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Who do you think will win the World Cup?  

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« Reply #75 on: June 29, 2010, 17:11 »
Portugal vs Spain was an excellent match, any of the two could have won. Cristiano Ronaldo hasn't been having inspired moments in the cup. Playing for himself, maybe. Critics here say he spends too much time looking at the screens to see if he is on them.

Paraguay vs Japan was a totally different story, a boring game, they seemed to lack motivation, or were afraid to take risks. I'm glad Paraguay moved on because it's a South American team, but I'm afraid they will succumb under Spain.

« Reply #76 on: June 29, 2010, 21:13 »
Ok Luis it's finished.
This is what the Irish are saying right now on TV:
1 - The goalkeeper was great and kept Portugal in the match
2 - Players lacked ambition
3 - Ronaldo only played for himself and not for the team

I'm sorry for Portugal and I'm sure you lost the match because of me. Every single time I want a team to win, it never does.
It's like a curse ...
Chin up, you'll feel a bit better tomorrow :)

no worries! better not to think too much I guess.. :P

« Reply #77 on: July 02, 2010, 11:13 »
 :'(  :'(

Congrats to Netherlands.  They dominated the second half, Brazil was totally disrupted emotionally.  My only complain was, in the first half, a penalty that was not given to us.  We were doing ok in the first half, Netherlands was not that well.  Had we focused better and scored a second goal still in the first half (when we had a few chances...), history might be different.  But we can not count on "ifs".

I didn't mund Brazil not winning, but I wanted to see all South American teams in the finals.  My hopes are still with Uruguay and Argentina (although Germany can be as hard to them), and in a less extent also with Paraguay.
« Last Edit: July 02, 2010, 11:18 by madelaide »


« Reply #78 on: July 02, 2010, 12:17 »
I have no idea why the whole Brazilian team was so nervous. Even after the 1:0 lead. They clearly made fouls but they protested like they didn't even touch the player. Even Dunga (who I thought was a very calm guy) was a nervous wreck. I think that is the main reason they lost. Also the red card incident ???

I didn't see the penalty but I think there were some fouls on Kaka and Roubinho that should be punished a bit sooner in the game, de Jong especially. The dutch players had to stop those two by fouls (just like Robben on the other side).

I still think Brazil played better, they created more chances and actually scored a goal from gameplay and not after corner/free kick,... But thats football :D

« Reply #79 on: July 02, 2010, 12:59 »
We are very happy here, that the Dutch made it to the next round. In the beginning they played very bad, but in the second half I think they played better then Brazil.
For us the red card was right. We read that Dunga was most afraid of Robben and you can see that, because they tried to tackle him al the time. And the kick on the hamstring (he had a big injury there, just before the worldcup) ,  was not nice, so good that a red card was given for that.

But it's always funny to read the differences in how someone sees a football game, depending on for which side you are.
I hope the Dutch make it to the finals and win it this time.


« Reply #80 on: July 02, 2010, 16:32 »
Gana just unlucky. I liked how they played: running all the time, never giving up, fast passes forward. Now Suarez is a hero for playing with a hand. He didn't have anything to loose. If he let the ball in they would loose, if he used the hand they still had a chance.

« Reply #81 on: July 03, 2010, 04:54 »
OK - what do you think about the Uruguayan handball in the last minute. Was he cheating or playing within the laws of the game - you handball it on the goal line, you will get sent off and miss the next game.

I'd have done exactly the same as he did, although it is very bad luck for Ghana.

Germany v Argentina this afternoon, that will be brutal. Hard to call.

Well done the Netherlands.


« Reply #82 on: July 03, 2010, 14:01 »
Looks good for Germany :)

« Reply #83 on: July 03, 2010, 17:05 »
Wow, what happened to Argentina?  I had expected Germany might win, but 4x0? 

I suppose they made the same mistake we did: get a coach who had never been a coach before.  Although both Dunga and Maradona can help players with their experience, coaching is another story. In moments of crisis, they were unable to do anything.

I was hoping Paraguay would win - they played bravely against Spain. Oh, if Cardozo had not lost that penalty shot! He was so uncontrollably disappointed in the end.

Suarez did a desperate move, but withing the rules. Uruguay will miss him nest match, but if he had done nothing they would not even be in the next match. Sorry for Ghana too, pity they did not score in that decisive moment and then failed in the kicks.

I think Uruguay's Forln is one of the most consistent players in the cup, with precise shots.

« Reply #84 on: July 03, 2010, 17:08 »
Ok, guys, I've reset the poll with the four remaining teams. The original poll is seen below, for historical reasons. :)

« Reply #85 on: July 04, 2010, 09:48 »
It seems a lot of us, including myself, was impressed by Germany. But we can not forget their match against Serbia...

On their side, I'm almost sure Mick Jagger won't be cheering for Germany, unlike he did in the recent falls of USA, England, Brazil and Argentina... One newspaper nicknamed him "angel of death".  ;D

« Reply #86 on: July 04, 2010, 10:18 »
The talking heads here in Germany explain their team's success so far to better technical abilities both from the individual players and as a team . . . .  ie, they have been better playing as a team.  I know there has been a long standing debate as to whether  superstars can contribute as much as they should in tournments like this . . .but  Germany has no real superstars,  . .  no Rooneys, Messis, Torres, or Robinhos and has found success so far, and the big named players have been disappointing.

« Reply #87 on: July 04, 2010, 21:17 »
Stars can help in a decisive moment - a Pele or a Maradona always made a difference - but they are not the only factor of success.  Some players are successful in their teams, but then when playing for the national team under a different scheme they disappear.

« Reply #88 on: July 04, 2010, 22:04 »
This is my open bets from early stage of championship.
I invest 50$ in Bets who will be the first.
After @ is multiplier of stake so as you see I prefer Germany to be first.
For secure in early days I invest small amount on poor rated countries and if Uruguay wins I will make about 126 x 0,50 + 11 x 4 + 6,5 x 1,28 $
If Germany will be first I will make 9,5 x 1 + 8 x 2,47 + 6,5 x 8,24 + 6,5 x 1,78 + 3 x 25 $
I have left 5$ for live in play in situations if Germany score first goal than multiplier on Spain will rise btw 11 and 100 so in this case I will invest btw 2 and 3$ on Spain, this also will be if Uruguay score first goal vs Netherlands to secure me if Spain an Netherlands win at the end.
Any how I will make profit if Uruguay or Germany will bee first. Any how with small stakes in cases above I will be on small minus or small plus depends of multipliers.
Worst scenario is if Netherlands and Spain score first and win matches.
I hope that I will not loose my "investment"  ;D
Small Wiki
Ball is spherical and rounded in the same time...
« Last Edit: July 04, 2010, 22:39 by Suljo »

« Reply #89 on: July 06, 2010, 18:47 »
Too bad Uruguay lost, they were tough and strong, played better than Netherlands IMHO. The 2nd goal shook them (a doubtful one, I think) and quickly came the third... But they went on fighting, and fell with glory.

Now, Paul the octopus said Spain will win tomorrow.

« Reply #90 on: July 07, 2010, 15:36 »
Now, Paul the octopus said Spain will win tomorrow.

... and Paul the Octopus was right once again! You can see him make his prediction here;

BBC News - German 'psychic' octopus predicts victory for Spain


« Reply #91 on: July 07, 2010, 15:48 »
I think I'll bet on Paul's predictions the next World cup. If he's still alive :D

Now I don't know for who should I cheer in the finals. I really like the Iniesta-Xavi double from Spain (even though I don't like Barca) but also love Sneijder from the Netherlands (especially because he can win it all this year, after Champions league, Serie A, Italian Cup).

PS: I think Ghana should be in semi finals instead of Uruguay. They played better. If the game lasted for 10 more minutes they would score (not counting the hand play). I also think they might win against Netherlands.

« Reply #92 on: July 07, 2010, 17:14 »
I think I'll bet on Paul's predictions the next World cup. If he's still alive :D
There is a joke here that, after guessing today's match right, he will be turned into a paella.   ;D

« Reply #93 on: July 08, 2010, 03:20 »
God save the octopus... Holland... be aware of the spanish Tercios!  8)

« Reply #94 on: July 08, 2010, 05:55 »
Could have done with Paul the Octopus in goal for England!

Very open final, but I'll tip the Spanish. Holland need the ball to play and Spain will deprive them.

I have to say, since England lost the World Cup has been more enjoyable than usual.

Well done the Netherlands and Spain!


« Reply #95 on: July 08, 2010, 08:46 »
Good that Germany lost!! Otherwise it would have been much more challenging to sleep with all the honking!

« Reply #96 on: July 09, 2010, 11:48 »
Paul the Psychic Octopus (aka 'The Tentacled Tipster') predicts Spain to lift the cup;

BBC News - 'Psychic' octopus predicts Spain to win World Cup

I might put a few squid on it.

« Reply #97 on: July 09, 2010, 21:26 »
The octopus has spoken, but he is just an invertebrate.  ;D

The final poll is on: Netherlands or Spain?

For the records, the quarter finals' poll results are shown attached.

« Reply #98 on: July 10, 2010, 15:43 »
Wow, 5x0 in the poll, I didn't expect this.

But Paul the octopus got Germany right today, much to my disappointment as I was hoping Uruguay would win.

« Reply #99 on: July 11, 2010, 13:26 »
Voting locked!  The match is about to begin.


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