South Africa to Santa Barbara Day 5: Gauchos Pick a Winner

It is a simple question: who is going to win?


Follow the 2010 World Cup with the men's and women's UCSB soccer programs all tournament long on UCSBgauchos.com. "South Africa to Santa Barbara: The Cup is Coming" will provide daily commentary on the day's biggest storylines, featuring video interviews with Gaucho soccer players and men's head coach, Tim Vom Steeg.

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A year ago, Spain entered the 2009 Confederations Cup No. 1 in the world according to FIFA's annual rankings. After breezing through the opening rounds, the Spaniards hit a wall against the United States by dropping a 2-0 decision in what remains one of the biggest wins in the Yanks' history.

This year, Spain returns to the stage in the 2010 FIFA World Cup ranked No. 2 on the planet, trailing only Brazil. With La Liga stars like Xavi, Andres Iniesta, and David Villa headlining a stacked roster, fans across the world have Spain tabbed as one of the favorites to take this year's title. However, things don't always go as planned.

Will a traditional powerhouse like Brazil, Argentina, Italy, or Germany add another tournament title to the trophy case? Maybe the tournament will go according to hype and see Netherlands or Portugal make it all the way through.

Who do you have winning this year's World Cup?

We asked members of the UCSB soccer program the same question. To see what they said, click here.

The answers might surprise you.

The UCSB soccer program is preparing for the 2010 College Cup being hosted by UCSB on Dec. 10-12 at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. Season tickets start at just $75 and include one ticket to all home men and women's regular season games and one College Cup All Session ticket. UCSB staff and faculty can purchase their season tickets for a reduced rate of $50.

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