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 Post subject: Re: Why USA? WHY????????
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Yeah they owe us...

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Honestly though we don't deserve to be in if we can't f***ing beat Trinidad & Tobago. I felt so sick as the game was ending and it was clear we were out. It's a good NINE MONTHS before the tournament even starts, THEN another four years of waiting after that, IF we even make it next time!! Just dreadful, piss-poor - can't say enough bad about it.

My dad got me an Iceland football shirt after their impressive Euro performance. Though England is my favorite team after the US, I'm happy they made their first cup. It just sucks now that I can't be nearly as excited as I should be.

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 Post subject: Re: Why USA? WHY????????
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Guess I'll piggyback and root for Iceland as well!

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I went to Iceland 2 years ago and it is my favorite place on Earth...in the summer anyway. Been rooting hard for them ever since and they're inexplicably in with a population of about 330K. Since I have citizenship in Ireland I'll also root for them to win their playoff.


Spent two short tours at Keflavik(1985, 1990). Not a bad place to serve 12 months for your country. Granted Monday Night Football at 1 or 2am Tuesday was a bear............

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It's simple root for the team your ancsestors came from. Since mine came from Germany, I will root for them.


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 Post subject: Re: Why USA? WHY????????
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It's simple root for the team your ancsestors came from. Since mine came from Germany, I will root for them.
I'll have a lot to pick from. I say only count post-1865 ancestors, which would leave me with Sweden.

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 Post subject: Re: Why USA? WHY????????
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I would have to think if Sweden can win their playoff and Zlatan is healthy next summer that he would un-retire from International football.

That said, they're currently ranked 5th of the 8 so they'll likely not get a favorable draw. They'd have been a lock to jump Northern Ireland if they had beaten the Netherlands. With just a win over Luxembourg going in they may even be jumped by Denmark. So they are potentially looking at either Italy or Croatia. Switzerland or Northern Ireland would be best case.


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 Post subject: Re: Why USA? WHY????????
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Northern Ireland is definitely the easiest draw if they stay Top 4. Switzerland has looked real good this cycle, getting the maximum # of points you can get and still finish 2nd in your group. But yeah I would also like to see Zlatan in the Cup.

Obviously USA is my top rooting interest, but England will be my fave team in the Cup (I have family there & visited during the '06 Cup). I root for Canada third, as I live right by the border, but they're of course rarely internationally relevant.

It is cool that Panama made their first Cup, I just wish it hadn't have happened at the US's expense.

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 Post subject: Re: Why USA? WHY????????
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Switzerland drew the easiest group so that's why Portugal also won 9 games. Andorra, Latvia and the Faeroe Islands in the same group is laughable. Hungary used to be good, I don't know what happened to them. I'd be reasonably happy if Ireland can draw Switzerland as opposed to Italy or Croatia. Big difference IMO. Also I would then lobby for Switzerland (Serbia and Albania too) to have to give Kosovo all their players back.


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 Post subject: Re: Why USA? WHY????????
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Sweden got Italy unfortunately so it's going to be tough for the Fighting Craytonssens. Denmark jumped Sweden and Northern Ireland to move into the top half. Danes drew Ireland which is as well as that could've gone for the Irish I think. The refs owe Ireland after the blatant handball in their last playoff.


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 Post subject: Re: Why USA? WHY????????
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Oof, worst-case scenario for Sweden. Yeah I'm rooting for Ireland, didn't realize it had been 15 years since their last cup. They definitely have the best chance of the 2nd-tier teams.

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 Post subject: Re: Why USA? WHY????????
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Sweden eeked it out 1-0 over Italy. The reaction to the US was bad. They might just burn Italy down...

Denmark unfortunately took care of Ireland. So I'm all in for Iceland next summer and not much else for me to root for beyond that. Hopefully Australia get in tonight. It's going to be strange with no US, no Chile, no Ghana, no Ivory Coast, no Italy, no Netherlands...


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 Post subject: Re: Why USA? WHY????????
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the Aussies did it. No New Zealand though :/

Here's the seeding for anyone interested: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_FIFA ... up_seeding. Draw is December 1st.

This has to be the first time the hosts have the lowest ranking of the pack. Even in 2010 North Korea was below South Africa. Of course it hurts you massively that you don't have to play any qualifiers, but usually the host at least starts in high enough standing to not be last.

I guess I could stretch my rooting priorities out to a Top 10, so:
1) England
2) Iceland
3) Australia
4) Panama (their first cup as well)
5) Costa Rica (will pretty much root for any CONCACAF team that's not Mexico)
6) Japan
7) Sweden
8) Poland (Got family there, am 25% Polish)
9) Russia (exciting when the hosts do well)
10) South Korea

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