World Cup 2006

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Who's going to win the World Cup?

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Germany, just 'cos they play at home
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Brazil, because... they're Brazil
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13%
The USA. Who else?
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Other (Specify on the post)
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13%
Eh, what's the world cup?
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Total votes: 8

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» Sat Jun 17, 2006 9:01 pm
Portugal is through!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Next Australia
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» Sun Jun 18, 2006 12:55 am
Yep, 2-0 against Iran. I haven't seen that game, but I've heard it was really close in the first half, then Portugal played pretty well in the second. Congrats!!!

Also, the US team tied 1-1 against Italy, in the most emotional game of the whole World Cup. It really looked like they were on the verge of elimination. That game showed what I believed about the USA team. A group of good players with extremely bad coaching.

Today, Brazil - Australia. I've heard that Hiddink was thinking on playing some of the substitutes to let the starters recover for the game against Croatia. That is the real game for Australia. If they don't lose against Croatia, they're almost qualified.
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» Sun Jun 18, 2006 8:10 am
Japan 0 - Croatia 0. Which means the Socceroos will qualify if they don't lose against Croatia in the next game, no matter what happens today against Brazil.

Go Aussies. :headbang:
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» Sun Jun 18, 2006 1:40 pm
TMC wrote:A group of good players with extremely bad coaching

remind you of any NBA teams? let's see....
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» Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:11 am
A group of good players with extremely bad coaching

remind you of any NBA teams? let's see....


Right on. Although it's worse for a team than a national squad. My point is that a team stays together through the season, while the national team only plays a handful of games each year.

It's no excuse, as other national squads seem better coached than the US team (see Australia, a nation with only 3-4 good players, but with a great coach, that seems more competitive than the USA), but still... it's an excuse league teams do not have.
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» Mon Jun 19, 2006 2:07 pm
Spain 3 - Tunisia 1 :headbang: :headbang: :headbang:

We did a pretty convincing choking job for an hour or so. Then Tunisia decided to join the choke festival.

Seems like everybody is afraid of winning on every sport.
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» Mon Jun 19, 2006 8:16 pm
Reminds me of when Australia beat Japan, 3 goals in the last few minutes. Spain looks real good this time
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» Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:00 am
Reminds me of when Australia beat Japan, 3 goals in the last few minutes. Spain looks real good this time


I don't know about that. For the first hour, the game reminded me of past failures. And it was only Tunisia... Some players said after the game that they were too confident before the start, and they had to pay for it in the first half...

Whatever, I can't wait till we have to play a good team (like Portugal :wink: ). That will be be a real test for the team.
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» Tue Jun 20, 2006 2:33 am
What are the matchups for the next rounds? (ie. Which group winner faces who? Does it say on the FIFA website? I haven't checked
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» Tue Jun 20, 2006 4:19 am
If I'm not wrong, we will have to play against whoever qualifies second in France's group. Probably France.

Portugal will have to play (unless they lose against Mexico) against Holland, probably, unless they win against Argentina.

And Australia, if they end up second (as it seems), will have to play the winner of Italy's group.
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» Tue Jun 20, 2006 4:38 am
France might not even advance, they are currently 3rd.
Portugal will likely finish 1sr but they are not looking all that strong to me.
Australia has to either win or draw against Crotia or they will not advance.
Spain looks to have wrapped up in their group
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» Tue Jun 20, 2006 5:08 am
France might not even advance, they are currently 3rd.
Portugal will likely finish 1sr but they are not looking all that strong to me.
Australia has to either win or draw against Crotia or they will not advance.
Spain looks to have wrapped up in their group


Yeah, but France still has to play Togo (an easy win), while Korea and Switzerland have to play each other. They will probably end up second.

Portugal has looked strong on defence (except 10 minutes against Iran), but they still haven't played a top team. They're a bit of a question mark.
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» Tue Jun 20, 2006 7:10 pm
Nothing really will be seen until the top teams start playing each other.

Germany, Argentina and Brazil look the best right now
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» Wed Jun 21, 2006 1:12 am
Germany, Argentina and Brazil look the best right now


I disagree about that. Brazil has been nothing sort of awful till now. And they haven't played a top team yet. In fact, they were lucky not to lose against Australia. The Socceroos were too naive on their scoring chances. If not, they would have won that game.
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» Wed Jun 21, 2006 3:35 am
Brazil is great and they will show that soon. They are the champs until they are beaten

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