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The 2010 South Africa World Cup thread

I knew I should had looked at that bracket on fifa.com

espn.com was a bit confusing
Also, a lot of people simply looked at Nigeria being in the finals and thought "that's just crazy".

If you look at the match-ups they get on my mock, reaching semis is definitely not unbelievable, and beating Spain in semis .... well, a man can dream, right?
Originally posted by vrabbit:
Also, a lot of people simply looked at Nigeria being in the finals and thought "that's just crazy".

If you look at the match-ups they get on my mock, reaching semis is definitely not unbelievable, and beating Spain in semis .... well, a man can dream, right?

yes, you are dreaming. especially since Nigeria will be on the other side of the bracket and not be able to face Spain in the semi's. Unless of course you think they will place first in their group above Argentina...
Originally posted by IdentityCrisis:
Originally posted by vrabbit:
Also, a lot of people simply looked at Nigeria being in the finals and thought "that's just crazy".

If you look at the match-ups they get on my mock, reaching semis is definitely not unbelievable, and beating Spain in semis .... well, a man can dream, right?

yes, you are dreaming. especially since Nigeria will be on the other side of the bracket and not be able to face Spain in the semi's. Unless of course you think they will place first in their group above Argentina...

you do realize I have Spain as 2H, not 1H, right?
Originally posted by vrabbit:
Originally posted by IdentityCrisis:
Originally posted by vrabbit:
Also, a lot of people simply looked at Nigeria being in the finals and thought "that's just crazy".

If you look at the match-ups they get on my mock, reaching semis is definitely not unbelievable, and beating Spain in semis .... well, a man can dream, right?

yes, you are dreaming. especially since Nigeria will be on the other side of the bracket and not be able to face Spain in the semi's. Unless of course you think they will place first in their group above Argentina...

you do realize I have Spain as 2H, not 1H, right?

Hahaha no, my mistake, I just assumed you had them as 1H. Chile as 1H, we'll see about that.
Originally posted by IdentityCrisis:
Originally posted by vrabbit:
Originally posted by IdentityCrisis:
Originally posted by vrabbit:
Also, a lot of people simply looked at Nigeria being in the finals and thought "that's just crazy".

If you look at the match-ups they get on my mock, reaching semis is definitely not unbelievable, and beating Spain in semis .... well, a man can dream, right?

yes, you are dreaming. especially since Nigeria will be on the other side of the bracket and not be able to face Spain in the semi's. Unless of course you think they will place first in their group above Argentina...

you do realize I have Spain as 2H, not 1H, right?

Hahaha no, my mistake, I just assumed you had them as 1H. Chile as 1H, we'll see about that.

My mock has Chile 1H by GD. Chile isn't known well around the world, but I watched them a lot during qualifying, and as you can tell, I see them surprising many soccer fanatics in the WC.

They finished SECOND in CONMEBOL qualifying, one point behind Brazil, while also finishing second in goals scored (32) behind Brazil (33).
Originally posted by vrabbit:
Originally posted by IdentityCrisis:
Originally posted by vrabbit:
Originally posted by IdentityCrisis:
Originally posted by vrabbit:
Also, a lot of people simply looked at Nigeria being in the finals and thought "that's just crazy".

If you look at the match-ups they get on my mock, reaching semis is definitely not unbelievable, and beating Spain in semis .... well, a man can dream, right?

yes, you are dreaming. especially since Nigeria will be on the other side of the bracket and not be able to face Spain in the semi's. Unless of course you think they will place first in their group above Argentina...

you do realize I have Spain as 2H, not 1H, right?

Hahaha no, my mistake, I just assumed you had them as 1H. Chile as 1H, we'll see about that.

My mock has Chile 1H by GD. Chile isn't known well around the world, but I watched them a lot during qualifying, and as you can tell, I see them surprising many soccer fanatics in the WC.

They finished SECOND in CONMEBOL qualifying, one point behind Brazil, while also finishing second in goals scored (32) behind Brazil (33).

We'll see. You had them finish first by GD after a tie with Spain, we can agree to disagree on that.
Originally posted by IdentityCrisis:
Originally posted by vrabbit:
Originally posted by IdentityCrisis:
Originally posted by vrabbit:
Originally posted by IdentityCrisis:
Originally posted by vrabbit:
Also, a lot of people simply looked at Nigeria being in the finals and thought "that's just crazy".

If you look at the match-ups they get on my mock, reaching semis is definitely not unbelievable, and beating Spain in semis .... well, a man can dream, right?

yes, you are dreaming. especially since Nigeria will be on the other side of the bracket and not be able to face Spain in the semi's. Unless of course you think they will place first in their group above Argentina...

you do realize I have Spain as 2H, not 1H, right?

Hahaha no, my mistake, I just assumed you had them as 1H. Chile as 1H, we'll see about that.

My mock has Chile 1H by GD. Chile isn't known well around the world, but I watched them a lot during qualifying, and as you can tell, I see them surprising many soccer fanatics in the WC.

They finished SECOND in CONMEBOL qualifying, one point behind Brazil, while also finishing second in goals scored (32) behind Brazil (33).

We'll see. You had them finish first by GD after a tie with Spain, we can agree to disagree on that.

I'm happy Mexico plays in the opening gm but I'm also nervous. I'm down for the bracket too. Evrrytime I see espn world cup commercial I get excited.
im down for the bracket.
im downn!
Originally posted by 1251alex:
Originally posted by Crazy49er1313:
Originally posted by 1251alex:
I think that group A and group G are the toughest groups while Groups F and D are the weakest. anyone else agree or disagree?

I agree with Group G being the toughest and Group F being the weakest for sure.

Group A can be tough, but Mexico and Uruguay have had flop moments during qualifying so don't quite know if it's gets the "toughest" rank (South Africa does have a lot on it's plate and doesn't have the talent, even with the home-field advantage).

Group D can be challenging. Sure, Germany will sweep, but you have a Serbia team with a strong defense and a Ghana team playing in Africa, who if you watched them play show outrageous speed. Australia has had a stranglehold in the south pacific, but doesn't have the most experience with European teams. Wouldn't put it past either Ghana or Serbia to pull off some strong games against Germany and in the round of 16, especially if Ghana gets the chance in basically a homefield during an elimination game.

Looking forward to future analysis from you alex.

The flops during qualifying for Mexico were with Sven Goran Eriksson, now that Aguirre is in command their play has gotten significantly better, even winning in the U.S. against the U.S. for the first time in 11 years or so(yes, I know, both teams were using their C-teams). I also feel that Mexico's golden generation will have an impact in South Africa, every game Vela and Gio have more and more influence on Mexico's play. Also, Mexico will have at least 9 players in Europe on the squad. As for Uruguay, they just won 3-1 in Switzerland and their striker duo in Forlan and Suarez is extremely lethal, whether they have enough to advance im not sure as historically they have a losing record against Mexico and France.


So beating a Swiss team that horribly underachieved at home during Euro Cup automatically makes Uruguay competitive? They barely made the WC, yet beating the Swiss 3-1 in a friendly makes them better than Mexico and possible threat to france?


Oh, and just found out they are doing a bracket thing for the WC...so who's down for a Webzone contest? I'll set it up this week, just PM me your screen names on ESPN. Should be fun
Originally posted by Crazy49er1313:
Originally posted by 1251alex:
Originally posted by Crazy49er1313:
Originally posted by 1251alex:
I think that group A and group G are the toughest groups while Groups F and D are the weakest. anyone else agree or disagree?

I agree with Group G being the toughest and Group F being the weakest for sure.

Group A can be tough, but Mexico and Uruguay have had flop moments during qualifying so don't quite know if it's gets the "toughest" rank (South Africa does have a lot on it's plate and doesn't have the talent, even with the home-field advantage).

Group D can be challenging. Sure, Germany will sweep, but you have a Serbia team with a strong defense and a Ghana team playing in Africa, who if you watched them play show outrageous speed. Australia has had a stranglehold in the south pacific, but doesn't have the most experience with European teams. Wouldn't put it past either Ghana or Serbia to pull off some strong games against Germany and in the round of 16, especially if Ghana gets the chance in basically a homefield during an elimination game.

Looking forward to future analysis from you alex.

The flops during qualifying for Mexico were with Sven Goran Eriksson, now that Aguirre is in command their play has gotten significantly better, even winning in the U.S. against the U.S. for the first time in 11 years or so(yes, I know, both teams were using their C-teams). I also feel that Mexico's golden generation will have an impact in South Africa, every game Vela and Gio have more and more influence on Mexico's play. Also, Mexico will have at least 9 players in Europe on the squad. As for Uruguay, they just won 3-1 in Switzerland and their striker duo in Forlan and Suarez is extremely lethal, whether they have enough to advance im not sure as historically they have a losing record against Mexico and France.


So beating a Swiss team that horribly underachieved at home during Euro Cup automatically makes Uruguay competitive? They barely made the WC, yet beating the Swiss 3-1 in a friendly makes them better than Mexico and possible threat to france?


Oh, and just found out they are doing a bracket thing for the WC...so who's down for a Webzone contest? I'll set it up this week, just PM me your screen names on ESPN. Should be fun
Originally posted by 1251alex:
Originally posted by Crazy49er1313:
Originally posted by 1251alex:
Originally posted by Crazy49er1313:
Originally posted by 1251alex:
I think that group A and group G are the toughest groups while Groups F and D are the weakest. anyone else agree or disagree?

I agree with Group G being the toughest and Group F being the weakest for sure.

Group A can be tough, but Mexico and Uruguay have had flop moments during qualifying so don't quite know if it's gets the "toughest" rank (South Africa does have a lot on it's plate and doesn't have the talent, even with the home-field advantage).

Group D can be challenging. Sure, Germany will sweep, but you have a Serbia team with a strong defense and a Ghana team playing in Africa, who if you watched them play show outrageous speed. Australia has had a stranglehold in the south pacific, but doesn't have the most experience with European teams. Wouldn't put it past either Ghana or Serbia to pull off some strong games against Germany and in the round of 16, especially if Ghana gets the chance in basically a homefield during an elimination game.

Looking forward to future analysis from you alex.

The flops during qualifying for Mexico were with Sven Goran Eriksson, now that Aguirre is in command their play has gotten significantly better, even winning in the U.S. against the U.S. for the first time in 11 years or so(yes, I know, both teams were using their C-teams). I also feel that Mexico's golden generation will have an impact in South Africa, every game Vela and Gio have more and more influence on Mexico's play. Also, Mexico will have at least 9 players in Europe on the squad. As for Uruguay, they just won 3-1 in Switzerland and their striker duo in Forlan and Suarez is extremely lethal, whether they have enough to advance im not sure as historically they have a losing record against Mexico and France.


So beating a Swiss team that horribly underachieved at home during Euro Cup automatically makes Uruguay competitive? They barely made the WC, yet beating the Swiss 3-1 in a friendly makes them better than Mexico and possible threat to france?


Oh, and just found out they are doing a bracket thing for the WC...so who's down for a Webzone contest? I'll set it up this week, just PM me your screen names on ESPN. Should be fun


Touche
courtesy of crzy in the soccer draft thread