World Cup fans assess their team’s chances
Cayman is a melting pot of different nationalities and all will be focused on the World Cup in Brazil over the next month.
We talked to fans across Cayman from some of the top football countries in the competition. Here’s what they said about their team’s chances.
Craig Armstrong, accountant, England
I think England have one or two exciting young players, but lack the genuinely world-class players and experience needed to reach the latter stages. Although I think that we can be tactically naive and lack ideas going forward, I feel that neither Uruguay or Italy are as strong as they have been in previous tournaments so I back us to make it out of the group, probably in second place. Our likely second round matches don’t look too difficult and therefore I reckon we will make it to the quarterfinals and be knocked out.
Michael Klein, journalist, Germany
The German public is much more pessimistic about their prospects at this World Cup than observers outside of the country.
Many point to the injuries of Marco Reus, Mario Gomez, Ilkay Gundogan, Marcel Schmelzer and the Bender twins, Lars and Sven, who are all not going to feature at the tournament. There are also a few question marks over the full back positions, the fitness of Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger in defensive midfield and the lack of a young center forward.
Having said that, Germans always find something to complain about and the midfield talent is probably the best in the world. If Mesut Ozil can shrug off his usual apathy and find some basic German virtues and Mario Goetze lives up to his potential, my prediction is a Germany – Spain final.
Eduardo Silva, banker, Brazil
The Brazilian team has, this year, an interesting combination of youth and experience which may prove the right recipe for success. Besides worldly acclaimed names like Neymar, Hulk and Daniel Alves, one player to be observed is Paulinho who will be the midfield engine of the “Seleção.”
Ruud van der Plujim, retired, Holland
I am backing Holland to win it this time. We’ve been in the final three times but have never won. We have a lot of new players now and I think we will win.
Jaz Muratagic, bar manager, Bosnia
This is Bosnia’s first World Cup and we really deserve it after being eliminated in the knock-out stages of the qualifiers on three occasions.
If we get out of the group, it will be a huge success. Just to be in the World Cup is the bee’s knees.
Carlos Espinosa, bar manager, Spain
We are the reigning champions after winning for the first time four years ago. Hopefully, we still have the skills, the talent and the luck we will need to win again. They are getting older but they are getting wiser as well. Everybody is fit and hopefully we will win.
Martin Laufer, fund manager, Argentina
For this Brazil World Cup, expectations are high as usual, but realistically although we have a couple of great players like Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero, the team is not balanced enough and our defense will be suffering as soon as we face any strong team. On the positive side, our draw is quite good and with a couple of good results we may have chances to reach the semifinals, and anything can happen after that.
Francesca Castano Palazzolo, Italy and Switzerland
Well, we are Italians so our heart beats for them. But having grown up in Switzerland, we are also proud of them. I believe Italy always have been champions and always will be. Italy is football and I hope they make me dream.
For Switzerland to bring its team to the World Cup makes its folk proud and I will support them until they play Italy.
Igor Domladis, Croatia
I am a fan of what the World Cup represents and I hope Croatia wins this year. However, I am disappointed that there isn’t more conversation of what happens in the wake of such an expensive World Cup event, especially when a developing nation hosts it. Brazil could find better ways of spending $11 billion. There are widespread protests in the country, and the government is responding with violence. This will taint my experience of the World Cup.