2017-01-11, 10:18 PM
(2017-01-10, 09:52 AM)RyeRocks Wrote: Groups of 3.. So only two games to decide if you advance? And top 2 of each group of 3 advances to knockout. Not too crazy about that. I sort of like the idea of giving more countries exposure, and I suppose the 32 team knockout round will resemble the field from past tournaments once the riff raff is given their walking papers
They way I interpret it is theres two games for each team in the group. The top teams from the 16 groups go through and get a bye while the bottom two teams get seeded 1 and 2 and put into a 32 team one off knockout round. The remaining 16 teams get second seeds to play the top 16. This makes all the games meaningful. But I could be wrong here...
(2017-01-11, 08:22 PM)miltonred Wrote: To be fair, everyone in the office gets a massive hard on for the World Cup and Euros every two years. People who don't know a thing about football are very interested for four weeks in summer. If its like that here in Canada, imagine millions, even billions of people around the world do the same thing.
In truth they don't know the difference between a high level of football and a low level.
The older I get, by the way, the fewer games I think are high quality. For example I haven't seen a single CL game this year I got excited about. I imagine it will be the semis before it gets really interesting.
I agree with all of this tbh. The CL has always been kind of shit until the knockouts. But...the group CL games vs the group WC games are night and day. There's goals, and tactical play for the most part.