Monday, July 5, 2010


Ahem... let me say at the outset, I've had a few brewskis.

Germany v Spain
The German side is young, talented, fit, composed and single-minded. And they are exceedingly well coached. Although they dissected Australia, England and Argentina, they also lost to Serbia and scored only once against Ghana. I think four goals  against their opponent in this match might be a stretch. Missing Mueller won't help; but there is a shitload of talent on the bench. This is the game that will tell me whether Neuer is the real thing.  Watch out for Podolski in this match.

The Spaniards, I think, are equal to the task -- although the goal differential during the tournament might lead one to believe that Spain is fucked. (Anything can happen in a single game... and often does. I'm expecting what might be considered an upset.  Although with these two teams, the word really doesn't apply.)  I would like to see Cesc Fabregas in the starting lineup, sore shoulder and all.  You have to start the way you wish to proceed... and a bit more creativity sure as hell wouldn't hurt.  Casillas must have the game of his life.

Holland v Uruguay
The Netherlands have the easier draw... on paper. But make no mistake: Uruguay will come to play. Expect the 'kitchen sink' from these guys.  The age difference between the teams isn't terribly significant.  (This said by an old man leaning towards Holland.)

I haven't checked out who will be missing from the match due to accumulated cards (well, yes, Suarez will miss the game, to be sure) or injuries.  This could be significant. I really should check. Ah, fuck it.

Semi-Final Predictions  (And I absolutely suck at this):

Germany 2, Spain 3 (in extra time)

Netherlands 3, Uruguay 1.


2 -2 after extra time.  Netherlands beats Spain on penalties.

Yeah.  I'm going all in with orange.

Llewellen's picks:

Llewellen thinks Germany will destroy Spain (he figures Klose will get a hat-trick) and put on a clinic against the Dutch in the Final.  We've got a beer riding on it.

Truthfully... I don't care what happens.  I just want to watch four smashing football matches between now and  Sunday.


Omar said...

Who were the two screwballs calling Netherlands vs Uruguay today on CBC Radio? Jesus Christ. Certainly not the refined play-by-play calling from the guy who does it on the televised games. These twits were all about complaining about the game, the calls, the teams, etc, etc. It's the same reason I can't stand when Leo Rautins does colour commentary for Raptor games. Bitch, bitch, complain, complain. Just call the game, for fucks sake!

Doctorboogaloo said...

That's one of the things I love about watching the English Premiership -- English broadcasters. Cool observations and wry senses of humour.

Agree wholeheartedly about Rautins. He gives me the fucking willies.

Doctorboogaloo said...

Huh. Don't know why... but it's showing 0 comments at the moment.

Beats me.

Omar said...

WTF is this? 25 minutes into this semi-final game and it's ALL Spain? Are the Germans playing some sort of football rope-a-dope? I. Want. Blitzkrieg!

Doctorboogaloo said...

The amount of Spanish possession didn't really surprise me. But the lack of tactical shift by Germany in second half was surprising. I sure as hell expected a couple more goals.

Yowza. I picked both winners. Even close on the Holland/Uruguay scoreline.

Llewellen owes me a beer.