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Re: 2022 World Cup qualification thread

Post by GlassOfMarleau » Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:02 pm

I know that this is for the men's world cup, but is anyone paying attention to the women's world cup in here? I saw how much of a favorite the USA team is considered here https://www.bonusseeker.com/news/new-je ... ts-betting but I don't know how confident I am in Team USA winning, especially with how good France is and their home advantage. Hell even Norway could surprise.

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Re: 2022 World Cup qualification thread

Post by squirrel » Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:34 pm

It's all Europe on the upper half of the U20 World Cup bracket as US Group foe Ukraine defeats Colombia 1:0 and Italy wins a wild one, 4:2 over Mali.

There are 4 continents represented on the bottom half as in addition to USA-Ecuador, Korea faces Senegal, tomorrow to determine the other two semifinalists.

Senegal won Group A with Colombia, hosts Poland, and Tahiti, and defeated Colombia 2:0, and defeated Nigeria, who was in the US group with Ukraine and Qatar.

Korea has seemingly saved their best for late, defeating Argentina in an elimination scenario in group play, and edging a solid Japan squad to open the group stage.
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Re: 2022 World Cup qualification thread

Post by squirrel » Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:32 pm

US U20s lose 2:1 to Ecuador. All goals came in the final 15' of the second half, with Ecuador scoring first, Weah equalizing and Ecuador going back on top, which held as the final score. The US has been eliminated in the last 2 U20 World Cup quarterfinals, by the 2015 champions Serbia, and the 2017 runners-up Venezuela.
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Re: 2022 World Cup qualification thread

Post by squirrel » Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:59 am

The Toulon Tournament (prestigious U23 invitational) semis are set, to be played on Wednesday, June 12. The US did not participate this year.

Japan vs. Mexico
Brazil vs. Ireland
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Re: 2022 World Cup qualification thread

Post by squirrel » Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:20 pm

Wrapping up the 2019 Toulon Tournament (U23s):

In the semis:

Brazil 2:0 Ireland
Japan 2:2 (5:4 pks) Mexico


In the Final, Japan took Brazil to PKs but Brazil prevailed 1:1 (5:4).

Mexico defeated Ireland 0:0 (4:3) on penalties in the third place game.
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Re: 2022 World Cup qualification thread

Post by squirrel » Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:25 pm

Venezuela held Brazil to a scoreless draw in the Copa America and did the same in their opener against Peru. If they can win against Bolivia, they will advance to the knockout stage.

The guest teams in this year's Copa are Qatar and Japan. Qatar has been a bit of a surprise with a draw against Paraguay and a 1:0 loss to Colombia and that goal not coming until 86'. They have to play Argentina on the final day of group play.

Japan lost their first match 4:0 to Chile, with matches against Uruguay and Ecuador pending.
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Re: 2022 World Cup qualification thread

Post by squirrel » Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:01 pm

Quarterfinal draw for Copa America (in bracket order):

Brazil vs. Paraguay
Venezuela vs. Argentina
Colombia vs. Chile
Uruguay vs. Peru

Japan lost out on GD to Paraguay to miss out on the knockout round.
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Re: 2022 World Cup qualification thread

Post by squirrel » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:40 am

3 of the 4 Copa America quarters went to PKs, all after 120' scoreless minutes. Only Argentina managed to advance 2:0 over Venezuela in regulation time:

Brazil 0:0 (4:3) Paraguay
Venezuela 0:2 Argentina
Colombia 0:0 (4:5) Chile
Uruguay 0:0 (4:5) Peru

Semifinals
Brazil vs. Argentina (Tuesday)
Chile vs. Peru (Wednesday)
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Re: 2022 World Cup qualification thread

Post by squirrel » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:44 am

The 4 European teams to qualify for the 2020 Olympics tournament become the first official teams beyond host Japan to qualify. France, Germany, Romania, and Spain all qualified as the semifinalists at the U-21 Euros.

It will be quiet again on the Olympics front until Fall.
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Re: 2022 World Cup qualification thread

Post by Bluejaygrad03 » Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:22 pm

squirrel wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:44 am
The 4 European teams to qualify for the 2020 Olympics tournament become the first official teams beyond host Japan to qualify. France, Germany, Romania, and Spain all qualified as the semifinalists at the U-21 Euros.

It will be quiet again on the Olympics front until Fall.
The CONCACAF U-23 qualifying tournament will be in Costa Rica from October 3-15 with the top two finishers in that tournament heading to Tokyo.

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Re: 2022 World Cup qualification thread

Post by SFP » Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:31 pm

Did any of you guys watch the Argentina - Brazil match yesterday? Messi was fairly ****ed off with the reff. Frankly I do not blame him. He sure as hell looked like he was paid off.
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Re: 2022 World Cup qualification thread

Post by squirrel » Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:16 pm

It will be Brazil vs. Peru in the Copa America Final, while Argentina will play Chile in the 3rd place game.

Brazil defeated Argentina 2:0 and Peru defeated Chile 3:0.

Not counting the Centenario, the semifinal results ensure Peru's third straight 3rd place or better finish in the Copa.
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Re: 2022 World Cup qualification thread

Post by Bluejaygrad03 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:20 pm

CONCACAF is changing its qualifying format for 2022 with the video here explaining the change:

In short, it's going to be like this. The Hex will still be played but will only involve the top 6 teams in the FIFA World rankings (which as of now, would be Mexico, USA, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Honduras and El Salvador) after the FIFA window of June 2020. For the remaining teams in the confederation (teams 7-35), they'll go into a group stage comprised of eight groups (five groups of four and three groups of three). The first place finishers of the eight groups will then go into a single elimination knockout stage with quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals played in a home-and-home format. The winner of the knockout stage will then play the 4th place finisher in the Hex to determine the CONCACAF representative in the intercontinental playoff.

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Re: 2022 World Cup qualification thread

Post by squirrel » Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:58 am

I like it, for the most part. Still a slight chance for some controversy regarding whether or not teams 5-8, for example, are ranked properly. However, there is the Nations League where you are getting enough quality games against the top group, that most of that stuff will sort itself out.

El Salvador and Jamaica will be the first interesting cases-first off, I'm surprised El Salvador are amidst the top 6, but they will be in the second-tier league, along with Jamaica.

But this is a better set up for the region as a whole, as it gets many more games for the Caribbean teams, which helps everyone's rank.
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Re: 2022 World Cup qualification thread

Post by squirrel » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:36 am

CAF announced their process for the Africa zone yesterday as well. All 54 member nations will enter with Libya and Sierra Leone having been cleared to participate.

There will be an opening round, with the 28 lowest-ranked members playing home-away to play down to 14. They will join the highest-ranking 26 member nations in a 10-group, 4-team group stage.

The 10 group winners will play-off home-away to determine the 5 qualifying teams for 2022.
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