Fifa Worldcup 2014 : Last predictions

As a boy raised in France,  I grew up playing soccer at lunch breaks until high school and watched games with my father on a regular basis. I used to turn my collar up just so I could look like The (other) King.

Since I live in the USA, I don’t follow as closely as I used to but still enjoy great action replays when I can find some. One constant for Americans is that they tend to make following sports interesting with fantasy games and all kind of bets. For this world cup my colleagues created a system where you were awarded points to predict the correct game result and group finish. I thought I had an edge in this due to my above average knowledge but I discovered that knowing to much can be a burden as well. I had predicted that Spain would lose to the Netherlands but I could never imagine them losing 1-5 thing that some had no issue to be Willy-Nilly. I ended up above average in the end but not enough to win anything (details are available on my tumblr),

The funny thing is that in the first draft I had Germany finishing second of their group behind Portugal and I ended up with a finale Brazil – Argentina with Argentina winning and Belgium finishing 3rd over Italy.

Direct Elimination - First roundIt didn’t really work out in the end because the group phase had some interesting upsets. I then decided to redo my bracket for the knockout phase and as you can see I’m current 14 for 14 in predicting the winners.Knockout v2 06/27I had Germany beating Brazil before Neymar and Silva were out, but I would never have guessed such a lopsided game. My dilemma now is to know if I should change my predictions for the last 2 games.

Let’s start with the game for the 3rd place:
I currently have Brazil beating Netherlands but I’m not really sure how they will react after their Germany beating. Brazil was in it to win it and anything else is going to be a disappointment. Will they be able to regroup and redeem themselves? Who will step up to replace Neymar’s contribution to the offense (4 goals / 1 assist). The Oranje fell very close to a consecutive finale after the one of 2010 versus Spain. I like their speed and offense but I bet on Brazil redemption and its people pushing to salvage what can be.

Then for the finale:
I think I have a bias towards Argentina as I always pick them up to win. I like the fact that they tend to play with 3 very offensive players. I like Messi and think it could finally be his year, but I like Angel Di Maria even more. If he can come back from his injury, Messi will be more free and Argentina’s chance will be better. I also have a bias towards Germany as I remember them being very defensive in the past and not necessarily linked to beautiful play but more effective plays. After Brazil thrashing, I believe that a lot of people will see Germany as the de facto favorite. It may be the hipster in me, but I will keep my confidence in Argentina and hope for Di Maria’s return.

And you, who do you think will win? Did you follow the world cup? Did you like it? Share in the comments below.

By Sebastien Grobelny

In a glance : September

These are all the pictures I posted this month. To see more you can go to my other site.
All the pictures are for sale. You can also contact me if you think they might help you with a project you have.

09/28 : Giraffe at the Bronx Zoo

Giraffe at the Bronx Zoo

09/25 : Over the Miracle Shops

Las Vegas - Over the Miracle Miles shops

09/25 : Peaks at Bryce Canyon National Park

Peaks at Bryce Canyon National Park

09/23 : Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

09/21 : Plants in Monument Valley

Plants in Monument Valley

09/18 : Vases in Santa Fe Market

Vases in Santa Fe09/16 : Dolphins at the Secret Garden

Dolphins resting in Siegfied and Roy's Secret Garden at the Mirage - Las Vegas09/14 : Bryce Canyon National Park – 2013

Detail of the edges of Bryce Canyon National Park09/10 : Cactus in Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden – 2013

Cactus in Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden09/08 : Ezequiel Lavezzi – PSG – 2012

Ezequiel Lavezzi and Frank Lampard during an exhibition game at Yankee Stadium09/04 : Reeds in Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden – 2013

Reeds in Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden09/02 : Sunset Point at Bryce Canyon National Park – 2013

Sunset Point at Bryce Canyon National Park

The English Professor at Large

Posts about old Hollywood, current concerns

Cari Aiken Art

Art and photography by Cari Aiken

moviejoltz

The website where movies count

Natalie Breuer

Natalie. Writer. Photographer. Etc.

Frank G. Photography

Photos of life in the Windy city

Histoires à Tiroirs

Photographical journey through story telling combinations.

Schelley Cassidy Photography

Home of What Is It?!? - A Project in Perspective

Chronicles of Illusions

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. – Lao Tzu

El Bueno, El Feo y El Malo

Capturing the good, the bad and the ugly of lesser-known Spain and now Southeast Asia

Willis Island Walking

The story of a completed walk for charity around a desert island in the Coral Sea

MyBlog - solaner

a photographer's view to the world - a traveler's blog

Notes Of Light ~ Photography

A Journey Back Into The World Of Capturing The Moment

What's (in) the Picture?

Chris Breebaart Photography - finding stories

ICI & LA NATURE PICTURES

Walk and Bike in France and Europe www.walk-bike-camino.com

1001 Scribbles

Random and Abstract Lines

Crap I Blog About

General shite and specific shite

de Brabander Geert Fotografie

Click on the title and scroll down

northumbrian : light

Random thoughts from deepest Northumberland

Sci-Fi Jubilee

Sci-Fi News & Reviews

Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth

NATURE WALKER

with a camera in hand

Images by T.Dashfield Photography

The camera gave me an incredible freedom. It gave me the ability to parade through the world and look at people and things very, very closely. Carrie Mae Weems

Shayan Lens

shayan ghiaseddin's photography

A Day in the Brine

Unkempt Mind dribbling in the seethe

50'Lux

a photography blog by donald barnat

twng32

The greatest WordPress.com site in all the land!

Dan Frugalberg

Life lived simply

gemakatherine

Foundation Degree Professional Photography

Albatz Travel Adventures

art, food, photography, design & jewelry

PIXELICIOUS

Photography by Madelaine Cappuccio

Cee's Photo Challenges

Teaching the art of composition for photography.

castelsarrasin

The work and activities of a writer/bargee

Learning the Light

my education in photography - kim clements

THE FACES BOX

Instants of people with something special

Being Margaret

Life, Insights and Observations Through Writing and Art

hovercraftdoggy

A curated glimpse into a world of infinite beauty and creativity.

leannecole.com.au/

Trying to live a creative life

Jacklyn Hancock Visual Artist

Painting, Photography, Illustration, Mixed Media- Commissions Available

MY WALL

Poems & Photographs