Guerrilla FC's World Cup Predictions / by Justin Salhani

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Every outlet out there is going to have World Cup predictions. We at Guerrilla FC like to do things a bit differently. So we've drafted up a few unconventional questions for some of our guys (and a special guest or two).

Here's our panel

Bret Pittman - Guerrilla FC brand manager, Puerto Rican rum capo, streetwear OG, and a father to three beautiful children. Instagram: @bretpittman

Ryan Symons - Guerrilla FC co-founder and head of the team's intelligence unit. Instagram: redacted.

Justin Salhani - Founder & creative behind Guerrilla FC. Nutmeg enthusiast. Instagram: @justinsalhani

Phil Murphy - Employee of a small company called ESPN. Sportscenter anchor and football brain. Twitter: @Phil_Sports

Chris Bowerbank - Host of @ATPRadio and new Guerrilla FC recruit. Twitter: @sincebarnes


TEAM

Winner

 France. Among the favorites.

France. Among the favorites.

Bret 
France

Ryan
Argentina

Justin
France - I always choose France

Phil 
Germany - Their second XI would be favored to reach the final

Chris
Argentina

Runner up

Bret 
Brazil

Ryan
France

Justin
Brazil

Phil
Brazil - As long as they or Germany don't finish second in the group and they meet in the Round of 16

Chris
France
 

Wildcard

 Portugal. Can they pull it off again?

Portugal. Can they pull it off again?

Bret 
Belgium

Ryan
Croatia

Justin
Egypt - more than just Salah. There's a guy with the nickname 'electricity'

Phil
Portugal - Euro 2016 made me a believer

Chris
Serbia

 Belgium. They've disappointed before.

Belgium. They've disappointed before.

Biggest disappointment

Bret
Portugal

Ryan
Belgium

Justin
England - I always choose England

Phil
Argentina - Anything short of a semifinal will be seen as a disappointment, and Romero's injury compounds questions at the back

Chris
Belgium


PLAYER

 The GOAT. How many goals will he bag?

The GOAT. How many goals will he bag?

Top Scorer

Bret
Messi

Ryan
Griezmann

Justin
Neymar - he's gonna singlehandedly take revenge on those who embarrassed Brazil in 2014.

Phil
Ronaldo - despite playing stingy Morocco and Spain in the group stage, I say he bags 5.

Chris
Thomas Müller

Golden Ball winner

Bret
Messi

Ryan
Messi

Justin
Neymar

Phil
Toni Kroos

Chris
Antoine Griezmann

 Kylian. The golden child.

Kylian. The golden child.

Young player

Bret
Mbappé

Ryan
Mbappé or Dembele

Justin
Kylian Mbappé - it's not even fair how good he is


Phil
Kylian Mbappé

Chris
Serjeg Milinković-Savić

 Harry. Can he perform?

Harry. Can he perform?

Biggest disappointment

Bret
Kane

Ryan
Neymar

Justin
Harold Kane - even if he scores the winner in the final his mother is disappointed in his lack of charisma.

Phil
Mohamed Salah - only because expectations are crazy, he may not be fully fit and getting out of the group is no guarantee

Chris
Gabriel Jesus


CULTURE

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Best goal

Bret
Salah

Ryan
Giroud

Justin
Messi with Giroud a close second

Phil
Christian Eriksen

Chris
Luis Suarez


Dirtiest meg

 Marco. Is he the sauciest of them all?

Marco. Is he the sauciest of them all?

Bret
Messi

Ryan
James

Justin
Also Messi but Isco and Bernardo Silva will take some scalps

Phil
Marco Asensio - he had some filth in the friendly v Switzerland

Chris
Philippe Coutinho

Best hairstyle

Bret
Roman Torres

Ryan
Pogba

Justin
Paul Pogba

Phil
Paul Pogba

Chris
Keisuke Honda

Sickest boots

Bret
Nigeria

Ryan
Nope

Justin
Man, I like black boots. But probably also Pogba.

Phil
Gabriel Jesus

Chris
Paulo Dybala

 Peru. 36 years in the waiting.

Peru. 36 years in the waiting.

Best celebration

Bret
Pogba

Ryan
Anything but fortnight

Justin
Mbappé - so much swag. Worst is Griezmann

Phil
Anyone on Peru - the football-crazed nation waited 36 years for this

Chris
Sadio Mane

 If the bear rips his right arm off, Mexico qualifies for the quarterfinals. Left arm means Nigeria escapes their group. Either way, call an ambulance.

If the bear rips his right arm off, Mexico qualifies for the quarterfinals. Left arm means Nigeria escapes their group. Either way, call an ambulance.

What animal will be the next Paul the Octopus?

Bret
A Russian bear? A lynx?

Ryan
A fighting bear

Justin
I read online it will be a deaf cat

Phil
Word on the street is Russia has a clairvoyant house cat ... but they need something more distinctly Russian. How about a wild boar?

Chris
Lynx

Most elegant

Bret
Brazil

Ryan
team - France
player - Iniesta

Justin
Pogba

Phil
Neymar

Chris
People wearing ushankas in the June heat

 Iceland. The best supporters.

Iceland. The best supporters.

Best supporters

Bret
Iceland

Ryan
Panama

Justin
Peru


Phil
Iceland - easiest question on the board

Chris
The Senegalese

 Becks. The most elegant.

Becks. The most elegant.

Which ex-player will we see looking the most baller in the stands?

Bret
Taribo West

Ryan
Becks

Justin
If he's there, Diego Armando Maradona. If not, Andrei Arshavin.

Phil
David Beckham - did you see him at the royal wedding?

Chris
Kanu


For more World Cup related stories - check out Guerrilla FC's series where we grade the various kits to be worn.