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    The Russian players today, written off as hopeless by the entire world beforehand, demonstrated amazing athletism. Each one faster, more powerful, with greater stamina, than their opponents. Almost as if on steroids and amphetamines.
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      This is why I'm against a 48 team tournament from 2026. 24 teams in the past was perhaps too few, maybe 32 now is just about ok, but in 8 years time with 48 teams even Scotland might qualify!

      My biggest fear is the diluting of the tournament if too many teams make it to the finals in the future. We will start to see huge scores in more and more matches, and even though it was great to see a few goals today, ultimately the match was as boring as hell. Saudi Arabia didn't muster 1 shot on target all game.

      I know in 2014 we had the 7-1 Germany vs Brazil score (which was completely unexpected) but I want to see most of the tournament being fairly competitve. This is supposed to be the finals where the quality should be pretty high. With 48 teams from 2026 the competition could develop into a farce.
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      No drug can make a player kick a ball straight.
      But they can make a ball bend.....or is that in the eye of the beholder?
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      This is why I'm against a 48 team tournament from 2026. 24 teams in the past was perhaps too few, maybe 32 now is just about ok, but in 8 years time with 48 teams even Scotland might qualify!

      My biggest fear is the diluting of the tournament if too many teams make it to the finals in the future. We will start to see huge scores in more and more matches, and even though it was great to see a few goals today, ultimately the match was as boring as hell. Saudi Arabia didn't muster 1 shot on target all game.

      I know in 2014 we had the 7-1 Germany vs Brazil score (which was completely unexpected) but I want to see most of the tournament being fairly competitve. This is supposed to be the finals where the quality should be pretty high. With 48 teams from 2026 the competition could develop into a farce.
      It’s a complete fallacy though, to suggest that 16 more teams = 16 teams worse than the current worst team. Giving Europe 3 more spots (Holland, Italy, Austria?), South America 2 more (Chile, Paraguay?) and CONCACAF 1 more (USA?) is hardly going to introduce 16 Gibraltars.
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      The Russian players today, written off as hopeless by the entire world beforehand, demonstrated amazing athletism. Each one faster, more powerful, with greater stamina, than their opponents. Almost as if on steroids and amphetamines.
      It's a bit like Liverpool, written off as never to be competitive again, reaching the Champions League final by spending 80 minutes of every 90 minute game running around like speed-addled marathon runners and then hanging on.

      Meanwhile, Jurgen's prodige gets Huddersfield Town, a team that were overachieving when they were mid-table of the Championship, in to the Premier League and staying up by, erm, closing down like speed addled marathon runners. They must share a fitness coach.
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      The Russian players today, written off as hopeless by the entire world beforehand, demonstrated amazing athletism.
      No they didn't. They looked decidedly average and would have lost to any half decent side.

      The Saudis never seemed to want to move the ball forward and defended appallingly. The fourth goal was well taken, but the other four were down to defensive errors: defender slipped for the first, two defenders went to ground for the second, centre half lost his man for the third and the keeper left himself too much to do and dived like a wet haddock for the fifth. While all this was going on, we had to listen to Glenn Hoddle going on about what amazing goals they were. There's nothing like the World Cup to remind you how appalling ITV is.
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      I'm obviously alone in believing it's entirely possible Russia bought this game? Let's face it, two v.wealthy countries run by dictators with geopolitical interests they might wish to trade...in a bent tournament...run by a corrupt organisation...involving cultures where bribing is the norm.

      Hmmm...A 5-0 opener, the highest in nearly a century, in favour of the hosts who couldn't buy a goal before the tournament. Well, maybe they just did today?
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      It’s a complete fallacy though, to suggest that 16 more teams = 16 teams worse than the current worst team. Giving Europe 3 more spots (Holland, Italy, Austria?), South America 2 more (Chile, Paraguay?) and CONCACAF 1 more (USA?) is hardly going to introduce 16 Gibraltars.
      Concacaf will be getting more than one more:

      Africa - 9 (up from 5)
      Asia - 8 (up from 4 or 5)
      Europe - 16 (up from 13)
      North, Central America and Caribbean - 6 (up from 3 or 4)
      Oceania - 1 (from 0 or 1)
      South America - 6 (up from 4 or 5)

      +2 more from some sort of play-off system.

      With Asia getting 3/4 more places, and people not being happy about the quality of Saudi Arabia, then I don't think they'll be too pleased about the quality of other Asian teams which weren't able to qualify! Clearly not all the additional teams which enter will be worse than the current worse team, but some of them will be. Certainly the overall average quality of the teams in the tournament will decrease.

      But my biggest issue with the 48-team World Cup is not the expansion of teams, but the format which it will take.
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      No they didn't. They looked decidedly average and would have lost to any half decent side.

      The Saudis never seemed to want to move the ball forward and defended appallingly. The fourth goal was well taken, but the other four were down to defensive errors: defender slipped for the first, two defenders went to ground for the second, centre half lost his man for the third and the keeper left himself too much to do and dived like a wet haddock for the fifth. While all this was going on, we had to listen to Glenn Hoddle going on about what amazing goals they were. There's nothing like the World Cup to remind you how appalling ITV is.
      Not sure many keepers would have kept out the free kick.
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      No drug can make a player kick a ball straight.
      Bad news for Puncheon then, he might as well retire now.

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