Monday, June 28, 2010

Netherlands v. Brazil

As many predicted, both of these supremely talented squads have not yet been challenged in the World Cup. It looks like the first tough match they both face will be against each other. That could make for a cagey opening 20 minutes or so. Both defenses will have to be on guard against an early goal, especially Holland, who have been a little shaky at the back.

Brazil knocked Holland out of the competition in 1994 and 1998. Most people will probably expect that to happen again. The idea being that the same teams always end up being the legitimate competitors for the trophy, and when the going gets tough, the Dutch will self-destruct, just because they always have. I don't believe that. In fact, I believe this July will see a new country lift the trophy at the World Cup for the first time since France in 1998.

For me, that new country will be one of the also-rans from years past, specifically Holland, Portugal, or Spain. It is unfortunate that the latter 2 are meeting so early in the tournament, but those are the breaks.

My predictions are that Spain will beat Portugal tomorrow in a very exciting match, and that Holland will knock Brazil out next week.

1 comment:

Dennis said...

OK, so the match wasn't exciting. Spain did win, at least I got that right.