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World Cup 2026

by Silver Fox » 10 Jan 2017 10:37

Is going to include 48 teams :roll:

At least it means Scotland might qualify

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Re: World Cup 2026

by George_ » 10 Jan 2017 10:46

USA nailed on to host it now.

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Re: World Cup 2026

by stealthpapes » 10 Jan 2017 13:14

IF it were a pre-qualifying stage with a pretty random draw then I don't really mind that much.

Pushing the boat out - have 15 4 team groups, home and away as the last stage of qualifying. Top team qualifies to join the host, which gives a very good last 16. The group stage would be nicely random, chance for an upset but not too big a chance.

Or don't fiddle with it.

How about that?

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Re: World Cup 2026

by From Despair To Where? » 10 Jan 2017 18:25

16 groups of 3, top 2 go through from each group.

I see another Germany-Austria 1982 happening.

I get the idea of opening the tournament up but this is definitely out of the box marked "Mental"

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Re: World Cup 2026

by Sutekh » 11 Jan 2017 17:55

From Despair To Where wrote:
I see another Germany-Austria 1982 happening.



Not with the other ridiculous proposal that all games ending in draws will be decided by a penalty shootout :roll:


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by stealthpapes » 11 Jan 2017 18:21

Sutekh wrote:
From Despair To Where wrote:
I see another Germany-Austria 1982 happening.



Not with the other ridiculous proposal that all games ending in draws will be decided by a penalty shootout :roll:


It'll be more like Sweden Denmark in 04 or Norn Iron vs Germany '16, knowing a 1-0 loss is enough.

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Re: World Cup 2026

by From Despair To Where? » 12 Jan 2017 22:41

Sutekh wrote:
From Despair To Where wrote:
I see another Germany-Austria 1982 happening.



Not with the other ridiculous proposal that all games ending in draws will be decided by a penalty shootout :roll:



Germany won that game in 82. Scored after 10 minutes then 80 minutes of walking round the pitch passing to each other.

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Re: World Cup 2026

by stealthpapes » 13 Jan 2017 17:05

UEFA (16 teams); CAF (9); CONMEBOL (6); AFC (8.5); CONCACAF (6.5); OFC (1) is the new proposal.

UEFA (13 teams); CAF (5); CONMEBOL (4.5); AFC (4.5); CONCACAF (3.5); OFC (0.5) is how it works now.


On current standings, that's:

UEFA (16 teams)

Germany
Belgium
France
Portugal
Spain
Switzerland
Wales
England
Croatia
Poland
Italy
Iceland
Netherlands
Republic of Ireland
Turkey
Slovakia

Not too bothered about that. Reckon a tournament with the best 16 teams in Europe would be pretty mint actually.

CONMEBOL (6 teams, it's a 10 country confederation :| )

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Uruguay
Peru

Again, not too bothered - a seemingly obvious suggestion might be to make a Americas qualifying group. Don't make that suggestion. Ecuador narrowly miss out but there's no shambles there.

CAF (9 teams)

Senegal
Côte d'Ivoire
Egypt
Tunisia
Algeria
Congo DR
Nigeria
Burkina Faso
Ghana

OK ...

AFC (8 teams, 9th in a play-off)

Iran
Korea Republic
Australia
Japan
Saudi Arabia
Uzbekistan
United Arab Emirates
China PR

That sound is a barrel being scraped.

CONCACAF (6 teams)

Costa Rica
Mexico
USA
Panama
Haiti
Honduras

If you joined CONMEBOL and CONCACAF for 12 teams and a playoff, then all but Bolivia from South America would qualify and it would be close for the playoff between Venezuela and Panama.

Play off
Qatar vs Curacao


Any expansion will simply let shit football into the mixture.

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Re: World Cup 2026

by Sutekh » 14 Jan 2017 12:21

stealthpapes wrote:Any expansion will simply let shit football into the mixture.


You forget that England would somehow already be there...


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Re: World Cup 2026

by stealthpapes » 14 Jan 2017 12:32

Sutekh wrote:
stealthpapes wrote:Any expansion will simply let shit football into the mixture.


You forget that England would somehow already be there...



LOL!

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Re: World Cup 2026

by Emeraldroyal » 14 Jan 2017 18:56

stealthpapes wrote:
Sutekh wrote:
stealthpapes wrote:Any expansion will simply let shit football into the mixture.


You forget that England would somehow already be there...



LOL!

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Feel sorry for England. Doomed to fail with expectation levels (mainly from the media)

I'm in favour of an expanded tournament.
Having spent two weeks in France this summer it was the Icelandic / Welsh / Irish (north and south) Belgian fans that made it. Having said that I'd shit my pants if the Chinese ever got a hooligan element...kung fu and sheer weight of numbers means we're all in for a kicking :lol:

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Re: World Cup 2026

by stealthpapes » 16 Jan 2017 18:45

Just depress our 25 pounders and fill them up with shrapnel. Worked at Imjin and I'm pretty sure the lesson is transferable.

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Re: World Cup 2026

by Stranded » 31 Mar 2017 15:10

Allocation for 2026 announced:

Africa - 9 (up from 5)
Asia - 8 (up from 4 or 5)
Europe - 16 (up from 13)
North, Central America and Caribbean - 6 (up from 3 or 4)
Oceania - 1 (from 0 or 1)
South America - 6 (up from 4 or 5)

Will have a massive impact on the qualification competitions of some regions. For example, the CONCACAF Hexagonal becomes obsolete as the final 6 will all qualify (plus a 7th getting a play off spot). In South America as well, 6 of 10 will now qualify (plus 1 playoff spot) which could make the current league structure a bit of a procession.

Looks like the Confederations Cup may well be on the way out too. As the last 2 places will likely be decided by a mini tournament hosted by the WC hosts the autumn before the WC.

Play-off will be seeded knock out - with one nation from Africa, Asia, CONCACAF, Oceania and S.America partaking. The 6th team will come from the host federation. Teams will be seeded and format will be:

1st rd

3rd seeds v 6th
4th v 5th

Qualifying round

1st v lowest ranked qualifier
2nd v highest ranked qualifer

Winners of those ties will qualify and probably play a final to win a cup.

So if we take the current positions, then a play off for 2018 would be as follows (seeding in brackets) -

1st round

Morocco v Tahiti
Guatemala V China

Qualifying round

Peru V lowest ranked qualifer
Slovakia V highest ranked qualifer


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Re: World Cup 2026

by tmesis » 02 Apr 2017 13:42

Emeraldroyal wrote:I'm in favour of an expanded tournament.
Having spent two weeks in France this summer it was the Icelandic / Welsh / Irish (north and south) Belgian fans that made it. Having said that I'd shit my pants if the Chinese ever got a hooligan element...kung fu and sheer weight of numbers means we're all in for a kicking :lol:

I didn't go to any England games, but I stayed in a few places where there was a fair-sized English contingent visiting between games, and they were typically great, mixing well the other fans, and there was a kind of party atmosphere in the bars.


The problems really seem to come when you get thousands of Easyjet weekenders coming over without tickets, who think the way you are supposed to act if you are an English fan is to get drunk and shout abuse at the foreigners. Sorry, I say abuse, but clearly it's just "banter".

The Belgian and Welsh were really good though, I'd agree on that.

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