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The Draw: Arggies, Paraguas & Brasucas

World Cup Group C Analysis: The Group Of Death :frustrat:

12/9/2005

Group C is without a doubt the most difficult group to get past, as Argentina and the Netherlands can be considered to world powerhouses, while Ivory Coast and Serbia were two of the best teams in their respective qualifying zones.
GROUP C

Country Name: Argentina
FIFA Ranking: 4th
World Cup Participations: 13
Best Position in World Cup: Champion (1978, 1986)
How they Qualified: 2nd in South American zone
Players to Watch: Juan Roman Riquelme, Carlos Tevez, Lionel Messi
World Cup Aim: Win it


Country Name: Ivory Coast
FIFA Ranking: 41th
World Cup Participations: first time
Best Position in World Cup: none
How they Qualified: 1st in group 3 African zone
Players to Watch: Didier Drogba, Kolo Toure, Etienne Zokora
World Cup Aim: Honor the country


Country Name: Serbia & Montenegro
FIFA Ranking: 47th
World Cup Participations: 9 as Yugoslavia, first time as Serbia
Best Position in World Cup: Joint 3rd place (1930, as Yugoslavia)
How they Qualified: 1st in group 7 European zone
Players to Watch: Mateja Kezman, Dejan Stankovic, Zvonimir Vukic
World Cup Aim: Quarterfinals


Country Name: Netherlands
FIFA Ranking: 3rd
World Cup Participations: 7
Best Position in World Cup: 2nd (1974, 1978)
How they Qualified: 1st in group 1 European zone
Players to Watch: Arjen Robben, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Rafael van der Vaart
World Cup Aim: Win it

Points of Interest: Two debutants and two teams who know each other very well will meet in the obvious “Group of Death” of the German main event. Netherlands, the victims of Argentina’s first World Cup triumph in 1978, eliminated the ‘albiceleste’ from the France ’98 quarterfinals with a 2-1 victory in an what can be considered a World Cup classic.

It is the second time in a row Argentina have been drawn in what is considered as the most difficult of the eight groups, after they failed to qualify to the second phase in Corea-Japan 2002 when they were grouped together with England, Sweden and Nigeria.

Serbia & Montenegro will attend a World Cup for the first time since they changed their name from Yugoslavia, while Ivory Coast will be making their debut on the World Cup stage.

Flash Prediction: Their history and the caliber of their players puts Argentina and Netherlands, not only as the candidates to succeed from group C, but also as two teams that could go all the way, despite facing two very hard teams as Ivory Coast and Serbia.

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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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Group F: Japan And Aussies Hopeful

12/10/2005

Despite being drawn in a tough group with Brazil and Croatia; Australia and Japan are upbeat about their chances making an impact in Germany.
The two nations face each other in the opening game and three points would put the victor within sight of a place in the second round.

Socceroo defender Tony Popovic was optimistic: "The first game is against Japan and we know that if we can win that and get three points on the board early there definitely has to be a chance of getting to the second round.

"Second game we’ve got Brazil and that will take care of itself... and if it comes down to the last game against Croatia, needing a win or a point to go through, that’s a situation we’d be happy with."

Japan’s coach Zico knows all about Brazil and is also aware of the strength of the group.

"We have a very tough group,” said the ex-midfielder, “Brazil and Croatia are very good. But if we manage something against them, we’ll gain a large measure of self-belief. Then we could go far."

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