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World Cup Prediction Contest is conducted in two stages, group winners and match-play winner.

<Stage 1>

Maximum 16 points possible. Current Prediction Standing:

14 -- <chessmoron>, <Keyser Soze>, <Morfishine>

13 -- <Valiant>, <technical draw>, <TheAlchemist>, <paavoh>, <Golden Executive>, <Count Wedgemore>

12 -- <juan31>, <NakoSonorense>, <Winston O Boogie>, <zborris8>

11 -- <offramp>, <optimal play>, <Penguincw>, <Diademas>

10 -- <sodal>

<Stage 2>

Knock out!! Once the bracket is set, you will be asked to predict each game's winner, all the way to the final. (Round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final game)

Round of 16 <TWO POINTS> for each correct pick

Quarter Finals <FOUR POINTS> for each

Semi-Finals <EIGHT POINTS> for each

Final <SIXTEEN POINTS> for picking the winner

In other words, 16 possible points will be up for grabs for each round, for a total of 80 points.

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** ****

<You do not pick knock out winners until bracket is final>


Round 16: Winner1, Winner2, Winner3, Winner4, Winner5, Winner6, Winner7, Winner8

Quarter-Finals: Winner2, Winner3, Winner6, Winner8

Semi-Finals: Winner3, Winner6

Final: Winner3

<Group play prediction must be made before Russia-Saudi Arabia game starts>

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  Penguincw: 3rd place match hasn't started yet, but I'm going to make a prediction that Belgium wins that one.
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  Penguincw: Heading into the semi-finals, England had won 17 straight matches while wearing the red jerseys.

They decided to wear the home whites in the SF, and lost to Croatia.

Now for the 3rd place match they have decided to wear red again.

Would be nice if the order was flipped...

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  WannaBe: So, England takes 4th place...
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  technical draw: <So, England takes 4th place...>

By the end of the year you won't remember who took 4th place. Or for that matter which two teams played.

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  WannaBe: And France is on the board first. 1-0
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  WannaBe: Tied... 1-1
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  WannaBe: 2-1 Half! France leads.
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  Diademas: Great first half. Go Croatia!
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  technical draw: France world champions, why wait?
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  WannaBe: Woo... 3-1 France. When do you pull the goalie?
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  WannaBe: 4-1, time to pull the goalie...
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  WannaBe: 4-2, pull the goalie again...
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  thegoodanarchist: Congratulations to the Frenchies!

A bit of bad luck for Croatia - obviously the hand ball in the box was accidental. It bounced off the French guy first, I think, and no way the defender could avoid having it hit his arm.

However, it must be called a penalty, otherwise we would have neverending handballs in the box where the defenders claim "accident".

The bad luck didn't reverse a fair result. France were the best team in the tournament and likely would have won without the penalty.

Griezmann is a poor sport, too. He made the "Loser" symbol with his hand when he danced in the face of the Croatian supporters after the penalty. Shame on him.

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  thegoodanarchist: <WannaBe: 4-2, pull the goalie again...>

Yes, pull the goalie. Just don't pull my finger! :)

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  Diademas: France choosees to end the game with 11 players. Out goes Giroud.
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  WannaBe: I want to congratulate our 2018 World Cup Prediction Contest Winner: <NakoSonorense>!! You earned 4 years of bragging!!

Out of 80 possible points, <NakoSonorense> scored 72! That is 90% (good for a grade of A--)

72 - NakoSonorense
58 - chessmoron
57 - Penguincw
56 - juan31
55 - Diademas
47 - TheAlchemist
37 - Valiant
36 - Morfishine
35 - Golden Executive
33 - paavoh
32 - Keyser Soze
27 - technical draw
26 - Winston O Boogie
25 - optimal play
21 - Count Wedgemore
19 - offramp
12 - zborris8
10 - sodal

WCPC Winners List:

'06 <percyblakeney>
'10 <dakgootje> & <NakoSonorense>
'14 <Schwartz>
'18 <NakoSonorense>

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  Diademas: Congrats to NakoSonorense for winning and a massive thank you to WannaBe for hosting this great competition!
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  Count Wedgemore: Big congratulations to <Nako> for an impressive performance, showing that his shared 1st in the WC2010 contest was no accident. Thanks to <WannaBe> for hosting this fun and entertaining contest. Next time I will employ <Penguincw>'s bizarre strategy in <lostemperor>'s prediction contest, and turn my picks upside down. Then I should have good chances of winning :)
Jul-15-18  NakoSonorense: Thanks, everyone. And thanks to Wannabe for hosting the contest! It was fun.

Vive la France, I guess. Agh.

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  juan31: Cogratulations , Felicidades < NakoSonorense>
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  optimal play: Well, congratulations to those players fielded by France on becoming the first ever African team to win the world cup.

And congratulations to FIFA on getting the result they wanted.

The referee and VAR officials made certain of that!

Oh, and of course congratulations to <NakoSonorense> on winning <WannaBe>'s internationally renowned World Cup Prediction Contest.

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  morfishine: Thanks <Wannabe> for hosting this World Cup tournament! It sure was lots of fun! :)

and kudos NakoSonorense! Well Done!

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  TheAlchemist: Thanks, <WannaBe> and congratulations, <Nako>!
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  Golden Executive: Many thanks <WannaBe> for running this contest and big congratulations to <NakoSonorense> on winning it!

I had a lot of fun despite the teams I predicted to play the final couldn't even reach the semifinals. Oh well, see you guys next time :)

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