Saturday, August 16, 2008

Olympic QF predictions

Just because the U.S. are out doesn't mean we should stop paying attention to Olympic Soccer. Not only have the games become more intriguing, but we shall also never again be forced to bear witness to New Zealand's Haka. In that attractive light, I will now inch out on to the limb of prognostication by calling the final four...

Brazil v Cameroon - The Indomitable Lions probably have enough guile in the back six to give Brazil an early challenge, but their attack doesn't seem strong enough to alleviate pressure (or to catch up when the Samba Kings start scoring) - Brazil 3, Cameroon 0.

Belgium v Italy - Sure, losing center back Vincent Kompany to impatient club Hamburg hurts, but I'm not deserting my dark horse medal choice that easy. They have replacement options on hand and, to me, Italy have had things just a little too easy thus far - Belgium 2, Italy 1.

Argentina v the Netherlands - Always a classic match-up... except less so this time. The Albiceleste are loaded and playing efficiently. On the other hand, Oranje are struggling, and will miss veteran defender Kew Jaliens (yellow cards ban) and striker Roy Makaay (injury). Like Cameroon, the Dutch will make a hearty fight out of it for a while - Argentina 3, the Netherlands 1.

Ivory Coast v Nigeria - The Super Eagles have the much better squad and should take the all-African quarterfinal... the question is, how easy will it be? If Nigeria starts taking more of the numerous chances they create each game, the words "Saturday promenade" will spring to mind - Nigeria 2, Ivory Coast 0

- Greg Seltzer


Unknown said...

I happened to catch New Zealand's Haka before their rugby match against South Africa yesterday, so it's not quite over yet!

Chris Courtney said...

Way to pick those dark horse Red Devils! Now its Belgium over Nigeria 3-2 and onward to the Gold Medal game (where the dream will end with a silver).