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World Cup Soccer Pool

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weather: sunny/cloudy
mood: gleeful
music: Brahms - Symphony No. 2 in D

So, I somehow got talked into entering the company's World Cup Soccer Pool. I haven't followed Soccer in years and years and years - just to give you an idea: I was a quasi-fan when Diego Armando Maradona was in his prime, France still sucked and Cameroon always made it to the top three. I was very little back then.

The teams and rankings have changed quite a bit. *shrug* I told the guys, "I have no idea what I'm doing, I'm just picking blind". But it's only $10, so I thought what the hey... =)

Here are my picks:

TeamRound of 16Quarter FinalsSemi FinalsFinals
 Pick 16Pick 8Pick 4Pick G, S, B
Group A
Denmark    
FranceXXXSilver
Senegal    
UruguayX   
Group B
ParaguayX   
Slovenia    
South Africa    
SpainXX  
Group C
BrazilXX  
China    
Costa Rica    
TurkeyX   
Group D
Korea    
PortugalXX  
PolandX   
United States    
Group E
CameroonX   
GermanyXXXBronze
Ireland    
Saudi Arabia    
Group F
ArgentinaXXXGold
England    
Nigeria    
SwedenX   
Group G
CroatiaX   
Equador    
ItalyXXX 
Mexico    
Group H
Belgium    
JapanX   
RussiaXX  
Tunisia    

Comments

dcm_wong
May. 31st, 2002 02:09 pm (UTC)
You've made many good picks! I would put Japan over Russia, but that's just me :) Germany isn't a very good team this year, Portugal is the real dark horse this year. Like most HK guys, for some reason I want to see England advance, but Group F is really cut-throat. Brazil said Ronaldo is in condition, so now the 3 R's are complete, but we will just have to see. And I think USA will advance too.

on a side note, if I were to bet in Vegas, I would bet on Portugal taking the cup, because realistically they're a tough team to beat, and the pay-out is really high.
bride
May. 31st, 2002 02:24 pm (UTC)
Re:
I would put Japan over Russia, but that's just me :)

That was a tough decision for me too... Russia is statistically the better team, but Japan has (sorta) home turf advantage. But if you look at the match-ups, in my scenario, Japan plays Brazil and unless there's a big fat upset-and-a-half, Brazil is definitely moving on.

I want to see England advance, but Group F is really cut-throat

I know, that group was hard... but I could only pick two and the reality is Argentina has to be picked =) Sweden is unbeaten in Europe in the exhibition games this year...

Oh well, we don't really get odds anyway, it's just 50/30/20 for the top three scorers for the entire tournament. So, it's really not in my best interest to bet on one upset. =}
dcm_wong
May. 31st, 2002 02:48 pm (UTC)
but I could only pick two and the reality is Argentina has to be picked =) Sweden is unbeaten in Europe in the exhibition games this year...
Yup, that's what most people will pick, based on reality... but I can dream, right? :) a few English stars were injured, so I guess this is not their year (again).
bride
May. 31st, 2002 02:53 pm (UTC)
Re:
a few English stars were injured, so I guess this is not their year (again).

Well y'know, if they'd stop fighting and actually play the game, maybe they wouldn't be injured come World Cup time =) =) I'm kidding. =)
dcm_wong
May. 31st, 2002 03:02 pm (UTC)
Re:
doesn't offend me, I'm a Port fan :)
dcm_wong
Jun. 1st, 2002 08:21 pm (UTC)
I guess the 8-0 just slapped me in the face...
bride
Jun. 1st, 2002 09:38 pm (UTC)
Re:
Well, that was against Saudi Arabia though...

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