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08:36 am - World Cup
hoyland54 posts about the World Cup Draw, which happened yesterday evening (previously on communicator: The World Cup occurs every four years and I get over-excited). The World Cup in 2010 is to be held in South Africa.

The qualifying teams are put into eight groups, which all play each other in a league style. The two top teams in each league go onto to the 16-team play-off round, which then operates as a knock out tournament to the final.

Here are the groups. I have bolded the teams I think are likely to head their groups, and italicised the ones that I think will come second. In some groups I think there is no clear second.

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

I think England are lucky in this draw (for a change). We should be able to beat all three teams in our group, but that doesn't mean we will, because England always fuck up. England will play the USA on the 12th June. I have a horrible feeling that we might lose, just because that would be so galling, and England do that to me every time. I think we might lose that symbolic match but win the group.

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From:vilakins
Date:December 5th, 2009 09:04 am (UTC)
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We're pleased to just be there, but I know Italy and Paraguay will trash us.

We're very like England. Look at our current cricket test. Oy.

Maybe I should put Vila in an Aston Villa scarf for a sports icon. ;-)
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From:communicator
Date:December 5th, 2009 10:03 am (UTC)
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I must say football is probably your third best sport, which isn't bad given that you are world class in two others.
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From:vilakins
Date:December 5th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
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(Plus rich bastard yachting which I don't--and won't--follow.) We don't do badly for our size, but we can disappoint horribly, as we did on Friday in cricket.
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From:hawkeye7
Date:December 5th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
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We're doomed.
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From:communicator
Date:December 5th, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
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I wouldn't say it. If you come second in your group, and we win ours, I think we play you in the 16-team knock out.
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From:nwhyte
Date:December 5th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
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Nate Silver has been doing some fantastic statistical analysis on this.

He rates Uruguay ahead of France, Cameroon ahead of Denmark and Côte d'Ivoire (just) ahead of Portugal, but otherwise agrees with you (esp on the difficulty of choosing a runner-up in Group D).

It is entertaining that he rates all the teams in Group F as lucky to have been drawn against each other!
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From:communicator
Date:December 5th, 2009 10:07 am (UTC)
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Yes, he may be right that the supportive African crowds will give Cote D'Ivoire and Cameroon a big boost - I mean they are good teams anyway. I'm glad our first African opponents will be Algeria.
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From:steverogerson
Date:December 5th, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
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My pick:

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
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From:communicator
Date:December 5th, 2009 10:08 am (UTC)
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You don't rate the Netherlands at all these days?
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From:steverogerson
Date:December 5th, 2009 10:10 am (UTC)
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They haven't done a lot lately, and I just don't think they are good enough at the moment
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From:rparvaaz
Date:December 5th, 2009 10:08 am (UTC)
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I was just going to say that I fancy ROK's chances more than Nigeria's. :)
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From:communicator
Date:December 5th, 2009 10:12 am (UTC)
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It will be very interesting, because they play so differently. I always rate Nigeria highly though, and they don't always live up to my expectations.

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