July 10: Uruguay-Germany - 3rd place game
I support the idea to abandon the 3rd place game (just as it is at EURO championships). Emotional pain after coming so close to earn the right to play at WC final must be excruciating. It is not fair to ask the teams to play on the eve of the final game and expect a great performance. To finish 3rd? So what?! No glory in that.
Nonetheless, since the game will be on I pick my dark horse to win. Uruguay! Suarez will be back with a vengeance. Forlan, who has had a fabulous WC, will be the engine behind every attack one more time. Moreover, Germany already overachieved leaving Klose as the only player to have a real motivation to play so that he becomes the best scorer in World Cup history. Stuck at 14 he needs 2 more goals to overtake Ronaldo. Bad news for him, Uruguay plays excellent defense and will not hand him the record. 2-1 La Celeste!