Football is full of predictions, who will X team sign next, who will win Y league etc, and it isn't just the betting companies who put their necks on the line, players often find a way to say things which will come back to haunt them in hindsight fairly often too. What are some of your favourite failed predictions?
Here are two of my favourites:
1. Pele, a terrific footballer no doubt even if you are one of those who claim he couldn't have done it in a ''better'' league, but either way, he's no Paul the Octopus -
''Ahead of England's quarterfinal game against Brazil. He (Nicky Butt) was named "the best player of the England squad" by Brazilian legend Pele a compliment to his performance in the unattractive holding role. England eventually crashed out of the World Cup after a 2–1 defeat to Brazil.''
- Perhaps a bit unfair as it is just Pele's opinion after all, however wrong it may be.
1. Gerrard claiming Joe Cole could win the player of the year award (as if the Messi comparisons weren't bad enough) - ''He used to shock us in training by doing footy tricks with a golf ball that most players can't even do with a football. I really fancy Joe for the [player of the year] award this season."
- not sure this deserves a comment. Steven I salute you.
Any others you'd like to share?
Arsenal would win the Quadruple.