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  1. efin98

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    Surprised nobody posted this yet but Friday the pools for the 2010 World Cup to be played in South Africa were announced.

    USA got assigned to Group C and is ranked 14th in the world going in...draw in the group was England(#9 ranked in the world), Algeria(#28 ranked), and Slovenia(#25). Tough draw for the US but could be much worse...

    Group A features host South Africa(#86 ranked), Mexico(#15 ranked), Uruguay(#19 ranked), and France(#7 ranked).

    Group B features Argentina(#8 ranked), Nigeria(#22 ranked), South Korea(#52 ranked), and Greece(#12 ranked)

    Group D features Germany(#6 ranked), Australia(#21 ranked), Serbia(#20 ranked), and Ghana(#38 ranked)

    Group E features Netherlands(#3 ranked), Denmark(#27 ranked), Japan(#43), and Cameroon(#11 ranked).

    Group F features Italy(#4 ranked), Paraguay(#30 ranked), New Zealand(#77 ranked), and Slovakia(#34 ranked)

    Group G features Brazil(#2 ranked), North Korea(#84 ranked), Ivory Coast(#16 ranked), and Portugal(#5 ranked). Group G has been nicknamed this tournament's "group of death".

    Group H features Spain(#1 ranked), Switzerland(#18 ranked), Honduras(#39 ranked), and Chile(#17 ranked).
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    I hope France goes 0-3.
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    They play South Africa...little chance of that happening. 1-2 maybe within reason if they have some injury trouble but 2-1 or 1-1-1 is most likely for them.
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    go france! (or USA!)
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    US got a pretty nice draw in my opinion. Hopefully they win the first game and build enough momentum to get into the round of 16. Not playing in Europe may help, since they normally suck there.
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    Everyone always looks past the US team when in actual fact it's a pretty good side. Both England and the USA will be liking their group and be confident of qualifying from it. Henry and his hand saw France in South Africa, they haven't looked anything like a good team but still always end up there or there abouts come the final.

    I love the World Cup but it doesn't seen to have the aura it did in past decades for me. Still, the quality of football from the different cultures in the competition is always good to watch and it's great it's here again.....already.
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    I think the US got a great draw - it could have been England, Cote d'Ivoire, and Portugal/France instead of Algeria and Slovenia. I think the US beats Slovenia, though Algeria is a strong side.
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    Great draw for us. You know that match against England will be hyped up especially due to the Donovan vs Beckham factor. I'm really excited for the World Cup along with the MLS 2010 season and whatever second tier team we'll end up having here in Minny.
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    US Soccer Sucks...



    I hate Soccer why am I even on here?



    I do watch WC thou...... I like acting.

    They dive so creatively:) what a joke
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    Are they "buddies" now or what? :D It's not Beckhams fault he can hack it on the big European stage and Donovan couldn't. Still, Everton have just signed him on loan so Landon will be polluting my city for a few months.
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    The US got a favorable draw considering what it could have been. Of course, while Algeria and Slovenia aren't household names to most casual fans, those teams aren't the pushovers many assume them to be. They could each beat the US going away. The US has to play sound soccer to win those games.

    England is beatable, but they've been playing well under Fabio Capello. England has always had terrific talent. They've just struggled to play on the same page. This WC could be a different.

    The US will likely end up with 4 points. Lose to England, tie Algeria, beat Slovenia. I think it could come down to goal differential in the end. I think England is close to a lock to make it out of this group, which leads me to believe the battle will be for 2nd place. Hopefully they get 6 points and make it easy on us.
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    I second that.
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    Can't wait for the world cup, the atmosphere just watching in pubs is amazing. Love it.

    Wish i could go to South Africa, England always have the largest following of supporters :(
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    Brazil will win it
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    Just seen the stadium that will be used for the England v USA game. It's a horrible stadium, athletic tracks ruin atmosphere so much.

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    I've never agreed with the World Cup being in South Africa and that stadium confirms why, its awful.
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    Yikes. That's gonna look really ugly on TV with the track like that.
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    At least it looks better than this place... World Stadiums - Odi Stadium in Mabopane
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    Not all of them are going to be on European standard, world class stadiums. Aslong as they are safe I see no reason why the worlds greatest game shouldn't be held in their culture. They will have some pretty good stadia anyways :confused: The Mokaba stadium should look tidy when completed as should the Mandela. Then you have the Mabhida which is massive as is Soccer City. The only thing to really worry about with the new stadiums is the quality of the turf/pitch.

    The one thing that will annoy fans are those horns they had in the confederations cup last summer. I read they may be banned though....
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    They definitely won't be banned, Sepp Blatter pretty much ruled that out.

    I see lots of reasons why the world cup should not be held in SA, such as the high amount of gun crime. Infact just this week the leader of a White sumprecists group was assassinated.

    I can just envisage something really bad happening.
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    They are for the most part decent stadiums visually and to play matches on...but still, the athletics track takes away some of the visual appeal the stadium would otherwise have just due to the look and due to the distance from the match it puts fans and media.

    And great pitches and a lack of horns should be something we all can agree on regardless of what nation we cheer on. Can't argue with those two things :cool:
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    The other hand a World Cup could be exactly what the country needs to come together...even if violence is still going to be a problem.

    Frankly I believe they are going to be more afraid of fan violence then nationals' violence...
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    For me sport and politics shouldn't mix but I know it's not a perfect world. Eugene Terre'Blanche held views that don't belong in the 21st century and was hacked to death by black farmers he, funny enough, employed over unpaid wages.

    While theres no doubting there is underground unrest I'd like to think the vast majority of good people will enjoy the occasion because that is the bigger picture. We can't live in fear man and maybe this event is what SA needs to boost it's reputation.

    Oh I agree, I personally can't stand stadiums where the fans are so far away from the field and that was one of my pet hates about the old Wembley. The play just seems isolated and as you say, the fans can't really interact.

    Even though Liverpool will never see one under the current regime, when the questionaires from the club were going round asking the fans what you'd like the new stadium to have, alot asked to keep the fans so close to the field of play.
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    Any internal problems are going to disappear for the month or so that the World Cup is there...the real problems will come from the foreign hooligans and "fans" beating each other up both inside the stadium and outside.


    On a related tangent: South Africa could do the unthinkable and use the World Cup to get in line to host an upcoming Olympics as it is widely believed that Africa is the strongest candidate continent to get the games over North America, Asia, or Europe so problems internally will be attempted to be kept to a minimum by the politicians, police, and even military so as to not affect Johannesburg's candidacy in 2020. The Olympic committee wants to put the games down there, and if things go smoothly internally they should be able to get it over any of the other candidates.


    Only drawback to "being close" is some stadiums try too hard to get them close are forced to go to unique and overly inclined angles to get them close...some of the nicest and closest views come at the expense of vertigo inducing angles in the decks(Santiago Bernabéu Stadium for a huge example)
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    :bricks:

    I better have lots of aspirin on hand while watching the World Cup then. Those horns drove me freaking nuts last year during the Confed Cup. Yes I can understand cheering and making noise/chants/etc during games but those horns on the other hand are very distracting.
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    Theres alot of safety rails in the upper decks of the Bernabeu though but I guess if you are not too keen on heights it is a problem. Selfishly though I think it's fantastic.
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    The passion of the people out there is pretty cool.
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    Is 0 wins, 1 tie, and 2 loses close enough for you? :D
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    Finally Spain won world cup.
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    Good for them.:D

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