I’m not into sports but I do watch the European and World Cup matches that my country partakes in. The Netherlands have reached the semi-finals so it seems like a good moment for a post. But as I don’t know anything about sports I consulted with my brother-in-law and a sports-oracle of sorts, Stefan.
Germany to win convincingly from Brazil
With Brazil having lost it’s two most important players, Neymar who is suffering from a back injury and Silva who is suspended, Germany is a huge favourite in the eyes of Stefan. They will win convincingly he says. He points out that statistically, the German team is right up there with the Brazilian team, but that the Brazilian team without it’s key players is just not up to that level. “Only if the German team loses it’s keeper in the first minutes of the game to a red card and a penalty that Brazil scores do they risk losing this game”, he says.
Netherlands to beat Argentina
The Dutch team slayed a whole bunch of dragons on the way to the semis. First it shocked the world by running all over the former world champion Spain, beating it with five to one, after getting behind at first. Which was a dragon in itself. Holland usually plays a dominant game, giving very little chances away to the opponent, but when the opponent did score it was usually fatal. Not so in this world cup. And then there is the overtime-dragon. The Netherlands would win their matches in regular playing time, or not at all. Again, doing much better this time.
And then there is the mother of all dragons. The penalties. If, god forbid, the Dutch team did make it all the way through overtime, the penalties would give the final blow. Our statistics on penalties… well I did not ask the oracle about that but they can’t be good. But we’re still here and Costa Rica is not. So… We are rocking right now!
So what about Argentina? We never lost to them. Well… allmost never… We did lose the 1978 World Cup Final’s to them, but hey, stuff happens. But still… Statistically speaking we’re good. And we have Robben! Stefan has little doubt that the Netherlands will win.
On a final note; how is it that Fifa manages to place the two finalists from the previous world cup into the same starting pool?? Our Oracle understands the whole universe of sports, but Fifa remains an enigma even to him.
What do you think?
Do Brazil and Argentina stand a chance? Or will this end up with a European showdown? Please add your voice below.