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That does look exactly like me shouting at the end of the Netherlands match. To carry on the LOTR theme, Mendy is indeed, “A fool of a Took.”
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Also so you don’t miss the game, Argentina v Saudi Arabia is actually the first fixture tomorrow at either 9am or 10am uk time
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We hadn't even a Saudi goal between us all
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Might as well give up predicting what's going to happen in this World Cup! 😮

Going to be a hard watch if there's anymore sickening collisions like we've seen a couple of already plus the inflated injury times at the end of every half/game.

Credit to KSA for their performance though, especially the wonder goal.
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It's going to create an odd dynamic where teams a goal or two behind will actively start wasting time ~70-85 to prolong injury time.
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if someone got this result right, he should win the pool
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Kevin wrote: Tue Nov 22, 2022 12:12 pm Might as well give up predicting what's going to happen in this World Cup! 😮

Going to be a hard watch if there's anymore sickening collisions like we've seen a couple of already plus the inflated injury times at the end of every half/game.

Credit to KSA for their performance though, especially the wonder goal.
I love the 'inflated' injury time. Fans pay money to see people play football, not lying around feigning injury. Why games haven't be shortened to 80 mins with a stop clock every time the ball goes dead I don't know. Fans pay for 90 minutes of action and get about 60. Saudi #9 went from crippled to a full on crazy sprint in a few minutes. Then later the game doesn't get stopped for a very serious head incident because everyone thinks they are just crying wolf again. Just put a big countdown clock up in the stadium like US sports have. In fact I wonder if that's why they are doing this now, set up the countdown clock for the World Cup in the US since it is something American fans are used to. People forget with all the winning and losing stuff that football first of all is supposed to be entertainment. Nothing entertaining about watching a GK pretend he really has to take his goal kick from the other side of the box in order to try to run the clock down a few seconds.
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The fellowship moved further but was surprised with an attack from the Far East, wel maybe not that far east as Saudia-Arabia is in the middle east, but nobody predicted a win from the Saudi’s against Argentina.
The second match was between Denmark and Tunisia. Many tought Denmark could win, but the Danish performed poorly and the match ended in a draw. Kevin and Here2Win were the only ones who scored a point.

1. Kevin 7
2. Here2Win 6
3. Alias 5
4. Steve 4
4. Nikos 4
6. CMCZ 3
7. Redknapp 2
7. Bruebous 2
9. Dermotron 1

Content with the one point ringbarrier Kevin and Here2Win were getting ahead of the group. Suddenly they heard a sound from far from behind. ‘What is that?’ said Kevin. Far behind the group a thin and hideous Kevin Doyle-like creature followed the Fellowship lurking at them from the darkness at the end of the ranking of the Pool. ‘That’s Dermotron. He wants the ring for himself’ Here2Win said ‘but he is poor at predicting matches. He even claimed Argentina to be the world cup champion. ‘That’s so sad.’ Kevin responded. But Dermotron was a cunning one. So cunning he even scored a point as he predicted the draw between Mexico and Poland. Also Steve got a point here.

1.Kevin 7
2. Here2Win 6
3. Alias 5
3. Steve 5
5. Nikos 4
6. CMCZ 3
7. Redknapp 2
7. Bruebous 2
7. Dermotron 2

The day almost ended. It had been a tough day where almost no points were scored. The fellowship could use a victory and gladly France brought this to them. Altough no one had the score right; all of them scored a point!

1.Kevin 8
2. Here2Win 7
3. Alias 6
3. Steve 6
5. Nikos 5
6. CMCZ 4
7. Redknapp 3
7. Bruebous 3
7. Dermotron 3
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Galadriel led Frodo to a shimmering pool of mirror like water. Or possibly an LG OLED TV. “Look deeply Frodo, this may reveal truths you need to know”
“I see… I see that Argentina don’t understand the offside rule.”
“Sadly that game’s already been played Frodo. I need you to see if Croatia’s old men have got one more tournament in their legs.”
But Frodo had lost attention and was already offering Galadriel his ring. She told him to pull his pants up and go to bed.
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Today we start with an interesting match. Can the oldies of Croatia do it again? They have added some decent talents to their squad for balance. Or will it be Morocco, who will probably will play with a lot of passion? The first two in the ranking think Morocco will win. Nikos and Alias think a draw and the others (CMCZ, Redknapp, Dermotron, Bruebous and Steve) think Croatia will win.

Morocco -Croatia
CMCZ 0-1
Alias 1-1
Kevin 2-1
Red 0-2
Dermotron 0-2
Here2Win 3-1
Bruebous 1-2
Steve 1-2
Nikos 1-1

Next are 3 matches with an obvious favourite. Germany, one of the dark horses and surprisingly not considered as a potential World Champion will face Japan. Here2Win is the one who probably is liked most in Germany. Alias, Kevin and Steve don't want to underestimate Japan.

Germany-Japan
CMCZ 3-1
Alias 2-1
Kevin 2-1
Red 3-2
Dermotron 3-0
Here2Win 4-0
Bruebous 2-0
Steve 2-1
Nikos 2-0

Spain is facing Costa Rica. Spain should win this match as further in the tournament they have to face Germany. All think Spain will win, but a lot of people will be happy as the match ends in 2-0. 6 of the 9 think the match will end with this result.

Spain -Costa Rica
CMCZ 2-0
Alias 2-0
Kevin 2-1
Red 2-0
Dermotron 2-0
Here2Win 2-0
Bruebous 2-0
Steve 1-0
Nikos 2-0

The last match is between Belgium and Canada. It's been a while since we've seen Canada at a WC, but tbh they have played an excellent qualification. Unfortunately for them they are placed in a tough group and todays opponent might be the strongest one. H2W is once again the most positive one (at least from Belgian perspective) but all of them are believing in a win for the Red Devils.

Belgium-Canada
CMCZ 3-0
Alias 3-1
Kevin 3-2
Red 3-1
Dermotron 2-1
Here2Win 9-0
Bruebous 2-0
Steve 2-1
Nikos 2-1
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First today was the match between Croatia and Morocco. Altough no score it was an interesting match with chances from both sides! Nikos and Alias were the only 2 who predicted a draw, altough both thinking it would end in 1-1

1.Kevin 8
2. Here2Win 7
2. Alias 7
4. Steve 6
4. Nikos 6
6. CMCZ 4
7. Redknapp 3
7. Bruebous 3
7. Dermotron 3

Next there was another surprise attack for the Fellowship. This time it was truly an attack from the Far East. Japan surprised and left everyone with 0 points. In the next 2 matches everyone was right, but no one had the right score. So a boring day in the pool, but a gooooood day for Nikos and Alias!

1.Kevin 10
2. Here2Win 9
2. Alias 9
4. Steve 8
4. Nikos 8
6. CMCZ 6
7. Redknapp 5
7. Bruebous 5
7. Dermotron 5
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4 matches today and we gonna see the last quarter of countries play. So what are today matches and predictions?

We start with Switzerland-Cameroon. The fellowship is divided in two. 5 of them think Switzerland will win, but surpringsly 4 of them will think it will end in a draw. Do the 5 underestimate Cameroon or do the 4 underestimate Switzerland? We will see today!

Switzerland-Cameroon
CMCZ 2-0
Alias 1-1
Kevin 1-0
Red 2-2
Dermotron 1-1
Here2Win 2-0
Bruebous 1-0
Steve 1-1
Nikos 1-0

Next is Uruguay - South Korea and another match we see a divide. Alias is done with surprising Asians and therefore sets his money to South Korea. Dermotron, SteveHarle and NikosGeo think the match will end in a draw. The other 5 think Uruguay will win.
Uruguay-South Korea
CMCZ 3-2
Alias 1-2
Kevin 2-0
Red 2-1
Dermotron 1-1
Here2Win 3-0
Bruebous 2-1
Steve 1-1
Nikos 1-1

We will also probably see Cristiano Ronald in action today. He and his Portugal are fighting Ghana. Does he still have what it takes or will Ghana surprise? Here2Win is convinced the Ghananians will. Bruebous thinks the match will end in a draw while the others think Portugal will win.

Portugal-Ghana
CMCZ 2-0
Alias 1-0
Kevin 3-1
Red 3-0
Dermotron 2-1
Here2Win 0-2
Bruebous 1-1
Steve 2-1
Nikos 2-0

We will also see the absolute title favorite according to the bookies today. But the title favorite might be starting with a challenge. A fresh Serbia is stronger as much people think. Bruebous, not really the patriot, thinks the match will end in a draw. The other think Brazil will start with a win.
Brazil-Serbia
CMCZ 3-1
Alias 2-0
Kevin 2-1
Red 2-1
Dermotron 3-0
Here2Win 3-1
Bruebous 2-2
Steve 2-1
Nikos 3-0

So a lof of different predictions today! No doubt the ranking will be shaken today!
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Great stuff on this CMCZ :ok:
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Hope I'm wrong but not putting much faith in Brazilian defense.
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Switzerland-Cameroon brought some smiles at the faces of the ugly members of the Fellowship. Finally a smack of points was earned as 3 of them scored a full score! Kevin, Nikosgeo and the Brueb were the 3. CMCZ and Here2Win walked away with the consolation prize and got 1 point. Nikos now enters the top 3!

1.Kevin 13
2. Nikos 11
3. Here2Win 10
4. Alias 9
5. Steve 8
5. Bruebous 8
7. CMCZ 7
8. Redknapp 5
8. Dermotron 5

Next was Uruguay versus South Korea and it looks like it's gonna be Nikos' day! He and Steve were the only one who predicted a draw. So they both left with a point. The cap between Kevin and Nikos is now only 1 point. Will the Greek beat our ring bearer in the next match?

1.Kevin 13
2. Nikos 12
3. Here2Win 10
4. Alias 9
4. Steve 9
6. Bruebous 8
7. CMCZ 7
8. Redknapp 5
8. Dermotron 5

It was time for Portugal versus Ghana. The first one to be happy was Alias when Ronaldo scored a penalty in the 65th minute. Was it his time to take the 3 points? But then Bruebous was the happy one as Ghana scored the draw! 5 minutes later it were Dermotron and Steve who tought they would walk away with 3 points. But only 2 minutes later it was Kevin who looked to be the one. In the end Osman Bukari crushed everyone's chance to 3 points. 3-2 was a score noone predicted. But Bruebous and Here2Win were punished with a 'No Score' as they didn't take Portugal would win.

1.Kevin 14
2. Nikos 13
3. Here2Win 10
3. Alias 10
3. Steve 10
6. Bruebous 8
6. CMCZ 8
8. Redknapp 6
8. Dermotron 6

Bruebous' punishment wasn't over yet. As a true Aragorn, having trouble with his descent he was the only one who didn't believe Brazil would win. Alias was the next one to take a shot for the first place. With 3 points he was ready with the fight for the first place with Kevin and Nikos.

1.Kevin 15
2. Nikos 14
3. Alias 13
4. Here2Win 11
5. Steve 11
6. CMCZ 9
6. Bruebous 8
8. Redknapp 7
8. Dermotron 7
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FIRST ROUND SPECIAL

So now the first round has ended. We can conclude Kevin is the title favorite as he has been leading the Pool since Day 2 (!). Redknapp, Dermotron, CMCZ; the Pool veterans are performing poor. Dermotron and Redknapp are even in last position. Hopefully for them they have better luck in the 2nd round.

In this special we are taking a look at the total goals prediction. Who predicted what and who has the best chance of winning the extra 5 points? So far we have seen sadly enough some matches ending 0-0 but Spain scoring 7-0 and a crazy score between England and Iran brought a lot to the total goal counter. So far 41 goals have been scored as 1/4th of all matches have been played. If in the next 3/4 rounds the same amount of goals will be scored we will end with 164 goals. Who is closest to this number so far? CMCZ is the one with the highest prediction (185) followed with Here2Win with 171 goals. At the bottom we have Nikos with 136 goals and Alias with 141 goals. Redknapp thinks it will be 155 goals. The 4 others are all very close to the number of 164. Bruebous is 6 goals away with 158. Kevin is one closer with 159. Steve and Dermotron are the closest, but with one more goal as Steve DERMOTRON is closest with 162 goals! FInally some good news for our litte Gollem!

Let's get ready for the 2nd round of the group phase. The most exciting phase if you ask me. All countries are still in the race, but for some the adventure might end here. Countries who already have won are hoping to secure the next round. Will Argentina get back in the race? Will Germany face another defeat against the mighty Spain? Let's find out!
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The only was is down CMCZ! 🤣

I doubt I'll stay there but thanks for all the mentions and fun reading so far.
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Glad I was wrong. Serbia was very desapointing. The game looks like Brazil was WibWobed and the Serbian GK was the MOTM. Could very well end up 5-0
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So here we are for the 2nd round in the poule phase! We start with Iran-Wales and never ever was the Fellowship so oneminded. CMCZ, Kevin, Red and Dermotron all think the match will end in 0-1 and 3 more think Wales will win this one. Nikos and Alias are the only ones thinking it will end in a draw.

Iran-Wales
CMCZ 0-1
Alias 1-1
Kevin 0-1
Red 0-1
Dermotron 0-1
Here2Win 0-2
Bruebous 2-3
Steve 1-2
Nikos 1-1

Also 2 people are not thinking Senegal will win against Qatar. In the match were the both countries have a last chance to get out of the group Nikos think the match will end in a draw and Here2Win thinks Qatar will buy his way to a win.

Qatar-Senegal
CMCZ 0-1
Alias 1-1
Kevin 1-2
Red 0-2
Dermotron 0-1
Here2Win 2-0
Bruebous 1-2
Steve 1-2
Nikos 1-1

Next is Netherlands-Ecuador. Luckily most of the Fellowship thinks the Netherlands will win. The only partypooper is Dermotron, that stinky Gollumcreature.

Netherlands-Ecuador
CMCZ 3-1
Alias 2-0
Kevin 3-0
Red 2-1
Dermotron 1-1
Here2Win 2-0
Bruebous 2-0
Steve 2-1
Nikos 3-1

Last match today is the one between England and USA. Can England succed with another win? Not everyone is convinced. Dermotron and Steve thinks the match will end in a draw, but our number 1; Kevin even thinks the USA will win! Will this match be the start of his downfall?
England-USA
CMCZ 1-0
Alias 1-0
Kevin 1-2
Red 1-0
Dermotron 1-1
Here2Win 2-1
Bruebous 2-1
Steve 1-1
Nikos 2-0
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I put too much faith in Wales :lol:
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Oh, a perfect score at last
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Yesterday was indeed a good day for me! 4/4 with one exact score.

But tonight... 0/4! Pretty inconsistent, huh? :P
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Today I am Boromir- left behind dead.
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"The only partypooper is Dermotron, that stinky Gollumcreature"

That one backfired spectacularly CMCZ

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Iran surprised us all, so no points there. It was another surprising win from an Asian country, so Bruebous said;

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Next was Qatar-Senegal and after the tears from the poor Wales-performance there were tears of happiness for Redknapp. He scored a perfect score with 3 points.


1.Kevin 16
2. Nikos 14
3. Alias 13
4. Steve 12
5. Here2Win 11
6. CMCZ 10
6. Redknapp 10
8. Bruebous 9
9. Dermotron 8

Like a bad luck charm the next match brought a smile to the Dermotron-creature. He has scored 3 points with the 1-1. CMCZ looked angrily at the bad luck charm saying to Kevin: 'Why did we even bring him with us? He wants the ring for his one! We should have killed him a long time ago!' The others looked worried back to him.

1.Kevin 16
2. Nikos 14
3. Alias 13
4. Steve 12
5. Here2Win 11
5. Dermotron 11
7. CMCZ 10
7. Redknapp 10
9. Bruebous 9

But just when you think your country made a fool out of himself for the entire world, luckily enough there is dorky England doing the exact same thing. Dermotron and Steve expected this and so they end the day with another point, leaving Dermotron to be the 'Winner of the Day'!

1.Kevin 16
2. Nikos 14
3. Alias 13
4. Steve 13
5. Dermotron 12
5. Here2Win 11
7. CMCZ 10
7. Redknapp 10
9. Bruebous 9
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