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FIFA 2014 - Who's your pick?

 
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If we continue to play like we just did against the Aussies (the 'Socceroos') then I'm afraid it will not take long...

But we got the points in the end, now waiting eagerly for Spain - Chile, if that ends in a draw then we're through!
 
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And. FWIW, I must admit that Germany, the 'Earth Enemy', played by far the best football.
They have great players like Gotze, Ozil, Muller, and my favorite Philippe Lahm.
And then we haven't even seen Reus...

My bet is Germany.
 
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Bye bye Spain!
 
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Now it is England's turn after Spain! Bye bye England!
 
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England has not perished yet -- if they beat Costa Rica and Italy wins the rest of their games then England, Costa Rica, and Uruguay all have three points and the one with the best goal differential goes through. That could be England if they outscored CR sufficiently.
 
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Paul Clapham wrote:England has not perished yet -- if they beat Costa Rica and Italy wins the rest of their games then England, Costa Rica, and Uruguay all have three points and the one with the best goal differential goes through. That could be England if they outscored CR sufficiently.



That's a lot of "if"s. I'm not holding my breath :).
 
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You scoff, but just wait until you see the pigs flying across the field next Tuesday.
 
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Ok, they are not definitively out of the game yet, but I've heard a commentator on TV say that England hasn't been out of the world championship in the group phase since 1954. That's 60 years ago!!
 
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England have a new captain - Captain John Smith, the pilot on their early flight back from Brazil!!
Italy look good..
 
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Jesper de Jong wrote:Ok, they are not definitively out of the game yet, but I've heard a commentator on TV say that England hasn't been out of the world championship in the group phase since 1954. That's 60 years ago!!


True. But there have been some where we didn't actually qualify in the first place (the last of those was 1994).
 
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Costa Rica beats Italy -- Adios, England!
 
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John Smith???
 
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England were just not good enough - missed too many chances, and made too many mistakes!!!
France look good - Vive la France!
 
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With both Spain and England gone, will Portugal be next when they play US in their 2nd match?
 
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One thing that I'm glad about this edition of World Cup is the absence of the vuvuzelas. It was so annoying and irritating the last time. Good to hear the conventional style of cheering from the crowd this time.
 
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Jaikiran Pai wrote:One thing that I'm glad about this edition of World Cup is the absence of the vuvuzelas. It was so annoying and irritating the last time. Good to hear the conventional style of cheering from the crowd this time.



They tried something like vuvuzelas, with "caxirolas". But in some tests they realized it could be really dangerous to the players:

 
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Pawel Baczynski wrote:Dieter what is your type for 3rd place?


Could go either way. I'll vote Belgium, but of course, being Belgian, I'm biased.
 
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Peter Rooke wrote:England were just not good enough - missed too many chances, and made too many mistakes!!!
France look good - Vive la France!


I have to say - I've never seen England put a team on the pitch as good as their current one.

They had some bad luck, being in by far the most difficult group - Italy I think is one of the best playing teams in the World Cup, Uruguay has the best attacking duo with Cavani and Suarez (beats out even Van Persie and Robben I think). And Costa Rica is the surprise of the tournament.

I do still think Italy's loss was largely due to the circumstances - they looked slow and tired, especially after the great game Italy-England, the heat is a killer. Kind of an unfair advantage not offering a water break with those weather conditions.

But I'm looking forward to a mature England with Barkley, Sterling... at their best. I think they can go a long way in 4 years.
 
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Yay, 2 - 0 against Chile! NL is the group winner, winning three games: NL - Spain 5 - 1, NL - Australia 3 - 2 and NL - Chile 2 - 0.

It means that in the next round NL has to play against either Croatia or Mexico, and not against Brazil.
 
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I watched the U.S. - Portugal game last night. What a heartbreaking end to the game for U.S. fans. What I think is worse is that IMHO, Cristiano Ronaldo played terribly for the entire game. His shots were way off target, he didn't look like he cared about playing any defense...But then with the 30 or so seconds left, he makes one good pass to set up the final goal that tied it. 94+ minutes of crappy playing, erased with one pass.

I have never been a huge soccer fan. I do enjoy watching games, but this guy seems WAY over-hyped (based on my typical American 'watch one game and make a declarative statement about a players entire career).

;-)
 
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Cristiano Ronaldo played with an injured knee.
 
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If he knee was bad enough that he couldn't play very well (and I still don't think he did), then he should have be adult enough to tell his coach and sat out the game/tournament.
 
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Then they probably would have lost the game. It's hard to say no when a whole nation depends on you.
 
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I don't know about "heartbreaking" - I though the tie was a fair result. As regards Ronaldo, I don't think he's supposed to be doing much in the defense anyway. That one good pass may be enough to justify him playing.

It's a bit like the Argentina - Iran game: Argentina wasn't getting much done for 90 minutes, but didn't adjust anything, and in the 90th minute Messi scores the winning goal. It seemed a bit like they were waiting patiently for exactly that. And then they got it, because they have a player like that :-)
 
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The round of 16 table is starting to show up now with 4 teams already making their way. This week should be exciting as some interesting matches are lined up!
 
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Dieter Quickfend wrote:What to say about Nigeria-Iran though? I don't know how they've made it to the world cup, but it makes me feel sorry for all the good European teams that didn't qualify.



Maybe they should increase the number of European countries in the world cup from 13 to 15, however, I’d imagine that this will cause a huge public outcry given that Asia has 4 countries in the world cup (Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea) and Africa has 5 (Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria).

Ironically, Iran or Nigeria will make it to the final 16.
 
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Jesper de Jong wrote:Yay, 2 - 0 against Chile! NL is the group winner, winning three games: NL - Spain 5 - 1, NL - Australia 3 - 2 and NL - Chile 2 - 0.

It means that in the next round NL has to play against either Croatia or Mexico, and not against Brazil.


It's a shame to me. NL would kick Brazil out of the tournament. If they play Switzerland, Argentina or Germany, they're bound to lose. Mexico... I'm not sure about that. I think they would be better off playing Brazil. Van Gaal already offered them a challenge, shame they didn't take it. A player like Sneijder would own the midfield vs. Brazil.
 
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Brazil vs Argentina in the final (Neymar vs Messi) how interesting.
 
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The complete opposite happened in Group D. Italy and England stand eliminated!
 
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Tess Jacobs wrote:Asia has 4 countries in the world cup (Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea) and Africa has 5 (Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria).


When did Australia become part of Asia?
 
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Australia has been in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) since 2006.
 
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Joe Harry wrote:The complete opposite happened in Group D. Italy and England stand eliminated!



Another game destroyed by the referee. Uruguay's insanely aggressive play in the complete first half went unpunished. Marchisio's red card was just, but not in the spirit of the game, as it was the first (or second, if you count Balotelli's yellow card in the first half) heavy foul by an Italian player after an hour of dangerous play by Uruguay. Even after that, we would've seen a different ending indeed had Suarez been sent off after biting (!!!) Chiellini. This world cup, even though the general style of play is beautiful, is not a highlight of the FIFA, nor of the referees.

In this kind of match-defining referee errors, it should be possible to replay a match or disqualify a team.

Uruguay was nowhere until the red card fell.
 
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fred rosenberger wrote:When did Australia become part of Asia?


Australia's been moved around a lot over the years. They used to be in the Oceania area, which they were pretty much guaranteed to win (see 2002, for example, when they won their preliminary group with a 66-0 aggregate score before beating New Zealand 6-1 over 2 legs)...but Oceania only had half a place allocated. So they ended up in a playoff against a team from another continent (in 2002 it was Uruguay). It's probably fairer since they joined the Asian qualification, although they do have a long way to travel.
 
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Dieter Quickfend wrote:In this kind of match-defining referee errors, it should be possible to replay a match or disqualify a team.


I'd prefer the introduction of instant replay which is currently used in American and Canadian football. It's sad that soccer allows people to get away with murder.
 
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Nigeria played well in the last match with Argentina. Very good defence.They might make it to the final. What do you think?
 
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Tess Jacobs wrote:

Dieter Quickfend wrote:What to say about Nigeria-Iran though? I don't know how they've made it to the world cup, but it makes me feel sorry for all the good European teams that didn't qualify.



Maybe they should increase the number of European countries in the world cup from 13 to 15, however, I’d imagine that this will cause a huge public outcry given that Asia has 4 countries in the world cup (Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea) and Africa has 5 (Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria).

Ironically, Iran or Nigeria will make it to the final 16.



Don't be suprise to see Nigeria in the final
 
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I won’t. They were very impressive yesterday. Their U-17 team that won last year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup show great potential for the future.
 
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Now Uruguay has no chance of reaching the final. Luis Suárez should have been hit where it really hurts i.e. his pocket. He was fined £65,680 but that’s nothing because during his 4 month ban, he’ll earn up to £3m for doing nothing.
 
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I'm rooting for Argentina. Messi looks simply invincible. Surprised how underdogs Algeria have come a long way.
 
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I'm rooting for Argentina. Messi looks simply invincible.


I think that's going to be their problem: it's a one man show. As soon as they play a team that is able to check him, they don't have much else.

during his 4 month ban, he’ll earn up to £3m for doing nothing.


He'll probably forgo quite a bit of performance-related bonuses, though, not to mention having to deal with team mates and a country that's going to be more than just a bit pissed off.
 
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