There's little to add to the saturation commentary already available for the tournament so just a few quick bits of business. First, the eagerly awaited BOBW prediction: to depart a bit from the pack and make things interesting, we're predicting a win for Argentina. Second, what in God's name were France doing playing a full-team friendly two days before the tournament starts? Djibril Cisse had seemed to be in good form in the run into the Cup, not least going by his spectacularly skillful goal for Liverpool in the FA Cup final. Now with a bit of luck he might have recovered from his broken leg in last night's friendly with China in time for the Community Shield (or whatever it's called now) in August.
Third, if you, like us, are enjoying the wave of hype as the big day approaches, remember that there's going to be an early let-down because there will be some real stinkers of matches in the group stages. God bless anyone planning on watching all 64 matches, because, for example, Iran vs Angola is going to be real test of their fortitude. Finally, and this is not a bold prediction, get ready for some weeping on the streets of a major European capital at the end of the group stages, because it's virtually inevitable that at least one heavily fancied team is going to get knocked out early on. For the (unwilling) neutral observer, it'll be fascinating to watch.