalink

Here's hoping.

Action of Boyle Man Prompts Visitor to Stay (Tom D.), Friday, 1 December 2017 18:00 (ten months ago) Permalink

I'm sure their fans will accept it with passive equanimity

Illegal Ethiopian Dance Music (Noodle Vague), Friday, 1 December 2017 18:10 (ten months ago) Permalink

Russia’s main problem, apart from Igor Akinfeev, is that they are incredibly boring but if they can click I think they should probably finish above Egypt.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Friday, 1 December 2017 18:18 (ten months ago) Permalink

Craig Bellamy
8/11
Tony Pulis
3/1
Ryan Giggs
11/2
Osian Roberts
8/1
Carl Robinson
10/1
Thierry Henry
18/1
Kit Symons
20/1
Rob Page
22/1
Dean Saunders
25/1
John Hartson
25/1

What a shitty shortlist for next Wales manager, wouldn't want any of these near a league one club.

standard Ryan Giggs hilarity:"Of course I'm interested," 44-year-old Giggs told Sky Sports.

"I've not spoken to anyone at the moment but I'd definitely be interested.

calzino, Saturday, 9 December 2017 12:24 (ten months ago) Permalink

Thierry Henry!!

imago, Saturday, 9 December 2017 12:44 (ten months ago) Permalink

A bit like Giggs in that he wants to be an engine driver with an engine driver hat when he grows up, although obv Giggs is the extreme case,

calzino, Saturday, 9 December 2017 13:02 (ten months ago) Permalink

Giggs very much the Full Kit Wanker of the management world. He carries a sheepskin coat, a pint of wine and a wound-down car window with him everywhere he goes these days.

Thomas Gabriel Fischer does not endorse (aldo), Sunday, 10 December 2017 12:36 (ten months ago) Permalink

and yet strangely never goes towards lower tier clubs where he might have an actual chance of being given an experimental chance

best display name of 2017 (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 10 December 2017 12:44 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

most of the world cup kits are v disappointing, boring and a bit 90s-blocky. I quite like japan & argentina's kits, and belgium's is good:

http://www.whoateallthepies.tv/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/adidas-new-kit-belgium.png

but the new nigeria kit is an instant classic

https://images.cdn.fourfourtwo.com/sites/fourfourtwo.com/files/styles/image_landscape/public/nike-news-football-soccer-nigeria-national-team-kit-12_original.jpg?itok=OAZj29nj

ogmor, Friday, 9 February 2018 12:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

agree on all 4!

the away kits for portugal, france and croatia too

nxd, Friday, 9 February 2018 12:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

obvs the german 1990 nod too

nxd, Friday, 9 February 2018 12:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

oh that portugal away kit is nice and seems quite portuguese to me. the german kit is also deutsch as hell, not bad http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Leroy+Sane+Germany+Adidas+Present+New+Kit+PDmLLEODQtvl.jpg

ogmor, Friday, 9 February 2018 12:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

These are all pretty nice, Nigeria especially. I like the French one too:

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-C9nKP5NwspU/Wg3J6dfXvXI/AAAAAAABXPU/BlohnWUwZa00lHmXd-AaG_vFh8vLHVRKACLcBGAs/s550/france-2018-world-cup-kit-2.jpg

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 9 February 2018 13:02 (eight months ago) Permalink

A lot of retro styling going on.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Friday, 9 February 2018 13:06 (eight months ago) Permalink

Ooh, new Spain and Germany away kits leaked today - very nice

nxd, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 10:21 (eight months ago) Permalink


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