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  1. Standard member sasquatch672
    Don't Like It Leave
    06 Dec '13 17:30
    Well - it's in, and there are happy people, and bemused souls who will not book past the round robin.

    Winners: Brazil, Argentina, Iran, Côte d'Ivoire, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

    Losers: biggest by far is the US. Germany and Portugal are each capable of winning the World Cup next year. The Us also had the most difficult travel schedule.

    Discuss!
  2. Standard member sasquatch672
    Don't Like It Leave
    06 Dec '13 17:51 / 1 edit
    Here's the whole draw:


    Group A

    Brazil

    Croatia

    Mexico

    Cameroon

    Group B

    Spain

    Netherlands

    Chile

    Australia

    Group C

    Colombia

    Greece

    Ivory Coast

    Japan

    Group D

    Uruguay

    Costa Rica

    England

    Italy

    Group E

    Switzerland

    Ecuador

    France

    Honduras

    Group F

    Argentina

    Bosnia

    Iran

    Nigeria

    Group G

    Germany

    Portugal

    Ghana

    USA

    Group H

    Belgium

    Algeria

    Russia

    South Korea
  3. 06 Dec '13 18:02
    Anyone fancy England against Uruguay, Italy or Costa Rica ?
    I think we (England )will have to take a leaf out of Scotlands book and arrive home before the postcards do .
  4. Standard member sasquatch672
    Don't Like It Leave
    06 Dec '13 18:19 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by phil3000
    Anyone fancy England against Uruguay, Italy or Costa Rica ?
    I think we (England )will have to take a leaf out of Scotlands book and arrive home before the postcards do .
    If England go forward against Costa Rica, they can beat a suspect defense. Italy will be a 0-0 draw...and my biggest prediction for the group is, Cardiff's Andrew Taylor takes one for all of England in City's fixture with Liverpool on December 21 when he performs a brutal and highly effective Kung fu kick on Luis Suarez, breaking his right femur in three places, earning a season-long ban and his O.B.E. on the same day.
  5. Standard member RBHILL
    Acts 13:48
    06 Dec '13 18:20
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/soccer--usa-draws-into-group-of-death-for-2014-world-cup-173015593.html

    USA 0-0-3
  6. 06 Dec '13 18:21
    Originally posted by RBHILL
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/soccer--usa-draws-into-group-of-death-for-2014-world-cup-173015593.html

    USA 0-0-3
    3 draws?
  7. Standard member RBHILL
    Acts 13:48
    06 Dec '13 18:28
    Originally posted by darvlay
    3 draws?
    you say the draws second like in London chess classic, because they are worth more then a loss.
  8. 06 Dec '13 18:36
    Originally posted by RBHILL
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/soccer--usa-draws-into-group-of-death-for-2014-world-cup-173015593.html

    USA 0-0-3
    It isn't all bad.. if they get through then they have a good shot at taking the whole shebang. If not then it's like taking off a bandage quickly, it stings but the agony is not prolonged.
  9. Standard member RBHILL
    Acts 13:48
    06 Dec '13 18:49
    My Predictions:

    Group A:
    Brazil
    Mexico
    Croatia
    Cameroon

    Group B:
    Netherlands
    Spain
    Chile
    Australia

    Group C:
    Japan
    Colombia
    Greece
    Ivory Coast

    Group D:
    England
    Uruguay
    Costa Rica
    Italy

    Group E:
    France
    Switzerland
    Ecuador
    Honduras

    Group F:
    Argentina
    Nigeria
    Iran
    Bosnia

    Group G:
    Portugal
    Germany
    Ghana
    USA

    Group H:
    South Korea
    Algeria
    Russia
    Belgium

    Playoffs:

    Round 1:
    Brazil over
    Spain

    Japan Over
    Uruguay

    France Over
    Nigeria

    Portugal Over
    Algeria

    Netherlands Losses to
    Mexico

    England Over
    Colombia

    Argentina Over
    Switzerland

    South Korea Losses to
    Germany

    Round 2:
    Brazil Over
    Japan

    France Losses to
    Portugal

    Mexico Losses to
    England

    Argentina Over
    Germany

    Round 3:
    Brazil Losses to
    Portugal

    England Losses to
    Argentina

    Bronze is Brazil
    Silver is Portugal
    Gold is Argentina
  10. Standard member RBHILL
    Acts 13:48
    06 Dec '13 18:51
    Originally posted by MISTER CHESS
    It isn't all bad.. if they get through then they have a good shot at taking the whole shebang. If not then it's like taking off a bandage quickly, it stings but the agony is not prolonged.
    If they get trough, they probably could beat a Group H team in the first round.
  11. Standard member sasquatch672
    Don't Like It Leave
    06 Dec '13 19:46
    Originally posted by RBHILL
    My Predictions:

    Group A:
    Brazil
    Mexico
    Croatia
    Cameroon

    Group B:
    Netherlands
    Spain
    Chile
    Australia

    Group C:
    Japan
    Colombia
    Greece
    Ivory Coast

    Group D:
    England
    Uruguay
    Costa Rica
    Italy

    Group E:
    France
    Switzerland
    Ecuador
    Honduras

    Group F:
    Argentina
    Nigeria
    Iran
    Bosnia

    Group G:
    Portugal
    Germany
    Ghana
    USA

    Grou ...[text shortened]... tugal

    England Losses to
    Argentina

    Bronze is Brazil
    Silver is Portugal
    Gold is Argentina
    I don't think so. Geography won't matter as much in this World Cup, as the European teams are historically strong, and the hosts Brazil, and Argentina, while they're good, they are not good enough To overcome German or Spanish might. Uruguay can make a deep run, but they won't surprise anybody this time around. Giuseppe Rossi finally looks healthy and should stay that way for Italy, so they could also make a deep run.

    The way the groups are set up, a good Darkhorse like Japan has a chance of making a run to the quarterfinals or perhaps the semifinals, but you should expect to see the best and the brightest playing late into the tournament in what promises to be a scintillating World Cup.
  12. 06 Dec '13 19:57 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by sasquatch672
    I don't think so. Geography won't matter as much in this World Cup.
    How many European countries have won a world cup in S. America?

    I'll have to look at the draw again to see who they'll play in the last 16 and 8 but i said Colombia before the draw and since they have one of, if not the easiest group i'll stick with Colombia.

    Draw and fifa rankings are fixed anyway.

    Edit: Two team who were really screwed were Chile and Ghana. Still fancy Chile to qualify.
  13. 06 Dec '13 20:27
    Originally posted by RBHILL
    My Predictions:

    Group A:
    Brazil
    Mexico
    Croatia
    Cameroon

    Group B:
    Netherlands
    Spain
    Chile
    Australia

    Group C:
    Japan
    Colombia
    Greece
    Ivory Coast

    Group D:
    England
    Uruguay
    Costa Rica
    Italy

    Group E:
    France
    Switzerland
    Ecuador
    Honduras

    Group F:
    Argentina
    Nigeria
    Iran
    Bosnia

    Group G:
    Portugal
    Germany
    Ghana
    USA

    Grou ...[text shortened]... tugal

    England Losses to
    Argentina

    Bronze is Brazil
    Silver is Portugal
    Gold is Argentina
    Yes ,you Americans sure know your football
    Group H , Belgium bottom ?
  14. 06 Dec '13 20:47 / 1 edit
    It's a bit bonkers to predict group standings now as you never know with injuries and form. If Ronaldo keeps playing the way he is Portugal will get out of their group and have a real chance of making the semis. If he gets injured or is burnt out, they won't make it past the group. Ghana are to good to lose against a Portugal side minus Ronaldo. Germany will win the group provided they don't get a bucket load of injuries.

    Brazil are in a group with 3 very poor sides and will win with 9 points, maybe 7 if they mess around with players in the last game. Either way whoever gets second is going out next round... Brazil against either Holland, Chile or Spain will be a cracker and i really hope Chile win their group to avoid Brazil. Only European team that can win it is Germany, Spain are getting old and Chile are a young side with enough experience from 2010 to cause some serious shocks.

    Brazil and Chile to reach the last 8.

    Colombia like i said are one of the best and most underrated teams in the world, they have the best striker in the world who is not playing in Europe this season so will be super fresh for Brazil. Other 3 sides in group are just ok, hope Ivory Coast can get second but it's anybodies... team who does get second has a serious chance in the last 16.

    Because, Uruguay, England and Italy are not good teams and all beatable.

    Colombia into the last 8 with anyone of 4 teams, i'll take a punt on England.

    Group E = Yawn. Again no stand out team with 2 of France, Switzerland and Ecuador going through. France have the quality to make it but often not the mentality. While Ecuador struggle to score and are probably the worse S. American team at the world cup. Saying that i can't see Switzerland scoring many either, France and Ecuador - just.

    Argentina tops this easy group with i would love to see Bosnia go through with them. Bosnia vs Nigeria to decide second spot.

    Argentina and a shock win for Bosnia over France sees them in the last 8.

    As i said, Germany to win the group and a fit Ronaldo Portugal second.

    Another pretty boring group, another 3 possible teams. On the fact that Russia are coking suckers Belgium and S. Korea go through. S. Korea as good winners.

    Germany and Portugal into the last 8.

    Edit: last 8 head picks - Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Portugal and Argentina.

    Heart picks - Chile and Bosnia.

    Flip of the coin picks - England. Could as easily be Uruguay, Italy, Ivory Coast, Greece (please no) or Japan.
  15. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    06 Dec '13 23:57
    Apparently the USA group will be in the warmest site.