Friend of the PWT-blog and former RCU coach Greg Petersen looks into his crystal ball and shares with us his predictions on the World Cup.
Teams that will be challenging to win the World Cup?
Brazil, Spain, Holland,
Teams who are going to do better than people think?
Argentina and Portugal
South American teams that will have a good tournament who have not already been mentioned?
Chile and Paraguay
African teams that will have a good tournament?
I hope I am wrong about this, but I believe very few African teams will have success. I had high hopes for Ghana, Good coach and some exceptional players, but injuries have deprived them of having a team that could cause some problems. Ivory Coast without Drogba? Not good, but with him or without him, this team can score goals. It has to because they will be conceding a few. Not good that Brazil and Portugal is in their group.I hope one of the teams from Africa in the tournament proves me wrong.Maybe Nigeria?
How will the USA do?
USA will have no fear playing against England, but they should be afraid of what every player on the England squad is... and that is Capello. England will have a good World Cup because of this man and it will start with the first match. No one would happier than me if we beat England, but it is very unlikely with Capello in charge.
Playing Slovenia is like looking in the mirror for the USA. This team is very good defensively. Bottom line is the team on the day who does better with their counter attack opportunities and set pieces will win the match. Slovenia is a much better team than people think.
I hope the USA does not have to play Algeria with something on the line for both teams. Algeria, as long as they keep their heads, can be a very worthy and dangerous opponent.
If the USA does make it to the second rounds,it will be a very worthy accomplishment. This will not be an easy group.
FIRST ROUND PREDICTIONS:
GROUP A: FRANCE/MEXICO
GROUP B: ARGENTINA/NIGERIA
GROUP C: ENGLAND/SLOVENIA
GROUP D: GERMANY/SERBIA
GROUP E: NETHERLANDS/DENNMARK
GROUP F: ITALY/PARAGUAY
GROUP G: BRAZIL/PORTUGAL
GROUP H: SPAIN/CHILE
Who will win the World Cup?
I would be a very happy man if the Netherlands or Spain wins the World Cup, but if I was a betting man I would put my money on Argentina. This team has so much talent and Maradona.is not as stupid as you think. He actually is very refreshing! He will let the media focus on him and let his players focus on their football. Come on this is Beckenbauer 101.