I consider myself an internationalist, therefore I'm gearing up for the World Cup 2006. I have no idea how I'm going to partake in football madness since I don't have satellite (cable) television. However, I will find a way to keep track of the madness of World Cup. I was hoping to be in Germany at this time getting an up close and personal experience of World Cup madness but it wasn't to be. The next World Cup is slated for South Africa which would be a great excuse to return to the mountainous beauty of Cape Town.
Here are my World Cup 2006 loves and winners!
Group A: Everyone says it is all about the hosting country, Germany but I'm going to root for Costa Rica. Why? I wouldn't mind traveling to Costa Rica in the near future and I can't root for Germany unless they are playing Brazil. I also have a feeling that Poland is very capable of beating the Germans butts!
Group B: It is all about England and Sweden in this group but I'll be rooting for World Cup first-timers Trinidad & Tobago! The Trinis aren't betters favorites but England seems to be on the downturn due to some injuries of key players. And I think we Anglophiles finally understand that Beckham can't do it all by himself. I'll always have a little Anglophile in me but I'll be praying the Trinis can kick old England's butt on June 15th!
Group C: This is a tough group; third ranked Netherlands and fourth ranked Argentina in the same group with lower seated Ivory Coast and Serbia & Montenegro. I like the Orange and I'll take them over the Argentinians. However, I'm rooting for Ivory Coast because I'm a communard!
Group D: This is another grouping of two top 10 powerhouses; Mexico and Portugal, playing against World Cup first-timers Angola and respectably-ranked Iran. Can I root for 3 teams? Mexico, Angola, and Iran. I do plan on traveling to Portugal but I don't have to root for them. Has anyone noticed that this group includes the former world call colonizer Portugal and one of its former colonies, Angola? They will play on June 8th. If Angola can pull off an upset, I would love to be able to transport myself to Luanda for that celebration.
Group E: Some laughed, some snarled but the U.S. team has proven itself by getting a 5th place ranking in the World Cup. This group is mad competitive with the 2nd seated Czechs, the always on the verge Italians, and lower seated but competitive Ghana. This is such a loaded field for me I don't have a clue who to root for.
Group F: I hope Japan, Australia, and Croatia aren't quaking in their cleats because they are grouped with the legends better known as Brazil. Eighteenth-ranked Japan and Brazil will meet on June 22nd and I'll be rooting for my Japanese peoples. Honestly, I'm anti-Brazil. I hope someone can kick their butts in this group.
Group G: Les Bleus may have the blues! Everyone is talking about France has lost its aura of invincibility. Of course, all empires, including football ones, will eventually fall, except Brazil (at this point in time). This should be an easy group for France through with 3 lower-ranked teams: first-timers Togo, Korea, and Switzerland. I think Switzerland will give France a run for their francs. I'm rooting for Togo. And honestly, I'm not feeling France.
Group H: Another interesting quartet: Top ranked Spain, Tunisia, Saudia Arabia, and Ukraine. I'm cheering for 24th ranked Tunisia. Everyone thinks it is all about Spain and the Ukraine but I know Tunisia can surprise them all.
My last words, I hope anyone wins except Brazil or France. The English would sell Prince William for the that Cup but I think the Czechs have a good shot!