France 2019 Catch-All: June 7 - July 7

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It's World Cup time again, except this time it's not being hosted in a Kleptocracy and Canada's in it so I'm really looking forward to it. I think we had fun four years ago.

If you're looking for coverage to read the Guardian's Football writing looks as good as it always is. I haven't started going through them yet but hopefully the team guides to help me not be completely ignorant (outside of Canada). They seem like a good place to start if you want to start following things. Wikipedia's also the easiest place to go to see the groups, schedule, squads, and stuff.

What are y'all looking forward to?

I'm disappointed Denmark failed to qualify again because I like Nadia Nadim. England and Scotland in the same group will hopefully be fun. I'm also hopeful Canada can go on a run. It would be fantastic if Christine Sinclair could score 4+ goals in the tournament and become the leading goal-scorer of all-time on a big stage. Still can't believe she's never been Women's Player of the Year.

I was tempted to make Sinclair the Hero Image again but figured that would be selfish. So in keeping with the Star Player on the Host Team thing last time around your Hero is France captain Amandine Henry.

USA USA USA!

bigred wrote:

USA USA USA!

So who can pose a viable threat to the US this year?

Wembley wrote:
bigred wrote:

USA USA USA!

Roke wrote:

It's World Cup time again, except this time it's not being hosted in a Kleptocracy and Canada's in it

I was very confused at first, because at first I thought you were referring to the host nation of the last WWC. :LOL:

Awesome thread, this'll be fun!

Mixolyde wrote:

So who can pose a viable threat to the US this year?

Women's rankings as of March

This feels like it's USA's tournament to lose.

To my recollection, the US Women haven't had a good tournament of any kind since they dismantled Japan in Rocky 2 the 2015 World Cup. They had an incredibly disappointing Olympics, and She Believes tourneys. They have had some great individual matches. I hope they bring a sense of urgency; I'm sure one of the reasons it's hard to repeat is because it's hard to stay hungry once you experience success.

I think I'm going to find a good overview video of 2015 on YouTube, remind myself how everything went down.

Mixolyde wrote:

So who can pose a viable threat to the US this year?

England, France and Germany at a minimum, I'd say. I know everyone expects the US to walk it, but it's going to be a lot tougher than people expect, the USA is no longer the far and away champions anymore.

The Guardian is doing previews for all 24 teams.

Average Age WWC 2019 in France

USA: 28.5
Brazil: 27.9
Cambodia: 27.5
Italy: 27.3
England: 27.1
Scotland: 26.9
Thailand: 26.7
Argentina: 26.7
S. Korea: 26.7
Sweden: 26.4
France: 26.2
New Zeland: 26.0
Australia: 25.8
China: 25.8
Netherlands: 25.5
Nigeria: 25.4
South Africa: 25.4
Germany: 25.4
Chile: 25.2
Canada: 24.7
Spain: 24.6
Japan: 24.0
Norway: 23.9
Jamaica: 23.0

USA average age being post-prime is encouraging. France probably the biggest team in the sweet spot.

France vs South Korea kicks the tournament off today! Hope it's a good one.

France look like they'll score four plus today. I almost wore my South Korea jersey to work, too. I should have, just to stir up awareness of this World Cup.

VAR KLAXON

Mr Bismarck wrote:

VAR KLAXON

It'd make the interminable delays more entertaining, a least

Germany wouldn't be the first team to grow into a tournament, but they did not look convincing against China today.

I'll be honest, I think I'm only going to do the "only watch group stage games with the team I'm emotionally invested" thing I do with most tournaments, especially since this tournament's format has some 3rd-place teams getting through.

Alternatively, you can throw your support behind the team that's clearly having the most fun when they show up to the game.

Wish they'd managed to get a point though.

Prederick wrote:

Alternatively, you can throw your support behind the team that's clearly having the most fun when they show up to the game.

Wish they'd managed to get a point though.

That was pretty awesome.

Fedaykin98 wrote:
Prederick wrote:

Alternatively, you can throw your support behind the team that's clearly having the most fun when they show up to the game.

Wish they'd managed to get a point though.

That was pretty awesome.

Humans are so cool.

Chile - Sweden on a weather delay for lightning in the area.

Glad the officials didn't mess around after that thunderclap, but think that the timing is hard for Sweden, who were really knocking on the door.

Alright, my cable subscription works to watch this game!

USA USA USA!

Hope the USMNT is taking notes...

I hope the USWNT takes this scorecard, takes the amount of time the USMNT to score that many goals in a World Cup, and demand more pay.

Edit: And since I posted that statement, the US picked up four more.

Can I find that uproarious and also feel incredibly bad for Thailand?

Rat Boy wrote:

I hope the USWNT takes this scorecard, takes the amount of time the USMNT to score that many goals in a World Cup

Once I get back in front of a computer, I'm doing this math.

Yeah, definitely feel bad for Thailand. All I could think of was that Simpsons episode where the kid is crying and says "Stop, he's already dead"

Damn kicker miss the extra point?

Prederick wrote:
Rat Boy wrote:

I hope the USWNT takes this scorecard, takes the amount of time the USMNT to score that many goals in a World Cup

Once I get back in front of a computer, I'm doing this math.

Alright, so obviously, the USMNT didn't make the last World Cup, they scored 5 goals in 4 games in 2014, 5 goals in 4 games in 2010, 2 goals in 3 games in 2006, which brings us to 12. Using their last scoring game in 2002 as an example, this means that, from Landon Donovan's goal to make it 2-0 against Mexico, the USMNT needed 12 World Cup games to score 13 goals.

Prederick wrote:
Prederick wrote:
Rat Boy wrote:

I hope the USWNT takes this scorecard, takes the amount of time the USMNT to score that many goals in a World Cup

Once I get back in front of a computer, I'm doing this math.

Alright, so obviously, the USMNT didn't make the last World Cup, they scored 5 goals in 4 games in 2014, 5 goals in 4 games in 2010, 2 goals in 3 games in 2006, which brings us to 12. Using their last scoring game in 2002 as an example, this means that, from Landon Donovan's goal to make it 2-0 against Mexico, the USMNT needed 12 World Cup games to score 13 goals.

Now compare the average funding of all those teams the Men's team played to the funding of the Thailand Women's National Team. You could probably buy a small country with the difference.

Per The Guardian their funding is unknown, but also comes from their general manager.

Also, to be fair, I don't think the Men's team gets a whole lot either, I don't think football is all that big in Thailand.

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