Although many consider football to be a global sport, a look at the history of the World Cup shows only a handful of nations have mastered it. FIFA – the game's world governing body – recognizes 208 national associations but just seven have celebrated having the best team on the planet.
South Africa 2010 will be the 19th football World Cup. Of the previous 18 tournaments, five have been won by Brazil, four by Italy and three by Germany. Argentina and Uruguay have claimed two each and France and England one apiece. So, four European and three South American countries have triumphed but the world champions have never come from North America, Asia or Africa.
It is hard to see that record changing this time, although Africa's contenders will be bolstered by the first ever World Cup on their home continent. Ghana and Ivory Coast are arguably the strongest of those countries.
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba will lead the Elephants' campaign. He hit 37 goals for his club this season and was the English Premier League’s leading scorer. His teammate Salomon Kalou has been in good form too. However, another Chelsea player, Michael Essien, could miss out through injury – a setback for the hope of the Black Stars.
We’re expecting a warm welcome from South Africa’s fans but only the most blinkered of them will consider the hosts to have any chance of lifting the trophy. Even 'dark horse' status is optimistic for Bafana Bafana, unlike France, Portugal, the United States, Australia and North Korea who each have credibility.
France and Portugal had poor qualifying campaigns – one of the reasons why they aren’t the top seeds in their respective groups. But both countries have talented squads and if they find form at the right time will be a match for anyone. Portugal, in particular, will hope their Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo gets inspired on the biggest stage of all.
Like Greece at the 2004 European Championship, the United States will feel they are more than the sum of their parts – and players like Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard show star qualities at times.
Australia’s teamwork and battling spirit will be their biggest weapons. Many felt they were unlucky to lose to eventual champions Italy four years ago – and the Aussies can never be ruled out at any sport.
North Korea will be the lowest ranked team at this World Cup but mainly because they play so little international football. No-one knows very much about them and, as they did back in 1966, the country could spring a few surprises.
Of the highest-ranked nations, I would discount Argentina, England and Germany. Maradona may have been a genius as an Argentine player but he’s some way short of that as a coach. He isn’t getting the best out of world player of the year Lionel Messi and his omission of Esteban Cambiasso and Javier Zanetti from his World Cup squad is puzzling.
England’s first team is good but they lack strength in depth and don’t have enough goalscorers while Germany have been dealt a huge blow with the injury to their captain Michael Ballack. Not only vastly experienced, Ballack has scored an astonishing 42 goals in his 98 international appearances.
Brazil, Spain, Italy and Netherlands are the outstanding favorites. However, neither Spain nor Netherlands have won the World Cup before, while a European team has never triumped away from European soil.
Some may have more chance than others on paper – but what will happen in reality is anyone's guess; so who do you think will be crowned world champions?
spain and netherlands have the best teams and probably do well most likey to win it.
argentina have the best strikers messi, melito, arguro, tevez and higauin but the coach is the main problem. the good thing is argentina have a some what easy group and will only face stiff competion if they reach they semi finals.
germany will suprise every one but without michael ballack it will be hard for them to cope without him. england has great coach under don fabio cappello and will go far if they keep their heads on the pitch.
italy ,france and portugal i doubt if they will go past quarter finals since they dont have many good players esp france.leaving nasri and benzeema was the wrosed mistake they made, ribbery is injury prone and has a bad temper, henry sad to say is finished. anleka is ok so i doubt they will do well after all they need 2cheat 2 even qualify. lol
brazil wont win this cup because they only have one quality player kaka who had mixed season with real madird. they have great defenders but offensively they will depend on kaka which will lead to thier demise. dunga has made the worsed mistake leaving ronaldinho, pato and maybe diego out and bringing in man city rejects robinho and elano. brazil will now be one of the easy teams to beat, i doubt they will go past they semis with this team regardless of theier defence. one team countries dont win world cups and kaka is the only player brazil will be depening on.
i think brazil will win the world cup.They are very good in technic and they can play well together on the field .But i dont think it will be an african country to won this tornament
Hi! I think Brazil will be crowned world champion again because brazilians know how to play a good soccer.
Argentina .... as the world greatest player Diego Maradona is the team coach and his skills and techinques will be the best inspiration for the squad in this big event at South Africa..
Brasil will lift the trophy!!! believe me!!
TO CNN.COM SPORTS. i think this time 2010 FIFA world cup goes to GERMANY.
hopefully argentina preferable anyone but england its alreay gone stupid with little england flags on every car
I think that Argentina have a great chance if the Manager stays in control, other contenders must be Spain but only if get injuries sorted, Brazil wont win and England will take beating. So to call it, hmm spain...
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As an Italian, I must confess that unfortunately the Italy squad will be going as tourists to South Africa. The players lack the hunger and spirit to win. Amazing that Diego Milito and Cambiasso were not included for Argentina...
I write from Nairobi, Kenya and many thanks for your brilliant piece. However I beg to differ, on one or two things that you state.
One, your implying that both Ghana and Cote D'Ivoire will go further than say The Indomitable Lions of Cameroun.
Two, that England are rank outsiders.
The Indomitable Lions SHALL be the last of the African Nations to leave SA 2010.
Principally because the draw was very favorable to them and they should have no problem advancing out of their group alongside Holland.
Should they be tops, they will most likely face Paraguay, while if they are second to the Dutch, they would certainly face Italy.
be to fazed about taking on the Azurri again.
Having been African Nations Cup runners up in February,while fielding a team devoid of their five big name players (Essien,Muntari,Agogo,Pantsil and Mensah),on their day Ghana should be able to make round two alongside Germany;but again they may not as neither Serbia nor Australia will be push overs.
Cote D'Ivoire though having top quality players of the likes of Kolo and Yaya Toure,Dindane,Kalou and the irrepressible Drogba will still have to be at their best of bests to advance ahead of Portugal, but again its not impossible.
As for England, four years of Capello coupled with a squad thats also been unchanged over the same period, mark my following words, it will take a lot to deny England a place at soccer city on July 11.
Thank and kind regards.
when we know the final 23 of all the teams we will guess more accurately,at the moment,the final four looks like ,England,Brazil,Chile,Spain or Holland.
I think a South American team will win it !
I think the fittest teams for this world cup are Spain and Brazil, but I guess Brazil is slightly better and they also have their history of success playing for them...I would definitely bet for Brazil this time. Anyways...I hope Spain wins!!!!! Vamos roja!!!!!!!!!
Italy will be crowned Champs once more
its gonna be SPAIN this time.. what a team they have.. !!
Brazil will win the world cup in Africa, you can see that Brazil has won all the competions that he faced with Dunga as a coach! Chek it out the statistics!!!
If Spain manages to recover from injuries on time they will take the world cup home. They have the top players in every position at keeper, defense, midfield and forward. True, the US shocked them at the confederations cup but upsets happen. Hopefully they can keep strong mentally because the talent and team is there! VIVA ESPANA!!!!
Brazil will win the cup.
With or without Ballack, Deutschland!!!!!!
I'm going with Denmark
Argentina will win, they are playing bad now, just to trick the world. Make my words.
Brazil of course, the country that have the bests players.
The Woza 2010 will be full of surprises, as we hall witnessed during qualifications, some strong teams had to rely on literally a helping "hand" to get there!
My team will be Cameroon, if only they could find that perfect blend i think they are the dark knights for me. Strong squad and whats more interesting is that they are considered underdogs even for more depressing teams like ivory cost which don't show up when every body expects them to...
This world cup for the first in its history will remain in Africa.
Spain, England or Argentina will win it!!!
Hey, what a question. Switzerland is gonna win!
Brazil'll win the 2010 World Cup.
Umm. However wrote this article did a horrible job because all he or her talks about is the usuall Brazil, Argentina, Italy and germany well what about Spain? The worlds #1. They are going to be the words most watched team and the most probabale team to win.
Lets see...in South Africa in the wintertime...who plays well in the winter??? Germany? No Ballack, No dice!. France? Hand ball got you there, I think you have used all of your luck! Denmark? Not strong enough!
Holland? Possibly!!! If you are going to Vegas, I think it is finally Englands time. They will deal with adverse conditions the best and is about time that their luck changes...so England in a close match with Spain!!!
Hope it will be Italy, but I see the Brazilians coming out as probable winners.
Whoever wins the FIFA confederations Cup does NOT win the World Cup. Brazil won the last one. It is England, just because of Capello.
Well, I'd like for the USA to win... but that won't happen. I fear that the loss of Balalck is too much for a young German side to overcome. Since both Italy and Brazil make me mildly ill, and I'm not a huge fan of Spain, I'm pulling for the Dutch to win it all. Oh, and it would be nice to see the Aussies make a fine showing, as well.
I think either Spain or Holland wins this world cup, but i'll give the dutch squad the best chance
We will make miracle happen!
I see many forces in this World Cup such as Brazil (of course), Holland, Spain, Portugal and Argentina (unfortunately).
Although Dunga has left behind the best players nowadays such as Paulo Henrique Ganso and Neymar, I believe he's doing a good job, just see at the last tournements, he won them all.
I do believe the Brazilian skretch still need a leadership in the field while palying, and hopefully Lucio (Inter Milan) will take it over!
Doesnt matter who wins, what matters is that FIFA cleans up itself undertaking a cristal clear tournment. Unfortunately, once again the groups were manipulated favoring the most economically viable teams....not a good start.
I agree with Katie Roth, definitely Switzerland!
Brazil is more likely to win the world cup.Though we can not anticipate anything for sure, in the view of statistics and statues of teams at the moment brazil is the winner of 2010 world cup.
In my dreams I wish a miracle with Mexico, but I know it'll be between Spain and Argentina
Spain and England have prepared very well for this cup.
However, Brazilians have figured out the winning formula and they can use it any time, anywhere.
My Heart Beats for Brazil.....
SPAIN will win! Xavi, Iniesta, Villa , Torres, Casillas, Pujol, the best team !
I would put my money on Brazil! In any case, I hope France doesn't make it past the first round – Ireland should be in their place after Henri's double handball in the penalty area! Disgraceful! And hey, no more pausing/stopping before penalties now...
Brazil of course against Spain. It will be the best.And Greece in small' final !!!!!!
i wish the brazil wins, but i'm not sure who will win, Dunga didn't convene 'em i won't say the names naah.
I guess I'll be the one to say it, The USA will win! Lets be honest, It's really only a matter of time before the Usa is a Football powerhouse on the global scale. Here in America, the number of children under 18 who play Football, Or soccer, is larger then those who play american football, baseball, basketball, and every other sport Combined. So, its only a matter of time before we spit out a LeBron James who decided to grace the Football field.
According to a famous clairvoyant in Brazil called Jucelino da Luz, Germany is going to win the Cup against Brazil.
Argentina because the have the best strikers or Spain because of the best team.
Brazil will probably win even though i don't want them to win. The runners-up I'd like to win are either Argentina or Italy!! Too bad Ballack is out, Germany is a top team as well.
Well since I'm from the USA....... I couldn't care less! Nothing against Soccer and nothing against those that love the sport,,,,, we just really don't care! Don't take it personal!
argentina will become for the 3th time champions , never underestimated the heart of a champion and that is maradona
in paper Spain and England are favorites but deep down i think this is the time for Argentina..,
Having worked on rehabilitating most European footballers from injury and for injury prevention I put my money on England.
Everybody tries to put logic behind their opinion. Last time around, how many of you thought that Italy would win? How many of you thought Italy would be World Champions when they were losing 1-0 to Australia with 10 minutes to go at the 1/4 final stage?
If you want to use logic, here it is:
A) Climate. There is a reason why a European team never won outside Europe. This puts Brazil and Argentina as favourites and puts Spain, Portugal and France as European favourites.
B) Organization/concentration. this always puts Germany at the top but Dunga's Brazil is also very "European" in style.
C) Passion/ Belief/ Courage: 3 teams: Diego's Argentina, Ronaldo's Portugal and Puyol's Spain. They will die on the pitch for their team.
In a delusional hopeful way , I'll have to say, Mexico!
Netherlands are gonna do it, they are good not AMAZing but all the other are in terrible shape and holland is still solid untouched and all the players are on the same level giving holland the best chance :) iam gonna be there to watch them win!
OF COURSE...BRAZIL WILL BE THE WINNER OF WORLD CUP..FOR A SIMPLE REASON...OUR TEAM ´´C´´ IS BEST THAN ANYONE...ALTHOUGH OUR COACH DUNGA HAVE MADE MISTAKES WHEN ASKED FOR THE PLAYERS, I BELIEVE OUR ´´TROLLS SOCCER TEAM´´ IS BETTER THAN HALF OF ANOTHER TEAM...THE MORE SOCCER ´´EXPERTS´´ BLOW UP OUR TEAM MORE THEY WILL BE CONVINCED AT FINALS ABOUT OUR TALENT..IT´S LIKE BASKETBALL FOR AMERICANS, OR BASEBALL FOR CUBANS...THE OTHER TEAMS JUST WAITING FOR THE EXPECTED AND HONORED ´´DEFEAT´´.
BRAZIL!!! Always Brazil!!
FRANCE will make it no problem.
I mean back to France the first week
Spain, they are the best this time.
Hollland DUDE We have the best midfield :D
I believe that this world cup will go to NIGERIA!!!
It is about time that the cup goes to an African country- this is the year for the Super Eagles!!!!!!!
In the semi-finals I see:
Argentina is good, but Maradona is like cancer to them with his big ego from a player long washed up. All the talent in the world is nothing without proper management.
The team that will win it will WANT to win it more than the others; will have at least as much skill and teamwork as the best of the teams; and, they will be the luckiest as you can't win without a bit of luck (unless you are the Germans). So, which team meets all criteria? Strange though it sounds, I say England.
THE USA SHOULD TAKE IT ALL THIS YEAR IF THEY KEEP THEIR COMPOSURE. THEY HANDELED SPAIN QUITE EASILY AND DID SO TO BRAZIL FOR THE FIRST HALF IN THE GOLD CUP FINALS. PARAGUAY LOOKS GOOD AS WELL. BRAZIL IS LACKING IN THE MIDFIELD SO I DO NOT EXPECT MUCH FROM THEM.
This time around an African Nation will win the cup. I am counting on Nigeria to win.
No one will win the world cup.
It is intrigueing that we have both a world cup year and winter olympic together on the same world stage. Back to the pitch, I would rank Brazil in the top four, never underestimate Portugal, a young side with plenty of vigour and remember Italy,s fans can be the extra player that can generate momentum for their lads. austaluego.....
France of course !
We're not favorit ... and we play better when we're not favorit in the final tournament (French paradox)
"Brazil, Spain, Italy and Netherlands are the outstanding favorites"
Eh, there isn't a bookies in the world who thinks this. How can you spurt this stuff out?! You're throwing facts around that seem to have come out of nowhere?!
Pretty much every betting shop, sports pundit or man in the street has the top four as Brazil, Spain, England and Argentina.
To claim Italy and Netherlands are 'outstanding favourites' is a ridiculous piece of ill informed journalism.
I think Brazil will win the Cup. They play by heart.
U.S.A. all the way!
GREECE will make the surprise this time around like with the EuroCup in 2004!!
guys i think its pretty obvious New Zealand has the competition sown up. I mean come on we have two players that dont even clubs. Half our players are unpaid. watch out brazil, NZ is gonna destroy u
I know little about soccer, but, lately, whenever Brazil forgot about big star players (Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Romario,...), the team got GREAT results.
Earlier, Pelé was able to win the World Cup, but other big star players like Zico don't.
It's a team work!!!! Not only one man play. And this time, Brazil seams to have a team again...Even the Emperor was left out...
My advice to opponent teams: Soccer is a little surprise box!
Probably italy. Not because they are better but because they make the difference where it matters wen it comes to cheating eg. diving and play acting. I would like to see Germany win it though.
Despite the mistaken call of Dunga, in some locations, Kaka has no reserve height and Goose out there, I'm sure Brazil will once again CHAMPION OF THE WORLD
The world will win. Whoever takes the trophy,
A joyus moment to forget all the world troubles, discriminations, finance snafu´s, wars, and we will enjoy a party of the finest futbol.
WE ALL ARE GOING TO WIN. And our country will be the best.
I am fully sure Argentina will lift the world cup 2010 Trophy in South Africa.
NORTH Korea has credibility? REaaaaaallY? I'd say South Korea has credibility with a 4th place in 2006.. and winning their SA WC qualifying group.. but I'd chalk that up to a typo... get it together!
Brazil! The coach has picked great athletes but most important, he picked players that have some maturity and are passionate about the game. Brazil does have a lot of "stars" but the coach looked for, and choose, a group that have one goal in mind... Winning the World Cup for their country. "novel" idea isn't it? So often players are worried about their TV time, contract, movies, endorsements, that they forget about the team. I mean, remember Brazil in the last W.C.?
Great players, good experience and an incredible thirsty to win... I pity the team that goes against such force!!
MEXICO will be the big surprise in SA 2010. MARK MY WORDS... they have a secret weapon this year. I became close to one of their triners and it is amazing what is cooking in their kitchen. I would put all my life savings on their emerging victorious from this world cup.
Spain or Brazil (hopefully Brazil) I do not see any one else
Germany will deliver. These guys are young and hungry even w/o (or despite) Ballack missing it....
Seriously... Who do u guys think that will win this world cp? Just have a loook back and check the most consistent team and the answer is easy... Brazil of course! They won all the competitions they took part and its a fact... Mark my words Brazil will win this world cup.
I hope it's ganna be Italy.But to be honest,Brazil english and Argentina are all potential.
ITS ARGENTINA BY COACH MARADONA WHATEVER YOU SAY OR THINK. THEY HAVE VERY EXPERIENCED AND HIGH TACTICAL PLAYERS IN THE WORLD THEY CAN CHANGE THE LOSING GAME TO VICTORY.
FEW EG. MESSI, MARTIN PALERMO, HINGUAIN FORWARD GOOD FORWARD, & MIDFIELDERS THEY HAVE NEW FACES IN THE HOME TOWN, DIDI MARIA & OTHERS THEY ALL PLAY WELL AND ALSO FOR REPUTED CLUBS.
I WISH ARGENTINA ALL THE BEST AND I HOPE THEY WILL WIN THE WORLD CUP-2010 AT SOUTH AFRICA.
Italy or Germany
The Dutch team has a very good combination of experienced and young players with a lot of creativity, skills and technique (Sneijder, Van der Vaart, Robben, Van Persie just to mention a few), but also the aggression to give some extra power (Kuyt, De Jong, Van Bommel). In the past, the team would fall apart because of big egos, but it appears that the players are all working for the team instead of their own commercial interests.
If I look at other favourites, I think that they rely to much on individual skills instead of the team effort (Kaka, Messi, Ronaldo).
Unfortunately, the African teams in the past always lost the team organization when the pressure was on. It would positively surprise me if this edition (on of) these teams would manage to keep the organization in tact and reach the semis. We will see!
SPAIN, the betting houses in the World point to that. plus Spain has the best keeper in the world, a solid defense, the best midfield in the world and the best attack in the world. and Euro2008 champs. only a miracle or a referee like in 2002 could stop Spain. GO USA!!!!
in my opinion, spain has the highest chance of winning it (not saying that they definitely will). They have the most solid lineup out of all the other teams, offensively and defensively. The only thing holding them back is a history of not being able to capitalize and actually win it.
Ghana will win the world cup. Ghana all the way. Ghana for life
It will be Germany! They will beat Brazil 1:0 in the final. Take a look in the past. Germany reached the quarters in 62, the final in 66, took third place in 70, and won the world cup in 1974. the same string of results began in 1998, when they were eliminated in the quartes, second place in 2002, therd palce in 2006. so, the next time, they will be champions again. Also Germany and Brazil never played against each other on the european or american continent. The meet only on neutral ground, asia or africa. This time, they will meet again, and the winners will be germany. The loss of Ballack is also a great chance. Germany has a whole range of young players, who flourished in one of the strongest leagues, the bundesliga. They have a great goalkeper in Manuel Neuer. Excellent defenders with jerome Boateng, Lahm, Jansen, a terriffic midfield with Özil, Kroos, Schweinsteiger, Khedira, Marin, Thomas Müller etc, and a competitive striking force. They are young and hungry, and they will perform as a team. They will be seen as relative outsiders, but they will grow in confidense, and they will win the cup!
I'm from Azerbaijan and our nation belive that England will be the Winner. Just because of Capello and Lampard!!!
The last time I checked my crystal ball, I saw a flag with colors green, blue and yellow on it. This can be South Africa or Brazil. Can't wait to see if my crystal ball is right.
The Netherlands has the best offense! Robben, Sneijder, Van der Vaart, Van Persie, Kuijt, Huntelaar. Captain Van Bommel from Munich great player too.
They wil win.
You guys are talking about Brazili leaving, Pato, Ronaldinho and Diego out from the Brazilian aquad. I say that Brazil has a big chance, but you guys have no idea that Brazil is leaving the two wonderkids that plays with Robinho, called Paulo Henrique Ganso and Neymar.. Ronaldinho is the only one from the list named by you guys that I regret not going, but Ganso and Neymar are missed very much too. Not to mention Adriano that didnt take it serious.. Dont forget Brazil has a factory of good players and Ganso and Neymar are to be the next best players in the world.. Ganso is like Kaka!! Neymar is better than Robinho, plus he is 17 years old.. Brazil will win.. former confederation cup winner, americas cup winner..
I hope Italy or an african team!
i give the W/cup to an underdog NIGERIA the greatest in Africa cos this cup has to remain in Africa till the next mundial.Cheers to the Super Eagles of Nigeria
NO DOUBT THE GREATEST FAVORITES ARE SPAIN,BRAZIL,NIGERIA,ARGENTINA AND ENGLAND
england is going to lift the trophy.but i support argentina go messi go
Don't be surprised to see Germany against Brazil (again)...because both of these teams have done very well on foreign continents. On paper, Spain, The Netherlands, maybe England and Portugal look very strong. But it's always the Germanys, Brazils, Italys that do well. Don't be surprised w/ Argentina and/or France either. Of the African teams...Cameroon may be the best bet, as Ivory Coast has the hardest group with Ghana the second hardest group.
NETHERLANDS no doubt
Mexico will win!!! VAMOS MEXICO!
Mexico will its first World CUP!
you will all be surprised with the kind of results you would see @WOZA 2010.lets keep our fingers crossed and wait for the action to begin so that most bookmakers would be proven wrong again?
11 july: Spain vs. Netherlands
:) CHILE will !! CHILE will show how much passion and love we have for our country and soccer. :)
Brazil looks formidable and compact. Dunga and his think tank have taken some bold decisions in the run up to the mega event. For the preparatory stage they are in a tough pool. They will be thoroughly tested by Ronaldo's Portugal, Didier Drogba's Elephants and the North Koreans who experts say are capable of imparting shock treatment to any famed rivals on their day. Brazil has a safe goal keeper, solid defence, versatile midfield and a reasonably good set of strikers.
I think Brazil and Germany in the final, I wish Brazil win the cup.
Spain is going to win this World Cup. The final will be Spain Vs England.
I think my comment is excellent , may be is true .
In the world cup 2010, I think Brazil and Germany in the final, Brazil win the cup.
I think New Zealand will surprise everyone and win the world cup. I predict the final will be between New Zealand and Brazil. Preiction for final:
NEW ZEALAND 2
Good luck to all the teams, hope you all enjoy yourselves and have a great game.
Everybody loves a winner and that's why it's only the big ones that have been mentioned over and over again-Brazil,Germany, Italy, Argentina, England, France(thanks to that hand)-. How I wish it will be an African team, but may be a long shot still. Have to settle for Brazil or Germany, because these are the ones that can withstand any pressure now. Cheers.
Portugal will win.
The Azzurri of course!
England will win. They have a great manager in Fabio Capello & a great squad with Rooney in the best form of his life and the climate will also suit them........I hope Spain will win but i see England being unstoppable this year!
i do believe germany has a very good team and the potential to take the cup again. however, brazil is my favorite...
Quite likely New Zealand I'd reckon, runnersup, likely Spain, but hopefully England
The title is between Nederland and one African country and am sure most of the African countries will give the rest of the world the run for their money
Hello, U.S.A! How are you?
For me, Brazil will be champios of the world cup. I'm Brasilian and I live here in Brazil. My name is Alice, and Brazil is the best team of the world.
Oooooo yes! Charles Ouko,
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon SHALL be the last of the African Nations to leave SA 2010.
Mr Alex Thomas, you have to pull out your note pad and create a seperate and outstanding page on which you can write in bold marks
"""Watchout for Cameroon!!!!!!!!"""
Star the page and update daily so that you will remember all that happened when you will have to write the brilliant article for the Indomitable Lions of Africa
i always go for the underdog !!!! USA!!!! USA!!! all the way !!!!
The author makes a very very grave and blatant mistake when he says you can discount Germany!
It doesnt matter whos injured, how they're playing b4 the competition, or anything else. Germany are pretty much the greatest tournament footballing country ever, including Brazil. And I say that as an Englishman. Germany should never be written off because they always grind out results.
Greece will win it
Paraguay will win it!!
no one else but BRASIL
World cup is an unforgetable show for those, like me, love soccer, I´m Brazilian, obviously my heart will be strongly beating for my team, but I believe things won´t be easy for anyone, I think Brazil, Argentina and Spain will be fighting for the champions title, and I wouldn´t risk a final comment, during world cup, you forget anything that happened before, it seem reborn in a different spirit, I´ve seen it in the brazilian internal tournament, where great opponents come stronger for final unless they´ve made badly before. Let´s wait and see ! great show´s coming up !!!
Why is anybody even asking, it's going to be the Kiwis from New Zealand!!!!
Brazil, Spain, England and Netherlands. With Brazil and Spain playing in the World Cup Final. I will be cheering for Mexico until they meet the big guys but they don't enough to finish with the likes of the top four IMO.
BAFANA BAFANA! The TROPHY STAY HERE!
Feel IT! IT HERE AN I AM THERE
David Martin (below) said; .. England.. silly little flags.
David, you must be a Scot or Welshman... another guy with an inferiority complex.
ENGLAND rule... WILL WIN IT.
Kansas City Wizard's!
The world champion has to be North Korea.
They take on the whole world single-handedly in the political arena.
What is soccer to them involving only 30 odd countries?
Go Kim Jong Il go.
Nigeria, Nigeria, Nigeria
Every time I watch this tournament huge mistakes were always made with the referee always making a decision that decides the game. Until Fifa changes than I will find out who has the best team in the world for now.......
But my favorite team is Portugal.
It will be an Outsider this time..... Watch this space
always so, says a website that inform what happens in the world, has no idea what is FOOTBALL (SOCCER, THAT NAME silliest .....).
Time to unite to Brazil, otherwise it will be late when China does this partnership.
Put a journalist who knows football, because what he wrote here does not understand anything
I agree that Argentina is not going through a good moment but they usually do best with their backs against the wall. I would bet on them!
We have the best players !!!!
But inexperienced coach, the first Cup for Dunga!!!!
Therefore the preliminar convocation, have a good team, then Brazil is great favorite followed Argentina, Spain and Italy.
ok whoever keeps mentioning that mexico has a shot at lifiting the world cup in south africa because they have some kind of trick theyll be pulling out their sleeve must be pretty gullible or not have very good vision. the only miracle for mexico would be for them to make it out of the first round only to be sent home promptly in the elimination stages. concacaf teams cannot arent going to be giving any european or comebol teams serious competition in the world cup anytime soon and thats a fact so stop kidding yoursef
The answer is simple: Brazil! ;)
l'italia, spagna, brasile
Nigeria is coming as underdogs and will go far....might even win it.
Having said that, Spain has got a team to beat.
France has been the most consistent team in the world cups and it deserves to win the 010 title.......................all the best France..................go for it
I guess Germany will surprise everyone, but as many times the title will go to a country who's highest goal is defending. Netherlands, Spain and Brazil probably will show the best football but will not reach the final. And the winner is.....Portugal.....
The referee will decide.
The final: South Africa- the Netherlands.
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In my opinion Portugal will be the winner,since Portugal has the best the most talented players.Brazil or Spain will be in second place......Força Portugal
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My heart is with Mexico, there is a small chance they will reach the Final four, hope is there, ja !!! The final four I go with are: Brasil, Argentina, England and Spain. Good luck to all the teams !!!
Brazil, Germany, Argentina & Italy will be as competitve as usual. France, Netherlands, England & Portugal will be falling off as the competition progresses. USA is progressing very well internationally but they're still one step below. Africa can turn up a surprise team as usual, which will be great for the compettion. But undoubtedly the team of the moment is Spain – It's a magnificent group with a solid winning attitude and hungry to be part of the 'big boys' club once & for all. My bet is 100% Spain.
World cup 2010 is going to be remembered as the championship won by a team that wasn't in the top five favourites-SERBIA!
Let's go Serbia!!!!!
well, The favorite for win world cup is BRAZIL !
we have the best players in the world!
I LOVE BRAZIL – Win world cup South Africa 2010!!
No Doubt it will be Brazil to win this World Cup 2010
I think this time it is hard to predict the winner but don't be surprised to see a teams like Argentina, England, Ghana and Brazil fighting out in semis. If its not England, so let be what no one expects an African team.
"Brazil, Spain, Italy and Netherlands are the outstanding favorites"..
With all due respect, let CNN bring more qualified experts to predict the favourites.
Italy's youngest player is 30 years old (he's considered the teenager of the squad) and their results in last year's Confederation Cup is the biggest proof that the team is too weak to compete in 2010. The squad needs a holistic change of skin.
Brazil's force lies in their outstanding goalkeeper as well as their solid defense (Maicon, Lucio and Dani Alves) but not in their midfield and attacking side, which are not impressive and convincing. Last year's results also in South Africa showed that, with the exception of their match against Italy (which is a weak team anyway), Brazil was always suffering to clinch a win against their opponents. Even Egypt was almost capable of stealing a draw from them.
Therefore, Brazil is not a favourite this time and will leave probably the competition in the quaterfinals.
Netherlands and Spain are indeed very strong teams and can therefore win the title provided they break the ongoing curse that has haunted them over the years.
Argentina has tons of excellent players that can change the course of a game anytime. Their weakness lies in their coach, otherwise, they could have been considered as strong as the Spanish team if not more and hence ranked as top favourites to win the title.
By the way, I'm a die-hard German fan, and I hope they can win the title. But we need luck because our team is not the strongest in the competition, although we have a lot of very young talented and promising players, especially in the midfield. I hope Tony Kroos will emerge as a superstar in the competition.
Italy will beat France in South Africa for the World Championship
After watching the England V Mexico and Argentina V Canada games overnight my thoughs remain much the same: Its likely that either Spain or Italy will win. I cant see anyone else with the depth-quality except maybe Argentina but their defence, without Zanetti and Cambiasso is dubious. As an Australian, well it'd be nice if Australia got through to the round of 16 but I dont think there's been the quality-investment there this time around. I'm still amazed that New Zealand is in the World Cup. I can't really understand how that happened. As if someone wasn't monitoring the gate and they just wandered in, sheepishly.
Brazil will win it!
It would be Germany / Argentina or Brazil.
I do not know who will win, but I am certain it will not be Italy
SPAIN has the highest possiblity of winning this world cup with players like Xavi, Iniesta, Villa , Torres, Casillas, Pujol,.., but Germans can not be ruledout. They can be the black horse.
"brazil will now be one of the easy teams to beat" HAHAHA thats why they´ve won everything in the last couple of years...same players,same coach...
north korea greece final of course
Regardless of who it is, it will be one of the teams that struggles to make it through the first round. They will gain momentum as the competition progresses. Besides, everybody knows, or should know, that soccer is a game that everybody plays and Germany wins.
it will be Brazil, Argentina, Spain and England.
Argentina will win the cup. i am very sure God weeling
Argentina is a suprise in Africa.
DEFINATELY GERMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANY !!!
i think argentina will win this world cup . because maradona is one of the best
SPAIN is going to win,they have the best team!!!
As an Italian I'd love to see Italy reach Brazil as a five time champion, but I seriously doubt it. Italians need a certain kind of come from behind against all odds stimuli that this year is just not there.
Spain has a great team, but they don't have the coolness of mind and unity of purpose required. Brazil is not as strong as it could be and Argentina has amazing players with the wrong captain (Maradona).
England could be the best contender. Capello is the only man in the world that could make these amazing, and amazingly conceited, players come together. It is time for them to reach for the top, 44 years after their home victory.
I would like to see the team that displays the most honest and most beautiful creative game to win.
In short: The Netherlands, Spain or Brasil.
Unfortunately The Netherlands and Spain go indeed for the soccor one wants to see. Scoring goals is a bonus... where Brasil does both.
But plse no, not Brasil again.
So a final betweeen Spain and the Netherlands and all the soccer fans will be pleased , no matter who of the two countries win, they both deserve it and are capable of doing so..
Who said: Brasil – it's only Kaka? You kidding me... If you don't know, who's Fabiano, Nilmar or Grafite i'ts your problem./// Of course Brasil gonna win the crown
That's a no-brainer!
Brazil will win!
You do not know anything about football. Uruguay will win the cup, no doubt about it.
ARGENTINA WILL WIN THE WORLD CUP WITH FLYING COLORS!!!!!! BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!
Argentina all the way!!!!! They will win the World Cup!!!!!!!!!
South Africa will win the world cup
i think Holland will win the world cup because of their playing standards, high profile kickers and their devotion to football. But in the end it's all up to them to see that they get the trophy home.
Mexico go back home you are already loosers!!!!!
oh come on everybody, we all know that the netherlands will be the big winner this time. ( i'd say probably on a shoot out with argentina.) HAH!
Remember Messi plays for Barcelona a Spanish team not for the national Spanish team. Spain are European champions and will do well, but I don’t think they will win.
Argentina with Messi will do well, better than getting to the world cup.
I think Brazil and Italy have their historical winning tradition which is a great boost but some of their players like Kaka are not at their best.
I don’t give any team from Africa, Asia, N & Central America or Oceania any chance of winning although Cote d’Ivoire & Cameroon can be a surprise.
Therefore I’m predicting that this final will be between Portugal and Argentina, with the 2 current best players in the world.
No Doubt it will be NIGERIA to win this World Cup 2010.NIGERIA will play the finals with ARGENTINA the scores well be NIGERIA 3 and ARGENTINA 2, Argentina will score the first ONE goal, then Nigeria will equalizing the one goal and then 20mins later Nigeria will finally score the TWO winning goals.
which makes SUPER EAGLES OF NIGERIA the winner of the 2010 world cup. HURRAY ..........................
Diego is an idiot but his idea of NOT choosing players that will compete on the field with Messi is nothing short of brilliant (probably not his idea). So watch Argentina play as a tight team and go far this time too.
It's samba time in world cup 2010. Brazil with the sensational kaka is the favourite but dont write off their neighbour argentina with the mercurial diego maradona as coach. the big question is whether he will play both milito and messi together. such a strike force has the potency to terrorise even the best defensive formulation. Brazil for the win but watch the argentines.
It's about time for Spain to win the World Cup.
I think ether spain or Brazil will be the
winer because,they have the best team & play lovey football!!!
I undoubtly put my bet on the SAMBA BOYS-BRAZIL are the red hot favourites just from the CONCAFA SUCCESS. They will be banking on EXPERIENCE.
while brazil and italy are the overwhelmimg favorites, there is no denying the chances of the spain, the netherlands and one of the six african representatives (nigeria and cameroun). england got their final selections wrong, argentina too are full of super misfits and lack tecnical balance while france and germany did not also get their selections right. portugal stand a chance with ronaldo but cannot win it. to be candit, this will be a very poor world cup owing to fatigue and injuries.
this will be an interesting world cup,but there will only be two teams who will make it to the final. my predictions are that Argentina and Netherlands make it. I think Argentina will also win it. I'm from the USA,but they still need more work.GOOD LUCK USA!!!
I am ready for Italy to win again!!!!!!!!!!
In the past 40 years the Europeans couldn't lift the cup outside european soil and vice versa for the south americans.
This year's cup is going to Argentina or Brazil.
Forza Italia :(
Hey, remember this names: Humberto Suazo, Alexis Sánchez, Gary Medel, Fabián Orellana, Jorge Valdivia, Arturo Vidal, Claudio Bravo, Jean Boausejour.
Don't forget them, cause those r just some of the players that make history playing for CHILE, and qualyfied our country in 2nd place afetr Brazil and before Paraguay, and Diego's Argentina.
We'll keep writting a new stroy, we'll be the 2010 South Africa's best team.
Ivory Coast 3 Brazil 3. Final- after extra time....
Holland or maybe Spain!!!
the have the best creative players!
My team is Mexico, but I have to say Brazil, Spain, Italy, Argentina and Netherlands will battle it out for the trophy. Brazil will win it. Italy always wins ugly, but they know how to get it done.
Spain has Messy, Villa, Iniesta, Fabregas, Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos, Silva, Albiol, Puyol, and Casillas. Need I say more? :)
DENMARK ALL THE WAY!!!
Spain or Brazil have the best chance.
I believe this is spain's time in the sun...they always had a top side throughout the years but this time especially after winning euro 2008 I believe they can do it.
My belief is that Spain, England & Holland have the best squads. However, do to there amazing world cup history, it's hard to deny that Italy and Brazil are contenders.
However, being an American I honestly think that the US have a strong chance. I haven't lived in the United States for 15 years, but I have been following football for a long time and have seen a huge improvement in our squad. It was no fluke we beat Spain & almost pulled off an incredible upset against Brazil! :)
The Best USA lineup is
GK: Tim Howard (Arguably the best GK in the EPL)
RB: Jonathan Spector
CB: Onyewu, Demerit
LB: Bocanegra (Even if he doesn't start CB, he is the best defender & is the captain)
RM: Donovan (MLS player of the year & clearly the star player in the US team)
ST: Dempsey (Key role in Fulham's Europa League success)
.. I think Brazil might win
Ghana will win the world cup 2010
As a German I hope Multikulti Germany will get another star (3 x WC, 5x runner up). If not, my heart goes to "my" Nederland. Holland, Holland!
Don´t want the "Catenaccio Italians" as winners. England has a chance on the British Isles only, I think, especially when it comes to shoot out.
Argentina will win the world cup 2010
Out of the 11 players, Brazil has 7 best in the world:
The best goalkeeper: julio Cesar
The best defender: Lucio
The best right wingers: Maicon and Daniel Alves
The best midfielder: Kaka
The best forward combination: Robinho + Luis Fabiano
brazil has the best forward combination??? come on!! Argentina has messi and higuain, the top two goalscorers in europe.
i'd love to see it go to a country that has never won it before, so i'm pulling for the spanish and dutch as they are the most likely of the non-winners. but to make it a true "world" cup i'm hoping for some good showings from some countries in continents that are not south america and europe. i would love to see australia do well after the poor refereeing they had in germany. or any of african nations (except ghana because of the aussies), north americans or asian. want to see a few of the lesser known countries in the final eight like 2002. i'm hoping for some big surprises and amazing football.
Simple..... The best country NEVER to win the world cup...... The Netherlands.Plus Van Marwijk the Dutch Coach has been working on their achilles heel...Team Spirit. They will emerge tops thanks to a talented and very technically gifted squad without doubt. You can quote me on the 12th of July!
After the world cup we will be talking about one player, Robson DeSouza. Brazil will win the world cup. Without Juan Roman Argentina will not have that midfielder to find Messi at will. Argentina have great forwards, but will be lacking in midfield. Robinho all the way and MVP.
Argentina players were top scorers and players all over Europe. I can see them in the final.
Even though I'm brazilian I will try to be neutral. I don't believe some of the teams mentioned above have any chance: USA, Australia, Greece, others. However if I were from these countries I would go for them, of course! In my humble opinion the strongest team out there is the Argentinean squad, followed closely by Italy's and Brazil's teams. I hope Brazil wins over there and here again in 2014 ( I will be there!!!) but I would say that Argentina has the best team overall despite Maradona's inefficiency as a coach. Best luck to all!
brazil will win no doubt about that.
BRASIL! THE SKY IS THE LIMIT * * * * * *
North korea will win it
BRASILIA WILL CARRY THE DAY IF NOT I BET MY KWACHAS ON SPAIN
spain are going to carry the world cup in southafrica 2010
well, to win a world cup is a very difficult task, the only trick is to be a mentally strong side and also have a very strong bench.
i will pick Spain as a hot contender for the Title
SPAIN will win the world cup 2010!!
BRAZIL will do it!. The Brazilians will lift that beatifull trophy once again.
Vice Champion: Brasil
Third place: Germany
Of course I would like nothing better than our U.S.-boys to schock the world, but if I were to make a realistic choice then I like either Holland or Ivory Coast: they both have excellent players that play on the best teams in Europe
WM – 2010 : finale
Brasil vs. Germany
Deutschland wins in penalty-kicks after overtime.
As a brazilian i want to say that this world cup we ll not win. The next cup will be in Brazil and this was made for us to win in our country. We lost in 1950 and fifa wants that Brazil win in they home. Prob who will win in 2010 will be Argentina or Spain. See what im saying.... and remember in 2014.
messi and higuain vs luis fabiano and robinho;
what's the best forward?
I'm definitely going to bet for Netherlands and Spain they do have the current best squads with tons of creative midfielders and great clinical strikers. Brazil, I like what Dunga is doing there and they are also a strong horse in this race. England injury plagued team won't make it cause offensively they are too dependent of Rooney's skills same case with struggling Portugal and it's dependency on Ronaldo's explosiveness and speed. Argentina and France are all ready been self destructed by their Manager's decisions; even though Argentina has the best strikers in the world nowadays, but I think Maradona's strategic ability and "judgment" is what will bring 'hem down; I'm still shocked by the non inclusion of Cambiasso and Zanetti. Italy... what 's to say about them?? mmm let's face it they don't have the same strength they did 4 years ago. As to Germany they sure are going to miss Ballack well in terms of strikers I think is going to struggle for goals, mainly cause Klose and Gomez warmed the bench most of the season; Podowlski hasn't been bright this season!!! Huge Mistake not bringing Kuranyi to the squad
Apparently i simply believe Brazil is going to lift up the trophy because they have the best and most experience players
Brazil is going to lift up the trophy because they have the best and most experience players in the world
Yes I agree that Argentina has the best forward combo but I also have to say that they have the worst coach EVER in Diego Maradona and this simple fact will sink the team. As simple as that if I was an argentinian I would b crying... For real!
Argentina they have good pleayer and best pleayer in uropen and good coach diego maradona the will take a cup
Ivory coast will win this world cup 4 sure
I think Holland will win the world cup, they have the best players at the moment. WHen the Dutch coach will let the Super Four play in one team ( Robben, Sneijder, Van Persie and vande Vaart) and they wont get injured, they will make every defense complete insane.
Achilles heel: defense
Runner up Argentina
NO doubt 100% Argentina leadindin by two legends MARADONNA and MESSI this cup should be for Argentina
Netherlands, no doubt.
I am Dutch and have hopes but we don't have the history and that is important in a World Championship. When you play Italy in the semi's than Italy has something which you don't have: a few stars on their shirt. Personally I think that Argentina has the perfect story to become the champion: they are the underdog because of their poor qualifing serie but they do have the worlds best player and more importantly: A few starts on their shirt. Italy is another of my favorites because the rules in nowadays football are still in their favour. No team can play on a result as they can, and as long as the rules favour defending teams, (i won't go into detail) they will be ready for another final. Spain is the best on all fronts and a pleasure to watch, but will they have the stemina to play good till the end? I hope so.... Africa? They have the opportunity to proof themselves now!
germany is the best team but withought michael ballack i dont trust to much in that team all the best for you
Countries that will go home after 1st round are :
1.Serbia 2.Greece 3.North korea 4.Honduras 5.Slovakia
Contries that will make it far are :
1.Portugal , England , Germany , Usa , Argentina ,Italy , Netherland
Most likely to win world cup
Never count the kiwis out, could be the giant killers!
VAN PERSIE, ROBBEN, VAN DER VAART, SNEIJDER, HUNTELAAR, VAN BOMMEL, AFELLAY, THEY WILL MAKE ANY COUNTRY DIZZY WITH THEIR SKILLS. DO I NEED TO SAY MORE ABOUT WHO WILL WIN THE WORLD CUP BY THE WAY SOUTH AFRICA IS LIKE A HOME GAME TO THE NETHERLANDS.
South Africa! Viva Bafanna Bafanna Viva! We have some help...a twelth man...THE VUVUZELA!
brazil, for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i give all ma supports to ARGENTINA....they"re going 2 shock the world.i trust my guy LIONEL MESSI
four semifinalist for 2010 world cup will be,
cup will be for either italy or spain....
Brazil. No doubt!
Australia will win!!!
Italy will win.. they did a great job in 2006
h My favorite teams are ITALIA A\la ITALIA, MEXICO, JAPAN & SPAIN
BRAZIL IS OVERATED>> I HOPE THEY LOOSE
FORZA ITALIA VIVA MEXICO VIVA ESPANA NIPPON ICHBAN
GREECE GIVE ME A BREAK .. IN 2006 THEY DID NOT EVEN GET A GOAL .. THEY ARE BORN LOOSERS WHEN IT COMES TO SOCCER the AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED THEY HAVE ALREADY LOST...........>>HAHAHAHA
Brazil,the best football playing nation in the world.Kaka,Robinho,cesar,maicon,Lucio,Fabiano,gilberto,Alves,Ramires,Baptista etc.The champions.What do u expect?
It's gonna be a surprise this time. An Asian country will win. The Koreans.
In our heart of hearts, MOST of us – even this U.S. citizen – are rooting for Bafana Bafana, symbol of South Africa and reconciliation. If not the host country, then we root for Honduras. Cheers to one and all.
I think (hope) that the final will be Spain vs. The Netherlands, which 'Oranje' will win on either one goal difference or by penalties.
The reason why? Because once it has to be their time. After the lost finals of 1974 and 1978 and the tragic loss in the 1994 quarter finals en the 1998 semi-final a new generation of talented players has risen at the Dutch Horizon. With Stars as Van der Vaart, Sneijder, Robben, Van Bommel and Van Persie and Talented youngsters as Affelay, Elia and Van der Wiel the Dutch have again a dream team capable of winning the cup!
‘Let niet op de grote 5, maar pas op voor de Oranje 11′
(Don't fear the Big Five, fear the Orange Eleven)
Brazil will win, weather is suitable for the players, :)
brazil will win since they play as unit.but if they sleep England will do it
Nigeria will win the world cup this time
Definitely NIGERIA. UP SUPRE EAGLES!!
Brazil should win the World Cup, not just Africa 2010 but any World Cup. After all, they are the only country to win the cup SIX TIMES.
But, don't write off the Italians and the Germans.
Other teams looks fancy but may not have the "QUALITY".
Brazil, Italy, Germany are World Cup Champions.
Go Bafana Bafana-"BOYz 2 Men"
It will not be Brazil this time. I don't think they can do it this time. Holland and Argentina have good squads but will not quite make it either. England and Germany are in with a chance if they play well but the favourites have to be Spain.
Come On England!!
NIGERIA NIGERIA NAIJA, WORLD CHAMPIOJN
Don`t take Nigeria for granted because the Nigerian team is going to surprise so many in South Africa.
Who told you that Ghana and Ivory Coast are the only strong teams representing Africa in South Africa? What of the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Indomitable Liones of Cameroun?
I think France will lift the cup this time. Most probably France vs Brazil will be the final favorites.....
ARGEBTINA V/S ENGLAND IN FINAL ENGLAND WILL WIN
Holland, Argentina, Germany
South Africa: looses at Round of 16
ok if you believe gahna and cote d'iviore are the strongest in africa. then i'm waiting to see there perfurmaces.back to quetion brazil is always the fevorite to win the cup.
south africa, the first African country to host world cup and the first to win,shapa Bafana Bafana, shapa!
Holland will win the world cup!!!
We have the best team.
Players like Van Persie, Robben, Van der Vaart, Sneijder, Kuyt, Van der Wiel, Van Bommel, Babel, de Jong, Afellay etc etc
The Netherlands will beat Argentina in the final
I go for a long shot IVORY COAST.
I STRONGLY BELIEVE ENGLAND WILL WIN D WORLD CUP,
Everyone is really quick to dismiss Maradona. Huge mistake.
He is not a bad coach, he was given an obliterated team with 1 year to prepare it.
It's easy beating on Maradona, but, as usual, he will have the last laugh.
i think Brazil is capable of winning because It got what it takes to do so.Generally they are the best.u see even selecting their national team poised a big challenge to the head coach,Dunga.
I Think SPain will beat Brazil in the Final and win the CUP
FINAL MATCH BRAZIL MEXICO BRAZIL WINS
I love the game and think France will lift the trophy. Think about it They played lousy in the qualifiers and even played handball (Henry). If they find there game again during the world cup 2010, they will go far. Most of the French players have African roots and will have home advantage in asouth afrika.
I see England, Spain and two African teams in the semis.
possibly Ivory coast and Nigeria.
Orange colours will be raised again in South Africa. The team that broke France's and Italy's back 2 years ago has only gotten better, and better. And even more eager.
Dream final: Spain against the Netherlands, for everyone that enjoys magic in football knows that those two teams have the most of it.
USA, they are young, in the US they are ignored because Comertials can not play like for the other sports, but they play with their hearts, TRUE SPORTS.
I swear, the Albicelestes gonna rock WC 2010
I WISH SOUTH AFRICA WIN!!!
Cameroon will win or the USA (YES WE CAN TEAM)
GO CAMEROON !! GO USA!!
New Zealand will nick this one I'm sure.
there 's a reason why the world cup has only been won by a handful of teams,and frankly speaking i don't think that's gonna change anytime soon.
to begin with,the winner wont come from Africa or Asia or North America. Secondly, sum of the usual favorites such as Italy and France just don't have decent teams or managers!for all their usual unrealistically high expectations the English just don't have enough depth(as usual) whilst Portugal's just not good enough.That just leaves Argentina(novice coach with a good bunch of players if not a team) ,Brazil(pragmatic and effective team without a plan B) ,Germany(efficient team with leaky defense),Holland(very good team but always choke in big tournaments) and Spain(most talented bunch but lack mental strength). One of these five will win it though and they will beat one of the others in the final.As for surprises, i would look forward to teams like USA,Mexico,Chile,Paraguay and either Ivory Coast and Ghana. As for the hosts,well,lets just hope that for FIFA's sake they at least make it out of the first round!
Will give it to SPAIN on strength and depth of their team.
Nigeria will win the prestigious Golden World Cup in South Africa 2010 come July 11, 2010
Sure, one of the South American countries will win this event!! Probably,one of you guys; Brazil, Argentina,
Spain or Brazil the teams to beat!
germany will win
The netherlands will win this year. They have the best player and had the best qualifiing tournament and they will now win teh entire world cup.
i might sound a crazy but i trully think its time for the USA to win the world cup..
I hope that the only Brazil win this game, because most of them is a good player on the field.
Brazil will win the world cup in Africa, no doubt about it, and I will be watching it from Paris!!!
Argentina doesn't stand a chance! Their coach has no strategy, has never fielded the exact same team twice, and apparently doesn't want to run the risk of allowing Messi to be successful and eclipse him. He was a talented player–he is a lousy coach.
Any team with Messi in must have some chance, even though his teammates may not be of the same calibre as him.
Holland, bright orange deserve to win ones the big cup!!!!
Oh Come on.... is this even a question. Holland of course will win...hands down!
My best bet is on Brazil to win. But I will be very excited if an African team can win. On that note Cameroon and Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) have the best chances of advancing.
I hope referees do not favor brazil like they always do. With that said, may the best team win.
To many of you are hooked on what Brazil used to be. They used to be amazing but are no longer. Spain, or Holland will be raising the cup.
Mind my words (and look to history to support it). One of Argentina or Brazil will be in the final but not both. From those ARG has the highest chances (in my personal opinion ARG will win). The second team to reach the final will be european although it's hard to say because the race in the continent is wide open.
just brazil.....unfortunately........maicon julio cesar lucio kaka luis fabiano robihno......no way....however i hope that italy will do a good mondial
Not sure if brazil will win, but they will give a good fight... And even if people say we dont have that many stars in our team, in Brazil, lots of fans believe we lost the last world cup because of too many stars who weren't motivated enough. Brazil has many good players who dont play internationaly, and are very motivated to play in World Cup, because thats where they will be discovered... I dont think leaving ronaldinho or some other "stars" was necessarily a bad decision. In brazil, we lost a magnificent coach (2002) because of criticism before (brazilians criticized him so much during the World Cup, that he said he would never coach brazil again... PS hes the one who coached portugal in 2006), I think we should trust our coach's decision...
This time its gonna be Brazillllll
I think spain or brazil will win the world cup as long as the referres are fair in the game. I think this year there might be a surprise winner also.
BRAZIL or ARGENTINA
England will beat Spain in the Final. USA will upset one of the big teams, probably Germany or Portugal.
USA will go All the WAY!
Africa should be proud of hosting world cup the world most popular sporting event,it has brought africa to alimelight on global scene.
We will be 6th time champ. No debate here. BRASIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
brazil has a chance 2 win n so does spain but lets face it the teams this year really sux im surprised n disapointed. i thot 4 sure brazil was gonna win even tho my heart belongs 2 mexico...now im not so sure brazil will win. even france suxz this year. mexico is playin better n looks like they put there heart in each game. i think they actually have a chance. :)
there is no argumen about who's taking the cup,it's certenly going to be the N=E=T=H=E=R=L=A=N=D.
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