Your most anticipated match(es) of group stage?

Discussion in 'FIFA and Tournaments' started by CBusCrew12, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. CBusCrew12

    CBusCrew12 Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Ohio, USA
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Of all of the matches in the group stage, which look to be the most entertaining?

    I've got two that come to mind:
    -Argentina vs Netherlands
    -Italy vs Czech Republic
  2. Chosun HwoRang

    Chosun HwoRang New Member

    Feb 13, 2005
    Netherlands v Argentina

    and England v Sweden

    USA v Italy ought to be fun. This will be one of the few times I actually root for USA.
  3. PanchoM

    PanchoM Member

    Nov 3, 2001
    USA vs. Czech republic I take the yanks

    Paraguay vs. England Taking Paraguay !

    Hoping for some good odds , these games will pay for my expenses in Germany ! :D
  4. locoxriver

    locoxriver Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 22, 2005
    Los Angeles
    CA River Plate
    Nat'l Team:
    Argentina vs. Holland/Netherlands.. Revenge for 98' :)
  5. ChaChaFut

    ChaChaFut Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    I can't wait to match every single match. But these should be outstanding:

    Argentina - Cote d'Ivoire
    Argentina - Netherlands
    Cote d'Ivoire - Netherlands
    Italy - Ghana
    Italy - Czech Rep.
    Ghana - Czech Rep.
    Angola - Portugal
    Brazil - Japan
    France - Togo
  6. karny9

    karny9 New Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    argentina - netherlands
    italy - czech republic
    germany - poland
    porutgal - angola
  7. Colm

    Colm Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Holland - Argentina
    Germany - Costa Rica (opening game)
    Italy - Czech Republic
    Brazil - Australia
    England - Paraguay
    England - Trinidad & Tobago
    England - Sweden
  8. simonb_nyc

    simonb_nyc New Member

    Jun 7, 2005
    New York
    New York Red Bulls
    Netherlands - Argentina
    England - Paraguay

    I don't think USA - Italy will be exciting. Whoever gets the early goal will defend the rest of the match. That's the way those teams play. But I give the US defense the edge.
  9. AFCA

    AFCA Member

    Jul 16, 2002
    X X X rated
    AFC Ajax
    Nat'l Team:
    I look forward to all the games. There will always be a few very attractive and open games. Usually it's hard to predict those ahead of time.
  10. gallina de corazon

    gallina de corazon New Member

    Sep 17, 2005

    RIVER CAMPEON New Member

    Jun 13, 2004
  12. Randolph Carter

    Randolph Carter New Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    the argies vs holland


    drool just thinking about it

    may the best team win....
  13. Toon³

    Toon³ Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    Newcastle United FC
    So that will be a 3-0 win to Holland.

    I always enjoy the smaller matches more. They seem to be more open and more enjoyable. Alot of the big games aren't that good. So....

    Togo vs Switzerland
    Angola vs Iran
    Tunisia vs Saudi
    Costa Rica vs Ecuador

    will be the games, apart from Holland games, that I will be looking forward too.
  14. aila76

    aila76 Member

    Dec 10, 2005
    Auburn, NY
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    USA vs. Italy - Mostly because I'm a US fan and think they have a pretty good chance to pull an upset.

    USA vs. Czech Republic - See above.

    England vs. Sweden - Rematch of close match at 2002 World Cup, plus the Sven factor makes this one really interesting.

    Argentina vs. Holland - Two of the best teams in the world.

    Japan vs. Australia - Pretty evenly matched, I think this one should be exciting. I've got a fondness for both these countries/teams (would like to see both of them do well, but it will be hard for them with their draw).

    Germany vs. Costa Rica - The opening match. I'm basically anticipating this one so much just because it will mark the start of the World Cup! I'll be rooting for Costa Rica (typically I'll support CONCACAF sides unless they're playing against a favorite of mine) but would be pretty shocked if Germany didn't manage to win this.

    Brazil vs. Croatia - I'm half Croatian by heritage, so I'm hoping they'll do well, I think they're probably second strongest in the group, but I expect Brazil to win.
  15. t.z0n3

    t.z0n3 New Member

    Oct 14, 2005
    Kansas, USA
    Sporting Kansas City
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    :D Honestly, Im going to say Germany vs. Costa Rica. I'd like to see Costa RIca pull off a surprise win and send Germany packing (oh wait... they're already there!). Wouldn't that be so awesome?!
  16. cmblfc

    cmblfc Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    New Britain, CT
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Italy vs USA. The tension is rising.
  17. CariocaEWR

    CariocaEWR New Member

    Nov 9, 2005
    My most anticipated:

    Group A - None
    Group B - England vs Paraguay
    Group C - All Argentina matches
    Group D - Mexico vs Portugal
    Group E - All matches
    Group F - All Brazil matches
    Group G - None
    Group H - None
  18. Violationgd

    Violationgd New Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Los Angeles
    CD Chivas de Guadalajara
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy v. US (cuz i want to see Italy win)
    Argentina v. Netherlands (no explanation needed)
    Mexico v. Portugal (open game with lots of chances for both teams)
    Brazil v. Japan (no reason, it just seems like it'lll be fun to watch)
    Italy v. czech republic

    All games with Mexico cuz i like them
    Probably all Group E games

    those are just the most interesting one, i plan on watching as many as i can though.
  19. simonb_nyc

    simonb_nyc New Member

    Jun 7, 2005
    New York
    New York Red Bulls
    Is that sarcasm? I still feel it will be very defensive and rather dull. I'll probably be completely wrong and it will be a 5-3 score (don't ask me to who) but I'd be very surprised if it got past 1-0.
  20. cmblfc

    cmblfc Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    New Britain, CT
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think it will be decently high scoring. It will be fun to watch with my friends who are USA fans.
  21. Rakim_22

    Rakim_22 Member

    Manchester United
    Sep 6, 2004
    Miami, FL
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    The only match I care about it Holland vs. Argentina.
  22. catenaccio_L'pool

    Oct 21, 2005
    Top Of The Table
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    i just cant see that matchup dissapoint...definitely the most anticipated match of the group stage (after usa and cro games :))

    RIVER CAMPEON New Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    yeah that will be a 3-1 game Argentina winning obviously...the argentines will be smoking the dutch like dutchmasters cigars....
  24. Aguilas Del America

    Oct 28, 2002
    Nido de Coapa
    Club América
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany vs Costa Rica
    Costa Rica vs Ecuador
    Argentina vs Holland
    England vs Sweden
    Holland vs Serbia
    Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia
    US vs Czech
    Czech vs Italy
    Mexico vs Iran
    Mexico vs Portugal
    England vs T&T :D
  25. Almogavar92

    Almogavar92 New Member

    Aug 17, 2001
    Galatasaray SK
    Nat'l Team:
    Korea Republic
    For me every match with Korea is an anticipation because we want to see if 2002 was a real indication of the future or if it was euphoria of merely the present.

    Other than that, the games I look forward to are:

    Holland vs. Argentina
    Two great sides with great players. I just hope it doesn't degenerate into an England vs. Argentina (2002) as that match was so hyped but the plot was really lost on a Michael Owen dive (oh ******** now it's going to rain fire). Rematch of France'98 (Bergkamp's ever so slight touch and great goal) and Argentina'78.

    Croatia vs. Brazil
    This one gets overlooked, but if Croatia play as well as they are capable, they might just put up a fight instead of playing dead as many countries will do up against Brazil. My memory of Euro'2004 and when Dado Prso gave the French a run for their money helps me come to a conclusion that this might be a bit of a match.

    Spain vs. Ukraine
    Because their debutants, people tend to overlook the Ukraine. It's not just Shevchenko that gives this match some potential. The Ukraine team is overall a fit side that can attack and also counter-attack. Spain will have their hands full.


    1. Czech Republic vs. Italy
    On paper this looks great. But something tells me that this is going to be a dour encounter with Italy looking to lock down Nedved and Koller and pray to God that one of their strikers isn't having an off-day. Not exactly 0-0 prediction, but don't be surprised by a 1-0 result.

    2. Germany vs. Poland
    Screw the talk about revenge for Sept. 1/1939 and such... the only thing about this match that might capture the news is the potential hooligan-fest-orgy that both camps are capable of producing.

    3. England vs. Sweden
    Was the precursor to this, the one played in 2002 any good? I don't remember it being that good. It was fair, but the only way this makes it on someone's top 10 list is if Sven deliberately scuttles England's ship due to a quick patriotic relapse, or if Sweden takes this match by a scoreline of 5-0.

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