2010 FIFA World Cup Thread

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    Today it all starts to get a bit serious and the countdown (currently 188 days) truly begins. For fans of The Beautiful Game, life basically stops for a little under a month once every 4 years. It is the most watched sporting even in the world (well ahead of the Olympics). In 2006, 300 million people watched the World Cup Draw, with the cumulative total for the tournament itself at well over 25 billion people, and with over 700 million watching the final itself.

    Coverage of the draw for the 2010 World Cup Group Stage is on ESPN2 starting at noon today. Of the 200+ countries that started playing in the Qualification Rounds well over a year ago, the 32 Qualifying Teams (with regions and current world ranking) are as follows. Asterisks denote the number of World Cups each country has won.

    From Europe
    Spain (1)
    Netherlands (3)
    Italy**** (4)
    Portugal (5)
    Germany*** (6)
    France* (7)
    England* (9) :clap2:
    Greece (12)
    Switzerland (18)
    Serbia (20)
    Denmark (26)
    Slovenia (33)
    Slovakia (34)

    From Northern and Central America
    USA (14)
    Mexico (15)
    Honduras (38)

    From South America
    Brazil***** (2)
    Argentina** (8)
    Chile (17)
    Uruguay** (19)
    Paraguay (30)

    From Africa
    Cameroon (11)
    Ivory Coast (16)
    Nigeria (22)
    Algeria (28)
    Ghana (37)
    South Africa (86)

    From Asia and Oceania
    Australia (21)
    Japan (43)
    South Korea (52)
    New Zealand (77)
    North Korea (84)

    I'll update with details of the draw as they become available. This world cup will be particularly interesting for 3 main reasons from my POV:

    1. This will be the 19th World Cup, but it's the first time the tournament has been played in Africa, and only the 3rd time it has been played outside Europe or Central/South America, the other 2 being the 1994 (USA) and 2002 (Japan and South Korea) tournaments.

    2. When playing outside their home continent, only one team has won the world cup - Brazil. In fact, Brazil has done it 3 times (Sweden in 1958, USA in 1994 and Japan / South Korea in 2002).

    3. When any nation wins the tournament 3 times, they get to keep the trophy. This happened when Brazil won the original trophy (the Jules Rimet Trophy) outright in 1970. After that, a new trophy (pictured below) was introduced. Since the first tournament that the new trophy was used (1974), 4 teams have won the World Cup twice each: Brazil (1994, 2002), Germany (1974, 1990), Italy (1982, 2006) and Argentina (1978, 1986 cheating bastards). If any of those 4 teams wins in 2010, they keep the trophy.

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    They should have stuck France in with all the also-rans.
     
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    The Hand of God II

    Steve McManaman's one of the studio guests on ESPN2. Nice to hear a scouse accent.
     
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    USA just got drawn in England's group!
     
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    that could work for the usa...

    love the wolrd cup...i will be taking the entire month off..........
     
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    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
    Netherlands
    Denmark
    Japan
    Cameroon

    Group F
    Italy
    Paraguay
    New Zealand
    Slovakia

    Group G
    Brazil
    North Korea
    Ivory Coast
    Portugal

    Group H
    Spain
    Switzerland
    Honduras
    Chile
     
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    England and USA will be expected to get through the group.

    First place in Group C then plays runner up in Group D, and vice versa. Germany will likely win Group D. The runner up will come from Australia, Serbia and Ghana. Given the choice, I'd prefer to avoid Germany, so the USA / England game is critical.

    All in all this is a really good draw for both the U.S. and England.
     
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    i see slovenia going through with england.....

    group of death is G

    argentina italy germany spain and holland have a cake walk...
     
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    Imagine how embarrassing it would have been for New Zealand not to have advanced out of the Oceania Round with their competition being Fiji, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga, and American Samoa.
     
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    they used to have australia in that group ....and nz would have to have a play off with a south american country....
     

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