2022 FIFA World Cup

I completely forgot this tournament was on this year because of the postponed euros last summer.

Something to really look forward to. Only 9 months to go.

10am kick off times
Potentially 4 games a day will test the stamina

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This would be great timing for a career break

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November and early December is a very awkward time for World Cup viewing. What time of the day will the matches be on?

Jaysus look up a post there mate

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Big Tony Holohan will be locking down for Christmas again, cementing WFH for this tournament

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Has Stephen Kenny been managing Colombia on the sly?

They have failed to score in their last seven World Cup qualifiers and look set to miss out.

I hope Kloppo knows what he’s doing as regards this new chap we’ve signed.

This is woeful fare. God be with the days when Sepp Blatter would bestride a World Cup draw stage like Charlie Haughey at a Fianna Fáil Árd Fheis.

Jermaine Jenas is hosting the World Cup draw. Jermaine fucking Jenas.

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USA in England’s group. England will be happy enough with that.

Repeat of 2010. Netherlands will be delighted to draw Qatar. Jermain Jenas is extremely random.

America knocked out England in 1950 too?

Lothar Matthaus has a nice ball drawing style. An experienced professional on the draw circuit who is finally bringing some gravitas to proceedings here. Nice performative pause before unveiling Germany as Spain’s group opponents.

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Some very average teams in this.

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The Pot 2 draw has been a bit disappointing. A lot of repeat pairings.

Brazil and Switzerland is a repeat from the last World Cup, as is Portugal and Uruguay. Argentina and Mexico always seem to run into each other.

But the Pot 3 draw is explosive!

Iran in with England and the USA!

England will draw Cobh Ramblers from pot 4.

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Qatar will do well to progress at the expense of Senegal and the Netherlands even accounting for copious amounts of dubious calls in their favour.

Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia is an exact repeat of the 2018 group. Means another Kosovo derby.

Great stuff

I’ll give them one thing. There is less fuck acting around in between drawing pots.

France v Denmark is another pairing that comes up an awful lot in finals tournaments. They’ve been drawn together in the group stages in 1984, 1992, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2018, 2022.

That’s a super draw for the Dutch.

This will be some shit when they go to 46 teams.