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World Cup poll: England or Germany?

England, the Group C runner-up, and Germany, the Group D winner, will meet in a World Cup round-of-16 match Sunday in Bloemfontein (10 a.m. ET, ESPN). "There is a big history, they are always big games, interesting games," German defender Philipp Lahm said of the rivalry, which counts 12 victories for England, 10 for Germany and five draws, including penalty kick wins for the Germans in the semifinals of both the 1990 World Cup and 1996 European Championship. Germany has advanced to the quarterfinals or beyond seven straight times.

An octopus named Paul, which was born in England but is currently living at an aquarium in Germany, has picked Germany. Described by Reuters as a "celebrity oracle" in Germany, Paul has picked correctly before each of Germany's matches so far this year.

And so we ask.....


By Steve Goff  |  June 25, 2010; 5:30 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England , Germany , Poll  | Tags: South Africa, World Cup  
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commercial for South African telecom MTN about the England-Germany rivalry:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZaWe3elBmE

Posted by: Pedalada | June 25, 2010 6:44 AM | Report abuse

Germany on penalties, just to see how the English react to it.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 25, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

England will win. This is an average German side that really lacks balance. Hodger Badstuber is not really a quality left back. He was absolutely destroyed by the pace of Nani in Champions League play. Plus, his left mid cover is Lukas Podolski -not known for his defense. I expect Milner to have a field day.

If Schwinstiger is out, good luck to Germany. Everyone jumped on the German bandwagon after they beat a 10 man Australia side that USA had easily dealt with a week before. England will advance and lose to Argentina.

Since when do I have a character limit?

Posted by: grubbsbl | June 25, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Klose, Ozil and Podolski will be enough.

Posted by: JSchon | June 25, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I think this is a weak German team, and I'm very surprised that they won the group, but there's no way I can pick England.

Posted by: Reignking | June 25, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

If this is an average German side then this is a below average English side. Germany will win (and my mom is English) so it pains me to say that. If Rooney is out or limping England has no chance at all. England is 11 indviduals who can't play as a team with a shakey back four and iffy goal keeping. You mean the same Milner who Charundalo owned? England is lucy to even be in the Round of 16.

England will win. This is an average German side that really lacks balance. Hodger Badstuber is not really a quality left back. He was absolutely destroyed by the pace of Nani in Champions League play. Plus, his left mid cover is Lukas Podolski -not known for his defense. I expect Milner to have a field day.

If Schwinstiger is out, good luck to Germany. Everyone jumped on the German bandwagon after they beat a 10 man Australia side that USA had easily dealt with a week before. England will advance and lose to Argentina.

Since when do I have a character limit?

Posted by: grubbsbl | June 25, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Shark21 | June 25, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I hope England is as over confident and apparently unaware of how Germany is playing right now as grubbsbl...

Posted by: lightgrw | June 25, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Rooney will get his goal, England will win, and the British press will forgive everyone--but only for a few days, until they play Argentina.

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Posted by: hungrypug | June 25, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

This will be a great game. CLassic rivalry early on in the tourney. I'm rooting for England solely because I want to see England-Argentina in the 1/4 finals.

But can you imagine if England lose on penalties somewhere in the tourney? I would LOVE to see that!

Posted by: tphasbdp | June 25, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Shark21: Cherundolo did own him but Milner also was out sick for three days up to the game and reportedly lost 7-9 pounds. It was a poor decision to play him. I actually wouldn't play Milner but instead would go with Lennon on the right because Badstuber turns like Betty White.

Posted by: grubbsbl | June 25, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

well, then, how can anyone pick against Paul if he is always right?

Posted by: fedssocr | June 25, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Germany on penalties, as usual...

Posted by: rademaar | June 25, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm going with Paul. Germany.

Posted by: vmrg1974 | June 25, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

England 5, Germany 1.

Oh, wait. Probably not this time.

Posted by: salecanard | June 25, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

England and USA both win. The equivalent of high seeded teams surviving a 1st round scare in the ncaa tournament and rolling from there...

...that is if the players decide the game. we'll see if the fix is still in against us

Posted by: wordup1 | June 25, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Just shows what you Americans know about football (soccer), The English team have much better players than the Germans, and have a better record overall. But Americans would rather the enemy win than allies, England win 2-0

Posted by: dixon1988 | June 26, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

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