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    Anyone into soccer, whats yer thoughts on the coming world cup ??

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  • #2
    Scotland won't be there for a start. Which is a shame because I always enjoyed watching them find ways to shoot themselves in the foot in the first round.
    My money's on Argentina, with France a good shot too. You alway wonder when Spain are going to get their act together in the World Cup.
    I always have a bet on them as outsiders and they always underachieve.
    And England? Quarter finals - if we get through our group.

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    • #3
      USA should at least make a showing this time. We are coming on in soccer like the Europeans are coming on in basketball.

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