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2006 World Cup: Who?

Poll Results: Who will win 2006 World Cup?

  • 24% (11)
  • 8% (4)
  • 13% (6)
  • 6% (3)
  • 11% (5)
  • 2% (1)
  • 11% (5)
  • 4% (2)
  • 4% (2)
  • 4% (2)
    Czech Rep.
  • 0% (0)
  • 0% (0)
  • 0% (0)
  • 0% (0)
  • 0% (0)
    Serbia and Mont.
  • 2% (1)
    Cote D'Ivoire
  • 4% (2)
  • 2% (1)
  • 0% (0)
  • 0% (0)
  • 0% (0)
  • 0% (0)
  • 0% (0)
45 Total Votes  
post #1 of 202
Thread Starter 
OK, who is going to win? I would love to see Ghana stay alive, but the odd are low. I think England's got their best chance in years, but I'm afraid to get my hopes up. Germany seems well positioned as home country.
post #2 of 202
Thread Starter 
Wow, I knew Americans had little clue about the importance of the World Cup, but this is worse than I thought.
post #3 of 202
There, I just doubled the approval ratings for "Ingerlund". Stevie G to win the Cup for us, just like in Istanbul and Cardiff. "Earwig go, earwig go, earwig go"!
post #4 of 202
Unless all of Brazil's midfield and forward line has a collective off day, it has to be them. Having watched Ronaldinho at Barca for the last two seasons, he has the ability to transcend the game, ala Pele and Maradona.

I think Argentina has a pretty decent chance, if Riquelme, Tevez, and most importantly, Messi click -- I'm really hoping they do, because Riquelme and Messi are just superb to watch. Holland looks pretty strong too, but then again, they always do. Same as Spain - if their forwards don't start finding the net quickly, their magnificient midfield will be wasted.

England has solid players, but still lacks that special flair I think. Rooney has it, but he won't be back until later. Remains to be seen if Gerrard and Lampard can reproduce their club forms. I think they have a real live-wire in Lennon. But I think Eriksson is tactically too cautious. Maybe he'll change because it his last tourney? England still seem to be a team of two halves, and they proved it against Hungary yesterday -- awful in the first half, pretty good in the second. Can't afford that against a top team.

Italy has good individual players, and they always seem to get stronger throughout the WC, so who knows? They do seem to be getting old though, just like France -- unless Henry can take over the tournament like Maradona in '86, don't look like championship material. Never been a big fan of Trezeguet, and Zidane has lost his magic (he's been pretty indifferent for Madrid this season). I can't believe Guily is not in the team. Germany - too young, although with them, you just never know.
post #5 of 202
World Cup cliché No. 1: "Never write off the Germans"
post #6 of 202
Can we add a category "anyone but England" please?
post #7 of 202
So ScotsSkier, you'll be having to quickly learn some reggae terrace chants then?
post #8 of 202
Thread Starter 
I wonder how long Iran will survive...
post #9 of 202
Originally Posted by Martin Bell
So ScotsSkier, you'll be having to quickly learn some reggae terrace chants then?

Is Dat ah say!

(can't quite see Reggae chants in Perth tho!! )
post #10 of 202
Besides Brazil, I'd like to see Holland, Spain, and Portugal do well, simply because they have skillful players and play attractive football.

In terms of players, I hope Ronaldinho, Kaka, Messi, Riquelme, Rooney (if he gets fit in time), Henry, Robben, and Xabi Alonso do well, because when they're on song, they can light up the pitch. Too bad Cameroon didn't qualify because we won't get to see Eto'o -- given his displays for Barcelona, he would have been magnificient on the world stage.
post #11 of 202
Thread Starter 
OK people, what games are you excited about in Stage 1? I want to see Mexico v Iran and also USA v Italy. England v Sweden should be interesting.
post #12 of 202
I think any games in Group C (Argentina, Ivory Coast, Serbia, Holland) could be pretty competitive. The USA's group is a tough one as well.
If (hopefully) England v Sweden is to decide the group winner, that's still a lot to play for, because the loser will probably have to face the Germans in the next round. The winners get to face Poland, Costa Rica or Ecuador...
Oh, and England haven't beaten Sweden since before the days of ABBA:
post #13 of 202
Holland v Argentina.
post #14 of 202
Replay of 78 final!
post #15 of 202
Thread Starter 
Just saw the friendly between Argentina and Angola -- wow, Argentina looked good, good, good, but acted the typical drama queens, too!
post #16 of 202
post #17 of 202
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by Martin Bell
post #18 of 202
While I know its unlikely...I just can't give up on the yanks...

Go USA!!!!
post #19 of 202
Germans prove they are the master race on the football field. They have grit, determination and moral fibre which makes up for skill deficiencies.

They will not win this year but will do better than people expect.

England would like to be like the Germans but they will go out,as usual, in the quarter finals (though I voted for them).

I would like to see the Czechs or Poles do well, especially compared to the many rubbish countries that take part.
post #20 of 202
Thread Starter 
England didn't look so hot against Paraguay, IMO. Wayne's foot or not, this team are looking like the usual disappointers. Argentina, OTOH, is looking better than last World Cup.
post #21 of 202
Originally Posted by faisasy
Holland v Argentina.
Yeah, yeah. Let's see if that ONE goal suffices.
Plavi! (Not that I expect them to score)
post #22 of 202
Originally Posted by Trotski
England didn't look so hot against Paraguay, IMO. Wayne's foot or not, this team are looking like the usual disappointers. Argentina, OTOH, is looking better than last World Cup.
I would take a win before the game started. People had false expectations of a goal fest after the early score.

You cannot expect Englishmen to run around in the heat like Johnny Foreigner. Fortunately, the other two games are later in the day.

The oily Mexican referee was like a cartoon character, something out of an old 'Roy of the Rovers' strip.

Ivory Coast did not look to bad either. It was only the better finishing that got Argentina a win. Not too much cheating from the Argies yet, apart from the long-haired bloke fouling an Ivorian and then immediately diving himself. It is the smiling afterwards that so irritates. I long for the old days when Nobby or Norman could kick lumps out of them. Proper British fouling. No spitting,sneakiness,or play acting - just robust, physical play.

Holland were impressive too and Serbs were no pushovers - an impressive group.

Still it is early days yet. We will see what happens when the pressure is on.
post #23 of 202
1.5 hours till kickoff. I'm taking a long lunch today.

post #24 of 202
USA went down 0-3 my german info system told me

while Australia beat Japan 3-1!
post #25 of 202
Nice win for the Czechs.

Just as I was about to into 'Lets all laugh at the Aussies' mode they came back and scored three goals in about ten minutes against the Harry Redknaps.

Not sure how they did it. I was following the match on the net and while I was chatting to someone everything changed.

Shame about Poland losing though.
post #26 of 202
don't ask me - I was working.... intended to run across the road for updates but got too busy....

the customers came and told me we had won though
post #27 of 202
when I said I was taking a long lunch...I didn't mean that long. OUCH! that was painful to watch. we played horiibly. When you play the best teams in the world, you need be creative and Make opportunities. You can't just wait for them to come you. Beasly was horrible. Donovan was smothered (did he even get any touches?). This has all of the looks of a short tournament for the Red white and Blue. they had better somehow light it up against Italy...
post #28 of 202
brazil:croatia 1:0

I'm not sure if I'm happy about that or not.... :

the brazilian players like ronaldo looked kind of flat.... some one go give them all some ginseng or guarana or something to pep them up...
post #29 of 202
Originally Posted by disski
ronaldo looked kind of flat....
His stomach didn't look that flat to me
post #30 of 202
yeah well... the stomach is part of the problem yes? he just didn't seem able to move it around!
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