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Copa America Preview Day Four: The Predictions

by Finbarr 1. July 2011 10:57

 

Tim Vickery, the BBC's South American correspondent, has a surefire way to avoid being wrong, with his oft recited adage of: "Always make your predictions after the event." Well call us foolhardy, but we in the Icons office love a good prediction and having built up towards tonight's Copa America opener all week, we've been itching to throw in our two cents. Not only that, but we've been rifling through our battered old contacts book (well, Twitter) and enlisting some of the most respected names in sports journalism and blogging to offer theirs, too. They're a brave lot, unafraid of eggy faces and we'd like to thank them all for participating. Why don't you let us know your thoughts on the footballing carnival of the summer? Tweet us, or get us on Facebook, but before doing so, you might want to brush up on your tournament knowledge with Parts One, Two and Three of our Copa America 2011 preview. Also, don't forget to check out our fantastic Copa America competition, where you can win a signed Messi boot and the Copa America section of our online store. Now, let's get on with it.

Dan Jamieson 

Dan is the Managing Director of Icons. He is also player / chairman of Grantchester Road and a lifelong Liverpool fan.

Winner: Chile
Runner Up: Uruguay
Top Scorer: Luis Suarez (Uruguay)

Ben Soley 

Ben is the Icons Marketing and Promotions Executive and another Liverpool fan (they're everywhere!).

Winner: Brazil
Runner Up: Argentina
Top Scorer: Neymar (Brazil)

Finbarr Bermingham

Finbarr is the editorial intern at Icons, the guy who mans the Twitter desk and an Arsenal supporter.

Winner: Uruguay
Runner Up: Argentina
Top Scorer: Radamel Falcao (Colombia)

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Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the author of three books about football, Behind The Curtain: Travels in Eastern European Football, Inverting the Pyramid: A History of Football Tactics and The Anatomy of England: A History in Ten Matches. He is the editor of The Blizzard and writes regularly for The Guardian, Sports Illustrated, The Independent and many more. He is an occasional guest on the Guardian's Football Weekly podcast and the BBC's World Football Phone In.

Winner: Brazil
Runner Up: Uruguay
Top Scorer: Alexandre Pato (Brazil)

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Kat Petersen

Kat is a sub-editor of the aforementioned Blizzard and is currently accompanying Jonathan at the Copa America.

Winner: Brazil
Runner Up: Uruguay
Top Scorer: Alexandre Pato (Brazil)

Andy Brassell

Andy is a football journalist and an expert on European football. He works for the BBC as their European football correspondent, appearing regularly on the World Football Phone In on 5Live and on BBC World's World Football Review. He also writes for ESPN Soccernet, The Blizzard, The Independent and many more. He is the author of the book All or Nothing: A Season in the Life of the Champions League.

Winner: Brazil
Runner Up: Mexico
Top Scorer: Falcao (Colombia)

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Luke Moore

Luke is a writer, producer, broadcaster and pundit. He is a co-founder, co-producer and co-presenter of The Football Ramble and has appeared on ESPN's Talk of the Terrace, BBC Radio London, BBC 5Live, ITV.com and Sky News.

Winner: Brazil
Runner Up: Argentina
Top Scorer: Humberto Suazo (Chile)

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Marcus Speller 

Marcus is the presenter and broadcaster of The Football Ramble. He has occasionally appeared on Sky News as a pundit and is also a stand up comedian.

Winner: Argentina
Runner Up: Brazil
Top Scorer: Humberto Suazo (Chile)

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Dan Brennan

Dan is the owner of Libero Language Lab, which provides translation services to the sports industry. He also writes for FourFourTwo, When Saturday Comes, Champions, World Soccer Digest and other publications.

Winner: Argentina
Runner Up: Brazil
Top Scorer: Leo Messi (Argentina)

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Guillem Balagué

Guillem is a football journalist and a regular pundit of Sky Sports' Revisita de la Liga. He has contributed to The Times, The Observer and The Metro and is renowned for breaking transfer stories via his personal website

Winner: Argentina
Runner Up: Brazil
Top Scorer: Leo Messi (Argentina)

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Paolo Bandini

Paolo works for the Guardian's sports desk and writes weekly columns on Serie A and the NFL. You can hear him regularly on the Guardian's Football Weekly podcast

Winner: Argentina
Runner Up: Uruguay
Top Scorer: Edison Cavani (Uruguay)

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Rupert Fryer

Rupert is a journalist and a South American football expert. He is the editor of the South American Football website and writes for the Guardian, The Observer, The Football Ramble, Goal.com, Sport 360 and Fox Soccer

Winner: Brazil
Runner Up: Uruguay
Top Scorer: Neymar (Brazil)

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Iain MacIntosh

Iain is a football journalist who writes for the New Paper (Singapore), Sports Illustrated, The Irish Examiner and OPM. He appears on the Red, White and Blue podcast.

Winner: Brazil
Runner Up: Uruguay
Top Scorer: Neymar (Brazil)

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Adrian Clarke

Adrian is a former Arsenal player and a football journalist. He is the former news editor of Icons and has co-commentated for Arsenal TV. He is the owner of Sport Media Solutions.

Winner: Uruguay
Runner Up: Brazil
Top Scorer: Neymar (Brazil)

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Scott Wilson

Scott is the Chief Sports Writer for The Northern Echo

Winner: Brazil
Runner Up: Uruguay
Top Scorer: Alexandre Pato (Brazil)

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Huw Davies

Huw is a staff writer, blogger and sub-editor at Four Four Two and the author of The Week Spot blog.

Winner: Argentina
Runner Up: Mexico
Top Scorer: Alexis Sanchez

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John Timmins

John is a Senior Designer for London 2010 Olympics and the goalkeeper for Grantchester Road FC.

Winner: Argentina
Runner Up: Mexico 
Top Scorer: Neymar (Brazil)

Dr Lee Watson

Dr Watson is the agent of Guillem Balagué.

Winner: Uruguay 
Runner Up: Argentina
Top Scorer: Edison Cavani (Uruguay)

Simon Jalie

Simon is a freelance journalist and La Liga expert who writes for Soccer International.

Winner: Argentina
Runner Up: Brazil
Top Scorer: Leo Messi (Argentina)

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Daniel Colasimone

Daniel is a football writer and the editor of Argentina Football World.

Winner: Argentina
Runner Up: Unspecified
Top Scorer: Leo Messi (Argentina)

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James Appell

James is a sports writer, travel journalist and Russiaphile. He writes for ITV and The Football Ramble.

Winner: Argentina
Runner Up: Brazil
Top Scorer: Edison Cavani (Uruguay)

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David Hartrick

David is the co-editor of the football website In Bed With Maradona.

Winner: Brazil
Runner Up: Argentina
Top Scorer: Neymar (Brazil)

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Sam Kelly

Sam is a Buenos Aires based football writer who contributes to ESPN Soccernet, When Saturday Comes and In Bed With Maradona. He is also the producer of the Hand of Pod podcast.

Winner: Brazil
Runner Up: Argentina
Top Scorer: Luis Suarez (Uruguay)

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David Cartlidge

David is a Spanish football expert and co-editor of Spanish Football.

Winner: Brazil
Runner Up: Uruguay
Top Scorer: Neymar (Brazil)

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Mark Sylvester 

Mark is a freelance football journalist who writes for BT Vision. He was the ghostwriter of Henrik Larsson's biography

Winner: Argentina
Runner Up: Chile
Top Scorer: Carlos Tevez (Argentina)

Carl Lyons

Carl is the Marketing Director of Top Table

Winner: Argentina
Runner Up: Uruguay
Top Scorer:.Leo Messi (Argentina)

Dale Robinson

Dale is a Global Marketing Executive for TOFFS, the world's leading supplier of retro football shirts.

Winner: Uruguay
Runner Up: Colombia
Top Scorer: Radamel Falcao (Colombia)

James McDaid

James is the editor of the 2Footed football blog.

Winner: Brazil
Runner Up: Argentina
Top Scorer: Diego Forlan (Uruguay)

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Ghost Goal

Ghost Goal is a football website edited by Oli Baker and Adam Bate. The pair started the site after growing frustrated at the perceived narrow scope of the mainstream football media. Ghost Goal was named as one of the Guardian's 100 Best Football Blogs and the pair have written for ITV, When Saturday Comes, CalcioItalia, Soccerlens, In Bed With Maradona and more.

Winner: Argentina
Runner Up: Brazil
Top Scorer: Edison Cavani

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Laura England

Laura is the main buyer of Sports Endeavours, the US soccer partner of Icons

Winner: Argentina
Runner Up: Uruguay
Top Scorer: Falcao

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