The World Cup is almost upon us!

It’s getting rather exciting now, there’s gossip aplenty and all sorts of nations are coming out of the woodwork to say this year could well be their year. After Pele’s (I think it was Pele) embarrassing claim that an African nation would win the world cup before the turn of the last century, now Lars Lagerbäck, the Swede in charge of Nigeria has said that they can go all the way *coughs*.

With the favourites still Argentina and Spain, this proves to be an interesting tournament. Shame for me that the Czechs aren’t in but then you can’t have everything can you?

Okay, last time around I was quite good with the whole prediction thing (making them in time, not getting them right) and so this year I’d like to try and do it again.

Day One: Friday 11th June 2010

South Africa vs Mexico
Mark’s Prediction: 2-0

The hosts kicking of the opening match, with Mexico starting the tournament for the fifth time (having lost the previous four). I think there’ll be a buzz about this one and if Mexico show South Africa how fragile they are at the back then I think this will be their fifth opening loss.

France vs Uruguay
Mark’s Prediction: 1-0

Very key match for France and against the dirty Uruguanians they’ll have to be on form. I suspect France will not be a public favourite in the tournament, due to the way they went through against Ireland. I really dislike Uruguay as a footballing side and do hope they go out in the group stages.

About Mark S. Deniz

English teacher, writer, editor, publisher, reviewer and blogger. Founder of publishing company, Morrigan Books and imprint, Gilgamesh Press and editor-in-chief for review site, Beyond Fiction. Also cycles, plays floorball, listens to lots and lots of music, reads a ton of books and tries to fit in some TV, film and writing too. View all posts by Mark S. Deniz

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