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Mexico pleased at easy group in World Cup draw

December 9, 2005

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's players and coach were overjoyed at the seemingly easy group they drew Friday for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

The two-time quarterfinalists, considered the weakest team seeded for the tournament, wound up in Group D along with Iran, Angola and Portugal .

"This is a group that you can compete in," Mexico coach Ricardo Lavolpe said. "It's very favorable. We can do things here."

Portugal will be Mexico's toughest opponent, but the teams play each other in their final group match. That means both nations already could be assured of spots in the second round if they both beat Iran and Angola.

"The three points against Portugal equal the same as the ones we play against Iran," Lavolpe said. "We'll try to get all the points that we can to go further ahead."

Mexican defender Rafael Marquez, who plays for Spanish club Barcelona, agreed that Mexico was lucky with its group.

"After seeing Argentina's group, I was a bit a bit more relaxed," Marquez said, referring to Group C with Argentina, the Netherlands, Serbia-Montenegro and Ivory Coast.

However, goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez warned that Mexico should not be overconfident.

"In the World Cup, any rival is dangerous," Sanchez said.

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Group A reaction to World Cup draw

LEIPZIG, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Group A reaction to the World Cup draw on Friday:

GERMANY

Coach Juergen Klinsmann: "Every game will be a huge challenge but it could have been worse.


"Ecuador will be tough -- they beat Brazil in qualification. Costa Rica were third behind the U.S. and Mexico...and naturally Poland will also be hard -- they played very well to qualify in England's group."

COSTA RICA

Coach Alexandre Guimaraez: "It's our debut and we're representing four million Costa Ricans who have been waiting to see their team in the World Cup.

"Of course we hope to do as well as possible"

POLAND

Coach Pawel Janas: "I'm confident of our chances. It will be difficult. It's a pity we didn't get the opening match (against Germany). We've improved quite a bit as a team and hope we can perform better than in the past."

ECUADOR

Defender Ulises de la Cruz: "It's difficult but not frightening, apart from the hosts. Against the other sides, we've got a chance, we just have to be in a competitive frame of mind."

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Klinsmann Pleased With "Helpful" Draw

12/10/2005

Germany coach Jürgen Klinsmann was upbeat about his team's chances after Friday night's World Cup draw in Leipzig, but was quick to play-up the dangers of Costa Rica, Poland, and Ecuador.

Hosts Germany were drawn in Group A and will face Costa Rica in the opening match of the tournament in Munich on June 9. "Every game will be a huge challenge but it could have been worse," said Klinsmann. "We’re happy. We think this group is absolutely do-able. Every opponent will be difficult. We know that. There are none that one can underestimate. Ecuador will be tough as they beat Brazil in qualification. Costa Rica were third behind the U.S. and Mexico and naturally Poland will also be hard. They played very well to qualify in England’s group."

The derby match with Poland will be one of the highlights of the first phase, with both nations expected to progress from the group. "It will be hard but now we have something tangible to aim at and work for," added the Bundestrainer. "We want to get the public on our side as we have a young team. They need the support and I think the draw has been helpful."

While Germany will naturally be among the very top favourites to win the World Cup, some of the representatives of the remaining nations in Group A were less than thrilled at the prospect of facing the three-time world champions on their own turf.

Costa Rica coach Alexandre Guimaraez said: "It’s our debut and we’re representing four million Costa Ricans who have been waiting to see their team in the World Cup. Of course we hope to do as well as possible." Poland coach Pawel Janas added: "I’m confident of our chances. It will be difficult. It’s a pity we didn’t get the opening match. We’ve improved quite a bit as a team and hope we can perform better than in the past." Ecuador defender Ulises de la Cruz said: "It’s difficult but not frightening, apart from the hosts. Against the other sides, we’ve got a chance, we just have to be in a competitive frame of mind."

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World Cup Group B Analysis: ENGLAND’s Group

12/9/2005

The Draw for the World Cup finals in Leipzig created an intriguing mixture in Group B with one of the top seeds, ENGLAND, heading the group and being joined by PARAGUAY, SWEDEN and TRINIDAD & TOBAGO.
Here is Goal.com’s quick guide to the group…

ENGLAND are past winners of the Cup (1966, as hosts), and qualified for the 2006 tournament impressively. They are regarded among the favourites to win the Cup, and certainly to win this Group. In Wayne Rooney they possess one of the top young players in the world, while the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole and David Beckham are also considered world class. There were some poor performances in the early Autumn, but Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side got the job done, and then dazzled in a friendly victory over a strong Argentina. No excuses this time…
Current FIFA Ranking: 9th
World Cup Aim: Win it.


PARAGUAY clinched their third consecutive appearance in the finals with the result in Venezuela in October, and Anibal Ruiz’s side underlined their credentials with some big wins in qualifying, both in high altitude Asuncion and elsewhere. However, they showed some inconsistency with a final record of eight wins, four draws and six defeats. Watch out for keeper Justo Villar, defender Carlos Gamarra, midfielders Julio Dos Santos and Edgar Barreto, and strikers Roque Santa Cruz, Jose Cardozo and Paraguay’s own Wayne Rooney, Nelson Haedo Valdez.
Current FIFA Ranking: 14th
World Cup Aim: Second Round, then see what happens


SWEDEN: The Swedes finished second behind Croatia in their qualifying group, and are again drawn against their compatriot Eriksson. But that won’t faze them: Sweden haven’t lost to England in 37 years so will not have any inferiority complex in that game. With world stars of the calibre of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Freddie Ljungberg and Henrik Larsson, and their renowned ability to get two banks of four quickly behind the ball to frustrate their opponents, Sweden will fancy their chances of getting through Group B.
Current FIFA Ranking: 30th
World Cup Aim: Semi-Finals? Certainly quarters.


TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: It is the country’s first ever World Cup finals, and while World Cup fever will be rampant in the Caribbean, most neutrals will have T&T down as whipping boys in their Group. Intriguingly, their squad contains around a dozen players who earn their livings in England, so there will be familiarity with the England players and style. But whether the likes of Dwight Yorke, Stern John, Shaka Hislop, Russell Latapy, Christopher Birchall and Carlos Edwards can help the Soca Warriors negotiate Group B remains to be seen. It will be a tall order, but an enjoyable ride…
Current FIFA Ranking: 51st
World Cup Aim: Put T&T on the Soca map, avoid any big thrashings and make the people HAPPY!


Points of interest: England and Sweden met each other in the last World Cup, Eriksson’s side drawing 1-1 against his compatriots in Saitama. And in Mexico 1986, England met and beat Paraguay 3-0. They also beat the South Americans 4-0 in a 2005 friendly international.


Goal.com snap prediction:

1 England
2 Sweden
3 Paraguay
4 Trinidad & Tobago

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