Tuesday, June 15, 2010


The 'Group of Death' will be in action today at the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa. An intriguing battle between Portugal and Ivory Coast will be followed by the 5-time champions Brazil taking on North Korea.


Will Didier Drogba play? That is the biggest question on most people's minds. I really hope that he is fit enough to participate... at least as a substitute. It'll just add a lot more spice to the match.

After gaining a huge fan following and stardom over the last 4 years, Christiano Ronaldo has his chance to cement his name amongst the legends of the game. Most people have written off Portugal's chances in the tournament, but you never know! Ronaldo might just kick it into a different story this time. They are, after all, the No. 3 team in the world. Nani's loss to injury is big... and Deco isn't all too threatening these days... but Portugal will still be a team to watch and this opening encounter of theirs is one of the matches that I have been looking forward to during the group stages of this tournament.

If Drogba manages to play, Ivory Coast will have a strong chance. They do not have too many big names... apart from Drogba and Toure. Their path is also likely to be very difficult in this tournament... Brazil and Portugal in the group stage, and Spain lurking ahead if they qualify. But then, they are arguably the best African side to participate here in this World Cup.


Five time champions and World No. 1 Brazil open their campaign against the unheralded World No. 85 North Korea. A classic case of David v. Goliath, it is the match between the highest ranked and the lowest ranked teams of the tournament.

Few expect the result to be anything other than a Brazil win... and with good reason. Dunga is regarded as a fine manager and many feel that this World Cup is the time for Kaka to shine at the big stage. The 2002-champions are also in hot form... having won 8 of their last 10 matches.

As the World Cup enters its 5th day, I am waiting for the matches of Group G to begin. I may not watch the Brazil - North Korea match... but I'll certainly be keeping a close eye on this group.

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