Favorites are 12-0 so far in the knockout stages winning in pretty much any different way imaginable. 12 and 0. WOW.
The 3 pre-tourney favorites are all in the Semis showing why the bookmakers were correct in giving them shorter odds then the best national team of all time.
Costa Rica, who had the 2nd largest odds to win it all after Honduras, just left the tourney undefeated and would possibly be in the semis if a Newcastle player didn't get subbed on.
Holland's two backup keepers have a 10% success rate against PKs and a 27% success rate. Guess which one came on as a sub.
Brasil is an underdog in a game in Brasil. Re-read that sentence again bc this will be probably the one and only time this ever happens.
The dumbest rule in all of sports is causing the best defender in the world to miss the semis.
Neymar was almost paralyzed off of a not hard foul after being chopped to shreds all tourney.
Lahm dropping back to RB w/ Boateng at CB and Mertesacker out makes the Germans a lot quicker and better structured. Everyone knows this. But does Lowe? I think yes but Khedira/Schweiny will need to step up at some point.
Will Scolari finally drop Fred and who plays in place of Neymar? I am a big believer in that it's better to play good players out of position then play average players in their correct position so I would go w/ Willian and Bernard w/ Oscar or Hulk playin false 9 but Scolari always plays w/ one good hold up center striker. Germany is extremely susceptible to the breakaway but win everything in the air so this is Scolari's time to potentially do that.
Di-maria is out but the good news is Aguero is back. But is that really good news? An out of form, not in shape Aguero w/ no Di maria puts even more burden on Messi and may not be the best move for Higuian. Where the fuck is Tevez when you need him?
Dirk Kuyt at wing back has played a vital role in this WC. Who would have thought that 4 years ago? Ya no one.
Argentina is the favorite yet have the inferior coach, have played worse, and are dealing w/ more injuries. Netherlands at +210 or more is a great bet but since I'm rooting for Messi I'm going to stay away.