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Old 06-17-2013, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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I don't care what anyone says I cannot see anyone but Spain or Germany lifting the World Cup. You can have a different opinion but that's mine. They are on another level completely.
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:27 PM
 
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1. European teams have a terrible record of performance on South American soil.
2. Messi is playing on another planet at the minute, and is finally translating that to his performances in the national team.
3. Messi-Tevez-Lavezzi-Aguero-Di Maria-Higuain ... Argentina have attacking talent that exceeds anyone, including Spain. They may not have the overall team that Spain has, but they have a collection of attackers that is second to no one.

Argentina are someone to be feared next summer absolutely.

edit - not just South American soil. There have been 7 World Cups held in either South or North America. 7 times South American teams won.
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:15 AM
 
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We will see. You are blind if you don't think Spain and Germany are favourites.
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:52 AM
 
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I think Spain - Germany - Argentina are favorites. I think Italy - France - Brazil are also conte.ders, tho less likely.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Belgium
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Yeah agreed.

By the way, what team did you play for? I could of played against you in my days at Liverpool
Oh, but I never played football at a high level . There are 8 different levels in Belgian football and I got only to the 4th level (which is the lowest national level). Could have gotten more out of it, but I never really enjoyed training when I was younger (I preferred partying). I regret that now, but oh well...I had a good time nonetheless .

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But as I said above, there are often games where they are playing quality sides who are affraid to press them and push their own game and tactics, and in those cases it generally turns into a boring pass-the-ball-around-the-back-and-midfield-and-never-create-a-single-chance-hardly match that makes one want to put their eyes out.
You're right, that can get boring, even to me. But then I blame the other side for not wanting to play along and just park the bus. Although I do understand that, for those other sides, that is often their only hope of getting a decent result.
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:04 AM
 
Location: IL
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Spain were untouchable first half, amazing football. No South American team, or European, will get near them or Germany in Brazil next year.
Yeah, the first half was ridiculous. I said to my kids about halfway through the first half that Uruguay had the ball for about 1 minute combined (exageration, but still). Uruguay was putting no pressure on the ball in the first half, especially around midfield, which is a good way to lose to Spain. At another point I said to my son that Spain had 10 men in the attacking half, easily passing back and forth with minimal pressure. I personally didn't like the game plan for Uruguay, but they do have weaknesses in the back.

I say Spain and Germany are definitely favorites next year, they will be tough to beat.
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Miami,FL
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Uruaguy maybe 5th but at a mini tournament they can easily do well. They were south Americas best side two years ago you don't become bad over night. Cavani, Suarez will threaten ANYONE.
Try telling the Mexicans that. less than a year ago it seemed like they would sweep all of concacaf in qualifying and break every record. now it seems they may not qualify.
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Miami,FL
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Yeah, the first half was ridiculous. I said to my kids about halfway through the first half that Uruguay had the ball for about 1 minute combined (exageration, but still). Uruguay was putting no pressure on the ball in the first half, especially around midfield, which is a good way to lose to Spain. At another point I said to my son that Spain had 10 men in the attacking half, easily passing back and forth with minimal pressure. I personally didn't like the game plan for Uruguay, but they do have weaknesses in the back.

I say Spain and Germany are definitely favorites next year, they will be tough to beat.
actually it wasn't an exaggeration. in the 20mins leading up to the first goal Spain had 93% possesion
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:21 PM
 
Location: IL
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actually it wasn't an exaggeration. in the 20mins leading up to the first goal Spain had 93% possesion
That is unbelievable. I was thinking about the first AC Milan-Barca game at the start of this game. The big difference is that AC Milan put pressure higher up the field and cut off passing angles as Barca moved into the attacking third.
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:11 PM
 
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That is unbelievable. I was thinking about the first AC Milan-Barca game at the start of this game. The big difference is that AC Milan put pressure higher up the field and cut off passing angles as Barca moved into the attacking third.
I can't even imagine how much possession Spain will have against Tahiti.
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