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June 10, 2014 at 10:29 AM

My World Cup predictions

Believe it or not, I nailed my World Cup final prediction in print ahead of the 2010 tournament in South Africa:

Championship: Spain, the reigning European champion, outlasts the Dutch in an entertaining final.

Not bad. Time to try again. Posted below are my predictions for the upcoming tournament, which starts Thursday in Brazil…

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Group stage (finishers in order, top two advance)

A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon
B: Spain, Chile, Netherlands, Australia
C: Colombia, Japan, Ivory Coast, Greece
D: Uruguay, Italy, England, Costa Rica
E: France, Ecuador, Switzerland, Honduras
F: Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Nigeria, Iran
G: Germany, Portugal, USA, Ghana
H: Belgium, Russia, Algeria, South Korea

Round of 16

Brazil over Chile
Italy over Colombia
France over Bosnia-Herzegovina
Germany over Russia
Spain over Croatia
Uruguay over Japan
Argentina over Ecuador
Portugal over Belgium

Quarterfinals

Brazil over Italy
Germany over France
Uruguay over Spain
Argentina over Portugal

Semifinals

Brazil over Germany
Argentina over Uruguay

Final

Brazil over Argentina

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What do you think? Offer your predictions in the comments section?

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