It has been pretty quiet around here.
I'm actually excited about the World Cup. Perhaps it's had to do with the omnishambles this past season has been. Once the calendar turned to June, it has dawned on me that I'm a bit envious of those traveling to Brazil.
Today is Brazil's opener vs. Croatia, which should be interesting. I haven't seen too much of Mateo Kovacic of Inter, but he's one of the more promising young talents in world football. Croatia of course have two really good midfielders in Rakitic and Modric. I think Brazil find a way to win today though.
As for Spain/Netherlands, apparently Louis van Gaal will play 3-5-2 or a five man backline. Basically, I see it panning out as a typical possession vs. counterattack game. I think Spain and Chile will advance from the group.
England vs. Italy might be better known for the Manaus debacle, looking at how the building of the stadium has had to be rushed. Portugal are more likely to post a pragmatic performance vs. Germany, who should be good enough with Marco Reus out injured.
I think Argentina, Spain, Germany, and Brazil are the teams to beat. Your dark horses are probably France, Uruguay, Ivory Coast, and Belgium. Colombia would be, had Falcao not torn his ACL. If I had to guess, Argentina will win.