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Ajfar
May 10, 2014, 10:12 PM
Just about 30 more days until the World Cup starts. Back in 2010 we played a prediction game here. So let's get one started for this year. This prediction game is through ESPN.com.

The game is really simple. You have to predict the group champion and runner up for each group. Based on your selection matches for the 2nd round will get determined, and from there you keep predicting who will win each game. This game is very similar to the Cricket World Cup prediction game we played here back in 2011. Please read the how to play section Here (http://games.espn.go.com/world-cup-bracket-predictor/2014/en/story?pageName=worldcupbp\howtoplay)

Scoring

Group Stage: 1 point per correct pick
Group Stage Bonus: 1 point per pick if team is in correct slot
Round of 16: 2 points per correct pick
Round of 16 Bonus: 2 points per pick if team is in correct slot
Quarterfinals: 4 points per correct pick
Quarterfinals Bonus: 4 points per pick if team is in correct slot
Semifinals: 16 points per pick
Final: 32 points per pick

Grand Prize
$2,000 Best Buy Gift Card (or cash equivalent, at ESPN's discretion) (ARV: $2,000.00)

Runner-Up
$1,000 Best Buy Gift Card (or cash equivalent, at ESPN's discretion) (ARV: $1,000.00)

The ESPN Promotion is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and Washington, D.C., Mexico, United Kingdom, and Canada (excluding Quebec).

The game is open to everyone, not just USA/Canada/UK members. Unfortunately if someone from BD or another country win the whole thing, they won't qualify for the grand prize/runner up prize. But please don't let that discourage you from playing. Back in 2010 I think we had close to 50 member, I hope we can get close to that. You don't have to worry about making picks everyday. Just make your prediction once and enjoy.

I made a BanglaCricket.com group. You have to make a ESPN account in order to play. Please make a ESPN account HERE (http://games.espn.go.com/world-cup-bracket-predictor/2014/en/)

Here is the link to Banglacricket.com (http://games.espn.go.com/world-cup-bracket-predictor/2014/en/group?groupID=11329) Group.
Password: shakib

Just to clarify the grand prize is for the ESPN.com competition, not BanglaCricket group

Go Brazil!! :goal::goal:

Ajfar
May 26, 2014, 10:37 PM
Just about 2 weeks left. Nobody wants to play? You guys suck

Tigers_eye
June 8, 2014, 08:14 AM
Is it you just predict the whole tournament upfront or you can change after group stage or is it before the game starts?

I have little knowledge on teams this year. The only think I know is Brazil winning the cup beating Argentina in the finals 6-0.

Ajfar
June 8, 2014, 09:04 AM
Is it you just predict the whole tournament upfront or you can change after group stage or is it before the game starts?

I have little knowledge on teams this year. The only think I know is Brazil winning the cup beating Argentina in the finals 6-0.

T_E bhai you have to predict the whole tournament ahead of time. Its pretty much like the NCAA basketball bracket challange.

Sohel
June 9, 2014, 03:25 AM
(Not interested in prizes.)

1. Brazil-2 Croatia-0

2. Mexico-2 Cameroon-1
3. Spain-0 Netherlands-0
4. Chile-2 Australia-1

5. Colombia-4 Greece-0
6. Uruguay-1 Costa Rica-1
7. Italy-1 England-1
8. Ivory Coast-2 Japan-2

9. Switzerland-0 Ecuador-0
10. France-1 Honduras-0
11. Bosnia-1 KhyatZentin:sick:-0

12. Germany-2 Portugal-0
13. Nigeria-2 Iran-1
14. Ghana-2 USA-1

15. Belgium-1 Algeria-1
16. Brazil-2 Mexico-1
17. Korea-1 Russia-0

18. Netherlands-3 Australia-1
19. Spain-1 Chile-1
20. Croatia-1 Cameroon-0

21. Ivory Coast-2 Colombia-0
22. Uruguay-0 England-0
23. Japan-1 Greece-0

Go USA! Go Brazil! Go Japan! Go Iran! Go Korea! Go Ghana! Go Ivory Coast! Go Algeria! Go Nigeria! Go Chile! Go Mexico!

Sohel
June 9, 2014, 04:38 AM
1. Group A: Brazil (1), Mexico (2)

2. Group B: Spain (1), Chile (2)

3. Group C: Ivory Coast (1), Japan (2)

4. Group D: Italy (1), England (2)

5. Group E: France (1), Ecuador (2)

6. Group F: Bosnia (1), KhyatZentin:sick: (2)

7. Group G: Germany (1), Ghana (2)

8. Group H: Korea (1); Russia (2)

Sohel
June 9, 2014, 04:51 AM
1. Brazil-3 Chile-1

2. Mexico-2 Spain-1

3. Ivory Coast-1 England-0

4. Japan-2 Italy-1

5. France-2 KhyatZentin:sick:-1

6. Bosnia-1 Ecuador-0

7. Germany-2 Russia-0

8. Ghana-2 Korea-1

***

1. Brazil-2 Mexico-1

2. Ivory Coast-2 Japan-0

3. France-1 Bosnia-0

4. Germany-1 Ghana-0

***

1. Brazil-3 Ivory Coast-2

2. Germany-2 France-0

***

Final: Brazil-3 Germany-1

Third Place: Ivory Coast-1 France-0

Zeeshan
June 11, 2014, 12:49 AM
Brazil finalist and cup winner.

Vepu
June 11, 2014, 07:30 PM
Joined.

Zeeshan
June 11, 2014, 10:54 PM
USA are like Bangladesh of soccer... they think they are gonna win the cup!! :floor:

Ajfar
June 12, 2014, 05:04 PM
Joined.

Thank you! Looks like only 4 of us are playing.

USA are like Bangladesh of soccer... they think they are gonna win the cup!! :floor:

I don't know where you heard that from. Did you hear Klinsman talk? Everyone's knows this group belongs to Portugal and Germany. It will be a miracle if U.S. can get past this group. I think everyone who follows this team and football in general in U.S. knows that very well.

Banglatiger84
June 13, 2014, 01:55 PM
i am too late for group 1 but here's the other 7

Spain chile
Colombia Japan
England Italy
France Ecuador
Argentina Nigeria
Germany Portugal
Korea Russia

Sohel
June 15, 2014, 02:05 AM
Haven't picked a loser yet but it's still very early in the tournament. Some of the draws I predicted ended up having a winner, but no winner I picked has lost yet.

ahnaf
June 15, 2014, 09:39 AM
So,nobody playing macdonalds fantasy?
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Sohel
June 15, 2014, 10:26 PM
Picked Bosnia over Argentina and as feared, suffered my first outright loss. That said, I can never root for a country with Argentina's tradition of racism, cheating, drug use, metrosexual douchery, and fathering bastards. No, being an Argentina fan won't keep you from being treated like dirt there because no matter how dedicated a coconut you are, you're still brown on the outside. It's a matter of self respect.

Banglatiger84
June 16, 2014, 06:27 AM
Last time I checked most Argentinians were brown as well, various shades of brown, but not fair by any means (very few being as pale as Messi or Zanetti)

Sohel
June 16, 2014, 07:22 AM
Last time I checked most Argentinians were brown as well, various shades of brown, but not fair by any means (very few being as pale as Messi or Zanetti)

You checked completely wrong. I've been there, twice. Do a little research. Go to an Argentine Church or community event and see for yourself, remembering that they can't get away with many things outside their country. Talk to their non-Uruguaso neighbors about their weird racial attitudes because most are either of Spanish, Italian, German, Slavic, French or even British origin with little or no non-European blood. The indigenous population was wiped out so that their robbed property could be doled out to White folks from Northern Europe. At least watch an Argentine film or TV show to overcome your ill-informed idea about how "pale" most of them are. Or have a close look at the team photo in the Argentina Fan thread.

Also, Argentina was a member of Hitler's Axis and a haven for Nazi war criminals who loved the place as their new home because of its "racial purity". Reality bites!

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnography_of_Argentina

2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism_in_Argentina

One World
June 17, 2014, 01:38 AM
Fairly speaking, you can stop the tournament and start a shorter version from what I have seen so far.

Italy, Germany, Brazil, Switzerland, Holland and France can play a shorter tourney and then Italy can win the cup and the plate remains happy.

Sohel
June 27, 2014, 02:41 AM
1. Brazil-3 Chile-1.
2. Colombia-2 Uruguay-1.
3. Mexico-1 Netherlands-0
4. Costa Rica-2 Greece-0.
5. France-2 Nigeria-1.
6. Germany-2 Algeria-0.
7. Argentina-2 Switzerland-0.
8. USA-2 Belgium-1.

cluster11
June 27, 2014, 09:20 AM
My predictions for round 2:
1. Brazil*-2 Chile-1
2. Colombia*-2 Uruguay-1
3. Netherlands*-3 Mexico-1
4. Costa Rica*-2 Greece-0
5. France*-2 Nigeria-0
6. Germany*-2 Algeria-1
7. Argentina*-1(PK) Switzerland-1
8. Belgium*-1 USA-0
* = predicted winner

So far it's looking like a Brazil - Netherlands and France - Germany semifinals. But if group matches are any indication, there is every possibility of upsets. I'm rooting for Mexico, USA and Argentina to make the unexpected happen!

reverse_swing
June 27, 2014, 09:30 AM
1. Brazil-2 Chile-1.
2. Colombia-3 Uruguay-1.
3. Netherlands-3 Mexico 2
4. Greece 2 Costa Rica-1
5. France-3 Nigeria-1.
6. Germany-2 Algeria-0.
7. Argentina-2 Switzerland-1.
8. Belgium-3 USA-1.

Tigers_eye
June 27, 2014, 11:32 AM
1. Brazil-2 Chile-1.
2. Colombia-3 Uruguay-0.
3. Netherlands-1 Mexico 1 Penalty Kick Holland 5-4.
4. Greece 0 Costa Rica-2
5. France-2 Nigeria-1.
6. Germany-1 Algeria-1 Penalty Kick Germany 5-4.
7. Argentina-1 Switzerland-1. Argentina Scores goal in the second extra time.
8. Belgium-1 USA-1. USA scores goal in the first extra time.
:)

Tigers_eye
June 27, 2014, 11:39 AM
i am too late for group 1 but here's the other 7

Spain chile
Colombia Japan
England Italy
France Ecuador
Argentina Nigeria
Germany Portugal
Korea Russia
Wow on the bold. :)

Ajfar
June 27, 2014, 02:01 PM
A lot of people are still underestimating Chile. I think it will be a lot closer than we think. Im saying 1-1 in regular time. Brazil gets one in extra time.