No doubt Brasil are up there as the team to beat - but I wouldnt be surprised if an unexpected nation popped up and spoilt the party for you!
Also remember that no non-European team has ever won a world cup hosted in Europe before.
Uruaguay won in Uruagay (1930) Italy won in Italy (1934) England won in England (1966) Argentina won in Argentina (1978) Geramny won in Germany (1974) France won in France (1998)
see a pattern? I dont think anyone should write off the Germans chances! Time and time again we've seen a mediocre German team prior to tournaments come together with spectacularly dull and effective football to win through to late stages of tournaments!
My money for a surprise long-odds bet would be USA - I think they will far exceed expectations and are capable fo upsetting some of the 'big guns'.
..Whatever happens - I cant wait! I'm planning on going nocturnal and working from home for an entire month so I watch games at midnight, 2am and 5am!
Brazil no doubt are the favourites.Just too many good players :Ronaldinho,Kaka, Adriano are just too good. England might have some chance if Rooney does any extra ordinary stuff. But i would like to see a Brazil Vs Netherlands final.
Originally posted by Adrian Wallace: see a pattern? I dont think anyone should write off the Germans chances! Time and time again we've seen a mediocre German team prior to tournaments come together with spectacularly dull and effective football to win through to late stages of tournaments!
Home advantage will be a big boost to Germany, but they do seem to be a bit of a one man team. It all depends on how well Ballack plays for them. Can they do well if he has an off day?
I don't hold out much hope of England winning it. In the last few competitions England have picked up a couple of injuries - what's the bet that Rooney and Gerard both break their legs a week before it starts? The problem is that while England have a fantastic first-11, there's not many world class players waiting to step up to the first team in the event of injuries.
If England can't win it, then I'm not really bothered who does, as long as its not Argentina.
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