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Zek2010-05-05 02:14:43 +0000 #1
okay there is one thread for all post match discussions.

this may work for previews, proposed to put the name of the game in message name and then provide a brief preview of the game - whom do you expect to win, what tactics could be used (if you want to go to this level of details), coach's decisions and things like that. Then after a game we go back and see who was right and who missed that slightly. It will be like a game, hope you'll enjoy or otherwise it will fade away as many other threads.
Zek2010-05-05 02:18:50 +0000 #2
start with my email to a friend discussion various teams chances to win WC in a very generic way.

Oh man what an analysis! Also, did not watch a single friendly game, too busy with work

Anyway, Brasil is good as usual, but their defence is not yet 100% balanced, they seem to rely on old players whom the whole world know how to close out and tackle, plus Parreira to me is not the right coach, they needed young blood to make Brasil play sexy. However, all other teams have more issues to tackle, so Brasil are my favourites to reach at least semis, just do not believe they'll manage to put another win!

Germany are good, and you never know what to expect from a young team! they have the desire and relatively low pressure as most of the Germany does not believe they'll win. Klinsman's inexperience coupled with relatively quality of players may not allow them to get the cup, but I am sure they'll be close by, because its Germany.

Argentina - good team, but not convincing at the moment. Still under impression of last year's trashing by Brasilians in Germany. We will know what Argentine is capable of at the very first game, if they start knowing what they want and dictating the game, then they'll go far, otherwise will lose bravely at some stage on road to semis.

Italy, one of the most complete teams lacks a bit of creativity though. Lippi included many players from teams like Fiorentina and if he fields them Italy may be unstoppable. Those players are real fighters and they know what responsibility is, as every season they have to carry their teams up, differently from the likes of Del Piero who play along with Trez, Vieira and etc. And tactically, this Italy NT played more or less modern football, compared to catenaccio style football, which is ridiculous given the quality of players they had. Lippi is good enough to get them far. Only if the Seria A Scandal yields its first bad results during the cup, Italy may not reach semis.

France - with their coach nothing to expect, plus aging players, african style slow pace football... Just because of the quality of players they're at the WC, not going to see them advance to quarterfinals. As you said not enough.

Holland is pretty good! I rate them as semifinalists, maybe it's their chance to lift the cup! Young, complete and organized squad. The only disadvantage is their weak league, which does not allow to win WC, but if Greece got EuroCup then Dutch maybe well lift the WC

Spain - agreed eternal losers, although they have a balanced team, they'll find the way to lose. Have some chance to appear in semis and get bronze medal maybe?

Sweden - good as usual, quarterfinals are reasonable target. Do not have a long bench of 17 good players, so sooner or later will lose. Competitive advantage - organization and high team intelligence! Remember last WC? they were very intelligent against both Argentine and England and results then spoke for themselves. This makes them stronger than others listed below apart from Ukraine, they play systems.

Ukraine - most of good USSR performances was due to ukrainians. Finally at the World Cup and they are capable of becoming another Croatia. Quality of players is probably lower than that of Croatia in 98 so quarterfinals shall have Ukraine in to lose to some big boys or to suprise. They also use brains to compensate technical disadvantages of their players.

Chechs, Serbia, Croatia are going slightly downhill, one of them may reach quarterfinals and suprise. Same as Ukraine but may perform lower, that's my gut feeling.

Mexico, Portugal - They have quality players and coaches to suprise. Mexicans were good last WC as usual and at last year's tournament too. I like their style but do not believe they can win the CUP, semis is they're target if really really lucky. There is not much of the mood, it's just what they're capable of, you cannot fly to space without soviet rockets - does not matter how good you are in space research or in theory or in industry, same for them they all miss something From all those Portugal has an advantage of having Scolari, but their mentality is same - promising team in need of rocket launchers which they may never ever have.

USA, Cot'D'Ivuare, Ghana, Switzerland are quite enthusiastic teams. They have a good grasp on tactics and are well disciplined, but do not have an experience and history of great football nations. Sooner or later they'll be stopped if not trashed. They'll be suprising at WC, but no more than Senegal last year or Cameroon in 90.

Paraguay - reasonably good team! may be suprising bell to everyone - this is my 'Pele' type prediction

my father always says watching Portugal - good shoemakers, but not a factory. applies to many teams though.

are you ok with this, or talking crap here? some 24h to the WC start, will save this email and have a look at it sometime in July )) let's see if we were any close.

enjoy your time in Mexico!!!
Zek2010-05-05 02:48:31 +0000 #3
that's what my friend said

I didn´t really follow much the preparation and friendly matches of the teams before World Cup, but I have an unfortunate feeling that Brazil will most probably play the key role again...If you ask me about England, I strongly believe since years ago, that they are loosers and there is not a chance to win any tournament, unless if they play for Commonwealth Games final against Papua New Guinea.

Germany are traditionaly good at World Cups, but with this team..? Please no....

Italy? Lots of scandals, no big players....but always fighting hard...

France? I have a feeling that they will make a come back to good performances, but that is not neseccarily enough.

Holland will most probably find a way to disappoint everyone again, as much as Spain which is an eternal outsider since ever....

Argentina? Never perform good enough in Europe, and there is no Diego to make the difference

Sweden They always have a strong spirit, but they are not more elegant in soccer than in Ice Hockey

Ukraine If they leave behind previous USSR performances and syndroms, they are capable of doing something good....maybe quarterfinals

Czechs and Portugal They are still shocked by Euro 2004 and their big failure while playing against Greece. It will take some time to them to recover.....

Korea, Japan and Serbia among teams that can be pleasant surprises...(including ukraine of course)

Finally Mexico Those guys can bit anyone and can be biten from anyone.....it is a strange team, very tuff, lots of discipline in the game, but lots depend on their ´mood´. They can do damages for sure, and I expect something better this time from them (why not semifinals??? Wishful thinking...). They lack good players in offence, and thus they cannot go that far (I cannot imagine a team winning world cup with Borgeti, as CF)

Keep an eye on Cote d´Ivoire, and especially on the young Yiayia Toure (miedfielder, he is playing for Olympiakos).....

To conclude: Most probably Brazil, with some efforts from France, German, England and Holland or Italy to cut their pace to the cup....

for your notice: Olympiakos players at this tournament are (Rivaldo was not selected finally, to my disappointment):

Pedrak Djorjevic (MD, Serbia)

Tomas Boutina (GK, Croatia)

Mikael Zevlakov (DF, Poland)

Yiaya Toure (MF, Cote d´Ivoire)

Felix Borha (CF, Equador)

Keep an eye on the red boyz above....

Cheers,

yorgos
GiorgioII2010-05-05 03:27:23 +0000 #4
Your friend excluded England!! I think they can seriously challenge.

Toure in the middle for the Ivory Coast will be a really important player. He is the brother of Kolo isn't he? Most likely, he will go to Arsenal, but he really is a talent.
King Adriano2010-05-05 03:51:33 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by GiorgioII

Your friend excluded England!! I think they can seriously challenge.

Toure in the middle for the Ivory Coast will be a really important player. He is the brother of Kolo isn't he? Most likely, he will go to Arsenal, but he really is a talent.

England is one of the biggest challengers for this Cup and i give them a big chance.

They believe in their chances and also say that they have the best team ever since 1966.

Toure is a great player i was lucky 2 watch him in the African cup of nations here in Egypt he played a great role although he didn't show all what he has cause they were afraid of injuries that may prevent them from goin 2 world Cup as u know the african soccer is so tough.

Aruna Kone is a player 2 watch and he has the style of Djibrel Cisse.

Very fast , skillfull and a great assister.

but mainly the will play With Drogba and Aruna Dindane and Kone will come as a winning card off bench.
Zek2010-05-05 04:16:31 +0000 #6
we did that on purpose, england is very strong contender, but lack of strikers will prove decisive in quarter finals, unless they opt 4-5-1
Ryan272010-05-05 05:06:41 +0000 #7
The biggest thing England has going on is all their hype. The British media just talks and talks and talks and talks about them and eventually they forget about the rest of the competition and naturally then England becomes a 'favourite' since no one can remember any of the other teams.

Since no one has said too much about the USA, I'll say watch out for Onyewu! He is a beast. I think a lot of people know of Donovan and Beasley, but Clint Dempsey, Edddddddddie Johnson, and Convey have a chance to surprise. If O'Brien and Reyna stay healthy enough to contribute, the US could at least ruin someone's tournament, if not enjoy a nice run themselves.
GiorgioII2010-05-05 04:49:12 +0000 #8
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Originally Posted by Ryan27

The biggest thing England has going on is all their hype. The British media just talks and talks and talks and talks about them and eventually they forget about the rest of the competition and naturally then England becomes a 'favourite' since no one can remember any of the other teams.

Since no one has said too much about the USA, I'll say watch out for Onyewu! He is a beast. I think a lot of people know of Donovan and Beasley, but Clint Dempsey, Edddddddddie Johnson, and Convey have a chance to surprise. If O'Brien and Reyna stay healthy enough to contribute, the US could at least ruin someone's tournament, if not enjoy a nice run themselves.

Haha Ryan that is exactly right. The media in England are going so over the top. It is front and back pages with headlines like 'Bring it home.' Really uneccesarry and the whole drama over Rooney has been irritating.

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