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World Cup 2018 Group A (Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay)

Discussion in 'General Football' started by Jordinho, 14 May 2018.

  1. Jordinho

    Jordinho Steve Archibald Staff Member

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    It all kicks off one month from today with Russia v Saudi Arabia.

    Preliminary squads:

    Russia:

    Coach: Stanislav Cherchesov

    Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Club Brugge), Soslan Dzhanaev (Rubin Kazan), Andrey Lunev (Zenit St Petersburg)

    Defenders: Vladimir Granat, Ruslan Kambolov, Fedor Kudryashov (all Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Roman Neustadter (Fenerbahce), Konstantin Rausch (Dynamo Moscow), Andrey Semenov (Akhmat Grozny), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St Petersburg), Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow)

    Midfielders: Yuri Gazinskiy (Krasnodar), Alexsandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev (both CSKA Moscow), Aleksandr Erokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev (all Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Zobnin, Alexsandr Samedov (both Spartak Moscow), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Aleksandr Tashaev (Dynamo Moscow), Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal)

    Forwards: Artem Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Aleksey Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fedor Smolov (Krasnodar), Fedor Chalov (CSKA Moscow)

    Saudi Arabia:

    Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi

    Egypt:


    Coach: Hector Cuper

    Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Mohamed Awad (Ismaily)

    Defenders: Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Saad Samir (Al Ahly), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Al Fath) Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom), Ali Gabr (West Brom), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Karim Hafez (RC Lens), Omar Gaber (LAFC), Amro Tarek (Orlando City)

    Midfielders: Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Abdel Aziz (Zamalek), Shikabala (Al Raed), Abdallah Said (KuPS), Sam Morsy (Wigan), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Kahraba (Ittihad), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud “Trezeguet” Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos)

    Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Ahmed Gomaa (Al Masry), Ahmed “Koka” Mahgoub (SC Braga), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

    Uruguay:

    Coach: Óscar Tabárez, who has decided to not reveal Uruguay's preliminary World Cup squad.
     
  2. Kandi1977

    Kandi1977 Jimmy Neighbour

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    A totally irrelevant group.
     
  3. Seedy Ron

    Seedy Ron Mauricio Taricco

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    Is Russia v Saudi Arabia the worst game to ever start a World Cup with? I bet it's nil nil too.
     
  4. Rorschach

    Rorschach Barry Daines

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    I actually forgot about the world cup. Meh.
     
  5. milo

    milo Terry Dyson Staff Member

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  6. galeforce

    galeforce Erik Thorstvedt

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    So he was faking tonight then?
     
  7. Seedy Ron

    Seedy Ron Mauricio Taricco

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    Maybe he just couldn't take the thought of Jordan Henderson hoisting the European Cup? Not all bad after all.
     
  8. Spurs7891

    Spurs7891 Young-Pyo Lee

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    So, the much awaited World Cup is starting today with Russia playing against Saudi Arabia.

    Russia is under pressure to get a good result in the first match. But their team is so weak that they are the lowest ranked team in this World Cup. Russian teams have always been let down by lack of discipline. They should have appointed a big-name coach to lead them like how Hiddink guided them to the Euro 2008 semi finals. Russia badly need a good performance and result against Saudi Arabia to not only improve their chance to progress to the Second Round but to make their fans happy as well.
     
  9. SpurMeUp

    SpurMeUp Pat van den Hauwe

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    Don't worry Russian players blood has just been replaced with x-men chemicals.
     
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  10. P.D.

    P.D. Clint Dempsey

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    Is the signal on ITV HD constantly breaking up for everyone else?
     
  11. Jordinho

    Jordinho Steve Archibald Staff Member

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    I'm so glad I'm not watching the build up and the ceremony. I'd rather sit here and be bored for the next twenty minutes.
     
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    P.D. Clint Dempsey

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    Had to go back to non HD ITV, their picture is awful as usual.

    I hope the tournament is better than the ceremony, terrible. Why get Robbie Williams? Surely there must be something a bit more Russian or modern to showcase. There's probably a billion people watching.
     
  13. Seedy Ron

    Seedy Ron Mauricio Taricco

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    Looks like we're set for some hardcore VAR action in Andy Townsend's (re-tasked) Tactics Truck:



    Not really sure you need a different VAR for offsides but there you go.
     
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    jts1882 Milija Aleksic

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    Yes, unless it's just the two of us.
     
  15. Jordinho

    Jordinho Steve Archibald Staff Member

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    The linesmen have apparently been asked not to flag for close calls and let VAR deal with it afterwards instead.
     
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    jts1882 Milija Aleksic

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    I like this. Give each person a very narrow responsibility with clear instructions to look at one thing. It could bring a lot of clarity to the job.
     
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    P.D. Clint Dempsey

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    Sensible decision otherwise they could be onside and denied a goal, this way they can check afterwards.
     
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    galeforce Erik Thorstvedt

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    took that really well, terrible ball to him
     
  19. DeleHarry

    DeleHarry Pascal Chimbonda

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    Enjoyable first half. Lovely skill for the second goal. Sign him up Poch
     
  20. DeleHarry

    DeleHarry Pascal Chimbonda

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    Loved the opening ceremony. Short and sweet, some fit Russian dancers, bit of Robbie belting out 3 hits. Can't complain tbh.
     

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