Posted: Jun 2, 2010 4:46 pm
Any classic rivalrys?
England/Germany and Argentina/Brazil are both incredible rivalries.
I'm really pulling for the Netherlands or an African country (hopefully, the Green Eagles!) to win their first World Cup. It's their time.
I will be sick if Italy, Germany or Brazil win it.
I'll be thrilled if the US makes it to the semis or beyond, but I don't see that happening. Honestly, the US is sometimes a little tough to cheer for. It's slowly changing, but our national side has been made up of spoiled, overprivileged types. Granted, most other countries' teams are made up of millionaires, but most of them went from ashy to classy. A lot of our guys have been silver spoon kids (think: opposite of the NBA), especially some of our past teams. Soccer is starting to become a more universal game, so I think that's changing.
The US also rarely plays very exciting, flowing soccer like the Netherlands, (sometimes) France, Brazil or some of the African countries. Despite all that, I'll still be screaming at the television during all of their games.
As for first-round matchups, I'm really looking forward to the Argentina/Nigeria game and the US/England game. The Argentina/Nigeria game should be a speedy, attacking game. The US/England game should make up for a lack of exciting soccer with intensity, especially on the US side. The Netherlands/Cameroon and France/Mexico games have potential too.
9 more days!