Nit-picking? Possibly. And it's true that most of the other nations have equally big nits to pick. Argentina is blessed with a boatload of talent up front—two out of Lionel Messi, Diego Milito, Gonzalo Higuaín, Sergio Agüero and Carlos Tévez will likely be on the bench, even though they would be starters for most other teams—and is solid throughout, but coach Diego Maradona is an unknown quantity whose tenure has been marked by erratic choices and volatile behavior (his foul-mouthed rant at reporters after qualifying earned him a suspension from FIFA). Mr. Maradona straddles the line between genius and folly: As a player he clearly leaned toward the genius side; as a coach the jury is most definitely still out.
England, inventor of the game, made Fabio Capello the highest-paid coach in the world in the hopes that his pedigree (nine league titles in 15 seasons) would exorcise the demons of underachievement that have plagued it in the past. Mr. Capello has restored confidence and single-mindedness, but giving the English a top-shelf goalkeeper or depth in attack is beyond even his considerable powers.""'
Though Contingencies would like to see Germany (that is, Die deutsche Nationalmannschaft) go to victory , we predict Espana, La Furia Roja will prove too fast and furious and defeat Germany or