World Football: 20 Outrageous Predictions for 2011

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World Football: 20 Outrageous Predictions for 2011
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As we all know, football can be an unpredictable mistress. You only have to look back on 2010 to know that not everything happens as it is supposed to.

Who could have imagined that Liverpool, many pundit's tips for the title in 2010, would falter to mid table, which in turn allowed the unlikely Tottenham Hotspur to sneak into the Top Four.

Who could then have expected Tottenham to go into their first ever Champions League campaign, drawn in a group with Inter Milan and make the last 16 as group winners.

Did anyone expect Uruguay to make it within a whisker of the World Cup final?

I also guarantee there weren't many people who bet on a Russia/Qatar double for the next two World Cup hosts.

After Wayne Rooney's dominance in the Premier League prior to the World Cup, did anyone imagine we'd be standing here in the new year discussing why he hasn't scored a goal from open play since March?

Perhaps the only predictable thing that happened in World Football last year was that Spain became World Champions.

So here, I've compiled a list of my most outrageous predictions for 2011. May it be a mad one.

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