DScruggy729

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How does this look for France?

They got the Swiss, Ecuador and Honduras. Compared to us, that's a very friendly group for them.

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I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Honduras has a decent shot of getting out of that group.

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I suppose this is a question that should have been asked years ago, but why is Manaus even hosting games? IT'S IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GODDAMN AMAZON RAINFOREST! YOU CAN ONLY GET THERE BY FLYING TO IT! IT'S LIKE BRAZILIAN PHOENIX, A MONUMENT TO MAN'S ARROGANCE AND FOLLY!

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But just think, with a stadium there that could hold 50'000 people, it could probably host 30'000 Brazilian spiders, the market is huge down there.

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I'll be the first one to make some early predictions:

Group A

Brazil*

Cameroon*

Croatia

Mexico

Group B (Group of Death**)

Spain*

Netherlands*

Chile

Australia

Group C

Colombia*

Japan*

Côte d'Ivoire

Greece

Group D

Italy*

Uruguay*

England

Costa Rica

Group E

France*

Switzerland*

Ecuador

Honduras

Group F

Argentina*

Bosnia and Herzegovina*

Nigeria

Iran

Group G

Germany*

Portugal*

United States

Ghana

Group H

Belgium*

Russia*

South Korea

Algeria

**Group B is the quintessential Group of Death. A 2010 World Cup finals rematch in the group stage plus a very strong Chile team and an always competitive Australia side...wow.

Round of 16

Brazil over The Netherlands

Uruguay over Colombia

France over Bosnia and Herzegovina

Germany over Russia

Spain over Cameroon

Italy over Japan

Argentina over Switzerland

Belgium over Portugal (penalties)

Quarterfinals

Brazil over Uruguay

Germany over France

Spain over Italy

Argentina over Belgium

Semifinals

Brazil over Germany

Argentina over Spain

Final

Brazil over Argentina

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Jesus... How did we get a group like that and a group like Group H exists?

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I'll be the first one to make some early predictions:

Group A

Brazil*

Cameroon*

Croatia

Mexico

Group B (Group of Death**)

Spain*

Netherlands*

Chile

Australia

Group C

Colombia*

Japan*

Côte d'Ivoire

Greece

Group D

Italy*

Uruguay*

England

Costa Rica

Group E

France*

Switzerland*

Ecuador

Honduras

Group F

Argentina*

Bosnia and Herzegovina*

Nigeria

Iran

Group G

Germany*

Portugal*

United States

Ghana

Group H

Belgium*

Russia*

South Korea

Algeria

**Group B is the quintessential Group of Death. A 2010 World Cup finals rematch in the group stage plus a very strong Chile team and an always competitive Australia side...wow.

Round of 16

Brazil over The Netherlands

Uruguay over Colombia

France over Bosnia and Herzegovina

Germany over Russia

Spain over Cameroon

Italy over Japan

Argentina over Switzerland

Belgium over Portugal (penalties)

Quarterfinals

Brazil over Uruguay

Germany over France

Spain over Italy

Argentina over Belgium

Semifinals

Brazil over Germany

Argentina over Spain

Final

Brazil over Argentina

No, the Group of Death is G.

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Jesus... How did we get a group like that and a group like Group H exists?

Belgium and Russia are legitimate (Belgium waffle-stomped through qualifying, and Russia beat Portugal to win their group), but South Korea and Algeria could have easily been Uzbekistan and Burkina Faso. It might be the only group that is only 2-deep with talent.

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Eh, true. With more time to think on it, I'm actually kind of happy to be in this Group of Death. It means in order for the US to advance, we have to beat some good teams and we'd have a good chance at actually making the quarterfinals.

But, this could just be my attempt at making this situation look better than it really is.

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I'll take a stab at predictions, although the US did get screwed, Mexico's group ain't much better. C, F, and H look to be pretty "easy" groups. G and D are probably the 2 toughest.

Group A

Brazil*

Croatia*

Cameroon

Mexico

Group B

Spain*

Chile*

Netherlands

Australia

Group C

Colombia*

Ivory Coast*

Greece

Japan

Group D

Italy*

Uruguay*

England

Costa Rica

Group E

Switzerland*

France*

Ecuador

Honduras

Group F

Argentina*

Bosnia-Herzegovina*

Iran

Nigeria

Group G

Germany*

Portugal*

Ghana

USA

Group H

Belgium*

Russia*

Algeria

South Korea

*indicates advancing teams

I would put Belgium as a flopper, but their group is to easy to flop in. Argentina has a cakewalk, and I won't be surprised at all if the US pull last place in the "group of death". I really feel bad for Costa RIca, Uruguay, Italy, and England. That rivals the Americans draw for worst in the tournament.

Just going to steal the TorinK template and post some picks after the groups:

Champions: Germany

Runner Up: Argentina

Third and Fourth: Brazil-3rd, Spain-4th

Surprise Dark Horses: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Switzerland, Belgium, Ivory Coast

Surprise Group Stage Busts: United States, England, Netherlands, Ghana

Player of the Tournament: Lionel Messi

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I suppose this is a question that should have been asked years ago, but why is Manaus even hosting games? IT'S IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GODDAMN AMAZON RAINFOREST! YOU CAN ONLY GET THERE BY FLYING TO IT!

Natal to Manaus to Recife. It'd be the equivalent of playing games in Foxboro, then Seattle, and then New York City, all in a 3-4 day span. Such a death trap the USMNT is placed in.

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Jesus... How did we get a group like that and a group like Group H exists?

The better question to ask is, "how in blue hell did a devilish group like G form, while at the same time a pathetic-scrub group, F, come together?"

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I suppose this is a question that should have been asked years ago, but why is Manaus even hosting games? IT'S IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GODDAMN AMAZON RAINFOREST! YOU CAN ONLY GET THERE BY FLYING TO IT! IT'S LIKE BRAZILIAN PHOENIX, A MONUMENT TO MAN'S ARROGANCE AND FOLLY!

Easy on the Phoenix comparison...

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I say the US advance. Ghana has knocked us out the last two WC's, but we've played them well and first. Portugal is just stopping Ronaldo, who carries them. No one knows the shape he'll be in with a deep Champions league run. The first two games are key to getting points. Germany is Germany, and the US players are stubborn enough to not care about reputation. In my opinion, this is the best team the US has ever had.

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I'm just not scared of a team that finished 2nd in one of the weakest UEFA qualifying groups, having to play from behind against teams like Luxembourg, Israel, and Northern Ireland twice.

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I seem to remember the US beating Germany not too many months ago.

Although there was that godawful own goal...

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I seem to remember the US beating Germany not too many months ago.

Although there was that godawful own

goal...

Germany was using a B/C team that day.

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I say the US advance. Ghana has knocked us out the last two WC's, but we've played them well and first. Portugal is just stopping Ronaldo, who carries them. No one knows the shape he'll be in with a deep Champions league run. The first two games are key to getting points. Germany is Germany, and the US players are stubborn enough to not care about reputation. In my opinion, this is the best team the US has ever had.

I agree, by far the best US team I've seen, but still it's a tough group, but there's also 6 months to go, and honestly there's alot that can change. It's going to be a struggle, but USMNT aren't strangers to upsets, either.

On a side note, I'll be out of school by June 13th (when the first game kicks off) so I have a legit shot at being able to watch nearly all of the games. Last time around, our school didn't go out a week after the World Cup started, and I missed the epic US-Slovenia match (that's what I told it was).

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