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    Italy 3 - 0 Costa Rica

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    Thanks, everyone, but believe me, I'd rather have got it wildly wrong. I feel like I'm Barry Backstabbio.

    I love football, I love England, I saw us win the World Cup in 66 and just once more in my lifetime, I'd like to see us win it again.

    Please, please, please <deity>, just once more in my lifetime.

    Or if not that, don't EVER let Holland win it.

    48 years of hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthling View Post
    Thanks, everyone, but believe me, I'd rather have got it wildly wrong. I feel like I'm Barry Backstabbio.
    One of our Ingress group admitted in Hangouts last night he was actually a Germany supporter.
    Talk about a pariah..

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    I know we're all feeling glum but we're now taking predictions for England v Costa Rica: Tuesday 24th June 5pm. Entries submitted after 3pm on the day won't be accepted!
    Last edited by SiliconAlley_Sam; 20th June 2014 at 09:43 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthling View Post
    Or if not that, don't EVER let Holland win it.
    Holland are the best team to have NOT won the world cup. They deserved it in 2010, and were very unlucky against Spain then. This world cup however, I think its going to the Germans. Not because I am biased, but their form is amazing, and they made short work of Portugal who are Europes #3 team and #4 in the world rankings. since August 2013, Germany haven't lost a game, despite playing some big hitters (Sweden, Italy, Portugal, England, Poland).

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Holland are the best team to have NOT won the world cup. They deserved it in 2010, and were very unlucky against Spain then. This world cup however, I think its going to the Germans. Not because I am biased, but their form is amazing, and they made short work of Portugal who are Europes #3 team and #4 in the world rankings. since August 2013, Germany haven't lost a game, despite playing some big hitters (Sweden, Italy, Portugal, England, Poland).
    After 1988, I just couldn't stand another four years of 'Dutch Masters', 'Aristocrats of Football' and all that blah from a country that has appeared in the WC Final three times, but hasn't won it once.

    At least we have a Star on our shirt.

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    There were 3 world cups where England couldn't field a squad good enough to play.
    There were 3 world cups where England didn't qualify to the group stages.
    There were 2 world cups where England couldn't get past the group stages (this year would be the 3rd if that happened again).
    There were 6 world cups where England couldn't get past the quarter finals.
    There was 1 world cup where England couldn't get past the semi final.
    There was 1 world cup where England made it too the final (and won).

    Also, England have NEVER won a Euro competition...

    Granted Hollands record isn't much better (infact they've not qualified 7 times, and didn't enter 3 times) however when they have entered the world cup, they have a better record than England do in getting to the advanced stages. 3 finals, 1 semi, 1 quarter final out of 8 world cups.


    I wont take away from English pride, because I do wish them well, but history of the players suggests it just wont happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    I wont take away from English pride, because I do wish them well, but history of the players suggests it just wont happen.
    It's still possible, however unlikely.

    New York Mets, 1969. Never won anything until that year, where they won it all.
    (I only know this because of Men in Black III, but shh!)

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    England 1 Final, 1 win.

    100% record.

    Holland 3 Finals 0 wins.

    Also 100% record, but not the right kind.

    Never mind how many semis, quarters etc blah blah.

    Winning is everything, second is nowhere.

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    Costa Rica 3 Italy 2

    Just to be different

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    Another interesting stat or stats, only teams from South America and Europe have won the world cup in the 19 world cups held so far. Only once has a team from these two continents won in the opposite continent, that being Brazil's win in Sweden in 1958 in the great era of Brazilian football. So the chances are a south American team will win the world cup this time round. I'm not sure about Brazil this time round, but Argentina could be a good bet or Chile as a dark horse.

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    Nope, Firmly sticking with Germany here. In the run up, they're the only unbeaten team.

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    Another prediction and set of atrocious puns submitted

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    I've said two things right from last December's draw.

    1. For England to qualify, either Italy or Uruguay would have to miss out. Tall order. Both those have won the whole lot more times than us.

    2. All the time you have a Luis Suarez, you're in with a realistic shout of winning anything you enter.

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    Hehe - courtesy of @Garacesh

    "Navas have the England team lost their first 2 world cup games before and I'll bet half of them are Miller-n over not even bothering with this game. The Ureņa is too hot and they're getting Acosta-d by rabid fans everywhere they go. Maybe they all just need to relax with a cold Pinto. But who knows? This could all be a clever Ruiz to hide a spectacular comeback..."

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