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Old 2014-05-30, 15:00   Link #5141
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neutral's team of choice this year should be Belgium.
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Old 2014-05-30, 17:07   Link #5142
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My 3 are South Korea, Germany and England.

Hoping for Germany to break the SF curse. Though my bets are on Brazil to win it.
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Old 2014-05-30, 20:19   Link #5143
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My country's team (México) did qualify, but they're such an inept bunch of incompetent asshats that I'll be rooting for Colombia (Bacca, Teófilo Gutierrez, Jackson Martinez, Balanta, Guarín, hopefully Falcao) and Belgium (Courtois, Lukaku, Hazard, Kompany) instead.
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Old 2014-05-30, 22:48   Link #5144
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I just hope it won't be Brazil (individualistic forwards and wth is that midfield) Holland (Robben annoys me) or Germany (their arrogance after getting one single CL is insufferable). I'm on the fence with Argentina because their defense and midfield is average and while I used to love Messi he's turned into a little twerp.

I love love love Iniesta but Spain's football's become real boring, Belgium's got a bunch of sympathetic young talents but I'm baffled why they're the book's 5th favorites, they're overhyped like everything that comes out of the Premier League and I don't think they have the maturity or even the talent to be world beaters.

Realistically the only potential winner left is Italy, I like what Prandelli is doing and honestly if you can win with Balo as your striker you've got to be a genius.
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Old 2014-05-31, 06:13   Link #5145
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I'm surprised no one said Japan yet.
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Old 2014-05-31, 07:23   Link #5146
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I'm surprised no one said Japan yet.
I did in the previous page. I hope to see them go far enough.
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Old 2014-05-31, 09:59   Link #5147
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I am rooting for Spain as well as Germany as being an Arsenal fan I want to see Fabregas, Cazorla, Ozil etc get success.

For underdogs, it'll be Japan for me as well, being an Asian country and more importantly because I like their anime...
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Old 2014-05-31, 10:12   Link #5148
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And Japan's national football team's official mascot is Pikachu. What's not to like about that?
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I did in the previous page. I hope to see them go far enough.
Whoops missed it sorry.
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Old 2014-05-31, 10:24   Link #5149
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neutral's team of choice this year should be Belgium.
As a person whose team is in the same group as them, I am so scared of them.

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My country's team (México) did qualify, but they're such an inept bunch of incompetent asshats that I'll be rooting for Colombia (Bacca, Teófilo Gutierrez, Jackson Martinez, Balanta, Guarín, hopefully Falcao) and Belgium (Courtois, Lukaku, Hazard, Kompany) instead.
Same with my team (Korea). So far we look like shit.

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I'm surprised no one said Japan yet.
You know, I am probably the only one here that will root against Japan here, Japan being our biggest rival.
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Old 2014-05-31, 12:00   Link #5150
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I just hope it won't be Brazil (individualistic forwards and wth is that midfield) Holland (Robben annoys me) or Germany (their arrogance after getting one single CL is insufferable). I'm on the fence with Argentina because their defense and midfield is average and while I used to love Messi he's turned into a little twerp.
1. Allow to quote Gary Lineker: "Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win."
2. While I agree that their defense it's not what it used to be, they're not by any means bad, it's just that because of it's predecesors, they look tame in comparison (I mean, how do you meseaure up to Verón, Simeone, Zanetti, Ayala, Chamot), then there's the midfield issue, Gago, Di Maria, Rodriguez... that's not what I would call average, and Messi in it's worst day it's still better than 95% of the rest of football players
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Old 2014-05-31, 15:06   Link #5151
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2. While I agree that their defense it's not what it used to be, they're not by any means bad, it's just that because of it's predecesors, they look tame in comparison (I mean, how do you meseaure up to Verón, Simeone, Zanetti, Ayala, Chamot), then there's the midfield issue, Gago, Di Maria, Rodriguez... that's not what I would call average, and Messi in it's worst day it's still better than 95% of the rest of football players
Maxi is serviceable, Gago's kinda faded no? Di Maria's this season's surprise but doesn't he play winger with Argentina? I'm not sure, there's always kinda consistency/decision making questions with him anyway. It's not an ugly midfield but IMO it doesn't compare to the Iniesta/Busquets/Silva/Alonso or De Rossi/Pirlo/Motta/Montolivo/Verratti/Marchisio or Schweinsteiger/Kroos/Gotze/Muller.

With Messi yeah he's the best I just meant with the reports of how he pushed Ibra on the bench because he didn't get along with him and he wanted to be the main show, then pushed Pep out by telling him he cost them the CL, pushed Villa on the bench because he wasn't passing him the ball enough so now Alexis is too scared to play for himself, pushed for Martino just because his dad was Martino's fan, etc. Just acting like a little tyrant.
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Old 2014-05-31, 16:20   Link #5152
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On another topic, there has been four injuries today that have resulted in players missing the WC, here's the list:
Luis Montes (MEX)
Rafael Marquéz (MEX)
Riccardo Montolivo (ITA)
Segundo Castillo (ECU)
..... What a bad day to play football :c
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Old 2014-05-31, 16:50   Link #5153
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I would support portugal, because I kind of like C. Ronaldo...sure he has some flaws, but his work ethics is superb. And he stills gives 100% effort despite the fact that he is injured and the world cup is around the corner wins my vote.

my second choice would be Argentina, but purely on the following scenario:

In the final, Messi scores the winning goal in the last minute against brazil due to "hand of god" version 2.0 XD

Oh my, it maybe fun for the oversea audience, but I wouldn't want to be in that stadium if it really happens
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Old 2014-05-31, 17:46   Link #5154
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Riccardo Montolivo (ITA)
A blessing in disguise.

I have nothing against the guy as a person, but I never liked him as a player so if he misses this World Cup it's definetely good news for me. It means that we're definetely going to use Verratti a lot more.
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Old 2014-06-01, 10:50   Link #5155
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Is it bad I care more about transfers and my club winning CL next year than the WC atm?

Talent concentration in the richest clubs kinda spoiled it for me the best teams in the CL are better than national teams nowadays and play more coherent (obviously).
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Old 2014-06-01, 11:11   Link #5156
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Talent concentration in the richest clubs kinda spoiled it for me the best teams in the CL are better than national teams nowadays and play more coherent (obviously).
Except probably for the Spanish team which was/is Barcelona and Madrid combined. I think that's the most coherent national team.

But yeah, in general I would agree club teams are better than national teams. Though it would be fun to hold a match featuring a world cup winner team against a CL-winner team.
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Old 2014-06-01, 11:12   Link #5157
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To people whose country failed to make to the WC, who are you going to support?
Samurai Blue !!!
Because they got Pikachu and AKB48 power in the suit...
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Old 2014-06-01, 11:16   Link #5158
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Is it bad I care more about transfers and my club winning CL next year than the WC atm?

Talent concentration in the richest clubs kinda spoiled it for me the best teams in the CL are better than national teams nowadays and play more coherent (obviously).
They are better but I have no affection for those clubs unlike my national team.

But to each their own.

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Samurai Blue !!!
Because they got Pikachu and AKB48 power in the suit...
Wait what? I heard about Pikachu, but AKB48?
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Old 2014-06-01, 11:52   Link #5159
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They are better but I have no affection for those clubs unlike my national team.

But to each their own.
On the other side of the coin, I do not feel any kind of affection for my national team (not only football, but any national team for that matter, even after being part of one), but I do feel affection for Real Madrid, ever since I started to learn what football was, their team was Cesar, Michel, Hierro, Helguera, Roberto Carlos, Indio Solari, Makelele, Zizou, Don Raul, Morientes, Figo... It was really something else watching those Galacticos play, ooh, the memories
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Old 2014-06-01, 17:33   Link #5160
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Is it bad I care more about transfers and my club winning CL next year than the WC atm?

Talent concentration in the richest clubs kinda spoiled it for me the best teams in the CL are better than national teams nowadays and play more coherent (obviously).
The WC can't really match the top end of the CL teams anymore on tactics and squads but it has it's own merrits.

Less cohesion allows individual performances to have a greater impact on the results. A lot of matches in a short period of time and the single match knockout stages create an enormous built up of tension. It's a different discipline of football and tests top players out of their comfort zone. Not many players have been able to perform in both tournaments.

In addition national teams have to deal with limited resources, which has it's own charm compared to the dominance of rich clubs in the CL.
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