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Expectations? Hopes? Predictions?

I have no idea what to expect or predict, but as usual, I am rooting for England and/or Mexico, as has been the case for over thirty years.

England probably doesn't have a chance, but would still be my favorite. I'm a traditionalist. If baseball became the most beloved sport in the world, I would like the USA to win occasionally, just to remind the world that it is OUR sport, our invention, our (former) national pastime. So football (soccer) would do very well to be reminded that it once was ENGLAND'S sport, their invention, their (still) national pastime. Who cares about royal weddings? Let Eng-ur-land win the World Cup this year!

Mexico? Well, besides the fact that Mexico is our neighbor (the USA's neighbor, not Germany's), they have always been a favorite of mine. That they beat Germany in the first game was food for many jokes in class yesterday. I wouldn't mind Germany winnings the whole thing again (but they won't), but I surely enjoyed poking fun at Germany's loss.

Prediction: the Angels in extra innings.
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Without Paul Germany is nothing!

I am of course required to root for Spain if I wish to stay married. Should Spain lose and Italy still be involved my buddy is Italian so there ya go. Not so much predictions I admit.
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I’m rooting for Iceland. Go Vikings!
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I’ve been an England natl team fan since the 90s. Though they pulled out a win yesterday, their general level of play didn’t leave me very hopeful of going very far.

I just saw one of the best passes I’ve ever seen, by Senegal, vs Poland.
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My favorites are Brazil, Argentina and Portugal; I also don't mind Spain. Missing some of the bigger names from four years ago like Wayne Rooney and Balotelli. I hope the bigger games match the excitement and suspense of the Spain-Portugal match.
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Germany is out.

I mean, wow!
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Spain and Argentina. I have no idea who will win the cup but those are the ones I'm watching.
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This is as wide open a World Cup as I have ever seen. The traditional powers have not looked particularly strong. Argentina with Messi were on the brink of elimination in the group stage and still look vulnerable. Spain, Brazil and France all look like they could be beaten on any day. Oh yeah, the favorites, Germany, get eliminated in a 2-0 defeat to South Korea.

Belgium alone among the pre-tourney favorites has lived up to its billing and they look like the team to beat at this point.

Croatia has probably been the biggest surprise among the teams advancing from the group stage. However, it's hard to call them a surprise team given the number of first team players from Europe's top leagues they put on the field.

Perennial underachiever England has also been very good and it will be interesting to see how they fare against Belgium on Thursday. If Harry Kane keeps scoring goals England has a chance. Unfortunately, both sides are likely to play a number of subs having already clinched their spots in the knockout stage, so we may not get a true sense of how these sides stack up against each other.

This thing is wide open and up to 10 teams have a legitimate shot at winning it all.
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...and boy, Mexico sure laid an egg today losing 3-0 to Sweden. I guess the football gods allowed them to advance due to the unlikely German loss to Korea just so they could go out in the round of 16...AGAIN.
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It is to the round of 16 and time for the big time teams to show up.
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I'm taking England for the Cup
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First they’ll have to defeat Columbia, and then face either Sweden or Switzerland in the quarter-final.

Then, if they win that game, they’ll be facing either Spain, Russia, Croatia or Denmark in the semi-final (depending on which of those teams advance).

Finally, depending on other results, in the final they will come up against one of the following: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, France, Uruguay, Portugal, Japan, or Belgium (who just beat England in the last of their group stage matches).

It’s a tough call, but I’ve traditionally always rooted for England.
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Here's an interview conducted during the WC with Pele Smile

http://www.theunticket.com/fake-pele-hates-george-6-19-18/
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Tomorrow Argentina plays France. Anyone think Messi will show up?

Spain and Russia on Sunday. I'm pulling for Spain. Any thoughts?
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I'm predicting France to beat Argentina, and Russia to knock Spain out of the Cup.
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Really? I thought of Russia as one of the weaker teams.
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On Jun 29, 2018, arthur stead wrote:
I'm predicting France to beat Argentina, and Russia to knock Spain out of the Cup.


So far you're half right! I hope you stay at 50%.
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Really? I thought of Russia as one of the weaker teams.

They do have home field advantage.
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I'm a little surprised by the extra time.

Spain has a poor record against host counties I'll say that!
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On Jun 29, 2018, arthur stead wrote:
I'm predicting France to beat Argentina, and Russia to knock Spain out of the Cup.


Your predicting skills are dead on so far. Much better than my rooting for skills!

Anyone want a particular team eliminated? It seems all I have to do is root for them.

As an unrelated side note this year I hate the Cubs and hope they lose.
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