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Gui1 said:
Argentinians defensive midfielders, backs and keepers are ridiculous, and they don't have Tevez. 
Yeah , not taking Tevez was ridiculous and incredibly stupid , but Romero is a pretty decent keeper (not world class but still not bad). Zabaleta is their only good defender but have plenty of top quality CDMs. Di Maria is brilliant and Messi could potentially be started in a midfield position too. Maybe they don't have the class of Spain or Germany , but ridiculous I think not. they also have the climate to think about.
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If Argentina could defend better they might stand a chance but my money's either on Spain or Brazil I know some people say that teams have mastered the way Spain play now with the tiki taka stuff but I still think they've got probably a better chance than most. I think we'll have a Brazil v Spain final it's just a case of who will come out on top but this is my opinion but we'll have to wait and see how it plays out
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Herby007 said:
Think Tevez should be in the World Cup squad? Read this article by Tim Vickery, sums up the situation well.

As for who will win the World Cup, I genuinelly have no idea. I hate how I'll haveto stay up till 1am to watch some games though. Can't do it and then go to work for 8am :( #firstworldproblems
For you it's 1am, for me it's going to be 3am... :(
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Herby007 said:
Think Tevez should be in the World Cup squad? Read this article by Tim Vickery, sums up the situation well.

As for who will win the World Cup, I genuinelly have no idea. I hate how I'll haveto stay up till 1am to watch some games though. Can't do it and then go to work for 8am :( #firstworldproblems
I hated the Japan korea world cup when they were all early in the morning was worth it though as it was a good world cup. I just hope this one's more entertaining than South Africa 2010
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I must be the only one that thinks Argentina's team looks pretty good......


Mistake not taking Tevez? Not at all.
Yeah , I do to. I think they'll win it actually. May I ask why you think thy were right not to take Tevez though ?
It wasn't the Argentinian FA that decided not to call him up, Tevez told them not to cause he'd booked a family holiday to Disney World. If they took him he would just moan and sulk and disrupt the rest of the team with his silly antics.

Aguero, Higuain, Lavezzi, Messi and Di Maria are all capable of scoring, and winning games
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Herby007 said:
I remember watching England vs Brazil in my primary school. After we lost they let us play football until lunchtime as we were all upset.

Best primary school ever.
On pre-school I hated football and the World Cup because they would let the kids go home at 1PM instead of a full day in the school till 4PM.

Pre-school is the most fun moment in anyone lives.
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Loore said:
In the absence of Wales, going to go with Belgium as an outside bet.
Since you've went with Belgium I'll go with Columbia. France don't seem to be getting much of a mention this time for some reason either,
Probably cause they struggled to qualify, solid squad though and could surprise a few. Although the defenders that are going aren't the best, Debuchy, Digne, Evra, Koscielny, Mangala, Sagna, Sakho, Varane.


Sad that Stekelenburg and Van Der Wiel aren't going to the WC......Both made the wrong moves


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Germany to win. Their only weakness is the lack of a lead world class striker. Dat midfield doe. It's too much for any team. 

It's pretty open though. Germany, Brazil, Spain and Argentina all have ridiculous squads. Then throw in several dark horses - Belgium, France, Italy and even Columbia - and I think we've got ourselves a mighty World Cup to look forward to.
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VetteIfan said:
Germany to win. Their only weakness is the lack of a lead world class striker. Dat midfield doe. It's too much for any team. 

It's pretty open though. Germany, Brazil, Spain and Argentina all have ridiculous squads. Then throw in several dark horses - Belgium, France, Italy and even Columbia - and I think we've got ourselves a mighty World Cup to look forward to.

Thing is, while many countries have squads that look good on paper, few actually have proven, consistent track records. It's the reason why I'm not expecting anyone outside of the first four teams you mentioned to win it. The others could give them a run for their money in individual games- but a run through the entire competition? Not likely.
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Too many injuries for me, unless the players can recover and manage to get a few games in before the start of the WC. Plus Klose is leading the line for them and he's past his best. Not seen much of Volland.

I guess if they are struggling for strikers Reus, Podolski or Schurrle could go up top? Think they can play as strikers?
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Too many injuries for me, unless the players can recover and manage to get a few games in before the start of the WC. Plus Klose is leading the line for them and he's past his best. Not seen much of Volland.

I guess if they are struggling for strikers Reus, Podolski or Schurrle could go up top? Think they can play as strikers?
I know Podolski can as he's impressed a lot in world cups up alongside Klose but if I remember rightly though the same was said in both 1990 and in 1996 and Germany won those tournaments. As I said above though I don't think they will win but you can never write Germany off  because anybody who does will most likely pay the price
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Given the cheating they were given at the last world cup by Uraguay, I really want Ghana to perform. They should have been in the semi-finals had it not been for that hand-ball on the goal-line...
Cheating that got rightly punished for. Ghana would have made the semi-finals if Gyan didn't choke from 12 yards.
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Platy said:
Given the cheating they were given at the last world cup by Uraguay, I really want Ghana to perform. They should have been in the semi-finals had it not been for that hand-ball on the goal-line...
Cheating that got rightly punished for. Ghana would have made the semi-finals if Gyan didn't choke from 12 yards.
He choked, yes, but the ball was practically in the net had it not been for the hand ball. Absolutely no denail. Penalties don't always come off, but it doesn't matter how you look at it, that shot was in...
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For anyone who's interested, I've come up with this, a world cup predictor. For those of you who've never come across a football predictor before, this allows you to guess/fantasise out match results and predict how teams will fare at the tournament. It's all done in excel, and it straight forward to use.

How to:

For the group stages, fill out the results in the boxes. The points for each team will be calculated automatically, but unfortunately, the table does not sort it itself. You need to this manually by right clicking on the points column and the under 'sort', sort largest to smallest. This will update the table, and the fixtures for the last 16.

If you think goal difference will have an effect on the table, under 'sort', and then 'custom sort', you can set it to do points and then goal difference by clicking the 'add level' button in the top left. You can then sort by column 4 after column 3.

For the knockout stages, simply fill in the predicted scores. If you think it's going to be a draw, and decided on penalties, add a 'p' in the box to the right of the score. If you leave it as a draw, and don't decide on penalties, it will pick the top team by default, because of the logic statement I used


Feel free to use it for whatever purpose, and post screenshots or copies to let us all know how you see it panning out. Also, if there's enough interest, we could run a game, like the GP predictor on the other side. Anyone in?

Edit: Made a slight update as there was a flaw in how goal difference is calculated for some teams. Sould be good now
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Trying to promote some of my artwork about the World Cup if anybody is interested. 

Would people like a giant WC calendar with all the fixtures/team/stadium info that they could download as a PDF or PSD file and print off as I'm looking at ways to promote my stuff more.

This is one of my pieces. 

sorry for the large size


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Lukedfrt said:
England to win.


You heard it here! 
As much as I'd love to see England win and of course I will be supporting them I don't think we will if we ar lucky we might make it out the group stage but we will need luck and plenty of it given the group we have I think that's as good as it'll get though
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Lukedfrt said:
Lukedfrt said:
Oh dear....
How do you think Scotland will do? :P



Scotland aren't in the tournament you silly billy :P
Exactly :D
Your lack of football knowledge is really showing ;)

I've arrived at the conclusion that Argentina will be in the final, beating spain in the semi's, and Germany in the Quaters.....

The other finalist will be Brazil imo, but gotta decide on whether Columbia will beat Italy or vice versa

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EdMa said:
Trying to promote some of my artwork about the World Cup if anybody is interested. 

Would people like a giant WC calendar with all the fixtures/team/stadium info that they could download as a PDF or PSD file and print off as I'm looking at ways to promote my stuff more.

This is one of my pieces. 

sorry for the large size


I'll add it to the OP if you want.( Giving you credit of course.)
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