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With the World Cup just 1 month and 2 days away I figured I would lay out what games would be played each day and give you guys a little insight on match ups and sprinkle in a prediction.

It all begins June 11 at 10:00am:

South Africa vs Mexico

The host country kicks things off for us bright and early against a vibrant Mexican team. South African players have a little incentive to score goals other than to make their country proud. The South African government has issued a cash reward for every goal the team scores during the World Cup. Every goal will earn the team 1 million rand to share amongst themselves (about 90,000 Euros). South Africa has been notoriously goal-shy throughout the years, so perhaps this incentive will help turn that around. However, I’m not that optimistic that it will drastically change anything. Mexico will come into the match as heavy favorites and I expect them to edge out a victory.

final score: 2-1

Key players to watch:

South AfricaSteven Pienaar (midfielder, Everton), Benni McCarthy (striker, West Ham)
MexicoCuauthtemoc Blanco (forward, Veracruz), Guillermo Ochoa (goalie, Americas), Javier Hernandez (forward, Manchester United), Carlos Vela (forward, Arsenal), Giovanni dos Santos (midfield, Galatassaray)

Uruguay vs France 2:30pm:

This should be a great match. I could see at least 4 goals being scored here. Many people might have France winning this match easily but I say not so fast. This is an underrated Uruguayan squad with 2 world class strikers in Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan. These two guys can combine for goals galore. Suarez alone has shown throughout the years that he scores goals for fun, literally. He just finished the Eredivise season with a league high 35 goals and he pitched in 17 assists while he was at it too. Forlan is no slouch himself, he leads Atletico Madrid with a team high 18 goals putting him 5th in La Liga behind the likes of David Villa (21), Ronaldo (25), Higuain (26) and Messi (31). So if it’s one thing we know this Uruguayan squad can do is score goals, and when you can do that, anything can happen. This France squad was not convincing qualifying for this world cup, and they tend to start off slow. I am anticipating a draw here.

final score: 2-2

Key players to watch:

Uruguay Luis Suarez (forward, Ajax), Diego Forlan (forward, Atleltico Madrid)
France- Franck Ribery (midfield, Bayern Munich), Florent Malouda (midfield, Chelsea), Thierry Henry (forward, Barcelona), Patrice Evra (defender, Man United), Nicolas Anelka (forward, Chelsea), Karim Benzema (forward, Real Madrid)

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Finally.

After shuffling around looking for a worthy successor to Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti smoothly entered the scene and without breaking a sweat has won the hearts of Chelsea fans across the globe. It was a rocky road for Ancelotti and the Blues but they overcame every challenge, every injury, every controversy that was thrown their way. Ancelotti’s calmness kept everyone focused at the task at hand, and there was no question what that task was. Year after year this team watched their rivals lift the trophy, year after year they felt it should have been them. John Terry’s strong words at the end of the match illustrate just how much this title means to the club:

It’s been inside of me for three years, seeing Man United lift it season after season and every single one of us has sat there and watched it. And now it’s their turn to sit there and watch us.

For the first time since Jose Mourinho won back-to-back titles in his first two years at the club, Chelsea are Champions of England. Not only did they win, but they won in the manner that Russian oil tycoon and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has been pleading for this club to win: with style. For the fourth time this season Chelsea scored at least 7 goals against their opponent. To top it off they set a premier league record for most goals scored in a season with a whopping 103 goals. What more can Roman ask for? More titles, of course. There is one more to be had this season on May 15th when Chelsea look to go for the double and snatch the FA Cup against Portsmouth.

Next year: Champions League Title.

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Chelsea 8

Wigan 0

Drogba with a hat trick.

CHELSEA ARE CHAMPIONS! CHELSEA ARE CHAMPIONS! CHELSEA ARE MOTHERFUCKING CHAMPIONS!

long live King Carlo.

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That’s all we need. One more game. One more win.

Do you want to be a champion?

Wigan vs Chelsea – 11:00 am EST

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