It starts now

The group qualifiers are now in the past and it has been quite the ride so far.
We have had upsets, predictable scores – at least by the One Player Down team on Facebook – and a few controversies.

First the upsets and like a Rioja, Spain did not travel well. A tournament too far for some, a real shame for it to end like that for Casillas in particular.

Portugal proved that without Ronaldo is not a top team at the moment, lots of individuals.

In general it has been a bad cup so far for the European, African an Asian teams.

This has so far been the World Cup of the Americas, but the fun starts now.

For the top predictions follow One Player Down on Facebook, we have surprised ourselves with our accuracy. Yes that is us patting ourselves on our back that you can here.

To the controversies and there have been a few…the big one aka Count Suarez need not be approached here. The others have been some referee decisions, a few offside goals, some dubious penalties etc but these things happen. Brazil might have benefited more than others but a tournament with the home nation not getting a few calls is impossible and the World Cup is always richer with Brazil in it.

We predicted an Argentina win and we are gonna stick with that, there are shades of Mexico 86 and the one man show that Maradona put on then with Messi being the difference in all the games so far.

Just one side note, the support for the US team has been a massive surprise at this tournament. It can only be good for the game in general to have the US take to the beautiful game.

Now it is time to get behind your team and support them to the final.
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World Cup Fever – Brazil 2014

The World Cup in Brazil is just around the corner,starting with Brazil vs Croatia on Thursday.

It is time for predictions, fantasy teams, completing your Panini sticker album, following everything with a World Cup wall chart and beer, friends, shouting, chanting, excitement and tears.

Let’s get the One Player Down Predictions out to the way.

France and Belgium are the Dark Horses of the Tournament

Spain would be a great as we would have been part of viewing history

Brazil as the hosts are a good pick too but…

Argentina is the pick from One Player Down as Messi and Aguero clicking will be near impossible for any defense to stop.  The fact that they have one of the easier groups also allows the to work their way into the tournament too.

Back to professional opinions.

These events are all about the fans around the world, as we have heard on occasions that the players themselves get bored, something as as fan it is hard to fathom.

We are going to present some of the fantasy team leagues, share some professional predictions – some not so professional – and talk about some great places to view with games in Vienna.

 

Fantasy Teams:

Guardian
TelegraphMcDonalds

The Guardian have also added a nice twist by allowing people to pick their dream XI, have you ever wanted Zidane passing balls through to Maradona, see what Zico could have done with Ronaldo and Pele in front of him?  Here is your chance.

Predictions:

ESPN – here you can fill out your own predictions and see who will win
Sportsnet – Offers up their group predictions, from a Canadian perspective
BBC – British ex-pros opinions of how the world cup will turn out
Bleacher Report – Odds, Table Predictions and FIFA Tournament Preview

Where to watch the World Cup in Vienna:

Strandbar Herrmann
Wuk – FM4 WM-Quatier
Flex
Shebeens
Almost every bar in the city

It would be callous not to add a little about the political upheaval that the World Cup has caused in Brazil and the Manaus Stadium “White Elephant” issue.

John Olivier of the Last Week Tonight show has a comedic look at the situation, it has to be said that the views expressed in the clip are not the views of One Player Down

Though One Player Down is mostly for organizing to play sports, it can also be used to organize where you will view the games over the next month with friends, colleagues or fellow country men and women.

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