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Saturday, December 10, 2005

World Cup draws

The World Cup is less than six months away, and the final draws are out. As always, some groups are expected to be tougher than the rest.

Hosts Germany have an easy group A. Of Poland, Ecuador and Costa Rica, I think the Poles will make it to the next round. The whole of England should be celebrating as their group doesn't offer much threat either. Sweden is tipped to be the other favourite in this group. But, as Geoff Hurst has opined, England might take Paraguay easily at their own peril.

Group of Death

Netherlands v/s Argentina. What a mouth-watering clash! Throw in Ivory Coast, with their overrated striker Didier Drogba, and Serbia and the world calls it the Group of Death! My personal feeling is that the Dutch and the heroes from South America will qualify. But hey, the Argentinians are sometimes chokers, right?

Portugal, Mexico, Iran and Angola. No comments.

Featuring Italy, Czech Republic, the USA and Ghana, Group E is, I think, the toughest. Maybe that's because I blindly support the Azzuri, and they are bigtime chokers. Italy should realise that they cannot expect to win every single game 1-0. That's boring. Italy & Czech.

Brazil are always favourites to win any tournament they take part in. Among Croatia, Australia and Japan, Guus Hiddink could be the difference. Socceroos!

The prevalent opinion about France is that the team is past its prime. That should make group G interesting. South Korea who played good football and rode their luck last time might pip Switzerland and Togo, and join les Bleus.

Spain should sail into the next round easily. Ukraine's powerhouse Shevchenko should see them through to the next round over Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

Overall, an interesting draw. Some real treats right from the first week. Each World Cup throws in some dark horses, and that would make it even more wonderful. Can't wait for the action to kick-off. Germany take on Costa Rica, June 9. Planet Football, get ready!

3 Comments:

Blogger J Anderson said...

Love England's luck!

12/10/2005 03:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Jupe said...

Ditto every single remark in that post for me...Assuming my Azzuri get through and i think they will finish behind the Czechs, there is the mouth watering prospect of Brazil facing them in the second round and that for me should be the tie of the WC... Till then fingers crossed :-)

Keep penning

ps: Loved ur Thavamai review.. yet to see the flick... will comment in detail once I see it in the hall.. damn Blore !!

12/14/2005 12:49:00 AM  
Blogger airanand said...

yes.. some really good round 1 matches in store!! me too waiting..

12/28/2005 09:22:00 PM  

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