World Cup: five questions, open thread.
Friend of the site and Liverpool Man, Tom_RR88, did one of his five questions in five minutes at his site. Sadly, I didn’t get the call:
We’ve gathered a panel of soccer enthusiasts to talk about which games and players to keep an eye on, and try to figure out who will walk away with the sport’s ultimate prize.
Well, it’s true that I’m not a soccer enthusiast. But if sport teaches us anything, it’s that you don’t EVEN have to be close to a competent enthusiast to have a hot take.
Now I have tried with soccer. I tried to get into the Columbus Crew. I am aware of — and in awe of — the electricity at Timbers-Sounders match. I use the words “match” and “pitch” as appropriate.1 I adopted an EPL team — “Yay Leiceister!” and then “Yay Everton!” I watch UEFA Cup but it’s not the same. I want to watch Champions League but I always miss the games.
I tried. It just didn’t turn into a habit.
But World Cup is a whole other story and I am 100% locked in as I am every four years. So I want to weigh in on Tom’s five questions and give you all a chance to offer hot takes on World Cup too. Here’s his questions. Copy/paste these in the comments with your insights.
- Question: Which group stage game (or games) are you most looking forward to?
- Question: Which player will people be talking about after this summer’s tournament?
- Question: How will the national team you follow do?
- Question: Spain comes into the World Cup as the defending champion as well as the two-time European title holders. Do they have one more championship run in them this summer?
- Question: Who is going to lift the World Cup Trophy on July 13 in the Estadio do Maracanã?
And here’s what I said in Tom’s comment section:
Dammit, I want in… although I am guessing Dr. Ralf has my proxy.
Question: Which group stage game (or games) are you most looking forward to?
Easier to say what group I’m least looking forward to.. that would be Group D I think. I find the Azurri fans on twitter to be soccer equivalents to Steeler fans. But even there, it’s gonna be awesome when Costa Rica wins that division outright. Gonna laugh..
Question: Which player will people be talking about after this summer’s tournament?
On a team of solid players playing solid ball, he always stands out to this very casual fan. I say he explodes.
Question: How will the national team you follow do?
I can’t say I really follow USA but that’s probably the team I know best. (Just something douchey about American soccer fans.. kinda like men’s volleyball fans or lax types… and i can say that because i played men’s v-ball and son is all in for lacrosse. Maybe it’s just the #USMNT hashtag the feels pretentious.) Anyway, good on #USMNT for hiring Klinsmann. It’s a shame douchey #USMNT followers were unable to process his realistic comments about the team’s chances. He’s just being honest and in all honesty, #USMNT is unlikely to win a game in their group.
Question: Spain comes into the World Cup as the defending champion as well as the two-time European title holders. Do they have one more championship run in them this summer?
No. But they’ll get out of their group and on top. I say that badly wanting Holland to win it.. or Chile.. or the Aussies. And it won’t be Iniesta or Xavi or Fabregas leading (and certainly not Torres). It’ll be old man David Villa and his Athletico bud Diego Costa. I’ve got Spain losing to Uruguay in the quarters.
So, who you got?
By the way: Croatia to shock the world tonight.
- But I draw the line at nil. “Nil” in the USA is “zero” and it’s pretentious to use it if you learned English here. You don’t say “zed” for “Z” do you? [back]