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User currently offlineAirlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1929 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?

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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1918 times:

I thought it doesn't start until the 9th?

Harry



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User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1916 times:

COME ON ENGLAND!!!!

Second favourites to win behind Brazil, and we all know how Brazil can have their off days (France 3 - 0 Brazil, anyone?).

It's coming home...


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1911 times:
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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!


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User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1908 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  Smile COME ON ENGLAND!!!!


User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1882 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.

Source (in German): http://focus.msn.de/sport/wm2006/verletzung_nid_30121.html

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  duck  ).


User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1870 times:

OK I am American ,  duck 

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.  expressionless 


Thanks ,



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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1861 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  Silly


User currently offlineSean377 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1225 posts, RR: 40
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1861 times:

Incase you haven't got one yet, an interactive wallchart spreadsheet is avaiable here


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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1853 times:

Tomorrow is a big day for my Polaks. Lets hope we can re-beat Ecuador like we just did in Barcelona.

Quoting Sean377 (Reply 8):
Incase you haven't got one yet, an interactive wallchart spreadsheet is avaiable here

Something is wrong with that chart, England is in bold.  Silly


User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1849 times:

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 7):
sure like Poland but the way Togo has been playing, they may be good enough to beat England or France

OK LOT , go Togo all the way !! Should I start running before I say that ?



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1846 times:

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 9):
Tomorrow is a big day for my Polaks. Lets hope we can re-beat Ecuador like we just did in Barcelona.

Should be no problem. Germany will start with beating Costa Rica and the Polaks will follow a few hours later with KO'ing Ecuador.

I bet some people in Central- and South America will be pretty pissed tomorrow night.  Silly

Patrick


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1845 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 11):
Should be no problem. Germany will start with beating Costa Rica and the Polaks will follow a few hours later with KO'ing Ecuador.

I bet some people in Central- and South America will be pretty pissed tomorrow night.

Both pissed like as in angry, and drunk from the losses!

Why arent you on MSN?


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1832 times:

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 12):
Both pissed like as in angry, and drunk from the losses!

Exactly!

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 12):

Not today, I have to get up early tomorrow to get my flight, and it is not a good idea to chat till 2 or 4am while getting drunk when I have to get up at 7am-ish.

See you tomorrow on MSN, than we can celebrate the victory of the German and the Polish team. Big grin

Patrick


User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1812 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'.

BF

PS Oh yeah, England for the cup.



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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1811 times:

Quoting BristolFlyer (Reply 14):
PS Oh yeah, England for the cup.

 rotfl  rotfl  rotfl  rotfl  rotfl 


User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1804 times:

I have no rights to hope when my team is concerned  Sad I mean, those guys would have to face Holland and Argentina....

Quoting Airlinerfreak (Thread starter):
My prediction for who is going to win, Brazil.

I am not good at predictions, but I hope Brazil will win again.



R-E-S-P-E-C-T
User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1802 times:

ITALIA!! Can't wait till Monday!

Germany will have their hands full tomorrow with Costa Rica, can't wait!


User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1802 times:

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 17):
ITALIA!!

How can I say it politely?  scratchchin  No way. Sorry.



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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1794 times:
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Let the greatest show on earth begin, 5 weeks of hardcore football, heaven.  Smile


In Arsene we trust!!
User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1792 times:

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 18):
How can I say it politely? No way. Sorry.

I will remember these words! Talk to you in the Semis!


User currently offlineBoeinglover24 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 305 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1790 times:

Funny thing I saw this on the Late Show last night....


Top Ten Signs You Have World Cup Fever

10. You change your name from Kenny to Pele

9. On tax return you list occupation: "Hooligan"

8. After you successfully toast an english muffin, you rip off your shirt and run around the house

7. Whenever the mailman shows up you scream, 'MAAAAAAAAIIIILLLLLLLLL!"

6. Have a tattoo of Czech striker Pavel Nedved on your ass

5. You replace your hairpiece with chunk of sod from Wembley Stadium

4. Aches, a rash and vomiting - - I'm sorry, those are signs you have Bird Flu

3. In accordance with league standards, you've inflated your pants to 8.5 pounds per square inch

2. Every four years, you walk around in a Brandi Chastain sports bra

1. You're not American



Uhhh What?
User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1778 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.


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1776 times:

Quoting Boeinglover24 (Reply 21):
3. In accordance with league standards, you've inflated your pants to 8.5 pounds per square inch



Quoting Boeinglover24 (Reply 21):
1. You're not American

 bigthumbsup   bigthumbsup   bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1771 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.

Regards...jack



all best; jack
25 Arcano : 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
26 Post contains images Carmenlu15 : 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
27 Post contains images LTU932 : And 1934 and 1938. That means France would have to be on top of the pyramid.
28 Post contains images Carmenlu15 : I was thinking, it would be nice if the office allowed us to prepare our supplies for the World Cup:
29 Post contains images Airwave : Heh heh...Letterman...he's not dead yet... ...pretty much in that order, too, lol. Airwave
30 Doona : 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
31 LOT767-300ER : Your sarcasm radar is broken. Get a replacement.
32 Alphafloor : Go South and Central American teams !!! But on top of that I want to add : "ALLEZ LA SUISSE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
33 Post contains images LTU932 : 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
34 Post contains images Carmenlu15 : 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.
35 LTU932 : 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
36 Sabena332 : 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
37 Post contains images DAL767400ER : 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
38 Post contains images Sabena332 : 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
39 DAL767400ER : 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.
40 LTU932 : I don't care. Better German television than that clown I had to put up with.
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