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Rivals for World Cup

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by Floydp4pno1 (U14273715) 03 June 2010
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Spain just snook past south korea with a 1-0 win thanks to an 86th minute jesus navas goal and had just 4 shots on target with villa iniesta fabregas silva iniesta ramos cap de villa mata llorente all making an appearance.
italy are currently losing 1-0 to mexico with mexico having 68.5% of the ball.
our preparation is not anything to worry about as some other top sides are having trouble with lesser sides aswel.

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posted Jun 3, 2010

oh ok. where is this leading dutchy?

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posted Jun 4, 2010

I'd say Germany are more of a threat this time around. They'll have their typical ruthless professionalism and drive, but they now also have some top class young players. The likes of Mesut Ozil, Marko Marin and Toni Kroos will be unknown quantities to many people, and they'll be able to create goals out of nothing. I reckon Germany have a very decent chance, and would definitely back them to beat England if they meet in the second round.

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posted Jun 4, 2010

IMO nobody bar 1 or 2 of the really poor teams are to be underestimated. It's the World Cup, any team who makes it out of the group stages is a threat. The 2 best teams are probably Brazil and Spain and they will take some beating.
However, England, Italy and the Netherlands are not too far behind if they put in top rate performances. Then you have Germany who always find something and go far. But for me i'd be very careful of Portugal and Argentina. Both teams are being written off as not having a chance...yet some of the players they have are THE best in the world and it only takes 1 or 2 moments and all of a sudden they knock a couple of teams out and get to the Semi or Final.

After those you have all the good teams who are not quite up there, but very capable of progressing up as far as the Semi Final. Ivory Coast, South Korea, Mexico and even teams like Australia and USA have a chance of causing some upsets. Japan are not too shabby either and being veyr into Japanese culture i'd like to see them progress...but their group will be hard to navigate.

I'm not even into football much, don't like club football at all but could be some crackers coming up. Shame i'm away to Vegas and miss most of it, and the final is same day as Silverstone is it not? Ah well, F1 comes first.

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posted Jun 4, 2010

I watched Germany - BosniaH match yesterday and agree that Germany looks quite impressive and convincing, more than in last Euro. They have a balanced team, good technical, flowing passing game, and have the hunger. It seems that experience will be their only problem, since there's no big star in the team yet, and no calm-head/cold-heart senior like Matthaus for them to get the confidence in big match. So it'll all depend on Loew. Also the defence is not very solid/fast yet.

But just looking at their playing, they can beat many teams, and can be on par with Brazil/Spain in a good day.

England had better win their group and avoid Germany in round 16, tbh

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posted Jun 4, 2010

bosnia- come on.

how is that a test. any half decent side would look like world beaters against them. but then its germany soooo, they still could be a very good side this time i suppose.

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posted Jun 4, 2010

now drogaba is potentially out of the tounament, the ivory coast suddenly look a lot less threatening. This paves the way for Portugal and Ronaldo. Shoud they now get through the group of death, I believe that Portugal can go far this summer. Perhaps not to the final, but they could match their heroics 4 years ago in Germany when they reached the semis and lost to a Zidane inspired France.

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posted Jun 4, 2010

jeansey they shouldnt have got to the semi.

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posted Jun 4, 2010

Ivory Coast and Portugal are as bad as each other. The Portuguese stumbled through quals, whilst Ivory Coast are renowned chokers. Besides, whoever finishes 2nd in that group will play Spain in the next round.

Like others, I do like the look of Germany. Their midfielder, Ozil, first caught my eye in the Euro-U21s a while back. And with Schweini adapting brilliantly to centre-mid, they have a good balance in there. Khedira is basically Michael Ballack on speed.

Having said that, with Ballack out, I don't see anyone at the peak of their game i.e., a 28/29 year old, experienced head. Klose is so out of form he shouldn't be going. Lahm is Mr Reliable, but is he a leader? And the defence + keepers are average.

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posted Jun 6, 2010

Portugal certainly have a lot of flair and skill however they rely too much on Cristiano, but which other team has a Cristiano in their team

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posted Jun 7, 2010

Ronaldo hasn't scored for his country in 15 months. Yet his presence is still important for Portugal.

With him, Nani and Leidson coming off the back of good seasons, Portugal should be a handful for any team. But the coach (Queiroz) looks out of his depth.

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