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2010 FIFA World Cup Expert Picks: Finals

Paul the Octopus has predicted a German victory over Uruguay. (Getty Images)

The final round is here, and Paul the Octopus has weighed in. He has agreed with our staff, picking the Germans to take 3rd place and the Spanish to win it all. While Germany is a unanimous pick, the Netherlands were favored by two of the seven experts to win, perhaps because we (in general) think the Finals will be decided deeper than the German game.

It’s been a rough month for many of the teams so far, and I think the North Korean squad was sent to live on a farm upstate by now, but six of us have stuck with you throughout all of it. Check below to see how we all think the final round will turn out. And be aware that not only are we all picking the MVP of the tournament, but all point values are doubled!!! That means that picking the game winner and the minute of the winning goal to within five is worth four points, and picking the MVP and the minute of the winning goal to within fifteen is worth two points.

And just in case a tiebreaker is needed, we’ve also picked the minute in the Spain vs Netherlands match-up in which the first yellow card is given. Whoever gets closest will break the tie, or if no yellow card is given, whoever guessed the latest time will do so.

Name Brian Dan Erikk John KC Robert Teddy
Uruguay vs
Germany
Winner —– Germany Germany Germany Germany Germany Germany
Minute of
Winning Goal
—– 64 23 43 42 70 60
Netherlands vs
Spain
Winner Spain Spain Spain Spain Spain Netherlands Netherlands
Minute of
Winning Goal
77 70 71 89 76 60 70
World Cup MVP David Villa David Villa Diego Forlan David Villa David Villa Wesley Sneijder Wesley Sneijder
Tiebreaker Minute of
1st Yellow Card
in Netherlands/Spain
27 31 55 12 20 23 15
Total Points 49 56 42 42 41 45 43

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Semifinals

Name Brian Dan Erikk John KC Robert Teddy
Uruguay vs
Netherlands
Winner Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands
Minute of
Winning Goal
75 77 34 26 113 40 30
Germany vs
Spain
Winner Spain Germany Germany Germany Germany Germany Spain
Minute of
Winning Goal
60 74 65 58 77 75 60
Total Points 49 56 42 42 41 45 43

Table Legend

  • Four point picks are bolded.
  • Two point picks are italicized.
  • Zero point picks are crossed out.

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Quarterfinals

Name Brian Dan Erikk John KC Robert Teddy
Uruguay vs
Ghana
Winner Ghana Uruguay Uruguay Uruguay Uruguay Uruguay Ghana
Minute of
Winning Goal
75 77 71 34 34 60 60
Argentina vs
Germany
Winner Germany Argentina Germany Argentina Argentina Germany Argentina
Minute of
Winning Goal
85 56 55 90 69 70 80
Netherlands vs
Brazil
Winner Netherlands Netherlands Brazil Brazil Brazil Netherlands Netherlands
Minute of
Winning Goal
45 80 88 49 77 65 45
Paraguay vs
Spain
Winner Spain Spain Spain Spain Spain Spain Spain
Minute of
Winning Goal
65 34 43 28 58 40 75
Total Points 42 50 39 39 37 41 38

Table Legend

  • Four point picks are bolded.
  • Two point picks are italicized.
  • Zero point picks are crossed out.

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Round of 16

Name Brian Dan Erikk John KC Robert Teddy
Uruguay vs
South Korea
Winner Uruguay Uruguay Uruguay Uruguay Uruguay —– South Korea
Minute of
Winning Goal
80 33 53 52 25 —– 56
Argentina vs
Mexico
Winner Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina Mexico Argentina Argentina
Minute of
Winning Goal
55 53 39 37 65 65 21
United States
vs Ghana
Winner United States United States United States Ghana United States United States United States
Minute of
Winning Goal
77 87 76 15 84 80 79
Germany vs
England
Winner Germany Germany Germany England Germany Germany England
Minute of
Winning Goal
70 74 63 105 65 35 80
Netherlands vs
Slovakia
Winner Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands
Minute of
Winning Goal
45 78 21 23 34 30 32
Paraguay vs
Japan
Winner Paraguay Japan Paraguay Paraguay Paraguay Paraguay Japan
Minute of
Winning Goal
63 38 44 87 22 68 60
Brazil vs
Chile
Winner Brazil Brazil Brazil Brazil Brazil Brazil Brazil
Minute of
Winning Goal
58 23 17 29 58 55 40
Spain vs
Portugal
Winner Spain Spain Spain Spain Spain Portugal Portugal
Minute of
Winning Goal
81 59 56 105 112 70 55
Total Points 36 43 33 35 32 31 33

Table Legend

  • Four point picks are bolded.
  • Two point picks are italicized.
  • Zero point picks are crossed out.

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Group Stage

Name Andrew Brian Charlie Dan Erikk Jeff John KC Robert Teddy
Group A Winner France France France France Uruguay Mexico France France Mexico France
2nd Place Mexico Mexico Mexico South Africa France France Mexico Uruguay France Uruguay
Total
Goals
6 6 6 5 7 6 5 6 8 6
Group B Winner Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina Argentina
2nd Place South Korea Greece South Korea Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria Nigeria Greece Nigeria South Korea
Total
Goals
8 8 8 6 9 7 9 8 6 7
Group C Winner England United States England England England England England England United States England
2nd Place United States England United States United States United States United States United States United States England United States
Total
Goals
7 5 5 4 7 5 11 6 6 5
Group D Winner Serbia Germany Ghana Germany Germany Germany Germany Germany Australia Germany
2nd Place Germany Australia Germany Ghana Serbia Serbia Ghana Ghana Germany Ghana
Total
Goals
5 6 6 5 8 6 7 8 6 8
Group E Winner Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands
2nd Place Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Denmark Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon Denmark
Total
Goals
10 5 4 4 10 8 8 5 10 9
Group F Winner Italy Italy Italy Italy Italy Italy Italy Italy Italy Italy
2nd Place Paraguay Slovakia Paraguay Paraguay Paraguay Slovakia Slovakia Paraguay Slovakia Paraguay
Total
Goals
6 10 6 3 10 5 10 8 6 8
Group G Winner Portugal Portugal Brazil Brazil Brazil Brazil Brazil Portugal Brazil Brazil
2nd Place Brazil Brazil Portugal Portugal Portugal Cote d’Ivoire Portugal Brazil Portugal Portugal
Total
Goals
8 8 8 6 8 7 9 8 11 6
Group H Winner Spain Spain Spain Spain Spain Spain Spain Spain Spain Spain
2nd Place Honduras Switzerland Chile Chile Chile Chile Chile Chile Honduras Chile
Total
Goals
11 9 8 5 10 9 6 8 10 9
Total Points 17 20 21 26 17 18 18 19 17 22

Table Legend

  • Four point picks are bolded.
  • Two point picks are italicized.
  • Zero point picks are crossed out.

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