June 5, 2010

World Cup 2010 for Dummies - Part III - Place your bets

Time to place your bets. Starting today, and each day leading up to the first game on Friday, June 11th, I will introduce each group, followed by my picks. Anyone who wants to participate and win a free trip to somewhere, or a book, or a box of chocolates, or a free grande latte or something, has to pick their winners ie the two teams of each group they think will advance to round two, the group of 16. Picks to be left in the comment boxes below. (The one who comes closest wins. )

Group A: RUMF

Republic of South Africa

Right: I don't know much about South Africa's football team. They are automatically qualified, because, well, they are hosting the WC. From what I've heard, most experts expect them to drop out in the first round. We could be in for a surprise because one shouldn't underestimate the power of home advantage. However, South Africa ranks 83 in the FIFA rankings. Austria ranks 68 and they're really crap.

Uruguay: Aren't all teams from South America awesome? Nr. 16 in the FIFA rankings.

Mexico: Mexico beat Italy in the last friendly before the teams traveled to SA. One shouldn't make too much of these friendlies. Still, considering the Italians are reigning World Champions; Mexico has always been a solid team with pretty consistent performances. Mexico currently ranks 17 in the FIFA World rankings 2010, just behind Uruguay.

La France: Oh dear. Thierry Henry is on the bench. They lost 1- 0 to China yesterday. The team of La Grande Nations seems to be in a bit of a spastic downward spiral at the moment. One always expect a decent performance from France, after all they did win the World Cup and Euro Cup back to back in 1998 and 2000 respectively.
A lot has changed since then of course. No Zidane, no Henry. But they do have Franck Ribery and he's brilliant and pretty fierce looking. If he has solid support from the other sex-obsessed French, they can go far. They were in the finals in 2006. Remember the head butt; awesome. France ranks nr. 9 in the FIFA rankings.

My tip: Mexico, group winner and La Grande Nation, second, advance to the next round. Please leave your tips in the comment box.

Picture of Franck Ribery courtesy of Pierre Philipp Marcou AFP.


Dom said...

Hey V... i think mexico makes it!!! second uruguay!!

but hey, don't make a fool of me, when everything turns out to be the opposite of what i thought - 'cause soccer is not my thing!!! hahah...


Tatiana Lensky said...

That's the beauty of it. You don't know much about football but you'll probably be more accurate than the so-called experts. Knowing too much is not always a good thing. Besides, it's all for fun. (oh, and you should come to LA with us)

Anonymous said...

Wolfi would say:

1st: France
2nd: Uruguay

Jeffrey said...

Going with Mexico and Uruguay first and second

Anonymous said...

James -
Mexico and the French

Tatiana Lensky said...

and here my pics:

1. Mexico
2. France

and thank you all for posting your picks. ; )

fabian_Szymanek said...

Fabian says...1) la france 2) uruguay :-) not really fond of the grande nation but let's keep their hopes up :-)

Anonymous said...

1. France
2. South Africa

Tatiana Lensky said...

And the winners for group A: nobody.

But the runners up who predicted the right teams (albeit in the wrong order) are:

Dom and Jeff. Congrats! and well done! Who would have thought France goes home. Good picks. Respect!.