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Haven't yet seen a general World Cup thread, so with only 6 days to go until the start thought I'd create one.

 

Who's gonna win? And who are England going to inevitably lose to on penalties (if they even get that far).

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I originally tipped Germany, but their build up has been awful and a lot of their key players are rushing back from injury.

 

So i'll say Brazil.

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Thought this would be the best place to put this. One pub in Jarrow in N.E. England has 200 flags. There is also a bin covered with stickers. The windmill looks stylish.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-27777911

 

World Cup 2014: Some England fans 'a bit carried away'
_75416792_75416791.jpgThe Robin Hood pub in Jarrow has been covered with more than 200 flags

As many commentators have noted, this year's World Cup build-up has been mercifully free of hype or people getting carried away by excessive English patriotism.

Or so we thought.

Despite the national team's chances of glory being widely written off, an outbreak of excitement and optimism has hit pubs, houses - and even a windmill - across this pleasant land.

Have you seen a better example of World Cup decoration? Please email a photo to england@bbc.co.uk

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'A bit carried away'

_75416794_75416793.jpgLandlord Norman Scott said the decorations had received a "really good response"

Landlord Norman Scott has covered the Robin Hood pub in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, with more than 200 flags and admits he got "a bit carried away".

There have been traffic jams twice a day as people stop to take photos.

But he now has his fingers crossed England will at least make it out of the first group - not least because otherwise the red and white flags will be coming down.

"It is England, it is the World Cup and I think you should get behind your team," he said.

"It's taken about four to five weeks to decorate. I've done all the roof with all the 32 flags of the nations. I've even painted the lampshades.

"I've got to be hopeful - I think we'll get out the group and we've got a chance in the next round. But then we bump into Spain and Brazil and that's when, for me, the World Cup starts."

He said the flags of nations knocked out of the competition would be taken down from his pub.

"I just hope the England flag is the last one standing," he added.

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'Proper support'

_75441506_flagsagain.jpgAnthony Baddams has turned his home into a sea of red and white

Anthony Baddams, of Northbrook Road, Southampton, spent about three weeks putting up a display which features some 300 flags, England shirts, hats and other memorabilia.

He said he had received a "positive response" from his community, including people from Australia, Poland, the US and even his German next-door neighbour.

"A lot of people stop and take photos," he said. "They say 'it looks brilliant, keep it up'. People from all cultures have had their pictures taken and said they liked it."

Mr Baddams, 46, has put up similar displays during World Cups since the 1980s, but he said this was his largest effort yet.

"I'm a proper proud England fan and I always go OTT with the displays because I never see anyone else doing it anymore.

"You see the odd flag but it's not proper support. I'm flying the flags to show real support to our boys."

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'Every nation represented'

_75419792_75419791.jpgFlags from all of the 32 nations taking part in the World Cup have been hung around a Windmill building on the Isle of Sheppy

The top of this windmill in Sheerness, Kent, has provided a prominent setting for the flags of all 32 nations taking part in the World Cup.

"We have put Brazil and England at the front because obviously that is what the World Cup final is going to be," said Alan Doucy, whose insurance firm is based in the building.

"They will be the last two standing of course. Germany is around the back, as is France."

We moved into the building in 2011 and in 2012 we put up Union Jacks for the jubilee and we did the world flags for the Olympics.

"So we decided for the World Cup every nation should be represented. We thought it would be cool and something a bit different."

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'Plastered the house'

_75423003_75418210.jpgPaul Longley said there are a number of other houses now following suit near-by

Paul Longley, 49, describes himself as "very passionate about football".

But the tradition of decorating his house in Manor Farm, Bristol, actually started during the rugby world cup.

"I plastered the house with flags and that and it has just carried on every year, with the rugby, cricket, the Olympics, the Euros... all the big tournaments," he said.

"I started in January, which I'm a bit embarrassed about, but we've just been putting them up and up and up, every weekend, or every couple of weekends, not loads at a time, but building it up, making it colourful and so on."

For Mr Longley, the World Cup is a family affair, with his wife and young grandsons all keen football fans.

"The wife enjoys it, loves it as well, she is a football fan. We watch it all the time, so she doesn't mind [the flags]," he said.

"All our neighbours love it, people stop and take pictures, we're just really excited. It's only a couple of days now until it kicks off and we're really looking forward to it.

Mr Longley's love of the World Cup has even spread to his wheelie bin, which he has covered with spare football stickers.

_75426830_230cb9bc-b97f-4623-9417-abd7d7Paul Longley has almost 200 "spare" football stickers covering his wheelie bin
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'Can't see out'

_75426832_e4072bbb-b1a7-43d8-9f5c-b1ea98Kay and Paul Skutela first started decorating their house for the 2006 World Cup

Kay Skutela's home in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, is covered with St George flags and - although at the moment they do not quite cover her windows - she said she "wouldn't mind at all if I couldn't see out".

Her husband Paul first decorated the house for the 2006 World Cup and at each subsequent competition he has added more flags.

"Paul does it every four years to support England," Mrs Skutela said.

"They are on the car and the van as well for when he is doing deliveries."

Mrs Skutela said they planned to leave the flags on their house, even if England are knocked out of the competition.

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I'm a Scotland fan, so as we are not in it I will be rooting for Spain due to the fact I have backed them at 6/1. If not them I'd quite like to see Belgium progress quite far.

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I think people are underrating the side personally. 

 

The back line is pretty impressive with Alves, Silva, Luiz and Marcelo all very good players in their respective positions. 

 

Fernandinho had an impressive season at City and we all know that Ramires, Willian and Oscar will run themselves into the ground. 

 

I think they're going to threaten from wide positions mostly with Neymar and Hulk cutting inside. 

 

I think Neymar could be a star of the competition if he continues his goal scoring record for Brazil.  

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I think people are underrating the side personally. 

 

The back line is pretty impressive with Alves, Silva, Luiz and Marcelo all very good players in their respective positions. 

 

Fernandinho had an impressive season at City and we all know that Ramires, Willian and Oscar will run themselves into the ground. 

 

I think they're going to threaten from wide positions mostly with Neymar and Hulk cutting inside. 

 

I think Neymar could be a star of the competition if he continues his goal scoring record for Brazil.  

 

I agree. I think they've got some quality players, it's just whether they handle the pressure which is clearly being piled on them by their fans. I saw they were booed every time they passed it backwards in their friendly!!

 

Neymar's international record speaks for itself aswell.

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Someone at ITV obviously went up to his boss and said, I reckon we should have a section of the show where Ian Wright presents from the beach, with a couple of guests.

 

Then the boss sarcastically said, "Haha yeah, and why don't we have the guests in their casuals, looking like they're on a stag do for someone in their fifties?"

 

The only logical explanation for that shower of sh*t.

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Someone at ITV obviously went up to his boss and said, I reckon we should have a section of the show where Ian Wright presents from the beach, with a couple of guests.

Then the boss sarcastically said, "Haha yeah, and why don't we have the guests in their casuals, looking like they're on a stag do for someone in their fifties?"

The only logical explanation for that shower of sh*t.

ITV + football is an historically poor combination. It hasn't worked for at least 25 years and probably never will. They can't get away from a general air of half-arsedness. People at ITV have put a lot into tonight but it remains pretty shoddy.

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England's going to be lucky to make it to the knockout stages. I'm sorry, but they have a tricky group.

 

I'm not sure if Brazil can pull it off this time around. Not sure why, my gut I guess. I'm thinking either Spain repeats, or Italy gets payback for beating them in the Confederations Cup.

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ITV + football is an historically poor combination. It hasn't worked for at least 25 years and probably never will. They can't get away from a general air of half-arsedness. People at ITV have put a lot into tonight but it remains pretty shoddy.

 

I just can't help but think of the snafu in 2010.  Oh, the outrage over that.

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ITV + football is an historically poor combination. It hasn't worked for at least 25 years and probably never will. They can't get away from a general air of half-arsedness. People at ITV have put a lot into tonight but it remains pretty shoddy.

 

Yep, between Chiles and Tyldsley on ITV and Ferdinobhead on BBC, this is going to be a year of rubbish coverage.

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