Heh - in MY house, the "home team" is ITALIA! (My kids' entire paternal family is there) My son follows the international soccer scene all year long - his team is Lazio. (None of whom appear to be in the starting lineup according the that article you posted, msnicolea. Hm.)
I'm not a sports fan at all (to an embarrassing degree sometimes) but after watching Italy play Brazil in '94 (losing by one point in penalty kicks! Aack!) I was completely hooked on international soccer. There's no professional sport popular in the U.S. that compares.
Yay! Soccer fans! I can't wait for the World Cup. Unfortunately, my current employer is not as lenient as my last employer, where three-quarters of the employees would sit in the back room and watch the games...including the boss!
I will be watching. We talked about getting tickets last year but decided it would be a little too much money to go.
I thought we could list all the groups in the play offs: Group A
Trinidad & Tobago
Serbia & Montenegro
To me it seems like every single World Cup, European Championship we get stuck with England in our group. Why? A little variation would be nice thank you very much. But on the other hand we know their game and the statistics are in our favour so I guess I shouldn't complain too much. But it's sad because England is my team (not counting Sweden of course).
I guess Brazil is the favourite for the winning spot. There have been seven different winners in World Cup history. Five of those are competing this year. I'd say that one of those five wil win.