Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Playoff Speculation

At this point I'm going to say that Norway and El Salvador will be advancing out of Group B. El Salvador has only played three games but scored convincing victories in each. While Norway has only played twice it was impressive in collecting two wins against Jamaica and Scotland. It's true that neither of those teams seems to be anything special this year, but I can't see a scenario in which Norway doesn't get at least second in the pool.

Here's why: Germany doesn't have what it takes to win the big one.

I believe that when Norway and Germany play on Monday that game will decide who gets the group's final playoff spot besides El Salvador. Similar to 2009, I think Norway will prevail in a closely contested match. In 2009 Norway won 2-0 and shut down an aggressive German striking force. This year, Germany isn't nearly as good because they're without Karl Dahle and from the games I've watched them they're prone to costly defensive miscues.

But that isn't the main issue. The main issue is that most players on Germany don't have the stones to step up in big games. When the going gets tough - they're nowhere to be found in the spotlight. To contrast - Norway is the only team in the past four tournaments to win the championship besides ROI. As the saying goes - "Act like you've been there before," and Norway has definitely been in the winning circle before.

I'm still undecided as to what will be the outcome in the El Salvador Norway game on Saturday - I'll write that later this week - but I'm ready right now to predict that Norway takes down Germany 3-1 when the teams meet on Monday.

Norway to the playoffs. Germany finishes third.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't think Norway won more than that Germany game last year. Germany is definitly better than last year even without karl being healthy. Stephan is norway's whole team and he won't even be a factor against Germany. Norway will lose to el Salvador and Germany therefore not advancing and crying like babies. Sorry Norway!!

Anonymous said...

oh and they won because they had better players. Aka josh p. and evan. That was a good team but not this year sorry!

Anonymous said...

Why is Norway even thinking about Germany. They still have to play the Afghan's. They are by no means the best team in the pool but still a dangerous team not to be overlooked. If Norway underestimates them, they could be in for a shock.

Anonymous said...

Norway is pure garbage,the husdals sucks balls, reese is a piece of shit and baulin is a tool, these players are all traitors no true loyalty at all.

Anonymous said...

Norway has nothing but shit players. Literally, Adam weighs as much as a semi, and the rest of the retards can prolly get their IQ to 125 assuming Stefan gets 100 of it. Braden is dumb as a rock. Goose who runs the blog can't do shit and anyone else is actually Norwegian aka stupid. Idiots

Playmaker said...

I have no problems with the comments - just the language. Let's try and keep it a little cleaner k

Anonymous said...

"This year, Germany isn't nearly as good because they're without Karl Dahle"

Wow, you're either blind or retarded.

Playmaker said...

I stand by Karl being the best player. He was the only one who played really well on a consistent basis. Germany needs his leadership just as much as they need his goal-scoring. Nobody else on the team can step up like he was able to.

Anonymous said...

Norway will have their eyes opened real wide come Monday's game. Morons!

Frozen Assets said...

Norway has not been tested. Jamaca cannot seem to put it together and Scotland is not the team they were. Norway needs to worry about both ES and Afgan before they start thinking about the Germans. The Germans have dropped the ball in the past. But they have a lot of guns. If they ever decide to shoot... It will hurt.

Anonymous said...

true loyalty? is this guy for real? This tournament is filled with people who jump to a different team every year. I thought the reason why Germany is so good this year is because of the players they picked up from other countries.

Germany has a bunch of sweet guys on their team but I dont see them advancing out if Norway gets past afghanistan. I want to see the el salvador game against Norway! Could be a surprise..
Whoever writes this blog is trying to generate some interest in Norway, not bash Germany or anyone else. I think its a good idea to create some anymosity and excitement in this group. Because its by far the best in the tournament.

Player bashing is below me..