So the remorseless German machine (TM) finally ground to a halt. The tournament’s surprise free-scoringest team failed to make any impression whatsoever on the Spanish goal and the tournament’s most underwhelmingist team continued to limp towards the final. Ironically kinda reminiscent of the German team sneaking in to the Final in Korea in 2002, innit though?
What is it with the Spanish? How can a team so widely touted as the favourites be so dull to watch for such long periods of every game? To paraphrase the old Arsenal adage, E&T is getting a bit fed up of 1-0 to the Espanol.
Still, hopefully tomorrow’s Final will be a good one, with Holland on top form and adept at the twin concepts of zig zagging and onion bagging. Frankly, if the Swiss can bag a goal against Spain, we can’t see the Dutch having any trouble.
In the meantime, we have the, ahem, thrilling race for third place. Does anyone actually care who finishes third at the World Cup? Or, for that matter, fourth. Apart from the two teams involved, naturally. It’s hard enough to remember the beaten finalist from days gone by, never mind the losing semi-finalists.
Good for them, though. Uruguay can now lay claim to being at least the fourth best team in the world, so they’ve excelled themselves in that regard. Germany meanwhile probably had their steely blue eyes set on the Jules Rimet trophy itself and now find themselves scrapping it out for the runners up runners up prize. Will this inspire them to new heights in order to restore Teutonic dignity or will the ignominy of it all be too much for their collective ego to pull themselves out of a football funk, leaving the way clear for Uruguay to nick it 1-0, with beach volleyball champion Luis Suarez set to return from suspension?
Here are today’s predictions from our panel:
- Dr Ian McHale, a Senior Lecturer in Statistics at the University of Salford: “I will go for Germany in the third-fourth place play-off.”
- David Williams, head of PR at Ladbrokes: “Germany will win, 2-1.”
- Chris Day, goalkeeper for Stevenage FC: “Germans to finish strong, 2-0.”
- Laura Daligan, ‘psychic, artist and pin-up’: “I think Germany will only just win, very hard to decide as both teams play well.”
So we have a comprehensive resurrection of the remorseless German machine (TM) from our panelists. These are just predictions, of course – what will the reality be? Why not add your comments and predictions below?
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Incidentally, if you want to read our magazine feature on the science of football prediction, I can heartily recommend it. If you’re not much of a reader, wear your eyeballs out on the accompanying football predictions video.