Very, very happy, my soccer-ball shaped betrothed.Just have to say that my soccer husband Mr. MuleVariations is going to be very happy when he comes back to this thread.
So many great comments! Where to start?
-Glad to find so many Dutch supporters. I think they will do well as always, but will probably lose in the Semifinals when Van Persie and Snijder are both sent for fighting...each other. :doh: In all seriousness I fear they have not yet corrected what doomed them in the European Championship -their lack of defense. They had all the offense in the world, but an organized, tactical team could break down their back 4 too easily.
-Dunga is doing as a manager exactly what he did as a player - building a brick wall around the Brazilian goal. This is the biggest Brazilian team I can remember, with Julio Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Luis Fabiano. Even Kaka, their playmaker, is what 6'2"? I think they will be really hard to beat, though less fun to watch than they've been since...1994, when Dunga played, and they lifted the cup. Brazil and Ivory Coast come out of that group, in my opinion.
- I too feel badly for Charlie Davies. It's amazing he's even alive, it's a great story. But the manager had to do it, I think. With him out, I think the U.S. should only take 2 forwards: Altidore and maybe Johnson. Stock the team with midfielders and play a 4-5-1. Taking the other potential strikers is just a waste of bench space.