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World Cup Previews – Group D

Ok, so England drew, but don’t throw the towel in yet. (or rather don’t aim the knives at Rob Green) A decent performance highlighted by Steven Gerrard’s inspirational midfield performance mean I am looking forward to the Algeria. We need goals, oh and Joe Hart to be selected in goal.

Because of the disappointing result, perhaps, I haven’t finished my Group D preview before even the last game has finished. Germany look strong, Ghana good, Australia and Serbia way too defensive. Just means England have to top our group to avoid the Germans, who actually have flair this year!

Group D


Qualification – The nationalmannschaft cruised to the world cup finals in efficient fashion. Germany aren’t gonna miss out come World Cup time are they?

Manager – Joachim Low, second in command in 2006 under Jurgen Klinsmann has inherited a youthful side, who even contain a splash of flair. Germany always think they will make the final, and Low is no different.

Star Man – Bastian Schweinsteiger is so important now Michael Ballack has been ruled out through injury. Excelled in a Gareth Barry-esque move to central midfield, the ridiculously German sounding name is household across the country.

One to Watch – Mezut Ozil, playmaker and baby faced German-Turk looks to be a player with an eye for a through ball and a bit of trickery. Brings something new and exciting to the German side.

Left at Home – As previously mentioned Ballack’s injury is huge, and he will be sorely missed.

Prediction – Favourites to top the group and are always likely to make the last 8 at least.


Qualification – Easily ahead of Japan in a pretty simple group, Australia now make it to the World Cups with ease even spite of their move to the Asian groups from the Oceanic region.

Manager – Dutchman Pim Verbeek likes a defensive side, and without a recognised striker, will be looking to contain. Most players are getting on a bit and will be the last World Cup for many of the side.

Star Man – Tim Cahill, Everton’s player will be charged with leading the national team to success, although he lacks the talent in the Oz side that he enjoys at Goodison Park.

One to Watch – Keep an eye on Harry Kewell, the former Leeds player who has been converted to a makeshift striker for the tournament, if fit.

Left at Home – Not so much left at home as retired, Mark Viduka, Australia’s talismanic frontman is no longer part of the time.

Prediction – Most likely will fail to get out of a tough group.


Qualification – Actually pipped France to the finals in group 7 in Europe, Serbia are tough to beat and do well away from home. Lack some stardust however.

Manager – Radomir Antic, the native coach has quality pedigree having managed both Barcelona and Real Madrid. And Luton Town, fascinatingly.

Star Man – Nemanja Vidic, is a rock at the back in a really strong defence for the Serbians, who won’t ship 6 like they did in 2006 against Argentina. (as Serbia and Montenegro)

One to Watch – The new Liverpool man runs the flanks for Serbia and will be looking to impress this World Cup.

Left at Home – Chelsea youngsters Slobodan Rajkovic and Nemanja Matic will be watching the tournament from their sofas.

Prediction – I have done a u-turn on Serbia, who were going to be my dark horses but I know thing they will finish bottom. Shows what I know then.


Qualification – Came top of an easy group, although it did include Fredi Kanoute and Seydou Keita’s Mali. Had to do so without talisman Michael Essien for much of the campaign.

Manager – Serbian coach Milovan Rajevac will have mixed emotions in the first game against his home country, and has effectively marshalled this western African powerhouse since taking over.

Star Man – John Mensah, the Sunderland defender is pacy, athletic and built like a warrier. Great in the air, he is primed to make up for a poor domestic season with a top tournament in South Africa.

One to Watch – Asamoah Gyan the lone frontman will run himself ragged up front and has a fair bit of pace and strength. Will need to score goals if Ghana are to progress.

Left at Home – Michael Essien’s injury is a tragedy for one of Africa’s best teams but the side have enough talent in the middle, in the shape of Stephen Appiah and Sulley Muntari to cope, although Essien will be missed.

Prediction – Will be backed by an entire continent and the most likely of the African sides to progress, I wouls think the round of 16 is as good as it can get for Ghana.


June 13, 2010 - Posted by | Football

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