Effectively, no? RIGHT? The knockout stages are always the hard part. At the end of the day. 0 Vote up! Football is dull as shite. All the pundits, Lineker etc, are too 0 Vote up! Can only beat the team in front of you 0 Vote up! Hanners is more of a rugby man. 0 Vote up! Two steps to the semis, but I doubt if England will be there - they will no doubt tread on a landmine in taking one of those steps..... 0 Vote up! Hanners is more of a hard veiny cock man. 0 Vote up! Football’s fvcking brilliant isn’t it. Seriously how good is this world cup? Four games a day, total kwal-e-tay. More football please. Can you believe the next one’s going to be even better, with 48 teams and over 1200 players? How awesome will that be? 0 Vote up! Won over by the laz position, especially now Qatar are humiliated and we can focus on gr88 football. 0 Vote up! the next one’s in proper football country, the USA, too. Imagine road-trippin’ your way to the world cup! 0 Vote up! They should have 96 teams tbh. 16 groups of six. I'd love to be able to watch Malta v Solomon Islands in the early stages. 0 Vote up! That really would be something 0 Vote up! Requirements of full D&I mean HR have decreed it be expanded to 192 teams. Tuvalu, Nauru, and the Holy See unfortunately miss out. 0 Vote up! Why bother with qualifying? Just have every country participate and make it knock out from round one. Group stages are tedious gash cooked up to extend the tournament. You wouldn’t need them if every country took part. 0 Vote up! I've got £5 on Senegal to win at the weekend. You just know that after the ladies did so well in the summer the men are going to massively underperform. 0 Vote up! Why bother with qualifying? Just have every country participate and make it knock out from round one. Group stages are tedious gash cooked up to extend the tournament. You wouldn’t need them if every country took part. Just make it like Wimbledon. Centre Court for the big games but the early rounds can just be on a big field with crowds free to wander rounds with Pimms to watch Somalia v Eritrea. 0 Vote up! Sounds right. 0 Vote up! Group stages are the best.bit with the minnows taking part. By the time of the knockouts it's all boring Brazzzzzil v Trance. 0 Vote up! I'd much rather watch Tuvalu v Guernsey. It'd be like the Island Games. 0 Vote up! Hence my suggestion. 0 Vote up! Refresh Back to board Join the discussion Login Register 0 Vote up!