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Old 05-11-2010, 07:09 AM   #1
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2010 FIFA World Cup! Thread!

so can we start talking about it yet? or are we still celebrating/bemoaning Chelsea's victory? it's next month! it was very exciting last time around, though i don't think Australia'll do as well this time. still wishing Senegal was in the tournament though, they should just get a wildcard entry to every tournament...

begin discussion!

my tip is England!

(edit - it's really Spain, couldn't leave it like that )
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if we're to be really honest, i'll be over the moon if new zealand just score a goal, but i'll be obnoxious as all hell regardless.

with all due respect to australia too, they'll fare just as well as new zealand will this time around. deadset horror group to be drawn in.
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I am very excite.
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if we're to be really honest, i'll be over the moon if new zealand just score a goal, but i'll be obnoxious as all hell regardless.

with all due respect to australia too, they'll fare just as well as new zealand will this time around. deadset horror group to be drawn in.
being obnoxious as hell is a lot of fun, isn't it? especially over the internet.

i don't get why everyone thinks it's so bad... it's no worse than Japan/Croatia/Brazil.

not exactly sure why the mascot is a jaundiced catboy with chicken pox though.

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being obnoxious as hell is a lot of fun, isn't it? especially over the internet.

i don't get why everyone thinks it's so bad... it's no worse than Japan/Croatia/Brazil.
no doubt i'm still kicking myself for turning down basically a free trip to wellington for the qualifier against bahrain. damn damn damn arse shit poop tits.

it's not much worse than those teams, but the australian team is much, much worse than the one we've seen lately. under hiddink they were almost as good as they were ever going to be, and under a far worse coach and four years older i don't hold out much hope for them - they're my second team for this world cup though! my biggest attention is on the warm up game at the mcg in two weeks though. can't wait.
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can we also use this thread to discuss hosting of future world cups? apparently the brazil bid is in deep shit and may end up in the united states.
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can we also use this thread to discuss hosting of future world cups? apparently the brazil bid is in deep shit and may end up in the united states.
Again?!

By that I mean how about we give-a someone else a go.
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usa 1994 was great. it really launched the sport there, in particular a good professional league.

to be honest i think the usa is australia's biggest rival to getting one of the two world cups on offer - if they could get 2014 to the usa that would be a massive bonus.

although i do think that like athens in 2004 brazil will get their shit together in time, but fifa aren't as forgiving as the olympic committee.
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Could Russia be a chance? I think it's fair to say that it's their time.
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Could Russia be a chance? I think it's fair to say that it's their time.
russia have a bid in. i don't like their chances given how recently there was a european world cup, but it's certainly possible.

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of those i think australia, england and the united states are the top three chances. japan/korea held one in 2002 and the rest are all europe based except for qatar who are the joke entry.
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Out of the current bids I would hope for Russia (as previously mentioned) and Belgium/Netherlands. I was very surprised by the bid of Indonesia, but that got cancelled.
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Out of the current bids I would hope for Russia (as previously mentioned) and Belgium/Netherlands. I was very surprised by the bid of Indonesia, but that got cancelled.
i'd love to see russia pick one up, but i think both world cups are, as i said, between usa/england/australia. my preferences are easily australia, usa, russia and england - in that order. europe had 2006, while i'd be shocked to see fifa wait until 2026 to give them another world cup, i'd love to see it happen.
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2018 - England
2022 - Australia or USA

I'd much rather it not be England, I'd rather the Russia or BeNeLux bids, but England will get it.

Can't wait for the World Cup. I will be nocturnal, just a shame I've got an exam the day of the Australia vs Serbia match.

I sense a Spain vs Netherlands final with Spain prevailing, based on some World Cup predictor app on my phone, but my general preference is for pretty much anyone BUT England. I think I'll be cheering for USA, Algeria and Slovenia as much as I'll be cheering for Oz against Serbia, Ghana and Germany. We'll see.

Don't rate France with that Domenech mug at the helm, nor Argentina, despite the undeniable brilliance of their players. No stability or cohesion in the side since Maradona took charge.

Here's hoping for some surprise packets and upsets aplenty, like Honduras, and South Africa to defy the odds and miraculously continue the tradition of the host nation ALWAYS making it beyond the group stage. Unlucky to be drawn in a tough group despite their seeding.
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I'd be leery of betting on Spain because of their injury problems (esp. Torres, Iniesta and Xavi).
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I think Australia will either do very well, or just get smashed. I don't think there's a chance they'll be middle of the road.

That said, I think/hope they'll get to the second round.
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Cheering for the US, of course but Spain looks damn good. As long as Italy doesn't win it, I am happy.
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Cheering for the US, of course but Spain looks damn good. As long as Italy doesn't win it, I am happy.
While I'm hoping for more of this, I know it won't happen. Just not good enough this time around.



Brazil is playing dour football, Argentina is managed by an idiot who will squander some of the game's best talents, Spain has injury issues.

Ivory Coast and Ghana are being tipped as (no pun intended) dark horses, but they don't have a lot of depth.

England or Germany to take the whole thing.

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England will choke, just wait and see
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England will choke, just wait and see
Especially if there are penalties involved.
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I'm actually going to South Africa on the 19th of June. Don't have any tickets for games (mostly because I'm going for other reasons) but now I kind of want to go to one.
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