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There a few reasons why international competitions aren't as high standard as club competitions.
Let's compare the World Cup to the national leagues and the Champions League/Europa League. The World Cup doesn't have home and away games, it's 3 (or 2 starting in 2026) and your tournament could be up. Also it only happens once every four years unlike the national leagues which happen every year. These are probably why teams are much more cautious. Then there is also the fact that club teams play together all year while national team players are kind of thrown together.



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I kinda don't want to put a Brazil win now. All the good teams are losing or if they do it's 1 nil. :P

Nigeria 0 - 2 Iceland
Brazil 1 - 0 Costa Rica
Serbia 2 -1 Switzerland



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mZuzek said:
Kerotan said:
Having seen both Ronaldo and Messi in person this world cup imo Ronaldo is far superior. Obviously he's scoring and Messi isn't but more importantly Messi spent more time hiding on the wings or behind his midfield then actually attacking.

Meanwhile Ronaldo is effectively attacking and putting it some proper defensive work. I was about 20m from some of his clearing headers and man he has a serious jump.

Honestly, I don't think Messi really wants to play for this Argentina side. He's there so moreso because other people want him there than because he wants to himself, if anything he just looks frustrated at how shitty everything around him is. His attitude today was glaring, really.

I know he's denied it publically, but I wonder if privately he regrets choosing to play for Argentina when he could have played for Spain instead.



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HomokHarcos said:

There a few reasons why international competitions aren't as high standard as club competitions.
Let's compare the World Cup to the national leagues and the Champions League/Europa League. The World Cup doesn't have home and away games, it's 3 (or 2 starting in 2026) and your tournament could be up. Also it only happens once every four years unlike the national leagues which happen every year. These are probably why teams are much more cautious. Then there is also the fact that club teams play together all year while national team players are kind of thrown together.

Plus if club teams are lacking in a certain position they can just buy a replacement, something that national teams can't do. So the teams are much more well rounded and good across the pitch, something which is pretty rare for national teams.



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Club football = Capitalist business model, elite teams with most money buy the best players to win trophies.
International football = Playing for country of birth, national teams can not buy players up from other nations.



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LipeJJ said:
Mcube said:

So you´d rather see a team with only star players win then an underdog? 

If they’re better, absolutely yes. They’re not “stars” by luck. I don’t feel any compassion for “underdog” teams unless they play well. For example, Morocco outclassed Portugal in every possible way, so I rooted for them because they were the best and deserving team.

Take an Iceland for example. Not all of the players are actually profesional footballers. They go full for teamwork and defensive football. You´d rather have them out then them come far?
Im not judging btw I totally get it. Im pretty annoyed Argentina is already going out of the World cup and they are in the group with Iceland. 



Ka-pi96 said:
mZuzek said:

Honestly, I don't think Messi really wants to play for this Argentina side. He's there so moreso because other people want him there than because he wants to himself, if anything he just looks frustrated at how shitty everything around him is. His attitude today was glaring, really.

I know he's denied it publically, but I wonder if privately he regrets choosing to play for Argentina when he could have played for Spain instead.

He doesnt as far as I know about the situation he´s just sick of the AFA. 

The AFA has been fucking up royally and really held back the national team. They only qualified because of Messi, the coach is a goddamn idiot that doesnt know how to play with Argentina (Who the hell plays 3 defenders with a team that can´t defend?) and the players having to pay for stuff the AFA is supposed to pay for. I´d be pretty sick of it too. 



Dark_Lord_2008 said:
Club football = Capitalist business model, elite teams with most money buy the best players to win trophies.
International football = Playing for country of birth, national teams can not buy players up from other nations.

Club football = Ruined by the Premier league and money.

National team football = Ruined by side politics.

Its all a big ole shit barrel in my opinion. 



Brazil - Costa rica = 3-0 (Im gonna quit this world cup if Brazil won´t win)
Nigeria - Iceland = 0-0
Serbia - Switzerland = 0-1 Switzerland was really good against Brazil and I think they have an edge over Serbia.



Mcube said:
LipeJJ said:

If they’re better, absolutely yes. They’re not “stars” by luck. I don’t feel any compassion for “underdog” teams unless they play well. For example, Morocco outclassed Portugal in every possible way, so I rooted for them because they were the best and deserving team.

Take an Iceland for example. Not all of the players are actually profesional footballers. They go full for teamwork and defensive football. You´d rather have them out then them come far?
Im not judging btw I totally get it. Im pretty annoyed Argentina is already going out of the World cup and they are in the group with Iceland. 

Which ones aren't? Because as far as I can see every single one of them plays for a professional club.



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