World Cup Picks

LEFT: Lionel Messi, Argentina (credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images) RIGHT: Thomas Mueller, Germany  (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

World Cup Picks: The Final – Argentina vs. Germany

Argentina advanced to the World Cup final after yet another rather sleepy performance. Both teams did an excellent job of man-marking and specifically the Dutch did well keeping Lionel Messi at bay.


Ezequiel Lavezzi of Argentina during the Argentina training session at Cidade do Galo on July 6, 2014 in Vespasiano, Brazil.(credit: Netun Lima/Getty Images)

World Cup Picks: Argentina vs. Netherlands

Gonzalo Higuaín finally broke out of his daze and used a bit of improvisational magic to break through and give Argentina the only goal they would need to head through to the semifinals.


Brazil's defender David Luiz (L) takes part in a training session at the Granja Comary training complex in Teresopolis on July 7, 2014 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.  (credit: VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

World Cup Picks: Brazil vs. Germany

The Brazilians keep marching on, but their last match took a major toll on the hosts.


(L-R) Marcelo, David Luiz, Neymar, Thiago Silva, Hulk, Fernandinho and Oscar looks on during a training session of the Brazilian national football team (credit: Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

World Cup Picks: Brazil vs. Colombia, France vs. Germany

The Brazilians suffered through one of the most nerve-racking matches in the country’s illustrious World Cup history.


The US Men's National Team   (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

World Cup Picks: United States vs. Belgium, Argentina vs. Switzerland

The U.S. are backing into the Round of 16 coming off a lackluster performance against Germany. However, the Yanks have been here before as they used almost an exact replica of the 2002 group stage (win, draw, loss) here in 2014.


France's players take part in a training session at the stadium Santa Cruz in Ribeirao Preto (credit: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

World Cup Picks: France vs. Nigeria, Germany vs. Algeria

Les Bleus had a hugely successful group stage in which they collected two wins before switching their squad and still earning a draw that felt like a win against Ecuador.


Netherlands training session at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil held at Estadio Presidente Vargas (credit: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

World Cup Picks: Netherlands vs. Mexico, Costa Rica vs. Greece

The Dutch finished off their perfect Group B campaign by picking apart a feisty Chilean side. What was surprising in the match was Holland’s ability to play without the ball yet still look threatening for the entire 90 minutes.


Chile's midfielder Felipe Gutierrez (L), Chile's forward Eduardo Vargas (C) and Chile's defender Gonzalo Jara take part in a training session at Toca da Raposa (credit: MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)

World Cup Picks: Brazil vs. Chile, Colombia vs. Uruguay

The Brazilians finally came to life against hapless Cameroon in the final group stage match. The Seleção got multiple goals from Neymar in the opening half and then opened up the match with second half goals from Fred and Fernando Luiz Roza.


The US Men's National Team works out during training at Arena Pernambuco (credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

World Cup Picks: United States vs. Germany, Portugal vs. Ghana, Belgium vs. South Korea, Russia vs. Algeria

The United States were 30 seconds away from their second consecutive win, six points, and an improbable position in the Round of 16. Then Cristiano Ronaldo happened.


Nigerian players say a quick prayer before entering in the field to attend a training session at the Beira-Rio Stadium  (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

World Cup Picks: Argentina vs. Nigeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Iran, Switzerland vs. Honduras, France vs. Ecuador

Sometimes stupendous players make stupendous plays. Well, that’s exactly what it took for Argentina to be spared from one of the most embarrassing draws in their history.