**Official World Cup 2014 Thread**

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Who will win the 2014 World Cup?

Poll closed Jun 10, 2014.
  1. Brazil

    6 vote(s)
    31.6%
  2. Argentina

    2 vote(s)
    10.5%
  3. Germany

    2 vote(s)
    10.5%
  4. Spain

    4 vote(s)
    21.1%
  5. Uruguay

    1 vote(s)
    5.3%
  6. Colombia

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. France

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Italy

    1 vote(s)
    5.3%
  9. England

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Netherlands

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. United States

    1 vote(s)
    5.3%
  12. Other (explain below)

    2 vote(s)
    10.5%
  1. Kdawg954

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    So 4 years have flown by from the South Africa craziness, with the vuvuzelas and the insane Landon Donovan goal that sent the U.S. into round 2. Spain finally got their long awaited World championship.

    Enter 2014, and we are in Brazil for what should be an epic World Cup. European teams don't win World Cups on South American soil. Will it change?

    About Event

    2014 World Cup in Brazil

    Spain are the Defending Champions

    Time

    Thursday June 12, 2013 to Sunday July 13, 2013

    Groups


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    Schedule:

    All Time are set to the Eastern Time Zone, Dates follow the European standard.[TABLE="class: fixture, width: 654"]
    GROUP A
    [TH="class: c, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"]Match[/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"]Date - Time[/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"]Venue[/TH]
    [TH="class: c img, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"][/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"][/TH]
    [TH="class: c, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"]Results[/TH]
    [TH="class: r, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: right"][/TH]
    [TH="class: r img, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: right"][/TH]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]1[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]12/06 16:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Sao Paulo[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Brazil[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Croatia[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]2[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]13/06 12:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Natal[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Mexico[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Cameroon[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]17[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]17/06 15:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Fortaleza[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Brazil[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Mexico[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]18[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]18/06 18:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Manaus[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Cameroon[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Croatia[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]33[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]23/06 16:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Brasilia[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Cameroon[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Brazil[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]34[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]23/06 16:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Recife[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Croatia[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Mexico[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    [TABLE="class: fixture, width: 654"]
    GROUP B
    [TH="class: c, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"]Match[/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"]Date - Time[/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"]Venue[/TH]
    [TH="class: c img, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"][/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"][/TH]
    [TH="class: c, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"]Results[/TH]
    [TH="class: r, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: right"][/TH]
    [TH="class: r img, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: right"][/TH]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]3[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]13/06 15:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Salvador[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Spain[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Netherlands[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]4[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]13/06 18:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Cuiaba[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Chile[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Australia[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]19[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]18/06 15:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Rio De Janeiro[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Spain[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Chile[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]20[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]18/06 12:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Porto Alegre[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Australia[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Netherlands[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]35[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]23/06 12:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Curitiba[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Australia[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Spain[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]36[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]23/06 12:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Sao Paulo[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Netherlands[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Chile[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    [TABLE="class: fixture, width: 654"]
    GROUP C
    [TH="class: c, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"]Match[/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"]Date - Time[/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"]Venue[/TH]
    [TH="class: c img, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"][/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"][/TH]
    [TH="class: c, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"]Results[/TH]
    [TH="class: r, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: right"][/TH]
    [TH="class: r img, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: right"][/TH]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]5[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]14/06 12:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Belo Horizonte[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Colombia[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Greece[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]6[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]14/06 21:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Recife[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Côte d'Ivoire[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Japan[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]21[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]19/06 12:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Brasilia[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Colombia[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Côte d'Ivoire[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]22[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]19/06 18:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Natal[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Japan[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Greece[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]37[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]24/06 16:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Cuiaba[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Japan[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Colombia[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]38[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]24/06 16:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Fortaleza[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Greece[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Côte d'Ivoire[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    [TABLE="class: fixture, width: 654"]
    GROUP D
    [TH="class: c, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"]Match[/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"]Date - Time[/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"]Venue[/TH]
    [TH="class: c img, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"][/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"][/TH]
    [TH="class: c, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"]Results[/TH]
    [TH="class: r, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: right"][/TH]
    [TH="class: r img, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: right"][/TH]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]7[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]14/06 15:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Fortaleza[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Uruguay[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Costa Rica[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]8[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]14/06 18:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Manaus[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]England[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Italy[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]23[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]19/06 15:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Sao Paulo[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Uruguay[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]England[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]24[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]20/06 12:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Recife[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Italy[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Costa Rica[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]39[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]24/06 12:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Natal[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Italy[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Uruguay[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]40[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]24/06 12:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Belo Horizonte[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Costa Rica[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]England[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    [TABLE="class: fixture, width: 654"]
    GROUP E
    [TH="class: c, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"]Match[/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"]Date - Time[/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"]Venue[/TH]
    [TH="class: c img, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"][/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"][/TH]
    [TH="class: c, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"]Results[/TH]
    [TH="class: r, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: right"][/TH]
    [TH="class: r img, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: right"][/TH]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]9[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]15/06 12:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Brasilia[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Switzerland[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Ecuador[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]10[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]15/06 15:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Porto Alegre[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]France[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Honduras[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]25[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]20/06 15:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Salvador[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Switzerland[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]France[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]26[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]20/06 18:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Curitiba[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Honduras[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Ecuador[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]41[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]25/06 16:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Manaus[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Honduras[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Switzerland[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]42[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]25/06 16:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Rio De Janeiro[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Ecuador[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]France[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    [TABLE="class: fixture, width: 654"]
    GROUP F
    [TH="class: c, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"]Match[/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"]Date - Time[/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"]Venue[/TH]
    [TH="class: c img, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"][/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"][/TH]
    [TH="class: c, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"]Results[/TH]
    [TH="class: r, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: right"][/TH]
    [TH="class: r img, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: right"][/TH]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]11[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]15/06 18:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Rio De Janeiro[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Argentina[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Bosnia-Herzegovina[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]12[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]16/06 15:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Curitiba[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Iran[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Nigeria[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]27[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]21/06 12:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Belo Horizonte[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Argentina[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Iran[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]28[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]21/06 18:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Cuiaba[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Nigeria[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Bosnia-Herzegovina[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]43[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]25/06 12:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Porto Alegre[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Nigeria[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Argentina[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]44[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]25/06 12:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Salvador[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Bosnia-Herzegovina[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Iran[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    [TABLE="class: fixture, width: 654"]
    GROUP G
    [TH="class: c, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"]Match[/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"]Date - Time[/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"]Venue[/TH]
    [TH="class: c img, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"][/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"][/TH]
    [TH="class: c, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"]Results[/TH]
    [TH="class: r, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: right"][/TH]
    [TH="class: r img, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: right"][/TH]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]13[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]16/06 12:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Salvador[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Germany[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Portugal[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]14[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]16/06 18:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Natal[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Ghana[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]USA[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]29[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]21/06 15:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Fortaleza[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Germany[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Ghana[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]30[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]22/06 18:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Manaus[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]USA[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Portugal[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]45[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]26/06 12:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Recife[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]USA[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Germany[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]46[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]26/06 12:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Brasilia[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Portugal[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Ghana[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
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    [/TABLE]
    [TABLE="class: fixture, width: 654"]
    GROUP H
    [TH="class: c, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"]Match[/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"]Date - Time[/TH]
    [TH="class: l, bgcolor: #E8EBF0"]Venue[/TH]
    [TH="class: c img, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: center"][/TH]
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    [TH="class: r img, bgcolor: #E8EBF0, align: right"][/TH]
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    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]15[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]17/06 12:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Belo Horizonte[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Belgium[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Algeria[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]16[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]17/06 18:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Cuiaba[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Russia[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Korea Republic[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]31[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]22/06 12:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Rio De Janeiro[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Belgium[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Russia[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]32[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]22/06 15:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Porto Alegre[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Korea Republic[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Algeria[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: odd"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]47[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]26/06 16:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Sao Paulo[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Korea Republic[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Belgium[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="class: even"]
    [TD="class: c mNum, align: center"]
    48[/TD]
    [TD="class: l dt"]26/06 16:00[/TD]
    [TD="class: l v"]Curitiba[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [TD="class: l homeTeam"]Algeria[/TD]
    [TD="class: c, align: center"]-[/TD]
    [TD="class: r awayTeam, align: right"]Russia[/TD]
    [TD="class: c flag, align: center"][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]


    10 Players (From 10 Different Countries) to Watch:


    Lionel Messi - Argentina
    Cristiano Ronaldo - Portugal
    Franck Ribery - France
    Neymar - Brazil
    Mesut Ozil - Germany
    Andres Iniesta - Spain
    Luis Suarez - Uruguay
    Robin Van Persie - Netherlands
    YaYa Toure - Ivory Coast
    Andre Pirlo - Italy


    Tidbits:

    First World Cup that will utilize Goal Line technology.

    The Match Ball is the Adidas Brazuca.

    [​IMG]


    The mascot is Fuleco

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    If the US beats Ghana in the opening match of their group IMO they make it through.

    Winner IMO will be Argentina especially if Messi gets healthy. Too much talent in the midfield and attack, plus an underrated defense
     
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    I'm actually going Brazil. That Fifa Confederations Cup was unlike anything I've seen in international soccer over the last few years. That crowd was insane and those youngsters will have another year of experience on their sides. I just don't know if there is a team that can take down those Brazilians in World Cup play on home soil. Those matches will be a lot of fun and a lot of women on display.
     
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    Being the world cup I'm sure everyone will be on their best behavior but I attended a match in Medellin Columbia once that turned into a full blown riot. Didn't help that the concession stands served a hard liquor called Agua Denta. Rock throwing and police with riot shields. Lucky the gringos had there own protected section and we made it out alive.
    Have a blast but be safe. i think the USA makes it out of their group but Brazil wins the whole enchilata.
     
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    Just looking at my signature you can tell who I am rooting for. Argentina's problem is defense and our goalkeeper. We SHOULD be able to make it past the group round without a problem, but how far we go depends on our opponent once there. Germany has had our number for a while, anybody else is a crap shoot. Brazil has to be the popular favorite because they are home....
     
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    spain will win as usual, stupidly good team who unlike most national sides actually play as a team
     
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    Spain got pounded by Brazil in the Confederations Cup, European teams usually do poorly when the tournament is played in the Americas, let's see if that trend continues in Brazil.....
     
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    I have no allegiances to any team really northern ireland dont do world cups these days but I just have to back spain again. They are just so good even when it comes to depth and in proper tournaments ie world cup and euros .. they do reallly really well recently plus they have an experienced squad now who have been there and won it all.

    Argentina wont win as they will leak goals against the best teams and messi is half the player he is for barca when he plays internationals.

    Brazil... unless something magic happens I just dont see it happening... I do like them though.

    Belgium would be my dark horse they have a really strong side and if they perofrm well and get lucky with injuries they can beat anyone.

    Id like to see holland win because they have a cool kit and united are going to appoint van gaal as our boss on wednesday.

    My money will literally be on spain though
     
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    I dont care who wins as long as they dont have those stupid trumpets! Im seriously tempted to travel to africa some day to shove one up a southafricans arse lol
     
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    Well of course I want the States to win but they most likely are not making it out of their group. I see the Germans as a tough side to beat. Brazil and Spain will obviously dominate. Uruguay has a chance to shock a few teams especially if he regains his form late last year and the beginning of this year. (Liverpool fan so I hope he does well) And the same came be said for Belgium as a dark horse. Holland is usually the team I pull for once the US get eliminated. But if I pick anyone I think Germany can do it this time around.
     
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    don't think so. Quarter final exit imo. i see three South American teams in the semis plus Spain
     
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    Low has a phobia of proper strikers.... i dont think that will end well
     
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    Löw has no clue. Period
     
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    Really? Man I was having confidence in the Germans. I love Neuer in net, and that midfield is deadly. But I would like to see what they can do. Just hoping Spain doesn't pull a repeat. Then I will never hear the end of it from my cousin lol
     
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    Maybe I'm out of the loop here, but I find it kind of alarming that all of the talent the German squad has in the middle, Low is probably going to have to rely on old man Miroslav Klose to be his premier striker up front. Not saying Klose is a bad option, but you'd figure there would be some young budding early 20's star that was a glove fit striker up top for the Germans. I do realize they have guys like Reus, Mueller, Ozil, Schurle and Goetze but Klose and even Mario Gomez (who I don't really care for but is a for sure striker . . . but didn't make the team to injury) seem like better fits up top. I guess knowing Low he's going to do his best to fit Podolski in that mix as well (to be fair he normally performs at a higher level on the international level).

    If the Germans take that "Bayern" approach and think 70% possession is going to get it done in this World Cup, they will exit earlier than expected. They need to put some balls in back of the net and take the pressure off Neuer and that back line.
     
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    just read Neuer might miss the world cup because of a shoulder injury. awesome
     
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    That would be a terrible blow for the Germans. Hope that isn't the case, I hate seeing impactful players go out, weakening the chances for their team.
     
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    [video=youtube_share;FHEzQ1ysfEo]http://youtu.be/FHEzQ1ysfEo[/video]
     
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    no strcutural damage to the shoulder, so Neuer will go. goalie wouldn't have been a trouble spot either way, but it's still nice to have the best goalkeeper in the world going and not at home watching
     
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    The only time I ever watch soccer. We owe Ghana. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
     
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    Greasy if I could hug ya I would. I try telling my friend this all the time. He disagrees and who does he say is a top 5 goalie? De Gea.... sad.
     
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    De Gea has been awesome for the last two years and at worst he isn't far from top 5
     
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    De Gea has not yet proven it to be top 10 imo. Too many others that deserve to be in that. But he is still very young and will most likely get there one day. Just not right now.
     
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    Best keeper in the premier league two years in a row. He is top 10 by miles. In a few years he will be top 1 nevermind top 10.

    He had a nightmare first season and cost United the league, since then he has been an absolute baller and his short stopping reflex saves are just unreal.
     
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    To me it is debatable who is the top keep in the premier league. As for De Gea maybe I am biased because of his team, but I don't think De Gea will take the top spot in a few years. Does he have the potential? No doubt. Do I think he will become the best hopefully not while with United. But to each his own.
     
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    I'm also in the camp that believes not finding a spot for Donovan was a mistake. I just find it tough to believe you can't fit him on this 23 man squad. Even if it's not as a starter, but a guy who can give the team a spark in the 2nd half. His experience is a valuable asset. To say the decision was by inches is a poor statement as the intangibles of Donovan on this team overcome any "inches" in performance.

    Klinsman over thought the decision to leave him off . . . if his fitness was good he needed to be on this team. Landon's a midfielder, he's a playmaker, he shouldn't of been in a pool of forwards.

    This isn't a Brazil loaded team that can leave off a Kaka or a Ronaldinho . . . Landon is certainly one of the best 23 players. I have a gut feeling he gets sent down though.
     
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    I voted "other"


    Because: [​IMG]
     
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    In pre World Cup action . . . . What a clutch ****ing header by Sergio Ramos for Real Madrid. What a game. Heading into Extra Time now.
     
  30. uk_dolfan

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    8I don't see the fuss with old Donovan yea he is your name.... well maybe a lesser name than freddy adu. ... but you wouldn't want him either

    At his best Donovan (a player I always liked) would have been a very average European league player and frankly he is now in his 30s and past his best? You didn't bring him. ... erm so what?

    Move on, breed the next generation. England (not my team) had this issue with Beckham when the media demanded he was called up years after he should have been left to rot in his us semi retirement

    I don't think "the United States mens national football team of America, America, Murcia soccer association of America" (or whatever you abbreviate it to these days... Most teams go with something like Wales or Italy) will go far with your group so it makes sense to look to the future. Don't get me wrong I'd like to see you do well but with that group.... your gunna need more than luck.

    Who knows, maybe if you start calling yourselves America and ditch the daft abbreviations you might do well lol


    Did edu make your team? my old room mate always watched a lot of rangers games and I always thought he looked like a complete plodder, even in a crap Scottish league. Altidore is another complete donkey but I suppose you might not be spoilt for choice upfront.


    Dempsey is one yank I've always had a high regard for. I followed him from when he first arrived in England, really good player for Fulham who was always massively under appreciated probably due to being American, I used to say United should sign him as a decent squad player. It's a shame how things turned out for him at spurs.


    If nothing else team U.S.A.M.N.S.T.O.A.A.Murica is spoilt for choice at keeper Guzan has been very decent for villa and Howard has always been a good player ever since United bought him from that new york team. Who is your starting keeper? I'd have Guzan, Howard is a far better player but he sucks when there is pressure. He would still be United keeper if he didn't drop a howler at the first sign of pressure. Shame, good keeper and he has had a really good career at a smaller team.

    One Yankee I always liked was Jay DeMerit but he is probably about 40 by now lol I always used to sign him for smaller clubs in football manager. Good player.
     
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    I think it would have been good to have Donovans experience late in games. But at the same time I want to see what the youngins like Julian Green can do. Some of the selections are a bit iffy like Wondolowski which I don't get and Altidore is either on fire or his form is ****. But Klinsmann knows more than I do. Just would have liked to seen him make room for Donovan for one last world cup run.
     
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    I saw a clip from some guy on espn (might have been the guy running la when Beckham signed - lawless? Or something ) he was attacking the us for dropping Donovan as it could stop you winning the world cup

    Now I know America is a proud and patriotic country.... but winning this world cup? Really? Lol
     
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    Donovan would struggle to make the top 100 players list in the world (even in good form). I think the bigger issue is, he does elevate his game on the World Cup stage and brings a proven playmaking ability to the national team that is not necessarily shown on the current roster.

    Lukas Podolski is a guy who elevates his game on the national team level for the Germans, some guys just do that and I think Donovan is one of those guys. 5 goals in World Cup play is nothing to sneeze at for Landon. This is a 23 man roster, I can't be convinced that Donovan isn't a guy this team could use . . . whether starting or as a spark coming off the bench in the 2nd half.

    But yea uk, the U.S. media can be quite funny though. If the United States make it out of their group that would one of the most impressive feats by any team in the World Cup (even if they bow out in the next round) . . . let alone win the whole thing. Klinsman is in a tough spot . . . whether he bows out in group play or loses in the final . . . anything but a win and he'll get criticized by unknowing media who are convinced that Donovan would of made the ultimate difference.

    That's our sports media.
     
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    lol the German one
     
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    I really want to print out the US one to poster size. Love it.
     
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    Didn't like the US one... the Brazil one is stunning though


    This world cup is so much more enjoyable due to the fact that for the first time in a lifetime the UK media have decided that England should not be expected to win. They haven't had close to a good enough team to do it for years, but expectations and hype are always sky high. I might actually do the unthinkable and root for them this year due to the media being less annoying. We shall see.

    They are in Miami now actually... I assume playing at Sunlife. Im no expert but I would assume that would actually be decent preparation for the weather in brazil.
     
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    Ze Germans


    Goalies

    1 - Manuel Neuer
    12 - Ron-Robert Zieler
    22 - Roman Weidenfeller

    Defenders

    2 - Kevin Großkreutz
    3 - Matthias Ginter
    4 - Benedikt Höwedes
    5 - Mats Hummels
    15 - Erik Durm
    16 - Philipp Lahm (C)
    17 - Per Mertesacker
    20 - Jerome Boateng

    Midfielders

    6 - Sami Khedira
    7 - Bastian Schweinsteiger
    8 - Mesut Özil
    14 - Julian Draxler
    18 - Toni Kroos
    19 - Mario Götze
    21 - Marco Reus
    23 - Christoph Kramer

    Strikers

    9 - André Schürrle
    10 - Lukas Podolski
    11 - Miroslav Klose
    13 - Thomas Müller
     
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    Apparantly the English media are most confused that they have arrived in miami for warm weather training and its raining more than it ever does at home lol
     
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    That's a powerhouse team right there. I admit to not following football much internationally - is Mario Gomez still out with his knee injury? When healthy, he's a monster, but he seems to have struggled with that the last few years.
     
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    Gomez was on and off with his knee all year. he was left out because of that. rightfully so IMO. if he's not 100%, he doesn't help much.

    the team is very imbalanced IMO. very good attacking midfielders and goalies and solid centre backs (who unfortunately dont play up to their potential). holding midfielder are deep and very good if everyone is healthy. right now, Schweinsteiger and Khedira aren't 100%. if Lahm gets moved to midfield, our full backs are a big concern. striker is a question mark. all in all, we have some holes, but so does everyone else. get healthy, get in shape and see what happens.
     
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    If I'm Germany, I start the old man up front. At least I know that guy can put balls in the back of the net, consistently, on the World Cup stage. Muller can as well, but sometimes that dude is so clumsy up front. Schurrle will plenty of opportunities as well, although I don't think he'll start. Podolski has a cannon and seems to elevate his game on this stage.

    That midfield is ridiculous. Somebody will have to sit. You figure Ozil, Reus, Khedira and Schweinsteiger will start with Kroos as the more defensive midfielder backup and Gotze as the 2nd half offensive midfielder backup. I do realize Khedira and Schwein both have had injury concerns so that can all change but those are my expectations.

    No chance Lahm floats to the midfield like he does with Bayern, too much midfield talent. Keep Lahm at right back. This group has several good strikers . . . the German defense needs to be up to task. One thing is for certain, the national team defense definitely gets an upgrade over the Bayern defense when you throw in Mertesacker and Hummels. Much more solid unit, but still a unit that you can expose.

    Still, the Germans "should" win this group. The Nani/Ronaldo combo will probably give them the most fits.
     
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    germany team is scary as hell but id still take spains squad personally

    What a country, Xavi etc get old so they just slot in Koke lol
     
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    yeah, klose is experienced enough that you can just throw him in the starting formation. he needs to be healthy though. he's showing his age. Müller is clumsy, absolutely, but he knows where the goal is. he's scoring a lot of goals just being in the right spot. that's a true striker quality, which aside fom Klose, no one else on the team has. Müller can at least occasionally win a header, too. neither Götze nor Reus nor Schürle do that.

    i fully expect Schweinsteiger and Khedira to play the "6". Özil and Götze will battle at the CAM spot. Kroos backs up all three central midfield positions and provides competition. young Kramer is depth. Ginter can play the position in a pinch, too. i hope Reus and Schürrle start on the wings. Podolski has a wicked shot. that's about it. good option off the bench. if he can elevate his game and legitimately wrestle a staring 11 spot from Schürrle or Reus, so be it. Draxler is young and technically gifted, but very VERY inconsistent. this World Cup will be a learning experience for him.

    defense is a ****ing riddle at this point. Hummels, Merte and Boateng appear to be the three centre backs fighting for two spots, although Boateng could play RB or even LB if need be. especially if Lahm does play CDM. i have no idea what our clueless coach is up to as far as Lahm is concerned. i'd prefer him to play RB in a 4-2-3-1 system. LB is a fiasco. Durm is young and inexperienced, although talented. Großkreutz is the biggest idiot you'll ever see, but at least he played decently for Dortmund over the last few season, albeit mostly as a midfielder. he does have some experience at LB and RB, and played some Champions League there, too. Höwedes is strictly depth IMO.

    i hope our depthchart looks something like this:

    ----------------------------------------Neuer----------------------------------------
    ------------------------------------Weidenfeller-------------------------------------
    ----------------------------------------Zieler-----------------------------------------
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ---Lahm-----------Boateng---------------------Hummels--------Großkreutz------
    --Höwedes---------Ginter---------------------Mertesacker----------Durm--------
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ----------------Schweinsteiger-------------------Khedira--------------------------
    --------------------Kroos--------------------------Kramer--------------------------
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ---Schürrle---------------------------Götze---------------------------Reus--------
    ----Draxler----------------------------Özil---------------------------Podolski------
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ----------------------------------------Müller----------------------------------------
    -----------------------------------------Klose----------------------------------------
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    of course Löw will do something stupid and the team will look completely different. i don't see him ditching Özil, as he's immensely talented, but completely useless in important games. Podolski is another one of his favourites, as is Klose. so, he's probably going to start those three guys regardless of form, whereas much better players will be on the bench in their stead. Klose and Podolski have the uncanny ability to come off the bench and be right in the middle of things immediately. perfect options from the bench.
     
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    yeah, kinda unfair when you think about it lol
    cheers to you, when you can leave players like Navas, Llorente or Negredo at home
     
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    I don't find this image of Messi very flattering

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    if I set up a world cup fantasy football would anyone be interested?
     
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    yeah, why not
     
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    I'm game.
     
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    cool, fifa one doesnt start for a few days. All the normal ones I use are UK newspapers so UK accounts only sadly.

    So we can play in a few days
     

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