World Cup Open Thread: Day 1 – Russia vs Saudi Arabia

Just in case nobody more competent has the time — Randinho/Dave/Alain/Adam, feel free to pull this down in the event!

The Google has a schedule here, and links to the FIFA liveblog here.

What say the fans?






15 replies
  1. 1
    BGinCHI says:

    Russia vs Saudi Arabia is like an intramural match between two Galactic Empire teams.

    No one to root for….

  2. 2
    raven says:

    I’m really interested in people explaining why not to watch. I’m also VERY interested in everyone’s opinion off the NYT.

  3. 3
    Ian G. says:

    For this Mets fan, this match is like a Braves-Yankees World Series, except the Braves didn’t install Trump in the White House or shoot down a civilian jetliner over territory it conquered from Ukraine, and the Yankees don’t finance ISIS and aren’t bombing hospitals in Yemen.

  4. 4
    raven says:

    Yes and the World Cup is not about soccer it’s about the fucking host country.

  5. 5
    Teddys Person says:

    Those kids made me smile with thier unbridled joy.

  6. 6
    hitless says:

    @BGinCHI: Agreed. Commenters on the soccer blog I read made the same observation. And also were happy the United 2026 bid won over Morocco bid, as (apparently) being LGBTQ is illegal in Morocco. It made me happy to see progressive values expressed in a place where I would not necessarily expect to see them.

  7. 7
    BGinCHI says:

    @hitless: I hope the US can get its act together by then (in soccer terms, but of course in all other terms as well).

    Hoping now Canada will invade just so they can get a better side for that tournament.

  8. 8
    Tilda Swintons Bald Cap says:

    NYAG sues Trump and 3 eldest children over Trump Foundation.

  9. 9
    Amir Khalid says:

    I miss the classic design of the adidas Telstar football.

  10. 10
    waysel says:

    @raven: I question the sincerity of your statements.//

  11. 11
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @raven: how do you feel about the relative merits of reposted tweets?

  12. 12
    catclub says:

    @Amir Khalid: interesting. “Durlast”, not “Duralast”

  13. 13
    Amir Khalid says:

    @catclub:
    The brand name was picked by a German marketing team. That may have something to do with it.

  14. 14
    Origuy says:

    A Russian-American friend of mine had tickets to several of the games. He decided that he had been too outspoken on Facebook about Putin for it to be safe to go back, so he turned them in. He was on to the Trump-Putin connection early on in the campaign, so I don’t think he’s being paranoid.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    IIRC, the host country’s team always gets to play in the opening game as a courtesy, so I’m rooting for injuries and hoping that more worthy teams emerge as the contest goes on.

    Ukraine vs Malaysia for the Cup would be amusing, but the odds are strongly against that.

    Go sportsball! Kick a touchdown! ⚽️

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