2014 LSU Soccer Home Opener

 

LSU Soccer 2014 World Cup Pick'em

When Brazil hosts Croatia in Sao Paulo for the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Thursday afternoon, the race will be on for the most coveted trophy in world sport as 32 teams will compete for the honor of lifting the trophy on July 13 at Brazil’s famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Members of the LSU Soccer program have set out to prove their expertise and have made their picks of which nations they think will advance from the group stage and into the knockout rounds, and ultimately which country will claim the title of World Cup Champion for 2014.

LSU Soccer’s FIFA World Cup Pick ‘Em Contest 2014 will feature a point system as points will be assigned for correct picks throughout the tournament. A winner will be crowned after the FIFA World Cup Final to be played on July 13.

There will be 1 point awarded for each team correctly picked to advance to the knockout stages and 2 bonus points awarded for each perfect group in which a contestant correctly picks both the first-place and second-place teams in order that advance to the knockout stages. Scoring for the knockout rounds will award 3 points for correctly picked quarterfinalists, 6 points for correctly picked semifinalists, 12 points for correctly picked finalists and 24 points for correctly picking the champion of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Additionally, 12 bonus points will be awarded for correctly picking the winner of the third-place game to be played on July 12.

Our “expert” picks are listed below.

Enjoy the World Cup!

LSU Soccer’s World Cup Pick ‘Em Scoring Update

Final Scoring Table
1. Aidan Lee, 68
T2. Will Stafford, 56
T2. Emma Fletcher, 56
4. Brian Lee, 53
5. Lily Alfeld, 51
6. Kevin Dempsey, 49
7. Laura Lamberth, 47
T8. Debbie Hensley, 46
T8. Josh McReynolds, 46
10. Alex Arlitt, 44
T11. Travis Curson, 43
T11. Natalia Gomez-Junco, 43
13. Christyna Pitre, 42
14. Ella Williams, 40
15. Heather Magee, 38
16. Jake Most, 31

Round of 16 Qualifiers

 
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
Quarterfinalists
Semifinalists
3rd Place
Champion
1st
Brazil
BRA
Netherlands
NED
Colombia
COL
Costa Rica
CRC
France
FRA
Argentina
ARG
Germany
GER
Belgium
BEL
BRA, COL
GER, FRA 
BRA
GER
NED def. BRA, 3-0 GER def. ARG, 1-0 (ET)
2nd
Mexico
MEX
Chile
CHI
Greece
GRE
Uruguay
URU
Switzerland
SUI
Nigeria
NGA
USA
USA
Algeria
ALG
NED, CRC
ARG, BEL
NED
ARG
   

2014 World Cup Picks:

Group
 
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
Quarterfinalists
Semifinalists
3rd Place
Champion

Brian Lee
Head Coach
1st
Brazil
BRA
Spain
ESP
Colombia
COL
England
ENG
France
FRA
Argentina
ARG
Germany
GER
Belgium
BEL
BRA, URU
FRA, GER
BRA
GER
GER def.
ENG
ARG def.
BRA
2nd
Croatia
CRO
Netherlands
NED
Côte d'Ivoire
CIV
Uruguay
URU
Ecuador
ECU
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BIH
Portugal
POR
Russia
RUS
ESP, ENG
ARG, BEL
ENG
ARG
   
Brian Lee: “I’m dreaming of Stevie G riding off into the sunset after inspiring England to a World Cup trophy, but my mind says the Argentine collection of (Lionel) Messi, (Sergio) Aguero, (Gonzalo) Higuain and a deep-lying (Angel) di Maria streaking down the wing will overwhelm the field in the South American heat. Messi cements his status as one of the best ever by making the World Cup his personal playground, ala Maradona in ’86,  while di Maria breaks out as one of the very best in the world this summer in Brazil.”
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
Quarterfinalists
Semifinalists
3rd Place
Champion

Debbie Hensley
Assistant Coach
1st
Brazil
BRA
Spain
ESP
Colombia
COL
Italy
ITA
France
FRA
Argentina
ARG
Germany
GER
Belgium
BEL
BRA, COL
FRA, GER
BRA
GER
ARG def.
GER
BRA def.
ESP
2nd
Croatia
CRO
Chile
CHI
Côte d'Ivoire
CIV
England
ENG
Ecuador
ECU
Nigeria
NGA
Portugal
POR
Russia
RUS
ESP, ITA
ARG, BEL
ESP
ARG
   
Debbie Hensley: “It's hard to beat Brazil in general, but at home, it will be near impossible.”
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
Quarterfinalists
Semifinalists
3rd Place
Champion

Kevin Dempsey
Assistant Coach
1st
Brazil
BRA
Spain
ESP
Colombia
COL
England
ENG
France
FRA
Argentina
ARG
Portugal
POR
Belgium
BEL
BRA, ITA
FRA, POR
BRA
FRA
ESP def.
FRA
ARG def.
BRA
2nd
Mexico
MEX
Netherlands
NED
Côte d'Ivoire
CIV
Italy
ITA
Switzerland
SUI
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BIH
Germany
GER
Russia
RUS
ESP, ENG
ARG, BEL
ESP
ARG
   
Kevin Dempsey: “Argentina have the best front line in the world at the moment with (Lionel) Messi, (Sergio) Aguero, (Angel) di Maria, etc.”
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
Quarterfinalists
Semifinalists
3rd Place
Champion

Laura Lamberth
Dir. of Operations
1st
Brazil
BRA
Spain
ESP
Colombia
COL
Italy
ITA
France
FRA
Argentina
ARG
Germany
GER
Belgium
BEL
BRA, COL
FRA, GER
BRA
GER
ARG def.
GER
BRA def.
ESP
2nd
Mexico
MEX
Chile
CHI
Japan
JPN
Uruguay
URU
Switzerland
SUI
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BIH
Portugal
POR
Russia
RUS
ESP, ITA
ARG, POR
ESP
ARG
   
Laura Lamberth: “Brazil's home field statistics say it all. Undefeated at home for the past 12 years. They have young rising stars that will help contribute to an already solid team.”
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
Quarterfinalists
Semifinalists
3rd Place
Champion

Josh McReynolds
Graduate Assistant
1st
Brazil
BRA
Spain
ESP
Colombia
COL
England
ENG
France
FRA
Argentina
ARG
Germany
GER
Belgium
BEL
BRA, ITA
NGA, GER
BRA
GER
GER def.
ARG
BRA def.
ESP
2nd
Croatia
CRO
Chile
CHI
Côte d'Ivoire
CIV
Italy
ITA
Switzerland
SUI
Nigeria
NGA
USA
USA
Russia
RUS
ESP, ENG
ARG, BEL
ESP
ARG
   
Josh McReynolds: “No team from Europe has ever won a World Cup hosted in South America. Germany has had a number of notable injuries. Spain is aging. Messi and Argentina have looked lackluster recently. With the players at their disposal, and their whole country behind them, I can’t see anyone else lifting the trophy besides Brazil.”
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
Quarterfinalists
Semifinalists
3rd Place
Champion

Travis Curson

Manager
1st
Brazil
BRA
Spain
ESP
Colombia
COL
Italy
ITA
France
FRA
Argentina
ARG
Germany
GER
Belgium
BEL
BRA, COL
FRA, GER
BRA
GER
GER def.
BEL
BRA def.
ESP
2nd
Croatia
CRO
Netherlands
NED
Côte d'Ivoire
CIV
England
ENG
Switzerland
SUI
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BIH
USA
USA
Russia
RUS
ESP, ITA
ARG, BEL
ESP
BEL
   
Travis Curson: “I chose Brazil first because they are the host team and they’ve won it five times before. Also, Neymar has a lot more experience coming into this World Cup, and with the immense experience and talent Brazil has in defense, I believe they can absorb any attack and counter with skill to win it all.”
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
Quarterfinalists
Semifinalists
3rd Place
Champion

Will Stafford
Associate SID
1st
Brazil
BRA
Spain
ESP
Colombia
COL
Italy
ITA
France
FRA
Argentina
ARG
Germany
GER
Belgium
BEL
BRA, URU
FRA, GER
BRA
GER
GER def.
ESP
ARG def.
BRA
2nd
Mexico
MEX
Netherlands
NED
Japan
JPN
Uruguay
URU
Ecuador
ECU
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BIH
Portugal
POR
Russia
RUS
ESP, ITA
ARG, BEL
ESP
ARG
   
Will Stafford: “Lionel Messi. Sergio Aguero. Angel di Maria. Gonzalo Higuain. Argentina have the best front line in world football, and that firepower will lead the Argentines to the World Cup. No European team has ever won a World Cup in South America, and I believe Argentina will defeat Brazil in the final.”
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
Quarterfinalists
Semifinalists
3rd Place
Champion

Alex Arlitt
Midfielder
Houston, Texas
1st
Brazil
BRA
Spain
ESP
Colombia
COL
Italy
ITA
France
FRA
Argentina
ARG
Portugal
POR
Russia
RUS
BRA, COL
FRA, POR
BRA
POR
ARG def.
POR
BRA def.
ITA
2nd
Mexico
MEX
Chile
CHI
Greece
GRE
Uruguay
URU
Switzerland
SUI
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BIH
Germany
GER
Belgium
BEL
ESP, ITA
ARG, GER
ITA
ARG
   
Alex Arlitt: “A lot of people on my summer team don’t like them (Brazil), so now I want them to win. I think playing in their home country will also give them an edge.”
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
Quarterfinalists
Semifinalists
3rd Place
Champion

Natalia Gomez-Junco
Midfielder
Monterrey, Mexico
1st
Brazil
BRA
Spain
ESP
Colombia
COL
Italy
ITA
France
FRA
Argentina
ARG
Germany
GER
Belgium
BEL
BRA, ENG
FRA, GER
BRA
GER
GER def.
ARG
BRA def.
ESP
2nd
Mexico
MEX
Netherlands
NED
Greece
GRE
England
ENG
Ecuador
ECU
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BIH
Portugal
POR
Russia
RUS
ESP, ITA
ARG, POR
ESP
ARG
   
Natalia Gomez-Junco: “Brazil will win the World Cup because they have a very talented, dynamic and world-class roster. They are also playing at home, which will favor them because they are playing with the whole country cheering for them and they’re playing in weather they are used to. Besides, statistics show that when playing at home, most countries reach the farthest stage they have in their history.”
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
Quarterfinalists
Semifinalists
3rd Place
Champion

Heather Magee
Midfielder
Colleyville, Texas
1st
Brazil
BRA
Spain
ESP
Colombia
COL
England
ENG
Ecuador
ECU
Argentina
ARG
Germany
GER
Belgium
BEL
BRA, COL
ECU, GER
BRA
GER
BEL def.
GER
ESP def.
BRA
2nd
Croatia
CRO
Netherlands
NED
Greece
GRE
Uruguay
URU
France
FRA
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BIH
Portugal
POR
Korea Republic
KOR
ESP, ENG
FRA, BEL
ESP
BEL
   
Heather Magee: “I chose Spain because I feel they are the team with the most talent, best team dynamic and are not suffering from numerous injuries. I’ve always liked the way Spain play with their possession-minded attack and quick skill. I also have a love for the team ever since their World Cup in 2010 because that was the year my club team went to the national championship and won. It was as if Spain and our team were both on the same journey to that championship game, and it was fun to watch the players and learn from them. VIVA ESPANA!”
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
Quarterfinalists
Semifinalists
3rd Place
Champion

Emma Fletcher
Midfielder
Victoria, B.C., Canada
1st
Brazil
BRA
Spain
ESP
Côte d'Ivoire
CIV
Italy
ITA
France
FRA
Argentina
ARG
Germany
GER
Belgium
BEL
BRA, URU
FRA, GER
BRA
GER
GER def.
ESP
ARG def.
BRA
2nd
Croatia
CRO
Netherlands
NED
Greece
GRE
Uruguay
URU
Switzerland
SUI
Nigeria
NGA
Portugal
POR
Russia
RUS
ESP, ITA
ARG, POR
ESP
ARG
   
Emma Fletcher: “I don’t really have any reasons (for picking Argentina), though it’s just a gut feeling. In my other pools, I put Brazil and I don’t want to put all my eggs in one basket.”
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
Quarterfinalists
Semifinalists
3rd Place
Champion

Lily Alfeld
Goalkeeper
Christchurch, New Zealand
1st
Brazil
BRA
Spain
ESP
Colombia
COL
Uruguay
URU
Switzerland
SUI
Argentina
ARG
Germany
GER
Belgium
BEL
BRA, URU
AUI, GER
BRA
GER
GER def.
ESP
ARG def.
BRA
2nd
Croatia
CRO
Netherlands
NED
Japan
JPN
England
ENG
France
FRA
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BIH
Portugal
POR
Russia
RUS
ESP, ENG
ARG, BEL
ESP
ARG
   
Lily Alfeld: “The Argentinian team look strong, and boast the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero. I predict Brazil, who are probably the tournament favorite, will meet Argentina in the final, but I think the pressure of a home World Cup may get to them and Argentina will come out on top.”
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
Quarterfinalists
Semifinalists
3rd Place
Champion

Christyna Pitre
Midfielder
Austin, Texas
1st
Brazil
BRA
Spain
ESP
Colombia
COL
Uruguay
URU
Switzerland
SUI
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BIH
Germany
GER
Belgium
BEL
BRA, ITA
ARG, GER
BRA
GER
GER def.
FRA
BRA def.
ESP
2nd
Croatia
CRO
Chile
CHI
Greece
GRE
Italy
ITA
France
FRA
Argentina
ARG
USA
USA
Russia
RUS
ESP, GRE
FRA, BEL
ESP
FRA
   
Christyna Pitre: “I believe Brazil will win the World Cup because of the of the amazing support by their country. The atmosphere at every single World Cup game this summer will be crazy, but it will be off the charts at Brazil's games. I also believe that this will help their already talented roster of players win the cup.”
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
Quarterfinalists
Semifinalists
3rd Place
Champion

Ella Williams
Defender
Leatherhead, England
1st
Brazil
BRA
Spain
ESP
Colombia
COL
Italy
ITA
France
FRA
Argentina
ARG
Germany
GER
Belgium
BEL
BRA, ENG
FRA, GER
BRA
GER
ESP def.
GER
BRA def.
BEL
2nd
Mexico
MEX
Netherlands
NED
Côte d'Ivoire
CIV
England
ENG
Ecuador
ECU
Nigeria
NGA
Ghana
GHA
Russia
RUS
ESP, ITA
ARG, BEL
ESP
BEL
   

Ella Williams: “Brazil will win the World Cup because the talent in their team is far greater than most, if not all the teams. With the home-field advantage, I think their superstar players like Neymar, Oscar and Thiago Silva will really prosper from the big occasion and dominate any players they play against.”

Special Guest Pickers
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
Quarterfinalists
Semifinalists
3rd Place
Champion

Aidan Lee

Head Coach’s Son
1st
Brazil
BRA
Spain
ESP
Côte d'Ivoire
CIV
Italy
ITA
France
FRA
Argentina
ARG
Germany
GER
Belgium
BEL
BRA, CIV
FRA, GER
BRA
GER
ESP def.
BRA
ARG def.
GER
2nd
Cameroon
CMR
Netherlands
NED
Greece
GRE
Uruguay
URU
Honduras
HON
Nigeria
NGA
Portugal
POR
Korea Republic
KOR
ESP, ITA
ARG, BEL
ESP
ARG
   
Aidan Lee: “I picked Argentina to win the World Cup because (Angel) di Maria, (Lionel) Messi, and (Sergio) Aguero are too strong for defenders to defend. (Gonzalo) Higuain is also good in the attack.”
   
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
Quarterfinalists
Semifinalists
3rd Place
Champion

Jake Most

Former Student SID
UK Media Relations Asst.
LSU Lacrosse
All-Time Leading Scorer
1st
Brazil
BRA
Spain
ESP
Côte d'Ivoire
CIV
Uruguay
URU
Switzerland
SUI
Argentina
ARG
Germany
GER
Belgium
BEL
BRA, ITA
SUI, GER
BRA
GER
GER def.
USA
ESP def.
BRA
2nd
Croatia
CRO
Netherlands
NED
Japan
JPN
Italy
ITA
Ecuador
ECU
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BIH
USA
USA
Korea Republic
KOR
ESP, URU
ARG, USA
ESP
USA
   
Jake Most: “The 2014 World Cup is the host nation’s to lose, but the Selecao will lose just as they did when they hosted in 1950. Brazil has won each of the past three Confederations Cups, but in 2006 and 2010 the men in canary yellow shirts then flamed out of the World Cup. I expect the same to happen this year, largely because unlike in 2013, Spain will be ready for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s tactics. Add to that the addition of a true and top-class striker in Diego Costa, the ever-versatile Cesc Fabregas ready for an enhanced role, and the corps of Xavi, Iniesta, Ramsey and Casillas playing with enhanced urgency. I’m picking La Roja to raise the trophy on July 13.”

World Cup Groups:

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
Brazil
Brazil
Spain
Spain
Colombia
Columbia
Uruguay
Uruguay
Switzerland
Switzerland
Argentina
Argentina
Germany
Germany
Belgium
Belgium
Croatia
Croatia
Netherlands
Netherlands
Greece
Greece
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Ecuador
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Portugal
Portugal
Algeria
Algeria
Mexico
Mexico
Chile
Chile
Côte d'Ivoire
Cote d'Ivoire
England
England
France
France
Iran
Iran
Ghana
Ghana
Russia
Russia
Cameroon
Cameroon
Australia
Australia
Japan
Japan
Italy
Italy
Honduras
Honduras
Nigeria
Nigeria
USA
USA
Korea Republic
Korea Republic