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Can't wait for the World Cup to begin! With a little over a month to go, who you rootin' for??

 

Official Groups

 

Group A

Germany

Costa Rica

Poland

Ecuador

 

Group B

England

Paraguay

Trinidad and Tobago

Sweden

 

Group C

Argentina

Côte d'Ivoire

Serbia and Montenegro

Netherlands

 

Group D

Mexico

Iran

Angola

Portugal

 

Group E

Italy

Ghana

USA

Czech Republic

 

Group F

Brazil

Croatia

Australia

Japan

 

Group G

France

Switzerland

Korea Republic

Togo

 

Group H

Spain

Ukraine

Tunisia

Saudi Arabia

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My holidays are June 1 to July 10, I'll be watching every game on my 61" I have friends coming over to watch portugal play, others coming to watch Argentina hell even my old man will be watching the games at my place. BBQ lunches every day. And in my eyes, the only team I will cheer for through and through

 

 

FORZA AZZURRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Damn! I wish I had a sweet TV like that.

 

I'll be in HK during most of the matches! Going to be crazy!

 

Netherlands? One of the favorities! They have a younger squad, pretty good experienced players: Nisteroy, Robben, Van De Sar (kinda old) but I don't know my man...

 

 

 

 

 

My holidays are June 1 to July 10, I'll be watching every game on my 61" I have friends coming over to watch portugal play, others coming to watch Argentina hell even my old man will be watching the games at my place. BBQ lunches every day. And in my eyes, the only team I will cheer for through and through

 

 

FORZA AZZURRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Hope that Italy doesn't choke!

 

I heard that Messi might not be playing!!!

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Only 3 teams I hate , and yes it's hate :)

 

Brazil, France and England, no love for them at all.

 

The Dutch always have a strong team but always tend to choke/not impress in the second round.

 

Portugal needs to win this one I think it's their last best chance for many years.

 

Spain what a team, always strong, but can't make it through the 2nd round.

 

Argentina I think is the strongest team out of South America, I wouldn't be surprised to see them in the finals.

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England :) Rooney is out though, which really hurts their chances....Soccer is my second passion after hockey so I am obviously stoked for the World Cup :)

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Its gonna be tough for England for sure. Theres no one up front! Rooneys out, Owens probably out as well. Terry and Lampard are probably playing hurt.. Tough race!

 

I don't like France either but much respect for the Z man. Zidane just kicks arse! Too bad hes done too after this World Cup.

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Sven's Contraversial pick for England:

 

Could he be a spy for the Swedes? lol (Most say)

 

In the video, he shows some promise.

 

Walcott Video:

 

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/56388/theo_walcott/

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I think Walcott is a huge risk for Sven. I understand why he picked him as Theo certainly has talent, but with the only other healthy striker being Peter Crouch, I would have at least picked someone with more experience, such as Jermain Defoe.

 

Overall, I am happy with the England squad, but unless Owen is healthy, I wonder how we will score goals...No one's seen Walcott take on world class players as he hasn't seen any first team action and Crouch is super tall and a great target man, but his finishing leaves a lot to be desired.

 

I don't even count on Rooney as I really don't think he'll be ready until the quarters if that...

 

The only other problem I had with Svenis his selection of Hargreaves????

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Edmilson is out for Brazil! Not that its gonna matter much, but still quite a blow for the 29 year old.

 

In other news... Guess who landed the great Ukraine Striker, Shevchenko?

 

... If you guess Chelsea, *ding ding ding*.... for 30,000,000 Pounds!

 

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=369784&cc=5901

 

DAMNIT its rough being a Red Devils fan these days! First Michael Ballack, now Shevchenko, WTF???? @firedevil@ @firedevil@

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Can't wait for the World Cup to begin! With a little over a month to go, who you rootin' for??

 

Official Groups

 

Group A

Germany

Poland

 

Group B

England

Sweden

 

Group C

Argentina

Serbia and Montenegro

 

Group D

Mexico

Portugal

 

Group E

Italy

Czech Republic

 

Group F

Brazil

Croatia

 

 

Group G

France

Korea Republic

 

 

Group H

Spain

Ukraine

 

Those are my picks from each group to make it out of the first round.

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2 more days to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh my goodness!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait!

 

In other news, Rooney is clear to play for England! :) England has hope!

 

These are my predictions:

 

Group A

Germany

Ecuador

 

Group B

England

Sweden

 

Group C

Argentina

Netherlands

 

Group D

Mexico

Portugal

 

Group E

USA

Czech Republic

 

Group F

Brazil

Croatia

 

Group G

Switzerland

Korea Republic

 

Group H

Spain

Ukraine

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Don't follow soccor but heard about the German fans today on PTI. Crap like that really doesn't help soccer's image.

 

What were they doing?

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Don't follow soccor but heard about the German fans today on PTI. Crap like that really doesn't help soccer's image.

 

What were they doing?

 

Yeah what happened?

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Curious too - great to hear about Rooney :) Tomorrow it starts - ENGLAND :)

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Fans will be fans whatever.. On to the good stuff DAY 1

 

Germany vs. Costa Rica

"prediction"

Well tough one, Ballack is out I guess for todays game, Germany is playing a new style with the midfield attack, and I don't think they looked good in the friendlies I've seen.

 

CR I'll be honest I know nothing about them.

 

However I will predict this game to be a draw. Prob 1-1

 

Poland vs. Ecuador

This one should be a good game to watch, prob match of the day, I want to cheer for Poland cause it's my buddies team but honestly I'm going with South America today 2-1 final.

 

Talk to you all after the games to discuss how they turned out.

 

Yup this is my life for the next 30 days,

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Awesome idea Wandye!

 

Footballs my life any day! Its just extra special every 4 years this month and 2 years Euros! :) lol

 

Predictions:

Game 1: Germany, Costa Rica - 2:0 Germany

 

EDIT: Ballack will be Playing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Game 2: Ecuador over Poland 2:1

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Lineup

GER

 

1. LEHMANN Jens

3. FRIEDRICH Arne ©

7. SCHWEINSTEIGER Bastian

8. FRINGS Torsten

11. KLOSE Miroslav

16. LAHM Philipp

17. MERTESACKER Per

18. BOROWSKI Tim

19. SCHNEIDER Bernd ©

20. PODOLSKI Lukas

21. METZELDER Christoph

 

 

CRC

18. PORRAS se

3. MARIN Luis

4. UMANA Michael

5. MARTINEZ Gilberto

6. FONSECA Danny

8. SOLIS Mauricio

9. WANCHOPE Paulo

10. CENTENO Walter

11. GOMEZ Ronald

12. GONZALEZ Leonardo

20. SEQUEIRA Douglas

 

 

Bench

GER

12. KAHN Oliver

23. HILDEBRAND Timo

2. JANSEN Marcell

4. HUTH Robert

5. KEHL Sebastian

6. NOWOTNY Jens

9. HANKE Mike

10. NEUVILLE Oliver

13. BALLACK Michael

14. ASAMOAH Gerald

15. HITZLSPERGER Thomas

22. ODONKOR David

 

CRC

1. MESEN Alvaro

23. ALFARO Wardy

2. DRUMMOND Jervis

7. BOLANOS Cristian

13. BERNARD Kurt

14. AZOFEIFA Randall

15. WALLACE Harold

16. HERNANDEZ Carlos

17. BADILLA Gabriel

19. SABORIO Alvaro

21. NUNEZ Victor

22. RODRIGUEZ Michael

 

 

 

Nope Ballack is not playing, he's on the bench, however to anyone who can't watch the game if you want and I do it too, go tohttp://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/index.html

 

and go to matchcast for up to the minute info on the game as it goes on. Starting line ups for the game are now up.

 

OH and for anyone reading this if you haven't watched the game, or you taped it I wouldn't visit this topic while till you watch the game, I'll probably spoil the results for you. Let's discuss during the game if you want, I know my puter is next to mea t all times so I'll call it as I see it, be it a bad call, a beautiful goal anything. Enjoy the game Skips.

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Beautiful opening goal for the tournament.

 

Wow, one team has shown up another hasn't so far.

 

I thought that second goal was offside but damn, 12 mins in and the game is awesome so far

 

19 minutes another goal this is quite the game so far. This is what non soccer fans need to see to get into the game

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Wow what a sweet opening goal indeed!

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Second half just started, I can only hope the afternoon game will be this good

 

Another nice goal in the 61st minute. Beautiful cross, lots of patience, the better team is definitely winning this one

 

Wonder why Kahn isn't playing, another goal defense disappeared on that one..

 

Beautiful cross in the 79' even better save.

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Should we have a daily thread or a thread for each round?

 

Either way, a spoiler note needs to be on the title of any therad where active games are discussed.

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