As many who know me will attest, I am a big soccer fan. I mainly watch Chelsea matches, but I also enjoy seeing other clubs play as well as the national sides. The World Cup in Brazil starts tomorrow, with Brazil as the host side playing Croatia. I’m really happy that the WC is being played in a similar time zone, as I am more able to watch/pay attention to the matches as I might not have been in the South African WC in 2010.
I’m not incredibly familiar with the US team as most of the players do not play in the Premier League in England. They’re spread out all over Europe, as well as Mexico. I’m hoping that they can do well enough to get out of the group stage, but I really don’t see that happening. The United States is in one of the infamous “groups of death” wherein all four teams in the group are fairly strong, with a couple definitely standing out. We’re grouped with Germany, Portugal and Ghana.
Of those sides, Germany is definitely the strongest with Portugal a few pegs down, but still a great team. Portugal has one of the best players in the world in Christiano Ronaldo, even though he is recovering from nagging injuries from the last few weeks of Real Madrid’s campaign in Spain and in the Champions League. Germany’s team has some of the best players in the world and is also a deep squad, meaning that even the players on the bench can have just as much of an impact as their starting players. They’re really one of the teams I can see going at least to the semi-final round. Ghana I don’t know much about. They’re on of the USA’s bogey teams, as they always seem to have good luck against us. The Ghanians will play the US on Monday the 16th in their first games in the group stage, so we’ll see what happens. As it stands now, I can see the group shaking out like this: Germany wins, Portugal runner up. Ghana and the United States are knocked out. It’s not because I don’t believe in the American side, I just don’t think that we’re quite good enough to compete with the stronger sides. I hope I’m proven wrong and pleasantly surprised.
I see the following teams in the semi-final: Spain, Germany, Argentina and Brazil. Is that even possible given the breakdown of the groups?…I’m not 100% sure. It should be fun to watch regardless. Hopefully there are some exciting moments.
In other “me” news; Tough Mudder this Saturday!! I’m stupid excited. I love obstacle course races as I’ve pointed out previously and I’ve never done the TM, so it will be a learning experience. I’m also doing the race with a team for the first time, so I’m hoping that my propensity to be a loner doesn’t work against the team. It’s supposed to be sunny and warm, but we’re also in one of the first waves of the day at 8:30am, so it shouldn’t be too bad. Lucked out there. There also won’t be a metric fuck ton of accumulated mud from previous waves on the obstacles either, so that also is a blessing in disguise. The team is getting a pro photographer to try and get photos of us as we navigate the course, so hopefully we’ll get some good shots from him as well as the race-provided photographers.
And vacation next week! It’s the first time this year I’m having a week off, so that will be nice. I’m not going anywhere as I can’t afford it, but maybe I can do some house work and get other things done. It will definitely be a nice change.