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Pick Your Knows: Predicting the Knockout Stage, Semifinals and Champion of the 2010 FIFA World Cup

When the clock strikes 10am on the east coast, the Knockout Stage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup will be underway – and from then on out, it’s “do or die” for the 16 remaining countries.

The Wife Hates Sports loves to pick its nose – scratch that, “knows”, as in attempting to predict the results – from the Super Bowl, to March Madness and now the World Cup.

Here’s the current bracket, the upcoming schedule, plus KP’s predictions from here on out:

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2010 FIFA World Cup Schedule*

* FIFA World Ranking in parantheses next to each country

Saturday June 26, 2010

Urugay (16) vs. South Korea (47)

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United States (14) vs. Ghana (32)

Sunday June 27. 2010

Germany (6) vs. England (8)

Argentina (7) vs. Mexico (17)

Monday June 28, 2010

Netherlands (4) vs. Slovakia (34)

Brazil (1) vs. Chile (18)

Tuesday June 29, 2010

Paraguay (31) vs. Japan (45)

Spain (2) vs. Portugal (3)

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Will any of these three World Cup stars win it all? KP thinks so…

KP’s Picks & Thoughts – 2nd Round

 

Uruguay OVER South Korea

United States OVER Ghana

Germany OVER England

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KP thinks the US will have more reasons to celebrate during the World Cup (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Argentina OVER Mexico

Netherlands OVER Slovakia

Brazil OVER Chile

Japan OVER Paraguay

Portugal OVER Spain

–   By far, the best second round matchup is Spain vs. Portugal.  Spain was a favorite by many in this World Cup, but they have shown some lapses on defense plus vulnerability at times, most notably in its loss to Switzerland, plus giving up a goal to a Chilean team with 10 players.  Side note: Portugal didn’t give up a goal in its three group games.

–   The US team will be seeking revenge from Ghana, the team that kept them from advancing to the round of 16 in 2006.  While Ghana has an entire continent rooting for them (as the last African team standing), the U.S. has momentum from its dramatic win over Algeria.  Side Note: Ghana’s only two group round goals were scored on penalty kicks.

–   While Chile is fighting for a country that was battered by a major earthquake, Brazil’s team will prove to be too strong and talented.

KP’s Picks & Thoughts – Quarterfinals

United States OVER Uruguay

Brazil OVER Netherlands

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KP has KaKa and Brazil turning the Dutch into Losers

Argentina OVER Germany

Portugal OVER Japan

–   I love the United States’ chances to make the semifinals, especially if they manage to get past Ghana in the second round.  Certainly, no game is a cakewalk at this point, but the US would match up well against Uruguay.

–   I realize how talented the Dutch team is – and understand that many feel they haven’t peaked yet.  If Brazil and the Netherlands met up in the quarterfinals, it could arguably be the best match of the entire tournament – but I refuse to bet against KaKa and Brazil.

KP’s Picks & Thoughts – Semifinals to the Championship

Semifinals:

Brazil OVER United States

Argentina OVER Portugal

Third Place Game:

Portugal OVER United States

Championship

Argentina OVER Brazil

KP’s World Cup Champions: ARGENTINA

 

Call me crazy, but I’ve liked Argentina as a semi-darkhorse since the tournament began.  There’s fire and energy from the players to the coaching staff.

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KP thinks a World Cup that started messy, will end “Messi”

After the group round, Argentina is tied for the lead in total goals (7), lead the World Cup in total shots (64) and also top the tournament in shots on goal, with 30.  Gonzalo Higuein is tied for the lead in total goals (3) and popular star Lionel Messi has the most shots in the tournament with 20.

This World Cup has shown some similarities to the March Madness tournament, where surprises and upsets have occurred throughout – for example, France and Italy not just folding, but finishing last in their respective groups.

Therefore, in a World Cup of shockers – one that’s been borderline messy – it should come as no surprise that it would finish “Messi”.

In the end, when the dust is all settled – I pick Argentina to be the champs.

Who you got?  Submit your picks to The Wife Hates Sports below!

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  1. admin July 6, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    Guys…

    Well, those who picked… our picks haven’t been the greatest, huh? Oh well, what can you do.

    REV–
    Guess we don’t need to worry about that, since neither country made the semis.

    TOP–
    Lalas doesn’t bug me that much… he actually has some strong opinions here and there… instead of just a whole lot of fluff like a lot of analysts give.

  2. tophatal June 29, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    KP

    Personally I’m simply glad that both the US and England have been knocked out of the tournament . All that bitching and whining from the ESPN analysts was beginning to get on my damn nerves ! Alexi Lalas and Mike Tirico are about as insightful on the sport as either Paris Hilton or Hedi Montag would be on cardio-thoracic surgery. In other words they know absolutely nothing about soccer. I mean what the hell did Lalas actually achieve as a professional soccer player to begin with ? When on the field of play he was like a whirling Dervish and as slow as a damn snail ! ‘nough said on the matter me-thinks !

    AP

  3. The Wife June 26, 2010 at 8:04 AM

    The Wife’s picks….

    2nd Round winners: Uruguay, USA, Slovakia, Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Japan and Portugal

    Quarterfinals: USA, Brazil, Germany and Portugal

    Brazil over USA and Portugal over Germany

    Germany over USA in 3rd place game:

    Brazil over Portugal

    Brazil wins World Cup

    – The Wife

  4. Chris Humpherys June 26, 2010 at 7:02 AM

    No bold picks… until the very end.

    Dude, do you have any idea the coup it would be if Argentina beat Brazil in the World Cup?

    Might just start a border war.

  5. Greg Cox June 26, 2010 at 3:14 AM

    The feisty Japanese! Maybe. I could see it. If Portugal beats Spain mark my words it will be in PK most likely 0-0, or possibly 1-1. They will not score more straight up. I’m not too worried about the short-handed goal against Chile it was a fluke off a defender. They straightened up their act in that game & Swiss game was a joke, should have been more like a 2-0 win than 0-1.

    Brazil losing to Chile would send shock waves. I guess you never know when emotions come in but they were whipped (7 goals?) in SA qualifying two games…. That being said, when it comes time for the Dutch anything can happen. Their attacking power is not what it has been. If there will be a 3-2 game in the KO round that’s it for sure.

    I’d lay money US-Portugal goes PK if that is the 3rd place game. I’m thinking it is Argentina facing them there which would not go well. If your scenario plays out 3rd is possible. Hopefully someone knocks off Brazil. Even without a full squad they overcame 0-2 to win the Confed over US so no one wants them.

    Good picks KP!

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