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  1. Shi Xiansheng

    World Cup nostalgia thread

    1994 was the first World Cup I remember. It was awesome. The whole country was gripped by it; it was everywhere. It was my football awakening. I still wish I had made it to a game. Maybe the US will host again someday and I'll get the chance. 2002 was my favorite World Cup. I was in college, and it was summer, and I didn't have a job, meaning I had nothing better to do than party and watch football. And the time zones were a blast. Games were in the middle of the night, so my friends and I just stayed up all night every night and slept during the daytime. My favorite goal was Donovan against Algeria in 2010. Not because it was a great goal, but because of what it meant in context. We had had one struck out for offside, had hit the woodwork, had missed open goals. We were dominating but facing elimination, and it was absolutely nerve-wracking. So of course, the only way to qualify for the knockouts had to be through a scrappy rebound in the 91st minute. I have never seen a place explode so forcefully in response to a World Cup goal. A man next to me was holding two full pints he had just bought from the bar but had not brought to his friends, saw the goal, started jumping up and down, dropped both to smash on the floor, and simply kept jumping. Even now, eight years later, I watched it on YouTube here in the office and had to restrain myself from shouting and disturbing my coworkers.
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    Leagues represented in the World Cup

    No Carrasco at Dalian?
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    Leagues represented in the World Cup

    Mmm, fair point, I suppose even if it's all agreed but the transfer paperwork hasn't gone through with a league, a player's not joined. But might that not suggest the "rules" could be different for a player's transfer than for a team which has moved divisions? And would it not also mean that a player going as a free agent, or who has joined a club as a free agent but not yet in the eyes of the league, would count not for the club he last played for but for no club, because he's "officially" unregistered?
  4. I survived relegation and it's the next season. I'm 16 games in and I've conceded 15 (tied for 5th-best in the division), but I've scored only 16 (tied for 21st-best in the division). I just can't find the net. A couple of 1–0 wins is of course just fine with me; a few 0–0 draws aren't the worst thing; the 1–0 defeats are annoying. I don't expect great things from my season, but I'd like to score more. My three tactics are: 4–1–4–1 DM Counter DF(d) WM(s) CM(s) BBM(s) WM(s) A(d) FB(s) CD(d) CD(d) WB(s) G(d) Counter/Flexible TIs: N/A PIs: G(d): Take Short Kicks 4–1–4–1 DM DF(s) WM(a) CM(s) CM(a) W(s) DM(d) FB(s) CD(d) CD(d) IWB(s) G(d) Standard/Fluid TIs: Pass Into Space PIs: G(d): Distribute to Center Backs FB(s): Mark Tighter both CD(d)s: Close Down Less, Pass It Shorter IWB(s): Mark Tighter DM(d): Mark Tighter, Tackle Harder WM(a): Sit Narrower, Cut Inside With Ball CM(s): Get Further Forward, More Risky Passes CM(a): Roam From Position 4–4–2 P(a) DLF(s) W(a) CM(d) BWM(s) W(s) FB(s) LD(d) CD(d) FB(s) G(d) Standard/Structured TIs: Slightly Deeper, Pass Into Space, Hit Early Crosses PIs: G(d): Take Long Kicks left FB(s): Dribble Less, Mark Tighter LD(d): Close Down Less CD(d): Close Down Less right FB(s): Mark Tighter CM(d): Tackle Harder, Mark Tighter BWM(s): Get Further Forward I've been using the Counter tactic most of the time, the Standard 4–1–4–1 now and then (basically at home to a team that's not much better than I am), and I haven't started the 4–4–2, having so far used it only when chasing the game and deciding to chuck a second forward on. I feel like my scoring woes suggest I should be using the Standard 4–1–4–1 more, but then, my best result (5–0 at home) came with the Counter tactic. Is the 4–4–2 worth a try despite the potential weaknesses of fielding no defensive midfielder? Are there any obvious tweaks that might create more and better chances without sacrificing defensive solidity?
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    Leagues represented in the World Cup

    Tier 1, surely, just as a player who's signed for a club should be counted for that club even if he hasn't played for them yet.
  6. In real life Lehmann is adamant he does not want to be a goalkeeping coach. I'd give him Shot Stopping (or whatever) and also at least one non-goalkeeping duty.
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    2018 World Cup squads

    Makes sense. I'm used to watching the selection rumors in the run-up to US squads being announced (or those for other countries, for that matter), where it's common for two or three surprises, very young or very old players, to make the final cut, and where training camps and squads for friendlies give hope to any player involved. Thanks for the info.
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    2018 World Cup squads

    So you're suggesting it's standard practice for Brazil managers to call up a great number of players, and that thus being called up doesn't necessarily suggest you're being considered for a tournament squad? Comes with having a large player pool, I guess?
  9. Shi Xiansheng

    2018 World Cup squads

    I could understand either of them not being there, don't get me wrong, but I thought at least one more CSL player might sneak in. Gil and Oscar were both involved in qualifying, were they not?
  10. Shi Xiansheng

    2018 World Cup squads

    Renato Augusto has been brilliant this year. Were Gil or Oscar ever seriously in the reckoning? Or any other CSL-based players, for that matter?
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    Leagues represented in the World Cup

    The CFA's constant meddling with the rules likely responsible for China's not being represented there.
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    Leagues represented in the World Cup

    Good shout. T&T in 2006 brought Dennis Lawrence, who was indeed at Wrexham in League Two at the time.
  13. Shi Xiansheng

    Leagues represented in the World Cup

    In the World Cup?
  14. Shi Xiansheng

    Leagues represented in the World Cup

    Massimo Luongo was called up by Australia for Brazil. Swindon Town were in League 1 at the time. Can't find a League 2 player, but...
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    Leagues represented in the World Cup

    Worth mentioning that we'd also need to note which divisions. It's always interesting when the players come not just from unexpected countries, but from divisions which are not the top ones in their countries. For the 2014 World Cup, Honduras named Osman Chávez, a defender who was on loan at Qingdao Zhongneng in China League One (the second division; without him, they've since been relegated to League Two). To my knowledge, this is the only time a player in China, but not in the top division, has been named in a World Cup squad. I would have to imagine that the English Championship is far and away the best-represented lower division these days, though I do know there were others represented in Brazil. Could be something to look out for when the squads come out.
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