France vs Germany, Brazil vs Colombia tomorrow night, the Netherlands vs Costa Rica, Argentina vs Belgium on Saturday. That is the line-up for the quarterfinals of what has been a terrific World Cup. You can still vote to decide which team/country Salut! Sunderland supports. For now, it’s Belgium, who deserve it if only for Vincent Kompanys’s great show of magnanimity towards Tim Howard…
The Salut! Sunderland readers’ poll for Brazil 2014 has been fun. Now the tournament is entering its final phase, it’s time for a makeover.
Just eight teams survive. Our clear readers’ favourite, USA (however those votes came!), are gone, with this welcome little missive from Jurgen Klinsmann to us (and maybe a few others):
The United States started out as our honorary second team. England’s early departure made them our first team. Uruguay were in second place throughout, presumably a reflection of support for our head coach Gus Poyet. Belgium were third and, with the loss of all others mentioned in this paragraph, are now the readers’ choice as favourites.
I have now pared down the poll settings to the quarterfinalists. Brazil are in the mix at last, having originally been excluded for no better reason than that I could have only 30 contenders according to the template offered by the poll organisers (England were also omitted, naturally, since we were looking for a “second team”).
Every vote cast will be counted as additional to where the ratings stood when I created the new poll. That puts Belgium top, followed – in order – by the Netherlands, Argentina and Germany. Colombia, Costa Rica and France. But I gave Brazil the average score of the other seven so they stand third.
It is a new poll so you can vote again even if you had a go earlier. And I have again extended the voting to readers of the “other place”, francesalut.com.
Complicated? Not really but this is just for fun so it hardly matters. It’s been an outstanding World Cup so vote now and get others to do so, too …