The greatest game in the World comes to its climax on Fri!!!
How do you like the "time difference"??? Games will start at 4:30 am
I still think France is the team to beat. However, Argentina looks MARVELLOUS! Also, Germany, Brazil and Italy, although struggling in qualifications, are still the powerhouses which should elevate their games.
I do not expect any "major" surprises. I would prefer MY home team to be in Japan/Korea , but, in their absense I'll be rooting for European teams, France in particular.
Obviously will have to rely on video. The media (US Media - take it with a grain of salt ) are predicting some upsets due to unprecidented parity this year.
I hope the US has a good showing; it would be good for the game here. I do not believe that they were the worst team at the games last time and I do not think they are this year either. Simply advancing to the next round would be a major feat
I myself was pretty happy with the result Spent the first 11 years of my life in Brazil, so I've got my biases. Was very upset with the 98 final when France cremed Brazil. Was worried most if both France and Brazil won their brackets, since they'd meet up in the Quarters. But now France has an uphill battle, with good teams like Uruguay and Denmark.
Argentina plays Sweden in the last game and, if they win, will qualify.
Without either of these 2 teams, final portion will be somewhat less entertaining.
I don't think this could happen due to some very weird seeding, but, IMO, semi-finals in which Brazil, Argentina, France and Italy meet (regardless of actual pairings) would be the best-of-the best!!!
Due to those seedings, the first 3 teams would have to play each other as early as 1/8- or 1/4-finals.
Well, although I am USUALLY a fan of German soccer, I do not think they "deserve" to win this year - after all they barely qualified for this tournament, and, aside from demolishing Saudi Arabia, did not show anything outstanding so far. Besides, after a "bloodbath" vs Cameroon, I am not even sure who will play for them in the next round. That Spanish referee is a known a**hole, but I think he had outdone even himself. Although, some of the cards were well-deserved, I must admit.
My 2nd favourites are usually Italy, and, after watching a superb game Italy-Croatia, I truly hope that Italy qualifies (together with Croats) at Mexico's expense. I just hope that referees do not f*ck it up for Italy again, as they did against Croatia.
My vision of the final has been Italy - France, then Italy - Argentina.
I am willing to settle for Italy - Brazil (with Europeans winning, sorry, MDXtrous)
Spanish have finally 'awakened' and I would like to see them go far, although I doubt they can go all the way.
With the way things look now, I would not be surprised if Japan plays South Korea for the Cup.
They just had another 5.5 earthquake near Ridgecrest, California. We felt it here in Laughlin, NV, 170 miles away. One of my wife's sisters lives there and I haven't heard back from her yet. I'm sure they're ok but I'll bet all their stuff came flying of the shelves or tipped over again.
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