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World cup


  • 5 years ago · Quote · #1

    rewtasw

    Which country do you think will win the fifa world cup.

    I reckon Spain

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #2

    trysts

    I agree!Smile It's going to be great!

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #3

    rewtasw

    so you think spain will win

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #4

    trysts

    Yes I do, rewtaswSmile Here are my picks out of the first round, what are yours?

    Group A: France/S.Africa
    Group B: Argentina/S.Korea
    Group C: England/Slovenia
    Group D: Germany/Serbia
    Group E: Cameroon/Netherlands
    Group F: Italy/Paraguay
    Group G: Brazil/Portugal
    Group H: Spain/Chile

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #5

    rewtasw

    Ok. I reckon:

    Group A:France/South Africa

    Group B:Argentina/Nigeria

    Group C:England/USA

    Group D:Germany/Australia

    Group E:Netherlands/Cameroon

    Group F:Italy/Paraguay

    Group G:Brazil/Portugal

    Group H:Spain/Sitzerland

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #6

    trysts

    The U.S.??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    I'm serious. That joke is just tooooo obvious to be funnyLaughing

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #7

    rewtasw

    They did beat spain last year and spain are the favorites

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #8

    trysts

    I hate the U.S. If you are right and they make it out of the group, I won't stop throwing up for twelve hoursLaughing

    Anyway, I'll keep track of who you've picked, and keep adding to your post if you don't mind. This is fun!Smile

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #9

    rewtasw

    No worries but you come from the U.S?

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #10

    trysts

    I hate this country. It has beautiful landscapes, wonderful rivers and lakes, and amazing seasons. The wild life is astonishing. Some people are quite lovely. The government sucks, most of the people suck, and it's a plague on the world. That's my tiny opinion on the matterSmile

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #11

    rewtasw

    ok

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #12

    kenneth67

    I think England is in with a big chance.

    I like the U.S.A.'s style of play, and hope they do well.

    The support for South Africa here is tremendous. The whole country is buzzing - flags on cars, everyone wearing SA soccer shirts etc... I am not the flag-waving type, but it's good for our country.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #13

    abhiraj42

    Germany or France

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #14

    brianb42

    I wish soccer was as popular as the NFL here in the U. S. Every where else people are crazy about World Cup.  Maybe there is hope with so many young people playing soccer these days.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #15

    kenneth67

    Yes it's strange that soccer being such a huge world sport has not become big in the U.S. but having said that there is a well established soccer league (USSF I think) which has been around for many years. Three teams in S.Africa are named after U.S. teams (Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Jomo Cosmos) as the founders of these three teams played in the U.S. in their youth, and were inspired by their time spent there in the days when the likes of Pele played for NY Cosmos.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #16

    Lampman

    I am going to be boring and go for Brazil.

    I would love it if England won it, but being realistic, we won't!

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #17

    rnunesmagalhaes

    To all you chess-geeks (not me, of course), here are the top 20 teams by Elo ratings:

    Ratings and Statistics as of Tuesday June 8 2010
    rank team rating        
                             
    1 Brazil 2087                          
    2 Spain 2085                          
    3 Netherlands 2016                          
    4 England 1975                          
    5 Germany 1929                          
    6 Italy 1909                          
    7 Argentina 1899                          
    8 Mexico 1883                          
    9 Croatia 1866                          
    10 Chile 1860                          
    11 Portugal 1846                          
    12 France 1835                          
    13 Egypt 1827                          
    14 Uruguay 1819                          
    15 Russia 1818                          
    16 Serbia 1815                          
    17 Ukraine 1780                          
    18 Turkey 1774                          
    19 Sweden 1770                          
    20 United States 1765                          

    http://www.eloratings.net/world.html

     

    PS: Any math mind would care to explain why is Elo for leading football teams so much lower than for leading chess players?

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #18

    kenneth67

    Interesting.

    Here are their FIFA rankings as well (Source:Wikipedia).

    The way they calculate it is quite complex, with various formulae: view it here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Football_Elo_Ratings

    Elo RankNationPointsConfederationFIFA Rank
    1  Brazil 2087 CONMEBOL 1
    2  Spain 2085 UEFA 2
    3  Netherlands 2016 UEFA 4
    4  England 1975 UEFA 8
    5  Germany 1929 UEFA 6
    6  Italy 1909 UEFA 5
    7  Argentina 1899 CONMEBOL 7
    8  Mexico 1883 CONCACAF 17
    9  Croatia 1866 UEFA 10
    10  Chile 1860 CONMEBOL 18
    11  Portugal 1846 UEFA 3
    12  France 1835 UEFA 9
    13  Egypt 1827 CAF 12
    14  Uruguay 1819 CONMEBOL 16
    15  Russia 1818 UEFA 11
    16  Serbia 1815 UEFA 15
    17  Ukraine 1780 UEFA 23
    18  Turkey 1774 UEFA 29
    19  Sweden 1770 UEFA 37
    20  United States 1765 CONCACAF 14
    21  Australia 1760 AFC 20
    22  Korea Republic 1748 AFC 47
    23  Paraguay 1745 CONMEBOL 31
    24  Republic of Ireland 1743 UEFA 41
     Denmark 1743 UEFA 36
    26  Côte d'Ivoire 1738 CAF 27
    27  Switzerland 1734 UEFA 24
    28  Colombia 1724 CONMEBOL 35
    29  Norway 1723 UEFA 22
    30  Czech Republic 1722 UEFA 33
  • 5 years ago · Quote · #19

    brianb42

    rnunesmagalhaes wrote:

    To all you chess-geeks (not me, of course), here are the top 20 teams by Elo ratings:

    Ratings and Statistics as of Tuesday June 8 2010 rank team rating                                   1 Brazil 2087                           2 Spain 2085                           3 Netherlands 2016                           4 England 1975                           5 Germany 1929                           6 Italy 1909                           7 Argentina 1899                           8 Mexico 1883                           9 Croatia 1866                           10 Chile 1860                           11 Portugal 1846                           12 France 1835                           13 Egypt 1827                           14 Uruguay 1819                           15 Russia 1818                           16 Serbia 1815                           17 Ukraine 1780                           18 Turkey 1774                           19 Sweden 1770                           20 United States 1765                          

    http://www.eloratings.net/world.html

     

    PS: Any math mind would care to explain why is Elo for leading football teams so much lower than for leading chess players?


    How much brain power does it take to kick a ball into a net? You only have to get by the opposing team.SmileWink Seriously though, I have very little knowledge of football strategy. I do understand it takes a lot of passing to get in position for a shot.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #20

    trysts

    rewtasw wrote:

    Ok. I reckon:

    Group A:France/South Africa

    Group B:Argentina/Nigeria

    Group C:England/USA

    Group D:Germany/Australia

    Group E:Netherlands/Cameroon

    Group F:Italy/Paraguay

    Group G:Brazil/Portugal

    Group H:Spain/Sitzerland


    In group B, rewtasw, South Korea looked as good as Argentina today!


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