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Old 10-21-2013, 07:42 AM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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Hello

I've been lurking on the forum for a while, now I have some fresh information so I decided to post.

Here are the confirmed play-offs for Europe:

Portugal - Sweden
Ukraine - France
Greece - Romania
Croatia - Iceland
I hope:

Sweden, France, Romania, Croatia (although Iceland would be nice as well).

Either Ibrahimovic or Ronaldo will miss out on the WC. I hope Portugal is eliminated because I don't want to run the risk of meeting them at the WC. They kicked us out of Euro 2004, WC 2006 and were partly responsible for us not advancing in Euro 2012.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:35 AM
 
Location: IL
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Originally Posted by sparkk2chane View Post
Hello

I've been lurking on the forum for a while, now I have some fresh information so I decided to post.

Here are the confirmed play-offs for Europe:

Portugal - Sweden
Ukraine - France
Greece - Romania
Croatia - Iceland
These are all fairly close match-ups, although I would be happiest if I was a Croatian. Greece also got a good draw, imo, although their style can lead to an upset:

Portugal
France
Romania win on PKs after two 0-0 draws
Croatia
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Finland
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Portugal - Sweden
Tough one. Sweden is knewn for never giving up, and is in a good form. Portugal has a bit more quality I think, but they can make some serious blunders sometimes. A coinflip. If Sweden manage to get an away goal, they are strong to qualify.

Ukraine - France

France is in an excellent form and playing wholeheartely for the team these days. So does Ukraine, but France has a lot more quality. That will give the final edge for France, so it will qualify. France's defending is vulnerable, but can outscore almost any opponent.

Greece - Romania
I'm astonished that Romania could make the playoffs after a couple of really terrible previous years. It's quite certain that this pair won't be a goal bonanza. Greece is a brick wall and Romania's attackers terrible, so Greece will qualify.

Croatia - Iceland
All respect to Iceland, but too tough is too tough. Iceland relays on a handful of players, and if they don't succeed, Iceland will be in trouble. Croatia's current form is terrible, so it gives some chance to Iceland. But even if they could manage to win 1-0 at home, Croatia will surely make the goals needed in Zagreb.
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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Im gonna go with Portugal, France, Greece and Croatia.
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:10 AM
 
Location: France
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Greece - Romania
I'm astonished that Romania could make the playoffs after a couple of really terrible previous years. It's quite certain that this pair won't be a goal bonanza. Greece is a brick wall and Romania's attackers terrible, so Greece will qualify.
Believe me when I tell you, Romania has had about a dozen bad years, not just a couple - I should know, I'm Romanian and I pay attention - I think most of the time they're terrible.
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:14 AM
 
Location: France
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I hope:

Sweden, France, Romania, Croatia (although Iceland would be nice as well).

Either Ibrahimovic or Ronaldo will miss out on the WC. I hope Portugal is eliminated because I don't want to run the risk of meeting them at the WC. They kicked us out of Euro 2004, WC 2006 and were partly responsible for us not advancing in Euro 2012.
You're one of the few that go with Romania and not with Greece - why is that?
I ask you because I see you are from The Netherlands and, boy, did you kick our butts in this qualy (I'm Romanian, btw).
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:37 AM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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You're one of the few that go with Romania and not with Greece - why is that?
I ask you because I see you are from The Netherlands and, boy, did you kick our butts in this qualy (I'm Romanian, btw).
Because I cannot stand Greece and their anti-football. I'd much rather see Romania lose 3-0 at the WC than watch Greece squeeze out another 0-0 or 1-0 result.
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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Lol Uruguay as good as Germany, I actually laughed out loud when I read this.
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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I think Portugal are staying home this world cup - gotta feeling Sweden will win.
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Old 10-21-2013, 12:31 PM
 
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Few weeks ago this thread was raving how strong Portugal is. Now lots of you starting to write them off.

I couldn't care less about who is going to qualify or not, but am hoping for Greece NOT to.
Can't stand their negative approach, idiotic fans and their enormous luck.
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