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The Cup Running Over


June 9, 2010 6:36 AM

Predictions From Some Experts (and not-so experts)


Tomorrow you'll get our predictions. Today, we hear from others, experts and otherwise:
 
EA Sports 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa: Using the game - which apparently even measures for altitude -- Brazil wins it all, defeating Spain in the final. We have our doubts: The game also has England in the semis.
 
VIP Communications Customer Survey: 32.2% pick Brazil; 23.5% pick Spain; 12.3% pick England.
 
Rome Hartman, Executive Producer, BBC News America: Brazil to win.
 
Piers Edwards, BBC: Brazil over Argentina in the final. Also thinks the Dutch may do well.
 
Grant Wahl, SI: Spain tops, Brazil 2nd, Netherlands 3rd in power rankings.
 
Phil Minshull, BBC: Brazil to win.
 
Danske Bank (Denmark): Germany against Brazil in the final, with Brazil prevailing.
 
Tony Karon, Time Magazine: Brazil over Spain in final.
 
JP Morgan: England (never give these guys bailout money with that kind of prediction).
 
Betfair (odds): Spain, then Brazil, then England.
 
Mark Lawrenson, BBC: Argentina to win.
 


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If Mark Lawrenson of the BBC is right, Argentina will win the trophy. (Courtesy zimbio.com)




UBS: Brazil, then Germany, then Italy.
 
Simon Kuper & Stefan Szymanski (authors of Soccernomics): Brazil over Serbia in the final. (Germany and Spain other two semifinalists)
 
Bob Geldof: Spain
 
Sid Lowe (The Guardian): Brazil

The Gaffer (EPL Talk): Brazil
 
Barry Glendenning (The Guardian): Argentina
 
Andy Brassell: Brazil
 
Gabriele Marcotti, BBC, Times UK, and Wall Street Journal: Brazil or Italy to win.
 
Grahame Jones, LA Times: Ranks Argentina lst, Brazil 2nd, Germany 3rd.
 
Goldman Sachs, mover, shaker, and financial crisis facilitator: Brazil, then Spain, then Germany in terms of likelihood.
 
 


Steven and Harrison Stark are the co-authors of the recently published World Cup 2010: The Indispensable Guide to Soccer and Geopolitics. They are analyzing the World Cup for Real Clear Sports.



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