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I'm looking ahead to FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany. Since the World Cup final between Germany & Brazil is on Sunday, I don't expect many to post. But I'd like to here your predictions. Will Brazil rise to the finals yet again? Will France and Argentina rebound from their early exits? Will Portugal rebound and become a consistant team in the World Cup? Can Italy & Spain rebound from what looked like as a robbed dentiny? Can South Korea do it again? Surprises? Senegal? These are only some of the many questions.
 

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You Really Couldn't Wait, Huh?

My, this is early, huh? :rollani: Well, I guess Germany will have a competitive team. Italy and Argentina too... and obviously Brazil as well, with Julio Cesar, Juan, Valdson, Leonardo and Adriano joining the 2002 World Champions on their bid for their 6th World Cup. :happy: :proud: :hopefull:

And I think the referees will still be treated like garbage in 2006. :D
 

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It will be a more interesting WC in my opinion in 2006 than in 2002 for obvious reasons. For the sake of the game, let us hope that:
1) FIFA and UEFA unite together to reduce the # of games played during the season in order to avoid what happened this year with all the best players being overly exhausted.
2) FIFA makes wise choices for their referees selection and why not, incorporate the video usage to help the ref make the crucial calls.

To answer your question Soccer Star, undoubtedly, France will rebound back. This year was just "an accident" because with the youth system in place and the players we have, we will be back. Stronger than ever? That's the million dollars question and that's the job and duty of the French FA to make sure they will be stronger than ever and also make sure as to not commit the same deadly mistakes that they've made this year.

Argentina should also be back as they also have a tremendous pool of talent. Holland should be back with a major will to do something big. Germany, well, is Germany always there. Brasil as always present. Italy and Spain back to business and Portugal if they can replace the golden generation with a new one at least half talent as this one, would be good to watch.

The WC back to its true self!!!

FORZA WC IN EUROPE!!!:)
 

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The 2006 Cup will be won by Jamaica !! :howler:

As the favourite powers wont make it past the First round AGAIN !!!!

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One thing I'm looking forward to is to get the World Cup back on European soil. I'm tired of the huge time difference and the strange Korean and Japanese fans (no offense, of course :D).

I think I'll attend some of the matches, now when it's in Germany ;).
 

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Yes I know it is early, but we are going to begin to talk about it after this years cup is over, so why not now? Euro 2004 is in 2 years and there is already alot of talk.

I believe in 2006 Portugal will have a new group of young players, with some acceptions as Nuno Gomes. Who everyone should look at in the future is Benfica sensation, Simao. He is the best palyer in the Portuguese Primeira Liga in my opinion, and could follow in the same footsteps as Figo or Rui Costa or even further!
 

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I think in 2006, Argentina, France, Holland (atleast they will be in the WC 2006 I hope) and Italy will be back with a much stronger team. I also think that Portugal and Spain will also do well in Germany, 2006. I am not too sure whether South Korea and Senegal will have a strong performance again, but I think USA will be a force to reckon with in 2006.
 

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I forgot to mention England. I feel they will be a very strong force in 2006 as well coz most of their young talents like Owen, Hargreaves, Gerrad, Dyer, Vassel and A.Cole will be more mature by then.
 

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All the big nations will of course be back in 2006 and even in 2004 (Europeans only, of course :D)!
 

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You won't have a group of death like ARG-ENG-NIG-SWE in 2006, because in Germany, teams like England will be seated while underdogs ( although they performed well ...) like Japan and S. Korea will only be in the lottery draft if they qualify for the WC ....
In 2006 i think, we will see a very strong England team, if you consider how young their squad was at this WC. These players will gain experience and excellence, and they will be one of the top teams in 2006.
Argentina and Brazil will be among the top favourites ( as always....). They have so much talent to choose from, it's nearly unbelievable...
We will have to see how France overcomes their World Cup desaster. Perhaps they will get in trouble if they don't stop to rely on Zidane only , this guy will be 34 in 2006.

The Netherlands hopefully will qualify for 2006 :D ! If they do, they will play a strong World Cup ! The Netherlands are always one of the best teams.

And i expect Germany to be much stronger in terms of their ability to PLAY soccer. Deisler as a playmaker will be a decisive factor in the 2006 team , with him, Germany will even be able to play attractive soccer :D :D . And guys like Christian Rahn and Daniel Bierofka will solve the problems Germany actually has in their left midfield. Wait for some excellent crosses from Rahn from the left side , i think, Klose would like to see him in the team already next sunday :D ...
Ballack should be on the top of his career - he will be 29 and i expect him to be the undisputable team leader, like Matthaeus back in 1990 when he steered Germany to the victory in Italy ( he also was 29 years old....).

And if FIFA and UEFA manage to reduce the total number of matches played in the european season, we will see much fewer injured stars and the World Cup will have a much higher quality in comparison to 2002.
 

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I think that, as regards Europe, the Czech Rep could be the biggest surprise of the next World Cup. In the last two U-21 Eurochampionship they did very well...
 

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Our U 21 team is really something. How about players like:

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Ajax)
Bojan Djordjic (Man U)
Pontus Farnerud (Monaco)
Andreas Isaksson (DIF, former Juve 3rd keeper)
Kim Källström (DIF)

In 4 to 8 years the swedish team will be at it's peak, one of the best ever predicted :cool:
 

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And then...............we may be all DEAD by 2006 !!!!!!! :mute:
 

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Scotland for 2006, if they can qualify!!!:D :D :D :D :D
 

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Looking ahead to Germany 2006

Monday July 01, 2002 12:47 p.m. ET


YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- On to 2006.

The next World Cup will be held in Germany, which staged the world soccer championship in 1974 and won it.

Organizers picked 12 cities as game sites: Berlin, Nuremberg, Hamburg, Leipzig, Cologne, Stuttgart, Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen, Munich, Kaiserslautern, Hanover and Frankfurt.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter was confident Germany "could allow us in 2006 to carry out perhaps the best World Cup ever."

Munich is expected to hold the opening game at a 66,000-seat stadium that has not yet been built.

The preliminary draw to set qualifying groups will be in Frankfurt in December 2003. The final draw will be in Leipzig two years later.

German organizers who visited the World Cup in South Korea and Japan were impressed.

"In terms of politeness and hospitality, Asia is unbeatable," said Franz Beckenbauer, president of the organizing committee and one of Germany's greatest players and coaches.

"The quality of grass is such that you almost don't want to step on it so as not to spoil it. Even players seem reluctant to damage it.

"The conditions are perfect. Maybe the security is a bit too much, but I'd rather have too much than too little security. It's been a great tournament despite all the naysayers before."

Germany outbid England and South Africa for the tournament. It hopes to put on the kind of show the South Koreans and Japanese did, with facilities to match.

But it won't be easy, according to Horst R. Schmidt, executive vice president of the 2006 organizing committee.

"The stadiums and the infrastructure are of such a standard that we'll struggle to match it or improve it," Schmidt said. "We are challenged."

Upgrading the stadiums and infrastructure will cost German organizers and the government $1.49 billion.

That includes a huge overhaul in Leipzig, the only city in former East Germany selected to hold games. Its cavernous but dilapidated Zentralstadion is undergoing an $80 million renovation.

It is also the only city chosen without a team in one of the top two German soccer divisions.

Berlin's Olympiastadion, built for the 1936 Olympics, is undergoing a $214 million facelift as a historic monument. The 76,000-seat facility is expected to hold the final match on July 9, 2006.

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Brasil will win for the 5th time!!!!!!:D :D :D :D

Soo all the others can go :finger: themselves, Brasil r gonna kick :ass:!!!!!!!

:hopefull: Scotland will quilify!!!
 

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Turkey should do as well in 2006. There are 2.5 million Turks living in Germany and if you thought the Korean fans were a little bonkers, wait until you see them!
 

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yeah, i suppose Turkey will do well in World Cup 2006!!
Hopefully France will at least get a goal!!:(
 
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