Originally posted by Splinemodel
Brazil will not win because a Bundesliga referee will inevitably officiate the final. Brazil's success is heavily dependent on tough play getting whistled down.
I watch Barcelona many times each season and I think that Ronaldhino - as well as other La Liga players such as Carlos and Ronaldo - is well used to being hacked down and still manage to score amazing goals on a weekly basis.
I would like to see England win,
but as of late it appears that they may have a toothless attack.
The problem is not England's attack -which may or may not be toothless but their own mindless arrogance which is coupled with an outmoded fear of winning. Thankfully this ensures they will always shoot themselves in the foot (Rooney injury - Beckham injury last WC).
I think England will just sink below the waterline like an overloaded Titanic after this WC. McClaren will be a disaster and in any sport England are just not comfortable as winners preferring what has become known as the 'Henman approach': basically a method of cranking up the jingoism and 'pride' to 11 while simultaneously reducing actual achievement to the minus scale.
They just don't have the psychological make-up to be winners and even when they have realistic chances the national psyche (through its main agent the gutter press) will ensure that both feet are blown off with a bunker-buster.
The whole sorry saga of the English manager fiasco from fake sheikh to Scolari is just the latest in a long line of such incidents. Can anyone really imagine this sort of pantomime in any other country in the run up to a WC?
I do expect Peter Crouch to give the South American teams loads of trouble, though.
Watch out for Messi if he's fit - Argentina could do something. I have a sneaking suspicion it could be the Dutch although one can never write off the Germans. And they WILL
beat England on penalties in round 2. Bet the house on it - you heard it here first.
Spain could be a dark horse if they get their *** together. Which is unlikely.