Walker On June - 13 - 2010

Who Will Win The 2010 World Cup

Serie A Weekly/Andy Golding
With the World Cup in South Africa under full swing Andy Golding makes a prediction as to who will win the World Cup.

For months pundits and fans alike have been asked the million dollar question – “Who will win the World Cup?” Many might state a claim for Euro 2008 winners Spain or tournament favourites Brazil and even Fabio Capello’s England side have been given an outside chance, however there are two nations that are likely to win the competition – Argentina and Holland.

Crazy and rather dismissive you may agree, Spain and Brazil are undoubtedly the two best footballing sides, Argentina undoubtedly raised many questions as to Maradona’s tactics and selection choices, but one can’t help but admire the spirit and enthusiasm that Maradona has injected into the Argentina side which in recent years have lacked, whilst it must also be noted that with a strike force consisting of the likes of Diego Milito, Tevez, Higuain, Aguero and not forgetting the unmistakable Lionel Messi, Argentina have a wealth of talent upfront, whilst in midfield despite the impact Juan Roman Riquelme has had in Argentina’s midfield in recent years, his absence could prove to be a positive impact allowing for a more balanced midfield partnership of Javier Mascherano and Juan Sebastian Veron.

However the main concern is in defence particularly the pace of the two centre backs – Walter Samuel and Martin Demichelis, both of whom played a vital role for Inter and Bayern Munich respectively en-route to the Champions League final and the selection of Jonas Gutierrez as right fullback is the team’s weakest point, but judging from Argentina’s opening game against Nigeria, just like Spain and Brazil are set up to play with plenty of possession with Sebastian Veron pulling the strings in midfield.

Holland on the other hand enter the World Cup with a formidable defensive record of having only conceded two goals in the qualifiers, for a team not renowned for their defensive qualities manager Bert Van Marwijk will be looking to improve upon his predecessor Marco Van Basten. Having recently beaten the un-fancied Hungary 6-1 in a recent warm up game one can’t help but think that providing the likes of Robben, Sneijder and Robin Van Persie can prove their fitness and avoid injuries throughout the tournament Holland could finally win the World Cup.

Although Spain and Brazil in particular will no doubt do well in the World Cup, Spain might find it difficult to bring the continuity of the last two years into the World Cup, in particular the fitness conditions to Andres Iniesta, whilst Del Bosque dropping Marcos Senna in favour of lesser experienced Busquets could prove costly.

As for Brazil, Carlos Dunga’s selection is very questionable despite having won the Confederations cup last summer, Brazil at times look as inspiring as the selection of Roma’s bench warmer Julio Baptista, and finally for Capello’s England side still face problems regarding goalkeeper selection with Robert Green adding to the long line of England’s history with goalkeeping howlers with gloves more slick than the recent BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, additionally the loss of centre back Ledley King will add to Capello’s defensive selection woes.

However whilst many will put their money on Spain and Brazil to lift the World Cup, mine would be Argentina or Holland.

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