An animal predicting the winner is the top story of the day in a major paper. Just saying.
For what it’s worth (and, trust me, it isn’t worth much) here are my predictions for the semi-finals and final.
Uruguay 1 Netherlands 4
The Dutch have really looked strong and I don’t expect a letdown after the huge win against Brazil. They might have the most individual talent on their team, but find a way to have all these talented players work together. Ask the 2002 USA Men’s basketball team what it’s like to manage a team of superstars. But they seem to have put it all together and that will make for a very long afternoon for Uruguay. Why 4 goals? Why not.
Germany 3 Spain 2
This is going to be a great game. I’m a self-identified soccer novice and really have no idea what I’m talking about. But even I know this is going to be a great game. These are two soccer powerhouses (right?) who are playing at the top of their game right now. But, as good as Spain has looked, I just don’t see any way that Germany will lose.
So, based on this, if you are planning to put forth your own guesses, I would suggest taking Uruguay and Spain. Enjoy the games!