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13 hours ago, Macca said:

We could end up in not-so-hard group if things fall our way ... the draw is on Dec 1st.

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Here's a few combo's that might suit ...

Poland,  Peru,  Senegal,  Australia

Russia,  Switzerland,  Tunisia,  Australia

Portugal,  Colombia,  Egypt,  Australia

We don't want ...

Germany,  Spain,  Costa Rica,  Australia

 

 

 

The dream draw ... better still easy to get tickets :)

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12 hours ago, Diamond_Jim said:

The dream draw ... better still easy to get tickets :)

 

The World cup not having Italy,  Netherlands,  USA or Chile has opened up the real possibility of the event having a number of weaker groups.  And we are a real chance of being drawn in one of those weaker groups. 

Spain not being in pot 1 makes zero sense but nations like Poland have been able to manipulate the rankings/seedings by carefully picking & choosing who they play in friendlies.

 

 

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Irish radio station 'Today FM' are broadcasting some EPL games ... tuned in last week to the Spurs/Gunners game but I'm not sure how many games they cover or whether we'll be able to listen in on an ongoing basis. 

Anyway ... listen in here

Other games to keep an eye out for this weekend ...

Sun  1.30am - Dortmund vs Schalke

         4.30am - Liverpool vs Chelsea

Mon 4.30am - Villarreal vs Sevilla

         6.45am - Valencia vs Barcelona

         7.00am - Monaco vs PSG

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On 11/23/2017 at 8:07 PM, Macca said:

 

The World cup not having Italy,  Netherlands,  USA or Chile has opened up the real possibility of the event having a number of weaker groups.  And we are a real chance of being drawn in one of those weaker groups. 

Spain not being in pot 1 makes zero sense but nations like Poland have been able to manipulate the rankings/seedings by carefully picking & choosing who they play in friendlies.

 

 

Interesting.... had not thought of that angle

USA and Italy not making it must be a huge disappointment for the TV rights owners not to mention FIFA itself.

Have now got my accomodation in Kazan. A one bedroom unit with a pull out couch for the son in the living room. Apparently a 15 minute walk to the stadium which has the largest outside screen in Europe which I assume will make a good fan site for the non Kazan matches. In the scheme of things the accomodation while basic was not expensive but it was still 3-4 times what they usually charge.

Looking forward to the draw next week.

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5 minutes ago, Diamond_Jim said:

Interesting.... had not thought of that angle

USA and Italy not making it must be a huge disappointment for the TV rights owners not to mention FIFA itself.

Have now got my accomodation in Kazan. A one bedroom unit with a pull out couch for the son in the living room. Apparently a 15 minute walk to the stadium which has the largest outside screen in Europe which I assume will make a good fan site for the non Kazan matches. In the scheme of things the accomodation while basic was not expensive but it was still 3-4 times what they usually charge.

Looking forward to the draw next week.

I listen to to a few soccer podcasts DJ and the pundits have often made mention of how various teams are able to manipulate their ranking by who they choose to play in International friendlies ... Wales has been mentioned as well as Poland and a few others. 

Group draws in WC & EC qualifying are the targets ... also, the actual make-up of the groups in the WC & EC.  Seedings decides the pots and manipulating friendlies (opponents) is within the rules (whilst being ethically wrong)

Spain won their WC qualifying group which included Italy and are obviously one of the best teams in the World - yet not rated in the top 8?  FIFA should act on the inequity but what are the chances of that happening?

 

 

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15 hours ago, Macca said:

Irish radio station 'Today FM' are broadcasting some EPL games ... tuned in last week to the Spurs/Gunners game but I'm not sure how many games they cover or whether we'll be able to listen in on an ongoing basis. 

Anyway ... listen in here

Other games to keep an eye out for this weekend ...

Sun  1.30am - Dortmund vs Schalke

         4.30am - Liverpool vs Chelsea

Mon 4.30am - Villarreal vs Sevilla

         6.45am - Valencia vs Barcelona

         7.00am - Monaco vs PSG

The Dortmund-Schalke game was a belter. Dortmund was 4-0 up within 25 minutes, only for Schalke to peg them back in the last 25 minutes and level the scores deep in injury time.  

Spurs again stumbled at home to weak opposition, while the draw at Anfield just helps City.  

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All times AEST.

Friday, June 15:

Russia v Saudi Arabia, Moscow (Luzhniki) (1am)

Egypt v Uruguay, Yekaterinburg (10pm)

Saturday, June 16:

Morocco v Iran, Saint Petersburg (1am)

Portugal v Spain, Sochi (4am)

Australia v France  Kazan (8pm)

Argentina v Iceland, Moscow (Spartak) (11pm).

Sunday, June 17:

Peru v Denmark, Saransk (2am)

Croatia v Nigeria, Kaliningrad (5am)

Costa Rica v Serbia, Samara (10pm)

Monday, June 18:

Germany v Mexico, Moscow (Luzhniki) (1am)

Brazil v Switzerland, Rostov-on-Don (4am)

Sweden v South Korea, Nizhni Novgorod (10pm).

Tuesday, June 19:

Belgium v Panama, Sochi (1am)

Tunisia v England, Volgograd (4am)

Poland v Senegal, Moscow (Spartak) (10pm).

Wednesday, June 20:

Colombia v Japan, Saransk (1am)

Russia v Egypt, Saint Petersburg (4am)

Portugal v Morocco, Moscow (Luzhniki) (10pm)

Thursday, June 21:

Uruguay v Saudi Arabia, Rostov-on-Don (1am)

Iran v Spain, Kazan (4am)

France v Peru, Yekaterinburg (10pm)

Friday, June 22: 

Australia v Denmark  Samara (1am)

Argentina v Croatia, Nizhni Novgorod (4am)

Brazil v Costa Rica, Saint Petersburg (10pm).

Saturday, June 23:

Nigeria v Iceland, Volgograd (1am)

Serbia v Switzerland, Kaliningrad (4am)

Belgium v Tunisia, Moscow (Spartak) (10pm).

Sunday, June 24:

Germany v Sweden, Sochi (1am)

South Korea v Mexico, Rostov-on-Don (4am)

England v Panama, Nizhni Novgorod (10pm).

Monday, June 25:

Japan v Senegal, Yekaterinburg (1am)

Poland v Colombia, Kazan (4am).

Tuesday, June 26:

Saudi Arabia v Egypt, Volgograd (midnight)

Uruguay v Russia, Samara (midnight)

Spain v Morocco, Kaliningrad (4am)

Iran v Portugal, Saransk (4am).

Wednesday, June 27:

Denmark v France, Moscow (Luzhniki) (midnight) 

Australia v Peru  Sochi (Midnight)

Nigeria v Argentina, Saint Petersburg (4am)

Iceland v Croatia, Rostov-on-Don (4am).

Thursday, June 28:

South Korea v Germany, Kazan (midnight)

Mexico v Sweden, Yekaterinburg (midnight)

Serbia v Brazil, Moscow (Spartak) (4am)

Switzerland v Costa Rica, Nizhni Novgorod (4am).

Friday, June 29:

Japan v Poland, Volgograd (midnight)

Senegal v Colombia, Samara (midnight)

England v Belgium, Kaliningrad (4am)

Panama v Tunisia, Saransk (4am).

Sunday, July 1

Round of 16:

Group C winners v Group D runners-up, Kazan (R1) (midnight)

Group A winners v Group B runners-up, Sochi (R2) (4am).

Monday, July 2

Round of 16:

Group B winners v Group A runners-up, Moscow (Luzhniki) (R5) (midnight)

Group D winners v Group C runners-up, Nizhni Novgorod (R6) (4am).

Tuesday, July 3

Round of 16:

Group E winners v Group F runners-up, Samara (R3) (midnight)

Group G winners v Group H runners-up, Rostov-on-Don (R4) (4am).

Wednesday, July 4

Round of 16:

Group F winners v Group E runners-up, Saint Petersburg (R7) (midnight)

Group H winners v Group G runners-up, Moscow (Spartak) (R8) (4am).

Saturday, July 7

Quarter-finals:

Winner of R1 v Winner of R2, Nizhni Novgorod (Q1) (midnight)

Winner of R3 v Winner of R4, Kazan (Q2) (4am)
 

Sunday, July 8

Quarter-finals:

Winner of R7 v Winner of R8, Samara (Q3) (midnight)

Winner of R5 v Winner of R6, Sochi (Q4) (4am)

Semifinal 1:

Saint Petersburg Stadium, 4am, Wednesday, July 11


Semifinal 2:

Luzhiniki Stadium, 4am, Thursday, July 12

Third place playoff

Sunday, July 15: Saint Petersburg (midnight)
 

FINAL

Monday, July 16: Moscow (Luzhniki) (1am)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So my opening match in good old Kazan is Australia v France... will have to take the right coloured scarf

Who would have thought that when I bought my series tickets.

Will pretty well decide Australia's chances... hopefully a draw or a 1-0 loss. If we repeat the German loss 4-0 a la South Africa that is almost certainly the end of our chances.

Australia's second game (Denmark) is in Samara which is not far from Kazan so I might think about the logistics of trying to catch that game as well.

Spain play Iran in Kazan followed by Germany v South Korea. The other game is Poland v Colombia which should be a close game.

Round 16 match is most likely France v Croatia or possibly Nigeria.

Should be fun.

Looking at heading to Moscow for a week before going to Kazan but accommodation is seriously expensive. Wouldn't mind tripping around Kazan but so far have not managed to crack the code for independent tourism given that most web sites are in Cyrillic Russian.

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Champions League Round of 16 draw

FC Basel v Manchester City

Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur

FC Porto v Liverpool

Sevilla v Manchester United

Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain

FC Shakhtar Donetsk v AS Roma

Chelsea v Barcelona

Bayern Munich v Besiktas

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On 14/11/2017 at 5:16 PM, Grapeviney said:

 

I'm actually weighing up a quick, bucket list soccer trip to Europe in the new year. I figure with Spurs playing at Wembley this season, it will never be so easy to see them live again. Would try to go to matches at San Siro and the Camp Nou while I'm over there. Anyone done such a trip and have any advice?  

I’m going - and soon!

Just bought premium seats at the Camp Nou for Barca v Levante on the 7th, and the same for Spurs v the Toffees 6 days later at Wembley, with a pre-game function, drinks etc.

Pretty pumped, as I’ve dreamt about these stadia since I was a kid (albeit Wembley’s been totally refurbed since then, much like the ‘G). 

Hopefully Harry Kane can keep scoring hat-tricks for a few more weeks yet..

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Starting to get a little concerned about how long it is taking Timmy Cahill to find a new club.

At his time of leaving Melbourne City, Muscat opined that Timmy had already lined somewhere up but it is now one month later and nothing.

Hard to think of a club that will give him good service and also be prepared to take on a stop gap striker that wants guaranteed game time.

A genuine conundrum which I hope is quickly settled. Of course he may take the view that as the A league is ending in around a month he really has little to lose by not playing in that league.

Perhaps a third level European club might be an answer (assuming he can't get a second level club)

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On 27/12/2017 at 5:06 AM, Grapeviney said:

 

Hopefully Harry Kane can keep scoring hat-tricks for a few more weeks yet..

Had to settle for a brace, but it’s hard to complain about a 4-0 thumping in front of more than 76,000. 

Was an unforgettable night, my seat was so good I was basically sitting on the bench, and could hear Poch and Sam Allardyce yelling out instructions. 

Spurs fans lament the lack of atmosphere at Wembley compared to the Lane, but coming from the much larger ‘G, it seemed intimate and the vibe all night was amazing. 

With Barca winning 3-0 last weekend, the whole trip has been a dream come true and I’m glad I came. 

Will post some pics when I get back to Oz.

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Some shots from the Barcelona v Levante game. The official attendance was listed as 56,000 but I reckon they fudged it, just as they do with crowds here, as the stadium seemed to be less than half full. Had amazing seats, sitting at about half-forward on level 2, which gave a great vantage point for the action. In the second half, the top row of seats in the stand opposite me took on this ethereal glow from the setting sun, and my cousin, who was sitting in the stand opposite, snapped the magnificent final shot in the series below.

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Seats at the Spurs - Everton game were also sensational, albeit this time at ground level, and I was within spitting distance of the Everton bench. Great atmosphere where I was (there were hundreds of Koreans sitting near me going crazy for Son, who was on fire) but not as good for viewing the match as the upper levels, where you get a better idea of space and distance etc. The thing which really struck me was how congested much of the play is, in comparison to what you see on TV, where it seems they have oodles of time and space to move the ball around. At both games I was one of the first in the ground so I could just sit there and soak up the enormity of it all!

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Livin' the dream @Grapeviney

Good on ya mate!  (great snaps too)

That Liverpool/Man City game from the weekend was all the talk back in Oz.  A 3.00am Monday morning kick off made it difficult to watch live but the extended highlights are worth another look ...

 

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18 hours ago, Macca said:

Livin' the dream @Grapeviney

Good on ya mate!  (great snaps too)

That Liverpool/Man City game from the weekend was all the talk back in Oz.  A 3.00am Monday morning kick off made it difficult to watch live but the extended highlights are worth another look ...

 

I was kind of lucky, Macca - not only did they get one of their largest crowds for the season, but they were on song, too. Rooney actually put Everton ahead about 10mins in but was ruled off-side. From then on it was all Spurs and they could have finished with 6. The Barcelona game was much less of a spectacle, and while it was good to see Messi score, they never had to get out of 1st gear. I should add, the tour of the Camp Nou and the Barca museum is superb. You can go into the visiting team's rooms, walk down the race (which has an adjoining chapel!), sit on the bench and visit the press box. The trophy cabinet, obviously, is enormous, stretching the entire length of a large room. One of the best exhibits was a huge glass case with dozens (maybe hundreds) of little squares, each labelled with a highlight from Barca's history; you touch the square you want to see and it brings up a larger box that shows that particular goal, or game etc. 

I caught the first half of the match at Anfield, but had to leave for the airport at half-time unfortunately so missed the exciting finish. City's loss leaves the door just slightly ajar for United, but for the rest it'll be a battle for CL spots. Hammers have really turned the corner since Moyes took over, a mid-season revival along with Palace and the Cherries. It's been an interesting season in every respect except for the actual title race itself. 

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