The advent picture today is another from the Christmas markt at Alexanderplatz. A hastily drawn sign for glühwein. I like the stuff above the cup. Not sure what that’s meant to represent… Heat? alcohol?
So, it’s the weekend, the that traditionally only a few people read this page. That’s a good thing really, you should have better stuff to do at the weekend than reading my shit. But I might use this opportunity to wonder what might happen in the World Cup next summer. I’m sure the world over there are geeks like me pouring over the fixtures and possible routes that their teams and other teams could have to the Final. The good thing is, if I write it here I’ll be able to look back and see how good or bad my predicitions were. (You too can do this with the help of the BBC’s nice little World Cup Predictor thingy.)
Group A: Germany, Costa Rica, Poland, Ecuador.
Although you’d imagine Germany would win this group with relative ease, dunno who’ll be second. Could be Poland or Ecuador. Considering they’ve recently beat Brasil and Argentina, I’m going for Ecuador.
Group B: England, Paraguay, Trinidad & Tobago, Sweden.
Fingers crossed, a team of England’s quality should win this. But, y’know, we’re not that good at making easy work of things. Sweden again, who could quite easily win the group, but I’m gonna be patriotic and go for England first, Sweden second.
Group C: Argentina, Côte d’Ivoire, Serbia & Montenegro, Netherlands.
The really interesting group. Four good teams. One bad result for the big boys and Côte d’Ivoire could get through. Still, Argentina and Netherlands are two of the best teams in the world, aren’t they? They should make it.
Group D: México, Iran, Angola, Portugal.
I don’t know enough about Iran and Angola, so ignorance says Portugal and México will go through.
Group E: Italy, Ghana, USA, Czech Republic.
No easy games for anyone here, really. Czech Republic, I reckon, will win the group. And I have a sneaky feeling that USA might edge out Italy. Would be fun to see some blue-shirted tears at the end of this group if that happens.
Group F: Brasil, Croatia, Australia, Japan.
Oooh, this’ll be a beauty. Brasil should win it, of course. I’m going for Japan to be runners-up.
Group G: France, Switzerland, Korea Republic, Togo.
France first, Switzerland second.
Group H: Spain, Ukraine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia.
I want Spain to do well, what with their handful of Liverpool players. Shevchenko should see that Ukraine get through, too, maybe even in first place.
The Second Round
Game One: Winner A (Germany) v Runner-up B (Sweden)
If this World Cup wasn’t in Germany, I’d be betting on Sweden. As it is, I reckon Germany’ll sneak through.
Game Two: Winner C (Argentina) v Runner-up D (México)
Class should show through here. Argentina to go through fairly easily.
Game Three: Winner B (England) v Runner-up A (Ecuador)
C’mon! What do you think I’m gonna say here?
Game Four: Winner D (Portugal) v Runner-up C (Netherlands)
The Netherlands win. If this match happens, it should be good, eh?
Game Five: Winner E (Czech Republic) v Runner-up F (Japan)
I wonder if this one could be a shock result… I wonder, but I don’t predict one. Czech Republic to the quarters.
Game Six: Winner G (France) v Runner-up H (Spain)
Your guess is as good as mine… But seeing as though, one of these days, Spain have gotta do well, I’ll pick them.
Game Seven: Winner F (Brasil) v Runner-up E (USA)
Brasil, of course.
Game Eight: Winner H (Ukraine) v Runner-up G (Switzerland)
The Quarter Finals
Quarter Final One: Winner 1 (Germany) v Winner 2 (Argentina)
If all goes to plan, and my American mate is out of the country when this game happens in Berlin, I’ll be there in Berlin’s Olympiastadion watching this. How juicy could that be? Alternatively, if England were to come second in their group and beat Germany in the the Second Round, it could be England v Argentina. Even juicier! Anyway, I’m predicting Argentina to end the hopes of the home nation.
Quarter Final Two: Winner 5 (Czech Republic) v Winner 6 (Spain)
The Czechs are the better team, but I’m sticking my neck out: Spain to win.
Quarter Final Three: Winner 3 (England) v Winner 4 (Netherlands)
Oh God… Heart vs head. If England play as well as they can do, then of course it’s possible. But I doubt it. I’m going for the Netherlands to win this one.
Quarter Final Four: Winner 7 (Brasil) v Winner 8 (Ukraine)
Brasil should simply be too good for Ukraine here.
The Semi Finals
Semi Final One: Winner QF1 (Argentina) v Winner QF2 (Spain)
Despite those lovely Liverpool players in Spain’s squad, it should be Argentina.
Semi Final Two: Winner QF3 (Netherlands) v Winner QF4 (Brasil)
I’m bored of seeing Brasil in the final, so fuck it: the Netherlands to win.
Argentina v Netherlands
Your guess is as good as mine, really. I’d rather see the Netherlands win it, though.
So, that’s next summer: I can’t wait!
If you too have spent time since last night wondering what might be, and fancy sharing: the comments area is your place…