WC 2010: (The Group)






England- The Three Lions:

The Three Lions from a very proud Soccer nation, where disappointment seems to always find them. With the depth in talent the disappointment is always linked back to the coach. England feels this year will be different with Fabio Capello in charge. This World Cup will look different without David Beckham (AC Milan and LA Galaxy) and Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United) due to injuries. Even with those faces missing, the likes of John Terry (Chelsea), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), and Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) will no doubt carry the Three Lions deep into the tournament. Listen closely and you will hear “God Save the Queen” ring aloud well into July.

Player to watch: Theo Walcott (Arsenal striker who could be the one that sparks England late in matches)

World Cup Titles: 1966

Qualified: 1st in UEFA (Europe) Group 6

USA- The Yanks:

Support the sash! 2006 was a huge let down coming off the surprising run in 2002. There is no denying the USMNT is consistently the most athletically fit team in the world. Thanks to the relentless passion in which the US play keeps them in any game with anyone. Last years Confederations Cup opened the eyes of this country and the world that this is not the same US team that hosted the World Cup in 94’. The Yanks are not just satisfied with advancing out of the group, but are looking to the bigger prize. The stoic Bob Bradley has pushed and pulled in all the right places since he took over a few years ago. Another trademark of Bradley, is the ability to find players no ones heard of, but that come in and make immediate impacts. A few of the players like Francisco Torres (Pachuca) and Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy) were late additions that are expected to play huge for Bradley’s team. Not to be forgotten are the faces of the team Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) and Tim Howard (Everton). Don’t Tread On Me! The Yanks are Coming!

Player to watch: Herculez Gomez (Puebla Striker who stormed on the the USMNT by scoring 10 goals in 14 matches in Mexico)

Best World Cup Finish: 1930 Semi-Final

Qualified: 1st in CONCACAF (North America)

Algeria- Les Fennecs (The Desert Foxes):

Considered the weakest of the four in this group. The Desert Foxes will have to look to themselves to find the pride in representing Algeria in only their third ever World Cup. This team does not lack flare, but does strength and consistency in play. Karim Ziani (Wolfsburg) and Mourad Meghni (Lazio) will have to find their French connection (both playing in France for some time) or channel the greatest export from Algeria, Zinedine Zidane, if the want to play the spoiler in Group C. Expect the Desert Foxes to find themselves in a hole early.

Player to watch: Rafik Saifi (Istres Striker who as a veteran and goal scorer will need to be there leader to succeed)

Best World Cup Finish: 1982 & 1986

Qualified: 1st in CAF (Africa) Group C

Slovenia- Zmajceki (Dragons):

Tiny but deadly, just ask Russia, is the smallest country in the World Cup. Only being country for about 20 years, this is their second World Cup Final. With stingy defense Slovenia should be very tough to pull points from. The Dragons only conceded 4 goals in 10 Qualifiying matches. In a sport which awards points for ties, a goalkeeper as good as Samir Handanovic (Udinese) can take over a match and get the important points needed to play spoiler to England and the US. Can the Russian Assassins kill another giant?

Player to watch: Zlatko Dedic (Lesser known Man City Striker always seems to be there and always going)

Best World Cup Finish: 2002 1st Round

Qualified: 2nd in UEFA (Europe) Group 3 Defeated Russia in Playoff

Predicted Finish:





Game to Watch:

England v USA June 12th 2:30pm (The Game everyone here and across the pond have been waiting anxiously since the World Cup Draw…Hopefully a repeat of 1950)

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