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2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Thread

Discussion in 'Sports Talk' started by BirraImperial, May 20, 2014.

  1. BirraImperial

    BirraImperial Pura Vida!

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    So it's 23 days before the World Cup starts, so I thought it was time to open a thread for World Cup discussion!

    Who will take home the trophy? Which team will surprise everyone? Which team will disappoint ?


    Here are the groups:

    GROUP A:

    Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon

    GROUP B:

    Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia

    GROUP C:

    Colombia, Greece, Cote d’lvoire, Japan

    GROUP D:

    Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy

    GROUP E:

    Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras

    GROUP F:

    Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria

    GROUP G:

    Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA

    GROUP H:

    Belgium, Algeria, Russia, Korea Republic
     
  2. BirraImperial

    BirraImperial Pura Vida!

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    These are my picks:

    Round of 16:

    Brazil vs Chile
    Colombia vs Italy
    France vs Nigeria
    Germany vs Russia
    Spain vs Croatia
    Uruguay vs Japan
    Argentina vs Ecuador
    Belgium vs Portugal

    Quarterfinals:

    Brazil vs Italy
    France vs Germany
    Spain vs Uruguay
    Argentina vs Portugal

    Semifinals:

    Brazil vs Germany
    Spain vs Argentina

    Final:

    Brazil vs Argentina

    Third Place Match:

    Germany vs Spain

    You can check the pairings and build your own bracket here:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/fo.../World-Cup-2014-Wallchart-Predictor-Game.html
     
  3. Camikaze

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    I think most people expect things to be downright embarrassing for Australia. The supposed 'Golden Age' is gone.
     
  4. Quackers

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    Very nice link Imperial. I used it and I got Spain victorious in the final against Brazil. Germany and Argentina too meet in the third place playoff. England managed QF :D
     
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    ummmm........ Extremely normal.

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    I'm going with Spain also. I know even less about soccer than I do about hockey, so maybe I'll fare even better here than in that thread . . .
     
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    Link to video.

    Nice documentary on the American side. Never knew that Ghana was America's eternal rivals.
     
  7. Mise

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    classical_hero In whom I trust

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    Don't be so pessimistic. Sure we won't win a game, but we could make a splash against one of the teams.
     
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    It sounds like you're saying "you never know, we might score a goal in one game, maybe."
     
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    BirraImperial Pura Vida!

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    Interesting link. And here I thought we were handed the toughest schedule...I don't expect much from Costa Rica anyway. if we put somewhat of a decent showing, it'll be fine. :)
     
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    ESPN released posters for the 32 teams. Link

    Some of them look pretty cool, they also feature the nicknames of each squad. I doubt, however, that the Americans would call themselves "The Yanks"...

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    Luis Suárez is injured and went through surgery on meniscus damage and could miss at least the first game of the World Cup. Even if he recovers, he won't be fully fit for the group stage games... Which could benefit their group rivals.
     
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    Teams named variations on "the national football team": Brazil, Portugal, Germany, Greece, Iran, Switzerland

    Teams named "the blues": France, Italy

    Teams named for their red but sometimes with another word: Belgium, Chile, Spain

    Teams named in Spanish after the existence of three colours in their uniforms and flag: Mexico, Ecuador

    Teams named celeste: Uruguay, Argentina

    Asian teams with actually excellent names: Korea, Japan

    Teams with really embarassing names that illustrate the awkward minority status of soccer in their country: Australia, the United States
     
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    These guys in the picture have different facial hair. Some are hairy and others are smooth.
     
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    You could easily come 3rd with England in the group. Hell if you get a result against us and we take points off Italy or Uruguay you might even go through! E.g. Italy beat Costa Rica but lose to Uruguay and England. Costa Rica beat England but lose to Uruguay and Italy. England, Costa Rica and Italy are all on the same points now, so down to GD and GS -- might get lucky.
     
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    Conclusion: less doomed than Australia.

    Also probably a better team.
     
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    It seems like every year that there are those 3-4 teams that one wonders how they even qualified in the first place. It happened this year with Australia, Costa Rica, Cameroon, and Mexico. All of whom seem like very underwhelming and mystifying in terms of how good they actually are.
     
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    We're good enough to qualify from Asia most years but we've got a stonkingly hard group and are a poorer side than ten years ago.
     

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