World Cup 22 Predictions thread

For those of us engaging in this disgusting spectacle, time for your predictions so we can look back and laugh/cry/sigh at the end of it all.

WINNERS:
RUNNERS UP:
GOLDEN BOOT:
PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT:
BREAKOUT STAR:
THE “TURKEY 2020 AWARD” (DARK HORSES):
SURPRISE STRUGGLERS:
ENGLAND WILL:
WALES WILL:
GENERAL OTHER SHOUTS:
I WILL WATCH:

WINNERS: Argentina
RUNNERS UP: Brazil
GOLDEN BOOT: Martinez
PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Messi (whether he deserves it or not, if Argentina do vaguely well he’ll get it for narrative purposes.
BREAKOUT STAR: Not exactly huge shouts, but Bellingham and Musiala to both cement their reputation as anongst the best players in the world. Hopefully there’s someone fun in the Swiss squad or something who does enough to seal a big money move to Palace off the back of the tournament.
THE “TURKEY 2020 AWARD” (DARK HORSES): Japan (see below) Qatar won’t be as shit as people think/want them to be, sadly. Dunno whether Uruguay are too good for this but will do well.
SURPRISE STRUGGLERS: Can see one of Spain or Germany fucking the group and Japan sneaking through in their place. France will get through their group but massively underperform. Portugal to underperform cos of Ronaldo, not a surprise though really.
ENGLAND WILL: Probably get through the group as winners and probably beat a relatively generous last 16 opponent, before going out in the Quarters. All three group games have banana skin potential though, so CRASHING out isn’t off the cards.
WALES WILL: Come through the group, and as above will have a decent enough chance in the last 16.
GENERAL OTHER SHOUTS: Think there’ll be a lot of upsets and weird results generally due to the heat, weird atmosphere, fact a lot of the players cba like us, and being mid-season.
I WILL WATCH: Most of it, probably, still the World Cup. Helped by the fact we’ve announced five days of strike action which overlap with the groups. Planning to go home and watch some with my Dad, not sure how many WCs he’ll have left in him. Four games a day and shit atmosphere which will make it a bit like the Covid season might challenge this.

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WINNERS: Wales
RUNNERS UP: Brazil
GOLDEN BOOT: Kieffer Moore
PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Bale
BREAKOUT STAR: Brazilian Pedro probably
THE “TURKEY 2020 AWARD” (DARK HORSES): Do Denmark count as dark horses anymore? They’ll be/are class. Wouldn’t be surprised if they give France an upset in the group stage.
SURPRISE STRUGGLERS: England
ENGLAND WILL: Come third in the group
WALES WILL: Do better than that
GENERAL OTHER SHOUTS: None of the pundits, commentators or players will challenge any of the horrendous political background to the tournament but will still claim they’re ‘‘challenging’’ Qatarian(?) ethical conduct by doing… nothing. Also probably some heavy handed security at some point.
I WILL WATCH: The Football

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Just did a predictor and, weirdly, got Holland v Germany and France v Uruguay semi-finals, so I guess Uruguay and Holland are my dark horses.

Dunno, Germany to win it I guess.

England to lose to Wales and go out at the group stage.

WINNERS: Qatar
RUNNERS UP: Wales
GOLDEN BOOT: Mansoor Muftah
PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Almoez Ali
BREAKOUT STAR: Khaled Mounir
THE “TURKEY 2020 AWARD” (DARK HORSES): Qatar
SURPRISE STRUGGLERS: Brazil
ENGLAND WILL: Go to hell
WALES WILL: Already covered
GENERAL OTHER SHOUTS: Shame on you all
I WILL WATCH: None of this

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WINNERS: Holland
RUNNERS UP: Belgium
GOLDEN BOOT: Steven Bergwijn
PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Frenkie de Jong
BREAKOUT STAR: Jeremie Frimpong
THE “TURKEY 2020 AWARD” (DARK HORSES): Ecuador
SURPRISE STRUGGLERS: Germany
ENGLAND WILL: fail to get out of their group
WALES WILL: get to the quarter finals before being eliminated
GENERAL OTHER SHOUTS: the Spanish will be boring, the French will have a massive row, Brazil will lose a game by 5 or more goals, Argentina will do well until Messi sees red
I WILL WATCH: every game, but none of the pre/post match analysis

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Have fun watching with your dad. I really miss mine during the big tournaments.

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WINNERS: ARGENTINA
RUNNERS UP: BRAZIL
GOLDEN BOOT: MESSI
PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: MESSI
BREAKOUT STAR: ALPHONSO DAVIES
THE “TURKEY 2020 AWARD” (DARK HORSES): CANADA
SURPRISE STRUGGLERS: PORTUGAL
ENGLAND WILL: GET TO THE QUARTERS
WALES WILL: LIKE SCOTLAND BEFORE THEM, FAMOUSLY BEAT THEM 0-0 AND STILL END UP GOING OUT TO USA
GENERAL OTHER SHOUTS: IT WILL BE AN UNMITIGATED DISASTER FEATURING ARRESTS AND POSSIBLY EVEN DEATHS
I WILL WATCH: SOME OF IT

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WINNERS: Argentina
RUNNERS UP: Netherlands
GOLDEN BOOT: Martinez
PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Messi
BREAKOUT STAR: Messi
THE “TURKEY 2020 AWARD” (DARK HORSES): Serbia, Morocco
SURPRISE STRUGGLERS: Portugal, England
ENGLAND WILL: go out in the last 16 or quarters
WALES WILL: go out in the groups
GENERAL OTHER SHOUTS: Uruguay to win their group, France to win theirs despite everyone predicting Denmark. Qatar to do okay maybe get out of their group.
I WILL WATCH: every minute of it, a lot with my dad like BRickz.

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One of those new young talents?

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WINNERS: Brazil. I hope so since I’m there on final day.
RUNNERS UP: Argentina.
GOLDEN BOOT: Harry Kane.
PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Messi
BREAKOUT STAR: Musiala
THE “TURKEY 2020 AWARD” (DARK HORSES): Uruguay
SURPRISE STRUGGLERS: France, Spain
ENGLAND WILL: Do surprisingly well. Get to the semis I reckon.
WALES WILL: Get out the group, have fun doing it.
GENERAL OTHER SHOUTS: Some juicy protests I reckon, especially on-pitch (I’m hoping for some fun celebrations).
I WILL WATCH: but I will also donate to a campaign for migrant workers to try and make myself feel a bit less grubby.

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WINNERS: Argentina
RUNNERS UP: Brazil
GOLDEN BOOT: Neymar
PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Messi
BREAKOUT STAR: Alphonso Davies
THE “TURKEY 2020 AWARD” (DARK HORSES): Uruguay
SURPRISE STRUGGLERS: Portugal (the Ronaldo effect)
ENGLAND WILL: quarter finals
WALES WILL: last 16
GENERAL OTHER SHOUTS: gonna be a shit load of injuries due to fixture pile up and fatigue due to the heat
I WILL WATCH: not a lot due to general ambivalence and work commitments

WINNERS: Brazil
RUNNERS UP: France
GOLDEN BOOT: Mbappe
PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Neymar
BREAKOUT STAR: Bukayo Saka
THE “TURKEY 2020 AWARD” (DARK HORSES): Australia
SURPRISE STRUGGLERS: Belgium
ENGLAND WILL: Win the games they should, lose to anyone of at least equivalent ability.
WALES WILL: Go out in the group stage.
GENERAL OTHER SHOUTS: Brazil will have people in awe. Gabriel Jesus to have an really great tournament.
I WILL WATCH: As much as I can, fucked out my face.

WINNERS: Brazil
RUNNERS UP: France
GOLDEN BOOT: Neymar
PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Neymar
BREAKOUT STAR: Camavinga
THE “TURKEY 2020 AWARD” (DARK HORSES): Morocco
SURPRISE STRUGGLERS: Spain
ENGLAND WILL: Grind their way to a QF
WALES WILL: Not win a game
GENERAL OTHER SHOUTS: There’ll be loads of fans locked up for ‘misbehaviour’.
I WILL WATCH: most games 'cause it’s better than working.

WINNERS: Argentina
RUNNERS UP: England
GOLDEN BOOT: Kane
PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Messi
BREAKOUT STAR: jonathan David
THE “TURKEY 2020 AWARD” (DARK HORSES): Canada
SURPRISE STRUGGLERS: Belgium
ENGLAND WILL: final
WALES WILL: come last in their group
GENERAL OTHER SHOUTS: Neymar Crying, comedy France exit
I WILL WATCH: as much as i can given a crazy time at work

WINNERS: Brasil
RUNNERS UP: Argentina
GOLDEN BOOT: Haaland (I can’t see Norway not qualifying being a barrier)
PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Messi
BREAKOUT STAR: Martinelli (if he gets on the pitch)
THE “TURKEY 2020 AWARD” (DARK HORSES): Switzerland
SURPRISE STRUGGLERS: France
ENGLAND WILL: Exit at the quarter finals after a thoroughly unimpressive run
WALES WILL: go out at the group stages
GENERAL OTHER SHOUTS: A significant player will come out during the tournament
I WILL WATCH: group stage on in the background whilst WFH, pay proper attention in the knock out phase.

WINNERS: Brazil
RUNNERS UP: Argentina
GOLDEN BOOT: Neymar
PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Messi
BREAKOUT STAR: Ilias Chair
THE “TURKEY 2020 AWARD” (DARK HORSES): Wales
SURPRISE STRUGGLERS: Germany
ENGLAND WILL: go out in the quarter finals
WALES WILL: go out in the semi finals
GENERAL OTHER SHOUTS: at least one pitch invader who will sadly be dealt with harshly
I WILL WATCH: basically all of it because I am a weak person

WINNERS: Brazil
RUNNERS UP: France
GOLDEN BOOT: Neymar
PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Messi
BREAKOUT STAR: Gavi
THE “TURKEY 2020 AWARD” (DARK HORSES): Uruguay
SURPRISE STRUGGLERS: Portugal
ENGLAND WILL: go out in the quarter finals
WALES WILL: Won’t get out of their Group.
GENERAL OTHER SHOUTS: Fifa to get huffy about armbands and footballers who draw attention to the background to all this.
I WILL WATCH: As much as I can.

Changed my dark horse to Uruguay. Very good squad and with Suarez and Nunez upfront I can see them going very deep into the tournament.

WINNERS: Brazil
RUNNERS UP: England
GOLDEN BOOT: Darwin
PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Neymar BREAKOUT STAR: Pedri
THE “TURKEY 2020 AWARD” (DARK HORSES): Morocco
SURPRISE STRUGGLERS: Belgium
ENGLAND WILL: Reach the final
WALES WILL: go out at the group stage
GENERAL OTHER SHOUTS: Iran will do well
I WILL WATCH: most of it but will be working so may miss more than I would like!