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World Cup thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by ManlyBacker, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    Australia will open its World Cup campaign against three-time champion Germany in Durban.

    The draw was staged at a glittering ceremony in Cape Town early this morning, with the Socceroos also being pitted against Ghana and Serbia in Group D.

    The first match against Germany will kick off on Monday, June 14 at 12:00am (AEST).

    The Socceroos then take on Ghana in Rustenburg on Saturday, June 16 at 9:30pm before rounding out their group clashes against the Serbs in Nelspruit on Thursday, June 24 at 4:30am.

    Sixth-ranked Germany will be the Socceroos' most difficult opponent, having qualified for the last four Cup finals as well as reaching the Euro 2008 decider.

    Their last clash was a thrilling 4-3 win for Germany at the 2005 Confederations Cup in Frankfurt.

    Ghana joined Australia in reaching the last 16 of the 2006 World Cup, while Serbia topped its qualifying group in front of 1998 world champion France.

    The Serbs are currently ranked 20th in the world, one place ahead of Australia, while Ghana, which features Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, is 37th.
     
  2. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    I know it is 7 months away but it is on again.

    That is a very tough draw for Australia. Some countries just received a walk-up to the Finals like England and Spain. NZ look well placed to have a shot getting Italy (ggrrrr), Paraguay and Slovakia. And on World rankings France should be in the twenties on current form and as we know lucky to be there.

    Full list is:
    Group A
    South Africa
    Mexico
    Uruguay
    France

    Group B
    Argentina
    Nigeria
    South Korea
    Greece

    Group C
    England
    United States
    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


    Current FIFA rankings of the 32 qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa from June 11 to July 11:

    1. Spain
    2. Brazil
    3. Netherlands
    4. Italy
    5. Portugal
    6. Germany
    7. France
    8. Argentina
    9. England
    11. Cameroon
    12. Greece
    14. United States
    15. Mexico
    16. Ivory Coast
    17. Chile
    18. Switzerland
    19. Uruguay
    20. Serbia
    21. Australia
    22. Nigeria
    26. Denmark
    28. Algeria
    30. Paraguay
    33. Slovenia
    34. Slovakia
    37. Ghana
    38. Honduras
    43. Japan
    52. South Korea
    77. New Zealand
    84. North Korea
    86. South Africa

    Note: Croatia (10) were the highest ranked team not to qualify and Russia (13) the only other top-20 country who failed to make it.
     
  3. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    Its not a bad group to be in, the Germans always seem to fire no matter where they are ranked at the time so having them as the top ranked team in the group isnt so bad. We are fighting it out with serbia and ghana, both team we can beat but we will have to earn our tights to get through.

    Group G is a tough one - ivory coast at 16 are up against 2nd and 5th ranked teams, that would have been a bad draw for us

    Group A
    South Africa 86
    Mexico 15
    Uruguay 19
    France 7

    Group B
    Argentina 8
    Nigeria 22
    South Korea 52
    Greece 12

    Group C
    England 9
    United States 14
    Algeria 28
    Slovenia 33

    Group D
    Germany 6
    Australia 21
    Serbia 20
    Ghana 37

    Group E
    Netherlands 3
    Denmark 26
    Japan 43
    Cameroon 11

    Group F
    Italy 4
    Paraguay 30
    New Zealand 77
    Slovakia 43

    Group G
    Brazil 2
    North Korea 84
    Ivory Coast 16
    Portugal 5

    Group H
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    Switzerland 18
    Honduras 38
    Chile 17
     
  4. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    I'm hoping some of the African sides (particularly Nigeria and Cameroon) can make a run deep into the competition on home soil.  Australia would have to fancy their chances of progressing, with the game versus Ghana the key.  They will have the crowd against them and the Aussie Super 14 sides have traditionally hated going to Rustenberg.  Last time NSW played there they were goaded as sheep shaggers by the ground announcer for the entire game.  What you'd expect from a Boer stronghold.
     

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