Watching England take on Hungary last night at Old Trafford, gave me “the” feeling. Yip, it’s that feeling I get every 4 years or so, when the greatest footballers gather in one country to try and win the soccer world cup. 2006 marks Germany’s turn, and guess what? 2010, it’ll be held here in South Africa!
This year I’m backing England to take the World Cup, although without Rooney, their chances might have slipped a little. Brazil will always be in and around the semi’s, and only a fool wouldn’t back Germany in their backyard getting to the final. The other notables that you can never write off are the likes of Czech Republic, Netherlands, France, Spain and Argentina. Although the USA, ranked 5th in the world, might pull a few upsets. I really doubt this year that any of the African teams will make an impact, which just goes to show, that soccer in Africa still doesn’t stand up to the class of the Europeans and South Americans. Are there any other teams you think might create an upset this year?
Another favourite of mine has to be Portugal. My girlfriend’s family is Portugese and don’t even think of not supporting them… But having said that, it’s so much more fun supporting them when they play, than trying to go up against 30 or so of the most staunge Portugese supporters!
And always there’s tons of fantasy league type of games to be played. Over at Newsvine, you can play World Cup 2006 Pick ‘Em where you choose your favourite teams, and stand a chance of winning an iPod video. Over at the official world cup site, theres the Fifa World Cup predictor game which you can play in an Excel spreadsheet. Lots of fun to be had there.
So with less than 10 days to the Fifa World Cup, who you backing?