**Official World Cup 2014 Thread**

Who will win the 2014 World Cup?

  • Brazil

    Votes: 6 31.6%
  • Argentina

    Votes: 2 10.5%
  • Germany

    Votes: 2 10.5%
  • Spain

    Votes: 4 21.1%
  • Uruguay

    Votes: 1 5.3%
  • Colombia

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • France

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Italy

    Votes: 1 5.3%
  • England

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Netherlands

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • United States

    Votes: 1 5.3%
  • Other (explain below)

    Votes: 2 10.5%

  • Total voters
    19
  • Poll closed .

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

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Schedule:

All Time are set to the Eastern Time Zone, Dates follow the European standard.
MatchDate - TimeVenueResults
112/06 16:00Sao PauloBrazil-Croatia
213/06 12:00NatalMexico-Cameroon
1717/06 15:00FortalezaBrazil-Mexico
1818/06 18:00ManausCameroon-Croatia
3323/06 16:00BrasiliaCameroon-Brazil
3423/06 16:00RecifeCroatia-Mexico

GROUP A
MatchDate - TimeVenueResults
313/06 15:00SalvadorSpain-Netherlands
413/06 18:00CuiabaChile-Australia
1918/06 15:00Rio De JaneiroSpain-Chile
2018/06 12:00Porto AlegreAustralia-Netherlands
3523/06 12:00CuritibaAustralia-Spain
3623/06 12:00Sao PauloNetherlands-Chile

GROUP B
MatchDate - TimeVenueResults
514/06 12:00Belo HorizonteColombia-Greece
614/06 21:00RecifeCôte d'Ivoire-Japan
2119/06 12:00BrasiliaColombia-Côte d'Ivoire
2219/06 18:00NatalJapan-Greece
3724/06 16:00CuiabaJapan-Colombia
3824/06 16:00FortalezaGreece-Côte d'Ivoire

GROUP C
MatchDate - TimeVenueResults
714/06 15:00FortalezaUruguay-Costa Rica
814/06 18:00ManausEngland-Italy
2319/06 15:00Sao PauloUruguay-England
2420/06 12:00RecifeItaly-Costa Rica
3924/06 12:00NatalItaly-Uruguay
4024/06 12:00Belo HorizonteCosta Rica-England

GROUP D
MatchDate - TimeVenueResults
915/06 12:00BrasiliaSwitzerland-Ecuador
1015/06 15:00Porto AlegreFrance-Honduras
2520/06 15:00SalvadorSwitzerland-France
2620/06 18:00CuritibaHonduras-Ecuador
4125/06 16:00ManausHonduras-Switzerland
4225/06 16:00Rio De JaneiroEcuador-France

GROUP E
MatchDate - TimeVenueResults
1115/06 18:00Rio De JaneiroArgentina-Bosnia-Herzegovina
1216/06 15:00CuritibaIran-Nigeria
2721/06 12:00Belo HorizonteArgentina-Iran
2821/06 18:00CuiabaNigeria-Bosnia-Herzegovina
4325/06 12:00Porto AlegreNigeria-Argentina
4425/06 12:00SalvadorBosnia-Herzegovina-Iran

GROUP F
MatchDate - TimeVenueResults
1316/06 12:00SalvadorGermany-Portugal
1416/06 18:00NatalGhana-USA
2921/06 15:00FortalezaGermany-Ghana
3022/06 18:00ManausUSA-Portugal
4526/06 12:00RecifeUSA-Germany
4626/06 12:00BrasiliaPortugal-Ghana

GROUP G
MatchDate - TimeVenueResults
1517/06 12:00Belo HorizonteBelgium-Algeria
1617/06 18:00CuiabaRussia-Korea Republic
3122/06 12:00Rio De JaneiroBelgium-Russia
3222/06 15:00Porto AlegreKorea Republic-Algeria
4726/06 16:00Sao PauloKorea Republic-Belgium

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26/06 16:00CuritibaAlgeria-Russia

GROUP H


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.




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 will win as usual, stupidly good team who unlike most national sides actually play as a team
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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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.
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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don't think so. Quarter final exit imo. i see three South American teams in the semis plus Spain
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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Low has a phobia of proper strikers.... i dont think that will end well
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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