Diego Maraotter shapes up for round of 16

Last updated 12:35 27/06/2014
stuff.co.nz

After a short break, Maraotter is back and ready to pick the winners in the final rounds of the FIFA World Cup.

Relevant offers

Football

World's best junior footballers follow in the footsteps of the game's greatest players Sepp Blatter out of sight as Fifa corruption scandal deepens Australia's $500,000 payment to corrupt Fifa executive Jack Warner under scrutiny Clayton Lewis predicts opening win for Junior All Whites in Fifa U-20 World Cup Fifa officials in New Zealand refuse to answer questions about Zurich arrests Arsenal chasing record 12th FA Cup triumph against Aston Villa at Wembley State-of-the-art artificial football fields open in Christchurch Fifa corruption scandal: Lavish lifestyle of football whistleblower Chuck Blazer Fifa corruption: Executives in the firing line Fifa corruption: 2018, 2022 World Cup bids targeted in Swiss probe

Diego Maraotter is leaving nothing to chance; no hand of God moments for him.

Our football pundit has spent the past week in training for the football World Cup playoffs, starting Sunday (see the above video).

Maraotter, eschewing all relations with his Wag, said he was determined to build on his picks lead (6-5) over football writers Tony Smith and Sam Worthington.

He had been studying the methods of world beaters like Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Rocky Balboa.

"I have been doing a lot of running up steps and raising my paws aloft. I just wish I had a pair of grey tracksuit pants like Rocky. Those things are sexy time."

Maraotter said his Wellington Zoo trainer had been ensuring his diet was of the highest quality.

"The playoffs will not be my Babylon. Alexander failed to learn his food lesson - it killed him, obviously."

He said Worthington and Smith had spent too much time sitting on their tuffs, relying on their so-called experience.

"I'm going to channel that marauder Genghis and they will feel the wrath of Khan," he said, without even the hint of a smirk.

* We will feature Maraotter, Smith and Worthington's picks for the Brazil vs Chile match tomorrow.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Burnley retain their EPL status?

Yes, they've found a winning formula

Maybe, but there’s a long way to go

No. They lack quality in certain areas

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content