World Cup: Group A Preview

Posted on December 21, 2009 12:05 pm

South Africa
Qualification: Host Nation
Key Player: Benni McCarthy (Above)
They have the fans, but do they have the player quality? They impressed in the Confederations Cup, but they had a simple group. But the strong showing against Brazil was impressive to say the least. But again we must ask the question, is Brazil the team they once were? The hosts have a long way to go before they get out of this group.
Prediction: Group Stage

Qualification: Won UEFA Playoff Against Ireland
Key Player: Karim Benzeman
Traditionally France would eat up this group. But does Tradition apply to the new squad? They have the talent with names like Karim Benzeman, Patrick Evra and Tierra Henry in the lineup. But will this talent be enough? The management with this club is far from enough. And should they get by this group it is doubtful that they will got any farther.
Prediction: Round of 16

Qualified: Playoff with Costa Rica (CONCACAF)
Key Player: Diego Forlan
This team is far from solid. But in this group they are dangerous. The 5th Place finish in CONMEBOL was far from Championship football. But with the French in trouble, the Mexicans inconsistent and the South Africans lack of quality they could easily make it out if this group. If not win it. Diego Forlan and his Athletico Madrid side are having a bad season in both Spain and the Champions League, but he will be key to Uruguay’s success at this years championship.
Prediction: Round Of 16

Qualified: 2nd In CONCACAF Final Round
Key Player: Giovanni Dos Santos
They are the only team in this group who qualified for the World Cup without having to play in a playoff or a course being the host. But its not going to get them anywhere. Mexico has been disappointing as of late in both International and Regional competitions. And this years Qualification Campaign had many problems. They will have many problems at this World Cup, and even if they do make it out of the group stage they will go no farther than the round of 16.
Prediction: Group Stage

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