World Cup Quarter-Finals: Pick Your Winners…
Can you believe we’re down to eight World Cup teams already? Feels like the tournament only just started, yet we’re already at the World Cup quarter final stage. There’s a two day break in action coming on Wednesday and Thursday, so time to take a breather. But also time to get excited about the quarter-finals, which are as follows:
(for semi-finals, July 2nd winners play each other, July 3rd winners play each other)
The Brazil vs Netherlands and Argentina vs Germany games already have that classic World Cup feel to them. The sort of games that happen as you get into the later stages of a World Cup, and the sort of games that have plenty of history already. Anyone remember Brazil 3-2 Netherlands from the 1994 World Cup quarterfinal? Definitely worth a watch:
I also count four South American teams in the quarter-finals, and none of them playing against each other. So we could potentially have an all South American semi-final lineup. Alternatively, we also have the last remaining African team on the verge of making history. If Ghana can get past Uruguay, they’ll be the first ever African team in a World Cup semifinal. I can’t even imagine the buzz that would create, and I’m not just talking about vuvuzelas. I’m looking at Paraguay vs Spain as the least exciting game for neutrals, but will still be interesting to see how Spain’s so far steady but not supernova attack deals with Paraguay so far very sturdy defence.
Now the inevitable predictions question: Which of these four teams do you see making the semi-final?
Who will join the list of World Cup winners?