With the 2010 FIFA World Cup sadly approaching climax, the quarterfinals are fast approaching.
There are very great matchups with so many teams looking to settle their long-lasting urge to defeat familiar rivals.
The quarterfinals will be great, and from there on it will be a blast.
By the 11th of July we will know who will win the most coveted trophy in all of sports.
Here is my prediction of who will go all the way.
The quarterfinals feature a rematch of the 1998 semifinals in Netherlands vs. Brazil, a matchup that will give the Netherlands their first real test.
Argentina vs. Germany was also a fixture like this in 2006, but Germany won on penalties, and Lionel Messi was a real youngster then.
Uruguay vs. Ghana will be a levelheaded encounter with both teams scared to make a mistake. The game will be played with great caution.
Paraguay vs. Spain might just be the easiest quarterfinal matchup where Europe can steal one over South America.
A very close encounter between Uruguay and Ghana will be fought out to the last.
With Ghana very organized in defense, they might frustrate Diego Forlan and even the red-hot striker Luis Suarez.
Prediction: Uruguay 1-2 Ghana
Ghana will therefore become the first African team to make it to the semis.
Brazil have the most organized defense out of the remaining teams left, and that coupled with a very potent offense will do the trick.
For the Netherlands, the lack of proficient goal scoring from the strikers will hurt them in this game. Arjen Robben will look very lively, but even if he scores it will not be enough.
Prediction: Brazil 2-1 Netherlands
Spain will dominate from start to finish, frustrating Paraguay, who will look to hit Spain on the counter but will never see the ball enough.
When they do, the defensive abilities of Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique will prove too much.
Prediction: Spain 4-0 Paraguay
The most talked about game of the quarterfinals.
Germany just came off a 4-1 steamrolling of England, while Argentina breezed past Mexico with relative ease.
Argentina have a more potent offense, but Germany's defenders and height will do the trick for them.
Lionel Messi might get that goal that has been evading him, but it won't matter much.
Germany will look to hit Argentina on the counter, and Diego Maradona's 3-4-3 formation will get hurt by Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Ozil, and Thomas Mueller.
Prediction: Germany 3-2 Argentina (A.E.T.)
*After Extra Time
It's getting closer to the final, but the semifinals come first.
Matches are as follows.
A rematch of the 2006 second round, Ghana vs. Brazil ended 3-0 then and might just be the same four years later.
Germany take on Spain in yet another rematch, but this time outside the World Cup (it was the 2008 European Championship Final).
Let's cut to the chase, people—there is probably no way Ghana can beat Brazil in this matchup.
Brazil's talent-laden offensive line would be too much for Ghana to keep up.
Prediction: Brazil 3-0 Ghana
The same strategy Germany used to overcome Argentina will be used here.
Compressing the midfield, counter attacks, and a very tall team will conquer Spain.
Germany will exploit Sergio Ramos' wing to the fullest because of his adventurous nature.
Fernando Torres will score also, but the possession football played by Spain would be absorbed by a very patient Germany side.
Prediction: Germany 2-1 Spain
The battle to salvage something from a lost semi final game, for Ghana they have a chance to be the highest finising African team ever.
For Spain it is a campaign they felt they could have won.
A routine win for Spain in a game that realy won't mean anything to them
Prediction: Spain 3-1 Ghana
The 11th of July it all comes to an end—one month of tantalizing football and very great rivalries renewed.
The Finals will feature Brazil and Germany, ironically the rematch of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Final, one that was won by Ronaldo de Lima's brilliance.
This one is a different team, different styles, and the outcome might just be different.
Germany will get their revenge for their defeat in 2002.
After conquering Spain, they take five-time champion Brazil by the horns and win.
Like every other round in the knockout stage, they will take chances that come their way.
Brazil might be seem a strong side, but Germany will find holes in their defense while Lucio and Maicon surge forward.
Set pieces and counter-attacks will win the game, although Brazil have a few of those in their arsenal.
Prediction: Germany 1-0 Brazil