The World Cup Draw

As the anticipation began to take over and the continued coverage on Sky Sports News with the yellow ticker working over time to advertise the up-coming draw I had only one thought.

GET IT OVER WITH.

Not for any other reason than the hype had begun to become annoying and this needed to be replaced by the excitement of the actual tournament beginning next June (though 188 days still remain until the tournament begins).

The seedings had been decided appropriately (October’s rankings instead of November due to the play-offs) and without offering any more major controversy for FIFA in the build-up to this tournament.

Speaking of controversy, FIFA had rightly denied the Irish FA a chance to become the 33rd team in the tournament, this allowed FIFA to remove itself from any possible appeals from other nations, namely Costa Rica.

Finally the thought of Sepp Blatter declaring the World Cup coming to Africa as a ‘love story’ was more than I could take and left me feeling queasy!

Now I hear you say, who drew who!

Below are the group draws for your perusal, what do you think of the draw? 

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

My thoughts are as follows;

After the usual pomp of a draw or presentation for all the world to see, the draw in my opinion brought together a reasonable draw for England.

It isn’t easy against any side at this stage of a major tournament but avoiding nations like France, Portugal, Ivory Coast, South Korea and Cameroon will be pleasing to Fabio Capello and his team.

The draw itself threw up some interesting groups with Group G and Group D taking the tag of so-called ‘group of death’ with England if successful enough to progress facing the winner or runner-up from Group D.

Now that the draw is clarified we can now all look forward to the tournament commencing next June with the opening game between South Africa and Mexico taking centre stage.

England begin the following day against arguably their toughest opponents, USA, win this and qualification should be an easy achievement.

Stand out games from the group stages will include;

  • Brazil v Portugal
  • Germany v Australia
  • Spain v Chile
  • Netherlands v Denmark

But with it being the World Cup all games will be a pleasure to watch and if you are as big a football fan as I am then you will be watching as many of the matches as possible,

Also for your perusal, why not familiarise yourself with the country of South Africa, the geographic placing of the cities in use for the tournament and the stadia within those said cities from the map below.

Thanks very much for reading and I hope you are looking forward to the tournament as much as I am.

Cheers.

Gaffers

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