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World Cup semi finals set

World Cup semi-fnals are set and there is NO Germany (knocked out in first round), NO Brazil (defeated in quarters yesterday), NO Argentina (lost in round of 16)…  Instead, you have an all-European affair with Belgium, Croatia, England and France.

Tuesday, July 10: Semi-Final 1

  • Belgium faces France – France is a slight favorite

Wednesday, July 11: Semi-Final 2

  • Croatia faces England – England is the favorite

Why wouldn’t England be the big favorite they are against an undefeated Croatian team?  England surprised everyone by defeating Colombia in the round of 16 on penalty kicks.  England typically does not win on penalty kicks.

How did the four teams get here?

  1. France defeated Uruguay 2-1 yesterday
  2. Belgium got by Brazil 2-1 yesterday.
  3. England beat Sweden 2-0 this morning
  4. Croatia just beat host Russia 4-3 on penalty kicks after being locked on 1-1 in regular and 2-2 in extra time.

Will we see an England – Belgium rematch of the 3rd group-stage match in the finals OR will we see old-school England vs France, or will it be one or two upsets? For the record, I had England because the USA did not make the world cup and, despite up against some great teams, I will still go with England to win. Madness? We will see.

Who will left World Cup 2018 trophy?

  • England (36%, 5 Votes)
  • Belgium (29%, 4 Votes)
  • France (29%, 4 Votes)
  • Croatia (7%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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Argentina advances to World Cup round of 16

Argentina defeated Nigeria 2-1 amidst controversial calls by the referee to advance to the round of 16. Messi scored the first goal for Argentina. Diego Mseasons yelled a Spanish obscenity and showed an obscene gesture in celebration after the final whistle.

CAN, MEX, USA hosts 2026 World Cup Finals; 48 teams instead of 32

The USA, Canada, and Mexico won the bid for the 2026 World Cup [finals] over Morocco. This means all 3 teams get a “bye” (automatic bid). With the number of teams also increasing from 32 to 48, it means CONCACAF, the federation from which those teams come, will get those 6 spots (3 automatic and 3 more).

Big questions?

  1. Will USA still be “friends” with Canada and Mexico at that point?
  2. Can Jamaica and T&T cement themselves into 2026 with more opportunities?
  3. How about other countries from the Caribbean?

It would be nice, if I am alive and well, to see 2 or 3 Caribbean teams into a World Cup finals… for real.

One can dream…

Reggae Boyz play for pride
June 13, 2016
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Tonight, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz play their final match in the Copa America Centenario 2016 football (soccer) competition. Winless, pointless, goalless (same in 3 matches last time), can the Reggae Boyz save face with a win or tie against normally-powerful Uruguay after going down 0-1 and 0-2 to Venzuela and Mexico respectively? Can they score even once, after missing chance after chance against Mexico? Only time will tell.

I don’t know about you, but I want to see how they play tonight. They need to figure it out because they’re hanging on by a thread in World Cup Qualifying (WCQ), the penultimate group stage ending with 2 two matches vs Panama and Haiti in September. These are games the Boyz must win to improve their chances of qualifying for the final group of 6. Without insulting your intelligence, in order to win, the Boyz MUST score goals in both matches… something that seems to have eluded them much since the Gold Cup finals.