Prediction Time Revisited!

Well, we’re down to the last eight, so it’s prediction time. For those of you that care about such things, I’m posting this tonight because I have to go to my parents’ house tomorrow and try to fix their computer (again). My intention is to be back here in time for the Germany match, but I’m not altogether certain that this will be a speedy process. But enough of the drab minutae of my personal life. Quarter-final time is upon us, so it’s time to have a look forward and gaze into my crystal ball again. Looking back at my second round selections, I only called four of them correctly, though I did refuse to be drawn on England, and I said that Australia-Italy could go either way. So, I’m counting that as a successful round. At least FIFA got what they wanted in the last round. Unlike four years ago, when the “big” were mostly uncourteous enough to get themselves knocked out early on, this time all the big guns are present and correct (minus Holland and Spain, who were knocked out by, well, guns even bigger than theirs). There’s still a first-timer left, so FIFA can claim that the “romance” of the tournament is still alive, too. Personally, I’m not bothered about a large number of big countries still being left in. As we found four years...

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