Conservatives aren't SUPPOSED to like the World Cup, but I've never had a problem with the game of soccer itself. That's what a father who was born and raised in Europe and a brother who played college and professional soccer will do for you. The game gets a bit dull at times, and the constant diving (Nicky and I call it "flailing") is irritating, but it's very easy to "get into" the World Cup -- far easier than the Olympics. The haphazard administration of the game -- constantly veering between chaos and tyranny -- is another matter. Why is soccer refereeing so inconsistent and, at times, downright incompetent? Why is it so difficult to make use of instant replay for goal decisions, at the very least? Why do soccer officials always give off an unmistakable air of supercilious arrogance? This must be what being ruled by the UN would be like... or at least the European Union.
For the Final, I'll take my cue from the Disney comics world and pick Germany and the Netherlands to beat Spain and Uruguay, respectively. Then, the Dutch break their duck (pun sort of intended) and beat Germany to win the Cup for the first time.