The excitement has been building all week here at Club Website HQ – the wall chart is up and the predictions have been made – and we dare say that you’ll be feeling the same.
What better way to pass the time until pre-season training begins than watching the best footballers in the World in one magnificent tournament?
It’s set to be the biggest and best tournament yet. All the drama and excitement, highs and lows, cheers and tears will be beamed into our living rooms, cinemas and pubs – not to mention computers and mobile phones – in high definition, 3D and glorious technicolour to bring alive the best football tournament in the world.
But who will win it and how will England fare? To find out, we asked the people who know best… you lot out there!
Spain to be crowned World Champs – it’s official!
Things look good for Spain. They are reigning European Champions and bookmakers’ favourites having won 10 out of 10 in qualifying – the first team ever to do so.
They have lost only one of their last 47 games, winning a staggering 36 of their last 37, but the only real stat that matters is that now they have been backed for victory by Club Website members!
31% of you – out of over 10,000 votes cast – think Spain will win the tournament, with a surprisingly low 12% backing five-time champions and the current FIFA number-one ranked Brazil.
11% of you think Maradona can guide Argentina to glory, 7% think Holland’s time has finally come, while reigning champs Italy and the ‘never-write-offable’ Germans were each backed by 2% of you.
4% of you went for an outsider – France, Portugal and the Ivory Cost the likely contenders – which, as the eagle-eyed amongst you have no doubt spotted, still leaves 30% of the vote for one other team… who could that be?
England could just win it (but probably won’t)!
All you England fans out there were in bullish mood when our winners’ poll was posted on our website network at the start of the month. 30% of you backed England to match the boys of ’66 and bring home the World Cup.
This poll closed not long after England captain Rio Ferdinand was forced out of the tournament, which may explain why in our next poll – asking how far England would get – saw those predicting an England victory drop to 21%.
Over half of you think that it will be a familiar story for England with defeat in the quarter-finals (24%) or semi-finals (29%).
6% of you think that England can make the final but will fall at the final hurdle, while 10% believe that England will fall in the last 16, where a possible tie with Germany awaits.
The remaining 10% of you foresee the worst-case scenario for England, with the team unable to progress from Group C. After a qualifying campaign that saw his team win nine out of 10 fixtures, this would represent abject failure for Fabio Capello and this oft-proclaimed ‘Golden Generation’ of players.
We wonder how many of those doom-mongers among you are just non-England fans just looking to be a bit cheeky! We may get a better idea with our latest Club Website poll, which asks who you’ll be supporting in the tournament… so get on your club and league website and let us know!
Enjoy the show!
Whoever you’re supporting, we hope you have a great World Cup. Let’s hope for some great attacking football, cracking games fantastic goals, with cheating, diving and playacting all kept to a minumum (we can but hope!).
So sit back, relax and see how the best players in the world do it… then, in 31 days time, we’ll all be raring to get out there and do it all ourselves in pre-season training!