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#1 Mussolini

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 11:43 AM

Thought I might as well go ahead and create this thread. All discussion for the World Cup should take place here, instead of crowding out the Sports section.

Thoughts/Comments/Reactions to what is going on in the World Cup all welcome here.

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 12:24 PM

Can you Name the finalists.....might be worth a salute?

me! holland v argentina..hopefully! as I've backed holland..LOL..

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 12:29 PM

The dutch are certainly a powerhouse this year. I certainly favor them to come out ahead in their group.

I am still not sold on Argentina. Of all the teams, they and Portugal only just managed to squeeze into the WC this year. I don't expect them to get any further then the second round at best.

I still see Spain as the favorites. Too much depth, too much skill, a team that is certainly playing well together and on the same page.

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 12:47 PM

Holland, very hopeful it's there turn matt, and not certain the spanish will be as good this time around? the finalists being?

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 12:53 PM

Ok, I want to see who you guys think will make it out of the first round.

Group A:
South Africa
Mexico
Uruguay
France

Group B:
Argentina
Nigeria
South Korea
Greece

Group C:
England
United States
Algeria
Slovenia

Group D:
Germany
Australia
Serbia
Ghana

Group E:
Netherlands
Denmark
Japan
Cameroon

Group F:
Italy
Paraguay
New Zealand
Slovakia

Group G: GROUP OF DEATH
Brazil
North Korea
Ivory Coast
Portugal

Group H:
Spain
Switzerland
Honduras
Chile


My Picks:
A:
France, Mexico
B: Argentina, Nigeria
C: England, United States
D: Germany, Serbia
E: Netherlands, Cameroon
F: Italy, Paraguay
G: Brazil, Ivory Coast
H: Spain, Honduras

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 01:28 PM

a.sth africa ...france
b.argentina... sth korea
c.usa ...england
d.germany ...australia
e.holland... cameroon
f.italy... slovakia
g.brazil ...ivory coast
h.spain ...honduras.

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 04:51 PM

Top 10 World Cup controversies

And according to this the Number 1 of all Time.
England's winning goal in 1966


With the World Cup final tied 2-2, England and West Germany went to extra time. Eleven minutes into the extra period, England's Geoff Hurst put a shot on net. The ball hit the underside of the cross bar, bounced down, and then was cleared out. The referee did not know if the ball had completely crossed the line. He looked to his linesman, a Soviet named Tofik Bakhramov, who indicated it was a goal. Bakhramov later said he thought the ball had bounced back off the net, not the crossbar, so he did not bother to observe whether the ball bounced over the goal line or not. To add more controversy to the tale, Bakhramov, according to lore, was asked on his death bed how he knew the ball crossed the line. He replied, “Stalingrad,” where over 75,000 Soviets died fighting against the Nazis.

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 04:53 PM

Do you think, perhaps, you can keep things on topic? Your post is not relevant to the discussion of this years World Cup.
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 05:31 PM

I Just checked my ESPN bracket and have the following
Group A
1. France / 2. Uruguay
Group B
1. Argentina / 2. Greece
Group C
1. England / 2. US
Group D
1. Germany / 2. Australia
Group E
1. Netherlands / 2. Cameroon
Group F
1. Italy / 2. Slovakia
Group G
1. Portugal / 2. Brazil
Group H
1. Spain / 2. Switzerland

I also have the Netherlands beating Brazil in the finals
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 05:36 PM

It's Called "The World Cup Thread" Therefore anything to do with the World Cup of Football AKA Soccer.
So Controversial calls are not part of this years World Cup. Since It has been part of Every other world
cups ever Played, we'll just have to Wait and see.

According To your Picks, South Africa out in the First Round, LOL. I'm sure provisions have been made to prevent That. ;)

Edited by Spaniard, 03 June 2010 - 05:41 PM.

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Posted 03 June 2010 - 06:14 PM

Its called the World Cup thread to discuss this years event. Its also MY thread, that I created. If you want to talk about controversial WC moments, feel free to start your own thread. Like the OP of this thread, its to talk about the CURRENT WC set to start in a week. There have been plenty of 'Facts' and 'Top 10 ________" WC tidbits in the news, I don't want them to be rehashed here.

Back on topic...

South Africa is a pretty bad team. Much like Swizterland/Austria in the last WC they are only part of it due to being the Host Nation. Even the South Africans don't expect them to do anything. The ref from that South Korea/Italy game (the fixed game) was a very corrupt Ref (and I don't think he is a ref anymore). But soccer has been known to be a rather corrupt sport - even so, you still need to be half decent to turn the calls in your favor into actual goals.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 12:10 PM


My Picks:
A:
France, Mexico
B: Argentina, Nigeria
C: England, United States
D: Germany, Serbia
E: Netherlands, Cameroon
F: Italy, Paraguay
G: Brazil, Ivory Coast
H: Spain, Honduras


As Promised, by final predictions now that the first kickoff is only hours away and all the 'injuries' have been taken into account.


A:
France, Mexico
B: Argentina, Nigeria
C: England, United States
D: Germany, Serbia
E: Netherlands, Cameroon
F: Italy, Paraguay
G: Brazil, Portugal
H: Spain, Honduras


Really only one change - Group of Death G - as the Drogba arm break is a serious injury for Ivory Coast.

Just a few hours until Mexico vs South Africa. Hopefully its a good, safe tournament!

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 12:19 PM

my prediction, mexico 4 sth africa 0.. Close!!!!!! lol.. well! thats why I don't win on the fixed odds pools....ha!ha!

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 12:37 PM

I think it'll be 2 - 1 in favor of mexico. Don't underestimate SA opening the tournament in front of so many. Mexico isn't a strong team - has been on decline for a while as the US has risen in standard.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 12:39 PM

I see goals in the opener, but not having seen much of sth africa? am guessing mexico will be too strong...

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 02:54 PM

Some weeks ago I put my own predictions together and they are as follows:

Groups:

France, Mexico
Argentina, Nigeria
England, USA
Germany, Australia
Holland, Denmark
Italy, Slovakia,
Brazil, Portugal
Spain, Chile

1st Knockout Winners = France, England, Holland, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Spain

QFs

France England = England
Holland Brazil = Brazil
Argentina Germany = Germany
Italy Spain = Spain

Semis

England Brazil = Brazil
Germany Spain = Spain

Final

Brazil Spain = Spain



However, since then I have decided that Uruguay will qualify over France in group A. France will not get over the Domenech factor. Also Serbia will qualify over Australia in group D. I also think Portugal might miss out in favour of Ivory Coast.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 03:28 PM

Ok I heard some rumors on Football Sites :rolleyes: The Boys of South Africa are going to be Juiced on steroids :D
and certain referees as officials have been paid-Off$$$$$ to insure South Africa reaches the Next round.
So My Money is on South Africa to make it to the next round.

I Say South Africa will Win or T over Mexico.

Uruguay over France 2-1.

Let The Game Begin :D Lets Play FOOT!

TMM you Picked Spain to win over Italy in QF's, Yes that will make my Year Again. :D

Edited by Spaniard, 11 June 2010 - 06:21 PM.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 04:06 PM

The First match ended in a 1-1 draw. S Africa had a couple chances with less than two minutes remaining but was unable to convert.
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Posted 11 June 2010 - 04:27 PM

Looks like Sniper was way off the mark with his prediction.

I was close with my 2 - 1 prediction, certainly could have ended up that way.

I favor France 1 - 0 Uruguay next.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 04:32 PM

rub it in! rub it in! see my original post, humble or what! LOL. o.k. moving on.. france 3 uruguay 2, brave' me thinks...

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 06:11 PM

As Promised, by final predictions now that the first kickoff is only hours away and all the 'injuries' have been taken into account.


A: France, Mexico
B: Argentina, Nigeria
C: England, United States
D: Germany, Serbia
E: Netherlands, Cameroon
F: Italy, Paraguay
G: Brazil, Portugal
H: Spain, Honduras


Really only one change - Group of Death G - as the Drogba arm break is a serious injury for Ivory Coast.

Just a few hours until Mexico vs South Africa. Hopefully its a good, safe tournament!


Drogba back in tournament!!:eek: Ivory Coast ecstatic as injured Drogba returns to training

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 06:14 PM

Hey, even I can run around and kick a ball after fracturing my arm/elbow! I really wouldn't read too much into his return to practice. He is a big guy and when you go up to win the ball or back into a player, you need your arms. Its a very physical game - if he does play, he certainly won't be as physical as he usually is, and Portugal will certainly be physical against him.

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 06:38 PM

can't see him diving either...LOL...

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 07:27 PM

what the latest now, am missing the action due to work and kidney stones rush me to the hospital business, again ..........dang
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Posted 11 June 2010 - 07:44 PM

France and Uruguay playing right now and 0-0 after 54 minutes

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