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Sports! 2022 Qatar World Cup

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So apparently Qatar is hosting some sort of Soccer Tournament called the World Cup?

It's like the Little League World Series for Baseball but it's not just like... USA vs. the World in the Championship but a lot of countries are sending their best lads to Qatar to play soccer, which in this time of international crisis and division, sounds really heartwarming.

Apparently the United States is sending a Soccer Team as well. They played against some team called the Whales and tied with them. I don't know how that works in a tournament but these Whales guys must be pretty good.

It's weird, the players look like adults but the venues are apparently banning alcohol and queer propaganda like you would (or should) at Youth Sporting events so I don't even know what's going on.

Can anyone shed any details on this?
 

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Quatar slavers bought the rights to hold the football world championship event from the crooks (most from 3rd World Countries) at FIFA (that's the global football orgnisation).
For most of the world this is the biggest sport event in the calendar, maybe rivalled by the Olympics.

Whales - or the Red Dragons - are middling minnows, which is more or less the level of the USA XI (11 dudes per side, hence it is tradition to call teams "XI's").

Alcohol at football events is banned in many otherwise very "wet" countires. As football fans go by the affectionate term "knuckledraggers" and were an inspiration for Tolkien's orcs, booze bans are commonly used in efforts to limit violence.
No queer - or other wokeist - propaganda is a pleasant change and the one commendable feature of the whole disgrace.

32 best football teams of the planet, 1st round in groups of 4, round robin format, then the best 16 move on to knockout stages. This will run for about a month.
 
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You know this World Cup tournament is both a gong show AND a clown show when traditional football juggernauts are being beaten by their inferior competitions (Saudi Arabia beating Argentina for example, or Japan beating Germany today). Heck, Belgium scoring only ONE goal in their match against the ultimate underdog (underbear more like it) in Canada is also just as stunning as 2010 Brazil only scoring two goals against the 2010 WC's ultimate horrible team in North Korea.
 

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You know this World Cup tournament is both a gong show AND a clown show when traditional football juggernauts are being beaten by their inferior competitions (Saudi Arabia beating Argentina for example, or Japan beating Germany today). Heck, Belgium scoring only ONE goal in their match against the ultimate underdog (underbear more like it) in Canada is also just as stunning as 2010 Brazil only scoring two goals against the 2010 WC's ultimate horrible team in North Korea.
Don't forget about '02 ...

France and Argentina were eliminated in the group stage. Turkey and South Korea played for third. The US, Japan. and Senegal also made it to the knockout stage that year.
 

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Don't forget about '02 ...

France and Argentina were eliminated in the group stage. Turkey and South Korea played for third. The US, Japan. and Senegal also made it to the knockout stage that year.
France at that time was suffering from World Cup Championship hangover. Now that they're the current reigning champions, they may have a chance to break that hangover.
 

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Yet another reason for the upsets - the tourney is out of season for the European Powers.
Meaning that it is the middle of the club football season - international tournaments had always been in June-July. Preparing the national XI's for a November-December event is not something anybody (in Europe) has any experience with.

England-Iran, Spain-Costa Rica, France-Australia - went more or less as expected.
Putting in the least amount of effort into games with minnows - in the context of a potentially month long, six game competition - is understandable and known to produce "interesting" results. Occasionaly early elimination of the juggernauts being included in the "interesting".
Also football, unlike some other team sports, is more likely to produce upsets.
 
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A good 3/4th of the fun of this World Cup is watching progressives get BTFO by Qatari Love and Tolerance™️ and sheep normies get a reality check that London, Berlin and New York are not the standards of human behaviour.

Also, seeing Argies get BTFO by Saudi Arabia pleases me on a deep and primitive level. Especially knowing how their leftist gov was banking on a good performance to try and ride the flag to get support. I for one agree with the random tweet I saw from a arab that Allah punished the Argies for helping shut down Z-Library.
 

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Also football, unlike some other team sports, is more likely to produce upsets.
Softball, Baseball, and Hockey as well. Really any low scoring sport where scoring at all is worthy of a short celebration counts for that.

Compare that to Jr. High basketball: 24min on a court 18ft shorter than an NBA court with no 3pt line or shot clock. Final scores often look like they could be NBA halftime scores or NCAAF blowout final scores.
 

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Softball, Baseball, and Hockey as well. Really any low scoring sport where scoring at all is worthy of a short celebration counts for that.

Compare that to Jr. High basketball: 24min on a court 18ft shorter than an NBA court with no 3pt line or shot clock. Final scores often look like they could be NBA halftime scores or NCAAF blowout final scores.
We're gonna find out soon enough!
 

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That's one of the things I dislike about kickball, you can get double goose egg scores and this is seen as normal. All I see on the field are a bunch of grown men running around kicking a ball for no apparent reason for two hours, then everybody is happy with a 0-0 tie.

Granted, the enormous acting ability on display to turn a light tap into a tragic death worthy of Hamlet is interesting, I guess, but if I wanted to watch people flop I'd watch Lebron James.
 

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the enormous acting ability on display to turn a light tap into a tragic death worthy of Hamlet is interesting,
This is why I stopped following the men's game. I now only watch women's football where, unlike the men, the women don't fake it!
That's one of the things I dislike about kickball, you can get double goose egg scores and this is seen as normal.
To some certain degree I agree with you. And it's more than just me - there are league-like competitions - 2nd or 3rd string, I admit, e.g. the initial stage of the Scottish League Cup (or it the Challenge Cuop?) - where games ending on a draw are "un-tied" with a penalty shootout.
 
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Okay, my three cents. Right now we have behind us one of the most bent matches of the World Cup. Poland-Saudi Arabia. Poland won with two goals, despite an obviously downright bought referee, a constant series of feigned fouls by the Arabs and the referee's omission of obvious fouls on the Poles. Including and a penalty that clearly did not belong to the Arabs, fortunately Szczęsny defended.
 

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Okay, my three cents. Right now we have behind us one of the most bent matches of the World Cup. Poland-Saudi Arabia. Poland won with two goals, despite an obviously downright bought referee, a constant series of feigned fouls by the Arabs and the referee's omission of obvious fouls on the Poles. Including and a penalty that clearly did not belong to the Arabs, fortunately Szczęsny defended.
If you're expecting the refs to be fair when it's "christians v. muslims" I could probably sell you Ghazaouet.
 
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