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World Cup Forecast Competition

By Mike Oates :  11/05/2010 :  Comments (46) :
Just for a little bit of fun during the normal quiet time and if Michael and Lyndon agree, I’d like to propose that we have a little contest were we predict the Top 2 from each group and then the Top 4 places in the World Cup – no prizes, just a little test to see who out of all of us – renowned expert Football managers, really has a modicum of football sense. I’ll gladly keep a record of forecasts made by all – and will print the marks after the group stage and after the final result.

The winner will be the person(s) whose grand total – adding group forecasts and final 4 forecast together to give the highest mark.

Hopefully Michael will print this article now and again say Jun 1st to just remind us.

Marks Available

Group Rounds – Top 2 Teams in Each League - 3 pts for each correct team forecast irrespective of who finishes 1st or 2nd

Top 4 places in World Cup:
- 10 pts World Cup Winner
- 8 pts 2nd
- 6 pts 3rd
- 4 pts 4th

Anyone can enter and deadline is midnight 10 June, the night before the World Cup kicks off. Teams shown below in their correct groups.

Group A: France, Mexico, S Africa, Uruguay
Group B: Argentina, Greece, Nigeria, S Korea
Group C: Algeria, England, USA, Slovenia
Group D: Australia, Germany, Ghana, Serbia
Group E: Cameroon, Netherlands, Japan, Denmark
Group F: Italy, New Zealand, Paraguay, Slovakia
Group G: Brazil, Ivory Coast, N Korea, Portugal
Group H: Chile, Honduras, Spain, Switzerland

My Choice:-
Groups
Group A France, S Africa
Group B Argentina, Nigeria
Group C England, USA
Group D Germany, Serbia
Group E Netherlands, Denmark
Group F Italy, Slovakia
Group G Brazil, Portugal
Group H Spain, Chile

Top 4

Winners Brazil
2nd place Spain
3rd place Netherlands
4th place Italy

Reader Comments

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Pat Finegan
1   Posted 12/05/2010 at 05:46:28

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Group A: France, Uruguay
Group B: Argentina, Greece
Group C: England, USA,
Group D: Australia, Germany
Group E: Cameroon, Netherlands
Group F: Italy, Slovakia
Group G: Brazil, Ivory Coast
Group H: Chile, Spain

Winners: Netherlands
2nd place: Spain
3rd place: USA
4th place: Brazil

3rd place=wishful thinking
Brett Jonathan
2   Posted 12/05/2010 at 07:37:48

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Group A: France, Uruguay
Group B: Argentina, S Korea
Group C: England, USA
Group D: Germany, Ghana
Group E: Netherlands, Japan
Group F: Italy, Slovakia
Group G: Brazil, Ivory Coast
Group H: Spain, Switzerland

Winners: Spain
2nd place: England
3rd place: Germany
4th place: Netherlands
Alan Noon
3   Posted 12/05/2010 at 08:03:39

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Group A: Mexico (all others barred due to drug use supplied by the Mexicans).
Group B: Greece (Bailed out.... again) and Nigeria
Group C: Algeria and Slovenia
Group D: Austria and Ghana (both found their Mojo's, stolen from the Germans.)
Group E: Cameroon, Japan form an alliance to oust the rest.
Group F: New Zealand (fielded 15 men as they thought it was rugby,) Paraguay,
Group G: N Korea (who'd bet against Mr Kim?), Portugal (Bringing back the black pearl to elevate them into the next round.
Group H: Honduras (just because they have a funny name), Switzerland (use bribes from their famous art reserves)

Winners North Korea (would anyone bet against them?)
2nd place Greece (but apparently they fielded an all European team due to the Euro bail out)
3rd place USA (yeah I know they didn't qualify but that doesn't stop them from using their UN veto to gain 3rd place.
4th place New Zealand (at last got that rugby monkey off their back)
Peter Anthony
4   Posted 12/05/2010 at 09:54:18

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I think there'll be some big surprises..

Group A France, Mexico
Group B Argentina, Nigeria
Group C England, USA
Group D Australia, Germany
Group E Netherlands, Cameroon
Group F Italy, Paraquay
Group G Brazil, Ivory Coast
Group H Spain, Chile

Top 4

Winners Brazil
2nd place England
3rd place Ivory Coast
4th place Australia


Erik Dols
5   Posted 12/05/2010 at 10:05:51

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Nice idea, Mike. Makes it all a bit more interesting.

Group A Mexico, Uruguay
Group B Argentina, Nigeria
Group C England, USA
Group D Germany, Serbia
Group E Netherlands, Cameroon
Group F Italy, Paraguay
Group G Brazil, Portugal
Group H Spain, Switzerland
Top 4

Winners Argentina
2nd place Spain
3rd place Brazil
4th place Germany
Jimmy Hacking
6   Posted 12/05/2010 at 10:22:50

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Well, I'm going to stick my neck out and say that England or Spain CAN still win it, despite obviously shooting themselves in the foot by not selecting Jagielka or Arteta.

Group A France, SA
Group B Argentina, S Korea
Group C England USA
Group D Germany, Australia
Group E Netherlands, Cameroon
Group F Italy, Paraguay
Group G Brazil, Portugal
Group H Spain, Chile

Winners England (hey I'm an optimist)
2nd place Spain
3rd place Brazil
4th place Italy
Alex Carew
7   Posted 12/05/2010 at 10:39:05

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Group A - South Africa, Mexico
Group B - Nigeria, Greece
Group C - England, USA
Group D - Germany, Ghana
Group E - Netherlands, Cameroon
Group F - Italy, Slovakia
Group G - Brazil, Ivory Coast
Group H - Spain, Switzerland

Winners - England
2nd place - Netherlands
3rd place - Spain
4th place - South Africa
James Stewart
8   Posted 12/05/2010 at 10:46:01

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Group A France, Uruguay
Group B Argentina, S Korea
Group C England, USA
Group D Ghana, Australia
Group E Netherlands, Cameroon
Group F Italy, Paraguay
Group G Brazil, Portugal
Group H Spain, Switzerland

Winners Spain
2nd place Netherlands
3rd place Brazil
4th place Argentina
Fran Mitchell
9   Posted 12/05/2010 at 11:41:32

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A: France, South Africa
B: Argentina, Nigeria
C: England, USA
D: Germany, Serbia
E: Netherlands, Denmark
F: Italy, Slovakia
G: Brazil, Ivory Coast
H: Spain, Honduras

Winners: Argentina
2nd: Spain
3rd: Brazil
4th: England
Eugene Ruane
10   Posted 12/05/2010 at 11:44:51

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Group A: Mexico, South Africa.
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria.
Group C: England, USA - (guessing Jamie 'Billy Whizzless' Carragher won't be selected?).
Group D: Germany, Australia.
Group E: Netherlands, Cameroon.
Group F: Italy, Slovakia.
Group G: Brazil, Portugal.
Group H: Spain, Chile.

Winners: Germany.
2nd Place: Spain.
3rd Place: Brazil.
4th Place: Netherlands.
Steve Kidd
11   Posted 12/05/2010 at 12:48:43

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Group A: France Uruguay
Group B: Argentina Greece
Group C: England USA
Group D:Germany Ghana
Group E: Netherlands Cameroon
Group F: Italy Paraguay
Group G:Brazil Ivory Coast
Group H: Spain Chile

Quarters.
1. France
2. Argentina
3. England
4. German
5. Netherlands
6. Italy
7. Brazil
8. Spain

Semi
Argentina
England
Netherlands
Brazil

Final
England
Brazil

Winners Brazil
2nd Place England
3rd Place Netherlands
4th Place Argentina
Liam Reilly
12   Posted 12/05/2010 at 13:10:18

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Group A Mexico, S Africa
Group B Argentina, Nigeria
Group C England, USA
Group D Germany, Australia
Group E Netherlands, Denmark
Group F Italy, Slovakia
Group G Brazil, Portugal
Group H Spain, Chile

Top 4

Winners Brazil
2nd place Spain
3rd place Argentina
4th place England
Gareth Humphreys
13   Posted 12/05/2010 at 13:26:31

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A France, S Africa
B Argentina, Nigeria
C USA, England
D Germany, Serbia
E Holland, Cameroon
F Italy, Slovakia
G Brazil, Ivory Coast
H Spain, Chile


Winners - Spain
2nd place - Brazil
3rd place - Holland
4th Place - Ivory Coast
Adam Carey
14   Posted 12/05/2010 at 13:53:04

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Group A : France, S Africa
Group B : Argentina, Nigeria
Group C : England, USA
Group D : Germany, Australia
Group E : Netherlands, Cameroon
Group F : Italy, Slovakia
Group G : Brazil, Portugal
Group H : Spain, Switzerland

Winners : Spain
2nd place : Brazil
3rd place : England
4th place : Portugal
Andrew Ellams
15   Posted 12/05/2010 at 13:56:58

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Something else to pass the Summer, has anybody else heard the alleged rumours that our old friend Stevie Me has tried to launch a 'Super Injunction' to cover a story that he has knocked up some 16 year old
David Clement
16   Posted 12/05/2010 at 14:23:09

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Group A: France, Mexico
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria
Group C: England, USA
Group D: Germany, Ghana
Group E: Netherlands, Denmark
Group F: Italy, Paraguay
Group G: Brazil, Portugal
Group H: Spain, Chile

Winners: Brazil
2nd place: Spain
3rd place: Germany
4th place: England
Julian Wait
17   Posted 12/05/2010 at 15:09:34

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Group A: France, South Africa
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria
Group C: England, USA
Group D: Australia, Germany
Group E: Netherlands, Denmark
Group F: Italy, Paraguay
Group G: Brazil, Côte d'Ivoire
Group H: Spain, Chile


Winners: Spain
Runners Up: England
3rd Place: Netherlands
4th Place: USA
Anthony Hawkins
18   Posted 12/05/2010 at 15:16:06

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This might have been covered earlier; however, I've not read all the previous posts.

The OP - how can France and England top their respective groups yet Neither gets to the top 4??

One or the other MUST make it as they'd meet in the quarter finals.
Alan Khan
19   Posted 12/05/2010 at 15:02:43

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Group A: France, South Africa
Group B: Argentina, NIgeria
Group C: England, USA
Group D: Germany, Australia
Group E: Netherlands, Denmark
Group F: Italy, Paraguay
Group G: Brazil, Ivory Coast
Group H: Spain, Chile

WORLD CUP WINNER: BRAZIL
2nd place: Spain
3rd place: England
4th place: Netherlands
Davie Turner
20   Posted 12/05/2010 at 15:31:25

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Group A: Mexico, South Africa
Group B: Argentina, S Korea
Group C: England, USA
Group D: Germany, Australlia
Group E: Netherlands, Cameroon
Group F: Italy, Paraguay
Group G: Brazil, Portugal
Group H: Spain, Chile

Winners: Brazil
Runners Up: England
3rd Place: Spain
4th Place: Argentina
Roger Trenwith
21   Posted 12/05/2010 at 15:52:10

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Group A: France, SA
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria
Group C: England, Algeria
Group D: Germany, Ghana
Group E: Cameroon, Netherlands
Group F: Italy, Slovakia
Group G: Brazil, Portugal
Group H: Chile, Spain

Winners: Spain
2nd place: Italy
3rd place:Netherlands
4th place: England
Ben Howard
22   Posted 12/05/2010 at 16:21:59

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Groups
Group A France, Mexico
Group B Argentina, Greece
Group C England USA
Group D Germany, Australia
Group E Netherlands, Cameroon
Group F Italy, Paraguay
Group G Brazil, Portugal
Group H Spain, Switzerland

Top 4

Winners Spain
2nd place England
3rd place Argentina
4th place Netherlands
Phil Paulson
23   Posted 12/05/2010 at 16:27:46

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Spain to beat England in the Final.
Phil Guyers
24   Posted 12/05/2010 at 16:10:24

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Anthony

One or both could lose in the last 16. I've got us playing Germany and France playing Argentina in that round. However, if neither France nor England reach the semis then, according to Mike's predictions, either Serbia or Nigeria will. Also Mike's last 4 are all in the same side of the draw and will meet in the quarter finals. This all assumes that Mike was listing his qualifiers in finishing order which he says makes no difference to points gained in the competition.

As you may have gathered, I'm doing a similar competition with some mates and taking it far too seriously! Trying to take the format into account, here are my predictions:-

Group A: South Africa, France
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria
Group C: England, USA
Group D: Serbia, Germany
Group E: Holland, Cameroon
Group F: Italy, Paraguay
Group G: Brazil, Ivory Coast
Group H: Spain, Chile

Winners: Spain
2nd place: England
3rd place:Holland
4th place: Argentina
John Crook
25   Posted 12/05/2010 at 18:27:18

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A: France and South Africa
B: Argentina and Greece
C: England and USA
D: Australia and Germany
E: Cameroon and Holland
F: Italy and Slovakia
G: Brazil and Ivory Coast
H: Spain and Swizerland

Win - Argentina
2nd - Holland
3rd - Italy
4th - Spain
Dennis Stevens
26   Posted 12/05/2010 at 22:13:58

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A France & South Africa
B Argentina & Nigeria
C England & USA
D Germany & Ghana
E Cameroon & Netherlands
F Italy & Slovakia
G Brazil & Ivory Coast
H Spain & Switzerland
1 Italy
2 Brazil
3 Germany
4 Netherlands
Matteo Rosingana
27   Posted 12/05/2010 at 22:40:44

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Group A: France, S Africa,
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria,
Group C: England, USA,
Group D: Australia, Germany,
Group E: Cameroon, Netherlands
Group F: Italy, Slovakia
Group G: Brazil, Ivory Coast,
Group H: Spain, Switzerland

1 Spain
2 Argentina
3 Italy
4 Germany
Matteo Rosingana
28   Posted 12/05/2010 at 22:55:50

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Though I love Alan Noon's post at 3, and hope that at least half of it comes to fruition.
David Moore
29   Posted 12/05/2010 at 23:18:28

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I have gone more with head than heart. but a few surprises to be different.
Group A France, Mexico
Group B Argentina, Nigeria
Group C England, USA
Group D Germany, Australia
Group E Holland, Camaroon
Group F Italy, Paraguay
Group G Brazil, Ivoery Coast
Group H Spain, Chile

Round of 16

FRANCE v Nigeria
England v AUSTRALIA
GERMANY v usa
ARGENTINA v Mexico
NETHERLANDS v Paraguay
BRAZIL v Chile
ITALY v Cameroon
SPAIN v Ivory Coast (MOTD)


Quarter Finals
NETHERLANDS v Brazil (MOTD)
FRANCE v Australia (head not heart)
ARGETINA v Germany
Italy v SPAIN

Semi Finals

France vs NETHELANDS
Argentina vs SPAIN

3rd place
ARGENTINA vs France

FINAL

SPAIN vs Netherlands

I can see alot the the African teams doing well. I actually forcast Australia not to make it out of the group but have to go with heart on that verdict. Portugal are the big losers, going home early, as will England in the round of 16, no matter who they play. I can see the USA being top of group 3, while some groups should get the goal tally up.

Should be fun and ABE (anyone but England).
Jamie Sweet
30   Posted 13/05/2010 at 02:06:23

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Group A: Mexico, S Africa
Group B: Argentina, S Korea
Group C: England, USA
Group D: Serbia, Germany
Group E: Netherlands, Japan,
Group F: Italy, Paraguay
Group G: Portugal, Brazil
Group H: Spain, Chile

Winners: England
2nd place: Argentina
3rd place:Netherlands
4th place: Italy
Kirk McArdle
31   Posted 13/05/2010 at 04:50:49

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Group A: France, Uruguay
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria
Group C: England, USA
Group D: Germany, Ghana
Group E: Netherlands, Cameroon
Group F: Italy, Slovakia
Group G: Brazil, Ivory Coast
Group H: Spain, Chile


Winners: England
2nd place: Spain
3rd place: Germany
4th place: Brazil
Ray Robinson
32   Posted 13/05/2010 at 09:04:44

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Group A: S Africa, Uruguay
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria
Group C: England, USA
Group D: Germany, Ghana
Group E: Cameroon, Netherlands
Group F: Italy, Paraguay
Group G: Brazil, Ivory Coast
Group H: Chile, Spain

Winners: Spain
2nd place: Brazil
3rd place: Argentina
4th place: England
Tommy Coleman
33   Posted 13/05/2010 at 09:18:07

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Group A: S Africa, France
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria
Group C: England, USA
Group D: Germany, Ghana
Group E: Netherlands, Denmark
Group F: Italy, Paraguay
Group G: Brazil, Ivory Coast
Group H: Spain, Chile

Winners: England (Baines to score the Winner!)
2nd place: Spain
3rd place: Brazil
4th place: Germany
Dan Walshe
34   Posted 13/05/2010 at 12:46:31

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A: France, Mexico
B: Argentina, South Korea
C: England, USA
D: Germany, Serbia
E: Netherlands, Cameroon
F: Italy, Paraguay
G: Brazil, Ivory Coast
H: Spain, Chile

Winners: Brazil
Runners Up: Germany
3rd: Spain
4th: France
Chris Fisher
35   Posted 13/05/2010 at 13:15:38

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Nice idea this!!! I'll go for

Group A: Steven Pienaar (SA), France
Group B: Argentina, Yakubu (NIG)
Group C: Leighton Baines (ENG), Landon Donovan (USA)
Group D: Germany, Tim Cahill (AUS)
Group E: Cameroon, Johnny Heitinga (NET)
Group F: Italy, Paraguay
Group G: Brazil, Ivory Coast
Group H: Phil Senderos (SWI), Spain

Winners: Leighton Baines (ENG)
2nd place: Spain
3rd place: Steven Pienaar (SA)
4th place: Brazil
Peter Warren
36   Posted 13/05/2010 at 13:38:40

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A: France & South Africa
B: Argentina & South Korea
C: England & USA
D: Australia & Germany
E: Netherlands & Japan
F: Italy & Paraguay
G: Brazil & Portugal
H: Spain & Switzerland

1. Netherlands
2. Brazil
3. Spain
4. Italy
Mike Blackburn
37   Posted 13/05/2010 at 16:07:57

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Group A: France, South Africa
Group B: Argentina, South Korea
Group C: England, USA
Group D: Germany, Australia
Group E: Netherlands, Cameroon
Group F: Italy, Paraguay
Group G: Brazil, Portugal
Group H: Spain, Chile

Winners: Spain
2nd place: Argentina
3rd place: Brazil
4th place: Italy
Jamie Tulacz
38   Posted 13/05/2010 at 19:38:19

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Group A: France, Mexico
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria
Group C: England, USA,
Group D: Australia, Germany
Group E: Netherlands, Denmark
Group F: Italy, Paraguay,
Group G: Brazil, Ivory Coast
Group H: Chile, Spain


Winners: Spain
2nd place: Brazil
3rd place: England
4th place: Germany

Bainesy to slot home the penalty to beat the Germans to 3rd!
Ben Jones
39   Posted 13/05/2010 at 22:10:37

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Group A: France, Mexico
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria
Group C: England, USA
Group D: Germany, Ghana
Group E: Netherlands, Cameroon
Group F: Italy, Paraguay
Group G: Brazil, Portugal
Group H: Spain, Honduras

Winners: Spain
Runners up: Brazil
3rd place: Argentina
4th place: Netherlands
Kin Meng
40   Posted 14/05/2010 at 04:53:14

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Group A: Uruguay, South Africa
Group B: Nigeria, South Korea
Group C: England, USA
Group D: Germany, Australia
Group E: Netherlands, Cameroon
Group F: Italy, Paraguay
Group G: Brazil, Ivory Coast
Group H: Spain, Chile

Winners: Brazil
Runners up: Ivory Coast
3rd place: USA
4th place: England

Donovan scoring a hatrick against England to secure THIRD..
Nic Doyle
41   Posted 14/05/2010 at 13:14:28

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Group A: Mexico Uruguay
Group B: Argentina, Greece
Group C: England, USA
Group D: Germany, Australia
Group E: Netherlands, Cameroon
Group F: Italy, Paraguay
Group G: Brazil, Portugal
Group H: Spain, Chile

Winners: England
Runners up: Germany
3rd place: Brazil
4th place: Italy
Sean Keigher
42   Posted 14/05/2010 at 19:09:10

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Group A: France, Uruguay
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria
Group C: England, USA
Group D: Germany, Australia
Group E: Netherlands, Denmark
Group F: Italy, Slovakia
Group G: Brazil, Portugal
Group H: Spain, Chile

Winners: Argentina
Runners Up: Brazil
3rd place: Spain
4th place: England
Andy Crooks
43   Posted 14/05/2010 at 20:53:58

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I agree with Tony Cheek.
Bradley Nolan
44   Posted 17/05/2010 at 12:31:58

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Winners: Argintina
Second: Holland
Third: Brazil
Forth: Spain
Conor Waters
45   Posted 18/05/2010 at 07:14:54

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A - Mexico, South Africa
B - Argentina, Nigeria
C - England, US
D - Germany, Serbia
E - Holland, Denmark
F - Italy, Paraguay
G - Brazil, Ivory Coast
H - Spain, Chile

Winners - Argentina
Runners Up - Spain
3rd - Brazil
4th - US
Brendan O'Doherty
46   Posted 09/06/2010 at 23:03:31

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Group A: France, Uruguay
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria
Group C: England, USA,
Group D: Serbia, Germany
Group E: Cameroon, Netherlands
Group F: Italy, Slovakia
Group G: Brazil, Portugal
Group H: Chile, Spain

Winners: Spain
2nd place: Brazil
3rd place: Holland
4th place: Argentina

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