Friday, June 09, 2006

FIFA World Cup 2006

Today is June 9th and tonight FIFA World Cup 2006 is gonna start. Just over 5 hours remain for this biggest event of the year. So here i look at some of the World Cup favorite teams and about their chances.

1. Brazil: Any discussion about football anywhere in this world will always have some mention of Brazil. As most of the World Cups, the 5-time world cup champions start as an overwhelming favorites to win the cup. Their squad boasts of players like Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Adriano, Roberto Carlos, Kaka, Cafu et al. Each one of them is playing in one or the other big clubs of Europe like Barca, Real Madrid, Inter, Milan. Ronaldinho is arguably the best footballer at present. He is currently the 2 time FIFA World Player of the Year this to go with European Player of the Year. He has already won Spanish League, Champions League and Spanish Cup for his team Barca and he is almost as eager (if not more) to win the biggest prize in the game for the 2nd year running. This Brazilian team is filled with attacking players and as one commentator said in the last world cup "Anyone in this yellow shirt can score the goal, they come from anywhere and everywhere". This phrase is pretty apt for Brazilian players. Any team who want to win against them will have to play it hard way and will have to stifle these creative players like Ronaldinho, Kaka and Ronaldo. Surely this aint the easiest of the jobs. But afterall its a game, and anything can happen on the day. Infact this is the line which will be giving all other teams the hope of winning the world cup.

2. England: For me, they have their biggest chance of winning the World Cup. They have an enviable defence with the likes of Ferdindad, Terry, Carragher, Campbell, Neville. I guess they have the meanest defense amongst all teams. Their midfield is also pretty strong with Gerrard, Lampard, Beckham. With Rooney seemingly match fit, they have a pretty good strike force as well, with Owen partnering Rooney upfront. Their bench strength though looks a bit weak especially in midfield and strikers. But still they have a pretty good squad and to me their are the 2nd biggest favorites to win the cup.

3. Argentina: Argentina's squad is a pretty young and talented squad. They have creative players like Messi and Riquelme in their midfield and with Crespo upfront they are a very potent strike force. They also have players like Sorin, Ayala. They again are one of the contenders for the cup.

4. Czech Republic: Czechs are a pretty good side as well. They are driven by there never-tiring captain Nedved. This man is full of enery and is driving most of their attacks. He is the key to Czechs World Cup performance. They have other good players like Baros, Koller, Smicer and Chelsea keeper Cech. They too are a good contenders for the cup.

5. France: France is an ageing team with lotsa players like Zidane playing there last World Cup, but as they say form is temporary class is permanent. The old war horses might just do some wonders with Thierry Henry, one of the best strikers around, upfront.

6. Italy: Italy as always are one of the meanest defences with Nesta, arguably the best central defender in their team. They are a pretty hard working team and with players like Totti, Nesta, Buffon, Del Piero, Pirlo, Inzaghi, Giardino they have a decent chance here.

7. Germany: Okay, so finally here are the hosts of the World Cup as the 7th favorite for me. Driven by Michael Ballack and kept by likes of Lehmann and Kahn they are another team in moulds of Italy. Pretty hard at defence and a decent attacking prowess.

Okay, that's all with my world cup favs. There are few other good teams like Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Ukraine, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, who knows even one of these might just spring a pretty big surprise :).

Now just waiting for the World Cup finals to start !! May the best team win.


Phoenix said...

u're waiting for the finals already?!?:P
waise true, may the best team win

Kon ?? said...

@phoenix cup finals means the whole world cup tournament (aka after qualifying) !!
the final match is called "finale" :)
god !!

btw gud to see u here after looong time !!

Nirav said...


Pretty accurate and unbiased viewpoints... One area where I disagree is about the German defence. I think they are a little weak there.. as was evident in the opening match.

Also, France is not an ageing side... in the first team, only Zidane, Thuram, Makelele and Barthez are over 30. And the trend for the last 44 years has been for a relatively mature side to win (avergae age 28+)

Kon ?? said...


well yes after watching the first match i too realised that this germany is a young squad and far more attacking and weak at defence. maybe its the klinsman effect !!!

as about france, well most other players too are around 29 only and i dont think being mature or not is the main reason for winning the cup, its about being on top of ur game at the right time. and i dont think among most french players only makelele and henry have been in really good form of late and to some extent viera.

btw if u wud hv seen czechs play yest nite u wud start supporting them :D ?

Nirav said...

I do already support the Czech :) just that they are destined to run into Brazil (who are very strong) or France (who I support).

Kon ?? said...

so u agree brazil are very strong :)
btw ur french team showed glimpses of last year's dismal world cup...if they play like this for next 2 matches i dont see them going thru to 2nd round :)

Bhagya said...

I enjoyed the England-Trinidad game, was riveted by the telly. England had a tough time, enjoyed their frustration, don't have anything against them, but it is just that when stalwarts struggle against newcomers it is fun to watch.

Watched the rerun of Argentina-MonteNegro. Saw the 24 passes wala goal, brilliant.

Kon ?? said...

yes the 24 pass goal was brilliant..did u saw the joe cole's goal yesterday nite against Sweden ? that was awesome too :)

btw nice to c u here after long !!