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« Reply #75 on: September 14, 2022, 08:58:24 AM »
« edited: September 14, 2022, 09:23:43 AM by Laki »

Fun facts
The 1998 World Cup in France was the first one to have 32 national teams and the last one to have Scotland, Austria, Romania and Bulgaria. These 4 national teams used to participate often until 1998. On the other hand, 1998 was the last one in which Portugal didn't go. Porgutal seldom went to World Cups in the 20th century.

Part of it is because there are now more European nations than before the nineties. Yugoslavia for example was split up, and the USSR fell apart, which enabled countries like Ukraine or the Baltic countries to participate as well. Czechia and Slovakia also split.

Another reason is increased immigration in western Europe and football especially being popular in those communities as well.

Romania had their golden generation in the 1990s, since than they haven't been great.

Bulgaria is kind of a weak nation in terms of football now.

Scotland is a victim of football being more popular in more European countries, as well as more nations existing today. They've never advanced to a second round on any world cup.

Austria really isn't a nation with a big football tradition either in modern football.

Norway also has been a while ago they were able to qualify, specifically in 1998. But they have Haaland now and a much better generation now (Odegaard too) and will probably qualify next time. Norway today is basically Belgium in 2010/2012 (the end of a weak generation and the promising start of a new one, although much of Norways playstyle will center around Haaland). Back than we also had tough groups because of our weak position on the world ranking but were able to dominate our 2014 qualifying group.
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« Reply #76 on: September 14, 2022, 09:09:04 AM »





Like we even lost to Armenia, couldn't win from Luxembourg, were destroyed by Japan, lost twice to Bosnia. It was so embarrassing.
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« Reply #77 on: September 14, 2022, 09:16:33 AM »
« Edited: September 14, 2022, 09:21:35 AM by Laki »

I've said earlier this thread that our golden generation is over, but there is actually happening more in young & new players making a breaktrough, the problem is that a lot of them have little experience, but i'm more optimistic again about future generations. Although we will never "dominate" the world rankings anymore.

This summer window was quite good.



And on the field some young players did quite well.
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« Reply #78 on: September 14, 2022, 07:35:59 PM »

When the World Cup had 16 national teams, there were between 10 and 12 European national teams. When the World Cup had 16 national teams, there were 13 European national teams. Now, the World Cup has 32 national teams, and 13 are European. The World Cup was expanded through the increase of number of North American, African and Asian national teams. Fair. It's the World Cup and not the European Cup.
But the qualifier became harder for European, as you mentioned, due to the split of the USSR, Yugoslavia and Checzlovachia.
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« Reply #79 on: September 14, 2022, 07:39:14 PM »

Austria had already qualified to quarter finals and even to semifinals in the past. The Austrians played many World Cups in the 20th century, but none in the 21st century.
Portugal played only 2 World Cups in the 20th century, and all of them of the 21st century.

Portugal and Austria have similar potential for soccer, since both are European, both have similar population. But it depends on generations. Portugal has a very good generation now: generation of players and coaches.
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« Reply #80 on: September 16, 2022, 11:08:27 AM »

Eusebio, one of the all-time best football players was Portuguese, yet, they only qualified once and became third in '66 which was the year of England.
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« Reply #81 on: September 20, 2022, 03:57:55 PM »
« Edited: September 20, 2022, 04:03:07 PM by Santander »

Eusebio, one of the all-time best football players was Portuguese, yet, they only qualified once and became third in '66 which was the year of England.

England stole the World Cup from Portugal. Eusebio was the greatest footballer of all-time.

Portugal and Austria have similar potential for soccer, since both are European, both have similar population. But it depends on generations. Portugal has a very good generation now: generation of players and coaches.
Portugal has the advantage of being better positioned to "import" national team players. Perhaps not quite as lucky as England, France or Spain, but still pretty good. Being a "working-class" country helps the talent pool in a working-class sport, too.
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« Reply #82 on: September 21, 2022, 07:42:10 PM »

There is a shortage of stickers in Argentina https://apnews.com/article/soccer-sports-south-america-world-cup-argentina-ddd61243d9b234257240737a162da6a3
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« Reply #83 on: September 22, 2022, 12:09:26 PM »
« Edited: September 22, 2022, 12:12:44 PM by Laki »





Lol, russia.





And lol england and france. How is Hungary even winning a group with Italy, Germany & England?
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« Reply #84 on: September 22, 2022, 12:23:23 PM »

Because England is bad - the tactics are bad and the players are bad. How is Harry Maguire still in the squad?
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« Reply #85 on: September 22, 2022, 12:28:23 PM »

Because England is bad - the tactics are bad and the players are bad. How is Harry Maguire still in the squad?

Southgate increasingly reminds me of late-stage Jogi Löw (though really this is grossly unfair to Löw, who was a far better manager, and managed Germany for much longer than Southgate has England), in that he is basing his squad selection on old favourites rather than form. The most laughable example of this in the squad that has just been picked for the upcoming Nations League fixtures is picking Harry Maguire and Conor Coady over Ben White.
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« Reply #86 on: September 23, 2022, 04:40:49 PM »



In his penultimate game for his country, Ádám Szalai ended an eight-game international scoring drought to help Hungary earn just a second win over Germany since 1985. Marco Rossi’s men lead UEFA Nations League (UNL) Group A3 by two points ahead of a winner-take-all clash with Italy in their next outing.

A top of the table clash in Leipzig would prove decisive, with Hungary sensing the importance of the occasion. Germany’s threat was minimal from the outset, with Antonio Rüdiger’s long passing into the forwards their only attacking avenue, and that was proving ineffective. The Magyars took full advantage and took a deserved lead through a piece of brilliance from their captain. Dominik Szoboszlai’s corner to the near post was delightfully flicked on by Szalai, nestling inside the far post.

Die Mannschaft were made to wait until the 39th minute for their maiden shot on target, as Thomas Müller’s header was comfortably denied by Péter Gulácsi. A desperately needed HT tactical tweak from Hansi Flick brought the hosts back into the contest, with Leroy Sané finding space on the inside left, forcing the Hungary shot-stopper into his most strenuous piece of work of the night to deny him.

Joshua Kimmich, who has directly contributed to a goal in three of his previous four internationals, was proving threatening, firing into the side-netting from range before a well-struck volley was crucially blocked. Hungary have the best defence in the group, conceding just three from their opening four games, and that stubborn rearguard was displaying why as they held the Germans at bay in the closing stages.

The Magyars are just 90 minutes away from potential history, with a draw against Italy securing their place in the UNL semi-finals, which would be the first time they’ve reached the last four of an international competition in 50 years. Meanwhile, Germany are now out of contention, as they lost for the first time in 14 matches.

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« Reply #87 on: September 24, 2022, 10:23:28 AM »



All group B teams lost except for Iran in this window.
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