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World Cup 2014: Predictions for Portugal – The results

In the build up to the World Cup in Brazil, we asked our students at International House Santa Clara how they thought Portugal would perform in their Group G matches in Ghana.  Unfortunately, it has to be said that the predictions were far more optimistic than the team’s actual performances but that’s been the nature of this tournament so far, hasn’t it?  How many people would have thought that Spain and Italy, finalists in the European Championships, would fail to reach the second round?  And lets not even mention England, shall we?

Anyway, let’s take a look at how our students’ predictions compared to what actually happened…

Match 1:  Portugal v Germany

Portugal v Germany predictions - World Cup 2014

Portugal v Germany predictions – World Cup 2014

Most people expected this one to be much tighter than it turned out to be with 2-1 to Portugal or 2-1 to Germany being the most popular predictions.  In the end, although nobody saw the final result, 4-0 to Germany, coming, 35 people did correctly predict a Germany win.

Match 2:  Portugal v USA

World Cup 2014 in Brazil, predictions for Portugal v the USA.

World Cup 2014 in Brazil, predictions for Portugal v the USA.

It all started so well for Portugal against the USA when Nani scored that early goal but you have to give the Americans credit for the way they fought back to take a 2-1 lead.  It was 95th minute when that Varela managed to keep the dream alive for Portugal by equalizing in the final minute.  Have you seen the video of how one of Portugal’s biggest fans reacted to this goal?

11% of our students correctly predicted that this match would finish in a draw.  Of those, four people correctly said that it would finish 2-2.

Match 3:  Portugal v Ghana

Portugal v Ghana predictions, World Cup 2014

Portugal v Ghana predictions, World Cup 2014

The draw against the US meant Portugal still had a chance of qualifying if they could win convincingly against Ghana and the result in the Germany v USA match went their way.  Before the tournament this was the match that most of our students felt most confident about Portugal winning.  In the end, although Portugal managed a 2-1 victory, it wasn’t enough and the team headed home…

21 of the students we asked before the tournament said that this match would end in a 2-1 victory for Portugal.

So, who is Santa Clara’s equivalent of Paul the Psychic Octopus?

Based on a points system of 1 point for predicting the correct result (win, defeat, or draw) and 5 points for the correct score (2-2, 2-1, etc.), here are International House Santa Clara’s football prediction experts…

In joint 3rd position, with 7 points:  Rita from Kiddies 2, João Paulo from Teens 4, Ana Sofia from Teens 4, Nicola from Teens 6, Ana Sofia from Teens 6, and Inês from Advanced.

In 2nd position, with 8 points:  Margarida from Teens 6.

Finally, in 1st position, with an impressive 11 points, João Carlos from Teens 8, who correctly predicted a Germany victory in the first match, a 2-2 against the USA and a 2-1 win against Ghana.

Still want more?

If you’ve still got World Cup fever, why not leave us a comment here in the blog about which team has impressed you most at the World Cup and which team you think’s going to go on to win it?

Want to know how the English language media covered Portugal at the World Cup?  Head over to our pinterest page for loads of links to texts in English relating to the Portuguese team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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World Cup 2014: Portugal v Ghana predictions

Predictions for Portugal v Ghana from International House Santa Clara students…

How our students think Portugal will fare in the World Cup 2014 match against Ghana.

How our students think Portugal will fare in the World Cup 2014 match against Ghana.

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World Cup 2014: Portugal v USA Predictions

Portugal take on the USA on Sunday hoping to get their World Cup 2014 campaign back on track after a disappointing result against Germany.  Here’s how International House Santa Clara students predict things will turn out…

World Cup 2014 in Brazil, predictions for Portugal v the USA.

World Cup 2014 in Brazil, predictions for Portugal v the USA.

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World Cup 2014 – Portugal v Germany Predictions

World Cup 2014 - Portugal v Germany Predictions

We’ve been asking our students what they think will happen when Portugal play Germany in their opening match in the World Cup in Brazil. Here’s a summary of their predictions.  Click here to find out how our students think Portugal will perform in their other Group G matches.

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June 16, 2014 · 9:41 am

World Cup 2014 – Predictions for Portugal

Football.  Love it or hate it, it’s going to be hard to avoid for the next month.  This week, as the World Cup in Brazil kicks off, International House Santa Clara has been going a little football crazy.  We’ve been asking our students whether they are optimistic about Portugal’s chances in the World Cup and how they think the team will perform in their Group G games against Germany, the USA and Ghana. Here are some of their predictions…

Joana's World Cup predictions are hopeful but cautious.

Joana’s World Cup predictions are hopeful but cautious.

A gloomy forecast from Mariana AKA "a bruxa"!

A gloomy forecast from Mariana AKA “a bruxa”!  (Picture adapted from the image by Trish 2 on deviantart.com (link below))

(Photo of the crystal ball adapted from the original image by Trish2, deviantart.com/art/Crystal-Ball-2-48410126)

Guilherme predicts a goal fest!

Guilherme predicts a goal fest!

Maria Beatriz can see Portugal going all the way!

Maria Beatriz can see Portugal going all the way!

Tiago thinks it'll be tough but that Portugal will get out of Group G.

Tiago thinks it’ll be tough but that Portugal will get out of Group G.

Joao can see Portugal doing well.

Joao can see Portugal doing well.

Tomé's predictions

Tomé’s predictions

Sofia is quietly confident...

Sofia is quietly confident…

Inês is tipping Portugal against USA and Ghana...

Inês is tipping Portugal against USA and Ghana…

Vitor says the future is bright for Portugal...

Vitor says the future is bright for Portugal…

What does Telmo think lies in store for Portugal?

What does Telmo think lies in store for Portugal?

Carolina reckons Portugal are in with a good chance...

Carolina reckons Portugal are in with a good chance…

For those of you with World Cup fever, why not check out our pinterest page?  It is full of links to media coverage in English of Portugal at the World Cup in Brazil.

IH Santa Clara's pinterest board is full of English language coverage of Portugal's team at World Cup 2014.

IH Santa Clara’s pinterest board is full of English language coverage of the Portuguese team at World Cup 2014.

 

 

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