Airlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2188 times:
The beginning of the World Cup is just hours away so I decided to create this thread for a place to talk about the World Cup. My prediction for who is going to win, Brazil. Who I want to win, the underdog, Iran...well in all seriousness go USA!!! Any predictions or insight?
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2170 times:
The popular choice is Brazil, most fans from outside of Brazil would point to them as winners. I'd love to see England go all the way, and if they play to their ability they can. But we would have to beat Brazil somewhere along the way, and i can't see that happenening. Ronaldo, Adriano, Kaka, Ronaldinho....four match winners just there! Argentina, France, Holland and Germany are potential winners too, just depends on how they perform on the day. It's dificult to make accurate predictions before the tournament, but everything will be inveiled in the next four weeks. I can't wait!
IFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2167 times:
Those Brazillian names certainly are match winners, but then so are Beckham (back on form and fit, with inch perfect passes and killer through balls), Gerrard (as long as Carrick play the holding role and Sven allows Gerrard to roam), Cole and Carragher (tightest defenders in the world, imo), Lampard (has positively owned the midfield of almost every match he played this season). We're lacking up front, but I really believe that if Gerrard, Beckham, Lampard et al can deliver like we know they can, then Courch, Owen, hopefully Rooney, and - heck - even Defoe should be able to convert. And I'd love to see Walcott play a blinder too.
This is definitely the strongest England team we've had since probably the 1986 squad. Plus the 10 year rule applies - 1986, missed out to the unfair Hand of God. 1996 (Euro), missed out to an offside German goal and then a missed Southgate pen. 2006 - third time lucky COME ON ENGLAND!!!!
LTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13978 posts, RR: 49
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2141 times:
There is now a controversy regarding the injury Michael Ballack has. He will not start in the inaugural match after all and is now being accused of underestimating his injury and for having behaved unprofessionally on the matter.
If these accusations are true, then this truely shows what a person and how overrated Ballack is. Personally I wouldn't even have nominated him, especially with his recent slacking off and this deal he got from Chelsea, which will be an incentive for him to continue slacking off.
We're less than 24 hours away from the World Cup inaugural match between Germany and Costa Rica (which Germany will lose 0:2 ).
AGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2129 times:
OK I am American ,
And I am going to Europe for about 10 days leaving tomorrow .... what do I need to know about WC. Who is the best , who is the best underdog, in other words while I am at a pub ... fill in this sentance for me .... I sure like ________ but the way ________ has been playing , they may be good enought to beat ________.
Then if they ask me more questions , what should I do other than offer to buy them a beer or run.
You dig the hole .. I fill the hole . 100% employment !
LOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2120 times:
Quoting AGM100 (Reply 6): And I am going to Europe for about 10 days leaving tomorrow .... what do I need to know about WC. Who is the best , who is the best underdog, in other words while I am at a pub ... fill in this sentance for me .... I sure like ________ but the way ________ has been playing , they may be good enought to beat ________.
I sure like Poland but the way Togo has been playing, they may be good enough to beat England or France
BristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2071 times:
I'm so glad somebody has started the 'Official' World Cup thread. There are so many others that I guess must be unofficial. The World Cup is such a big event with so many different subjects to talk about I can't see this thread lasting the duration.
It's kinda like me starting 'The Official News Thread - post here your thoughts on any news stories that come up'.
Senorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2037 times:
Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 2): Second favourites to win behind Brazil, and we all know how Brazil can have their off days (France 3 - 0 Brazil, anyone?).
Ahh..the mystery of St. Denis. Who knows what happened, but the team that entered the Stade de France that day was not the same one that beat the Netherlands in Marseille only a few days before. Enough trips down Memory Lane...
The entire world always picks Brazil to win it all yet Brazilians rarely think they are the ones who will win it all. Brazilians expect nothing less than a title and there will be hell to pay if there's no title. The buzz in Brazil is that this team is as good as the 82 team with Zico, Socrates, et al because a lot of these players have been playing at the international level for quite a while (for instance, Cafu and Roberto Carlos have been with the selecao for 8 years running) so they have great chemistry.
Now that Rooney is gone, England's chances are gone. Maybe a trip to the quarterfinals. I watched that Jamaica friendly and I was impressed with how graceful and agile Peter Crouch is for a man of his stature.
I hear a lot of great things about the Netherlands but I was unimpressed with their performance against Mexico last week. Both sides seemed very uninspired.
I hope to see Switzerland do well, if only for themselves. I am a little biased because one of my best friends is Swiss so I have closely followed with him how far Swiss footy has come since I met him and started following them in 2001.
Cptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2030 times:
I'm not particularly interested in the World Cup, however since some of you folks are, I thought I'd mention that last Tuesday's USA TODAY newspaper, page 6C on 06/06/06 (how's that for 6-6-6-6 ?) has a nice, I think, color graphic of all the 32 teams' home jerseys.
Just thought I'd mention this in case someone (ah-hemm) forgets who's who.
all best; jack
: Brazil will win: "the numbers don't lie" What number? 3964 Check it out: Winner: Argentina (1978 / 1986) and 1978 + 1986 = 3964 Winner: Germany (1974
: Haha, I heard that on the radio yesterday... the logical conclusion according to them (besides Brazil winning) was that Guate will finally win in the
: And 1934 and 1938. That means France would have to be on top of the pyramid.
: I was thinking, it would be nice if the office allowed us to prepare our supplies for the World Cup:
: Heh heh...Letterman...he's not dead yet... ...pretty much in that order, too, lol. Airwave
: Seriousness??? Well, considering that nobody can accuratly place Togo on a map, and that there are only 18 people living there, 11 of them play in th
: Your sarcasm radar is broken. Get a replacement.
: Go South and Central American teams !!! But on top of that I want to add : "ALLEZ LA SUISSE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
: Jesus H. Christ, the World Cup in Germany is as good as ruined here in Costa Rica, thanks to the announcement made by Repretel, that they have re-hire
: A piece of advice from my brother (who absolutely despises TV commentators)... turn the TV volume down and turn on the radio for the comments.
: No good, because we'd still have to put with Cristian Mora on Radio Monumental, and he's also pretty annoying. It would be different if Radio Columbi
: ZDF is showing today's games, commentator for Germany vs. Costa Rica was Bela Rhety and currently is Thomas Wark commentating Poland vs. Ecuador. Bot
: Certainly better than Reif :roll: . I tell you, that moron changed his opinion during the game so often, I would have loved to put a gun to his head
: I prefer ARD/ZDF during World or Euro Cup games, I don't know why but I am always watching them instead of Premiere. Patrick
: I'd watch them too, but Premiere has two advantages: The overall quality is better, and they still have 4:3 available whereas ARD/ZDF are just 16:9.
: I don't care. Better German television than that clown I had to put up with.