Culture: Soccer World Cup Bracketology

I have to say I know next to nothing about soccer so I post this more as an observer of culture than as a sports fan.

Since the whole world is about to go World Cup manic, this blog must at least try to comment!

If you have a pool going and have brackets to fill out today, here is some "expert" opinion for you to consider. The usual disclaimers apply: for entertainment purposes only, past performance is not an indicator of future results ...

Round of 16
A1 - Germany - got to believe the home team will do well!
B2 - Paraguay - somewhere in South America right? South Americans are good at soccer.

C1 - Argentina - they are a traditional powerhouse
D2 - Angola - I visited Botswana which is a neighbor!

E1 - Czech - an ESPN analyst really likes them
F2 - Australia - got to root for the team from the land of kangaroos and koalas

G1 - Korea - my upset special!
H2 - Ukraine - nice looking color scheme on the flag

B1 - England - fanatic fans = good team
A2 - Costa Rica - want to visit there someday

D1 - Mexico - that many fans must know something
C2 - Serbia/Montenegro - two countries coming together as one, how sweet!

F1 - Brazil - I suppose the only stone cold lead pipe lock of the tournament?
E2 - USA - A Homer pick, doh!

H1 - Spain - bullfighting? soccer? same skill set, no?
G2 - Switzerland - I heard one of the French players got hurt so Swiss sneak in

Germany vs. Argentina
Czech vs. Korea
England vs. Mexico
Brazil vs. Spain

Germany vs. Czech
Mexico vs. Brazil

Czech vs. Brazil

2006 World Cup Champs: 3-2, Czech pull off the greatest upset in Cup history with an overtime win!!