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Old April 12, 2015, 01:13 AM
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Default WC 2018 AFC Qualifiers thread (Bangladesh's road to Russia)

The draw for the 2nd round of the WC qualifiers are due on the 14th of April, this will mark the beginning to our 2018 WC journey. I know that we are the underdogs here, but we have to approach the qualifiers with an open mind, and make the most of it.

This is what the seeding looks like:

- Pot 1 (Teams ranked 1st to 8th): Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Australia, UAE, Uzbekistan, China, Iraq

- Pot 2 (Teams ranked 9th to 16th): Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Jordan, Bahrain, Vietnam, Syria and Kuwait

- Pot 3 (Teams ranked 17th to 24th): Afghanistan, Philippines, Palestine, Maldives, Thailand, Tajikistan, Lebanon and India

- Pot 4 (Teams ranked 25th to 32nd): Timor-Leste, Kyrgyzstan, DPR Korea, Myanmar, Turkmenistan, Indonesia, Singapore and Bhutan

- Pot 5 (Teams ranked 33rd to 40th): Malaysia, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Yemen, Guam, Laos, Cambodia and Chinese Taipei

http://www.the-afc.com/asian-cup-201...fiers-revealed

I think we should aim to fix more international friendlies with #50-100 ranked sides, (look what India has been doing in the last 5 years- almost all their games are against higher ranked side than them

I think we have a small chance of qualifying, we need a quality striker (Someone like Chettri for India) and a better GK. Seeing our performance in the Bangabandhu Gold Cup, we struggled to actually get shots on target, we need a striker who can deliver. I think we have a decent defence and midfield.

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Old April 12, 2015, 02:28 AM
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I stumbled across BD-IND game live the other day while channel surfing. We had control most part when I watched. The attack from the wings were good but the finishing, well, there was no finishing.
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Old April 12, 2015, 04:06 AM
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I stumbled across BD-IND game live the other day while channel surfing. We had control most part when I watched. The attack from the wings were good but the finishing, well, there was no finishing.
Exactly right, I saw highlights for the Bangladesh and Japan U23 game, our defence was fantastic, we robbed them any chance of scoring in the first half. But no one could control the ball and lost it easily in the penalty area. I wish we could have a striker like Sunil Chhetri from India.. He is like the Leo Messi of South Asia, he even got an offer from a MLS club. We should try signing as many foreign born players as possible. We don't have anyone who we can rely on to score a goal, on rare occasions we get goals off a penalty.

I think Bangladesh should follow in India's footsteps. We should have a stronger and more well funded premier league, with possible loaned players from EPL, Bundesliga or La Liga. We see this in Indian Super League. We need something like this in Bangladesh.

And as mentioned earlier we should play more friendlies with 50-100 ranked sides than playing Sri Lanka and Pakistan constantly.
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Old April 12, 2015, 04:47 AM
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thing is those players are attracted by the big dollars but in bangladesh we wont have that so it will be very hard to have a league like the indian league.
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Old April 12, 2015, 05:36 AM
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thing is those players are attracted by the big dollars but in bangladesh we wont have that so it will be very hard to have a league like the indian league.
True, India has a huge population, even if 3% of their population watch football, that's 38 million people, lot of money can be generated. But with Bangladesh, even with free entry to most league matches, our stadiums are completely vacant. If ISL stays, India might play WC in the next 20 years. We need more crowd to support Bangladeshi football, we must arrange more games with strong opponents like North Korea, Japan, Iraq, etc. Just look at the Japan U23 vs Bangladesh game, it was sold out.
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Old April 14, 2015, 11:06 AM
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Predict the two best -
Group A: U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Palestine, East Timor, Malaysia

Group B: Australia, Jordan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh

Group C: China, Qatar, Maldives, Bhutan, Hong Kong

Group D: Iran, Oman, India, Turkmenistan, Guam

Group E: Japan, Syria, Afghanistan, Singapore, Cambodia

Group F: Iraq, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Chinese Taipei

Group G: South Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Myanmar, Laos

Group H: Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Philippines, North Korea, Yemen
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We have almost no chance of qualifying, as we got the hardest group (only 8 group leaders and best 4 out of 8 2nd place in each group go through)

But look at the positive side, our players will play against world class players like Mile Jedinak, Tim Cahill, Massimo Loungo, Mathew Leckie, Robby Kruse, Jason Davidson, Amer Shafi, Odai Al Saify , Hamza Al Daradreh, et al... Hopefully the amount experience we gain from this group will make us a stronger side.

And also the Asia champions, Australia are to play against Bangladesh in Bangabandhu stadium!! who would have ever imagined that.
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Luckily the first leg of Socceroos vs Bengal Tigers are going to be held in Perth!! The city where I live in! I am excited about this game, will definitely go to the stadium to cheer for the tigers
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Old April 15, 2015, 01:46 AM
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It's not a bad group at all. Bangladesh needs a good challenge anyways. I am happy with this. It makes sense for bottom ranked teams to group with the very best in the qualifying round. That's all fair and square. Bangladesh playing against Australia will prove a point or two if Bangladesh ends up playing well.
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Old April 15, 2015, 02:02 AM
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If Bangladesh can somehow manage to be second, then that's a good achievement i think, although there are further hurdles to pass if Bangladesh does end up 2nd to qualify for the world cup 2018.
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I'm glad we got the hardest group. This will be a huge experience for our players. We will get a clear idea how much we need to improve to qualify next time.
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If Bangladesh can somehow manage to be second, then that's a good achievement i think, although there are further hurdles to pass if Bangladesh does end up 2nd to qualify for the world cup 2018.
2nd would be almost improbable task for Bangladesh, I think our chance of that at this stage is only a mathematical one;

Even if we can come 4th out of 5 teams, it would be a big achievement for us. I don't like our game strategy against stronger teams though. Our coach said before the game against Japan U23 that "Our target is to concede as less goals as possible". We will never win a single game if we go in there with this as our aim.

I think we should play fearlessly, knowing we have nothing to lose. And can only gain massive amount of experience.
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Ahnaf, how come Bhutan is playing this tournament? Weren't they a nobody who some how jumped us?
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Predict the two best -
Group A: U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Palestine, East Timor, Malaysia

Group B: Australia, Jordan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh

Group C: China, Qatar, Maldives, Bhutan, Hong Kong

Group D: Iran, Oman, India, Turkmenistan, Guam

Group E: Japan, Syria, Afghanistan, Singapore, Cambodia

Group F: Iraq, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Chinese Taipei

Group G: South Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Myanmar, Laos

Group H: Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Philippines, North Korea, Yemen
Note: only the group leaders of all 8 groups and 4 out of 8 best 2nd place team will qualify for the final round. This is my prediction.

Prediction:
A 1. UAE, 2. KSA (Q)
B 1. Australia 2. Jordan (Q)
C 1. China 2. Qatar
D 1. Iran 2. Oman (Q)
E 1. Japan 2. Syria
F 1. Iran 2. Vietnam
G 1. South Korea 2. Kuwait
H 1. Uzbekistan 2. North Korea (Q)
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Ahnaf, how come Bhutan is playing this tournament? Weren't they a nobody who some how jumped us?
lol.. mijan bhaiya, yes they were nobody.. But they came here playing extra matches through qualifying round.
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Our first game will be at home on June 11 against Kyrgyzstan. BFF will schedule some friendly matches before the qualification round begins right? I don't see anything scheduled as of right now.

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Old April 20, 2015, 01:49 PM
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Ahnaf, how come Bhutan is playing this tournament? Weren't they a nobody who some how jumped us?
As of now, Bhutan is ranked ahead of Bangladesh and Nepal.

http://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranki...e/men/afc.html
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As of now, Bhutan is ranked ahead of Bangladesh and Nepal.

http://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranki...e/men/afc.html
And New Zealand.... A team that played 2 FIFA WCs and multiple confederation cups. Seems like a very good ranking system.
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