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Alidar Jarok December 6 2013 06:46 PM

2014 World Cup - So it Begins
 
So the groups have been set and now we can see who will be champions of the world in Brazil. What do you guys think will emerge from each group?

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Group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon

Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia

Group C: Colombia, Greece, Côte d’Ivoire, Japan

Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy

Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras

Group F: Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria

Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA

Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, Korea Republic
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Certainly, American Soccer fans are probably cringing at the group we're in (already dubbed the "group of death"). Certainly, they need to win a revenge game against Ghana or else they're going to have lots of problems. Still, this should be a lot of fun.

Also, for what it's worth, the Soccer Power Index projects the chances of each team to advance. Whether or not you agree with these statistics, it's at least pretty to see. Interestingly, England is more favorably rated than Italy. Also, it rates Portugal only slightly higher than the United States in their chance to advance.

Roger Wilco December 7 2013 07:57 AM

Re: 2014 World Cup - So it Begins
 
Obviously it's a difficult draw for the US, but they usually do well when it's really time for competition.

Orac Zen December 7 2013 09:35 AM

Re: 2014 World Cup - So it Begins
 
We'll definitely only be making up the numbers this time around. The so-called "golden generation" is either retired, so far over the hill they're barely visible, or playing in lesser leagues that won't in any way prepare us for a World Cup or the opponents in our group.

Frankly, I'll be astonished if we even score a goal in any of our games. Even Tim Cahill isn't that good a footballing miracle worker.

Danny99 December 7 2013 10:13 PM

Re: 2014 World Cup - So it Begins
 
The French got off easy, but it's hard to imagine three of Uruguay, Italy or England & USA, Germany, Ghana, or Portugal not making it past the group stage.

Jax December 8 2013 12:10 AM

Re: 2014 World Cup - So it Begins
 
My Predictions...

Group A
Brazil
Cameroon
Mexico
Croatia

Group B
Spain
Chile
Netherlands
Australia

Group C
Colombia
Ivory Coast
Japan
Greece

Group D
Uruguay
Italy
England
Costa Rica

Group E
France
Ecuador
Switzerland
Honduras

Group F
Argentina
Nigeria

Bosnia-Herzegovina
Iran

Group G
Germany
Portugal

Ghana
USA

Group H
Belgium
South Korea

Russia
Algeria

Winner of the World Cup - Brazil

Top Goalscorer - Messi

Skywalker December 8 2013 01:31 AM

Re: 2014 World Cup - So it Begins
 
I'm definitely nervous about Group G, but I don't think it's completely out of the realm of possibility that the USA moves past the group stage. Of course they'll need to get past Ghana, which will be difficult, and I do think Portugal is beatable, even with Ronaldo. But it's going to be very, very difficult.

Danny99 December 8 2013 02:43 AM

Re: 2014 World Cup - So it Begins
 
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Hanukkah Solo wrote: (Post 8987398)
I'm definitely nervous about Group G, but I don't think it's completely out of the realm of possibility that the USA moves past the group stage. Of course they'll need to get past Ghana, which will be difficult, and I do think Portugal is beatable, even with Ronaldo. But it's going to be very, very difficult.

For England or the USA to move on, they need a monumental collapse from one of the teams ahead of them.

Alidar Jarok December 8 2013 05:22 AM

Re: 2014 World Cup - So it Begins
 
Well, I think the US is better than Ghana (at least, they've played as the better team the past couple of years). It's just past history that gives me pause.

I don't think they're a better team that Portugal, but Portugal is mostly Cristiano Ronaldo (and a good defense). The US team might actually have more depth than Portugal. I don't think it would require a major collapse by Portugal, just an off game.


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