I already feel like its samba time……!!!
The Groups for the FIFA World Cup 2014 have been drawn!
Group A : Brazil Croatia Mexico Cameron
Group B : Spain Netherlands Chile Australia
Group C : Columbia Greece Ivory Coast Japan
Group D : Uruguay Costa Rica England Italy
Group E : Switzerland Ecuador France Honduras
Group F : Argentina Bosnia Iran Nigeria
Group G : Germany Portugal Ghana USA
Group H : Belgium Algeria Russia South Korea
Overall an Interesting Draw!
The world cup is going to be as Interesting as it could be!
Now few of my Favorites :
Best group : Group D
It is going to be fun to watch England, Italy, Uruguay fighting for the spot in round of 16.
Rooney Vs Suarez, The battle from EPL will continue in WC as well…
My love for england makes tis one special for me!
Toughest group : Group B / Group G
Spain, Netherlands, Chile are all good teams… Its hard to pick 2 and write off remaining! Like in Euros Portugal threw Netherlands out in group stage I feel Chile have the potential to do similar miracles and Netherlands have an amazing squad on paper but their lack of team spirit was visible in Euro.
Group G which Consists of Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA… is my second contender for group of death Germany looks to have a reserved seat in Round of 16s… BUT Writing off Portugal and Ghana will be a foolish mistake… Both have performed well in World Cups! And about USA, the only advantage I can see (after long thinking) is same time zone… not really an advantage..
So Its gonna be hard to call one group a group of death.. Groups B, D, G all are interesting!
Easiest group : Group F
Even a nob can tell this! Maybe Argentines should just come after the group stage is over!
Only team I can see challenging them to a little extent is Nigeria… African super power (In football)..
Iran… No chance, Bosnia… well Dzeko is all I know about this country!
Most unpredictable group : Group C
Most unpredictable means apart from strong ones… as they have been discussed earlier!
Honestly, Have not seen these teams playing that much… But considering earlier World cups! I say Japan and Ivory coast should go though but Greece are always the underdogs!
Now Little talk about My Favorite teams :
1. #England : Because Some feelings are out of control.
I follow English Football for long time. My interaction with English football enthusiasts, My knowledge is more than any other country (Even my own country)… So this has created an emotional bond with this country, rather its football… So no matter how bad they play, how much my mind tells me that their chances f winning are as slim as India qualifying for world cup… My heart will want them to win…. and will enjoy their every goal… The Manchester United factor also plays a role in my love for 3 lions!
2. #Germany : Because Sometimes Its hard to hide love for someone
What do I need to say about Nationalmannschaft and their attractive football and their glorious History (In football)?
Just like England I have an emotional bond with Germany, but this one is more deeper and recently more intense! Not only because I learn German but I also have good friends there and have some more connections with the country like it is the first European country I was introduced to, The first European souvenir I own is German… Due to a quiz I have read a lot about the country and of course I can speak German to a fine extent…And I always loved their team… but so far never accepted I love them and they always remained my no. 2… But looking at the knowledge I am gaining about the country, I guess By 2014 I will be totally germanized (football point of view)..
so for this WC I guess I will be screaming Germany! Germany!! Germany!!!
3. #Belgium : Because Sometimes you have to accept and appreciate something is beautiful
About the Belgian Red Devils, This time, The reason is completely footballing reason…
The squad they have is simply amazing.. The golden generation of Belgium as they call it!
Though the team has no serious history at international level, They are the team to look for in this WC…
4. #Spain : Because its hard to forget past.
Spain…. Current World Champions, Current European Champions, Confederation cup runner ups!
Only fools will make the sin of keeping them out of contender’s list for WC.
The team is still strong and young… perfect mix of youth and experience and overflowing talent!
Last world cup, I was rooting for Spain and they made my birthday special by winning the WC on the night of my birthday! Amazing memories!
So these are my favorites!
Now little bit of predictions!
Round of 16 probables according to me :
Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Chile*, Ivory Coast, Japan, Uruguay, England*, Switzerland, France, Argentina, Nigeria, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, South Korea
(*) – Doubtful
Matches to Watch in group stage :
As the world cup is in the other half of the world, watching all games is not possible for indians like me…
So here is “my Not to miss” list :
Brazil Vs Mexico
Spain Vs Netherlands
Netherlands Vs Chile
Uruguay Vs England
England Vs Italy
Italy Vs Uruguay
England Vs Costa Rica
Germany Vs Portugal
Belgium (at least 1 game)
Now What I hope :
Nationalmannschaft Should win this world cup because they deserve it!
England should reach round of 16 just to piss all the critics off!
Ronaldo should out perform Messi to win olden ball… because I would like to see that!
And we all get to witness a tough competition for the title of world Champion!
So summarizing this Final Predictions :
Winners : Germany
Runner Ups : Brazil
Golden Ball : Christiano Ronaldo
Golden Boot : Neymar
Golden Glove : Manuel Neuer
Lets see if my psychic powers still work…. ;)