Neil's World Cup Blog
It only happens every four years and each time it comes round I think - and hope - that I might have grown up a little and care less about the World Cup. But I can't. I'm simply addicted.
As soon as the first game kicks off, this 36 year-old man will be transported back 24 years to Mexico 1986 - a 12 year old boy refusing to believe Diego Maradona's 'Hand of God' had knocked England out of the tournament. I've been hoping ever since that the pain of that cruel defeat will end with a glorious England victory. There is always hope...
In many ways the World Cup is about memories. It's easy to remember where you were or who you were with during a great game. Unfortunately, as an England fan, my memories are mainly bad! I'd like to hear about your favourite World Cup memories. If you are from Italy you won't have much trouble. But I'm also interested in memories of games when some of the smaller footballing nations have beaten one of the favourite teams, like when South Korea won against Italy in 2002.
For me, watching the underdog do well is one of the best things about the World Cup. Looking at the fixtures I can see that North Korea are playing against five-times champions Brazil, while the holders Italy have a match against New Zealand.
It's also great to see the host nation doing well at the World Cup. It makes the atmosphere at the tournament even more special. So if you're South African I'd like to hear about the excitement in your country. Send us your pictures and video clips.
Last, but not least, I want to hear your World Cup predictions. My heart says England will win, but my head is telling me that it's much more likely to be Spain or Brazil. What do you think?