Good, I didn't know so many people cared about football here on NG. I know that the 2006 thread was pretty popular (can't find the thread now, though), but I haven't seen many threads about football lately, so I thought this would fall quickly, heh :P
At 6/6/10 02:23 PM, Auz wrote:
Finally someone creates an official topic for it. I remember in former years, topics like these were already around weeks before the start of the tournament.
Indeed, this is why I asked Coop if I should create a thread early in April, I think. Since no one stepped up... here it is!
Anyway, I'm obviously cheering for the Netherlands, because that's where I come from. Whether they'll win the tournament I don't know. I saw there was a big chance we would face Brazil in the quarter finals, so that's gonna be tricky.
Oh, that would be swell. Brazil is already on the "death group", and I don't know if we'll pass on 1st or 2nd (or not pass at all! :O). Chances are we could even face Spain on the next phase, and that would be SHIT. :(
I'd put my money on Spain, Germany or Brazil to win this tournament. Spain due to them winning the EC two years ago and having a very good in general. Germany and Brazil have a good chance by default.
Germany always does well, not matter how bad they're doing at the moment. And Brazil... well, we have a contested team, only 66% of the Brazilians trust on this team. I trust it, I really think we have a chance against the other teams.
Most interesting match in the group stage is Brazil - Portugal in my opinion. For the rest England - USA is kinda fun, but the other matches don't look so interesting on paper. I think things will really start to get interesting from the quarter finals onwards.
I'm looking forward to Ivory Coast vs. Brazil more. Ivory Coast have a great team and not many people know that, I think they could pull out a big surprise in this cup, even if Drogba doesn't play.
At 6/6/10 02:27 PM, LampFace wrote:
France and Italy have a better chance than Argentina, Brazil aren't gonna fucking win. Dunga can't coach for shit, no Ronaldinho or Adriano is just fucking stupid. Brazil will probably go out at the Quarters again.
I can understand about Ronaldinho - he's a good player indeed, but nothing compared to what he did on 2006. And Adriano is doing pretty badly lately - overweight, drinking problems, bad companies... Nobody here would agree if he went to this cup, actually.
At 6/6/10 02:36 PM, Mussirus wrote:
At 6/6/10 02:27 PM, LampFace wrote:
Netherlands the loss of Robben is massive I'm not sure they'll be able to win without him.It's still not known how serious his injury is. Maybe he'll only miss some matches in the group stage. We can win the matches in the group stage without him.
Indeed, the Netherlands have a pretty good squad, one of my picks to win this cup.
Anyway, i have a feeling that this could be the year for The Netherlands. I really hope so.
Nah, I'd still rather Brazil. Home country > all. :P
At 6/6/10 03:27 PM, Cochises wrote:
But as usual the favorites are Brazil, Germany and Spain (even though they have been less than impressive in their last few friendlies) and as for England? Even though they got a great manager, Capello, and a great squad, they won't get past the quarter finals my prediction?
It was pretty disappointing when they lost to Portugal last year, I thought they would take the cup after Brazil was eliminated by France. Rooney is at his best, and that should be the differential for England this year.
At 6/6/10 03:34 PM, Ship wrote:
Argentina are my favorites. Even if they have useless Maradona as a coach they still have amazing forwards in Milito and Messi.
Indeed, their offence is really amazing, although Messi hasn't played very well for Argentina in the past games.
I think they are severely underrated and are going to surprise many people.
Underrated? Messi himself said that they were the best team around! :P
The Netherlands were another one of my favorites, but with the injury to Robben, who knows? I just hope someone stupid like Germany doesn't win with their ugly style of play. It's time for Argentina to hoist the trophy again.
NO, otherwise Maradona will walk around naked in Argentina! That will be traumatizing... ;_;
At 6/6/10 03:36 PM, Ismael92 wrote:
At 6/6/10 02:16 PM, Sir-Nuts wrote:
As for favourite teams, Spain has been the most commented team, although Argentina, Netherlands, England, Brazil...Argentina is not that good IMO. Also, if my country (Uruguay) comes out second in the A group we'll probably play against Argentina. I'm really looking forward to that match :)
I really like Uruguay as well, my grandmother was born in Montevideo. As for a, Uruguay vs. Argentina... maybe Uruguay can do better this time, unlike in the qualifying round, heh. :P
At 6/6/10 02:19 PM, iateamexican wrote:
Is there not a football club?Yes, but there is an American football club and there was an official Super bowl thread a while ago.
And there's an NHL club and a NBA club, yet both of them have separate threads here for the playoffs. :P
At 6/6/10 03:36 PM, Gagsy wrote:
I'm gutted that Drogba may miss the World cup, especially as he is a big influence out in South Africa and of course his own country (forget his somewhat bad football tactics), and I think it would be horrible for him to miss what will most likely be his last World Cup.
Why his last world cup? Isn't he still young enough to play the 2014 cup?
Same goes for Michael Ballack with Germany. Sure England and Germany have quite the rival when it comes to national games and while it's a good thing for us England, I still think it's a shame that he will be missing what again will most likely have been his last World Cup.
I can understand Ballack, since he's already pretty old for football. It's a shame, indeed.
Only when it isn't your team playing. :P
At 6/6/10 03:55 PM, Cochises wrote:
I don't recall him doing anything against Lucio, Samuel, Maicon, Zanetti, Cambiasso or Chivu >:(
Brazil's defence is our best thing. We have the best goalie (Julio Cesar) and the best defensive player (Lucio and Juan).
At 6/6/10 03:56 PM, andhination wrote:
This must be the first world cup where I haven't heard anyone think Brazil will win.
Brazil's going to win. ^^
At 6/6/10 03:45 PM, RogerBK wrote:
Hey Nuts, we're both Brazilian, huh. Are you cheering for Brazil??
Yeah, of course! Although I really like some teams like Italy, Spain, Engalnd... I'm still cheering for Brazil! :)
My heart is Argentina!!! GO MESSI!!
Way to be patriotic, cheering for the enemy. >:(
At 6/6/10 03:39 PM, Cochises wrote:
Even though Robben is a very good player, I don't think he'll be the main reason Netherlands fail to win if he's out injured, remeber in the Cl Final? He didn't really do as much as everyone predicted he'd do, he's good, but not a game changer, Netherlands have ton's of quality players.
But still, he was the best player for Bayern in that game. He's a game breaker.