Friday, December 09, 2005

2006 World Cup in Germany draw announced

The 2006 World Cup group stages draw has been announced in Leipzig tonight. The 32 teams are now set in their respective groups, below are the groups.

Group A
Costa Rica

Hmm, if there is always a group of death, this is the group of sleep. Can anyone pick a match in this group which will end more than 1-0?

Group B
Trinidad and Tobago

England face defensively stubborn Paraguay in their first match and must play Sweden which they have not beaten since the ‘60’s. England and Sweden are clear favorites to take the group though.

Group C
Ivory Coast
Serbia and Montenegro

This is the group of death in my view. Ivory Coast could surprise anyone. Serbia won their qualifying group handily and Argentina and Holland must play their final group match in a repeat of the 1978 final. All games worth watching.

Group D

Angola will face Portugal in the first game, their former colonial masters, in what should be a heated contest. This looks the easiest group in the entire 8 group draw. Portugal, Euro 2004 finalists, and Mexico should easily go thru.

Group E
Czech Republic

This is a tough group. Any team, on the day, could pull a surprise and show Italy, 3 time winners the door. That said, it should be Italy and the Czech Rep to go thru.

Group F

Japan coach Zico must face his home country. Otherwise not a lot to say about this group other than you know who will see the next round with ease.

Group G
South Korea

France face the ever difficult South Korean’s but otherwise have a relatively easy ride. Switzerland could pose problems but rarely show up on the big stage.

Group H
Saudi Arabia

Spain will face tough tests against Ukraine and African champs Tunisia. It’s a toss between those three but should be Spain and Ukraine.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

USA has alot to do, dont be suprised if they do!

12/10/2005 10:32 AM  
Anonymous skeetskeet said...

Portugal and Italy have shown disappointing form lately. They will have to turn things around to convince me, especially Italy with their tough group.

12/12/2005 6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You never mentioned who will be going through to the next round from Brazil's group...

12/15/2005 6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So basically you're saying no African team will reach the second round? I think you underestimate them. My guess is that Ghana will come through and don't be surprised if Togo, Tunisia en Angola do as well.

12/21/2005 4:01 PM  
Blogger backcare said...

Thank you for your blogger about world cup.As a big fans of football,I’d like exchange information with you.
Motto of different country FIFA2006 world cup team
1.We are football Germany
2.orange on the road to gold Netherlands
3.Liberte,Egalite,Jules Rimet France
4.Never-ending legend,united Korea
5.2006,It's Swiss o'clock
6.A passion to win and a thirst to succeed country
7.angola lead the way,our team is our people
8.get up,argentina are on the move
9.australia's socceroos-bound for glory
10.vehicle monitored by 180 million brazilian hearts
11.our army is the team,our weapon is the ball,let's get to germany and give it our all Costarica
12.ecuador my life,football my passion,the cup my goal
13.come on the elephants!win the cup in style country
14.one nation,one trophy,eleven lions ENGLAND
15.go black stars,the stars of our world Ghana
16.stars of Persia
17.blue pride,italy in our hearts
18.light up your samurai spirit Japan
19.to the finals with fire in our hearts Croatia
20.aztec passion across the world
21.from the heart of america...this is the guarani spirit
22.white and red,dangerous and brave Poland
23.with a flag in the window and a nation on the pitch,forca Portugal
24.the green hawks cannot be stopped Saudi Arabia
25.fight!show spirit!come on!you have the support of everyone Sweden
26.for the love of the game country
27.spain,one country,one goal
28 with our support,ukraine cannot fail to win
29.here come the soca warriors-the fighting spirit of the Caribbean
30.belief and a lion's strength,for victory and our fans Czech
31.the carthage eagles...higher and stronger than evercountry
32.united we play,united we winUNITED STATE
Dr Han(football fans) fromwww.fifaworldcup-yahoo.co.uk

5/19/2006 11:59 AM  
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