|The Skinny on the Groups.
||[Dec. 9th, 2005|06:47 pm]
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For group A, I think Ecuador has a tough battle ahead of em'. This group is not as simple as it appears...
Germany's quality has gone down considerably for years now, although home-court advantage is a factor.
Ideally, i'd like to see Germany and Ecuador qualify here...my experience tells me it will be Germany and Poland, though. I also predict Costa Rica will win at least ONE match, and by a decent margin (a 3-1 or a 4-2) but it won't be enough. Costa Rica doesn't have the consistency they need, if you ask me.
Trinidad and Tobago
Group of Death #1. This is a TOUGH group to get out of alive; Two of these teams were in 2002's Group of Death!!! England and Sweden have already experienced this feeling before. Paraguay has NEVER been an easy team to defeat in Group Matches, and T&T are going to probably go all out on attack, hoping to make a name for themselves. Just seeing T&T's last 4 matches was evidence to me that they aren't to be taken LIGHTLY.
My hope? Paraguay and Trinidad and Tobago. My PREDICTION? England and Paraguay. (on a side note, England's coach, Sven Eriksson is Swedish himself! there's an interesting match for you there!!!)
Serbia and Montenegro
Group of Death #2. God, I hate you sometimes, Fifa. Every tournament, you screw us over!!! Argentina ALWAYS gets the fucked up groups, while Brazil gets insanely easy ones. NOT FAIR, guys!!! Anyhow, giving us one of our main rivals as a STARTER, means we'd best kick ass in our first two matches so we can afford to LOSE against Holland... It's a VERY tough group; Two giants, Africa's top hope (as far as the media says) AND an up and coming Europpean small giant. This one will definitely have its' heartbreak...my hope?
ARRIBA ARGENTINA, CARAJO!!! and Holland. Prediction? The same.
Insanely predictable and actually kinda boring. Then again, I've never been a Mexico NOR a Portugal fan.
In fact, I find Mexico's supporters to be mostly loud-mouthed and poor sports, AND ungrateful. My prediction? The fans are gonna yawn their asses off, and it'll be Mexico and Portugal. (Unfortunately)
My hope? Iran and Angola. Just to make it INTERESTING...(And to piss off a couple o' Mexies)
Group of Death #3. Insane. Ghana has two world YOUTH titles under their belt. The US is an up and coming giant that has been kicking LOTS of ass lately, Italy is an established giant, and the Czech Republic's history in the past 4 years...well, you need only see their ranking to realize they aren't pushovers.
My hope? Italy and USA. My prediction? Gosh, this one is tough to call, but I will flip a coin and say that
with luck, Italy's extremely defensive style will be broken, and it'll be Ghana and the US passing onto round 2.
Another yawner. Hopefully, a group that'll see Australia lose so I can get revenge for the nasty anti-South American comments i've gotten in the past months from rabid Aussies on Bigsoccer.com. Damn bad sports, those Socceroos. Brazil is gonna mop the floor with everyone as usual, most likely. Prediction AND Hope? Brazil and Japan. Croatia aint no pushover, though. They may pull off a surprise win...
Interesting group; Togo has the distinctive honor of defeating Cameroon, and aren't to be taken lightly. They may very well be 2006's "Senegal". France has, (Like Argentina) a vengeance to exact for 2002's disappointing results, Korea doesn't have the ref and home court advantage they had in 2002, but they AREN'T an easy team, either. The Swiss are also a plenty decent team, so overall, it's a group that will be worth watching. Could go ANYWAY. My hope? France and Togo. My Prediction? France and Korea.
And lastly, another "Brazil" group. Spain's got it plenty easy. This may very well be their year; Spain is "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride" team... They may very well have a shot with this nice beginning group.
Hope? Meh, Spain and Ukraine. That's also my prediction.
There you have it. 6 months...
I can hardly wait!
Time to have some fun at Bigsoccer now!