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If the US is playing a "diamond" within what's being called a 4-2-3-1
why don't they just call teams that play with a diamond formation 4-1-2-1-2? I'm probably missing something...
Soccer "notation" is very conservative. For a long time, the convention was that you could only have three lines of players, no matter how they actually appeared on the field.
Seemed it was mostly up to the smaller nations and teams to find tactical advantages.
But really, if one squints enough, every modern formation can be seen as a variant of 2-3-5...
Going back to World Cup 1998, when the tournament expanded to 32 teams and just two teams per group were able to advance, only nine percent of teams that lost their first World Cup game (4 of 46) advanced to the knockout stage. Meanwhile, a tie in the first game was hardly a killer—56 percent of those teams (20 of 36) advanced from their group.
The best thing to do, of course, is to win your first game. From ’98 on, a whopping 87 percent of teams that have gotten three points from game one (40 of 46) have advanced to the Round of 16.
I think you can make an argument that Brooks is more useful than Goodson (e.g., Brooks is left footed and more mobile).
"I asked Jurgen for an explanation. It was something that he was unwilling to give me. He said that he would speak with me after the World Cup about it, and I said that I thought I certainly deserved an explanation. And it was something that he was unwilling to give."
From what I've seen, Green doesn't belong on the team on merit, unless "merit" gets defined to include "possible future WCs".
Green's case seems like a clear promise for the future. I'm not opposed to that per se; I'll bet the English team regrets not making a deal like that with Giggs or Bale (assuming Bale's eligible; I don't know if he is).
If Qatar is stripped of the World Cup, it might well decide to go ahead with the tournament anyway, and freely offer significant appearance fees to African, Asian and Caribbean federations, which might well tempt them. After all, the FIFA World Cup has only ever been won by European or South American nations and that doesn’t look likely to change soon. What do the other federations have to lose?
Again, "clearly vomiting, urinating, or defecating on the pitch or immediate surrounds" should be more than 6 points.
Yes, Bale's Grandmother is English, which would make him eligible for England.
Reposting the bbtf league for Twatball http://twatball.co.uk/?item=group&id=95&plain=1
This thread has been neck and neck with the NBA thread since the beginning of the month.
TE, Jr. has often complained that the rule does not extend to Great-Grandmothers; if it did he technically would be eligible to play for Italy. Alas, he's 8 so he doesn't quite grasp that "eligible to play for Italy" wouldn't necessarily be equal in meaning to "would be picked to play for Italy..."
Anyway, sorry if this is a bit wrong but I've just written a book about England manager Roy Hodgson. For various reasons I ended up self publishing, which means if I'm to sell any I have to do everything myself. Finding an audience is pretty hard.
Register, DA, register. They will be fielding no such number.
how hard is it to keep the grass green in the middle of a rain forest?
You know what I meant.
It was as much for me as for you. Upon initial reading I momentarily panicked that they had to actually play that many homegrown players.
If you guys aren't on the twitters, our own MCoA is officially burning it up as a media presence.
If you guys aren't on the twitters, our own MCoA is officially burning it up as a media presence. We just need to get him to start plugging this thread now like Kevin Pelton (of ESPN fame) has done with the NBA thread...
Hmm, does xG factor in home/away?
Algeria 2nd in group H?? US 4th...sad face.
Hmm, does xG factor in home/away? MCoA's approach has Group E France-Ecuador-Switzerland-Honduras. Is Ecuador going to be very good away from altitude? In qualifying they earned 22 of their 25 points in Quito.
The model includes three further adjustments to the least squares method. First, expected goals are adjusted for home field advantage. Winning the xG battle 2.1- 1.5 at home is effectively the same as drawing, while it is a solid result either on the road or at a neutral site. So for every match, xG is adjusted for the very large international home field advantage. Solid evidence of "home continent advantage" is very difficult to identify, given how rare truly international tournaments are. This factor, while it may be real, could not be identified or quantified with any confidence. So it is not included in the model.
I wonder whether the home advantage in the World Cup is more extreme than the home advantage in a generic international?
Is Mathew Ryan of Australia a #### in some way, or are people just picking him because Spain, Chile, and the Dutch get to use him for target practice?
People in Argentina really freaking hate England. Japan and South Korea really hate each other.
Not familiar with Italy's citizenship laws or the oriundi, are we?
I don't know about that, thw top refs from outside Europe and South America aren't really fit to referee at this level.
I think I'm going to be rooting primarily for the teams the model likes so that it does well. Ride or die Portugal. I'm worried my heart is going to be traitorous during our group match.
Jesus, the first US game isn't until next Monday? And group H doesn't play any games until Tuesday? Is it always this drawn out?
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