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:: World Cup 2014 :: Brazil ::

Variant

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Some of the final squads have been announced.

Also I'm running a 50 person ($1000 pot) WC pool. I have about 10 spots left. If anyone wants in pm me and I'll shoot you details.

Belgium

Goalkeepers: Courtois, Mignolet, Casteels/Proto

Defenders: Alderweireld, Vanden Borre, Ciman, Kompany, Van Buyten, Vermaelen, Lombaerts, Vertonghen

Midfielders: Witsel, Defour, Fellaini, Dembélé, Chadli, De Bruyne

Forwards: Lukaku, Origi, Eden Hazard, Mertens, Mirallas, Januzaj

Switzerland

Goalkeepers: Diego Benaglio (VfL Wolfsburg), Yann Sommer (FC Basel), Roman Buerki (Grasshoppers)

Defenders: Johan Djourou (Hamburg SV), Michael Lang (Grasshoppers), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Ricardo Rodriguez (VfL Wolfsburg), Fabian Schaer (FC Basel), Philippe Senderos (Valencia), Steve von Bergen (Young Boys), Reto Ziegler (Sassuolo)

Midfielders: Tranquillo Barnetta (Eintracht Frankfurt), Valon Behrami (Napoli), Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli), Gelson Fernandes (Freiburg), Gokhan Inler (Napoli), Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich), Valentin Stocker (FC Basel), Granit Xhaka (Borussia Moenchengladbach)

Forwards: Josip Drmic (Nuremberg), Mario Gavranovic (FC Zurich), Haris Seferovic (Real Socieded), Admir Mehmedi (Freiburg)

Brazil

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Toronto FC), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Atlético Mineiro)

Defenders: Dani Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (Roma), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Maxwell (PSG), Thiago Silva (PSG), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Henrique (Napoli)

Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Hernanes (Inter Milan), Paulinho (Tottenham), Ramires (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Willian (Chelsea)

Forwards: Hulk (Zenit), Neymar (Barcelona), Fred (Fluminense), Jô (Atlético Mineiro), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk)

England

Goalkeepers: Hart, Foster, Forster

Defenders: Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Jones, Smalling, Baines, Shaw

Midfielders: Gerrard, Lampard, Wilshere, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner, Sterling, Lallana, Barkley

Forwards: Rooney, Welbeck, Sturridge, Lambert

Stand-by list: Ruddy, Flanagan, Stones, Carrick, Cleverley, Carroll, Defoe

Mexico

Goalkeepers: Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)

Defenders: Paul Aguilar (Club América), Andrés Guardado (Bayer Leverkusen), Miguel Layún (Club América), Rafael Márquez (Club León), Héctor Moreno (Espanyol), Diego Reyes (FC Porto), Francisco Rodríguez (Club America), Carlos Salcido (Tigres UANL)

Midfielders: Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Marco Fabián (Cruz Azul), Héctor Herrera (FC Porto), Juan Carlos Medina (Club América), Luis Montes (Club León), Carlos Peña (Club Leòn), José Juan Vázquez (Club León)

Forwards: Giovani Dos Santos (Villarreal), Javier Hernández (Manchester United), Raúl Jiménez (Club América), Oribe Peralta (Santos Laguna), Alan Pulido (Tigres (UANL)

Japan

Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Standard Liege), Shusaku Nishikawa (Urawa Reds), Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo).

Defenders: Masato Morishige (FC Tokyo), Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka), Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Masahiko Inoha (Jubilo Iwata), Atsuto Uchida (Schalke 04), Hiroki Sakai (Hannover 96), Gotoku Sakai (VfB Stuttgart).

Midfielders: Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka), Keisuke Honda (AC Milan), Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United), Makoto Hasebe (FC Nuremberg), Hiroshi Kiyotake (FC Nuremberg), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), Toshihiro Aoyama (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Manabu Saito (Yokohama F. Marinos).

Forwards: Shinji Okazaki (Mainz), Yoichiro Kakitani (Cerezo Osaka), Yuya Osako (TSV Munich 1860), Yoshito Okubo (Kawasaki Frontale)

Honduras

Goalkeepers: Noel Valladares, Donis Escober (both Olimpia), Luis Lopez (Real Espana)

Defenders: Brayan Beckeles (Olimpia), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic/Scotland), Juan Carlos Garcia (Wigan/England), Maynor Figueroa (Hull City/England), Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes/USA), Osman Chavez (Qingdao Janoon/China PR), Juan Pablo Montes (Motagua)

Midfielders: Arnold Peralta (Rangers/Scotland), Luis Garrido (Olimpia), Roger Espinoza (Wigan/England), Jorge Claros (Motagua), Wilson Palacios (Stoke/England), Oscar Garcia (Houston Dynamo/USA), Andy Najar (Anderlecht/Belgium), Mario Martinez (Real Espana), Marvin Chavez (Colorado Rapids/USA)

Forwards: Jerry Bengtson (New England Revolution/USA), Jerry Palacios (Alajuelense/Costa Rica), Carlo Costly (Real Espana), Rony Martinez (Real Sociedad/Spain)

South Korea

Goalkeepers: Jung Sung-ryong (Suwon Bluewings), Kim Seung-gyu (Ulsan Hyundai), Lee Bum-young (Busan IPark)

Defenders: Hong Jeong-ho (FC Augsburg), Hwang Seok-ho (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Kim Chang-soo (Kashiwa Reysol), Kim Jin-soo (Albirex Niigata), Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Kwak Tae-hwi (Al-Hilal), Lee Yong (Ulsan Hyundai), Yun Suk-young (Queens Park Rangers)

Midfielders: Ha Dae-sung (Beijing Guoan), Han Kook-young (Kashiwa Reysol), Ji Dong-won (FC Augsburg), Ki Sung-yueng (Sunderland), Kim Bo-kyung (Cardiff City), Lee Chung-yong (Bolton Wanderers), Park Jong-woo (Guangzhou R&F), Son Heung-min (Bayer Leverkusen)

Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Ulsan Hyundai), Koo Ja-cheol (FSV Mainz 05), Lee Keun-ho (Sangju Sangmu), Park Chu-young (Watford)

The provisional squads are due today. The final squads are due June 2nd I believe.
 

Variant

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France

Goalkeepers: Lloris, Landreau, Mandanda.

Defenders: Debuchy, Sagna, Koscielny, Sakho, Varane, Mangala, Digne, Evra.

Midfielders: Cabaye, Grenier, Matuidi, Mavuba, Pogba, M. Sissoko, Valbuena

Forwards: Benzema, Giroud, Griezmann, Rémy, Ribéry
 

tobywan

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I, as am sure are many others, are certainly not in favour of some of the ethics of FIFA, or what's happening in the host country of Brazil/Brasil.

But this thread is about THE GAME, not the politics. So take that shit elsewhere.

As a TFC fan, it's awesome to think that the captain of the host nation is our freaking goalkeeper, and arguably the best north american player is our midfielder.

With English roots, I'm disappointed that Defoe was not selected...but the TFC fan in me supports the decisoin.
 
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LikeASweet

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This is the first time in a while that I like the selection of the English squad. Lallana is quite a creative player, exactly the type of midfielder that they have been missing. I hope Oxlade Chamberlain gets a strong look in as he has tremendous quality and technical ability. Shame Walcott is injured as it would add much more fire power for them going forward. Overall I like the mix of experience and youth, hopefully those miserable English bastards will be a lot more optimistic about their team this year.

Its hard to be against Brazil at home, they are favorites IMO. Spain, Germany will be in the mix, Holland will collapse as usual, Portugal isn't deep enough, Italy are hit and miss come tournament time, Belgium is one of my darkhorses along with Columbia and Russia.

France (my background and team that I cheer for since Canada never makes it) have looked strong under Deschemps and it seems people still equate them with the troubled teams of the past. The midfield trio of Cabaye, Matuidi and Pogba has pace, power and technique - they will be a handful for any team they are up against. Im looking for a deep tournament from Les Bleus even though the target for this bunch is Euro 2016.
 

Musical Rush

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Germany will be in the mix unless one of their top players gets red carded , then they play back like a bunch of bitches, everybody says they can put out 2 strong teams, but when they're missing 1 player they play back every fucking time. The coach should be fired!!!
 

Variant

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This is the first time in a while that I like the selection of the English squad. Lallana is quite a creative player, exactly the type of midfielder that they have been missing. I hope Oxlade Chamberlain gets a strong look in as he has tremendous quality and technical ability. Shame Walcott is injured as it would add much more fire power for them going forward. Overall I like the mix of experience and youth, hopefully those miserable English bastards will be a lot more optimistic about their team this year.

Its hard to be against Brazil at home, they are favorites IMO. Spain, Germany will be in the mix, Holland will collapse as usual, Portugal isn't deep enough, Italy are hit and miss come tournament time, Belgium is one of my darkhorses along with Columbia and Russia.

France (my background and team that I cheer for since Canada never makes it) have looked strong under Deschemps and it seems people still equate them with the troubled teams of the past. The midfield trio of Cabaye, Matuidi and Pogba has pace, power and technique - they will be a handful for any team they are up against. Im looking for a deep tournament from Les Bleus even though the target for this bunch is Euro 2016.
Finally England are moving past the generation that didn't do anything. Not sure what the Lampard call up means. Hopefully he'll offer leadership off the pitch and sub in to do a job defensively when in the lead. I'd like to see a formation of:

Hart
Johnson - Cahill - Jagielka - Baines
Wilshire - Gerrard
Sterling - Rooney - Lallana
Sturridge
 

Variant

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U.S.A.

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, Nick Rimando

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, John Brooks, Geoff Cameron, Timmy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez, Fabian Johnson, DeAndre Yedlin

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Brad Davis, Mix Diskerud, Julian Green, Jermaine Jones, Graham Zusi

Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Aron Johannsson, Chris Wondolowski
 

LikeASweet

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Finally England are moving past the generation that didn't do anything. Not sure what the Lampard call up means. Hopefully he'll offer leadership off the pitch and sub in to do a job defensively when in the lead. I'd like to see a formation of:

Hart
Johnson - Cahill - Jagielka - Baines
Wilshire - Gerrard
Sterling - Rooney - Lallana
Sturridge
Agreed that they waited so long to phase out some of the older guys. Nice lineup - ONly questionable move is Wilshere - he didnt play much in the latter parts of the season and for my money, he doesnt have much of an end product either passing or finishing.
 
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DJ Vuvu Zela

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Portugal :

Goalkeepers: Beto (Sevilla), Eduardo (Braga), Rui Patrício (Sporting)

Defenders: André Almeida (Benfica), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe), Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid), João Pereira (Valencia), Neto (Zenit), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Costa (Valencia)

Midfielders: João Moutinho (Monaco), Miguel Veloso (D. Kiev), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahçe), Rúben Amorim (Benfica), William Carvalho (Sporting)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Éder (Braga), Hélder Postiga (Lazio), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Nani (Manchester United), Rafa (Braga), Varela (FC Porto), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg)
 

JamesM

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Nigeria warm up Friendly with Scotland Match Fixing

effing hilarious.


Scotland vs Nigeria investigated by police over match-fixing claims at Fulham friendly

NCA officers tipped off FIFA about possible attempts to fix Scotland match

Scotland due to play Nigeria at Fulham's Craven Cottage on Wednesday

There is no suggestion Scotland players are involved in any potential scam

The National crime Agency is Britain's equivalent of the FBI

Scotland's friendly against Nigeria in London on Wednesday night is being investigated by police after claims that attempts have been made to fix the match.

National Crime Agency officers, who investigate serious and organised crime, have tipped off world governing body FIFA over possible attempts to rig the fixture.

There is no suggestion of Gordon Strachan's Scotland players being involved in any potential scam. Neither is there a threat to Nigeria’s pre-World Cup warm up at Fulham’s Craven Cottage, where 10,000 Tartan Army footsoldiers are expected to be following their team.

However, SFA head of security Peter McLaughlin has been in touch with National Crime Agency for the last three days after the agency – Britain’s equivalent of the FBI – received general intelligence concerning the London clash.

The SFA declined to comment but confirmed they are aware of the matter. Neither would the National Crime Agency offer a public comment.
But a spokesman said: 'The NCA will from time to time provide operational detail necessary for public reassurance purposes. It does not routinely confirm or deny the existence of specific operations or provide ongoing commentary on operational activity.'

The NCA take an interest in any intelligence from gambling commission and have told FIFA they have general information from the Asian betting markets suggesting a potential scam is afoot – and hope to stop the activities in their tracks by issuing an alert.

The issue is returning to the fore ahead of World Cup warm-up matches expected to be targetted by match fixers acting on behalf of illegal betting syndicates in the Far East.

There have been a series of arrests following suspected attempts to fix matches in the lower English football leagues in recent months. There have also been allegations of illicit activity in cricket.

FIFA have plans in place to combat the threat of match-fixing during the World Cup, which kicks off next month.

Ralf Mutschke, head of security with the governing body, told the Telegraph:
'FIFA, and in particular myself, has to make the presumption that the World Cup itself is under threat and implement the maximum protection for our competition as we can. We are trying to protect the World Cup from fixing and we have set up a pretty wide range of measures to do so.'

Scotland vs Nigeria investigated by police over match-fixing claims at Fulham friendly | Mail Online
Scotland vs Nigeria investigated by police over match-fixing claims at Fulham friendly | Mail Online
 

Illogistix

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Pumped for this!

I'm for England (hopeful that this young squad over-achieves and surprises), but I think Argentina is going to take it this time around.

Variant - sent you a PM. Let me know if there are spots left in your pool.
 
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StarvinMarvin

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Argentina is my team and they would need to be in tip top form in order to pull it off, there are questions on our defensive end that are worry me but I'm hoping that our high powered offense clicks at the right time this year to carry us through
 

The Kid

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Am also hoping for a strong England finish this time around... and goddam I'm just looking forward to the whole tournament... easily my favourite sporting event ever. :D
 

rentboy

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I'm pretty neutral about it all.

I'd like to see an underdog do well like Chile or Uruguay. I think Brazil would blow up if Argentina won it on their soil, so I'd go for that ;)

No one ever seems to mention the Germans whenever I hear this discussion. It'd be nice to see Belgium go far.
 

JamesM

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Thanks Troll. I'm not sure if you're the internet police, or the hugest troll ever. Why are you even posting that kind of garbage when we're all looking forward to the world cup.

You're bananas.
 
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