Thursday, June 29, 2006

A bloke's guide to "Quarter Final Heaven"

OK, this is what football is all about. The best 8 teams in the world (ahem, yes, Ingerlund included) fighting it out over Friday/Saturday for a place in the World Cup semi-finals.

So, prediction time. Well, it's mighty difficult, because football's a funny 'ol game, innit, but, based on some crucial information, as shown below, I think I've come up with the goods.

First up, we have Germany against Argentina.

Germany vs. Argentina

A tough one this one, but I'm going with the Germans. Let's face it, us Brits hate 'em both, but the Germans know how to handle their beer and like a good ol' kneesuppen, so I'm with them.

Next up, we have Italy against the Ukraine.

Italy vs. Ukraine

O will kill me if she reads this, but Ukraine don't have much of a chance. Way too blond. Those Italians know how to pout and go down easily (ahem) and I think this will be the deciding factor, especially if another dodgy ref is in charge.

Saturday has the mighty Ingerlund up against boring Portugal.

England vs. Portugal

A toughie this one. I actually think it will be a classic, as Ingerlund simply need to perform. A close call for Ingerlund, scraping through on penalties to exorcise any remaining demons of World Cup past. Expect plenty of close-ups of a tense Mrs Beckham in her push-up.

And finally, it's Brazil against France.

Brazil vs. France

Without a doubt, the Brazilians have the most exotic, sexiest supporters. Which means, of course, that they'll win. Anyway, everybody hates the French, don't they?

Of course, the dream quarter final that isn't actually taking place (only in my head) is between South Korea and Trinidad and Tobago.

South Korea vs. Trinidad and Tobago

Damn shame.