Sunday, December 17

Fifa World Cup 2010

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  • Argentina– Two cups won. Disappointing in the last four World Cups. This could be the year. They have one of the best current players in the world in Lionel Messi and one of the best player in the history of football as coach in Diego Maradona. With Champions League hero Milito & others like Carlos Tevez, Maxi Rodriguez & Sergio Aguero in the lineup, the Argentines are in the cup with much more than a chance.
  • England– One cup won. Disappointing ever since 1966 except under Bobby Robson in 1990. They arguably have the best manager in the competition, Fabio Capello, as well as a Geoff Hurst in Wayne Rooney. Probably the best team they’ve had in twenty years.
  • Spain– Arguably have the strongest team of all. But they have a history of being termed ‘under-achievers’. Their recent success at the EURO ’08 against favourites Germany would have given a big moral boosting effect on the team.However, their recent loss to Switzerland was a mighty blow to their very chances of making the last 16.
  • the Netherlands– Never won before. Twice finalists in ’74 and ’78. Always strong. Have an amazing attacking line-up with Kuyt, Sneidjer, Van Persie & keeper Van Der Sar, but always seem to muck up big tournaments
  • Germany– Three cups won. Always count them in. They have a lot of experienced and talented players, despite several injuries to well known players like Michael Ballack & Rene Adler. Philipp Lahm will lead the side & defense with style, while Bastian Schweinsteiger will have to give in his best to make up for captain Ballack’s absence. Since 1950, the Germans have never failed to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament.They thrashed Australia 4:0 in their opener & have played in 7 finals before.
  • Brazil– Five cups won. Top World Cup nation of all time. They are always favorites and are the only country to win a World Cup outside their home continent. The pressure of expectations is off their shoulders this time, & may give them the freedom to perform like always.
  • Italy– Four cups won. Defending champions. Have a good defensive lineup are always considered underdogs, but never fail to surprise.
  • France– One cup won. Lost in the final in the last World Cup. Frank Ribery is being termed as the true succesor of Zinedine Zidane. Watch out because here comes France.Wait a sec. France is not doing well at all now that the tournament has started. They may be knocked out in the first round itself.
  • Portugal– Never won before. They have Cristiano Ronaldo. They may however get Knocked out in the Group stage itself, owing to their current form & so called group of death including Brazil & Ivory Coast.
  • Ivory Coast– Boast a strong side. Have a very good chance. Are expected to shine, with defenders having proven their worth in the European leagues like Eboue, Yaya & Kolo Toure. Striker Didier Drogba will make a comeback from injury later.They also have Chelsea star- Soloman Kalou in the strike force.
  • Australia-The Aussies are a force to reckon with especially after their amazing run in Germany 4 years ago. The Aussies were shown the door only after the referee wrongly gave champions Italy a penalty deep into stoppage time. The Aussies had played out of their skins & had outplayed the Italians in all aspects. Unfortunately human error showed them the door. However, their performance this year leaves a lot to be desired, especially in their opening game. They were however thrashed by Germany, in what was a demoralising game for the Aussies

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