We are just 6 months away from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Thirty-two teams will compete in one of the world’s biggest sporting events. Today the group stage draw took place with the world watching to see which teams would be in which groups. The 8 groups look like this:
South Africa (hosts)
South Africa plays Mexico to open the World Cup on June 11th. Can’t say the hosts got a good draw at all. Those are three tough teams to play….maybe South Africa can beat France on a controversial call? Justice served hopefully.
Why do I get the feeling Argentina won’t make it out of group stage? I absolutely hate watching Greece play. Extremely boring style. With attacking-sides like Nigeria and Argentina in the group maybe it will force Greece to open up their game.
England vs. USA – Saturday, June 12th, 2:30 PM ET/11:30 AM PT. Mark it down. Either the US repeats 1950 with a shock win, or potentially the biggest soccer-watching audience in American history witnesses points shared or a US loss.
Australia breezed through Asian WC qualifying so let’s see how improved they are since their round of 16 run in Germany last time around. Ghana also had a successful debut in 2006, also advancing to the round of 16 before bowing out against Brazil. Their midfield is quite impressive, led by Chelsea’s Michael Essien.
This looks like the most compelling group of the World Cup. Cameroon have played World Cup spoiler before and even went as far as the quarterfinals once. Japan always gives you a good scrap and it seems like The Netherlands are one of the hottest teams in the world, not losing a single game in the World Cup qualifiers.
Pretty easy group for the world champions.
Poor North Korea. First World Cup since 1966 and you get thrown to the wolves. That’s right folks this is the group of death. Ivory Coast really can’t catch a break either. Netherlands and Argentina last time around and now Brazil and Portugal.
Spain once again gets an easy draw in the World Cup. They are favorites to win it all this time around, maybe this loaded squad featuring Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso can break their underachieving WC run after their Euro 2008 triumph.
The official World Cup schedule is set but I will hold off any postings on that until full TV rights and commentary crews are known.
Expect plenty of previews and live-blog coverage of the first ever World Cup of Soccer held in Africa.
Oh, and someone tell Alexi Lalas there is NO ONE on Portugal’s squad named “Christopher Ronaldo”.