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very true what you said there Kadoman, if america for one promoted more football i think usa would surely be a team to fear but as it stands they are good, but i dont think good enough to beat the top europeans and south americans. but as said by ryka if america wins, it will feel like a middle finger to all the other countries who only specialise in football (not soccer)
i for one will support England, (come on england) but i dont think we will get to the final although we will do well with the likes of Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard and Rooney (who's now injured, and that means we have now lost our best forward) england still have a team to fear, so watch out.
to watch out for i think will be obviously brazil and germany, but i think we will be suprised by one of the eastern teams this year round. i love underdogs
Germany because they are good
Rooney will play. He'll pass the fitness test. This year is one of the best chances England stands...I know they say that every year, but this time, it really is true. Esp. if Rooney is playing (and Campbell scores headers like he did in the Champions League final the other night!). Becks is a good captain, but he's not as fit has he used to be. He won't be quite the engine he always has been, though having said that, since he's been Real Madrid, his ball skills have improved beyond belief.
Yeah, I think Japan might give it a go too.
Underdog Japan, cant wait to see them play, I remember last time they surprised me greatly.
Lets just hope Rooney passes the fitness, otherwise were stuck with the ex boy genius Owen and tall man crotch(I think I spelled his name wrong, oh well). although I agree with you kadoman about Becks not being as fit as he used to, I dont think his ball skills have improved that much whilst at Real Madrid, but he is a good captain and has a great team behind him. But I think our tramp card this year round is Mr Gerrard. Did any of you see the Liverpool vs. West ham game last week? Even though west ham should have won, one Liverpool player stood out to be the best on that pitch (two goals and one assist). And his been doing that all year round. Also another guy to watch out for is Lampard. With these two in particular I think we stand a great chance getting far in the world cup.
Lets just hope we dont have to face Brazil at the beginning of the knock out stages, but Germany would be nice. There is a great rivalry between England and Germany. I think Germany is just about winning win-loss ratio over England
BRAZIL will win..... Ronaldinho + Ronaldo + Kaka + Robinho + Adriano + Roberto Carlos + Emerson + Cafu.... which other team can match that? like Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said..." if u can stop Ronaldinho in a match, can u stop Ronaldo or Kaka at the same time? " I am a brazil fan(since world cup 94)... and always will be.
Japan'll kick aussie butt xD
But meh.. lol
aussie has better players, but they lack of experience (this is their first WC ever), but i think neither of them will survive from their group.Originally Posted by aDaMz92
well there is brazil there, and croatia..
well we never know. has many good players is really something, but not everything in soccer (football?)Originally Posted by promfret
i think sotuh korea has better chance than japan.Originally Posted by dula
and they did better than japan 4 years ago
Ronaldhino was effectively contained for 70 minutes by 10 men Arsenal last week thank you very much. Though nobody would deny his genius, he is certainly not unstoppable, as Arsenal proved. And yes, if you have a team with a rock solid defence, it is possible to contain Ronaldo at the same time (who has also proven ineffective on a number of occasions with Real Madrid - noteably this year. As for Carlos, Emmerson and Cafu, they are all in their 30's now (as is most of the squad - definitely an ageing team). |For some, this will be their last world cup. Teams who can stifle Brasil's attacking power are Italy, Germany (the best in defence) and France (possibly Spain, but they are always under-achieving).Originally Posted by promfret
Good individuals dont win the cup. Good team wins the cup. It's that simple. Even with Ronaldinho, Kaka, Robinho, Cafu, Roberto Carlos, and several other good players, there's still a possiblility that they might lose if they dont have a strong teamwork. Also, expect an African team to make some surprises somewhere. Angola might just proof as deadly as England if they work well as a TEAM. Besides, I can never understand how USA can rank 5th in the ranking. Do they hack the system or what? :P Germany will be very strong this year in front of their homeground. Last time's runner-up will show to the world their real strength this time around. As for France, I do not see it repeating its 1998 victory. Just no. Yes, Henry, Trezeguent, Zidane, Coupet, Thuram...and others are good but I just dont see them repeating its feat. As for England, they will have to depend on Owen and Rooney. Rooney was reported to be recovering steadily even though I doubt it. People like to cheer fans out a bit and also make people speculate more about England's chances in World Cup. I think that their fate will be in their keeper's hand. England never really has a GREAT goalkeeper after Gordon Banks . Not that former Arsenal's keeper, David Seaman isn't good, but he's never GREAT. Anyway, it will be a nice competition to watch. Just look out for those dark horses. They will emerge anytime. Spain might just be one of them or maybe Australia, who will be participating the last time as the representative of Ocenia will sting hard on those big guns of Europe.
Well, they win their matches and qualified easily to the cup.Originally Posted by Eileen
The FIFA ranking however, it's just that, it doesn't show which team is the better, it shows which team is doing good.
Of course most European teams are better then USA's, but if they don't play against USA in a meaningfull match, there's no way to prove they are better.
Although it's obvious, that doesn't work with a matematical and stathistical system, like the one FIFA uses, hence, even if USA is ranked 5th, it's not the 5th team of the world.
Maybe on paper, but in reality, hardly. Part of what separates the 'big' guns from the minnows, so to speak, is experience playing in high pressure games on a regular basis. Unless all of Angola's squad plays for the Premiership, or Serie A, the pressure and expectation that comes with such high profile games can break them eventually (among other reasons). Of course, there are exceptions. Minnows have beat over-confident giants every now and then, but it's always 'every now and then' and they never progress very far through the groups.Originally Posted by Eileen
Depend on Rooney, yes. Owen? Well, depend is a strong word. I don't see many goals coming from him. He peaked about 5 years ago. What is good about the England squad is goals often come from their midfielders and surprisingly often from their defenders. Campbell (who scored with a stunning header against Baracelona just last week) Terry and Lampard are all known to score, and Gerrard and Becks are regulars. None of these are strikers.Quote:
As an Aussie, I wish! I'll agree with you about Spain but Australia will be taking an early exit. Sad, but inevitable.Quote:
I support Poland and can’t wait to see them play
I go for my homecountry and my homecountry only:
HOLLAND!!! THE NETHERLANDS!!! ORANJE!!!!
WhY? According to the last ranking list of the FIFA the netherlands has - after Brazil, the strongest soccer team of the world, although they never won a single World Cup.... but okay they will this year, we didn't lost 16 times in a row, but then we lost with 2-3 against Italy
And we have Ruud van Nistelrooy, Edwin van de Sar (both manchester united I think, could also be Arsenal), Arjan Robben (Chelseau), Marc van Bommel, giovanni van Bronckhorst (Barca), Robin van Persie (english topclub, do not know which), Raphael van de Vaart (HSV), Roy Mackaay (Bayern Munchen, topscorer of the german competition)... ppppffff to much to call, but they are all topplayers. We had more but they were thrown out of the team, we really have one of the best soccer teams on paper, the last four times that we played against brazil we lost in the penalty shoot-out.
We win the last WC we did not participated because we had the worst team ever, but in the tournaments before we always made it to the half-final...
We rule And we have the best coaches. Hiddink was the coach for South-Korea and guess what, he is dutch NOw he is the coach of Australia The coach of Barca is Rijkaard, guess what: DUTCH!! FC Porto, also a dutch trainer (or: had).
We dutch rule at soccer
Ole, ole, ole, ole oleeeee, oleeeee, Brazil FTW ronaldo is the greatest of all time, and ronaldinho is good too...
I also like the US team, it has some of my favorite players like Donovan, and beasley etc etc...
Van Persie plays for Arsenal and Ver de Sar used to play for Fullham (he is a fantastic goal keeper!). Yeah, I like the Dutch squad...though you guys never seem to have much luck? It's weird! Considering the Dutch practically perfected modern football. Well, good luck for this time round!