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Which is the World Cup's real 'Group of Death'?


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melvin

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:dunno: Which is the World Cup's real 'Group of Death'?:dunno:

a) Argentina, Ivory Coast, Serbia, Holland

b) Italy, Ghana, USA, Czech Republic
 

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melvin said:
:dunno: Which is the World Cup's real 'Group of Death'?:dunno:

a) Argentina, Ivory Coast, Serbia, Holland

b) Italy, Ghana, USA, Czech Republic
Personally, I like Italy a lot but IMHO, I think A is more powerful, with Argentina & Holland. But then again, Argentina's standard have dropped quite a bit.

It's hard to say. Football is round. It can go anywhere it wants.
 

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i think the australia's group is pretty tough as well ..
 

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Remember the ball is round... anything can happen.... in world cup some countries rise to the occasion.... so too unpredictable..... but first team I wanna see out is USA..... :bsmilie:
 

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I don't think there's a really Group of Death next yr. :bigeyes:
 

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Remember the ball is round... anything can happen.... in world cup some countries rise to the occasion.... so too unpredictable..... but first team I wanna see out is USA..... :bsmilie:
Wonder why you are stuck in Houston of all places then? I assume you are there voluntarily?
 

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Hi! Guys...to help wif your decision, here's a brief rundown of the teams:

a) ARGENTINA
Federation: Conmebol
World Ranking: 4
Group: C
Fixtures: June 10: Ivory Coast; June 16: Serbia & Montenegro; June 21: Netherlands
Coach: Jose Pekerman
Player to Watch: Juan Roman Riquelme (Villarreal, Spain)
Road to finals: Runners-up in group
World Cup record: 1930, 1934, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002
Tournament best: Winners in 1978, 1986; Runners-up in 1930, 1990

b) IVORY COAST
Federation: Africa
World Ranking: 41
Group: C
Fixtures: June 10: Argentina; June 16: Netherlands; June 21: Serbia & Montenegro
Coach: Henri Michel
Player to Watch: Didier Drogba (Chelsea, England)
Road to finals: Winners of Group Three
World Cup record: First time qualifiers

c) SERBIA & MONTENEGRO
Federation: Uefa
World Ranking: 47
Group: C
Fixtures: June 11: Netherlands; June 16: Argentina; June 21: Ivory Coast
Coach: Ilija Petkovic
Player to Watch: Dejan Stankovic (Inter Milan, Italy)
Road to finals: Winners of Group Seven
World Cup record: First time qualifiers*
*Yugoslavia reached the finals in 1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1982, 1990, 1998. They reached the semi-finals in 1930, 1954(fourth).

d) NETHERLANDS
Federation: Uefa
World Ranking: 3
Group: C
Fixtures: June 11: Serbia & Montenegro; June 16: Ivory Coast; June 21: Argentina
Coach: Marco van Basten
Player to Watch: Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg, Germany)
Road to finals: Winners of Group One
World Cup record: 1934, 1938, 1974, 1978, 1990, 1994, 1998
Tournament best: Runners-up in 1974, 1978

e) ITALY
Federation: Uefa
World Ranking: 12
Group: E
Fixtures: June 12: Ghana; June 17: USA; June 22: Czech Republic
Coach: Marcello Lippi
Player to Watch: Luca Toni (Fiorentina)
Road to finals: Winners of Group Five
World Cup record: 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002
Tournament best: Winners in 1934, 1938, 1982; Runners-up in 1970, 1994

f) GHANA
Federation: Africa
World Ranking: 50
Group: E
Fixtures: June 12: Italy; June 17: Czech Republic; June 22: USA
Coach: Ratomir Dujkovic
Player to Watch: Sulley Ali Muntari (Udinese, Italy)
Road to finals: Winners of Group Two
World Cup record: First time qualifiers

g) UNITED STATES
Federation: Concacaf
World Ranking: 8
Group: E
Fixtures: June 12: Czech Republic; June 17: Italy; June 22: Ghana
Coach: Bruce Arena
Player to Watch: Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Road to finals: Winners of group
World Cup record: 1930, 1934, 1950, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002
Tournament best: Semi-finals in 1930

h) CZECH REPUBLIC
Federation: Uefa
World Ranking: 2
Group: E
Fixtures: June 12: USA; June 17: Ghana; June 22: Italy
Coach: Karel Bruckner
Player to Watch: Pavel Nedved (Juventus, Italy)
Road to finals: Runners-up in Group One; Winners of play-off against Norway
World Cup record: First time qualifiers*
*Czechoslovakia reached the finals in 1934, 1938, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1982, 1990. They were runners-up in 1934, 1962.

Thanks a million! :D
For the polls, keep them rolling!;)
 

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who cares .. as long as I win $
 

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Deadpoet said:
Wonder why you are stuck in Houston of all places then? I assume you are there voluntarily?
Well, cos i came here to studyand then cannot find a job in SG...... and by some miricle, I got a job here... So i am here lor.... but then voluntary a not difficult to say.... Hate this place but then no opportunity for me to move away....
 

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Have a spreadsheet of the groupings, timing and place for the worldcup, can also do simulation and keep score. Anybody want can email me your email address to me at 8dennisg8@gmail.com and I can sent the spreadsheet over to you.
 

melvin

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ParkertR said:
eh~ i din know USA so powderful... world ranking at 8...
Ya... :bigeyes: surprise dat they r rank no 8...
Anyone know how the ranking of countries being rank what they base on???:dunno:

For wat i know is international matches n ??....
 

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Dennis said:
Have a spreadsheet of the groupings, timing and place for the worldcup, can also do simulation and keep score. Anybody want can email me your email address to me at 8dennisg8@gmail.com and I can sent the spreadsheet over to you.
Dennis, the BBC has a downloadable PDF chart of fixtures at

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2006/4510476.stm

Is there any kind soul who can convert the British times accurately? (Must be accurate hor!)
 

melvin

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How far u guys think england will go in this world cup? Quarter or semis? :dunno:
 

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How far u guys think england will go in this world cup? Quarter or semis? :dunno:

I am sincerely looking forward to a first round KO for England, but that's probably unlikely. It will be nice to see them doing their usual cameo, getting beaten in the quarter-finals, and then they can go home and sulk for another 4 years...................
 

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I am sincerely looking forward to a first round KO for England, but that's probably unlikely. It will be nice to see them doing their usual cameo, getting beaten in the quarter-finals, and then they can go home and sulk for another 4 years...................
:think: i think it will be the same outcome as the last world cup, KO by Brazil in the quarter! :bsmilie:
 

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