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Who do you think will win the 2018 FIFA World Cup?

Poll ended at Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:48 am

Uruguay
0
No votes
France
7
41%
Brazil
3
18%
Belgium
2
12%
Sweden
0
No votes
England
1
6%
Russia
1
6%
Croatia
3
18%
 
Total votes : 17

Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Postby Bayernbazi » Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:41 pm

MUTU wrote:
YlonenXabi wrote:Yes. I thought it sounded funny when I wrote it

I've always supported German NT as my fist football memory is a WC1994 sticker album. I instantly fell in love with this sticker for whatever reason. I think I liked the jersey and the foil on it. I also liked the name of the players (Klinsmann, Michael Schultz, Haessler, Moeller...)


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I was only 5 years old by the time the World Cup took place and I have lots of memories from many different games. Even the 1-1 versus Spain. I remember teasing my old brother when Germany scored the equaliser :D

Since then I became a football addict and started to support Bayern as I loved how the words Bayern Munich sounded :oops: Those were not specially good times for Bayern, so I'm not the glory hunter kind of supporter. My dad also bought me a genuine Germany adidas jersey that I used to wear every day at school. :D

Now in modern football I see no special reason to support your own country NT. I understand it makes more sense rather than a foreign NT, but on the other hand the Spanish Federation is full of corruption and we also have players like Diego Costa who represent Spain just because their country rejected them.

Also I love Bundesliga for many reasons and I would not be able to cheer up for Madrid and Barcelona players and go against the players that I watch and support every weekend.
Very interesting. For me it's quite different. If Malta plays a qualifier against Germany where Germany needs a win to qualify, and Malta has no chance, I would support Germany.

But in a hypothetical World Cup final, I would definitely support Malta over Germany (like that's ever going to happen haha).


WOW Germany - Spain of USA94, Pep Guardiola played for Spain then. I was in Berlin for work related training during that week and watched the match in my hotel lobby which was full of Germans. When they learned that I was from Malta they immediately assumed that there maybe some Mediterranean brotherhood and I was there to support Spain. I explained that it was not the case but they still stole a look in my direction when Spain scored to see my reaction :) After that then we were all OK suffering together until Klinsmann put in the equaliser. I still have the German shirt that I bought from Berlin - as usual with all my shirts from the 90s it's a very large fit :D

I've had the opportunity to watch Malta vs Germany under Berti Vogts in September at Ta' Qali in 1998 .There were most of the heroes of 96 in that team. There was Kahn, Kirsten, Babbel, Linke, Effenberg and Bierhoff. It was only a friendly and I supported Malta and was also proud of the 1-2 result. I remember that the not so small German supporters were not so happy and whistled against Vogts and chants against DFB - Vogts resigned from coach just a few days later and Ribbeck :shock: took over.
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Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Postby MUTU » Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:48 pm

Bayernbazi wrote:I still have the German shirt that I bought from Berlin - as usual with all my shirts from the 90s it's a very large fit :D

Hahahaha so true, same for me :)
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Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Postby MUTU » Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:55 pm

Bayernbazi wrote:There was Kahn, Kirsten, Effenberg, Babbel, Linke, Effenberg and Bierhoff.

Effenberg was so great you needed to name him twice :)

Incidentally, after his 'leave of absence', Effenberg returned to the NT for two matches, both in Malta, one the one you mentioned and the other against Romania, also in Malta.
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Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Postby Bayernbazi » Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:28 pm

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Bayernbazi wrote:There was Kahn, Kirsten, Effenberg, Babbel, Linke, Effenberg and Bierhoff.

Effenberg was so great you needed to name him twice :)

Incidentally, after his 'leave of absence', Effenberg returned to the NT for two matches, both in Malta, one the one you mentioned and the other against Romania, also in Malta.


I didn't watch the one against Romania, I think it happened on the same day as the premature election of 1998 and around Ta' Qali there was extra security since the vote counting hall then was close by.

I was sure I remembered 2 Effenbergs :wink: but now I edited the post to avoid confusion.

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Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Postby #12 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:08 pm

I liked this one the best:



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Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Postby Bayernbazi » Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:07 pm

Now that you remind me, that's a 3rd Effenberg whom I saw here with Bayern in January that glorious 2001.

Joking apart, I wish that today's players had half of that grit.
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Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Postby ramsej84 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:12 pm

Bought the album today.
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Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Postby Bayernbazi » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:32 pm

ramsej84 wrote:Bought the album today.
Anyone else did?

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My son is collecting them and already has a bunch of duplicates will copy you thie list. I heard that no one has found anything from the Italy squad yet :)
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Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Postby #12 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:36 pm

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ramsej84 wrote:Bought the album today.
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My son is collecting them and already has a bunch of duplicates will copy you thie list. I heard that no one has found anything from the Italy squad yet :)


Italy have a squad?
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Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Postby ramsej84 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:47 pm

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ramsej84 wrote:Bought the album today.
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My son is collecting them and already has a bunch of duplicates will copy you thie list. I heard that no one has found anything from the Italy squad yet :)
They might be rare, it is a customary stunt by pannini

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Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Postby Bayernbazi » Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:57 pm

#12 wrote:
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ramsej84 wrote:Bought the album today.
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My son is collecting them and already has a bunch of duplicates will copy you thie list. I heard that no one has found anything from the Italy squad yet :)


Italy have a squad?


Why did you say that ? Look what you made him do?
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Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Postby #12 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:12 pm

ramsej84 wrote:
Bayernbazi wrote:
ramsej84 wrote:Bought the album today.
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I'll trade you a full Italy squad for any three of the dutch - whaddaya say?!
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Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Postby ramsej84 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:56 pm

#12 wrote:
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Bayernbazi wrote:[quote="ramsej84"]Bought the album today.
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I'll trade you a full Italy squad for any three of the dutch - whaddaya say?! [/quote]I am opening the packets atm

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Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Postby Bayernbazi » Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:09 pm

ramsej84 wrote:Bought the album today.
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Ramsej just sent you a PM with a list of my duplicates and missing.
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Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Postby Bayernbazi » Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:42 am

So Zlatan tells us that 'A World Cup without me wouldn't be a World Cup' and in his TV interview he stated that “I just said I’m going to the World Cup. If I say more, people will hang me. So I have to be careful what I say now.”
He didn't mention that he will be playing but do you think that as things get closer he may consider returning to the pitch and could Sweden with him pose problems within the group for the German team ?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Jimmy Kimmel show: 'A World Cup without me wouldn't be a World Cup'
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