World Cup Week 1 Round Up!

Here are some of my observations from the first week of the tournament:

– The World Cup opening ceremony shouldn’t happen, it was awful!
– Pirlo is God.
– Raheem Stirling has a bright future
– Costa Rica probably aren’t the worst team in our group.
– Brazil have used up a large chunk of their luck in the win against Croatia
– Netherlands are up for this
– Spain not so much
– Columbia are winning best celebration
– Attack is winning over defense
– Van Persie’s goal will be shown over and over for years to come, quite rightly.
– The disappearing spray is the most simple and amazing idea ever.
– This one is for FIFA, good on you for implementing goal line technology but when the ball ripples the back of the net we dont need it confirmed!
– But FIFA when you do use it just show the part where it does cross the line please
– Honduras must have been watching Stoke in preparation for this World Cup
– Goals goals goals, already we’ve got more than double than last World Cup at this stage
– Spain looks like they’re down and out but I wouldn’t be so sure
– If Arsenal can sort out Joel Campbell’s permit then they have one heck of a player
– The future for England is as bright as it’s ever been.
– Messi and most of the big name players are off and running
– For the first time in years France might actually have turned up at a tournament… As long as they don’t fall out with each other
– Japan have amazing fans
– When it rains in Brazil it can really rain
– If Columbia had Falcao they would be so scary
– Germany have arrived and Muller is still in form from 4 years ago
– Pepe is a liability (even if Muller didn’t help his case)
– USA must have decided to only play for the first and last 10 minutes and it’s left them with a real chance to get out of the ‘group of death’
– I think we could all have predicted the first draw would be Iran v Nigeria and we weren’t disappointed
– Fabio Capello must be cursed when it comes to goalkeeping errors in the first games at world cups.

Feel free to comment with your own as the games go on!

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Off to Rio we go!

So the World Cup is almost upon us and I think the best England team for this tournament looks something like Hart, Jones, Cahill, jagielka, Baines, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Barkley, Lallana, Sturridge but I think Roy will go more Hart, Johnson, Cahill, jagielka, Baines, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Rooney, Welbeck, Sturridge.

Now in my opinion Johnson is very poor defensively and this will be targeted by stronger teams, he is only here because very few other options and he has international experience.
Barkley is so exciting, always turning and running, so skilful with ball and will scare teams. Rooney for all the good he does in qualifying (39 goals for england, 0 in world cups) he just doesn’t look at his best and we can’t continue to pick players on their names. But as much as I would like to play Barkley he may be a better option coming off the bench and using fresh legs to attack teams.
With Welbeck he will offer more defensivly than Lallana and Sterling but I think with Henderson and Gerrard you want Lallana and Sterling and their attacking edge and skills.

End of the day its a tough group that we will do well to get out. Beyond that I have looked at the different outcomes and the last 16 game should be fine but quarter finals is our limit as i think we will end up facing Brazil or Spain pand I can’t see us winning those games. As an England fan I just want us to play entertaining football and give the fans hope for the future and as a football fan I really do hope this tournament lives up to the expectations.

World Cup 2014

So the World Cup is almost upon us, 32 of the worlds best teams and the favourites have already been picked. Surely it will be Brazil at home or Spain after their years of domination of world football… surely?

Honestly while it does help having talent I think that passion, teamwork and luck are the key elements to a successful world cup, and for a world cup like this being able to deal with the climate is huge.

Turkey and South Korea in 2002, Greece in Euro 2004, Ghana in 2010 all of these teams were by no means the best or near the best in those tournaments yet they all massively surpassed the expectations.
Turkey finished 3rd in 2002 with South Korea 4th, Greece won Euro 2002 and in 2010 Ghana were one Luis Suarez handball away from a place in the top 4.

All of these teams show the importance of teamwork and determination and show that regardless of not having a team of world beaters you can still achieve in major tournaments.

For this World Cup there will be a team that nobody expects in the top 4.
I believe it will be a South American team due to the climate, had Falcao not got injured I would have predicted Columbia.
Maybe it can be USA who always seem to perform well, (although they are probably in the hardest group), maybe it could be Belgium who are full of talented youngsters but my optimistic prediction is Ecuador. They have France, Switzerland and Honduras in their group, a group they can easily navigate and win. If they do they’ll play either Bosnia, Iran or Nigeria which again is a winnable game. From that stage on luck plays a massive part so who knows.