World Cup Open Thread and Preview

Let me be the first to say that I know nothing about soccer. But that has never stopped me before.

Group A (Qatar, Netherlands, Senegal, Ecuador)

Qatar, the host country, has a smaller population than Wisconsin, but more money than the British royal family.

Netherlands is my pick in this bracket, despite wearing wooded shoes.

Senegal and Bayern Munich striker Sadio Mane will not take part in the 2022 World Cup due to injury. Bayern Munich played a friendly in Green Bay this summer. Their fans can drink, which is too bad for them as beer sales at the Qater venues will be illegal.

Ecuador, The territories of modern-day Ecuador were once home to a variety of Indigenous groups that were gradually incorporated into the Inca Empire during the 15th century. The Incas were the first to use fertilizer (bat waste), which indirectly lead to the industrial revolution because of higher crop yields.

Group B (England, Iran, USA, Wales)

England was the protectorate of Qatar stating in 1916. They also often wear white uniforms that might come in handy on the pitch.

Iran, I am old enough to remember 1979. My take away is that event should be a lesson about the "ends justifying the means". Take that as you wish.

Wales, The deep waters off Pembrokeshire, or the Celtic Deep, are the perfect place to see Cetaceans: whales, dolphins and porpoises. The nutrient-rich waters flowing in from the Atlantic provide for a prolific ecosystem.

USA, my guess is that they will come in third, right after England and Wales, which does not seem fair. When did they make it so one country can have two teams?

Group C (Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland)

Argentina, the home of Maradona and Messi and those cool light blue uni's

Saudi Arabia, will finish fourth, but will not because they ran out of gas.

Mexico, my dark horse favorite to sneak into the final 16 based on some cool uni's

Poland, There are many towns across the United States named Pulaski. General Pulaski, a Polish prince, was a calvary expert that saved George Washington's life and would be killed in action near the end of the war.

Group D (France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia)

France is the defending champ, but according to my sources (Stone Age), they are dealing with injuries. I have also heard that they might have a tank worthy NBA draft prospect.

Australia, people with a great accent and the home Thon Maker and Andrew Bogut. Fun fact, both will be eligible for social security in the same year.

Denmark, my rooting interest in the Cup. Again my sources say that they are a fun watch and make great breakfast pastries.

Tunisia, former know as the home of Hannibal and Carthage. The Phoenician state was once a world business power, until a trade dispute with Rome.

Group E (Spain, Costa Rica, Japan, Germany)

Spain, For all their talent and experience, Spain has punched below their weight at World Cups, with 2010 the exception. They've never made it past the quarters in 11 other tournament appearances.

Costa Rica, they are stuck in a very tough bracket, but if you google travel to Coast Rica, you can find some really good deals.

Japan, a once great economic power. Are they a model of things to come as western populations age?

Germany, lost World War 2, but some how seems to run Europe? I guess they have a really good team, I am part German, but I just can not root for them. They are my 76ers.

Group F (Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia)

Belgium, the home of the waffle. I always confuse Holland with Belgium. But I think both will advance to the sweet 16.

Oh Canada, home of great comedians, but I will never forgive you and Kawhi for the Eastern Conference finals. That ring should should of been ours.

Croatia, last World Cup's runner up and home of former Bucks Toni Kokoc and Dragen Bender. I really thought Bender had a chance to be good.

Morocco, that John Wick 3 fight scene was pretty cool.

Group G (Brazil, Cameroon, Switzerland, Serbia)

Brazil, most successful national team in the history of the World Cup, having won five titles, earning second-place, third-place and fourth-place finishes twice each.

Cameroon, I really enjoy their style of play and might have the coolest uniforms.

Swiss, I am neutral on their chances.

Serbia, the home of the Joker, Bogdan Bogdanovic and the star of John Wick 3, Boban Marjanovic.

Group H (Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea)

Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal team mate Ruben Neves says his captain is in "spectacular" shape as the team prepare for their opening World Cup match against Ghana on Thursday. That is all I need to know.

Ghana is the second-most populous country in West Africa, after Nigeria and was once part of the Malian empire. Still one of the largest gold producers in the world.

Uruguay, geographically stuck between Brazil and Argentina. I am going to assume they are good at soccer.

South Korea, also know as the Kingdom of Samsung. Samsung was the second most innovative company in 2020, with 6,415 patents.

Prediction Time

Bucks in 5

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