Better know a Blogger: Matthew from All About The Dividends

The financial blogging community is a pretty tight knit group. Although I’m new to the blogging side of things, I’ve been an audience member for over 5 years, reading people’s stories, learning from them, and following their financial journeys.  There are probably 30+ people I have been following for years, who I could tell you their investing styles, what stocks they own, and perhaps even their average dividend income just off the top of my head.  What I couldn’t do however is tell you a little more about the people behind the portfolio’s…which is what inspired me to reach out to a few of my favourites, and try  to get to know them better.

I hope you have been enjoying the previous interviews.  You can view them on my blogroll page HERE

Welcome to Volume 9 of “Better Know A Blogger”!

Today I will be featuring Matt from All About The Dividends

I’v been following Matt’s blog for over a year now.  I really enjoy watching his progress because we have a lot in common.  Matthew is a fellow Canadian, lives one province over from me, is the same age, and we own a lot of the same stocks.

Without further ado…I’d like to introduce you to Matt from All About The Dividends

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Name: Matthew

Age: 34

Where do you live:  Small town in Ontario, Canada

Tell me something awesome about your cityPopulation is very friendly, nice downtown for walking and shopping

What do you do for a living:  Custodian for one of the school boards in the area

Are you married:   No

Do you have any Kids? Pets:   No Kids.  Have a dog named Buddy

Website: All About The Dividends

Twitter:  @allaboutthedivi

Why do you blog:  It helps me become a better investor.  Also it is fun to share my investing journey with others

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Why do you invest/What is your ultimate financial goal:  I invest so one day i can retire.  My ultimate goal is to receive at least $12,000 per year in dividends.

When did you start investing: About 15 years ago, at the age of 19

How long until you will be financially free (wont NEED to work): 30 years??

 What will you do in retirement:  I think I would like to do some travelling, there are a few places in the world I would like to see.
Do you share your portfolio? If so, what is the current value: Yes I do, the current value is around $120,000
What is your net worth: My current networth is around $128,000

What % of your salary do you invest/save each year:   At the moment, I am not too sure.  Every year it changes.  The last two years I have invested more as I try to catch up on contribution room in my TFSA & RRSP

Do you invest in funds or individual stocks & why:  I started out in funds but moved to individual stocks.  I changed because I hated paying fees.  Also I thought the dividends would help me more with retirement income.

If I gave you $10,000 right now to invest in 1 stock – what would you pick & why:  I would say Johnson & Johnson.  JnJ is such a huge company and with an ageing population I think they are positioned nicely with all their products.  Also it continues to grow its dividend.

What was your biggest financial fuck up: In 2014 I bought Long Run Exploration.  I put all my money ($8000) into it because of it’s nice dividend.  After I bought it the price of oil tanked and the company was sold.  I lost around $6900 of my $8000.


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Is there a God:  Yes

When you die, what is 1 thing you hope people think of/remember you for:  How I put others before myself

Do you vote? Who did you last vote for: Yes in the federal election, I voted for Stephen Harper.

What do you think the next big technological advance will be:  I have no clue

What is the single biggest threat to humanity:  Donald J Trump

What are you most proud of & why: I am proud that I have a great mother who taught me how to save my money so I don’t have to go into lots of debt.

If you knew you only had 1 year to live – how would you spend it: Cash in my savings, and travel the world.  First I would go visit all my blogging friends, then go to Hawaii, Australia and Europe.

What is one thing most people don’t do – but everybody SHOULD do to make the world a better place:  Treat people the way they you want to be treated

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Favorite Movie:  Battle Of Britain

Favorite TV Show:  Big Bang Theory

Favorite book:  Without Warning

First Job:  Umpire

Have you ever been fired:   No

Which website do you spend the most time on:  Twitter

Favorite Cocktail: Don’t drink

Favorite Beer:  Don’t Drink

Favorite Sports Team: Toronto Maple Leafs*

**Editors Note** Gross

Have you ever been arrested?  No

Dogs or Cats:  Dogs

Sex or Beer:  Sex

How often do you check your portfolio (be honest):  Daily

How often do you check your website stats (be honest):  Daily

**Bonus question submitted by my wife (I asked her what ONE question I should ask):

What do you put on your hotdog: Ketchup

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If you’d like to be featured in an upcoming “Better know a blogger” piece, or have any specific questions you’d like to ask others in the community let me know!

Better know a Blogger: Featuring Nelson

The financial blogging community is a pretty tight knit group. Although I’m new to the blogging side of things, I’ve been an audience member for over 5 years, reading people’s stories, learning from them, and following their financial journeys.  There are probably 30+ people I have been following for years, who I could tell you their investing styles, what stocks they own, and perhaps even their average dividend income just off the top of my head.  What I couldn’t do however is tell you a little more about the people behind the portfolio’s…which is what inspired me to reach out to a few of my favourites, and try  to get to know them better.

I hope you have been enjoying the previous interviews.  You can view them on my blogroll page HERE

Welcome to Volume 8 of “Better Know A Blogger”!

Today I will be featuring Nelson from Canadian Dividend Investing

Nelson was also the creator, of what I still think was the wittiest, personal finance blog around: Financial Uproar.  Although Financial Uproar is still around, it is no longer being updated, as Nelson is now focusing on his new site Canadian Dividend Investing.  The new site does breakdowns/analysis of different Canadian Dividend stocks but Nelson is able to keep his takes fresh and funny.  I highly recommend both sites.

I’ve broken down my questions into 4 sections:

  • Personal Info
  • Financial Info
  • Deep Thoughts
  • Lightning Round

Without further ado…I’d like to introduce you to Nelson from Canadian Dividend Investing

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Name: Nelson Smith

Age: 34

Where do you live:  Drumheller, Alberta

Tell me something awesome about your cityIt happens to be where I was born

What do you do for a living:  Primarily live off cash flow from passive investments, but I work at a grocery store for something to do

Are you married:   Yes

Do you have any Kids? Pets:   Proud member of Team No Kids.  Have a cat

Website: Canadian Dividend Investing

Twitter:  @financialuproar

Why do you blog:  To expose my investing ideas to some of the sharpest minds out there.

In your opinion – what is the best thing you’ve ever published (link):  It’s hard to pick just one, but i thought this was pretty good: 30 Life Lessons Learned In my First 30 Years

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Why do you invest/What is your ultimate financial goal:  Total Freedom

When did you start investing: I bought my first rental property when I was 18 

How long until you will be financially free (wont NEED to work): There already, but for the most part I like work.  I’ll likely do something productive until I’m basically ready to die. 

 What will you do in retirement:  I used to golf a lot.  I might take that up again.
Do you share your portfolio? If so, what is the current value: I share which stocks I buy, but not the value.
What is your net worth: I want to stay happily married, so I don’t share.

What % of your salary do you invest/save each year:   Approximately 50%

Do you invest in funds or individual stocks & why:  Individual stocks, mostly as an intellectual exercise.  There’s nothing more fun that trying to beat the market. 

If I gave you $10,000 right now to invest in 1 stock – what would you pick & why:  Since it’s free money, that changes my outlook completely.  I would use it to invest in something with big potential upside.  I’d want something that could change my life if I am right, since nothing changes if I am wrong.  Let’s go with Freshii, which has some massive upside potential.  Of course it could just as easily crash and burn.

What was your biggest financial fuck up: Not being aggressive enough investing in real estate when I was younger.  I missed out on a couple properties by a few hundred bucks.  Those properties would have easily doubled in value and had a 12-15% cap rate.


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Is there a God:  Probably not

When you die, what is 1 thing you hope people think of/remember you for:  The plan is to accumulate money and dish it out as I get older.  So hopefully generosity. 

Do you vote? Who did you last vote for: I don’t vote or I spoil my ballot as a mini-rebellion to every candidate clustering around the center of the political spectrum.  Politics matter way less than people think, I do vote in municipal elections, however, since I personally know the character of many of the people running.

What do you think the next big technological advance will be:  Downloading our brains onto computers, allowing us to become immortal. 

What is the single biggest threat to humanity:  That we nuke ourselves back into the stone age.

What are you most proud of & why: Considering my goal has always been to accumulate a large amount of money, probably that.  Even though it makes me sound like a terrible person.

If you knew you only had 1 year to live – how would you spend it: Spend as much time with my friends and family.

What is one thing most people don’t do – but everybody SHOULD do to make the world a better place:  Stop talking about people behind their backs.  A truly toxic behaviour.

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Favorite Movie:  Good Will Hunting

Favorite TV Show:  The Simpsons

Favorite book:  Atlas Shrugged

First Job:  Dairy Queen

Have you ever been fired:   Yep

Which website do you spend the most time on:  Twitter

Favorite Cocktail: Don’t drink

Favorite Beer:  Ewwww

Favorite Sports Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Have you ever been arrested?  No

Dogs or Cats:  Cats

Sex or Beer:  Sex

Does your spouse/partner read your blog: Yes

How often do you check your portfolio (be honest):  Weekly

How often do you check your website stats (be honest):  Daily

**Bonus question submitted by my wife (I asked her what ONE question I should ask):

What do you put on your hotdog: Absolutely Nothing

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If you’d like to be featured in an upcoming “Better know a blogger” piece, or have any specific questions you’d like to ask others in the community let me know!

Better know a Blogger: Sarah @ Smile & Conquer

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be featuring some of my favorite bloggers and try to shed some light on their personal lives, investing philosophies and more.

I hope everyone enjoyed the previous interviews, and if you missed them you can view them on my Blogroll page HERE

Welcome to Volume 7 of “Better Know A Blogger”!

Meet Sarah,  I haven’t been following Sarah’s blog for as long as some of the others, however after reading her responses, and following her on twitter, I’ve started visiting her site a lot more frequently.  As I was scrolling through her interview answers I felt like we had a very similar outlook on life..that is until it got to her favorite sports team 🙂

I’ve broken down my questions into 4 sections:

  • Personal Info
  • Financial Info
  • Deep Thoughts
  • Lightning Round

Without further ado…I’d like to introduce you to Sarah!.

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Name:  Sarah

Age:  32

Where do you live: Edmonton,AB

Tell me something awesome about your city:  People like to talk bad about Edmonton, but I love it. Yes, the winters are cold and snowy, but our summers are fantastic. We also get a ton of sunshine and have the largest expanse of urban parkland in North America (take that central park!)

What do you do for a living:  I do work in finance, but I keep my actual job on the DL.

Are you married: No, but I’m common-law. My boyfriend and I have been together for over twelve years

Do you have any Kids? No kids but two dogs and two cats.

Website:  https://www.smileandconquer.com/

Twitter: @smileandconquer

Why do you blog:  After I graduated from university I wasn’t in a bad spot financially, but I knew next to nothing about saving and investing. When I took a job in finance, I was bombarded with all this valuable information that was entirely new for me. I was looking for a creative project that would be different from my day job but also incorporate what I was learning…and blogging turned out to be that thing

In your opinion – what is the best thing you’ve ever published: My POST I wrote that spoke to me the most is ‘You Don’t Need To Love Math To Love Finance’. I am not a math person. It was always my worst subject in school and I know I’m not the only one. I think the impression is that math has a lot to do with finance so if you’re bad at one you’re bad at the other. That’s not the case at all!

 

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 Why do you invest/What is your ultimate financial goal: I don’t have a lofty goal of retiring by 40 or anything like that, but I do want to have enough money set aside to retire one day comfortably. My goal is to be able to live the life I want right now and also when I’m retired. In my opinion, investing is the best way to ensure you hit your financial goals; whatever they might be. There is only so much money you can save and investing will give you that extra boost of returns that is so essential. 
When did you start investing: It wasn’t until I graduated university and began my career. My first employer had an RRSP matching plan that they strongly encouraged I sign up for, and they walked me through the investment options. That was the first time I was taught the benefits of RRSP’s and what type of investments were out there.
How long until you will be financially free (won’t NEED to work)I don’t actually have a date. A personal finance blogger without a date; who am I?! I enjoy working and have more job security than many so I don’t have a lot of urgency to get there ASAP. I stick to my budget and save every month, but at this point, there are things that come before retirement and financial independence.
What will you do in retirement:  I like to think I’ll be doing many of the same things I do now but just with a few more hours to do them. I can see myself continuing some sort of online business that will hopefully bring in a bit of extra money, but I’d also want more freedom to travel.
What % of your salary do you invest/save each year: Right now I’m at about 35 percent but some of that goes to shorter-term investments. We are hoping to either buy or build a new home in the next few years, so there have been additional savings redirected towards that and our existing mortgage.
Do you invest in funds or individual stocks & why: I do but only for fun. Honestly, I’m not that interested in investing so I like to keep things simple and hands-off. Once in awhile I’ll get tempted by a stock and throw a little towards it, but it’s not my focus. It must go back to my not liking math so much!
If I gave you $10,000 right now to invest in 1 stock – what would you pick & why: Screw stocks, I’m going shopping! Kidding, but because I would likely put the money towards the new house fund, my answer will be boring. I would want something not too risky, and a nice dividend would be great so let’s go with CIBC. I can pretty much guarantee my answer will be the most boring one you get!

What was your biggest financial fuck up: Lending an ex-boyfriend money? #alwaysthebreadwinner But seriously, I’ve been really lucky to have stayed out of trouble with money. I graduated university with a bit of debt but not nearly as much as many people. I may not have known a lot about finances, but I did have parents who set a good example and didn’t spend beyond their means. I knew credit card debt was bad and that taking significant risks with investments wasn’t worth it.

Not a fuck up, but my biggest regret would be not starting earlier. I worked through high school and university and lived at home, so my expenses were basically zero. If I had started setting aside small amounts of money back, then I’d be in a way better position now.

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Is there a God:  This was going so well, but now I feel like I need a drink! I think God exists for many people, but I’m not one of them. I didn’t grow up with religion, so it’s not something I’ve ever gravitated towards. The only times I’ve been in a church has been for weddings or funerals. And that one time my mom decided we should go to a Christmas Eve service but then made us leave ten minutes in because there were no seats.
When you die, what is 1 thing you hope people think of/remember you for:  I hope I’m remembered as someone who could always be counted on.
Do you vote? Who did you last vote for: Yes, I have voted in every election since my 18th birthday, and anyone who doesn’t sucks. Let’s just say that I have voted for the winner in all current levels of government.
What do you think the next big technological advance will be:  Teleportation? It won’t be, but that would be super awesome. I love to travel but could do without the long flights.
What is the single biggest threat to humanity:   Global warming. I guess nuclear war might come first depending on what happens with Trump, but I think global warming will get us eventually.

What are you most proud of & why: I am good at my job, and I take a lot of pride in that.

If you knew you only had 1 year to live – how would you spend it: I would pack up and travel to all the countries I’ve always dreamed of visiting and eat every delicacy I could stomach. I’d also want to save some time to soak up my family and friends.

What is one thing most people don’t do – but everybody SHOULD do to make the world a better place: Smile and say hi to each other on the street. Some cities are way better at this than others, but it always makes me happy when someone makes a small effort to be nice.

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Favorite Movie: Drive (drama) / Little Miss Sunshine (comedy)

Favorite TV Show: Sons of Anarchy (drama) / Catastrophe (comedy)

Favorite book: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Best looking blogger you follow: Hmm…female PF bloggers definitely have this one in the bag (sorry guys ), but I’ll go with Bridget Casey from Money After Graduation


First Job: 
Receptionist at a physiotherapy clinic

Have you ever been firedNo

 

Which website do you spend the most time on: Twitter

Favorite Cocktail: Sangria

Favorite Beer: Because it’s summer I’m going with Alley Kat’s Main Squeeze; perfect patio beer.

Favorite Sports Team: Edmonton Oilers. Mark my words, we will be the next Canadian team to hoist the Stanley Cup. Sorry Winnipeg.*

*Editors Note* It was going so well up until now…I was starting to think you were cool

Have you ever been arrested: No,  I am a rule follower. I have cried my way out of a speeding ticket though.

Dogs or Cats: Dogs, hands down. I may own two cats, but dogs are better.

Sex or Beer: Both (is that breaking the rules?)

*Editors Note* Okay, you are cool again

Does your spouse/partner read your blog: Only if I make him proofread a post.

Best restaurant in your city: There’s a newish place called Bundok that does sharing plates, and it is FANTASTIC. Best gnocchi I’ve ever had in my life.

How often do you check your portfolio(be honest): Probably monthly. And that’s the truth. As I said above, investments aren’t really my thing, so I’m a-ok to let things ride.

How often do you check your website stats (be honest): More often than monthly! I don’t do the deep dive into Google analytics that often but I do look at the WordPress stats that pop-up in my dashboard every couple of days.

 

**Bonus question submitted by my wife (I asked her what ONE question I should ask):

What do you put on your hotdogI’m definitely team hamburger but if I have to have a hot dog then just ketchup and mustard. 

 

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If you’d like to be featured in an upcoming “Better know a blogger” piece, or have any specific questions you’d like to ask others in the community let me know!

 

Jordan’s World Cup Preview, Predictions & Players to watch for the casual fan.

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Well, we are only a few days away from what is *USUALLY* one of the most exciting times for me….The FIFA World Cup!  Although I am still excited, it’s just not the same when your team isn’t included.  For those that don’t know, I am a HUGE KNVB/Dutch National team supporter.  In fact, in 2014 I went to Brazil with my father for the World Cup and lived out a lifelong dream of watching 5 Dutch games!  You can read all about our trip HERE.

Since the Dutch failed to qualify for this tournament, I should be able to make my predictions with my head instead of my heart this time.  Below are my group & knockout predictions, my player(s) to watch in each group, and my prediction for the golden boot!

Jordan’s Group Stage Predictions & Notes

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Group A: Uruguay & Egypt Advance

Assuming all is equal and fair, I think Egypt comes out on top of Russia for 2nd spot, however this IS Fifa, and this IS Russia, so I won’t be surprised if Russia finishes 2nd in the group.

Players to watch: Assuming Mohamed Salah is healthy, he is the best player in this group – and maybe the tournament.  He is coming off one hell of a year for Liverpool, and I honestly think if he wasn’t injured in the Champions league final, Liverpool would have won that game.  Causal fans of the game who only watch during the World Cup are going to love this guy!
Other players to watch in this group have to be Cavani & Suarez for Uruguay.  Suarez is good, but he’s a douche – you probably remember him as the guy who bit MULTIPLE players.

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I’d also keep a close eye on the refereeing during every game Russia is involved in.

Group B: Spain & Portugal Advance

I think Spain is going to rediscover some of it’s previous magic. They still have a ton of talent and besides Portugal, a fairly easy group.  Although Portugal may have the top player in the group Spain is deeper, and has a MUCH stronger back end & midfield.

Players to watch: Christiano Ronaldo is the best player in this group (even though it pains me to say that).  The most exciting player to watch in this group will be David Silva from Spain.

**Fun Drinking game Idea for the Spain vs Portugal game:  Take a drink anytime Ronaldo or Costa Dive or whine.  Bonus points if you are still alive after the first 15 minutes 🙂

Group C: France & Denmark Advance

France should have no problem winning this group, as they are clearly the best team in the group. Denmark should be able to secure second spot, although Australia & Peru are no pushovers.  This group should have a lot of fun & competitive games. Casual fans will probably develop a love for the Aussies, as they play a hard nose, direct game and their fans are great!

Players to watch: Almost the entire France team is made up of superstars, but keep an extra close eye on Paul Pogba (he will be the guy controlling the entire midfield), Antoine Griezmann (should score a lot of goals), and I am personally most excited to watch Kylian Mbbappe (He is only 19, but is going to be a star).  Denmark’s Christian Eriksen is far and away the best player on Denmark. He is super creative, and has one of the best crosses/passes you will see in the entire world. 38 year old Tim Cahill from Australia is worth noting as well.  He scored a wonder goal last world Cup (I was at the game), and even though he is almost 40, he led Australia in goals in qualifying.

Group D: Argentina & Iceland Advance

Okay, I may be picking slightly with my heart on this one.  Argentina should win this group no problem, but in all honesty, I think this is the group of death, and any of the remaining other teams could easily finish second.  I chose Iceland, mainly because it’s what I hope happens, especially after their magical run at the last Euro Cup (and so I can see more of their fans):

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Players to watch: Even the most casual of fans has probably heard of Messi.  He is, and has been the best player in the World for the last decade.  He does it all, and he does it at lightning speed.  Even as a hardcore supporter of another team, you can’t help but be in awe of him every time he touches the ball.  Sergio Aguero is another player to watch, he usually has no problem finding the back of the net, but with Messi feeding him passes, I expect a lot of goals from him.  Iceland is led by Gylfi Sigurdsson, and although he didn’t have a great season this year, and then he blew out his knee, which he is still recovering from…but when he is on his game, he is unbelievable – he should drive the majority of Iceland’s offence.  Croatia could just as easily finish 2nd in this group, and if they do it will be in large part to their creative midfield pair of Luka Modric & Ivan Rakitic.

Group E: Brazil & Switzerland Advance

It basically goes without saying that Brazil will advance into the knockout round at the World Cup. They are currently ranked 2nd in the world, and boast an incredibly deep team that has players who can score at will on most opponents. As usual, Brazil’s fate will depend on if they can keep the ball out of their own net.  Switzerland should finish 2nd in the group, although Costa Rica could surprise them.

Players to watch:  Much like France, half of the Brazil squad could be listed, however I’ll narrow it down to 3.  Neymar, who is on pace to break Pele’s goal scoring record for Brazil, is the main goal scoring threat, and is right up there with Messi in talks of best player in the world.  Also keep an eye on Roberto Firmino who had a great year at Liverpool and Phillipe Coutinho who can control the midfield beautifully.  Switzerland won’t be a super exciting team to watch, and doesn’t have the flair that a lot of teams do – but they are strong all around, and should be able to hold 2nd place.  The one player to keep an eye on for them is Xherdan Shaqiri, they call him the magic dwarf, but don’t let his size fool you – he is super shifty and can score regularly, having already scored 20 goals in 68 games for Switzerland.

Group F: Germany & Mexico Advance

As usual, Germany comes in with one of the strongest teams in the entire tournament, and should have no problem winning the group.  A few of their veteran players that everyone has come to know over the last decade are now gone (Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Mertesacker) however the cupboards were full of young talent, and this is a DEEP German team that could win the whole thing. Mexico should grab 2nd spot in the group, especially now that Zlatan is definitely not playing for Sweden.

Players to watch:  The German midfield is stacked with creative, skilled superstars. I couldn’t narrow it down to one, so keep an eye on Toni Kroos, Marco Reus & one of my favorite players Mesut Ozil.  Germany also boasts 2 (yes TWO) of the tournaments top goaltenders in Manuel Neuer & Ter Stegen. South Korea’s Son is one of the best players in this group, and has the ability and speed to score a lot of goals, however unless he plays completely out of his mind (which he is capable of) I don’t think S.Korea will make it out to the group stage.

Group G: Belgium & England Advance

Belgium should easily win this group, and luckily for England the rest of the group is pretty weak so I think they should secure second spot.  The Belgium club is currently ranked 3rd in the world, and when you look over their roster it’s easy to see why.  The entire team is made up of players who play on the top clubs in the top leagues in the world.  It’s hard to find a weakness on the Belgium squad which is why I am predicting a long, successful World Cup for them.

Players to watch:  Belgium is led up front by 2 superstars: Eden Hazard  & Romelu Lukaku.  In the midfield Kevin De Bruyne would be the main man to watch, however Nancer Chadli is also really good.  You will notice all of these guys because of how great they are…..you will probably also notice Marrouane Fellaini, because of his unbelievable hair (see below in this amazing photo that was capture of him getting hit in the face):

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England also has a few players to watch, most notably Harry Kane, who seems to be able to score at will the last few years.  England’s only hope of getting far at this tournament is if Harry Kane does Harry Kane like things and scores a LOT of goals.  The rest of the team is good – but not good enough.

Group H: Poland & Japan Advance

This group is tough to pick.  I feel like any of Poland, Japan or Columbia could win the group.  I decided on Poland & Japan to make it through, but honestly I can’t provide a real strong reason on why…Much like group C all the games should be exciting and competitive.

Players to watch:  Poland’s Robert Leweandowski is the best player in the group, he scored 16 goals in qualification which was a UEFA record.  All of Poland’s offence should flow through the 29 year old captain.  The other contender for best player in this group is Columbia’s James Rodriguez who had a coming out party at the last World Cup is another player who is hoping to rekindle some of that World Cup magic.  Japan will be led by the 2 “Shinji’s”, Shinji Kagawa & Shinji Okazaki.

 

Stage 2: Knockout Round:

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As mentioned earlier, I am expecting big things from Belgium and have predicted they make it all the way to the final, beating Japan, Brazil & France on the way.

I’m also predicting this is the year Messi finally wins something for Argentina.  He is going to show the world, that even without the strongest team, he is SO GOD DAMN GOOD, he can take a pretty good team, put it on his shoulders and win that whole thing.  It won’t be easy, but I have Argentina going all the way, and beating Denmark, Spain, Germany & Belgium to capture the Cup.

Golden Boot Winner: Lionel Messi

If Messi does’t win it, my money is on one of: Aguero, Lukaku, Griezzman, Neymar

 

I wrote this article for 3 reasons:

  1. As a Canadian, a lot of my friends aren’t huge soccer(Football) fans.  I wanted to give them, and other casual fans a quick easy way to look at each group, and which players to keep an eye out for if they were watching
  2. I wanted to post my predictions, so I could see how well I did
  3. I wanted to hear everyone’s opinion on how bad my predictions were..and what everyone else would predict.

In the comments, let me know who you are rooting for & what you think of my predictions!