Monday, June 18, 2018

Surprises galore at FIFA World Cup 2018

Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson saving
a penalty kick from Argentina's Lionel Messi
Photo credit: Marca
With the FIFA World Cup on in Russia, there is at least one good match to look forward to everyday till July 15, when the final will be played.

I come from a state in India, Kerala, where people are so crazy about football. All are united as one, when it comes to interest in the game, and no conversation is complete without some reference to the ongoing World Cup matches.

Eleven matches were complete till yesterday; and if there is one theme running across all of them, it is how it has been hard time for the favourites.

On June 15, Portugal, in spite of having Cristiano Ronaldo, were held to a 3-3 tie by Spain.

On June 16, Argentina, in spite of having Messi, were held to a 1-1 draw by, of all teams, Iceland.

On June 17, Germany suffered a shock defeat by Mexico 0-1, and Brazil were held 1-1 by Switzerland.

Of course, in every tournament, there are surprises. It's good they are there, so that we don't have predictable, and therefore boring, matches.

Today evening, England will face Tunisia. And, I am wondering how that will go. The tournament is wide open.

YOUR PREDICTIONS?

Which four team you think have the highest chances of winning the cup?

I am placing my bet on Brazil. The other three in the order of probability are: Germany, Argentina and France.

If I can add two more, I won't be surprised if Spain and even England make it to the top four.

10 comments:

  1. Hi Pradeep - enjoy as many games as you can watch. It's not my favourite!!! And messes up the English tennis and cricket season - ah well ... you and many many others love it. I've no idea re who wins or is likely to win - but enjoy ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks a lot, Hilary. Actually the football final is coinciding with the Wimbledon Men's final. There will be quite a scramble for television remotes in some homes!
      I am interested in cricket and tennis too. Looking forward to the Wimbledon season.

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  2. I am watching popular (name brand) matches. My bet is Brazil, Germany, France, and Spain to reach the Final Four.

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  3. Yup, don't pay attention, and don't care. Although, my roommate was thrilled when Mexico beat Germany.

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    1. Hi Liz, hope your friend's excitement isn't putting you off! I can understand not all people are interested in football.

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  4. I bet on Tunisia. Who knows? :)

    Destination Infinity
    PS: On a more serious note, should watch at least one match played by my favourite soccer team - Germany.

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    1. I am sure, Rajesh, there will be more surprises.

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  5. The tournament has had surprises thus far.The end stages are bound to be interesting.The use of VAR adds to the thrill of unexpected outcomes.

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    1. Yes, VAR is a new "phenomenon". Some of the instances where it was used produced results, adding to the excitement.

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