FIFA 2010 Predictions – Updated After 1st Round

First round matches of FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup is over and last 16 have been decided. The last 16 features 6 European Teams, All 5 South American Teams, 2 Asians, 1 African and 2 North American Teams.
Going by the Draw we have Uruguay Vs. Korea and USA vs. Ghana – 1 out of these 4  will be in the semifinals. My bet is on Uruguay going through and USA could pull up a surprise. In the next quarter of the draw we have Holland taking on Slovakia and Brazil playing Chile. Brazil and Holland can have an exciting quarter finals and on current form Brazil would be the 2nd semifinalist.
The next half of draw features Argentina taking on Mexico and Germany invading England. One out of these 4 would make it through to the semifinals and my personal bet is on Argentina to do so. In the final quarter of the draw, Spain takes on Portugal and Japan meets Paraguay. Spain should go through the semis unless Crisitinao Ronaldo has other plans.
Thus my 4 semi finalists would be Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina and Spain. This differs from my original picks as I had picked France in place of Uruguay but the French have been disappointing. Here are my Original Picks

Lets see if teams like Holland, England, Germany or Portugal can pull up any surprises or not.

Somebody BAN the VUVUZELA please !!!

Vuvuzela is killing it !!! The cheap plastic horns are killing the world cup soccer viewing experience. There are basically tuneless horns producing cacophony.

Watching the world cup matches on TV, all one hears is noise produced by thousands of tunelss vuvuzelas and nothing else. It was good the first time we heard it, almost a novelty but then one half into it and we knew it that this was the world cup killer, if not controlled. It just ruins the football watching atmosphere totally.

Instead of the ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaahs’ of the spectators engrossed in the game, what one hears is senseless trumpet noise which irritates your ears more than a Himesh Reshmmiya solo song. No slogans, no spontaneous reactions, no songs, no banter, no insults, nothing can be heard over this cacophony. I have realized, like many others, that the best and perhaps the only way to watch world cup football on TV is by muting the sound.

Somebody please BAN these stupid horns and save football world cup. FIFA are you listening???

FIFA 2010 Predictions

Just a day to go before the biggest spectacle in the world begins in South Africa. FIFA World Cup Soccer 2010.

32 teams, 32 dreams, which one will become a reality in months’ time?

Going by the past world cup winners, there has been only 6 different nations that have won the world cup.  Brazil has won it 5 times, Italy has won it 4 times, Germany has won it thrice, Argentina and Uruguay has won it twice with England and France winning it once each. Barring 1958 edition, all world cups played on European soil have been won by European teams and all played outside Europe have been won by South American teams. Going by the trend it augurs well for a non-European team to win the world cup this time around.

Although, I will be personally supporting every African team, whenever they play, especially Ivory Coast. Africa’s time has come now!!

However here are my early bird predictions for the 4 semi finalists, purely based on my gut feel.

It would be Argentina, Spain, France and Brazil as the 4 Semifinalists, with Germany, Holland,  England and Italy missing out in the quarter finals.

I would bet Argentina to win the cup this time around.

Lets see if any of my predictions come true or not.

Here are my Updated Predictions after 1st round of Matches, just before the knock-outs begin.

FIFA 2010 Update – Europe is Back

FIFA 2010 Update – Spain Vs. Holland

Superb Pepsi Ad – FIFA Worldcup 2010

Here’s a great Pepsi ad featuring most prolific footballers like Messi, Henry, Kaka, Arshavin, Drogba, Lampard playing football on the tune of ‘Oh Africa’ by Akon released 100 days prior to the greatest spectacle on earth, FIFA Worldcup to be held in South Africa.