Wednesday, June 09, 2010

2010 World Cup Predictions

Four years ago, I predicted 12/16 teams right to advance to the round of 16. I missed Ecuador/Ghana/Switzerland/Ukraine, picking Poland/USA/South Korea/Tunisia instead. I did get France going to the final, though I predicted Brazil to defeat them to win the title. Eight years ago, I also got one of the final two correct (picked England over Germany). Let's see if I can keep that streak going.

I'll be posting more thoughts on the groups over the next week, but for now I'll just post the picks. In the meantime, this is always the best time to read American soccer articles, even if they're not about the World Cup. Seems like the journalists are in World Cup form as well. I recommend checking these out if you haven't already:
  • How A Soccer Star is Made - New York Times (long article on the Ajax youth academy)
  • The Bad Old Days - ESPN Soccernet (Jeff Carlisle writes on the USMNT's dark days from 1950-1990)
  • The Gospel of Soccer - Globe & Mail (interesting info on ESPN's approach to the 2010 cup)
  • Single-Striker Formations Will be Predominant in South Africa - (I highly recommend this and any other articles by Jonathan Wilson, also of the Guardian. Nice to see SI pick him up)
  • World Cup final squads statistics - (updated info on ages, clubs, heights, etc from Edgar)

Group Stage

Group A

1. France
2. South Africa
3. Mexico
4. Uruguay

Group B

1. Argentina
2. Nigeria
3. South Korea
4. Greece

Group C

1. England
2. United States
3. Slovenia
4. Algeria

Group D

1. Germany
2. Serbia
3. Ghana
4. Australia

Group E

1. Denmark
2. Netherlands
3. Japan
4. Cameroon

Group F

1. Italy
2. Paraguay
3. Slovakia
4. New Zealand

Group G

1. Brazil
2. Portugal
3. Cote d'Ivoire
4. North Korea

Group H

1. Spain
2. Chile
3. Honduras
4. Switzerland

Knockout Stage


France over Nigeria
England over Serbia
Denmark over Paraguay
Brazil over Chile
Argentina over South Africa
Germany over United States
Netherlands over Italy
Spain over Portugal


England over France
Brazil over Denmark
Argentina over Germany
Spain over Netherlands


Brazil over England
Argentina over Spain

Third Place

Spain over England


Brazil over Argentina


Comments on "2010 World Cup Predictions"


Blogger ERic said ... (10:16 AM, June 09, 2010) : 

You're one of the few people I've seen to pick South Africa to advance. I'm right there with you.

But I also think that the Africa effect will happen, and one of the other African teams will make it to the quarterfinals.


Anonymous Derrick said ... (1:27 PM, June 09, 2010) : 

I agree with most of your picks (maybe not Chile over Honduras), but your Group A selections are way out there. Remember, France BARELY qualified (hand of Henry!) and RSA as #2???? I would pick Mexico and Uruguay.

Also, way too much faith in Messi. I see Spain/England final with Arg crashing out maybe in the first KO round depending on how Group A finishes. Just MHO.


Blogger ERic said ... (3:26 PM, June 10, 2010) : 

voros waited to run his until all the friendlies were done. He has some of his stuff updated now. And is supposed to post his predictions today sometime.


Anonymous jamesey said ... (7:44 PM, June 10, 2010) : 

i like your picks. so few people know that a european nation has never won outside of europe. I have argy and brasil in the final too.


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