Predictions.

The World Cup starts tomorrow, and although we won’t be able to make it to S. Africa in the flesh, I will happily be following along on my couch, in random bars, and various apartments and houses, surrounded by dear friends.

Today Norris (he loves when I name drop him in my blog), asked my opinions on how things will shake down, specifically with the US. I’ve been thinking about it, but not really thinking about it: I’m not usually one for predictions, but as I started to look more closely at their group and the other groups and once I found this bracket, I figured, “oh, why the hell not? It’d be fun to be right, and it’d be interesting to see how wrong I am.” Plus, I thought it might be fun to see what others had to say about it…

I didn’t guess the goal spread and I didn’t really heartily review any sort of “expert commentary” to create this list. I relied in part on the information I do know, in part on my personal opinion, and in part on what I would like to see happen.

Below if my bracket following Round of 16 up to the Final. But in case you’re not interested in diagrams, my bottom line prediction is Argentina takes it from Brazil in a 2-1 game. Italy gets 3rd.

Discuss among yourselves.

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
26 June –
Port Elizabeth
France
2 July – Johannesburg
S. Korea
France
26 June – Rustenburg
England
England
6 July –
Cape Town
Ghana
England
28 June – Durban
Brazil
Denmark
2 July –
Port Elizabeth
Slovakia
Denmark
28 June – Johannesburg
Brazil
Brazil
11 July – Johannesburg
Chile
Brazil
27 June – Johannesburg
Argentina
Argentina
3 July – Cape Town
Mexico
Argentina
27 June – Bloemfontein
Germany
Germany
7 July – Durban
USA
Argentina
29 June – Pretoria
Italy Third place
Italy
3 July – Johannesburg 10 July – Port Elizabeth
Japan
Italy England
29 June –
Cape Town
Spain Italy
Spain
Portugal

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