Friday, May 28, 2010

Here Are My World Cup Predictions. Where Are Yours?

With the World Cup just two weeks away, it's time to put in some predictions. I'm always wrong with this stuff, but it never stops me from trying. Before I detail some of the choicest tidbits here, a quick note: I want to run a type of mini-competition amongst footie fans from the Rs.5 readership. There are basically thirty one spots open to prediction if you leave out the permutations of the third- and fourth-place teams in each of the groups in the first round. I am also leaving out the 3rd place playoff because bronze medals are for losers.

So yeah, there are 31 spots open for prediction. All you have to do is number your teams the way I have done it here. This part is crucial: your number 1 should be the winner of group A, number 2 the runner of Group B and so on. Just follow my lead by looking at the table below, and filling it in with your own predictions.

Then, either in the comments or in an email to fiverupeesadmin AT googlegroups DOT com, send me a numbered list that looks like:

1. France
2. Nigeria
3. England
4. Serbia
.
.
.
31. Spain

or whatever. You can add your justifications and whatever, but that part is optional. All you have to do to partake in the competition is give me thirty one numbered teams. And you must do so before a ball is kicked; the competition closes at the exact moment the World Cup begins. Who knows, I might even give a prize to the winner (maybe).

So get cracking with your predictions and send them in. You can find the groups by clicking here.

Anyway, here is my bracket:


ROUND OF 16

QUARTER FINALS

SEMIFINALS

FINAL

CHAMPION

1. Winner of Group A—Mexico

2.Runner up of Group B—South Korea

17.Mexico

18.Germany

25.Germany

26.Brazil

29.Brazil

30.Spain

31.Brazil


3.Winner of Group C—England

4.Runner up of Group D—Germany



5.Winner of Group E—Holland

6.Runner up of Group F—Paraguay

19.Holland

20.Brazil


7.Winner of Group G—Brazil

8.Runner up of Group H—Chile




9.Winner of Group B—Argentina

10.Runner up of Group A—Uruguay

21.Argentina

22.Serbia

27.Argentina

28.Spain


11.Winner of Group D—Serbia

12.Runner up of Group C—USA



13.Winner of Group F—Italy

14.Runner up of Group E—Denmark

23.Italy

24.Spain


15.Winner of Group H—Spain

16.Runner up of Group G—Cote d’Ivoire



The highlights for me:

  • France failing to get out of the group stages for the second time in three World Cups. Do not, I repeat, do not sleep on Mexico and Uruguay. You do so at your peril; I watched plenty of the South American and Central American qualifiers, and trust me, neither team is to be messed with. Plus, France just suck. I mean, they're just a terrible team, with a terrible coach, and overrated players. I am very confident about this one. They're out.
  • Two tasty all-South American round of 16 clashes. The first between Argentina and Uruguay and the second between Brazil and Chile. Argentina beat Uruguay by a single goal twice in the qualifers, the second time under considerable pressure (in Uruguay, when a draw or defeat could've meant missing the World Cup). But they're more settled now, and I don't see Uruguay having enough to get by them. As for the second game, as much as I love Chile's sexy 3-3-1-3 formation, they got laced 7-2 on aggregate against Brazil in the qualifiers, and I see that trend holding up too. Also, the Brazil-Chile game will be the most entertaining of this round. Remember I said this.
  • If it's a contrast in styles you want, watch the Denmark-Italy game. Denmark are actually quite an exciting team to watch based on the little I've seen them play in the last couple of years. Trust Italy to ruin the fun with a 1-0 win, the goal a freaky one that takes a deflection off a set piece in the 78th minute.
  • By the way, I see Serbia ruining England's World Cup dream...indirectly. You see, I'm predicting Serbia win their group, pushing Germany down to the runners up spot, so that they play England in the first knock out stage. England may be better on paper, but in big tournaments, I'll take the Germans over the English every day. Some teams just know how to play and win big matches. Germany is one of those teams. England is not. Bye, bye Don Fabio.
  • The two most interesting quarter finals for me will be between Holland and Brazil, and Italy and Spain. I expect the bad guys to win one (Brazil) and the good guys to win the other (Spain). Meanwhile, Argentina and Germany beat a pair of teams that have realistically reached their ceiling by getting to the quarters: Serbia and Mexico, respectively.
  • In the semis, Brazil beat Germany, who simply aren't good enough. And Spain beat Argentina in the game of the tournament, where Messi and Di Maria put the fear of God into Spain (whose one vulnerability is down the flanks) before ultimately bowing out because of some idiotic substitution by Maradona. We get our dream final: Brazil vs Spain.
  • Spain are exactly the type of team Brazil love to beat. They'll sit back, absorb, wait, wait, wait some more, and then pounce. Think Inter-Barca first leg to see what I mean. Brazil will have 40% of the ball but 75% of the goals. Children everywhere will cry, including Brazilians, who wonder what the hell Dunga has done to their team, they barely recognize it anymore, before someone politely tells them that Brazil haven't played "like Brazil" since 1982.
Alright, now it's your turn. Remember, numbered teams to 31, either in the comments below or in an email to fiverupeesadmin AT googlegroups DOT com. Go for it.

Other random predictions
  • Most annoyingly played up thing by the media who have nothing else to write about in the week before the games begin: those horns that make it sound like the stadium has been invaded by bees. Trust me, by June 11, you would've heard the word "vuvuzela" about 8204343299048 times.
  • Top scorer: David Villa
  • Most heartbroken team: Spain.
  • Team everyone is happy is kicked out when they are because their media is starting to bug the hell out of everyone: tie between England and USA.
  • Biggest disappointment (team): Portugal, who fail to win a single game.
  • Biggest disappointment (player): Wayne Rooney, who gets a red card at the wrong time. Again.
  • Most outrageous quote: Diego Maradona, in the couple days off between the group stages and the first knockout stage.
  • Possible subjects of said quote: Pele's sexuality, racism in South Africa, the backward nature of Uruguayans, or a reporter's sister.
  • Best feud: pick two, any two, players from Holland.
  • Best friendship: Pique and Fabregas, who make Spain even more suffocatingly likable.
  • Most awkward moment: when British tabloids reveal that John Terry's wife has been having an affair with his Chelsea teammate Michael Ballack. Ballack confirms the rumors before the England-Germany game, saying "Well, I broke my ankle and am sitting here in London, and I had to help my team somehow...plus, I always kinda liked Wayne Bridge.
UPDATE: If you contributed predictions under the pseudonyms of any of the following, please email me as soon as possible at fiverupeesadmin at googlegroups dot com:

1. Lahori
2. Disfigured corpse
3. ADBC
4. Ahad
5. KP_Red_Devil
6. Mcphisto
7. Zozo

Thank you.

42 comments:

mcphisto said...

HAHAHAHA, first of all, fabulous list of random predictions. LOVED it all.

now as for the real deal, i got this excel sheet the other day from a friend for WC, and i randomly filled it in and generated results, and voila, the results were bloody ... fantastical ! and ofcourse, brazil, the team of choice, won the cup. so i am going to keep up with the same list and predict that for 5 rupees.

Smci said...

1. France
2. Korean Republic
3. England
4. Serbia
5. Netherlands
6. Paraguay
7. Brazil
8. Chile
9. Argentina
10. Mexico
11. Germany
12. Algeria
13. Italy
14. Denmark
15. Spain
16. Ivory Coast
17. France
18. England
19. Netherlands
20. Brazil
21. Mexico
22. Germany
23. Italy
24. Spain (barely past Ivory Coast, which is the most aggressive team in this thing IMO).
25. France
26. Brazil
27. Germany
28. Spain
29. France (How can they suck with Ribery, Henry, Anelka, and Malouda? Though the lack of Benzema and Nasri makes me sick. And Lassana's loss takes away some crucial aggression. But they still have a pretty solid defense.)
30. Spain
31. Spain

Best of the rest - Brazil.

Sputnik said...

1. France
2. South Korea
3. England
4. Serbia
5. Holland
6. Paraguay
7. Brazil
8. Chile
9. Argentina
10. Mexico
11. Germany
12. USA
13. Italy
14. Denmark
15. Spain
16. Cote d'Ivoire
17. France
18. England
19. Paraguay
20. Brazil
21. Argentina
22. Germany
23. Italy
24. Spain
25. England
26. Brazil
27. Germany
28. Spain
29. Brazil
30. Spain
31. Spain

Anonymous said...

ITALIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lahori said...

1. France
2. South Korea
3. England
4. Serbia
5. Holland
6. Paraguay
7. Brazil
8. Chile
9. Argentina
10. South Africa
11. Germany
12. USA
13. Italy
14. Denmark
15. Spain
16. Portugal
17. France
18. England
19. Holland
20. Brazil
21. Argentina
22. Germany
23. Italy
24. Spain
25. England
26. Brazil
27. Germany
28. Spain
29. Brazil
30. Germany
31. Germany

Luniam said...

Still no word about the massacre of the Ahmadiyas in PakLand in this blog!! True to waht some wise friend said 'bout this blog to be an accurate gauge of what the best and brightest think about the goings on.

I hope Brazil wins (bcos Argentina can't win this time around, despite having world's most talented footballer in the team.) The from shoe-land may put up stiff resistance, but I'hope this year they don't get away with their negative antics and emotional exploitation of the refs.

slim shady said...

Maradona is the reason why Argentina could either win the world cup or face early exit.

England can win too.

Spain is strong. In fact Very strong. That is why I think Spain shares the same fate as Barca in CL '09/10.

Don't know about the rest.

lala pathan said...

Either Argentina or Holand :D , brazil ?? no way ahsan , spain i can see logically winning it , Italia no chance alongside France, and also could be an African Team , cameroon , I vory , Ghana u never know now.

kalakawa said...

Ok, here goes nothing.

1. Mexico
2. Nigeria
3. England
4. Ghana
5. The Netherlands
6. Paraguay
7. Brazil
8. Switzerland
9. Argentina
10. France
11. Germany
12. USA
13. Italy
14. Denmark
15. Spain
16. Cote D'Ivoire
17. Mexico
18. Ghana
19. The Netherlands
20. Brazil
21. Argentina
22. Germany
23. Italy
24. Spain
25. Mexico
26. The Netherlands
27. Argentina
28. Spain
29. The Netherlands
30. Argentina
31. Argentina

Zeyd said...

Alright, bit confusing, but I think i got this right. The surprise team for me is Slovakia who'll make it to the quarters.


1. France
2. Greece
3. England
4. Serbia
5. The Netherlands
6. Italy
7. Brazil
8. Chile
9. Argentina
10. Uruguay
11. Germany
12. USA
13. Slovakia
14. Cameroon
15. Spain
16. Cote D'Ivoire
17. France
18. England
19. The Netherlands
20. Brazil
21. Argentina
22. Germany
23. Slovakia
24. Spain
25. England
26. Brazil
27. Germany
28. Spain
29. Brazil
30. Spain
31. Brazil

Razz said...

I fancy England doing well in this world cup even though they've looked out of sorts in the warm-ups. I have them one-upping Brazil at one point ... that may well be wishful thinking. Oh well. Here's my bracket:

1. Mexico
2. South Korea
3. England
4. Serbia
5. Holland
6. Slovakia
7. Brazil
8. Chile
9. Argentina
10. France
11. Germany
12. Slovenia
13. Italy
14. Denmark
15. Spain
16. Portugal
17. Mexico
18. England
19. Holland
20. Brazil
21. Argentina
22. Germany
23. Italy
24. Spain
25. England
26. Brazil
27. Argentina
28. Spain
29. England
30. Spain
31. Spain

disfiguredcorpse said...

1. Uruguay
2. Greece
3. England
4. Australia
5. Holland
6. Italy
7. Brazil
8. Switzerland
9. Argentina
10. France
11. Germany
12. USA
13. Paraguay
14. Denmark
15. Spain
16. Portugal
17. Uruguay
18. England
19. Holland
20. Brazil
21. France
22. Germany
23. Denmark
24. Spain
25. England
26. Brazil
27. France
28. Spain
29. Brazil
30. France
31. Brazil

Zeyd said...

Would like to add that while I have Spain and Brazil as finalists, I don't think it's quite going to work out that way. There will be surprises and personally I'm hoping for two things: (1) An African team goes deep and (2) There's a first time winner.

adeel said...

I know it's crazy but what can I say, i'm a contrarian...

1. Mexico
2. Nigeria
3. England
4. Australia
5. Holland
6. Paraguay
7. Brazil
8. Switzerland
9. Argentina
10. France
11. Germant
12. Algeria
13. Italy
14. Denmark
15. Spain
16. Portugal
17. Mexico
18. England
19. Holland
20. Brazil
21. Argentina
22. Germany
23. Italy
24. Spain
25. England
26. Brazil
27. Germany
28. Spain
29. England
30. Germany
31. Germany

Hamza Javaid said...

I think you are underestimating Holland here. I go with Lala Pathan, Holland is team for me.

Ali said...

i reckon Australia will make it to the quarter finals.

JJY said...

I'm going with my heart on this one. Logic be damned.

1. Mexico
2. Greece
3. Germany
4. Serbia
5. Holland
6. Paraguay
7. Brazil
8. Chile
9. Argentina
10. France
11. Serbia
12. USA
13. Italy
14. Denmark
15. Spain
16. Cote d'Ivoire
17. Mexico
18. Germany
19. Holland
20. Brazil
21. Argentina
22. USA
23. Italy
24. Spain
25. Germany
26. Holland
27. Argentina
28. Spain
29. Holland
30. Spain
31. Hup Holland Hup!

JJY said...

Sorry about the f-up.

3. should be England and 4. should be Germany.

NAA said...

Here goes nothing.

1 France
2 South Korea
3 England
4 Serbia
5 Netherlands
6 Slovakia
7 Brazil
8 Chile
9 Argentina
10 Mexico
11 Germany
12 USA
13 Italy
14 Cameroon
15 Spain
16 Côte d'Ivoire
17 South Korea
18 England
19 Netherlands
20 Brazil
21 Argentina
22 Germany
23 Italy
24 Spain
25 England
26 Netherlands
27 Argentina
28 Spain
29 Netherlands
30 Spain
31 Spain

Asfandyar said...

Here's mine:

1. Mexico
2. South Korea
3. England
4. Germany
5. Netherlands
6. Slovakia
7. Brazil
8. Switzerland
9. Argentina
10. France
11. Serbia
12. USA
13. Italy
14. Japan
15. Spain
16. Portugal
17. Mexico
18. England
19. Netherlands
20. Brazil
21. Argentina
22. Serbia
23. Italy
24. Spain
25. England
26. Netherlands
27. Argentina
28. Spain
29. England
30. Spain
31. Spain


I really wish the Dutch could have some semblance of a defense. It'll be even unlikelier if Braafheid starts. Thumped Ghana 3-1 a few days ago, but all you need to do is look at the goal conceded. Utterly shambolic.

It'll take a brave man to put the money on anyone other Spain. Even with added expectations their squad is just too bloody ridiculous.

Oh, and I already hate vuvuzelas. They've got another instrument, apparently, that is used kind of like a whistle but makes a sound akin to a baby crying at the top of his annoying little lungs. :|

tralfam said...

I love the random predictions and hope every one of them comes true, especially the ones that will fuck up the following bracket...
1. Mexico
2. South Korea
3. England
4. Serbia
5. Holland
6. Slovakia
7. Brazil
8. Chile
9. Argentina
10. France
11. Germany
12. USA
13. Italy
14. Cameroon
15. Spain
16. Ivory Coast
17. South Korea
18. Serbia
19. Holland
20. Brazil
21. Argentina
22. Germany
23. Italy
24. Spain
25. Serbia
26. Holland
27. Argentina
28. Spain
29. Holland
30. Spain
31. Spain

vics said...

Quote: "Not all predictions are meant to be correct." - :)

1. Mexico
2. Nigeria
3. England
4. Germany
5. Netherlands
6. Paraguay
7. Brazil
8. Chile
9. Argentina
10. France
11. USA
12. Serbia
13. Italy
14. Cameroon
15. Spain
16. Cote D'ivoire

17. Mexico
18. England

19. Netherlands
20. Brazil

21. Argentina
22. USA

23. Italy
24. Spain

25. England
26. Brazil
27. Argentina
28. Italy

29. Brazil
30. Italy

31. Italy

This is wrong on so many levels, but who cares :)

ADBC said...

First off, allow me to brag something: I was almost spot-on in the WC2006. Now, keep in mind that I am a renowned dilettante. Anyway...before wasting any more time.

Lo and behold!

1. France (It surprises how many of you underestimate them. And that my friend is their secret weapon)
2. Nigeria
3. England
4. Australia
5. Netherlands
6. Italy (What a crappy team)
7. Brazil
8. Chile
9. Argentina
10 South Africa
11 Germany
12 USA
13 Paraguay
14 Cameroon
15 Spain
16 Portugal (Ivory Coast is bullshit; just couple of players with European experience and that's it)

17 France
18 England
19 Netherlands
20 Brazil
21 Argentina
22 Germany
23 Paraguay
24 Spain

25 England
26 Brazil
27 Argentina
28 Spain

29 England
30 Argentina

31 Argentina

ahad said...

1. France
2. Korea
3. England
4. Serbia
5. Netherlands
6. Paraguay
7. Brazil
8. Chile
9. Argentina
10. Uraguay
11. Germany
12. United States
13. Italy
14. Japan
15. Spain
16. Portugal

17. France
18. England
19. Netherlands
20. Brazil
21. Argentina
22. Germany
23. Italy
24. Spain

25. England
26. Netherlands
27. Argentina
28. Italy


29. Netherlands
30. Argentina

31. Netherlands


I think my predictions show exactly what sort of football I like. Spain are just TOO good, too much of favorites for me to let them win. Hence it comes down to my favorite team (Netherlands) versus the ones destined to show a loco manager and a genius can overcome the odds (Argentina).

It is however, with a heavy heart and acknowledge of Argentina, I finally picked the winner.
(this may have something to do with reliving all that oranje hippiness of old, total football and that ibrahimovic with pace and heart, Johann Cruyff)

KP_Red_Devil said...

Going with head over heart, except for the finals. In an ideal world, Spain has to beat Brazil.

1. Mexico
2. Nigeria
3. England
4. Australia (they never give up in any sport... came close to beating the Italians last time round)
5. Netherlands
6. Paraguay
7. Brazil
8. Chile
9. Argentina
10. Uruguay
11. Germany
12. USA
13. Italy
14. Denmark
15. Spain
16. Portugal (Drogba's absence would hurt Ivory Coast)

17. Mexico
18. England
19. Netherlands
20. Brazil
21. Argentina
22. Germany
23. Italy
24. Spain

25. England
26. Brazil
27. Argentina
28. Spain

29. Brazil (will beat England on penalties)
30. Spain

31. Spain (head says Brazil, but will go with my heart on this one)

mcphisto said...

and here we go. my fantasy draw looks something like this.

1. Mexico
2. Greece
3. England
4. Australia
5. Netherlands
6. Paraguay
7. Brazil
8. Chile
9. Argentina
10. Uraguay
11. Germany
12. United States
13. Italy
14. Cameroon
15. Spain
16. Portugal

17. Mexico
18. England
19. Netherlands
20. Brazil
21. Argentina
22. Germany
23. Italy
24. Spain

25. England [ugh, i WISH mexico comes here]
26. Brazil
27. Argentina
28. Spain

I mean, pray tell, is this not TRULY THE DREAM FINAL WE ALL WISH ?

29. Brazil
30. Argentina

31. Brazil

though i must add here that the four teams i am supporting, in order of preference, Brazil, Spain, Holland, Portugal, are all in each other's draw so its a messed up scene there. I will have to endure a lot of mixed feelings.

disfiguredcorpse said...

hey can u track our ip or something cuz i think im gonna win this prediction game and it will be really sad if you cant identify me ?

Arsenal4ever said...

1. Mexico
2. Nigeria
3. England
4. Germany
5. Holland
6. Paraguay
7. Brazil
8. Chile
9. Argentina
10. Uruguay
11. Serbia
12. USA
13. Italy
14. Japan
15. Spain
16. Cote d’Ivoire
17. Mexico
18. England
19. Holland
20. Brazil
21. Argentina
22. Serbia
23. Italy
24. Spain
25. England
26. Brazil
27. Argentina
28. Spain
29. Brazil
30. Spain
31. Brazil

It's going to be a crazy ride!!!

AKS said...

1. Uruguay
2. South Korea
3. England
4. Serbia
5. Holland
6. Paraguay
7. Brazil
8. Switzerland
9. Argentina
10. Mexico
11. Germany
12. USA
13. Italy
14. Cameroon
15. Spain
16. Cote d’Ivoire
17. South Korea
18. England
19. Holland
20. Brazil
21. Argentina
22. Germany
23. Cameroon
24. Spain
25. England
26. Brazil
27. Argentina
28. Spain
29. England
30. Argentina
31. Argentina

Top Scorer: Messi

Zozo said...

1 Mexico
2 Greece
3 England
4 Australia
5 Netherlands
6 Paraguay
7 Brazil
8 Chile
9 Argentina
10 Uruguay
11 Germany
12 USA
13 Italy
14 Denmark
15 Spain
16 Portugal
17 Mexico
18 England
19 Netherlands
20 Brazil
21 Argentina
22 Germany
23 Italy
24 Spain
25 England
26 Brazil
27 Argentina
28 Spain
29 Brazil
30 Argentina
31 Brazil

Brazil 2-1

Umair said...

1. France
2. Nigeria
3. USA
4. Siberia
5. Netherlands
6. Paraguay
7. Brazil
8. Switzerland
9. Argentina
10. South Africa
11. Germany
12.England
13. Italy
14. 1Cameroon
15. Spain
16. Portugal
17. France
18. USA
19. Netherlands
20. Brazil
21. Argentina
22. Germany
23. Italy
24. Spain
25. France
26. Brazil
27. Argentina
28. Spain
29. Brazil
30. Argentina
31. Argentina

Why Brazil and Spain won't win: http://bit.ly/d3j1KW

Ahsan said...

Excellent point, Disfigured Corpse. Could the following people please send an email to fiverupeesadmin at googlegroups dot com:

Lahore
Disfigured corpse
ADBC
Ahad
KP_Red_Devil
McPhisto
Zozo

Thank you.

Abdul Rehman said...

1. Mexico
2. Nigeria
3. England
4. Germany
5. Netherlands
6. Paraguay
7. Brazil
8. Chile
9. Argentina
10. France
11. USA
12. Serbia
13. Italy
14. Cameroon
15. Spain
16. Cote D'ivoire
17. Mexico
18. England
19. Netherlands
20. Brazil
21. Argentina
22. USA
23. Italy
24. Spain
25. England
26. Brazil
27. Argentina
28. Italy
29. Brazil
30. Italy
31. Italy

Umair J said...

AKS has the best prediction so far. Go England.

here's mine.

1. France
2. South Korea
3. England
4. Serbia
5. Netherlands
6. Slovakia
7. Brazil
8. Chile
9. Argentina
10. Mexico
11. Germany
12. USA
13. Italy
14. Japan
15. Spain
16. Portugal
17. France
18. England
19. Netherlands
20. Brazil
21. Argentina
22. Germany
23. Italy
24. Spain
25. England (Lynch me for the optimism later)
26. Brazil
27. Argentina
28. Italy
29. Brazil
30. Italy
31. Brazil

If Spain do play Italy in this world cup, it's going to be a repeat of Inter-Barca from this years CL.

Obviously i didn't put too much thought into this.

XYZ said...

Here's my list, for whatever it's worth...


1. Mexico
2. Nigeria
3. England
4. Serbia
5. Netherlands
6. Slovakia
7. Brazil
8. Chile
9. Argentina
10. Uruguay
11. Germany
12. Slovenia
13. Italy
14. Denmark
15. Spain
16. Portugal
17. Mexico
18. England
19. Netherlands
20. Brazil
21. Argentina
22. Germany
23. Italy
24. Spain
25. England
26. Brazil
27. Argentina
28. Spain
29. Brazil
30. Spain
31. Spain

mcphisto said...

God knows what was i smoking when i wrote greece instead of any of the other three teams in that group.

NAA said...

Ahsan...I selected France going through only because you did not, and we all know how your predictions usually turn out.

DAMMIT!!

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