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Dec 5, 2009

Last night the drawing of groups for FIFA World Cup 2010 was completed in Cape Town. Next year's World cup will feature two group of deaths - Group D and Group G. Out of both Group G looks terrible with Brazil, Ivory Coast, Portugal and North Korea. Argentina and Spain looks to have drawn into very easy group, but Spain has trouble in their hands with a possible meeting with either Ivory Coast or Portugal in the knockout stage, maybe even Brazil. Ivory Costa feature in the group of death in the 2006 edition and will consider themselves extremely unlucky featuring once again in the Death Group. France which was featured in pot 4 got into a very goood group. The Groups are



Group A
South Africa
Mexico
Uruguay
France

Group B
Argentina
Nigeria
South Korea
Greece

Group C
England
USA
Algeria
Slovenia

Group D
Germany
Australia
Serbia
Ghana

Group E
Netherland
Denmark
Japan
Cameroon

Group F
Italy
Paraguay
New Zealand
Slovakia

Group G

Brazil
South Korea
Ivory Coast
Portugal

Group H
Spain
Switzerland
Honduras
Chile

I am just going through each group and the possible qualifier. Group A most probably will see France and Mexico qualifying. After being in pot 4, it is like a lottery for France to feature in such a weak group. Argentina is expected to top group B but I am not yet clear whom among the other three will make cut. I believe Nigeria owing to the support has abetter chance to perform than others.
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This makes it important for France to top their group as they could face Argentina if they don't. In Group C I can see two clear qualifier - England and USA. But group D is tough - Germany looks like may top the group but Serbia and Ghan are very well organised sides. My pics will be Ghana and Germany. Yes I expect Ghana to top the group. Netherlands has a very easy group and is expected to top the group. Denmark and Japan may be good teams but I expect the crowd support to see Cameroon through. Meanwhile Italy and Paraguay looks like the possible qualifiers from Group F. Now comes Group G. Everybody expects Brazil and Portugal to make the cut. But I don't think so. I expect Brazil and Ivory Coast to qualify from this team. The Elephants are in great form and they have a team with enough experience with the likes of Toure brothers, Kalou, Drogba, Eboue, Emmanuel Koné, Arouna Koné etc. Their form in the qualification campaign has been excellent whereas Portugal were far from perfect in their campaign. Portugal always struggle in World Cups and will definitely struggle against a very physical Ivory Coast. And most importantly being an African team the crowd can be expected to be behind Ivory Coast. The most important match of this group will be the opening match between Ivory Coast and Portuga. Portugal has to win this to proceed to the next stage. Meanwhile Ivory Coast can try to draw their first two matches and still qualify well with a good win against North Korea. But everyone in this group will be hoping to top the group as nobody would like to face Spain in the next round. Group G will have Spain and Chile as qualifier.

3 comments:

Eloy said...

I agree with you that the group G is the death group, but I disagree with you on the second group of death being group D, in my opinion a death group must have three strong teams, Germany is OK, Ghana is OK, but Serbia and Australia has nothing to do there, they are weak teams. Now take a look at group A South Africa being the weakest team, but the other three are strong teams, France being the strongest with one World Championship, Mexico, although not a World Champion but in the past four World Cups have been qualifying for 1/4 finals, Uruguay, two times World Champions, these teams when compared to Serbia and Australia, are strong enough by statistics and numbers to be the second death group.

Bibin said...

Serbia is a very well organised team. They have comfortably topped a group consisting of France. So I still think they will not be push over. As far as Group A is concerned. Mexico will be a threat to France.But Uruguay is nowhere near thier previous forms. So they can be dealt easily by Mexico and France. But again, there is a certain amount of uncertainity. If South Africa manage to carry on with their performance in confederation cup, then that group will turn out to be very interesting.

SF said...

"Uruguay, two times World Champions, these teams when compared to Serbia and Australia, are strong enough by statistics and numbers to be the second death group."
Don't forget Australia beat Uruguay to get to the 2006 World Cup. Wouldn't be surprised to see Australia move past Ghana and Serbia

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