World Cup 2018 — Group Game Timetable.

The 2018 World Cup in Russia is now upon us with the first game between Russia and Saudi Arabia kicking off at 6:00am on Thursday June 18th. With so many games to watch I created my own WC timetable for the group games.

Here is a copy.

My personal level of excitement is very low but I love watching football and given that in Canada and the -5 hour time difference with the UK it will make it a little easier to watch.

The group games are usually the dullest with so many having next to zero chance of advancing to the knock out games.

England should advance with little trouble but as yet I have not bothered to see who in the final 16 teams they will potentially face.

Written by GunnerN5


132 Responses to World Cup 2018 — Group Game Timetable.

  1. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Thank you GN5.

    I am looking forward to some of the games and a reason to sit down most of the day.. Hope work doesn’t interfere with the daytime games.

    BBC saying we are looking at a 22 y.o. Uruguayan DM. Could be true, in wbich case someone is certainly leaving.

  2. mickydidit89 says:

    Ha ha GN5

    I’ve spent hours doing a chart of games but my personal level of excitement is very low πŸ™‚

    Who is the bloke in the been-there-done-it video earlier?

  3. chas says:

    Cheers GN5
    This will come in handy over the next month.

  4. chas says:

    Not sure, Micky.

  5. Eddie says:

    SRP – i actually have reed other google answers, saw the Islington connection and thought it was weird as the Club originated in Woolwich, all right?

  6. Eddie says:

    thanks GN5, I have printed your table
    Im as excieted as you, not very. But it’s football and as I said before in the absence of fish a crab is fish

  7. mickydidit89 says:

    Or even, in the absence of mud carp is mud πŸ™‚

  8. Eddie says:

    πŸ™‚ crab not carp πŸ™‚

    we have singed a 22 year old Uruguayan midfielder. It probably means one of those mentioned the other day is going to leave. I have my money on Wilshere and Iwobi, academy graduates

  9. Rasp says:

    Great work GN5, thanks, that will come in very handy.

    I do hope we sign this Lucas Torreira chappy … any midfielder whose name ends in eira is fine by me.

  10. Rasp says:

    It’s still a rumour Eddie …. we were definitely going to sign Fellaini a week ago πŸ™„

  11. Rasp says:

    Apparently … according to Wiki … he was born in Fray Bentos … but that could just be spam ….

  12. mickydidit89 says:

    Quality work there, Rasp πŸ™‚

  13. Rasp says:

    …. think of the song we could make up for him ….. “He’s Unai Emery’s man …. he’s tastier than spam” … etc etc

  14. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning all.

    Micky, you are right it did take a few hours to put it together. I put it together for my own use with Canadian game times – then I thought it may come in handy for others in the UK. However I made a dumb error and deducted 5 hours to get UK times – instead of adding 5 hours – fortunately Chas caught and corrected my error.

    Micky I remain feeling so so about the World Cup. I created the schedule to keep myself busy – being idle drives me crazy so I try to keep myself occupied.

  15. GunnerN5 says:

    Canada, Mexico and USA have won the bid to hold the 2026 World Cup. Eight years away seems like an eternity to me – but I would love to still be around to experience the atmosphere.

    I have no idea how the games will be split but I’m sure the lions share will be played in the USA.

  16. VP of Oz says:

    I dont understand youth anymore (especially as I’m over 50 now). My daughter is travelling through europe for 6 weeks at the moment and not going to any world cup games. She is in Dubin at this week so I organised for her to go to the emirates as her next stop but instead she is flying to Lisbon enroute to Barcelona.

  17. GunnerN5 says:

    The 2026 WC will have 48 teams playing in 80 games, the USA will host 60 including all games from the quarters forward, Canada and Mexico will each host 10 games.

    The Canadian games will be played in 3 cities, my travel distance would be – Toronto, 200kms – Montreal 750kms, – Edmonton 3500kms.

  18. VP of Oz says:

    Canada hosting WC games after Trump and Trudeau clash.
    And Mexico, how will we get over the wall that Trump will build?

  19. GunnerN5 says:

    VP -Trump is a like a nightmare in 2018 but he will be just a bad memory in 2026.

    He’s looking to get the Nobel peace prize but his performances are more deserving of an Oscar.

  20. RC78 says:

    We will be 2 DM, one young and one confirmed. I think that Iwobi is out for sure. Wilshere maybe.

    Adli staying in Paris in the end – strange

  21. RC78 says:

    – Leno, Sokratis and Martins to be announced at the same time

    Free agent William Carvalho could also be targeted

  22. RC78 says:

    Leno – Bellerin, Sokratis, ?, Koli – Xhaka, Carvalho, Miky – Ramsey, Ozil – Auba

    Cech – Lichten, Mavro, Holding, Monreal – AMN, Torreira, Wilshere – Gelson, Laca, Wellbeck

    How does that look to you?

  23. RC78 says:

    Other option:
    Leno – Bellerin, Sokratis, ?, Koli – Ramsey, Carvalo – Martins, Ozil, Miky – Auba

    Cech – Lichten, Mavro, Holding, Monreal – Xhaka, Torreira – AMN, Wilshere, Wellbeck – Laca

  24. Big Raddy says:

    Who is Martins? And I had better look up Leno whom I guess is a GK.

  25. Big Raddy says:

    Charalambos Papastathopoulos

    This is the name of the father and agent of Sokratis,

  26. RC78 says:

    BR – Leno is Dortmund’s GK
    Martins is Sporting’s winger (8 goals, 8 assists in the Portuguese league) and a Portuguese international

    Do you know how you to say Chicken pasta in Greek? Pastha Tho Poulos 😦 bad joke sorry

  27. RC78 says:

    – Ok so I can see a Brazil – Spain final with Brazil winning and Uruguay and Belgium to battle it out for 3rd place with Uruguay edging the Belgians

    – Golden boot: Neymar or Gabriel Jesus or Suarez

  28. Big Raddy says:

    RC. I bet you a fish that Brazil do not reach the final

  29. RC78 says:

    which fish and where do we eat it?

  30. mickydidit89 says:

    Beware RC

    When Erik sends a fish, it’s designed to be a right stinker by the time it arrives. The box is dispatched second class for a slow journey and within the fish has been shoved into a fur coat for added warmth. Then, just to be sure, he puts a small sun in there for a scorching temperature

  31. mickydidit89 says:

    Mmm, Uruguay and Belgium in the semis eh?

  32. chas says:

    The seal flippers can get quite stinky, too.

  33. chas says:

    World Cup warm up.
    Mbappe left training early with an injury.

  34. chas says:

  35. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    RC. Paris?

    Chas. I am going to give that recipe a try, though it may well be beyond my culinary skills.

    Tonight Russia 2-1

  36. Big Raddy says:

    Enjoyed the 6.48 WC warm up

  37. chas says:

  38. mickydidit89 says:

    Spain Portugal fri eve
    Nigeria Croatia sat eve

    I cannot remember the last time I watched an England game and to be frank, I could not list the team. Harry Kane starts and beyond that, I have no idea

  39. mickydidit89 says:

    In the absence of Pele Iwobi is Pele

    My WC mantra anyhow

  40. Eddie says:

    there you are DidIt, shame on you! you know Harry Kane but not Danny Wellbeck, pssssshhhhh

    England squad – in full
    1. Jordan Pickford
    2. Kyle Walker
    3. Danny Rose
    4. Eric Dier
    5. John Stones
    6. Harry Maguire
    7. Jesse Lingard
    8. Jordan Henderson
    9. Harry Kane
    10. Raheem Sterling
    11. Jamie Vardy
    12. Kieran Trippier
    13. Jack Butland
    14. Danny Welbeck
    15. Gary Cahill
    16. Phil Jones
    17. Fabian Delph
    18. Ashley Young
    19. Marcus Rashford
    20. Dele Alli
    21. Ruben Loftus-Cheek
    22. Trent Alexander-Arnold
    23. Nick Pope

  41. Eddie says:

    Iwobi is Pele πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ great one

    i am not sure if it is my depression or bad weather, or the country WC is staged – i don’t give a flying feck, not sure I’ll watch it at all. unless poland gets to the final, I might perk up then

  42. Eddie says:

    frenchie in the sink πŸ™‚ I wish all living creatures were puppies

  43. mickydidit89 says:

    Crikey Eddie, that list is hardly going to strike fear into the hearts of any opposition teams is it?

    Not sure what I was expecting. Gazza, I suppose πŸ™‚

  44. JM says:

    18/19 season kicks off with vs Man City at home, then Chelsea away.

  45. Eddie says:

    aaaahhh, Gazza, he was special πŸ™‚

    and you are right, he would probably scare the shit out of the opposition if he turned up on the pitch in the full English kit looking like that

  46. Eddie says:

    that’s much better from Gascoine, I hope he stays sober

  47. mickydidit89 says:

    City home, then Chavs away. Wow, definately a start to be excited about. Nothing worse than getting a campaign under way with a Burnley or Huddersfield away

  48. Eddie says:

    look at Newcastle fixtures and cheer up

  49. mickydidit89 says:

    anyone else for the opener?

  50. mickydidit89 says:

    the goal fest begins πŸ™‚

  51. Eddie says:

    Robbie Williams leads the opening ceremony πŸ™‚

  52. mickydidit89 says:

    ahh eddie
    watching the game?

  53. mickydidit89 says:

    I think the lefties are boycotting it πŸ™‚

  54. mickydidit89 says:

    Simple, aquire, distribute or better still, create a distributed system

    Marx: out of date

  55. Eddie says:

    Albert Einstein ” makes sweeping and negative generalisations, for example calling the Chinese “industrious, filthy, obtuse people”

    Even the brainiest of men can say very stupid things πŸ™‚

  56. Eddie says:

    no micky, I am on a very potent cocktail of drugs at the moment, cannot concentrate at all. 30 secs and i will start wondering what competition it is and why are we wearing weird away kit

  57. mickydidit89 says:

    sorry to hear that Eddie
    Hope you’re back on top form asap

  58. mickydidit89 says:

    wow, great goal to end the game

  59. mickydidit89 says:

    5 goals!!! nice

  60. GunnerN5 says:

    Well after professing so, so interest in the WC I watched game 1 (while I was doing a crossword puzzle) and although it was a very one sided affair I liked seeing lots of goals. I just hope it was a good sign for the rest of the tournament.

    Looking at tomorrows schedule the game that stands out is the one between Portugal and Spain.

  61. Eddie says:

    cheers micky, I’m weak, that’s all

    Spain without a coach could be interesting

  62. mickydidit89 says:

    Ditto GN5

    My hopes were low, but now I’m hooked

    Today’s teams were the lowest two ranked in the competition, and while I inked in Spain Portugal as the first must-watch, I’ll now try and watch as many as I can.

    I’m now looking forward to watching England, which hasn’t happened …urrr…before πŸ™‚

  63. mickydidit89 says:

    What the experts were saying was that Spain changing manager at this time shouldn’t effect them too badly as the core of the side have been together for so long. Me? Dunno

  64. mickydidit89 says:

    Nothing weak about mental health stuff at all

  65. Eddie says:

    I cannot believe that the Spanish team will not be effected by the change. After all the guy who chose them knew how he was going to play them and they knew what was expected from them. They’ll suffer

  66. Eddie says:

    ok, I am not weak – divorce, financial insecurity, death of best friend would probably depress even the likes of chas and Terry πŸ™‚

  67. Big Raddy says:

    Micky. Are you espousing the non-functioning drip-down theory?

    Really enjoyed the Russia game which came as a major surprise,

    Eddie Chin up πŸ˜€

  68. mickydidit89 says:

    Of course not, Erik dear, it doesn’t work

  69. GunnerN5 says:

    Eddie, I sure hope you get to watch a few exciting games to cheer you up, feeling low is not fun at all.

    If all else fails try a few glasses of single malt scotch – it’s always been my way of cheering myself up – it’s not let me down so far.

  70. chas says:

    Micky for PM, Chancellor and next manager of Arsenal (after 5 years of Emery success, of course) !

  71. chas says:


  72. chas says:

    This about sums up my football knowledge these days.

  73. Eddie says:

    GN5 – thanks! I don’t drink, but maybe I will try delivering milk – when everything goes tits up – there is milk to be delivered.

  74. Eddie says:

    this is a mouse:

  75. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Eddie. Milk. This is a brilliant philosophy and one which I will adhere to from now on.

  76. mickydidit89 says:


    I’ll sign up to the Eddie philosophy as well

    It’s the heart of everything isn’t it. When you know what bottom is, you can then adopt the fuck-it way of life πŸ™‚

  77. Eddie says:

    I bet chas didn’t expect this response to his fine photo πŸ™‚

  78. mickydidit89 says:

    Spain Portugal

    A dull draw would suit both or one desperately wants to top the group and beat the neighbour

    Is this the must-have an early goal scenario?

  79. Big Raddy says:

    Exactly right. We are all doomed anyway πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  80. Eddie says:

    yes, early goal followed by many more from Spain. Or portugal. Or both.

  81. mickydidit89 says:


    It is a great photo indeed. I was trying to find one for Chas in return but couldn’t. It’s similar in content. One of H. Upmann (London’s finest cigar/tobacco blender). It’s a blitz pic as well, and he’s set up a desk amongst the rubble with him sitting suited and booted with an “open for business” notice. Same day, he sent a telegram to Churchill with the message “Sir, your cigars are safe”

  82. Eddie says:

    That’s simply brilliant! I have always admired the mental strength of the English
    The Darkest Hour is on top of my most favourite movies. I had no idea that was how the war in rotten west was panning out, we were told a different story of cowardice and deceit from our allies and not just the French.

  83. mickydidit89 says:

    When we get to around the 100 comments mark, as now, can we simply publish the day’s WC fixtures (in the absence of some wise words from anyone) just to avoid excessive scrolling about?

  84. mickydidit89 says:

    POST ‘ish

    WC today:

    1pm Egypt we see AFC target Lucas Torreira
    4pm Morocco Iran…Desert Derby
    7pm Spain Portugal….Iberian punch up?

  85. GoonerB says:

    Thanks for the post GN5. To be fair I think it may be the group stages where the best football is to be seen. More goals and teams tend to open up their play a bit more because they have 3 games to try and progress to the knockout stages. Also some of the minnows maybe feel they have nothing to lose so go for it a bit more. There is drama and do or die scenarios in the knockouts but you often find the big teams play less expansively against each other and often cancel each other out.

    Anyway I recommend a fantasy football team in the WC. It keeps you more interested in how your players are doing. Not giving you any tips or telling you my team but I wouldn’t turn my nose up at hat-tricks for Messi, Neymar, Lukaku, Muller, Reus, Coutinho and Erikkson (plus some assists), and clean sheets and assists from Kimmich, Pepe and Trippier. Oh and perhaps Lloris could save a penalty on his way to a clean sheet.

  86. GoonerB says:

    On the WWII subject I have a true story to share which relates to a lot of my family tree being Scottish.

    My Grandfather was a RSM in the Black Watch, so probably not a man to be trifled with. Anyway he was one of those fighting his way off the Dunkirk beaches and was with one of his troop when they spotted a raft about to depart. They sprinted for it but as they got there whoever was co-ordinating the raft said there was already too many on it and they would have to get the next one.

    They took cover on the beaches again thinking that was their only chance gone and that they now wouldn’t make it out of there, but fortunately, after a while, another came along and they managed to get on it. About 20-30 minutes into the Channel they spotted the remains of that first raft, bombed, and the co-ordinator dead in the water and with no other survivors in sight. I always felt that it indicated how the smallest of details and perhaps lucky breaks in life can alter so much, being that my father is the youngest of 3 brothers and wasn’t conceived until the end of the war.

  87. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning all, WW11 holds a lot of mixed memories for me, I believe I’m the only AAer who actually experienced living through the war.

  88. GunnerN5 says:

    Just imagine this happening when your friends an family are having a drink at their local on Boxing Day.


    Islington, Boxing Day, 1944. A V2 rocket exploded in Mackenzie Road, Holloway.

    At least 73 people were killed and 168 injured, 86 of them severely. Twenty buildings were wrecked, including the Prince of Wales pub.

    The V2, launched in Belgium, took less than 20 minutes to reach its destination. It exploded at 9.26pm, leaving a crater 30 feet wide and 15 feet deep. Water and gas mains were cut and the sewer broken. The crater quickly filled with water and nearby basements flooded. Escaping gas caught fire in numerous places. The night was very cold and extremely foggy. The thick smoke from several fires made visibility more difficult and rescue efforts were particularly hazardous: the first vehicle on the scene stopped only a few feet before the crater.

    On Christmas Day the pub had been closed, but it reopened the next day with numbers swelled because other pubs nearby had run out of beer. There was a celebration taking place for Emily Neighbour, who had just got engaged.

    The proprietors, George and Agatha Streeter, survived the explosion. It forced them under the counter, which protected them from debris when it and they fell into the cellar. That had been in use as an overflow bar and was crowded with drinkers; kids, too, were on the step outside the pub with biscuits and soft drinks when the bomb struck.

    Fifteen houses in Mackenzie Road were demolished and 22 in the surrounding streets partially fell down.


    Many of my families friends and two of my young cousins were among those who did not survive, they were outside the pub.

  89. mickydidit89 says:

    0-0 68 mins, I haven’t missed much

    no-one else watching..again

  90. Big Raddy says:

    I am in the chair at last. Anything happened?

  91. Big Raddy says:

    Only seen 10 minutes and it is crap.Hoping for better in the Spain game

  92. Big Raddy says:

    According to a French paper we have bid for David Luiz at Chelsea. Love to see that lunatic at THOF. Him and Mustafi are the dream team πŸ˜€

  93. Eddie says:

    yukkie Diego Costa yuk yuk

  94. mickydidit89 says:

    We got the early goal so fingers crossed

  95. mickydidit89 says:

    Another league in terms of quality from the other two games I’ve watched.

  96. Eddie says:

    brilliant from costa

  97. mickydidit89 says:

    Yes, it was. I want Portugal to win b ..jeepers what a shot…but a goal fest and I won’t mind. Superb game so far

    You Eddie. P or S?

  98. Eddie says:

    are you being disgusting – P or S πŸ™‚
    S I think although I loathe Costa

  99. Eddie says:

    where are the Vines, gone to Rosiya?

  100. chas says:

    I’d go for P every time despite the winker

  101. mickydidit89 says:

    P for me

    That aside, I think the game needed that goal for Portugal. Had Spain got the next they’d have done all that possession shit

  102. chas says:

    the Vines have been up the pub, surprisingly.

    De Gea – hahahahahahahahahaha

  103. mickydidit89 says:

    wow, cracking half

  104. chas says:

    That possession shit is bollox.

  105. chas says:

    That Costa goal is superb

  106. mickydidit89 says:

    Exactly Chas πŸ™‚

  107. mickydidit89 says:

    I’m always one comment out of sync πŸ™„

  108. chas says:

    Soz, just came on during the half time refill.

  109. Eddie says:

    aha, the Blues Brothers πŸ™‚

  110. Big Raddy says:

    As you say, different level of football. Great to watch and Ronnie is just superb

  111. mickydidit89 says:

    What an amazing strike

    Great game. Come on Portugal

  112. chas says:

    Are we after Gelson Martins ,,,,,,,,,, a Portuguese sub?

    What has this Club come to?

  113. Big Raddy says:

    Spain playing some lovely football

  114. mickydidit89 says:

    Been keeping an eye on Carvalho

    I’ve never seen a more pointless player. Thank God they were always just rumours

  115. chas says:

    Are you talking about ‘possession shit’, BR?

  116. chas says:

    Just the DM we need said everyone.

    Hang on, he’s shite.

  117. Eddie says:

    fuuuuuuuucking hell

  118. mickydidit89 says:

    shit, what a player

  119. Eddie says:

    i thought it was going to be all huffing and puffing, much a do about nothing AND then this goal, bloody hell

  120. chas says:

    Holy shit, that chap can bend a ball

  121. mickydidit89 says:

    bloody love football

  122. Big Raddy says:

    True about Carvalho, the man is pants

  123. Big Raddy says:

    Brilliant stuff after the crap we saw earlier in the day.

  124. mickydidit89 says:

    And tomorrow evening we have Iwobi. Really looking forward to that

  125. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh, and we have:

    RC’s France
    Erik’s Denmark
    VP’s Aus and Croatia
    and OUR Iwobi’s Nigeria

  126. Big Raddy says:

    Mrs R has arranged for us to go out tomorrow evening during the Denmark game. A 24 hour flu may be in order.

  127. GunnerN5 says:

    The last game is why I love football so much. Ronaldo is in a class all of his own, he may well be the best player that has ever graced a football field.

    I am, once again, a believer and I’m a World Cup fan – we are watching the best of the best and fortunately we get to view all of the games.

    England always seem to find a way to disappoint us so I don’t have very high expectations, plus I simply cannot begin to cheer on Spurs players – my dearly departed Dad would disown me……………

  128. VP of Oz says:

    GN5, what were your thoughts and feelings over the Sol CAmpbell transfer?

    Also your post on the bombing of the pub in Islington during WW2 was sad

  129. chas says:

    Turn a page

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