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  1. Men's Football FIFA World Cup 2018

    How so ... ? Di Maria played 1624 minutes in 22 games at world championships/confederations cup. Marco Reus played 125 minutes in 2 games at world/european championships, Ilkay Gündogan played 0 minutes in 0 games at world/european championships. Look at the following statistics (red = absent due to injury): https://www.transfermarkt.de/angel-di-maria/nationalmannschaft/spieler/45320/verein_id/3437 https://www.transfermarkt.de/marco-reus/nationalmannschaft/spieler/35207/verein_id/3262 https://www.transfermarkt.de/ilkay-gundogan/nationalmannschaft/spieler/53622/verein_id/3262 This is also the reason why Germany for me is the favorite for the world cup. Schweinsteiger, Mertesacker, Klose and Podolski are gone, but Podolski and Mertesacker didn't play an important role at the last world cup and Schweinsteiger/Klose can be replaced by Gündogan/Werner + Germany now also has players like Sane, Kimmich or Goretzka.
  2. Wrestling 2018 Discussion Thread

  3. [OFF TOPIC] Music Thread

  4. Hi, i think before the Rio olympics we had a thread where everyone could predict the number of athletes his/her nation would qualify for the olympics. I think it would be nice to have that again and if no one else already planned to do it, i would like to open a thread like that. Of course we aren't in a hurry, considering that it will be a couple more months before the first qualification events will take place, i just wanted to see if there is any interest in a thread like that?
  5. Athletics 2018 Discussion Thread

    92.70 m for Vetter in Leiria in pouring rain ...
  6. Alpine Skiing FIS World Cup 2017 - 2018

    Second world cup win for Dreßen and still no victory for Svindal at his home world cup! Dreßen is now 3rd in the downhill world cup, only the 2nd time in world cup history that a german is top 3 in this discipline (the other time was in 1967)! The last time that a german was in top 3 in downhill/super-g was Markus Wasmeier in 1988. I think this is the first time ever that a german won 2 downhill races in one season ...
  7. Speed Skating ISU Junior World Championships 2018

    Does anyone know when the next event will start (i think it's men's 1000 m)? Thanks!
  8. Speed Skating ISU Junior World Championships 2018

    That's true, i realized it too when having a closer look at the results. I think in men's 1500 m two german guys were ahead of the best dutch guy, that also doesn't happen very often. No reason to worry though, i think you have some great talentes already in that event, isn't Roest very young too? In men's 500/1000 m you have Dai Dai Ntab as well. On the men's side the biggest talents currently seem to come from South Korea and Norway (Johansson).
  9. 1) If the number of people practicing hig level sport and the overall budget remained the same, than it wouldn't be logical that the number of italian medals stays at the same level over the years. GB, Japan, China and some eastern european countries invested more and more money over the last decade or so and globally the number of people who were able to practice certain sports constantly increased, so with the same money you should get less medals nowadays, of course this doesn't take the new events into consideration. 2) Makes sense, i didn't know that Italy was so good in karate and to be honest i don't care about those new sports. I think Italy should win 2 more medals in fencing, 1-2 more medals in shooting/archery and at least 1 more medal in swimming (although i don't see Quadarella winning a medal at the olympics), so this should easily be enough for at least 30 medals, although i am not sure whether 10-12 golds are a lock (Again: I don't know how good Italy is in karate, are there any safe italian golds in karate?).
  10. Speed Skating ISU Junior World Championships 2018

    I wouldn't interpret too much into it. Lea-Sophie Scholz broke the german junior record and at the world cup final a couple of days ago the german junior records in men's 500/1000/1500 m were broken on this track as well. I doubt that Scholz is better than Pechstein, Friesinger and so on were at the same age. Results at junior level are basically the same as at senior level, so no hope that the dutch dominance will end any time soon, sadly.
  11. 1) I don't really get it ... With sports that already had top tier championships, you took the results from there and for every other sports you just predicted the results? I think there will be 324 events in Tokyo, so we should have more than 700 medals (thanks to judo and so on) in total. Why didn't you for example take the best non-chinese athlete in table tennis as bronze medal winner? 3) So you made predictions for hockey and shooting, but not for equestrian or football? Why?
  12. Shooting ISSF World Cup 2018

    Currently the women's 3 positions final is taking place, you can watch it here: http://www.issf-sports.org/pages/livestream.ashx Later on there will also be men's rapid fire final. Do we already know how the shooting qualification will work for Tokyo? Will it be the same as for Rio and when will the first quote places be distributed?
  13. Thanks for bringing that up! I just "discovered" one of the most amazing (in my opinion) coincidences in olympic/sports history. Have a look at Italy's results (number of golds/medals in total) at the last 3 summer olympics ... just incredible! Back to your original point: 1) Why must the italian goal always be to win 30-35 medals, 10-12 of them in gold? 2) Why do you think that it will be easy?
  14. 2 questions: 1) What happens with the remaining medals? 2) Why does the US lose about 10 medals, while Canada more than doubles it's medal count from 12 to 26? 37 medals would be disappointing for Germany. Germany currently has 33 medals and football, hockey, equestrian and shooting aren't included till now, so it would be disappointing if Germany would only gain 4 medals in those sports, i think it's more likely that Germany will win 10-12 medals in those events.
  15. That's nice, but i am still waiting for someone to deliver some facts, apparently this isn't possible, so for me this discussion is over for now. If this some kind of revenge for me embarrassing you in the "2018 track cycling world championships" thread, than i can only apologize, i didn't think that this would be so though for you.