Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Why England will win the World Cup 2006

Hey all!

Like promised, no more bitching and whining on the Oilers. Instead, today I turn my attention to the World Cup 2006, and the team I predict will win, England.

Why will England win? First, they have the coolest team. I mean, we can go down the list: Lampard? cool. John Terry? cool. Joe Cole? real cool. Wayne Rooney? cool even when injured. Beckham? the guy has his picture next to the word cool in the Britannica Encyclopedia. Michael Owen? the coolest "futbol" dude on earth. But England will not only win because they are cool. No, as a matter a fact, they will also win because they have one of the most powerful offenses in the whole tournament.

Case in point: Saturday's 1-0 win over Paraguay. With Rooney missing and Owen still not in game shape, England was still able to overcome an average game by most of its players and come up with a win. David Beckham has played really well recently and he finally looks like the team's captain. Joe Cole is a rising star, and I predict he will be one of England's MVP's by the end of the tournament. Frank Lampard is one the best players in the world right now, yet he just might be still a bit underrated... yeah, he's that good! John Terry has also quietly become one of the best defenders in the world, not only playing reliably in his own territory, but also being a threat to score. He leads what is an underrated defensive group. And once Rooney gets back and Owen hits his peak (and mark my words, both will happen), England will feature the best tandem of strikers in the tournament. Oh, and if those reasons aren't enough, think that England's offense also features the likes of Steven Gerrard and Peter Crouch, both players capable of making the difference in a game.

Sure, England doesn't have the best goaltending in the world, but I also believe they don't need it. In the end, there are a lot of teams that can aspire to capture the top spot in the world, but Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Italy and the US and all the others will fall short. The final will come down between Brazil, the grand favorites, and England. And when it's all said and done, the collective power of Lampard, Rooney, Gerrard, Owen, Beckham and Cole will prove too much for the individualistic prowess of Ronaldhino and Ronaldo.

Dwarf out.

12 Comments:

At 9:54 PM, Blogger Nick the Dick said...

One of the most ridiculous analysis and prediction I have read about the WC (not the toilets, the World Cup): it doesn't predict the victory of The Netherlands! I think the Dwarf is really dreaming about taking a shower with Beckham.... too much suck up here.... England is not going to win of course, they will choke as usual, just like the Oilers. Their 1st game was not impressive against ... Paraguay, a B-Team that had the bad luck of scoring in their own net, otherwise it would have been a draw! Anyway let's see what England can do at their next game against Trinidad...

Of course, the real event of the day is the 0-0 game between Switzerland and France (now I know why the Swiss wanted to finish the meeting early today). France was miserable... it seems that they still don't know how to score in the WC (I think they didn't score a single goal in 2002). France could be the 1st upset again this year... Brasil did not impress much more against Croatia... but at least they won their game!

The only interesting game on Wed is Poland-Germany. I hope beets and potatoes were on the menu tonight for the Poles as a defeat would send them back home.

BTW, has anyone found an illegal internet tv to watch the games? For those at -5 GMT, there's nothing to watch at night on ESPN2 so we need to find a way to make the lunch hour productive....

I will explain later why The Netherlands will win...

 
At 10:10 PM, Blogger The Dwarf said...

Nick The Dick... good to see you back. Also good to see you haven't lost your sense of humour. The Netherlands... God, I'm still laughing!

The Netherlands will not win because they are not cool enough. Actually, much like Brazil, they are uncool. Case closed.

Dwarf out

 
At 4:35 AM, Blogger Veillotron said...

To Protégé,

Of course, Brazil is a great team, and it has some of the best players in the World. Ronaldhino did some amazing piece of ball controlling yesterday, I’ll give you that. But Brazil was no more convincing than England was in its first game. Croatia is not the most dangerous opponent, and still they dominated the 2nd half – the game could have easily finished in a draw.

In a way, Brazil is to football what Canada is to hockey. Yet, you don’t have everybody in the hockey world drooling over Canada the way people drool over Brazil. Everybody expects and wants them to win, and it makes me sick. Thye can play like shit the whole game but then if they get one lucky break, then the announcer goes on about the fact that if you let your guard down for one second, then Brazil will always capitalize on it and make you pay (which is not true). Everybody praised the talent of Ronaldhino when he scored against England in 2002 quarterfinals, when in fact the ball only went in because David Seaman, the worst goalkeeper I have ever seen (he’s the Mike McPhee of football gaolers, except he also has a ponytail and he’s got no heart) let the ball in. To this day I believe the match was rigged and Seaman got paid by the Brazilians to let that shot in. You have no clue how happy I was when Brazil got trashed 3-0 by France back in 98. That was soooo sweet.
I do like Brazil’s playing philosophy and its players can be so much more creative than the rest, but all the suckers out there have made me hate this team. They are my “Dallas Cowboys” of football.
By the way, those who picked Ronaldo in their pool must now regret it after seeing him being more interested in picking his nose rather than running around…

As for France, they are very disappointing yesterday. Hopefully they can wake up. They were shit in 2002, but remember that they had won it in 98 with a lot of the same players, and in Euro 2004 they proved to be one of the better sides. I have faith that France will do well, and this was only a slow start for them. Also keep in mind that the France/Switzerland game was the only match out of the first ones that had no1 in the pool against no2 in the pool.

 
At 9:01 AM, Anonymous huy said...

the only thing uncool is dwarf's heterosexual crush on michael owen.......i don't blame him, it's not every day he can find someone his height to admire......i guess there is some merit in being a 4'2 professional futbol player....



to veillotron kenobi,

come on, how can you compare brazil to the cowboys.it's not their fault if they're being considered the best soccer product. they show class, and dignity, something the dallas cowboys cannot claim to have. i dont' care how much crack he takes and how many prostitutes he sleeps with, ronaldo can never be the michael irvin of soccer.

 
At 9:06 AM, Anonymous huy said...

by the way, i think brazil will win, but i'm not even rooting for them....i was rooting for those damn japs....they better eat something with more protein than sushi and open their natural semi shut eyes or this trip to germany will be only good for tourist pictures.....

 
At 5:31 PM, Blogger Veillotron said...

Padme biAtche,

I am proud of your comments. Really. But you are still a little bit too innocent - Brazil is the Dallas Cowboys.

By the way, Guyz, I need to apologize BECAUSE I FUCKED UP. Yes, i fucked up when I build my World Cup pool - I got the semifinals matchup wrong. (Huy, I know you must be shattered by this news, but you need to realise I am only human. On the positive, you can be proud of the fact that I am humble enough to recognize my own faults).
SO THIS IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD, I WILL RESEND THE FILE, AND THE ONLY THING YOU NEED TO DO IS PUT IN THE SCORES FOR THE SEMI-FINALS AND THE SCORE FOR THE FINAL.

AGAIN, I AM SORRY!

 
At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Sweet LP said...

I need to scratch my ass.

 
At 6:13 PM, Anonymous Sweet LP said...

By the way Dwarf, may I remind you that the US Open is starting tomorrow morning. Do you have a decent prediction for that tournament, or are you going to turn soft on the Brits again?

And just remember that if you drop your soap while being in the shower with Beckham, you better not bend over to get it back.

My ass is still itching... It has to be from the tacos I had last night... or from an Englishman that visited me in my dreams...

 
At 6:19 PM, Blogger The Dwarf said...

You are absolutely right Sweet LP... check back tonight or tomorrow morning... I will post my US Open thoughts by 11pm tonight.

And be careful with those tacos... you should have KFC instead. That stuff is diarreah-induced but at least it doesn't come with an ass itch.

Dwarf out

 
At 7:22 PM, Blogger Veillotron said...

Sweetness,

you needz to respect England - The Queen's on your dollar billz!!

 
At 8:16 PM, Anonymous Sweet LP said...

My little brother, you know I don't have any dollar bill, just a bunch of debts. So fuck the queen in green!

 
At 10:19 PM, Blogger Nick the Dick said...

LP: Time to pay off those debts: if you pick Trinidad to win over England tomorrow, the odds are 11:1 so you could make a fortune and we could laugh about England for years to come.... the game is at 12PM EDT tomorrow or at pub time for the Hooligans.

 

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