June 8, 2010 by Post Team
World Cup:When asked if the U.S. can win the World Cup, many American players have been circumspect. Some dodge the question. U.S. star Landon Donovan even did his best not to emulate Joe Namath in dismissing the possibility that the U.S. lift the cup. While this shows that our players are relatively self-aware and grounded, there is no easy answer to the question of whether the U.S. can win the World Cup: YES.
Now, I do not think that the U.S. will win the World Cup, and 50-1 betting odds U.S. are about to win the right (in 2002, were 200 to 1). Only seven countries have won, after all. But while the U.S. not a likely contender, should not go to this tournament with such a defeatist attitude. We can win this thing. This is the 30th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, and the similarities between the periods are striking – a deep recession, a depressed nation a result of a mismanaged war pursued, and an oil crisis – thereby, are intended to win this thing!
More seriously, saying we can win it might seem preposterous, a victory might not be as miraculous as one might think. Here are some reasons for hope:
This is a tournament, not a league season, and crazy things can happen. Remember, Butler reached the NCAA basketball final this year – were a 40-1 shot. George Mason reached the final four years ago too. Well, that is basketball, but in 2002 the Greeks won the European championship, which is overall a more competitive tournament than the World Cup. Denmark won the European Cup in a similar manner in 1992. In fact, the potential unpredictability of the World Cup is greater because the teams are made up of players who do not usually play together. Some teams with great players just do not work well together, are not balanced, or never quite gel. That said, some teams gel perfectly and can be heated and pursue a career. Throw in a few lucky bounce or the referee’s decisions, and the boom that is within reach of the cup.
We have approached. In 2002, the U.S. Germany dominated the quarter-finals and were a hand out of the semifinals, where he would have faced a team of South Korea had called with. It would have been quite conceivable that the United States could have defeated South Korea, who are in the final against Brazil – which almost certainly would have lost, but who knows what can happen in 90 minutes. In addition, last year U.S. reached the final in the Confederations Cup, beat Spain 2-0 and were up in Brazil. U.S. can play with the best in the world and is capable of achieving an upset.
It is in Europe and cold. European teams tend to do wrong, when the tournament is not close to them. In 2002, the big teams like flies collapsed, what South Korea and Turkey in the semifinals. In 2006, the European clubs did well. In addition, it will be quite cold, since it is winter in South Africa. This should cause some trouble, curiously, the African teams, as well as parts of South America. In other words, when the World Cup is played outside Europe and South America, absurd things can happen.
The draw is relatively favorable. The top half of the World Cup draw – groups A, B, C, D – are weaker than the other four. The best teams in this half of the draw are: Argentina, England, Germany, Serbia and France. Compare that with Brazil, Portugal, Netherlands, Spain and Italy. With the exception of Argentina, the U.S. coincides quite well with the rest. If the U.S. made outside the group, played an injury-hampered Germany and Serbia. U.S. is expected to lose, but both teams play a physical style that the U.S. European can match up well. However, if the U.S. pass of the game, things get interesting. If U.S. were to prevent Argentina (Argentina win the group or falling apart under Diego Maradona) and whether the collapse of France, U.S. could reasonably well against rivals Mexico in the quarter-final – a game in the U.S. could be the favorite to win. The road to the semifinals could be through Serbia and Mexico. At that time, the U.S. are in the semis and who knows what can happen.
World Cup is more balanced. If only seven teams have won the World Cup, but much of this is due to the fact that world football for the 20th century was dominated mainly by Europe and some South American countries. That remains the case, but the talent is spread more widely now, and the best leagues now have players from all over the world – Africa, Asia and North America.
Finally, you have to believe you can. I do not think that the U.S. will? I would not bet on it, but not so preposterous that one should not maintain hope.
The World Cup continues, the elite teams that remain tend to start clicking on all cylinders, which means that the U.S., even if they are playing out of his head, probably going to lose at some point . But just as hope springs eternal every February when pitchers and catchers report to spring training in the week before the World Cup, hope to be emerging in the U.S.
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