Malaika Tetsch, 29
Germany, of course! We have a way of always coming good, and saving our best for tournaments and, anyway, fate says it is our turn. 2006 World Cup 3rd place, 2008 European Championships 2nd place, 2010 World Cup — winners!
Keiji Kato, 36
Shop manager (Japanese)
My heart says Spain but, to be honest, I quite fancy Brazil. They don’t seem to have any real stars, as in the past, but they do seem to have togetherness, and, under Dunga, are playing as a team all over the field, not just attacking.
Farsad Darvishsefat, 49
It has to be Holland’s turn at last. They are so quick — in speed of thought, and on the floor with the ball. They were so unlucky in the 1970s, when they had the best team. I think they’re close to their peak again this year. Go Orange!
Aya Kakigawa, 35
Soccer coach (Japanese)
Spain. No, maybe Argentina. Lionel Messi is amazing. If he can fulfill his destiny in this tournament then Argentina could win it, but I feel that Spain is better-equipped to win it, really. Yes, I’ll go with Spain!
Toshio Takahashi, 68
England! Wayne Rooney is phenomenal and he could take them all the way. To be honest, though, I really hope Spain wins it. If Torres, Fabregas and Iniesta prove their fitness, it could well be a Spain-England final.
Derek Voss, 35
Company employee (U.S.)
The LA Lakers have got it all! No wait, you’re talking soccer? I reckon France might edge it from Brazil, even though Brazil is everyone’s favorites. Being American, can I seriously say USA? Maybe not, but it’d be nice!
Tired of vox pops from Tokyo? Interested in gathering views in your local area? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org