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i was just thinking that maybe we need a different topic in here instead of all those rumours etc...

so, what i want to know, is what do you all think OR what would you do if you were coach of all the big NTs.

heres my teams for each, and its not easy really.

ITaly:
buffon
nesta cannavaro maldini coco
zambrotta tomassi doni
totti
vieri del piero

France:
frey (not barthez)
thuram desailly christanval lizarazu
candela vieira dalmat
zidane
henry trezeguet
midfield in diamond shape, candela taking the right side and dalmat the left in the middle.

Argetina:
bonano
zanetti sameul ???? sorin
veron alemyda kily
d'allessandro/aimer/riquelme
crespo ortega/lopez/saviola
Argetina is too hard to do, too many top attackers and midfielders.

Spain:
Casilles (real madrid one)
salgado hierro helguera ????
mendieta luis Enrique Lopez Vicente
Raul tristian
that team isnt anything like it should be, i have forgotten hepas of players, but i do know that Spain has an incredible team.

England:
martyn
woodgate campbell rio cole
becks gerrard/hargreaves scholes macca
owen heskey

Portugal:
baia
???? couto ???? ?????
conceicao rui costa ????? ????
nuno gomez pinto
i have no idea who they have....have gone blank.


Brazil:
????
3 centre backs?????
cafu emerson assancao carlos
rivaldo
ronaldo ronaldinho elber adriano jardel
and whoever else they have......hehe

others i have no idea about but know some things about.
- romania has great wingers in Contra and Chivu
- Nigeria have a mad team as usual

and thats about it LOL

tell us your teams so i have an idea about some other countries. remember i live in melbourne australia and i dont get to see too much of football around europe and the world, only the main countries.
 

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CUG,

Very good selections. I think you are spot on for Italy only that I would have Canna on as right back rather than Nesta who I'd play in the centre of defence.

France looks really strong! They are my pic for the World Cup - they are just too strong all round - more so then Argentina.

Italy look stronger than they have been for quite some time but I still think that they will struggle to beat France if they end up playing them in the final.

England look good and never write off Brazil - They are Brazil! (and they are underdogs)

BUT ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN!
 

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R. Ayala as Argentina CB.
Sergi as Spain LB

:) :) :)
 

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I believe that the world cup will be a three horse race between Italy, France and Argentina.
Final will be Italy VS France or Argentina.
Italy can not face France, Argentina, Brazil or England before the final.

All three have great teams

France - Zidane, Henry, Trez, Candela, Thuram, Pires? if not injured, Viera

Argentina - Veron, Crespo, Lopez, Samuel, Ayala, Riquelme, Zanetti, Ortega, Battigol

Italy have the best team by position.

Buffon
Cannavaro Nesta Maldini
Zambrotta Tomassi Albertini Doni
Totti
Del Piero/Montella Vieri

There are no weaknesses with this team. The only thing yet decided is who will start as the 2 strikers. Vieri is already guaranteed 1 spot. The other is between Del Piero and Montella.
At the moment Montella has the better form, but Del Piero is fighting back. If Trap wants to go for loyalty then it will be Del Piero. He played in most of the qualifiers and scored heeps of goals (6 from 8 matches, I think). Also has been doing alot of advertising work for the national team in Japan (commercials + learning the language, he is a superstar over there and has won many new azzurri fans.

I hope it will be Del Piero and he has a good world cup (about time he did something in a major international tournament).

Italy will will 3-2 against Argentina and Alex will score the winner.
(Sorry I was just dreaming there for a second)

FORZA AZZURRI!!!!:D :D :D
 

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Being great Azzurri fan I still can't say that they do have the strongest team. Argentina, France, Brazil do have perfect players too. So it will be the battle of coaches. Considering Trapattoni one of the best ever coaches, I can say that Italians can do it after so many years without trophies.
Here is the optimal Azzurri:
Buffon
Cannavaro----Nesta----Maldini
Zambrotta--Tommasi--Di Biagio(Gattusso)--Zanetti
Totti/Doni
Vieri--Del Piero/Montella
 

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ITALY

Buffon
Cannavaro - Nesta - Maldini
Zambrotta - Tommasi - C.Zanetti - Coco
Totti
Vieri - Montella

FRANCE

Barthez
Candela - Thuram - Desailly - Lizarazu
Vieira - Petit
Wiltord - Zidane - Henry
Trezeguet

SPAIN

Canizares
Puyol - Hierro - Nadal - Romero
Joaquin - Helguera - Valeron - Luis Enrique
Raul - Diego Tristan

ARGENTINA

Burgos
Pochettino - Ayala - Samuel
Zanetti - Simeone - Veron - Sorin
Ortega - Kily Gonzalez
Crespo

BRAZIL

Marcos
Roque Junior - Lucio - Edmilson
Cafu - Emerson - Gilberto Silva - Roberto Carlos
Rivaldo
Ronaldo - Ronaldinho

ENGLAND

Martyn
G.Neville - Ferdinand - Campbell - Bridge
Beckham - Gerrard - Scholes - Dyer
Owen - Heskey

GERMANY

Kahn
Rehmer - Worns - Nowotny - Ziege
Hamann - Jeremies
Deisler - Ballack - Scholl
Klose

DENMARK

Sorenson
Helveg - Henriksen - Laursen - Heinze
Rommedahl - Gravesen - Toefting - Jorgensen
Tommason - Sand

SWEDEN

Hedmann
C.Andersson - P.Andersson - Mellberg - Edman
Alexandersson - Linderoth - Svensson - Ljungberg
Larsson - Allback

PORTUGAL

Ricardo
Frechaut - Couto - Jorge Costa - Rui Jorge
Petit - Paulo Sousa
Sergio Conceicao - Rui Costa - Figo
Pauleta

URUGUAY

Carini
Gonzalez - Montero - Sorondo
Guigou - Pablo Garcia - O'Neill - Tais
Recoba
Magallanes - Chevanton

PARAGUAY

Chilavert
Arce - Gamarra - Ayala - Sarabia
Gavilan - Paredes - Toro Acuna - Struway
Cardozo - Santa Cruz

NIGERIA

Shorunmu
Yobo - West - Ifeijagwa - Udeze
Oliseh
Okocha - Kanu
Aghahowa - Agali - Ogbeche

I could be wrong... ;)
 

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ITALY

Buffon
Cannavaro - Nesta - Maldini
Zambrotta - Tommasi - C.Zanetti - Coco
Doni
Vieri - Del Piero

FRANCE

Barthez
Candela - Thuram - Desailly - Lizarazu
Vieira - Boghossian
Henry - Zidane - Djorkaeff
Trezeguet

SPAIN

Canizares
Puyol - Hierro - Nadal - Romero
Joaquin - Mendieta - Valeron - Vicente
Raul - Diego Tristan

ARGENTINA

Roa :strong:
Pochettino - Ayala - Samuel
Zanetti - Aimar - Veron - Sorin
Ortega - Kily Gonzalez
Crespo

BRAZIL

Marcos
Cafu - Lucio - Edmilson - Roberto Carlos
Cafu - Emerson - Juninho Pau. - Denilson
Ronaldinho - Romario

POLAND

Dudek
Klos - Waldoch - J. Bak - Mi. Zewlakow
Iwan - Swierczewski - Kaluzny - Kozminski
Kryszalowicz - Olisadebe
 

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Well- our great nerdy friend AMO has already enlightened us to what the teams will most likely be, so I will just do it the way I think it should be :).


Italy:
______________Buffon____________
___Cannavaro___Nesta___Maldini____
Zambro___Tomassi___Doni______Coco
_______________Totti_____________
_________Vieri________Montella____

France:
______________Bathez_____________
Candela___Thuram___Desailly__Lizarazu
______Vieira____Petit___Dalmat______
______________Zidane_____________
_____Trezeguet________Henry_______

Argetina:
______________Bonano_____________
____Coloccini____Ayala___Samuel_____
Zanetti___Simeone____Veron______Kily
_____________Riquelme_____________
_______Crespo________Lopez________

Lopez, not because he is better than the others. Far from it, but because I think it would work better.

Spain:
_____________Canizares____________
Puyol_____Hierro____BIG X____Romero
_______Enrique_____Helguera______
___Joaquin____Valeron______Raul____
_____________Tristan______________

Why not use the Real formation :) ?

England:
_____________Martyn______________
Neville___Campbell__Ferdinand__A. Cole
Becks___Gerrard___Scholes______Dyer
_______Owen_____BIG X____________


Brazil:
_____________Marcos______________
Cafu______Lucio____Edmilson___Carlos
________Vampeta___Emerson________
_____Ronadinho_______Rivaldo_______
_________Romario___Amoroso________

...absolutely sick team, but it would be loads of fun to watch :).

Who cares about the rest... :D .

Ciao.
 

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i'll settle for a Vieri & Inzaghi strikeforce anytime for the Azzuris.

They've played together excellently and should be in the starting lineup. They're also good friends i heard.

There's this match between Denmark and Italy before Euro 2000, where Italy won 2-0. Vieri and Inzaghi combined so beautifully that each scored 1 and assisted each other. The rest of the Italian midfield just sat back and let them run at the Danish defenders. What a pair!

(Apologies to our Danish friends here for quoting this example :D )
 

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Oh- no problem centrocampista... except from the fact that you are completely wrong :).

Italy won 2-1 in Denmark. A hopeless backpass from Jesper Grønkjær was snapped up by Inzaghi who (all alone- Vieri didn't even play) rounded Schmeichel and scored in an empty net. Conte scored the second goal on a header from a fine Totti cross.

Denmark won 3-2 in Italy.
Inzaghi got a one-on-one against Schemichel, Schmeichel saved, and the rebound went for Vieri (no combining between the two), who ran past Schemichel for an empty net.
Diego Fuser scored the second on a brilliant direct free kcik.

So... :tongue:

Ciao.
 

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Cro's squad might look something like this:


Pletikosa
Simic-Kovac-Tudor-Jarni
Stanic-Kovac-Prosinecki-Rapaic
Vugrinec
Boksic


Those are 2 different Kovac's there in case anybody was wondering.
 

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well, its good to see so many posts in here. can u believe i actually forgot about Figo in the portugese team.....i must have had one to many.

most people are thinking along the same lines for all the major teams.

Spains team looks great.....but i do believe that mendieta will play in that side......along with the likes of vicente, lius enrique, jacquin, valeron and maybe even gerard lopez from barcelona, although he has been injured.

argentina will surely have crespo and ortega upfront, two strikers with the ability to score 3 goals each game.

i still believe that del piero deserves it more than montella after this season and scoring 6 goals in 8 games in qualifying, he has done more for the team and deserves that spot.

if anyone should be competing, it should montella and vieri.
 

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I disagree CUG, I know that a lot of people love DP but I think Italy will be making a big mistake if he's given a starting spot and Vieri is made to battle it out with Montella or anybody else for the second spot.

DP is more talented than Vieri, more technically skilled, but he seems to lack something....a winner's mentality. It's one thing to score goals in qualifying but it's another thing to do it at the WC. DP has been a little better than a flop at major competitions and you can't be certain that this WC will be any different for him.

I know a lot of people love DP and don't like to hear criticisms against him, but this is just my opinion.
 

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Italy:

---------------------------Buffon--------------------------
-------Nesta---------Cannavaro--------Maldini-------
Zambrotta-----DiBiagio-------------Doni---------Coco
----------------------------Totti-----------------------------
------------------Vieri--------------DelPiero--------------

Spain:

---------------------------Reina----------------------------
Puyol----------Cesar-----------Hierro-------Aranzabal
Joaquin--------Xavi----------LuisEnrique------Vicente
------------DiegoTristan--------Raul---------------------

Argentina:

-------------------------Cavallero--------------------------
Zanetti---------Ayala----------Samuel-------------Sorin
---------Veron--------Simeone--------Kily----------------
------------------------Riquelme----------------------------
--------------Crespo-------------Lopez--------------------

France:

-------------------------Landreau---------------------------
Candela---------Thuram------Desailly---------Lizarazu
-----------Vieira---------Petit---------Dalmat-------------
--------------------------Zidane-----------------------------
-------------Trezegoooool---Henry-----------------------

England:

-------------------------Robinson------------------------------
Neville------Woodgate--------Ferdinand-----------A.Cole
Beckham-----Gerrard-----------Scholes--------------J.Cole
-----------------Owen-------------Fowler---------------------
 

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buffon
cannavaro - nesta -maldini
zambrotta-tommasi-zanetti-fiore
del piero/totti
montella/inzaghi - vieri
what do u think?;)
 
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