Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sol's Prediction: Brazil 6:0 North Korea

This might be the most one sided match in the tournament. The mighty Brazil against the minnows North Korea. No offense to North Korea but I just cant seem how they gonna stop Brazil or atleast got a draw out of it. There are not any known player in the North Korean side while there is just not a single unfamiliar name in Brazil's.
Imagine it: having arguably 2 of the best right back in the World where Daniel Alves has to sit on bench. Thats just show the strengh of the South America's team.
Players to watch: Kaka and Robinho
ps:its only my humble opinion d;-b

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sol's Prediction: Ivory Coast 1:1 Portugal

This is one of the awaited match in group stage. The group of death. This one is really hard to predict what will be the outcome as both side are equally good.
Ivory Coast is arguably the best team in Africa and have a lot of match winner player in Drogba, Kalou and Eboue. Portugal have the 2nd best player in the world that is Cristiano Ronaldo who can single handedly win macthes for his country. He will be supported by Raul Meireles, Deco and Simao. Its all up to Ronaldo. If he play at his best, then Portugal will win it. But that is kinda unlikely~
Players to watch: Eboue and Ronaldo

key battle: Yaya Toure VS Raul Meireles
ps: its only my humble opinion d;-b

Sol's Prediction: New Zealand 0:3 Slovakia

This match is another match that the neutral fans wont mind missed. New Zealand is definitely among the weakest team in the tournament if not the weakest. With only Ryan Nelson the only known player, it is a question of how many goals will they concede in the tournament. Unless, there are a rising star in the squad, that is the most likely thing will happen.
Slovakia is a decent team with some very talented young players in the likes of Marek Hamsik, Vladimir Weiss and Martin Skrtel. Marek Hamsik is the squad captain and will surely make a big impact in this tournament. Remember the name, Hamsik.
Player to watch: Marek Hamsik
ps: its only my humble opinion d;-b

Sol's Prediction: Italy 1:2 Paraguay

On paper this is a match that Italy will win. They are the reigning champion and Paraguay is not a powerhouse of football...but that is all in the past. Paraguay have proved to be a squad capable to beat strong team like Brazil and Argentina while Italy, is capable to be beaten by the likes of Mexico.
Italy is too relying on old dogs and cant seem to be able to defend their title. Their forms are just awful lately. Paraguay is a squad that able to score goals and goals. They have a decent goalscorers in Barrios and Santa Cruz.
Even though many will predict Italy will win this but I say it will be the South American that will come out on top~
Players to watch: Daniele De Rossi and Lucas Barrios
Key Battle: Cannavaro VS Barrios
ps: its only my humble opinion d;-b

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sol's Prediction: Germany 3:0 Australia

This is a match that the Germans should win, but Australia cant be underestimate with experienced players all over the pitch while the Germans are relying on young guns.
Without the injured captain, Ballack, the playmaker role will have to be played by Mesut Ozil who is not lack of quality compared to the injured star. He will be supported by the strikers that shined in the previous World Cup in Podolski and Klose. Germany week link may be on their inexperience players like at the left back position (Badstubber or Boateng) and the defensive midfield position (Khedira) and also the attacking midfield position (Trochowski or Muller)
Australia is keeping the squad that have played together in the previous tournament. Their danger man surely is Tim Cahill but he alone cant break the German's wall.
Players to watch: Ozil and Cahill
Key battle: Schwarzer VS the Germans attacker
ps:its only my humble opinion d;-b

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sol's Prediction: Serbia 0:1 Ghana

This match between Serbia and Ghana is an open match where both team is seem like equal on papers. But playing in Africa land might give Ghana an advantage. They surely will get the backing of the African supporters.
Serbia is an organized team but lack the cutting edge and will have to hope that Nicola Zigic can be at his best if they are to have a chance to advance with Germany in the following round.
But still I fancy Ghana to wedge this want. They were handed with a tough blow with losing their only World Class player in Essien but they probably already get use with life without their star man. Its time for Kevin Prince Boateng and Asamoah to shine and carry their team through.
Players to watch: Dejan Stankovic and Kwadwo Asamoah

Key battle: midfield battle
ps: its only my humble opinion

Sol's Prediction Algeria 2:1 Slovenia

This match between Algeria and Slovenia might be a match that neutral fans wont mind missed. With no stars player for both team, it is believed that both team will be the whipping boys in the group C. I think the lesser weak team will win this match and that is Algeria because they have more players known in European leagues.
known players: Hasan Yebda and Robert Koren
ps:its only my humble opinion d;-b

Sol's Prediction: England 3:0 USA

The match between England and USA is thought to be a match between two evenly balance team but to me it is clearly a one sided match. England usually cant perform well in big tournament but I believe they can be favorite for this tournament. The likes of Rooney, Gerard, Lampard, and the two Coles can definitely beat most of the team if not all.
With USA will rely once again in their favorite star London Donovan, but surely it is just too much to handle even though he has a good partner in Jozy Altidore. All they can do is try to disturb Rooney and make him receive his marching order
Players to Watch: Ashley Cole and Altidore

Key Battle: Emile Heskey/Crouch VS the USA's Defense
ps:its only my humble opinion d;-b

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Sol's Prediction: Argentina 3:0 Nigeria

The match between Argentina and Nigeria is surely a one sided match. I cant imagine that Nigeria can get away with anything from this match. It doesnt matter who partner Messi upfront, Argentina just got the best attackers in their squad.
The Argentina squad seem perfectly balanced and can go all the way to the final, but the only thing that can stop them is their own Maradona. But still, on pitch, their are some weakest link. The ability of their defense to breakdown can seem to be a big problem and also they keeper is not the best safe hands. Even Nigeria's keeper, Enyeama seem a better keeper between the two. But still they have the best player in the World in Lionel Messi. The combination of Messi-Tevez-Higuain or Milito can strike fear in any defense in the World.
Nigeria is not a convincing team with Yakubu and Yobo their only stars player. All they can hope is to limit the damage that will be inflicted on them by Messi and co.
Players to watch: Messi, Messi and Messi...and Di Maria
Key battle: Enyeama against Argentine's attackers
ps: its only my humble opinion d;-b

Sol's Prediction: South Korea 3:1 Greece

Thee third match of the tournament is between two underdogs of the tournament where both have prove that they able to perform well in big tournament in the past. With not many stars, both team will rely on their star player in Park Ji Sung and Gergios Samaras. I believe that South Korea will edge Greece as they have a better defence and have a safe hands of Sung Ryong Jung.
Players to watch: Park Ji Sung and Samaras
Key Battle: Charisteas and Samaras VS Korean's defence
ps:its only my humble opinion d;-b

Sol's Prediction Uruguay 1:2 France

2nd match of the tournament between past winners. With the sloppy forms of France surely many predicted that this French side will struggle in this World Cup. But I got a feeling they will do just fine.
With master footballer, Thierry Henry was asked to start from the bench, France will surely rely on him if anything goes wrong. The hope of France will be put on Ribery's shoulder with the help of Chelsea's megastars in Anelka and Malouda. If they can turn their club's form onto the match then France will surely win. But there is another player that is looking to make a big impact in this tournament that is Yoann Gourcuff. He will be the key in determining Les Blues success.
Uruguay have arguably the two most inform strikers in Diego Forlan and Luiz Suarez. Forlan is a big match player and Suarez is a top goalscorer. They will be key in order to bring Uruguay to the next round.
Despite the Uruguay's attacking threats and the unconvincing France's form, I still believe France can come out on top. If everything goes right, France can beat any team in the World!
Players to watch: Diego Forlan and Yoann Gourcuff

Key battle: Diego Forlan VS William Gallas (if fit)
ps: its only my humble opinion d;-b

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sol's Prediction: South Africa 1:3 Mexico

The kick off of the tournament. With the host facing the Mexican wave. On paper look like the Mexican have an edge over the South Africa but we can never rule out the advantage of having the 12th men.
The host are relying on experience player like Steven Pienaar and Aaron Mokoena to make the country proud and get pass the group stage. Katlego Mphela may be the key in this match. If he can keep his scoring boots on, then the host will have a chance to atleast get a draw out of it.
But I still think the Mexican can be the surprise package of this year tournament. Consists of young stars, the trio of Hernandez-Vela-Dos Santos can provide the challenge with the help of the impressive Guardado and the experienced Marquez and supersub Blanco.
So, I have to go for Mexico win. All the host can hope from this match is a draw and try to win the remaining group fixture (it is possible if France can't recover from their slumps). The Mexican firepower will just be too good to handle for Mokoena and co.

players to watch: Pienaar and Hernandez

Key battle: Mphela VS Marquez
ps: its only my humble opinion

My View on WORLD CUP~

Salam and hello everyone...World Cup is coming!!!! the biggest event of the year is about to kick off!
Well, with many favor the likes of Spain, Brazil, England and Argentina (using my head), my heart still say otherwise. It says that it will be France, Germany or Netherlands...
With lately, France is so unconvincing, this is due to unrest in their camp with the manager, Raymond Domenech's decision. Imagine the great Thierry Henry will start on the bench and there are no Benzema and Nasri on board. But still I got a feeling that this 'unconvincing' team will get it right once the tournament start. It will be up to Yoann Gourcuff to share the heavy burden on Ribery's shoulder and take the team to glory.
Germany is one team that is not a stranger to the World Cup success. They usually overperformed even though with lack of stars in the team. With the injury to their captain marvel, Ballack, the untest character like Khedira will have to step up. But still I believe it will be Mesut Ozil who will be the key to the German's triumph.
Netherlands is one of the powerhouse in the World Cup but usually fail to meet the expectation. But this time I believe they can turn thing around. They have the best quartet of attackers in the Tournament in Robben-Van Persie-Van Der Vart-Shneider. If Robben can get back from injury in time then the Oranje can have a big shout in this competition. But I think the key is on Van Persie as he is fresh and on top form.
Players expected to be a hit: Mesut Ozil(Germany), Gourcuff(France), Van Persie(Netherlands), Fabregas and Villa(Spain), Messi and De Maria(Argentina)
Players expected to be a miss: Ronaldo(Portugal), Rooney(England), Ribery(France) and the whole squad of the reigning champion, Italy

ps: this is only my humble opinion~
sol out~ d;-b

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Guess who's back~

Salam and hello everyone~ I'm back~ wow, its been a very long time since I updated my blog...well, this is because I've been busy with my final year projects...and now after a month break, I'm ready to write more in my blog... now, with my study is over, i've been busy with job hunting and a few holidays...I'll try to update my blog regularlly~ ;)