Friday, December 04, 2009

World Cup Draw - Gosh, shocker, England get a ridiculously easy group.

Well goodness gracious me. What a total shocker! Blighty cop themselves an easy World Cup group for next years tournament in South Africa. You know what, why do FIFA bother with the formality of a first round, as they are so obviously trying to bludgeon the big market teams forcibly into the later rounds. Seriously, could England, Germany, Italy and Spain have been given easier paths to the knock-out rounds? Even France, how dubious is that? They get drawn as a second tier team and still end up in a group where they will surely qualify with ease.

Group A: South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria, Korea Republic, 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, Korea DPR, Côte d'Ivoire, Portugal
Group H: Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile

Basically, when you cut through all the red tape and noise, FIFA has made it pretty easy for France, Germany, Italy, England and Spain to get into the knock-out rounds.

The only good thing is, FIFA can't play the games themselves, and there will be a shock or two in there. Here's hoping it's in group C. Maybe the States can do another 1951 and get something from their game against the Brits.

Meanwhile, Brazil, goodness, what did they do to piss the big wigs at FIFA off? Horrific group. Portugal and the Ivory Coast will both be tricky fixtures.

I guess that's the group of death so eh, group G?


Coming soon, your World Cup cheat-sheet for American readers.

You know you want it.


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