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Day 1 GAME THREAD: Soviets vs. Saudis

Discussion in '2018 World Cup' started by DrewDawg, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. DrewDawg

    DrewDawg Dorito Dink SoSH Member

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    Here we go! I think I only stay on this site so I can start these threads every 4 years.

    The world coming together, the beautiful game, a celebration of all that is right in our world, all that is...is....

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    Ah, yes. That.

    Oh well, at least we get the clash of cultures, as the Russians take on that paragon of openness and equality, Saudi Arabia.

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    Well, damn.

    Okay, let's just watch the game. Saudi Arabia is actually a few slots higher in the FIFA rankings (#67 versus #70 for Putin's boys), but I'm thinking the Russian fans pull them through. Unless of course, KSA scores first, the Ultras invade the pitch, and shit gets nuts.

    Second place in this group is up for grabs between the hosts, KSA, and Egypt, so it's an important game.
     
  2. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    Wow, we're here.

    I don't see how Russia loses this one at PutinPlace
     
  3. Dummy Hoy

    Dummy Hoy Angry Pissbum SoSH Member

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    I think these are probably the two worst teams at the tourney.
     
  4. nolasoxfan

    nolasoxfan Member SoSH Member

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    I would enjoy nothing more than to see the host team--this particular host team--humiliated in its opening match.
     
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  5. Spacemans Bong

    Spacemans Bong chapeau rose SoSH Member

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    Russia are awful. They were terrible in 2014 and they're worse now, and managed by a blockhead.
     
  6. InstaFace

    InstaFace MDLzera

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    When you build a team based on cronies and political considerations rather than on competence and temperament, you get underperformance. Russia's roster has exactly 2 of their 23 players playing for a foreign club (midfielder Cheryshev of Villarreal, and their backup GK), while they left off the roster players like Roman Neustädter, the starting RB of Turkish Europa League club Fenerbahce. Those you'd expect to mock them are, in fact, mocking them.

    The game, and tournament, starts in an hour. Some serious hate-watching today.
     
  7. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    These opening ceremonies are very British.
     
  8. Soxy Brown

    Soxy Brown Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    There’s some white man on my tv rapping Tribe lyrics what is happening.
     
  9. GoDa

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    The rest of the world is so awkward and weird.
     
  10. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    PUTIN!!!!!!!
     
  11. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    Call me crazy, but I would trade gladly. But that's for another forum.
     
  12. Soxy Brown

    Soxy Brown Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    I never thought I’d find myself rooting for Saudi Arabia in anything. And yet, here we are.

    I want Russia to embarrass themselves in spectacular fashion, and lose all three matches. I would enjoy that.
     
  13. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    I want Russia to win just so we can hear that glorious anthem more often.

    They're due.

    Plus Zhirkov and Djagoev are fun names
     
  14. SocrManiac

    SocrManiac Member SoSH Member

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    No matter the outcome of this one, I think we all lose.
     
  15. Merkle's Boner

    Merkle's Boner Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    I had flashbacks to the Hunt for Red October!
     
  16. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    Mario Fernandes? Ok
     
  17. SocrManiac

    SocrManiac Member SoSH Member

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    Can I make the joke that it's sort of patriotic for the US to root for Russia? Red, White, and Blue and in charge of our government? Or is that purely V&N?
     
  18. SocrManiac

    SocrManiac Member SoSH Member

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    I feel like I'm watching Sunday Beer League sides.
     
  19. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    Vodka league. But only one side drinks.
     
  20. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    The Qatar Airways ad makes me mad.

    Zhirkov can't come through on the one touch
     
  21. dirtynine

    dirtynine Member SoSH Member

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    Bad soccer so far. Lousy teams with no rooting angle.

    But I’m happy.
     
  22. Jimy Hendrix

    Jimy Hendrix Member SoSH Member

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    Good to learn how alive and well my inner giggling 14 year old is every time announcers mention Zhirkov.
     
  23. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    GOL!!!!!!!!!

    Vodka 1, Crude Oil 0
     
  24. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    The jersey names were designed by Mr Robot.
     
  25. fletcherpost

    fletcherpost sosh's feckin' poet laureate Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Or the country whos money props up your nation - it's a tough choice, despots to the left of me despots to the right.
     
  26. dirtynine

    dirtynine Member SoSH Member

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    There it is. Gazprom 1-0 Aramco
     
  27. dirtynine

    dirtynine Member SoSH Member

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    Underrated cool thing: how much the ball is inspired by the Telstars of yore. I’m 40 and I’ve never actually seen a televised match with a black-and-white classic soccer ball.
     
  28. SocrManiac

    SocrManiac Member SoSH Member

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    Didn't think of that angle.
     
  29. SocrManiac

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    British commentary on the Putin handshake after the goal: "They're doing an oil deal there. You'll hear about that at the pumps Saturday morning."
     
  30. fletcherpost

    fletcherpost sosh's feckin' poet laureate Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I'm currently thinking about the Arabian contribution to the written word - letters - versus the great Russian writers of yore - words.

    I'm so undecided.
     
  31. Jimy Hendrix

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    That shot with Putin and MbS yukking it up was not super helpful for turning off my brain and enjoying the World Cup.
     
  32. Merkle's Boner

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    Awful missed offside call there. I hope that's not gonna happen often because of VAR.
     
  33. fletcherpost

    fletcherpost sosh's feckin' poet laureate Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    You know what would make me laugh, if Saudia Arabia scored and they did a celebration that involved pretending to steal something and having your hands chopped off. I dunno if they still chop hands off for theft but i still say it would be an iconic celebration.

    Where's Jimmy Bullard when you need him?
     
  34. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    This would be ironic in the sport of soccer.
     
  35. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    Darn it, Djagoev out with an injury
     
  36. InstaFace

    InstaFace MDLzera

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    China didn't make the World Cup.
     
  37. Joe D Reid

    Joe D Reid Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    This Forest Green Rovers-Charlton match is disappointing so far.
     
  38. PedroSpecialK

    PedroSpecialK Comes at you like a tornado of hair and the NHL sa Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Yeah that was well over a yard offside directly in front of the linesman.

    The warm and tingly feelings abound from this match
     
  39. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    DVA!!!!!!!

    What a strong finish

    1st international goal for him, 1st of many to come it looks like
     
  40. PedroSpecialK

    PedroSpecialK Comes at you like a tornado of hair and the NHL sa Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Outstanding touch by Cheryshev to rescue the short feed into him, and a nice finish. He's been poor otherwise but that was pretty sweet
     
  41. fletcherpost

    fletcherpost sosh's feckin' poet laureate Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    As World Cup hosts i expect a much better strip from these Ruskies (Mods: can we call them Ruskies?)

    It looks cheap.
     
  42. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    "strip?"
     
  43. fletcherpost

    fletcherpost sosh's feckin' poet laureate Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Aye, fitbaw strip.
     
  44. nolasoxfan

    nolasoxfan Member SoSH Member

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    The only outcome from this game that would make me happy would be if neither team earned a point.
     
  45. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    This has been an asskicking

    Sad Saudi defense
     
  46. Jimy Hendrix

    Jimy Hendrix Member SoSH Member

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    the defense hasn't been glorious, but the midfield's been the real crime in terms of putting said defense into impossible positions.
     
  47. Titans Bastard

    Titans Bastard has sunil gulati in his sights Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I can't wait to see the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th best Asian teams at the 48 team World Cup of the future.
     
  48. Jimy Hendrix

    Jimy Hendrix Member SoSH Member

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    I'm jazzed for Canada/India. JAZZED, I tell you!
     
  49. pokey_reese

    pokey_reese Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    With no Italy and no US, my natural rooting favorites are gone. Who are people into here? Uraguay? Costa Rica? Croatia? Who should be a fan favorite for someone who really only gets into watching Soccer during the Euro/World Cups?
     
  50. Titans Bastard

    Titans Bastard has sunil gulati in his sights Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I wouldn't hold your breath for that. According to the Elo Ratings, India is barely among the top 25 AFC countries. They finished dead last in their 2018 qualifying group behind Turkmenistan and Guam.

    Realistically we'd be looking at a potpourri of deeply mediocre Middle Eastern countries + Uzbekistan + China.
     

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