ken Posted June 4, 2008 Share Posted June 4, 2008 It's not too hard to say that the winner will likely come from Italy, France, Spain or Germany and in fact quite safe. More challenging is to pick the dark horses and spectacular underachievers. Who will end out in the semis when most thought they would play three and out, who will crash and burn when they were supposed to cruise to the semis. You've got to figure one of the hosts will make a run of some sort, I would guess Austria, Turkey and Croatia are always tough and a threat to over achieve. Russia is enigmatic and has the possibility to go to the semis or lose three straight. My guesses this go around are Russia and Austria. One of France, Italy or the Dutch aren't going through, I'll say France. Spain has a long history of doing not so much but I don't think that is their lot this time. Gemany was supposed to be in trouble at the last WC but instead did quite well, maybe playing in German speaking countries close to home will help them this time but I think they are due for a fall. I don't think that the Greeks will do too well, but they were such a suprise last time that they don't count as a surprise if they stumble this go around. Last time was supposed to be the last hurrah for the "golden generation" of Portugese football, I think that age will catch up to them this time, Ronaldo nothwithstanding. What's your guess in this hero and goat poll? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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