Looking Into My Crystal Football

The 2010 World Cup is ten days old today and after seeing most of the teams play twice, I’m ready to make a complete fool of myself and predict how the whole thing is going to turn out. Anyone who has been watching knows that if there’s anything you can say about this tournament, it’s that it has been completely unpredictable. Nevertheless, here is my bracket, which is based on a mixture of judgement, wishful thinking, and pure guessing:

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World Cup Bracket

If you don’t mind a little Spanish, you can fill out your own bracket here. As for who will win the final, well, all I’ll say is that I’d be happy just to see that game.

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9 comments on “Looking Into My Crystal Football

  1. Poncho says:

    Yay! Mexico FTW!!!

    No, really. This World Cup has been really unexpected, at least in some games (Spain losing, England doing nothing…), but there's still a week of Group games and perhaps we'll see something.

    At least the Brazil we all know has already arrived.

    Thanks for this bracket. We shall hope Mexico goes further!

  2. Stefanie says:

    Thanks for letting the US get to the second round 😉

    No Brazil in the final? You wouldn't be playing favorites by choosing Mexico now would you? 🙂

  3. Sylvia says:

    Stefanie, yes, that would be the “wishful thinking” part. 😉

  4. Tom says:

    I'll second Stefanie's comment on the US and offer my thanks. Like most Americans, I had no idea we had that much potential in soccer (football)!

  5. Sylvia says:

    Tom, you and a lot of other people! Thanks to social media the World Cup has finally broken through to the American consciousness. It only took you guys 80 years to notice it… 😉 Your women's team is much better, having won several World Cups already, but the men's team is coming along. I like their style—direct, honest, with some skill, lots of athleticism, and most importantly lots of spirit. If kids keep playing and the MLS keeps going it will only get better.

  6. Tom says:

    Really? The women's team has won several World Cups?! We don't deserve them! Ok, I'll see if I can't do a better job tracking them next season. When does that start?

  7. Sylvia says:

    Correction, they've won twice and never finished lower than third. 90,000 people were in the stadium for the 1999 final and I think it's still the top-rated soccer broadcast in the US (though that might change this year). Interestingly there isn't much correlation between the top teams in the men's and women's game, except Brazil and Germany who are strong in both. The Scandinavian countries are also dominant. The women play much more cleanly than the men (no diving), though they are just as aggressive and athletic. The 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany starts in exactly one year so stay tuned!

  8. Tony says:

    i've only just noticed you used that perfectly cromulent word! thank you so much

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