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Announcing the World Cup champion!

 
 
Without much more ado: Our final World Cup prediction!
 
For those just tuning in, the Des Moines Menace and Maniac, the team’s lovable mascot, have been working hard to predict the winner of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
 
All of Maniac’s plans have backfired, though. In our first attempt, Maniac predicted Kazakhstan to win it all. Unfortunately, Kazakhstan failed to make the Round of 16, forcing the Menace to take a new approach.
 
Running through a list of options, Maniac found a solution: use the Premier Development League players to settle it all! We took our men’s team, sprinkled in a few guest players, and the results have been mostly correct!
 
Our first round of games predicted the winners of the Round of 16 and Quarterfinals, and we asked you the fans to stay tuned for the epic finales!
 
Through the first two rounds, Maniac’s was 7-5 on his predictions, but only guessed one of the semifinalists correctly.
 
We are excited to unveil our prediction of the 2014 FIFA World Cup winner. For one team to stand alone, it took four rounds of games on a sultry, summer day at Valley Stadium. Maniac used all of his prognosticating powers and came up with this year’s champion.
 
Please, sit back and enjoy the finale, and join us for our watch party Sunday at the Des Moines Social Club, to see if our prediction is correct.
 
 
Rosters:
Brazil: Fernando Machado and Cody Winter                                                                                            
Mexico: AJ Jeffries and Sean Dong                                                                                             
Netherlands: Dylan Lax and Chris Hellmann                                                                                
Chile: Matthew DeWitt (intern) and Matt Homonoff (general manager)
Colombia: Brandon Fricke and John Lujano                                                                                             
Greece: Paul Blanchette and Tim Dobrowolski                                                                                         
Costa Rica: Tim Krautheim and Nico Wright                                                                                            
Uruguay: Charlie Bales and Ryan Howe                                                                                      
France: Mike Jeffries (head coach) and Jordan Becker
Switzerland: Jonny Macadam and Eric Ratcliff (equipment manager)
Argentina: Ryan Howe and Christian Castillo                                                                                           
Nigeria: Ali Sodal and Colin Whittie                                                                                            
Germany: Jacob Speed and Sean Hoek                                                                                      
USA: Jaden Irvin (equipment manager) and Grant Bell
Belgium: Mike Semenza and Mueng Sunday                                                                                           
Algeria: Alec Bartlett and Matt Kennedy (assistant coach)
 
Video and story by Matthew DeWitt, posted Wednesday, July 9, 2014


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