World Cup contest: guess the teams in the final game and the final score, and win a prize (act quickly)

Thanks to the urgings of reader George, I’m going to repeat the World Cup contest I held four years ago.  So here are the rules for this year’s contest.

The contest:

Guess the two teams who will play in the final World Cup match, the victor, and the score

Deadline for entering:  Tomorrow, Sunday, June 17, 2 p.m. Chicago time.

The prize:  An autographed copy of WEIT or Faith Versus Fact (the latter a hardback), with a special drawing of a cat playing football wearing your team’s colors.

Roolz:  In case of identical guesses, the first correct entry wins. If the final goes to penalty kicks, the winning score entry would be, for example, “1-1, team A wins on PKs”.  If nobody gets the final teams and the score, the winner will be the first person to correctly guess the two teams and the winner. If nobody gets even these things right, then nobody wins, and you’re a bunch of losers.

Remember, you have to give the teams AND the score! The judges’ decision is final.

Put all your guesses in the comments below, and remember, you can choose only two teams in a game and propose only one score. Violators will be disqualified. I’d suggest reading the entries that pre-dated yours so you don’t guess what somebody else already has.

Good luck!

 

183 Comments

  1. ploubere
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Spain 2 Germany 1

    • George
      Posted June 16, 2018 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

      If Spain and Germany both win their groups, they would meet in a semi-final.

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    i Remember the football pools, weekly in England but the last two teams and score? Seems like long odds. Probably one to nothing who ever it is.

  3. phar84
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Germany 3 – Brazil 0

  4. Anthony
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Brazil 3 Germany 2

  5. Andy Paterson
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Brazil 3 France 2
    Absolutely guaranteed, without a doubt, probably, maybe.

    • George
      Posted June 16, 2018 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

      If Brazil and France both win their groups. they would meet in a semi-final, not the final.

  6. Gareth Price
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Germany 2 France 0

  7. Kenneth Averill
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    France 2 Germany 1

  8. Fat Bastard
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Germany 3 Spain 2

  9. Dragon
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Germany, Portugal 1-1, Germany wins on PKs.

  10. FB
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Brazil 2 – Russia 1

  11. Scott
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Brazil 3 Spain 2. I selected the two teams currently ranked most likely to win the world cup on five thirty eight’s world cup prediction site and randomly guessed a score 🙂

    https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2018-world-cup-predictions/

  12. Larry Smith
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Brazil 2, France 1

  13. George
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Brazil 2 Spain 0

    • George
      Posted June 16, 2018 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

      I flipped a coin and put Spain in the final instead of Germany. I thought about something more speculative like France-Poland.

      • Paul S.
        Posted June 16, 2018 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

        I’m trying to follow the brackets. Wouldn’t
        Spain meet Brazil in match 61 as the winners of quarter finals 57 & 58?

        • George
          Posted June 16, 2018 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

          Spain is in Group B. Brazil is in E. If they both win their groups, they are on opposite sides of the bracket. Spain would advance to the final through these matches: 51-59-62. Brazil would advance by: 53-58-61.

  14. Michael Fisher
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    I love an underdog – despite the Moscow heat I’m predicting: Iceland 3, Portugal 2 after extra time

    [Messi seems to be off his feed so I’m discounting Argentina]

    Here’s the BBC WORLD CUP CHART [.pdf that can be embiggened a lot] – this may help determine your choice of finalists since some groups are harder to beat than others.

    For those that don’t know:

    There are 32 teams divided into 8 groups [A to H] with 4 teams to a group

    We are still in the ‘Group’ stage at the moment where each team in a group plays the other three in their group once [making six matches per group = total 48 matches] – I like this stage because there’s a lot of open football played most of the time…

    The two teams with the best results in each group go through to the “Round of 16” stage where matches 49 to 56 are played to decide which 8 teams go through to the quarter finals. This is highly luck dependent – only one match per team & the result decides if you’re through to the final 8 teams. Can be boring football if a team secures a goal early & then decides to defend their lead for the next 85 minutes!

    My interest in the World Cup tends to decline as it progresses through the stages – because [In My Opinion] the proportion of unwatchable defensive football increases.

    • Merilee
      Posted June 16, 2018 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

      Hate to hear that Messi’s off his feed. Have taped today’s game to watch tonight. Watched a surpringly brilliant MacBeth this afternoon, set in a post-apocalyptic future (usually hate that kind of setting). National Theatre with Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted June 16, 2018 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

        I’ve only seen highlights – watching tomorrow at a mates who has put £1,000 on Argentina to win the Cup @ 17/1 – he’s an idjit, not enough meat in that to bother when there’s so many potential upsets at much better odds. Today’s match not on BBC iPlayer replayer for some reason [greedy FIFA?] but is on BBC Radio 5 live catchup, but I ain’t listening to football!

        Messi is as tough as they come mentally so I expect his colours will begin to shine against Croatia.

        Do you get NationalTheatreLive over there Weird Sister or is your broom supercharged? 🙂

        I know Duff from The Magdalene Sisters film [great] & Shameless [greatish]. That Macbeth production got a right pasting, but I rate theatre critic’s opinions down there with children’s programme presenters & jetskiers

        • Merilee
          Posted June 16, 2018 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

          Yes, we do get NTLive at a nearby cinema, so I didn’t have to fly my broom this time. Sadly only 6 people in the theater. Will look for those other Duffs you mentioned. She was also great in The Virgin Queen.
          They somehow left out the “double double toil and trouble” bit, but the other witchy scenes were there, including a pole-dancerish one.

          I have confidence that my boy Lionel will see us proud in the end.

          • Michael Fisher
            Posted June 16, 2018 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

            I see Tom Hardy is in it – I like a bit of Tom Hardy menace. It’s on Amazon Prime so I’ll be watching next week – thank you for the tip. Merilee.

            The witch stuff just a jest… 🙂

            • Merilee
              Posted June 16, 2018 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

              Yes, how could I have forgotten that Tom Hardy was in The Virgin Queen? I find him veritably “droolable”.

              I knew you were joshing about the witchy woman stuff, Michael😁. I grew up with three brothers and am very used to being teased.
              Btw, I found the Duff series you mentioned, at my library, but not the film.

              • Michael Fisher
                Posted June 17, 2018 at 12:13 am | Permalink

                You have Shameless at the library? The original UK version with Duff not the inferior USA copy? Duff does a good Mancunian accent for a London girl – warning: you might need subtitles – season one is worth a try if you like your comedy dark & you’re sick of Hollywood aspirational, positive, boring crap.

                The Magdalene Sisters film is also dark comedy. Available to stream for a couple of $s CAD, though it might be more since the Canadians are routinely ripped off by the Yanks. Yes Donald I’m lookin at chew. NetFlix, Google Play & YouTube Movies have it.

                You like a Tom Hardy…
                Legend is the bee’s knees & the nasty, funny, theatrical Bronson. Here’s an excellent scene from the latter:

                Peace

              • Merilee
                Posted June 17, 2018 at 8:33 am | Permalink

                Yes, we, surprisingly, have the UK Shameless at our library, but Canuck Netflix does not have the Mag Sisses. Saw Legend and loved it. Bronson’s on hold at the library. The Hardy in Virgin Queen is a little softer. Have you seen him as Heathcliffe??!!
                On a different note, we’re just finishing up the current docudrama about the 70s kidnapping of John Paul Getty III. Called Trust, and stars Donald Sutherland. Very well-done. (Btw, I checked out all the negative reviews on MacBeth, and though I might have agreed with some of the reviewers’ complaints re: the dark setting, I think that somehow it allowed the main drama of Mac and his Lady to shine through. Glad I went in with no prejudice.)

              • Michael Fisher
                Posted June 18, 2018 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

                I’ll look up Trust thank you

                Just finished The Virgin Queen & I enjoyed it, although I think it ambitious [& it showed] to cover all 44 years in 4 hours covering both the personal & the political. Can’t be done!

                There were obvious budget constraints which showed up – such as her address to the troops at Tilbury – in this production we had a grassy field with tents & around 300 [I counted areas of heads] motley troops. No docks, no ships – nowt.

                Robert Dudley was the central theme & I think the production should have been closely gathered around that – no outside cameras so to speak. The court intrigue would have been a great film & they could have dived into all the principle characters – we are not given the chance to see through interaction how Queen Bess feels about her advisors – we are told panto-style to move the production along.

                If we had gone all in on the court we could have seen more clearly the change in customs, fashions, dance etc over her reign. We are treated to only one dance scene in 4 hours for three minutes – wherein no dance is identifiable – Dudley lifts The Queen up by her waist & spins her around. Don’t believe it at all!

                We get one second rate sword fight

                We get a sort of Enya fake Irish take on Elizabethan music all-the-way-through-four-hours – we don’t need for the director to tell us how to feel through music

                The worthy parts of the film were nearly all the one-on-one scenes & the close in scenes such as the opening when she’s deciding on a dress to wear – dialogue was reasonably OK although it was afraid to go full Shakespeare [I picked up a couple of grating modern idioms straight out of the world of TV soap opera] & the glorious costumes – Fantastic

                The costumes made it worth the watch – thank you for the recommendation!

              • Merilee
                Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

                Glad you, mostly, liked it. I suppose that, shallowly, I could happily watch Tom Hardy stare out into space, for hours…

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted June 16, 2018 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

        The Prof. should send out some Duck kibble – put Messi right.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted June 16, 2018 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

      Oops – looking at my chart I see my match for the final is impossible [both from same half of the table]!
      I will change to this if the referee permits a late substitution:

      Iceland 3, Germany 2

      • George
        Posted June 17, 2018 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

        Got it. Although Germany’s loss to Mexico may upset things.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted June 17, 2018 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

          Thank you George
          It would be interesting to see a representation of the predictions – can’t recall if you did one last time

  15. Posted June 16, 2018 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Germany 2, Portugal 1

  16. Alex K.
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Argentina 2 Brazil 1

    • Merilee
      Posted June 16, 2018 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

      What I would hope for…

      • Alex K.
        Posted June 16, 2018 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

        Hey, I’m a hopeful guy.

    • Angel
      Posted June 16, 2018 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

      Ditto, argentina 2-brazil 1

      • George
        Posted June 16, 2018 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

        You can’t win with that prediction since Alex K. took it first. You can try again.

      • George
        Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:23 am | Permalink

        DUPLICATE – TRY AGAIN

  17. BJ
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Germany 2 France 1

  18. Alan Clark
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Portugal 3 Brazil 1.

  19. Frank Bath
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Belgium 2 Germany 1

  20. Peter Blunt
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Germany 2 – Brazil 1

    • Posted June 16, 2018 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

      I wanted that one.

      I’ll go Germany 1-1 Brazil, Germany on penalty kicks

      • Posted June 17, 2018 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

        Germany won’t win.

        • Posted June 17, 2018 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

          A lot of people disagree with you.

          • Posted June 17, 2018 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

            That’s true. But the german players are not in that shape they were 4 years ago.

  21. John W.
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Germany 3, Brazil 2

  22. ian foras
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    spain 3 – brazil 2

  23. Øystein Kapperud
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Brazil 2 – Germany 1

  24. Posted June 16, 2018 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Brazil 3 – Portugal 2

  25. Geoff Toscano
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Russia 3 Portugal 1

  26. George Wilson
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Brazil 2-0 Spain

    • George
      Posted June 16, 2018 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

      That score is already taken. You can change it if you want. 2-1 is also taken.

    • George
      Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:25 am | Permalink

      DUPLICATE – TRY AGAIN

  27. Posted June 16, 2018 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Germany 3-1 Brazil

  28. Joe Bussen
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Brazil 2, Spain 1

  29. Richard Jones
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    England 1 Germany 0

    Improbable I know but after 62 years of frustration I am still here hoping. 1966 was notable for two things; England’s World Cup victory and the Jones family’s arrival in Canada, where they have prospered. A vintage year.

    • Graham Head
      Posted June 16, 2018 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      I was going to be insanely patriotic and say this so for variety I’ll go for England 3 Portugal 1.

      🤣

      • Posted June 16, 2018 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

        You guys really could use Faith vs. Fact.

        • Michael Fisher
          Posted June 16, 2018 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

          LOL so true

        • Diane G
          Posted June 16, 2018 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

          😀

        • Richard Jones
          Posted June 17, 2018 at 8:16 am | Permalink

          The faith lives on in spite of the facts! England fans are immune to hurt

  30. Dave
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Spain 3 – Belgium 1

  31. Mark R.
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Germany 3, Brazil 2

    • Mark R.
      Posted June 16, 2018 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

      Damn, someone already picked that.
      Can I change to Germany 2 Brazil 0

      • George
        Posted June 16, 2018 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

        I’ll put in your score as 2-0.

        • Mark R.
          Posted June 16, 2018 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

          Thanks!

  32. rgsherr
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Brazil over Germany 2-1 on penalty kicks

    • George
      Posted June 16, 2018 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

      I will put you down for a score of 1-1 and Brazil wins on PKs. Is that what you mean?

  33. Carlos del Solar
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Portugal 2, Belgium 1

    • nicky
      Posted June 16, 2018 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

      I wanted to say Italy 2 Holland 1, but they didn’t even qualify!😣
      Next, I wanted to go with Belgium and Portugal, both ‘outsiders’, not likely to make it to the final, but still with a realistic chance. You beat me to it, so I’ll have to think of something else now.

  34. Eduardo
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Uruguay 1 – Spain 0

  35. Posted June 16, 2018 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    England 1 vs Argentina 3

  36. Michael
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Germany 3, Brazil 1

    • George
      Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:27 am | Permalink

      DUPLICATE – TRY AGAIN

  37. raul larranaga
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Spain 2 Brazil 1

  38. cnocspeireag
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    You can’t really be interested in watching people you don’t know play the dreary game for money, surely. You are obviously intelligent, I’m sure that you have a neck and your knuckles only drag on the ground when you want them to. I’m old enough to remember when those with a life didn’t have to pretend to like watching professional football and those who did were tolerated in the same way as trainspotters and cigarette packet collectors.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted June 16, 2018 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

      That merciless gout must have returned I suppose. You’re in your 60s** & getting a spot of judging in before you fall off your perch – isn’t it better to not read the stuff that triggers your Superiority Display Dance?

      ** As am I

    • Graham Head
      Posted June 16, 2018 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

      This comes very close to insulting our host, I’m sure you didn’t intend rhat?

    • Diane G
      Posted June 16, 2018 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

      “I’m old enough to remember…”

      Before they invented manners, I take it.

    • Posted June 16, 2018 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

      Well, whoever you are, nocspeireag, you will never be oommenting here again.

      What a jackass you’ve made of yourself here, and shown yourself to be a rude and insulting person. I actually do like watching soccer and don’t have to pretend. And I’m not just pretending to ban your sorry tuchas–it’s gone for real. Don’t let the door hit it on your way out

  39. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    I predict the octopus will win, but the cat will get at least two servings of calamari out of the battle.
    Oh, and Vladimir will win the PR shoot-off.

  40. AULhall
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Portugal 2, Brazil 1

    • AULhall
      Posted June 19, 2018 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

      I think I’m required to change my prediction based on the new rules. I’ll go with:

      Portugal 3, Russia 2

  41. Dan Paslawski
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Germany 3 Brazil 1

    • George
      Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:27 am | Permalink

      DUPLICATE – TRY AGAIN

  42. Mack
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    England 5 Germany 1…

    It’s happened before.

    • Posted June 18, 2018 at 8:26 am | Permalink

      That was really Liverpool 5 Germany 1.

      Owen, Gerrard and Heskey being the England scorers.

  43. Josh
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Portugal 4, Germany 1

  44. Ant dude
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Spain 3 – 2 Brazil.

    But please put the car in a Croatia’s shirt. Nothing more appropriate.

    • George
      Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:29 am | Permalink

      DUPLICATE – TRY AGAIN

  45. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Per Proposition 7 of the Tractatus, I must remain silent.

    But just so I have a rooting interest, which are the two teams with the longest shot of making the finals? I’ll take them.

    • George
      Posted June 16, 2018 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

      Do you want to be put down for Saudi Arabia 1 Panama 0?

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted June 16, 2018 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

        Not sure I could bring myself to root for the Saudis. Anything available that’s not a monarchy?

        • George
          Posted June 16, 2018 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

          Panama 1 Australia 0 ?

          • George
            Posted June 16, 2018 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

            Although Australia has a monarch. Could go with Tunisia, South Korea, or Egypt.

          • Ken Kukec
            Posted June 17, 2018 at 5:29 am | Permalink

            Sounds good; I’m cool with commonwealth countries. Thanks.

            Put me down for Panama over Australia, 1 to nil, Jerry.

  46. Cameron Peters
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Portugal 2 Brazil 3

    • Posted June 17, 2018 at 1:13 am | Permalink

      Your guess is correct :), but I already took that one…

    • George
      Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:25 am | Permalink

      DUPLICATE – TRY AGAIN

  47. nicky
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Uruguay 3 Nigeria 1,
    Admittedly not very likely, but then most of the likely ones are already ‘taken.

  48. Blue
    Posted June 16, 2018 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Germany – 3 and Argentina – 2.

    Blue

  49. Posted June 17, 2018 at 2:35 am | Permalink

    Brazil 2, Spain 1

    • George
      Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:25 am | Permalink

      DUPLICATE – TRY AGAIN

  50. Fernando
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    Brazil 3-1 Germany

  51. Chris English
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 3:25 am | Permalink

    Brazil 2, Germany 0

  52. Tim Milburn
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 3:36 am | Permalink

    Brazil 3 – France 2

    • George
      Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:24 am | Permalink

      DUPLICATE – TRY AGAIN

  53. Barcs
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 3:57 am | Permalink

    Hope I’m not too late

    Portugal 2-1 England

  54. jan steen
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    England – Germany 1 -1. England wins on penalties

  55. Lorinnor
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    France 2, Belgium 1

  56. Posted June 17, 2018 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    France 1 Brazil 0

  57. bobkillian
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    Brazil over Iceland 3-0

  58. Monika
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Germany 2-1 Iceland

  59. Paul S.
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Argentina 2-1 Germany
    I’ve based my prediction on knowing absolutely nothing about World Cup soccer, although I did hear a Brazilian player was injured.

  60. Posted June 17, 2018 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Brazil 2 Germany 3

    • George
      Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:28 am | Permalink

      DUPLICATE – TRY AGAIN

  61. Tom G
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Spain 3 Germany 2

  62. John Power
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Germany 2: Spain 1

  63. Posted June 17, 2018 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Saudi Arabia and Iran. Just kidding…

  64. LDuke
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Germany 2; Brazil 1

    • George
      Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:26 am | Permalink

      DUPLICATE – TRY AGAIN

  65. robkraft
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Belgium 3, Russia 1

  66. Mike
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    German 2 Spain 3

    • George
      Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:30 am | Permalink

      DUPLICATE – TRY AGAIN

  67. Dani
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Portugal 3 x 2 Germany

  68. Arslan
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Argentina 2, Spain 1

  69. notsecurelyanchored
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Going with a friend’s recommendations since I know nothing about soccer: France – Argentina, score 2 – 1 in favor of France.

  70. Posted June 17, 2018 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Argentina-Germany 3-2

  71. Otternaut
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Spain 4 Argentina 3

  72. Wrysmile
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Spain 2 Brazil 1

    • George
      Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:29 am | Permalink

      DUPLICATE – TRY AGAIN

  73. dabertini
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Sweden 1 Denmark 0. What can i say? I love Scandinavia.

    • Merilee
      Posted June 17, 2018 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

      As an Olson (Norwegian) I got a kick out of ALL the Icelandic players having names ending in -son, and even more common, -sson.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted June 17, 2018 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

        Some great pics around the Iceland game – inc. an image of St. Messi
        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-44512589

        • Merilee
          Posted June 17, 2018 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

          Gracias, amigo. Great pics, except for the -aaaarrrggghhh- St. Messi. I do wish the boy wouldn’t cross himself so often, but he didn’t ask me. Must say the Islanders played a great game.

      • Posted June 17, 2018 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

        Look up the women’s team of Iceland. Almost everyone is somebody’s “dottir”. Official surnames barely exist. The population is so small patronyms suffice.

        • Merilee
          Posted June 17, 2018 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

          Cool. Thanks, jp.

  74. Posted June 17, 2018 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Spain – Brazil 3:0

  75. Edward
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Brazil 2 Mexico 1

  76. Michael
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Argentina 2 Belgium 1

  77. Posted June 17, 2018 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Portugal 2 Mexico 1

  78. Posted June 17, 2018 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Portugal 3 England 1

  79. Posted June 17, 2018 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Spain 1; Brazil 0 // ftw

  80. Mike Seymour
    Posted June 17, 2018 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Not a fanatical follower but do know these teams have a good chance
    Germany 2 and Brazil 1

    • George
      Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:26 am | Permalink

      DUPLICATE – TRY AGAIN

  81. John Ottaway
    Posted June 18, 2018 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    Too late to enter, but…

    Spain 1 : Germany 2

    • George
      Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:16 am | Permalink

      DUPLICATE – TRY AGAIN

  82. Johnman
    Posted June 18, 2018 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    England 2 – Portugal 1
    Most goals : Ronaldo (Cheating a bit here – he’s already got 3!)

    • Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:59 am | Permalink

      England won’t get out of the group. Ok, they probably will, but hard to see a team like this, with so few caps between them, getting past the quarterfinals.

  83. Posted June 18, 2018 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Belgium 2
    Mexico 0

    • Posted July 5, 2018 at 5:55 am | Permalink

      Funny – do not recall tipping Mexico! I told everyone Belgium to beat Croatia!

  84. Posted June 18, 2018 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Belgium 2 – Spain 1

  85. Posted June 18, 2018 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Well done for making all this a bit more interesting.
    Put me down for a Portugal 2, Spain 1 in the final please, if I’m not too late?

  86. rich lawler
    Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Germany 2 – 1 Belgium

  87. cris
    Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    France 2, Germany 1

    • George
      Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:22 am | Permalink

      DUPLICATE – TRY AGAIN

  88. Hakan Konig
    Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    France 2 Portugal 1

  89. Martin C
    Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Belgium 2 England 1

  90. Posted June 18, 2018 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    France 1
    Germany 2

    Despite the slow start, Germany will get their act together. Swap out Khedira with someone who doesn’t look like they are pulling a caravan, and they’ll be good. Too much talent there not to make the final match.

    France look strong all around the pitch and have an absolute predator (Griezmann)up front.

    • George
      Posted June 18, 2018 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

      DUPLICATE – TRY AGAIN

  91. Posted June 18, 2018 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Adding on here, late post, following the no GER/BRA/ARG/SPA/POR rules:

    Belgium 3, Croatia 1.

    Entirely unlikely. But who knows?

    In my mock bracket, Croatia finds a way past Portugal in the QF and Mexico in the semifinal. They benefit from Mexico taking out other strong contenders. But they run into a buzzsaw in Belgium, who after taking out France in the other semifinal wins the WC in a game that’s not even close.

  92. Joe Bussen
    Posted June 18, 2018 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Brazil 3, Iceland 1

    • George
      Posted June 18, 2018 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

      No changes. You already have Brazil 2 Spain 1.

  93. W.Benson
    Posted June 18, 2018 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    My guess
    Brazil 2 / France 0

  94. Texas
    Posted June 18, 2018 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Germany vs France 2-1

    • George
      Posted June 18, 2018 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

      DUPLICATE – TRY AGAIN

  95. Posted June 18, 2018 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    This is great! Check out my own thoughts on the competition. I’m calling a France v Brazil final (really don’t want to call a winner!)

  96. charles spotts
    Posted June 18, 2018 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Mexico:2 – France:1

  97. Posted June 19, 2018 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    Greece 1 Germany 0

    “Chopper” Socrates with the winning goal.

    • George
      Posted June 19, 2018 at 7:41 am | Permalink

      No changes or attempts at humor – You are entered as Germany 3 France 2, a revision of your original duplicate entry. And I agree with Marx – Socrates was offside.

  98. Sam
    Posted June 19, 2018 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Iceland 2 – England 1

  99. Posted June 20, 2018 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Some talented comedy group should resurrect this with a New Atheist team, playing against a team of religious leaders and their sympathizers. The religious would be doing all sorts of shenanigans, such as (literally) moving the goalposts.

    In fact, here is another contest idea for you. Who would comprise the New Atheist team, and what position? I can only think of the following so far:

    Dan Dennett: Goalkeeper
    Bertrand Russell: DEF
    R. Ingersoll: DEF
    H.L. Mencken: DEF
    Jerry Coyne: MID (for some reason I see him as a wingback)
    Steven Pinker: MID
    Sam Harris: MID (center midfielder, dictating the pace of the game with metronomic consistency)
    Richard Dawkins: MID (box to box midfield terrier giving no quarter)
    Hitch: CF (Mercurial striker in the Eric Cantona mold)

    Missing 2 starters, also all male. Need female representation.

    • Posted June 20, 2018 at 6:48 am | Permalink

      Sorry, meant to reply to above Monty Python link.

  100. Dragon
    Posted June 27, 2018 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Well, there goes everyone who picked Germany. Including me.

    Germany is out after losing the game with South Korea 0-2.

  101. Posted June 30, 2018 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    brazil3-france1


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