The World Cup draw has finally taken place in Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa. Now the speculation, calculation and analysing of each team and group can take place.
Before the draw Spain and Brazil were joint favourites to win with odds of 9/2, after the draw Spain have been quoted at 4/1 and Brazil 11/2
The seeded Countries are Argentina, Brazil, England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the hosts South Africa. That leaves teams like France (1998 winners), Portugal and Greece as potential "banana skins" for those seeded teams!
Who's in the "easy group" and who is in the "group of death"? Which team are the favourite to win and who's for the early bath? The bookies have Brazil as favourites, but there is no surprise there and who to go home early? Perhaps North Korea?
One of the hardest groups is Group G. This includes Brazil (one of the favourites), Ivory Coast (great African side), along with the inclusion of Portugal makes this the "Group of Death", for me.
The first match between the hosts South Africa and Mexico will be in Johannesburg on the 11th June with the knock out stages commencing on the 26th June, climaxing to the final back at Johannesburg, also referred to as Jozi, Joburg or Egoli (place of Gold) a month later on the 11th July which is located on the eastern high-lying plateau in South Africa referred to as the Highveld.
There has been alot written about Brazil being the only country to win the tournament outside of their own continent. On that principal the highest ranked team would be the Ivory Coast at 22/1 will be a good bet, if they can get out of their tough group.
England are in Group C and have got a favourable draw and will start the tournament on the second day of the competition on the 12th June against the USA.
Spain and Italy appear to have a good chance to progess to the second stages.
However there is bound to be many twists and turns throughout the tournament.
That's why we all love the game! Bring it on. I'm on countdown already.
All the teams and groups are listed below:-
GROUP A. 1. South Africa 2. Mexico 3. Uruguay 4. France
GROUP B. 1.Argentina 2. Nigeria 3. South Korea 4. Greece
GROUP C. 1.England 2. United States 3. Algeria 4. Slovenia
GROUP D. 1.Germany 2. Australia 3. Serbia 4. Ghana
GROUP E. 1.Netherlands 2. Denmark 3. Japan 4. Cameroon
GROUP F. 1.Italy 2. Paraguay 3. New Zealand 4. Slovakia
GROUP G. 1.Brazil 2. North Korea 3. Ivory Coast 4. Portugal
GROUP H. 1.Spain 2. Switzerland 3. Honduras 4. Chile
All the details regarding the 2010 World Cup Website can be found on the link below:-