Oh God, oh God. The USA have a decent squad, and they're better than they've ever been but let's not exaggerate.
I don't believe the US football hype just like I don't believe the ''African international teams are on the same level as European and South American teams now''-hype.
The US will survive the group on a 2nd place, and will lose the 2nd round or quarter finals. No African team is getting past the quarter finals, maybe not even that far like last year, when supposedly an African team was going to progress far into the tournament.
Also, the US might win the World Cup one day but not because of their racial diversity. One of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard. After all, England and The Netherlands have almost as racially diverse societies, and they haven't won a tournament in years.
Thanks for the replies, guys. For the first time, I'm actually pumped about watching it. My 5-month old daughter loves watching hockey (seriously, she cries when they cut to commercial break), so maybe she'll get into the World Cup a bit.
They have a tough group with Portugal and Brazil, but I do believe they'll survive it. After that they're probably up against Spain, which I don't think they'll win unless they optimally utilize their strength and defensive qualities.
Of course the "Hype" as you call it is over the top, and I share your opinion about the African teams who, due to thier lack of disipline crap, keepers and in depth lack of quality will be lucky to get past the group stages.
As for my "racial diversity" comment this has been disgusted before on here. What my point is ,is that if you have a variety of races originating from arround the world you have more possibilities in the team. Without generalising too much Hispanics for good center of gravity, keep the ball flat play, Northern Europeans for disiplined and airial supperiority, African for athleticism and Indians to play cricket.
Greece beat Mexico 1:0
England beat Serbia 3:1
Germany beat USA 2:0
Argentina beat France 4:0 (maradonna gets banned for some reason)
Holland beat Italy 3:0
Brazil beat Chille 6:4
Denmark beat Paraguay 2:0
Spain beat Ivory Coast 4:0
Holland Beat Brazil (Robben is fit and rapes them) 4:2
England Beat Greece 2:0
Germany beat Argentina 2:1
Spain Beat Denmark 4:1
England Beat Netherlands 2:1
Spain Beat Germany 3:2
Group A - France, Uruguay
Group B - Argentina, Nigeria
Group C - England, USA
Group D - Germany, Serbia
Group E - Netherlands, Denmark
Group F - Italy, Paraguay
Group G - Brazil, Ivory Coast
Group H - Spain, Chile
France - Nigeria 2:0
Argentina - Uruguay 3:1
England - Serbia 3:2
Germany - USA 3:0
Netherlands - Paraguay 2:0
Italy - Denmark 1:0
Brazil - Chile 2:0
Spain - Ivory Coast 2:1
Netherlands - Brazil 2:1
France - England 3:2
Argentina - Germany 0:1, or 1:2, the win will be minimal.
Italy - Spain 1:3
Netherlands - France 3:2
Germany - Spain 1:1 (Germany win after penalty shoot-outs)
Netherlands - Germany 2:1
Well, I actually expect Germany to win, but I want the Netherlands to win it.
I donīt think Germany will get that far, they lack quality up front IMO. But they are a tournament team so you never know. The Netherlands tend to self implode at some stage in every tournament, odd really as from my experience the Dutch are mellow cool people.
He got permanently banned by the looks of it, probably for being his polite self. A shame really he would have added spice to this during the world cup. Hereīs his profile where it says why he got banned.
Lacking quality has never stopped them in the past though, has it? I know, but I have a feeling this will be our year. And about the mellow thing, trust me, most Dutchmen aren't. At least when it comes to that aspect of mellowness.
Would be a great final though, two of the biggest rivals in football facing off in the most important match they'll ever play. Germany took it in 1974, maybe we will this time.