Mike's World Cup Prediction 2018
2018 FIFA World Cup -- Mike's Tournament Predictions
The World Cup, soccer's month-long festival, and the biggest sporting event in the world will kick off on Thursday, June 14 in Russia. It will culminate with the final match on Sunday, July 15. For the following 32 days, offices will shut down or slow down, bars will be filled, everyone will have a jersey on and/or have their faces painted, and the world will practically stop.
How will the champion be determined?
32 teams will battle for global soccer supremacy. For the group stage, they are split up into 8 groups of 4 teams each. Each team will play the other teams in their group once for a total of three games.
The top two teams in each group based on points earned (3 points for a win, 1 for a draw, and 0 for a loss) will advance to the knockout stage, where it's win or go home.
16 teams will reduce to 8, then 8 to 4, then 4 to 2, with the final two playing for the trophy on July 15.
Who will win it all? Who will be the biggest surprise of the tournament? Who will disappoint? Where the hell is the US team? -- Hint: not in Russia :-( --
The answers, along with all the beer drinking, yelling and screaming, cheers and tears, and rolling eyes from people who have no idea what soccer is, will unfold over the next month. Here's my attempt to predict what happens.
Group Stage (June 14-28)
- Russia (hosts)
- Saudi Arabia
- Costa Rica
- Germany (Defending Champions)
- South Korea
Round of 16 (June 30-July 3)
Portugal def. Uruguay
France def. Croatia
Brazil def. Mexico
Belgium def. Senegal
Spain def. Egypt
Argentina def. Australia
Germany def. Costa Rica
Colombia def. England
Quarterfinals (July 6-7)
France def. Portugal
Brazil def. Belgium
Argentina def. Spain
Germany def. Colombia
Semifinals (July 10-11)
Brazil def. France
Germany def. Argentina
Third Place Game (July 14) -- Why bother?
Argentina def. France
Championship Game (July 15)
Brazil def. Germany -- Revenge for 2014!!
I'll probably be wrong, but whatever. As long as I can watch the games. That's what counts, I guess. Enjoy!