World Cup 2022 qualifying begins

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World Cup 2022 qualifying begins

by Winston Biscuit » 16 May 2019 15:06

World Cup 2022 qualifying kicks off 3 weeks today with the first round matches in the Asian Group

There are 6 ties which are all 2 legged affairs:

Mongolia Vs Brunei
Macau Vs Sri Lanka
Laos Vs Bangladesh
Malaysia Vs Timor-Leste
Cambodia Vs Pakistan
Bhutan Vs Guam

first leg played 6th June, 2nd leg 11th June

The 6 winners there will be added to the 34 other nations making up the 2nd round and groups will be drawn on 17th July for matches to be played starting in September

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Re: World Cup 2022 qualifying begins

by Silver Fox » 16 May 2019 15:50

Up the Guam!!

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Re: World Cup 2022 qualifying begins

by Winston Biscuit » 16 May 2019 16:00

Head says Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan & Guam

Based on literally nothing.

How on earth have Malaysia got themselves into round 1? I know we are just talking different levels of sh*tness here but come on, but they are no Timor-f*cking-Leste!





(awaits Timor-Leste to overturn Malaysia)

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Re: World Cup 2022 qualifying begins

by Hendo » 16 May 2019 16:13

Always interested as to what the stadiums of much smaller nations look like.

I guess unsurprisingly a lot are multi-purpose and have athletics tracks included, but the two which caught my eye were:

Bukit Jalil National Stadium - Malaysia





Changlimithang Stadium - Bhutan (which has a very nice 'main stand')




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Re: World Cup 2022 qualifying begins

by stealthpapes » 16 May 2019 18:17

Winston Biscuit Head says Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan & Guam

Based on literally nothing.

How on earth have Malaysia got themselves into round 1? I know we are just talking different levels of sh*tness here but come on, but they are no Timor-f*cking-Leste!





(awaits Timor-Leste to overturn Malaysia)


Malaysia's FIFA ranking



just a few decades of decline, really


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Re: World Cup 2022 qualifying begins

by stealthpapes » 16 May 2019 18:19

There was a decent article about Cambodian football in the Blizzard. Turns out its hard to get an effective XI when anyone fit is worked to death in a fucking paddyfield.

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Re: World Cup 2022 qualifying begins

by CountryRoyal » 18 May 2019 10:43

stealthpapes There was a decent article about Cambodian football in the Blizzard. Turns out its hard to get an effective XI when anyone fit is worked to death in a fucking paddyfield.


You say that but the USSR always managed to put out a decent team for sports.

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Re: World Cup 2022 qualifying begins

by Stranded » 22 May 2019 09:19

How much competitive international football do countries like Bhutan actually get to play?

The World Cup qualifying doubles up as qualification for the Asian Cup too so say they lose to Guam, will they be their only 2 competive fixtures until 2023?

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Re: World Cup 2022 qualifying begins

by stealthpapes » 22 May 2019 09:56

The place I grew up played only 2 games between 2011 and 2018, a home and away tie in the first round of caribbean qualifying.

Lost on away goals. :|

You may have seen the CONIFA thing last summer - genuinely think some of the smaller islands and outposts would be better off in that and playing similarly sized countries/matched teams more regularly.


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Re: World Cup 2022 qualifying begins

by Winston Biscuit » 22 May 2019 14:04

stealthpapes The place I grew up played only 2 games between 2011 and 2018, a home and away tie in the first round of caribbean qualifying.

Lost on away goals. :|

You may have seen the CONIFA thing last summer - genuinely think some of the smaller islands and outposts would be better off in that and playing similarly sized countries/matched teams more regularly.


I remember trying to follow the Wild Cup back in 2006 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIFI_Wild_Cup

I see the Island Games have dropped football this time around which seems a shame - https://www.gibraltar2019.com/

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Re: World Cup 2022 qualifying begins

by stealthpapes » 22 May 2019 19:02

CONIFA Euros this summer, gr8 m8

CONCACAF have introduced a caribbean nations league, guarantees 6 competitive games every cycle. Nice.

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Re: World Cup 2022 qualifying begins

by stealthpapes » 22 May 2019 19:05

If I wasn't away


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Re: World Cup 2022 qualifying begins

by bcubed » 23 May 2019 00:14

Plans to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams have been abandoned by Fifa.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino said last yearthe expansion from 32 teams could be brought forward from 2026 to the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

The change would have required Qatar to share hosting duties with other countries in the region.



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Re: World Cup 2022 qualifying begins

by Stranded » 23 May 2019 08:18

stealthpapes The place I grew up played only 2 games between 2011 and 2018, a home and away tie in the first round of caribbean qualifying.

Lost on away goals. :|

You may have seen the CONIFA thing last summer - genuinely think some of the smaller islands and outposts would be better off in that and playing similarly sized countries/matched teams more regularly.


Crazy, makes you wonder how/if the really small countries will ever improve if they don't play competitively more often. I did find out that Bhutan get to play in the South Asia Football Federation finals every 2 years, actually making the semi finals once - the only time they have won a game in it but I think you may be on to something with them joing CONIFA - I guess they don't as it may stop their clubs playing in any regional tournaments that are recognised by the FIFA affliated regional body.

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Re: World Cup 2022 qualifying begins

by Winston Biscuit » 23 May 2019 08:33

stealthpapes If I wasn't away



Get in there you Kernow's!!!

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Re: World Cup 2022 qualifying begins

by stealthpapes » 23 May 2019 17:50

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stealthpapes The place I grew up played only 2 games between 2011 and 2018, a home and away tie in the first round of caribbean qualifying.

Lost on away goals. :|

You may have seen the CONIFA thing last summer - genuinely think some of the smaller islands and outposts would be better off in that and playing similarly sized countries/matched teams more regularly.


Crazy, makes you wonder how/if the really small countries will ever improve if they don't play competitively more often. I did find out that Bhutan get to play in the South Asia Football Federation finals every 2 years, actually making the semi finals once - the only time they have won a game in it but I think you may be on to something with them joing CONIFA - I guess they don't as it may stop their clubs playing in any regional tournaments that are recognised by the FIFA affliated regional body.


I do think FIFA have noticed this - so there's a nations league in CONCACAF now, and also AFC has regionalised tournaments

In any case, there was one team at the CONIFA world cup - Tuvalu - who could join FIFA but currently have not.

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Re: World Cup 2022 qualifying begins

by Winston Biscuit » 24 May 2019 15:13

Tuvalu sticking it to the man

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Re: World Cup 2022 qualifying begins

by The Enfield Royal71 » 27 May 2019 22:53

Macau are a tough team to break down away from home. I do think that Timor-Leste could do it however. Got some handy big men up front.

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Re: World Cup 2022 qualifying begins

by Sutekh » 28 May 2019 06:35

Still can’t help but feel the 2022 World Cup should be boycotted by one and all.

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Re: World Cup 2022 qualifying begins

by Sanguine » 07 Jun 2019 10:30

Whilst I don't disagree, and understand the wider issues on which we should make a stand, the optics would be awful. FIFA takes the World Cup to a country full of brown people, and no-one turns up. They've stitched football up big time with this decision.

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