Obviously Italy will be champions , but I’m curious who you guys think will win?
Brazil & Netherlands look on fire.
The World Cup’s already been won. The biggest winners are Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Budweiser, and Visa.
and don’t forget Blatter. But I put my money on Uruguay-Argentina in the final, with Messi as winner
Argentina are like the England of South America. They have a great team, but don’t seem to mesh well in big tournaments.
Is this a big big blow for Italy @MrG?
Fucking SCOT SCUM!
That is a hit, but not huge, as long as Prince Pirlo and Super Mario stay fit then we are good to go .
^^ Sold. I’m a Italy fan.
I put my bet on Brazil, Germany or Argentina.
I’d bet money on this order: Brasil, Spain, Germany, Argentina.
Brasil have probably the best defense of all and playing at home is a huge, huge advantage. I would not think it would win if the cup were elsewhere.
PS I live in Brasil but won’t go to a game :S I need IM to work so I can compensate it in Russia
^^ You are crazy! You should at least go to one game!
haha I’d go but it will not have any match near my town. The closest one is 405 miles. With trip + hotel + ticket$ I’d spend at least around 1000~1500 USD. My advertising budget. But I’m ok with it, focused in Russia , or even on Rio’s Olympic Games 2016.
Brazil has more chances to win.
NL DE AR would be in the semi finals.
I will support Italian cheerleaders
Only teams I don’t want to win are ‘Murica and Engalund. Please no.
Brazil are massive favourites.
All the South American teams have an advantage. No European team has ever won a world cup over there.
Germany would be my pick from Europe.
Worth a punt on Belgium going far with the quality in their side.
As for England, we’ll be lucky to escape the group. Furthest I could see us reaching is QFs.
gonna support Belgium due to Tottenham trio I think, plus I think they have a good team and I’d put them as the dark horses for the tournament
I know it’s only 2 days away now, but it would be cool if we had a private STM World Cup bracket challenge:
I set up a group here https://games.espn.go.com/world-cup-b…?groupID=50873
Does it work for you?
Argentina or Spain id like to see win
Spain, Brazil or Germany!
As a German I’ve had a pretty good morning…
Spain is out.
England is out.
Who’s going to be the next?
Can someone explain to me why England has their own team? Aren’t they just a part of United Kingdom, like California is a part of the United States of America?
Wouldn’t it be better for the United Kingdom to have a team so that they can get the best players from the entire country instead of just one state?
^ no it’s 4 separate countries, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
The only player that would get into England’s squad from the other 3 countries is Gareth Bale, and maybe at a push Johnny Evans.
Thank you for fulfilling the stereotype
Not yet! There’s still hope….
@Kainaid A Great Britain team did exist, but only for the Olympics (and it was probably only a one off for the London Olympics). All the countries hate the idea of not having their own national teams – most of them didn’t even want to enter a team in the London Olympics because they were worried it would lead to a UK team in the future, which no one wants.
The UK is a sovereign state, basically meaning it is a geographical area with a single government – but, it is composed of 4 separate countries.
So, they have many separate entities as countries normally do but a single ‘head of state’ and governing body.
It’s a sort of split-test to find the best team lol
In this way UK has 4x odds of winning the Cup
Oh wait ….
England are so mentally weak it’s not funny. Uruguay wanted it more, they outplayed them in every area. I see Uruguay going far.
Brazil have been on edge and not playing the typical "care free" football they are known for. Germany and Uruguay have been the best for me so far. Netherlands not far behind.
Agree with you about Brazil, it’s been a while since they’ve played the kind of football they’re known for though. In any other country I couldn’t see them winning it with their current squad, but in Brazil they’ve got a good chance.
Uruguay haven’t been that good though, England just choked last night. They lost 3-1 to Costa Rica in their first game and didn’t really play that well yesterday – England were slow and couldn’t convert possession into many chances, and Suarez is (unfortunately for us) one of the best finishers in the world. I think they’ll lose to Italy in their last game and may not make it through the group, and if they do make it they’ll probably lose to the first really good team they play.
Brazil are awful, it’s basically Neymar/Oscar and friends, Fred….. what’s the point, Hulk is the most overrated footballer ever and Paulinho/Gustavo CM pairing doesn’t work at all.
Think he needs to drop Paulinho & Hulk for Fernandinho & Willian at the very least.
This has been a very interesting WC so far, lots of unexpected results.
Just yesterday I placed a bet for the following matches, lets see how it goes.
Colombia – Ivory Coast – 1
Japan – Greece – Under 2.5
France – Switzerland – 1
Italy – Costa Rica – Over 2.5
Honduras – Ecuador – 2
Uruguay – England – 1
Already got three of them , still waiting for the other three.
Anyone else betting on the WC matches? If so post here!
You think Italy will beat Costa Rica by 3+ goals?
He’s betting on unexpected results only.
3+ goals for Italy is a very unexpected result
I think it will be 2-1 or 3-1
Oh no , over 2.5 means overall goals during the match will be 3 or more ( goals count on both sides ).
So 3-0 , 2-1 , 1-2 etc.
¡que viva Colombia!
I guess Italy didn’t do as expected.
But France is killing it!
FARK. Uruguay vs Italy will be a huge game!
mon Italy, can’t start that nobber Suarez
I am willing to bet that big team will not win,
its going to be the underdogs cup!
Damn it lol, just missed Italy from my bet
Man both Argentina and Germany scrapped through last night, things are getting really interesting.
Did you watch the US match? Heartbreaking.
Totally unpredictable right now
Salivating match-ups in the Ro16.
Brazil vs Chile
Mexico vs Netherlands
Colombia vs Uruguay (I believe Uruguay will beat Italy tonight)
Ivory Coast vs Costa Rica
France vs Nigeria
Switzerland vs Argentina
Germany vs Algeria/Russia
USA vs Belgium
^^ You better watch the way you speak about the almighty Azzurri (Italy).
A few of my recent world cup investments…
Done Neymar 1st goalscorer yesterday again
England and Italy are way back home now. This is getting really interesting!
England-Costa Rica draw
Greece-Ivory Coast Draw
2 down,2 to go
Unlucky with Greece! That would of paid out big time!
Imagine if you had picked Greece AND the 175-1 Suarez To Take A Bite bet!
why was I programmed to feel pain, last kick of the game
77-1 as well
Damn that was so close.
Curious, how much would you have won if Greece didn’t win yesterday?
Only had 4 euro on it, payout was 302
While in Brazil, some players are biting each other, and some coaches are showing some really poor sportsmanship, here is something a little more refreshing …
In An Amazing Display Of Sportsmanship, Novak Djokovic Gave His Opponent A Crucial Point
Check out this super cool World Cup infographic.
Uh oh, USA made it out of the group of death
and then there were 10. Damn things are heating up. Last 3 games I watched ended up in two penalty shootouts and one injury time winning goal.
The semis are shaping up to Brazil vs Germany/France – Netherlands vs Argentina/Belgium. Booooof!
Looks like someone has definitely caught World Cup Fever after moving to Europe
Looks like someone has definitely caught World Cup Fever after moving to Europe
It’s probably just put it into hyperdrive, MrG is a complete football addict even prior to living in Euro!
What Maynzie said! I had to get up at 3-4am to watch the World Cup games in NZ. I wouldn’t see daylight for a month.
maybe Colombia – Netherlands will be a final we can win for a change
USA is gonna beat Belgium just to piss off Mr Green and screw with his bets.
^^ Poor USA :P. Can’t say I didn’t have a little smirk on my face when Belgium scored.
Awesome game! Let’s see if we can beat Argentina .
Finally Argentina will WIN the 2019 Football Cup…
0o0o0o0o getting heated now, place yo bets!
Germany vs Brazil = Germany
Argentina vs Netherlands = Argentina
Germany vs Argentina = Germany.
You heard it here first!
^ You just want the honking and cheering to stop in the streets, and to get a good night’s rest haha (not sure if people are going crazy over there)… I say it’s a Deutschland / Dutchland final!
Messi is the #1 talk of Canada right now
All 4 countries make it to top 4 as I had predicted. I think brazil has got less chances of winning the world cup now.
I think this would be first time European country getting world cup in South America.
I honestly thought war would break out between Brazil and Colombia when I saw that flying knee to Neymar’s back. I think there’s still a good chance a few random Colombians might get killed if Brazil loses.
Wow, Brasil just got raped.
The match was incredible, and definitely not expected. I thought germany was going to win 2-0 or 3-1…
Anything can happen in this WC, but I think the final match will be between Germany and Holland.
A fkn Kiwi put $40 on Germany to win 7-1 was paying $500…. and another New Zealander won $110,000 from a $40 bet by picking the half time and full time scores in three separate matches.
Wow, the match even made it on Pornhub. (thanks reddit)
lol yeah. few good pics on reddit
Ok guys that wasn’t me….
But holy fuck that is unreal. How the heck did you predict those scores. Watching the games must of been an insane experience.
I wasn’t surprised, said before the game Luiz & Dante would be a disaster together, especially with Gustavo & Fernandinho giving them no protection at all in front of them.
Also 50 million for Luiz, what are PSG thinking, he’s dreadful.
I’ve got Germany to win in my bracket hoping that is the case but I’m secretly rooting for the Dutchies!
Please don’t use these banners on Exoclick and others. Raping is not accepted in your creatives
What you think about tonight’s match?
I hope the Dutchies make it to the final even though it will be tough.
Ok, so it’s Messi against the full might of German engineering.
Can one talented kid defeat an army of disciplined, professionally-trained, well-armed soldiers?
Argentina are gonna get their asses handed to them. Netherlands should of beaten them. German win hands down.
On a positive note I bet 0-0 score line for the Dutch game!
My guess is no – the Germans look too strong all around. Looking forward to the final though.
Congratulations to all the Germans on STM!
Damn you Cortana!
The next cup won’t be the same now that we have advanced to precognition.
How Germany’s 14-Year Plan Destroyed Brazil (and Argentina)
Brazil certainly underperformed on Tuesday and throughout the World Cup. Its wins have all been lucky, barely, or both. But Brazil didn’t just fall apart against Germany (although it certainly did fall apart). Germany beat them with the precise and inspiring soccer it’s played all month in Brazil. This is not an accident, a golden blessing of a generation of talented fussballers. It follows a 14-year plan to find all the kids among 80 million Germans who can really play soccer, train them young, and get them attached to a professional team.
All countries do this, kind of. Belgium does it really well. After tonight’s game you could argue that Germany does it best.
In the 2000 European Championship, Germany didn’t make it past the group stage. Imagine the anger and soul-searching in New York if the Yankees finished last in the American League East. So the Deutscher Fussball Bund, the organization responsible for Germany’s national team, came up with a plan. Traditionally in Europe, club teams had been responsible for their own talent development. Some, like Barcelona in Spain and Ajax in the Netherlands, have become known for their youth academies. But the DFB decided that talent was too precious to leave unfound, and so in 2002 launched a national program to find all of it.
The Guardian wrote a great piece on the German program last year, or you can read the DFB’s own chest-thumping self-assessment from 2011. Germany’s standardized national program starts teaching the same skills to 6-year-olds all over the country. It’s run in every town by coaches who have to get a license from the DFB. Then by age 8, as training continues, scouts are watching for the kids good enough for the club programs.
This spring I watched my German godson, Paul, play a soccer game with his youth team. He’s 8 years old. German kids at that age don’t play herd ball. They play their roles, make clean passes, and pick their shots. None of this is left to chance. His youth club, TV Rodenkirchen, is part of the national program. And standing on the sidelines—for a league game between 8-year-olds—were professional scouts.
Every professional club team in the first and second division of Germany’s Bundesliga now has to fund its own soccer high school. Between 2002 and 2010, the amount that professional club teams spent on youth development almost doubled, to about 85 million euros a year. We can already see what this spending has helped create. Last year’s Guardian article listed them:
Joachim Löw, Germany’s coach, is blessed with a generation of gifted young players—Julian Draxler (19), Andre Schürrle (22), Sven Bender (24), Thomas Müller (23), Holger Badstuber (24), Mats Hummels (24), Mesut Ozil (24), Ilkay Gündoğan (22), Mario Götze (20), Marco Reus (23), Toni Kroos (23) … the list goes on.
Müller, Kroos, Schürrle. These are the guys who scored five of Germany’s seven goals on Tuesday. And Germany’s talent machine is only now just starting to produce. A 6-year-old German in 2002 is still only 18 now. (My godson is pretty good, actually.)
We love the World Cup, in part, because it offers us a clear contest between nations with winners and losers. Except with an actual war, this clarity is hard to come by in international relations. Some nations get lucky. Did Argentina deserve its Lionel Messi or Portugal its Cristiano Ronaldo? But a national soccer team is a kind of mobilization, the end of a long plan, sustained over decades, with many moving parts, to find and train talent.
Germany was not blessed with Leo or Ronaldo. But sustaining a complex national plan over years, and committing to it as both a metaphorical and literal investment? Perhaps we should not be surprised that Germany has done this very, very well.