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[World Cup] "The Green Error" to live in infamy, vuvuzelas are omgterrible

So It GoesSo It Goes Deal me in.Registered User regular
edited June 2010 in Debate and/or Discourse
2010 FIFA WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA

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Group stage matches begin June 11! See match list here: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/index.html

Tournament structure and team info: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2010/groups_and_teams

People more knowledgeable than me:

Which are the easy and hard groups?
Is the USA going to underwhelm again this year?
Who are the favorites?
Awesomest unis?


ALSO:

YAHOO FANTASY WORLD CUP GROUP

Come make your predictions!

Group name: Debate and Discourse

Group ID#: 22443
Password: wang

http://us.wc.fantasysports.yahoo.com/world-cup

If you join please name your pick set something that reveals who you are on the forums!

Also:
we have an espn bracket group as well

http://games.espn.go.com/bpredictor/en-us/frontpage

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  • SenjutsuSenjutsu thot enthusiast Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Where on yahoo do I go?

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  • So It GoesSo It Goes Deal me in.Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Woops!

    http://us.wc.fantasysports.yahoo.com/world-cup

    Should be an option to join a private group.

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  • _J__J_ Pedant Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited June 2010
    So It Goes wrote: »
    Post in my thread you assholes!

    Soccer is a silly game for silly geese.

    You're welcome.

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  • japanjapan Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    USA actually should do well in their group. Neither Algeria nor Slovenia are particularly strong.

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  • ElldrenElldren Is a woman dammit I'm a good person yes it's trueRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    World cup go!

    Group C, while not a hard group per se, is a fairly well matched group.

    Overall the groups are fairly well balanced this year, IMO.

    A or G are likely the "hardest" groups.

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  • ElldrenElldren Is a woman dammit I'm a good person yes it's trueRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    japan wrote: »
    USA actually should do well in their group. Neither Algeria nor Slovenia are particularly strong.

    Let's be honest: None of the teams are particularly poor in that group either.

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  • SenjutsuSenjutsu thot enthusiast Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Hooray

    I love me some World Cup

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  • mynameisguidomynameisguido Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I'll liven up the group with my certain to be comedic picks.

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  • japanjapan Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    The BBC has a handy chart of the groups and the tournament structure:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2010/groups_and_teams

    If you click the individual teams they all have a little summary and a video about their historical performance and how they're expected to do this time around.

    EDIT: I feel relatively safe in predicting that England and the USA will be the teams in group C that survive the group stages.

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  • cyphrcyphr Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Made my picks.

    Now to be humiliated in T-7 days.

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  • 815165815165 Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Totally in on this. Summer isn't summer without a decent football tournament.

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  • oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    So It Goes wrote: »
    Which are the easy and hard groups?

    Group C, F and H are definitely the easiest groups, with Group H (Spain's) likely being the easiest.

    The hardest, without a doubt, is Group G... Brazil, Portugal, Ivory Coast and North Korea. Three excellent teams and one pretty solid one. Group B is also tough, as Argentina have been somewhat underwhelming, South Korea are generally pretty good, Greece are tough to break down, and Nigeria could be awesome or shitty.
    So It Goes wrote: »
    Is the USA going to underwhelm again this year?

    Depends on what underwhelming is. They'll probably make it through the group stage in second place behind England. Their problem arises from having to play the winner of Group D in the round of 16... which is likely to be Germany. Their best chance is pipping England to first place in their group.
    So It Goes wrote: »
    Who are the favorites?

    Spain, Brazil, England, Germany, Netherlands. Definitely the first two though. Brazil is just Brazil, and will always be a favourite. As for Spain, they have the best strikers, best midfield, best keepers, and a solid defense... and they have lost one match in the last three years.

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  • ElldrenElldren Is a woman dammit I'm a good person yes it's trueRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    pick... set? What is this stuff?

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  • So It GoesSo It Goes Deal me in.Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Elldren wrote: »
    pick... set? What is this stuff?

    You pick who the winners of the games will be. You have a set of picks!

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  • 815165815165 Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    The Beeb has overviews of each team including how they did in qualification for those not sure about certain teams.

    edit: and please noone be fooled by how well South Korea did when hosting the world cup :(

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  • A Half Eaten OreoA Half Eaten Oreo Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Joined the group.

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  • ElldrenElldren Is a woman dammit I'm a good person yes it's trueRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    So It Goes wrote: »
    Elldren wrote: »
    pick... set? What is this stuff?

    You pick who the winners of the games will be. You have a set of picks!

    The name of my set is now "What is This?" :cry:

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  • So It GoesSo It Goes Deal me in.Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Elldren wrote: »
    So It Goes wrote: »
    Elldren wrote: »
    pick... set? What is this stuff?

    You pick who the winners of the games will be. You have a set of picks!

    The name of my set is now "What is This?" :cry:

    Want me to kick you out so you can join again?

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  • ElldrenElldren Is a woman dammit I'm a good person yes it's trueRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    So It Goes wrote: »
    Elldren wrote: »
    So It Goes wrote: »
    Elldren wrote: »
    pick... set? What is this stuff?

    You pick who the winners of the games will be. You have a set of picks!

    The name of my set is now "What is This?" :cry:

    Want me to kick you out so you can join again?

    ok

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  • So It GoesSo It Goes Deal me in.Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Ok try it again.

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  • mynameisguidomynameisguido Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    You can change the name of your set after you name it.

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  • ElldrenElldren Is a woman dammit I'm a good person yes it's trueRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    You can change the name of your set after you name it.

    ... I just discovered this

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  • oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I love how the pick distribution for Uruguay v. France is 9% - 73%... lots of people are going to be wrong on that one.

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  • ElldrenElldren Is a woman dammit I'm a good person yes it's trueRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    oldmanken wrote: »
    I love how the pick distribution for Uruguay v. France is 9% - 73%... lots of people are going to be wrong on that one.

    I agree with you.

    I know where my pick for that match is

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  • KagliciousKaglicious Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Joined this, gonna be so fucking awful at it though.

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  • SarksusSarksus Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I picked my picks on the basis of which country sounded the coolest.

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  • 815165815165 Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Sarksus wrote: »
    I picked my picks on the basis of which country sounded the coolest.
    I too have picked Coolbekizstan to win the world series of soccerball.

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  • mynameisguidomynameisguido Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Oh man, I didn't realize that Ballack was out of tourney.

    Now granted, I know nothing about the rest of their squad so I don't know how badly it will affect them.

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  • No Great NameNo Great Name FRAUD DETECTED Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    we have an espn bracket group as well

    http://games.espn.go.com/bpredictor/en-us/frontpage

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  • AvicusAvicus Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Wow looking at the averages for each pick its basically every favorite winning 3+ with 90+% (99% in the case of the Brazil v North Korea :P) There are going to be so many people that will end up on the exact same amount of points because 50% of the people seem to have made the exact same picks for everything.

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  • 815165815165 Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Avicus wrote: »
    Wow looking at the averages for each pick its basically every favorite winning 3+ with 90+% (99% in the case of the Brazil v North Korea :P) There are going to be so many people that will end up on the exact same amount of points because 50% of the people seem to have made the exact same picks for everything.
    The group stages are generally predictable thanks to seeding (though places like New Zealand mess with that a bit) but the knockouts are where people will start to spread out a lot.

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  • tinwhiskerstinwhiskers Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    So this is like hockey, but slower paced and with no hitting?

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  • japanjapan Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    The traditional complaining about the match ball has begun:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2010/8716699.stm

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  • So It GoesSo It Goes Deal me in.Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    we have an espn bracket group as well

    http://games.espn.go.com/bpredictor/en-us/frontpage

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    I don't like the ESPN website so that's why I did Yahoo!

    But I will put this in the OP.

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  • GoslingGosling Looking Up Soccer In Mongolia Right Now, Probably Watertown, WIRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I'm struggling with how much of a home-continent effect to price in. How many get out of the group, who, and how deeply does one go along with the host-never-gets-bounced-in-the-group-stage talk.

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  • ElldrenElldren Is a woman dammit I'm a good person yes it's trueRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Gosling wrote: »
    I'm struggling with how much of a home-continent effect to price in. How many get out of the group, who, and how deeply does one go along with the host-never-gets-bounced-in-the-group-stage talk.

    South Africa will probably get bounced in the group stage

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  • QonasQonas Detroit, MIRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Already in the ESPN group, and now the Yahoo one as well.

    I'm thinking that while South Africa does get bounced, they're going to get one out-of-nowhere huge win to make everyone feel good. I'm eyeing their match with France for that.

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  • ElldrenElldren Is a woman dammit I'm a good person yes it's trueRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Qonas wrote: »
    Already in the ESPN group, and now the Yahoo one as well.

    I'm thinking that while South Africa does get bounced, they're going to get one out-of-nowhere huge win to make everyone feel good. I'm eyeing their match with France for that.

    I have Uruguay and Mexico advancing from group A because France is terrible this year

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  • QonasQonas Detroit, MIRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Same here. I love the stat from the other page for France-Uruguay, where the pick distribution is like 90-10 for France. Man alive are 90% of the Yahoo users going to be in for a real treat when that game rolls around. :lol:

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  • GoslingGosling Looking Up Soccer In Mongolia Right Now, Probably Watertown, WIRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I dunno. A win and a draw can put them through. And apparently that opening match, regardless of the pairing, is particularly friendly, so that could be the draw there. Draw Mexico, beat France, that could be enough to advance.

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