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mr_G
23-05-2006, 13:15:40
Group C:
Argentina (8)
Cote D’Ivoir (32)
Serbia and Montenegro (46)
Netherlands (3)

why?

Funko
23-05-2006, 13:17:07
Because it has three great teams and the Netherlands.

mr_G
23-05-2006, 13:18:42
don't you think group E is a much more tougher group than C then?

Tizzy
23-05-2006, 13:22:58
Boring forum!

mr_G
23-05-2006, 13:24:11
shoe forum!!!

Venom
23-05-2006, 13:24:22
Our group is more deathier.

mr_G
23-05-2006, 13:26:28
Group E: Italy (14), Ghana (50), United States (4) and Czech Republic (2)

so you agree,............ :bounce:

Venom
23-05-2006, 13:29:21
Indeed. I do agree.

Venom
23-05-2006, 13:29:59
I don't know how Mexico got such a god damn easy draw.

Funko
23-05-2006, 13:30:45
The ranking numbers are no representaion of quality.

I think Ghana and the USA are slightly weaker than Ivory Coast and Serbia. Argentina and Italy are about the same level as each other as are Holland and the Czechs.

Funko
23-05-2006, 13:32:50
Basically, I think we're more likely to get an upset in Group C than Group E. The Czechs and Italy will qualify from that group but one of Argentina or Holland could well miss out.

Venom
23-05-2006, 13:34:17
THE HELL YOU SAY!?!? Weaker than the Ivory Coast and Serbia & Montengero?

FUCK YOU!

Funko
23-05-2006, 13:35:44
I suppose from the US perspective it's the group of death because you won't qualify. :D

King_Ghidra
23-05-2006, 13:37:38
Originally posted by Tizzy
Boning forum!

that's what i read, anyway

sent me scurrying back to the forum list

Venom
23-05-2006, 13:37:38
I have no doubts we're the 3rd best team in our group but we may sneak in there.

King_Ghidra
23-05-2006, 13:38:20
you have no doubt? not even the slightest doubt that ghana are better than you?

Venom
23-05-2006, 13:40:04
NONE!

Venom
23-05-2006, 13:40:34
They still could beat us though. Just as we're going to beat Italy and draw with the Czechs.

Venom
23-05-2006, 13:41:19
And now we've entered the portion of the day where I make wild predictions.

I'm going to win the $200 million dollar lottery this year.

Funko
23-05-2006, 13:42:26
Originally posted by Venom
but we may sneak in there.

Of course you might, I just don't think it's very likely.

Venom
23-05-2006, 13:43:42
Always with the negative waves.

Chris
23-05-2006, 13:44:44
I thought this was a list of Venom targets.

Funko
23-05-2006, 13:45:05
What is negative about the USA not qualifying?

Venom
23-05-2006, 13:47:40
Because it might be farther than England makes it? Negative for you at least.

maroule
23-05-2006, 13:48:08
I have no clue about the quality of the US team this year
I was pleasantly surprised last WC by them, but then that whole WC was a bit freaky.

I read the eternal teenage sensation (adu?) didn't make the cut. What's happening with him, isn't he developing as the wunderkid everybody was hoping to see?

Venom
23-05-2006, 13:50:56
No. He's really not developing at all. Hasn't been getting tons of playing time, and hasn't done anything special when he has.

Funko
23-05-2006, 13:52:15
Originally posted by Venom
Because it might be farther than England makes it? Negative for you at least.

Yours is the second hardest group, ours is relatively straightforward.

No shame if you don't qualify from that group big shame for us if we don't.

Venom
23-05-2006, 13:53:50
Yep. So when we qualify and you don't it will be triple embarassing, so that's why you're casting negative waves at the US team.

Funko
23-05-2006, 13:56:47
Good point... I hadn't thought of that but that is true...

I will obviously be supporting Reading heros Bobby Convey and Marcus Hannehman though.

Venom
23-05-2006, 13:58:39
As you should.

Ah, who am I kidding. We're not gonna qualify. We're going to lose all three games. We alternate quality World Cups. 90 HORRIBLE. 94...good showing. 98 HORRIBLE. 02 very good showing....06 ?

Funko
23-05-2006, 14:02:17
One of my friends has an American girlfriend, she flies back in at the beginning of June (I did say does she know you'll be watching football for a month) and we're apparently planning on taking her to the curry restaurant to watch a USA match with curry and cheap beer so I expect we'll support the US then.

Venom
23-05-2006, 14:04:12
Even if we qualify in second, I believe we'll run in to Brazil in the 2nd round. WE'RE GOING ALL THE WAY!

Funko
23-05-2006, 14:08:02
Just beat Italy and the Czechs, top the group and meet Croatia or someone. Could be easier than the group game. ;)

Venom
23-05-2006, 14:11:40
We'll beat Italy and Ghana. We'll draw with the Czechs. Czechs will win all three, finish top of the group but they'll all be mauled by one of those large beer carrying wenches. They'll be forced to drop out, we'll take top spot. Italy will take second.

Lurker the Second
23-05-2006, 14:59:09
Originally posted by Venom
We'll draw with the Czechs. Czechs will win all three, .

Interesting.

Venom
23-05-2006, 15:01:58
Don't ask me how. I only report the future.

Lurker the Second
23-05-2006, 15:06:38
All this America bashing gets me depressed. Can't we all just get along?

Funko
23-05-2006, 15:06:50
Lurker doesn't understand football does he. :rolleyes:

mr_G
23-05-2006, 15:07:03
jesjes we can

Funko
23-05-2006, 15:07:47
It's not America bashing, we English traditionally support the plucky underdog, as you are in that group. I just don't think you'll manage it.

Lurker the Second
23-05-2006, 15:09:49
Bah, you humorless bastard.

MoSe
23-05-2006, 15:10:53
yep, a minorate reporter

Funko
23-05-2006, 15:14:24
Originally posted by Lurker the Second
Bah, you humorless bastard.

What's wrong with taking your ^joke^ and using it as an opportunity for further insult?

Lurker the Second
23-05-2006, 15:26:43
Well that's perfectly fine, of course, but your insults suck then.

Funko
23-05-2006, 15:27:04
Oh, they suck do they! I have never been so insulted!

Lurker the Second
23-05-2006, 15:29:57
Really? Ok, maybe not to your face, but you should see the PMs .......

maroule
23-05-2006, 15:41:48
yeah, Blair and Villepin have been rubbishing Funko in his back lately

Tizzy
23-05-2006, 15:43:52
Originally posted by Lurker the Second
Really? Ok, maybe not to your face, but you should see the PMs .......

He sees a lot of PMS..

Lurker the Second
23-05-2006, 15:47:59
A couple of PMs, one of whom was suffering from PMs, spent hours rubbishing poor Funko via PMs over the course of a long weekend. This activity generally occurred in the PMs.

King_Ghidra
23-05-2006, 15:52:15
Originally posted by Tizzy
He sees a lot of PMS..

Pre-Marital Sex?

Tizzy
23-05-2006, 15:54:48
That too

Venom
23-05-2006, 16:36:38
Lunch is making a quick u-turn after that thought.

Lurker the Second
23-05-2006, 17:02:23
Have mercy on the poor sheep. :(

Greg W
24-05-2006, 04:29:25
I think we have a tough group too, though the rankings won't necessarily agree..

Brazil (1)
Japan (18)
Croatia (23)
Australia (42)

Japan could do anything. They're the #1 ranked Asian side, and made the quarters in the last WC (from memory).

Croatia could do anything. They might star, they might flop. More likely they'll do well though.

Brazil - they won't do a France.

And us. We beat the then ranked 17th side in Uruguay last year (but only on penalties, the two matches were 1-1). If Kewell, Cahill, Schwarzer and Aloisi can get fit and stay that way, then we might have a chance of sneaking into 2nd. Or we might lose everything and finish last on 0 points.

Probably the latter, but, hey, it's going to be fun just being there. :beer:

mr_G
24-05-2006, 06:24:49
Hiddink Greg....Hiddink

Scabrous Birdseed
24-05-2006, 07:28:22
Japan is having some very strange internal issues and recently drew 0-0 with Scotland, one of europe's lowest-rated sides.

MoSe
24-05-2006, 07:41:42
Originally posted by Greg W
If Kewell, Cahill, Schwarzer and Aloisi can get fit and stay that way....

I see you trust a lot in Bresciano.....

Funko
24-05-2006, 08:16:32
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed
Japan is having some very strange internal issues and recently drew 0-0 with Scotland, one of europe's lowest-rated sides.

Although the same Scotland team had just thrashed Bulgaria 5-1.

Scabrous Birdseed
24-05-2006, 08:19:42
The same Bulgaria team that had just beaten Japan 2-1.

Funko
24-05-2006, 08:25:42
Ah.

Anyway, I think Japan just scraped into the second round last time, and they were hosts. I think they'll be bottom of that group.

maroule
24-05-2006, 08:36:25
Zico has always pushed very attacking football, let's hope he'll remain true to that, because IMO good speed and technique could certainly undo the fairly ponderous and physical aussie team, and could even surprise Croatia. But that's a gratuitous comment, I certainly didn't bet a euro on Japan, and went for croatia first and Brazil second

Funko
24-05-2006, 08:38:33
I read a quote from him about bringing a 5 strikers because he had a thought about playing 3 up front.

Greg W
24-05-2006, 12:11:44
Originally posted by MoSe
I see you trust a lot in Bresciano..... He's possibly our best midfielder (counting Kewell as a forward). Thing is... he's not injured like those others I mentioned are (and thus why I questioned their fitness). :p

But Hiddink could indeed be our Dutch ace up the sleeve. Heck, if he can take Korea to the semis...

Croatia first and Brazil second? :eek: Now there's a big call.

maroule
24-05-2006, 12:45:12
quite, but they gave half decent odds, and I'm betting on Brazil being overhyped and easily frustrated if they don't score early (but 5 euros was the limit of my audacity)

Funko
24-05-2006, 12:46:42
I have the panini sticker of him, or as I call him, that baldy Aussie!

King_Ghidra
24-05-2006, 13:28:15
Greg?

Funko
24-05-2006, 13:34:57
:lol:

maroule
24-05-2006, 14:42:28
private joke alert

Venom
24-05-2006, 14:45:05
Not at all.

Funko
24-05-2006, 14:53:34
http://www.muf.me.uk/files/oioioi.jpghttp://digilander.libero.it/fotocalciatori/bresciano.jpg
Bresciano --------------- Greg W

maroule
24-05-2006, 15:06:43
balding accountant from Reading ------------- stunt man of Vin Diesel

mr_G
24-05-2006, 15:08:47
greg is matts cousin?

MattHiggs
24-05-2006, 16:17:33
Fuck you!

Greg W
25-05-2006, 12:04:45
Originally posted by King_Ghidra
Greg? :lol: I'll pay that one. :lol: