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View Poll Results: Who will win the World Cup 2010?
Spain 2 28.57%
Brazil 0 0%
Argentina 0 0%
England 1 14.29%
Italy 0 0%
France 1 14.29%
Portugal 0 0%
Germany 0 0%
Ivory Coast 0 0%
Netherlands 2 28.57%
Other 1 14.29%
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Old 2010-05-25, 14:43
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World Cup Thread 2010



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Who will win?

The obvious choice is of course Spain, who rightfully will be favourites. They won the Euro 2008 in impressive fashion and can mount some of the best players in the world on most positions.

But, I guess you can draw a paralell between Spain and Barcelona this season - they can both be beaten by more cynical and physical teams. And there are defences in this World Cup that are better than Spain's.

I don't really know what to make of this year's version of Brazil. Manager Dunga is not exactly your typical Brazilian football thinker and he has left some of the most spectacular names at home (Ronaldinho, Adriano, Pato, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos). It will be more of a "labouring" Brazil than we are used to, and it will be built on organisation and team play rather than individual skill.

As an Inter man as well as a football lover, it felt horrible when crazy guy Maradona left out Zanetti and Cambiasso of his Argentina squad. With a sane manager, Argentina would have been favourites to win this World Cup. Now I believe that the defence and lack of organization will make them fall, but it can go any way for this team. Very hard to predict.

England might have found the right manager in Capello, but some of their usual problems seem to remain. How will their midfield deliver against the best teams? Their goalkeeper is not the best. And who will partner Rooney up front? But they have a couple of world class players in key positions and pace. This might be their best shot at the World Cup in a long time.

Reigning champions Italy comes with a squad and a manager who has seen their best days. I like Italy, but I fear that this World Cup might end very early for them. The defence has some strong names, but everyone except Chiellini are way ahed of their best days. And the same goes for the midfield, except for De Rossi. Up front, Lippi left his three best forwards at home (Cassano, Balotelli and Totti), and will instead field a number of players who are unproven at the top level.

France also suffers from a crazy coach, and are in the World Cup thanks to a huge mistake by a Swedish referee. Still, there are many top class players on this team, but I find it hard to say taht they will challenge for the title.

Portugal has a good team on most positions, but who will score the goals? Liedson came in late in the qualification and saved their ticket to South Africa. Can he deliver here?

Ivory Coast has a very strong team, but were very badly organized in the African Cup of Nations. Better now under new manager Eriksson? As always, a big questionmark hanging over the goalkeeper. And who will play beside Kolo Touré in central defence?

Germany is always strong in big tournaments, but Ballack is injured and they lack the absolute world class men who often decides these tournaments.

The Netherlands fields the two star men of this year's Champions League - Real Madrid rejects Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder. Their squad looks impressive offensively, but how will the defence fair against the best? An outsider for the title.

No one else can possibly win.

How will your team do? As Sweden is not in it, I will hope Denmark and Cameroon (always been a fan) to do well this time. These two teams are in the same group, and they fight for the second place there behind Holland. And they can actually mount a surprise and go through to the quarterfinal, seeing that they will probably get Italy or Paraguay in the second round.
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Old 2010-05-25, 20:37
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Old 2010-05-25, 22:38
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I suppose I better vote for England otherwise who will?!
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Old 2010-05-25, 23:04
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I would, but I'm busy sulking because Scotland still haven't made it. Beyond a joke. (Not that we'd win anyway )
Don't even know who half the England players are! Screw this I'm going to stick with the Scottish line: I'll support anyone who England is playing :P
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pretty crappy WC so far apart from the germany game... ozil is awesome, i hope either germany or argies do well...
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I was patriotic and voted my own country.
At least you could vote for your own country. :P
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England might have found the right manager in Capello, but some of their usual problems seem to remain. How will their midfield deliver against the best teams? Their goalkeeper is not the best.




On a sidenote, the winner is going to be BEST KOREA!

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Old 2010-06-15, 22:29
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Old 2010-06-16, 20:28
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Wtf, how could Spain lose from Switzerland?
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Wow, South Africa were really trying to loose... And Uruguay players must weigh less than cat walk models, they were falling continuously!
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That's Suarez, he's just as annoying as Ronaldo (Portugal)
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During a sexual health talk my teacher made the most appalling joke. A new World Cup condom, the Robert Green condom - it's very slippery and it will guarantee that you won't catch anything. Groan.
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How can there be a WC2010 thread without a single reference to vuvuzelas?
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How can there be a WC2010 thread without a single reference to vuvuzelas?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3Kn5bzQaYg

A mate of mine who went to one of the games said he struggled hear straight after the match and then had ringing in his ears for the next 2 days.

Doesn't sound healthy.
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Old 2010-06-20, 22:25
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Old 2010-06-21, 00:27
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As can be expected from Brazil

That said seeing as I don't ever support any particular team, I default to (supporting) the underdogs in almost every match.

You know they really could do with spreading out the games a bit, I don't have a breathing space to chat about one game before the conversation is killed by another game.
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I usually support underdogs aswell. And I used to like Ivory Coast. But they were huge faggots in this game.
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Am I the only one feeling fairly anxious for the North Koreans, who by now have secured enough "Great Leader Anger Points" allowing them to progress straight into the next round of Gassing in Pyongyang?
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France just got beat by one of the shitest teams on earth (no offence south africa)

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Ego - Needs - Knocking - Down

I'm just glad we didn't go tumbling out with no points.
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England vs Germany on sunday? I suppose it will depend if our team can be bothered on the day how that goes.
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Japan's Honda was magnificent....incredible.
Dutch are a bit boring but steady...and very stable.
Argentina and spain look the best so far...
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