Wednesday, May 24, 2006

World Cup Preview: S&M (oooO!) And Netherlands

Sorry, have been neglecting the World Cup Previews I promised because of various stuff. So today I'll cover the other 2 teams from Group C, or Group of Death. Serbia & Montenegro and the Netherlands.

Group C: Serbia & Montenegro

Goalkeepers: Dragoslav Jevric (Ankaraspor), Oliver Kovacevic (CSKA Sofia), Vladimir Stojkovic (Nantes);

Defenders: Goran Gavrancic (Dynamo Kiev), Ivica Dragutinovic (Sevilla), Mladen Krstajic (Schalke), Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United), Milan Dudic (Red Star Belgrade), Nenad Djordjevic (Partizan Belgrade), Dusan Basta (Red Star Belgrade);

Midfielders: Dejan Stankovic (Internazionale), Igor Duljaj (Shakhtar Donetsk), Predrag Djordjevic (Olympiacos), Ognjen Koroman (Portsmouth), Albert Nadj (Partizan Belgrade), Sasa Ilic (Galatasaray), Zvonimir Vukic (Partizan Belgrade), Ivan Ergic (Basle);

Forwards: Savo Milosevic (Osasuna), Mateja Kezman (Atletico Madrid), Nikola Zigic (Red Star Belgrade), Danijel Ljuboja, (Stuttgart), Mirko Vucinic (Lecce).

Facts:
* The defence - which includes Manchester United's Nemenja Vidic - conceded only one goal in qualifying.
* Former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman and Savo Milosevic, once of Aston Villa, lead the attack.

Player(s) To Watch: Dejan Stankovic. A very creative midfield player that's versatile and an eye for goals. Not forgetting Mateja 'I will score more goals than Henry' Kezman, who has performed wonderfully for S&M despite his indifferent form on the domestic front. Savo Milosevic is another man to watch. He had a pretty good season with Osasuna and is a excellent target-man.

Youth(s) To Watch: Mirko Vucinic. An excellent young striker.

Drogballs' Prediction: Quater-finals. They're very solid at the back as noted above and have some quality strikers to pick from. They'll be one of the black horse that surprise everyone!

Group C: Holland

Goalkeepers: Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United), Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax), Henk Timmer (AZ Alkmaar);

Defenders: Khalid Boulahrouz (Hamburg), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Barcelona), Tim de Cler (AZ Alkmaar), Johnny Heitinga (Ajax), Kew Jaliens (AZ Alkmaar), Jan Kromkamp (Liverpool), Joris Mathijsen (AZ Alkmaar), Andre Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven);

Midfielders: Mark van Bommel (Barcelona), Phillip Cocu (PSV Eindhoven), Denny Landzaat (AZ Alkmaar), Hedwiges Maduro, Wesley Sneijder (both Ajax), Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg);

Forwards: Ryan Babel (Ajax), Dirk Kuyt (Feyenoord), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Arjen Robben (Chelsea), Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (PSV Eindhoven).

Facts:
* Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Roy Makaay have both missed out up front.
* Tottenham's Edgar Davids and Middlesbrough's George Boateng have also been left out.

Player(s) To Watch: Obviously the Dutch is about Ruud van Nistelrooy and Arjen Robben isn't it. Take them out and they're pretty average.

Youth(s) To Watch: Now, we have a lot to pick from due to the youthfulness of this Dutch team. Ryan Babel, Van Persie and Hedwiges Maduro. Babel is excellent with the ball at his feet and van Persie, need me to introduce more? Maduro on the other hand seemed to be more low-profile but he is crafting into one of the most exciting defensive-midfielders in the world now.

Drogballs' Prediction: They will be surpris...ingly bad. Well not surprisingly but they have always been under-achievers over the years and looking at the current squad and against the team they're drawn against. Tough luck, you Oranjes. They'll be out in the group stages.

My World Cup Predictor

Quater Finals:

Argentina win Germany
Czech win France
England win Serbia & Montenegro
Brazil win Spain


Semi Finals:

Argentina win Czech Republic
Brazil win England

3rd/4th Place:

England win Czech Republic

Finals:

Argentina win Brazil


So the winner will be Argentina and 3rd place will go to England. That's just a rough prediction. You can never truly predict football eh? Anyway if you're interested in predicting yourself, CLICK HERE FOR THE PREDICTOR.

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