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2018 FIFA World Cup... is over!

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Danimal5981
2479 posts Fans' Favourite
edited September 2018
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This Road to World Cup Daniel Marzec is the manager of Poland. But it if his team does not make it to Russia 2018 his career might take an unexpected bend.

First, we'll do a worldwide qualifying series: a Road to World Cup 2018!



FIFA has changed the qualifying model for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. In the new two-step model akin to the model of the future UEFA Nations League, smaller nations first need to get to the top group of their football confederation in order to qualify for the FIFA-tournament. The measure has been taken to guarantee a World Cup tournament with quality teams.

What does this mean for FIFA World Cup Russia 2018? Well, smaller teams have already been eliminated and now, 58 teams are fighting for 30 remaining places at the end tournament.

Qualified (2 teams)
Russia as host nation and Germany as defending champions.

UEFA (12 teams)
8 groups of each 3 teams play in the first round, home and away.
The eight group winners qualify immediately.
The second placed teams meet each other in play-offs for four remaining places at the World Cup.

CONMEBOL (6 teams)
10 South-American nations fight for six places.
The teams are divided into two groups (5 teams each).
The top three of each group present at the World Cup.

AFC (4 teams)
Six teams have made it to the end round.
In two groups of three teams, the best two go to the World Cup.

CAF (4 teams)
Six teams have made it to the end round.
In two groups of three teams, the best two go to the World Cup.

CONCACAF + OFC (4 teams)
Six teams have made it to the end round. New Zealand participates on behalf of the OFC.
In two groups of three teams, the best two go to the World Cup.
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  • Danimal5981
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    edited June 2018
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  • subpop
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    Nice to see you back!

    Interesting concept. Question: are you only managing the Polish NT? Are you simulating the rest of the game or playing them?

    I was going to say good luck, but I've already seen that Poland had a bad debut in these short qualifyers. I hope there's a way to turn it around, although it looks ugly.
  • Danimal5981
    2479 posts Fans' Favourite
    edited July 2018
    subpop wrote: »
    Nice to see you back!

    Interesting concept. Question: are you only managing the Polish NT? Are you simulating the rest of the game or playing them?

    I was going to say good luck, but I've already seen that Poland had a bad debut in these short qualifyers. I hope there's a way to turn it around, although it looks ugly.

    Always the home team... each team plays another twice, I shall have all teams half of the time.

    In the end, this should result in a slightly different World Cup than the current one going on.

    At the World Cup I shall play all teams, again home teams (which are usually the higher seeded teams.
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  • Danimal5981
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    edited July 2018
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  • subpop
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    Not many surprises except for the draws of Spain and Portugal, who may have problems to advance after these setbacks. Let's see how it develops.
  • ASdoZeR
    1362 posts Professional
    What an effort here. Will be interesting to see the outcome of this new qualification system, which I personally do like a lot.
    Quite an interesting start with Spain and Portugal drawing. WIlling to see how it all turns out.
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  • subpop
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    Oh man... Argentina struggling again, what a failure to drop points against Venezuela. Given the short nature of these group stages, they're in trouble... again.

    On the other side, Brazil and Uruguay confirm they're top favourites to advance easily.
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    Davies shoots Canada to a stunning 1:0 away win against Mexico

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    Costa Rica has no trouble with New Zealand whatsoever (3:1)
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    Star of Ajax and Morocco, Hakim Ziyech: dissatisfaction over 1:1 draw

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    Saber Khalifa rescues a point for his side against Morocco (1:1)
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    Tom Rogic scores for Australia. The Socceroos would give the win away seconds before the final whistle.

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    Mehdi scores a brace for his country! Iran - China 3:0
  • Danimal5981
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    edited July 2018
    Mind you, I always play the home team. So against Spain it was a win, while against Norway I lost after coming close to a draw..., which would've really turned the group upside down

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    The attacking trio against Spain delivered (The Netherlands v Spain 3:2)

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    Memphis Depay scored a clean hattrick (Norway v The Netherlands 2:5)


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    Raphael Varane realises France has to do better (Italy v France 0:0)

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    Chiellini heads in Italy's only goal so far during UEFA Qualifiers (Romania v Italy 0:1)


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    Will we see Gareth Bale at the World Cup?

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    Czech chances reduced to minimum (Czech Republic v Wales 0:2)

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  • subpop
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    Spain in real trouble as they head the play-offs. Good away draw for France and Mexico will need to step up, because this initial defeat is a real problem.

    Let's see what Marzec can do with Poland. Another defeat would be terrible.
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    Record goalscorer for Poland Lewandowski adds another one to his tally (Northern Ireland v Poland 1:2)

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    Serbia saved by a late penalty converted by Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia v Northern Ireland 1:0)


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  • Danimal5981
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    Please remember, I always play the home team... this was INCREDIBLE... and I play 5 minutes p/half

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    Luka Modric lead his side to a unimaginable comeback, but lost in the end (Croatia v Belgium 4:5)

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    Croatia celebrates, but shouldn't this game have ended already? (Greece v Croatia 0:1)

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    Giorgos Tzavellas can't believe the late Croatian goal (Greece v Croatia 0:1)

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  • subpop
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    Interesting group. Too bad for Croatia to lose at home as they will probably need to go to the playoffs.
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    Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal are struggling (Iceland v Portugal 0:0)

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    Republic of Ireland having a splendid night in Dublin (Rep. of Ireland v Iceland 4:0)

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    Gylfi Sigurðsson realizing World Cup is far away for Iceland (Rep. of Ireland v Iceland 4:0)


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  • Danimal5981
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    A double one, to start of the 2nd page nicely... we're halfway in Europe.
    Remember, in qualifying I always play the home team.

    Group G

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    Arnautovic is Austria's big man with 3 goals in 2 games (Austria v England 0:2, Scotland v Austria 1:1)

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    Leigh Griffiths keeping Scotland's dream alive (Scotland v Austria 1:1)

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    and Group H

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    Marcus Berg opens the score for Sweden (Sweden v Switzerland 1:1)

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    Mehmet Topal received yellow, while Seb larsson found the net (Turkey v Sweden 0:2)

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