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New Kicking it Podcast! 2014 FIFA World Cup Semifinals Preview and Predictions

In this edition of the Kicking It Podcast, Kyle and Richard break down each of the 4 teams left at the FIFA World Cup, Argentina, Brazil, Germany and the Netherlands. We discuss how each team did in the quarterfinals and make our bold (and probably wrong) predictions for the rest of the tournament.

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Predictions for Today’s World Cup Matches plus Freddy Adu, Vladimir Putin References

By, Kyle Gibson

Yesterday’s games went slightly cool after Belgium’s dramatic 2-1 win over Algeria. Brazil and Mexico ended up tied at zero. The game, however, was still very exciting, it’s just that we expected goals galore from Brazil in their home country. South Korea and Russia blundered on their way to a 1-1 draw. I’m just happy that Russia’s GK Akinfeev doesn’t have to go face to face with Russian minister of sport, Vladimir Putin.

I could definitely see today’s games being slightly different and definitely more exciting. So without any further Freddy Adu, here go my predictions.

Netherlands 4-1 Australia

I think these Flying Dutchman will continue the form they’ve shown against World Champion Spain and come out with another big victory.

I also think Daley Blind has another assist in him. We know who’s scoring the goals. Rooting for Tim Cahill to get another one for MLS.

Spain 2-1 Chile

I’m making this pick against my better judgment, because I saw how good Chile played against Australia. However I just don’t think you can keep a good team down for too long. Spain was flat-out embarrassed on the world stage, and will be looking heavily for revenge. That said, this should be one of the most enjoyable games of the tournament so far.

Cameroon 1-3 Croatia

Croatia probably feel very hard done by because of the soft penalty against Brazil. I saw plenty of positive things from this team, it was just their misfortune of running into the host nation on the opening night. I do think Cameron finally gets on the board though after being held scoreless against Mexico. Don’t feel bad though Cameroon, Mexico held Brazil scoreless too.

What are your predictions? Leave them in the comments, or tweet them @kickingit10

World Cup Blog: Spain vs Netherlands, a World Cup Final rematch on Day 2 + other predictions

By, Kyle Gibson

The 2010 FIFA World Cup final was everything soccer is not supposed to be. The Netherlands knew it couldn’t match up with the talent of Spain, so it resorted to downright violent conduct. The match produced 14 yellow cards and a red, with several vicious Dutch attacks that aimed at reducing Spain’s creative flair.

Then, late in extra time, like a Hollywood script, a true soccer savant named Andres Iniesta was able to rise up and volley Spain to victory.

Four years later, the sides meet again in the World Cup. This time, it’s a group stage match in Salvador. Sure enough, like last meeting, the Spanish are the more talented side. According to many, though, this team is the most beatable it’s been in perhaps six years.

I think Spain will win, though. The midfield will have too much magic for a Dutch defensive line that spends the majority of its time playing Dutch league soccer. The Spanish mids read like a world 11, with Iniesta, Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Koke, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Busquets, Juan Mata and Santi Cazorla. Only 4-5 can play at a time, but you can bring at least 2 of those guys on as substitutes to continue dancing around the Dutch.

In a year that many in the public and many in their lofty pundit positions think Spain will flame out, I still believe in magic. I still believe that, in an unfair world, good can still triumph over bad.

Spain 2-1 Netherlands

Mexico 1-1 Cameroon

Mexico will need to win this one. I just don’t see it happening.

Chile 3-1 Australia.

Sanchez and Vidal get the ball rolling in a big way.