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14/06/2006

Who will win the World Cup?

Argentina's existentialist game
On the last days before the World Cup pandemic, eight writers eludicate on the why their respective countries will triumph. Rodrigo Fresan of Argentina kicks off.
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Flushing the toilet for Brazil
In the second part of our series of writers' speculations on their national team's chances of World Cup victory, Joao Ubaldo Ribeiro outlines the incredible complexities of rooting for a team like Brazil.
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1966 revisted
In part three of our writers on the World Cup series, Andrew Anthony voices his convictions that England will do it again - and that, naturally, means a victorious showdown with the hosts.
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France's secret spherical weapon
The facts are glaring us in the face, explains Herve Le Tellier, in the fourth part of our series in which writers outline their team's chances of World Cup victory. France cannot but win, even with Zidane on board.
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An acrostic for Deutschland
The glories of the German football team bring out the poet in Robert Gernhardt. The only thing higher than his lofty lyricising are the chances of his team winning the World Cup.
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Blood on the goal posts
If the Netherlands team can be turned into a murderous commando of raging sadists, they might just win the World Cup, says Leon de Winter.
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The Spanish Apocalypse
It will be an apocalyptic day when Spain wins the World Cup, says writer Guillem Martinez. But it might as well fall this year as any.
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The return of the "principe melange"
In the last of our series by authors explaining why their country will win, Benno Maggi also tells exactly how Switzerland will become world champion.
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World Cup countdown
The FIFA World Cup is approaching lickety split and Germany, being Germany, is all set. Only two things remain to be done. Germans have to learn how to smile and their team has to learn how to kick left. By Moritz Rinke
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