Friday, December 4, 2009

Promising Draws For USA and S. Korea

Both South Korea and the US should be optimistic with the Groups they were drawn for the 2010 World Cup. Both USA and ROK were lucky not to draw Spain/Brazil from Pot 1 nor Portugal/France from Pot 4.

USA find themselves in Group C with England, Algeria, and Slovenia. England should be the obvious favorite in the Group. England is not the strongest team from Pot 1 and usually struggle playing away from home. Many speculate that English players (as well as other Europeans) struggle in hot weather as well. It is hard to argue if you consider that no European team has ever won a World Cup outside of European soil. Although June will be winter in South Africa, hopefully a nice hot June 12th in Rustenburg will occur and play to the American's advantage.

Republic of Korea is in Group B with Argentina, Nigeria, and Greece joining them. This is a very evenly matched group. The obvious favorite to win the Group, Argentina, has more questions than answers. They easily have the most talent but with their disastrous qualifying round and the drug obsessed coach (Maradona), anything could happen with Argentina. The other three teams have an even chance to advance to the next round in my unexpert opinion. I'll be pulling for Korea myself (as for now anyway).

* My possible dark horse, Ivory Coast, drew both Brazil and Portugal. I'd like to take that one back.

* The host country, South Africa drew three teams ranked in the top 15 in the world(Uruguay, France, and Mexico). The host country usually plays well but it would be a near miracle for S. Africa to make it out of the first round.

Too bad we have to wait so long for the first game, which incidently is June 11th Mexico vs South Africa.

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