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Sourav Ganguly predicts Germany-Netherlands clash in FIFA World Cup 2014 final

Sourav Ganguly said he would rather see a Brazil versus Argentina final in the FIFA World Cup 2014 © AFP
Sourav Ganguly said he would rather see a Brazil versus Argentina final in the FIFA World Cup 2014 © AFP

Kolkata: Jul 7, 2014

Former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, who is set to fly off to England for commentary assignments, will miss celebrating his birthday with family at home when he turns 42 on July 8, 2014, but Bengal’s favourite son promises to be updated with all the FIFA World Cup 2014 football action.

“That’s the way it is, can’t help,” Ganguly said before leaving for New Delhi to catch a late night flight to London.

Commenting on the final phase of the FIFA World Cup 2014, Ganguly predicted a Germany-Netherlands final in the summit clash on July 13.

“Obviously as a football fan I would love to see a Brazil-Argentina final, but going by the form it looks to be Germany versus the Netherlands,” said the Prince of Kolkata.

Ganguly will be doing commentary for India’s tour of England 2014. The tour comprises of a five-match Test series. The first Test will be played in Nottingham at Trent Bridge from July 9, 2014, onwards.

The five-match Test series will be followed by a five-match One-Day International (ODI) series. Then there will be a lone Twenty20 International on September 7.

On the cricketing front, India begin their gruelling two-month tour of England with the first of the five Tests starting at Trent Bridge on July 9 as the MS Dhoni‘s men would be desperate to reclaim the lost glory after being swept aside 0-4 in the 2011 series.

Ganguly, however, said India could fancy their chances as it would not be the same English side after their 0-1 loss to Sri Lanka in the just-concluded series.

“India have the ingredients to beat this England side. It’s not the same side that beat us in 2011. If the boys live up to their potential and put up some fight then they can turn it around,” Ganguly said.

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