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Soccer - what a bore !

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Originally posted by horlicks horlicks wrote:

Odds blew out as US were scoring. Now with 10 min to go US up 4-0



A ha. Got it.Big smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brudder_A Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Oct 2017 at 2:51am
Honduras tied 1-1 with Costa Rica and are on level points with Panama but with a poorer goal differential.

Last round matches on Tuesday night.
Honduras vs Mexico
Panama vs Costa Rica

USA visits Trinidad and Tobago and would have to lose with either Honduras or Panama winning their matches to fall in to the Intercontinental qualifier. Hardly that will happen.

Big match in Sydney with OZ overwhelming favourite....

Australia 1/3on  Draw 15/4 Syria 9/1
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They aren't mixing politics with sport are they?

Visa ban on North Korean football team forces major tournament offshore

Australia will no longer host an international football tournament after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop denied visas to the North Korean team over their country’s “illegal nuclear and missile development programs”.

Fans will also be denied the chance to watch Australia’s best young football stars following the decision, which will force the tournament to be moved overseas, The New Daily can reveal.

Shepparton, in central Victoria, was set to host a qualifying event in November – involving Australia, North Korea, Hong Kong and the Northern Mariana Islands – with the winner advancing to the upcoming Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-19 Championship.

But following Ms Bishop’s decision, the tournament will no longer be held in Australia.

“The government has decided to not allow the North Korean U19 soccer team to enter Australia for the Asian Football Confederation U19 Championship qualifiers,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told The New Daily.

Julie Bishop North KoreaJulie Bishop is playing hardball with North Korea. Photo: ABC

Ms Bishop added that the government had to be consistent with its approach on North Korea.

“Hosting the team would be contrary to the government’s strong opposition to North Korea’s illegal nuclear and missile development programs,” she said.

“It would also be inconsistent with our efforts to increase diplomatic and economic pressure on Pyongyang to comply with UN Security Council resolutions.”

The news is a blow for Football Federation Australia, which announced in August that the event was a “fantastic way to showcase our best young footballers to a local audience and demonstrate our commitment to supporting the AFC by hosting youth competitions”.

At the time, Young Socceroos coach Ufuk Talay said Australia’s home ground advantage gave our next generation of football stars “a great opportunity” to qualify for the tournament.

That advantage is now gone with a state government spokesperson confirming to The New Daily that the event would be “shifted to a neutral venue”.

“We’ll continue working to bring the best of the best to Shepparton and regional Victoria,” they added.

An economic blow to Central Victoria

When contacted, Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Dinny Adem was unaware that the tournament was being moved and said it was “disappointing” to hear.

“If this is the case – this is a bit of a hit to us,” he told The New Daily.

“We’ve just opened our new $21 million sporting precinct and this was one of the first major events we were hosting.

“I can’t say I’m overly surprised with respect to the North Korean thing … but this would have been a nice one [event] to start off with.

“It’s disappointing – but to a degree, understandable.”

Councillor Adem said the news was particularly hard to take for football fans and local businesses.

In August, he said the event would generate more than $1 million in economic stimulation, attract intrastate, interstate and international visitors, and see around 3000 spectators attend matches at the newly redeveloped John McEwen Reserve.

“There’s quite a large football following here and for them, this would be disappointing,” he added.

“We’ll put our focus into other games now, like pre-season A-League games, proper games, qualifiers for senior tournaments around the Asia-Pacific region.”

The FFA and the AFC were contacted for comment.

– with reporting from Luke Henriques-Gomes

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involving Australia, North Korea, Hong Kong and the Northern Mariana Islands
Not much hyperbole there describing these four minnows as major competition.
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Well if it wasn't For Tim Cahill this Australian Team would be staying home with tail and ego severly dented.

Timmy ain't no Winx but his two headers tonight were as good as he has ever hit into the back of the net.

Lets see who we face next month!
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Well shock of all shocks.

US eliminated by T&T and Honduras finished in the playoff spot and will face OZ!


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