World Cup Germany-USA21 Jun 2002
This Cup has been very unkind to favorites who expect to win. That will the key for Germany. If they go in looking past the US, they are in trouble. If their heads are in the right place and are at the top of their game, the US cannot stop them. Their heads have been in the right place up until now.
As for the US, they have to come up with something more inspired than the 'stay back and wait for a fast break' that worked against Mexico. Germany has the patience and the physicalness that Mexico lacked, and could make the US look like Saudi Arabia, who tried a similar strategy. The anti-US Korean crowd could also be a factor, not against the Americans (who are used to it by now), but for the Germans (who are usually the bad guys away from home).
My prediction for the folks at World Cup Blog: Kahn gets another shutout. 3-0 for Germany. The US goes home, and will talk about their wonderful win against Mexico for years to come. And if you see any pictures of crowds in Hamburg, I'll be the one in the oranje colored shirt not celebrating wildly.
PS: I understand there's a match in the other bracket today as well, but since it's only going to be shown on pay-TV in Germany, I can't really say that much about it. I guess it can't be all that important.